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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the intellectual cornerstone of the court’s modern conservative wing, whose elegant and acidic opinions inspired a movement of legal thinkers and ignited liberal critics, died Saturday on a ranch near Marfa, Texas. He was 79. The cause of death was not immediately known. In a statement Saturday, Chief Justice John Roberts said: “On behalf of the Court and retired Justices, I am saddened to report …

A portrait of a Trump town: Seabrook, N.H.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The vestige of Donald Trump’s lopsided primary win is still visible days later on Lafayette Road in Seabrook, where a blue-collar electorate proudly rallied behind the businessman to give him an outright majority vote in a crowded field. On one side of that road is a biker bar that’s known to have upwards …

Ray Duckler: With primary done, one last look backward

Saturday, February 13, 2016

What do you remember? That’s the beauty of our first-in-the-nation primary. Public access to these political giants is, sometimes, better than news media access. You and I can feel the candidates out, peek inside, see what makes them tick. We have our radars on, deciding who’s genuine and who’s a fraud, who’s consistent …

Political Monitor quiz for Feb. 12: The results are in edition

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bernie! Donald! It was a night of high excitement Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans doing what the pollsters had dared them to -- pick the outsider candidates by big margins. But there were other stories and bits of …

Hassan, Ayotte continue to spar over People’s Pledge

Friday, February 12, 2016

Democrat Maggie Hassan is raising the stakes in the debate over how to limit outside spending in her U.S. Senate race against Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte. But rather than sign the so-called People’s Pledge to limit outside spending …

Hunting for the primary’s dollar impact amid Meals and Rooms Tax data

Friday, February 12, 2016

If there’s any place where spending due to the presidential primary will show up, it’s in the revenue reports used to calculate the state’s Meals and Rooms Tax. So that’s where the Monitor decided to look. We checked …

How much money does the primary leave in its wake? Less than you think

Friday, February 12, 2016

The attention that New Hampshire gets from standing at the front of the presidential primary line is nice, but there’s another reason to put up with the endless pollster phone calls and traffic blocked by campaign events: Money. …

State AG’s office looks into claims of primary voter fraud

Friday, February 12, 2016

The attorney general’s office is investigating a series of undercover videos from an activist group that depict election workers telling out-of-state residents they can vote in New Hampshire if they sign an affidavit claiming they live here. The videos were released Wednesday by Project Veritas, the same conservative …

Ayotte asks Hassan to sign people’s pledge to limit third-party spending in U.S. Senate race

Friday, February 12, 2016

Republican Kelly Ayotte is asking rival Democrat Maggie Hassan to sign a pledge meant to reduce third-party spending in their U.S. Senate race, which is expected to be one of the most competitive – and expensive – this …

Federal weapons recalled from local police as lawmakers try to limit use of military gear

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Meredith Police Department never got a chance to use its grenade launcher. The equipment, obtained at least nine years ago through a U.S. Department of Defense program, was recalled by the Obama administration as part of its reconsideration of a federal policy giving surplus military gear to …

As nominee faces heat, Maine governor picks himself instead

Friday, February 12, 2016

Maine Gov. Paul LePage figured Democrats would shoot down his choice for education commissioner, so he withdrew the nomination. And on Thursday, he named himself to lead the department instead. The famously pugnacious Republican governor made the announcement …

Clinton says Sanders making promises that ‘cannot be kept’

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial support of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night’s Democratic debate in Milwaukee, Wis., a polite but pointed contest that marked a shift in the primary toward states with …

New energy coming into New England grid, but don’t expect a break on electric bills

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Natural gas is so plentiful and cheap that an auction to ensure New England won’t suffer future brownouts drew prices lower than anybody was expecting, and lured enough new production to calm concerns about coal-fired and nuclear power plants shutting. The annual auction also drew the first guarantee …