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Tim Condon, right, celebrates the selection of New Hampshire as the winner of a vote to bring 20,000 liberty-minded Americans to a "free state" in October 2003. He was joined by, from left, Elizabeth McKinstry, Matt Cheselka and Jason Sorens. Condon, a lawyer in Tampa, Fla., who is registered to vote in Grafton, N.H., is running for a state Senate seat in New Hampshire.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Free State Project Republican Runs 'Protest Campaign' for N.H. Senate from Florida

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 …

American Held in Syria Is Now Free

Monday, August 25, 2014

Washington — An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Vermont Official Cautions About Political Signs Montpelier — Vermont officials are issuing their biennial reminder cautioning political campaigns about not posting signs in state highway rights-of-way. Transportation Secretary Brian Searles says Vermont law bans signs within about 50 feet of the road’s center line that aren’t connected to …

2 Vying in Republican Primary for Odell Seat

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Newport — JP Marzullo might not be a household name, but for anyone living in Senate District 8, which includes Newport, New London, Weare and Deering, the blue-and-gold bow ties are probably familiar by now. Between the fliers, …

Some Growers Win, Some Lose in Market Basket Battle

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Concord — From farmers markets teeming with new customers in New Hampshire to a Massachusetts flower grower desperately seeking new buyers for tens of thousands of mums, fallout from the Market Basket supermarket stalemate has been a mixed bag. The 2-month-old employee revolt at the 71-store New England …

Sununu Touts Perry in N.H.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Stratham, N.H. — Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry’s swing through a key early presidential voting state continued Saturday with a boost from a Republican with direct ties to the Oval Office. John H. Sununu, a former New Hampshire …

New Train Rails Being Installed in Western Vermont

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Montpelier — Work on installing new rails in the western Vermont rail corridor will begin soon as part of the long-term goal of restoring passenger rail service between Rutland and Burlington. Quarter-mile-long sections of rail were delivered earlier this month to Burlington ahead of their installment on the …

Sen. Warren Disavows PAC Urging Run for President

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Boston — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday issued a “formal disavowal” of a new political organization urging her to run for president in 2016. In a letter to the Federal Election Commission, lawyers for the first-term Massachusetts …

Maine Bills Would Aid Oldest Population

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Augusta, Maine — Building more affordable housing for Maine seniors and boosting Medicaid reimbursements to home care workers were among several policy ideas rolled out by House Speaker Mark Eves last week. The proposals are designed as a way to tackle challenges facing the state with the country’s …

Obama Taking Less Vacation, But Still Too Much For Some

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chilmark, Mass. — President Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing …

As a Leader, Havenstein’s Focus Is Teamwork

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Alton, N.H. — Sitting on a shelf in Walt Havenstein’s home office is a gang, as they’re called, of meerkats. “Do you know what a meerkat is?” he asks, pointing up to the cluster of small animals, sitting …