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

Both Chris Sununu and Colin Van Ostern say their business experience makes them qualified to lead New Hampshire. But it was clear from the start of last night's NECN/Concord Monitor debate at New England College, that neither is much impressed by the other’s resume.

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate tonight. The NPR Politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is following along and will be annotating and fact-checking in real time. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted below, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors. Follow highlights of the debate in NPR's updating news...

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Just how bad, in Chris Sununu’s view, is the red tape facing New Hampshire businesses these days? “We’ve become more like a regulatory police state, in many aspects,” Sununu said on a visit to Maverick Integration, an automation technology company in Nashua.

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Kelly Ayotte’s reelection race was always going to be a steep uphill climb. She’s facing a relatively popular opponent in Gov. Maggie Hassan, an electorate looking for change, and the more Democrat-friendly New Hampshire voters who typically turn out in presidential years. But as Ayotte struggles to reach escape velocity, the pull of Donald Trump’s unpopularity threatens to keep her earthbound.

In the Balance is NHPR's blog looking at the race for U.S. Senate between Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Gov. Maggie Hassan. In the wake of their first televised debate, Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan are both out with ads. Both underscore how last night went.

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Battles over funding for Planned Parenthood have become a familiar political drama over the past several years. In this year’s gubernatorial election, Democrat Colin Van Ostern is hoping to use his opponent Republican Chris Sununu’s history on the issue against him. But the history can get complicated.

Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan shared a stage last night at New England College. Broadcast on NECN, it was the first televised debate in their race for US Senate. And it showed that despite this race’s high-profile – it’s one of a handful that could decide control of the Senate -- it remains in the shadow of the battle for the White House. The presidential race wasn’t the first focus of this debate, or the main focus. But when Kelly Ayotte was asked if she would tell children “to be like...

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Read All About It: D emocratic U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan recently joined NHPR 's L aura K noy and Josh Rogers for an hour-long discussion -- part of our Conversations with the Candidates series. In this election season, antipathy toward free trade has been an unlikely area of agreement – particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, opposed by both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. President Obama has seemed the lone Democrat championing the deal, calling it an economic and...

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New Hampshire’s Executive Council has always been quietly powerful: The five-member board has the final say on most major state contracts and nominations to state agencies, among other critical responsibilities that keep the state running. But it was never a required stop for someone looking to rise the political ranks in New Hampshire.

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Donald Trump returned to New Hampshire Thursday for a rally in Bedford, where he took aim at Hillary and former President Bill Clinton.

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign is working hard to woo young voters in New Hampshire -- a group that voted overwhelmingly in favor of her opponent, Bernie Sanders, just 8 months ago. But Wednesday, the two worked together to try and get those same young voters as excited about Clinton as they once were for Sanders.

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Leading up to our conversation with Gov. Maggie Hassan, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate , we asked what you’d want to ask her , if given the chance. Here’s a roundup of her responses on some of the topics you told us wanted to hear Hassan weigh in on.

Last year, we started asking the presidential candidates who stopped by NHPR's offices to deliver their best " elevator pitches " on the way into our studios. Now that we're heading into the final stretch of the election season, we're reviving this feature — this time, with the candidates for statewide office.

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Back in January, former New Hampshire governor John H. Sununu warned voters against “ drinking the Trump Kool-Aid .” On Tuesday, Sununu poured himself a glass and took a big sip.

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off for their first presidential debate Monday night at Hofstra University in New York. Here in NH, the debate attracted crowds for watch parties for each candidate. NHPR’s reporter Paige Sutherland stopped by a couple of them.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the first presidential debate Monday night. The NPR Politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is following along and will be annotating and fact-checking in real time.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party has changed the controversial name of its Jefferson-Jackson dinner, an annual fundraiser held in the fall.

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If you had a chance to sit down with Gov. Maggie Hassan, what would you want to talk about? We cant promise you a one-on-one conversation but we could help you get an answer, in any case.

For the last four years, Chris Sununu and Colin Van Ostern have sat – literally – across the table from one another at executive council meetings. So they’ve had plenty of time to get to know each other’s political style, personal habits and voting record. And now that they’re both vying for the same position as New Hampshire’s next governor, Van Ostern, in particular, seems more than ready to use his opponent’s voting record as a line of attack.

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After fending off multiple attempts by the New Hampshire Democratic Party to keep him off the ballot, Independent Shawn O’Connor will officially be a candidate for the state’s Congressional First District this November. That’s after the state Ballot Law Commission on Wednesday upheld its earlier decision to keep O’Connor in the race.

The candidates for New Hampshire governor faced questions around economic issues, addressed issues including energy prices, health care costs, and the Granite State tax structure.

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New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper is hoping to hold onto his leadership role for a second term. But the Republican is already facing opposition from within his own party.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern held a campaign stop at a solar farm in Lee today to emphasize his support for renewable energy. Van Ostern spoke at the Oyster River Forest Solar Array in Lee, which was completed just a few months ago and is the state’s second largest assembly of solar panels.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Kelly Ayotte had their first candidate forum of the general election Monday morning in Manchester. At the AARP-sponsored event, the U.S. Senate candidates focused on Social Security and Medicare.

"On the Political Front" is our weekly check-in with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers.

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In his first days campaigning for governor in the general election, Democrat Colin Van Ostern has focused on women’s health issues. And today he did so again at a stop on the Seacoast. Colin Van Ostern met with state senator Martha Fuller Clark and a handful of healthcare professionals at the Lovering health care center in Greenland. As he did during the Primary campaign, Van Ostern stressed his support for abortion rights and funding for Planned Parenthood. He also criticized his Republican...

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After Tuesday’s primary election, both parties’ tickets for November are now officially in place. On Wednesday, the state’s GOP leaders gathered for a “unity breakfast” and got one major call to action: stand with the man who will be at the top of their lineup: Donald Trump. Their first chance was last night, at a rally Trump held in Laconia .

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At a campaign rally inside Laconia Middle School Thursday night, Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump opened his remarks by mocking the fact that his press pool’s plane was still on the tarmac: "I have really good news for you. I just heard that the press is stuck on their airplane they can’t get here [Applause] I love it. So they’re trying to get here now they’re going to be about 30 minutes late they called and said, 'Could you wait?' I said absolutely not," Trump told a cheering...

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Virginia Senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine spoke to a group of millennials about workforce development in Portsmouth today. Tim Kaine appeared alongside a panel from the group Stay Work Play, a nonprofit focused on attracting young professionals to New Hampshire.

Two days after the state primary, with an eye toward the general election, State Sen. Jeff Woodburn had one message for the crowd of Democrats who packed into the Puritan Backroom for the party’s unity breakfast on Thursday morning. "We’re not running against the Republicans," Woodburn told his fellow Democrats. "We’re running against complacency."

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