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Kuster attacks Garcia on 'Tea Party playbook' in first ad

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster released an ad laying out how her campaign will try to define her opponent, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, as the two battle for the 2nd Congressional District seat. The ad highlights Garcia’s rally two days before the Republican primary with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, calling him “the architect of the government shutdown.” He supports her “because Garcia has stuck to the Tea Party playbook,” the narrator says. The ad then lists Garcia’s stated opposition to the federal Department of Education 18

Poll has Shaheen, Brown in dead heat; another poll has Shaheen up 8 points

Several new polls released today reveal widely differing outlooks in the race for U.S. Senate. A CNN poll shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown locked in a dead heat among likely voters, with both earning 48 percent. A vast majority of those likely voters said their mind was already made up; 17 percent said they might change their decision. Shaheen scored a higher favorability rating among likely voters polled: 54 percent to Brown’s 46 percent. The margin of error is 1

After primary, Democrat incumbents officially start their campaigns

After spending months out of the spotlight while Republican primary candidates waged war against each other, the Democratic incumbents in the state’s top offices officially began their general election campaigns Tuesday night. The campaigns of four major office holders – Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen – tied their newly minted opponents to outside interests such as the Koch brothers, saying each can’t be trusted to represent New Hampshire’s values. They’ll face Walt Havenstein, state Rep. 5

In District 15, Concord connections shape Ardinger’s campaign

State Senate candidate Kass Ardinger stood on a doorstep on Devinne Drive in her tan skirt and neon blue-and-green walking sneakers. When Jude Griffith opened her door, Ardinger flashed a smile and began a quick history of her eight years on the Concord School Board and her candidacy for the open District 15 seat. Griffith smiled back at her. Her 11-year-old daughter peeked at Ardinger from around the door frame. “I was going to vote for you anyway, because I’m very familiar with you from 1

District 15 State Senate primary candidates weigh in on the issues

District 15 Democrats will choose between Concord attorney Dan Feltes and Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger in a Sept. 9 primary. The district includes Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. Here’s a breakdown of where they stand on some of the issues in this race: First priority if elected: ∎ Dan Feltes: “I’m proud to put out here a proposal to establish a reasonable system of paid family leave to help working families and women get by in our economy. We have a 21st-century economy in 0

In first TV ad, Lambert attacks Garcia on amnesty for illegal immigrants

Republican Congressional candidate Gary Lambert has released his first television ad, which spends 20 seconds introducing the candidate and his background, and 10 seconds attacking primary opponent Marilinda Garcia. Lambert is a former one-term state senator from Nashua. Garcia is a four-term state representative from Salem. Jim Lawrence, a former state representative from Hudson, is also running in the Republican primary; the winner of the Sept. 9 election will face Democrat Rep. Annie Kuster. The ad shows Lambert with his wife and two daughters, and 2

Shaheen gets endorsement of Alliance for Retired Americans

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen earned an endorsement from a national group representing retired Americans yesterday as she touted support for a new measure that would allow seniors to buy prescription drugs outside the country. “We need to protect and strengthen vital programs like Social Security and Medicare so Granite Staters who have worked hard their whole lives can retire with dignity,” Shaheen said in a statement, also citing her past efforts to resist “radical attempts” to cut Medicare and Social Security. Shaheen also recently co-sponsored 10

Republican U.S. Senate candidates weigh on in climate change, energy policy and Northern Pass

The three Republican candidates seeking to unseat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, outlined divergent views on energy policy and climate change in a series of recent interviews with the Monitor. Jim Rubens said he believes global warming is happening largely as a result of human activity. “I understand there’s a problem,” he said in the interview. Scott Brown, who didn’t identify the cause of climate change – whether man made or natural, said “obviously the climate is changing all the time. . . . 1

McCain to join Brown for N.H. town hall

U.S. Sen. John McCain will join Scott Brown at a town hall event Monday. The two will appear together at Pinkerton Academy in Derry for a discussion focused on foreign policy, Brown spokeswoman Lizzy Guyton said. The event is set to begin at 10 a.m. Brown, who is running for U.S. Senate, is hosting a series of town halls called “New Hampshire Speaks.” He held one on Obamacare last night in Nashua and held one in Salem last week on immigration. Brown will face former 0

Mayday PAC will back Rep. Carol Shea-Porter for her campaign finance reform stance

The Mayday PAC, a super PAC created to get big money out of politics, announced it will jump into a second New Hampshire race. The Mayday group said yesterday it will back U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a Democrat, in her re-election bid against Republican Frank Guinta because she has co-sponsored bills that aim to reform campaign finance practices. Guinta faces a Republican primary against candidate Dan Innis. Shea-Porter “is a strong committed person on the record in this issue. We want to make sure she 0

Brown campaign out with new ad on immigration

Scott Brown’s campaign will begin airing its second immigration ad this week, once again linking the problems at the border directly to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. “Want to know why there is lawlessness on the border? Ask Senator Shaheen,” Brown says into the camera. “She voted against border security twice and for amnesty.” Immigration has been a talking point of the Brown campaign for several weeks. Brown’s first immigration ad, released July 28, also focused on border security. He was the first U.S. Senate candidate 3

Write-in candidate joins Democratic primary race for Merrimack County District 10

The Democratic primary to represent Merrimack County District 10 in the House is shaping up to be a competitive race with the addition of a write-in candidate. Three Democrats filed in June to be on the primary ballot to fill the district’s three seats – they are incumbents Mary Jane Wallner of Concord and Mel Myler of Contoocook, and George Langwasser of Contoocook. Last month, Dave Luneau of Contoocook decided to jump into the race with encouragement from local Democrats and launched a write-in campaign. 0

Capital Beat: Possible presidential candidates building groundwork for 2016

Actions speak a whole lot louder than words when it comes to presidential politics. With the midterm election still 86 days a way, no politician – Republican or Democrat – is foolish enough to overtly say he or she is running for president. But look around New Hampshire, and it’s clear a number of possible candidates are building the groundwork to get a campaign up and running as soon as November is over. “This is the invisible primary before the primary,” says Mike Biundo, a 1

Scott Brown takes heat from Smith, Rubens, voters at NH Farm Bureau picnic

There were blueberries and there was bunting. There was ice cream and corduroy, corn on the cob, and cranky toddlers. Except for the issues – and candidates promoting their websites in their stump speeches – last night’s New Hampshire Farm Bureau event with Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate could have come during any election in the 19th century. The farm bureau and the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association have held a pre-primary stump speech picnic for 12 years, at a different farm across the 4

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to headline Senate Democrats’ fundraiser this month

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is heading to New Hampshire again, this time for a fundraiser with New Hampshire’s Senate Democrats. The fundraiser is Aug. 17 at the home of state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark in Portsmouth. Democrats hold 11 seats in the state Senate and need to win two more this fall to control the 24-member chamber. O’Malley has made several trips to New Hampshire this cycle and is widely considered to be building the groundwork for a presidential run. He headlined the state Democratic 0