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At a CNN town hall forum in Derry Wednesday night, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended collecting $675,000 in fees for three speeches she made to Goldman Sachs.

Clinton says she made speeches to lots of groups and pushed back against the idea that the money she made would influence her.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan will give her last State of the State address Thursday at 1:30 at the State House.

The two-time Governor will finish up her term in November as she pursues a U.S. Senate seat against incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte.

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A bill seeking to legalize needle exchange programs in New Hampshire is getting some pushback from law enforcement. The debate rests on whether to make it legal to have trace amounts of heroin on a needle.

If passed the measure would legalize minute amounts of heroin left on used syringes. The aim, according to sponsor Rep. Joe Hannon, is to make sure those seeking to exchange dirty needles for clean ones can do so without fearing arrest.

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In the final stretch before the New Hampshire Primary – Republican Chris Christie added another top state lawmaker to his list of New Hampshire endorsements. That's after House Speaker Shawn Jasper officially backed Christie at the State House on Wednesday.

So far Chris Christie has the most New Hampshire endorsements of any Republican candidate in the race.

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Gary Mountford of New London is exasperated. He likes former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. But there’s a central challenge Bush has faced since he announced his candidacy for president.

"I wish more people were listening," says Mountford.

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At campaign stops in Henniker and Hooksett on Wednesday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz riffed heavily on his ideas for reforming Washington, directing plenty of anger at the so-called political establishment.

And in this way, the Republican presidential candidate said he’s found some common ground with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, one of his Democratic rivals.

Richard Taylor and his wife Susan linger in the stands of a hockey rink in Bow at about 9 o'clock in the morning. Marco Rubio’s just finished a town hall. Like most of the people I come across at Rubio's campaign stops, Taylor says he’s weighing Rubio against another candidate—in most cases that’s Ted Cruz.

Campaigning in Goffstown Ted Cruz said that Donald Trump is "losing it" because he can't handle having been beaten in the Iowa caucus. Trump has alleged Cruz stole his win in Iowa.

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 Campaigning in Derry this morning, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defended what she called her progressive credentials.

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No presidential candidate has more of a history with the Granite State than Hillary Clinton. Her comeback win here eight years ago set off what became a long battle for the Democratic nomination, which of course, Clinton ultimately lost to Barack Obama.

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At a rally in Milford Tuesday night, Donald Trump said he was fine with finishing second in the Iowa caucus, and that second would be a fine result for New Hampshire, too.

But Trump's local supporters remain bullish on his chances to win here.

You scarcely needed to put the question to attendees at Donald Trump’s first post-Iowa campaign event; all you had to do was look at the long line than snaked through the parking lot of the Hampshire Hills Athletic club to know that for Trump’s local backers, his loss in Iowa is no deal breaker.

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A judge has dismissed a case against two New Hampshire women ticketed for going topless at a town beach, a case that led to a Facebook spat among legislators about a bill that would make it a misdemeanor for women to expose their nipples in public.

Heidi Lilley and Barbara MacKinnon are associated with the rise of the national "Free the Nipple" movement. Police said they violated an ordinance last September in Gilford that prohibits women from going topless.

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At seven in the morning the day after the Iowa caucus, Breakfast at Laney's in Somersworth is pretty quiet. The 6 AM crowd has moved out and the 9:30 "rush" is still rolling out of bed.

As a campaign stop, the diner has been similarly quiet: Only four candidates have visited Somersworth this election season -- Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Martin O'Malley -- and none have dropped by since November. 


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Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie has visited New Hampshire more than 60 times and held dozens of town halls since he first announced he was running. He campaigned here the night of the Iowa Caucus on Monday and the next day he added five more stops through the southern part of the state.

Christie has been banking on a strong finish in New Hampshire and with less than a week to go he's hoping all that face-time will translate to votes next Tuesday. 

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Sometimes it can seem like everyone’s talking about the primary, especially now that it’s a week away.

But history shows there are certain groups of people who aren’t as likely to head out to the polls on Tuesday.

