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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Ted Cruz hits and misses, Lawmakers can accept E-ZPass

U.S. Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks with reporters as he arrives to a state Republican fund-raiser Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 in Dublin, N.H. The freshman senator has made national headlines suggesting that Republicans in Congress shut down the federal government to stop implementation of President Barack Obama's signature health care overhaul, the Affordable Care Act.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

U.S. Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks with reporters as he arrives to a state Republican fund-raiser Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 in Dublin, N.H. The freshman senator has made national headlines suggesting that Republicans in Congress shut down the federal government to stop implementation of President Barack Obama's signature health care overhaul, the Affordable Care Act.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came to New Hampshire on Friday, and the question was whether Granite Staters would like or dislike him. The answer: both.

Cruz made a grassroots pitch as theheadliner at a reception for the New Hampshire Republican Party in Dublin.

It’s been well documented that New Hampshire has had a rough relationship with Southern candidates the past few primaries.

But according to Dave Carney, a Republican consultant who lives in New Hampshire, when it comes to Cruz in the Granite State: “His message will work. Will his style work? Time will tell.”

He also made waves during the event when he wouldn’t endorse his Texas counterpart John Cornyn in the Senate for re-election next year.

What do you think? Will Cruz be the man to beat come the 2016 First in the Nation Primary?

In other news

 State lawmakers can accept free E-ZPass transponders from the state Department of Transportation, but they aren’t allowed to accept free ski passes.

∎ Gov. Maggie Hassan is signing a bill that seeks to streamline and simplify New Hampshire’s advance directive form.

∎ There’s plenty of events happening in the Granite State to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

∎ Some Massachusetts hikers were rescued after getting lost on Mount Adams.

∎ Today is the last day to submit applications for New Hampshire’s largest business startup competition, called TechOut.

∎ A Hillsboro woman was charged with DUI in Concord this weekend while her 7-year-old was in the car.

∎ A Mass. man was charged with stabbing three people in Hudson.

 Moose season has been amping up the tourism industry here in the Granite State.

∎ Scott Brown played with Cheap Trick in a concert over the weekend at Hampton Beach.

∎ Mount Washington has been nominated in virtualtourist.com’s 8th Wonder of the World contest.

(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.)

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