Editorials

Nashua’s Campbell should be next House speaker

New Hampshire Democrats were granted a fresh new start last week when voters returned them to power in the House of Representatives. House Democrats should respond in kind by electing a fresh new leader – Nashua Rep. David Campbell – to be their next speaker when they ...

Nashua campaign visits? Send them a bill

Unless something were to change drastically in the next four years, the 2016 Democratic and Republican nominees for president will come to Nashua – perhaps more than once – in their bid to become the 45th president of the United States. And if this election cycle is any ...

NH dodges bullet with voter ID law

A fiercely contested presidential election. An open governor’s seat. Projections of near-record turnout. Same-day voter registration. A recent purge of roughly 100,000 voters who had to re-register at the polls prior to voting. And last but not least, a new and controversial voter ...

Speaker O’Brien to blame for GOP collapse

When New Hampshire Democratic Party officials sit down at the Thanksgiving table next week to give thanks, they ought to save a few words for something that took place two years ago largely outside of their control. That was the decisive third-ballot victory that House Republicans delivered ...

Election may be over, but NH PolitiFact is not

New Hampshire made history on Election Day, in how many people showed up at the polls and who they voted into office. And those thousands of New Hampshire voters had some new and useful information to take with them into the voting booth this year, namely the truth about ...

Romney’s loss contains message for GOP

There are many reasons why Mitt Romney lost to President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Some are unique to the GOP nominee and events of this election cycle, such as Romney’s tin ear for middle-class values and the political consequences of Hurricane Sandy ripping through New Jersey and ...

This year’s big winner? Money

Forget blue states and red states. Green was the dominant color in election 2012. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision and other court rulings, along with permissive laws and regulations on the federal and state levels, allowed powerful special interests and ...

Obama victory speech set the right bipartisan tone

For some Americans, we suspect it is easy to be cynical about the results of Tuesday’s presidential election: After a long, protracted Republican primary, two party conventions, three presidential debates and nearly $6 billion in electioneering, we’re right back where we ...

Election pendulum swings back in a big way in NH

Albert Einstein once wrote that “politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions.” Reasonable people can disagree over what “rejuvenated illusions” led to Tuesday’s elections ...

‘60 Minutes’ piece showcases lack of Senate leadership

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent so much time on the campaign trail in the final days leading up to Election Day, we suspect neither had the opportunity to watch Sunday’s “60 Minutes” piece based on an unprecedented joint interview with the two leaders ...

Make your vote count on Election Day

For newspaper editorial writers, this is the day when they traditionally (pick one) “encourage,” “plead” or “implore” voters to exercise their rights as American citizens to elect those candidates who will represent them in the halls ...

You don’t need photo ID to vote Tuesday

For months, New Hampshire voters have been subjected to unsubstantiated claims, distortions and outright lies from political candidates, their campaigns and outside organizations intent on securing your all-important vote come Election Day. That’s one reason why The Telegraph teamed ...

Ballot questions deserve a big ‘no’

Thanks to New Hampshire’s mischievous Legislature, voters will be asked Tuesday to approve two of the more spurious constitutional amendments in recent history. For the good of the state, both should be summarily rejected. We advise voters to start at the bottom of the ballot, ...

Luther, Lasky for Nashua Senate seats

Once Nashua residents cast their votes for president, governor, Congress and Executive Council on Tuesday, they will find some familiar names on the ballot for state Senate – regardless of where they reside in the city. In District 12 (Wards 1, 2 and 5), voters will determine the ...

Shea-Porter for Congress

If the nation is ever to resolve its fiscal crisis and ensure economic prosperity for future generations, Congress must change how it does business. Congressmen and senators must break free from their ideological enslavement and commit themselves to respectful discussion and honest ...

Charles Bass for Congress

If you believe everything U.S. Rep. Charles Bass and Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster are saying about each other these days, you would be hard-pressed to vote for either of them. Kuster says Bass is a career politician – and a corrupt one at that – who ...

Mitt Romney for president

Four years ago, with little hesitation, we endorsed then-Sen. Barack Obama to become the 44th president of the United States, saying it was a time for “new leadership, a new approach to governing, a new way of conducting the people’s business.” So the basic ...

Pignatelli for executive councilor

When The Telegraph editorial board met last week to discuss endorsements for the Nov. 6 election, most came down to making a difficult choice between two qualified candidates. The Executive Council race for District 5 wasn’t one of them. As we’ve done repeatedly since she ...

Maggie Hassan for governor

New Hampshire voters have three well-qualified candidates to choose from when voting for the successor to Gov. John Lynch, who leaves office after an unprecedented four terms as one of the most respected political leaders in state history. Whoever wins the election Nov. 6 faces a difficult ...

Bipartisanship key to Telegraph endorsements

Starting Monday, The Telegraph will begin to roll out its endorsements for federal and state offices in anticipation of the Nov. 6 election. Before we do, however, we thought it would be beneficial to explain the criteria used by our five-member editorial board this year to assess each of ...