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Staking claim to political domain names ahead of the game

Attention all present and future politicians: Have you registered a website, Facebook account and Twitter handle under your own name yet? If not, chances are somebody else already has, and that can mean big problems. Newly elected House Speaker Shawn Jasper emailed House members last week warning representatives that several fake social media accounts bearing his name – including at least one Facebook page and two Twitter accounts – had cropped up. “Please be aware of this should you receive any communication from these social 0

Capital Beat: GOP infighting follows speaker election

The tornado that touched down in Representatives Hall on Wednesday shows no signs of slowing.  In the hours after freshly elected Speaker Shawn Jasper took the gavel, defeating GOP nominee Mont Vernon Rep. Bill O’Brien with the help of Democratic backing, Republicans who felt betrayed by the win began mobilizing.  The ensuing struggle has turned into a showdown, creating divides within the Republican caucus, which holds the House majority. At the end of last week, O’Brien called for Republican representatives to meet Tuesday at the 0

Bill O’Brien nominated Republican speaker of the House

Rep. Bill O’Brien is poised to again wield the gavel in the state’s House of Representatives. The Mont Vernon Republican defeated Rep. Gene Chandler by four votes yesterday to win the battle to be the next House speaker. The secret-ballot election took a little more than an hour; O’Brien received 116 votes to Chandler’s 112. Chandler, a Bartlett Republican, then moved to make the vote unanimous. “It’s the highlight of my life to look over at all of you,” O’Brien told the delegation. “I appreciate 0

Want to buy a New Hampshire election ad? Good luck

A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on WMUR – and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded. Hours before it was set to run, however, WMUR had to revise its contract with Senate Majority PAC and credit the group’s account. The reason: “Oversold inventory.” Such is the life of even a deep-pocketed political action committee at this late stage of the 2014 campaign. Many of these groups want to keep spending 0

AFP, NEA targeted in campaign finance complaint

The New Hampshire-based Coalition for Open Democracy has filed a complaint against two out-of-state organizations, accusing them of violating the state’s campaign finance law. In a complaint dated Oct. 23, the coalition said Americans for Prosperity and the National Education Association Advocacy Fund did not register with the New Hampshire secretary of state as required by state law and did not report campaign expenses on time. Both organizations maintain state-level chapters, but the complaint targets their respective headquarters, both based in the Washington, D.C., area. 0

Hassan, Havenstein get in last-minute jabs during final televised debate

New Hampshire’s gubernatorial candidates met for their final televised debate last night, underscoring now well-established contrasts on economic and other issues. Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and Walt Havenstein, her Republican challenger, traded a familiar chorus of criticisms against each other. Both of them characterize the other as an ineffective leader whose vision would harm the state in the long run. In Hassan’s view, Havenstein’s economic proposals would threaten funding for key state institutions and programs, which in turn would harm New Hampshire residents who rely 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