Politics

Elections 2012
5:30 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Who Built What? Diving Deeper Into This Season's Campaign Rhetoric

Jack Gilchrist does work outside his home in Danville, NH
Emily Corwin NHPR

When StateImpact reporter Emily Corwin set out to understand what the slogan 'we built this' means for business and the economy in New  Hampshire, she thought she’d find a lot of disagreement. But in the end – it didn’t work out that way.

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Voter Registration Ruling
6:27 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Judge Orders State To Offer New Voter Registration Forms

A Strafford County Superior Court judge sided with the League of Women Voters on the new language added to voter registration forms.
justgrimes Flickr Creative Commons

A Strafford County judge says the Secretary of State must change voter registration forms before November’s election. 

The New Hampshire League of Women Voters and four college students sued the state after it released registration forms that seemed to say voters had to meet residency requirements.  But under state law, people who spend most of their time here for a defined period, like college students and military personnel, can vote without becoming residents.  League Election Law Specialist Joan Flood Ashwell says she’s pleased with the ruling.

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Elections 2012
3:57 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Manchester Cops Back Hassan; Christie Backs Lamontagne

Marc Nozell NHPR

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate  Maggie Hassan has won the backing of Manchester Police patrolman’s association. Union President Steve Maloney says Hassan understands how to improve public safety.

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Elections 2012
2:23 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Outside Spending Plays Large Role In N.H. Campaigns

In the days leading up to the Sept. 11 primary, a Manchester-based political action committee called New Hampshire Republicans for Freedom and Equality launched a direct-mail campaign to support the re-election of 40 Republican House members who helped turn back efforts to repeal the state's same-sex marriage law.

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Voter Registration
3:34 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Judge Sets Friday Deadline For Voter Registration Agreement

The N.H. League of Women Voters contends language on voter registration forms is confusing and could hurt attendance at polls.
Daniel Parks Flickr Creative Commons

New Hampshire’s League of Women Voters could reach an agreement with the state soon on a controversial addition to voter registration forms.  This following Wednesday’s hearing in Strafford County Superior Court. 

The Strafford County judge has set noon, Friday, as deadline for an agreement.  The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, representing the League of Women Voters and four college students—recently filed suit against the state.

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The Exchange
8:45 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Lamontagne and Hassan Tangle At First Debate

Democrat for governor Maggie Hassan and Republican challenger Ovide Lamontagne debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
David Lane Union Leader
  • Candidates for Governor, Ovide Lamontagne (R) and Maggie Hassan (D) debate in a forum on business and the economy.

The battle lines in this debate became clear early, very early. In fact, Maggie Hassan was just 6 seconds into her first answer to a general question on the economy when she sought to blunt the tax and spending critique she must have known was coming.

"It’s really important that we have a strong and competitive economy, and that of course comes with opposing an income or a sales tax."

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CD 2 Debate
5:48 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

2nd District Congressional Candidates Debate On Economy And Taxes

Democrat Ann McLane Kuster debates incumbent Republican Congressman Charlie Bass at St. Anselm College in Manchester
New Hampshire Union-Leader
  • Democratic candidate Anne McLane Kuster challenges republican incumbent Charles Bass in a forum on business and economy.

Much of the debate between congressional candidates Charlie Bass and Ann McLane Kuster could have taken place between candidates in just about any district in the country.  The forum, organized by the BIA and NHPR, centered almost exclusively on the national economy.   And most of the time, the congressional candidates stuck to broad party-line talking points. 

Take Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster’s point on taxes and deficit reduction.

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Elections 2012
4:28 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Stumping in N.H., Ryan Hits At Entitlement Culture

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Josh Rogers, NHPR

Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan's visit to a Dover Community center was his first appearance since video footage surfaced showing Mitt Romney telling a well-heeled audience at private fundraiser that almost half of all Americans see themselves as victims.

Ryan didn’t address Romney’s comments directly during a town hall meeting in Dover, but he did attempt to clarify where he and Romney stand on what they say are the failures of the Obama administration.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Candidate Forum: New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District

Candidates for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District: incumbent Republican Charlie Bass and Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster.
David Lane Union Leader

We present the second of our candidate forums on business and the economy. We sit down with the candidates for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District:  incumbent Republican Charlie Bass and Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster.  We’ll examine the issues -- from deficits to health care to job growth.

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Elections 2012
12:11 am
Tue September 18, 2012

McCain Stumps for Romney in Portsmouth

Senator McCain speaking in Portsmouth
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Senator John McCain was in New Hampshire stumping for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. 

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, McCain made the case for Mitt Romney to a gathering of veterans and their families.

Addressing the recent anti-American demonstrations in the Middle East, McCain called the president’s response to the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya a “partial apology.”

He said under President Obama, America’s relationship with Israel had deteriorated to an all-time low and questioned the President’s commitment to see America lead the world:

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Elections 2012
5:00 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

1st District Congressional Candidates Square Off

Abby Goldstein NHPR

New Hampshire’s first district candidates for Congress battled Monday in a debate moderated by NHPR’s Laura Knoy. The topics for discussion stayed within the realm of economic policy and job creation and energy policy was among the stickier points.

Much of the debate between Congressman Frank Guinta and former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter was an argument of who should and should not receive federal tax dollars. This was highlighted when the candidates were asked how they would address the rising cost of energy.

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Elections 2012
2:20 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Candidate Forum On Business And The Economy

David Lane Union Leader

The Business and Industry Association, New Hampshire Public Television, New Hampshire Public Radio and New Hampshire Union Leader are partnering to host a second round of gubernatorial and congressional debates on Sept. 17, 18, and 19 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College at 9:00 am.

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Elections 2012
9:30 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Sen. McCain Holds Town Hall Meetings In N.H.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain speaks at a rally in Manchester, October 22, 2008.
Kelli True NHPR

Sen. John McCain is returning to New Hampshire to campaign for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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Elections 2012
11:41 am
Fri September 14, 2012

PolitiFact Rulings: N.H. Congressional Races

Every Friday leading up to Election Day, Morning Edition checsk in with PolitiFact about just how truthful candidates’ campaign statements are.

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Elections 2012
12:07 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

N.H. Democrats Rally Behind Hassan At Unity Breakfast

Maggie Hassan speaking in Manchester
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

New Hampshire Democrats met in Manchester this morning at a Unity Breakfast to set the tone for the run up to the general election in November.

Gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan, her former challenger Jackie Cilley, and other Democratic candidates spoke at the party’s first major post-primary event.

In a show of solidarity, Jackie Cilley removed her own campaign button from her coat and pinned a Hassan button in its place, asking her supporters to do the same.

“We have one opportunity in this country to elect a pro-choice, Democratic woman governor. It’s here.”

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