Michael Brindley

Morning Edition producer

Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor. Michael started his career in journalism working as a reporter for the Derry News. Michael is a New Hampshire native, born and raised in Nashua. He studied journalism at Keene State College.


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A new polls shows that in New Hampshire, businessman Donald Trump is leading the pack of Republicans in the presidential race.

The NBC News-Marist poll shows Trump with 21 percent support among potential Republican primary voters. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush trails at 14 percent, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 12 percent.

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As brash businessman Donald Trump continues his surprising surge in the national presidential polls, behind the scenes, there’s a well-known GOP operative from New Hampshire pulling the strings.

Corey Lewandowski was the director of the conservative Americans for Prosperity here in the Granite State.

He’s now campaign manager for Donald Trump.


Former Pennsylvania Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum makes his first trip to the Granite State today after making his campaign official nearly two months ago.

Santorum will hold a town hall meeting at the New England College office in downtown Concord at 2, followed by another town hall meeting at the Weare Town Hall at 6:30.

Since announcing his second bid for president in May, Santorum has focused most of his attention on the more socially-conservative early voting state of Iowa.

Santorum won the Iowa caucus in 2012.


More than anywhere else, New Hampshire political news breaks and is debated swiftly on Twitter. That includes tweets not just from reporters, but from the politicians themselves. Of course, all of this can be followed using the hashtag #nhpolitics.

Here's how news of Gov. Maggie Hassan's budget compromise unfolded on Twitter through the day. 

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The New Hampshire National Guard has temporarily closed its Manchester recruiting facility after last week’s deadly shooting at a Chattanooga, Tennessee military recruiting station.

Lt. Col. Greg Heilshorn says closing the Manchester office was done as a precaution, as the National Guard reviews security procedures at its two recruiting sites.

“So we’re working with the local police to review what we have in place and then from there determine how we can maybe beef those measures up or change some of them.”

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A report finds that while New Hampshire is second in the nation in child wellbeing, it’s among the worst states when it comes to teen substance abuse.

In the annual Kids Count report, the Granite State ranked second behind Minnesota when using factors such as economic wellbeing, education, and health.

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has canceled a two-day New Hampshire trip due to an illness, the campaign announced Monday morning.

The Florida Senator was scheduled to make stops in Merrimack and Londonderry on Monday and Hooksett on Tuesday.

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A celebration is planned for Saturday at the Old Allenstown Meeting House to celebrate the building’s 200th anniversary.

It will also be the first open house at the building in a decade, which has been closed while restoration efforts were underway.

A fire in 1985 caused significant damage to the building’s roof and several pews. The restoration cost nearly $200,000, a project paid for through private donations and grants.


The cost of a license to hunt and fish in New Hampshire would increase next year under a draft proposal outlined Wednesday by the Fish and Game Department.

Under the proposal, a resident fishing license for all species would go from $33 to $38. Hunting licenses for New Hampshire residents would from $21 to $30. And a combination hunting and fishing license would go from $44 to $56.

Officials say the increases are needed to fill a $1.1 million revenue gap.


By all indications, Market Basket is surging after last summer’s unrest sparked by the firing of CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

The New England-based supermarket chain is projecting $4.8 billion in sales this year, up from $4 billion last year. And the company is expanding, with a new Market Basket under construction in Rochester.

But one unique aspect of the company is its complete lack of an online presence.

An Alton man has sued the town’s board of selectmen and police chief after he was arrested at a meeting earlier this year for criticizing board members.

The charge of disorderly conduct against Jeffrey Clay was thrown out by a Laconia Circuit Court judge last month, calling the arrest an act of “pure censorship.”

Now, Clay is seeking damages, said Giles Bissonnette, the legal director for the New Hampshire ACLU, which filed the suit in federal court in Concord Tuesday.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill meant to streamline felony cases.

Under the so-called Felonies First model, felony cases will be handled in the superior court system, instead of starting in circuit courts.

It also eliminates holding a probable cause hearing as a right. Instead, a judge will now determine if one is warranted.

The Strafford and Cheshire county superior courts will pilot the program starting in January. It will expand to Belknap County Superior Court in July of 2016.

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It’s now been a year since operations at the supermarket chain Market Basket, a family-owned company with 75 stores across New England, came to a standstill as employees and customers rallied in support of Arthur T. Demoulas.

He was ousted as the company’s chief executive in June of 2014.


Saturday morning, cyclists racing in Newton’s Revenge will tackle the grueling, 7.6 mile Mount Washington Auto Road.

Missing from the pack will be the cyclist who won 11 titles racing the course, the most ever.

Marti Shea announced this week she is stepping down from competitive racing. The 52-year-old Manchester, New Hampshire native has been battling an arthritic knee.

She owns the women’s record for time for both Newton’s Revenge and the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, which use the same course.  

The new head of the Manchester Police Department is calling on lawmakers to step up when it comes to combating New Hampshire’s heroin epidemic.

Chief Nick Willard says law enforcement is doing everything it can.

“We’ve already seized 27,000 grams of heroin year to date. And that is an extraordinary number. Over $300,000 seized in cash associated with those drug seizures.”

