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Election 2012

Was that really you who voted? 5,424 postcards sent to NH voters who didn’t show ID at the polls

People who voted in the November election without an ID have started to receive verification letters as required by the Voter ID law, and so … Full story    

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Was that really you who voted? 5,424 postcards sent to NH voters who didn’t show ID at the polls

People who voted in the November election without an ID have started to receive verification letters as required by the Voter ID law, and so … Full story    
Published:  January 8, 2013

Having second thoughts: Felon lawmaker Laughton reconsidering whether to resign videocam

NASHUA – The state’s first elected transgender lawmaker, who announced plans to relinquish the N.H. House seat after news surfaced about her felony convictions, is … Full story    
Published:  November 29, 2012

Nashua Ward 4 state rep.-elect Laughton to resign post

CONCORD – State Rep.-elect Stacie Laughton, a Nashua Democrat who did not disclose her criminal history while running for office this fall, plans to give … Full story    
Published:  November 28, 2012

About 1 percent of NH voters didn’t show ID on election day; letters to be sent out

About 1 percent of New Hampshire voters didn’t have, or wouldn’t show, a photo ID in the presidential election, a much smaller percentage than during … Full story    
Published:  November 27, 2012

Merrimack council addresses single polling site congestion at post-election wrap-up

MERRIMACK – While town officials received complaints regarding the traffic backup on the way to and from the high school on Election Day, Police Chief … Full story    
Published:  November 16, 2012

On first day of recounts in NH state races, nothing has changed

CONCORD – Recounts in two House districts from Nashua area towns failed to change the outcome Tuesday confirming victories for state Reps.-elect Marty Jack, D-Nashua … Full story    
Published:  November 14, 2012

Recounts slated to start in state races

CONCORD – State election officials begin Tuesday a week-long effort to recount the ballots in two dozen races across the state including three in the … Full story    
Published:  November 13, 2012

Wilton, Lydeborough district results were reported incorrectly

Due to reporting errors from a clerk, results for the Hillsborough County District 4 statehouse race, which includes Wilton and Lyndeborough, were incorrect last week. … Full story    
Published:  November 12, 2012

Lawmakers say O’Brien’s political stances were key during election

CONCORD – Since the moment he took the gavel, House Speaker William O’Brien has been a political lightning rod. Now, in the aftermath of the … Full story    
Published:  November 11, 2012

Issues, not gender, helped women make history for New Hampshire

CONCORD – The women who made history in New Hampshire becoming the nation’s first all-female congressional delegation insist the issues, and not their gender, made … Full story    
Published:  November 11, 2012

Nashua alderman proposing policy to no longer charge for president, candidate visits

NASHUA – A city alderman is hoping to end the arguments over whether presidents and presidential candidates should be charged after visiting Nashua by establishing … Full story    
Published:  November 10, 2012

County attorney Hogan defeated; otherwise GOP does well in county races

Hillsborough County Attorney Dennis Hogan, a Republican from Nashua, was narrowly defeated by Patricia LaFrance, a Democrat from Hollis, in Tuesday’s voting. Otherwise, however, Republicans … Full story    
Published:  November 9, 2012

Merrimack officials stand by combining 3 polling places into largest site in US.

Though traffic issues forced the town to keep its polls open an extra 15 minutes, Merrimack officials are standing by their decision to condense voting … Full story    
Published:  November 8, 2012

William O’Brien out as Speaker, as Democrats regain control of House

CONCORD – William O’Brien will be out as speaker of the House, as voters, for the third time in four elections, have ousted the party … Full story    
Published:  November 8, 2012

The big issue of voter ID proved not to be an issue on Election Day

The new voter ID law seemed to have limited effect at the polls this Election Day, largely because most voters just showed their ID and … Full story    
Published:  November 8, 2012

Political experts say Legislature makeup is what NH looks like

At the New Hampshire Statehouse, the partisan waves have quieted and lawmakers from both sides say they are ready to work together to steer the … Full story    
Published:  November 8, 2012

Voters usher in women leadership in seats representing New Hampshire, Nashua

This election was historic for New Hampshire and the city of Nashua. When newly elected officials are sworn in, New Hampshire’s governor, its two U.S. … Full story    
Published:  November 8, 2012

City clerk says voting ‘went well’ at Nashua wards, despite challenges

NASHUA – City Clerk Paul Bergeron said unofficial numbers indicate that 82.5 percent of registered voters in Nashua cast a ballot in Tuesday’s election. The … Full story    
Published:  November 8, 2012

Gay marriage, marijuana backed in historic votes

Altering the course of U.S social policy, Maine, Maryland and Washington state became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. Washington state … Full story    
Published:  November 8, 2012

Obama heads back to divided government

WASHINGTON – One day after a bruising, mixed-verdict election, President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner pledged Wednesday to seek a compromise to … Full story    
Published:  November 8, 2012

With state representive win, Laughton state’s first openly transgender lawmaker

NASHUA – Overshadowed by the wave of historic results that emerged from Tuesday’s election, including women taking the governor’s office as well as two congressional … Full story    
Published:  November 8, 2012

Given 2nd term, Obama now facing new urgent task

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama faces a new urgent task now that he has a second term, working with a status-quo Congress to address … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

NH's Shea-Porter pledges bipartisanship

PORTSMOUTH (AP) - Democrat Carol-Shea Porter, who defeated Republican Frank Guinta to regain New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District, has pledged to work hard for everyone … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday night despite a fierce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney, prevailing in the face of a weak … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

Voting times: The Telegraph documents our votes

The Telegraph Staff decided to record how long it took to cast votes on Tuesday. We live in different towns and voted at different times. … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

