2016 Elections

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This story has been updated with a response from the Trump campaign.

At his rally in Bedford last week, Donald Trump’s prescription for New Hampshire’s drug crisis — a wall at the southern border as a way to stop the flow of drugs into the country — earned plenty of cheers.

That proposal, and his assessment of the state’s drug issues more generally, went over less well with New Hampshire’s leading drug prevention advocacy organization, New Futures.

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Early-learning programs have always been a tough sell in New Hampshire. Child advocates and educators have tried for years to break lawmakers’ resistance to the idea, yet a proposal to put more 5-year-olds in all-day kindergarten can still roil Concord for months.

A Washington, D.C. political group with deep pockets, a team of lobbyists and a small army of volunteers wants to change that.

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Never one to shy away from weighing in on politics, Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard made his feelings clear in the race for governor this week, backing Democrat Colin Van Ostern.

"As I've gotten to know Colin, I've been impressed by his concern for every community in this state," Willard wrote in post on his personal Facebook page. "He met with me well over a year ago to wrap his head around what we have been experiencing as a community with the drug crisis and he did so long before it became politically expedient."

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An outhouse by the side of the road has created a little stir in Ashland.  It’s not the outhouses’ proximity to a farm stand – or that through its open door you can see two toilet seats side by side.  As NHPR’s Sean Hurley tells us, it’s what the outhouse is being used for that’s causing all the commotion.

We’re winding along the pumpkins and the freshly picked produce, Chris Owens and I, at his farm stand on Route 175 in Ashland.  I’m not here to buy corn or lettuce.  I’m here to find out about Owens brand new...amenity.

New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte released a new ad Wednesday in which she continues to try and distance herself from comments she made Monday about Donald Trump being a role model for children.

"Let's be honest: both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are far from perfect, and I'm not perfect, either," Ayotte says as she strolls along the campus of Saint Anselm College, speaking directly to the camera. 

She then goes on to tout her bipartisan credentials in the ad.

Both Chris Sununu and Colin Van Ostern say their business experience makes them qualified to lead New Hampshire. But it was clear from the start of last night's NECN/Concord Monitor debate at New England College, that neither is much impressed by the other’s resume. 

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New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte says that while Donald Trump isn't a role model for children, she trusts him on  policy issues and appointing justices to the United States Supreme Court. 

 

New Hampshire's candidates for governor are facing each other for their first televised debate.

Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Colin Van Ostern will participate in a debate Wednesday night at New England College in Henniker. The event is being broadcast by New England Cable News.

Both candidates currently serve on the Executive Council. They are vying to replace Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who is running for U.S. Senate.

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate tonight. The NPR Politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is following along and will be annotating and fact-checking in real time.

Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted below, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors. Follow highlights of the debate in NPR's updating news story at npr.org.

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Just how bad, in Chris Sununu’s view, is the red tape facing New Hampshire businesses these days?

“We’ve become more like a regulatory police state, in many aspects,” Sununu said on a visit to Maverick Integration, an automation technology company in Nashua.

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Kelly Ayotte’s reelection race was always going to be a steep uphill climb. She’s facing a relatively popular opponent in Gov. Maggie Hassan, an electorate looking for change, and the more Democrat-friendly New Hampshire voters who typically turn out in presidential years.

But as Ayotte struggles to reach escape velocity, the pull of Donald Trump’s unpopularity threatens to keep her earthbound. 

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will campaign for his former rival Hillary Clinton Friday at two New Hampshire colleges.

Sanders is hoping to sway young voters to the Democratic presidential nominee, an area where polls show Clinton continues to struggle in her race with Republican Donald Trump.

Sanders will campaign for Clinton at Keene State College and Nashua Community College on Friday. 

This comes a week after Sanders joined Clinton for an event at the University of New Hampshire.

At the Deerfield Fair, you’ve got giant pumpkins, magic shows, and plenty of fried food. And even with all that, you can’t escape politics this time of year.

And with just about a month to go before voters head to the polls, Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spent a day at the fair talking with people about their thoughts on the presidential election.

There’s a lot of mooing going on, as about a half-dozen highland cows parade around with their owners for Friday morning’s cattle competition.

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Battles over funding for Planned Parenthood have become a familiar political drama over the past several years.

