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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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N.H. Democratic National Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan says she's "outraged" by leaked emails that seem to show Democratic National Committee officials favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the primary. "I think somebody was asleep at the switch because when you have a neutrality rule in place, you’re supposed to follow the neutrality rule closely," Sullivan told NHPR's Morning Edition. "I was very disappointed to see that it was not followed at the DNC." One of the emails...

NHPR's Casey McDermott is reporting this week from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Check this page frequently for updates, stories, photos, and to listen to live streaming coverage from the convention presented by NPR. Click here for the live stream , which will broadcast coverage each day from 8 PM to 11 PM EST.

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To say that Pam Livengood made an impression on Hillary Clinton’s campaign might be an understatement. The Keene resident first met Clinton last year, on the candidate’s first campaign visit to New Hampshire. At the time, she spoke up about how her family’s been affected by the state’s substance abuse crisis – she took over guardianship of her grandson a few years ago because of issues stemming from her daughter's drug addiction. In the months that followed that initial conversation, the...

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As the only New Hampshire superdelegate to support Sen. Bernie Sanders, state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark is nonetheless ready to unite around the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, heading into the general election. Bringing the rest of the delegation on board, she says, might be more difficult.

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Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican Presidential nomination in Cleveland late Thursday night. But hours before Trump’s victory speech, NHPR’s Paige Sutherland met up with voters in Londonderry – who were both for and against the GOP nominee.

Donald Trump laid out his vision to Republicans and the nation Thursday night as he accepted his party’s nomination. For New Hampshire delegates loyal to Trump, Thursday was a chance to celebrate their candidate, their own improbable rise, and thumb their nose at elements of their party who doubted Trump. For many delegates who didn’t back Trump, it was a time to reassess.

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Republican nominee Donald Trump will address his party’s convention in Cleveland tonight. New Hampshire delegates loyal to Donald Trump are looking forward to the speech. But plenty of other delegates will be looking away, or looking on from afar. To hear Donald Trump delegate Steve Stepanek tell it, the Republican National Convention has done its job, and the matter is settled. “We know we need Donald Trump as our next leader, and I think everybody understands this is what we need, this is...

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The Republican National Convention may be dominating the headlines. But following Senator Kelly Ayotte Wednesday morning, you wouldn’t know it. Instead of spending the week in Cleveland, Ayotte was here in Portsmouth, touring a company that makes devices to treat cancer tumors with electrical fields.

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In their first primary debate Wednesday morning, Republican Congressional candidate Rich Ashooh and incumbent Frank Guinta sparred over Guinta’s campaign finance violations. During the debate on WGIR, Ashooh said voters should be concerned about the $355,000 in illegal contributions Guinta’s parents made to his campaign committee in 2010. “The fact that this is still an issue says something to the voters. It says that we’re dealing with politicians who believe they’re operating by a different...

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Before the New Hampshire Primary, state Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn was outspoken in her criticism of Donald Trump, calling his comments about women "disrespectful" and his remark about Sen. John McCain not being a war hero "disgraceful." She also called his proposed ban on foreign Muslims "un-American." Now, Horn says she has no reservations about Trump, who Tuesday night became the Republican presidential nominee once the delegates cast their votes. "Hillary Clinton is a...

New Hampshire Congresswoman Ann Kuster was in Concord Tuesday to talk about sexual assault and how colleges and universities can prevent such incidents in the future. The discussion comes in the wake of news of investigations into Philips Exeter Academy's handling of sexual assault allegations as well as last summer's sexual assault conviction at another New Hampshire prep school - St. Paul's School in Concord. At a roundtable discussion at UNH School of Law, officials from nearly every New...

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As Americans for Prosperity's footprint grows in the New Hampshire, a lot of information about its finances remains shielded from the public. Here's a breakdown of the group's origins here, where it fits (or doesn't fit) into state election laws, and what reporting requirements it does have to follow.

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A mid-summer Saturday afternoon should, by normal standards, be a sleepy time in New Hampshire politics. The presidential primary is months in the rearview mirror. The state elections are just revving up, and the Legislature has left town for the year. So why were John and Laura Spottiswood loading up the family van to go canvassing in Goffstown?

