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Former New York  Gov. George Pataki speaks at a Republican Leadership Summit, Friday, April 17, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

In New Hampshire, Pataki challenges Trump to immigration debate

Monday, July 6, 2015

George Pataki was among the first Republican presidential candidates to call out Donald Trump’s comments characterizing Mexican immigrants as a group that consists largely of criminals and “rapists” – and now, he’s challenging the mogul to a one-on-one debate in New Hampshire on the immigration issue. “I would be delighted to have a debate with Donald Trump on this issue,” …

Guinta to hold first town hall since FEC violations surfaced

Monday, July 6, 2015

Rep. Frank Guinta has, in the months since the Federal Election Commission found that he broke campaign finance regulations, repeatedly signaled plans to continue on in his role as congressman, business as usual – sending emails to supporters, attending Republican events and, just last weekend, participating in Independence Day celebrations. This weekend, he’ll …

N.H. synthetic drug ban signed into law

Monday, July 6, 2015

It’s been nearly a year since Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency over synthetic cannabinoids – sometimes referred to as “spice” or “Smacked!” – in the wake of a series of overdoses attributed to the substance across New Hampshire. Within months, legislators were at work on the latest in a series of attempts to ban such substances – and Monday, Hassan …

Hassan vetoes bill to remove concealed carry license

Monday, July 6, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan stood firm Monday against Republican-led efforts to roll back the state law regulating who can carry hidden guns. In her veto message, Hassan said a bill to remove the licensing requirement for carrying concealed firearms would undo the state’s “common sense” gun laws. “New Hampshire’s …

Standoff over social media passwords breaks new legal ground

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights. But after losing ownership of his suburban Houston store in bankruptcy, Jeremy Alcede spent …

Christie, now a candidate, looks to close the book on Bridgegate

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who last week announced his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination, faces many challenges: a crowded and still-expanding field, scant support in national GOP polls, and voters in early primary states unsure about his sharp tongue and skeptical about his conservative bona …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …