In Two-Woman Senate Race, Women’s Health Becomes Key Issue to Sway Voters
Sep28

In Two-Woman Senate Race, Women’s Health Becomes Key Issue to Sway Voters

As Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic challenger Gov. Maggie Hassan battle it out for New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate seat, women’s health becomes the issue of the week. Hassan’s campaign released three new web ads on Monday morning attacking Ayotte for voting six times to defund Planned Parenthood. Later that day, Ayotte’s campaign released its own ads, which do not attack Hassan or even mention her at all. The ads...

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Third Party Candidacies Threaten Two-Party Duopoly in NH District 1 House Race
Sep26

Third Party Candidacies Threaten Two-Party Duopoly in NH District 1 House Race

It’s the election cycle of third-party candidates. In the presidential race, there is increasing support for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Even in the District 1 House race in New Hampshire, third-party candidates could make it an interesting election, causing unpredictably for the Democrats and Republicans. Running for the House seat is Republican incumbent Frank Guinta, former Democratic...

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A Quick Look at Why Massachusetts Continues to Be Involved in NH Politics
Sep25

A Quick Look at Why Massachusetts Continues to Be Involved in NH Politics

Maybe it’s because New Hampshire has the coveted First in the Nation presidential primary, or maybe it’s because the Granite State and its southern neighbor were once united under the same government, but for whatever reason, Massachusetts loves to to meddle in New Hampshire politics. Just take this week for example. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came to the Granite State on Saturday to campaign for Democratic presidential...

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Small War Chests in Gubernatorial Races Leads to Major Outside Spending
Sep23

Small War Chests in Gubernatorial Races Leads to Major Outside Spending

The New Hampshire gubernatorial candidates released their first post-primary campaign finance reports on Wednesday, and going into the general election, they don’t have a lot of money to play with. For Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Colin Van Ostern, they will need to fundraise a lot very quickly, or simply rely on outside groups for help. Sununu reports having raised $746,196 during the primary, which includes a transfer of...

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Maggie Hassan Struggling to Tackle National Security Questions
Sep21

Maggie Hassan Struggling to Tackle National Security Questions

Gov. Maggie Hassan is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week when it comes to national security. On Monday, Hassan dodged questions about other potential terrorist threats in the United States after the weekend attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota. “Given two chances, Gov. Hassan declined to say definitely whether she thought there were other potential attackers in the U.S.,” said WMUR reporter Adam Sexton....

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On Gun Control, Ayotte’s Independence Brings Criticism From Both Sides
Sep21

On Gun Control, Ayotte’s Independence Brings Criticism From Both Sides

Kelly Ayotte is in a tough place — smack dab in the middle of gun control advocates to the left and pro-gun activists to the right. New Hampshire’s junior senator holds positions that run counter to the rigid ideology that often characterizes both sides of the gun debate. The incumbent Republican senator isn’t getting much help from either side in her reelection campaign against Gov. Maggie Hassan. But she’s not the only one in...

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Health Care Could Be Decisive Issue in Competitive Senate Race
Sep20

Health Care Could Be Decisive Issue in Competitive Senate Race

Health care has not been a major policy issue discussed in the New Hampshire Senate race yet, but it could be soon. With finalized premium hikes for health insurance expected to be announced in the middle of the general election, this sleeper issue could wake Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Gov. Maggie Hassan up to some hard truths about the current state of health care in the Granite State. When preliminary premium rates were first announced...

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Donald Trump’s Deplorables: A Reclamation of the Name
Sep18

Donald Trump’s Deplorables: A Reclamation of the Name

When Mary Keohan arrived at Donald Trump’s rally Thursday night in Laconia, N.H., she immediately stood out from the crowd. Decked out in Americana — hardly unusual at Trump events — she set herself apart with a note card, taped onto a simple hat. It read “Adorable Deplorable,” a reference to Hillary Clinton characterizing half of Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables” earlier this month. “I wanted to bring it to people’s...

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Out-of-State Contributions, Politician Visits Are the Norm in the NH Senate Race
Sep16

Out-of-State Contributions, Politician Visits Are the Norm in the NH Senate Race

Both the New Hampshire Republican and Democratic parties held their Unity Breakfasts this week, but one of them stood out for its headliner act. The NHGOP had former presidential candidate Chris Christie as their main speaker on Wednesday after the primaries, which immediately led to criticism from the Democrats, who didn’t want a big name out-of-stater at their event. “We’ve never had the need to bring someone from out of state...

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Jill Stein Doesn’t Care if Her Candidacy Takes Votes Away from Hillary Clinton
Sep15

Jill Stein Doesn’t Care if Her Candidacy Takes Votes Away from Hillary Clinton

Dr. Jill Stein is less concerned about becoming President of the United States. Her mission is to legitimize the Green Party and disrupt the broken, two-party political system. And if she happens to take away some votes from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton or gets arrested along the way, then so be it. That was her message to a humble, yet enthusiastic crowd at the University of New Hampshire on Tuesday. Stein’s first goal is not...

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