Friday, April 26, 2013
Reps Kuster and Shea-Porter's favorability ratings still in the basement in latest UNH poll.
Friday, April 26
Net favorability ratings for U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster, Democrats from the 1st and 2nd Districts, respectively, are at –1 percent in the latest poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The findings are fueling a new wave of questioning whether the two are vulnerable in the mid-term elections – much to the delight of Republican State Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Horn. The WMUR Granite State Poll found much higher public opinion of U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat up for re-election in 2014, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican who is not up for re-election until 2016. The UNH release Wednesday was titled, "Shaheen and Ayotte Remain Popular." The Ayotte numbers are in some contrast to the recent …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
President Obama spoke of 'consensus' on curbing gun violence. Share your thoughts in the comments field below.
President Obama today, a month after the Sandy Hook shooting, announced 23 executive actions designed to curb gun violence. He outlined steps to strengthen background checks for gun purchases and a campaign to promote responsible gun ownership. The 23 actions included requiring federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations, clarifying that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors from asking patients about guns in the home, and incentives for districts to hire school resource officers. Obama also called on Congress to back an assault weapons ban and restrictions on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Following the Connecticut shooting and ensuing public debate, the National Rifle Association pushed …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Surrounded family, supporters, and friends, Kuster does it local.
U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-NH, was sworn in again in a local ceremony on Jan. 10 at the Warren B. Rudman U.S. Courthouse. Former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick was the emcee of the event. He said he wasn’t able to vote for Kuster, because he lives in the 1st District, but he would have if given the chance. “At a time in Washington when everything seems dysfunctional, without promise or solutions, she’s a great addition,” he said. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, also spoke and called it “very special” that she will be able to serve together with Kuster since her parents, Malcolm and Susan McLane, were some of the first people she met in politics. Susan McLane always encouraged new, young women to get involved, …
Friday, January 4, 2013
The local student was named among the 40 New Hampshire residents nominated by Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
A Salem resident and Central High School student is among the 40 New Hampshire students who have been nominated to attend one of the nation's service academies in 2013. Colleen Slein will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Also named were several students from nearby towns of Londonderry, Derry, Windham and Nashua. "It's an honor to nominate outstanding young people to be considered for admission to our nation's service academies," Ayotte said in a statement. "These young men and women have excelled inside and outside the classroom while making valuable contributions to their local communities. They represent some of the very best of New Hampshire and I expect great things from them in the future." To be …
The lawmakers are part of the first all-female federal delegation in the country.
Friday, January 4
New Hampshire Congresswomen Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter were sworn in Thursday in Washington, D.C. The Democrats are now part of the first all-female federal delegation in United States history. They join Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Kuster, of Hopkinton, defeated Republican Charlie Bass. Shea-Porter, of Rochester, defeated Republican Frank Guinta in the November election. Kuster, who was appointed to the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement: “It’s a great honor to join the U.S. House of Representatives and to serve the hardworking people of New Hampshire’s Second District. We face many challenges as a state and country, but there is so much we can achieve if we’re …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The bill eases portions of the so-called "fiscal cliff."
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a deal late Tuesday to ease portions of the so-called "fiscal cliff," according to the Huffington Post. How did our local representatives in Congress vote? Rep. Charles Bass, R-NH, voted in favor of it, while Rep. Frank Guinta, R-NH, voted against the measure. The compromise was approved by the Senate at 2 a.m. Tuesday, and despite talk of rejecting it, the House ultimately passed the bill by a vote of 257 to 167. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, and Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, both supported the measure in the Senate. "While the president was insistent on raising taxes, I voted to spare as many Americans as possible from getting hit by tax increases," Ayotte said in a statement released Tuesday. "Now it’s …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The two also engaged on Benghazi and the outsourcing of jobs.
Given that the final 2nd District Congressional debate was moved to Friday after Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast earlier this week, it didn't take long for the two candidates to fire away about disaster aid for the monumental weather event. Congressman Charles Bass (R-NH), called the incident a "horrible tragedy," saying that in the past he supported a funding level for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that was higher than the Obama administration's request. "I think that the federal government has a responsibility to provide aid to people when they really need it," he said. Democratic opponent Ann McLane Kuster slammed Republican leadership, saying that she is concerned about "deep, deep cuts" that the GOP have …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Congressman says DC gridlock must end and calls rival a "hyper-partisan Democrat."
The candidates talk about finding common ground. Is there a ground more common than the town dump? And so, on a Saturday 10 days from Election Day, Patch caught up with U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH) at the Northwood town dump as he and supporters waved to and chatted up residents going to the transfer center and swap shop. In an interview, Bass spoke of working across the aisle to try to get things done, citing his co-sponsoring of a bipartisan budget plan as an example. "I'm running for Congress because I believe America cannot afford any more of this partisan bickering and fighting, brinkmanship, gotcha debates," he said. He called his opponent, Ann McLane Kuster, the Democrat who nearly upset him in 2010, a "hyper-partisan Democrat." …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The 2nd Congressional District candidates took part in a debate at the WBIN studio in Derry.
Shots back and forth came early and often between U.S. Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH) and his Democratic opponent Ann McClane Kuster during an Oct. 10 WBIN debate, with the two most contentious issues being health care and an income tax in the state. Kuster came out firing, saying that Bass has voted 31 times to repeal health care for "millions of Americans." "To say nothing of his vote to dismantle Medicare that's going to cost seniors $6,400 out of pocket," she said. Bass countered that figures like $6,400 are numbers that come from the Democratic Campaign Committee "facts machine." He also said that Kuster not only supported the public option for Medicare, but didn't think the Obama health care law went far enough. Kuster said that she never …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The former rivals embraced for the first time at a Democratic Unity breakfast Sept. 13.
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Before a packed room of Democrats spilling out the front door, former gubernatorial opponents Maggie Hassan and Jackie Cilley embraced for the first time, signifying the party coming together in the wake of the state primary. The two announced at The Puritan Backroom in Manchester that Cilley will co-chair Hassan's campaign against Republican nominee Ovide Lamontagne with eight weeks remaining until the November election. "I am so honored that Jackie has agreed to co-chair this campaign for governor," Hassan said to lengthy applause. "I am proud to endorse Maggie Hassan," Cilley said. "I served with her for four years on the senate under her leadership, and I expect her to be a great governor." According to Hassan, …