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  1. State Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky says the primary reason he’s running for governor is because he says New Hampshire has never fully made good on its promise to offer "a quality education" to children across the state.Before he was first elected to the five-member council in 2016, the Democrat from Concord was best known for years in the Granite State as the lead attorney for the victorious plaintiffs in the landmark Claremont school district funding lawsuit a quarter [...]
  2. As soon as the Trump campaign staff announced the Portsmouth rally on Saturday was postponed due to Tropical Storm Fay, commenters started weighing in with a different theory.The campaign was afraid of low turnout, people speculated."Trump’s staff was petrified of another low-turnout embarrassment," Jonathan Fox wrote on Seacoast’s Facebook page, quickly becoming one of the most liked comments. "The weather is just an excuse."Others noted the [...]
  3. CONCORD — The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee again refused to accept a federal $10.1 million grant for charter school start-up money.Republicans on the committee Friday asked to take the grant off the table where it has been for six months but the motion failed along a party-line 7-3 vote.The request to take the initial $10.1 million grant off the table comes as a new charter school seeks to open in Conway and seeks approximately $375,000 of the federal start- [...]
  4. Editor’s Note: As of Friday, July 10 this rally has been postponed. The most up-to-date information can be found in this story. PORTSMOUTH — Earlier this week, the announcement of President Donald Trump’s "Make America Great Again!" rally set for July 11 in [...]
  5. Editor’s Note: As of Friday, July 10 this rally has been postponed. The most up-to-date information can be found in this story. WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s last political rally showed the risks of campaigning in the age of coronavirus.His [...]
  6. CONCORD (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday he will not issue an order requiring face masks for gatherings of 50 people or more, as some have suggested ahead of President Donald Trump’s rally in Portsmouth.Trump is scheduled to hold a campaign rally Saturday night at Portsmouth International Airport, where attendees will be given masks but not required to wear them.Asked about the event Tuesday, Sununu said he has treated all large, public [...]
  7. CONCORD (AP) — Companies connected to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen received nearly $3 million through the government's small business lending program aimed at saving jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the senator's campaign.The Treasury Department's Paycheck Protection Program authorized $520 billion for nearly 5 million mostly small businesses and nonprofits. The government on Monday released the names and some other details of recipients who were approved for [...]
  8. PORTSMOUTH – The Black Lives Matter chapters of Manchester and Nashua plan to lead a peaceful protest ahead of President Trump’s rally at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease on Saturday, July 11.Airport officials have said the Trump campaign rally will take place on a private tarmac outside of a privately-owned hangar. The event is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. and it’s believed Air Force One will arrive midpoint, said Paul Brean, executive director of the [...]
  9. It sadly may have taken the videotaped killing of a Black man by police almost half way across the country, but Rogers Johnson, president of the Seacoast NAACP, said people in New Hampshire and around the world are finally listening to the concerns of the Black community.Johnson’s had Gov. Chris Sununu and other state leaders reach out to him in recent weeks in an effort to understand what Black people are saying, and where they are coming from.Johnson said the [...]
  10. My name is Robin Vogt, and I am a Progressive Democrat running for State Representative for New Hampshire District 25.District 25 here in Portsmouth is composed of Ward 1, a very vibrant and diverse community of families and businesses.My entire professional career has been spent in Special Education in New Hampshire, working one-on-one with students who are identified with Autism and Generalized Seizures. As the Co President of an ESP Union under NEA-NH, I have fought [...]
  11. Jaci Grote and Kate Murray are announcing that they are running for re-election as state representatives for Rockingham District 24, made up of the towns Rye and New Castle. They have issued a campaign video available on YouTube which you can find at: https://youtu.be/Pqk3e1oehd8Kate Murray will be running for her third term and Jaci Grote her second. Both candidates are known for their dedicated door to door campaigning which gave them the opportunity to meet their [...]
  12. Editor’s note: This is submitted by a candidate for state office this fall. Candidates are welcome to submit an introductory article about their candidacy that is 400 words or less.My name is Joan Hamblet and I have registered my candidacy for state representative for New Hampshire District 31.District 31 is a floterial district, composed of Portsmouth’s Ward 3, North Hampton, Greenland and Newington.I retired in 2019 after having worked [...]
  13. PORTSMOUTH — Deaglan McEachern announced his run for New Hampshire Senate District 21 on Friday.“I am proud to ask my neighbors and friends in the communities of Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newmarket, Newington, Newfields and Portsmouth for the opportunity to serve them in the New Hampshire Senate,” said McEachern, a current city councilor. “We are at a critical time in our state and nation where the importance of government has been brought into focus and the [...]
  14. Editor’s note: This is submitted by a candidate for state office this fall. Candidates are welcome to submit an introductory article about their candidacy that is 400 words or less.SOMERSWORTH — Steven Douglas McMahon announced he has filed to represent District 18 of Strafford County (Ward 3 of Somersworth) in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.McMahon released the following statement:“I am proud to announce that I am [...]
  15. DURHAM (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers donned masks and submitted to temperature checks Thursday for the first session of the 400-member House since the start of the coronavirus pandemic — and its first meeting outside the Statehouse since the Civil War.To help contain the spread of the virus, members arrived at staggered times for the historic session at the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore Center Arena and sat 6 feet away from one another instead of [...]
  16. Editor’s note: This is submitted by a candidate for state office this fall. Candidates are welcome to submit an introductory article about their candidacy that is 450 words or less.PORTSMOUTH — Rich DiPentima announced his candidacy for state representative for District 30 representing Portsmouth Wards, 1, 2, 4 and 5.DiPentima, in a statement said:I have been a resident of Portsmouth for 21 years and have served on a number of boards, [...]
  17. CONCORD — The state Senate will be asked to approve two consolidated and amended bills that would set into law limits of some chemicals in drinking water believed connected with a childhood cancer cluster on the Seacoast and one related to the study of the safety of residents and staff of nursing homes, particularly now during the pandemic.Following virtual public hearings on amendments to the two existing bills Tuesday, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 5- [...]
  18. PORTSMOUTH — State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark’s announcement that she isn’t running for re-election instantly ignited speculation regarding which contenders would bid to succeed her.The clock’s ticking for potential candidates as New Hampshire’s filing period to place a name on the September primary ballot starts June 3 and ends June 12.The 78-year old Fuller Clark – who served in the state House of Representatives before first winning [...]
  19. DOVER — The mayors of Somersworth, Rochester and Dover announced they are endorsing Cinde Warmington for state Executive Council District 2.Mayors Dana Hilliard of Somersworth, Caroline McCarley of Rochester and Bob Carrier of Dover are united in their support for Warmington to represent their cities on the Executive Council.“Cinde has the experience, the energy and the determination to make sure that our district has a voice of reason in Concord,” [...]
  20. CONCORD – Secretary of State Bill Gardner and UNH pollster Andy Smith are among state leaders who will share ideas about keeping elections safe from cyber-attacks on Wednesday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m. on Zoom.The goal is to educate the public, organizations, campaigns, and election officials how to identify, contain, and manage a crisis caused by those who would like to wreak havoc with the nation’s election system.“We say our candidate is Democracy, [...]