Politics

Cilley
10:09 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jackie Cilley Concedes

Cilley concedes
Ross Boyd New Hampshire Public Radio

Cilley thanked supporters and spoke candidly throughout her speech. "We moved the needle on pledge politics."  Not enough to win, but Cilley vowed to continue her fight against the pledge.

Lamontagne
9:47 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Ovide Lamontagne Accepts GOP Nomination For Governor

Ovide Lamontagne
Jonathan Lynch New Hampshire Public Radio

"My name is Ovide Lamontagne, the toughest name in politics. But tonight you made it a winning name."

To shouts of "Ovide," Lamontagne has accepted Kevin Smith's concession and the Republican nomination for gubernatorial candidate.

The crowd is psyched up, standing shoulder to shoulder in the hall. When asked if it's the New Hampshire way to increase spending by double digits, the crowd shouts back a resounding "No!"

Hassan
9:32 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

At Hassan Victory Party, Some Supporters Hesitant

Emily Corwin New Hampshire Public Radio

A crowd is forming at the Hassan victory party, although not all attendees are entirely enthusiastic.  Alex Cohen of Dover came to the Hassan victory party with his friend Linda, a campaign volunteer from Newmarket.  He's sporting a Hassan campaign sticker, but says "I always find myself voting for the lesser of two evils."

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Smith
9:28 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Manchester Executive Councilor Candidate DeBlois at Smith Camp

Manchester Executive Councilor Candidate DeBlois
Ryan Lessard New Hampshire Public Radio

Minutes before Smith's arrival at the Derryfield, District 4 Executive Councilor candidate Tom DeBlois arrived to applause.

Elections 2012
9:25 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Kevin Smith Concedes

A little after 9 p.m., candidate Kevin Smith told supporters, "Tonight I have called Ovide Lamontagne to congratulate him," on winning GOP primary for governor.  He thanked supporters and asked them to back Lamontagne in the general election. 

Smith
9:10 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Hunger At The Smith Camp

The food buffet at Smith HQ
Ryan Lessard New Hampshire Public Radio

It's not exactly a rambunctious crowd here at the Derryfield in Manchester. Folks are just eating, talking or checking their phones for the latest poll numbers. Smith himself hasn't shown up yet and there hasn't been any spontaneous cheering or chanting.

Supporters don't seem anxious so much as resigned - but they're still hopeful. They're also hungry, and not just for the food - there has been a real lack of polling updates. Those with smartphones are making good use of them, but several supporters are turning to members of the press for the latest numbers.

Hassan
8:42 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Friends and Flowers at Camp Hassan

Nancy Rockwell, Hassan supporter
Emily Corwin New Hampshire Public Radio

Long-time friends and supporters of Maggie Hassan are early attendees at the Hassan camp at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester. Nancy Rockwell, Hassan's pastor, waits to give Hassan a bouquet of pink roses, with Chaplain Sue Goodspeed.

Across the room, long-time friends of Hassan's family Sue Ratnoff and Lynda Beck gaze at a television, above the podium.  "We're more than friends," Ratnoff says. "We know she's honest.  And by the way, she'd make a terrific governor."

Smith
8:21 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Smith Supporters Trickle In

Marc Nozell New Hampshire Public Radio

Kevin Smith supporters finally outnumber media and campaign staff. People are hitting the bar, and the gourmet food buffet featuring tomato basil crackers, tabouli and hummus. Still, the Derryfield Country Club is far from full.

Early numbers are coming in with 5% of the precincts reporting and Smith is already far behind his primary opponent Ovide Lamontange. Smith has about 2.5 thousand votes (23.5%) and Lamontange has about 8 thousand (75.4%).

Cilley
8:14 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Cilley Supporters Filling In at The Shaskeen

Cilley Supporters at the Shaskeen Bar in Manchester
Ross Boyd New Hampshire Public Radio

The Shaskeen is filling up with folks in support of Jackie Cilley.  Early arrivals found seats at the bar easily,  and are now patiently awaiting results.

The Salt
7:09 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Yelp Reviewers Slice And Dice The Politics Of Pizza

President Obama is lifted off the ground by Scott Van Duzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant, during an unannounced stop Sunday in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 4:07 pm

When Scott Van Duzer welcomed President Obama to his pizza shop Sunday with a massive bearhug, it was the beginning of the end of his anonymity.

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Elections 2012
5:53 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Many N.H. Voters Sit This Election Day Out

Sheryl Rich-Kern

Governor Lynch is leaving office after eight years and gubernatorial nominees from both parties are fighting for last-minute in today's primary.

But despite the zeal from the recent presidential conventions, not to mention the glut of political signage, many New Hampshire voters decided to sit this election day out.

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It's All Politics
4:59 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Chicago Teachers' Strike Forces Obama To Steer Carefully Between Two Allies

Striking Chicago public school teachers have a message for Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday.
Robert Ray AP

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 6:19 pm

Getting caught in a fight between two important allies is not where a president locked in a tight re-election race would willingly choose to be.

But that's where President Obama is today as he attempts for now to stay above the fray pitting the striking Chicago teachers against Mayor Rahm Emanuel who, in an earlier incarnation, was Obama's White House chief of staff.

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Presidential Race
4:45 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Obama, Romney Pull Campaign Ads On Sept. 11

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 9:57 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

Blue skies, a late summer day with hints of fall: The weather in New York and Washington today felt eerily similar to September 11, 2001.

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Education
4:45 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Chicago Teacher Strike Puts Obama In Awkward Spot

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 9:57 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now, to the potential political implications of the strike and how it might shake up the presidential race. Here's NPR's Brian Naylor.

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It's All Politics
4:34 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Reporter's Pledge-Of-Allegiance Quandary Sparks Twitter Debate On Romney Trail

Attendees at Monday's Mitt Romney rally in Mansfield, Ohio, recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Charles Dharapak AP

Mitt Romney's rally in Mansfield, Ohio, on Monday began the way every political event begins. "Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and our country's national anthem."

This is always an uncomfortable moment for me. While I sat at my laptop, most of the reporters around me stood and put their hands over their hearts. This time instead of just sitting and working, I tweeted what I was feeling:

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