Ovide Lamontagne

Elections 2012
3:29 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Hassan's Win Powered By $11 Million In Outside Spending

Credit Paul Filippov

By the time her victory over Ovide Lamontagne in the 2012 governor's race was in the books, Maggie Hassan had raised more than $1.9 million in contributions from some 7,550 individual donors.

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Elections 2012
7:01 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Christie Joins Lamontagne In Exeter; Women Rally With Hassan In Concord

Chris Christie joined Ovide Lamontagne and former N.H. governors John Sununu, Steve Merrill and Craig Benson for a rally last night in Maggie Hassan’s home town of Exeter. All urged the audience to work hard in the final 13 days of the election. Chris Christie argued that democrats' only weapon against Lamontange is fear.

'So what they are going to try to do is scare you about Ovide. They are going to try to tell you you can’t trust him to be governor. You’ve seen all the dopey ads she’s running that doin have anything to do with NH's future."

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Elections 2012
4:46 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Hassan, Lamontagne Tangle Over Infrastructure Funding

Lamontagne and Hassan debate in Manchester.
Jonathan Lynch NHPR

Candidates for governor, Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne, met in Manchester to debate business and economic development in the Granite State.

A key part of the debate centered on improving infrastructure. Both Ovide Lamontagne and Maggie Hassan agree that the state needs to improve its infrastructure and complete the widening of I-93. But they clashed over how to fund it.

Lamontagne ruled out tax increases, instead suggesting the use of federal government-backed bonds. He criticized Hassan for not doing the same:

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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
5:49 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Lamontagne Stumps With Rubio And Former Governors

Cheryl Senter NHPR

Flanked by Former Governors John Sununu, Steve Merrill, and Craig Benson, Ovide Lamontagne told a boisterous crowd  at Browns’ Lobster Pound in Seabrook, that the GOP needs to recapture  the office its held for only two of the last 16 years.  Lamontagne heaped special praise on Benson, N.H.'s last Republican Governor.

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Elections 2012
4:17 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

Outside Spending on New Hampshire Governor's Race Continues To Rise

Ovide Lamontagne "Jobs" campaign ad
Ovide Lamontagne / YouTube

In what will likely be the most expensive gubernatorial campaign in New Hampshire history, independent political groups supporting candidates Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne have reserved nearly $7.5 million worth of television ads in the final month of the election.

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Elections 2012
4:00 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Hassan And Lamontagne Spar Over Right-To-Work

Photos courtesy of the candidates

Gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Maggie Hassan met at New England College on Thursday for their fourth debate in as many days.

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Elections 2012
3:57 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Hassan And Lamontagne Discuss N.H. Tourism At Summit

Maggie Hassan speaking at a tourism summit in Concord
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Both gubernatorial candidates Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne say the state’s tourism efforts are important but must be weighed against budget concerns.

Lamontagne and Hassan appeared at a tourism summit in Concord Wednesday morning, answering audience-submitted questions from tourism businesses owners.

Both candidates say they wouldn’t support an increase in the Meals and Rentals tax -- the second largest source of revenue for the state.

However, Hassan stated that she wouldn’t rule out raising tolls and the gas tax, but said it’s not likely.

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Elections 2012
4:34 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Hassan And Lamontagne Clash Over Health Care, Again

Photos courtesy of the candidates

New Hampshire's candidates for governor continue to clash over how to fund health care reform.

Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan met for their fourth debate at the Capitol Center for the Arts, in a 90-minute gathering sponsored by the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits.

Hassan sought to align Lamontagne with House Speaker Bill O’Brien.  She pointed to Lamontagne’s refusal to accept federal funds for setting up a healthcare exchange or expanding Medicaid.

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Elections 2012
11:03 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Hassan, Lamontagne Debate In Nashua

While topics ranged from health care to commuter rail, Republican Ovide Lamontagne returned again and again to taxes. He said Democrat Maggie Hassan was a political with a track record of raising taxes and extending government’s reach.

“There is no stopping where she’ll go for new money, and I keep reminding the people that every tax, every fee, every time government takes money from you and from us, and from business, they’re taking away some freedom and liberty from us, and we can’t forget that.”

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Elections 2012
9:27 am
Thu September 27, 2012

N.H. Gubernatorial Candidates To Debate In Nashua

Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne are meeting for a gubernatorial candidates' debate at Rivier University in Nashua.

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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
  • Candidates for Governor, Ovide Lamontagne (R) and Maggie Hassan (D) debate in a forum on business and the economy.

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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Primary 2012
12:35 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Lamontagne Defeats Smith, Secures Nomination

Lamontagne delivering his victory speech in Concord
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Ovide Lamontagne secured the Republican nomination for his gubernatorial bid. He beat challenger Kevin Smith and will go on to face Maggie Hassan in the general election in November.

(Chants of "Ovide, Ovide")

Ovide Lamontagne took the podium shortly after accepting rival Kevin Smith's concession. But he didn't bask in the glow of victory for long.

"Please savor the moment. Savor the moment, because it's over."

Lamontagne's race was one of the first called of the evening, and he wasted no time in setting his sights on his Democratic opponent.

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Elections 2012
5:53 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Campaign Trails Cross For Smith And Lamontagne

Dan Gorenstein NHPR

GOP gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith spent the last day before the primary pressing the flesh.  The two even campaigned together...sort of.

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