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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators’ state Capitol day event, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa. Cruz has made four trips to Iowa in eight months. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Social conservatives seek standard bearer for 2016

Thursday, October 2, 2014

While there is not yet a front-runner in the early race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is quickly becoming the favored contender of social conservatives, riding a recent wave of fiery speeches and standing ovations at right-wing conferences. Cruz’s core supporters on the right are the activists and high-powered interest groups determined to keep …

New England College poll shows Republican gains in races

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A new poll from New England College shows the leads previously enjoyed by Democratic incumbents in the New Hampshire gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races are narrowing. Among 1,331 registered likely voters who were polled Friday, 47.9 percent said they favored Gov. Maggie Hassan and 44.1 percent said they favored her Republican opponent, Walt Havenstein. A poll conducted a week earlier had Hassan leading …

State finishes 2014 fiscal year with a $20 million surplus, but $7 million less than planned

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The state government finished the most recent fiscal year with a surplus of $19.5 million, but fell about $7 million short of its surplus goal, according to an unaudited spending report released by the governor’s office yesterday. The budget for the 2014 fiscal year – which ended June 30 – called for roughly … 3

Brown, Shaheen pick up more endorsements

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Scott Brown and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen started the week with a handful of key endorsements and continued to knock each other’s track records: Brown said Shaheen is bad news for businesses, while she said he’s bad news for women. Brown, a Republican, picked up support from the … 3

2 N.H. legislators to hold drug abuse forum

Monday, September 29, 2014

Two New Hampshire legislators will be holding a public forum on synthetic drug abuse in Jaffrey. The forum by state Sen. Peggy Gilmour of Hollis and state Rep. Susan Emerson of Rindge is scheduled for today. Entitled “Heroin, Spice and Bath Salt: Talking Out Loud,” it will be …

Changes to New Hampshire’s concealed carry license application trigger concern from gun rights activists

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Department of Safety is reissuing the state’s concealed carry gun license application for the second time in two months after complaints from gun rights activists prompted the department to withdraw some of the changes it made to the form this summer. The department’s latest move isn’t appeasing … 20

Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

Monday, September 29, 2014

The United States underestimated the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, President Obama said during an interview broadcast last night, in which he also acknowledged the Iraqi army’s inability to successfully tackle the threat. According to a transcript from last night’s 60 Minutes on CBS, … 4

Obama: ‘Contradictory’ Syria policy helps Assad

Monday, September 29, 2014

President Obama yesterday gave voice to the conundrum at the heart of his Syria policy, acknowledging that the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State and al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria is helping Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, a man …

Pro-democracy protests expand in Hong Kong

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pro-democracy protests expanded in Hong Kong last night, a day after demonstrators upset over Beijing’s decision to limit political reforms defied onslaughts of tear gas and appeals from Hong Kong’s top leader to go home. And with rumors …

GOP cautions that Senate control would have limits

Monday, September 29, 2014

How much difference will it make if Republicans win the Senate majority Nov. 4, joining the GOP-run House against a Democratic White House? Congress’s persistent gridlock is due largely, but not entirely, to the current power split in …

Ray Duckler: A vote for me is a vote for change - honest

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Send me to Washington, D.C., in November. I want to be your senator. With all due respect to incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown, the two New Hampshire candidates vying for a Senate seat, my policies are better than theirs. I’m everything you want in a politician. I’m … 3

Help wanted: Free lawyers for immigrant children

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Most of the nearly 60,000 Central American children who have arrived on the U.S.-Mexico border in the last year still don’t have lawyers to represent them in immigration court, and advocates are scrambling to train volunteer attorneys to …

U.S. struggles to blunt Syria rebel anger at strikes

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The United States is struggling to counter anger among the Syrian opposition, where many believe that the air campaign against extremists in the country is only helping President Bashar Assad and that Washington is coordinating with Damascus, despite …