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In this July 2014 photo provided by Karen Friend, Friend, left, stands with her husband, Jacob Vinton, on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Friend, a professor at Brown University in Providence, R.I., took four weeks off in 2014 after her 59-year-old husband, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, was hospitalized with tremors. She used the time to make sure he was medically stable and hire help. (Courtesy of Karen Friend via AP)

In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As President Obama pushes for a federal law to get paid leave to care for a new baby or an ailing relative, residents of one of the three states that already provide it sing its praises, hinting at the reception it could receive if rolled out nationally. Rhode Island last year began allowing workers to take up to four weeks of paid leave. Many workers say they love the program, and employers say it hasn’t hurt business as some had feared. Anne Quirk, of Providence, had planned to take three months of unpaid leave from her job as a speech language pathologist after she gave …

Launching campaign, Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing

Monday, May 25, 2015

For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign today in Burlington, Vt., aims to ignite a grassroots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Clinton. He is laying …

Senate budget writers restore many cuts in House plan

Monday, May 25, 2015

With the benefits of more time and money, Senate budget writers are crafting a two-year state spending plan that restores many of the cuts made by their House counterparts in April. The Senate Finance Committee began detailing its budget plan last week and will finalize it this week. It heads to the Senate floor June 4. Final spending numbers in the Senate budget …

Hoax email claims Dean-Bailey dropping out of special election

Thursday, May 14, 2015

An email sent to news agencies across the state yesterday using Yvonne Dean-Bailey’s name and photo is a hoax, said Ryan Williams, a spokesman for the state Republican Party. The email purports to be Dean-Bailey, a 19-year-old candidate in a special election next week, announcing that she’s conceding …

Hillary Clinton planning return trip to N.H. next week

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hillary Clinton is planning a second trip to New Hampshire next week, her campaign announced today. The former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate is set to return May 22. The campaign originally said Clinton would visit …

Money for NH renewable energy fund restored to budget

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Senate budget writers voted yesterday to fully restore the state’s renewable energy fund, a program that gives financial incentives to residents and businesses that install technology including solar panels or wind turbines. The House-approved budget took more than …

Cruz establishes 42-person N.H. leadership team

Thursday, May 14, 2015

When Ted Cruz next returns to New Hampshire, he’ll have a team of at least 42 activists – including a few of the state’s top conservatives – working with him to bolster his showing in the first-in-the- nation …

Guinta disputes federal finding of illegal campaign cash

Thursday, May 14, 2015

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta illegally accepted more than $300,000 in campaign donations from his parents in 2009 and 2010, the Federal Election Commission has concluded after a nearly five-year investigation. Questions over Guinta’s finances arose in 2010, the …

Preparing for potential presidential bid, O’Malley returns to New Hampshire

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Martin O’Malley – the former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor and a potential Democratic presidential candidate – has a reputation for being a “numbers” guy, a leader who places a high priority on having good data with which …

House passes bill to end bulk collection of U.S. phone records

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The House voted by a wide margin yesterday to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records and replace it with a system to search the data held by telephone companies on a case-by-case basis. …

Christie calls for tax cuts

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie proposed cutting income and corporate tax rates yesterday as part of an economic plan to return the U.S. “to its pro-growth roots and its pro-growth policies.” Christie previewed his plan in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal as he prepares for a …

Bridge scandal takes a back seat in Christie visit to Pembroke

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sandra Paul was one of about 60 people who huddled inside the Pembroke American Legion last night for the latest town hall stop on Chris Christie’s New Hampshire “Tell it Like it Is” tour. The last month has …

Boxed out: Vandalized backboard at Concord’s Kimball Park means half-court hoops for now

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sean Nolan goes to Kimball Park a couple of times a week to launch jump shots and unwind after work. Nolan, who lives across the street from the new court, occasionally jumps in a full-court game. Those games …