New Hampshire's Virtual Town Hall
By Paul Briand
Maggie Hassan today completed her journey from gubernatorial candidate to governor-elect to governor.
Her inaugural address to a crowd inside Representatives Hall in the State House sought to not serve not only as coda on her campaign promises but serve also…
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There’s the physical detritus of Election Day -- all those roadside campaign signs that should be removed by the campaigns. Then there’s the political detritus - all the stuff that has to be done now that the results have been tallied.
Here in the Granite State, a lot of that focus has been on the change in leadership positions now with Democrats having assumed control of the New Hampshire House.
A caucus today (Saturday, Nov. 17) will decide …
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Democrats surged back into prominence on Election Day as they took the governor’s seat, two seats in Congress, and a majority of seats in the New Hampshire House.
And, as if to add just a little extra garland for Democrats, New Hampshire voted to return Barack Obama to the White House.
As Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen observed on election night at Hassan’s victory party in…
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By Paul Briand
As U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said to me last night: “It’s a very good night for Democrats in New Hampshire.”
She and other Granite State Democratic glitterati…
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By Paul Briand
Will a Granite State voter who selects Democrat Barack Obama to return as president on Nov. 6 select Republican Ovide Lamontagne as governor?
Will someone who votes for Republican Mitt Romney as president vote for Democrat Maggie Hassan as governor?
Or are N.H. more likely to vote a straight Democrat or Republican ticket?
Whether voters go straight party ticket or ticket split will have a large bearing on the results next…
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Jill Biden. Barack Obama. Joe Biden. Ann Romney. Mitt Romney.
The parade of political celebrities to New Hampshire continues this week and into next week in the final throes of the presidential campaign before the Nov. 6 election.
Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, was in the state on Friday. The president, in his sixth visit to the state this campaign, will be in Nashua on Saturday. The vice president is expected on Monday, along with Ann Romney, and Romney is…
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By Paul Briand
Try to corner Republican Ovide Lamontagne about the social issues in the Granite State’s gubernatorial election, and he’ll dodge your questions with a feint that this election is about the economy and jobs, not social issues.
Lamontagne is a Catholic, and he’s a…
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Television viewers have been, are being and will continue to be bombarded with attack ads until the Nov. 6 general election.
They’ve become as much a part of the political landscape as those ubiquitous campaign lawn signs -- and just about as annoying, if not more so.
A couple of candidates this week found them too annoying, in fact. Maggie Hassan and Frank Guinta both raised concerns about attack ads being aired by the opposition. Both are the product of D.C.-based…
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By Paul Briand
It may seem like overstatement. It may seem like a lot of hype. But it isn’t: This is a huge election come Nov. 6, top-to-bottom huge, in fact.
Granite State voters have very different political philosophies from which to choose when they get to the polls in…
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Polls are a snapshot of how voters are feeling at any one moment. Like sand on a windy beach, attitudes shift, and that’s what we saw this week in a series of New Hampshire-based polls.
The race for the state’s four Electoral College votes in the presidential election tightened up quite a bit, according to the WMUR Granite State Poll released Tuesday.
The same polling…
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Give Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne credit for their willingness to engage in face-to-face forums.
This week alone they sat together four times to address issues of interest to New Hampshire voters as we get ready to cast our ballots for one or the other for governor on Nov. 6.
They had debated on Thursday, Sept. 27, then they were at it again this week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
They’ve covered the gamut of statewide…
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Debates in the races for governor and Congress highlighted the headlines this week.
In the governor’s race, Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan, who each spent about $1 million in the effort to win their respective primaries, squared off in their first debate Wednesday morning.
While jobs and the economy are…
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Voters went to the polls on Tuesday and made their primary election choices, starting at the top of the ballot with the race for governor.
There were more Republican ballots cast, than Democratic ballots. The GOP chose Manchester lawyer Ovide Lamontagne over conservative activist Kevin Smith by a wide margin, 68 percent to 30 percent. The Democrats …
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On its face, the coming contest for New Hampshire governor between Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan is a contest of the Pledge vs. the Pledge.
Both candidates, winners in today’s statewide primary election in the governor’s race, have taken the pledge that they won’t support a…
By Paul Briand
New Hampshire votes Tuesday, and the race for governor has top billing in the statewide primary balloting.
Here are a couple of things to be looking for:
Who votes: The contest to succeed Gov. John Lynch is wide open, which means we have primary contests among both Republicans and Democrats.
Both primaries are interesting in their make-up, so it will be interesting to see just how much of the partisan base…
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It was quite the coup when New Hampshire learned that President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden would visit on the day after the president’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Then we learned that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would also visit the state on the same day.
We can’t say it enough: Swing state indeed.
Obama and Co. visited historic…
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There is the political race for votes, and there is the political race for campaign contributions. The latter feeds the former.
In the race for governor, Ovide Lamontagne leads everyone in the money race so far, Republican and Democrat, having raised $1.2 million, according to the latest campaign disclosures.
Lamontagne and Kevin Smith are…
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