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Battle for speaker of the House boils down to leadership styles

State Rep. Robert Elliott has a decision to make. On Tuesday, the Salem Republican will cast a vote to help decide who will lead the New Hampshire House of Representatives once it comes under Republican control again. Elliott hasn’t yet made up his mind whether to vote for Rep. Gene Chandler or Rep. Bill O’Brien, both of whom have served as speaker of the House. “Gene is a conciliator . . . whereas Bill is a lightning rod,” said Elliott, who was just elected to 0

All three legislative ties settled by recount

The fate of three election-night ties are settled now that ballots have been hand counted by the secretary of state’s office. In all there were 19 recounts following the Nov. 4 election, including three races that were tied. With two recounts still to go, results were not reversed in any of the races so far and the three ties were split 2-to-1 in favor of Democrats. As a result, the breakdown in the House between the two parties is 239 Republicans, 160 Democrats and one 0

Hosmer named District 7 state senator after recount

Nearly seven hours after the red tape on the first box of ballots was unsealed by Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Andrew Hosmer was officially re-elected as the District 7 state senator. A 132-vote difference between Hosmer, the Democratic incumbent, and Kathy Lauer-Rago, the Republican candidate in the district, led to the only state Senate race recount following the Nov. 4 election. “I’m just really pleased with the outcome,” Hosmer said after the final votes were tallied and Lauer-Rago offered her congratulations to the first-term 0

Marilinda Garcia stumps at the Barley House in Concord

State Rep. Marilinda Garcia met some new faces last night at the Barley House in Concord, where she hosted a town hall meeting, taking questions from the crowd through Merrimack County GOP Chairman Bryan Gould. Garcia, the Republican running for the 2nd Congressional District seat, positioned herself as a moderate in style and on several issues, saying she never wanted to run a campaign of empty slogans. “When I started this campaign, I really didn’t want to resort to those kind of things that people 0

Three candidates vie for one seat on the Concord School Board in District B

Two current members and one newcomer are vying for one seat to represent District B on the Concord School Board. All three have similar concerns about the district – such as a lack of communication and involvement between Concord residents and the board – but approach the board with diverse professional backgrounds and experience. Barb Higgins and Patrick Taylor, both current board members, are being challenged by Nathan Fennessy. Higgins was elected to the board in 2011, while Taylor was appointed to the board this 0

Elementary school teacher, college professor compete for District C school board seat

Either a college professor or a second-grade teacher will hold the open District C seat on the Concord School Board. Alana Kimball, a teacher at Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School, and Shawn Hackshaw, coordinator of the undergraduate math education program at Plymouth State University, are competing to represent Wards 8, 9 and 10 on the board. When Kimball and Hackshaw realized few had filed to run for the school board, they each decided to join the race. Kimball, who lives on Pembroke Road, said her roles as 0

Small business, energy highlighted in Senate race

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen emphasized her efforts to help small businesses while visiting a Manchester company on Wednesday, as her Republican challenger Scott Brown headed to a nuclear plant to highlight his energy plan. Shaheen met privately with workers at Dyn Inc., which provides a range of services to help ensure Internet traffic is delivered quickly and reliably. She and the company’s chief operating officer told reporters afterward that legislation she helped craft helped the company expand from 20 workers to 400 in recent years. 0

Senate District 6 candidates are clearly divided

Voters in Barnstead and towns to its east have two clearly divided candidates to choose between for their next representative in the state Senate. The race for state Senate District 6 is a rematch from 2012 between incumbent and retired nuclear engineer Sam Cataldo, a Republican, and challenger and full-time pharmacist Richard Leonard, a Democrat. Leonard, of New Durham, said he approves of Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act, raising the minimum wage and the Common Core curriculum. Cataldo, 77, of Farmington, said he 0

Shea-Porter: Guinta takes pride in blocking legislation

While her opponent says she doesn’t have much to show for her six years in Congress, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter contends that it’s “nothing short of miraculous” that Democrats in the House have accomplished what they have. She said House Republicans – including former U.S. representative and Manchester mayor Frank Guinta, who served the 1st Congressional District between 2010 and 2012 – have adopted a mantra that they don’t want to pass legislation. “They said, ‘You should judge us not by the laws we pass, 0

Kuster, Garcia debate with one week left to Election Day

The candidates in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District race have criticized each other since the very night of the primary, and both stuck to their tried and tested jabs during the final televised debate before Tuesday’s election. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and challenger state Rep. Marilinda Garcia chided each other for missing votes and committee hearings. Garcia brought up Kuster’s delinquent property tax payments from 2010, and Kuster called the 31-year-old Garcia and her positions “naive.” Kuster criticized Garcia for opposing increases to the 0

Georgevits, Reardon vie for Concord’s seat on the Merrimack County Board of Commissioners

The race for the Merrimack County Board of Commissioners may be at the bottom of the ticket in Concord on Election Day, but outgoing member Liz Blanchard of Penacook still wants voters to pay attention. “We do have an $80 million budget,” Blanchard said. “The county isn’t as small potatoes as people think.” The board oversees the county’s operations; the Merrimack County government runs the county prosecutor’s office and the sheriff’s department, as well as the jail and the nursing home, both located in Boscawen. 0

Brown under water in N.H., but Shaheen could sink

If there’s one person in New Hampshire less popular than President Obama, it’s Republican Scott Brown. But that might not matter as the former Massachusetts senator tries to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in his new home state. Brown, who moved to New Hampshire late last year, hopes to sink Shaheen by linking her to Obama, whose favorability and job approval remain at all-time lows. And while Brown’s favorability numbers are just as dismal – one poll shows voters liking him less the more 0

Challengers for Odell’s N.H. Senate seat spar over minimum wage, future of key district

Linda Tanner and Jerry Little each pride themselves on lasting careers built around respect and the utmost professionalism; Little in the banking sector and Tanner as a health and physical education teacher. But last week, as the two state Senate candidates sat down for a televised debate in Newbury, their ostensibly placid temperaments seemed to crack. The fight, this time, was over a dollar. With a camera rolling and pleasantries exchanged, Tanner, 68, a first-term Democratic state representative from Sunapee, made her pitch for raising 0

N.H. campaign signs blossom in legal gray area

Political signs are seemingly everywhere in Concord, where they straddle the Interstate 93 on-ramps on South Main Street and line a stretch of Loudon Road near Exit 14. It is open season on the signs that, like fall foliage, add a burst of color to the state’s roads during election years. But like autumn leaves, they can pile up in a hurry, and they make for a big mess to clean up. “They pop up like weeds. You can remove them one day, and they’re 0

Democrats, Republicans push get-out-the-vote efforts across N.H.

As polls continue to show close races a week out from Election Day, both Democrats and Republicans are launching get-out-the-vote efforts to rally their constituents. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen kicked off a tour Saturday alongside Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The tour will run up until Election Day and will include a number of out-of-state supporters, said campaign spokesman Harrell Kirstein. Yesterday’s schedule included a Laconia event featuring Shaheen and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, while U.S. Sen.Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, made several stops in 0