Governor's Race

Politics
4:31 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Mass Court Rejects Lawsuit By Independent Gubernatorial Candidate Blocked From Debate

United Independent Party Founder and Candidate for Governor of Mass., Evan Falchuk
Credit Via candidate's website

A court has rejected a lawsuit by independent candidate for Massachusetts governor Evan Falchuk.

Falchuk was seeking to participate in the debate, scheduled for Monday at 8 p.m. in Worcester.

Falchuk said he was initially invited to the debate, but the offer was later rescinded. Falchuk filed the lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court.

Falchuk said he was disappointed with the decision, but was glad to have his day in court.

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Politics
9:09 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Full Debate Audio: Havenstein Defend Records While Attacking Each Other's

Credit Chris Jensen/Ryan Lessard for NHPR

Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Walt Havenstein faced off in their first televised debate Wednesday night on NH1.

Hassan and Havenstein agreed on one thing: those responsible for the riots in Keene should be held accountable.

After that, there was plenty of daylight between them. At times the two seemed to talk past one another, both defending their own records - and distorting their opponents.

Havenstein repeatedly accused Hassan of fomenting “toxic partisanship” in Concord. Hassan said Havenstein is misinformed.

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Health
5:12 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

N.H. Expanded Medicaid Tops 20,000 Enrollees

Credit Alex Proimos via Flickr CC

Gov. Maggie Hassan says more than 20,000 people have signed up for health coverage under New Hampshire's newly expanded Medicaid program.

New Hampshire's previous Medicaid program covered low-income children, parents with non-disabled children under 18, pregnant women, older residents and people with disabilities. The expansion adds anyone under 65 who earns up to 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines, which is about $15,900 for a single adult.

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NH News
9:10 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Final Gubernatorial Debate Highlights Differences In Leadership Style, Economic Plans

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

  Republican gubernatorial hopefuls Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway held their last debate Friday. They differed on how they say they would lead and improve the state’s business climate.

Political activist and serial entrepreneur Andrew Hemingway, when asked how his business experience would inform his style of governance, said New Hampshire is a small-business state.

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NH News
5:10 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Walt Havenstein's Strengths In General Election May Be Weaknesses In Primary

Havenstein speaking to the press at BAE Systems in Nashua.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  As former President of BAE Systems, Walt Havenstein led one of New Hampshire’s largest employers. That’s one reason top Republicans encouraged the millionaire business-man to get into the governor’s race. Havenstein has vastly outspent his Republican opponent but this race remains tight.

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Elections 2014
4:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With Gubernatorial Candidate Walt Havenstein

Walt Havenstein in NHPR's studios
Credit Brady Carlson/NHPR

We continue our conversations with Republicans running in the gubernatorial race with former BAE Systems CEO Walt Havenstein.

You've proposed as part of your jobs plan cutting business profit taxes by just over 1%. Given the shortfalls that we've seen in business tax revenue in this current budget, how confident can we be that revenue will offset those cuts?

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NH News
5:06 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

GOP Candidates For Governor Debate Policy, Integrity

Credit Sara Plourde for NHPR

  Republican candidates for Governor, Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway, squared off Wednesday morning on WGIR. Their debate was heated and, at times, personal.

While this race remains tough to call, in this debate, Andrew Hemingway acted the part of underdog. He went after Walt Havenstein repeatedly, hoping to turn what Havenstein says is his strength—his experience leading billion dollar defense companies—into an example of how moneyed interests use campaign contributions to get their way at tax payers’ expense.

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Politics
5:35 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Havenstein Files For Governor's Race, Then Asks for Eligibility Ruling

Walt Havenstein filed paperwork Wednesday launching his candidacy for governor of New Hampshire.
Credit Todd Bookman

Republican candidate for governor Walt Havenstein wants state election officials to rule on whether he meets the residency requirements to hold the office.

