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

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All this week on Morning Edition, we're talking with the Republican candidates for governor. Ted Gatsas is in his seventh year as mayor of Manchester, the state's largest city.

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Republican incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte and primary challenger Jim Rubens faced off in a debate on WMUR TV last night. From the very outset of the debate, a clear dynamic emerged between Ayotte and Rubens.

A forum designed to test the leading presidential candidates' capacity for military leadership Wednesday night displayed as much unpredictability as the rest of this election, as questions and answers veered off-topic and both candidates were put on the defensive several times. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump participated in the town hall-style event, held aboard an aircraft carrier that is now the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. The one-hour forum was co-hosted by NBC...

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Former defense industry executive Republican Rich Ashooh is running for Congress in New Hampshire’s first district. He’s hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Frank Guinta. In recent interviews and debates, he’s characterized himself as an outsider, a new face, someone who could succeed where the incumbent has failed. Rich Ashooh spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello about his ideas.

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Update, Sept. 7: You can find Republican Ted Gatsas' completed questionnaire here . Taxes. The economy. Education spending. The opioid epidemic. New Hampshire's next governor faces a long list of policy challenges when he or she takes office in January. With the largest field of contenders in at least two decades, sorting through the gubernatorial candidates' positions on these and other issues is no easy task.

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This year’s race for New Hampshire governor has a crowded and diverse field. There are legislators, mayors, executive councilors, and all with private sector experience. As part of our primary coverage, we’re looking at how those experiences shape the candidates' bid for the corner office. All Things Considered host Peter Biello talked with NHPR reporter Paige Sutherland about Republican Jeanie Forrester and her time as chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee.

The major candidates for governor met in a debate Tuesday night on WMUR, giving the hopefuls the chance to press their cases to a statewide TV audience. The Republicans sought traction on issues of core importance to GOP voters.

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The major Democratic candidates for governor debated Tuesday night on WMUR-TV. Steve Marchand , Colin Van Ostern and Mark Connolly debated topics such as the opioid crisis, climate change and the minimum wage. But the most relevant question may have been the very first one posed by moderator Josh McElveen.

All this week, Morning Edition is talking to the Republican candidates for governor. Frank Edelblut is a first-term state representative from Wilton.

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Democratic candidate for governor Steve Marchand says he is the most liberal person in this year’s race. But he’s asking people to put aside some assumptions about what the term “liberal” means. Speaking with All Things Considered host Peter Biello , NHPR's Emily Corwin explains. Biello : First of all, tell me a bit about Steve Marchand. He may be more familiar to Seacoast listeners than to folks elsewhere in the state. Corwin: Yes, Marchand's been involved in politics for a long time, both...

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All this week, Morning Edition is talking with the Republican candidates running for governor. Monday morning, we heard from Jeanie Forrester. She’s in her third term as a state Senator from Meredith, and currently chairs the Senate Finance Committee.

For Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern, two New Hampshire employers – Stonyfield Farm and Southern New Hampshire University -- figure heavily in his message to voters. NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on what Van Ostern’s time at these companies might tell us about how he’d operate as governor.

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Vermont senator and former presidential contender Bernie Sanders spent Labor Day in New Hampshire.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Connolly says he’s back in for an upcoming debate on WMUR TV, after labor dispute negotiations at the station showed signs of progress. Last week, Mark Connolly had cited the dispute between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 1228 and WMUR, when he said he would not participate in a debate scheduled for this Tuesday.

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The campaigns of two people hoping to get on New Hampshire's presidential ballot made progress toward that goal this week.

Bernie Sanders is Spending Labor Day in N.H.

Sep 2, 2016
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Vermont senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be spending Labor Day in New Hampshire. Sanders will start his day in Manchester, at the AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast. That’s at the Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Sanders then heads to Lebanon, where he’ll be campaigning for his former rival, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. That’s at Lebanon High School; doors open at 2. This is Sanders’ first time campaigning for Clinton, since he endorsed her at an event in...

