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On The Political Front is our weekly conversation with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers. This week, a look back to the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit held in Nashua over the weekend.

So Josh, a big weekend for Republicans and Hillary Clinton arrives in New Hampshire this afternoon. 2016 is upon is.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes her first stop in the Granite State Monday since formally announcing she’s running for president.

The former First Lady is in Keene Monday afternoon, where she’ll tour Whitney Brothers, a children’s furniture manufacturer.

And on Tuesday, Clinton will visit New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, where she’ll hold a roundtable with students and educators.

Hillary Clinton made a surprising move this week. It wasn't running for president — she'd already set the stage for that — but embracing the idea of a constitutional amendment to restrict or eliminate big money in politics.

The notion of amending the Constitution this way has been discussed, literally for decades. But Clinton is joining a new, if small, chorus of prominent politicians who are talking it up.

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The state Republican Party held its First in the Nation Leadership Summit this weekend. Virtually every Republican thought to be considering a presidential run spoke at the event. Scroll down for stories, photos, interviews, and tweets by NHPR News and Morning Edition. Photos by Allegra Boverman unless otherwise noted.

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Jeb Bush headlined Politics and Eggs this morning at St. Anselm College in Manchester. During the former Florida Governor's two-day trip to the Granite State, he also attended a Politics and Pie in Concord Thursday.

Bush says if elected President he would fix the country's "troubled" education system, strengthen relationships with our allies abroad and do a better job of controlling the border while streamlining legal immigration. Bush also told the crowd that besides the country's current shortfalls, he is optimistic but calls for immediate change.

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Note: This is a two-part story. Scroll down to hear and read what Republicans had to say.

Democratic voters:

While Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley have made many trips to New Hampshire and several other candidates have said they could run, right now Hillary Clinton is the only sure thing.

New Hampshire’s Democratic committeewoman, Kathy Sullivan, co-chaired Clinton’s winning 2008 primary campaign and remains a loyalist.  

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Hillary Rodham Clinton is set to make her first trip to New Hampshire as a presidential candidate next week.

Officials from the Clinton campaign say she will participate in small events Monday and Tuesday, including roundtables with students, educators and small businesses. She will also speak at private meetings with elected officials and activists around New Hampshire. The campaign did not provide event specifics.

Clinton announced her second White House bid Sunday, kicking it off with a trip to Iowa featuring similar small-scale events.

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New Hampshire U.S.  Senator Jeanne Shaheen is leading an effort to put a woman on the $20 bill.

Shaheen introduced legislation earlier this week to convene a panel of citizens to recommend a woman whose likeness would be featured on a new $20 bill.

Shaheen says her proposal complements the Women on 20s campaign, which hopes to make the change by the year 2020.

That marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote.

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The state Republican Party kicks off its First in the Nation Leadership Summit in Nashua Friday.

Virtually every Republican thought to be considering a presidential run is scheduled to speak at the two-day event.

James Pindell covers the New Hampshire primary for the Boston Globe.

He joined Morning Edition to give us his take on this weekend’s summit.

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Standing before a banner that read “Tell It Like It Is” and a giant American flag,  Chris Christie used Wednesday's nearly two hour event in Londonderry to cast himself as a politician for telling the truth and letting his own character be his guide.

“My mother taught me a very simple lesson when I was a kid, be yourself because then tomorrow you don’t have to try to remember who you were trying to be yesterday,” Christie told the packed room at the Lions Club.

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The New Hampshire House will take up legislation Wednesday aimed at ensuring licensed medical marijuana dispensaries pay property taxes.

The dispensaries, none of which have been opened, will be licensed by the state under the medical marijuana laws. A bill already passed by the Senate closes a loophole in the 2013 law that may have allowed the dispensaries not to pay taxes. A House committee unanimously recommends passage.

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A free online course this fall focused on the New Hampshire Primary is likely to attract political junkies from the Granite State and beyond.

"FIRST! Understanding New Hampshire Presidential Primary" is the University of New Hampshire’s first Massive Open Online Course. It's open to anyone, anywhere.

It will explore the history of the First-in-the-Nation primary, and follow the 2016 primary as it unfolds.

The course will be taught by UNH political science professors Andrew Smith and Dante Scala.

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If Chris Christie had his way, Social Security would morph from a program that pays benefits to all workers who pay in, to one that means tests beneficiaries. 

Future seniors who earn $80,000 in retirement income would see their social security checks shrink.

Retirees earning more than $200,000 would get no check at all.

"Do we really believe that the wealthiest Americans need to take from younger, hard-working Americans to receive what for most of them, is a modest monthly social security check? I say no."

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie opens a trip to New Hampshire today -- the Republican's first extended visit to the state.

Christie begins the visit with a talk about entitlement programs at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester.

He'll also be making stops today in Newmarket and Portsmouth.

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Republican Marco Rubio is the junior U.S. Senator from Florida, a seat he has held since 2011. Prior to holding national office, he served as speaker in the Florida House of Representatives from 2007-2009. Rubio is the son of Cuban immigrants and a native of Miami. He attended the University of Miami School of Law.

