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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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The next statewide elections are more than a year away, but, already, the battle over how New Hampshire voters cast their ballots is well underway.

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Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan called on Secretary of State Bill Gardner to resign from President Trump’s voting commission, after the chair of that same commission wrote a Breitbart column casting doubt on the outcome of last November’s election results in New Hampshire.

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A newly released report from the New Hampshire Secretary of State and Department of Safety says a majority of people who used out-of-state IDs to register in last November’s elections haven’t registered vehicles in New Hampshire or gotten in-state drivers licenses in the months since. While this data alone doesn’t provide proof of voter fraud, as NHPR has noted before, it's quickly become fodder in an ongoing debate about New Hampshire’s voting requirements.

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New Hampshire political operative Corey Lewandowski will be at Harvard this Fall. The former campaign manager for President Donald Trump was chosen this week as one of six visiting fellows at the school’s Institute of Politics.

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The Trump administration Tuesday formally announced it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — also called DACA — putting an expiration date on the legal protections granted to roughly 800,000 people known as "DREAMers," who entered the country illegally as children.

President Trump issued a statement, saying, "I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws."

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Vermont senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made two stops in New Hampshire on Labor Day.

Senator Sanders started his day at the annual AFL-CIO breakfast in Manchester where he spoke alongside New Hampshire senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

A federal oversight agency’s review of how New Hampshire is spending $18 million in federal election money finds that the state, for the most part, follows the rules. But the back-and-forth within the audit illuminates a larger and long-running tension between the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office and the federal elections officials.

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Deputy Secretary of State Dave Scanlan says the office is reevaluating its guidance to cities and towns after “handwritten confidential, non-public information” was found in the public voter checklists of more than 40 New Hampshire communities.

Vermont Senator and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will make two stops in the state on Labor Day.

Sanders will start his day with a speech at the annual AFL-CIO breakfast in Manchester. The event, hosted by the New Hampshire chapter of the country’s largest labor union, will also feature New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Representative Annie Kuster.

Later that morning, Sanders will speak at an event at Rollins Park in Concord hosted by the progressive group Rights and Democracy NH.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

A medical device company setting up shop on the Seacoast is the latest business Gov. Chris Sununu is pointing to as a success story from his effort to promote the state to “100 Businesses in 100 Days” earlier this year.

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The Secretary of State’s office is holding off on sending voter information to the Trump commission, after discovering that some public checklists included confidential information, including details about domestic violence victims that were not supposed to be made public.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged Manchester residents Monday  to vote for Democratic mayoral candidate Joyce Craig.

The primary will be held on September 19th, with the general election in November.

Allegra Boverman, NHPR

The Trump administration’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is coming to New Hampshire next month. Secretary of State Bill Gardner’s office confirmed those plans, as did an official notice in the federal register.

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A pair of lawsuits were filed Wednesday challenging a controversial new voting law, SB3, just weeks before the law is set to take effect.

One legal challenge comes from the New Hampshire Democratic Party. The other is filed on behalf of the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire and three individual would-be voters.

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The Exchange sat down with New Hampshire's senior U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.  We covered topics from foreign policy to health care to Veterans, and took listener questions. 

I haven't heard anybody suggest that this is the view of all Republicans or the Republican Party. It certainly is not. I think one of the things that we should all be united on is that this kind of hate rhetoric, this white supremacy, the neo-Nazi groups, are not what we want to see in America...

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The electronic gambling game Keno is now legal in New Hampshire, but that doesn’t mean cities and towns have to allow it. Towns will debate that in March. Right now, cities are considering whether to put Keno on the ballot for their November elections.

This is where Charlie McIntyre comes in.

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A New Hampshire State Rep from Concord is charged with assaulting a well-known gun activist in the state.

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Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut is facing fresh criticism about engaging in political activity while in office.

Edelblut is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a so-called Right of Center Meeting next month.

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In a stunning reversal from comments he made just one day prior, President Trump said on Tuesday "there's blame on both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

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Residents in the New Hampshire capital will get the chance to vote on whether to allow a lottery game in restaurants and bars whose proceeds will to fund full-day kindergarten.

The Concord Monitor reports that city councilors voted Monday to add the question to November ballots and hold a public hearing to discuss the proposal.

Jason Moon, NHPR

A set of controversial new child care rules that were due for a vote this week have been postponed at the request of Gov. Chris Sununu and the Department of Health and Human Services. 

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Almost 48 hours after violence engulfed Charlottesville, Va., President Trump called out white nationalist groups by name. Trump's remarks on Monday followed criticism that his initial statement about the clash of protesters did not condemn racist groups specifically.

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A legislative committee is seeking public input about the quality and overall value of New Hampshire's higher education system.

The Public Higher Education Study Committee is trying to determine whether students leave school with critical thinking skills, personal and professional development and the ability to repay student loan debt. Republican state Sen. John Reagan, the committee's chairman, says the panel is looking for individual stories that illustrate the quality of the education students receive in New Hampshire.

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  Gov. Chris Sununu condemned the violence that broke out at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville this weekend and said “it’s appalling to [him] that in the year 2017 we're even having this conversation.”

“It's absolutely disgusting” Sununu told NHPR on Sunday. “That kind of racism, you know, this white supremacy stuff — it's just, there's absolutely no place for it.”

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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is asking President Donald Trump to take several steps to promote stability in the national health care marketplace until reform is achieved.

In a letter to Trump dated Wednesday, the Republican governor says for the sake of those who aren't able to have employer-based health insurance, and for those who pay the full premium without subsidies, the president should urge Congress to reform "Obamacare" with a clear roadmap and path forward.

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Just weeks after New Hampshire legalized Keno, the state’s lottery commission has started pitching the electronic bingo game to cities across the state.

Under the new law, money raised by Keno will go towards full-day kindergarten programs statewide. But the game will only be allowed in cities and towns that approve it. 

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The Nashua Board of Aldermen will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the electronic bingo game Keno.

Last month Gov. Chris Sununu signed legislation legalizing Keno, but where the game can be played is still up to cities and towns.

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A lawsuit that sought to restrict New Hampshire's ability to share voter information with the Trump administration’s election integrity commission was resolved in court Monday. 

Both sides compromised on a plan to allow Secretary of State Bill Gardner to share scanned, unsearchable copies of local voter checklists from all wards across the state— not the larger, digitized version of that information that is collected in the central statewide voter database.

Governor Chris Sununu will be revving his engine Saturday night at New England Dragway in Epping.

The governor told reporters he doesn’t believe the school buses he, lottery director Charles McIntyre, New Hampshire’s 2017 teacher of the years, and a radio host best known as “Roadkill,” will be driving are souped up.

But he did indicate he’s considering ways to make sure his bus turns heads at it speeds down the ¼ mile drag strip.

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