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

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New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is set to endorse Hillary Clinton for president.

Shaheen will make the announcement at the New Hampshire Women for Hillary kick-off event in Portsmouth on Saturday, where she’ll be joined by the former Democratic Secretary of State.

In an email to supporters, Shaheen described Clinton as a president who would stand up to help Granite Staters get ahead and stay ahead.

At Saturday’s event in Portsmouth, Clinton plans to discuss challenges women still face across the globe.

 Jeb Bush is getting all the millionaires, and Bernie Sanders is getting the small donors — those have been two prominent storylines in the 2016 money race for the presidency.

But what about everyone in between? The Washington, D.C.-based Campaign Finance Institute released data on campaign fundraising, and it paints a fascinating picture — which we decided to make into a literal picture. Here's how the different candidates' donation patterns stack up to each other:

Donald Trump is spending another week at the top of the GOP polls. Yesterday at an event in South Carolina, he defended his tone, his immigration plan and his hair as real and not a toupee.

Hillary Clinton said this week that she “gets it” that people are concerned about investigations into her use of a private email server as Secretary of State, and she compared Republican attitudes towards women to those of Islamic terrorists.

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There’s a constant stream of Republican candidates crisscrossing the Granite State these days. That makes standing out somewhat of a challenge. But Carly Fiorina is one candidate who seems to be headed in the right direction. 

If you've been following Fiorina's New Hampshire campaign over the past few months, you can see the crowds are getting bigger and enthusiastic. What’s the appeal?  Her supporters say she talks clearly, she answers the questions, and she never stumbles.

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives is going through a historic change this summer as it retires its current gavel and the striking post that has seen every House Speaker since George Roberts. The former striking post was made of laminate particle beam, circa 1975, and needed to be replaced after extensive splintering rendered it unable to perform its duty. 

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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio spent Wednesday campaigning in New Hampshire. It was the Florida senator's first trip to the state in almost two months. Over that period, several of his rivals for the Republican nomination have logged many more miles in New Hampshire -- something Rubio himself underscored in a stop in Littleton.

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte is crisscrossing the state this week as Congress’s August recess comes to an end. A convenience store lobbying group brought her to a Cumberland Farms in Portsmouth Tuesday, where she donned an apron and sold customers everything from cigarettes to Mountain Dew.

After, the senator pushed back against an attack ad by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. The advertisement, released last week, accurately states that Ayotte voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Every four years brings a new round of comparisons between New Hampshire and Iowa, the first two states in the presidential nominating calendar. Discussions about voters in the two states tend to focus on demographic differences like religion and political leanings. 

  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, however, has a different benchmark to assess the states' electorates: sheer attitude.

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While Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders campaigned in the North Country Monday, down in Claremont, his home-state governor was stumping for his one of his opponents. 

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is one of a handful of Democratic Governors to supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid.

“She’s practical, she’s innovative, she’s progressive, and she gets things done. And that’s why I’m so excited about this campaign," Shumlin said.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen called the most Northern Pass recent proposal an important step forward, but says she’s not yet ready to endorse the project.

Speaking with NHPR’s Morning Edition, Shaheen says while she’s pleased more of the project’s power lines would be buried, she still has concerns about its impact.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was back in New Hampshire yesterday, in a swing that took him through the North Country. Over the course of the day, Sanders did his best to stick to the issues, even as continued questions about the Democratic horse-race swirl around the campaign.

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Former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu underwent successful quadruple bypass surgery in Boston last week.

Sununu's office confirmed the procedure in a press release Monday.

"The governor is recovering very well from the procedure," his office said. "He is with his family and expects to return home within the week."

Sununu underwent surgery Friday at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. He was originally admitted for a coronary angioplasty procedure, when doctors discovered a significant blockage of his arteries.

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The Democratic governors of Connecticut and neighboring Vermont are heading to New Hampshire to campaign as surrogates for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Govs. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut and Peter Shumlin of Vermont are traveling the state Monday to promote Clinton's candidacy. Shumlin will focus specifically on Clinton's recently released plan on college debt and affordability as he campaigns in Hanover, Claremont, Peterborough and Portsmouth.

A recent Gallup poll showed that more Americans would vote for a Muslim or an atheist for president than they would for a socialist. Yet that’s how Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has described himself throughout his career.

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Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush is defending his use of the term "anchor babies" on a talk radio show to describe children born to immigrants living illegally in the United States.

He says he supports the concept of birthright citizenship.

