Kelly Ayotte http://www.kunc.org en Gun Background Vote Causes Heat At Home For N.H. Sen. Ayotte http://www.kunc.org/post/gun-background-check-vote-causes-heat-home-nh-rep-ayotte Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>After any contentious debate in Washington, it's often interesting to see how a lawmaker is welcomed home, depending on how he or she voted. Some of the senators who voted down bipartisan gun control legislation last month are taking heat in the aftermath of December's mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the state of Connecticut. The bill would have expanded background checks, and the only New England senator who opposed it was New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte. Fri, 03 May 2013 08:29:00 +0000 David Welna 43784 at http://www.kunc.org Ayotte Becoming Gun Control Lightning Rod http://www.kunc.org/post/ayotte-becoming-gun-control-lightning-rod Of the senators who have become lightning rods for voting against expanded criminal background checks for gun buyers, New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte is drawing the most bolts.<p>Video of Ayotte <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E_3h7IX7l4" target="_blank">being questioned</a> by the daughter of the principal killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., has gone viral.<p>And Ayotte has become an early target of an election-season-style media campaign by a gun control superPAC created by former Arizona Rep. Thu, 02 May 2013 21:41:00 +0000 Frank James 43774 at http://www.kunc.org Ayotte Becoming Gun Control Lightning Rod Giffords Group's Radio Ads Hit McConnell, Ayotte On Gun Vote http://www.kunc.org/post/giffords-groups-radio-ads-hit-mcconnell-ayotte-gun-vote After the Senate failed to pass bipartisan legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases, the superPAC created by shooting victim and former Rep. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:58:00 +0000 Frank James 43372 at http://www.kunc.org Giffords Group's Radio Ads Hit McConnell, Ayotte On Gun Vote Citing Uncertainty, Pentagon Will Not Deploy Aircraft Carrier To Persian Gulf http://www.kunc.org/post/citing-uncertainty-pentagon-will-not-deploy-aircraft-carrier-persian-gulf The uncertainty surrounding the Pentagon's budget means it will not deploy a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced today.<p>NPR's Tom Bowman reports that Panetta is also proposing pay cuts for troops. Tom filed this report for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"The recommendation by Secretary Panetta mean that those in uniform could get a 1 percent pay hike next year, instead of 1.7 percent. But a final decision would rest with Congress.<p>"Meanwhile, the defense secretary will halt the deployment of the carrier USS Harry Truman. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 19:55:00 +0000 39830 at http://www.kunc.org Citing Uncertainty, Pentagon Will Not Deploy Aircraft Carrier To Persian Gulf Rice Controversy Raises Ayotte's Profile http://www.kunc.org/post/rice-controversy-raising-ayottes-profile Freshman Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has been standing side by side with colleagues John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina in questioning the Obama administration's version of events about the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in September.<p>It is just the latest in a series of high-profile moments for Ayotte, who is seen as a rising star in a party struggling to win female voters.<p>For McCain and Graham, both longtime senators, the main focus in the Benghazi story has been U.N. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:53:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 37113 at http://www.kunc.org Rice Controversy Raises Ayotte's Profile