Lines get long - very long - as post-work voters flood the polls

In Merrimack, people ran to the polls to get in line before the 7 p.m. deadline. There was such a rush, the polls were kept … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

Posting picture on Facebook showing who you’re voting for may be illegal in New Hampshire

A new voting trend on Facebook and Twitter may be illegal in New Hampshire. People on social media sites in the Granite State and across … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

Minds set as voters head to the polls

Voters across the region waited for as much as two hours to get through the lines at the polls Tuesday. Once they finally reached the … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

Hassan defeats Lamontagne in race for New Hampshire governor

Democrat Maggie Hassan became only the second woman elected governor in New Hampshire, taking a surprisingly strong victory over Republican Ovide Lamontagne. The Exeter Democrat … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

President Obama wins New Hampshire, supporters buckle down for long night

Supporters of President Barack Obama erupted in cheers late Tuesday night, as they learned Obama had been declared the winner in New Hampshire, earning him … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

Election Day notebook: Voting legacy in Nashua remembered; a trustworthy face

At Main Dunstable Elementary School, Nashua’s Ward 5 polling place, it was the first election in many years that didn’t have a Fortier working the … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

O’Brien re-elected, although out-polled by Democratic newcomer

EDITOR’S NOTE: Late results from Mont Vernon, where ballots are hand-counted, indicated that O’Brien won re-election. Democrat David Woodbury of New Boston won the second … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

Shea-Porter edges Guinta in tight rematch for 1st District

The race wasn’t the first between the familiar foes. But the results, which still trickled in early Wednesday morning, put their previous meeting two years … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

Pignatelli’s fortunes reversed in Executive Council race, takes strong lead late

Democrat Debora Pignatelli’s fortunes turned around Tuesday night as election results in the city of Nashua boosted her ahead of Republican opponent David Wheeler in … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

State Senate: Lasky wins; Gilmour, Sanford, Carson leading

After The Telegraph went to press, more results showed that Lasky defeated Krasuki, 15,217 to 8,143, whomping him 65-36 percent. Peggy Gilmour was leading Jim … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

NH constitutional amendments lack two-thirds support

The three constitutional amendments were headed toward failure Tuesday night as election results continued to trickle in. All required a two-thirds majority to pass, a … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

Kuster holds solid lead late into Tuesday night in effort to unseat Bass in 2nd District

CONCORD – Ann McLane Kuster supporters were confident Tuesday night as polls continued to show a strong win for the Democrat trying to unseat incumbent … Full story    
Published:  November 7, 2012

Many voters still blame Bush for bad economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising prices and chronic unemployment were heavy on the minds of voters Tuesday even as a glimmer of optimism peeked through. Four … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

Email from voters say that as of mid-afternoon, experiences are generally good

The Telegraph asked voters to email their experiences at polling places today. (Send them to dbrooks@nashuatelegraph.com) Here are some items we received. 7:20 p.m.: I … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

NH Asst. AG: All voters in line must be allowed to vote

CONCORD (AP) - New Hampshire poll workers are grappling with long lines as polling places near closing time. Deputy Attorney General Anne Rice says it … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

Mass. voters face big decisions, including Senate

BOSTON (AP) - Polling places across Massachusetts were busy Tuesday as voters decided an expensive and hotly contested U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Scott … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

Romney says he 'put it all on the field'

BOSTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrote a 1,118-word victory speech on Tuesday as he concluded his yearslong quest for the presidency claiming … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

Steady stream of voters in NH polls

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A steady flow of voters kept many polling places busy Tuesday in New Hampshire, a battleground state for the presidency with … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

Confident Obama congratulates Romney, shoots hoops

CHICAGO (AP) - Expressing confidence but leaving nothing to chance, President Barack Obama indulged his superstitions by engaging in a traditional Election Day basketball game … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

Complaints of long lines at Ward 9 in Nashua, but smooth elsewhere in the city

NASHUA – After waiting an hour in line to vote at New Searles Elementary School Tuesday, Alice Gibson had a suggestion: give every voter the … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

NH residents cast first Election Day votes

  DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. (AP) - Residents of two tiny villages in northern New Hampshire headed to the polls at midnight, casting the first Election … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

Video: The Telegraph's Kevin Landrigan explains why Romney was back in NH Monday.

New Hampshire has become a critical state for Republican Mitt Romney in his bid to unseat President Barack Obama. The Telegraph's Kevin Landrigan explains why. … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

Election night, this is the place to see results, live, from every town and ward

There are a million places to find presidential results online Tuesday, and a thousand places to find statewide results – including NashuaTelegraph.com. But if you … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

On eve of election, voters try to avoid long lines by updating their IDs

NASHUA – Cindy Pelletier tried to save herself a headache at the polls by renewing her ID on the eve of the election. Instead, the … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

After you’ve voted Tuesday, email us about how it went

One of the big questions for Election Day 2012 involves the effect of the state’s new voter ID law. To gauge that effectively, The Telegraph … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

Where to vote: Polling places, times for Tuesday election

Amherst Souhegan High School, 412 Boston Post Road, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Brookline Captain Douglass Academy, 24 Townsend Hill Road, 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Hollis Hollis Brookline … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

Weekend campaigning at Nashua churches violated parish policy, officials say

NASHUA – Groups that used Catholic churches for campaigning this weekend annoyed local parishioners and violated church policy, officials said. The Rev. Richard Kelley, pastor … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

Romney finishes frantic race for White House with Manchester bash featuring Kid Rock

MANCHESTER – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was preparing for Election Day with a late night stop before more than 10,000 supporters at the Verizon … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