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U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte may be skipping the GOP convention this week, but there there is still plenty of politicking being done on her behalf. When Iowa Senator Joni Ernst addressed a breakfast hosted by the NH GOP, she spent roughly half her speech discussing Kelly Ayotte.

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New Hampshire’s Republican delegation is in Cleveland for day two of the party’s national convention. NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers is reporting from Cleveland this week. He spoke with Morning Edition's Rick Ganley about what they delegation is up to, and how they feel about what's transpired so far.

A Keene woman will speak at the opening day of the Democratic National Convention next week. Pam Livengood is one of the “everyday Americans” set to speak in Philadelphia, according to a schedule released by the Democratic National Committee. Livengood opened up at Hillary Clinton’s first campaign stop in New Hampshire last year about how she and her husband are taking care of their grandson because his mother is battling drug addiction. “My grandson’s mother can’t be quite so responsible, so...

New Hampshire Republican delegate Gordon Humphrey had some sharp words Monday to describe the way his party is managing its convention. The former U.S. Senator was among a group of so-called Never Trump delegates trying to force a roll call vote on the proposed convention rules, leading to a chaotic scene on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The effort by Humphrey and others was ultimately shut down after the roll call was rejected following a series of voice...

Clayton Allen, 21, walked right up to the 8-foot fence surrounding the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He drove from Kentucky and he stood out from the crowd because he had a handgun strapped to his hip. "I open-carry all the time," Allen said. "The Republican convention would not be the exception." With the country reeling after shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., the issue of open carry in Cleveland has become a flashpoint. The head of Cleveland's largest police...

NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers is reporting this week from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. NPR also has a team of reporters on the ground. Check this page frequently for updates, stories, photos, and to listen to live streaming coverage from the convention presented by NPR. Click here for the live stream , which will broadcast coverage each day from 8 PM to 11 PM EST.

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

There are at least a few things the four Republican candidates for governor can agree on. All of them – State Representative Frank Edelblut, State Senator Jeanie Forrester, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and Executive Councilor Chris Sununu – say they want to make New Hampshire more “business friendly.”

The smartphone game Pokémon Go has quickly become one of the most-used apps in the country. Now a political advocacy group in New Hampshire is hoping to coopt some of that enthusiasm.

Sean Hurley

Here's a question: Which New Hampshire community is the best bellwether for the statewide political climate? It's not an old industrial city, or a Seacoast suburb, or a lakeside resort town. It's actually the tiny Coos County village of Shelburne .

Chris Jenson

A for-profit college that has been a significant donor to Sen. Kelly Ayotte is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. Bridgepoint Education, the parent company of Ashford University, an online university based in California, is the subject of investigations by several federal and state agencies. The company has been accused of improper use of federal student aid and duplicitous marketing practices – in particular, luring veterans to enroll in order to gain access to federal student aid through the GI Bill.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made it official today in Portsmouth: He endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Sanders joined Clinton on stage and told a huge crowd filled with still- passionate backers of his own presidential run that he will do all he can to make sure Clinton makes it to the White House.

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A hard-fought Democratic presidential primary comes to an end in New Hampshire Tuesday. For Sanders supporters, this marks the end of a movement that began here with a resounding win in the first in the nation primary.

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Ahead of a scheduled joint appearance by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she’s pleased that the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server has come to a close. Speaking to reporters in Lee, Senator Jeanne Shaheen said she is looking forward to the expected endorsement of Hillary Clinton by former rival Bernie Sanders at an event tomorrow in Portsmouth.

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"On the Political Front" is our occasional check-in with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers.

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan had a stronger fundraising quarter than her U.S. Senate rival, incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

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Coming on the heels of last year's prolonged budget fight, with negotiations stretching months longer than usual, the 2016 session of the New Hampshire Legislature can't help but seem a bit sleepier. But, in fact, it was a busy few months for lawmakers. Things kicked off early, actually, with a special session in November to address the state's opioid crisis. Lawmakers eventually worked through more than 1,000 bills, wrapping things up late last month. Of those bills, 330 became law and 13...

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