NH Politics


Two Republican candidates for the state's 2nd Congressional District went head to head for an hour Thursday night during a debate hosted by WMUR and the Union Leader. Jack Flanagan and Jim Lawrence are vying to go up against incumbent Democrat Annie Kuster.

Michael Brindley

All this week on Morning Edition, we've been talking with the Republican candidates for governor.

Chris Sununu of Newfields has been a member of the state's Executive Council since 2011. 

He's also CEO of Waterville Valley Ski Resort.

New Hampshire’s gubernatorial primary is just a few days away, and the top issue for many voters is how to solve the state’s ongoing opioid crisis.


The New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation is not your typical layover on the road to the Democratic nomination for governor. But if anyone can make the case for a former financial watchdog in the corner office, it might be Mark Connolly. 

He’s already written a book about it.

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As part of our primary coverage, we’re looking at some of the experiences that have shaped the candidates who are running for governor. NHPR’s Casey McDermott joins us to talk about Republican Frank Edelblut and the record he established during his first term in the House of Representatives.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - September 9, 2016

Sep 8, 2016

Debates - and the debate on drugs - dominate the run-up to the state's primary election on Sept. 13.  The state cap on education funding is ruled unconstitutional.  And students return to the classroom as Manchester learns of high lead levels in school drinking water.

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All this week on Morning Edition, we're talking with the Republican candidates for governor. 

Ted Gatsas is in his seventh year as mayor of Manchester, the state's largest city.


Republican incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte and primary challenger Jim Rubens faced off in a debate on WMUR TV last night.

From the very outset of the debate, a clear dynamic emerged between Ayotte and Rubens.

Peter Biello / NHPR

Former defense industry executive Republican Rich Ashooh is running for Congress in New Hampshire’s first district. He’s hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Frank Guinta. 

In recent interviews and debates, he’s characterized himself as an outsider, a new face, someone who could succeed where the incumbent has failed. Rich Ashooh spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello about his ideas.

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This year’s race for New Hampshire governor has a crowded and diverse field. There are legislators, mayors, executive councilors, and all with private sector experience.

As part of our primary coverage, we’re looking at how those experiences shape the candidates' bid for the corner office. All Things Considered host Peter Biello talked with NHPR reporter Paige Sutherland about Republican Jeanie Forrester and her time as chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee. 

All this week, Morning Edition is talking to the Republican candidates for governor.

Frank Edelblut is a first-term state representative from Wilton.


Democratic candidate for governor Steve Marchand says he is the most liberal person in this year’s race.  But he’s asking people to put aside some assumptions about what the term “liberal” means.  Speaking with All Things Considered host Peter Biello, NHPR's Emily Corwin explains.

Biello:  First of all, tell me a bit about Steve Marchand. He may be more familiar to Seacoast listeners than to folks elsewhere in the state.

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All this week, Morning Edition is talking with the Republican candidates running for governor.

Monday morning, we heard from Jeanie Forrester. She’s in her third term as a state Senator from Meredith, and currently chairs the Senate Finance Committee.

For Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern, two New Hampshire employers – Stonyfield Farm and Southern New Hampshire University -- figure heavily in his message to voters. NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on what Van Ostern’s time at these companies might tell us about how he’d operate as governor.

You might already be overwhelmed by the number of TV ads about this year's U.S. Senate race between Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan.  And if you're like a lot of people, you're confused about who's paying for all these 30-second commercials, and why.

Before you tune it out completely, here's a video guide to navigating the political advertising - and money - behind this important race.

 A substance-abuse treatment advocate who appeared in a political ad criticizing Gov. Maggie Hassan's handling of the state's drug crisis has resigned from the nonprofit she once led.

Melissa Crews stepped down from the board of HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery earlier this week, according to the Concord Monitor.

Republican Chris Sununu has made his experience as head of the Waterville Valley ski resort a big part of his campaign for governor. What does his time there tell us about his readiness to take the corner office in the State House?

