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Political Monitor podcast: One day until New Hampshire votes, with Trump and Sanders out front

Monday, February 8, 2016

In a special bonus podcast episode, Monitor reporters Megan Doyle, Allie Morris and Ella Nilsen join Clay Wirestone to run down the primary race on the Republican and Democratic sides. Who will win? Who will lose? Take a listen, and don’t forget to vote. …

On campaign reform, Lessig sees a challenge for Sanders and opportunity for Trump

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Lawrence Lessig wanted to be the presidential candidate that made fundamental reform of elections a central campaign issue, taking on a system he believes is rigged and deeply entrenched in favor of wealthy donors. The Harvard professor and founder of the New Hampshire Rebellion knew Americans were unified, regardless of political affiliation, in their belief that money has too much influence on politics. …

Where They Stand: Campaign finance reform an issue with some clear bipartisanship

Sunday, February 7, 2016

There’s at least one issue that candidates of both parties can agree on – at least to some degree. It’s tempering the way money influences politics in Washington. The Democrats are talking about it as loud as ever. Both candidates have published agendas of reforms they’d like to enact. In general, the Republicans aren’t as keen on some of those proposals, but each …

Where they stand: Planned Parenthood dispute and abortion rights

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade more than four decades ago, but in 2016, abortion remains a divisive issue. All of the Republican candidates oppose abortion and say they would defund Planned Parenthood. Of the eight remaining candidates, three – Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Ben …

Dems ready for long primary

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush …

Republican-controlled Senate signs off on bills to combat substance abuse

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Republican-controlled Senate signed off on spending $4.6 million to combat New Hampshire’s drug crisis, which officials estimate claimed more than 400 lives last year. The chamber unanimously passed three bills Thursday that would use that money to fund a statewide drug court program, a policing initiative meant …

Health insurance participation through online site up slightly from a year ago

Friday, February 5, 2016

About 2,000 more people signed up for health insurance through the online Marketplace this year than last year. According to data released this week, 55,183 New Hampshire residents enrolled for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act through the Health Insurance Marketplace since November 2015, when the latest …

Political Monitor quiz for Feb. 5: The sprint to the finish line edition

Friday, February 5, 2016

With a handful of days left until the New Hampshire primary, the air is electric as candidates pound the pavement and saturate the airwaves. Who will win? Who will lose? Remember to vote and have your say! …

Texas: Anti-abortion activist rejects probation offer

Friday, February 5, 2016

An attorney for an anti-abortion activist said Thursday that his client does not plan to accept a proposed plea deal for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos. Terry Yates, the attorney for David Daleiden, who faces …

Grand jury indicts 16 people in Oregon

Friday, February 5, 2016

By MARK BERMAN and LEAH SOTTILE Washington Post A federal grand jury has indicted 16 people for their roles in the Oregon wildlife refuge standoff, charging them all with a count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States. The group’s leader, Ammon Bundy, and 15 other …

Senate blocks energy bill over Flint water fight

Friday, February 5, 2016

A bipartisan energy bill more than a year in the making was blocked by Democrats on a procedural vote in the Senate, falling victim to disagreements over aid for the lead- poisoned water system of Flint, Michigan. The Senate voted 46-50, short of the 60 votes needed to …

Christie bounces between fiery and patient with voters as primary nears

Friday, February 5, 2016

For Henniker resident John Kjellman, the ability to change one’s mind is good. Which is why he likes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his switch from a pro-abortion rights stance to an anti-abortion one. “That’s a good …

Reported use of cigarettes and alcohol down sharply in N.H. schools, but e-cigarette use is soaring

Friday, February 5, 2016

New Hampshire high school students are using much less alcohol and tobacco than they did a decade ago, while their use of illegal drugs has not declined nearly as much, according to the latest in a series of …