Governor's Race

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. 

The Exchange
10:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jackie Cilley

Jackie Cilley
Courtney Cania NHPR

Our coverage of the New Hampshire Gubernatorial primary continues with Democrat Jackie Cilley.  A former State Representative, Senator and UNH Business Professor, Cilley has been vocal about not taking the traditional anti-tax pledge.  We’ll talk with her about that, and other issues in this primary campaign, including why she thinks she's the best choice for Democrats this fall.

Guests

Jackie Cilley - Former State Representative, Senator, UNH Business Professor and current Democratic Candidate for Governor

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Kevin Smith

Republican gubernatorial candidate, Kevin Smith
Courtney Cania NHPR

We continue our coverage of the New Hampshire gubernatorial primary, with Republican Kevin Smith.  A former State Representative and lobbyist, Smith is a social and fiscal conservative, emphasizing in this race his plans to improve the state’s business climate.  We’ll get his stance on that and other issues including why he thinks he’s the best choice for Republicans this fall.

Guest

  • Kevin Smith -  Former State Representative, Lobbyist and Republican Gubernatorial Candidate.
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Elections 2012
5:28 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Sen. Ayotte To Address Republican National Convention

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly  Ayotte will be addressing the Republican Party's national convention in Florida this month.

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NH News
3:42 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Ovide Lamontagne Outlines Campaign for Governor

Ovide Lamontagne
courtesy of the candidate

Republican candidate for governor, Ovide Lamontagne, came on NHPR’s ‘The Exchange’ today to discuss his campaign.

Lamontagne says his campaign is focused on the economy and jobs. He wants to loosen regulations on local business and support free enterprise.

He also says he would develop a ‘zero-base’ or ‘prospective’ budget versus New Hampshire’s current ‘maintenance’-style budget.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ovide Lamontagne

Republican Ovide Lamontagne joins Laura in the studio.
Courtney Cania NHPR

Our coverage of New Hampshire’s Gubernatorial Primary continues today with Republican Ovide Lamontagne.  The Manchester lawyer and former candidate for Senate, Congress and Governor is once again running for the state’s highest office, as a solid conservative on both social and fiscal matters. We’ll get his stance on the issue and why he thinks he’s the best choice for Republicans this fall.

Guest

  • Ovide Lamontagne - Manchester Attorney and a Republican Candidate for Governor.
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Elections 2012
8:30 am
Thu August 9, 2012

G.O.P Gubernatorial Rivals Spar Over Gambling, Budget

Jonathan Lynch

In a largely bloodless exchange, Lamontagne and Smith took turns answering audience-submitted questions in front of the standing-room only crowd.

Both candidates said they oppose the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Both candidates affirmed they are pro-life and that they support traditional marriage.

They both staunchly oppose broad-based income or sales taxes.

But the two GOP candidates broke step when a question came up about bringing gambling to the granite state.

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Elections 2012
2:38 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Meet The N.H. Gubernatorial Candidates

Jackie Cilley
Courtesy of Jackie Cilley
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The Exchange
8:13 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Gubernatorial Candidate Maggie Hassan

Courtesy photo

We launch our coverage of New Hampshire’s gubernatorial primaries with Democratic candidate Maggie Hassan. An Exeter business attorney, Hassan was elected to the state Senate in 2004 and served as Senate Majority Leader. We’ll talk with Hassan about her candidacy, including why she’s the only democrat in this race to take the pledge against broad-based taxes.

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