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Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., arrives with her daughter Katherine where she announced her plans to seek a second term in the U.S. Senate Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Ayotte facing a whole new political ballgame

Sunday, July 5, 2015

As far as Kathleen Veracco can recall, her daughter didn’t show much of an interest in running any kind of campaign growing up, until she was a student at Penn State seeking out a position as president of the school’s largest sorority leadership organization. Veracco, for her part, held a few community posts over the years and worked as a …

Clinton: Hopeful US can reach ‘verifiable deal’ with Iran

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hillary Clinton said Saturday that she remains hopeful the U.S. can reach a “strong verifiable deal” to curb Iran’s nuclear weapons program by next week’s deadline. The Democratic presidential front-runner said during a July Fourth campaign organizing event in northern New Hampshire that she hopes U.S. and its allies can clinch a deal …

Walker says open records restrictions will be dropped

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he and GOP legislative leaders have agreed to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back the state’s open records laws. Walker announced the decision in a joint statement Saturday with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and the co-chairs of the joint budget committee. The statement said the …

State House: Bills’ fates hang on Hassan

Saturday, July 4, 2015

While most state lawmakers have already fled Concord for the summer recess, several big-time bills they passed this year on subjects ranging from medical marijuana to concealed guns are awaiting action from Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. Once a …

Ray Duckler: Are you driving and talking hands free yet?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

With apologies to the Concord Police Department, I broke the law three days ago and got away with it. No one pulled me over for talking on my cell phone, held to my ear, which is no longer …

Hassan likely to veto bill removing concealed gun license

Saturday, July 4, 2015

New Hampshire’s gun laws are likely to be the center of debate next week as Gov. Maggie Hassan takes action on a bill that would make it easier for people to carry hidden guns. She has said she’ll veto it. The legislation passed the Republican-led Legislature this year …

N.H. Democrats find some of Chafee’s ideas ‘odd’

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee stands before a few dozen people at a meeting of New Hampshire’s Belknap County Democrats. The Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat gets nods of approval when he tells them he was the only Republican senator to vote against …

PolitiFact NH: Hassan says 6,000 people on expanded Medicaid have sought treatment for addiction

Friday, July 3, 2015

Six thousand people have sought addiction treatment through expanded Medicaid. — Maggie Hassan on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 in her State of the State speech in Nashua ---------------- When New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan gave her state of …

State revenue ahead of plan for June

Thursday, July 2, 2015

State revenues came in $3.3 million above plan for June, putting the state $42.5 million ahead of estimates for the fiscal year. The revenue numbers released Thursday are unaudited, and the state will see a final audited picture of the year’s budget in the fall. These numbers, while …

July Fourth in New Hampshire: Expect pies, parades and plenty of presidential candidates

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself doing a double-take at the guy, or gal, walking down Main Street between firefighters and kids decked out in red white and blue this weekend. The state’s July Fourth celebrations have …

After election dispute, new president sworn in for labor federation

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

For the first time in 26 years, New Hampshire’s largest labor federation has a new president. Glenn Brackett was sworn in for a four-year term as the head of the New Hampshire chapter of the AFL-CIO on Wednesday morning. The federation represents more than 26,000 workers from more …

Overcoming hostilities, U.S. and Cuba to open embassies

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes. For …

Hours after announcing presidential run, Chris Christie answers questions from crowd in Sandown

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chris Christie had already spent about a half-hour addressing the crowd – getting in the weeds on his vision for entitlement reform, the need for strong surveillance and counterterrorism programs, and other policy issues – when he paused …