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Campaign Monitor

Hassan, Havenstein paint different pictures of N.H.’s energy future

Gov. Maggie Hassan and her Republican challenger, Walt Havenstein, each painted a very different picture of New Hampshire’s energy future at a summit on the topic in Concord yesterday. Havenstein focused on the importance of rolling back government energy regulations. Hassan emphasized energy diversification and the state’s role in setting efficiency targets. “Conservation and energy efficiency are the cleanest and cheapest fuel,” Hassan said at an annual New Hampshire Energy Summit, hosted by consulting firm The Dupont Group. “The cheapest unit of energy is one 0

Brown, Shaheen pick up more endorsements

Scott Brown and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen started the week with a handful of key endorsements and continued to knock each other’s track records: Brown said Shaheen is bad news for businesses, while she said he’s bad news for women. Brown, a Republican, picked up support from the National Federation of Independent Business and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. On the other side, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC and the National Association of Women-Owned Businesses backed Shaheen, New Hampshire’s incumbent Democratic senator. The Affordable Care Act 0

A look at Garcia-Kuster attendance records

For the first time in a decade, both candidates for the 2nd Congressional District have served in elected office and have records for voters to examine. They’ve voted on many important topics, and the Monitor will examine those votes in the coming weeks. To start, we’ve taken a look at their attendance records. Incumbent Rep. Annie Kuster, a Democrat from Hopkinton, has served in the House for two years. She’s had a slightly-better-than-average attendance record in Washington, missing about 1 percent of votes, according to 4

District 2 Republican candidates try to set themselves apart on immigration

The United States’s southern border is more than 2,000 miles away from New Hampshire, but the flood of immigrants across that line in recent months has dominated debate in the 2nd Congressional District’s Republican primary. The first attack ad this primary? Former state senator Gary Lambert accused state Rep. Marilinda Garcia of supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants. The first line to get applause at a candidates’ debate in Rindge last month? Former state representative Jim Lawrence pledged that his first action if elected, would be 0

Scott Brown jokes about voter fraud

Scott Brown recently told conservative talk show host Howie Carr that out-of-state voters who support him should cross the border and vote for him on Election Day. Brown campaign says he was joking, but voter fraud hasn’t historically been a joking matter in New Hampshire – especially if you ask Republicans. Boston.com first reported the comments, which Brown made on Carr’s show in August. His comments came in response to a caller from Connecticut who asked why New Hampshire voters should support Brown. “Well they 8

Pappas waiting in wings in Executive Council District 4 race

The winner of the Republican primary for the Executive Council District 4 seat will likely face incumbent Manchester Democrat Chris Pappas in the general election. His opponent, Manchester resident Maria Chilson, has not actively campaigned since filing paperwork to run against Pappas in the Democratic primary. A spokeswoman for the state Democratic Party said the party does not have Chilson’s contact information, and the League of Women Voters canceled a candidate forum after a letter and phone message to Chilson went unanswered. On Friday morning, 1

Bob Burns, Jim Adams tout personal backgrounds in Executive Council Republican primary

Jim Adams and Bob Burns, Republican contenders in the Executive Council District 4 Republican primary, don’t seem to have much in the way of common ground. But it’s there. They were both born and raised in New Hampshire. Both describe themselves as loyal conservatives, in person and online: They say they’re committed to limited government, low taxes, protecting personal freedom and upholding constitutional values at the state and federal level. Both earned 100 percent scores from the Granite State Taxpayers Association, of which Adams is 1

Capital Beat: With primary closing in, campaigns get nasty

We knew the race between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown would get nasty. It did so as soon as Brown entered the race and has only worsened in the months since. But that’s not the only race where the mudslinging is in full force. With less than two weeks to go until the Sept. 9 primary, federal and state level races across New Hampshire are starting to heat up. Some of the negative advertising is coming from outside groups such as Americans for Prosperity and 6

Negative mailers, debate over full-day kindergarten heats up District 15 primary

This week, the fliers dropped quietly into mailboxes across state Senate District 15. One asks: “Who will invest in every child and every family?” Flip it over to see the green check mark next to a photo of Concord attorney Dan Feltes – and the red X next to the photo of Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger. On the second mailer paid for by the Feltes campaign, the bold letters read, “Kass Ardinger led the successful push to stop full-day kindergarten in Concord.” Then 3

Law puts tighter limits on push polling

As the election season heats up in New Hampshire, so too does the barrage of polling and campaign calls. Ahead of this campaign cycle, the state has narrowed its definition of push polls, a phone call that sounds like a polling survey but instead is used to spread negative information about a candidate. The changes to the state’s existing law clarify the difference between push polls and research surveys and have been praised by pollsters and research firms alike. The newly updated law has been 2

Garcia releases introductory television ad for 2nd Congressional District Republican primary

Marilinda Garcia has added her voice to the airwaves, the last major candidate in the race for the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District to put out a television ad with a spot released yesterday. Garcia, a state representative from Salem, faces former state senator Gary Lambert of Nashua and former state representative Jim Lawrence of Hudson in the Republican primary. The winner of the Sept. 9 primary will face Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster. In the ad, which will run through the 3

Anti-Shaheen ads pulled from air

A super PAC’s negative ads against U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen were pulled from the air yesterday after her attorneys flagged inaccuracies in the spot. Ending Spending Action Fund, a conservative outside group, claimed in ads that “Shaheen’s wealth has surged while in public office.” Her financial disclosure forms filed with the Senate show the opposite, with her personal wealth dropping by at least $562,000 and perhaps as much as $1 million. The anti-spending group’s 30- and 60-second ads had aired on Boston’s NBC affiliate, WHDH. 0

Shaheen up with first negative TV ad against Brown

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen put out her first attack ad against Republican Scott Brown yesterday. The 30-second clip hits Brown for his ties to oil companies, a topic Shaheen’s campaign and Democrats have been hammering since before Brown entered the race. “The big oil companies are the most profitable on the planet, but Scott Brown voted to give them $20 billion in taxpayer subsidies,” a male narrator’s voice says. That statistic is referring to Brown’s 2011 vote against a bill that would have closed $21 2

Scott Brown teams up with U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte for his most recent TV ad

New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte teams up with Scott Brown for the candidate’s latest television ad released today. In the 30-second ad titled “Kelly,” Ayotte says she supports the Republican U.S. Senate candidate because he’s for “fiscal responsibility, accountable government and…a health care plan that works for all of us.” Ayotte officially endorsed Brown in May and since then, has been making appearances with him on the campaign trail. “You know, I’m the mother of a nine-year old and a six-year old and I 1

Democrats hammer Brown on outsourcing

The outsourcing of jobs emerged as a hot topic yesterday following a report last week that linked U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown to a company that has sent jobs abroad. Democrats hammered Brown yesterday over the report, published in the Telegraph, that Brown earned $270,000 from a Massachusetts company that has outsourced jobs to China and Mexico. In February 2013, Brown joined the board of directors for the pulp and paper supplier company Kadant Inc. The company has four manufacturing operations in the United States 44