Governor’s office beckons 2 of 3

Candidates for New Hampshire governor Ovide Lamontagne, a Republican, and Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, held several campaign events over the weekend and into Monday in … Full story    
Published:  November 6, 2012

On final lap, Romney, Obama focus on key states

  MADISON, Wis. (AP) - President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney storm into the final day of their long presidential contest, mounting one last effort … Full story    
Published:  November 5, 2012

Obama hails achievements of the past 4 years, slams Romney’s ‘same old ideas,’ during appearance with Clinton in Concord

CONCORD – After seven trips to New Hampshire in five months, President Barack Obama bid farewell to Granite State voters Sunday, offering his closing argument … Full story    
Published:  November 5, 2012

Romney campaigns in Iowa, has governor’s support

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa is the state that launched President Barack Obama four years ago, and the state that bedeviled Mitt Romney in two … Full story    
Published:  November 5, 2012

A quick guide to those constitutional amendment questions that will be on the ballot

The bottom part of our ballots this year will be unusually crowded, with three wordy questions about the New Hampshire Constitution. All require a two-thirds … Full story    
Published:  November 5, 2012

Third-party candidates hope to change the tone of politics, though struggle for attention

At the state and federal level, the gap between Republicans and Democrats has never been wider, say many voters, lawmakers and candidates from both parties. … Full story    
Published:  November 5, 2012

Analysis: For Lamontagne, falling short at polls Tuesday could mean another opportunity lost

CONCORD – With a race for governor this close, Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne both may have to deal Wednesday, the day after … Full story    
Published:  November 5, 2012

Guinta, Shea-Porter opposed on many issues in 1st District race

MANCHESTER – Four days after Hurricane Sandy left much of New Hampshire in the dark, congressional foes Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter turned their attention … Full story    
Published:  November 3, 2012

2nd District candidates Kuster, Bass go on attack in debate

MANCHESTER – Ann McLane Kuster and U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass continued to snipe at each other’s records Friday during a final confrontation four days before … Full story    
Published:  November 3, 2012

PolitiFact NH: Claims about Hassan’s support of tax increases Half True

With the election now days away, Republican gubernatorial nominee Ovide Lamontagne has been busy trying to paint challenger Maggie Hassan as a serial tax-and-spender. He … Full story    
Published:  November 3, 2012

PolitiFactNH: Dems’ attack on Lamontagne’s plans for kindergarten over the top

New Hampshire voters have almost made it to the Election Day finish line – signaling a final push for campaigns to flood mailboxes and front … Full story    
Published:  November 3, 2012

Attorney general will have toll-free phone for voting complaints on Election Day

State and federal attorneys will be staffing phone lines on Election Day to handle inquiries and complaints. New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney and United … Full story    
Published:  November 2, 2012

US attorney sets up NH voter fraud hotline

  CONCORD (AP) - New Hampshire's U.S. attorney is establishing a voter hotline to field reports of voter fraud and interference with voters' rights. U.S. … Full story    
Published:  November 2, 2012

Hassan, Lamontagne hold final forum of the campaign season

MANCHESTER – After 12 debates in eight weeks, gubernatorial challengers Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne ended up back where they started Thursday in the final … Full story    
Published:  November 2, 2012

County Commission District 2 candidates agree funding is tight, but differ on priorities

The candidates for Hillsborough County Commission in District 2 agree that tough financial challenges lie ahead, and new revenue sources must be developed that ease … Full story    
Published:  November 2, 2012

Obama, Romney to return to New Hampshire again this weekend

One more time now. Just days before Tuesday’s election, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney are scheduled to return to the Granite State … Full story    
Published:  November 1, 2012

A week before election, Hassan pulls ahead of Lamontagne in fund-raising

CONCORD – After trailing in fundraising throughout the 2012 campaign, Democratic candidate for governor Maggie Hassan pulled narrowly ahead of Republican Ovide Lamontagne. But the … Full story    
Published:  November 1, 2012

‘Nonpartisan’ tag typically self-applied, doesn’t mean groups are objective or neutral

In a frenzied election season, everybody wants to be seen as nonpartisan. The term carries such a desirable aura, existing above the biased arguments of … Full story    
Published:  November 1, 2012

Lasky seeks to reclaim District 13 seat; challenger Krasucki has other ideas

NASHUA – Historically, Nashua Wards 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 have favored Democrats for their District 13 state Senate seat – if you … Full story    
Published:  October 31, 2012

For Bass vs. Kuster, familiarity breeds contentious campaign

Facing off for the second time in three years, Charles Bass and Ann McLane Kuster have come to know each other well. But with each … Full story    
Published:  October 30, 2012

Uncertain political winds make outcome of 1st District rematch tough to predict

Six years ago, former congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter rode a national Democratic wave into office. Four years later, a Republican tsunami helped U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta … Full story    
Published:  October 29, 2012

Governor’s race will make a winner out of someone recently rejected by voters

The race for governor will make a winner out of someone who has recently been rejected at the polls. Republican nominee Ovide Lamontagne, of Manchester, … Full story    
Published:  October 28, 2012

Gender gap may favor Hassan in race for NH governor

The Republican Governors Association certainly tipped its hand with its latest ad, the first positive spot in its massive $6 million advertising buy for GOP … Full story    
Published:  October 28, 2012

Kuster’s ‘prolific’ fundraising in 2nd District race unusual

Over the last 30 years, 94 percent of the members of Congress seeking re-election have won another term, according to statistics compiled by the nonpartisan … Full story    
Published:  October 28, 2012

