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Battle for speaker of the House boils down to leadership styles

State Rep. Robert Elliott has a decision to make. On Tuesday, the Salem Republican will cast a vote to help decide who will lead the New Hampshire House of Representatives once it comes under Republican control again. Elliott hasn’t yet made up his mind whether to vote for Rep. Gene Chandler or Rep. Bill O’Brien, both of whom have served as speaker of the House. “Gene is a conciliator . . . whereas Bill is a lightning rod,” said Elliott, who was just elected to 0

All three legislative ties settled by recount

The fate of three election-night ties are settled now that ballots have been hand counted by the secretary of state’s office. In all there were 19 recounts following the Nov. 4 election, including three races that were tied. With two recounts still to go, results were not reversed in any of the races so far and the three ties were split 2-to-1 in favor of Democrats. As a result, the breakdown in the House between the two parties is 239 Republicans, 160 Democrats and one 0

Hosmer named District 7 state senator after recount

Nearly seven hours after the red tape on the first box of ballots was unsealed by Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Andrew Hosmer was officially re-elected as the District 7 state senator. A 132-vote difference between Hosmer, the Democratic incumbent, and Kathy Lauer-Rago, the Republican candidate in the district, led to the only state Senate race recount following the Nov. 4 election. “I’m just really pleased with the outcome,” Hosmer said after the final votes were tallied and Lauer-Rago offered her congratulations to the first-term 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

Monitor launches partnership with PolitiFact

The Concord Monitor is launching its partnership with PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization known for its political Truth-O-Meter. The Monitor’s editors and political reporters will run PolitiFactNH, and will publish fact checks and rulings on statements made by New Hampshire lawmakers, state officials and advocacy groups. The Truth-O-Meter ratings, which range from “True” and “Mostly True” to “Pants on Fire,” will appear in our news pages and on the website. The Monitor, the exclusive newspaper partner in New Hampshire, will also run fact checks 0

Can Republicans capture the N.H. Legislature?

New Hampshire is no stranger to sweeping shifts in the balance of power at the State House, at least in recent years. It happened, most notably, in 2006 when Democrats made major gains at the state level. They rode in, as a group of Republicans would several years later, on a wave of dissatisfaction stemming largely from George W. Bush’s presidency. “That was a big shocker,” said longtime Granite State political observer Dean Spiliotes, an observation others echoed. The political seesaw tipped back again in 0

Shaheen reflects on past six years while looking ahead

When Jeanne Shaheen and her husband, Bill, built their Madbury home in 1980, energy was on their minds. It was the end of the Iranian oil crisis, a time when vehicles lined streets outside gas stations as drivers waited for their chance to refuel. “We built an energy efficient home for those days,” Shaheen said at a recent campaign event. The couple constructed a passive solar home, at the time a new design reliant on a double shell and heat from the sun to keep 0