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November 19. 2012 3:54PM

Grant Bosse: Recounts are the last act in NH’s political theater

Every two years, one of my favorite rituals of New Hampshire’s peculiar form of democracy in the recount. With 500 races on the ballot statewide, most of them in relatively small districts, there are dozens of races that come down to a very small number of votes. And every election, a few seats change hands once we get a closer look at the ballots.



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How John Oliver predicted the New Hampshire pumpkin riots

Last weekend, the annual Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire, turned into a riot — as drunken New Hampshireans threw glass bottles at each other, set bonfires, and overturned at least one car. In response, police tear-gassed and pepper sprayed rioters to get them to disperse.

Politico: It’s Warren vs. Brown in N.H.

According to The Boston Globe, Warren wrote in a recent email to her and Shaheen’s supporters that, 'never in a bazillion years did it cross my mind that Scott Brown would pack up and move to his vacation house in New Hampshire to run against our friend Jeanne… But that’s exactly what happened.'

New Hampshire home to bitchiest gubernatorial ads, Senate race not far behind

If you’ve been paying attention to the campaign ads this season, you’ve probably heard gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein described as a 'failed CEO' and Gov. Maggie Hassan as someone who oversaw 'out-of-control' spending – and neither, apparently, is fit to lead New Hampshire.

Chichester planners look at means to interdict speedy commuters in village center

Is Main Street in Chichester a shortcut for commuters or a link for residents between the town’s historic fixtures?

Exclusive -- Scott Brown: Obama's efforts to grant executive amnesty 'makes no sense'

SEABROOK, New Hampshire — New Hampshire’s GOP U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown ripped President Obama's planned executive amnesty and said the administration's quiet preparation to issue up to 34 million green cards and employment permits shows the president is willing to circumvent Congress.

Portsmouth mayor tells governor of concerns regarding recent train derailments

PORTSMOUTH – Mayor Robert Lister has written a letter to Gov. Maggie Hassan about his concern over three recent train derailments in the last month in Portsmouth.

Neighbors concerned about possible wood chipping at biomass plant

BERLIN – Neighbors across from the Burgess BioPower plant said they are concerned about reports that the facility wants to be able to chip wood on-site temporarily without doing it in an enclosed building.

Apple posts record profits, silence on NH sapphire partner left in ruins

Years may pass before we know the truth about what went wrong, which makes it all the more curious why none of those participating in Apple’s conference call brought the matter up. (Was it declared a verboten topic before the call?)

Woman's dream job at NH firm's Apple sapphire factory lasted one day

Arave's first day at work for GT on Oct. 6 was also her last day, as the New Hampshire-based company unexpectedly declared bankruptcy and announced plans to shutter the 1.3 million-square-foot factory.

Barrington Elementary School has a new Buddy Bench

Ben had been searching for something to do as an Eagle Scout project.

UNH grad student pockets $5,600 in rare tie on Jeopardy

The famous game show was taped this past summer at Sony Pitches Studio outside Los Angeles before it appeared on Boston’s CBS affiliated WBZ-TV where Dan, a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) appeared nationwide.

‘The Dartmouth’ calls for end to Greek fraternities

The singular headline introduced an editorial from the paper’s senior staff …

Londonderry youth league official indicted in theft

BRENTWOOD — A former Londonderry youth football and cheerleading league board member has been indicted for allegedly stealing about $1,800 from the organization.

Gilmanton man faces third DWI charge this year

CIRCUIT COURT — A Gilmanton man is being held on $5,000 cash-only bail after being charged Friday afternoon with his third driving while intoxicated offense this year.

DA clears Salisbury police officers in fatal shooting

Police ordered Foster to drop the weapons, but he ignored their commands and rushed at them after Seabrook, N.H. police Officer Justin Murphy fired at him with a Taser, Blodgett’s office said.

1st GOP presidential primary underway as candidates jockey for top talent

It’s also a reminder that staff are often hired for their experience and technical expertise, and not to win a popularity contest with voters.

Rindge: Street sign damages cruiser

Police believe that the sign was already damaged, and was partially in the road, when the front driver’s side tire clipped the sign. Muilenberg described the reaction as similar to what happens when someone steps onto a rake and the handle flies up.

Charity has devolved into eyesore says Exeter school official

Bullens is fed up with all the big items being left outside the bins that were placed in the school’s parking lot about 10 years ago.

NH police dog Daisy Mae headed to Pennsylvania to hunt cop killer

DOVER — The Strafford County Sheriff's Department announced Monday that its K-9 team — already famed for apprehending a murder suspect in Maine — has been sent to Pennsylvania to assist in the search for wanted fugitive and state police corporal killer Eric Frein.

200 NH schools have taken up feds on providing free breakfast

More than 200 New Hampshire schools have something new to be proud of. They have started the journey to improve the health and well-being of their student body by accepting the New Hampshire School Breakfast Challenge.


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