Elections 2012


NH News
5:29 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Bill Nye Stumps for Obama in NH

Bill Nye flanked by Congressman Rob Andrews (D-NJ) at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

As the campaign season gears up, celebrities and politicians making political stump speeches in the state will become increasingly commonplace. The latest of these was the host of the kids television series Bill Nye the Science Guy. He visited New Hampshire Monday, discussing his support for President Obama and calling for more investment in education.

Bill Nye educated a generation of kids in the nineties about science with his hundred episode TV series.

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North Country
5:11 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Jackie Cilley: Five Days In The North Country

Sitting at the dining room table in their farmhouse in Pittsburg John and Cindy-Lou Amey's big question is: Where do you stand on Northern Pass?"
Chris Jensen for NHPR

There are three Democratic hopefuls in the gubernatorial primary this September. One is Jackie Cilley, an outspoken Berlin native. She’s not shy about not taking the pledge. She says ideologues in the legislature are embarrassing and undermining the state. And she says in crucial ways the government is failing its citizens and businesses.

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All Things Considered
5:25 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

The Fourth in Wolfeboro: A Parade, Several Romneys and a Few Secret Service Agents

Mitt Romney has marched in a number of New Hampshire parades during his two presidential runs, including the Milford Labor Day Parade in 2007.
Dave Delay via Flickr/Creative Commons

Mitt Romney is off the campaign trail this week. He’s vacationing at his home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, but the Republican presidential candidate is set to march in the town’s 4th of July parade.

And that’s likely to bring more attention than usual to Wolfeboro and its festivities this Independence Day.

Grand Marshal Harold Chamberlin has organized Wolfeboro’s 4th of July parade for 17 years. He tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the parade and whether Romney's participation means any changes to his work.

NH News
5:21 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Gubernatorial Candidates React to Health Care Ruling

Photo by Chickenlump, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

New Hampshire’s gubernatorial candidates are weighing in on the Supreme Court’s ruling, and they stand, pretty much, where you'd expect.

The two leading GOP contenders for the state’s corner office didn’t like the Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court ruling, and that hasn’t really changed.

Ovide Lamontagne, the current front runner, says that as Governor, he would do everything possible to slow down or block the law’s implementation.

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NH News
3:03 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Gov. Candidates at Loggerheads on School Choice

On Wednesday, the legislature will vote on whether or not to override Governor John Lynch’s veto of a bill supporters call School Choice Scholarship Act.

Both Democratic gubernatorial candidates are calling on the legislature to uphold the governor’s veto. Their republican opponents came out in support of the school choice bill last week. There are two, nearly identical, versions of the education tax credit coming back before the legislature tomorrow.

At a campaign event Tuesday,  Maggie Hassan used the veto vote to lash out at one of her Republican opponents.

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North Country
5:54 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Voting In The North Country: The 2012 Contenders

Here’s how this year’s election in the North Country – including the September 11th primary - is shaping up, according to filings with the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

* Longtime Coos County Commissioner Bing Judd is being challenged by Rick Samson - also a Republican – who is deeply involved in the opposition to the Northern Pass hydro-electric project. There is no Democratic opponent.

 * Executive Councilor Ray Burton of Bath faces another Republican, Gerard L. Thibodeau of Rumney in the primary.  Democrat Beth Funicella of Jackson has also filed.

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NH News
4:15 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

President Obama Visits New Hampshire

President Obama speaks at a rally at Oyster River High School today in Durham.
Todd Bookman NHPR

The President told the crowd inside Oyster River High School how great it was to be back in New Hampshire. This was his first official campaign stop in the Granite State, a state he carried in 2008.

Obama says the promises he made four years ago still stand.

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NH News
5:27 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

SEA Endorses Jackie Cilley

Jackie Cilley at SEA
Ryan Lessard NHPR

One of the state’s largest public unions, the State Employees Association, endorsed democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley on Monday.

SEA President Diana Lacey cites Cilley’s refusal to take the state pledge against new broad-based taxes and her commitment to collaborative leadership as the most significant factors in the union’s decision.

“It wasn’t just the pledge. It’s the manner in which we anticipate Jackie will lead.”

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All Things Considered
6:11 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

In Stratham, Romney Makes Pitch to Small Town Voters

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at Scamman Farm in Stratham, June 15th, 2012.
Josh Rogers NHPR

Republican Mitt Romney was in New Hampshire today, kicking off a five day bus tour that will take him through six battleground states. Romney spoke in Stratham, the same town where he kicked off his second presidential bid nearly a year ago.

NHPR's Josh Rogers was with the Romney campaign. He tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the event.

3:12 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Romney Launches Tour Across Battleground States

Josh Rogers NHPR

Republican Mitt Romney began a bus tour of six battleground states today in New Hampshire. The tour marks a new phase for Romney’s campaign.

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NH News
5:27 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Candidates Declare They'll Govern Differently Than Lynch

3 of the 4 leading hopefuls for Governor have filed their candidacies.  All say they plan to be more assertive than Governor John Lynch.

By any measure, Governor Lynch has been one of the most popular governors in N.H. history. But most of his potential successors say it’s crucial to take a different approach governing. Republican Ovide Lamontagne was perhaps the most complementary for Lynch, noting that Lynch made efforts to be bipartisan. But Lamontage also indicated voters can expect a firmer approach if they elect him.

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It's All Politics
5:37 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

GOP, Democrats Tussle Over Romney Call For No More Police, Teachers, Firefighters

Mitt Romney's team is sticking by his comment in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Friday that voters' desire for smaller government means they don't want more cops, teachers or firefighters.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 10:54 am

Mitt Romney's assertion Friday that the message of last week's success by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in fending off a recall was that voters want no more teachers, firefighters and police officers had a chance to ferment a bit over the weekend.

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Presidential Race
4:20 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Leaked Emails Show A Bipartisan Governor Romney

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 6:59 pm



This week, the Wall Street Journal has reported on some of the emails that Mitt Romney wrote when he was governor of Massachusetts and those emails document his very active role in getting the Massachusetts health care plan passed, including his strong advocacy of the individual mandate, the requirement that people buy health insurance.

Joining us now from Boston is Journal's senior editor, Mark Maremont. Welcome.

MARK MAREMONT: Thank you, Robert.

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North Country
7:52 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

How North Country Legislators Voted On No-Tax Amendment

Ten of sixteen North Country representatives – and Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin – voted in favor of letting New Hampshire voters decide whether to add a ban on personal income taxes to the state’s constitution.

As NHPR reported on the House and the Senate on Wednesday passed CACR-13, the proposed constitutional amendment. 

The House passed the measure by a vote of 256-110.  The Senate passed it 19-4.

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NH News
3:39 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Democratic Candidates for Governor Meet in First Debate

The three Democratic candidates for New Hampshire Governor – Jackie Cilley, Maggie Hassan, and Bill Kennedy – met at New England College for their first debate.

The three outlined their views on an income tax, which is seen as the most controversial difference between the three candidates. 

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