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Primary Source: Campaigns Heat Up, Kunin Stumps for Clinton

With Labor Day weekend fading in memory, presidential campaigns are intensifying their focus on the New Hampshire primary. Hillary Clinton ’s campaign brought former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin to Hanover on Wednesday to meet with prospective voters and emphasize Clinton’s “record of fighting for women.” Kunin — who served in the administration of President Bill Clinton and defeated independent Bernie Sanders and Republican Peter Smith in Vermont’s 1986 gubernatorial race — met with voters at a gelato store and at the Kendal at Hanover retirement

Primary Source: Fiorina, Walker Campaign in Grafton County

Republican presidential candidate and former business executive Carly Fiorina campaigned in rural Grafton County Wednesday, meeting with more than 90 people at King Forest Industries in Wentworth. The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard talked for about 30 minutes and then toured the pine sawmill, which employs about 85 people, according to Orford Republican Tom Thomson, who helped arrange the event. Thomson, who has not endorsed a candidate in the race, said such gatherings normally draw about 30 people, but Fiorina drew three times that amount. “It

Primary Source: Tea Party Backer Holding Trump Party in Claremont

With Donald Trump leading in Republican polls, Claremont-area supporters have organized a debate-watching party tonight as he meets nine of his presidential rivals in the Fox News debate in Cleveland. Cynthia Howard, a Claremont resident who serves as Sullivan County chairwoman of the Trump for President campaign, said she is drawn to “his message of making America great, bringing back our jobs and industries, and making our country prosperous again.” Howard, a former School Board and Charter Commission member, was a leader in the Tea

Primary Source: 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

Primary Source: 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

Primary Source: 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

Primary Source: 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