Jason Moon

Seacoast Reporter

Before joining NHPR in February of 2015, Jason held internships with a variety of public radio organizations including StoryCorps, Transom.org, and WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama. He studied philosophy, political science, and audio documentaries at Bennington College in Vermont.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office released new information Tuesday about four unidentified people found dead in 1985 and 2000 in Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati announced the release of new composite images of the four victims that officials hope will make it easier to identify them. Agati also released new information about where the victims -- one adult woman and three children -- likely lived. 

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For months now presidential candidates have been campaigning in New Hampshire. But to officially enter the race, candidates large and small, Republican and Democrat alike, must pass through the Secretary of State's office. It's a time honored tradition of the New Hampshire primary, but it can lead to some unexpected presidential run-ins. Like yesterday with Jim Gilmore and Hillary Clinton.

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Farmers markets are moving indoors for the fall, leaving behind the strawberries of summer and embracing the root vegetables of the colder months. 

Jim Ramanek of Warner River Organics is showing me his wares at a farmers market in Concord. It’s a relatively standard selection for a farmers market in fall, except that for every familiar autumn veggie he rattles off, there’s an alternate variety of it that I’ve never heard of. For instance, there are your classic turnips here, but there are also something called hakurei turnips, too.

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Bush began his day at Founders Academy charter school in Manchester, where he outlined his vision of what makes a great leader to a room full of students.

“My guess is, one of the great attributes of successful presidents is that they’re humble. They have humility. They recognize that it’s not all about them, it’s about having a servant’s heart and trying to fix things.”

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The Attorney General’s office has refused to defend the law that caps state aid to schools in a case brought by the city of Dover.  It’s the latest in a long string of battles over education funding in the state.

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It was still dark out when hundreds of voters made their way to a country club in Atkinson to see Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. But Trump wasted no time in energizing this early morning crowd by going on the offensive.

Trump’s first target was the media, which he accused of inflating the significance of recent polls that show Ben Carson leading the GOP field in Iowa.

This primary season, NHPR is taking a closer look at some of the issues defining the presidential primary races through a series we’re calling Where They Stand. Today we’re looking at some of the top foreign policy questions in the Republican primary.

On this subject, while the candidates agree on most issues, there are still differences to be found.

Last week we told you about Dante Scala and Andy Smith, the UNH political scientists who occupy a rarefied niche in academia that makes them precious commodities every four years.

That’s in large part due to their impressive resumes.

The pair have both authored books on the New Hampshire primary, and they've developed networks of sources to keep them informed on the state's political landscape.

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Last week we told you about Dante Scala and Andy Smith, the UNH political scientists who occupy a rarefied niche in academia that makes them precious commodities every four years.

That’s in large part due to their impressive resumes.

The pair have both authored books on the New Hampshire primary, and they've developed networks of sources to keep them informed on the state's political landscape.

UNH Communication and Public Affairs

Every four years, as interest in New Hampshire’s presidential primary rises, two UNH political scientists find their services in high demand. Now, the professors are preparing to offer their insights to the general public through a new online course.

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The city of Franklin has dropped its youth curfew following pressure from the New Hampshire ACLU. 

In a statement, Mayor Ken Merrifield and the Franklin city council cited the cost of defending the ordinance in court in making their decision.

The Keene pumpkin festival may have moved to Laconia following last year’s riots, but the Monadnock region will still have a pumpkin festival this fall -- in nearby Swanzey.

Jennifer Matthews, who is organizing the new Monadnock Pumpkin Festival, said she wanted to find a way to continue the storied event after the Keene City Council decided not to host the pumpkin festival this year.

“We had two options," Matthews said, "either no festival or change the festival. And no festival didn’t sit well with me and a lot of other people.”

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Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern is running for New Hampshire governor in 2016.

Van Ostern announced his bid Thursday at a meeting of business and education leaders.

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Retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson spent much of Wednesday campaigning in New Hampshire. Carson’s pitch to voters was simple: I may be in politics, but I’m no politician.

