Politics

NHPR's political coverage, from the State House to the First in the Nation Primary; from following Town Meeting to following the Congressional Delegation. Contributors include NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers, Digital Journalist Brian Wallstin, and the NHPR News and Digital team.  

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Politics
2:44 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Holderness 'Thank A Vet' BBQ A Draw For Republican Primary Hopefuls

Former state Senator Jim Rubens, left, mingles at the "Thank a Vet" BBQ in Holderness on Saturday. Rubens, a Republican, is running for U.S. Senate.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The “Thank a Vet” barbeque in Holderness Saturday drew several Republicans vying for their party’s nomination in the upcoming September primary.  

Among them was former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Bob Smith, who’s running to get his old seat back.

Smith has yet to release fundraising figures, but he says his campaign is doing fine.

“We don’t do fundraisers in Las Vegas and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. We’re a grassroots organization. I like to say I’m a country music Republican, not a country club Republican and so that’s where we’re raising our money.”

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Politics
2:34 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Law Barring Out-Of-State Students From Voting Ruled Unconstitutional

Credit Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR

A New Hampshire judge has struck down a law requiring out-of-state students to establish legal residency before being allowed to vote.

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union challenged the law on behalf of four out-of-state college students two years ago, shortly after lawmakers overrode a veto by then-Gov. John Lynch and passed Senate Bill 318.

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Politics
6:27 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Fiorina PAC Looks To Mobilize Women For GOP

Carly Fiorina speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
Credit Gage Skidmore via Flickr CC

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina told more than 200 Republican activists that the GOP needs to do better when it comes to winning the support of women.

She said all Republicans -- but females in particular -- need to fight what she called the "baseless propaganda" that GOP is waging a war on women.

Fiorina says the best way to do that is through grassroots organizing and one to one outreach.

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NH News
2:07 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

N.H. Civil Liberties Union Suit Argues New Law Shuts Out Third Parties

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties has filed a lawsuit in federal court that challenges a new state law limiting the time political parties have to collect signatures to get on the ballot.

The organization filed the lawsuit on behalf of the libertarian party.

State law now requires that political organizations collect the signatures they need in the year of the election.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Can N.H.’s New Campaign Finance Rules Hold Up In Court?

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire Wolf in Sheep's Clothing TV Spot

The attack ads with the cartoon sheep began airing in May, followed by the negative mailers.

Paid for by a conservative nonprofit called Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, they targeted Republican state senators who supported Medicaid expansion and a four-cent hike in the state gas tax. According to a spokesman, it was just the beginning of the group’s efforts to “fight” for a more fiscally conservative senate.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Hobby Lobby Ruling Is Key To N.H. Dems Midterm Election Strategy

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz addresses female volunteers at the home of N.H. House Speaker Terie Norelli.
Credit Emily Corwin for NHPR

Top Democrats rallied volunteers and worked the phones Monday in Portsmouth. Their goal was to call attention to the US Supreme Court’s “Hobby Lobby” ruling, which found a closely held company could not be forced to pay for all birth control procedures required by the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats hope Supreme Court rulings like the Hobby Lobby and the striking down of Massachusetts’s abortion clinic buffer zone law will motivate women voters, helping the party overcome certain challenges.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Pro-Rubens PAC Launches Anti-Brown Website

Credit Sara Plourde for NHPR

The realscottbrownrecord.com highlights what the NH PAC to Save America calls Brown’s deceptive tactic of criticizing Democrat Jeanne Shaheen for doing what he also did– support policies favored by President Obama.

Brown has made Jeanne Shaheen’s fealty to the president a key part of his campaign, but PAC adviser Mike Dennehy says Brown needs to be held to account for the fact that Congressional Quarterly found he voted with the President 78 percent of the time in 2012.

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NH News
10:43 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Amherst, Merrimack 4th Of July Parades Hub For U.S. Senate Candidates

Merrimack's 4th of July parade.
Credit www.merrimack4th.com

If you want to catch a glimpse of New Hampshire's U.S. Senate candidates on Independence Day, head to Amherst and Merrimack.

Both parades will feature all four major candidates running this year, including incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

She'll be joined by the three Republican challengers: former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown, former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Bob Smith, and former state Senator Jim Rubens.

The Amherst parade kicks off at 10 at Wilkins Elementary School.

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NH News
7:08 am
Tue July 1, 2014

N.H.'s Gas Tax Increase: Where Your Money Is Going

As you're paying more at the pump today, you may be wondering where all that extra money is going.

New Hampshire's 4.2 cent increase to the state's gas tax goes into effect July 1.

The increase, the first since 1991, is expected to generate an additional $32 million annually for the state's Department of Transportation.

The legislation that enacted the increase mandates that 42 percent of that money go towards bonding for the widening of Interstate 93.

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NH News
3:59 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Shaheen Fires Back At Critics Over Stock Allegations

Senator Shaheen speaks at a round table discussion with New Hampshire realtors.
Credit Austin Cowan for NHPR

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen fired back at critics Friday, a day after her campaign said she would update her financial disclosure form to reflect that she and her husband no longer hold stock options in a California firm that received federal stimulus funding.

Shaheen says her husband, William, is no longer affiliated with Ultrawave Labs, a company developing technology to better detect breast cancer.

“I think it’s disappointing that my Republican opponents...The only thing they can find to attack me on is breast cancer research."

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News
11:03 am
Thu June 26, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court: Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones Are Unconstitutional

In a decision that could have implications in New Hampshire, the Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Massachusetts law that permits a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics.

The justices were unanimous in ruling that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters.

NH News
11:49 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Gov. Hassan Says Trade Mission To Turkey Has Been 'Productive'

Governor Maggie Hassan (L) with TUSKON President Rızanur Meral (C) and Jeff Rose, New Hampshire's commissioner of economic development during a meeting on Monday.
Credit Today's Zaman

  Governor Maggie Hassan is in the midst of a week-long trade mission to Turkey.

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NH News
10:52 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Shaheen Releases Eight Years Of Federal Tax Returns

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her husband, William, earned an average of more than $472,000 a year in pre-tax income between 2006 and 2013, according to federal tax returns released by Shaheen’s campaign Tuesday.

The couple's joint returns were made available four days after Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown and his wife, Gail Huff, released eight years of joint state and federal returns. Shaheen had pledged to release her returns if her opponents did the same.

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NH News
3:15 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

No Delay On Residency Hearing For Havenstein

Walt Havenstein

 

The state's Ballot Law Commission won't delay a hearing on the residency of Republican candidate for governor Walt Havenstein.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party said Monday that it has filed a petition challenging Havenstein's claim that he's a legal resident of New Hampshire. The party says he was a resident of Maryland in 2010 and 2011, which would disqualify him from running for office here. Candidates for governor must live in New Hampshire for at least seven years.

Havenstein said he has owned a home and voted in New Hampshire for the past 15 years.

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