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Staking claim to political domain names ahead of the game

Attention all present and future politicians: Have you registered a website, Facebook account and Twitter handle under your own name yet? If not, chances are somebody else already has, and that can mean big problems. Newly elected House Speaker Shawn Jasper emailed House members last week warning representatives that several fake social media accounts bearing his name – including at least one Facebook page and two Twitter accounts – had cropped up. “Please be aware of this should you receive any communication from these social 0

Capital Beat: GOP infighting follows speaker election

The tornado that touched down in Representatives Hall on Wednesday shows no signs of slowing.  In the hours after freshly elected Speaker Shawn Jasper took the gavel, defeating GOP nominee Mont Vernon Rep. Bill O’Brien with the help of Democratic backing, Republicans who felt betrayed by the win began mobilizing.  The ensuing struggle has turned into a showdown, creating divides within the Republican caucus, which holds the House majority. At the end of last week, O’Brien called for Republican representatives to meet Tuesday at the 0

Bill O’Brien nominated Republican speaker of the House

Rep. Bill O’Brien is poised to again wield the gavel in the state’s House of Representatives. The Mont Vernon Republican defeated Rep. Gene Chandler by four votes yesterday to win the battle to be the next House speaker. The secret-ballot election took a little more than an hour; O’Brien received 116 votes to Chandler’s 112. Chandler, a Bartlett Republican, then moved to make the vote unanimous. “It’s the highlight of my life to look over at all of you,” O’Brien told the delegation. “I appreciate 0

Strong returns vault Hassan to another term as governor

Peggy Wood always knew her daughter, Maggie, had it in her to run for public office, even if she never set her sights on it when she was younger. “I’m very impressed by how patient she is,” Wood said, adding that she wished her husband was alive to see the milestone. “She’s always been persistent, had good judgment. . . . She’s always been a good kid, and I’m very proud of her.” Gov. Maggie Hassan won her second term at the state’s helm, defeating 0

Most people agree negative ads have gone too far

Chris Barnes, a voter in Concord’s Ward 2, opened up his mailbox recently and found it stuffed to the brim with nine different political fliers. Patricia Mulkhey, also from Ward 2, said she was polite at first, but “this business of calling you on the phone at 9 o’clock at night, I got to a point, I’m rude. I just hang up.” Beth Campbell of Penacook said she’s been recording all of her favorite TV shows and watching them the following day just so she 0

ELECTION BLOG: Concord School Board has two new members

8:30 p.m.: The Concord School Board has two new members. Jim Richards won in District A, incumbent Barb Higgins in District B and Alana Kimball in District C. On the state and national level, Democrats dominated in Concord, which is hardly a surprise. But here’s the breakdown anyway: With all 10 wards reporting, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Gov. Maggie Hassan and Rep. Annie Kuster each won the city by a 2-to-1 margin. ------------- 8:15 p.m.: Let the counting begin The 1,259th and final ballot slid in 0

Measuring public opinion one phone call at a time at the UNH Survey Center

In past elections, Dan usually cast votes for Democrats, but not this election. Dan, who is 57 years old and married, said he strongly disapproves of the job President Obama is doing and he plans to vote for all Republicans at the top of the ticket in today’s election. Only in the races for state Senate and Executive Council did he say he was leaning toward voting for Democrats. Dan holds a postgraduate degree and he is one of 757 randomly selected likely New Hampshire 0

Concord Ward 4 residents to vote at Boys & Girls Club

Residents of Concord Ward 4 will vote at a new polling place today. Previously, Ward 4 voters cast their ballots at St. Peter’s Parish Hall on North State Street in Concord. Because the church has been closed for the winter and listed for sale, that building can no longer be used for voting. The new Ward 4 polling place is the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Concord at 55 Bradley St. The election is today. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 0

Where and when to vote

Allenstown: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 10 School St. Alton: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Prospect Mountain High School, 242 Suncook Valley Road Andover: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Andover Elementary Middle School, 20 School St. Barnstead: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Barnstead Town Hall, 108 S. Barnstead Road Belmont: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Belmont High School, 255 Seavey Road Boscawen: 7 a.m.- 7p.m., Boscawen Town Hall, 12 High St. Bow: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Bow Memorial School, 20 Bow Center Road Bradford: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Kearsarge Regional Elementary 0

Accessibility is critical on Election Day, officials say

As New Hampshire voters head out to the polls today, so too will a team of inspectors from the attorney general’s office – checklists in hand – to make sure polling places are accessible and otherwise in compliance with state election laws. Starting early in the morning and continuing throughout the day, about 30 inspectors will canvass the state’s voting locations to check whether, for example, there’s a clear path to the polls that would be accessible by someone who uses a wheelchair and adequate 0

Poll data shows three of N.H.’s top four races could be decided by a single percentage point

At least three of the state’s top political races could be decided by a single percentage point, according to results of the most recent Granite State Poll. Predictions from the UNH Survey Center say the race for U.S. Senate, governor and the 1st Congressional District could be decided by the slimmest of margins. Meanwhile, the approval rate of President Obama continues to be a drag on Democratic incumbents, according to the poll results. Just 37 percent of the state’s likely voters approve of the job 0

Polling times and locations for Nov. 4 election

Allenstown: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 10 School St. Alton: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Prospect Mountain High School, 242 Suncook Valley Road Andover: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Andover Elementary Middle School, 20 School St. Barnstead: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Barnstead Town Hall, 108 S. Barnstead Road Belmont: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Belmont High School, 255 Seavey Road Boscawen: 7 a.m.- 7p.m., Boscawen Town Hall, 12 High St. Bow: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Bow Memorial School, 20 Bow Center Road Bradford: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Kearsarge Regional Elementary 0

N.H. Republicans make last-minute push to rally voters

In a final push to energize voters ahead of the election, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte emphasized the need to elect Scott Brown to ensure the safety and security of the country. Standing on a stage in a Wiggins Airways hangar in Manchester in front of the most prominent Republican candidates in New Hampshire, Ayotte said Brown’s 35 years in the National Guard have given him an understanding of “the seriousness of the threats we face.” “When we look at what is happening overseas, the danger 0

Election 2014: To GOP dismay, Dems still rule in Concord

Oliver Spencer’s lawn on Pine Street in Concord is dotted with signs for Republican candidates: gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein, U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown, U.S. congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia, Executive Councilor Joe Kenney. Spencer, recently retired from 24 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, recalled asking Havenstein point-blank what he would do to support military veterans. On the car in his driveway is a “Veterans for Brown” sticker. Sitting on his porch, Spencer said he wants to see more jobs and more opportunities for wind 0