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A screenshot from a Chris Christie ad.

For clues to candidates’ strategies, look at ‘when’ and ‘where’ of TV ads

Sunday, August 30, 2015

When it comes to political advertising, it’s not always how much money a campaign or super PAC is putting down on an ad buy – where and when those ads are being placed, not to mention what they’re saying, can also tell you a lot about a candidate’s strategy. “If I have less money to spend and I’m spending it …

How much for that political ad? Depends on who’s buying

Sunday, August 30, 2015

With less than six months to go before the New Hampshire primary, August has been a particularly busy month on local television airwaves. If you tune in regularly to the 6 o’clock evening news on WMUR, you’ve likely seen one of the ads touting Chris Christie’s record, produced by his campaign. You’ve likely …

Riverbend expected to launch mobile crisis unit response program

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Starting Tuesday, Riverbend Community Mental Health Services is expected to roll out its official launch of New Hampshire’s first mobile crisis unit response program. The program – designed to serve as a way to diffuse mental health emergencies in the community to avoid hospitalization and prevent future issues for the person in crisis – was mandated as part of the state’s settlement in …

Legislative budget assistant submits resignation after 32 years

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lawmakers accepted the resignation Wednesday of longtime Legislative Budget Assistant Jeff Pattison, who oversees the office that helps senators and representatives of both political parties craft the state budget. “Jeff is a great teacher,” said Concord Rep. Mary Jane Wallner, one of several lawmakers who praised Pattison’s tenure …

Emergency funding keeps state parks open

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The state parks system will stay open after lawmakers approved a $1.1 million stop-gap funding measure Wednesday. The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee approved the money after officials warned that without it the Division of Parks and Recreation would …

Silver tsunami of retirement-eligible workers threatens to increase health plan spending

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The state’s health benefit plan for retired state employees is facing a $10.6 million deficit over the next two-year budget period as pharmaceutical costs continue to rise. “Long term, this trend nationwide does not look like it’s going …

New poll shows Trump continues to enjoy a wide lead in N.H.; Sanders pulls ahead

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The latest New Hampshire poll shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic field and Republican candidate Donald Trump far ahead of his challengers. Among 436 Republican candidates surveyed by Public Policy Polling, 35 percent said they support …

Connecticut governor criticizes Executive Council, Republicans on Planned Parenthood vote

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy took aim at the Executive Council on Tuesday, slamming Republican members for voting down a Planned Parenthood contract in a move he called “a slap in the face to women in this state.” Malloy …

Poll: Granite Staters don’t want federal government interfering on marijuana law

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Hampshire voters from a variety of backgrounds overwhelmingly want the federal government to respect state laws on marijuana when they conflict with federal law, according to a new poll. Seventy-three percent of respondents believe states “should be …

N.H. Executive Council to decide fate of Planned Parenthood contract

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Amid a national debate over funding Planned Parenthood sparked by a controversy over fetal tissue donation, the Executive Council will decide Wednesday whether the state continues contracting with the health care provider in New Hampshire. It’s not clear …

Biden’s allies in N.H. watching for signals on presidential run

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

As national headlines continue to nudge more and more at the suggestion that Vice President Joe Biden is seriously weighing a late entry into the Democratic presidential contest, old friends on the ground in New Hampshire said they …

Sanders continues to draw enthusiastic crowds, but New Hampshire voters haven’t made up their minds yet

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hillary Clinton may have the name recognition and Donald Trump the celebrity status, but it’s Bernie Sanders, the 73-year-old senator from Vermont, who has consistently drawn the biggest crowds of the election cycle so far. The progressive Democratic …

iowa: Perry’s chairman has left lagging campaign

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Iowa chairman for Rick Perry’s faltering Republican presidential bid says he is no longer part of the campaign as Perry seeks to keep his longshot effort alive on limited funds. Sam Clovis said Monday that he had …