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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.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

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.

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.

  Here are the #FITN stories we're reporting this week:

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Gov. Maggie Hassan Monday announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate, setting up a contest against Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte next year in what is expected to be a closely-watched race between two well-known, well-funded opponents.

The state attorney general’s office is expected to seek an injunction in Superior Court this week, after school officials in Croydon ignored an order to stop using public money for private school tuition.

The Valley News reports the Croydon School Board defied the state’s deadline of Monday to stop paying tuition for five students to attend the private Newport Montessori School.

House Democratic Leader Stephen Shurtleff will be among the dignitaries at a ceremony Wednesday welcoming Pope Francis to the White House.

Shurtleff is among the invited guests to join President Barack Obama at today’s ceremony.

Francis plans to deliver his opening remarks to the United States in an arrival ceremony today on the White House lawn. Then he's expected to speak to America's bishops.

Shurtleff says as a Roman Catholic, he has tremendous respect for the positions Pope Francis has taken on social and environmental issues.

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Autumn in New Hampshire means foliage, fairs, and yes, picking your own apples at one of the state's many orchards. 

At a lot of farms, "pick-your-own" or "PYO" is much more than an opportunity to buy the freshest fruit. It's also a chance to take a hay ride, watch a cider press in action, and perhaps most important, to eat some homemade cider donuts. 

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House and Senate members return to Concord this afternoon to consider 10 pieces of legislation passed earlier this year by the Legislature but vetoed by Gov. Maggie Hassan.

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The costs are in for repairing the sinkhole that opened up last month on northbound Interstate 93 in Concord.

The Concord Monitor reports the state’s cost for highway repairs comes to about $95 thousand dollars. The city of Concord is spending about $125 thousand dollars to fix its drainage system. The sinkhole opened after the collapse of a drainpipe underneath the road.

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