Bass says bipartisanship will be necessary to solve nation’s fiscal woes

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the 10th in an occasional series of stories based on meetings between the Telegraph editorial board and candidates running for federal … Full story    
Published:  October 26, 2012

Familiar foes facing off for District 5 Executive Council seat

Familiar foes will face off for a seat on the state Executive Council this November. Former executive councilor and Democrat Debora Pignatelli, of Nashua, and … Full story    
Published:  October 26, 2012

Hassan challenges GOP rival on equal pay comment

CONCORD (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan said Tuesday that a comment Republican rival Ovide Lamontagne made about equal pay for equal work shows … Full story    
Published:  October 24, 2012

Dr. Jill Biden coming to New Hampshire for campaign events Friday

CONCORD – The wife of Vice President Joe Biden will return to New Hampshire for campaign events Friday, an Obama for America official confirmed Tuesday. … Full story    
Published:  October 24, 2012

Election officials urge voters to register this week, the last chance before Election Day

Haven’t registered to vote yet? Here’s some advice: Don’t wait until Election Day, because it’s probably going to be a zoo. “When people call us, … Full story    
Published:  October 24, 2012

Kuster sees government role in economic growth, draws contrasts with Bass

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the ninth in an occasional series of stories based on meetings between The Telegraph editorial board and candidates running for federal … Full story    
Published:  October 24, 2012

Nashua’s Greeley Park eyed by Obama campaign for Saturday visit

NASHUA – President Barack Obama is eyeing Greeley Park as a possible location for his Nashua campaign stop Saturday. On Tuesday, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau delivered … Full story    
Published:  October 24, 2012

Analysis: Calm Romney pins hopes on momentum

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney is acting like a challenger who feels he has enough momentum and time to overtake the president by Election … Full story    
Published:  October 23, 2012

Experience not lacking in race for Hillsborough county sheriff

There’s no lack of experience between the two candidates vying to lead the Hillsborough County sheriff’s office for the next two years. Current Sheriff James … Full story    
Published:  October 23, 2012

Romney, Obama clash in foreign policy debate

BOCA RATON, Fla. – President Barack Obama sharply challenged Mitt Romney on foreign policy in their final campaign debate Monday night, saying, “Every time you’ve … Full story    
Published:  October 23, 2012

Proposed constitutional amendment tweaks balance of power between courts, Legislature

A proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot will ask Granite Staters whether to tweak the balance of power between two of the state’s branches … Full story    
Published:  October 22, 2012

Senate District 12 candidates differ on most issues except commuter rail study

There are two things Jim Luther and Peggy Gilmour agree on – funding a study about a commuter rail and that they’re running for office … Full story    
Published:  October 22, 2012

PolitiFact NH: Bass repeats old attacks, saying them again doesn’t make them true

On the campaign trail, U.S. Rep. Charles Bass has often targeted his opponent, Ann McLane Kuster, for her support of the Affordable Care Act. But … Full story    
Published:  October 21, 2012

PolitiFact NH: Kuster recycles Bass attack, still Mostly False

From the day she officially entered the race, congressional candidate Ann McLane Kuster has accused her opponent, U.S. Rep. Charles Bass, of wanting to privatize … Full story    
Published:  October 21, 2012

State’s medicinal marijuana prospects boosted by support from gubernatorial candidates

CONCORD – New Hampshire stands a much better chance of legalizing medical use of marijuana than at any time in state history. That’s because for … Full story    
Published:  October 21, 2012

Hopefuls for District 3 County Commissioner seek to balance budgets, increase revenue

The race for the District 3 seat on the County Commission features a longtime commissioner and a relative newcomer, both of whom believe they’re the … Full story    
Published:  October 20, 2012

District 12 Sen. Jim Luther says he uses business experience, fiscal reality in Legislature

State Sen. Jim Luther says he’s a fiscal realist and his background in business and investments helps him to make tough decisions in the Legislature. … Full story    
Published:  October 20, 2012

Luther responds to charges about his vote on state cigarette tax

CONCORD – State Sen. Jim Luther, R-Hollis, was one of the lone Republicans who opposed lowering the state’s cigarette tax, he’ll have you know. To … Full story    
Published:  October 20, 2012

Lasky hopes to bring balance to Legislature, regrets husband’s 2010 sign-stealing

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the seventh in an occasional series of stories based on meetings between The Telegraph editorial board and candidates running for federal … Full story    
Published:  October 19, 2012

Hassan calls Lamontagne’s support for stimulus dollars a ‘colossal flip-flop’

MANCHESTER – Republican candidate for governor Ovide Lamontagne said he would have accepted federal stimulus money three years ago to complete the $75 million access … Full story    
Published:  October 19, 2012

Kuster leading the charge in fund-raising in race for 2nd District seat

WASHINGTON – With Election Day just three weeks away, Democrat Ann McLane Kuster continues to significantly outraise the Republican incumbent, U.S. Rep. Charles Bass, in … Full story    
Published:  October 18, 2012

Views on ballot Question 1 tossed about at Nashua session

NASHUA – The morality of putting on the November ballot a proposed constitutional amendment to ban future lawmakers from instituting a state income tax was … Full story    
Published:  October 18, 2012

Guinta asks WMUR to remove attack ad from air

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta has urged a local television station to stop airing a “false” and “misleading” ad released this week by a national Democratic … Full story    
Published:  October 17, 2012

2nd Congressional candidates paint each other as extreme at jobs forum Monday

HENNIKER – Congressional foes Charles Bass and Ann McLane Kuster didn’t cross paths Monday in separate appearances at New England College. But that didn’t stop … Full story    
Published:  October 16, 2012

