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No sooner had Chris Sununu slipped into the council chambers though the back door than the well-wishing began. First, there was Maj. Gen.William Reddel, the adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard: "Sir, congratulations." And then Public Utilities Commission Chairman Marty Honigberg: "Congratulations." "OK, thanks, good to see you," Sununu replied. "Everything going good over there? "Oh, every day is better than the day before," Honigberg said. "That’s the attitude man, that’s...

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After this week’s elections, Newfields , New Hampshire is entitled to a little bit of bragging. Two of the town’s 1,700 or so residents now hold some of the highest titles in the state. Both Senator-Elect Maggie Hassan and Governor-Elect Chris Sununu call the Seacoast community home.

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

Mar 28, 2016
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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.

Gina Raimondo’s long path to the top job in Rhode Island politics culminated when she was sworn in Tuesday as the state’s first female governor. Raimondo has cautioned that making change won’t be easy in a state plagued by persistently high unemployment. Hear Rhode Island Public Radio host Dave Fallon talk with Brown University Professor Wendy Schiller about Raimondos challenges and whats ahead for the states congressional delegation. Raimondo’s inaugural on the south portico of the...


Longtime Washington County Sen. Bill Doyle says he'll propose a constitutional amendment to make it less likely that lawmakers will be asked to elect a governor in the future. Doyle says the results of this year's election show why his amendment is needed. On Thursday, all 180 lawmakers will receive a ballot to determine who will be the next governor of Vermont. This will happen because the Vermont Constitution calls for a legislative vote whenever the winning candidate fails to receive a...

N.H. Elections 2014: Recap & Analysis

Nov 5, 2014
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The U.S. Senate race went to incumbent Jeanne Shaheen , while our Congressional districts split, with Republican Frank Guinta the First District victor, and Democrat Ann McLane Kuster winning in the Second. We’ll also look at the Governor’s race, and another term for Democrat Maggie Hassan, and the new balance of power in the legislature. GUESTS: Brendan Nyhan – assistant professor of political science at Dartmouth College. His research includes misperceptions about politics, and he...

2014 Primaries and Elections: A Look Ahead

Jul 9, 2014
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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. GUESTS: Kevin Landrigan – longtime political reporter for the Telegraph of Nashua Josh...

Another Republican is weighing a run for governor of New Hampshire. As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reported on the Political Front this morning, Walter Havenstein of Alton is said to be seriously considering a challenge to Democrat Maggie Hassan. He is a former chief executive at BAE Systems with a long career working for defense companies. As Rogers says, this would be Havenstein’s first time running for office. “So no voting record. That can cut both ways, but it would certainly make him harder to...

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Conservative activist Andrew Hemingway is the first Republican to enter the race for governor. The 31-year-old high-tech entrepreneur announced his candidacy in front of a group of supporters in Manchester Thursday night. “I have the courage and innovative ideas to take on this state’s biggest challenges and to solve them. I ask for your support in this effort. I need your help.” He seeks to unseat Governor Maggie Hassan as she pursues a second, two-year term. Hemingway is the former chairman...

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We sit down with New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, as she passes her first one hundred days in office. Hassan started out with a long list of priorities -- from restoring funding to public universities and the mental health system to bringing in a casino to help pay for these. We’ll get her take on progress made and some the push back she’s received, including from her fellow democrats.