Politics http://nhpr.org en Can N.H.’s New Campaign Finance Rules Hold Up In Court? http://nhpr.org/post/can-nh-s-new-campaign-finance-rules-hold-court <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The attack ads with the cartoon sheep began airing in May, followed by the negative mailers.</span></p><p>Paid for by a conservative nonprofit called Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, <a href="http://www.strongnh.com/news/entry/7-news/145-tv-ads-wolf-in-sheep-s-clothing">they targeted Republican state senators</a> who supported Medicaid expansion and a four-cent hike in the state gas tax. According to a spokesman, it was just the beginning of the group’s efforts to “fight” for a more fiscally conservative senate.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Brian Wallstin 52279 at http://nhpr.org Can N.H.’s New Campaign Finance Rules Hold Up In Court? Republicans Accuse Hassan Of Taking Illegal Campaign Contributions http://nhpr.org/post/republicans-accuse-hassan-taking-illegal-campaign-contributions <p><em>Update:&nbsp; Thursday afternoon an attorney for the Hassan campaign asked New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster to expedite a review of the Republican party’s allegations.</em></p><p>New Hampshire Republicans have accused Gov. Maggie Hassan of accepting illegal campaign contributions from organized labor and have asked the Attorney General to investigate.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">At issue is a total of $45,000 in donations to the governor’s re-election campaign from three labor unions.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:24:33 +0000 Brian Wallstin & Brady Carlson 52142 at http://nhpr.org Incumbents Kuster, Shea-Porter Lead In Fundraising http://nhpr.org/post/incumbents-kuster-shea-porter-lead-fundraising <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The latest campaign finance reports show Democratic incumbents Carol Shea-Porter and Annie </span>Kuster<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"> raised far more money in the last three months than their potential Republican challengers in New Hampshire's two House races.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:59:35 +0000 Associated Press 52042 at http://nhpr.org Incumbents Kuster, Shea-Porter Lead In Fundraising Hobby Lobby Ruling Is Key To N.H. Dems Midterm Election Strategy http://nhpr.org/post/hobby-lobby-ruling-key-nh-dems-midterm-election-strategy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Top Democrats rallied volunteers and worked the phones Monday in Portsmouth. Their goal was to call attention to the US Supreme Court’s “Hobby Lobby” ruling, which found a closely held company could not be forced to pay for all birth control procedures required by the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p>Democrats hope Supreme Court rulings like the Hobby Lobby and the striking down of Massachusetts’s abortion clinic buffer zone law will motivate women voters, helping the party overcome certain challenges.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:04:25 +0000 Emily Corwin 51959 at http://nhpr.org Hobby Lobby Ruling Is Key To N.H. Dems Midterm Election Strategy 2014 Primaries and Elections: A Look Ahead http://nhpr.org/post/2014-primaries-and-elections-look-ahead <p>With summer officially here, it’s not just the weather heating up, but the political season as well. There are polls, ads, debates being scheduled, and big-name politicians coming in to support candidates. There's also already some drama, with one contender dropping out and another’s residency being questioned.&nbsp; We’re looking at how the U.S. Congress, Senate, and N.H. Governor races are shaping up so far.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 51530 at http://nhpr.org 2014 Primaries and Elections: A Look Ahead Pro-Rubens PAC Launches Anti-Brown Website http://nhpr.org/post/pro-rubens-pac-launches-anti-brown-website <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://realscottbrownrecord.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">realscottbrownrecord.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> highlights what the NH PAC to Save America calls Brown’s deceptive tactic of criticizing Democrat Jeanne </span>Shaheen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for doing what he also did– support policies favored by President Obama.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:27:28 +0000 Josh Rogers 51542 at http://nhpr.org Pro-Rubens PAC Launches Anti-Brown Website Shaheen Leads Fundraising Pack In Race For U.S. Senate http://nhpr.org/post/shaheen-leads-fundraising-pack-race-us-senate <p></p><p>As expected, Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen&nbsp;and Republican candidate Scott Brown have shown they will have very little trouble raising money in their race for the U.S. Senate.