One of those pockets of the population is low-income people.

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Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio kicked off the final stretch in New Hampshire with a rally in Exeter last night. 


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After a close finish in Iowa, both remaining Democratic presidential contenders - Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders - headed straight for the Granite State yesterday.

 

They each came claiming a victory.

Donald Trump likes to point out that, unlike everyone else running for president in 2016, he’s got the money to pay his own way to the Republican nomination.

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The Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester will be getting a new name.

Southern New Hampshire University has signed a multi-year partnership with SMG, the company that manages the arena, for the naming rights. It will be known as "SNHU Arena" starting on Sept. 1.

The university said Tuesday the partnership will include internships for SNHU students, information booths for prospective students and use of the facility for SNHU athletic events and graduations.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is calling on the Internal Revenue Service to put instruction booklets to accompany tax forms in New Hampshire public libraries participating in the Tax Forms Outlet Program.

She sent a similar letter last year, and the IRS indicated it couldn't provide the booklets because of budget cuts. Ayotte said since then, the IRS has received a $290 million budget increase specifically to improve customer service.

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The Great Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby has been postponed due to the climbing temperatures this week.

Derby spokeswoman Donna Ulbricht tells The Laconia Citizen that members of the Meredith Rotary Club and the derby committee voted to postpone the event Friday at an emergency meeting.

The derby will now be held during the last weekend of February with the hope for more cooperative weather. It was originally scheduled for Feb. 21 and Feb. 22.

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Around 6 am last Friday, the Mt. Pisgah Diner in Winchester was packed with regulars: people who come to share good food at a small counter. The diner's owner, Joni Otto, says no presidential candidate has ever graced her doorway.

But that doesn't mean politics is missing from the menu.

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New Hampshire voters head to the polls next week with plenty to think about. And many of them have been thinking, comparing, contrasting, deciding, and un-deciding on candidates for a while now. NHPR has been following up with a handful of voters through the campaign to hear how their final decisions have been shaped by a long primary season. Today we hear from three of them.


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Should New Hampshire sportsman be allowed to hunt and trap bobcats?

Since the idea of a season on bobcats was first put on the table more than a year ago, that question has stirred up strong emotions, and those emotions came to a head Monday night.

The proposal Fish and Game is weighing would let New Hampshire hunters and trappers kill 50 bobcats a year. There are more than 600 such trappers, and permits would be given out using a lottery, at $100 a pop.

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  For the past three days, the presidential candidates have been busy getting out the vote in Iowa. That is: everyone except John Kasich.  The Republican Ohio governor has been in New Hampshire since Friday, where, for once, he had the campaign trail to himself. 

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It’s illegal to leave a prerecorded voicemail for someone on the “do not call” registry — even if the call was placed by a live caller — according to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office.

Jack Rodolico

A New Hampshire activist passed away Monday. Linda Horan became well-known in recent months for filing a lawsuit that opened up access to the state's sluggish medical marijuana program.

The Stream: NPR's Live Blog from the Iowa Caucuses

Feb 1, 2016
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NPR's live blog The Stream will bring you live news, photos and analysis from NPR's political team on the ground in Iowa and in Washington, D.C. It will open at 4 p.m. ET and be updated all night.

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What we're watching: Turnout. Caucusing is harder than voting in a primary. Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders lead by double digits with people who tell pollsters they will be participating in their first caucus. The big questions if all those people lining up for their rallies will turn out to caucus.

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  As New Hampshire tries to address an epidemic of opiate abuse, leaders in the state often focus on increasing the number of treatment beds and programs. But many in the state say staffing those programs may be much harder than building them.

Addiction treatment programs have been facing staffing shortages across the country for many years. In New Hampshire, things are particularly bad.  


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Every four years, New Hampshire proudly touts its first-in-the-nation status. But technically, while our presidential contest is the first primary in the nation, it isn't the first time voters get to weigh in. That honor, of course, belongs to Iowa's Caucus.

But what exactly is a caucus? How does it work? Who gets to participate?

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