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John Gregg: Sanders and Clinton Start the Jabs

It’s on. After much maneuvering, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will debate tonight one-on-one in an event sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee. They’ll be appearing on MSNBC starting at 9 p.m. at University of New Hampshire. The two campaigns were going at each other hard on Wednesday, via Twitter and other means, with Sanders mocking Clinton’s description of herself as a progressive and Clinton saying she can get things done. Sanders issued several tweets about Clinton’s prior stances,

John Gregg: Will Trump’s Crybaby Antics Hurt Him in N.H.?

It’s hard to know how Donald Trump ’s threat to boycott tonight’s Republican debate in Iowa is going to play out, but he was unapologetic about it on Wednesday. Trump tweeted out another crude statement about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, a former corporate lawyer who grilled him at a debate last year on his derogatory statements about women and whose presence ostensibly prompted Trump to skip the debate. “I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead

John Gregg: Political Twists Ahead in N.H.?

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are headed to the Upper Valley in appearances that may be critical if they want to jump-start their presidential campaigns, which have thus far been eclipsed by Donald Trump ’s media storm. Bush is in the middle of a four-day New Hampshire tour and will be holding a town hall forum this morning with workers at the Sturm, Ruger & Co. gun plant in Newport. Christie’s campaign says he has spent more time in

John Gregg: Will Sanders Win N.H.?

Buttressed by new polls showing a dead heat in Iowa and with him leading in New Hampshire, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is headed to Dartmouth College tonight for a town hall forum hosted by the Rockefeller Center of Public Policy and the Tuck School of Business. Sanders, D-Vt., has the support of 48.8 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire, compared to 42.6 percent for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the Real Clear Politics website average of recent polls. In

John Gregg: Trump Benefiting From the Establishment Split

Real estate magnate and showman Donald Trump is continuing to fare well in New Hampshire polling against the clutch of more conventional Republicans in the race for president. The latest survey, released Wednesday by Public Policy Polling, had Trump with 29 percent support among likely Republican primary voters, outpacing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 15 percent; Govs. John Kasich, of Ohio, and Chris Christie, of New Jersey, at 11 percent apiece; and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10 percent.

John Gregg: New Hampshire to See Busy Weekend of Campaigning

New Hampshire hasn’t seen much winter weather, yet, but voters will see a flurry of campaign activity this weekend as presidential candidates barnstorm the Granite State before what could be a short Christmas lull. The headline event is the one that some Democrats say is buried — former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will debate Saturday night at 8 p.m. at Saint Anselm College in Manchester in a forum sponsored by the Democratic National Committee.

John Gregg: N.H. and Vt. Republicans Rally Along the River

Republicans from both sides of the Connecticut River appear to be excited about a two-state GOP presidential candidates event to be held Friday at the Lebanon Elks Lodge, and later in the evening in Keene, N.H. The so-called “2015 Connecticut River Run” is being sponsored by Republican county committees from the Massachusetts line to the Canadian border, and will include appearances in Lebanon from Ohio Gov. John Kasich; U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; former New York Gov. George Pataki and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore;

John Gregg: Woodrow Wilson’s Summer White House in the Upper Valley

Woodrow Wilson is now much in the news, especially in New Jersey, where protesters at Princeton are demanding that the Ivy League university take his name down from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and also rename Wilson College, a dorm complex there. The New York Times agreed as such this week in an editorial calling Wilson “an unapologetic racist whose administration rolled back the gains that African-Americans achieved just after the Civil War, purged black workers from influential jobs and transformed

John Gregg: Milne’s Next Move

Pomfret Republican Scott Milne won a big victory last week when a Vermont Superior Court judge ruled that Milne’s proposed 168-acre mixed-use business park with some residential units off Route 4 near the Quechee interchange complied with the regional plan and should be awarded an Act 250 permit. The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission may still appeal the ruling on the Quechee Highlands proposal to the Vermont Supreme Court, but the prospect of being able to develop one of the largest projects on the Vermont side

Primary Source: Sanders Spends Veterans Day in Lebanon

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the former longtime Vermont independent who is now a Democrat, dropped by Lebanon Wednesday morning to participate in the annual Veterans Day parade and speeches at Colburn Park organized by American Legion Post 22. Though Sanders got plenty of press — including TV stations from both New Hampshire and Vermont — the presidential candidate kept his remarks appropriately nonpartisan. “To my mind, if patriotism and love of country means anything, it means that we do not now, or ever, turn our