Democratic Senate Candidates Confront Challenges with Clinton
Aug23

Democratic Senate Candidates Confront Challenges with Clinton

Everyone knows that swing-state Republican Senate candidates have a Donald Trump problem. But Democrats also have a Hillary Clinton problem. Candidates in close races have offered tepid support for their party’s presidential nominee, potentially indicating they are feeling pressure on the ground that isn’t fully reflected in polling. “I think what you’re seeing is that voters across the country see that Hillary Clinton is not honest...

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The One Policy Issue That Most Gubernatorial Candidates Agree On
Aug22

The One Policy Issue That Most Gubernatorial Candidates Agree On

Most of the gubernatorial candidates looking to replace Gov. Maggie Hassan agree that the opioid crisis needs to be dealt with immediately. But oddly enough, they also agree on one specific policy to combat the epidemic: fully funding the New Hampshire Alcohol Fund. “A lot of people we talk to aren’t necessarily aware of the fund as a source of money to combat substance abuse with treatment and prevention,” said Kate Frey, deputy...

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Gubernatorial Candidates Duke it Out on Full-Day Kindergarten and How to Fund it
Aug19

Gubernatorial Candidates Duke it Out on Full-Day Kindergarten and How to Fund it

When it comes to education policy, there are usually two questions voters always ask candidates running for elected office: how much is it going to cost and how are we going to pay for it? That still holds true in the New Hampshire gubernatorial election as candidates go back and forth on full-day kindergarten and if the state should fund the program for all communities. Steve Marchand, a Democratic candidate, is one of the only...

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Forrester’s National Guard Plan to Combat Opioid Crisis Raises Some Concerns
Aug18

Forrester’s National Guard Plan to Combat Opioid Crisis Raises Some Concerns

The last time members of the New Hampshire National Guard were deployed was in February when about 90 soldiers from two battalions were sent to the Middle East to help fight ISIS. But Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanie Forrester says she would use the National Guard again to defend the borders of the Granite State — specifically New Hampshire’s borders with Canada and Massachusetts — in order to combat the ongoing opioid...

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Exclusive: Conservative Group Demands Apology from Green Leader After “Dogging” Kelly Ayotte
Aug16

Exclusive: Conservative Group Demands Apology from Green Leader After “Dogging” Kelly Ayotte

As Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte ran a race last week in Manchester, climate activists ran behind her while wearing Donald Trump masks. But now a conservative group is demanding they apologize to the senator. Members of the climate advocacy group 350 Action, the political arm of 350.org which was co-founded by environmentalist Bill McKibben, wore the Trump masks during the charity race and filmed the protest. They posted the video on...

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NRSC Launches Two New Ads Criticizing Hassan’s “Mismanagement” of Drug Crisis
Aug16

NRSC Launches Two New Ads Criticizing Hassan’s “Mismanagement” of Drug Crisis

The National Republican Senatorial Committee continues to make waves in New Hampshire, releasing two new television ads that criticize Gov. Maggie Hassan over her handling to the Granite State’s opioid crisis. “Maggie Hassan’s shameful decision to consistently prioritize politics over the people of New Hampshire has resulted in unfortunate, unnecessary costs,” said Alleigh Marré, NRSC national press secretary,...

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Ayotte, McCain, Graham: Differences in Support of Donald Trump
Aug16

Ayotte, McCain, Graham: Differences in Support of Donald Trump

The three amigos of the the U.S. Senate usually agree on foreign policy and national security issues. But Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Lindsey Graham and John McCain don’t quite see eye-to-eye on one thing: Donald Trump. All three senators have a different approach on dealing with the Republican presidential nominee. Graham isn’t facing re-election in his home state of South Carolina in November and he’s made it clear that he does...

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Facing Continued Criticism Over Foreign Policy, Hassan Releases Hawkish National Security Plan
Aug15

Facing Continued Criticism Over Foreign Policy, Hassan Releases Hawkish National Security Plan

Gov. Maggie Hassan released her national security plan for her Senate bid on Wednesday with some experts taking note of its hawkish tone. But others say that it’s not unusual to see that kind of plan in New Hampshire, and Republicans continue to cite Hassan’s inexperience in foreign policy and support for the Iran nuclear deal as disqualifiers in the race. Throughout the campaign, Hassan has faced criticism for her lack of foreign...

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As Trump Takes Harsh Tone, Ayotte’s Rhetoric Is More Welcoming
Aug11

As Trump Takes Harsh Tone, Ayotte’s Rhetoric Is More Welcoming

Republican strategists have been vocal for the past year about the potential impact Donald Trump’s candidacy could have on down-ballot races, including the New Hampshire Senate race, because of the sharp divide the public feels over the GOP presidential nominee. U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte has had a tough needle to thread as her party’s presidential nominee has alienated voters, but Trump also had a decisive win in the New Hampshire...

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Opinion: Federal Law Change Needed for Small Business Relief
Aug10

Opinion: Federal Law Change Needed for Small Business Relief

As a state representative, I am fortunate to speak with New Hampshire business owners and residents about problems they are facing and to work with my colleagues to help ease their burdens. This includes identifying federal level issues trickling down to our citizens in the Granite State and impacting their daily lives. New Hampshire is lucky to be rich with small businesses—96 percent of state employers are small businesses—and we...

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