Sans Shea-Porter, Guinta expresses concern over 2014 Afghanistan withdrawal

HENNIKER – 1st District congressman Frank Guinta predicted Monday that there will need to be some American troop presence in Afghanistan even after the planned … Full story    
Published:  October 16, 2012

Gubernatorial candidates differ on retirement, budget fixes

MANCHESTER – Neither Ovide Lamontagne nor Maggie Hassan wants politics to infect legislative policy debate, especially when it would affect the law enforcement community. Neither … Full story    
Published:  October 15, 2012

PolitiFact NH: Lamontagne’s claim about increased spending under Hassan depends on the numbers

Under Maggie Hassan’s leadership, “We increased state spending in the middle of the Great Recession by 24 percent leading up to and following it.” – … Full story    
Published:  October 14, 2012

Shea-Porter declines invitation for New England College jobs forum

HENNIKER – Congressional foes Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter shared a debate once again last week. But the two challengers likely won’t cross paths at … Full story    
Published:  October 13, 2012

Democrats go after Lamontagne’s “extreme” statements on abortion laws

CONCORD – Democratic Party leaders said Republican nominee for governor Ovide Lamontagne is deliberately trying to avoid talking about abortion rights because of his “extreme” … Full story    
Published:  October 12, 2012

Gilmour wants state to become more centerist, expand state Medicaid program

Peggy Gilmour sees the state Legislature as a giant dysfunctional family ripe with ideology. And if voters send her back to Concord, she promises to … Full story    
Published:  October 11, 2012

Little in common for Bass, Kuster

DERRY – U.S. Rep. Charles Bass repeatedly referred to his Democratic opponent Ann McLane Kuster as a friend Wednesday night in a debate at WBIN-TV. … Full story    
Published:  October 11, 2012

In race to replace him, Gov. Lynch endorses Democrat Maggie Hassan

CONCORD – Gov. John Lynch endorsed Democratic candidate Maggie Hassan on Tuesday, insisting she would carry on his legacy of bipartisan work to help keep … Full story    
Published:  October 10, 2012

Supreme Court ruling nixes voter registration law implementation for Nov. 6 election

CONCORD – The state’s highest court dealt the  Republican-led Legislature a critical setback Tuesday, blocking use of a new voter registration form for the Nov. … Full story    
Published:  October 10, 2012

Guinta, Shea-Porter voice vast policy differences in TV debate

DERRY – Maintaining the contentious tone of the 1st District race, U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta and former congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter dispensed with the pleasantries Tuesday … Full story    
Published:  October 10, 2012

Hassan, Lamontagne cite past work, ‘outsider’ status respectively in NH gubernatorial debate

DERRY – Anticipating an endorsement from the man she hopes to replace, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Maggie Hassan frequently cited her work with outgoing Gov. John … Full story    
Published:  October 9, 2012

For some Nashua seniors, concerns for future of younger loved ones will shape vote

NASHUA – At 94 years old, Nathaniel Brooks doesn’t worry about losing his Medicare coverage. The Nashua senior, who lobbied for Medicare at its inception, … Full story    
Published:  October 9, 2012

Incumbent, challenger for Hillsborough County Attorney cite differences in style, experience

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories examining the candidates running for major offices in the Nov. 6 general election. The … Full story    
Published:  October 8, 2012

Probate race is for a job that virtually doesn’t exist anymore

Register of probate might be the most obscure position on the New Hampshire ballot, but in 2012, it may have the most interesting backstory. One … Full story    
Published:  October 7, 2012

On education, Lamontagne, Hassan part ways on tax credits, constitutional amendment

Better managing the state’s higher education system, building a more educated workforce and improving math, science and technology education in the state are goals on … Full story    
Published:  October 7, 2012

Voters will be asked Nov. 6 whether to enshrine income tax ban in constitution

When New Hampshire voters ponder their ballots in November, most will give little thought to a yes-or-no question at the end, even though this proposed … Full story    
Published:  October 6, 2012

Guinta response to Shea-Porter ad was off base

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta and his challenger, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, have been going back and forth about veterans in recent weeks. In response to … Full story    
Published:  October 6, 2012

Lamontagne tries to distance himself from support of state-managed Medicare

HENNIKER – Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne on Thursday distanced himself from his past support for the state to manage Medicare coverage for seniors. Lamontagne, … Full story    
Published:  October 5, 2012

They’re casting ballots in Vermont, but no early voting in the Granite State

There’s been plenty of debate in New Hampshire over who gets to vote in elections, but no debate about a similar question up for grabs … Full story    
Published:  October 5, 2012

State Senate, Executive Council candidates sound off at Nashua Chamber lunch

NASHUA – Candidates for state offices had a rare chance in the spotlight to set themselves apart from their opponents and talk about local issues … Full story    
Published:  October 4, 2012

Gubernatorial candidates more cutting in attacks in fourth debate

CONCORD – Gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Maggie Hassan rhetorically declared war on the New Hampshire Legislature on Tuesday. In their fourth gubernatorial debate, Hassan, … Full story    
Published:  October 3, 2012

Election signs are everywhere - except where they’ve been swiped (or vandalized)

MORNING UPDATE: Having attention drawn to you in the local newspaper isn’t always fun, it seems: Some time this morning, the Romney sign mentioned in … Full story    
Published:  October 3, 2012

Hassan, Lamontagne find common ground in medicinal marijuana, restoring cuts

CONCORD – While each expressed willingness to sign a state law legalizing the use of medicinal marijuana, gubernatorial candidates Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne parted … Full story    
Published:  October 2, 2012

