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Presidential hopeful Senator John McCain campaigns at a house party at the home of Jayne and Shawn Millerick in Bow, New Hampshire on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17, 2007. Afterwards, he stops at Capitol Convenience where Mary Hill, a store clerk and old friend of the Clintons from the 1990s, announces that she will endorse McCain. 
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Setting the stage: N.H. political veterans talk about what it takes to throw a good campaign event

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you’re a presidential candidate looking to make your mark in New Hampshire, the old adage rings true: Location, location, location. There’s no shortage of iconic campaign stops that have produced legendary primary moments over the years, but when voters show up to a town hall, a house party, a Politics and Eggs breakfast, a parade or any other pre-planned …

Capital Beat: Bill could open up State House on weekends

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Between Monday and Friday, anyone can wander into the State House to look at the building’s architecture, see the historic legislative chambers, and view more than 200 portraits that hang along the walls. But come weekend the doors are locked shut. Visitors can view the building from the outside only. Some Concord lawmakers …

Ireland backs legalizing gay marriage by a landslide

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Irish voters backed legalizing gay marriage by a landslide, according to electoral figures announced yesterday – a stunning result that illustrates the rapid social change taking place in this traditionally Catholic nation. Figures from Friday’s referendum announced at Dublin Castle showed that 62.1 percent of Irish voters said “yes.” Outside, watching the results …

In Brief: NSA phone surveillance provision set to expire

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise …

Clinton’s NH appearance draws ardent supporters, curious onlookers

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The windows were papered over from the inside, and on the door of the Water Street Bookstore in the middle of Exeter, a sign informed customers: “We are closed from 12-3 p.m. today due to a private event. We apologize for the inconvenience!” For those who hadn’t seen …

Senate is ‘playing chicken’ with NSA spy program, White House says

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The White House and top Senate Republicans traded dire warnings yesterday as a standoff over a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program threatened to continue into the weekend. If senators do not act before leaving Washington this weekend for a week-long recess, the legal authority underpinning the NSA’s …

Senate gives Obama a win on trade pact

Saturday, May 23, 2015

President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda yesterday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations. A coalition of nearly 50 Senate Republicans and more than …

U.S. ground troops have ‘no role’ in Iraq

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday she sees “no role whatsoever” for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants. The existing U.S. policy of providing air support, intelligence, surveillance …

Rules about public risk pools could change in Senate plan

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Secretary of State’s office could lose its ability to regulate a public risk pool it’s had issues with for years if a last-minute amendment to the Senate’s budget remains in place. The amendment transfers enforcement authority over public risk pools to the insurance department. It would take …

Concord man who sent out hoax email leading up to special election charged with felony

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Concord man who confessed to creating a hoax email leading voters to believe a candidate for state representative was dropping out of a special election has been charged with two crimes, including a felony, by the state’s …

Money for courthouse, women’s prison, State House repair in capital budget

Friday, May 22, 2015

An effort to keep the county courthouse downtown is fading away now that a key Senate committee approved funding for a new courthouse to be built off Hazen Drive. The Senate Capital Budget Committee approved the projects at …

N.H. Senate committee rejects $4 million for commuter rail study

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A push to extend commuter rail from Boston into New Hampshire hit a snag yesterday when a state Senate committee rejected plans to spend $4 million to study the expansion. The vote fell along party lines, with Republicans on the Senate Capital Budget Committee rejecting the proposal and …

Senate votes to give Obama fast-track authority on Pacific Rim trade deal

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Republicans and a small band of Democrats rescued President Barack Obama’s trade agenda from the brink of failure yesterday, clearing a key hurdle in the Senate but leaving the final outcome in doubt. Supporters must still navigate a set of tricky-but-popular proposals that could torpedo the legislation’s chances, …