Ann McLane Kuster

Politics
6:00 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Kuster Wants To Keep U.S. Involvement In ISIS Conflict From Escalating

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In the wake of President Obama's recent budget proposals and the continuing threat of ISIS in the Middle East, the U.S. Congress will have a lot of important decisions to make.

To check in with the New Hampshire's delegation, we start by talking with our 2nd Congressional District representative. Congresswoman Anne McLane Kuster joined Morning Edition. 

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Politics
7:08 am
Wed January 21, 2015

N.H.'s Congressional Delegation Reacts To Obama's State Of The Union

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Reactions to President Obama’s State of the Union address predictably fell along party lines among New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says she’s encouraged by the proposals outlined by the president in Tuesday night’s speech.

“Whether it’s efforts to make higher education more affordable for young people, reforming our tax code, or investing in alternative energy sources to lower costs to create jobs, Congress should now renew our  commitment to growing our economy and helping small businesses succeed,” Shaheen said in a statement.

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NH News
2:18 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Kuster, Shea-Porter Split On Last-Minute, $1.1 Trillion Spending Deal

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New Hampshire’s Democratic representatives in the U.S. House were split on the $1.1 trillion spending package that narrowly passed the House late last night.

2nd District Congresswoman Ann Kuster voted for the bill, saying it was critical to avoid a government shutdown.

Kuster says she remains concerned about some aspects of the bill, including a provision that would increase the limits on some political donations.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Rudman Center Conversations With The Candidates: Ann McLane Kuster

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Laura Knoy sits down with U.S. Congresswoman Ann Kuster for an in-depth discussion about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. This special broadcast is a part of our election series presented in partnership with the Rudman Center at the UNH School of Law.

More information about NHPR's special election series presented with UNH Law School can be found here.

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NHPR Events
2:26 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Conversations With The Candidates: Ann McLane Kuster

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NHPR and UNH School of Law present

Ann McLane Kuster
Democratic candidate for US House of Representatives

October 29th at 5:30pm
Reception to follow

UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH

Join Laura Knoy for an in-depth discussion with the candidates about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. Each forum will be broadcast the following day during The Exchange at 9 am on the stations of NHPR.

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Politics
12:05 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Kuster, Garcia Trade Barbs In Final Debate

Kuster in NHPR's studios, Garcia at UNH Law Center
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The candidates for New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District sparred and sniped over a wide range of financial and social issues in their final debate last night.

But the matchup between incumbent Democrat Anne Kuster and GOP challenger Marilinda Garcia didn’t seem to produce any big moments that might tip the scales  one way or another.  

As they have all campaign long, Garcia and Kuster each portrayed the other as a political puppet. Garcia tried to tie Kuster to unpopular policies of President Obama, while Kuster characterized Garcia as a tool of the Tea Party.

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Politics
9:18 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Full Audio: Kuster, Garcia Meet In First 2nd District Debate

Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (L) and GOP challenger Marilinda Garcia
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In their first debate Democrat Ann Kuster and her Republican Challenger Marilinda Garcia both did their best to connect their opponent to another, less popular politician.

Garcia tried to tie Kuster to Obama, whose approval rating in the latest UNH poll was below 40 percent.

“She chaired his campaign committee or parts of it while in New Hampshire, and as recently as a few months ago she still claims to be one of his strongest supporters in Congress,” said Garcia.

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NH News
11:44 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Former President Clinton Stumps For N.H. Democrats

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Former President Bill Clinton tried to light a fire under New Hampshire Democrats at the party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Manchester last night.

He warned that without a more energetic voter turnout effort, Democrats could take a big hit, as they did in 2010.

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Politics
11:07 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Kuster Seeks The Center In N.H. Congressional Race

Kuster in NHPR's studios
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Congressional incumbents are typically most vulnerable right after their first term, and tight polls and big money flowing into New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District suggest that Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kuster is in that dangerous territory.

On a recent rainy day in Concord, Kuster took a spin through Peter’s Salon, a decades-old establishment in downtown Concord that employs more than two dozen workers. She’s there to press some flesh and highlight her support for small businesses in new Hampshire.  

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Politics
11:34 am
Sun September 28, 2014

N.H.'s House Candidates Weigh In On Privacy, National Security

New Hampshire's Congressional candidates agree that maintaining a strong national defense and protecting civil liberties are not mutually exclusive responsibilities, though they disagree on how to strike a balance between the two.

