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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

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 6

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 3

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

Poll: Incumbent Jeanne Shaheen leads Scott Brown in U.S. Senate race

Recent polling figures out of New England College have U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen leading her Republican opponent, Scott Brown, 50.1 percent to 42.8 percent overall, while 4 percent of those surveyed said they would prefer to vote for someone else, and 3.2 percent said they were unsure. The poll included 1,494 responses and, according to a press release on the results, accounts for a margin of error of about 2.5 percent. The same poll found that, overall, about 40.8 percent of respondents “highly disapprove” of 2

Hassan: Havenstein ‘would be a rubber stamp for Bill O’Brien and the Koch Brothers’

Gov. Maggie Hassan used an endorsement event yesterday as an opportunity to frame her track record as one of making investments for the state’s future and to pre-empt criticism lodged against her less than an hour later by her Republican opponent. Accepting an endorsement from the New Hampshire State Troopers Association at the group’s Concord headquarters yesterday morning, Hassan began by calling attention to steps she has taken to invest in public safety: adding more state troopers to the force, stepping up drug and alcohol 1

Brown,Shaheen to meet in at least four debates during general election

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown will debate each other at least four times during the general election. Brown announced today he plans to participate in seven debates. They include three televised debates and a Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Debate, all of which Shaheen committed to earlier this month. The planned joint debates begin next month: ​ ∎ Oct. 6: ​Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Debate ∎ ​Oct. 21: ​NECN/Concord Monitor/UNH Debate ∎ ​Oct. 23: NH1/UNH’s Rudman Center Debate​ ​∎ Oct. 30: WMUR/Union Leader Granite 0

Silverman event Saturday in Concord to focus on women’s issues and politics

Women’s rights are a serious matter, and they’re under siege by politicians across the country. That’s the message from the national organization Lady Parts Justice, which is using comedy to spread the word. The group, co-founded in 2012 by former Daily Show head writer Lizz Winstead, aims to use comedy, culture and digital media to foster a greater understanding of women’s reproductive rights. “I hope that through the lens of humor we can expose how bad this War on Women has gotten and just what 3

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen launching “New Hampshire Jobs First” this week to highlight jobs record

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen will visit businesses in Nashua and Dover today to launch a weeklong “New Hampshire Jobs First” tour. Throughout the week, Shaheen will visit businesses to talk about her record on job creation and economic opportunity and contrast it against that of Republican challenger Scott Brown by focusing on his ties to outsourcing, according to her campaign. Shaheen’s campaign has repeatedly criticized Brown for his role at paper company Kadant Inc., which has outsourced jobs to Mexico and China, according a report 1

Political groups try to mobilize the youth vote ahead of Nov. elections

When Eric Schleien met his political role model, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, at a rally in Manchester this month, he shook the senator’s hand and asked to take a selfie. “Rand, to me, is such an inspiration,” said Schleien, a 26-year-old Republican who is running for state representative in Hudson. The Kentucky senator resonates with young voters because he addresses topics important to a younger generation, such as inequality and the war on drugs, Schleien said. “He brings a liberty-minded view to issues that are 0

Democrats criticize Republican candidates at party dinner in Concord

Over traditional fare of turkey and apple cider, Democrats used a party-organized dinner last night as an opportunity to attack Republicans running in this November’s election. “It’s very clear that this is a critical election and that there is a real choice between the vision that we have as Democrats . . . and the vision that our opponents have,” said U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who will face Republican Scott Brown in the election. Shaheen and other Democrats gathered at Carter Hill Orchard in Concord 5

Walt Havenstein, Carly Fiorina tour local company MadgeTech

Joined by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein visited a local technology company yesterday to get a glimpse of the type of business he said he would like to see more of in the state. MadgeTech, nestled in a nondescript building in Warner, makes gadgets that are used all over the world – to measure heat and humidity, for example, or to monitor carbon dioxide levels – Norman Carlson, the company’s president and founder, said. The company, which has 54 employees, 1

Garcia does retail campaigning at Penacook shop

Brian Blackden, owner of Pepper Defense Supply in Penacook, thinks more needs to be done to draw young people’s attention to politics. So he’s supporting Marilinda Garcia’s run for the 2nd Congressional District, and invited her to an open house at his shop yesterday afternoon. “I think age is a definite plus here,” he said of the 31-year-old candidate. “I think she’s the type who’s going to be bringing up the next generation, and it’s time for a new generation, it’s time for some people 0