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District 15 Democratic primary candidates set schedule for joint events

The Democratic candidates for the District 15 state Senate seat have agreed to four joint events in the next several weeks, but not without some debate about the schedule itself. Concord attorney Dan Feltes and Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger will be on the primary ballot to replace outgoing state Sen. Sylvia Larsen, who has held the seat for 20 years. The district includes Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. Not all event details have been finalized, but the candidates are scheduled to appear together

With loophole in bylaws, New Hampshire Young Democrats endorse Dan Feltes for state senate

The New Hampshire Young Democrats group has endorsed Concord attorney Dan Feltes in the primary race for the District 15 state Senate seat. Feltes, 35, is competing with Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger to replace outgoing state Sen. Sylvia Larsen, who has held the seat for 20 years. President Theo Groh said volunteers from the Young Democrats will be joining Feltes’s canvassing this weekend. He cited Feltes’s position on issues such as student loan debt and affordable housing, as well as his age, as

Shaheen meets privately with VA secretary nominee McDonald

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen met privately yesterday with the president’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid pressure in May after reports of mismanagement and faulty recording that led to long wait times at VA hospitals, sometimes resulting in veteran deaths. President Obama announced Robert McDonald as his nominee June 30 and McDonald has met with several senators since. McDonald is a former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble who served five years as a U.S. Army captain.

Shaheen releases tax return documents

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen made eight years worth of joint tax returns with her husband, Bill, public yesterday, which revealed the couple made $505,786 in 2013 and paid a tax rate of 25.14 percent. The release came five days after Scott Brown, Shaheen’s potential Republican challenger, released his and his wife’s joint returns and called on Shaheen to do the same. Several weeks before, Shaheen told WMUR that she would release hers if her opponents did. Brown’s Republican primary rivals, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith,

Democratic Party files additional documents challenging Havenstein’s residency

The state Democratic Party is calling on Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein to provide roughly a dozen new documents to the Ballot Law Commission that it says will prove Havenstein was recently a Maryland resident, making him ineligible to run for the state’s top job. In a rare move, Havenstein filed a petition with the Ballot Law Commission seeking proof of his qualifications to run here. The commission is set to hear the case Monday and Chairman Brad Cook said it is his intention to

Chris Christie campaigns in Bedford with Republican gubernatorial candidate Havenstein

Steak, potatoes and a handshake from Chris Christie were on the menu at Bedford’s T-Bones Great American Eatery last night, as the New Jersey governor retail politicked his way through the restaurant alongside New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein. The two Republicans stopped by the restaurant in between a finance meeting for the Republican Governors Association, which Christie leads, and a private fundraiser at an Atkinson home. They shook hands, snapped photos and had a quick word with voters – voters whose support Christie will

U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown releases personal finances, tax returns

U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown released eight years worth of joint tax returns and his personal financial disclosure yesterday morning, revealing a 2013 income of $474,080 and $186,514 in speaking fees since 2013. His campaign also called on Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, whom Brown hopes to challenge this fall, to make good on her comment to WMUR several weeks ago that she would release her returns if her opponents did. In response, Shaheen’s campaign said it will release the documents soon. “The Senator said she would

Brown releases memo on college affordability

U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown released a whitepaper yesterday outlining his ideas on improving higher education, ranging from requiring colleges to keep tuition increases at pace with or lower than the rate of inflation to encouraging more women to enter science, math and engineering fields. Brown also called for creating options for graduates to refinance their student loans at lower interest rates, which was the subject of a bill backed by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen that failed in the U.S. Senate last week. When it

Testerman drops out, backs Bob Smith in GOP senate primary

Republican Karen Testerman dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate Friday to back Bob Smith in the GOP primary. Listen to her explain her decision:

Capital Beat: Let Concord’s state Senate primary drama begin

A cast of half a dozen potential Democratic candidates hoping to replace retiring state senator Sylvia Larsen has dwindled to two, with attorney Dan Feltes emerging as the lone primary challenger to school board member Kass Ardinger, Larsen’s pre-ordained pick. Ask any politically involved person in Concord, and this is the most drama they’ve seen in a while. Larsen was first elected to the seat in 1994 and has easily held it since. Her retirement announcement two weeks ago surprised nearly everyone, including her Senate