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Granite Status: Havenstein talks tax stance to make position clear

Havenstein explains "Pledge is puffery" remark; Poll shows Obama ratings down in NH, Hassan ratings up; power plant profits surging; Brown campaigns in Manchester



Dave Solomon's Granite Status: Pro-pot activists post fake photo on governor's website

Emotions were running high as supporters of medical marijuana crowded into a small hearing room at the Legislative Office Building in Concord on Tuesday to press lawmakers on a bill that would allow legally certified patients to grow two plants of their own.

John DiStaso's Granite Status: Campaigns, carpetbaggers, change, and 'Ciao'

The election year typically launches into high gear in April and 2014 is no exception, especially with recent entries Scott Brown and Walt Havenstein energizing the GOP. Also, a farewell after almost three-and-a-half decades.

John DiStaso's Granite Status: Dan Innis gets the Scammans’ endorsements for Congress

Republican 1st District congressional candidate Dan Innis has picked up the endorsements of former New Hampshire House speaker Douglas Scamman and his wife, former Rep. Stella Scamman

John DiStaso's Granite Status: NHGOP, Shaheen camp trade more charges on Obamacare

State Republicans Friday cited a discussion between Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and a man on the line during her telephone town hall earlier this week as evidence that she has no clear answers on Obamacare. The Shaheen camp didn't see it that way.

John DiStaso's Granite Status: Potential '16 presidential hopeful Marco Rubio to return to NH

Also, Scott Brown will hold a fundraiser in Washington, and the state Democratic Party announced that Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will be the guest speaker at its Shaheen-McIntyre "100 Club" fundraiser on April 19 in Manchester.

John DiStaso's Granite Status: Source says poll seems intended to push Havenstein into governor race

Some Republicans say they've received calls from pollsters testing the strength of former BAE Systems Chief Executive Walt Havenstein as a potential GOP challenger to Gov. Maggie Hassan.

John DiStaso's Granite Status: Hassan to appear with Biden in Nashua next week; Shaheen, Shea-Porter, Kuster to be in DC

ALSO FRIDAY, a key New Hampshire Republican tells the Granite Status he was polled Thursday night by the Republican Governors Association, with the focus on former BAE chief executive Walt Havenstein, who is considering running for governor.

John DiStaso's Granite Status: 'Ready for Hillary' SuperPAC hosts Democratic state lawmakers luncheon

Also Tuesday, the state Republican Party says it raised net proceeds of $70,000 at last week's Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, but party insiders are pleased beyond the number with the level of national attention the event attracted.

John DiStaso's Granite Status: Scott Brown announces exploratory committee for US Senate run

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will announce he is launching an exploratory committee for the U.S. Senate seat held by Jeanne Shaheen Friday in Nashua and has hired a veteran operative from the state to run the committee.

John DiStaso's Granite Status: Brown invites activists in AFP ads to dine with him at NHGOP event

As U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor again Tuesday to criticize the conservative issues group Americans for Prosperity and its chief funders, the Koch brothers, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown was reaching out to the protagonists of recent AFP ads in New Hampshire.

John DiStaso's Granite Status: Huckabee quietly visits NH, meets with top 2008 campaign backers

The Granite Status has learned that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee slipped in and out of the first-primary state Friday and spent about 90 minutes meeting with a handful of top members of his 2007-2008 presidential campaign “band.”

John DiStaso's Granite Status: Howard Dean to return to NH for Rep. Carol Shea-Porter fund-raiser

Also Friday, State Senate President Chuck Morse says he has no problem with local Republican Committees debating the Medicaid expansion issue on the grassroots level.

John DiStaso's Granite Status: UNH benefactor Paul forming SuperPAC

There's a new big-dollar player in New Hampshire politics, and his name is Peter T. Paul.



John DiStaso's Granite Status: Is he in? Scott Brown making private calls to prominent NH Republicans

The Granite Status has confirmed that former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has been making calls during the past two weeks to prominent New Hampshire Republicans.

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