Asked by reporters Thursday if he thinks the term is offensive, Bush simply said "no." He became defensive when pressed, saying "you give me a better term and I'll use it."

Bush's comments come as Donald Trump, who is leading the GOP field, is calling for an end to birthright citizenship.

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Robie's Country Store in Hooksett has become an almost ritual stop on the New Hampshire presidential primary campaign trail — one of those places where anyone who is running is pretty much guaranteed to make an appearance. The business isn't what it once was, but presidential hopefuls keep showing up.

The store has stood on the bank of the Merrimack River, between Concord and Manchester, since 1887. When the candidates get there, most know what's expected.

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New Hampshire’s budget stalemate doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon, after Gov. Maggie Hassan swiftly rejected a proposal from Republican legislative leaders Wednesday.

The proposal would fund a pay raise for state employees.

Governor Hassan called it a step forward that Republicans were willing to fully fund the state employees contract.

“And that is something that we can agree on,” she said, “but true compromise needs to be around the central issue here, and so far they haven’t done that.”

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Businessman Donald Trump, the front runner among the field of GOP presidential candidates, held his first New Hampshire town hall meeting in Derry Wednesday night.

Trump took roughly a half-dozen questions from the packed house at Pinkerton Academy, one of which targeted his lack of stated policy positions.

“I was coming today and I went on your website to see some of your policy positions and the only thing there is immigration reform,” the man asked. “Can you speak to any of your other plans or policies?”

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Six GOP presidential candidates visited Londonderry High School Wednesday for a forum on K-12 education. The Republicans largely agreed that federal bureaucracy is behind many of the problems in public education and that more school choice is the solution.

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Six Republican presidential hopefuls are taking part in an education summit at Londonderry High School on Wednesday.

The summit is being put on by American Federation for Children, a conservative school choice advocacy group.

Lauren Camera, a reporter for Education Week, joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to help sort out where the candidates stand on K-12 education policy.

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When Frances Sullivan lived in Maine, she saw a lot of political ads on TV, especially during primary season. But she didn’t pay too much attention. As an independent, she didn’t participate in Maine’s presidential caucuses.

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Throughout the 2016 presidential season, NHPR is bringing you profiles of the people and places behind the scenes of the New Hampshire Primary. In our latest installment, we catch up with Jim Cole, the Associated Press photographer who has covered every New Hampshire presidential primary since 1980. 


At a meeting Monday morning at the Sununu Youth Center in Manchester, a bipartisan group of N.H. lawmakers discussed several options of how the facility can save money due to its low enrollment. The facility currently houses 44 people but it can hold 144.

Senate and House members applauded the juvenile detention center for operating at a third of its capacity. but said it needs to better utilize its funding in order to serve more youth.

The group did; however, rule out closing the facility.


On the Political Front in our Monday morning check-in with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers.

Here we are in mid-August. The days are getting a bit shorter. Is what one GOP presidential candidate, guess who, has dubbed the  Summer of Trump almost over?

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The heavily funded super PAC backing Republican Jeb Bush will spend at least $10 million on television time in the earliest voting presidential primary states, the first salvo in a massive TV ad campaign to support the former Florida governor’s bid for the Republican nomination.

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The presidential field is crowded: sardine-can crowded. Voters trying to keep up on the race have more than twenty candidates to follow. On the Republican side alone, there are more candidates (17) than there are voters in Dixville Notch. With such a packed GOP field, the leaders are often only polling in the teens, and there is little daylight between clusters of candidates.

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Donald Trump returns to the Granite State Friday, as he continues to lead the pack among presidential GOP hopefuls.

Trump will hold a rally at Winnicunnet High School in Hampton Friday evening.

This is his first trip back to the Granite State since his dust up with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, and comments he made about her some called offensive.

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Several presidential candidates have put New Hampshire at the very center of their campaign strategies this year. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has called New Hampshire "must-win," while Ohio Governor John Kasich hopes success in the Granite State will help make up for a late entry into the very large GOP field. In campaign tours through the state this week, however, the two candidates' prospects seemed headed in very different directions.

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was in the Granite State Thursday.

The retired neurosurgeon defended his role in a 1992 study that used tissue from aborted fetuses. 

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson returns to the Granite State Thursday.

The retired neurosurgeon will hold town hall meetings in Hooksett and Windham.

Carson will also visit Manchester and Londonderry during his one-day campaign stop.

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul will also be in the state Thursday.

He’ll be on the Seacoast, speaking to voters in Somersworth and Portsmouth.