When Democrat Carol Shea-Porter first ran for congress 8 years ago, few gave her much of a shot. Most of the powers that be in the democratic party lined up behind someone else, and her campaign was a decidedly hand to mouth operation.
“Well nobody, got paid first of all, so you didn’t have to get that much money if nobody gets paid,” explains Caroline French. Back then she was in charge of making sure Shea-Porter got to her events on time.
French says that first campaign was won on pure enthusiasm.
In their second televised debate, U.S. Senate candidates Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown clashed on how to best handle the threat of ISIS.
Brown repeatedly tried to link Shaheen to President Obama, including on the fight against the Islamic State.
“Senator, with respect, the Kurds are hanging on for dear life, they’re in trouble. The Iraqi government is in trouble. ISIS is the size of New England right now, and you and the president have taken ground troops off the table, which is the worst thing you can do.”
New Hampshire’s governor’s race is flying a bit under the radar. Most of this season’s campaign drama – not to mention spending – is focused on the U.S. Senate and Congressional races.
But no one would say that incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan has it entirely locked up. Republican challenger Walt Havenstein is seen as the underdog, but there are political factors – both national and local, that could help him beat a path to the governor’s office.
The dynamic of this high-profile race has changed little since former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown began plotting a return to Washington, from New Hampshire, the state in which he spent his early childhood.
Last night's NECN/Concord Monitor/UNH debate at the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord was true to form.
Jeanne Shaheen repeatedly cast Brown as an opportunist:
Four N.H. Senate and two Executive Council candidates debated a range of issues in Portsmouth Monday night. The forum was hosted by a new nonprofit dedicated to engaging young adults in the democratic process, called The 603 Initiative.
Republican candidate for NH Senate District 21, Phil Nazzaro argued the state should reduce its taxes on business profits tax. But Longtime Democratic incumbent Martha Fuller Clark said NH needs that revenue:
In a wide-ranging conversation with NHPR’s Laura Knoy Monday evening, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Walt Havenstein covered a gamut of economic and social policy issues.
Havenstein’s overall campaign is focused on the state’s economy. At the taping of NHPR’s “Rudman Center Conversations with the Candidates” Havenstein said his view of New Hampshire’s poor business climate was cemented when his 31-year-old son had to leave the state in order to take the next step in his tech career.
Congressional incumbents are typically most vulnerable right after their first term, and tight polls and big money flowing into New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District suggest that Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kuster is in that dangerous territory.
On a recent rainy day in Concord, Kuster took a spin through Peter’s Salon, a decades-old establishment in downtown Concord that employs more than two dozen workers. She’s there to press some flesh and highlight her support for small businesses in new Hampshire.
In a debate Thursday morning on WGIR, Governor Maggie Hassan repeatedly went after Republican Walt Havenstein for a pledge he signed earlier this year with the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.
“By singing that Koch brothers pledge, he is pledging to undo our Medicaid expansion, he’s pledging no matter what to do what the Koch brothers and Americans for Prosperity tell him to do.”
Tune in to NHPR for a series of debates with the candidates for senator, governor and New Hampshire’s two congressional seats. They will will air live at 7 P.M. beginning Monday, October 20. The full schedule is posted below.
The NH1 debates are produced in partnership with NHPR, The Portsmouth Herald, The Laconia Sun and Foster's Daily Democrat.
To learn more about the candidates, click here. To listen to NHPR's Rudman Center Conversations with the Candidates, click here.