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Keene Sentinel: Ann Kuster would make a strongly principled and compassionate lawmaker

Published in the Keene Sentinel on October 21, 2012.

Anyone following the rematch between 2nd Congressional District foes U.S. Rep. Charles Bass, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster knows this is a heated race, in an intensely polarized national political landscape.

At times, this race — which Bass and Kuster previously ran against each other in 2010 — has made headlines more for its squabbles over campaign contributions and borderline-silly attack ads (take the “Dancing Annie” commercials and a Bass fish ad, for example) than …

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Keene Sentinel: Kuster says Congress needs sanity

Published in the Keene Sentinel on October 19, 2012.

Ann McLane Kuster says she’s running for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District to bring some sanity to a dysfunctional Congress.

Kuster will take on Republican incumbent Charles F. Bass next month in a rematch of the 2010 contest. She sat down with Sentinel editors Thursday to talk about the economy, taxes, Medicare reform, the war in Afghanistan and more.

When it comes to so-called sequestration, or mandatory cuts to federal programs, Kuster believes there’s a better way to avoid …

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Press Release: Kuster Campaign Releases New Ad, “Out of Touch”

For immediate release: October 19, 2012

Kuster Campaign Releases New Ad, “Out of Touch”

CONCORD, N.H. – Congressional candidate Annie Kuster today released the seventh ad of the general election campaign. The new ad criticizes Congressman Bass for being out of touch with middle class New Hampshire families and the challenges they face.

Specifically, the new ad cites Congressman Bass’s record of supporting policies that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas, as well as his votes to raise his own pay while voting against raising the minimum wage.

The …

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Patch: Clean Water Action Endorses Kuster

Published on on October 18, 2012.

On the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Congressional candidate Annie Kuster today accepted the endorsement of Clean Water Action.

The non-partisan organization, dedicated to protecting water and preventing health-threatening pollution, cited Kuster’s commitment to protecting the Clean Water Act and standing against those like Congressman Bass who have voted to undermine it.

“Annie Kuster is someone we know will fight 100 percent for drinkable, swimmable, fishable water in Congress,” said Communications Director for Clean Water Action Jonathan Scott, a …

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Nashua Telegraph: Kuster leading the charge in fundraising in race for 2nd District seat

Published in the Nashua Telegraph on October 18, 2012.

WASHINGTON – With Election Day just three weeks away, Democrat Ann McLane Kuster continues to significantly outraise the Republican incumbent, U.S. Rep. Charles Bass, in the 2nd District, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

But while Kuster has outraised Bass throughout 2011-12, the latest FEC reports – covering the three-month period that ended Sept. 30 – also show former Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter outraising U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, a Republican, in a rematch of their …

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PBS: In NH, Women Voters, Candidates Take Center Stage

The focus on female voters and the issues that impact their lives only intensified this week following the second debate Tuesday between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney.

Both men tried to demonstrate they understand the challenges facing women in the country and to convince the nation’s largest voting block their policy prescriptions would do more good than the other guys.

“This is not just a women’s issue,” Mr. Obama said discussing equal pay for female workers. “This is a family issue. This is a …

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Washington Post: 8 third quarter fundraising reports that matter

Published in the Washington Post on October 16, 2012:

There are less than three weeks left in the 2012 election, and we just got our final dose of quarterly fundraising numbers from House and Senate campaigns.

With the battle for both chambers pretty well defined at this point and much of the money already spent, it’s not worth going through every minute detail of the data.

Instead, we’re going to highlight just a few reports that we think matter — and could come to define some key races.

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Politico: John Boehner agenda put to test in swing districts

Published in Politico on October 15, 2012

LACONIA, N.H. — The dash for control of the House this year is muddled by massive population shifts, redrawn districts and a spate of retirements.

But in a pair of House races here in New Hampshire, those variables are all stripped away. What’s left is one the purest barometers in the nation of the agenda of John Boehner’s rightward shifting, tea-party fueled House Republican majority.

Here’s the question: Can lawmakers from middle-of-the-road districts survive in a non-tea party year, and after …

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Concord Monitor: Kuster, Bass clash over Medicare

Published in the Concord Monitor on October 14, 2012.

A big packet of paperwork was on the table in front of Reid Taube, 83, as he chatted with friends and waited for a group of Democratic candidates at Havenwood-Heritage Heights, a retirement community in Concord.

An undecided, independent voter and retired executive, Taube wouldn’t say who he voted for two years ago and doesn’t know who he’ll vote for in November.

He had a question for Annie Kuster, a Hopkinton Democrat in a tight race for the 2nd …

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Keene Sentinel: Kuster Slams GOP’s Health Care Plan

Published in the Keene Sentinel on October 14, 2012

Democratic congressional candidate Ann McLane Kuster sees healthcare as a triangle — access, quality and cost.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act opened access, but now the focus needs to be on lowering costs in order to maintain quality, Kuster told supporters in Peterborough Thursday as part of a four-city tour to talk with seniors about Medicare.

She suggests changing the healthcare system so that hospitals and doctors have an incentive to keep people healthy, and this idea …

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