NH Politics

Allegra Boverman; NHPR

For the first time in fourteen years, New Hampshire Democrats lost the governorship to Republicans, who also held onto the legislature.  These trends are playing out at statehouses around the country, with Democrats now controlling the smallest number of legislatures, ever.


Casey McDermott, NHPR

Governor-Elect Chris Sununu will officially cut ties with Waterville Valley Ski Resort on Dec. 31 – just a few days before he’s set to officially step into his role as governor.

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New Hampshire’s Community College system asked lawmakers for an increase in state funding at a budget hearing in Concord today. College officials say the increase is needed to avoid a hike in tuition.

Officials with the state Community College system are asking for about 49 million dollars for next fiscal year and 52.5 million for the year after. That’s up from their current annual budget of 44 million dollars.

Allegra Boverman

Governor-elect Chris Sununu sat down with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley Thursday for his first interview with NHPR since last week's election.

Listen to the full interview here, or read some excerpts from the interview below that will be added throughout the morning.

One of the first decisions you made since the election has to do with your transition team.

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Rep. Steve Shurtleff has been tapped by his fellow House Democrats to lead the caucus again next year after serving in the same position this term.

Thursday's vote was unanimous, as no other candidate was in the running.

Shurtleff, who’s serving his sixth term in the House overall, says he’s honored to continue his role as House Minority Leader.

“You know I take it as a vote that the Caucus believes I’m acting in the appropriate manner and serving the Caucus but more importantly serving the interest of New Hampshire," Shurtleff said.

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Its official: Sen. Andrew Hosmer of Laconia will not be returning to the New Hampshire Senate next year. The Laconia Democrat hoped to pick up votes in Wednesday’s recount, but Republican Harold French's margin of victory in the District 7 race actually increased by 4 votes.

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U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen has been chosen to help plan the country’s 250th birthday.

Shaheen was appointed by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The bipartisan commission, formally known as the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, is made up of eight members of Congress, 16 private citizens and eight federal officials.

Shaheen said in a statement that she’s honored to represent New Hampshire as the state “has a deep-seated history in American democracy.”

Meetings will take place at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The celebration is scheduled for July 2026.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 11, 2016

Nov 11, 2016

We take a reflective look of New Hampshire politics and election day. The GOP reclaims the corner office for the first time in more than a decade and keeps its majorities in Concord.  But Democrats sweep New Hampshire's federal races.  Join us as we unpack that mixed bag.  


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One New Hampshire Senate contest and possibly two House races are headed for recounts.

Democratic Sen. Andrew Hosmer of Laconia has requested a recount against Republican challenger Harold French, who is up by 13 votes. In House races, two Manchester races are in recount territory. Democrat Andrew Gregoire requested a recount, but updated numbers now put him one vote ahead. In Manchester ward 12, Republican Dick Marston is also asking for a recount.

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A state representative from Hooksett, Dick Marple, was arrested and re-elected on the same day.

Republican State Rep Dick Marple was sitting outside the Hooksett polling place with his own campaign signs Tuesday morning when a Hooksett police officer recognized him. Marple had an outstanding bench warrant for his arrest because he had not shown up at an October court date.

According to the Hooksett Police Department, Marple drove himself to the police station, where he turned himself in and was placed under arrest.  

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When the New Hampshire Legislature reconvenes in January, Republicans will continue to hold majorities throughout the State House.

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After a long, well-financed, neck-and-neck campaign, the race for United States Senate in New Hampshire could be headed for a recount.

Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan finished Election Day separated by 1,023 votes out of more than 738,420 cast, with Hassan holding the slight lead.

Despite the razor thin margin, the two-term governor rallied her supporters outside the State House Wednesday morning.

NHPR's Jessica Hunt

Tuesday was quite a night for American politics, and the same goes for New Hampshire, where the U.S. Senate race is still unresolved. NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joined Morning Edition host Rick Ganley to discuss the latest in the Senate race, and to talk GOP control in the legislature, Governor-elect Chris Sununu and the Democratic wins in the races for U.S. House. 

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Riding an unexpectedly strong showing at the top of the ballot, Republicans appeared poised to hang on to their advantage in the New Hampshire state Senate.

With 86 percent of the vote counted, Democrat Scott McGilvray led Republican state Rep. Joe Duarte by three percentage points in the Senate District 16 contest. If McGilvray hangs on, Democrats will pick up one seat, cutting the GOP’s Senate majority to 13-11.