But Willard, who took over as chief just last week, says arrests only go so far. He says what’s really needed is more treatment.


New Hampshire’s largest police department has changed its policy prohibiting visible tattoos.

The move was prompted by an op-ed published by the wife of a Manchester veteran who questioned the policy, saying her husband couldn’t apply because of an army-related tattoo on his forearm.

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he'd prefer there were no super PACs, but stopped short of calling on one supporting him to stop airing negative attack ads against Democratic rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"I would hope that we would keep this debate a debate about the issues and I would prefer, not that I'm able to tell a super PAC what to do, I would prefer that we didn't have any super PACs, frankly," he said.

Some police are taking it easy on drivers in the first few days of the state’s new law banning the use of hand-held devices while behind the wheel.

In Nashua, officers have pulled over 30 people for using a cell phone while driving since law went into effect July 1.

But Captain James Maloney says not a single driver received a ticket for that offense.

“Total of 30 warnings on those 30 stops, so the vast majority of the time the officers were using those as an informational opportunity to make sure people were aware of the law."

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  Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte kicked off her re-election bid Tuesday night in Manchester.

She spoke with NHPR's Morning Edition about seeking a second term, and weighed in on last week's two historic decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Historically, this is a bit early to make an announcement. We’re still 17 months out from the election. Is this is a move as some have suggested to get a jump on your likely Democratic opponent Gov. Maggie Hassan, who’s embroiled in her own state budget battle?

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Portsmouth Police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin was fired last week, after an independent report cited him for several ethics violations for accepting a disputed $2.7 million inheritance.

But the story doesn’t end there, as the controversy has raised questions about the future of the city's police commission.

A judge also has yet to rule on whether he can keep the money.

Elizabeth Dinan is a reporter for the Portsmouth Herald.

She’s been following the story and joined NHPR's Morning Edition to give us the latest.


Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte kicks off her bid for reelection Tuesday night in Manchester.

Ayotte is seeking her second term in the U.S. Senate, but the election isn’t until November of next year.

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On Wednesday, New Hampshire becomes the 15th state to ban the use of hand-held cell phone devices while driving.

But despite months of warnings from state officials, car dealers say they're seeing a rush of drivers coming in last-minute to make sure they're in compliance.

Ron O'Connor Jr. is a service director at Irwin Automotive Group in Laconia.

He joined NHPR's Morning Edition to talk about the impact at his dealership.

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Iowa and New Hampshire have historically been the opening bells in the presidential nomination process.

But there are growing signs that the states may be losing their clout. Candidates appear to be more focused on running national campaigns, as opposed to connecting with voters in early primary states.

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An iconic part of Laconia’s downtown will soon be reborn.

In a deal announced this week, the Belknap Economic Development Council will purchase the historic Colonial Theatre for $1.4 million.

The city will loan the group the money to buy the theater, and assist in raising the $15 million needed for renovations.

The Colonial opened in 1914, but has been shut down since 2001.

Justin Slattery, executive director of the Belknap Economic Development Council, joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about plans for the theater.

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There’s no shortage of options for Nashua voters when it comes to who’ll be the next mayor of the state’s second-largest city.

Six candidates are confirmed to be running, and that’s a big change from four years ago, when the city’s current Mayor Donnalee Lozeau ran unopposed.

Lozeau isn’t seeking re-election this time around, which has opened the door for others hoping for the job.

Kathryn Marchocki is a reporter for the Nashua Telegraph. She joined NHPR's Morning Edition to talk about how the race is shaping up.

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A Derry man will tee off Thursday in the 115th U.S. Open Championship.

Rich Berberian Jr., the reigning New England PGA Champion, earned a spot in the U.S. Open at a sectional qualifier in Purchase, New York.

Berberian works as a golf instructor at the Windham Country Club.

He’s set to tee off just after noon at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington.


The Manchester Monarchs will raise the team’s first Calder Cup championship banner Tuesday night.

The team clinched the title over the weekend, and will hold a celebration at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. The event kicks off at 6 and is open to the general public.

The Monarchs beat the Utica Comets 2-1 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series Saturday night.

The team’s first championship will also be its last.

After 15 seasons in the Granite State, the Los Angeles Kings’ triple-A affiliate is moving to California.


The annual Laconia Motorcycle Week kicks off Saturday.

The event's executive director Charlie St. Clair says it typically brings in hundreds of thousands of riders to the Granite State.

"Our best year was in 2004. We had 430,000 people that year, but everything's weather dependent, of course," he said.

While the Lakes Region is seen as bike week central, he says it’s become a statewide event.

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The state’s two largest school districts – Manchester and Nashua – have a lot in common.

Both have high poverty and a diverse student population. And there’s a controversial educational practice they also share – leveling or, as it’s also called, tracking.

That’s when students are separated into different classes based on their past performance.

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An arts fair in Peterborough this weekend is aimed at the more budget-conscious arts consumer. Broke, the Affordable Arts Fair, features locally crafted work all priced under fifty dollars. The fair is being held this Saturday as part of the annual Thing in the Spring music festival.

Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne is co-founder of the fair, and she joined Morning Edition to talk about the event.

What's the idea behind the fair?