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11:01 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Elections 2014: Live Debates Broadcast Schedule

Tune in to NHPR for a series of debates with the candidates for senator, governor and New Hampshire’s two congressional seats. They will will air live at 7 P.M. beginning Monday, October 20. The full schedule is posted below.

The NH1 debates are produced in partnership with NHPR, The Portsmouth Herald, The Laconia Sun and Foster's Daily Democrat. 

To learn more about the candidates, click here. To listen to NHPR's Rudman Center Conversations with the Candidates, click here.

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8:35 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Bill Clinton Headlines N.H. Democratic Party Dinner

Former President Bill Clinton is coming back to New Hampshire, the state that helped lead him to the Democratic nomination in 1992, to rally support for the state's Democratic candidates.

Clinton will headline the state Democratic Party's annual dinner in Manchester on Thursday. The Democratic incumbents topping the party's ticket — Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster — will also speak. Clinton's wife, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, will campaign with Shaheen and Hassan two days before the Nov. 4 election.

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Politics
8:32 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Rand Paul Makes Another N.H. Visit To Rally Voters

Rand Paul visited NH in September. Here he is at a rally geared toward Millennials.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Rand Paul, the Republican Kentucky senator who is considering a presidential run in 2016, is coming back to New Hampshire to rally voters ahead of November's election.

It's Paul's second trip in a month to the state that holds the nation's first presidential primary. He's visited several times over the past two years and says he'll decide whether to run for president in the spring.

On Thursday, he'll attend get-out-the-vote rallies in Manchester, Concord and Salem and also meet with students at Plymouth State University.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Mitt Romney Joins Scott Brown On N.H. Campaign Trail

Mitt Romney on the primary campaign trail in N.H. in 2012
Credit Tracy Lee Carroll for NHPR

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail with GOP senate candidate Scott Brown Wednesday.

Romney told a crowd of supporters that voting out Jeanne Shaheen was a way to send a message to the the President.

Romney and Brown rallied voters at the Gilchrist Metal Fabricating, a stop Romney used during his presidential run. The former Massachusetts governor said there is a “big ravine” between  what  Jeanne Shaheen says in NH and what she does in Washington, which is support the president’s agenda without fail.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Garcia Brings Conservative Cred to N.H. Congressional Race

Credit Josh Rogers / NHPR

The race to represent New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District is catching fire here and nationally.

A poll last week put incumbent Rep. Anne Kuster, a first-term Democrat, behind her GOP challenger, state lawmaker Marilinda Garcia. It looks like it will be a close contest.

At 31, Marilinda Garcia would be one of the youngest members elected to the U.S. House this year. So perhaps it’s no surprise that when Garcia won the GOP congressional primary last month, a large and loud crowd of millennials was in the house.

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Politics
1:56 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Hassan Touts Economic Record At Campaign Stop

Governor Hassan talks with employees at Commonplaces who benefited from the job training program.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

Governor Maggie Hassan touted her economic credentials at a campaign stop at a Manchester marketing company Tuesday. She also fired a few shots at her opponent, Walt Havenstein.

Hassan argued she’s better equipped to help small businesses than rival Walt Havenstein. Internet marketing company Commonplaces was a beneficiary of job training grants. Hassan championed that program and what she terms bipartisan successes like increasing higher ed funding, raising the gas tax and expanding Medicaid.

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Politics
2:03 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Why All Candidates Embrace The Shipyard, But The Shipyard Doesn't Embrace All The Candidates

Kevin Gross, a pipefitter at the Shipyard, says he trusts his union to endorse candidates with his interests in mind.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

There’s a painted blue line surrounding the entrance to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Over that blue line, political campaigning is not allowed, but just a few inches on this side of it – politics are in motion.

Over the last few months, Shipyard unions have endorsed at least five candidates, most of them Democrats. 

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Politics
5:31 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Environmental Groups Pour Money Into N.H., But Can Climate Change Sway Voters?

