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A supporter holds a sign touting Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump during a primary night rally, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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 all his campaign stops in his own Boeing 757 jet, complete with 24 karat gold-plated seatbelts and gold silk walls and a full-sized bedroom. Up until he got a Secret Service detail, Sanders rode shotgun …

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 is crucial to innovative economic growth, helping people and businesses access the credit and capital …

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 even with warrant articles, it’s close to what it was last year – nothing unexpected,” …

Free State Project announces it’s ‘triggering the move’ for Libertarian influx

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Free State Project announced Wednesday that it reached its goal of recruiting 20,000 Libertarians who say they’ll move to New Hampshire. An online pledge had signers commit to relocating to the Granite State within five years of “triggering the move” with the 20,000th signature, which was announced …

Ray Duckler: Looking for the Democratic nod for president? Let me introduce Mary Louise Hancock

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hillary Clinton wasted no time naming someone who reflects New Hampshire’s grace and grit: Mary Louise Hancock of Concord. Speaking to former governor John Lynch during a rally at Dartmouth College in November, the potential Democratic nominee for …

Lawsuit claims Northfield school failed to prevent student sexual abuse, despite warnings

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The parents of a 13-year-old boy are suing a special education school in Northfield, claiming officials there failed to prevent a fellow student from sexually assaulting him. In a complaint filed Monday in federal court, they said the boy reported several incidents of sexual harassment last year to …

N.H. backers confused as Paul drops from race

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rand Paul supporters in New Hampshire were left searching for a new candidate, when the self-styled Washington outsider suddenly dropped his struggling Republican presidential campaign Wednesday, just days ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary. Former U.S. senator Rick Santorum …

Legislators hit the brakes on plan to put new fees on fuel efficient vehicles

Thursday, February 4, 2016

It’s looking like a plan to implement a new fee on New Hampshire drivers who own fuel-efficient vehicles is about to run out of gas. The House Public Works and Highway Committee unanimously recommended this week that the proposal be turned into a study committee. “There are too …

No amendments made to Weare School District warrant at deliberative session

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The warrant for Weare School District will appear as it currently stands come March when voters weigh in on its nine articles. About 40 residents attended the deliberative session at Weare Middle School on Tuesday night, where each …

N.H. arts council announces grant winners

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts announced that three area artist in residence and youth art projects received grants for programming. The Maple Street and Harold Martin Elementary schools in Hopkinton received a grant for mosaic artist Lizz Van Saun of Kast Hill Studio to lead …

Chichester schools budget proposal up nearly 5 percent; hearing is Wednesday

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Chichester residents will meet Wednesday to hear school district officials explain their budget proposal, which represents a 4.75 percent increase over the current budget. An influx of eighth-graders going to Pembroke Academy, as compared with the graduating seniors from Chichester, and mandated special education costs necessitated a budget …

Epsom schools budget amended at deliberative session to buy more books

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

While dozens of lines in the Epsom School District’s proposed budget are decreasing, the bottom line is up 6 percent to $10.1 million. That’s because two areas that the school has no control over – special education and …