</p><p>Shaheen's campaign announced Monday she raised<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> more than $2.8 million for her re-election campaign between April 1 and June 30 of this year, more than double the amount she collected from supporters in the previous two quarters combined. </span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:29:41 +0000 Brian Wallstin 51454 at http://nhpr.org Shaheen Leads Fundraising Pack In Race For U.S. Senate Shaheen Campaigns Against Hobby Lobby Ruling In Concord http://nhpr.org/post/shaheen-campaigns-against-hobby-lobby-ruling-concord <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Campaigning in Concord today, Sen. Jeanne </span>Shaheen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took aim at the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for some for-profit corporations to deny contraception coverage to their employees on religious grounds. </span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:35:58 +0000 Josh Rogers 51249 at http://nhpr.org Shaheen Campaigns Against Hobby Lobby Ruling In Concord Ballot Law Commission Rules Havenstein Eligible http://nhpr.org/post/ballot-law-commission-rules-havenstein-eligible <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The 3-2 vote by clears the way for Republican Walt Havenstein to run for governor. Havenstein sought the hearing after Democrats argued the former defense contractor hadn’t met the 7-year residency requirement set by the state constitution.</p><p>At issue was whether Havenstein surrendered New Hampshire as his domicile by living part time in Maryland from 2007-2012.</p><p>By a 3-2 vote, in which democratic member Martha Van Oot and joined Republicans Michael Eaton and Brad Cook, the commission said no.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:24:59 +0000 Josh Rogers 51100 at http://nhpr.org Ballot Law Commission Rules Havenstein Eligible Shaheen To Update Disclosure Form http://nhpr.org/post/shaheen-update-disclosure-form <p>The Senator’s new disclosure will reflect that she and her husband no longer hold stock options in a California firm that received federal stimulus funding.</p><p>Ultrawave Labs Inc. is a California company working on technology to help better detect breast cancer.</p><p>In 2009, the Senator’s husband, William Shaheen, was named adviser to the company. He received stock options Shaheen included on US Senate disclosure forms, most recently filed in May.</p><p>According to that form, the Ultrawave stock options were to expire in 2019.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:14:21 +0000 Josh Rogers 50933 at http://nhpr.org Shaheen To Update Disclosure Form Shaheen Releases Eight Years Of Federal Tax Returns http://nhpr.org/post/shaheen-releases-eight-years-federal-tax-returns <p>Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her husband, William, earned an average of more than $472,000 a year in pre-tax income between 2006 and 2013, according to federal tax returns released by Shaheen’s campaign Tuesday.</p><p>The couple's joint returns were made available four days after Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown and his wife, Gail Huff, released eight years of joint state and federal returns. Shaheen had pledged to release her returns if her opponents did the same.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:52:39 +0000 Brian Wallstin 50799 at http://nhpr.org Shaheen Releases Eight Years Of Federal Tax Returns Brown Releases Tax Returns, Then Demands Shaheen Do The Same http://nhpr.org/post/brown-releases-tax-returns-then-demands-shaheen-do-same <p>Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown released a trove of personal financial information Friday, including eight years of state and federal tax returns and <a href="https://www.scottbrown.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/eFD_-Annual-Report-for-2014-Brown-Scott.pdf">a financial disclosure statement</a> that showed before-tax income of more than $900,000 since the former Massachusetts senator left office in January 2013.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:04:38 +0000 Brian Wallstin 50596 at http://nhpr.org Brown Releases Tax Returns, Then Demands Shaheen Do The Same Brown Targets Shaheen; Smith And Rubens Target Brown http://nhpr.org/post/brown-targets-shaheen-smith-and-rubens-target-brown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Scott Brown drew the middle seat in this first debate featuring the major Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, but did his best to look past his party rivals towards the general election.</p><p></p><p>Brown called a united GOP Jeanne Shaheen’s &nbsp;“worst nightmare,” and &nbsp;challenged the incumbent to match him by allowing the media to inspect 8 years of tax returns.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:29:18 +0000 Josh Rogers 50588 at http://nhpr.org Brown Targets Shaheen; Smith And Rubens Target Brown Brown Absent For Senate Debate Wednesday, Will Take Part In Forum Friday http://nhpr.org/post/brown-absent-senate-debate-wednesday-will-take-part-forum-friday <p></p><p>The Republican front runner in the race for U.S. Senate – former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown – will not take part in a debate in Merrimack tonight with his primary challengers.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:56:50 +0000 Michael Brindley 50387 at http://nhpr.org Brown Absent For Senate Debate Wednesday, Will Take Part In Forum Friday Testerman Out, Backs Bob Smith In U.S. Senate Race http://nhpr.org/post/testerman-out-backs-bob-smith-us-senate-race <p></p><p>U<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.S. Senate candidate Bob Smith filed his official election paperwork in Concord on Friday, and also picked up the endorsement of fellow Republican Karen Testerman.</span></p><p>Citing concerns over splitting the conservative vote, Testerman, an activist from Franklin, is dropping her bid for the seat held by Jeanne Shaheen.</p><p>“This is not about any individual, this is not about any agenda,” Testeran told supporters. “This is about the United States of America.”</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:34:39 +0000 Todd Bookman 50191 at http://nhpr.org Testerman Out, Backs Bob Smith In U.S. Senate Race