NextGen Climate has been bringing a faux "Scott Brown's pickup truck" to their events, complete with fake oil drums and cardboard cutouts of Charles, and David Koch, and Scott Brown.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

  Environmental issues have never ranked high on the list of issues that drive most voters to the polls. But this year, Tom Steyer – a former hedge fund manager and billionaire – has pledged to spend $50 million dollars in a few key races around the country, hoping to make climate change a central issue. This spending begs a question: can talking about global warming actually win elections?

Steyer’s operation in New Hampshire, NextGen Climate, has 24 full-time staff, and 5 field offices with two more slated to open in the coming weeks.

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Politics
7:31 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Chris Christie Joins Walt Havenstein On The Campaign Trail In N.H.'s North Country

Credit Sara Plourde for NHPR

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to campaign with Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein for the fourth time.

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Politics
3:30 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

More Than 10,000 Television Ads Have Aired (So Far) In Brown, Shaheen Senate Race

Screenshots from recent campaign ads paid for by the Shaheen and Brown Senate campaigns

Here’s a statement about campaign advertising that may surprise you even if you’ve seen the influx of ads on TV and online video sites: “Candidates, parties and groups ran at least 10,300 TV ads in the New Hampshire U.S. Senate race.”

That statement comes from a project called “Who’s Buying the Senate?”

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Politics
5:33 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

For Scott Brown, Renewed Focus On Abortion Bills Is Deja Vu

Brown talking with NHPR's Laura Knoy at the UNH Law Center in September 2014
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Scott Brown has tried to make the New Hampshire Senate race about national security, illegal immigration and incumbent Jeanne Shaheen’s political fidelity to an unpopular president.

But the Republican candidate has spent a lot of time the past two weeks defending his somewhat ambiguous record on abortion rights. The issue boiled over Tuesday at a hastily organized “media availability” in Derry, where Brown was set to talk foreign policy with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla).

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Politics
4:25 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Brown Offers Rebuttal Ad On Abortion Bill

Screenshot of Scott Brown's ad rebutting one released by the Shaheen campaign
Credit via YouTube

The US Senate campaigns of Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown continue to battle over Brown’s record on abortion.

A day after Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign aired an ad highlighting a Scott Brown’s sponsorship of  2005 bill in the Massachusetts legislature that sought to imposed a 24-waiting period for abortion and require women to be provided with images of fetus, the Brown campaign was up with an ad of his own.

It features Brown speaking right into the camera.

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Politics
9:57 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Guinta Says He Would Have Voted Against Obama's Iraq-Syria Actions

Guinta speaking with Laura Knoy at UNH Law Center, 2014
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Republican Frank Guinta, who is running to regain the congressional seat he held for one term, says he and his opponent, Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter, would have agreed on at least one vote. Guinta would have voted against the Obama administration’s current military campaign in Iraq and Syria.

In a conversation with NHPR’s Laura Knoy at the UNH School of Law’s Rudman Center, former Congressman Guinta said he would want more details on the president’s plan to arm moderate Syrian rebels.

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NH News
6:09 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Rubio Endorses Brown In U.S. Senate Race

Scott Brown with Marco Rubio in Derry Tuesday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was in New Hampshire Tuesday to endorse Republican Scott Brown in the race for U.S. Senate.

Speaking with Brown at an event in Derry that focused on foreign policy, Rubio says re-electing Democrat Jeanne Shaheen would be disastrous.

“Your current United State Senator, if she’s reelected, God forbid, the first vote she will take is to re-elect Harry Reid as the majority leader, someone who uses the United States Senate as a platform to run interference for the failed foreign policy of this president.”

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NH News
5:38 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Brown Says Shaheen Ad Misrepresents Abortion Bill He Backed In 2005

Scott Brown in Derry on Tuesday
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Republican Scott Brown called on opponent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen to pull an ad he says misrepresents the so-called Women’s Right to Know bill he co-sponsored as a Massachusetts state senator.

The ad was controversial from the moment it began running.

For the Shaheen campaign, this ad is the sharpest effort yet in the race for U.S. Senate to undercut Scott Brown’s record on abortion rights.

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