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Political news from New Hampshire Public Radio, from the State House to the First in the Nation Primary.

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New Hampshire primary voters are headed to the polls to choose their candidates in several races, including the U.S. Senate.

At St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Concord, moderator John Williams says as is typically the case, a large cluster of voters showed up shortly after polls opened.

“New Hampshire voters are certainly early risers. They like to come and vote early. We also see a rush during lunch time and again during the evening between 6 and 7.”

Taylor Quimby / NHPR

Candidates for the U.S. Senate, governor, Congress and the state legislature are on the New Hampshire primary ballot Tuesday. Click through our Primary 2014 gallery above to see the day unfold in photos taken by NHPR reporters, the campaigns, and New Hampshire voters.

Scott Brown wasn't even an official candidate when he declined to agree to a "people's pledge" to limit the amount of outside spending in the New Hampshire Senate race.

Six months later, with Brown expected to win the Republican nomination in Tuesday’s primary, more than half of the $19.1 million spent on the New Hampshire race has come from outside groups.

The New Hampshire Senate consists of 24 members and 24 districts, as outlined on the map below. The Senate was founded in 1784 and is the higher of the state's two legislative chambers. Generally, sessions are held annually from early January to the end of June.

A New Hampshire State Senate district map is embedded below, via the Live Free or Die Alliance. Roll your cursor over the district for a list of cities/towns or click on a district for information on the elected official for that district. 

The New Hampshire Constitution of 1783 included the establishment of "five councilors, for advising the governor in the executive part of government." This is commonly known as the Executive Council.

The specific powers, duties and responsibilities of the council have been defined over the years by the constitution, amendments, New Hampshire laws, and advisory opinions from the state Supreme Court and Attorney General.

In March of 2012, the state passed HB 592, which caused the redistricting of all the house districts in the
State of New Hampshire.  After the passing of this law, the House now has a total of 204 districts. 
There are 91 single town districts, 70 multi-town districts and 43 Floterial Districts. The New Hampshire House is the largest state legislative body in the United States.

This week saw a series of debates in which Republican candidates in New Hampshire's primary races for U.S. House, Senate, and N.H. Governor met to differentiate themselves on the issues.

If you missed the debates, you can find NHPR's coverage of them right here:

Sara Plourde / NHPR

Five days before the primary, more than $3.1 million has been spent on behalf of Republican candidates seeking to advance to the general election against New Hampshire’s Congressional incumbents.

In District 2, a seat held by Democratic Rep. Anne Kuster, Gary Lambert has outspent state Rep. Marilinda Garcia by a slight margin, $277,000 to $239,860, according to the most recent filings with the Federal Election Commission.

GOP Chairman, Other Top Republicans, Visit N.H.

Sep 5, 2014
Associated Press

The chairman of the Republican National Committee made a campaign stop in Nashua Friday. Chairman Reince Priebus was the first in a series of national GOP leaders who will visit the state ahead of next Tuesday’s primary.

In a cramped GOP office, Priebus rubbed elbows and talked up the role New Hampshire could play for his party come November.

"It’s a pivotal state in determining whether we can win the U.S. Senate and fire Harry Reid," says Priebus. "We need to win here in the midterm and pave the way for the future."

Josh Rogers / NHPR

In the final debate of the Republican primary for US senate, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith had one last chance to put Scott Brown on the ropes. They did their best, but Brown avoided any major missteps.

From the moment he’s come into the race Scott Brown has been seen as front-runner. Now with the primary just days away, Smith and Rubens are still trying to run him down.

When Brown, who has voiced support for an assault weapons ban in the past, evaded a question on gun control his rivals pounced.

Courtney Cania / NHPR

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says he's ruling out another run for the White House in 2016.

Huntsman told reporters in Salt Lake City on Wednesday that he was replying with a "strong no" when asked if he would enter the upcoming presidential race.

Huntsman briefly ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

Earlier this year, Huntsman said he was open to another bid, but he later told the Deseret News he had no plans for a campaign.

2nd CD Candidates Debate Amnesty And Attack Ads

Sep 3, 2014

Republican candidates vying for their party’s nomination in the second congressional district faced off last night on WMUR TV. The frontrunners clashed on core issues.

The hard-fought, and, at times bitter fights between Salem state rep Marilinda Garcia, and former state Senator Gary Lambert of Nashua continued last night.

On longstanding issues like illegal immigration, Lambert said Garcia "wants a pathway to citizenship, and that is amnesty in my book."

"I’d say Mr. Lambert’s book is entirely fiction," Garcia shot back.

Elections 2014: Voter Resources

Sep 3, 2014

For more about the races and candidates for local and national office in 2014, click the links below. Additional voter resources provided by The Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA).

New Hampshire State Senate: District Map & Voter Guide

New Hampshire House: District Map & Voter Guide

NHPR / Emily Corwin

  

Vice President Joe Biden visited the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Wednesday. His stated reason was to celebrate shipyard workers – but it was clear he was also there to boost Democrats heading into election season.

  

Both of those ends were put on hold at the start of Biden’s remarks.  Instead, the Vice President began with fiery rhetoric from Biden for ISIS terrorists, who have now murdered two US journalists.

Republican candidates in the 1st Congressional District squared off Tuesday for their final debate before the Sept. 9 primary.

With the news earlier in the day that a second American journalist had died at the hands of the Islamic State, discussion on the conflict in Iraq was at the forefront Tuesday night.

Frank Guinta said the country needs to "eliminate and eradicate ISIS," but when pressed on whether that meant boots on the ground, the former Congressman balked.

Ryan Lessard / NHPR

At 32 years old, Republican Andrew Hemingway would be the youngest governor in the history of New Hampshire.

That, coupled with his being known primarily as a political activist, makes his candidacy a bit of a long shot. But Hemingway is banking on his traditional conservative values coupled with his tech savvy.

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.

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?

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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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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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