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2nd CD Profile
7:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Bass and Kuster Fight Rematch For 2nd District Congressional Seat

Congressman Charlie Bass is one of a handful of vulnerable incumbents this election cycle
Amanda Loder NHPR

If you had to describe New Hampshire’s congressional elections in one word, “rematch” would be a good choice. 

In the race to Congress two years ago, the distance between Kuster and Bass was almost photo-finish-worthy: about 3,500 votes.  UNH Survey Center Director Andy Smith says this year, it could be just as close.

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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
4:26 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Obama Says Romney Plan Is "Sketchy"

Josh Rogers, NHPR

        

President Obama tells crowd of 6000 in Manchester that Mitt Romney has failed to explain how he’d pay for his tax cut plan.

NH is the third swing state the president visited since Tuesday’s debate. And as soon as he hit the stage, the president told the crowd that Mitt Romney had whiffed when he was asked to explain the math of his proposed tax cuts.

"Listen NH, you’ve heard of the New Deal, the square deal, the fair deal. Mitt Romney’s trying to sell you a sketchy deal. You don’t need a sketchy deal.”

Elections 2012
3:30 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

N.H. Congressmen Lag In Campaign Fundraising

The latest campaign finance reports show New Hampshire's Republican congressmen lagging behind their Democratic challengers in fundraising.

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Politics
3:23 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Former Sen. John Durkin, Victor In Close N.H. Senate Race, Dies

Former U.S. Sen. John Durkin, a New Hampshire Democrat who won his seat in 1975 in one of the closest elections in Senate history, has died. He was 76.

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Elections 2012
2:36 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Guinta, Shea-Porter In Another Ad Accuracy Stir

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

The Guinta campaign has taken issue with another television ad in the race for the first congressional district. This is just the latest salvo of the tit-for-tat that has characterized the contest.

Guinta’s campaign is upset about an ad from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, because it makes the following claim…

Ad: Frank Guinta voted to make you pay over $1,000 dollars a year more in taxes.

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Elections 2012
9:20 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Olympic Figure Skater Campaigns For Romney In N.H.

Figure skating champion Scott Hamilton is heading to New Hampshire to campaign for the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket.

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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
5:59 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Hassan, Lamontagne Talk Law Enforcement At Forum

Lamontagne and Hassan at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics
Jonathan Lynch NHPR

The New Hampshire Police Association hosted a town hall meeting for gubernatorial candidates Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne in Manchester Sunday.

Hassan and Lamontagne weighed in on the death penalty, decriminalization of marijuana, and right-to-work legislation at the law enforcement forum.

When asked to identify the largest threat to the state's public safety, Hassan identified prescription drug abuse as a key threat. Lamontagne expressed concern over cyber attacks:

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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
10:37 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Childhood Experiences And Parenthood Led Maggie Hassan To Politics

Maggie Hassan and her family laugh over pictures on an iPad
Emily Corwin NHPR

Maggie Hassan is working the room, shaking hands with members of the Seacoast’s financial industry at the largest rotary club in New England – in Portsmouth.

She’s 54, and running for Governor on a platform of investment in education and job training, and healthcare expansion.

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Elections 2012
2:16 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

How North Country's John Tholl Voted

In Coos District 5 incumbent Republican John Tholl of Whitefield is running against Democrat Marcia Hammon, also of Whitefield.

Here is how Tholl voted on some of the issues during the past year.

Voter ID: Voted for requiring voter identification. NHPR story.

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1:24 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Tune-In! Vice Presidential Debate

Lead in text: 
NHPR will have live NPR coverage of the vice presidential debate held this evening at Centre College in Danville, Ky. GOP Rep. Paul Ryan will challenge Vice President Joe Biden in a 90-minute debate on foreign and domestic issues. Coverage of the debate will begin at 9 p.m., following a special at 8 p.m. from WNYC Radio’s “Swing State Radio Network.”
NPR's coverage of the Vice Presidential Debate in Danville, Ky. Live: audio of the speeches, analysis and chat.
Elections 2012
12:29 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

North Country's Daugherty and Rappaport: How They Voted

In Coos District 1 two Republican incumbents – Duffy Daugherty and Larry Rappaport of Colebrook are running against Larry Enman, a Democrat from Errol.

Here is how Daugherty and Rappaport voted on some higher-profile issues during the past year:

DUFFY DAUGHERTY

Voter ID: Voted in favor of requiring voter identification. NHPR story.

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Elections 2012
2:24 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Pappas And Burns Face Off In First Debate

District 4 Executive Council candidates Chris Pappas and Bob Burns met in debate Wednesday. They are vying to replace outgoing councilor Ray Weiczorek.

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