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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

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

Brown takes national approach with campaign

Carrying his young daughter Ayla in one arm, Scott Brown showed up to a selectmen’s meeting in the early 1990s hoping to have a say in local politics. At issue was rehabbing a school in Wrentham, Mass., where Brown lived with his family. What he witnessed at the meeting surprised him. “Everyone treated everybody really poorly,” Brown said. After the meeting ended, Brown shared his concerns with one of the selectmen. Instead of understanding, Brown remembers he got a challenge. “If you don’t like it, 0

Only Libertarian state representative candidate in the state is running in her eighth election

A Libertarian state representative candidate has not been elected in New Hampshire in 14 years, but Lisa Wilber is persistent. She was not elected when she first ran for state representative in 2000 – or in each consecutive election since then – but she continues to run on the Libertarian Party ticket, this year for the eighth time. Wilber, 51, of Weare is the only state representative candidate running as a registered Libertarian in New Hampshire this year, although she said that other libertarians are 0

Secretary of State Bill Gardner makes election turnout predictions

Secretary of State Bill Gardner predicts 464,000 New Hampshire voters – about 54 percent of all registered voters – will cast ballots Tuesday, based on previous midterm elections and the national economy. “The turnout in our elections track the economy in an inverse way: when the economy is bad, turnout is high, and when the economy is good, turnout is not as good,” he said yesterday. The 2010 midterm election drew 461,000 voters to the polls. In 2006, turnout was 417,000. “The economy is better 0

State representative running in new district

Two incumbents in different districts are running for the one seat in Hillsborough Country District 39. Evelyn Connor, a current Democratic state representative in Hillsborough County District 2, is running against John Burt, a Republican state representative in Hillsborough County District 6. District 2 represents Weare and Deering, while District 6 represents Goffstown. District 39 is a floterial district that represents Weare, Deering and Goffstown. Connor changed districts because she moved in June to Goffstown, where she lived 22 years ago. Until this summer, she 0

Shaheen, Brown face off in final debate

The state’s U.S. Senate candidates met last night for their final debate, where just days before the election they underscored contrasting stances on health care, the economy and foreign policy – as well as their knowledge of New Hampshire. A question on the economy in Sullivan County proved to be one of the debate’s tensest moments after panelist James Pindell of WMUR asked Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown about the county located along the Vermont border. After Brown listed tourism and 0

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster pushes constituent services to bolster bipartisan credentials

In 2012, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster campaigned for Congress on two major promises: to end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas, and to freeze congressional pay until the budget is balanced. Did she fulfill those pledges? It may be unfair to evaluate any member of the 113th Congress on their accomplishments, considering all sides agree Congress has become paralyzed by partisanship. Kuster co-sponsored bills that could have achieved those promises she made two years ago, but most are still languishing in committees. She 0

Garcia’s conservative record a study in contradictions with her moderate reputation

As a first-time congressional candidate, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia has spent much of the past year introducing herself to voters, and defining who she is and what her candidacy means. At 31 years old, with little professional experience, she points to her four terms in the State House, where, she says, she’s worked with health care administrators and colleagues regardless of their party affiliation to move New Hampshire to a more consumer-oriented innovative health care model. House records show Garcia, a Republican, has sponsored five 0

U.S. Senate, gubernatorial races breed big ad spending

Wondering how much your vote is worth? If you live in New Hampshire, have access to a television and are eligible to cast a ballot in Tuesday’s election, the magic number – at least in the U.S. Senate race – is about $12. That’s according to an analysis from the Center for Public Integrity, which tracks the estimated amount of money politicians, political parties and outside groups are spending on ads in this year’s election. The nonprofit is one of several entities trying to keep 0

Democrats criticize Havenstein on raises amid scam probe

Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein knew about 5 percent raises given to consultants associated with a massive fraud scandal involving a company he led, his campaign said yesterday. He did not stop the raises from going into effect because he did not want to jeopardize an ongoing federal investigation into the fraud, spokesman Henry Goodwin said. Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan brought up the pay raises for the first time during Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate. For months, she has sought to discredit Havenstein’s business record by pointing 0