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4:29 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Ayotte Critical Of Obama In Wake Of Hagel Resignation

Senator Kelly Ayotte
Credit NHPR Staff

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is praising outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel while criticizing President Barack Obama.

Ayotte, a Republican who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, opposed Hagel's confirmation in 2012 but said Monday he should be honored for his service to the country.

She also said the "national security failings" of the Obama administration rest with the president, not Hagel.

Her colleague on the committee, Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, said she has the utmost respect for Hagel, who resigned Monday.

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2:54 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Shaheen, Ayotte Split On Obama's Immigration Executive Order

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New Hampshire’s two U.S. Senators are split on President Obama’s executive order on immigration preventing nearly five million people in the country illegally from being deported.

During a visit to Portsmouth Friday, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen said there’s legal precedent for the president’s action.

But Shaheen said there’s more to work to be done.

“I think Congress needs to act. That’s the way to address this issue and to get it done in a way that addresses our border security and addresses our visa system – all of the aspects of immigration.”

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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
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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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5:29 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders On How Democrats Lost White Voters

Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, says "the average person is working longer hours, lower wages, and they do not see any political party standing up and fighting for their rights."
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Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:09 am

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is one of two independents in the Senate. Now, the self-described socialist says he may run for president.

Sanders is aligned with Senate Democrats, but he has spoken lately of a problem with the Democratic coalition that elected President Obama. He says working-class white voters have abandoned Democrats in large numbers. The party, he says, has "not made it clear that they are prepared to stand with the working-class people of this country, take on the big money interests."

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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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8:25 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Perry Tests 2016 Waters: Addresses Charges, Keystone Pipeline, Border Security

Perry takes questions at Keene State College
Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Texas Governor Rick Perry’s itinerary  -- meetings with core Republican activists, stops at colleges, and a speech at an event celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps – was very much that of a candidate. 

In his remarks at the Marine event, Perry cited Russia, Iran, and ISIS, as reasons why the U.S. cannot afford a foreign policy, that is, as he put it, “lacking in clarity.” 

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8:17 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Recount In Store For State Senate Seat, 18 Other N.H. Races

The secretary of state's office is preparing to recount ballots in 19 New Hampshire races, including one race for a state Senate seat. 

Officials will begin recounting ballots Wednesday in races in which candidates met the Friday 5 p.m. deadline for requesting a recount. 

Any candidate may request a recount if the difference between winning and losing is 1 percent or less. 

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5:56 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

How N.H. Democrats Stemmed the Red Tide: An Early Look

Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan celebrate their wins on election night.
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A Republican wave may have swept across the country Tuesday night, but the red tide hit a granite breakwater in New Hampshire. Democrats here held three of four seats at the top of the ticket. Strategists are looking closely at what made the difference for Democrats here, and for lessons that can be taken forward.   

This election ran against former House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s dictum that “all politics is local”. In this case deep dissatisfaction with President Obama powered the GOP to gains in Congress and the retaking of the Senate majority.

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3:24 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

In Second Term, Hassan Faces GOP-Led Legislature, Executive Council

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With her re-election now behind her, Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan’s second term comes with the challenge of working with a Republican-led Legislature and Executive Council.

During her campaign with Republican Walt Havenstein, Hassan often said her opponent’s fiscal policies would take the state back to the "devastating Bill O’Brien era."

With Republicans taking control of the House Tuesday, the governor may now have to work with the former House speaker, should he reclaim the post.

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8:13 am
Wed November 5, 2014

On the Political Front: Election Day 2014

Democrats Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan buck national Republican trends; state republicans pick up seats in the State House and a look at the strength of the Democratic party's local political machine.  NHPR's senior political reporter Josh Rogers discusses some of the key midterm results with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley  on this special edition of On the Political Front.

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8:10 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Shaheen Tops Brown For U.S. Senate

Jeanne Shaheen, Election night 2014
Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The polls had predicted this race would be tight, and for a time last night, even after media outlets had declared Jeanne Shaheen the winner, Scott Brown briefly held a slim lead. But by nights end, it was Shaheen and her backers savoring a win in a contest party leaders here and in Washington wanted dearly.

“Tonight, tonight, the people of NH chose to put NH first.” 

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3:48 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Hassan Wins Second Term As Governor

Maggie Hassan, election night 2014
Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Democrat Maggie Hassan defeated Republican Walt Havenstein to claim a second term as governor. Despite a solid showing by Havenstein it was one of the first state races to be called last night.

Standing before her supporters in Manchester, Hassan cited familiar priorities and stressed that much work remains to be done.

“Together we will make it easier for our families to get ahead, by continuing our healthcare expansion, by holding down the cost of higher education, and by restoring or increasing the minimum wage in New Hampshire,” she said.

Governors in New Hampshire are rarely tossed after a single term, but this race ended up being tougher than expected. Walt Havenstein started a thirty point underdog, but the race became increasingly closer as the season progressed.

“To go from a standing start – 7 percent name recognition and Judy didn’t know who they were – to bringing this race to a competitive finish is an incredible accomplishment,” remembered Havenstein as he conceded defeat, “and you should all be proud of what you have done.”

Havenstein, who led two defense contracting firms, including BAE systems, dropped more than $2 million dollars of his own money into this race, but even so top Republicans knew Havenstein faced long odds.

“This contest was a little bit David and Goliath as I think everybody knows,” said State Senator Jeb Bradley, “Our David, Walt Havenstein fought the fight of his life, and came very close tonight,”

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2:48 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Kuster Wins Second Term

Credit Melanie Plenda for NHPR

Democratic Congresswoman Anne Kuster won a second term last night, handily beating Republican challenger Marilinda Garcia in New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District race. With a margin off 55 to 45 percent, with 88 percent of the vote counted, Kuster’s victory was the most lopsided of the contests at the top of the ballot.

