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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen joined Sen. Kelly Ayotte in supporting an amendment to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

Congressional Roll Call, July 31

Sunday, August 2, 2015

By Targeted News Service Here’s a look at how members of Congress voted over the previous week. House Student Aid and Private Universities: The House has passed the Need-Based Educational Aid Act (S. 1482), sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican. The bill would extend through 2022 an exemption from federal anti-trust laws for private universities giving students in …

Capital Beat: Bipartisan group to focus on ‘opportunity gap’

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The presidential candidates flooding to New Hampshire often talk about their humble beginnings, and how they worked their way up to become the people they are today. It’s the classic promise of the American Dream – that no matter your background, if you work hard enough, you can get ahead. But evidence shows …

McCain asks New Hampshire voters to pay attention to Graham in 2016

Saturday, August 1, 2015

At the end of a Saturday town hall held for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday, fellow Republican Sen. John McCain made a direct appeal to New Hampshire voters. “Tell your friends to go and see Lindsey Graham,” he said. “You hold a very, very unique position in the decision to …

Hillary and Bill Clinton earn more than $139M

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, earned more than $139 million between 2007 and 2014, according to federal income tax returns released by her campaign Friday. The returns show that the Clintons paid an overall federal tax rate of 31.6 percent during …

Abortion supporters get help from courts in video fight

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Abortion rights advocates locked in a public relations battle with abortion opponents over videos of Planned Parenthood leaders discussing the use of aborted fetuses got some good news from two courts in California. A federal judge in San …

Backing breast-feeding

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Nursing mothers joined advocates at the State House on Friday to emphasize that women who breast-feed in the workplace should not face discrimination or retaliation, kicking off World Breastfeeding Week. Similar gatherings were held in Dover, Littleton and …

Debate in his sights, Kasich zeroes in on New Hampshire

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Days before Fox News announces who will participate in the first GOP primary debate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is projecting a laid-back attitude toward his chances of being on stage and saying he’s pleased with the support he’s …

Bird-dog training helps voters ask strong questions that require thoughtful answers

Saturday, August 1, 2015

In New Hampshire, where presidential politics is often considered a sport, many voters treat the state’s primary as the country’s professional league. Participation in the first-in-the-nation candidate events – and naturally, voting come February – requires preparation. Practice …

Report: Democracy in N.H. gets failing grades

Friday, July 31, 2015

New Hampshire’s democracy just brought home its report card – and it’s full of D’s and F’s, according to a report released Thursday by Open Democracy, a New Hampshire organization working to reduce the influence of money in …

Breast-feeding rally to urge broader legislation in N.H.

Friday, July 31, 2015

When Janice Snyder began working at a Concord restaurant, the general manger let the nursing mother pump breast milk in the privacy of his office. But when a new manager who wasn’t comfortable with the arrangement took over, Snyder said she ran into problems. Despite her stated discomfort, …

Democrats consider distance from Jefferson, Jackson

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Democratic parties in the three states that start the presidential nominating process are exploring ending their association with two former White House occupants: Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Accelerating a trend that goes back years, committees in several …

Political Monitor podcast: Photographing the primary, Christie’s poll dismissal and Hillary’s artful dodges

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Concord Monitor political writers and editors Clay Wirestone and Casey McDermott talk Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton and state politics this week. But they also spend serious time with Monitor staff photographer Elizabeth Frantz, who explains how she captures …

Sanders advocates for single-payer health-care system on Medicare anniversary

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders highlighted his support for a single-payer health care system – a position that separates him from his rivals for the Democratic nomination – during a Thursday rally on Capitol Hill celebrating the 50th anniversary …