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6:00 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Garcia, Guinta Set Pace For GOP Fundraising Leading Up To Primary

With less than two weeks before the primary, candidates for U.S. House of Representatives have filed their Federal Election Commission disclosures for July 1 through Aug. 20. 

In Congressional District 1, Republican upstart Daniel Innis ended the period with $67,000 cash on hand, well below the $188,000 of his opponent Frank Guinta.

Guinta outpaced Innis in fundraising during the period by a margin of $34,000 to $23,000, but also reported $289,000 in debt.

Innis loaned his campaign $10,000.

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Elections 2014
4:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With Gubernatorial Candidate Walt Havenstein

Walt Havenstein in NHPR's studios
Credit Brady Carlson/NHPR

We continue our conversations with Republicans running in the gubernatorial race with former BAE Systems CEO Walt Havenstein.

You've proposed as part of your jobs plan cutting business profit taxes by just over 1%. Given the shortfalls that we've seen in business tax revenue in this current budget, how confident can we be that revenue will offset those cuts?

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Politics
2:26 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Conversations With Primary Candidates for U.S. House, U.S. Senate & N.H. Governor

As part of our continuing coverage of Elections 2014, NHPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered featured conversations with candidates running in the September 9th primaries for U.S. House, U.S. Senate and N.H. Governor.

Here are all of those conversations in the order they aired. Each link contains the radio interview, edited for time, a transcript of the radio version, plus the full, unedited audio of the candidate in the studio.

U.S. House Candidate Dan Innis (1st District)

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Elections 2014
3:57 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Hemingway

Andrew Hemingway
Credit NHPR / Brady Carlson

We start our conversations with Republicans running in the gubernatorial race with tech entrepreneur Andrew Hemingway.

The first millennial candidate for governor in the country, in a state which is graying.

It is, yes, but I’m excited. It’s not something that I went out and sought after, but it’s something which the opportunity has presented itself. It’s an exciting opportunity.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Ad Audit: Shaheen Goes Negative; Attack Ad Fail; NHGOP Strikes Out

For months, Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown’s relationship with “big oil” has been the key that opened the wallets of donors to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s re-election campaign.

Now, with a recent poll showing Brown within striking distance of the incumbent, Shaheen is taking the message to the airwaves.

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Elections 2014
4:00 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. Senate Candidate Scott Brown

Scott Brown in NHPR's studio
Credit Rebecca Lavoie for NHPR

We continue our series of conversations with three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination in the U.S. Senate.

Scott Brown served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts for three years, from 2010 to 2013. He also served in the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives.

Scroll down to find the full, unedited audio of our interview with Brown. Here are excerpts of his responses to some of the issues discussed, with his full answers (and more questions) in the audio.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Senate Candidates Trade Swipes In Radio Debate

Bob Smith, Jim Rubens and Scott Brown during a debate earlier this month in North Conway
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Republican US Senate candidates Bob Smith, Jim Rubens, and Scott Brown squared off this morning for a debate broadcast on WGIR. The repeated confrontations during the debate highlighted the growing tension between the trio as September 9th Primary nears.

Former State Senator Jim Rubens for weeks has been demanding Scott Brown lay out what – specifically – he would propose to replace Obamacare. That again was he tactic Rubens used Wednesday morning.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Democrats Say Havenstein Broke Campaign Finance Rules, and GOP Fires Right Back

Governor Maggie Hassan and GOP Candidate for Governor Walt Havenstein
Credit Chris Jensen/Ryan Lessard for NHPR

Alleged violations of the state’s campaign finance rules are once again front and center in the New Hampshire governor’s race, with the top candidates on the receiving end of accusations that they accepted illegal donations.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party was first out of the gate Tuesday, asking Attorney General Joe Foster to investigate Republican candidate Walt Havenstein for “multiple violations,” including allegedly taking money from political action committees that failed to register with the state.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

N.H. GOP Candidates For U.S. House Split On Border Legislation

Republicans hoping to unseat New Hampshire's U.S. House incumbents are split on recent legislation to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The $694 million bill passed by the House on Aug. 1 would increase spending for overwhelmed border agencies, add more immigration judges and detention spaces, and alter a 2008 anti-trafficking law to permit Central American children to be sent back home without deportation hearings.

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Elections 2014
4:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Rubens

Jim Rubens at NHPR's studio, 2014.
Credit NHPR Staff

We continue our series of conversations with three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination in the U.S. Senate.

Jim Rubens served in the N.H. State Senate from 1994-98 and is former chairman of the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling. 

Scroll down to find the full, unedited audio of our interview with Rubens. Here are excerpts of his responses to some of the issues discussed, with his full answers (and more questions) in the audio.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Smith

Bob Smith in NHPR's studio, 2014.
Credit NHPR Staff

This week, we begin a series of conversations with three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination in the U.S. Senate.

We start with Bob Smith, who represented New Hampshire in the Senate from 1990 to 2003.

Scroll down to find the full, unedited audio of our interview with Smith. Here are excerpts of his responses to some of the issues discussed, with his full answers (and more questions) in the audio.

What would an overhaul of the federal tax system look like?

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Politics
5:04 am
Mon August 25, 2014

As Senate Primary Ramps Up, Brown Remains Candidate To Beat

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

In just three weeks, Republicans will choose who will face one of the most successful politicians in recent New Hampshire history: incumbent US Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

This race is one of less than a dozen in the country that could help decide the balance of power in the Senate.

On paper, the three leading candidates have their strengths, but the front-runner remains clear. In the field are two former Senators, and a former state-level politician who the Manchester Union leader declared Citizen of the year in 2013.

But all of them have baggage.

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Politics
8:58 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Despite Indictment, Texas Gov. Perry Testing N.H. Primary Waters

Texas Gov. Rick Perry mingles at an Americans for Prosperity event in Manchester Friday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The same day he was arraigned on abuse of power charges, Texas Governor Rick Perry kicked off a two-day visit to New Hampshire, fueling speculation about another presidential bid.

Speaking at an Americans for Prosperity event in Manchester on Friday, Governor Rick Perry didn’t shy away from the indictment handed down last week.

“This indictment isn’t about me. This is a lot bigger than me. It’s about the state system of constitutional checks and balances. We’ll prevail.”

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Politics
4:47 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Warren Disavows PAC Urging Her To Run For President

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has written to federal regulators stating that she has nothing to do with a newly formed political organization urging her to run for president in 2016.

Lawyers for the first-term Massachusetts Democrat, who was elected in 2012, delivered a letter to the Federal Elections Commission on Friday stating that Warren "has not, and does not, explicitly or implicitly, authorize, endorse, or otherwise approve" of any activities by "Ready For Warren."

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Politics
10:17 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Poll Shows Shaheen, Brown In Close Race For Senate Seat

Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen in NHPR's studios.
Credit NHPR Staff

A new poll shows U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and possible Republican challenger Scott Brown in a close race for the New Hampshire Senate seat.

The WMUR Granite State Poll shows, Shaheen, a Democrat, ahead of Republicans Bob Smith and Jim Rubens.

The poll says Shaheen has led Brown throughout the spring and summer, but her campaign is being weighed down by national politics, particularly the declining popularity of President Obama. The poll says only 37 percent of likely voters approve of the job Obama is doing as president.

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Elections 2014
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. House Candidate Jim Lawrence

Jim Lawrence
Credit www.lawrenceforcongress.com

Jim Lawrence is a former state Representative, having served three terms in the New Hampshire Statehouse.

The Hudson man is running in the 2nd Congressional District.

Why are you running?

President Barack Obama’s policies – being supported 95 percent of the time by Ann Kuster – in my estimation, they were destroying the future of American for my children. I felt that I had to act. The other Republican candidates running in the race weren’t talking about the issues that I felt were important to the voters of New Hampshire.

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Elections 2014
5:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. House Candidate Marilinda Garcia

Marilinda Garcia
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Marilinda Garcia is in her fourth term serving the town of Salem in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

She's among the Republicans running in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.

Why are you running?

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Politics
6:23 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Hassan, Havenstein Running Close In Gubernatorial Money Race

Thanks to nearly $1.5 million from his own pocket, Republican candidate for governor Walt Havenstein is keeping pace in the race for campaign money with Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan.

According to reports filed today with the Secretary of State, Havenstein reports a campaign war chest of $1,989,876. That includes $1,474,000 in personal loans and another $17,000 from other family members.

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Elections 2014
5:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. House Candidate Gary Lambert

Gary Lambert
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Gary Lambert served as a state Senator for a single term, and is now looking to represent the state’s 2nd Congressional District in Washington, D.C.

The attorney from Nashua also recently retired from the Marine Corps and is seeking to unseat Democrat Ann McLane Kuster.

Why are you running?

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Elections 2014
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. House Candidate Frank Guinta

Former Congressman Frank Guinta
Credit Courtesy image

Frank Guinta held the District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012, when he was defeated by the current incumbent, Democrat Carol Shea-Porter.

Guinta, who has also served as a state representative and mayor of Manchester, is one of four Republicans competing in September's primary for the right to challenge Shea-Porter in November.

