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Trump emerges as leader in crowded GOP field, but don’t call him front runner yet, poll says

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Donald Trump has emerged as the leader amid a crowded GOP field of presidential candidates, but he’s no front runner just yet, according to a new poll of New Hampshire voters. Results released Monday night from a recent Granite State Poll says Trump is the clear leader with the support of 24 percent of likely Republican primary voters who picked him when asked who they would support if the election …

Clinton’s presidential campaign raises profile with TV ads

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Facing increased competition from within her own party, Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending $2 million airing the first television ads of her presidential race in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. The ads, which start on Tuesday and run statewide, focus on Clinton’s work on behalf of families and relationship …

kentucky: Sheriff sued for cuffing disabled schoolchildren

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A Kentucky sheriff’s deputy shackled two children with disabilities as punishment for their misbehavior at school, an allegedly illegal use of force that traumatized the children, according to a federal lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union and others filed on Monday. The lawsuit asks the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky to declare the officers’ alleged handcuffing of children with …

Report: Democracy in N.H. gets failing grades

Friday, July 31, 2015

New Hampshire’s democracy just brought home its report card – and it’s full of D’s and F’s, according to a report released Thursday by Open Democracy, a New Hampshire organization working to reduce the influence of money in …

Breast-feeding rally to urge broader legislation in N.H.

Friday, July 31, 2015

When Janice Snyder began working at a Concord restaurant, the general manger let the nursing mother pump breast milk in the privacy of his office. But when a new manager who wasn’t comfortable with the arrangement took over, Snyder said she ran into problems. Despite her stated discomfort, …

Democrats consider distance from Jefferson, Jackson

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Democratic parties in the three states that start the presidential nominating process are exploring ending their association with two former White House occupants: Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Accelerating a trend that goes back years, committees in several …

Political Monitor podcast: Photographing the primary, Christie’s poll dismissal and Hillary’s artful dodges

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Concord Monitor political writers and editors Clay Wirestone and Casey McDermott talk Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton and state politics this week. But they also spend serious time with Monitor staff photographer Elizabeth Frantz, who explains how she captures …

Sanders advocates for single-payer health-care system on Medicare anniversary

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders highlighted his support for a single-payer health care system – a position that separates him from his rivals for the Democratic nomination – during a Thursday rally on Capitol Hill celebrating the 50th anniversary …

xxx: Highway funding bill passed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Senate passed the 34th stopgap highway funding bill in the past six years to fund roads, bridges and mass transit for three months so Congress can negotiate later over a long-term plan. Senators voted 91-4 Thursday for the measure, which would extend highway spending authority through Oct. …

Outcome of trial on N.C. election law changes will have national effect

Thursday, July 30, 2015

“Our country has changed,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in 2013, when the Supreme Court freed Southern states from the requirement that federal authorities approve any proposed election law change in order to ensure minority voters were not harmed. Republican lawmakers in North Carolina took that as a …

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 …

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 …

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 …