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Former governor of Virginia Jim Gilmore visited Laconia Harley-Davidson on Friday, June 19, 2015. Gilmore, who is considering a presidential campaign, visited the state during Laconia Motorcycle Week.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Make that 17 – Jim Gilmore officially launches presidential campaign

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Seventeen is now the total – and likely final – number of 2016 Republicans presidential candidates. Jim Gilmore, the former governor of Virginia, is officially in the running as of Wednesday. Gilmore, who has unofficially been campaigning for months and has visited New Hampshire many times, filed his paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission under the committee name “Gilmore for …

Sanders house parties help fuel grassroots base

Thursday, July 30, 2015

About 45 people introduced themselves to one another in a Penacook backyard Wednesday night. Despite the 90-degree heat, they all turned out to a house party hosted for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The party in Penacook was one of 37 others being held in New Hampshire, and one of more than 3,000 …

N.H. drug czar position extended through December

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lawmakers opted to continue funding the state’s drug czar position through the end of the year, despite some Republicans’ claims that the man tasked with coordinating New Hampshire’s substance abuse response hasn’t outlined clear goals or contacted key players. “I think the office is important,” said Sen. Jerry Little, a Weare Republican. “I don’t think it’s performing the mission we want it to …

Governor signs bill modernizing securities regulations

Monday, July 27, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that modernizes securities regulations in New Hampshire, with the goal of making it easier for businesses to start up and grow. The Uniform Securities Act was signed into law Monday afternoon. …

Perry says movie theaters should not be gun-free zones

Sunday, July 26, 2015

In the wake of two recent mass shootings, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said Sunday he does not support declaring certain public spaces “gun- free zones.” “I would suggest to you that these concepts of gun-free zones are …

Shift in DHS enforcement policy could sharply reduce deportations

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Obama administration’s profound shift in its enforcement of immigration laws could “substantially transform” the nation’s immigration dragnet, reducing deportations and protecting nearly 90 percent of the illegal immigrants already here, a new report says. As the Washington Post reported this month, the Department of Homeland Security has …

Clinton says she’s confident about proper handling of emails

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she never knowingly sent or received classified information using her private email server and did not know what messages were being cited by intelligence investigators as examples of emails containing classified information. …

In Louisiana, Sanders starts courting black voters

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders brought his message of income inequality to racially diverse audiences in Louisiana this weekend, launching a new effort to build support among African-Americans, a key Democratic constituency. The 73-year-old senator from Vermont, a state …

O’Malley connects with St. Paul’s students on tech, says he’s the first candidate on Snapchat

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Speaking to a group of soon-to-be high school seniors in Concord on Sunday, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley presented himself as the presidential candidate in touch with and inspired by today’s youth. He declared it a “historical fact” …

Obama blends blunt messages with warm reflections

Sunday, July 26, 2015

President Obama mixed blunt messages to Kenya’s leaders on gay rights, corruption and counterterrorism Saturday with warm reflections on his family ties to a nation that considers him a local son. He foreshadowed a focus on Kenya in …

Shift in immigration enforcement policy could sharply reduce deportations

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Obama administration’s profound shift in its enforcement of immigration laws could “substantially transform” the nation’s immigration dragnet, reducing deportations and protecting nearly 90 percent of the illegal immigrants already here, a new report says. As the Washington Post reported this month, the Department of Homeland Security has …

Congressional Roll Call, July 24

Sunday, July 26, 2015

By Targeted News Service Here’s a look at how members of Congress voted over the previous week. House Discrimination and Federal Workers: The House has passed the Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act (H.R. 1557), sponsored by Rep. Elijah E. …

CapBeat: Talking sex, approval ratings for lawmakers and the northern border

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Let’s talk about sex. No, not in the way you might think. Lawmakers at both the federal and state level are pushing a conversation about sex in schools – but one that focuses on developing healthy relationships and …