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New Hampshire set off another scramble to the front of the election calendar Tuesday by moving its first-in-the-nation primary to Feb. 1, a week earlier than expected. But the surprise action immediately triggered a series of interstate negotiations that left the ultimate schedule for selecting next year's presidential nominees far from certain.
January 20, 1988 | Associated Press
A commuter plane carrying 17 people crashed in a mountainous area near here Tuesday night, killing eight and forcing several survivors, including one carrying a toddler, to wade through waist-deep snow to summon help. The plane's nose was demolished and most of the survivors were seated near the rear of the plane, officials said today. The pilot and co-pilot were among those killed, authorities said. Survivor Peter Schauer, a consultant from Booneville, Mo.
October 25, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner said Tuesday he will hold off making a final decision on the state's presidential primary until next week. Gardner's office had been working toward announcing the date as soon as today, but ultimately changed course and decided to wait until after the close of the two-week period when candidates can qualify for the state ballot. Through Monday, 17 candidates -- 15 Republicans and two Democrats -- had done so by submitting a one-page declaration of candidacy and a $1,000 filing fee. Gardner, empowered by state law to call what traditionally has been the nation's first primary at the time of his choosing, is widely expected to set the contest for Jan. 10. The path became clear for New Hampshire when Nevada Republicans voted on Saturday to change the date of their nominating caucuses from Jan. 14 to Feb. 4. Gardner had said that unless Nevada moved, he would have been forced to call his state's vote as early as Dec. 6. Gardner, who's held his post for 35 years, has worked every four years to make sure his state retains its first-in-the-nation status.
October 3, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
South Carolina's Republican presidential primary will be held on Jan. 21, the state GOP chairman announced on Monday. The decision to advance the traditional first-in-the-South contest from late February follows the vote by a Florida panel to set its primary for Jan. 31, in violation of party rules. "Last Friday, a nine-person committee brought chaos to the 2012 nomination calendar. Today, South Carolina restores order," party chairman Chad Connelly said at a news conference.
October 13, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
A growing list of Republican presidential hopefuls are threatening to boycott the Nevada caucuses, hoping to pressure the state GOP to change the date of the Jan. 14 contest to avoid forcing New Hampshire to move its primary into December. Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor who recently staked his entire campaign on a strong performance in New Hampshire, was the first to issue the threat, calling it "an effort to preserve New Hampshire's historic first-in-the-nation primary status.
October 17, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
As most of the Republican hopefuls travel to Nevada for the latest presidential debate Tuesday, Jon Huntsman was making a statement in New Hampshire as one of the first candidates to file in person for a spot on the state's primary ballot. Monday is the first day of the two-week filing period in New Hampshire for a primary date that is still unknown, but could be held in as little as seven weeks. Huntsman, the former Utah governor and ambassador to China, is boycotting Tuesday's debate -- and potentially the Nevada caucuses entirely -- in a statement of support for New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation status.
October 28, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Thirty Republican candidates have filed to appear on the New Hampshire presidential ballot, a record number for the party in the nation's first primary state. Democrats, meanwhile, will have the fewest number of candidates to choose from in the 2012 vote: just 14. Still, Secretary of State Bill Gardner said in an interview as the filing period closed at 5 p.m. Friday that the 44 total candidates is the second-most ever in the history of the primary, the date of which he still has yet to announce.
March 28, 1999 | A roundup of unusual stories from Times wire services:
If Van Gogh Had Owned a Dryer . . . : Canadian artist Bill Gardner can't argue with critics who dismiss his work as pure fluff--because that's exactly what it is. Gardner is making a name for himself with prized portraits and still-lifes made exclusively of lint from his clothes dryer. The 42-year-old Calgary artist's works include uncanny lint likenesses of Britain's Queen Elizabeth and O.J. Simpson.
May 6, 1996 | BILL JONES, Bill Jones is secretary of state of California. His e-mail address is
Earlier this year residents of a small New England state with a population roughly equivalent to that of California's Alameda County were able to eat breakfast, share war stories and then intimately discuss the future of America one-on-one with presidential candidates. On Feb. 20, the nation watched as New Hampshire voters played a major role in determining who would be the nominees for president. Why New Hampshire? Why not Alameda County? Each has about 1.
September 28, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Florida's expected move to set a late January primary will force other states to move their nominating contests ahead in kind, pushing the start of the Republican presidential sweepstakes closer to -- and perhaps even earlier than -- New Year's Day. Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon says state Republican leaders have agreed to move the state's presidential primary to Jan. 31, more than a month ahead of schedule, in order to make sure the nation's largest...
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