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Kuster attacks Garcia on 'Tea Party playbook' in first ad

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster released an ad laying out how her campaign will try to define her opponent, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, as the two battle for the 2nd Congressional District seat. The ad highlights Garcia’s rally two days before the Republican primary with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, calling him “the architect of the government shutdown.” He supports her “because Garcia has stuck to the Tea Party playbook,” the narrator says. The ad then lists Garcia’s stated opposition to the federal Department of Education 0

Poll has Shaheen, Brown in dead heat; another poll has Shaheen up 8 points

Several new polls released today reveal widely differing outlooks in the race for U.S. Senate. A CNN poll shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown locked in a dead heat among likely voters, with both earning 48 percent. A vast majority of those likely voters said their mind was already made up; 17 percent said they might change their decision. Shaheen scored a higher favorability rating among likely voters polled: 54 percent to Brown’s 46 percent. The margin of error is 0

After primary, Democrat incumbents officially start their campaigns

After spending months out of the spotlight while Republican primary candidates waged war against each other, the Democratic incumbents in the state’s top offices officially began their general election campaigns Tuesday night. The campaigns of four major office holders – Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen – tied their newly minted opponents to outside interests such as the Koch brothers, saying each can’t be trusted to represent New Hampshire’s values. They’ll face Walt Havenstein, state Rep. 5

Shaheen losing ground against Brown in latest UNH polling data

Fewer than a third of likely voters have decided which candidate they support in New Hampshire’s race for the U.S. Senate. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen still leads against all three of the major Republicans vying for their party’s nomination in the latest data from the UNH Survey Center. But former U.S. senator Scott Brown has almost closed what was once a wide statistical gap. Brown faces a primary Sept. 9 against candidates including former U.S. senator Bob Smith and former state senator Jim Rubens. 12

NextGen Climate releases first TV ad that draws connections between Brown, big oil

The Super PAC founded by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer takes aim at Scott Brown in its first television ad. “Out-of-state oilmen like the Koch brothers are spending millions to elect out-of-state politician Scott Brown to our Senate seat,” the 30-second television ad says. “Brown voted to protect tax giveaways for big oil, which is polluting our air and water.” NextGen Climate released the television, radio and digital ads today – all of which highlight a connection between Brown and oil. The Super PAC is getting 7

Feltes has financial edge over Ardinger, reports show

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story has been updated to include the financial details of candidates Jerry Little in District 8 and Maureen Raiche Manning in District 16. The amount of cash on hand in state Sen. David Boutin’s report has also been corrected. ------------------------------------------------------------ Less than three weeks before the Democratic primary for state Senate District 15, Concord attorney Dan Feltes has outraised Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger by more than $25,000. Yesterday was the first deadline for financial filings in 0

Latest polls show tight races ahead for Kuster and Shea-Porter

The enthusiasm gap between likely Republican and Democratic voters has narrowed as the Sept. 9 primary inches closer and polling shows tight races for the state’s incumbent politicians, according to the UNH Polling Center. Republicans are still more likely to be extremely or very interested in the election compared with Democrats, by a margin of 61 percent to 55 percent. But in July, more than 70 percent of Republicans were extremely or very interested in the election, compared with only 49 percent of Democrats. If 1

Havenstein, Hemingway spar over Medicaid expansion, economic growth, personal character

Republican gubernatorial candidates Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway sparred over their stances on Medicaid expansion and economic growth yesterday in a radio debate, which became tense when the topic strayed to personal character. Radio personality Jack Heath and reporter John DiStaso from NH Journal moderated the live, hourlong morning debate on WGIR. Both candidates said they oppose Obamacare and Medicaid expansion, but debated different approaches going forward. Havenstein said he would have vetoed Medicaid expansion had it come to his desk, but said the fact 1

Candidate profile: Walt Havenstein, 65, makes case for gubernatorial bid

Sitting on a shelf in Walt Havenstein’s home office is a gang, as they’re called, of meerkats. “Do you know what a meerkat is?” he asks, pointing up to the cluster of small animals, sitting on shelves surrounded by books and tokens from his military and defense career. During Havenstein’s tenure as chief executive officer of BAE Systems Inc., the animals became a symbol for the company culture, because meerkats survive by putting the needs of the group ahead of their own. Havenstein gave out 4

New Shaheen TV ad promotes child-care tax credit

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign began airing a new television ad today that focuses on her work to reduce child-care costs. In the 30-second ad, Shaheen talks about a bill she introduced to the U.S. Senate in July that would expand families’ access to the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. Several other female, Democratic senators co-sponsored the legislation. “My bill would increase tax credits for child care and could save families thousands of dollars,” Shaheen says during the ad, which shows the senator talking 3

Candidate profile: Andrew Hemingway, 32, makes case for gubernatorial bid

Andrew Hemingway doesn’t hesitate to share his ideas for New Hampshire – even when he knows you’ll be skeptical. Take his flat tax plan. It would reduce taxes on businesses and start taxing local governments and nonprofits. It’s a major restructuring of the state’s tax policy, which is bound to turn heads and raise eyebrows. But that doesn’t make him afraid to talk about it. “I’m not afraid of a challenge, I’m not afraid of negative feedback,” Hemingway told the Monitor recently. “Maybe we determine 3

New Hampshire PAC endorses Hemingway, Garcia

A New Hampshire PAC aiming to elect millennial leaders has endorsed Republicans Andrew Hemingway for governor and state Rep. Marilinda Garcia for U.S. Congress. Stark360 launched this month and is beginning statewide efforts to support these candidates with more than 100 volunteers, Chairman Aaron Day said. The group is libertarian-focused. Hemingway, a 32-year-old political activist and technology entrepreneur from Bristol, will compete against former executive Walt Havenstein, in the primary to challenge Democrat Gov. Maggie Hassan in the November general election. Garcia, 31, is a 1

State Senate candidates challenge each other on the issues at District 15 forum

As the rest of the crowd filtered out of Sweeney Hall at NHTI in Concord last night, George and Sally Chase remained in their seats. The Hopkinton residents, both 82, were pondering the 90-minute forum they had just heard with state Senate candidates Kass Ardinger and Dan Feltes. “Actually, I changed my vote,” George Chase said. “I was edging over to Kass, and now I’m edging over to Dan.” While both candidates were thoughtful and passionate, he said, Feltes’s ideas seemed more concrete. “He can 0

McCain joins Brown for town hall event in Derry

U.S. Sen. John McCain joined Scott Brown at a town hall meeting focused on foreign policy in Derry yesterday, and the pair answered audience questions on topics ranging from Boko Haram to energy, poverty and Social Security. They both panned what they called President Obama’s ineffective foreign policy strategy throughout the hourlong event at Pinkerton Academy. “This president, since he has become president, I have never seen the world in greater turmoil than it is today,” McCain said. Brown, who hopes to unseat incumbent U.S. 0

After 8 years in legal aid, Feltes eyes a seat in the State House

As Joanne Keough stood in her Dakin Street doorway, State Senate candidate Dan Feltes launched into his pitch for her vote. Under the hot Saturday morning sun, Feltes detailed his eight years at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, which advocates for low-income and elderly clients in court and at the State House. He mentioned his work on a bill that allows part-time workers, like those who have recently lost their jobs at Market Basket, to apply for unemployment benefits. “That’s good work,” Keough told him. She 1