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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Rand Paul comes to Concord; Study: We curse like sailors

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner event, Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Republican Sen. Rand Paul opened his presidential exploration tour Friday with a splashy set of speaking engagements in Iowa designed to broaden his tea party brand into something more mainstream and, perhaps, viable. (AP Photo/Matthew Holst)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner event, Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Republican Sen. Rand Paul opened his presidential exploration tour Friday with a splashy set of speaking engagements in Iowa designed to broaden his tea party brand into something more mainstream and, perhaps, viable. (AP Photo/Matthew Holst)

The 2016 political season is still heating up as Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, has sold out a dinner tonight in Concord.

Paul is also expected today to publically announce a $10,000 donation to the New Hampshire Republican Party.

Paul’s father, Ron Paul, ran in 2012, and N.H. Republican National Committee member Steve Duprey says getting an early jump and trying to piggy back off his father’s libertarian-minded fans in the Granite State is a good strategy should he run in 2016.

His visit to New Hampshire hasn’t been the only recent news stoking the potential campaign fire for Paul, however. He’s recently made comments taking a few swipes regarding Benghazi at former secretary of state (and early 2016 Democratic presidential nominee favorite) Hilary Clinton.

And would a run for president in 2016 that take Paul out of the race for re-election as a senator? The answer isn’t as easy as “yes” or “no.”

In other news

∎ According to a recent study by the Marchex Institute, Granite Staters curse like sailors; however, they’re much more courteous than a few of our neighboring states.

 Two $1 million dollar lottery tickets were sold in New Hampshire over the weekend – one in Manchester and the other in Portsmouth.

∎ Gov. Hassan will kick off Manchester's Small Business Week this afternoon.

 The police are investigating a fatal shooting in Manchester that took place late Saturday night in the vicinity of Pine and Prospect streets.

 A vote on the N.H. casino bill is expected this week.

∎ Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Small Business Administration will hold a forum today in Manchester on the Affordable Care Act for small businesses.

∎ The Manchester Young Professionals Network is putting a $55,000 prize on the line for six N.H. startups.

 N.H. Troopers are selling their own version of “Boston Strong” T-shirts to raise money for the Boston Marathon bombing victims.

∎ Granite Stater Nicole Santos won the women’s division of the Sugarloaf Marathon with a time of 2:55:41.

∎ New Hampshire native Jeff Locke won his fourth consecutive decision for the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday, throwing seven scoreless innings against the Houston Astros.

∎ The Fisher Cats completed the sweep of the New Britain Rock Cats yesterday, winning 7-4.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

Mr Paul would make a great president.

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