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PolitiFact: Jeb Bush says Americans consume vast majority of addictive painkillers

Saturday, February 6, 2016

“90 percent of all pain medications are prescribed in the United States.” — Jeb Bush on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 in an editorial board interview with the Concord Monitor -------------- As New Hampshire officials work to contain the state’s opioid crisis, presidential candidates have been called upon to address the problem and offer solutions. At an editorial board meeting with …

Republicans circle as stakes grow in New Hampshire

Saturday, February 6, 2016

On the rise in a tightening race, Marco Rubio shouldered intensifying attacks Friday from moderate-leaning Republicans who fear a strong Rubio showing in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary could spell the end for their frazzled presidential campaigns. Jeb Bush and Chris Christie both accused Rubio of a lackluster set of accomplishments. Bush, campaigning with …

Former GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole says Ted Cruz is not a conservative, but ‘an extremist’

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, has been publicly backing former Florida governor Jeb Bush since endorsing him back in November. But after Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses Monday, the former Kansas senator is growing more concerned about the prospect of the Texas senator being the potential GOP nominee. “He’s not …

Ray Duckler: The biggest political issue of our times, and few care

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The voter waiting in line to hear Hillary Clinton held the pamphlet crumpled in her hand, unread, destined for the trash. I asked the woman, Melissa Umpierrez of Manchester, for comment on the material given to her by …

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 …

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! …

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 …

In final State of the State address, Hassan focuses on jobs

Friday, February 5, 2016

Gov. Maggie Hassan unveiled a new workforce development initiative Thursday, which aims to get low-income residents into good-paying jobs and put at-risk youth on positive career tracks. The second-term Democrat detailed the “Gateway to Work” plan during the …

Sanders’s appeal to young voters: ‘He’s the cool grandpa’

Friday, February 5, 2016

As Democratic debate fever descended on the University of New Hampshire campus Thursday, junior Celine Guedj spent her afternoon in the student union building handing out information for a LGBTQ+ student group. Guedj supports Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders …

PolitiFact: Ted Cruz off on claim that median African-American income rose $5,000 under Reagan

Friday, February 5, 2016

During a town hall event at New England College in Henniker, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz faced a voter who asked what he would do for “struggling minorities.” Cruz said the key is economic growth, underpinned by a …