Politics

New England News
2:30 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Maine Senate Seat Still in Dispute as Legislature Opens for Business

Democrat Cathy Breen, right, held a press conference as her Republican rival, Cathy Manchester, took the contested Senate District 25 seat. Joining Breen were Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, front left, and Breen's husband, Jay Geller, back right.

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:31 pm

AUGUSTA, Maine - On the Maine Legislature's opening day, partisan lines were drawn in the Republican-led Senate, which rejected a demand from Democrats that would have effectively left the voters of southern Maine's District 25 without a state senator.

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Word of Mouth
12:18 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

11.9.14: Apple Pay, Big Brother In Your Car, & Historic Concessions

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“Apple Pay” came out of the gate with great fanfare and claims that the mobile-payment system will make purchasing easier and more secure.  On today’s show, a closer scan of Apple Pay and find out who is set to benefit – and who is not.

And, from traffic cams to EZ Pass, big brother is riding along with us more than we think. But just how much are drivers being monitored? And, after a week of historic wins and losses, we’ll sample the art of the concession speech.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

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Politics
2:01 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Republicans Add To N.H. Senate Majority

N.H. State Senate chambers
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Former state Rep. Kevin Avard upset Democrat incumbent Sen. Peggy Gilmour on Tuesday, adding at least one seat to the Republican’s majority in the New Hampshire Senate. 

Avard took 50.8 percent of the 21,335 ballots cast in the District 12 contest to beat Gilmour by 323 votes. The narrow margin gives Republicans a 14-10 majority in the Senate, with at least one race that was too close to call.

In District 7, Democratic incumbent Andrew Hosmer had a lead of about 100 votes over Republican challenger Kathy Lauer-Rago.

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Word of Mouth
1:33 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Political Losers: The Concession Speech

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No politician wants to write a concession speech, but in politics there can only be one winner. We spoke to Brady Carlson about what happens after the race is called. Here are a few memorable political concession speeches and even an inside look into how a candidate goes about writing one.

Nixon's 1962 California Gubernatorial concession speech.

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Word of Mouth
1:33 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

11.4.14: Winners & Losers

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While we can’t predict the outcome of the midterm elections, two things are certain: there will be winners and there will be losers.  Today’s show is all about winning and losing, starting with the brain chemistry of champions. And we’ll examine the victors and the vanquished in the natural world through the parasite-host relationship.

Plus, we’ll take a look back at political losers throughout history, including Samuel Tilden, who never got over his loss to Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

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Special Program
9:29 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Political Junkie - 2014 Midterm Election Special

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Political Junkie Ken Rudin never left public radio. His weekly podcast has your dose of political analysis. And in time for the midterms this year, he's put together a special program for radio audiences as well. Before you dig in to this program, remember that he'll be live in studio with us on 4 November for our election night coverage as we track returns around the state.

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Politics
9:23 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Kuster Continues To Distance Herself From President

Ann Kuster speaking with NHPR's Laura Knoy at the UNH School of Law.
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  2nd Congressional District Democrat Ann McLane Kuster worked to distance herself from President Obama during an appearance Thursday night at the UNH Law School.

Earlier this year, Kuster told NHPR’s Laura Knoy that she considered herself one of the President Obama’s biggest supporters. Thursday night, in a public conversation with Knoy, she cited areas when she disagreed with the president.

She also defended her vote on the farm bill which cut food stamps by more than $8 million.

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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
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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
1:34 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Shaheen, Brown Clash Over Independence and Outsourcing

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The dynamic of this high-profile race has changed little since former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown began plotting a return to Washington, from New Hampshire, the state in which he spent his early childhood.

Last night's NECN/Concord Monitor/UNH debate at the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord was true to form.

Jeanne Shaheen repeatedly cast Brown as an opportunist:

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Politics
9:43 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Full Audio: Guinta, Shea-Porter Target Each Other's Voting Record In Debate

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First congressional district candidates Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter met Tuesday night on NH1’s TV debate. Both candidates took aim at the other’s voting record in Washington.

Scroll down for audio of the full debate.

These candidates know each other well. This is the third time they’ve run against each other. And this debate often focused on refighting old battles.

Democrat Carol Shea-Porter was quick to blame Guinta and Republicans for the mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration.

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Politics
9:00 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Havenstein: "No" to Wind and Solar, "Yes" to Gun Rights and Gay Rights

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In a wide-ranging conversation with NHPR’s Laura Knoy Monday evening, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Walt Havenstein covered a gamut of economic and social policy issues.

Havenstein’s overall campaign is focused on the state’s economy. At the taping of NHPR’s “Rudman Center Conversations with the Candidates” Havenstein said his view of New Hampshire’s poor business climate was cemented when his 31-year-old son had to leave the state in order to take the next step in his tech career.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ads In Brown, Shaheen Senate Race More Than 90 Percent Negative

Negative ads aired against Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown, paid for by the US Chamber of Commerce and the League of Conservation Voters

As Election Day draws near we’re checking in each week on political ads and ad spending with Dave Levinthal, Senior Political Reporter for the Center for Public Integrity.

Over the past week Levinthal says political ads have turned negative – really negative.

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From the Archives
1:24 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

We Know How The Candidates Were Made, But What About New Hampshire's Ballots?

Primary ballots samples.

Anyone who’s been paying attention the last few months knows who and what will be appearing on the ballot in a few weeks. (And if you haven’t been paying attention, get off the sidelines already!) 

