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Trump says his criminal indictments boosted his appeal to Black voters

02-24-2024 12:47 PM

By MATT BROWN

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his four criminal indictments have boosted his support among Black Americans because they see him as a victim of discrimination, comparing his legal jeopardy to the historic legacy of...


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Magician says political consultant hired him to create AI robocall ahead of NH primary

02-23-2024 3:51 PM

By HOLLY RAMER and KEVIN McGILL

A New Orleans magician said Friday that a Democratic consultant who worked for Dean Phillips’ presidential campaign hired him to create the audio for what authorities have said may be the first known attempt to use artificial intelligence to interfere...


On the Trail: New Hampshire general’s South Carolina primary mission

02-23-2024 10:19 AM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

GREER, South Carolina – Don Bolduc was once again far from home, on a crucial mission.But this time he wasn’t overseas fighting in the War in Afghanistan.Instead, the retired Army brigadier general and 2022 GOP U.S. Senate nominee in New Hampshire was...


NH House rejects allowing voluntary waiver of gun ownership rights

02-22-2024 2:14 PM

By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire House on Thursday narrowly rejected creating a process by which people could voluntarily prohibit themselves from buying guns.Three other states — Utah, Virginia and Washington — already allow people to voluntarily...


NH rejects pardon hearing request in case linked to death penalty repeal

02-21-2024 4:36 PM

By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD, N.H. — The Executive Council rejected a request for a pardon hearing Wednesday in a murder case that helped drive the successful push to repeal New Hampshire’s death penalty.The five-member panel voted unanimously without debate to deny the...


Former Marine to challenge Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren

02-20-2024 12:31 PM

By STEVE LeBLANC

BOSTON — Republican John Deaton, a former U.S. Marine and cryptocurrency attorney, announced Monday that he is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren as she runs for her third term in office.Deaton, who was born in Detroit and recently...


On the Trail: Border crisis front-and-center in race to succeed Sununu

02-18-2024 7:30 AM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu got what he asked for from state lawmakers on Friday, who approved funding for New Hampshire troops to help secure America’s southern border with Mexico.The governor formally requested $850,000 to send up to 15 National...


Testimony says bill could increase homelessness

02-14-2024 5:08 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Brandon Lemay choked up when he talked about housing instability in New Hampshire. Looking at his own lease that ends in February, his rent will go up by $1,000 a month.Housing is already hard to come by statewide, he said. Vacancy rates are low,...


Sununu seeks to send NH National Guard troops to Texas

02-14-2024 11:19 AM

By JOSH ROGERS

Gov. Chris Sununu wants to send soldiers from the New Hampshire National Guard to Eagle Pass, Texas, to aid with immigration enforcement efforts at the nation’s southern border.The move comes amid ongoing tension between Texas and the federal...


Congressional votes for the week of Feb. 2 to 8

02-12-2024 4:10 PM

Targeted News Service

Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.In addition to roll call votes this week, the House also passed these bills by voice vote: the Supporting the Health of Aquatic systems through Research Knowledge and Enhanced...


NH rent control bill killed in committee

02-11-2024 9:03 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

To solve the state’s housing shortage, the solution to Rep. David Preece, a Manchester Democrat, is to provide incentives in zoning codes to spur development. Rep. Tim Cahill, a Raymond Republican, has an alternate approach and wants to bring down...


On The Trail: How will a third party affect likely Biden-Trump rematch? 

02-10-2024 4:11 PM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

While President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump faced political setbacks this past week, when it comes to their campaigns locking up the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations, both hit the jackpot in Las Vegas.Three days after...


NH House rejects broad expansion of school choice program but OKs income cap increase

02-08-2024 3:03 PM

By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire House defeated two bills that would have significantly expanded the state’s popular school choice program while giving preliminary approval to a third that would further raise the income cap associated with the...


Alcohol labeling bill creates divide

02-08-2024 1:59 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

Aaron Share’s dog Blue has graced the cans – and premises – of To Share Brewing Company in Manchester for years. The black and white pit bull is the mascot of one of the brewery’s longest running labels: “Hugs and Belly Rubs.” Cans for the oatmeal...


NH Senate votes to move state primary from September to June

02-08-2024 11:24 AM

By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD, N.H. — Both the New Hampshire House and Senate agree that the short window between the primary and general election for state and local offices should be widened, but they have different dates in mind.In contrast to its first-in-the-nation...


Medical assistance in dying bill draws large turnout

02-07-2024 5:09 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

People in wheelchairs, others relying on crutches, some facing terminal illness and some caregivers packed a hearing Wednesday for a bill that would allow medically assisted dying in New Hampshire.While most of the attendees expressed support for...


Bill aims to prevent more ‘horrifying’ treatment of children in state placement

02-07-2024 4:28 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Details of what the Office of the Child Advocate called “horrifying” abuse and neglect of two New Hampshire boys placed by the state in a Tennessee youth facility are behind legislation that would require the state to substantially increase its...


Video monitoring to protect NH’s historic covered bridges sees bipartisan support

02-07-2024 11:47 AM

By HADLEY BARNDOLLAR

After the 1862 Slate Covered Bridge fell victim to arson, Swanzey voters funded the construction of a reproduction in 2001 – one that looked just like it. Today, a sign above its entrance reads, “$5 fine for riding or driving over this bridge faster...


GOP bill would bar LGBTQ relationships from sex ed

02-06-2024 5:10 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

New Hampshire lawmakers are considering new guidelines for public school sex education that would bar teachers from discussing LGBTQ sexual relationships – and require all parents to opt into the instruction before students receive it.House Bill 1185...


AG: Biden robocall during NH primary came from Texas company

02-06-2024 11:45 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

The robocalls that imitated President Joe Biden telling people not to bother voting in New Hampshire’s presidential primary were generated by a Texas-based public relations firm called Life Corporation “and an individual named Walter Monk,” according...



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