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Bernie Sanders discusses his political leanings at the Barley House in Concord on Monday, March 15, 2015.

(CAMERON JOHNSON / Monitor staff)

Challenge fails to block Sanders from N.H. ballot

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will appear on New Hampshire’s Democratic presidential primary ballot. The state’s Ballot Law Commission on Tuesday unanimously supported Sanders’s eligibility following a challenge based on his longtime status as an independent. “We are pleased but not surprised,” said Julia Barnes, who directs Sanders’s presidential primary efforts in New Hampshire. The commission also heard and rejected ballot …

If you want to fly a drone, you may need to register it with the government

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

If you hope to unwrap a new drone for Christmas, be ready to register with the government – an idea that isn’t necessarily popular, even if it’s designed to keep drones from endangering others. “I think the FAA trying to require registration is way out there. If they’re going to expect it to …

Saint Anslem to host Democratic and Republican primary debates in N.H.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Saint Anselm College in Manchester has been selected by ABC to host the Republican and Democratic presidential debates leading up to the New Hampshire primary in February. The Democratic candidates will debate Dec. 19 and Republicans on Feb. 6. Both debates will take place in the Carr Center on the Saint Anselm campus and will begin at 8 p.m. Monitor staff …

Bobby Jindal dropped out of presidential race day after he sent $1,000 to NH Secretary of State

Thursday, November 19, 2015

It’s not like New Hampshire voters will exactly miss Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in the primary – he hasn’t been here in more than three months, after all. Jindal, 44, left the Granite State behind to focus heavily …

Family, border dangers keep Mexicans from returning to US

Thursday, November 19, 2015

There are many reasons for the historic reversal of migration between the U.S. and Mexico, according the Pew Research Center, which announced Thursday that more than 1 million Mexicans headed south to re-establish their lives in the last …

House votes to curb Syrian refugees, snubbing veto threat

Thursday, November 19, 2015

House votes to curb Syrian refugee flow Responding swiftly to the terror in Paris, the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to erect high hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees coming to American shores, dividing President Obama’s party as lawmakers reflected the anxiety of voters back home. The vote …

Political Monitor podcast: Assessing the fallout of the Paris terror attacks

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Clay Wirestone, Jon Van Fleet and Ella Nilsen of the Monitor consider the implications of the terror attack in Paris that killed more than 120 people. New Hampshire’s governor and presidential primary candidates have already weighed in. …

Executive Council approves funding for SAT assessment

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Upperclassmen can say goodbye to Smarter Balanced assessment tests now that the Executive Council unanimously approved funding to administer the SAT to 11th-grade students instead. The state Department of Education already signed off on the move to have …

Special session establishes legislative task force to combat opioid epidemic in New Hampshire

Thursday, November 19, 2015

New Hampshire lawmakers will form a special task force to draft and fast-track bills aimed at curbing the state’s growing substance abuse problem, which claimed more than 320 lives last year. The Republican-controlled House and Senate voted overwhelmingly …

Can Martin O’Malley become the Gary Hart of the 2016 campaign?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

When Martin O’Malley turned 21 while working Gary Hart’s campaign ahead of the 1984 presidential primary, the candidate bought the young staffer his first legal beer. More than 30 years later, O’Malley is the long-shot candidate. And his …

Executive Council approves Romney family request to build new boathouse on Lake Winnipesaukee

Thursday, November 19, 2015

With little fanfare, the Executive Council approved the Romney’s request to build a 900 square foot boathouse at their home on Lake Winnipesaukee. Ann Romney, wife of former presidential candidate and Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, requested to install …

Toumpas to resign as DHHS commissioner in January

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The head of New Hampshire’s largest state agency is resigning early next year after eight years on the job. Nick Toumpas will step down as commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services on Jan. 8. He previously served as deputy commissioner from 2002 to 2007, when …

Like other GOP candidates, Carly Fiorina says no more Syrian refugees

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is trying to position herself as the candidate most prepared to take on ISIS and issues of national security. Fiorina addressed a crowd of about 100 people on Tuesday in Concord, speaking at …