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8:24 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Statehouse Orientation Underway For Newly Elected State Reps

The N.H. Statehouse dome behind a statue of Daniel Webster
Credit NHPR Staff

School's now in session for New Hampshire's newly elected state representatives, who are spending two days touring the State House and learning the ropes of legislative procedure.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

O'Brien Nominated Once Again For N.H. House Speaker

Rep. Bill O'Brien in NHPR's studios
Credit Brady Carlson

Republican Bill O'Brien has been nominated by fellow Republicans to become the next speaker of the New Hampshire House.

O'Brien, who served as speaker from 2011 to 2012, narrowly defeated Gene Chandler – also a former house speaker -- on Tuesday.

Prior to the vote, O'Brien told the GOP caucus by working together they could “turn NH into the crown jewel of New England.”

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Politics
2:01 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Republicans Add To N.H. Senate Majority

N.H. State Senate chambers
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Former state Rep. Kevin Avard upset Democrat incumbent Sen. Peggy Gilmour on Tuesday, adding at least one seat to the Republican’s majority in the New Hampshire Senate. 

Avard took 50.8 percent of the 21,335 ballots cast in the District 12 contest to beat Gilmour by 323 votes. The narrow margin gives Republicans a 14-10 majority in the Senate, with at least one race that was too close to call.

In District 7, Democratic incumbent Andrew Hosmer had a lead of about 100 votes over Republican challenger Kathy Lauer-Rago.

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Politics
2:50 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election Day 2014: A Look At The Issues

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

The mid-term elections are almost but not quite over - with polls still open in some New Hampshire communities.  This hour on The Exchange, as we wait for results to come in, we’re reflecting back on some of the major themes at play in 2014. 

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Politics
5:43 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Political Polls In The Final Days Are No More Accurate Than Any Other Polls

FiveThirtyEight's polling model predicts a good night for Jeanne Shaheen.
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New polls out over the past few days show all four of New Hampshire's major races in the state to be too close to call. 

That might prompt us to believe that anything could happen tomorrow, but as poll watchers will tell you, any single poll is just that: a single poll.

NHPR's Brady Carlson spoke with Harry Enten, a senior political writer with FiveThirtyEight -- the politics blog that introduced many politcal watchers to predictive elections models -- about just that. 

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Politics
5:27 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

With Spending Push, Republicans Hope To Retain State Senate Majority

The N.H. State Senate chambers
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Hoping to retain the GOP’s slim majority in the state Senate, if not build on it, the New Hampshire Republican State Committee has spent tens of thousands of dollars on an advertising push over the final weeks of the campaign.

The party has focused its spending on a handful of races that could determine who takes control of the state’s upper chamber, which Republicans now control 13-11.

The NHGOP has poured a total of roughly $72,000 into two rematches from 2012 that Republicans won by the slimmest of margins.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Rudman Center Conversations With The Candidates: Marilinda Garcia

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Laura Knoy sits down with former State Representative Marilinda Garcia 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
6:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

New Players Shake Up The Campaign Ground Game In N.H.

Logos for NextGen Climate Change (l) and Americans for Prosperity

It’s a week to the election, and New Hampshire campaigns are focused on getting their voters to the polls. And this year, there are some powerful new players on the field.

On a crystalline fall day, two orange tee-shirted canvassers for a group called NextGen Climate Change wander the breezy backstreets of Portsmouth.

“I know exactly where we are,” says worker Andrea Harkness.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Rudman Center Conversations With The Candidates: Carol Shea-Porter

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Laura Knoy sits down with former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter 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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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Friday N.H. News Roundup - October 24, 2014

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

From politics to Pumpkin Fest, we're looking at the top stories of the week: officials are still trying to figure out why mayhem erupted near Keene State College during last weekend’s Halloween festival, while candidates hashed out issues from Obamacare to energy for an intense week of debates and forums.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Friday N.H. News Roundup: 2014 Election Edition

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

A special election edition of our Friday New Hampshire News Roundup.  We’ll sit down with NPR’s senior Washington editor Ron Elving, who’s in the Granite State this week, and NHPR’s senior political reporter Josh Rogers. We’ll get their take on the midterms and how New Hampshire’s races fit into the national narrative.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ads In Brown, Shaheen Senate Race More Than 90 Percent Negative

Negative ads aired against Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown, paid for by the US Chamber of Commerce and the League of Conservation Voters

As Election Day draws near we’re checking in each week on political ads and ad spending with Dave Levinthal, Senior Political Reporter for the Center for Public Integrity.

Over the past week Levinthal says political ads have turned negative – really negative.

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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.

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  • 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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Health
5:12 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

N.H. Expanded Medicaid Tops 20,000 Enrollees

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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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Politics
4:46 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Garcia Brings Conservative Cred to N.H. Congressional Race

Credit Josh Rogers / NHPR

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
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.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

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
3:36 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Can 'Security Moms' Help Scott Brown Bridge The Gender Gap?

Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen
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Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen is making a big push for the women’s vote, which for three decades has tilted toward her party. But this year, GOP challenger Scott Brown is trying to exploit what may be a new vulnerability for Democratic candidates – women’s disenchantment with the way President Obama is handling the threat of the so-called Islamic State.

The race could come down to what’s highest on women’s minds come election day  – social and economic issues such as abortion and pay equity, or… national security.

