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Elections 2012
5:30 am
Wed October 10, 2012

In District 7, N.H. Senate Seat Is Up For Grabs

Yard signs for Andrew Hosmer, Democratic candidate for Senate in District 7. Hosmer is up against Republican Josh Youssef this November
Courtesy Photo

This year there are nine state senators not returning to their seats. Most of the chairs are being vacated by Republicans, and that’s got Democrats banking on winning some of those seats back. And in district 7, one traditionally red seat is up for grabs.

With eight incumbent Republicans leaving their seats, and only one Democrat, even Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley will tell you it’s not an ideal situation.

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Elections 2012
5:03 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

N.H. Court: New Voter Registration Law On Hold

In a 3-2 decision, New Hampshire's Supreme Court has sided with a lower court judge and left a new voter registration law on hold.

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Word of Mouth
10:26 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Mitt Romney's Make Over

Adam Glanzman via Flickr Creative Commons

Mitt Romney is pouncing on a post-debate bounce that has him polling  neck-in-neck with the President. This may be the brand re-boot that eluded the Romney campaign after the RNC in Tampa.  Pat Griffin has kept a close watch on Romney’s rising and falling campaign since the primary. Pat is a veteran ad-man and GOP consultant and  strategist.

Elections 2012
4:09 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

U.S. House Speaker Boehner Rallies Support; Ignores Big Bird

Speaker of the House John Boehner is the latest high profile Republican to stump in New Hampshire.

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Elections 2012
4:42 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Latest Granite State Poll Predicts Democrats Taking State House And Senate

WMUR Granite State Poll

The latest WMUR Granite State Poll predicts that if the election were held tomorrow, New Hampshire Democrats would win a majority in the State House and the Senate.

UNH survey center pollster Andy Smith says his model predicts 14 Democrats and 10 Republicans in the Senate, and 204 Democrats to 196 Republicans in the House.

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All Things Considered
5:24 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

What The Future Looks Like For Voter ID Laws

Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR

For the first time, Granite State voters will be expected to show photo ID at the polls in November.  New Hampshire now one of eleven states that require or request photo identification to cast a ballot. 

But that number continues to change. In Pennsylvania, for example, a judge recently halted parts of that state’s strict photo ID law

NH News
5:07 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

N.H. Voters React to Presidential Debate

A day after the presidential debate in Colorado, pundits and politicians are giving their views on the showdown. To get a sense of what New Hampshire voters thought of the debate, we visited Main Street in Keene, and present this audio postcard.

Elections 2012
6:25 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Special Coverage: Presidential Debates

NHPR  will air special coverage for all the presidential debates and the vice presidential debate on October 3, 11, 16 and 22.  In addition, WNYC Radio's "Swing State Radio Network"  in New York is providing a special one-hour live call-in show that will air from 8 - 9 p.m. before each debate specifically for the swing states. 

Oct. 3: First presidential debate on domestic policy

Elections 2012
5:07 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

New Poll Shows N.H. Governor's Race Remains Tight

The WMUR Granite State poll shows Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan about even, with neither candidate well known to voters. A quarter of the voters polled said they were still undecided.

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Bass Endorsement
5:07 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Bass Snags Bipartisan Endorsement

Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, President Clinton's former Chief of Staff, have endorsed Charlie Bass in his bid for reelection
DonkeyHotey Flickr Creative Commons

The two men who headed the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles Commission, which made recommendation on how to lower the federal deficit and balance the budget, have endorsed Congressman Charlie Bass. 

If you opened up the Concord Monitor, New Hampshire Union-Leader or Nashua Telegraph Wednesday, a full-page ad may have caught your eye.  The headline: “An Open Letter To New Hampshire Voters Who Care About America’s Economic Future…No Matter What Your Political Party.” 

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Elections 2012
3:57 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Hassan And Lamontagne Discuss N.H. Tourism At Summit

Maggie Hassan speaking at a tourism summit in Concord
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Both gubernatorial candidates Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne say the state’s tourism efforts are important but must be weighed against budget concerns.

Lamontagne and Hassan appeared at a tourism summit in Concord Wednesday morning, answering audience-submitted questions from tourism businesses owners.

Both candidates say they wouldn’t support an increase in the Meals and Rentals tax -- the second largest source of revenue for the state.

However, Hassan stated that she wouldn’t rule out raising tolls and the gas tax, but said it’s not likely.

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Word of Mouth
10:34 am
Wed October 3, 2012

The Art of Debate...In High School

SanFranAnnie via Flickr Creative Commons

Tonight the country will get a chance to witness a quadrennial spectacle, the first of three presidential debates. There are many examples of debates that have shifted, even defined Presidential campaigns, sometimes, just because of a memorable turn of phrase.

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All Things Considered
5:31 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

I Choose To Run: When Politics and Athletes Intersect

Quite a few presidential and vice presidential hopefuls have crossed the finish line in marathons.
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This past weekend in New Hampshire was full of two things that NHPR's Keith Shields follows very closely: politics and marathons.

Shields is executive producer of The Exchange and a 27 time marathoner. He joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to – pardon the pun – run through the intersection of marathon culture and political culture, up to and including this election.

All Things Considered
5:45 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

When New Hampshire Polls Are Close, New Hampshire Politics Get Busy

Chris Jensen NHPR

The big political races in New Hampshire this year are close. That’s according to the latest round of polling.

Hence another packed week of New Hampshire politics.

NHPR’s Josh Rogers joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with a roundup.

The Exchange: Monday: 10/1
4:13 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Gubernatorial Forum on Healthcare

Photos courtesy of the candidates

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