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Concord resident and Chris Christie volunteer Jim McConaha speaks about working for presidential campaigns for the first-in-the-nation primary. McConaha and his wife, Valery Mitchell, have been volunteering for candidates in New Hampshire - both democrats and republicans - for decades. 

(ELODIE REED/ Monitor staff)

Working with a purpose: Volunteers cope with end of Christie’s campaign

Friday, February 12, 2016

As Jim McConaha walked into Dunkin’ Donuts off Manchester Street in Concord, the gray clouds overhead reflected his mood. “Here we are, in the calm Concord post-election,” he said. Days earlier McConaha, a 75-year-old Concord resident, and his wife, Valery Mitchell, 73, were busy doing everything they could to get people to vote in Tuesday’s presidential primary and choose their …

Ray Duckler: Joe Randazzo razzes Trump, and everyone else, for that matter

Friday, February 12, 2016

For someone like Merrimack Valley High School graduate Joe Randazzo, Donald Trump is pure gold. Randazzo is a satirist who holds up a mirror to show us how dumb we are, or can be. Last Wednesday, a Trump-roasting mockumentary, written by Randazzo and shown on the humor website Funny or Die, appeared online …

For this formerly homeless man, a new home means new life

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bill Strickland wanted to see his grandkids more. He worried about his health, too. And somewhere deep down, repressed after years of drinking, drug use and life on the streets of Concord, he missed the comforts of a home: a cat to keep him company, an American flag pinned to his bedroom wall, …

Ray Duckler: How Hillary Clinton lost New Hampshire in eight years

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Granite Staters announced Tuesday night that they believe in Santa Claus. Robin Hood, too. Bernie Sanders, perceived as a politician who gift wraps idealism and robs from the rich to give to the poor, won the state’s hearts …

Dunbarton School District to host public hearing on SB 2 warrant article tonight

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

After nearly a decade off the warrant, Dunbarton residents in March will consider switching to a SB 2 meeting format for the town and school district. A petition article is on the town and school district warrants this year, and the school district will hold a public hearing …

Hotline established at 230-2503 to handle concerns about voting fraud, abuse

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The state has again established a hotline to handle concerns about fraud or abuse on primary day. The hotline, at 230-2503, will be active all day Tuesday for the presidential primary. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Zuckerman, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Concord, will oversee any complaints “in …

New Hampshire borrowers to share in mortgage settlement

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Hampshire is part of a $470 million multi-state settlement with banking giant HSBC over mortgage lending and foreclosure abuses. The Justice Department says the agreement requires the bank to pay $100 million to the federal government and to an escrow fund administered by the states to make …

Heights Community Center returns to council agenda

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A new Heights Community Center is back on the table at the Concord City Council. Citing cost concerns, the council stalled plans for the new community center at the former Dame School on Canterbury Road nearly one year ago. City staff had presented multiple design options, ranging in …

Primary Day polling times and locations

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tuesday, Feb. 9 Allenstown: St. Jean the The Baptist Parish Hall, 10 School St., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Andover: Andover Elementary Middle School, 20 School St., 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Barnstead: Barnstead Town Hall, 108 S. Barnstead Road, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Belmont: Belmont High …

Last campaign events before Tuesday primary

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Get ‘em while you can, New Hampshire - only two more days until the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Sneak a last-minute glimpse of your candidate(s) at these last Granite State campaign events: Monday ∎ 8 a.m. : New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie town hall at Gilchrist Metal Company in Hudson; …

Ground game: Strong

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Embattled in the polls and facing the New Hampshire primary in a few days, Hillary Clinton called in reinforcements. Last week, 88 of the so-called Arkansas Travelers – the group that famously campaigned for Bill Clinton in 1992 …

Politifact: Rubio says Cruz defended Chinese company that stole invention from U.S. inventor

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Getting tough on China has been a recurring theme among the candidates running for president in 2016. In Bow last week, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said one his GOP rivals isn’t telling the whole truth about his record …

Sanders campaign plans clash with political realities

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Bernie Sanders promises voters a “political revolution” that will fundamentally remake the American economy and its education and health care systems. “That’s what our campaign is about. It is thinking big,” Sanders said during a debate last month …