Dan Innis

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Race: District 1, U.S. House of Representatives
Political Experience: None
Residence: Manchester
Personal: Married, three children; lives in Manchester
Education: Bachelor’s, Ohio University; MBA, Miami University (Ohio); Ph.D., Ohio State University

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The 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, Innis says Congress needs fewer “career politicians” and more people who understand how business works.

“People are tired of the same old outcomes in Washington. And we’re going to keep getting the same outcomes if we keep sending the same people to D.C.…. I think you could say that I have some pretty good political experience. Universities have pretty thick politics, and I figured out how to navigate that. So I think I can learn how to navigate Washington, as well.”

Innis is the only Congressional candidate in New Hampshire who says he would consider raising the federal gas tax to shore up the Highway Trust Fund.

“I think it’s one of many options that we need to consider to bail out the trust fund. Congress bailed this thing out with pension smoothing and it just doesn’t make sense. It is literally kicking the can down the road – a pothole-filled road, I might add – but it doesn’t solve the problem. We’re going to be right back here in 10 or 11 months and have the same issue.”

Innis wants to reign in the National Security Agency and programs such as PRISM that give government the capability to collect unlimited amounts of personal data on American citizens. He wants to end “backdoor searches” in which innocent Americans are caught up in the surveillance of foreign targets, and he opposes legislation that threatens "net neutrality."

“Such legislation, whether it’s SOPA, PIPA, or CISPA, threaten Internet privacy and our civil liberties. Huge technology companies support such bills in order to prevent competition from smaller, nimbler firms. The U.S. government should not be allowed to interfere with our online activities at the request of foreign governments or big corporations. The First Amendment does not expire when we log onto the Internet.

4:02 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Candidates Get Boost From PACs: Charting Primary Spending In House Races

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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.

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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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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
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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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

2014 Primaries and Elections: A Look Ahead

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With summer officially here, it’s not just the weather heating up, but the political season as well. There are polls, ads, debates being scheduled, and big-name politicians coming in to support candidates. There's also already some drama, with one contender dropping out and another’s residency being questioned.  We’re looking at how the U.S. Congress, Senate, and N.H. Governor races are shaping up so far.


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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

An Early-Bird Look At N.H.'s Midterm Races

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In mid-March, with the sap has hardly running, November seems a lifetime away. But in the political world, eight months goes by quickly, especially for those preparing for mid-term elections. Although the filing period isn’t until June, there’s already a solid list of Republicans hoping to face the three Democratic incumbents. In the 1st Congressional District, former Congressman Frank Guinta and former UNH business school Dean Dan Innis look to go against Carol Shea Porter. In Congressional District 2, state Rep.

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NH News
3:41 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Innis Calls For Reforms To Budget Process, Tax Code

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Dan Innis, a Republican Candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s first district, has released a proposal for reforming the country’s budget. The former Dean of the UNH Business School Dan has proposed requiring that a budget be passed every two years and enforcing a strict timeline on the budget process. He is also calling for tax code reform: closing loopholes and eliminating deductions in order to broaden the tax base.

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