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For some, it's a chance to show off an army of supporters and pay homage to a long-running New Hampshire political tradition. For others, it's a chance to formalize their run for the presidency — however far-fetched their candidacy may be.

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By the end of next week, all the presidential candidates who want a shot at winning over New Hampshire voters will have swung through the state — at least long enough to file the paperwork to get on the ballot.

A handful of candidates have made a point to stick around, however, some of them following a strategy they’ve employed for months and others giving the state renewed attention in hopes that it might revive somewhat-languishing campaigns.

The list of official candidates for the New Hampshire Presidential Primary will grow by two names today, as two candidates from opposite ends of the name-recognition scale – Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Jim Gilmore – are scheduled to pass through the State House today.

The campaign to decide New Hampshire’s next governor got a bit more crowded yesterday. Democrat Mark Connolly of New Castle officially jumped in the race, making him the second Democrat, and third candidate overall, to join the field. 

NHPR's State of Democracy app is sponsored in part by: The NH Primary Student Convention, January 4th-6th, 2016.

A group of top New Hampshire Democrats continues to push back against the national party’s primary debate plans, calling for at least one additional debate in the Granite State ahead of the presidential primary.

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It was a good day for incumbents,as voters headed to the polls Tuesday for municipal elections in most New Hampshire cities.

Concord Mayor Jim Bouley was elected to a fifth term.

Bouley defeated former radio talk show host Paul Brogan in Tuesday’s election.

In Keene, mayor Kendall Lane won a third term, beating city councilor Kris Roberts.

Berlin mayor Paul Grenier won a fourth term.

And Dover mayor Karen Weston was also re-elected, winning a second term in office.

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The city of Portsmouth has a new mayor.

Jack Blalock claimed victory Tuesday as the top vote-getter among the candidates running for city council.

He replaces Robert Lister, who did not run for re-election.

Blalock formerly served as assistant mayor of Portsmouth and chairman of the city’s Board of Adjustment.

Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine will return to that position, after receiving the second-most votes in yesterday’s election.

  NHPR's State of Democracy app is sponsored in part by: The NH Primary Student Convention, January 4th-6th, 2016.

For most presidential candidates, the New Hampshire primary filing period is little more than a formality.

You show up at the State House. You bring $1,000 to cover the filing fee and as many supporters as you can round up. You sign a form affirming that you’re a registered member of your chosen political party, and you’re essentially good to go.

For Bernie Sanders, that last part has made things slightly more complicated.

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NHPR's State of Democracy app is sponsored in part by: The NH Primary Student Convention, January 4th-6th, 2016.

The presidential candidates who start parading through Secretary of State Bill Gardner’s office might do well to pay special attention to the desk that’ll be on display nearby — its original owner is to thank (or blame) for why they’re spending so much time in New Hampshire these days.

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Join us for our annual State of the Newsroom ! This special evening is your peek behind the curtain - a chance for you to meet newsroom staff, hear how editorial decisions are made, and learn how your support directly impacts the citizens of New Hampshire.

The event will take place at the Capitol Center for the Arts at 44 S. Main Street in Concord on November 9th, 2015. The reception will begin at 5:30 PM, and the program will start at 6:30 PM.

NHPR's State of Democracy app is sponsored in part by: The NH Primary Student Convention, January 4th-6th, 2016.

While the New Hampshire Primary has been humming along at top speed for months, it’s easy to overlook that two basic details have yet to be wrapped up: the actual date of the Primary election, and the official candidate names to appear on the ballot. At least one of those should start looking a bit firmer this week.

NHPR is making it easier than ever to stay up to date on everything political in the Granite State, including the First in the Nation Primary, with the launch of our new State of Democracy iPhone app.

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  NHPR's State of Democracy app is sponsored in part by: The NH Primary Student Convention, January 4th-6th, 2016.

So, what did we learn from Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate?

Last week we examined the campaign money landscape in the New Hampshire Primary, both how candidates are raising money in the state, and how they're spending it.

But what do those dollars mean against the national campaign fundraising picture?

If you’d like to understand what a decline in civics education means for the future of the country’s political system, David Souter suggests a sports analogy.

NHPR's State of Democracy app is sponsored in part by: The NH Primary Student Convention, January 4th-6th, 2016.

NHPR is making it easier than ever to stay up to date on everything political in the Granite State, including the First in the Nation Primary, with the launch of our new State of Democracy iPhone app.

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School officials in Croydon have raised more than $20,000 through an online fundraising campaign, as the town prepares for a potential court battle with the state over school choice.

The crowdfunding page, "Support School Choice in Croydon, NH," was launched earlier this month by school board chairwoman Jody Underwood, and the largest donation – about $14,000 – came from an anonymous out-of-state donor.

The State of Democracy app is sponsored in part by The NH Primary Student Convention on January 4th-6th.

Maybe you’re looking for somewhere to sound off on the fate of the Manchester teachers’ contract, or the expansion of rail service from Boston, or marijuana legalization — or even the future of the midnight voting tradition in Dixville Notch. Well, you’re in luck: There’s an app for that.

NHPR's State of Democracy app is sponsored in part by: The NH Primary Student Convention, January 4th-6th, 2016.

New Hampshire voters might not have seen much of Lincoln Chafee before he bowed out of the presidential race Friday. If you happen to be involved with your local Democratic town committee, however, you might be on a first-name basis with the former candidate.

The Senate on Thursday passed a bill co-sponsored by Sen. Kelly Ayotte that’s meant to address one particularly troubling side effect of the nation’s opioid crisis: growing drug dependence among infants.

Following a recent wave of mergers in the insurance industry, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is raising “serious concerns” about the potentially harmful impact of these deals on consumers. She nodded specifically to the projected effects of the proposed Anthem-Cigna merger on New Hampshire’s insurance market.

There’s been a particularly competitive, expensive campaign season brewing in recent months that could have implications for the future of North American policies on trade, energy, the environment, immigration and more.

We are, of course, referring to the race playing out among our neighbors to the north. Canadian federal elections were held Monday — and, as reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, voters provided the country's Liberal Party with enough seats to upend the Conservatives. 

It's one of the more, shall we say, parochial questions presidential candidates have faced on the campaign trail this year: What do you think of the proposed gas pipeline that may be routed through New Hampshire?

This weekend in Hopkinton, several hundred conservatives took part in something new for this state: a caucus. The group behind the event wants grassroots activists to play a larger role in choosing the Republican nominee in 2016.

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What is a charter school?

Here is the definition and breakdown as outlined on the New Hampshire Department of Education website:

“Charter schools are public and tuition-free schools. The focus of each public charter school is unique and based on the educational needs and interests of a particular community.

  It’s unclear when Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and second-place finisher in the 2004 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary, is planning to return to the Granite State. But it's probably safe to assume he won’t be swinging by Bill Gardner’s office anytime soon.

The Democratic party’s five major presidential candidates gathered in Las Vegas for their first debate Tuesday night. But for all intents and purposes — as summed up by POLITICO and a good chunk of the mainstream media — it may as well have been billed as “the Hillary and Bernie Show.”

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid just made a whole lot of New Hampshire enemies. It didn't take much. He simply insulted the First in the Nation Primary.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid just made a whole lot of New Hampshire enemies. It didn't take much. He just insulted the First in the Nation Primary.

Graham's Gun Tour

Oct 9, 2015

During the first leg of a 10-day campaign trip through New Hampshire Thursday, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham stopped at gun accessories company Samson Manufacturing in Keene.

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