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Elizabeth McKinstry, from left, Matt Cheselka, Jason Sorens, and Tim Condon, celebrate the selection of New Hampshire as the winner of a vote to bring 20,000 liberty-minded Americans to a "free state" after announcing the choice, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, in New York.  Sorens, second from right, is president and founder of the Free State Party, whose members voted New Hampshire as the battleground for what the group calls the biggest experiment in democracy since the Revolutionary War.  McKinstry is from Ann Arbor, Mich., Cheselka is from southeastern Arizona, Sorens is from New Haven, Conn., and Condon is from Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

N.H. Senate Candidate Runs ‘Protest Campaign’

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Grafton — The Free State Project activist challenging state Sen. Jeanie Forrester in New Hampshire’s Sept. 9 Republican primary is running what he calls a “protest campaign” from his home in Florida. Although Tim Condon, R-Grafton, wants Forrester to rethink her voting record, by no means does he intend to replace her. “If I were elected, first of all, the …

Douglas’ Memoir Discusses Gay Marriage

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Montpelier — Former Gov. Jim Douglas says he was acting on conscience in 2009 when he vetoed a gay marriage law that had been passed by the state Legislature. In a frank new memoir being released Wednesday, the 63-year-old Douglas said that he had no objection to same-sex couples forming relationships and that …

U.S. Senate Hopefuls Differ On Wage Issue

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Concord — None of the top Republicans running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire wants to increase the federal minimum wage, and one of them wants to get rid of it altogether. President Obama has made increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 a second-term political priority, and he signed an executive order in February requiring federal contractors to …

Incumbents Favored in Vt. Midterm Elections

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Montpelier — This election cycle is shaping up to be a favorable one for Vermont incumbents. With about two months to go until the Nov. 4 election, Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin holds a more than 20-to-1 fundraising lead over Republican challenger Scott Milne. But Milne, a Pomfret businessman …

Late N.H. Primary Can Turn Focus to November

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire’s late state primary leaves relatively little time for the winners to pivot toward the general election, so some candidates and parties are already thinking about November. Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Scott Brown has run frequent ads targeting incumbent Jeanne Shaheen while barely mentioning his …

Mass. Pilot in F-15 Crash Was Decorated Combat Vet

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Boston — The pilot killed in the crash of an F-15 jet last week in the remote Virginia mountains was a decorated combat veteran with 17 years of experience flying the planes, military officials in Massachusetts said Friday. …

Mass. Court to Hear ID Challenges

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Boston — Zachary Sevigny was slashed with a box cutter by a stranger outside a convenience store in 2011. Neither Sevigny nor his friend identified Jeremy Gomes as the attacker when shown his picture in a police photo array. But a week later, they saw Gomes inside a …

Group Claims Responsibility For Vermont Gas Protest

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hinesburg, Vt. (ap) — An activist group claimed responsibility Saturday for a protest at the home of the Vermont Gas Systems president, saying it wanted to highlight the threat of eminent domain over the construction of a gas pipeline extension. In an email to Vermont media outlets, Green …

Ex-FBI Director Grateful for Support After Barnard Crash

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Montpelier (ap) — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said Friday he was grateful for the care and support he has received since he was injured last week in a car crash in Barnard. Freeh issued a statement through …

New Rules Are Proposed for Maine Black Sea Bass Fishery

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Portland, Maine (ap) — Maine fishery officials on Friday proposed regulations to manage black sea bass, a species that is increasing in abundance in the state’s waters. The regulations would govern recreational and commercial fishing of the species, said Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher. He …

Motorcyclist Brags to Cops: I Hit 185 MPH

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Concord (ap) — New Hampshire police say a motorcyclist clocked at 127 mph bragged after being arrested that he had reached 185 mph during the chase. State police say 31-year-old David J. Fries, of Manchester, was spotted by a trooper on Interstate 93 in Bow at about 2:45 …

Man Shot by Vt. Police Is Facing New Charges

Sunday, August 31, 2014

St. Johnsbury, Vt. (ap) — A 27-year-old Vermont man recovering from wounds suffered when he was shot by state police following a high-speed chase has pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges from the incident. On Friday, Eric Jackson pleaded not guilty to 10 criminal charges in …

Vermont Offers Three Seminars On Deer Hunting

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Montpelier (ap) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering seminars to help get people started in deer hunting. The department is offering three, three-hour seminars in September that will deal with such topics as basic deer biology, hunting regulations, firearm selection, where to go and …