Even before Garcia called her to concede, Kuster took the stage at her Concord headquarters to declare victory. New Hampshire, she told her supporters, had taught the nation a lesson:

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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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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. 

GUESTS:

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7:48 am
Tue November 4, 2014

N.H. Elections 2014 Blog: From Early-Morning Voters To Late-Night Results

Governor Maggie Hassan and the crowd at Hassan - Shaheen campaign headquarters watch Scott Brown's concession speech.
Allegra Boverman for NHPR

A play-by-play of election day, from early morning voters to late-night results. 

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7:15 am
Tue November 4, 2014

What You Need To Know About Today's Election

Credit Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR

Here are some of the important facts about today's election in New Hampshire. You can also read NHPR's reporting on the candidates and find all of our election coverage and resources right here. 

RACES TO WATCH

U.S. Senate: Incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen is vying for a second term. She's up against Scott Brown, the former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts who is trying to become just the third person to represent two states in the Senate.

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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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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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7:59 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Christie Makes Fifth N.H. Visit To Campaign For Havenstein

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New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie is returning to New Hampshire for a fifth time this year to campaign with Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein.

Christie and Havenstein will greet voters at MacKenna's Restaurant in New London on Monday afternoon. Havenstein faces Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan in Tuesday's election.

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1:35 am
Mon November 3, 2014

On Final Weekend Before The Election, Parties Rally And Look To Mobilize Support

If you are seeking nuance or restraint, you wont find it at a  get out the vote rally on the Sunday before a tight election.  

Here’s State GOP chairman Jennifer Horn last night in Manchester:

"This is our time. We need to crush it. We need to grab it.  We need to run with it, push their heads under over and over again until they cannot breathe anymore, until the elections are over Tuesday night."   

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3:13 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Spending In Shaheen-Brown Race Reaches Historic Proportions

Three days before the Nov. 4 election, spending on New Hampshire's U.S. Senate race has topped $46 million.
Credit Sara Plourde

Spending on the New Hampshire Senate race cracked the $46 million mark this week to become the most expensive election campaign in Granite State history.

And to the surprise of no one, outside groups have far outspent the candidates: party organizations, political action committees, super PACS and other non-candidate groups have poured $28.7 million into the race, one of a handful of closely watched contests that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

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4:17 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Shaheen, Brown Press Their Cases In Final Debate

Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen, photographed at separate events at the UNH School of Law
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The candidates split on key issues from the start. Asked to identify the greatest threat facing America, Scott brown was unequivocal:  radical Islamic Jihadists.

"It's something that’s real, that’s serious. Obviously we have Boko Haram in Africa, we have ISIS and Al- Qaeda elements, still, and their number one goal is to disrupt and dismantle the society as we know it.  Senator Shaheen has called what we are discussing fear-mongering. I call it a very rational fear."

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9:46 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Nashua: A Political Crossroads

Nashua
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Many national pundits say that if any of the Democratic incumbents at the top of New Hampshire’s ticket lose to the GOP, it’s going to be a good night for Republicans everywhere. If not, then an anticipated GOP wave may prove to be less than tidal.

And in New Hampshire, the first measure of any swell may be taken in Nashua: the state’s second largest city is finding prominence on the state’s political charts.

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7:15 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Despite Upturn In Tone, Shaheen, Brown Race Remains "One Of The Most Negative" In The Country

Ads for and against Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen
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Normally watching TV means checking out a show with an occasional break or two for commercials. Watching TV these days feels more like watching large numbers of political ads with the occasional program thrown in.

And it looks like there will be many more to come.

Dave Levinthal is Senior Political Reporter for the Center For Public Integrity. He joined All Things Considered for another look at campaign ads and who’s paying for them.

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11:22 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Hassan, Havenstein Face Off In Final Debate

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Walt Havenstein met in their second televised debate last night on WMUR TV.

Governor Hassan and former defense contractor Havenstein both pressed their cases energetically. They spoke at length about energy prices, which are on the rise this winter.

"The fact of the matter is for the last decade and certainly for the last two years, we’ve heard a lot of talk and zero action," said Havenstein.

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9:23 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Kuster Continues To Distance Herself From President

Ann Kuster speaking with NHPR's Laura Knoy at the UNH School of Law.
Credit Allegra Boverman

  2nd Congressional District Democrat Ann McLane Kuster worked to distance herself from President Obama during an appearance Thursday night at the UNH Law School.

Earlier this year, Kuster told NHPR’s Laura Knoy that she considered herself one of the President Obama’s biggest supporters. Thursday night, in a public conversation with Knoy, she cited areas when she disagreed with the president.

She also defended her vote on the farm bill which cut food stamps by more than $8 million.

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4:31 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Shaheen Campaigns On Funding For Start-Ups, Brown Visits Seabrook Nuclear Plant

Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen pictured at separate events at the Rudman Center at the UNH School of LAw
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen hit familiar themes on the US senate campaign trail today.

Brown  campaigned alongside former Governor John Sununu in Seabrook, while Shaheen stumped at a Manchester tech company.

Scott Brown’s visit to the Seabrook station nuclear plant was off-limits to reporters, but according to his campaign, Brown wanted to underscore the role nuclear power needs to play in US energy policy and Shaheen’s past criticism of Seabrook.

Shaheen, meanwhile, visited the Dyn corporation

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