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John Gregg: Dunne Raising Money for Vermont Race

Hartland Democrat Matt Dunne is off to a running start in his all-but certain bid for the governor’s office in Montpelier. Dunne, a former state senator who now works for Google from an office in White River Junction, has raised more than $130,000 in the past two weeks, a clear indication that he will be a major player among Democrats as they seek to replace Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is not seeking a fourth term next year. Dunne reported raising more than $115,000 by July

John Gregg: Hillary Clinton Heading to Hanover

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed to Hanover to start two days of campaigning over the Fourth of July weekend. The Democratic presidential candidate is holding a “grass-roots organizing event” — aka house party — in Hanover Friday afternoon, then campaigning in the White Mountain village of Glen Saturday morning, followed by a July 4th parade in Gorham, N.H. It’s Clinton’s first visit to the Upper Valley since she buzzed up to Claremont after an event in Keene, N.H., in April, and is

John Gregg: Vt. Power Project Wins Key Backing of Environmental Group

Things seem to be developing well for TDI-New England, the company proposing to build a $1.2 billion transmission line that would carry 1,000 megawatts of Canadian hydropower underneath Lake Champlain to a new converter station in Windsor County. Last month, a draft environmental impact statement from the U.S. Department of Energy said the process of burying lines 3 to 4 feet under the lake bed, and simply laying them in at the deepest points, could stir up some sediment but would have little overall impact

John Gregg: Waiting for Welch

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s early announcement that he won’t seek a fourth term in 2016 all but guarantees a hard-fought Democratic primary. But the question is will it be for the corner office in Montpelier, or for Vermont’s lone seat in the U.S. House? That all depends on what U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, the Norwich Democrat who by the end of his current term will have served in Washington for a decade, decides to do. The 68-year-old Welch, who ran for governor in 1990, is

John Gregg: Claremont Offices On the Chopping Block in N.H. Budget

The proposed $11.3 billion state budget headed toward a vote in the New Hampshire Senate today has some potentially bad news for the Upper Valley. The measure includes plans to close four district offices for the Department of Health and Human Services — in Claremont, Conway, Laconia and Rochester, according to both SEIU Local 1984 of the State Employees Association and state officials. The Claremont office handles a host of duties, including food stamp benefits; Division for Children, Youth and Families services; and protective services.

John Gregg: O’Malley Coming to the Valley

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to formally announce his candidacy for president on Saturday in Baltimore, then head directly to Iowa and New Hampshire for campaigning. In fact, the 52-year-old Democrat, who defeated an incumbent Republican in 2006 and served two terms as governor, will be campaigning in the Upper Valley Sunday evening, with a 7 p.m. appearance at Dartmouth College at the Baker-Berry Library. Though many New Hampshire Democrats have either endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or remained neutral in

John Gregg: Mika B's Dartmouth Road Trips

The two top leaders of the Vermont Legislature are pleased with measures that passed this session. House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morrisville, said that resolving a budget gap with a mix of cuts and new revenue and passage of a clean water bill, renewable energy legislation and a school governance measure all set the stage for important improvements. “I think those are pretty dramatic moves, and this session, from my perspective, was one that was less about the glamorous issues and more about just rolling up

John Gregg: Advertising for Ayotte

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., has been a consistent opponent of the Affordable Care Act, was the only senator from New England to vote in April 2013 against expanded background checks for gun purchases, and in March of this year was one of 47 GOP senators to sign a letter to the Iranian leadership, trying to thwart a potential nuclear deal with the Obama administration. The first-term incumbent also happens to be up for election in 2016 and could face a strong challenge from Gov.

John Gregg: Too Bernie to Fail?

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders Wednesday filed a bill to break up the country’s biggest banks, saying the six largest financial institutions in the United States now have $10 trillion in assets, or almost 60 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. “No single financial institution should have holdings so extensive that its failure could send the world economy into crisis,” Sanders said in a news release. “If an institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist.” Separately, the Vermont independent also

John Gregg: New Poll to Ponder

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker must have liked what he saw in a New Hampshire primary poll released this week. Walker had a surprising 24 percent support from likely Republican primary voters who said he was their top choice in the poll by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling. That far outpaced Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who had 14 percent support; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., with 12 percent; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 10 percent; 8 percent apiece for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Gov. Chris Christie,