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Edith Dame and Sandy Watson, servers at Tilt'n Diner, greet former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as he arrives at the Laconia restaurant for a last-minute stop during his latest swing through New Hampshire. They presented Bush with a box of "Nerds" candy because she was told that he was a little bit of a "nerd."

(CASEY McDERMOTT/ Monitor staff)

At Tilt’n Diner stop, Bush declares: ‘I’m gonna win New Hampshire’

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Donald Trump might be attacking him as “low energy” and deride his use of Spanish on the campaign trail. John Kasich might be threatening his hold as the “establishment” favorite at this point in the election cycle – according to the pundits, at least. But Jeb Bush, on the tail end of his latest trip to New Hampshire, remained adamant …

Gay rights advocates: Jailed Kentucky clerk is no martyr

Saturday, September 5, 2015

As a defiant Kentucky clerk sat in jail Friday, choosing indefinite imprisonment over licensing gay marriages, her lawyers approached the microphones outside and compared her to Dr. Martin Luther King. Around the country, other supporters reached for Biblical heroes, comparing her to Silas and Daniel, imprisoned for their faith and rescued by God. …

Jailed clerk’s attorney: Marriage licenses for gays are void

Saturday, September 5, 2015

A jailed Kentucky clerk asserted that marriage licenses issued without her authority Friday to gay couples in Rowan County are void and “not worth the paper they are written on” because she didn’t authorize them, her attorney said. Kim Davis now wears an orange jumpsuit and “has already been doing Bible studies with …

Clinton outlines plan to address substance abuse

Friday, September 4, 2015

Hillary Clinton – one of a handful of presidential candidates to address substance abuse as a policy issue while campaigning in New Hampshire – outlined a plan this week to strengthen prevention, treatment and recovery efforts at the …

Trump vows no third-party bid, will back GOP primary winner

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Caving to intense Republican lobbying, presidential candidate Donald Trump ruled out the prospect of a third-party White House bid Thursday and vowed to support whoever wins the party’s nomination – a U-turn made easier by his position at …

Political Monitor quiz for Sept. 4: The Sex on the Beach edition

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Make sure to check your guidebook for double entendres, because it’s time to flex those fingers, stretch your memory banks and test your recall of a week’s worth of political news stories. Candidates are flocking to ask for your vote, mountains are being renamed and the challenge is …

Political Monitor podcast: Sanders and Clinton tussle, Kasich opens a lemonade stand, and Perry rides into the sunset

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Concord Monitor political junkies Clay Wirestone, Casey McDermott and Jonathan Van Fleet have a little something for everyone this week, as Democrats scramble and Republicans start to shed candidates. For more political news, visit politics.concordmonitor.com. …

At Northern Pass information session, focus is on burial of line

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Concord resident Gene Rudolph has one big question when it comes to the Northern Pass transmission project: “Why can’t they bury it?” As proposed, the transmission line would run overhead right next to McKenna’s Purchase, a condominium development near Loudon Road that Rudolph has called home for the …

Biden testing political waters in Florida

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Approaching a time of decision, Vice President Joe Biden tested the political waters in Florida on Wednesday as he mulls over whether to join a 2016 presidential race that’s left a lot Democrats wanting more choice. Biden attended …

Henniker Community School students press Kasich at New England College town hall

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Take it from Alex Garside and Alana Sevigny: If you want to talk to one of the presidential hopefuls parading through New Hampshire, it helps to remember that they’re just people, too. “Don’t be nervous, because really, when …

Lessig will need to push to make $1 million fundraising deadline

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lawrence Lessig, the Harvard professor potentially running for the Democratic nomination for president, will need to pick up the pace on his fundraising in the next few days if he is to make his goal. Last month, after …

Happy hour turns sour: N.H. recalls book with ‘incredibly offensive’ cocktail names

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hundreds of bartending books distributed by the New Hampshire Liquor Commission to store employees have been recalled after some workers complained the manuals contained sexually explicit drink names. The Liquor Commission paid $3,300 for 500 copies of the …

Top adviser: Perry is bailing on New Hampshire

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

In New Hampshire, former Texas governor Rick Perry’s cash-strapped campaign has no staff, no volunteers and no plans to return, said his former lead strategist in the state. The Republican presidential candidate’s campaign said last week that it …