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

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was in the Granite State Thursday.

The retired neurosurgeon defended his role in a 1992 study that used tissue from aborted fetuses. 

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson returns to the Granite State Thursday.

The retired neurosurgeon will hold town hall meetings in Hooksett and Windham.

Carson will also visit Manchester and Londonderry during his one-day campaign stop.

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul will also be in the state Thursday.

He’ll be on the Seacoast, speaking to voters in Somersworth and Portsmouth. 

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Presidential candidates usually hit the campaign trail carrying a long list of issues they hope to talk about. But lately, voters in New Hampshire have been forcing an issue of their own into candidates’ stump speeches: the state’s ongoing opioid crisis.

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Neighborhood diners have been a staple campaign visit in New Hampshire for decades. They offer easy access to voters, a wide-range of age groups and personable settings. The Corner View Restaurant in Concord is one of the many popular stops candidates make on the campaign diner tour. 

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Republican John Kasich appears to be picking up steam in NH. The Ohio governor is climbing in the presidential polls,  and drawing growing crowds. At the Derry VFW hall  Wednesday, Kasich told his audience leadership is hard, and requires help from voters.


As anyone with a calculator or a newspaper knows, there are 17 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.  On the Democratic side, it’s a much more manageable number.  Five are in the race to be their party’s standard bearer.  (Six, if Vice President Joe Biden, who is said to be contemplating a race, gets in.)  In any case, the number works for one debate stage.

But why so few Democrats?  

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Hillary Clinton made a campaign stop in Keene yesterday to discuss what she has called a "quiet epidemic" in New Hampshire, substance abuse.

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New Hampshire was the first state to expressly prohibit ballot selfies.

The logic was that allowing people to prove how they voted could lead to vote buying or coercion.

The federal court found those interests insufficient to ban what amounted to political speech. 

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While Republican candidates for president have so far logged two debates (and one forum) this election cycle, Democrats are arguing over the timing and number of their own primary debates.

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With the state’s budget stalemate now in its second month, the impacts of the current stopgap spending plan are starting to come into view. But because it’s been a dozen years since the state last found itself in this situation, navigating these budgetary waters is proving a challenge -- both for state agencies and for those who rely on their services.

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Hillary Clinton told a crowd at Exeter high school she wants students to be able to attend public colleges and universities without taking out loans. 

She said she’d create incentives for states to spend more on education and for colleges to control their spending. And she wants to allow people carrying student debt to refinance.

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Former Democratic congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has filed paperwork clearing the way for another shot at the seat she lost in 2014.

All eyes have been on the District 1 seat since the Federal Elections Commission ruled earlier this spring that embattled Republican incumbent Frank Guinta had accepted an illegal campaign contribution from his parents.

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Campaigning in Seabrook, Republican Jeb Bush says he did fine in Thursday’s GOP presidential debate. But Bush also appeared to have his reservations about the FOX News debate.

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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says she will support the Iranian nuclear deal negotiated by President Barack Obama's administration when it comes to the Senate floor.

The deal calls on Iran to curb its nuclear capabilities in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

Shaheen, a Democrat, says the deal is "the best available option" for preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon" and that there are no credible alternatives to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions that do not involve the military.

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Fox News took plenty of criticism for how it chose the ten candidates for Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate. But for actual voters faced with paring the list down to just one candidate, the challenge is perhaps even more daunting.

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In this year’s Democratic primary, several candidates have made action on climate change a major part of their campaign. This time around they think it could be a winning issue for them in the general election, and they’re also more comfortable using it to draw distinctions between each other.

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If you attend any Republican presidential campaign event these days, you are all but guaranteed to hear a voter ask this:

“What would you do about illegal immigration?”  

The top 10 Republican presidential candidates, as determined by Fox News, took the stage together for the first time Thursday night in Cleveland. The other seven, who ranked lower in Fox News' analysis of recent polls, debated earlier in the evening.

NPR's politics team hosted a live chat for both debates. The archived chat is below:


The Democratic National Committee announced it will hold six presidential primary debates, including a Dec. 19 debate in Manchester.

“We’re proud to be a co-host of the New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Debate in December and we’re looking forward to hearing the Democratic candidates lay out their visions for our country’s future," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.

Not everyone is excited about the limited debate schedule.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has been trailing in the polls, was immediately critical.

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Campaign rallies and town hall meetings featuring a presidential primary candidate have been a near daily occurrence in the Granite State over the past few months.

Behind the scenes, running these events and the planning that goes into them is no easy task.

Chris Malloy of Chris Malloy Events has been busy this primary season. He’s planned and run campaign events for Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie and Ted Cruz.

Jeb Bush is trying to be a straight-talking candidate. He even has a new hashtag — #JebNoFilter — and videos of him expounding on things from hoodies to Sharknado 3.

But that #NoFilter style is getting him in trouble on the GOP campaign trail.

On Tuesday, Bush had the third major gaffe of his campaign so far. Speaking to a Southern Baptist gathering in Nashville, Tenn., Bush was talking about defunding Planned Parenthood in the wake of videos that allegedly show the sale of fetal tissue after abortions.

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The Executive Council Wednesday voted 3-2 along party lines against renewing two family planning contracts for Planned Parenthood centers in New Hampshire. 

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 New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is teaming up with Utah Republican Sen. Orin Hatch to introduce legislation that would hold colleges more accountable for "overwhelming" student debt.

If the bipartisan proposal passes, colleges with repayment rates that are more than 10 percent below the national average over a three-year period would lose their eligibility to participate in the federal student loan system.

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A new poll shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders only six points behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.

The WMUR Granite State poll released Tuesday shows Clinton with 42 percent of support among likely Democratic voters in the Granite State. Sanders is a close second, with 36 percent support.

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Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has scored the top spot for Thursday night’s leadoff debate of the 2016 presidential race, joined by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and seven other Republican contenders who made the campaign’s first cut.

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A tour of a factory floor is a classic campaign stop for presidential candidates in New Hampshire. Ohio Gov. John Kasich continued that tradition in Manchester Tuesday -- with a modern twist.

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Fourteen Republicans running for president used a candidate forum at St. Anselm College Monday night to woo early state voters.

Immigration, a key issue in the GOP primary, was front and center.

What to do about illegal immigrants was the first question of the night, and former Texas Governor Rick Perry seemed to speak for most candidates when he said he understands what the public expects.

"The American people don’t trust Washington, D.C. to deal with immigration reform until we secure the border," Perry said.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has successfully attracted thousands of enthusiastic volunteers and other supporters. The challenge now is to translate that enthusiasm into success at the polls in early-voting states like New Hampshire.

A recent story by NHPR reporter Sam Evans-Brown examined how Sanders' camp is trying to build an organization -- both in New Hampshire and nationally -- to harness that support once the voting starts. This chart provides a bird's-eye view of what that organization looks like to date.

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The room at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester had 400 seats set out for Bernie Sanders’ town hall meeting on Saturday; all of them were full and people were standing in the aisles. They’ve come for the message Sanders has been delivering with the consistency of a jackhammer for his whole political career.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton is airing the first television ads of her presidential race.

The $2 million ad buys start on Tuesday and run in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. They focus on Clinton's work on behalf of families and relationship with her late mother— central themes of her early campaign.

The ads are an effort by her campaign to reintroduce Clinton to voters as a progressive fighter who understands the struggles of average Americans.