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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Shaheen latest under microscope, Nashua clerk saves customer’s life

Former N.H. Gov. Jeanne Shaheen smiles after the unveiling of her portrait, in background, at the N.H. Historical Society in Concord, N.H. Thursday, May 17, 2007.  The official portrait of New Hampshire's first elected female governor soon will hang in the Statehouse _ the only portrait of a woman among many portraits of male governors. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter) (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Former N.H. Gov. Jeanne Shaheen smiles after the unveiling of her portrait, in background, at the N.H. Historical Society in Concord, N.H. Thursday, May 17, 2007. The official portrait of New Hampshire's first elected female governor soon will hang in the Statehouse _ the only portrait of a woman among many portraits of male governors. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter) (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Another senator from the Granite State is under fire as Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has found herself in the middle of the IRS scandal.

Earlier this week the IRS admitted to using inappropriate scrutiny of conservative groups, and Shaheen, a Democrat, has come out and said the IRS should be audited.

On Monday, Shaheen called the practice “completely unacceptable.”

However, Shaheen is facing heat over a letter she and six other senators sent the then-IRS commissioner in 2012. In the letter the IRS was urged to develop new standards to evaluate the activities of “social welfare” organizations.

Karl Rove was one of the first to point out the letter, and he says the IRS was “doing what people on Capitol Hill wanted them to do.”

More criticism has surfaced that suggests that Shaheen’s outrage has been insincere.

Friday afternoon, Shaheen spokesman Shripal Shah said, “Senator Shaheen believes the IRS should develop clear guidance and look at all groups - regardless of their partisan leanings - that might be exploiting the tax code for political purposes.”

In other news

∎ Card players have mixed feelings regarding expanded gambling in the Granite State.

∎ A Nashua liquor store clerk and a customer are being credited with saving the life of another customer.

 Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead among Democrats for the 2016 presidential nomination according to a new New England College poll.

∎ In New Hampshire, the top schools usually have a lower poverty rate.

∎ A Rochester man sentenced to 38 years in prison for killing an ex-girlfriend is asking for a new trial or acquittal.

 The New Hampshire Art Association has six events this month.

∎ A 7-year-old Granite Stater has been nominated for an Eisner Award for her book, “Kitty and Dino.”

∎ The second-annual New Hampshire Restaurant Week starts tomorrow and runs for eight days.

∎ The winner of a Lake Winnepesaukee fishing contest this weekend will have to take a polygraph test.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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