Rubio announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race on April 13th, 2015. (You can watch video of his announcement speech below.)

Further reading/viewing:

Video: Senator Marco Rubio's full presidential announcement speech, via C-SPAN)

When the former senator, secretary of state and first lady announced for president on Sunday she smiled into the camera and said, "I'm Hillary Clinton."

Those who were hoping for a return of Hillary's family name, "Rodham," as part of her public identity might have felt some disappointment. For many of her admirers, Hillary Rodham Clinton was the embodiment of aspiration for a woman in public life. This was the woman they wanted to elevate to the White House in her own right.

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On The Political Front is our weekly conversation with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers. This week, a look at the latest in the 2016 presidential race and the New Hampshire primary.

Hillary Clinton made it official yesterday – she’s running for president. There’s no shortage of coverage of that on our air – and everywhere else this morning. But I want to talk to you about what it all means for New Hampshire.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton made no mention of her potential Republican rivals when kicking off her second campaign for president.

They didn't share her restraint.

Rand Paul put Clinton at the center of his first television ad, titled "Liberty, not Hillary."

On Twitter, Scott Walker fired off a series of messages describing Clinton as having a "Washington-knows-best mentality."

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A spokesman for Sen. Bernie Sanders says the Vermont Independent will decide by the end of the month whether to enter the 2016 White House race.

In the meantime, he's urging newly announced presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak out strongly about wealth inequality and climate change.

Sanders, who describes himself as a "democratic socialist," has been drawing large crowds as he travels the country speaking on those issues and others.

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Potential presidential candidates will be flooding into the Granite State this week, with nearly 20 GOP White House hopefuls expected to attend a Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua over the weekend.

Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Rick Perry are just a few of the likely candidates slated to speak at the Nashua Crown Plaza Hotel for the First of the Nation Summit. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who are the only official candidates so far in the race, are also scheduled.

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Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State under President Obama from 2009 to 2013, after being defeated by Obama for the Democratic party's nomination for President in 2008. First coming to national prominence as the wife of President Bill Clinton, she made history as the first ever First Lady to run for office, winning a U.S. Senate seat representing New York in 2000.

When Rand Paul took the podium at Milford Town Hall, he was quick to indicate his vision of what granite state voters want.

“I come to N.H. to announce that I will fight for your right to be left alone.”

Paul railed against government surveillance of phone records and said he’d keep the federal government out of states when it comes to education. He also cited a balanced budget amendment and term limits for member of congress as a way to “defeat the Washington machine.”

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Hours after formally announcing a 2016 presidential bid in Kentucky, Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul arrived in New Hampshire to greet supporters.

Paul briefly stopped by a karaoke event with his supporters Tuesday evening at Murphy's Taproom, a spot his father Ron Paul frequented during his own presidential bid. Paul himself did not sing, but a supporter sang "God Bless America" upon Paul's arrival and changed some of the lyrics to be about Paul.

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The Senate is weighing a bill that would give those who report overdoses immunity from possession charges if they remain on scene.

The measure aims to encourage people to call 911 by removing the fear of facing any jail time.

Devon Chaffee, head of the New Hampshire ACLU, says 22 states currently have a similar law on the books.

“If a person dies of a potential overdose, as we know, they can’t go into treatment, so what this bill is really about is providing second chances for those individuals,” she told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. 

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A bill aimed to decriminalize marijuana in New Hampshire is now being considering by the state Senate.

Under the measure, those found with a half an ounce of marijuana or less would receive a $100 fine rather than be charged with a crime. Currently all other New England states have similar laws already on the books.

But in New Hampshire no decriminalization bill has ever passed the Senate, and Governor Maggie Hassan said if it passes she would veto it.

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced his candidacy on April 7, 2015 on his website. The 52 year-old former ophthalmologist is the son of Ron Paul, the former U.S. Representative for Texas and two-time presidential candidate who ran in 1988 as the nominee for the Libertarian party. Sen. Paul is best known for his own libertarian points of view, especially in the realms of foreign policy, defense spending, and the size and scope of government.

A bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in New Hampshire goes before a Senate committee Tuesday.

The proposal cleared the House by a wide margin, 297 to 67, last month, but the bill faces a tougher challenge in the Senate.

Gov. Maggie Hassan has threatened to veto such legislation.

The bill’s sponsor, Representative Adam Schroadter, a Newmarket Republican, says he’s seen more support this year from those who had opposed similar efforts in the past.

 

A key House committee is preparing to take public testimony on a bill that would legalize two casinos in New Hampshire.

The House Ways and Means Committee, which has previously rejected casino proposals, will hold a public hearing Tuesday morning. Casino gambling has never won approval in the House, but an endorsement from the committee would improve its chances this year.

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Dr. Ben Carson was in New Hampshire on Monday for the first time as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

But the former brain surgeon told reporters that he is waiting until May to decide whether to jump into the GOP race where he could face up to a dozen other challengers. 

During his visit, Carson first stopped in Manchester where he was a keynote speaker at a forum focused on affordable healthcare. But the Republican spent most of the speech criticizing the Affordable Care Act – saying it was thoughtless and even questioning its motivations.

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