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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (center) of Florida buys chocolate from Central Sweets Candy Shop owner Tom Charbono in Franklin on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Hunting for the primary’s dollar impact amid Meals and Rooms Tax data

Friday, February 12, 2016

If there’s any place where spending due to the presidential primary will show up, it’s in the revenue reports used to calculate the state’s Meals and Rooms Tax. So that’s where the Monitor decided to look. We checked the revenue reported by hotels, motels and eateries throughout Merrimack County for the months surrounding the 2012 and 2008 primaries. Not enough …

How much money does the primary leave in its wake? Fewer than you think

Friday, February 12, 2016

The attention that New Hampshire gets from standing at the front of the presidential primary line is nice, but there’s another reason to put up with the endless pollster phone calls and traffic blocked by campaign events: Money. “Usually the first quarter of the year is the slower time for us. You come …

State AG’s office looks into claims of primary voter fraud

Friday, February 12, 2016

The attorney general’s office is investigating a series of undercover videos from an activist group that depict election workers telling out-of-state residents they can vote in New Hampshire if they sign an affidavit claiming they live here. The videos were released Wednesday by Project Veritas, the same conservative activist group behind a series of similar videos in 2012 that sparked a widespread debate …

Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders declared winners in New Hampshire primary

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to victory in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries, adding crucial credibility to their upstart candidacies and underscoring the insistence of voters in both parties on shaking up American politics. While New …

Republicans working for the last few votes in the first-in-the-nation primary

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Anyone out and about Monday had a good chance of bumping into one of the men or women who want to be the next president. The top nine candidates on the Republican and Democratic sides crisscrossed the state, …

At the finish line, it’s Sanders and his revolution versus Clinton and her experience

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made his final pitch to New Hampshire voters six months after starting his campaign, the message was still the same: It’s us against them. “Our job is not to accept what the establishment …

As presidential candidates prepare to move on, campaign finance reform advocates shift focus

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

As the New Hampshire primary comes and goes, local activists working to reduce the influence of money on politics will merely shift their attention, rather than breathe a sign of relief. Following months of hounding presidential candidates and …

2016 brought new levels of coordination between big money and politicians

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Activists who were watching closely this political cycle said they saw a “race to the bottom” from some candidates when it came to testing the limits of cooperation with their super PACs. “We knew that candidates would try to game the system, but the speed and willingness and …

This primary, #LookHowIVoted is a legal hashtag, as presidential ‘ballot selfies’ arrive

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Want another reason to be excited about today’s primary, beyond the whole helping-choose-the-leader-of-the-free-world thing? How about this: You can legally take a presidential ballot selfie for the first time! Last summer, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro struck …

On the campaign trail, there are journalists and tourists, and also touring journalists

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Among the legions of campaign followers who have descended on New Hampshire in the past week, there are journalists and there are tourists. Rarely are they one and the same. But at a canvassing rally Friday in Manchester, …

Hotline established at 230-2503 to handle concerns about voting fraud, abuse

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The state has again established a hotline to handle concerns about fraud or abuse on primary day. The hotline, at 230-2503, will be active all day Tuesday for the presidential primary. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Zuckerman, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Concord, will oversee any complaints “in …

Political tourists flock to New Hampshire for up-close view

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ann and Jon Vitti hopped on a flight from Los Angeles to snowy New Hampshire last week to witness first-hand what they can’t see on their TV: The more personal side of presidential politics. “The campaign’s always over …