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Governor's race not in the spotlight, but may be up for grabs

New Hampshire’s governor’s race is flying a bit under the radar. Most of this season’s campaign drama – not to mention spending – is focused on the U.S. Senate and Congressional races.

But no one would say that incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan has it entirely locked up. Republican challenger Walt Havenstein is seen as the underdog, but there are political factors – both national and local, that could help him beat a path to the governor’s office.…


Added by LFDA Editor on October 23, 2014 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Scott Brown has forum to himself

By Paul Briand

Scott Brown, the Republican challenger in New Hampshire for the U.S. Senate, addressed the issues of Obamacare, gun control and the Islamic State -- and took some unchallenged digs at incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, as well -- at a forum Thursday…


Added by Paul Briand on October 23, 2014 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Police Checkpoints

By Alex Wu

Our country was established with a 4th amendment and legal provisions such as "reasonable suspicion" and "probable cause" to protect citizens from authorities becoming too powerful. Police checkpoints, often used for sobriety checkpoints, are one of the most common examples of how these established and respected legal concepts have been discarded. As the United States continues to militarize its police forces, and national security has been used to…


Added by Alex Wu on October 23, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

LFDA members divided on employer paid break time and breastfeeding (255 responses; 10/14/14)

By Rob Levey

While how individuals spend breaks at work would seem to be of little concern to an employer, such logic did not resonate with Live Free or Die (LFDA) Facebook members when asked their opinion regarding Katherine Frederick. Frederick, a former employee of the NH Department of Health and Human Services, is suing the Department for denying her request to breastfeed her infant son at daycare, less than 1/3-mile away from her office. 

Out of those who…


Added by LFDA Editor on October 23, 2014 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Medicaid expansion top issue in governor's debate

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republican businessman Walt Havenstein hold different views on the state's Medicaid expansion plan and how to manage the state budget.

Hassan and Havenstein sparred on both, as well as the economy and jobs Wednesday during their first televised debate, telecast on WBIN-TV. Hassan is seeking a second term. Havenstein, a former defense contracting executive, has never run for political office.…


Added by LFDA Editor on October 22, 2014 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Hassan, Havenstein see future through different lenses

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan says New Hampshire’s unemployment rate is at its lowest since 2008, and the private sector is creating thousands of new jobs. She says there’s more work to be done, which is why she’s seeking a second term as governor.

Republican opponent Walt Havenstein says New Hampshire has a “walking dead economy,” and the state’s annual growth is tied for dead last in New England.…


Added by LFDA Editor on October 21, 2014 at 10:13pm — No Comments

Havenstein stumps in Portsmouth

Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein campaigned in Portsmouth on Monday, when he talked about the economy at Maine-ly New Hampshire, cast matchbook poll votes at Federal Cigar, gave travel advice to Mexican tourists and dined at Popovers on the Square.

Havenstein's stump started at Maine-ly New Hampshire where he met with Portsmouth residents and store owners Ken and Deborah Smith.…


Added by LFDA Editor on October 20, 2014 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Feeling Depressed

By James Paul Williams

I am a college graduate, with 25 Years of manufacturing management in the apparel industry. I followed this industry out side the USA into Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The industry has now relocated by the most part to the Far East. I returned to the USA in 2007, was employed in the aviation industry for two years, this production was relocated to Mexico. Since 2009, I have not been able to find gainful employment. Late 2012 I went out of state to…


Added by James Paul Williams on October 20, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

New Hampshire's slow recovery focus in gov's race

As New Hampshire continues to crawl out of the Great Recession, both candidates for governor are using facts about the state's economic health to woo voters who say it's one of their biggest issues heading into the Nov. 4 election.

Read the full article from Seacoast Online.

Added by LFDA Editor on October 19, 2014 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Oct. 18: Heavy hitters step up in NH

Former President Bill Clinton and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul were two of the political heavy hitters to visit New Hampshire this week on behalf of incumbents and challengers in the Nov. 4 election.

Ostensibly, at least, Clinton was here to boost the Democratic ticket that includes incumbent Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in the 1st Congressional District, and U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster in the 2nd CD.