Frank Guinta joined me in NHPR's studio to talk about the race and his stance on some of the issues. (Scroll down to find the full audio of our interview with Guinta, as well as the version edited for broadcast.) 

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NH News
3:09 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

John McCain Stumps For Scott Brown At Derry Town Hall Meeting

Scott Brown and John McCain at a town hall meeting in Derry.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Arizona Senator John McCain was back on the New Hampshire campaign trail Monday.

He was here to boost the campaign of former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown.

John McCain won the New Hampshire primary twice, and seemed to understand that a crowd of Granite State voters – even one of full supporters – likes a little deference.

“I will leave it up to the good judgment of the people of New Hampshire. I certainly wouldn’t pretend to tell them how to vote, but I would like to share with them as I have today the experience I had with this good and decent American.”

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Politics
9:01 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Sen. McCain To Appear With Scott Brown At Town Hall

Arizona Sen. John McCain is coming to New Hampshire to support Scott Brown in his bid to return to the U.S. Senate.

The two will conduct a town hall-style meeting Monday morning at Pinkerton Academy in Derry. The topic is foreign policy.

McCain is popular among Republicans in the state: He won the 2000 presidential primary then won it again in 2008 on his way to the GOP nomination.

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Elections 2014
5:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. House Candidate Dan Innis

GOP CD1 House candidate Dan Innis
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Dan Innis is former Dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire and co-owner of Portsmouth’s Ale House Inn.

He is one of four Republicans competing in September's primary in the District 1 race for the U.S. House of Representatives. That seat is currently held by Democrat Carol Shea-Porter.

Dan Innis joined me in NHPR's studio to talk about the race and his stance on some of the issues. (Scroll down to find the full audio of our interview with Innis, as well as the version edited for broadcast.) 

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Politics
2:36 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Republicans Meet For Senate Debate In Conway

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The leading candidates for U.S. Senate met for debates Thursday in North Conway.

The debate, hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, ranged from Obamacare to medical marijuana, from the Veteran's Affairs to the National Security Agency. And with the increasing instability in the Middle East the candidates spent plenty of time airing their views on the situation in Iraq.

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Politics
9:48 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Brown Defends Obamacare Stance At Nashua Town Hall

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Republican Candidate for US Senate Scott Brown campaigned in Nashua Monday night. Both he and the critics the event attracted used the opportunity to talk about the Affordable Care Act.

Brown opened what his campaign billed as a town hall meeting by laying out his case against so-called Obamacare. Many of the questions that followed came from local democrats who stressed positive aspects of the federal health-care law. Brown meanwhile said he’d like to see the law replaced with a network of state controlled solutions.

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Politics
3:47 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

U.S. Senators Shaheen, Ayotte Back American Actions In Iraq

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen at a campaign stop in Concord.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators say they support actions being taken in northern Iraq to combat Sunni militants advancing toward the Kurdish capital of Irbil.  

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she supports the dual mission of stopping the advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and providing humanitarian relief to thousands of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar.  But she’s wary of expanding U.S. involvement in the conflict.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Shaheen, Brown Discuss ACA At N.H. Events

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is emphasizing parts of the health care overhaul law that help seniors, while one of the Republicans hoping to unseat her is arguing against it.

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Politics
10:17 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Hassan Signs Bills On Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is holding a bill-signing ceremony to formalize laws on domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual abuse prevention.

Hassan is signing bills establishing a crime of domestic violence in the state and protecting household animals from violence.

She's also signing bills relative to grounds for termination of parental rights; on a commission to study sexual abuse prevention education in elementary and secondary schools; and on protecting juveniles from being prosecuted for being forced to perform illegal acts.

 

Politics
4:46 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Shea-Porter Gets PAC Money For Opposing PAC Money

Larry Lessig, founder of Mayday PAC
Credit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3X2eDCmPRY / Mayday

  A political action committee on a mission to overhaul  how campaigns are financed is putting its weight behind first district Democratic Congresswoman, Carol Shea-Porter. Porter  is  one of 8 candidates to be endorsed by Mayday, which expects to spent $13 million dollars this campaign season.

Mayday is the brainchild of Harvard Law professor and political activist, Lawrence Lessig.  He says Mayday has one goal: to reduce the influence of money in politics.

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Politics
12:01 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Republican Senate Candidates "Stump On A Stump" In Concord

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

  The Republican Candidates vying for the chance to run against Jeanne Shaheen for Senate in November were stumping in Concord over the weekend. Scott Brown, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith faced questions about agricultural and timber policies at an event hosted by the New Hampshire Farm Bureau and the Timberland Owners Association at Carter Hill Orchard.

Brown used the opportunity to say that he wants to cut the red tape required to get temporary worker visas.

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