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Politics
11:57 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

2nd CD Candidates Debate Amnesty And Attack Ads

Republican candidates vying for their party’s nomination in the second congressional district faced off last night on WMUR TV. The frontrunners clashed on core issues.

The hard-fought, and, at times bitter fights between Salem state rep Marilinda Garcia, and former state Senator Gary Lambert of Nashua continued last night.

On longstanding issues like illegal immigration, Lambert said Garcia "wants a pathway to citizenship, and that is amnesty in my book."

"I’d say Mr. Lambert’s book is entirely fiction," Garcia shot back.

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Politics
3:16 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

U.S. Rep. Kuster Holds Roundtable On Campus Sexual Assault

U.S. Rep Ann McLane Kuster (right) at roundtable with N.H. Sexual Assault Resource Teams Coordinator Kathy Kimball (left).
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Representatives from Dartmouth College, UNH, and advocacy groups joined Democratic Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster for a roundtable discussion about campus sexual assault today.  The event at UNH Law in Concord focused on new legislation introduced in the US Senate.

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NH News
11:39 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Garcia, Lambert Spar In CD2 Debate

Gary Lambert and Marilinda Garcia
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While all three candidates seeking the Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District race took part in a debate Wednesday morning, it was two candidates who spent much of their time attacking each other’s record.

The debate, hosted by WGIR, opened with state Representative Marilinda Garcia and former state Senator Gary Lambert accusing each other of taking illegal campaign contributions.

Each denied the allegation, and then went after each other’s voting record.

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Politics
10:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Incumbents Kuster, Shea-Porter Lead In Fundraising

Congresswomen Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter
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The latest campaign finance reports show Democratic incumbents Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster raised far more money in the last three months than their potential Republican challengers in New Hampshire's two House races.

Kuster had the best quarter, raising $565,000 between April 1 and June 30, and has $1.7 million on hand for her 2nd District race. Republican Marilinda Garcia took in $128,000 and has $125,000 on hand, while Gary Lambert raised $103,000 and has $305,000 on hand. Republican Jim Lawrence reported $5,200 in contributions and $25,000 in debts.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

2014 Primaries and Elections: A Look Ahead

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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.  We’re looking at how the U.S. Congress, Senate, and N.H. Governor races are shaping up so far.

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NH News
12:38 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Statewide Mental Health First Aid Training Program Kicks Off

Sen. Kelly Ayotte speaks during the kickoff event for New Hampshire's mental health first aid training program.
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Senator Kelly Ayotte and Representative Ann McLane Kuster were in Manchester on Monday to help kick off New Hampshire’s new mental health first aid program.

Once this week’s training is complete, the 30 participants will be certified as mental health first aid instructors.

Suellen Griffin is Executive Director of West Center Behavioral Health in Lebanon.

She says those taking part – including two people from her center – come from all corners of the state and will be responsible for sharing what they learned with residents in communities.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Gambling Takes Center Stage In Congressional Race

Steve Duprey of Casino Free New Hampshire speaks in support of Rep. Marilinda Garcia's vote against expanded gambling.
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Casinos are shaping up to be a key issue in the 2nd Congressional District’s Republican primary.

At competing events Monday, several state representatives from Salem who back expanded gaming publicly endorsed GOP candidate Gary Lambert.

Meanwhile in Concord, anti-casino activists defended fellow Salem Representative Marilinda Garcia’s vote against a plan to legalize two casinos, despite overwhelming public support in her district.

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NH News
9:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

N.H. Congressional Delegation: Shinseki Should Resign Over VA Scandal

New Hampshire's entire Congressional delegation now agrees that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should resign.

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte called on Shinseki to resign a week ago, while the three Democrats — Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. Annie Kuster and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter — did so on Wednesday.

They were prompted by a scathing new report that found systemic problems in the medical system for military veterans.

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2:52 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Ad Audit: Conservative Group’s New Ad Targets Kuster’s Support of Affordable Care Act

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 The New Hampshire arm of Americans for Prosperity continues to pound away at Democrats over the Affordable Care Act.

The conservative non-profit's latest volley is a new television ad attacking New Hampshire’s 2nd District Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster for her support of so-called Obamacare.