There are three Democratic gubernatorial candidates this year, vying to be their party's nominee for governor.  We ask candidates Mark Connolly, Steve Marchand and Colin Van Ostern their views on some of the big issues facing our state: public education, energy prices, taxes, demographics, drug abuse and more.  The primary will be held September 13. 

 New Hampshire Public Radio in partnership with the Business and Industry Association and New Hampshire Business Review present a forum between the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor.

The discussion will be moderated by Laura Knoy, host of The Exchange, and panelists will consist of journalists from NHBR and NHPR

For political observers and journalists, there is something appealing about the idea of a bellwether town -- a place whose vote in an election consistently matches up with the statewide totals. Journalists can patrol the main streets of bellwethers for man-on-the-street interviews, confident they will feel shifts in the broader political winds.

But the data shows that true bellwethers are an endangered species in many parts of the country. 

Jason Moon for NHPR

The political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England waded into the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday morning when it endorsed Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern. The move has exposed a disagreement among abortion rights activists over the role they should play in this election.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - August 12, 2016

Aug 12, 2016

After visiting the state, Donald Trump continues to stir up controversy for himself and for Republicans in downticket races, including Senator Kelly Ayotte.  In the race for U.S. Senate, Governor Maggie Hassan lays out her goals for keeping New Hampshire and the country safe in a foreign policy address.  And the state's fourth medical marijuana dispensary opens for business in Merrimack.  

Natasha Haverty

Let’s just get this out of the way: it’s okay if you’ve been so distracted by the presidential race that you forgot about the state primary coming up in September. But now that we’re good, let’s look at one big question hanging over those smaller, state races:  what impact will the top of the ballot—the campaign everybody is thinking about—have on local elections? 

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One-third of New Hampshire’s 24 senators are retiring this year, leaving 8 vacant seats. That’s a lot by recent standards, and it puts a big question mark over New Hampshire politics after Election Day. But those state Senate races haven’t exactly been in the spotlight in this busy election season.

Even the candidates acknowledge it.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

Each year since 2010, the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity has asked New Hampshire candidates to sign onto a “pledge” vowing to cut taxes and spending, as well as to oppose the Affordable Care Act.

And usually, the Republicans running for governor are quick to sign on. That's not the case this year.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

New Hampshire Party Chair and Delegate Ray Buckley is wrapping up his week in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention. Buckley is the first openly gay politician to serve as President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs and a Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Buckley has met several times with the DNC’s LGBT Caucus this week, and he joined NHPR’s Peter Biello Thursday to discuss their final meeting.

Give us a sense of what issues the LGBT Caucus has been discussing this week.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

Even as she sat in the lobby of her hotel Thursday morning, hours before the convention was scheduled to gavel in, just a simple question was enough to move Judi Lanza to tears.

What would it be like for her, in the stands tonight, to watch Hillary Clinton accept the Democratic Party’s nomination?

NH Perspective: 2016 DNC Convention

Jul 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton makes history at the Democratic National Convention as the first female Presidential nominee of a major party. We get the Granite State perspective on party unity, disunity, and notable events. We examine what themes are emerging from the convention and how they might resonate with New Hampshire delegates and voters.  We'll also preview Clinton's acceptance speech.


NH Perspective: 2016 RNC Convention

Jul 20, 2016

The Republican National Convention is underway in Cleveland, and Donald Trump is the party's official nominee for president, but not without pushback from some notable New Hampshire politicians. We get the Granite State perspective with New Hampshire political analysts discussing events and themes emerging from the convention, how they resonate with New Hampshire delegates and voters, and ramifications for "down-ticket" elections in the fall. We also preview the nominee's acceptance speech and the upcoming Democratic convention.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

As Americans for Prosperity's footprint grows in the New Hampshire, a lot of information about its finances remains shielded from the public. Here's a breakdown of the group's origins here, where it fits (or doesn't fit) into state election laws, and what reporting requirements it does have to follow.