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Another group declaring a primary victory: campaign finance reformers

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Activists for campaign finance reform saw Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary results as proof that years of working to shine a light on their issue is starting to pay off. A local reform group, the New Hampshire Rebellion, has hounded candidates and marched hundreds of miles across the state over the past two years “to make big money corruption the defining issue …

Trump and Sanders, two divergent candidates with a similar populist message

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In the beginning of Bernie Sanders’s campaign, he was often spotted in airports, flying coach and carrying his own bags. Donald Trump flew to nearly …

No turnout record for primary, although GOP saw the most votes cast for that party

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Turnout fell short of a primary record Tuesday, with a total of 520,588 votes being cast, about 9,000 less than 2008, the last presidential primary …

Hassan picks Republican state senator from Weare to head banking department

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Gov. Maggie Hassan nominated Weare state Sen. Jerry Little to head the state’s banking department. “The New Hampshire Banking Department is critical to ensuring strong protections for New Hampshire’s citizens while also supporting a strong financial sector, which …

Boscawen’s budget proposal nearly flat

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Perhaps uncharacteristically for a budget hearing, the Boscawen Budget Committee presented its 2016 draft during a quiet, quick meeting Wednesday. Following an uncontested hour of review, budget committee Chairman Bill Murphy said, “The budget is relatively flat, and …

Despite primary loss, most New Hampshire superdelegates stand by Clinton

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won the most votes in the New Hampshire primary, but that victory didn’t shake up former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s lead in the race for delegates. New Hampshire has 24 base delegates to …

Campaign hangover: State moves on after months of primary pressure

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Now you see ’em, now you don’t. New Hampshire is saying farewell for another four years to its first-in-the-nation primary, with emotions as mixed as the jumble of campaign signs still stuck in snowbanks at every major intersection. …

Kreis confirmed as New Hampshire Consumer Advocate

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Executive Council has confirmed Donald Kreis as consumer advocate, a position that watches out for utility ratepayers. Kreis was a recommendation of the Residential Ratepayers Advisory Board, which conducted a search to fill the position as charged by statute. Gov. Maggie Hassan nominated him to the post …

Dunbarton petition articles to implement SB 2 face uphill battle

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dunbarton resident Eric Weiss thinks an SB 2 system of town meeting will be more convenient for voters and will increase voter turnout. But critics argue SB 2 undermines local democracy and invites uninformed voters to make decisions …

Polling postmortem: How predictable were notoriously fickle N.H. voters?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

After Donald Trump’s surprise defeat in Iowa last week, journalists and political pundits alike seemed quick to temper predictions heading into the New Hampshire primary. Voters here are infamously late deciders, they cautioned, creating havoc for those in …

Government sues Ferguson after city tries to revise deal

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. Attorney General …

Philip Morris defeats ex-smokers’ bid for cancer screening

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Philip Morris USA won the trial of a lawsuit in which longtime Marlboro smokers sought company-paid annual chest scans for lung cancer. A jury of eight men and two women in Boston on Wednesday rejected the claim that …