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

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Bernie Sanders took his campaign for the Democratic nomination for President to the University of New Hampshire Sunday evening for the first time this primary season. The result: a big, enthusiastic crowd.

Despite George Stephanopoulos' best effort to press Donald Trump on the Republican front-runner's true thoughts about President Obama's birth and religion, the answers came off more as political dodges than the famous straight talk for which the GOP front-runner is famous.

On ABC's This Week today, Stephanopoulos asked Trump: "You've raised these questions so often in the past, why can't you just say definitively yes or no?"

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New Hampshire Democrats gathered Saturday in Manchester for their state party convention. With five of the party’s six presidential hopefuls as featured speakers, Democrats are far from settled on who their nominee will be. But the party faithful appear happy with how their nominating process is playing out.

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Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was at UNH Friday morning to promote her college affordability plan. The former secretary of state described her proposal as a pragmatic approach to a thorny issue.

Map: 2016 Candidate Campaign Offices in N.H.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will open two new campaign offices in New Hampshire this weekend: one in Portsmouth, the other in Manchester. According to the campaign, that brings Sanders' Granite State offices to four. 

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In a full - but not exactly packed - gymnasium at the Concord Boys and Girls Club Thursday evening, Clinton touted a long list of local endorsements, including Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Governor Maggie Hassan, before digging into a wide range of topics. Questions from an engaged audience touched on everything from the Iranian Nuclear Deal to how Clinton would define the word “equality.”

In her answers to questions on climate change and college affordability, the candidate took pains to stress how these topics were missing from the previous night’s Republican Presidential debate.

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The Democratic governor will join Clinton at the University of New Hampshire in Durham Friday to officially endorse the former first lady and secretary of state for president. Hassan is picking Clinton over five others seeking the Democratic nomination: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, former senators Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island and Jim Webb of Virginia, and Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig.

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Even people with tickets were being denied entrance at the Rochester Recreational Arena: the place was packed to fire code. And Republican front runner, Donald Trump, didn’t fail to deliver the campaign style he’s become known for.

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Hillary Clinton hosted a community forum in Laconia Thursday, where she sat beside local leaders actively involved in the fight against opioid addiction.

Clinton applauded Laconia for its work in this battle, telling a crowd at the city's Boys and Girls Club that the fight against addiction needs to start at the community level.

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Concerned over election fraud, the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office wants to keep on the books a state law that bans posting ballot photos to social media.

The Caledonian Record reports the office has taken its case to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.

A federal judge ruled Aug. 13 that the law passed last year prohibiting residents from photographing their marked ballots and sharing them violated free speech and isn't necessary to stop election fraud, which is what proponents of the law— including the Secretary of State's office —had argued.

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Two former presidential hopefuls are returning to New Hampshire to urge the current crop of candidates to bridge the divide between Republicans and Democrats and embrace government reform.

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When talking to voters on the campaign trail, Ohio Gov. John Kasich likes to sum up the last time he ran for president in New Hampshire with a story. It starts with him talking to a potential supporter in Bow in 1999.

At the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., would-be heirs to Reagan tried to land some punches last night on Republican front-runner Donald Trump. It was the second prime-time debate for the GOP field.

We want to cut through the spin with a new feature we're calling "Break It Down."

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Like no doubt millions of Americans, Bernie Sanders tuned in to the Republican debate on CNN. But the Vermont independent who is running for the Democratic nomination for president didn't stop there.

The septuagenarian senator live tweeted the debate, with help from his 24-year-old digital director. That is, until just shy of 10:30 p.m., when he called it quits.

The gloves came off early against Donald Trump, and the hits were sustained against the GOP front-runner for most of Wednesday night's three-hour CNN debate.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio both memorably clashed with Trump — and emerged on top, likely improving their standing in the GOP race.

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After nearly three months of budgetary limbo and partisan feuding, New Hampshire officially has a two-year budget in place.


WBUR released a new poll of the Republican presidential field this morning. The results mirror other recent polling of the GOP race: Donald Trump and Ben Carson bunched at the top, the rest of the field far below.

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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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History suggests a strong finish in the New Hampshire primary – first or second place -- is mandatory for anyone who wants to become president. History also shows New Hampshire can be tough terrain for frontrunners, or candidates who enter the race perceived that way. Such are a few of the challenges facing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at this stage in the First in the Nation primary. 

Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republican lawmakers have struck a deal on the state budget after nearly three months of negotiations.The agreement is centered on cuts to the state’s business taxes – the same issue that led the governor to veto the Republican-backed budget in June.

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is known for her tenure running Hewlett-Packard in California. But Washington, D.C., is where she got her start in business and where colleagues say she displayed the same aggressiveness and determination that propelled her to the main stage of Wednesday night's GOP debate.

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Legislators have reached a deal with Gov. Maggie Hassan on the state budget. 

Hillary Clinton's private server is currently in the possession of the FBI. And while it has been reported that the server was "wiped," what actually happened remains unclear. But not because the term is so hard to understand from a technical standpoint. In fact, wiping is a straightforward process. It's very different from hitting the delete button. And if it happened, experts say, it'll hamper the FBI investigation.

Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders was preaching to a different kind of choir at Liberty University on Monday.

The Democratic presidential candidate tried to find common ground when talking about poverty and income inequality before the conservative Christian university student body.

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Nearly three months into the state's budget stalemate, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and top Republican lawmakers are trying to forge a compromise as a new deadline approaches.

The Legislature returns to Concord on Wednesday for override votes on 10 bills Hassan vetoed, including two dealing with the budget. Republicans don't have enough votes to override the budget vetoes, forcing both sides to seek a compromise that will put the state on stable financial footing.

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On The Political Front is our occasional check-in on all things politics with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers. 

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To say that Republican Chris Christie held a town hall in New Hampshire is not news, in and of itself. But Sunday night's town hall in Dover was different.

While the New Jersey governor has made town hall-style events the focus of his presidential campaign, this event at Newick's Restaurant also featured Maine Governor Paul LePage, Christie’s most prominent – and outspoken – supporter.

Christie opened the event with a story about a trip he made to Maine for LePage's reelection effort.

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Here’s an unusual question to ask during presidential primary season: What does Daniel Craig, the actor who plays James Bond, have to do with Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders?

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As New Hampshire lawmakers prepare for the next phase of the state's long-simmering budget debate, they're being urged to consider a cautionary tale from half-way across the country.