2018 Elections

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange on Monday interviews Mark MacKenzie, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

MacKenzie lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he serves as a Representative, and he also served as a firefighter for the city for many years. He is a former President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO. 

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange on Monday interviews Lincoln Soldati, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Soldati served nine terms as Strafford County Attourney, and has worked as a trial lawyer, teacher, and public servant. As Strafford County Attourney, he created the Victim Assistance protocol. Soldati is a U.S. Army veteran, and served from 1969 to 1971. 

We take a break from our Race for the 1st series to look at the candidates for Congressional District 2. Annie Kuster (D), the incumbent, will be challenged by Steve Negron, a State Representative from Nashua, VA whistleblower and physician Dr. Stewart Levenson of Hopkinton, and Captain Lynne Blankenbeker, who recently retired from a career as a military nurse and lives in Concord. Political reporter Paul Steinhauser joins us to discuss the race. 

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen endorsed Democrat Molly Kelly for governor in Manchester today.

 

Shaheen and Kelly spoke in the workshop of the Queen City non-profit Girls at Work, where young women learn about the construction trade. The podium for the event was built by girls in the program for a then-mayoral candidate Joyce Craig, who went on to be elected Manchester mayor last year. That wasn't lost on Kelly. “I think it's a lucky one,” she said.

 

Given the deep field of candidates and its reputation as "the swingiest congressional district in the nation," New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District has attracted most of the spotlight this year, when it comes to campaign fundraising or otherwise. But there’s also plenty of money flowing into the 2nd Congressional District race — most of it going through the campaign bank account of incumbent Congresswoman Annie Kuster.

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange on Monday interviews Levi Sanders, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

In this Race for the 1st conversation, we check in on the race with NHPR's State of Democracy reporter, Lauren Chooljian, who has been following the candidates and attending forums. We'll talk about campaign spending and various candidate events around the state. 

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, we talk with Deaglan McEachern, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

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Former Missouri Secretary of State (and possible 2020 presidential candidate) Jason Kander is returning to New Hampshire to headline a major Democratic party fundraiser Saturday night. 

But apart from his occasional appearances at party events over the past few months, Kander’s political committee, Let America Vote, has all the while been building an on-the-ground presence in the Granite State: rallying opposition to Republican-backed voting laws at the State House and support for Democratic candidates in local races. 

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Former New Hampshire state Senator Molly Kelly, a Democrat, says she's running for governor.

Kelly, of Harrisville, says in a video released at midnight Monday that she worked in the Senate on getting training and education for advanced manufacturing jobs, but that funding has been cut.

She also said she would veto any plan that takes money from public schools to pay for vouchers for private schools.

In this Race for the 1st conversation, we talk with Terence O'Rourke, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

O'Rourke is the City Attorney for Rochester and a military veteran who served as an officer in the Iraq War. O'Rourke also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Alabama, and in New Hampshire as assistant county attorney in Rockingham and Carroll counties. 

Our Race for the First conversations will focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

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In this Race For The 1st conversation, we talk with Mindi Messmer, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

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Messmer, a first-term legislator from Rye, runs an environmental consulting firm.  As a legislator, she serves on the Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee, and on the Commission to Study Environmentally-Triggered Chronic Illness and the Commission on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigations. 

Our Race For The First conversations will focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

The Exchange wants to help listeners get to know the candidates running in the crowded race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

"Race for the 1st" is a series of 20-minute interviews with the 11 declared candidates, kicking off Monday, April 2 and running through the spring. The interviews will take place live on Mondays at 9:40 a.m. They will be broadcast on air, as well as on Facebook Live.

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As Dave Carney tells it, September of 1982 was a rough time for John H. Sununu’s campaign for governor.

“We we were broke,” Carney, a longtime political strategist, recalled recently. “We had no money, we couldn’t pay staff. Not that he paid very much anyways…”

 


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Today on The Exchange, a conversation with Steve Marchand, who's launched his campaign to be the Democratic challenger to Governor Chris Sununu in 2018.

Marchand, who served as mayor of Portsmouth from 2005-2008, lost the gubernatorial primary to Colin Van Ostern in 2016. (Click here to see NHPR's coverage of  the 2016 race and click here to find out where he stood on the issues.)

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Marchand has a plan to curb gun violence ... just don’t call it gun control, he says.

