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Supporters of both U.S Senate candidates are seen on front of the Capitol Center for the Arts before the Brown supporters were told by Concord Police to cross the street because their permit was for the East side of the street, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Geoff Forester)

Ray Duckler: As Shaheen, Brown camps battle over territory before debate, a chicken works ‘undercover’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? Because he didn’t have to, and that was fine with the chicken. Let me explain, and please, be patient. Before we address the chicken, we must first address who received permits to make noise and carry signs during the lead-up to last night’s debate between U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, and Republican …

Shaheen, Brown outline the ‘clear choice’ for N.H.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As they sparred on stage at last night’s U.S. Senate debate, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her Republican challenger Scott Brown repeated many of the lines they’ve used to outline the “clear choice” New Hampshire voters will face Election Day. Brown said that involves a decision between a senator who will continue “voting …

Meet the candidates for state Senate District 16

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Maureen Raiche Manning was just settling into life anew as an empty nester when she got a phone call in late July. Then another. And another. The race for state Senate District 16 had no Democratic challenger. Would she be interested in running? Manning may have seemed an obvious choice from the outset. …

Hopkinton school district creates a “living painting,” first district in state to participate in “Art for the Sky”

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hopkinton Superintendent Steve Chamberlin and art teacher Kim Emerson visited the field behind the library last Columbus Day weekend to scope it out for the site of the living art project that took the district a year to …

Concord home invader sentenced to four years in prison, admits to threatening teens

Friday, October 17, 2014

A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday to breaking into a Concord home this spring and threatening two adolescents inside with a BB gun as he and another man hunted for cash and other items. Benjamin Boynton of Franklin pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery. As part …

After nonpublic meeting, no punishment for Chichester road agent

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After a 50-minute nonpublic session Tuesday, the Chichester Board of Selectmen decided not to punish the town’s road agent after all. The meeting was a continuation of a discussion from a month ago about Road Agent Jim Plunkett’s alleged untruthfulness. At that time, the three selectmen settled on …

State Senate candidates Feltes, Harman talk revenue at Warner forum

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Local candidates for the New Hampshire State House discussed new revenue sources, from increased taxes to expanded gambling, at a forum last night in Warner. Both candidates for state Senate District 15 called New Hampshire’s tax system “regressive,” but Democrat Dan Feltes and Republican Lydia Harman took different …

Havenstein outraises Hassan for first time

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan has far outspent Republican challenger Walt Havenstein since the two became official opponents following the Sept. 9 primary.  Within that same time frame, Havenstein outraised Hassan for the first time this election cycle, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday.  Now, heading into the final …

Fresh faces on Executive Council bring new perspective

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The New Hampshire Executive Council looks decidedly younger than it did a few years ago. A period of transition on the council began in 2012, when victories by Republican Chris Sununu and Democrats Chris Pappas and Colin Van …

In Executive Council race, Van Ostern a heavy favorite

Thursday, October 16, 2014

With his opponent barely campaigning, incumbent Democrat Colin Van Ostern is expected to breeze to victory in Executive Council District 2. Van Ostern, of Concord, is running against Republican Tim Dillon of Concord, who is not actively campaigning …

Concord School Board picks New Hampshire School Boards Association to help search for superintendent

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Concord School Board voted last night to hire the New Hampshire School Boards Association as the firm to assist with the search for a superintendent. The board heard three separate presentations at a public meeting before deciding on NHSBA. The two other presentations were from the Educational …

N.H. Supreme Court rules on push pulling lawsuit

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The state Supreme Court has upheld a judge’s ruling that federal election laws pre-empt New Hampshire’s regulation of push polling, the practice of asking voters questions intended to influence their decisions. The ruling stems from a poll during the 2010 Congressional election of former Republican U.S. representative Charlie …

State Supreme Court takes up convicted murderer Breest’s appeal

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The state Supreme Court yesterday considered whether Robert Breest, a 76-year-old convicted murderer, should be allowed to seek a new trial because of recently discovered DNA evidence that calls into question a key element in his case. Breest …