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9:41 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Flags At Half Staff in N.H., Sen. Rudman To Be Memorialized in D.C.

Warren Rudman

Flags are at half-staff across the Granite State Thursday to honor former U.S. Sen. Warren Rudman, who passed away last week.

Rudman, who served two terms as a Republican Senator for New Hampshire, was 82 when he passed away Nov. 19. He served from 1980 to 1993. 

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Politics
11:22 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Sen. Ayotte: Ambassador Rice 'Misled' Public On Benghazi Attack

Kelly Ayotte

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice "misled" the American public in the days following the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

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Politics
5:33 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Jennifer Horn Seeking To Lead N.H. GOP

Credit Kelli True / NHPR

Jennifer Horn has run for congress twice: in 2008, she lost to democrat Paul Hodes; in 2010, Horn lost to fellow republican, Charlie Bass, in the primary.

More recently, Horn was active in Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The mother of 5 has also hosted a radio show and written a column for the Nashua Telegraph.

Horn says the party’s first order of business needs to be a point-by-point review what she called "the many causes" of the GOP’s poor showing in 2012. Horn says the party must modernize and stress its core principles.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Nashua Representative-Elect Stacie Laughton Resigns

Stacie Laughton
Credit Image courtesy of Twitter

Nashua Representative-elect Stacie Laughton says she will resign.  In November, she was elected to represent Hillsborough County House District 31.

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Politics
2:49 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Sen. Rudman's Memorial Service Set

A memorial service is being held in Washington, D.C., for U.S. Sen. Warren Rudman of New Hampshire who died last week.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

N.H. Homeland Security Director To Step Down

New Hampshire's director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is stepping down.

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Voter ID Cost
7:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

State Begins Tabulating Cost Of Voter ID Law

Long after voters cast their ballots, the state will be adding up the costs of the Voter ID law
Credit NHPR

The Secretary of State’s Office says the first Election Day under the new Voter ID law was a low-cost success story.  But over the next few months, those costs will rise.

But how much money the state will have to pay to implement and enforce the Voter ID law is still an open question. 

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Politics
5:29 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Retired Justice Souter Remembers Sen. Rudman

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter says New Hampshire Sen. Warren Rudman was like a brother to him.

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Politics
1:07 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

N.H. Lawmakers React To Sen. Rudman's Death

Lawmakers around the state are reacting to the death of former Senator Warren Rudman.  Here's a sampling of what they've said:

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte:

“Warren Rudman was a national leader who made New Hampshire proud. He was tenacious about reducing our debt and he worked tirelessly to support our men and women in uniform. Warren was a fighter who had the courage of his convictions, and he always stood up for what he believed was right regardless of the consequences.  

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Politics
5:06 pm
Sat November 17, 2012

Norelli Set To Reclaim Speaker's Gavel

Terie Norelli as a guest on The Exchange, in 2010
Credit Brady Carlson / NHPR

New Hampshire house democrats voted Saturday to choose  former House speaker and current House minority leader Terie Norelli of Portsmouth as their nominee to lead the house for the next two years.

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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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Politics
10:52 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Chandler Selected As N.H. House Minority Leader

State Rep. Gene Chandler has been chosen in a House Republican caucus to serve as the minority leader for the upcoming legislative session.

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Elections 2012
4:37 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

N.H. Voter Turnout Slightly Under '08 Level

Election results posted by the secretary of state's office show about 600 fewer votes were cast in New Hampshire last week compared to 2008.

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Politics
4:22 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Republicans Caucus Over N.H. House Leader

Cast into the minority by the election, New Hampshire's Republicans representatives are caucusing to pick a leader.

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Elections 2012
5:12 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Bill O'Brien Holds On To His Seat In Recount

Republican House Speaker William O'Brien is keeping his New Hampshire House seat.

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Elections 2012
5:33 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Carol Shea-Porter Goes Through Freshmen Orientation, Again

Credit Cheryl Senter, NHPR

One of New Hampshire’s new installations to the U.S. House of Representatives, Carol Shea-Porter,  has served there before. That means freshmen orientation is a little different for the returning Congresswoman.

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Elections 2012
12:04 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

McCormick Elected Coos County Attorney

John G. McCormick has been elected Coos County Attorney, according to results released by the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

McCormick, of Lancaster, got 9,051 votes compared to 4,722 for Phillip J. Beiner who is from Berlin.

McCormick has been the assistant county attorney for five years, working with County Attorney Robert Mekeel, who did not seek re-election and left office on Wednesday.

McCormick received his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University.

Elections 2012
2:17 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Coos Voting: Kuster and Bass

In Coos County Democrat Ann McLane Kuster got a boost from Berlin and Gorham, helping her to defeat incumbent Republican Charlie Bass.

According figures released by the Secretary of State Kuster got 2,413 votes in Berlin, almost 1,000 more than Bass.

In Gorham she got 866 votes compared to 564 for Bass.

Other Coos towns that favored Kuster included Milan, Northumberland, Randolph, Stratford and Stark.

Bass took towns including Colebrook, Columbia, Dalton, Errol, Lancaster and Whitefield.

Elections 2012
2:06 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Coos County: Voted for Obama, Hassan

President Obama and gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan were the winners in Coos County on Tuesday.

