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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

Kuster, Garcia highlight differences in forum

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster told business leaders yesterday that her bipartisan approach sets her apart from her Republican challenger, while state Rep. Marilinda Garcia said voters want someone who will be accessible and willing to stall President Obama’s failed policies. The 2nd District opponents made separate appearances yesterday at a Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce forum, where they were asked to describe their greatest differences. Kuster, a Democrat, focused on governing styles, saying both her Republican parents and her long career as a lawyer have 0

AG: Union broke campaign finance rules in donation to Hassan, must submit documentation

Local Union 131 Volunteer PAC failed to follow state campaign finance requirements when it donated $25,000 to Gov. Maggie Hassan’s 2012 campaign, the attorney general’s office ruled in response to a complaint filed in August by the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. The union was not registered as a political committee at the time it contributed the money and did not properly report the funds in a later filing with the secretary of state, Associate Attorney General Richard Head wrote in a ruling released Tuesday. 0

Monitor, NECN, UNH to host U.S. Senate debate on Oct. 21

The Concord Monitor is partnering with NECN and the University of New Hampshire on a U.S. Senate debate in Concord between Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown. Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press and NBC News political director, will moderate the debate at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 8 to 9 p.m. Panelists include Concord Monitor political reporter Allie Morris, NECN political reporter Alison King and UNH political science professor Dante Scala. The 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