Televised candidate forums put the spotlight on races for governor, U.S. House and U.S. Senate this week, more often than not giving candidates the opportunity to say in person what their attacks ads have been saying for weeks.
Little new information about candidates or their positions was revealed in the forums, televised on the new NH1 (via WBIN).
In the U.S. Senate race, for instance, Democrat incumbent continued to question the commitment of Republican challenger Scott Brown, a Massachusetts transplant, to the Granite State. And Brown continued to hammer away at Shaheen in his refrain that she voted with President Barack Obama 99 percent of the time. See NH1 coverage of the forum here
Gov. Maggie Hassan continued to portray Republican Walt Havenstein as a “failed CEO”, while Havenstein accused Hassan of building a state budget on a house of cards built on failed casino revenue and higher taxes (on gasoline). See NH1 coverage of the gubernatorial forum here
In the U.S. House race, Democrat incumbents Carol Shea-Porter in the 1st Congressional District and Ann Kuster in the 2nd CD characterized their GOP opponents as being “too extreme” for New Hampshire. Meanwhile, the GOP opponents, Frank Guinta in the 1st and Marilinda Garcia in the 2nd, characterized the Democrats as being too extreme for the state.
See NH1 coverage of the Shea-Porter/Guinta forum here
. See NH1 coverage of the Kuster/Garcia forum here
Amid the din of the statewide races, as well as contests for the N.H. House, the N.H. Senate and Executive Council, the Live Free or Die Alliance released a new app - the NH VoterGuide 2014 - for Apple and Android devices.
See a Seacoast Online story about its release here
. See information about its download here
The races, as indicated by continued polling this week, remain tight, particularly for U.S. Senate and U.S. House.
Also this week marked the start of the endorsements by newspapers in the state. Individual candidates for weeks have been garnering the endorsements of unions and organizations and issue-specific groups. Newspaper endorsements at one time were thought to hold some sway among voters, but that influence has diminished over the years.
Our daily feed of news headlines is filled this week with information about the mid-term election. You can catch up with it here
The Pumpkin Festival in Keene turned from family-friendly event to riot last weekend as parties got out of hand and police were called in.
City officials are now questioning whether there will be future festivals, as law enforcement investigates who was behind the riots.
There is some belief that so-called “pop-up parties” organized by “FinnaRage”, which promotes parties at college campuses via social networking, was responsible for an event that got out of hand.
Some arrests have been made as Keene police circulated images from social media about persons of interest.This and that
There were a couple of announcements Friday regarding state personnel.
Chris Clement is stepping down as commissioner of the state Department of Transportation to take a job with the University of New Hampshire. See a Seacoast Online story here
And the state's deputy epidemiologist - Dr. Elizabeth Talbot - is heading to Liberia to help fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa. See an NHPR story here
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