Immediately after filing paperwork to officially launch his candidacy against Gov. Maggie Hassan in Concord on Wednesday, Havenstein submitted a petition to the state Ballot Law Commission, asking for an expedited hearing on the residency issue.

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NH News
5:49 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Havenstein Says He's Ready (And Eligible) To Run For Governor

Credit Josh Rogers / NHPR

N.H. Republicans have a new candidate for Governor, former defense contractor Walt Havenstein, of Alton.

Havenstein launched his campaign in Concord.

He offered a forceful denial to claims that he is ineligible to run due to a time he listed Maryland as his primary residence on tax documents.

"This is my home and has been for 15 years. This is my domicile, which it the criteria to run and serve as Governor."

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The Sidebar
5:10 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

The Sidebar: Poll Finds Strong Support for Medicaid Expansion, Gun Background Checks

A bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid that is scheduled for a vote in the New Hampshire Senate this week has strong support from Granite Staters, according to a new poll.

New England College asked 774 registered voters if they would support a proposal backed by Gov. Maggie Hassan and a majority in the New Hampshire Senate “to extend private insurance to low-income residents, without passing the cost of coverage on to businesses.”

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All Things Considered
5:09 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Hassan on "Innovate NH"

Maggie Hassan.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

We've been talking this week with the candidates for New Hampshire about jobs, and what they'd do to improve New Hampshire's economic picture.

In the third and final part of this week's series, NHPR's All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks with the Democratic candidate, Maggie Hassan.

Elections 2012
5:18 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

John Babiarz On A Libertarian Approach to Job Growth

Libertarian candidate for governor John Babiarz at NHPR studios, October 16, 2012.
Brady Carlson, NHPR

This week we’re looking at jobs – specifically, what the candidates for New Hampshire governor would do about them. Today All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks to the Libertarian nominee, John Babiarz.

Elections 2012
5:22 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Lamontagne Outlines His "Prosperity Agenda"

Ovide Lamontagne.
Cheryl Senter NHPR

Ask any voter, or candidate for political office, this election cycle about the top campaign issue, and you’re bound to hear “jobs, jobs, jobs.” 

As such, we'll talk with each candidate for governor about how they plan to improve New Hampshire’s economy and create jobs.  We begin with Republican candidate Ovide Lamontagne, who has dubbed his economic plan the "Prosperity Agenda."  He speaks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

Elections 2012
10:49 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Chris Christie Stumps With Lamontagne

Cheryl Senter NHPR

N.J. Governor Chris Christie helped Lamontagne raise money in Bedford, and joined him for a tour of a Medical device maker in Hudson. The pair then rallied Republicans in Atkinson. Throughout Christie suggested that electing Democrat Maggie Hassan would pave the way for an income tax.

“Anybody, like Maggie, who’s running against Ovide here, who starts whispering about an income tax, you know what that means, because politician who starts whispering about an income tax they’ve already started making up their minds.”

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The Exchange
8:45 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Lamontagne and Hassan Tangle At First Debate

Democrat for governor Maggie Hassan and Republican challenger Ovide Lamontagne debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
David Lane Union Leader

The battle lines in this debate became clear early, very early. In fact, Maggie Hassan was just 6 seconds into her first answer to a general question on the economy when she sought to blunt the tax and spending critique she must have known was coming.

"It’s really important that we have a strong and competitive economy, and that of course comes with opposing an income or a sales tax."

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Elections 2012
2:20 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Candidate Forum On Business And The Economy

David Lane Union Leader

The Business and Industry Association, New Hampshire Public Television, New Hampshire Public Radio and New Hampshire Union Leader are partnering to host a second round of gubernatorial and congressional debates on Sept. 17, 18, and 19 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College at 9:00 am.

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Hassan
10:31 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

'That's The N.H. Way,' A Victorious Hassan Says

Hassan speaks to supporters
Emily Corwin New Hampshire Public Radio

Maggie Hassan gave her acceptance speech at her victory party tonight in Manchester, comparing her stance on free kindergarten and abortion rights with her now-opponent, Ovide Lamontagne.  Her biggest round of applause came when she announced that "women should be able to make our own health-care decisions." She continued by thanking her family and supporters.