But how that information gets on the ballots is a process we don’t think much about.

In the run up to the 2004 election, NHPR's Lisa Peakes visited Captial Offset Printing, the company that had printed ballots for the state for decades.

Here's her story from the NHPR archives:

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NH News
12:04 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

In Debate, Hassan Attacks Havenstein For Signing Conservative Group's Pledge

In a debate Thursday morning on WGIR, Governor Maggie Hassan repeatedly went after Republican Walt Havenstein for a pledge he signed earlier this year with the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

“By singing that Koch brothers pledge, he is pledging to undo our Medicaid expansion, he’s pledging no matter what to do what the Koch brothers and Americans for Prosperity tell him to do.”

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Politics
4:46 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Garcia Brings Conservative Cred to N.H. Congressional Race

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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.
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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
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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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Political Junkie Comes To N.H.: Pre-Election Check-In

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We're checking in with Ken Rudin for our monthly 'Political Junkie' show. We'll look at how the election season is progressing in New Hampshire, compared with other mid-terms around the country. 

GUEST:

  • Ken Rudin – host of The Political Junkie, a weekly radio show covering national, state, and local politics. He is an expert in U.S. politics and campaign history, and a former NPR political editor.

LINKS:

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Rudman Center Conversations With The Candidates: Jeanne Shaheen

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Laura Knoy sat down with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen for an in-depth discussion about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season.

More information about NHPR's special election series presented with UNH Law School can be found here.

GUEST:

  • Jeanne Shaheen - U.S. Senator for New Hampshire. Previously, she also served as Governor of New Hampshire.

Watch the interview:

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NH News
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Las Vegas Evangelicals Plant Church At Unlikely Address

The Great Bay Calvary Church band plays at 23 Friend Street, Portsmouth

  Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Scott Brown moved to New Hampshire late last year, and is now locked in a tight race with incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. Whether Brown wins or loses, he’s already having an indirect, but potentially profound effect on his new home state: as the landlord  of a nascent evangelical church in Portsmouth.

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NH News
7:09 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Shaheen Goes After Brown On 'Women's Issues'

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Jeanne Shaheen kicked off her week of women’s themed events by collecting the endorsement of NARAL-Pro-Choice America PAC, and by telling reporters to take Scott Brown’s claims of having a pro-choice record with a grain of salt.

“He can try and say all he wants to that he has been pro-choice. The fact is that’s not the way he vote when he was in Massachusetts – check his record – and that’s not the way he has voted in Washington.”

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Money In Politics: N.H.'s 2014 Races

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New Hampshire politicians get their funding from the usual array of sources – from PACs, SuperPACS, and campaign contributions, to the national party, and their own pockets. We’re sitting down with three experts who have watched this year’s New Hampshire campaigns, including issues like dark money, outside spending, and special interests.

GUESTS:

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NHPR Events
3:26 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

NHPR & UNH Law Present 'Rudman Center Conversations With The Candidates'

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Join Laura Knoy for an in-depth discussion with the candidates about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. Each forum will be broadcast the following day during The Exchange at 9 am on the stations of NHPR.

All events begin at 5:30pm
Reception to follow

Where: UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH

Audience questions will be encouraged. Tickets are complimentary, reservations are required and space is limited. See below for dates & registration links.

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NH News
12:26 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Havenstein Wins Party Nomination, Faces Tough Race Against Hassan

Walt Havenstein greeting supporters after his victory speech.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Former BAE Systems CEO Walt Havenstein is the Republican nominee governor.

Walt Havenstein didn’t always run strong in this race but he won by nearly 20 points over Andrew Hemingway. He said voters in the general election will have a clear choice.

“The choice is going to be about the future of our state and whether or not we’re gonna maintain and stay in this economic stagnation or if we’re actually gonna take a bold course to change our economic outcome for the future prosperity of our state.”

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NH News
11:40 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Wheeler, Sheehan, Burns Tops In Executive Council Primary Races

Former Executive Councilor Dave Wheeler took a step toward returning to the council Tuesday, winning the GOP primary for the District 5 seat.

The Milford Republican defeated Steve Hattamer of Hollis.

Wheeler served on the council for one term, but lost his bid for re-election to Democrat Deb Pignatelli in 2012.

Pignatelli chose not to seek another term.

Wheeler will face Nashua Alderman Diane Sheehan, who defeated Jennifer Daler in the Democratic primary.  

Politics
6:20 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Dark Money Already Making Its Mark In N.H. Senate Race

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.

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NH News
5:10 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Walt Havenstein's Strengths In General Election May Be Weaknesses In Primary

Havenstein speaking to the press at BAE Systems in Nashua.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  As former President of BAE Systems, Walt Havenstein led one of New Hampshire’s largest employers. That’s one reason top Republicans encouraged the millionaire business-man to get into the governor’s race. Havenstein has vastly outspent his Republican opponent but this race remains tight.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Midterm Elections With 'Political Junkie' Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin at an NHPR event at Hypertherm in Lebanon. September 2014
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Ken Rudin is in New Hampshire, putting his seasoned eye on politics.  And this year, with Republicans hoping to take the U.S. Senate and congressional dysfunction weighing heavily on voters, we’ll explore the themes emerging in the 2014 midterm elections, both here and around the country.

GUEST:

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Elections 2014
10:11 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

1st CD Candidates Talk ISIS, Republican Allegiance In Final Debate

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.

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