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Democratic candidate for governor, Colin Van Ostern, announced his plans to modernize state government and cut red tape for New Hampshire businesses. He made the remarks alongside business leaders at the education tech firm Motivis Learning in Salem.

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After a surprise strong showing in last month’s GOP gubernatorial primary, Frank Edelblut is back on the campaign trail, backing his former rival Chris Sununu.

And while he’s not commenting on his political ambitions, the move suggests Edelblut could have more elections in his future.

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Democratic candidate Colin Van Ostern says as governor, he would invest in job training programs to strengthen the state’s workforce.

Speaking with representatives from the state’s community college system and healthcare employers, Colin Van Ostern stressed the need for more certificate and associate degree programs to help address the state’s labor shortage in key areas like nursing.

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. 


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.

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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.

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.

The candidates for New Hampshire governor faced questions around economic issues, addressed issues including energy prices, health care costs, and the Granite State tax structure.  

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern held a campaign stop at a solar farm in Lee today to emphasize his support for renewable energy.

Van Ostern spoke at the Oyster River Forest Solar Array in Lee, which was completed just a few months ago and is the state’s second largest assembly of solar panels.

"On the Political Front" is our weekly check-in with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers.

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In his first days campaigning for governor in the general election, Democrat Colin Van Ostern has focused on women’s health issues.  And today he did so again at a stop on the Seacoast.

Colin Van Ostern met with state senator Martha Fuller Clark and a handful of healthcare professionals at the Lovering health care center in Greenland.

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Democratic Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern won his party's nomination for governor Tuesday. He'll face fellow councilor and Republican Chris Sununu in the general election.

Van Ostern spoke with NHPR's Morning Edition the day after the primary.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern held his first campaign event as the nominee in Nashua Wednesday. 

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You didn’t have to look much farther than the title of the campaign’s primary night party – billed as a “general election kickoff” – to know that Colin Van Ostern’s campaign was feeling pretty good about its chances heading into Tuesday.

And by the time the results started coming in, that description ended up being on point after all.

For Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern, two New Hampshire employers – Stonyfield Farm and Southern New Hampshire University -- figure heavily in his message to voters. NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on what Van Ostern’s time at these companies might tell us about how he’d operate as governor.

As New Hampshire students head back to school this week, education is on many parents’ minds. And with the gubernatorial primary less than two weeks away, candidates’ positions on these issues could play a major role on voters’ decisions. 

In this year’s governor’s race, the candidates’ views fall largely along party lines, with differences over how much and where to spend money.

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Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mark Connolly says he won’t participate in an upcoming debate on WMUR-TV because of an ongoing labor dispute.

In a statement released this afternoon, Mark Connolly cited the dispute between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1228 and WMUR, saying that without an agreement in place, he would not participate. He called on his Democratic opponents to do the same.


Democrat Colin Van Ostern and Republican Ted Gatsas are leading the cash race in the contest for governor.

Campaign finance reports filed Wednesday show Van Ostern has raised just over $1 million and Gatsas just below that amount, not including a $75,000 personal loan. The totals are significantly higher than their competitors. The primary is Sept. 13.

Republican Rep. Frank Edelblut has contributed $750,000 to his own campaign, giving him the highest cash on hand at this point.

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The political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England waded into the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday morning when it endorsed Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern. The move has exposed a disagreement among abortion rights activists over the role they should play in this election.

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New Hampshire’s largest public employee labor union is throwing its weight behind Democrat Colin Van Ostern in his bid for governor. It’s the latest in a spate of union endorsements in the race.

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Among the Democrats running for governor this year is Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern. He's a candidate who's no stranger to running political campaigns and is now seeking statewide office for the first time.

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There's a wide fundraising gap between two of the Democrats hoping to become New Hampshire's next governor.

Candidates are not required to file campaign finance reports until Aug. 24, less than a month before the Sept. 13 primary. But Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern and businessman Mark Connolly filed reports Wednesday, a deadline for non-candidate committees to file.

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Republican Ted Gatsas, Manchester mayor and a former state senate president, arrived at the statehouse completed paperwork to run for governor in hand.

"Don't worry, we come prepared. I know what it is up here. I've done it a few times."

The same goes for former Congresswoman, Carol Shea-Porter. The Rochester democrat formalized her sixth campaign to represent the first district. Much, she says, remains the same.

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It’s still about three months before New Hampshire Democrats decide who their party’s nominee for governor will be. But in pubs, coffee shops, and living rooms around the state the race is quietly picking up speed.

The people coming out to see the Democrats running for governor at this point in the race can be roughly divided into two groups:

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  Colin Van Ostern represents District 2 on New Hampshire’s Executive Council, which holds many of its meetings in a large room at the statehouse next to the governor’s office. He’s hoping to move into that corner office – he’s one of three Democrats running for governor. 

Open Seat: Looking Ahead to N.H.'s Governor Race

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New Hampshire's governor race is among the top-watched contests in the country, with Maggie Hassan leaving the corner office to run for U.S. Senate.  This open seat has led to active competitions in both parties, with many candidates already focused on the opioid crisis, education, Medicaid, and the state's energy future.

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  Two Democratic Executive Councilors are outlining a proposal they say could fund passenger rail service between Manchester and Boston.

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A Democrat running for governor is calling on New Hampshire to raise and possibly eliminate the limit on how much renewable power consumers can sell back to the state's utilities.

Under "net metering", consumers who use sources such as solar can earn credits for putting power back on the grid. The current limit in the state is 50 megawatts and the state's utilities are closing in on that figure.

Gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern said Monday the state should immediately raise the cap and consider erasing it altogether.

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N.H.’s Executive Council took its show on the road Wednesday to the town of Mason. There was no high-profile item before the council, but regardless of the agenda, expect the council to be front and center politically through next November.

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Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern is running for New Hampshire governor in 2016.

Van Ostern announced his bid Thursday at a meeting of business and education leaders.