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Alicea, Forsythe vie for Boscawen House seat

Boscawen voters in Merrimack County District 8 are being asked to choose between a familiar face and a new one. Democratic incumbent Caroletta Alicea, who has lived in Boscawen for 45 years and is the daughter of a former state representative, is being challenged by Republican Robert Forsythe. Alicea was elected in 2012, after Boscawen got its first non-floterial state representative. Forsythe is a stay-at-home father who spent seven years as a medic in the United States Army, where he served in Iraq, Kosovo and 0

New Hampshire home to ‘least positive’ gubernatorial ads, Senate race not far behind

If you’ve been paying attention to the campaign ads this season, you’ve probably heard gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein described as a “failed CEO” and Gov. Maggie Hassan as someone who oversaw “out-of-control” spending – and neither, apparently, is fit to lead New Hampshire. Elsewhere, you might have heard other ads claim that U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is just in Congress to do the president’s bidding, Scott Brown doesn’t really mean it when he says he’s pro-choice, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster is “out of touch with 0

2nd Congressional District candidates call each other absent

Candidates competing in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District accused each other last night of being missing in action and ignoring constituents in favor of following party leaders. In their first debate, Republican state Rep. Marilinda Garcia criticized Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster for not holding town hall meetings, and accused her of putting President Obama’s agenda ahead of constituent concerns. “When they approach her with a concern with a new regulation that’s passed, or something they’re having trouble dealing with . . . she’ll 0

Bass endorses Garcia for his old 2nd Congressional District seat

Former U.S. representative Charlie Bass has endorsed state Rep. Marilinda Garcia as she takes on Bass’s former two-time opponent, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster. Bass, a Peterborough Republican long considered a party moderate, said in a statement: “Marilinda is an honest, responsible, and principled leader, and her commitment to common sense fiscal discipline would best serve the people of New Hampshire. Her strong record of leadership and her impressive accomplishments qualify her to be the voice in Washington that the 2nd District needs.” Bass represented the 0

Havenstein hits Hassan on law enforcement record

Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein is attacking Gov. Maggie Hassan’s record on crime. During a campaign stop in Dover today, Havenstein hit Hassan for sponsoring a bill as a state senator that let nonviolent offenders out of jail soon after serving their minimum sentence. State Senate candidate Eddie Edwards, a former law enforcement officer, and U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, joined Havenstein at the stop. Attendees asked the three to comment on New Hampshire’s refugee population, immigration and threats from 0

Polls: Brown, Shaheen locked in tight race

Two polls released Tuesday show a narrow race between incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown. The WMUR Granite State Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, has Shaheen ahead 47 percent to Brown’s 41 percent, with 10 percent undecided and 1 percent favoring someone else. In another poll, conducted weekly leading up to the election by New England College, Shaheen leads Brown 48.5 to 45.9 percent. That race and the one in the 1st Congressional District are 0

Kuster campaigns at Peter’s Images salon in Concord to praise a higher minimum wage

Peter Kapos quietly made a big difference for his employees this year. He decided, back in March, to raise the starting wages of employees at Peter’s Images Unlimited Salon & Day Spa to $10 per hour. He didn’t raise prices and he didn’t make a big splash about the change. “It was, I felt, the right thing to do. If everyone would do the same thing that I have done, it’s a win-win situation. If people are happy, they are able to do their job 0

U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown picks up endorsement from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, as he and incumbent Jeanne Shaheen trade jabs

Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown yesterday, joining the former Massachusetts senator in criticizing President Obama and incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for their approach to foreign policy. “If you allow us to have a majority with Scott Brown leading the way, we will reinvigorate American military power and we will reinvigorate the rightful role of America in the world,” Rubio, a Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told a packed room at Halligan Tavern in Derry. A day 0

Shaheen, Brown square off in first U.S. Senate debate in N.H.

Republican Scott Brown immediately and repeatedly called U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen a rubber stamp for the Obama administration yesterday, while she waited until the end of their first debate to cast him as an outsider who doesn’t understand New Hampshire. Shaheen, a Democrat and former governor seeking a second Senate term, faces Brown, a former Massachusetts senator, Nov. 4. He won a special election in 2010 to replace the late senator Ted Kennedy, lost the seat in 2012 and moved to New Hampshire late last 0

Shaheen, Brown differ on ground troops to Syria

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen opposes deploying American ground troops to the Middle East to fight Islamic State militants but her Republican challenger, Scott Brown, said he remains open to the idea. A U.S.-led coalition recently began airstrikes in Iraq and Syria aimed at destroying the extremist faction that has seized control of a huge chunk of territory stretching from northern Syria to the western outskirts of the Iraqi capital. Brown said he is not advocating for ground troops but that leaving the option on the 0

Republican Lydia Harman focuses on voters’ voices in District 15 state Senate race

Lydia Harman is a real estate broker, a mother, a voter, a former political talk show host. She never wanted to be a politician. “It’s a lot easier being a constituent,” said Harman, 43. But now her name is printed in white letters on blue-and-green signs, sticking out of the grass here and there around District 15. In less than five weeks, Harman will be the Republican on the ballot for an open state Senate seat to represent Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. Her campaign 0

Hillary Clinton to campaign for Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Hillary Clinton is planning a Nov. 2 visit to New Hampshire to campaign with Democratic incumbents Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the senator’s campaign confirmed yesterday. Additional details are still being ironed out. The possibility of a visit from the former secretary of state, presidential candidate, senator and first lady was first reported yesterday morning by Politico, which described Clinton’s trip to New Hampshire as part of “an itinerary that focuses on helping Senate candidates and includes trips to a half-dozen states.” 0

NEC revises poll, showing Kuster gained ground with voters

New England College amended a poll released earlier this week, significantly widening Rep. Annie Kuster’s lead over Republican challenger state Rep. Marilinda Garcia. The college cited computational errors for the original data, which showed Kuster leading Garcia by 1.4 percent in a poll of 702 likely voters in the 2nd Congressional District. The new data show Kuster holding a 11.1 percent lead. That lead is wider than the one Kuster held over Garcia in a poll conducted by NEC earlier in September, and makes Kuster 0

Garcia announces five town halls, including Oct. 29 in Concord

State Rep. Marilinda Garcia announced five town hall events as she tours the 2nd Congressional District in her bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster. Specific locations and times for the events will be announced at a later date, according to the announcement from Garcia’s campaign. The topics, locations and days are: ∎ Health care, in Littleton on Thursday. ∎ National Security, with former Ambassador John Bolton, in Hanover on Oct. 15. ∎ Taxes and regulation, in Keene on Oct. 21 ∎ Government spending and national debt, in 7

Firefighters’ union endorses Kuster in 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Ann Kuster secured the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire yesterday. “As our congresswoman, Annie Kuster has made it clear that she fights for the issues that matter to firefighters, and to the middle class families in our state. Our congresswoman stands up for her beliefs, and she believes that good government means strong public safety,” said David Lang, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire. The firefighters endorsed Kuster in 2012, when she first won the seat representing 11