Republican doubts about a campaign contribution to the governor, a questionable attribution by a GOP candidate for governor and fundraising were among the issues that dominated headlines this week in New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Republican Party filed a complaint with the attorney general’s office about a $25,000 contribution to the Democratic incumbent from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers PAC.
The complaint says the donation violates the state's political contribution laws, which say candidates who don't accept a voluntary spending cap can take up to $5,000 from individuals during the primary and general election and up to $1,000 from committees.
Hassan's campaign and the IBEW say it's legal because it was made before she was officially a candidate. A lawyer for the Hassan re-election campaign has asked the AG’s office for a quick resolution of the complaint.
Walt Havenstein, a Republican candidate for governor, took some heat from the campaign of Andrew Hemingway, another Republican in the race. According to WMUR
, days after the presidential inauguration in January 2009, Havenstein, then CEO of Science Applications International Corp., gave a speech that referenced a quote from President Barack Obama.
"Walt Havenstein called Republican activists teabaggers," said Alicia Preston, Hemingway campaign manager. "He spoke to the Democratic Governors Association, and when he's invoking leadership, he quotes Barack Obama. I absolutely question his dedication to the GOP and its principles."
The Democratic U.S. House incumbents -- Carol Shea-Porter in the 1st Congressional District and Ann Kuster in the 2nd CD -- reported this week that they’ve raised more money in the last quarter than their Republican rivals.
Kuster had the best quarter, raising $565,000 between April 1 and June 30, and has $1.7 million on hand, according to an NHPR story
. Shea-Porter reported $219,000 in contributions and $612,000 cash on hand.
GOP U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown this week talked to newspaper editorial boards and described himself as bi-partisan.
He told Seacoast Online
, for example, he was a "hardworking, honest, bipartisan, problem-solving, pro-choice moderate Republican.”
He hopes to win the GOP primary and face incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.
More than 100 N.H. veterans came together this week to endorse Shaheen’s re-election. This and that
Gov. Hassan signed the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act, which her office said which updates state law to eliminate loopholes, increase transparency in wages and ensure that all workers have the appropriate tools and resources to help them earn a fair and equal paycheck, without fear of retaliation.
The state Liquor Commission said a driver’s license from Washington, D.C., is indeed valid identification in this state. The issue came up when a liquor store patron tried to use a D.C. driver’s license as proof of age but the D.C. ID was denied as invalid.
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The state Department of Motor Vehicles is back in the business of issuing vanity plates after new rules were established. The DMV put vanity plates on hold after the state's highest court -- ruling on the validity of a “COPSLIE” plate -- said the rules governing the tags were too vague. An interim rule that became effective Monday prohibits language that relates to sex, violence, drugs, gangs or bigotry.
As of Friday night, motorists no longer had to pay a toll at Exit 12 on the Everett Turnpike in Nashua. The toll plaza will eventually be removed. Elimination of the toll was part of the legislation that hiked the gas tax by 4.2 cents.
There were two deaths of note this week: Former Berlin Mayor Leo Ouellet passed away, as did Plaistow Police Chief Stephen Savage, who succumbed to cancer.
Do you think schools should have to get a warrant before looking at a student's cell phone? If Massachusetts voters repeal casino gambling in the Bay State, would you be more or less willing to support casinos in NH? Those were just a couple of the issues we tackled this week on our Facebook page
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