Politics

Politics
12:05 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Kuster, Garcia Trade Barbs In Final Debate

Kuster in NHPR's studios, Garcia at UNH Law Center
Credit NHPR Staff/Allegra Boverman

The candidates for New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District sparred and sniped over a wide range of financial and social issues in their final debate last night.

But the matchup between incumbent Democrat Anne Kuster and GOP challenger Marilinda Garcia didn’t seem to produce any big moments that might tip the scales  one way or another.  

As they have all campaign long, Garcia and Kuster each portrayed the other as a political puppet. Garcia tried to tie Kuster to unpopular policies of President Obama, while Kuster characterized Garcia as a tool of the Tea Party.

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Politics
6:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

New Players Shake Up The Campaign Ground Game In N.H.

Logos for NextGen Climate Change (l) and Americans for Prosperity

It’s a week to the election, and New Hampshire campaigns are focused on getting their voters to the polls. And this year, there are some powerful new players on the field.

On a crystalline fall day, two orange tee-shirted canvassers for a group called NextGen Climate Change wander the breezy backstreets of Portsmouth.

“I know exactly where we are,” says worker Andrea Harkness.

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Politics
10:42 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Guinta And Shea-Porter Meet For Final Debate

Carol Shea-Porter and Frank Guinta at the UNH School of Law for the Rudman Center Conversations with the Candidates, 2014
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

A stark choice was on display Monday night as Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta met for their final debate before the mid-term elections next week, televised live on WMUR TV.

In their three campaigns against one another, Guinta and Shea-Porter have debated more than a handful of times. They rarely agree on much.

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NH News
9:30 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Garcia Defends Opposition To Gay Marriage, Record On Abortion

Marilinda Garcia
Credit Allegra Boverman

In an interview at the UNH School of Law Monday night, 2nd Congressional District Republican candidate Marilinda Garcia defended her record on hot-button social issues.

During the discussion with NHPR’s Laura Knoy, Garcia reiterated her opposition to gay marriage.

“I don’t think the state and the government should be there to be forcing religious denominations and institutions to redefine what is a sacrament.”

And on abortion, she says her record has been mischaracterized.

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Politics
6:04 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

McCain Backs Brown On Foreign Policy Campaign Stump

Senators Kelly Ayotte (l) and John McCain join Scott Brown on the campaign trail in Nashua
Credit Fred Bever for NHPR

Former GOP Presidential nominee John McCain was back in New Hampshire today, stumping for the Republican ticket.

In an appearance at the American Legion Hall, the Arizona Senator nodded in agreement as Republican senate candidate Scott Brown asserted that Shaheen should have joined in a letter that called on President Obama to leave a residual force in Iraq. The American people have been failed by the administration’s foreign policy, Brown says. 

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Politics
5:19 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

With Three Tight Races, N.H. GOP Eyes College Voters

Scott Brown eats a pretzel off a young woman's snack-necklace at Redhook Brewery's BeerFest.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  College campuses used to be the domain of the Democrats. Two years ago, Democrats got 62 percent of the vote among 18-29 year olds.  And with midterm election turnout particularly low among college students, it didn't make sense for the GOP to spend time campaigning there.

“Traditionally in midterm elections, the GOP has said ‘we don’t think it’s worth expending the resources,’” says 32 year old Andrew Hemingway, a recent Republican candidate for Governor and manager of Newt Gingrich’s 2012 campaign in New Hampshire.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Mass Court Rejects Lawsuit By Independent Gubernatorial Candidate Blocked From Debate

United Independent Party Founder and Candidate for Governor of Mass., Evan Falchuk
Credit Via candidate's website

A court has rejected a lawsuit by independent candidate for Massachusetts governor Evan Falchuk.

Falchuk was seeking to participate in the debate, scheduled for Monday at 8 p.m. in Worcester.

Falchuk said he was initially invited to the debate, but the offer was later rescinded. Falchuk filed the lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court.

Falchuk said he was disappointed with the decision, but was glad to have his day in court.

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Politics
8:14 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

John McCain Campaigns With Walt Havenstein In Manchester

Walt Havenstein and John McCain enter the Puritan Backroom restaurant in Manchester.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

Arizona Senator and former Republican presidential nominee John McCain was out campaigning for gubernatorial hopeful Walt Havenstein Sunday.

  McCain and Havenstein greeted people as they dined at the Puritan Backroom restaurant in Manchester, shaking hands and posing for pictures. McCain says he came to lend Havenstein support in what he calls his ‘second favorite state’ because of Havenstein’s business background.

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Politics
8:17 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Shaheen And Warren Rally Their Base, Brown Stumps Farther Afield

Senator Warren stumps with Senator Shaheen at UNH
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Democrat Jeanne Shaheen was joined on the campaign trail this weekend by one of her party’s biggest stars: Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Senator who defeated Scott Brown in 2012. While Shaheen’s campaign stops targeted core Democratic constituencies – college towns and union halls --  Scott Brown’s campaign sought votes a bit farther afield.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren made one thing clear to the crowd at the University of New Hampshire.  Scott Brown is not from here.

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Politics
6:27 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Dartmouth And Stanford Researchers Under Scrutiny For Mailed Voting Guides

Montana voting guide distributed by Dartmouth and Stanford researchers

Dartmouth College and Stanford University researchers who sent election information mailers to voters in Montana, California and New Hampshire may have broken election laws in at least one of those states.

The election mailers placed candidates on a spectrum from ‘more liberal’ to ‘more conservative,’ and were titled “2014 Voter Information Guide.”  Dartmouth spokesperson Justin Anderson says were designed by political science researchers whose work “seeks to determine whether individuals provided with more information about candidates are more likely to vote.”

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Politics
5:30 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Shea-Porter Hopes Grassroots Network Wins Her Another Squeaker

Carol Shea-Porter supporters snap photos of her with Sierra Club President Michael Brune
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

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.

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