Political news from New Hampshire Public Radio, from the State House to the First in the Nation Primary.

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In his campaign to become New Hampshire’s next governor, Democrat Colin Van Ostern often talks about his business experience and his votes on the Executive Council. But there’s another, less talked about portion of his resume that could be just as important to his run for governor.

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New Hampshire lawmakers say the state’s 30-year practice of treating non-criminals with severe mental illness at the state prison should be addressed next legislative session.

During a committee hearing Thursday, lawmakers agreed this policy should change but how is more tricky. 

Johanna Persing

With just over two weeks until Election Day, campaigns from both parties are stepping up their efforts to reach voters in New Hampshire. NHPR’s Jason Moon tagged along with some Republican volunteers as they made their case to voters in Derry over the weekend.

On Sunday afternoon a handful of canvassers with the state Republican Party met in the parking lot of the Clam Haven restaurant. From there, they set out into a leafy, suburban neighborhood.

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What do you wish New Hampshire’s next senator knew about your economic situation, and what would you ask them to do to help? Here's your chance to do just that.

Scott McGilvray of Hooksett is President of NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest teachers union, and that’s a job he says he’ll keep if he wins a seat on the state Senate.  McGilvray says there’s no conflict of interest, because he stopped doing any lobbying work. 

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If you’ve tuned into local news stations lately, you might’ve spotted Chris Sununu’s first TV ad of the general election.

A few seconds in, Sununu, the Republican nominee for governor, talks up his business experience at the helm of Waterville Valley Ski Resort, where he’s served as CEO since his family bought the resort in 2010.

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When it comes to fighting the drug crisis, Chris Sununu has said, broadly, that he wants to promote “aggressive” drug prevention education programs and to expand treatment availability for people struggling with addiction.

But this week Sununu called for more aggressive penalties and enforcement when it comes to drug trafficking.

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Democratic candidate for governor, Colin Van Ostern, announced his plans to modernize state government and cut red tape for New Hampshire businesses. He made the remarks alongside business leaders at the education tech firm Motivis Learning in Salem.

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Jim Lawrence, a Republican running for U.S. Congress from Hudson, hasn’t paid property taxes on his home for three years, according to the Concord Monitor, which reported Lawrence owes the town of Hudson $15,614 for a home valued at $289,100.

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While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Nashua Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden called Donald Trump's continued claims that the election is rigged, as a “a threat to our democratic process.” 

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate tonight at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors. 

Wednesday is the deadline for candidates for state elected office to file campaign finance reports, detailing how much money they’ve raised and spent since the primary.


But these reports will give us only a glimpse of how the political dollars are flowing this year.


Following trends in recent elections, outside groups are expected to make a considerable investment to try and sway voters before they go to the polls less than three weeks from now.


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The way Secretary of State Bill Gardner sees it, Granite State elections have gone on under dire circumstances before. This year, he thinks New Hampshire will be able to handle whatever’s in store this year on Election Day.


Republican candidate for Congress Jim Lawrence provided details on his business background in an interview with the Union Leader, after a report by NHPR into Lawrence’s business record. 

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After a surprise strong showing in last month’s GOP gubernatorial primary, Frank Edelblut is back on the campaign trail, backing his former rival Chris Sununu.

And while he’s not commenting on his political ambitions, the move suggests Edelblut could have more elections in his future.

Republican Congressional candidate Jim Lawrence stopped by NHPR Monday for an hourlong conversation with The Exchange, as part of our ongoing series of Conversations with the Candidates.

But before he sat down for that interview, we asked Lawrence to give his best elevator pitch — literally, in our building's elevators — to voters on why they should send him to Congress.

New Hampshire is still considered a swing state, despite a trend toward Democrats in the last few presidential elections. But when you look further down the ballot, there are relatively few districts that can still be called battlegrounds—most are reliably red or blue. One of the last ones left is a long slice of the Seacoast—State Senate District 24. NHPR’s Natasha Haverty reports on how two candidates are working to tip the scales there.

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We're sitting down for a one-hour conversation with Rep. Frank Guinta on Thursday, and we want to hear what you want to hear from the Congressman.

For the latest in our ongoing series of Conversations with the Candidates, we're looking for your suggestions of questions we should pose to the Republican incumbent running in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

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Former President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife Hillary in New Hampshire on Monday. At his first stop at Dartmouth College, he stressed that America’s future remains bright.

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Jim Lawrence is running for Congress in District 2  in New Hampshire. He’s a Republican, going up against incumbent Democrat, Ann McLane Kuster. His pitch to voters relies heavily on his record as what he calls "a small business owner."  But it’s hard to get much detail on what exactly that record entails.

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The latest polls show Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by about four percentage points in New Hampshire — closer than in many other battleground states.  And for Trump supporters here in the state, a week of increasing allegations didn’t keep them away from a weekend rally in Portsmouth.

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Bill Clinton will campaign for his wife in New Hampshire on Monday. The former president plans to make stops at Keene State College and Dartmouth College in Hanover.

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After a week of repeatedly denouncing allegations of sexual assault, Donald Trump again did so at an outdoor rally in Portsmouth on Saturday.  

But he also tried to turn the focus to the state’s opioid epidemic. 

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Donald Trump is back in New Hampshire for a rally in Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon.

This is the first time the Republican presidential nominee has been in the Granite State since a 2005 video surfaced showing him boasting of groping women. 

Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan debated Friday morning on WGIR. The two senate candidates clashed over who was more independent on the issues – and, of their respective parties' unpopular presidential nominees.

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New Hampshire lawmakers Friday declined to move forward with a workforce development program championed by Gov. Maggie Hassan. The initiative, which was scheduled to start last month, would use unspent federal money to provide job training for welfare recipients.


Two new polls show Democrat Hillary Clinton maintaining her lead over Republican Donald Trump in New Hampshire.

A UMass Lowell/7News poll released Thursday found 45 percent of likely voters backing Clinton, and 39 percent backing Trump. Libertarian Gary Johnson had 9 percent support in the poll.

In the survey of 517 likely voters conducted Oct. 7-11, 4 percent of voters said they were still undecided.

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First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a rally for Hillary Clinton Thursday afternoon at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.

But Obama's speech didn’t focus on Clinton but rather on Donald Trump’s treatment of women.


For the latest in our series of “Conversations with the Candidates” leading up to Election Day, NHPR is sitting down with Republican Jim Lawrence to talk about his bid for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District Seat — and we’re looking for your questions.

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Governor Maggie Hassan signed an executive order Wednesday calling for the creation of the state’s first ever committee designed to analyze drug overdose deaths.