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Election results, re-caps, and races still outstanding!  After a long and tumultuous election season, we'll sum up who won, who lost, and why. Also, what the future holds in terms of the issues and governance. 


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The failure of Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Gov. Maggie Hassan to negotiate a deal to limit spending by outside political groups guaranteed that their U.S. Senate race would be the most expensive election in New Hampshire history.

And it is – by far. An unprecedented $127 million has been steered toward the campaign so far. Non-candidate groups account for roughly $96 million, or more than three times what the candidates themselves have spent.

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This Tuesday, millions of people across the country will head to the polls to cast their votes and help decide who should hold our nation’s highest offices. But there will also be millions of people who won't go to the polls. In fact, four out of 10 adults in the U.S. do not vote. 

And they have their reasons, too. We went to one Manchester neighborhood where voter turnout is particularly low to learn more.

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The candidates for New Hampshire governor spent the weekend crisscrossing the state, getting supporters fired up and making their final pitch to voters.

On Tuesday, thousands of New Hampshire voters will fill in a bubble way down the ballot - under “County Attorney.” But who are they voting for, and what does the job entail?  Few seem to know.

Related: Read Emily Corwin's interviews with the candidates for Hillsborough and Rockingham County Attorneys.

The race for control of the New Hampshire Senate is playing out across the state’s 24 Senate districts.

But, thanks in part to years of partisan gerrymandering, the majority of those districts are not terribly competitive, with either Democrats or Republicans all but guaranteed a victory.

Hannah McCarthy

Chelsea Clinton is campaigning for her mother, Hillary Clinton, in New Hampshire on Friday. She'll make stops at Keene State and Dartmouth College, just the latest in a series of college campus visits for the Clinton campaign in the state.

The youth could mean a boost for Clinton in the New Hampshire polls -- but only if college-aged voters bother to cast their ballot. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 4, 2016

Nov 4, 2016

After all the campaigning, the election is almost upon us.  We set you up with a review of the races up and down the ballot, discuss increasingly hostile political ads, and talk about the final days of ground game campaigning in the Granite State. 


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With just days remaining before voters head to the polls, both presidential campaigns are sprinting to the finish line in New Hampshire. And, perhaps not surprisingly, each camp feels it has the winning strategy to get out the vote. But what does that look like on the ground?

There are a few towns and cities across New Hampshire that -- time and again -- almost perfectly mirror how the state votes as a whole. Political junkies call a town like this a "bellwether." 

One of the state's most tried and true bellwether communities is the city of Rochester. 

Allegra Boverman, NHPR

  Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Colin Van Ostern met for their final debate as gubernatorial opponents last night.

And in a night full of them, perhaps the most contentious moment of the final gubernatorial debate between   Sununu and   Van Ostern emerged early on — over a question that boiled down to a matter of trust.

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State Senator Jeff Woodburn of Dalton has a little more at stake this election than most of his State House colleagues. If he wins re-election, and his fellow Democrats manage to secure a majority in the Senate, Woodburn is poised to become Senate President, the second-highest ranking official in state government.

But first Woodburn must win re-election to his seat representing the North Country, where he faces an opponent running on a single, very local issue: the Northern Pass energy project. 

Allegra Boverman, NHPR

Before we sat down with Sen. Kelly Ayotte as part of our “Conversations with the Candidates” earlier this week, we asked you what questions you had for the Republican incumbent.

You pitched lots of great suggestions, and while we weren’t able to include all of them in the forum, we did ask Ayotte to weigh in on a few issues (which also happen to be at the forefront of recent headlines) that you told us you wanted to hear the senator address.

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Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan will return $51,000 in donations to her U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaigns from a Massachusetts law firm after a newspaper investigation found the firm's partners received bonuses that matched their donations.

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The Exchange continues its "Conversations with the Candidates" series with U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, the Republican incumbent and former New Hampshire Attorney General. We talk with Ayotte about immigration, climate change, and other issues of importance in this campaign, as well as the breaking news of the FBI's new probe of Hillary Clinton's emails.


  Last week, you heard Rep. Frank Guinta offer his best elevator pitch on why voters should send him back to Congress. This week, we caught up with his Democratic challenger, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, to get her pitch for why voters should send her back to Congress – again.

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