70% of NH Races Already Over

The New Hampshire Union Leader originally published this column on June 13, 2014: ELECTION SEASON officially began when the filing period for candidates opened June 4. In the vast majority of seats, the campaigns ended today, the last day candidates can file for office. Both parties talk about contesting nearly all the 500-plus seats on the ballot this fall, but for all practical purposes, 70 percent of races are already over. Either...

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Hassan’s campaign plan: assassinate Havenstein’s character
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Hassan’s campaign plan: assassinate Havenstein’s character

The New Hampshire Union Leader originally published this column on May 30, 2014: THIS WEEK, political operatives working for Gov. Maggie Hassan, and probably the governor herself, got a look at a phone poll the New Hampshire Democratic Party conducted last week on behalf of the governor’s re-election campaign. The main purpose of the nearly 60 question survey was to test messages Hassan plans to use against Republican challenger Walt...

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Friendship, death & everlasting life on Facebook

The New Hampshire Union Leader originally published this column on May 16, 2014: RANDY ADDED a life event to his Facebook profile dated April 21: “Overcame heart attack.” The message came with a selfie of him in a hospital bed, wearing a hospital gown, not looking great, but alive. I never met Randy in person, but at some point I’d accepted his friend request and when he got sick, Facebook’s algorithms brought his emergency to my...

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Are moderate NH women tiring of Jeanne Shaheen?

The New Hampshire Union Leader originally published this column on April 25, 2014: Jeanne Shaheen has made a career of smashing glass ceilings. Her elections as New Hampshire’s first woman governor and first woman U.S. Senator cleared the way for the state to become the first ever with an all-female congressional delegation. Add Gov. Maggie Hassan and Speaker Terie Norelli and you’ve come a long way, baby. The ultimate in women’s...

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Dan Innis: School to Business to Congress?

The New Hampshire Union Leader originally published this column on April 11, 2014: “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach” the old joke goes. The last place some might expect to find a business professor is tending to the hands-on details of running an actual business. Yet there’s Dan Innis, going over punch lists with tradesmen and interviewing for night staff at the Hotel Portsmouth, a 32-room inn scheduled to open next Monday....

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