The Latest: Settlement reached on pony at Clinton event



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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on a New Hampshire presidential primary candidate's request to bring ponies to his planned protest of Hillary Clinton's book signing (all times local):

5:35 p.m.

A lawyer for a New Hampshire city says it has settled a lawsuit by a performance artist and perennial candidate in the state's presidential primary, allowing the artist to bring two ponies to his planned protest of Hillary Clinton's book signing.

Vermin Supreme, who wears a rubber boot on his head, asked a federal judge Friday to compel Concord to issue a permit allowing him to bring the ponies outside Clinton's event on Tuesday. The city initially denied the permit but now says it will make a parking spot across from the book signing available for Supreme and his ponies.

Supreme says Clinton's book, "What Happened," attacks his political platform to provide everyone in the country a pony. The book references a satirical Facebook post about the primary that mentions ponies.

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4 p.m.

Lawyers for a New Hampshire city sued by a performance artist and perennial candidate in the state's presidential primary believe a settlement is imminent on a request by the artist for a permit to bring two ponies to his planned protest of Hillary Clinton's book signing.

Vermin Supreme, who wears a rubber boot on his head, asked a federal judge Friday to compel the city to issue a permit allowing him to bring the ponies outside Clinton's event on Tuesday. The city had denied the permit.

An attorney for the city filed paperwork Monday saying the parties have met and believe a settlement is near, with no need for a judge to issue an order.

Supreme says Clinton's book, "What Happened," attacks his political platform to provide everyone in the country a pony. The book references a satirical Facebook post about the primary that mentions ponies.

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11:30 a.m.

A performance artist and perennial candidate in New Hampshire's presidential primary is suing the state capital, saying its refusal his request to bring two ponies to his planned protest of Hillary Clinton's book signing violates the First Amendment.

Vermin Supreme ran as a Democrat in 2016. The Massachusetts resident wears a rubber boot on his head and once threw glitter at another lesser-known candidate during a debate. He asked a federal judge Friday to compel the city to issue him a permit allowing him to bring the ponies to Clinton's event, scheduled for Tuesday.

Messages to city officials weren't immediately returned.

Supreme says Clinton's book, "What Happened," attacks his political platform to provide everyone a pony. The book references a Facebook post satirizing the race between Bernie Sanders and Clinton.

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This story has been corrected to show that Vermin ran as a Democrat, not as a Libertarian.

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