"Note - I don't call it gun control because that implies I'm trying to take your guns. It's reducing gun violence," he said on The Exchange on Wednesday.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Marchand laid out his plan to curb gun violence Tuesday, and his announcement in Lebanon inspired an impromptu public debate about the 2nd Amendment.

Marchand is the only Democrat so far in the race against incumbent Republican Governor Chris Sununu.

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With its paper ballots and in-person registration requirements, New Hampshire's voting system is less digitally wired — and therefore somewhat less susceptible to cyberattacks — than many of its peers.

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Captain Lynne Blankenbeker wrapped up her 31-year active duty military career earlier this month. But instead of easing into retirement, the trained nurse and Concord resident is entering the Republican primary for the state’s 2nd Congressional District.

Blankenbeker launched her campaign in a pub in front of supporters, where she talked up her health care and military experience.

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Portsmouth businessman Deaglan McEachern announced his candidacy for Congress in an email blast on Wednesday, becoming the seventh Democrat to enter the race in the First District.

McEachern is a well-known name in state Democratic circles: his father Paul ran for Governor several times. Deaglan, 34, is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and UC Berkeley, who went on to row competitively for Cambridge University and the U.S. national team.

“As Americans, we are stronger when we pull together,” he writes on his website.

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Republican State Senator and 1st District Congressional Candidate Andy Sanborn has acknowledged his use of “crass language” in early 2013 prompted an internal review involving the Senate’s legal counsel and then-Senate President.

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As we head into a midterm election year, Dean Spiliotes, civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU and author of the website NH Political Capital, talks with political analysts from around the state about the current political mood in the state, and public opinion on a variety of issues. We also check in with midterm elections, and the shifting leadership in the state legislature. 

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All six Democratic candidates for the state’s 1st Congressional District participated in a forum in Manchester on Saturday hosted by the N.H. Democratic Party.

They are vying to fill the seat currently held by Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, who isn’t seeking re-election in 2018.

Inside the Manchester Public Library, lesser known candidates were given the chance to introduce themselves, while well-known names talked up their credentials.

Rochester City Attorney Terence O’Rourke told the audience to win next November, the party must broaden its appeal.

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A former state Republican Party chairman says this week’s election results do not bode well for his party in 2018.

Speaking on NHPR's Morning Edition, Fergus Cullen said a Democrat wave may have contributed to Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas losing re-election to Joyce Craig.

Former New Hampshire AFL-CIO president and current state Rep. Mark MacKenzie is the latest Democrat to enter the race for the state’s 1st Congressional District.

MacKenzie worked as a Manchester firefighter for 25 years after signing up as a 21 year old.

He also served as president of the New Hampshire chapter of the country's largest labor union for 25 years. He lost reelection to that post in 2015 after a controversy over voting process.

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Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who has declared war on establishment Republicans, will speak to a conservative GOP group in New Hampshire early next month.

Bannon left the Trump administration after a controversial stint that included allegations he was behind leaks.

The 603 Alliance announced that Bannon will share his Washington insights and perspectives on 2018.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg captured 2 percent in a preference poll ahead (way, way, way ahead) of the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary.

The UNH Survey Center asked people to pick from a list of "potential candidates" that the pollster provided.  By the way, Zuckerberg has repeatedly said he is not running. 

Moving on.

Other N.H. notables and stories this week:

 

The national chairwoman of the Republican Party will be visiting the Seacoast tonight to raise money for the state GOP.  

Ronna McDaniel will first speak at a reception in Hampton hosted by the Seacoast Republican Women. 

Then she plans to visit former U.S. Senator John Sununu's home in Rye for a second fundraiser.  

McDaniel's visit comes three weeks before Election Day in the Manchester mayoral race between former Alderman, Democrat Joyce Craig and incumbent Republican Mayor Ted Gatsas.  

State Rep. Steve Negron is now a Republican candidate for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.

Negron, of Nashua, signed candidate papers with the Federal Election Commission on Friday. 

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We preview New Hampshire's mid-term elections.  While actual voting is a year away, a crowd of potential candidates is already weighing the possibilities.  That's especially true in the First Congressional District: with an open seat and a reputation for being unpredictable.  We find out more - also, an update on how President Trump's health care order may affect New Hampshire. 

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