NHPR Staff

Still can’t get enough of all things New Hampshire primary? You’re in luck.

Just in time for the final stretch before the first-in-the-nation contest, NHPR’s launching a new podcast — Primarily Politics — a fun round-up of news and other trends from the campaign trail hosted by Brady Carlson. We’ll have a new episode each week leading up to the primary on Feb. 9.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in the first installment:

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A documentary about the life and death of New Hampshire native and photojournalist James Foley will air on HBO next month.

According to the Boston Globe, HBO Documentary Films has acquired stateside TV rights to "Jim: The James Foley Story."

The documentary will debut Feb. 6 on HBO, shortly after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Earlier today we looked at New Hampshire's Voter ID law and the possible impacts it may have on the Presidential Primary, early next month.

While the law has been on the books for more than three years, this year's primary will be the first in which the law is in full effect.

Many local election officials, as well as voter rights groups like the ACLU and League of Women Voters, are preparing for that day, when many first-time or infrequent voters come to the polls.

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This year, NHPR created more online-only content than ever before, from digital-first reporting to data maps, blogs, videos, and interactive infographics.

Here's a compilation of our favorite digital stories of 2015, arranged by category.

We’re 41 days out from the New Hampshire primary — which means plenty of voters will be moving beyond the window-shopping phase of the campaign and trying to settle, more seriously, on their presidential picks.

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Check this story throughout the day for storm weather updates.  Visit the National Weather Service forecast map to see detailed conditions in your area. 

Worried about a power failure? We've got links to utility outage maps on our weather resources page

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Joseph McQuaid, publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, might’ve kicked the proverbial hornet’s nest when he penned a front-page editorial calling Republican frontrunner Donald Trump “a crude blowhard with no clear political philosophy.” But the newspaperman was simply continuing his outlet’s long-running tradition of cutting presidential candidates down to size. 

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a political animal as mystifying, misunderstood and over-analyzed as the so-called “independent” voter of New Hampshire.

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump returns to the Granite State on Monday.

The billionaire businessman is scheduled to hold a rally in Nashua at 7 p.m.

Polls show Trump continues to lead the GOP field, both nationally and in  New Hampshire. 

A CBS News poll of Republican New Hampshire voters earlier this month showed 32 percent supporting Trump.

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The first measurable snow of the winter season is expected to arrive in the Granite State Tuesday.

Snow will begin falling in southern New Hampshire by daybreak, and will spread northward into the early morning hours.

Click here for NHPR's Weather Information page.

Steve Lavoie with Hometown Forecast says southern New Hampshire will see the snow transition to a wintry mix and eventually all rain, while northern parts of the state will see mostly snow.

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It’s probably a safe bet that Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Kelly Ayotte are paying close attention to who’s in front of the pack for their respective party’s presidential primary — and for good reason.

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The presidential primary trail is taking a rare detour through New Hampshire’s North Country this week.

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Republican Lindsey Graham ended his presidential bid today.

The South Carolina senator was a frequent and vigorous campaigner in New Hampshire, but his effort did little to help him break through in a crowded field. He failed to poll much higher than 1 percent in the state, and had little on the ground support or big name endorsements.

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley sits down with Exchange host Laura Knoy and Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers for an in-depth discussion about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. 

The Red Cross and the city of Keene are opening a shelter Saturday night at the Keene Recreational Center because of gas outages throughout the city.  

The problems began this morning when Liberty Utilities warned customers of possible gas odors and elevated carbon monoxide levels in their homes after a power problem at its Keene plant.

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If you're hoping to do some candidate shopping on the last weekend before Christmas, you're in luck. The next few days will be a veritable presidential primary bonanza across the state. 

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The gun used to kill Pamela Smart’s husband 25 years ago will remain in the state’s hands, after a judge denied a request to release the murder weapon.

The Union Leader reports the owner of the firearm, Vance Lattime Sr., had requested the gun be returned to him.

His son, Vance Lattime Jr., was paroled in 2005 after serving 15 years for his role as an accomplice in the 1990 murder of Gregory Smart.

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 It would be a stretch to call last night's Republican presidential debate, hosted by CNN in Las Vegas, a game-changer.

“If you were looking for the fifth GOP debate of this topsy-turvy 2015 to upend or reshuffle this race, you came away sorely disappointed,” wrote Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report.

But with less than two months to the opening nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, last night’s debate did reveal (or reinforce) a few themes to watch for as the GOP race intensifies.

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 It's been a recurring theme throughout this year's presidential primary race: Early states (like New Hampshire) are losing their clout as candidates run what are essentially nationwide campaign.

GIF created using footage from CNN

 It's been a recurring theme throughout this year's presidential primary race: Early states (like New Hampshire) are losing their clout as candidates run what are essentially nationwide campaign.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is kicking off a two-day campaign swing through the Granite State.

The Vermont Senator will meet with students at Nashua Community College Monday afternoon. That will be followed by a town hall meeting in Hollis at 5:30.

And Tuesday evening, Sanders will open a campaign office in Rochester, and is set to hold another town hall meeting in Hampton.

Republican candidates will be in Las Vegas early this week for the next GOP debate Tuesday.


Donald Trump maintains a comfortable lead in the latest WBUR poll of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters, while Chris Christie saw a boost to second place following the rollout of several high-profile Granite State endorsements that brought renewed attention to his campaign.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to campaign in Portsmouth tomorrow night.

 It will be his first campaign stop in the state since his call for a “total and and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the country. And the visit won't come without pushback. 

As more details come out about the shooting in San Bernardino, terrorism threats and measures to restrict guns have become part of the debate surrounding national security.

NHPR spoke with both of New Hampshire’s senators this morning about one of President Obama’s proposals: banning the sale of guns to those on the government’s no-fly list.

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Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sat down with Exchange host Laura Knoy and Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers for an in-depth discussion about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. 

On NHPR.org this afternoon, you'll find a set of maps that illustrate the outcomes of the state’s past few Democratic president primaries. And as NHPR continues to follow this year’s competitive Democratic field, the maps add some context for what it takes to win the state – including how Hillary Clinton edged out Barack Obama 8 years ago. NHPR’s Senior Editor for Politics Dan Barrick spoke today with All Things Considered host Peter Biello about the maps, and what they might tell us about the 2016 outcome.

This primary season, NHPR is taking a closer look at some of the issues defining the presidential primary races in a series we’re calling Where They Stand. Today, we’re looking at gun control and where the Democratic candidates fall both past and present.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might finally be hitting his Granite State stride. The Republican presidential candidate has been one of the most ardent campaigners in New Hampshire this year. But those dozens of town hall meetings, tavern meet-and-greets and policy roundtables have -- so far -- appeared to pay few dividends.

Is that about to change?


Students in Manchester schools are heading back to classes this morning at new times.

The school district is changing hours based on its new contract with the Manchester Education Association.

The high schools will start at 7:45 this morning, the middle schools at 7:35 and elementary schools in the city will begin at 8:45. 


Meetings of New Hampshire’s Ballot Law Commission don’t often get much attention. But this week will be different. A handful of challenges to prominent candidates in the 2016 presidential primary will come before the commission, which has been asked to decide if Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz can legally appear on the New Hampshire primary ballot.