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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.