In this year’s gubernatorial election, Democrat Colin Van Ostern is hoping to use his opponent Republican Chris Sununu’s history on the issue against him. But the history can get complicated.

 

Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan shared a stage last night at New England College. Broadcast on NECN, it was the first televised debate in their race for US Senate. And it showed that despite this race’s high-profile – it’s one of a handful that could decide control of the Senate --  it remains in the shadow of the battle for the White House.

 

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New Hampshire’s Executive Council has always been quietly powerful: The five-member board has the final say on most major state contracts and nominations to state agencies, among other critical responsibilities that keep the state running.

But it was never a required stop for someone looking to rise the political ranks in New Hampshire.

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The first presidential debate on Monday and since then, we’ve been waiting for polls to tell us what a broad, random sample of likely voters thought about how the two major party candidates for President did. One poll is now out from WBUR that found in New Hampshire the debate was a net positive for Democrat Hillary Clinton. The poll also looked at the race for US Senate and Governor. Steve Koczela, president of MassINC Polling Group, spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello.

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Following their first debate Monday, Hillary Clinton has a 7-point lead over Donald Trump in New Hampshire according to a poll released Friday by WBUR.

The poll conducted Sept. 27-29 found 42 percent of likely voters supporting the Democratic presidential nominee, and 35 percent backing her Republican opponent. Thirteen percent of voters said they support Libertarian Gary Johnson.

The poll surveyed 502 likely voters and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.

 

Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and her challenger, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, are set to face off in the first of their six debates in the hotly contested race.

The debate Friday morning will take place at the North Conway Grand Hotel in Conway.

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Donald Trump returned to New Hampshire Thursday for a rally in Bedford, where he took aim at Hillary and former President Bill Clinton.

Last year, we started asking the presidential candidates who stopped by NHPR's offices to deliver their best "elevator pitches" on the way into our studios. Now that we're heading into the final stretch of the election season, we're reviving this feature — this time, with the candidates for statewide office.

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Back in January, former New Hampshire governor John H. Sununu warned voters against “drinking the Trump Kool-Aid.”

On Tuesday, Sununu poured himself a glass and took a big sip.

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off for their first presidential debate Monday night at Hofstra University in New York. Here in NH, the debate attracted crowds for watch parties for each candidate.

NHPR’s reporter Paige Sutherland stopped by a couple of them.

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Following their first debate Monday night, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are bringing their presidential campaigns to the battleground state of New Hampshire.

Clinton will be in the state Wednesday, when she will campaign with former Democratic rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

The two are set to appear together at an event at the University of New Hampshire, where they will discuss college affordability.

Trump is set to campaign here the following day, rallying with supporters at an event in Bedford on Thursday.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the first presidential debate Monday night. The NPR Politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is following along and will be annotating and fact-checking in real time.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - September 23, 2016

Sep 23, 2016

The race for Governor is in full effect as Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Colin van Ostern meet in their first debate.  Staffing problems raise fresh concerns over how the state protects its most vulnerable at New Hampshire Hospital and the Department of Child and Family Services.  And the industry dear to the Granite State  loses its last locally-owned quarry. 


Allegra Boverman, NHPR

Last week, we asked you what you’d ask the candidates running for governor, if given the chance. Since then, you sent us two dozen questions that were on your mind — addressing everything from drug prevention to dealing with infrastructure upgrades to what it's like to run for governor while being a dad.

For the last four years, Chris Sununu and Colin Van Ostern have sat – literally – across the table from one another at executive council meetings.

So they’ve had plenty of time to get to know each other’s political style, personal habits and voting record. And now that they’re both vying for the same position as New Hampshire’s next governor, Van Ostern, in particular, seems more than ready to use his opponent’s voting record as a line of attack.

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After fending off multiple attempts by the New Hampshire Democratic Party to keep him off the ballot, Independent Shawn O’Connor will officially be a candidate for the state’s Congressional First District this November.

That’s after the state Ballot Law Commission on Wednesday upheld its earlier decision to keep O’Connor in the race.

Spending by outside political groups in New Hampshire's U.S. Senate race reached $50 million this week, fueled by a recent barrage of negative ads sponsored by a super PAC supporting Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte.

Granite State Solutions has booked an estimated $11 million in TV ads on Boston stations through mid-October. All 2,800 of the 30-second spots, which are scheduled to run through mid-October, attack Ayotte's challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan. 

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