Lamontagne
9:47 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Ovide Lamontagne Accepts GOP Nomination For Governor

Ovide Lamontagne
Jonathan Lynch New Hampshire Public Radio

"My name is Ovide Lamontagne, the toughest name in politics. But tonight you made it a winning name."

To shouts of "Ovide," Lamontagne has accepted Kevin Smith's concession and the Republican nomination for gubernatorial candidate.

The crowd is psyched up, standing shoulder to shoulder in the hall. When asked if it's the New Hampshire way to increase spending by double digits, the crowd shouts back a resounding "No!"

Election 2012
3:04 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Photos From Campaign Headquarters

Elections 2012
5:33 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Special Coverage: N.H. State Primary

League of Women Voters of California Flickr Creative Commons

NHPR will have special live coverage of tomorrow's state primary beginning at 8 pm and lasting throughout the evening. Laura Knoy of The Exchange will host the live broadcast, and we'll hear from NHPR reporters and analysts at the camps of gubernatorial candidates, Jackie Cilley, Maggie Hassan, Ovide Lamontagne, and Kevin Smith.

Check back here at nhpr.org and follow @nhpr on twitter for the latest primary results, news, and photos. 

Elections 2012
5:21 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Hustle For Votes

Gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley
Josh Rogers NHPR

Former Exeter state senator Maggie Hassan was out early this morning, working the breakfast crowd in Manchester’s Chez Vachon restaurant.

"Democrat?"

"Yes, and I’m running for governor. I am running for Governor and worked very closely with Governor Lynch when I was in the state senate."

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Education
5:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Higher Ed and the Candidates for Governor

Flikr Creative Commons / Herkie

In the last budget, one of lawmakers’ most controversial decisions was to cut the state’s contribution to New Hampshire’s public universities by 48 percent. Restoring those cuts has emerged as a big issue in the governor’s campaign. But how that will happen is a question politicians have yet to answer.

The people who don’t approve of the cuts that the New Hampshire legislature made to the university system – like UNH president Mark Huddleston – describe those them in a certain way.

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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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NH News
5:58 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Budgeting Without The Pledge

When talking about the Democratic gubernatorial primary it’s almost impossible to NOT think about...the pledge.

Former state Senator Jackie Cilley is the first prominent candidate in a decade to say she’s willing to consider a new broad-based tax.

Her main opponent, former state Senator Maggie Hassan opposes a sales or income tax.

Given their very different starting points here's a look at how the two candidates would build the state’s next two-year budget.

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Elections 2012
11:56 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Democrats Face Off In Primary Debate

With just under a week before primary day the Democratic Candidates for Governor met in Goffstown for their first televised debate. But anyone hoping for clear contrasts between the two leading candidates --  former state Senators Maggie Hassan and Jackie Cilley -- were likely disappointed.

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NH News
6:04 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Big Budget Dreams: GOP Candidates on Top Priorities

photos courtesy of candidates

Thursday, GOP gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith will square off in a televised debate.  One of the biggest challenges that awaits the state’s new governor – building the next two year budget.

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Elections 2012
4:58 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

The Race For Governor: A Primary Primer

We took 10 questions to all six candidates for governor -- and have organized it all for you right here

Are you a visual person? Check out the notes NHPR reporter Emily Corwin jotted down to compare each candidate's responses on the issues.

Want to see the details? Read each candidate's positions in his/her own words.

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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Elections 2012
3:30 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Gubernatorial Contenders Open To Gambling

Rockingham Park in Salem, NH
Emily Corwin NHPR

After almost a decade of unsympathetic leadership from Governors John Lynch and Craig Benson, all four major contenders for Governor support expanded gaming in one way or another. What does this mean for high stakes gambling in New Hampshire? Read more at StateImpact New Hampshire -- slideshow and all. 

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