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November 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Republicans in five states will push ahead with early nominating contests, undeterred by party leaders' decision Thursday to punish them by excluding half their convention delegates. Seeking to restore order to a chaotic primary calendar, Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan said New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan and Wyoming would lose delegates to next summer's national convention for violating party rules against holding nominating contests before Feb. 5.
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September 29, 1999 | MASSIE RITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
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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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 17, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Iowa Republicans have set Jan. 3 as the date for their presidential caucuses, leaving New Hampshire as the only early-voting state without a firm date for its nominating contest. The Iowa Republican Party had said it would wait for the Granite State to set its first-in-the-nation primary date before determining when to hold the precinct caucuses. But with the quadrennial round of jockeying among states, and New Hampshire's secretary of state considering a December primary, the party acted unilaterally.
NEWS
October 24, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Mitt Romney said Monday that he favored a simplified tax code that would lower the tax burden for the middle class, seeming to stop short of embracing the kind of flat tax proposals being offered by his chief GOP rivals. "Make them flatter," Romney told reporters after a rally at the New Hampshire state house. "As to what a particular tax system looks like -- you've got to look at the details and see, does it help middle-income Americans or not. " The former Massachusetts governor filed his paperwork this morning to become an official candidate in the state's primary, saying he hoped "that this time it will take," referring to his failed 2008 bid. He praised New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner for working to preserve the state's "richly deserved" tradition of hosting the first-in-the-nation primary, after Nevada Republicans moved their caucuses back to February.
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