State candidates in mailer war

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The U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire has received national attention for the quantity of negative advertising. Now some state Senate races are getting just as ugly.

For example, this week the Nashua Telegraph reported on dueling mailers in the Senate District 16 contest.

One mailer features an image of a woman with a bruised face and argues Republican David Boutin voted against housing protections for domestic violence victims. The other mailer features an image of a convicted child killer and argues Democrat Maureen Raiche Manning voted for a bill in the 1980s that would have let child killers out early.

Both mailers are inflammatory and arguably distort the candidates’ voting records. Boutin voted to study housing protections, and he has voted in favor of other protections for victims of domestic violence. Manning voted to revise mandatory sentencing laws, not release convicted murderers.

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Exec. Council OKs Berlin wind farm

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On Wednesday the Executive Council approved $4.1 million in bonds for a five-turbine wind farm in Berlin, New Hampshire.  The wind farm will also receive $900,000 in federal subsidies and a $1 million grant from the state Renewable Energy Fund.

The wind farm is too small to require approval from the state Site Evaluation Committee.  However, Berlin held multiple public hearings on the project, and the wind farm has the support of the Planning Board, the Zoning Board, and the Mayor.

On Wednesday many wind farm opponents, most from outside Berlin, attended the Executive Council meeting to speak against funding the wind farm.  Opponents argued that the wind farm will offer minimal benefits (such as just three jobs in Berlin), and that Berlin did not do its "due diligence" in evaluating the project.

Jack Donovan, Executive Director of the Business Finance Authority offering the bonds, spoke in favor of the wind farm.

"I think frankly it’s arrogant for people to look at the local process… the assumption is Berlin, they can’t do the thing themselves properly," he said.  "I think that’s the assumption we’re hearing. 'We know better.'"

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Gas prices keep falling

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According to GasBuddy’s daily survey of gas outlets in New Hampshire, price per gallon fell to $3.11 last week.  That's about 25-cents lower than a year ago.

The low prices are due in part to a price war between Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq.  Production has also increased in the United States.

The falling gas prices may help Granite Staters transition to the 4.2-cent gas tax increase passed last spring. 

Supporters of the increase argued that the funds were desperately needed to repair New Hampshire roads.  Opponents argued that cash-strapped New Hampshire residents could not afford the increase at the pump.

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AG still investigating 2012 voters

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's office is still investigating affidavits signed by voters without ID in 2012.

Under New Hampshire's voter ID law, voters can sign an affidavit instead of presenting identification at the polls.  The Attorney General sends a letter to every voter who signs an affidavit, asking the voter to return a post card.  If the voter does not return the post card or if the letter is undeliverable, the state must conduct an investigation.

After the 2012 election, thousands of post cards were not returned and hundreds of letters were undeliverable.

According to Anne Edwards, the associate attorney general who supervises elections, many of those voters were legally protesting the voter ID law.

Opponents of the state voter ID law may argue these investigations are a waste of resources by the Attorney General's office, which arguably has more important crimes to investigate.

Supporters of the voter ID law point to two cases of voter fraud uncovered in the 2012 elections.  In one case, a mother filled out an absentee ballot for her son, who is in high school.  In the other case, a Massachusetts resident voted in the New Hampshire elections.

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CLICK HERE to read coverage from the Union Leader.

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Margaret Currier
If the LOCALS say YES they want the wind farm, then YES, I do approve of this measure to help them. But I do hope the power generated there is USED there....unlike other wind turbines in NH....
Peter Henden
Wind farms wouldn't exist with government $. This should funded through the free market, not some worthless government "program". Soon the government will be paying them not to make electricity.
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