Elections 2012

Elections 2012
6:09 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Obama, Romney Kick Off Post-Convention Campaign In New Hampshire

A view from the crowd at President Obama's campaign event at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, September 7, 2012.
Courtesy Megan Saffell

The Republicans came to Tampa; then the Democrats came to Charlotte.

Now, with the conventions behind them, both parties have come to New Hampshire.

President Obama held his first post-convention campaign event in Portsmouth, before flying to Iowa. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, started the day in the Buckeye State and holds a rally at Holman Stadium in Nashua Friday evening.

NHPR’s Josh Rogers was on hand for the president's event; he joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to talk about what he saw and heard.

Elections 2012
5:15 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Democrat Kennedy Says He Brings a "Fresh Perspective" To Governor's Race

Bill Kennedy of Danbury is one of three Democratic candidates on the primary ballot for New Hampshire governor. He’s a business owner who served 29 years in the US Air Force. This is his first run for statewide office.

NH News
11:51 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Republicans Spar Under the Spotlight

Supporters of gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne outside Thursday's debate.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Both Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith are known for being strong social conservatives. Lamontagne is a champion of the pro-life movement. And Kevin Smith has long been one of the loudest voices opposing gay marriage in the state. But during last night’s debate at Saint Anselm College, both tried to play down these hot-button issues. 

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Voter ID, Elections 2012
6:07 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Next Week's Primaries A Dry Run For New Voter ID Law

Most voters won't see much change until the general elections this November
Vox Efx Flickr Creative Commons

This week, the feds approved New Hampshire’s controversial new voter ID law.  But voters won’t notice much difference during the upcoming primary elections.  If you go to the polls next week and don’t have proper ID, you will still get your ballot--and a document explaining the new law.  The real change will come during the general elections in November.  Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan says November voters coming to the polls without ID will have to sign an affidavit swearing that they are who they say they are.  Then they get to cast their votes.

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North Country
6:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Northern Pass And The Governor's Race: Who Stands Where

Opponents of the hydro-electric project say they want to know where the gubernatorial candidates stand.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Among the many issues facing gubernatorial candidates this year is the Northern Pass project.

During the last race for governor two years ago, the Northern Pass project made only a brief appearance.

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All Things Considered
5:15 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

New Hampshire Democrats Expect a Busy Convention Week

the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina
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The Democratic National Convention is getting underway tonight in Charlotte, North Carolina. While Granite State Democrats may not play as high-profile a role as their Republican counterparts did at the GOP convention last week, New Hampshire’s DNC delegation says it’s ready for a busy and exciting week.

All Things Considered host Brady Carlson spoke with delegate Jim Demers, a veteran Democratic activist and founder of the lobbying firm the Demers Group.

NH News
12:16 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

New Governor Could Mean Business For Medical Marijuana In N.H.

'eggroll' of Flickr

New Hampshire’s House and Senate have together passed two separate bills legalizing medical marijuana. Governor Lynch vetoed both. Now, as gubernatorial candidates vie to fill his seat, a medical marijuana bill could finally make it past the governor’s desk.

To date, 17 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana.  In 2009, President Obama encouraged federal prosecutors to respect these states’ laws – despite the fact that the substance is illegal on a federal level.

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Elections 2012
6:50 am
Fri August 31, 2012

True, False, Or Pants On Fire?

Campaign season is in full swing.  You know it by the TV ads and campaign signs … and by the return of PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter.  PolitiFact New Hampshire is a partnership of The Telegraph in Nashua and the national PolitiFact.com., a project of the Tampa Bay Times.  The goal is to help you find the truth in politics.  They research candidates’ statements and then rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter.   

And every week on Morning Edition, we’ll check in with the Telegraph’s managing editor for content, Jonathan Van Fleet about the most recent rulings.

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Elections 2012
11:41 am
Thu August 30, 2012

N.H. Delegates Say Ryan's Plan To Overhaul Medicare Is An Asset

Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan.
Photo by Mallory Benedict/PBS NewsHour flickr

New Hampshire delegates at the Republican National Convention in Florida say Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul Medicare is an asset.

If there was ever any question whether Congressman Paul Ryan is beloved by the Republican base, doubts were put to rest last evening.

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NH News
4:28 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Hassan Picks Up Endorsement from Hodes

Candidate Maggie Hassan, former Congressman Paul Hodes and State Senator Sylvia Larsen in downtown Concord.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan picked up the endorsement of Paul Hodes today.

The former two-term congressman told a small crowd of supporters in Concord that Maggie Hassan is the best choice for restoring New Hampshire values. Hodes says she’s the only candidate that can bring together Democrats, Independents and what he calls reasonable Republicans.

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NH News
10:52 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

RNC Holds Convention Watch Party In Windham

GOP supports gathered in Windham to watch the Republican National Convention
Emily Corwin

About 50 people gathered around a flatscreen television at Albert Letizio’s sales and marketing business in Windham last night, for a convention watch party held by the Republican National Committee.  Next door in the kitchen, another dozen helped themselves to heaps of food and giant pans of cookies.

They were there to watch the Republican National Convention, in Tampa – in particular to cheer on Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Hudson businessman Jack Gilchrist, a featured speaker.

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Elections 2012
5:23 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

A Sizable Role for New Hampshire At First Full Day of GOP Convention

Republican National Convention banner
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Tonight, more than 4400 delegates and alternates from across the country are gathering on the Republican National Convention floor in Tampa to name Mitt Romney their nominee for president.   And New Hampshire’s delegation will have some of the best seats in the house. 

All Things Considered host Brady Carlson spoke earlier today with delegate Tom Rath.  He’s a former state attorney general and now a top Romney adviser, who spoke with NHPR from the convention floor.

Elections 2012
4:30 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Live Coverage: 2012 Republican National Convention

Republican National Convention setup at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Aug. 25, 2012.
Mallory Benedict/PBS NewsHour via Flickr CC

We'll air live NPR coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention tonight through Thursday from 8 - 11 pm. Listen on NHPR and NHPR.org for a live broadcast. Updates and conversation will appear below.

For more information about tonight's live coverage, visit NPR.org

9:23 am
Tue August 28, 2012

N.H. Politicians and Business Owner Scheduled To Speak At GOP Convention

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention, joined by a Hudson businessman.

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NH News
2:52 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Gov. Candidate Kevin Smith Collects on LLC Loophole

Kevin Smith of Cornerstone Action introduces former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum at the Taxpayer Tea Party rally in Concord, April 15, 2011. (Brady Carlson, NHPR)

No candidate in the  2012 gubernatorial race benefited more from a major loophole in New Hampshire's political-finance regulations than Republican Kevin Smith. 

State election law limits corporate campaign contributions to $7,000 per election cycle, the same as individual donors. But nothing in the law prohibits multiple limited-liability companies controlled by the same individual to donate on behalf of each LLC, making it easy for wealthy donors to exceed the statutory limits.

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