Guinta, Shea-Porter turn up the heat, attacking each other’s spending on staff

With five weeks to go until Election Day, candidates in the 1st Congressional District stopped attacking each other over fiscal policy, focusing instead on their … Full story    
Published:  October 2, 2012

Independent money footing the bill for attack ads in 2nd District race

WASHINGTON – A pair of TV attack ads hit the airwaves in New Hampshire’s 2nd District last week, one bashing U.S. Rep. Charles Bass, R-N.H., … Full story    
Published:  October 1, 2012

PolitiFact NH: Kuster fires at Bass over congressional pay

Says U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass, R-N.H., voted to “raise his own pay” eight times. – Ann McLane Kuster, Democratic nominee for Congress in the 2nd … Full story    
Published:  September 30, 2012

Bill Clinton to campaign for Obama in NH next Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bill Clinton will be back on the campaign trail on behalf of President Barack Obama. Obama's campaign says the former president will … Full story    
Published:  September 29, 2012

PolitiFact: Claims by Shea-Porter against Guinta off base

Veterans funding was back in the news recently as the U.S. Senate failed to take up a new veterans jobs bill. But even before the … Full story    
Published:  September 29, 2012

Shea-Porter says New Hampshire needs to be saved from ‘tea party’ Republicans

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in an occasional series of stories based on meetings between The Telegraph editorial board and candidates running for federal … Full story    
Published:  September 28, 2012

Hassan, Lamontange square off at Rivier University

NASHUA – During a respectful but spirited debate at Rivier University on Thursday night, Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontange tangled over health care, … Full story    
Published:  September 28, 2012

NH congressional candidate Kuster grabs camera from Bass campaign tracker

CONCORD – Democratic congressional candidate Ann McLane Kuster said Wednesday that she briefly took a video camera away from her opponent’s staffer at a rally … Full story    
Published:  September 27, 2012

Wheeler: State makes ‘baby steps’ toward passenger rail, but time isn’t right

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in an occasional series of stories based on meetings between The Telegraph editorial board and candidates running for federal … Full story    
Published:  September 27, 2012

Democratic activist blasts Lamontagne for position on Planned Parenthood funding

CONCORD – Former Democratic Party Chairman Kathy Sullivan said Republican candidate for governor Ovide Lamontagne’s opposition to funding Planned Parenthood is part of an “extreme, … Full story    
Published:  September 27, 2012

New ID laws could delay outcome of close election

WASHINGTON (AP) - The presidential election is Nov. 6, but it could take days to figure out the winner if the vote is close. New … Full story    
Published:  September 26, 2012

Gov. Christie stumps for Lamontagne at Atrium Medical in Hudson

HUDSON – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says Republican Ovide Lamontagne and presidential candidate Mitt Romney would get government out of the way, allowing for … Full story    
Published:  September 26, 2012

Licensed voter forms rejected

A Strafford County Superior Court judge’s decision could invalidate a state law requiring that all voters casting ballots in New Hampshire are Granite State residents. … Full story    
Published:  September 25, 2012

PolitiFactNH: O’Brien’s numbers on, but context and blame are off

Says when Republicans took over the state Legislature in 2010, New Hampshire’s tax rate for employers was 50th in the nation and unemployment had more … Full story    
Published:  September 23, 2012

Here’s a look at who’s banking on being elected in New Hampshire

With the primaries having come and gone, it’s a good time to check in on the financial health of key campaigns for the state Senate. … Full story    
Published:  September 23, 2012

Democrats: Political slant marks Romney tax return   

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats say Mitt Romney manipulated his deductions to keep his overall 2011 federal income tax rate below a certain level for political … Full story    
Published:  September 22, 2012

Lamontagne, Hassan both spent roughly $1 million in primary victories

CONCORD – Republican candidate for governor Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan spent roughly the same – just over $1 million – to win their … Full story    
Published:  September 21, 2012

Democratic leaders go on attack against Lamontagne’s Cornerstone pledge

CONCORD – State Democratic leaders tried to put Republican candidate for governor Ovide Lamontagne on the defensive about social issues Thursday, calling for him to … Full story    
Published:  September 21, 2012

Unlike opponent, Pignatelli said she would have supported rail study, Planned Parenthood

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in an occasional series of stories based on meetings between The Telegraph editorial board and candidates running for federal … Full story    
Published:  September 21, 2012

Bass, Kuster talk budget, bipartisanship at Nashua chamber event

NASHUA – Meeting for the second time in as many days, congressional challengers Charlie Bass and Ann McLane Kuster continued their race to the middle … Full story    
Published:  September 20, 2012

Hassan, Lamontagne discuss NH economy in Manchester forumWednesday

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne and his Democratic rival Maggie Hassan are squaring off in a forum on New Hampshire business … Full story    
Published:  September 19, 2012

Bass, Kuster keep it civil but differ on economy, health care in debate Tuesday

MANCHESTER – Congressional challengers Charles Bass and Ann McLane Kuster took a lighter, more cordial tone Tuesday in a debate at Saint Anselm College than … Full story    
Published:  September 19, 2012

Ryan defends free enterprise, but makes no reference of leaked Romney video Tuesday

DOVER – Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan gave a spirited defense of American free enterprise Tuesday, maintaining that President Obama’s view on the role … Full story    
Published:  September 19, 2012

Lamontagne, Hassan in statistical dead heat, according to poll released Tuesday

CONCORD – The first independent poll of the race for governor has Republican Ovide Lamontagne, of Manchester, and Democrat Maggie Hassan, of Exeter, in a … Full story    
Published:  September 19, 2012

Recount makes no changes in Litchfield state representative GOP race

LITCHFIELD – A recount in the Republican primary race for the Statehouse from Litchfield did not change initial results, with Frank Byron defeating Laura Gandia … Full story    
Published:  September 18, 2012

