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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, puts his fist down while discussing policy at The Draft on Monday. He said he has the strongest leadership team of any candidate in the presidential race. 

(NICK REID / Monitor staff)

Cruz boasts he has the strongest leadership team of any presidential candidate

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz is talking about the establishment these days: the one he plans to tear apart in Washington, D.C., and, in the meantime, the one he’s building up among his grassroots supporters in early-voting states. The Texas Republican says the latter is the strongest of any presidential candidate. Before unveiling his Manchester headquarters Monday, Cruz stopped in Concord and touted his dedicated teams in New Hampshire and in Iowa, South Carolina and “across the Super Tuesday states” as the heart of his campaign. “Here in New Hampshire, our leadership team is – on any objective measure – much stronger than any other candidate’s in …

Infographic: How much for that political ad?

Monday, August 31, 2015

WMUR-TV in New Hampshire is among the most popular spots for presidential advertising in the Boston-New Hampshire market. FCC files offer a glimpse into the programming strategies used by candidates and super PACs to get maximum exposure for their money, as well as variations in pricing depending on when an ad airs and …

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 …

Trump says he’s proud he booted Univision’s Ramos from event

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s proud of kicking one of the country’s best-known Spanish-language journalists out of an Iowa news conference – the latest in a series of clashes with the media. “I think I …

In Franklin, Rubio chats and chews at local businesses

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday was just another day at work for Andrea Grevior. That is, until shortly after 2:30 p.m., when Florida Sen. Marco Rubio walked down Central Street in Franklin and stopped at Grevior Furniture. “I still can’t believe (it). …

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 …