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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 …

Campaign signs get new life to help people with disabilities

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The oversized Carly Fiorina campaign signs along Route 4 weren’t enough to keep the Republican presidential hopeful’s campaign alive past Tuesday’s primary, but they could end up helping people with disabilities live their lives more independently. For the …

Another group declaring a primary victory: campaign finance reformers

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Activists for campaign finance reform saw Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary results as proof that years of working to shine a light on their issue is starting to pay off. A local reform group, the New Hampshire Rebellion, has hounded candidates and marched hundreds of miles across the state over …

Trump and Sanders, two divergent candidates with a similar populist message

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In the beginning of Bernie Sanders’s campaign, he was often spotted in airports, flying coach and carrying his own bags. Donald Trump flew to nearly all his campaign stops in his own Boeing 757 jet, complete with 24 …

No turnout record for primary, although GOP saw the most votes cast for that party

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Turnout fell short of a primary record Tuesday, with a total of 520,588 votes being cast, about 9,000 less than 2008, the last presidential primary with contested races for both major parties. According to tallies released Wednesday by the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office, the GOP race …

Hassan picks Republican state senator from Weare to head banking department

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Gov. Maggie Hassan nominated Weare state Sen. Jerry Little to head the state’s banking department. “The New Hampshire Banking Department is critical to ensuring strong protections for New Hampshire’s citizens while also supporting a strong financial sector, which …

Despite primary loss, most New Hampshire superdelegates stand by Clinton

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won the most votes in the New Hampshire primary, but that victory didn’t shake up former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s lead in the race for delegates. New Hampshire has 24 base delegates to …

Campaign hangover: State moves on after months of primary pressure

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Now you see ’em, now you don’t. New Hampshire is saying farewell for another four years to its first-in-the-nation primary, with emotions as mixed as the jumble of campaign signs still stuck in snowbanks at every major intersection. …

Kreis confirmed as New Hampshire Consumer Advocate

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Executive Council has confirmed Donald Kreis as consumer advocate, a position that watches out for utility ratepayers. Kreis was a recommendation of the Residential Ratepayers Advisory Board, which conducted a search to fill the position as charged by statute. Gov. Maggie Hassan nominated him to the post …

Polling postmortem: How predictable were notoriously fickle N.H. voters?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

After Donald Trump’s surprise defeat in Iowa last week, journalists and political pundits alike seemed quick to temper predictions heading into the New Hampshire primary. Voters here are infamously late deciders, they cautioned, creating havoc for those in …

Christie, Fiorina drop out of race for Republican nomination

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for president “without an ounce of regret” on Wednesday, a day after his disappointing sixth-place finish in New Hampshire’s primary. “While running for president …