According to official results now available from the New Hampshire Secretary of State  Obama received 9,095 votes in Coos compared to 6,342 for Mitt Romney.

Towns that voted for Romney included Clarksville; Colebrook; Columbia; Errol; Jefferson; Pittsburg and Stewartstown.

But those victories were offset by areas including Berlin where Romney had 1,248 votes compared to Obama’s 2,863.

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Politics
12:13 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Continuing Coverage: Elections 2012

A look at the NHPR newsroom's coverage of Elections 2012:

-Audio postcard of reaction to first presidential debate

-Gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan profile

-Campaigning in the 1st Congressional District

-A look at the campaign's health issues

-How abortion plays a role in the 2nd Congressional District

-Profile of a controversial House Speaker

-Republicans campaign in days leading up to the election

-Victory on election night for Governor Hassan

-Live election night coverage

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Elections 2012
10:12 am
Thu November 8, 2012

All Three N.H. Ballot Measures Fail

New Hampshire voters showed a reluctance to change the state constitution in Tuesday’s election, rejecting one amendment that would have banned a personal income tax and another that would have given the legislature more control over the judiciary.

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Elections 2012
6:21 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

N.H. Will Have First All-Female U.S. Delegation, And Only Democratic Female Governor

Maggie Hassan Becomes Governor-Elect
Marc Nozell for NHPR

Tuesday's election in New Hampshire made history, as two female candidates for Congress, Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter beat their Republican opponents, joining U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) in Washington. 

Democratic Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan will be the only female Democratic governor in January. 

Voter Turnout
6:01 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Long Lines At Polls Not Because Of Voter ID Law

Many voters across New Hampshire had to wait in long lines before they could cast their ballots
Credit Susan Posner / NHPR

New Hampshire Elections officials say they heard a fair number of complaints about long lines at the polls.  But as they say something other than the new voter ID law is to blame.

Talk of long lines at the polls was common on Election Day.  And for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne, it even affected how Election Night played out. As supporters saw more and more returns favoring Democrat Maggie Hassan, a spokeswoman addressed the crowd.

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Elections 2012
2:58 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Shea-Porter Wins Seat In Another Squeaker

Guinta campaign officials breaking down the
Credit Zach Nugent / NHPR

The tightest race in New Hampshire lived up to expectations last night. Carol Shea-Porter eked out a victory over Frank Guinta by four points, or just fewer than 14,000 votes.

While the race was close all the way through, indications that it would be a good night for Shea-Porter rolled in early. It was the wee hours of the morning when Carol Shea-Porter thanked a dwindling crowd of night-owl supporters for handing her back the seat in the US House of Representatives that she lost two-years ago.

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Elections 2012
2:56 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Hassan Tops Lamontagne With Ease

Credit Paul Filippov

Maggie Hassan’s 13 point win ended this race far earlier than many expected, and made her the second woman elected to N.H.’s corner office.

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Elections 2012
2:20 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

N.H. House Swings To Democrats, Republicans Hold Senate 13-11

Former House Speaker Terrie Norelli will run again for the job, but will face a strong opposition from David Campbell, D-Nashua. Current House Speaker Bill O'Brien has announced he will not run for mintority party leadership
Credit NH General Court Website

There was a big surprise waiting for New Hampshire politicos this morning. As the final votes were tallied in the four hundred races for the State House of Representatives, the Democrats had won a 221 to 178 majority with one race still undecided.

Prospects of a divided state legislature has both sides singing about bipartisanship. 

Given that many of the races for the NH House are decided by fewer than a hundred voters, there will likely be a couple dozen recounts.

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Elections 2012
2:05 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Hassan Thanks Supporters In Manchester

Hassan hugs a supporter outside of the Red Arrow in Manchester
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan made her first post-election appearance  in downtown Manchester.

Despite the cold weather and late-night election results, Hassan supporters gathered at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester Wednesday afternoon to congratulate the governor-elect on her victory.

Hassan says she looks forward to governing in the tradition set forth by Governor Lynch, and that she’s eager to work with those across the aisle to improve the state’s schools and economy:

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Elections 2012
1:36 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Pres. Obama Carries New Hampshire

New Hampshire voters elected to give President Obama a second term.  As of midday Wednesday, the president had carried the state by a six percentage point margin.

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Elections 2012
12:01 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrat Sue Ford Beats Sorg in Grafton 3

Democrat Sue Ford of Easton has beaten incumbent Republican Gregory Sorg, also of Easton.

With all seven precincts reporting Ford took the seat for Grafton District 3 with 1,392 votes compared to 1,151 for Sorg.

The tally was compiled by the Associated Press. Figures from the Secretary of State are not yet available.

Elections 2012
11:52 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Losing By 20 votes, Coos' Daugherty Says No Recount

Duffy Daugherty. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Larry Enman, a Democrat from Errol, has beaten Republican incumbent Duffy Daugherty in Coos District 1 by 20 votes, according to a final tally by the Associated Press.

In a telephone interview Daugherty said he did not intend to seek a recount, describing the statewide election as a sweep.

"The state is going to hell in a hand basket and I'm not going to fight it," he said.

With all 10 precincts counted Enman had 1,158 votes compared to 1,138 for Daugherty.

Official figures from the Secretary of State are not yet available.

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