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Newscast
6:35 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Gubernatorial, Senate Candidates Address Energy Issues At Summit

Credit Sam Evans-Brown

New Hampshire's gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates are addressing energy industry leaders, consumers and policy makers at an annual summit in Concord.

The New Hampshire Energy Summit being held Monday is organized by the Dupont Group and the New Hampshire Independent Energy Council, a coalition of non-utility electric generators, renewable generation developers, private transmission companies and electricity suppliers.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and her Republican challenger both will speak, as will U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Rudman Center Conversations With The Candidates: Maggie Hassan

Laura Knoy sat down with Governor Maggie Hassan for an in-depth discussion about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season.

More information about NHPR's special election series presented with UNH Law School can be found here.

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  • Maggie Hassan - Governor of New Hampshire

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Money In Politics: N.H.'s 2014 Races

Credit Martin Stelbrink / NHPR

New Hampshire politicians get their funding from the usual array of sources – from PACs, SuperPACS, and campaign contributions, to the national party, and their own pockets. We’re sitting down with three experts who have watched this year’s New Hampshire campaigns, including issues like dark money, outside spending, and special interests.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

N.H. Primary 2014: Who Won, Who Lost, And Why

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

We're looking at the results from yesterday's primaries for U.S. Senate, House, N.H. Governor, and statewide offices.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Elections 2014: A Check-In On N.H.'s Republican Primaries

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

We’re checking in New Hampshire’s primary races, two weeks before voting day.

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NH News
1:46 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Catherine Gregg, Former N.H. First Lady, Dies

Catherine Gregg, the wife of one New Hampshire governor and the mother of another, has died. She was 96.  Gregg, who died Friday at her home in Exeter, was the widow of former Gov. Hugh Gregg and the mother of former Gov. Judd Gregg, who also served as a congressman and U.S. senator.  Along with her husband, she was passionate about preserving New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary, and was heavily involved in protecting the state's environment and cultural heritage.

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Politics
1:11 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Hassan Vetoes Workplace Anti-Bullying Bill

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Governor Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill she called “well-intentioned” aimed at protecting public employees from bullying in the workplace.  

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Politics
4:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Can N.H.’s New Campaign Finance Rules Hold Up In Court?

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire Wolf in Sheep's Clothing TV Spot

The attack ads with the cartoon sheep began airing in May, followed by the negative mailers.

Paid for by a conservative nonprofit called Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, they targeted Republican state senators who supported Medicaid expansion and a four-cent hike in the state gas tax. According to a spokesman, it was just the beginning of the group’s efforts to “fight” for a more fiscally conservative senate.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Hobby Lobby Ruling Is Key To N.H. Dems Midterm Election Strategy

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz addresses female volunteers at the home of N.H. House Speaker Terie Norelli.
Credit Emily Corwin for NHPR

Top Democrats rallied volunteers and worked the phones Monday in Portsmouth. Their goal was to call attention to the US Supreme Court’s “Hobby Lobby” ruling, which found a closely held company could not be forced to pay for all birth control procedures required by the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats hope Supreme Court rulings like the Hobby Lobby and the striking down of Massachusetts’s abortion clinic buffer zone law will motivate women voters, helping the party overcome certain challenges.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Pro-Rubens PAC Launches Anti-Brown Website

Credit Sara Plourde for NHPR

The realscottbrownrecord.com highlights what the NH PAC to Save America calls Brown’s deceptive tactic of criticizing Democrat Jeanne Shaheen for doing what he also did– support policies favored by President Obama.

Brown has made Jeanne Shaheen’s fealty to the president a key part of his campaign, but PAC adviser Mike Dennehy says Brown needs to be held to account for the fact that Congressional Quarterly found he voted with the President 78 percent of the time in 2012.

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NH News
3:59 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Shaheen Fires Back At Critics Over Stock Allegations

Senator Shaheen speaks at a round table discussion with New Hampshire realtors.
Credit Austin Cowan for NHPR

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen fired back at critics Friday, a day after her campaign said she would update her financial disclosure form to reflect that she and her husband no longer hold stock options in a California firm that received federal stimulus funding.

Shaheen says her husband, William, is no longer affiliated with Ultrawave Labs, a company developing technology to better detect breast cancer.

“I think it’s disappointing that my Republican opponents...The only thing they can find to attack me on is breast cancer research."

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NH News
10:52 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Shaheen Releases Eight Years Of Federal Tax Returns

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her husband, William, earned an average of more than $472,000 a year in pre-tax income between 2006 and 2013, according to federal tax returns released by Shaheen’s campaign Tuesday.

The couple's joint returns were made available four days after Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown and his wife, Gail Huff, released eight years of joint state and federal returns. Shaheen had pledged to release her returns if her opponents did the same.

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NH News
3:15 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

No Delay On Residency Hearing For Havenstein

Walt Havenstein

 

The state's Ballot Law Commission won't delay a hearing on the residency of Republican candidate for governor Walt Havenstein.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party said Monday that it has filed a petition challenging Havenstein's claim that he's a legal resident of New Hampshire. The party says he was a resident of Maryland in 2010 and 2011, which would disqualify him from running for office here. Candidates for governor must live in New Hampshire for at least seven years.

Havenstein said he has owned a home and voted in New Hampshire for the past 15 years.

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