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Climate change drawing lots of money, but gaining little traction, in Senate race

Ronald West considers himself the swing vote of his Concord household. He is a registered independent and cares about issues like the economy and national security. But recently another issue has cracked his top-five list: climate change. “It’s pretty important,” West said. If legislators can ignore the science behind climate change, he said, “it’s easy to ignore other things.” When a canvasser from NextGen Climate – a super PAC dedicated to electing candidates who want to address climate change – knocked on his door last 0

O’Malley to campaign again in New Hampshire

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is returning to New Hampshire to campaign for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. O’Malley is scheduled to visit restaurants and local businesses in the Concord, New Hampshire, area on Monday. He also is scheduled to attend a chili feed with New Hampshire firefighters and Shaheen in Laconia on Monday evening. The trip will be O’Malley’s fifth to New Hampshire in a year’s time. The term-limited Democratic governor who leaves office in January is considering running for president in 2016. O’Malley was in the 0

Ebola, foreign policy in spotlight during latest Shaheen-Brown debate

Reflecting the increasingly nationalized tone of the race, the bulk of the conversation between New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate candidates at last night’s WBIN-TV/CNN debate was grounded not in issues directly tied to the Granite State but instead in challenges originating states or oceans away. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, moderating the debate alongside NH1 News’s Paul Steinhauser, kicked off the debate by asking Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican candidate Scott Brown several questions about Ebola. To start, Blitzer referenced the then still-potential case of 0

Hassan highlights support for small businesses

Gov. Maggie Hassan promoted herself as a leader who is growing New Hampshire’s economy while taking a swing at her Republican opponent Walt Havenstein’s business record yesterday. “We have come too far to let my opponent take our economy backward,” Hassan said. “My opponent ran his last company into the ditch and we can’t allow him to do the same thing to New Hampshire’s economy.” Hassan made her comments at digital marketing agency CommonPlaces in Manchester, where she was joined by Executive Councilor Chris Pappas 0

Five candidates fight for three N.H. state representative seats in District 10

Five candidates are competing this fall for three slots in the state House of Representatives to represent Merrimack County District 10, which includes Hopkinton and Concord Ward 5. While only two of the five are current state legislators, most of the candidates running have been on a local ballot in the past. Democratic state Reps. Mary Jane Wallner and Mel Myler are both District 10 incumbents running for re-election. Hopkinton resident Gary Richardson, who had served four terms representing the district, announced his retirement in 0

Shaheen: Obamacare benefits starting to be seen, but more work needs to be done

People in New Hampshire and across the country are starting to see benefits of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen told the Monitor in an interview yesterday. But parts of the health care law known as Obamacare still need improvement, she added. “I don’t want to go back, and I think most people don’t want to go back to a system that will deny all of those reforms,” Shaheen said. She cited popular changes brought about by the law, which allows children to 0

Candidate forum tomorrow night in Warner

Local candidates for state representative, state senator and Executive Council will participate in a forum tomorrow night in Warner. Hosted by the League of Women Voters, the forum will be open to questions from the audience. The candidates who have confirmed they will attend are: ∎ State Senate District 15 candidates Dan Feltes and Lydia Harman. That district includes Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner. ∎ State Rep. Clyde Carson, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Patrick Page. The two candidates are running to represent Merrimack County District 0

N.H. Police Association again endorses Hassan

The New Hampshire Police Association endorsed Gov. Maggie Hassan in her bid for re-election, the governor’s campaign announced yesterday. It is the third public safety association – along with the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association and Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire – to endorse Hassan in this election cycle, according to her campaign. All of the groups also endorsed Hassan, a Democrat, in the general election when she ran for governor in 2012. At a law enforcement roundtable event held last week, Hassan’s Republican opponent 0

Party lines and pipelines: Candidates talk energy

There are pipelines and there are party lines, and what New Hampshire candidates say about the former appears largely influenced by the latter. Asked what specific steps the U.S. should take to reduce its reliance on foreign oil, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster barely mentions natural gas, while her Republican challenger in the 2nd District, Marilinda Garcia, doesn’t mention renewable energy sources. In the 1st District, there’s a bit of overlap between Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta, but like the others, the two 0

New Hampshire lawmaker on blog: U.S. Rep. is ‘ugly’

A state representative is being criticized for disparaging comments he made about a congresswoman’s appearance. Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, a Manchester Republican, called U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster “ugly” in a recent blog post and compared her to a drag queen. He wrote that he saw a poll that attractive candidates are more likely to win than unattractive ones and went on to say state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, Kuster’s opponent, is “truly attractive.” He did not cite the poll. Kuster’s campaign declined to comment. She’s a Democrat 0

Personhood, gay marriage, Sharia Law part of new GOP platform

Since they were adopted last month, the changes to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee platform have added fuel to criticism Democrats were lodging at their Republican opponents. Whether those changes represent the party’s top candidates – and whether the changes are likely to be put into policy – depends on who you’re asking. At the party’s state convention last month, delegates voted to change several sections of the party’s platform, including stronger language defining marriage as a union between two people of the opposite 0

Candidate Havenstein discusses stepmother’s murder

Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein says the killing of his stepmother in a home invasion reinforced his appreciation for law enforcement. Havenstein spoke about the 2008 killing for the first time during a crime-focused campaign event Wednesday. He said he never intended to make it a part of his campaign but felt it fit with the discussion about making sure the police have the tools they need to do their jobs. “The law enforcement folks of our country do not get the credit they deserve, 0

Christie: Governor’s race winnable for Havenstein

In his fourth trip to New Hampshire since June, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said 25 days is enough time for Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein to erase his opponent’s lead. Christie himself plans to make Havenstein’s case to New Hampshire voters at least once more – maybe twice – before Election Day. A recent University of New Hampshire poll shows Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan with a 10-point lead over Havenstein among likely voters. “Predictions don’t mean anything if you want it to go a 0

Democrats and Republicans fight for three seats in Merrimack County District 23

Of the six candidates running for state representative in Merrimack County District 23, only one – Republican JR Hoell – is an incumbent. The other five seeking the three open seats have never held posts in the state House, though most have run for state representative before or held a different elected position. Two Democrats – Christopher Andrews and Mary Beth Walz – currently fill the other two seats in the district that represents Bow and Dunbarton. They are not seeking re-election. In addition to 0

Scott Brown: Ebola crisis ‘underscores the need to secure our borders’

U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown renewed his call to secure the border yesterday in order to stop Ebola from spreading into the country. “This underscores the need to secure our borders. We have already seen people with Ebola arrive in the United States through normal channels and the type of havoc that can create,” Brown, a Republican, said in a statement yesterday. Brown has previously called for further border security as a way to protect against terrorism. “My concern is with our unprotected border where 0