Elections 2014

The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Elections 2014: Behind N.H.'s Political Ads & Polls

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With their threatening music and grainy mug-shot photos, they warn of shady pasts and terrifying outcomes if a certain candidate is elected. We explore the themes presented, where the truth may or may not come in, and who’s paying for these ads.  And then, another election season pet-peeve: polls.

GUESTS:

  • Wayne Lesperance – professor of political science at New England College, and director of the Center for Civic Engagement, which includes the New England College Polling Institute.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Garcia Brings Conservative Cred to N.H. Congressional Race

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The race to represent New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District is catching fire here and nationally.

A poll last week put incumbent Rep. Anne Kuster, a first-term Democrat, behind her GOP challenger, state lawmaker Marilinda Garcia. It looks like it will be a close contest.

At 31, Marilinda Garcia would be one of the youngest members elected to the U.S. House this year. So perhaps it’s no surprise that when Garcia won the GOP congressional primary last month, a large and loud crowd of millennials was in the house.

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Politics
1:56 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Hassan Touts Economic Record At Campaign Stop

Governor Hassan talks with employees at Commonplaces who benefited from the job training program.
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Governor Maggie Hassan touted her economic credentials at a campaign stop at a Manchester marketing company Tuesday. She also fired a few shots at her opponent, Walt Havenstein.

Hassan argued she’s better equipped to help small businesses than rival Walt Havenstein. Internet marketing company Commonplaces was a beneficiary of job training grants. Hassan championed that program and what she terms bipartisan successes like increasing higher ed funding, raising the gas tax and expanding Medicaid.

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Politics
2:03 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Why All Candidates Embrace The Shipyard, But The Shipyard Doesn't Embrace All The Candidates

Kevin Gross, a pipefitter at the Shipyard, says he trusts his union to endorse candidates with his interests in mind.
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There’s a painted blue line surrounding the entrance to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Over that blue line, political campaigning is not allowed, but just a few inches on this side of it – politics are in motion.

Over the last few months, Shipyard unions have endorsed at least five candidates, most of them Democrats. 

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Politics
5:31 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Environmental Groups Pour Money Into N.H., But Can Climate Change Sway Voters?

NextGen Climate has been bringing a faux "Scott Brown's pickup truck" to their events, complete with fake oil drums and cardboard cutouts of Charles, and David Koch, and Scott Brown.
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  Environmental issues have never ranked high on the list of issues that drive most voters to the polls. But this year, Tom Steyer – a former hedge fund manager and billionaire – has pledged to spend $50 million dollars in a few key races around the country, hoping to make climate change a central issue. This spending begs a question: can talking about global warming actually win elections?

Steyer’s operation in New Hampshire, NextGen Climate, has 24 full-time staff, and 5 field offices with two more slated to open in the coming weeks.

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Politics
7:31 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Chris Christie Joins Walt Havenstein On The Campaign Trail In N.H.'s North Country

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to campaign with Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein for the fourth time.

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Politics
3:30 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

More Than 10,000 Television Ads Have Aired (So Far) In Brown, Shaheen Senate Race

Screenshots from recent campaign ads paid for by the Shaheen and Brown Senate campaigns

Here’s a statement about campaign advertising that may surprise you even if you’ve seen the influx of ads on TV and online video sites: “Candidates, parties and groups ran at least 10,300 TV ads in the New Hampshire U.S. Senate race.”

That statement comes from a project called “Who’s Buying the Senate?”

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Politics
5:33 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

For Scott Brown, Renewed Focus On Abortion Bills Is Deja Vu

Brown talking with NHPR's Laura Knoy at the UNH Law Center in September 2014
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Scott Brown has tried to make the New Hampshire Senate race about national security, illegal immigration and incumbent Jeanne Shaheen’s political fidelity to an unpopular president.

But the Republican candidate has spent a lot of time the past two weeks defending his somewhat ambiguous record on abortion rights. The issue boiled over Tuesday at a hastily organized “media availability” in Derry, where Brown was set to talk foreign policy with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla).

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Politics
4:25 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Brown Offers Rebuttal Ad On Abortion Bill

Screenshot of Scott Brown's ad rebutting one released by the Shaheen campaign
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The US Senate campaigns of Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown continue to battle over Brown’s record on abortion.

A day after Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign aired an ad highlighting a Scott Brown’s sponsorship of  2005 bill in the Massachusetts legislature that sought to imposed a 24-waiting period for abortion and require women to be provided with images of fetus, the Brown campaign was up with an ad of his own.

It features Brown speaking right into the camera.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Rudman Center Conversations With The Candidates: Frank Guinta

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Laura Knoy sits down with former U.S. Representative Frank Guinta 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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Politics
9:57 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Guinta Says He Would Have Voted Against Obama's Iraq-Syria Actions

Guinta speaking with Laura Knoy at UNH Law Center, 2014
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Republican Frank Guinta, who is running to regain the congressional seat he held for one term, says he and his opponent, Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter, would have agreed on at least one vote. Guinta would have voted against the Obama administration’s current military campaign in Iraq and Syria.

In a conversation with NHPR’s Laura Knoy at the UNH School of Law’s Rudman Center, former Congressman Guinta said he would want more details on the president’s plan to arm moderate Syrian rebels.

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Politics
10:13 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Substance, Sparks in First Shaheen-Brown Debate

Senator Jeanne Shaheen and her Republican challenger, Scott Brown, debated for the first time yesterday in North Conway.

But both candidates focused more on spelling out big differences on policy than they did on rehashing the pointed attack lines promoted by their respective campaigns.

The charged sloganeering wasn't entirely absent. In his opening statement, Brown delivered his campaign’s fundamental argument: That Shaheen votes with President Obama and his polices 99 percent of the time.

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NH News
4:27 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Brown, Shaheen Spar In First Debate

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Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and GOP challenger Scott Brown sparred over reproductive rights Monday in a debate held at North Conway’s Grand Hotel.

Shaheen used this debate to emphasized her record supporting access to abortion and contraception, and to question Brown’s claim that he is pro-choice.

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Politics
7:02 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Shaheen And Brown To Meet In First Of Several Debates

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  U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her Republican challenger Scott Brown are meeting for the first of several debates ahead of the November elections.

Monday's debate in North Conway is being hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, which represents a dozen towns and works to attract new businesses to the area.

Shaheen, a former governor, is seeking a second term in the Senate. Brown won a special election in 2010 in Massachusetts, lost the seat two years later and moved to New Hampshire in late 2013.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Political Junkie Comes To N.H.: Pre-Election Check-In

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We're checking in with Ken Rudin for our monthly 'Political Junkie' show. We'll look at how the election season is progressing in New Hampshire, compared with other mid-terms around the country. 

GUEST:

  • Ken Rudin – host of The Political Junkie, a weekly radio show covering national, state, and local politics. He is an expert in U.S. politics and campaign history, and a former NPR political editor.

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