And Paul was here to rally the…


Added by LFDA's Week in Review on October 18, 2014 at 7:47am — No Comments

In debate, Hassan attacks Havenstein for signing conservative group's pledge

In a debate Thursday morning on WGIR, Governor Maggie Hassan repeatedly went after Republican Walt Havenstein for a pledge he signed earlier this year with the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

“By singing that Koch brothers pledge, he is pledging to undo our Medicaid expansion, he’s pledging no matter what to do what the Koch brothers and Americans for Prosperity tell him to do.”…


Added by LFDA Editor on October 16, 2014 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Havenstein cash on hand nearly 4 times Hassan's

Heading into the final weeks of campaigning, Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein has nearly four times as much cash on hand as New Hampshire's Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Candidates for statewide office reported Wednesday how much they've raised and spent since the Sept. 9 primary, revealing the overall health and spending habits of each campaign.…


Added by LFDA Editor on October 15, 2014 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Travel ban for seriously infected African countries and people who have been to them recently

By higrefejwoihoef

It is obvious that hospitals are ill equipped to handle a serious onslaught of infected cases of ebola, having witnessed one patient infect two health care workers.  

And, with CNN "experts" now proposing that health care workers be put on outbound African flights so they can do early detection of ebola infected people, it's clear that the American narrative is taking a serious turn for the worse.  Placing health care workers on outbound planes is…


Added by higrefejwoihoef on October 15, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Gov. Hassan says she's better for businesses than Havenstein

Gov. Maggie Hassan promoted herself as a leader who is growing New Hampshire's economy while taking a swing at her Republican opponent Walt Havenstein's business record on Tuesday.

"We have come too far to let my opponent take our economy backward," Hassan said. "My opponent ran his last company into the ditch and we can't allow him to do the same thing to New Hampshire's economy."…


Added by LFDA Editor on October 14, 2014 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Hassan says New Hampshire is prepared to handle Ebola outbreak

In the wake of the first person contracting Ebola within the United States, Gov. Maggie Hassan and state emergency response officials have issued a press release stating New Hampshire is well prepared to handle any similar outbreak locally.

On Monday, state officials assured residents they’re ready to deal with an emergency if it were to happen here.

Read the full article from the…


Added by LFDA Editor on October 13, 2014 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Of course medical Marijuana should be legalized

By Thomas Kelley
              Marijuana prohibition is a costly policy that has cost our country billions. The prohibition of medical marijuana is particularly unfair and unjust to victims of debilitating  diseases and medical conditions. Patients are forced to break the law and support a criminal subculture and criminal economy to obtain a medicine that could be bought legally for fair prices, or simply grown in their back yards.

Added by Thomas Kelley on October 13, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Candidates clash on gambling at gubernatorial debate in Exeter

The question of whether a casino is right for the state roused the audience during a debate Sunday night between Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republican candidate Walt Havenstein at Riverwoods Retirement Community.

Hassan called a casino “a revenue source that makes sense to tap” as long as it is done carefully.

Read the full article from the Union Leader and learn more from the …


Added by LFDA Editor on October 12, 2014 at 11:48pm — No Comments

Oct. 11: Polls show races tightening

The WMUR Granite State Polls released this week showed the New Hampshire races for governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House are tightening as Election Day approaches Nov. 4.

The University of New Hampshire released a series of polls this week, starting with the governor’s race that shows incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan leading Republican challenger Walt…


Added by LFDA's Week in Review on October 11, 2014 at 6:52am — No Comments

Walt Havenstein says family loss re-enforced his respect for law enforcement

Thursday night, WMUR's Jean Mackin had a personal interview with Republican candidate for governor, Walt Havenstein, discussing something he rarely talks about - the murder of his stepmother and how the tragedy has impacted his life.

The murder of Havenstein's stepmother was a major news story in the D.C. area in 2008. Many people in New Hampshire don't know about it because he said he does not want this brought into the political arena.…


Added by LFDA Editor on October 10, 2014 at 12:16am — No Comments

Hassan to push again for casino and minimum wage (videos)

By Paul Briand

If she is re-elected to another two-year term, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan said she’ll push for legislation for both a high-end casino and a minimum wage for the Granite State.

The two issues were among the several issues she discussed on Wednesday, Oct. 9, with the editorial board of Seacoast Media Group in Portsmouth.

Hassan is seeking re-election against the challenge of Republican businessman Walt Havenstein.

If she is…


Added by Paul Briand on October 9, 2014 at 12:02pm — No Comments

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