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At his first campaign stop in Windham, Gov. Marting O'Malley gives George Hamblen a big hug after Hamblen told him that O'Malley had come in second in a recent straw poll.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Living room by living room, O’Malley marches on in New Hampshire

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Martin O’Malley began his day on the campaign trail Wednesday with a bit of good news, or so he thought. Soon after he arrived at the home of Kathleen DiFruscia in Windham, the first of five campaign stops on the docket for the day, Plaistow Democratic Committee Chairman George Hamblen informed O’Malley that he scored second place in the committee’s …

Local links to marijuana dispensaries

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Bow doctor Gary Woods has never smoked marijuana. He’s not even sure he knows what it smells like. “People don’t believe that,” Woods said with a laugh, explaining he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. “I was a really geeky, nerdy physics major. My nose was in the work.” But now, Woods, …

Amid heroin epidemic in New Hampshire, candidates talk substance abuse

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took the stage Saturday at the “Stop the Circle” rally to raise awareness about drug addiction, a teenager at the microphone spoke about losing her father to an overdose. Once the politician stepped down, a man 10 years in recovery took the stage. Christie addressed the crowd …

Political Monitor quiz for Aug. 21: The Trump looms everywhere edition

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Is it just us, or is GOP front-runner Donald Trump making more news than ever these days? And how is that even possible? Ponder those questions, if you will, while we test your knowledge of a week’s worth …

Feds offer new feedback tool to report experience

Thursday, August 20, 2015

If you’re angry with the Social Security clerk you dealt with, or happy with the airport security screener who rifled through your bags, you can now tap a button on a kiosk and let the government know. Federal agencies are now getting your feedback on how well they …

GOP candidates put school reform on center stage during New Hampshire Education Summit

Thursday, August 20, 2015

More school choice. More control at the state and local level. Less power and fewer privileges for teachers’ unions. These were the main themes repeated by the six Republican presidential candidates who turned out for the New Hampshire …

Christie stumps for Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield in Concord

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Last month, Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield stood in the Franklin VFW, a venue filled with “Telling it like it is” campaign signs and introduced New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican candidate running for president. On Wednesday night, …

Fiorina plans meet-and-greet Sunday in Concord

Thursday, August 20, 2015

During a five-day sweep through New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has one scheduled stop in Concord. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO will attend a meet-and-greet Sunday at the home of John and Kathleen Brandte, 205 East Side …

GOP lawmakers offer compromise on state employee pay increase, remain firm on business tax cuts

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Top Republican lawmakers are offering to fund a pay raise for state employees in an effort to end the ongoing state budget stalemate. But they also said they won’t back down on a plan to cut business taxes, …

Hassan names transportation nominee

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan plans to nominate a Massachusetts transportation official to become commissioner of the same agency in New Hampshire. Hassan announced Wednesday that she will nominate Victoria Sheehan to lead New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation. Sheehan, who lives in Nashua, currently serves as manager of strategic planning …

In Derry, Trump blasts GOP opponents

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Long before presidential candidate Donald Trump took the stage Wednesday night at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, the crowd was clamoring for him. Trump was running an hour late, and the line to see him stretched around the block …

Ray Duckler: Trump, the billionaire who exposes the discontent of money in politics

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Donald Trump wanted us to visualize a marionette, controlled with strings by someone above. He wanted us to understand that others seeking the presidency of the United States, Republicans and Democrats, are told what to do by those …

Clinton breaks with Obama over oil drilling

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

In her first major break with President Obama over environmental policy, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she opposed drilling in the Alaskan Arctic because it is too dangerous. “The Arctic is a unique treasure,” Clinton announced in a personally …