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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Corky Messner debated on NHPR Thursday morning. The two candidates opened the hour-long debate by accusing one another of being beholden to their party leaders on Capitol Hill. 

Voter registration sign at a voting center in Portsmouth.
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New Hampshire voters will choose a number of local political leaders, from county officers to state reps, on Nov. 3. Every Friday leading up to the election on Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we talk about one of these down-ballot offices, from what powers they hold, to how they impact your daily life.

We talked about the role of county sheriff with Ethan DeWitt, the statehouse and politics reporter for the Concord Monitor.

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A Superior Court judge has affirmed Gov. Chris Sununu's power to spend $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief aid without legislative oversight.

In his ruling Tuesday, Judge David Anderson wrote that the governor was not seeking authority to unilaterally spend money from the state treasury, rather he is claiming authority to spend money received through an act of Congress.

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As polls show Democrat Joe Biden with a strong lead over President Donald Trump in the New Hampshire three weeks from Election Day, the Biden campaign is touting its support from Republicans in the state.

The latest name on that list: former New Hampshire Attorney General and longtime Republican leader Tom Rath, who endorsed Biden on Monday.

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Gov. Chris Sununu has declined to join most other Republican governors in signing a letter in support of confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee. As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, Sununu joined GOP governors on similar letters in support of Trump’s previous high court nominations.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office says the use of non-deadly force in a highly publicized arrest of a Black man in the town of Albany earlier this year was justified.

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The N.H. Department of Transportation is ordering Pan Am Railways to remove a highly visible political sign located on a train bridge spanning the Everett Turnpike.

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Matt Mowers, a Republican who has worked for the Trump administration, and Democratic Congressman Chris Pappas, who is seeking a second term, have both made a special pitch to moderate and independent voters. In a debate live on NHPR on Wednesday at 9 a.m., the two candidates shared their views on the many challenges facing the country, including the pandemic, an economic crisis, and racial issues.

Trump Urges Supporters To 'Watch The Polls' – Here's What N.H. Law Allows

Oct 6, 2020
Pollwatchers during the 2014 election in Hanover, N.H.
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Late into last week’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden came a call to action from the president.

“I’m urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully because that’s what has to happen,” Trump said. “I am urging them to do it.”

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A majority of New Hampshire residents say they wouldn’t get a COVID-19 vaccine if it were made available today, according to a new poll from the UNH Survey Center.

Polling results released Friday show that 48 percent of respondents who identified as Democrats said they would get a vaccine if it were available immediately, versus 38 percent of Republicans.

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Gov. Chris Sununu was absent from a forum hosted virtually by the Greater Nashua Area Branch of the NAACP and Black Lives Matter Thursday evening, but his stance on criminal justice reform, voting rights, and racial justice came under fire nonetheless.

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Outside spending has started to pour into the race for New Hampshire governor. It comes as Gov. Chris Sununu enjoys a large cash advantage over Democratic rival Dan Feltes.

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Several hundred people gathered in Concord Friday evening in a peaceful protest to honor Breonna Taylor, the woman shot to death by police officers in her Louisville, Kentucky home last spring. The gathering on the steps of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, organized by local chapters of Black Lives Matter, was treated as both a call to action and a solemn vigil.  

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard arguments on Thursday in the latest case over whether the state is meeting its constitutional obligation to pay for an adequate education.

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The race for governor between incumbent Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Dan Feltes pits two candidates who have big policy differences on taxes, the economy, energy and much else.

While such differences are expected in a general election for governor, this year's race stands out because of how familiar the two candidates are with each other. 

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday in a case that's the latest in a decades-long debate over whether the state pays enough for public education.

Multiple New Hampshire School Districts are suing the state for not meeting its constitutional obligation to fund an adequate education for all students.

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NHPR presentará una serie de debates en octubre antes de la elección el 3 de noviembre.

Los debates entre candidatos serán transmitidos en vivo en The Exchange en NHPR de 9 a 10 a.m. El programa se llama "Election 2020: The Exchange Candidate Debates from NHPR."  También serán transmitidos por el Facebook Live de NHPR y en NHPBS en otra fecha. Se anunciarán pronto las fechas oficiales de los debates. 

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The brewing political fight over President Trump’s intention to quickly fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg may be centered in Washington and the U.S. Senate. But the political implications are far broader -- including here in New Hampshire.

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NHPR will host a series of debates in October, leading up to the Nov. 3 election.

Election 2020: The Exchange Candidate Debates from NHPR will air live during The Exchange on NHPR from 9-10 am. They will also broadcast on NHPR Facebook Live, and will air on NHPBS at a later date. The dates for the debates are as follows: 

CD1: Wednesday, 10/7

CD2: Tuesday, 10/13

US Senate: Thursday, 10/15

Governor: Tuesday, 10/20

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited New Hampshire on Friday to meet with school leaders, teachers and students in Bedford, but her visit was curtailed by a newly confirmed COVID-19 case in the district.

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Activists gathered Thursday night for a virtual vigil to honor lives lost to coronavirus and condemn President Trump's handling of the pandemic.

The event – organized by Black Lives Matter Manchester, Rights and Democracy, and the New Hampshire Youth Movement - was streamed from near the Trump campaign office in Manchester.

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During Wednesday’s legislative session at the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore Center, a handful of state representatives drank beer and did not wear masks outside of the center, despite the town of Durham’s mask mandate.

UNH students and staff have criticized this behavior online.

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Gov. Chris Sununu says he’s backing a wide ranging list of nearly 50 policy recommendations put forward to reform policing in the state.

The recommended reforms come from a commission created in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneopolis police officers. 

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The New Hampshire House and Senate kept their social distance Wednesday as they met to take up bills vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu earlier this year. The Democrat-controlled Legislature failed to override any of Sununu’s 22 vetoes.

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Gov. Chris Sununu used his veto pen only a handful of times in his first term, when Republicans held a majority in both chambers of the Legislature.

This session, with Democrats now holding majorities in the House and Senate, Sununu has already set a modern record for the number of gubernatorial vetoes in a single year. 

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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dan Feltes says under the current circumstances he’d reject efforts to commute the sentence of New Hampshire's lone death row inmate. As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, that’s not what Feltes, who voted to repeal capital punishment in the state Senate, said in a Democratic primary debate.

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A member of the Hampton selectboard is facing calls for her resignation over racist and transphobic social media posts.

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With primary results in the books, party nominees are now setting their sights on November. Candidates in races for New Hampshire governor and Congress are coming out of the gates by touting their support among unions representing firefighters and law enforcement.

NHPR’s Josh Rogers spoke with All Things Considered Host Peter Biello on Thursday, Sept. 10, to discuss the politics behind this year’s endorsement season.

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Recounts are underway in several close races after Tuesday's state primary.

The Secretary of State's office says 304,671 ballots were cast in the primaries in which voters selected nominees for governor, Congress and the state Legislature.

The total easily surpassed the previous record for a state primary, which was 228,432 ballots cast in 2018.

On Tuesday, there were 156,976 Democratic ballots and 147,695 Republican ballots.

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