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NH News
2:56 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

State Argues Push-Poll Appeal Before N.H. Supreme Court

Charlie Bass and Annie Kuster at a debate during the 2012 election
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  The State Supreme Court Thursday considered the question, does New Hampshire have the right to regulate polling conducted by federal political campaigns?

The question arises because of an alleged push-poll conducted for Former Congressman Charlie Bass’ in 2010. The call in question refer to Bass’ opponent congresswoman Annie Kuster’s work for pharmaceutical company which made what the call referred to as a date-rape drug.

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NH News
11:10 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Air Force Secretary Tours Pease In Preparation For New Refueling Tanker

U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Annie Kuster hosted Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James at Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth this morning.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

An Early-Bird Look At N.H.'s Midterm Races

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In mid-March, with the sap has hardly running, November seems a lifetime away. But in the political world, eight months goes by quickly, especially for those preparing for mid-term elections. Although the filing period isn’t until June, there’s already a solid list of Republicans hoping to face the three Democratic incumbents. In the 1st Congressional District, former Congressman Frank Guinta and former UNH business school Dean Dan Innis look to go against Carol Shea Porter. In Congressional District 2, state Rep.

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NH News
10:25 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Kuster: ACA Should Be Improved, Not Repealed

Ann Kuster
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2nd District Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster says she wants to see improvements made to the Affordable Care Act, but is against repealing the law.

Appearing on The Exchange this morning, Kuster described the rollout as a disaster, but said figures released earlier this month show more than 16,000 New Hampshire residents have now successfully enrolled for health insurance under the law.

“We’re talking about thousands of people who never had access before, so it’s not perfect, but let’s try to make the transition as smooth as possible for people.”

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

U.S. Rep. Kuster Takes Your Questions

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Second District Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster was swept into office in the last election amid a storm of anti-incumbent feeling in the Granite State. In her victory speech, she promised to work in the spirit of bipartisanship.

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NH News
8:50 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Live Blog: Rep. Kuster On The Exchange

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster at the NHPR studio in Concord.
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9:43: Kuster on voting for proposed cut to military retiree benefits in budget, “Not a perfect bill…but I thought it was significant advancement for the country to have a bipartisan budget.” Kept the government open and moving forward. “I have supported the repeal of the cut to military retirees.” Republicans talk a lot about deficit and debt; “we have to make decisions.”

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NH News
10:32 am
Wed January 29, 2014

N.H. Reacts To President Obama's State Of The Union Address

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Here is a roundup of reactions to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech from the New Hampshire Congressional delegation and political organizations.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte:

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NH News
8:51 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Kuster: Give Tax Deductions To Hunters Who Donate Game

 

New Hampshire U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster says hunters who donate wild game to food banks should be eligible for a tax deduction to cover the costs of processing.

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NH News
12:11 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Rep. Kuster Pushes For National Renewable Electricity Standard

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 U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster wants to require utility companies to produce at least 25 percent of their power from renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass by 2025.   Kuster is co-sponsoring legislation to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard. She says doing so would help create nearly 300,000 jobs, cut pollution and save consumers almost $100 billion on their utility bills by 2030.   According to Kuster, 29 states, including New Hampshire, already have renewable generation standards.    

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Health
5:28 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Small Brewers Seek Tax Cuts To Spur Growth

Rep. Annie Kuster with Chris Shey, head brewer at Henniker Brewing Company.
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Henniker Brewing Company is a little more than a year old, and this month, could break-even for the first time. That’s good news for investors, but the 5-man operation is still facing some growing pains.

Manager Dave Currier says the beer is good, but the facility needs some improvements.

“Well, as an example, we have two new bathrooms for the tap room that we want to finish,” says Currier, a former Republican state lawmaker.  “And we’ve kind of run out of money in terms of our overall investment, to complete that.”

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NH News
6:02 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Kuster, Porter Sign Petition To Force End Of Shutdown

U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire have signed a petition that would force a vote to end the federal government shutdown.

The two Democrats agree that it's time for a vote to reopen the government nearly two weeks into what Kuster called a damaging shutdown that is hurting Granite State families and businesses.

The discharge petition is a special congressional procedure that would allow a majority of voters to force a vote on a bill to reopen the government.

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