You might already be overwhelmed by the number of TV ads about this year's U.S. Senate race between Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan. And if you're like a lot of people, you're confused about who's paying for all these 30-second commercials, and why. Before you tune it out completely, here's a video guide to navigating the political advertising - and money - behind this important race. A Citizen's Survival Guide to Outside Spending from New Hampshire Public Radio on Vimeo .

A substance-abuse treatment advocate who appeared in a political ad criticizing Gov. Maggie Hassan's handling of the state's drug crisis has resigned from the nonprofit she once led. Melissa Crews stepped down from the board of HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery earlier this week, according to the Concord Monitor. Crews was featured in a 30-second commercial paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has spent $3 million trying to derail Hassan's bid to unseat Sen. Kelly...

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At their first debate Thursday, incumbent Republican U.S Senator Kelly Ayotte and her challenger, former state Senator Jim Rubens, clashed on the topic of immigration. Rubens spent much of the debate on NH1 News going after Ayotte’s record on nearly every issue, including her support for the so-called Gang of Eight immigration reform bill in 2013. The bill included a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the United States. It passed the U.S. Senate, but ultimately failed...

Republican Chris Sununu has made his experience as head of the Waterville Valley ski resort a big part of his campaign for governor. What does his time there tell us about his readiness to take the corner office in the State House?

Democratic Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine rallied local democrats in Dover, Laconia and Nashua Thursday, and talked education in Manchester. Kaine said policymakers at all levels need to work to make education more responsive to the needs of employers. He also took aim at GOP nominee Donald Trump. “The main thing we know about education from the other side is this Trump University thing, where education was viewed as a little bit of a con job. You know, give us a lot of money and we’ll...

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Ted Gatsas isn’t the first candidate for governor to take advantage of a gap in New Hampshire’s election law that allows wealthy donors to dodge limits on campaign contributions. But no one has benefited more from the so-called LLC loophole than the Manchester mayor.

As New Hampshire students head back to school this week, education is on many parents’ minds. And with the gubernatorial primary less than two weeks away, candidates’ positions on these issues could play a major role on voters’ decisions. In this year’s governor’s race, the candidates’ views fall largely along party lines, with differences over how much and where to spend money.

At a debate hosted by NH1 News Wednesday night, a candidate’s comment from earlier this summer regarding how communities have handled the state’s drug crisis sparked some heated back and forth.

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Six of the seven candidates running for New Hampshire governor participated in a forum on young children today at Saint Anselm College. The forum was sponsored by Spark NH, an advisory council of governor-appointed early childhood professionals. Attendees included business owners, early childhood professionals, and elected officials.

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Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mark Connolly says he won’t participate in an upcoming debate on WMUR-TV because of an ongoing labor dispute. In a statement released this afternoon, Mark Connolly cited the dispute between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1228 and WMUR, saying that without an agreement in place, he would not participate. He called on his Democratic opponents to do the same. In a written statement, Colin Van Ostern’s campaign manager Pat Devney says...

If you’ve spent any time following the Republicans running for governor this year, you’ve probably heard plenty of talk about the need to jumpstart New Hampshire’s economy.

Michael Brindley

Republican Kelly Ayotte is running for re-election, and while most of the headlines are about her race against Gov . Maggie Hassan, Jim Rubens has something to say about that. The former state Senator is challenging Ayotte’s re-election in next month’s Republican primary, but even his supporters know the odds are against him.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Sununu says it's wrong to ask questions about a major investor in the Waterville Valley Ski resort that was once investigated for terror ties.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has endorsed Chris Sununu's in the race for New Hampshire Governor. In a state house news conference Kasich called Sununu "a pragmatic conservative." "He's solid, he's calm, he's in the best tradition of public service, which the Sununus ' have always represented. And I'm going to be able to call him governor -- Chris Sununu -- soon, and I will hopefully have a little ante-office next time I'm back that he will reserve for me whether I'm in or out." Kasich's return...

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