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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: 2016 is already here, abduction case gives N.H. families hope

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., greats supporters after speaking at the Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner event, Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Republican Sen. Rand Paul opened his presidential exploration tour Friday with a splashy set of speaking engagements in Iowa designed to broaden his tea party brand into something more mainstream and, perhaps, viable. (AP Photo/Matthew Holst)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., greats supporters after speaking at the Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner event, Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Republican Sen. Rand Paul opened his presidential exploration tour Friday with a splashy set of speaking engagements in Iowa designed to broaden his tea party brand into something more mainstream and, perhaps, viable. (AP Photo/Matthew Holst)

Last week, the Monitor wrote an editorial titled, “Believe it or not, 2016 is already here.”

It may seem like it’s still far away but speculation is already red-hot – especially with the GOP.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made his way to the Granite State last week as the keynote speaker GOP state Senate Political Action Committee fundraiser in Manchester.

There’s speculation that the visit, and Rand Paul’s plans to visit several early states, including New Hampshire, are steps toward laying the foundation for their respective 2016 campaigns.

The New Hampshire college Republicans, however, are looking more toward moderate candidate according to a straw poll taken during a statewide meeting a few weeks ago. According to the meeting, the students had a three-way tie for first place with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, John Huntsman and Paul.

Despite the recent activity by GOP members, a new poll last week by the Dartmouth Rockefeller Center State of the State says Hillary Clinton still has a 5-point-lead over GOP leader Christie.

So if you think speculation is high, fasten your seat belts because there’s still a long road ahead of us.

In other news

∎ The recent abduction case in Ohio has given more hope to families of missing persons in New Hampshire.

∎ The Washington Post says the gun-control groups are winning the air war in New Hampshire.

 New Hampshire Boy Scout officials say they favor allowing gay members and leaders into the organization.

 The death of a 2-year-old boy in Nashua is under investigation.

∎ A convicted N.H. killer who has been missing since 1991 was apprehended in Greece.

∎ New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are asking the public to leave young wildlife alone.

∎ U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have announced the N.H. National Guard will receive $535,000 to support the Guard’s Deployment Cycle Support Program.

∎ The Illumination Committee of the Memorial Bridge Project has hit its $150,000 goal.

∎ The N.H. Fresh and Local Seafood 2013 Kickoff will take place at the Portsmouth Fishing Pier on May 26.

∎ The Manchester police are giving out “good tickets” today from 12-2 p.m.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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