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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (center) of Florida buys chocolate from Central Sweets Candy Shop owner Tom Charbono in Franklin on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Hunting for the primary’s dollar impact amid Meals and Rooms Tax data

Friday, February 12, 2016

If there’s any place where spending due to the presidential primary will show up, it’s in the revenue reports used to calculate the state’s Meals and Rooms Tax. So that’s where the Monitor decided to look. We checked the revenue reported by hotels, motels and eateries throughout Merrimack County for the months surrounding the 2012 and 2008 primaries. Not enough …

How much money does the primary leave in its wake? Fewer than you think

Friday, February 12, 2016

The attention that New Hampshire gets from standing at the front of the presidential primary line is nice, but there’s another reason to put up with the endless pollster phone calls and traffic blocked by campaign events: Money. “Usually the first quarter of the year is the slower time for us. You come …

State AG’s office looks into claims of primary voter fraud

Friday, February 12, 2016

The attorney general’s office is investigating a series of undercover videos from an activist group that depict election workers telling out-of-state residents they can vote in New Hampshire if they sign an affidavit claiming they live here. The videos were released Wednesday by Project Veritas, the same conservative activist group behind a series of similar videos in 2012 that sparked a widespread debate …

Ayotte asks Hassan to sign people’s pledge to limit third-party spending in U.S. Senate race

Friday, February 12, 2016

Republican Kelly Ayotte is asking rival Democrat Maggie Hassan to sign a pledge meant to reduce third-party spending in their U.S. Senate race, which is expected to be one of the most competitive – and expensive – this …

Federal weapons recalled from local police as lawmakers try to limit use of military gear

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Meredith Police Department never got a chance to use its grenade launcher. The equipment, obtained at least nine years ago through a U.S. Department of Defense program, was recalled by the Obama administration as part of its reconsideration of a federal policy giving surplus military gear to …

As nominee faces heat, Maine governor picks himself instead

Friday, February 12, 2016

Maine Gov. Paul LePage figured Democrats would shoot down his choice for education commissioner, so he withdrew the nomination. And on Thursday, he named himself to lead the department instead. The famously pugnacious Republican governor made the announcement …

Maine landlord who killed tenants over snow removal gets life sentence

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Maine landlord who admitted killing two tenants following a dispute over parking spots after a snowstorm was sentenced Thursday to life in prison. A judge imposed Maine’s maximum penalty on James Pak, 77, who pleaded guilty to murder last week. Pak shot and killed Derrick Thompson, 19, …

Clinton says Sanders making promises that ‘cannot be kept’

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial support of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night’s Democratic debate in Milwaukee, Wis., a polite but pointed contest that marked a shift in the primary toward states with …

New energy coming into New England grid, but don’t expect a break on electric bills

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Natural gas is so plentiful and cheap that an auction to ensure New England won’t suffer future brownouts drew prices lower than anybody was expecting, and lured enough new production to calm concerns about coal-fired and nuclear power plants shutting. The annual auction also drew the first guarantee …

Last occupiers of Oregon wildlife refuge surrender to FBI

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Surrounded by FBI agents in armored vehicles, the last four occupiers of a national nature preserve surrendered Thursday, and a leader in their movement who organized a 2014 standoff with authorities was criminally charged in federal court. The …

North Korea occupies business park as tension with Seoul spikes

Thursday, February 11, 2016

North Korea ordered its army to occupy an industrial park jointly run with the South and severed a military hotline as tensions between the two countries continue to spike in the aftermath of Kim Jong Un’s recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch. North Korea will expel the …

Italy urged Egypt for help hours after student disappeared

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Italian officials contacted Egyptian authorities hours after a student later found tortured to death disappeared in central Cairo last month, according to an official summary of early Italian efforts to locate him. The summary, obtained by the Associated …

Riot at prison in northern Mexico leaves 52 inmates dead

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 52 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country’s deadliest prison melee in years. No escapes were reported in …