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Hassan, Havenstein paint different pictures of N.H.’s energy future

Gov. Maggie Hassan and her Republican challenger, Walt Havenstein, each painted a very different picture of New Hampshire’s energy future at a summit on the topic in Concord yesterday. Havenstein focused on the importance of rolling back government energy regulations. Hassan emphasized energy diversification and the state’s role in setting efficiency targets. “Conservation and energy efficiency are the cleanest and cheapest fuel,” Hassan said at an annual New Hampshire Energy Summit, hosted by consulting firm The Dupont Group. “The cheapest unit of energy is one 0

Brown, Shaheen pick up more endorsements

Scott Brown and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen started the week with a handful of key endorsements and continued to knock each other’s track records: Brown said Shaheen is bad news for businesses, while she said he’s bad news for women. Brown, a Republican, picked up support from the National Federation of Independent Business and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. On the other side, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC and the National Association of Women-Owned Businesses backed Shaheen, New Hampshire’s incumbent Democratic senator. The Affordable Care Act 0

A look at Garcia-Kuster attendance records

For the first time in a decade, both candidates for the 2nd Congressional District have served in elected office and have records for voters to examine. They’ve voted on many important topics, and the Monitor will examine those votes in the coming weeks. To start, we’ve taken a look at their attendance records. Incumbent Rep. Annie Kuster, a Democrat from Hopkinton, has served in the House for two years. She’s had a slightly-better-than-average attendance record in Washington, missing about 1 percent of votes, according to 4

Capital Beat: Five things to watch on primary day

After months of relentless campaigning by candidates for federal and statewide office, the primary is finally here. This Tuesday, voters will choose Republican nominees for Congress, governor and a number of state Senate races, and Democrats will pick a candidate in the state Senate district made up of Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. You can expect political activity to ramp up even more once these contests are decided: There are less than 60 days left until the general election, and races will heat up even 0

GOP gubernatorial candidates Walt Havenstein, Andrew Hemingway meet in debate

The candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor last night agreed more than they disagreed about a wide range of topics from job creation to Medicaid expansion and whether the governor should have gotten involved in the Market Basket dispute during their final debate before Tuesday’s primary. Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway squared off during a televised debate on WMUR-TV, and there was much less of the rhetoric that has marked previous debates. The only time things had the potential to get fiery was when 4

Candidate profile: Bob Smith looks to serve in U.S. Senate once again

Just after the sun set over the Rochester Fairgrounds, Bob Smith climbed up on stage. “We have a country to save,” Smith, 73, told several hundred people seated in the bleachers before him. Many of them had come out to support the Republican candidate at his Freedom Concert, the biggest event of his ongoing campaign for U.S. Senate. But for most of them Smith is not a new face. This campaign is Smith’s latest bid for a Senate seat that he held from 1990 to 4

In District 15 debate, primary candidates say they would lead differently in legislature

Where Democrats Kass Ardinger and Dan Feltes line up on the issues in the District 15 state Senate primary, they stand apart in style. And just days before voters will choose between the two, the candidates highlighted that difference at a debate last night at New England College. Ardinger looked back to advice she received eight years ago, when she was new to the Concord School Board. “Come in without an agenda, work hard, listen, be ready to roll up your sleeves and work with 0

Smith, Rubens go after Brown in GOP U.S. Senate debate

Jim Rubens and Bob Smith repeatedly put Scott Brown on defense during a debate last night, attacking him for flip-flopping on issues and saying he lacks Republican principles on everything from the Second Amendment to health care. “Mr. Brown, tear up those talking points. For heaven’s sake, you vote with President Obama more than you vote with the Republican Party,” Smith said after Brown said he doesn’t regret any of the votes he took as a Massachusetts U.S. senator. The debate, aired on WMUR, was 7

Campaign financial reports released for Ardinger, Feltes

The two Democrats on the ballot in state Senate District 15 are spending big to draw voters to the primary polls next week. At the second deadline for campaign financial reports this week, Concord attorney Dan Feltes had outraised Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger by more than $27,000 overall. In the past two weeks, the candidates kept even pace by raising less than $5,000 each but spending more than $18,000 apiece. Less than a week before the primary election, Ardinger said she felt “engergized.” 0

Lambert stands by ads attacking Garcia, after GOP leaders ask him to pull them

Marilinda Garcia’s campaign has called in the reserves to defend her against attacks from Gary Lambert, as the two battle for the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District. Three Republicans who have thus far kept out of the race, including Bryan Gould, chairman of the Merrimack County Republican Committee, issued a statement today calling on Lambert’s campaign to stop airing his latest TV attacks against her. Lambert’s Campaign Manager Josh Davidson said they will not pull the ads. “When you can’t defend your record, 0

Nine labor unions endorse Shaheen

A coalition of the state’s largest labor unions, including the National Education Association and State Employees Association, put their backing behind incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen while knocking her top opponent, Scott Brown. “This election, we’re going door to door because there’s a real contrast in this race between someone running for New Hampshire working families and someone who’s in this race to line his own pockets,” said Mark Mackenzie, President of the NH AFL-CIO said in a press release from the Shaheen campaign. In 1

Candidate profile: Scott Brown tells N.H. voters he’s an independent voice

Ever since Scott Brown made Rye his home in December, he has been traveling across the state – green pickup truck and all – on a mission to convince New Hampshire voters that he should represent them in the U.S. Senate. If he wins, Brown would be the third person in U.S. history to represent two states in the Senate. From the start, observers said Brown would have an uphill battle against Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. He came out of the gate swinging at her 3

Gov. Maggie Hassan continues to outraise Republican opponents Hemingway, Havenstein

The focus in the governor’s race may be on the Republican primary, but it was Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan who posted the highest fundraising totals by yesterday’s filing date. Between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, Hassan’s campaign raised nearly $80,000 and now has $1.12 million cash on hand. Hassan’s numbers dwarf those of her Republican challengers – Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway – who will face off in the primary Tuesday. Havenstein pulled in about $36,500 between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3 and has more 0

Candidates in contested state House races weigh in on the issues

(This article has been updated to correct state Rep. JR Hoell’s position on expanded gambling.) The candidates for state representative in our area who are facing contested primaries were asked to fill out a short questionnaire on issues they would likely tackle in the next legislative session and to share their personal philosophies and priorities. The answers from those who responded from the Hillsborough County race and Merrimack County races are below. Hillsborough County District 2 (Deering, Weare) – 3 seats The Democratic race is 1

Garcia, Lambert trade jabs over health care, immigration in debate

State Rep. Marilinda Garcia was the target of several attacks during last night’s debate between the candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District. Those attacks – and her counterattacks directed at former state senator Gary Lambert – were shot down by former state representative Jim Lawrence. In his closing remarks and several times earlier in the debate, Lawrence called on voters to support him and reject negative campaigning and intraparty scuffles. “The attack ads, the fighting, this makes people sick and 4