Election 2018

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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. 

GUESTS:

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Last week's mass shooting in Las Vegas has prompted what seems to be the perennial discussion of gun control. Steve Marchand, a Democrat running for governor and former mayor of Portsmouth, says politicians should be ready to talk about guns and legislate if necessary.

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During a wide-ranging speech in Bedford Wednesday morning, Governor Chris Sununu touched on Washington politics, President Trump, health care, millennials, and, almost as an afterthought, confirmed he’s running for re-election in 2018.

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Grover Norquist is occasionally referred to as the ‘dark wizard’ of conservative politics. His Washington-based organization, Americans for Tax Reform, is perhaps best known for its Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which calls on politicians to oppose any increase in taxes.

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Republican Jack Flanagan says he’s running again for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

Flanagan served three terms in the New Hampshire House beginning in 2010, eventually rising to Majority Leader. In 2016, he sought higher office, but the 59 year old from Brookline finished 12 points behind Jim Lawrence in the GOP primary.

He’s jumping back in the mix, now, though, ready to take on incumbent Democrat Annie Kuster.