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10:13 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Substance, Sparks in First Shaheen-Brown Debate

Senator Jeanne Shaheen and her Republican challenger, Scott Brown, debated for the first time yesterday in North Conway.

But both candidates focused more on spelling out big differences on policy than they did on rehashing the pointed attack lines promoted by their respective campaigns.

The charged sloganeering wasn't entirely absent. In his opening statement, Brown delivered his campaign’s fundamental argument: That Shaheen votes with President Obama and his polices 99 percent of the time.

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NH News
4:27 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Brown, Shaheen Spar In First Debate

Credit Boverman/Jensen for NHPR

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and GOP challenger Scott Brown sparred over reproductive rights Monday in a debate held at North Conway’s Grand Hotel.

Shaheen used this debate to emphasized her record supporting access to abortion and contraception, and to question Brown’s claim that he is pro-choice.

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Politics
7:02 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Shaheen And Brown To Meet In First Of Several Debates

Credit NHPR Staff

  U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her Republican challenger Scott Brown are meeting for the first of several debates ahead of the November elections.

Monday's debate in North Conway is being hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, which represents a dozen towns and works to attract new businesses to the area.

Shaheen, a former governor, is seeking a second term in the Senate. Brown won a special election in 2010 in Massachusetts, lost the seat two years later and moved to New Hampshire in late 2013.

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NH News
8:53 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Shaheen: Air Strikes In Syria Only Option For Defeating ISIS

Jeanne Shaheen at the UNH Law Center. Sept, 2014
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen says U.S. air strikes against ISIS in Syria were a necessary step toward defeating the terrorist group.

Senator Shaheen acknowledged the quandary of working with a Syrian government that just a year ago was forced to hand over chemical weapons it allegedly used on its own people.

But in an interview Tuesday night with NHPR’s Laura Knoy at the UNH School of Law, Shaheen, a member of the foreign relations committee, said there were no other options.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Can 'Security Moms' Help Scott Brown Bridge The Gender Gap?

Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen
Credit Boverman/Jensen for NHPR

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen is making a big push for the women’s vote, which for three decades has tilted toward her party. But this year, GOP challenger Scott Brown is trying to exploit what may be a new vulnerability for Democratic candidates – women’s disenchantment with the way President Obama is handling the threat of the so-called Islamic State.

The race could come down to what’s highest on women’s minds come election day  – social and economic issues such as abortion and pay equity, or… national security.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Clinton Postpones N.H. Visit After Birth Of Grandchild

Hillary Clinton's first grandchild has caused the former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate to postpone a Washington, D.C., fundraiser for a New Hampshire lawmaker.

Clinton was scheduled to attend a fundraiser with state Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, a Manchester Democrat, on Tuesday alongside former Massachusetts state Sen. Steve Baddour. Chelsea Clinton gave birth to a daughter, Charlotte, on Friday.

D'Allesandro's office said the fundraiser has not been rescheduled yet.

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NH News
4:07 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

On Campaign Trail, Obamacare Continues To Dominate U.S. Senate Race

Scott Brown at North Country Tractor in Pembroke.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

On the campaign trail Monday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown continued to rail against the Affordable Care Act, taking aim specifically at the employer mandate.

During an event at North Country Tractor in Pembroke, Brown highlighted a part of the health law yet to kick in: a requirement that businesses with 50 or more full-time employees offer health insurance benefits.

The store’s owner says that’s why he’s stopped hiring at 47 employees.

Brown says it’s an example of how so-called Obamacare is hurting New Hampshire businesses.

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Politics
11:34 am
Sun September 28, 2014

N.H.'s House Candidates Weigh In On Privacy, National Security

New Hampshire's Congressional candidates agree that maintaining a strong national defense and protecting civil liberties are not mutually exclusive responsibilities, though they disagree on how to strike a balance between the two.

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Politics
8:00 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Shaheen: May Have Missed Meetings But Still Informed About Terrorism

Shaheen was in Berlin visiting White Mountain Lumber, where she said helping small businesses has been a priority.
Credit Photo by Chris Jensen

Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she may have missed some meetings of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee but she is working against terrorism...

According to an article in the Boston Herald during this Congressional session Shaheen has missed 11 of the 30 meetings at which the committee published a report.

But Shaheen says it is wrong to conclude that she has been derelict and isn’t engaged in efforts to combat threats such as ISIS.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Havenstein Stumps With Jindal At Charter School

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (right) on the stump with Walt Havenstein

Walt Havenstein campaigned at a Manchester charter school with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.  As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports the GOP gubernatorial hopeful met with students and pressed the message that NH needs more choice in public education.

Walt Havenstein and Bobby Jindal toured classrooms at Polaris charter school on Manchester’s West Side. Along the way,  Havenstein took some blunt questions from the students.

"Why do you want to run for governor?"

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Politics
9:02 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Hassan Tells Voters To "Think Hard" About Havenstein's Proposed Cuts

Gov. Maggie Hassan at the Rudman Center, 9/24/14
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Governor Maggie Hassan says Republican calls to reduce business taxes go too far, and that the cuts in spending that would result would hurt the state.

In an interview with NHPR’s Laura Knoy at UNH Law School, Governor Maggie Hassan again and again stressed the importance of affordable education and opportunities for the middle class.

Not once did she mention the name of her opponent in this race, former defense contractor Walt Havenstein. But Hassan alluded to his proposal to cut government spending across the board by 2.5 percent.

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Politics
8:14 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Brown Critical Of Shaheen, Obama On Foreign Policy

Scott Brown at the Rudman Center, Sept 2014
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown says U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is not only a naive follower of President Barack Obama on foreign policy but fails to grasp the consequences.

Brown, a former Massachusetts senator now challenging Shaheen in New Hampshire, criticized his Democratic opponent in a foreign policy speech Wednesday at Saint Anselm College. 

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Politics
10:16 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Brown Disagrees With GOP 'Personhood' Plank

Scott Brown speaking with Laura Knoy at The Rudman Center. UNH Law School, Sept 22, 2014
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Scott Brown, the GOP’s nominee for US senate, disagrees with a change the New Hampshire Republican party made to its platform last weekend.

The new plank calls for support of “the pre-born child’s fundamental right to life and personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment,” mimicking the language in proposed constitutional amendments that seek to give fetuses the same rights as people.

Monday night at a conversation hosted by NHPR and the Rudman Center at the UNH School of Law, Brown distanced himself that plank.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Havenstein Dubs His Anti-Tax Oath 'Pledge 2.0'

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

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Walt Havenstein unveiled an expanded anti-tax pledge Monday.

What Havenstein has dubbed 'Pledge 2.0' not only calls for opposition to a sales or income tax but also for politicians to “oppose any policy that commits New Hampshire taxpayers to unfunded obligations.”

Walt Havenstein says the traditional pledge to oppose new broad-based taxes  is no longer enough. And can’t simply be a “political commitment.”

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Politics
7:20 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Havenstein Takes Tax Pledge, State Troopers Back Hassan

Credit NHPR Staff

Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein is taking New Hampshire's traditional anti-tax pledge, while incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan picks up the endorsement of state troopers.

For decades, New Hampshire governors and candidates have promised to veto a personal income or general sales tax. Havenstein will be signing the pledge Monday in Concord, where he will be joined by Republican legislative leaders.

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