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In the spring and summer of 1999, then Ohio Congressman John Kasich was in the midst of his first presidential campaign in New Hampshire. As we've reported elsewhere, it was a campaign with some striking similarities to his current run.

Despite the fact that Kasich's earlier presidential bid lasted just a few months, it created its fair share of iconic New Hampshire Primary moments. 

This story originally aired on New Hampshire Public Radio, tracing how presidential candidate John Kasich's campaign looks and feels strikingly similar to another campaign he ran 16 years ago.

When talking to voters on the campaign trail, Ohio Gov. John Kasich likes to sum up the last time he ran for president in New Hampshire with a story. It starts with him talking to a potential supporter in Bow in 1999.

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In a full - but not exactly packed - gymnasium at the Concord Boys and Girls Club Thursday evening, Clinton touted a long list of local endorsements, including Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Governor Maggie Hassan, before digging into a wide range of topics. Questions from an engaged audience touched on everything from the Iranian Nuclear Deal to how Clinton would define the word “equality.”

In her answers to questions on climate change and college affordability, the candidate took pains to stress how these topics were missing from the previous night’s Republican Presidential debate.

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When talking to voters on the campaign trail, Ohio Gov. John Kasich likes to sum up the last time he ran for president in New Hampshire with a story. It starts with him talking to a potential supporter in Bow in 1999.

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Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig became the latest candidate to enter the Democratic side of the 2016 presidential campaign today. Unlike other candidates in the race, he is running on a single issue: getting big money out of politics.

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Ohio Governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is promising to deal with ISIS sooner rather than later.

Speaking at a national security forum in Concord Tuesday, Kasich told an audience of about 50 that American ground troops are necessary to defeat ISIS. But when pressed about the number of soldiers it would require, he refused to get specific.

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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio spent Wednesday campaigning in New Hampshire. It was the Florida senator's first trip to the state in almost two months. Over that period, several of his rivals for the Republican nomination have logged many more miles in New Hampshire -- something Rubio himself underscored in a stop in Littleton.

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While Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders campaigned in the North Country Monday, down in Claremont, his home-state governor was stumping for his one of his opponents. 

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is one of a handful of Democratic Governors to supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid.

“She’s practical, she’s innovative, she’s progressive, and she gets things done. And that’s why I’m so excited about this campaign," Shumlin said.

The Science of Sinkholes

Aug 22, 2015
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This week a sinkhole in Interstate 93 near Concord prompted an emergency road closure and a major traffic jam. Despite the disruption it caused, the cavity doesn’t actually meet the definition of a sinkhole, but it maybe the sort of thing that the Granite State could see more of.

To answer how can a gaping hole suddenly appear in the ground, you need to start somewhere in the sky.

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Six GOP presidential candidates visited Londonderry High School Wednesday for a forum on K-12 education. The Republicans largely agreed that federal bureaucracy is behind many of the problems in public education and that more school choice is the solution.

Eversource unveiled a new proposal for the controversial Northern Pass project Tuesday. It’s the power company’s latest effort to gain support for its plan to bring hydroelectric power from Canada into New England.

President of Eversource New Hampshire Bill Quinlan made the announcement at Globe Manufacturing in Pittsfield. The backdrop was intended to underscore the potential economic benefits of the project. During the presentation Quinlan took pains to stress that Eversource has listened to the Northern Pass’s many critics.

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Presidential candidates usually hit the campaign trail carrying a long list of issues they hope to talk about. But lately, voters in New Hampshire have been forcing an issue of their own into candidates’ stump speeches: the state’s ongoing opioid crisis.

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Hillary Clinton made a campaign stop in Keene yesterday to discuss what she has called a "quiet epidemic" in New Hampshire, substance abuse.

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Fox News took plenty of criticism for how it chose the ten candidates for Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate. But for actual voters faced with paring the list down to just one candidate, the challenge is perhaps even more daunting.

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A tour of a factory floor is a classic campaign stop for presidential candidates in New Hampshire. Ohio Gov. John Kasich continued that tradition in Manchester Tuesday -- with a modern twist.

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