Paul Ryan in Dover Tuesday

DOVER (AP) - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is making his third trip to New Hampshire since joining the Romney ticket. The Wisconsin congressman … Full story    
Published:  September 18, 2012

Shea-Porter goes on the attack in first post-primary debate with Guinta

MANCHESTER – Two years after they last met in the 2010 campaign, U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta and former congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter picked up Monday where … Full story    
Published:  September 18, 2012

Analysis: First round of 2012 election season a win for Speaker O’Brien

CONCORD – Score the first round of the 2012 election season a win on several fronts for House Speaker William O’Brien. The outspoken House leader, … Full story    
Published:  September 16, 2012

Kuster tours downtown Nashua as she prepares for 2nd District rematch

NASHUA – The real campaign season started this week as the primary drew to a close. But congressional candidate Ann McLane Kuster didn’t notice. She … Full story    
Published:  September 15, 2012

It’s official: Amherst’s Holden, Coughlin win county GOP races

Election 2012 You can find out more about these candidates and many others on The Telegraph’s Election 2012 page, which includes an interactive Voter Guide … Full story    
Published:  September 15, 2012

Politifact: Guinta on target about federal debt

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta’s two children, Colby and Jack, are still years away from college. But like every other child in the country, they’re already … Full story    
Published:  September 15, 2012

McCain to stump in NH for Romney Monday

CONCORD (AP) - John McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee for president, will visit New Hampshire next week to campaign for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. … Full story    
Published:  September 14, 2012

Poll shows tight presidential race in NH

CONCORD (AP) - A new poll says the race for president remains tight in New Hampshire but the amount of undecided voters is on the … Full story    
Published:  September 14, 2012

Analysis: Race for governor likely to be more about past than future

CONCORD – The race to replace Gov. John Lynch is all about an uncertain economic future, but you can bet the spirited contest this fall … Full story    
Published:  September 13, 2012

NH voter registration law challenged in court

CONCORD – Two advocacy groups sued the state Wednesday over a new law that effectively blocks out-of-state students from voting in New Hampshire unless they … Full story    
Published:  September 13, 2012

Voter ID law will require state to contact tens of thousands of people after Nov. 6 vote

New Hampshire election officials may have to hunt down nearly 50,000 people in November and ask whether they really voted. That’s one possible conclusion from … Full story    
Published:  September 13, 2012

Hassan, Lamontagne paint each other as extremists day after primary victories

MANCHESTER – A day after impressive primary victories, Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne accused each other Wednesday of being too far outside the … Full story    
Published:  September 13, 2012

The buzz on Facebook: The voter ID law

When Michael Gallagher was asked for his ID on Tuesday, he gave it. “The woman working at Ward 5 in Nashua then thanked me because … Full story    
Published:  September 13, 2012

NH primary list of winners

Here is a list of winners of races in New Hampshire. Governor Maggie Hassan, Dem Governor Ovide Lamontagne, GOP U.S. House - District 1 Frank … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2012

NH Senate GOP contested races

District 1 36 of 40 precincts - 90 percent Debi Warner 2,577 - 63 percent Frank Dumaine 1,499 - 37 percent District 5 6 of … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2012

In some places, 10-15 % of voters don’t have, or won’t show, an ID

Nancy Garvey is Nancy Garvey. She lives in Hudson, and she has the ID to prove it. After casting her ballot on Tuesday, Garvey said … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2012

Lamontagne trumps Smith in GOP primary, will take on Hassan for governor

Ovide Lamontagne romped to victory for the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday, labeling his Democratic rivals the “spend and tax that” team while predicting that … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2012

Hassan defeats Cilley for Democratic gubernatorial nod, will face Lamontagne

MANCHESTER – Gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan, long thought to be the front-runner in the Democratic primary race, won a hard-fought and expensive primary battle Tuesday … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2012

November’s General Election for NH’s 2 congressional districts will be a repeat of 2010

It will be deja vu for voters in the state’s two congressional districts in the November general election. In the 2nd Congressional District, Charlie Bass, … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2012

Few contests to speak of among county races

In the few Hillsborough County races where there was a primary contest, it wasn’t much of a contest at all. The closest race was between … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2012

Bill O’Brien coasts to GOP renomination in two-town district

Bill O’Brien’s easy victory in the Republican primary on Tuesday night was a “really strong vote for the agenda that we have been pursuing,” he … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2012

State Senate President Peter Bragdon wins renomination

State Senate President Peter Bragdon overcame the biggest hurdle to keeping his District 11 seat Tuesday. Bragdon defeated fellow Republican Dan Dwyer, a town councilor … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2012

Unofficial results show Andy Sanborn winning Republican primary for District 9

Andy Sanborn appears to have beaten his two Republican challengers in Tuesday’s primary race for District 9. As The Telegraph went to press, Sanborn had … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2012

Hassan, Lamontagne to face off for NH governor   

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne won their primaries in the race for the governor's office on Tuesday and will … Full story    
Published:  September 11, 2012

Contested GOP House races

Belknap District 3 6 of 6 precincts - 100 percent x-Frank Tilton (i) 1,086 - 24 percent x-Don Flanders (i) 1,043 - 23 percent x-Robert … Full story    
Published:  September 11, 2012

Hassan wins Democratic primary for governor in NH   

CONCORD (AP) - Attorney Maggie Hassan has won the Democratic primary for governor in New Hampshire and will face attorney Ovide Lamontagne in November. Unofficial … Full story    
Published:  September 11, 2012

Results of contested Democratic House races

Belknap District 4 1 of 2 precincts - 50 percent Ian Raymond 215 - 58 percent Jane Alden 83 - 22 percent Stanley Robinson 75 … Full story    
Published:  September 11, 2012

Lamontagne wins GOP primary for governor in NH   

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Attorney Ovide Lamontagne has won the GOP primary for governor in New Hampshire and will face the winner of the Democratic … Full story    
Published:  September 11, 2012

Incumbents Bass, Guinta win GOP Congress primaries   

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's two Republican congressmen easily defeated little-known primary opponents Tuesday to advance to a general election that will be a … Full story    
Published:  September 11, 2012

2010 rematch likely in NH congressional races   

  CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - With New Hampshire's two Republican congressmen facing just token opposition in their respective primaries Tuesday, the general election is shaping … Full story    
Published:  September 11, 2012

N.H. congressional delegation rallies against defense cuts in Nashua

NASHUA – Almost on cue, storm clouds appeared overhead Monday as New Hampshire’s congressional delegation, representing both parties, gathered outside BAE Systems to discuss the … Full story    
Published:  September 11, 2012

Where to vote: Polling places, times for Tuesday primary

Amherst Souhegan High School, 412 Boston Post Road, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Brookline Captain Douglass Academy, 24 Townsend Hill Road, 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Hollis Hollis Brookline … Full story    
Published:  September 11, 2012

PolitiFactNH: Does Bass TV ad forfeit his right to equal rates?

Says Bass forfeits right to equal cost for TV ads under FCC rules -- Ann Kuster, in a press release sent to The Telegraph on … Full story    
Published:  September 10, 2012

This state election has been on the back burner

Never in recent political history has there been a state primary campaign that had this much trouble getting noticed. Months ago, all the elements were … Full story    
Published:  September 9, 2012

No easy answer as to why Republican candidates far outnumber Democrats in primary

Counting votes is what matters in elections, but sometimes counting candidates can be interesting, too. Deciding what those numbers mean, however, is a different matter. … Full story    
Published:  September 9, 2012

NH basks in attention from presidential campaigns   

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire basked in attention from both presidential campaigns Friday, with thousands turning out to see President Barack Obama in Portsmouth … Full story    
Published:  September 8, 2012

Hardy, Szabo offer contrasting philosophies in GOP race for county sheriff

Hillsborough County voters will have a stark choice for sheriff when they go to the polls for the September primary. On the Republican side, Sheriff … Full story    
Published:  September 8, 2012

Most gubernatorial candidates say they would have vetoed Cates law

Four of the five major gubernatorial candidates, representing both parties, said this week they wouldn’t have supported the so-called Kimberly Cates bill, which expanded the … Full story    
Published:  September 8, 2012

Obama, Biden rally in Portsmouth the day after DNC

PORTSMOUTH – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden forcefully reprised their nominating speeches on Friday with their first general-election campaign stop before a … Full story    
Published:  September 8, 2012

Romney rally draws huge crowd to Nashua’s Holman Stadium

NASHUA – Mitt Romney promised the economy would “come roaring back” if he made it to the Oval Office during a visit Holman Stadium on … Full story    
Published:  September 8, 2012

First lady's message: Obama is just like you

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Michelle Obama's message: President Barack Obama is just like you. "Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it," the first … Full story    
Published:  September 5, 2012

Senate challenger Dwyer, others take young NH Republicans straw poll

State Senate President Peter Bragdon could be on his way out of office, if this weekend’s young Republican straw poll is any indication. Bragdon, R-Milford, … Full story    
Published:  September 5, 2012

GOP challengers for Second Congressional District say they can do better than Bass

Republican voters will have no shortage of options in the Sept. 11 primary election for the 2nd Congressional District seat. Four candidates have thrown their … Full story    
Published:  September 5, 2012

Dems open convention in push for tested president   

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Four years later Democrats have gathered again, this time in support of a president who carries the power and the burden … Full story    
Published:  September 4, 2012

Guinta facing two Republican challengers in 1st District primary election

For nearly 18 months, U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta has been preparing to face former congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter in a repeat of the 2010 campaign. But … Full story    
Published:  September 4, 2012

Kuster blows everyone away in campaign fundraising efforts

The latest federal campaign finance reports on the two competitive U.S. House races in New Hampshire reveal plenty about the state of both. Democrats’ 2nd … Full story    
Published:  September 2, 2012

In NH governor race, Cilley outfunded but remains threat

This Democratic race for governor unexpectedly has turned into a competitive race between the populist and the pragmatist. Maggie Hassan, of Exeter, and Jackie Cilley, … Full story    
Published:  September 2, 2012

Man with the plan battles man with the cash in NH governor primary

In the Republican primary race for governor, Ovide Lamontagne, of Manchester, has come full circle from being the hunter to the hunted. In 1996, Lamontagne … Full story    
Published:  September 2, 2012

Romney homestretch game plan: jobs, jobs, jobs

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - His convention behind him, Mitt Romney enters the campaign homestretch with a singular goal: convince Americans disappointed with President Barack Obama … Full story    
Published:  August 31, 2012

Hawkins, Sanborn say experience will be key in District 9 Senate primary

Where Ken Hawkins and Andy Sanborn, two candidates running for the Republican nomination for state Senate from District 9, agree is that experience should be … Full story    
Published:  August 31, 2012

GOP gubernatorial hopefuls Lamontagne, Smith see eye to eye on most issues

WINDHAM – Casino gambling and carrying a concealed gun without a permit drew the only sparks between Republican candidates for governor Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin … Full story    
Published:  August 31, 2012

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