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Retired U.S. Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor chides fellow retired justice David Souter about his glasses at the start of last night's Constitutionally Speaking program at the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord.  (Alan MacRae / for the Monitor)

O’Connor, Souter criticize lack of civics education

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Retired U.S. Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O’Connor and David Souter didn’t always agree when they served on the bench together. But last night, appearing together at the Capitol Center for the Arts, they shared their mutual appreciation and unified concern for the state of civics education in American schools. “Our current national political climate makes promoting engagement, a shared … 0

GOP support for Democrat Pappas causes dustup

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Attracting endorsements can be a savvy political move and is a staple of every election cycle. But they can sometimes cause a stir, as they did this week when 50 Manchester-area Republicans endorsed Democrat Chris Pappas in the race for Executive Council in District 4. The endorsement drew a blistering response from Republican … 0

Hassan names Odell, Merrill to committee that permits Northern Pass, wind projects

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan has nominated Republican state Sen. Bob Odell and Democratic state Rep. Amanda Merrill to sit on the committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind farms or pipeline projects in the state. The legislators would be among the first public members to serve on the newly reorganized Site Evaluation Committee, which sites and permits commercial-scale energy projects … 0

Concord podiatrist suspended over allegations of unsanitary practices

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Concord podiatrist’s state medical license was suspended yesterday after an investigation allegedly revealed unsanitary practices. The attorney general’s office said in a statement that the state Board of Registration in Podiatry had temporarily revoked the license of Edward Newcott, as he posed “an imminent threat to the … 1

After primary, Democrat incumbents officially start their campaigns

Thursday, September 11, 2014

After spending months out of the spotlight while Republican primary candidates waged war against each other, the Democratic incumbents in the state’s top offices officially began their general election campaigns Tuesday night. The campaigns of four major office holders – Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and … 5

Ray Duckler: Remembering how we got here, and where we might be going

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mike Pelletier gave the Iraqi children backpacks filled with chalk, pencils and paper. The children, in turn, gave Pelletier hope. He said yesterday he could see the appreciation in their eyes 10 years ago while serving in the … 0

Concord School Board filing period has seen low interest

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nearly a week after the filing period opened for four seats on the Concord School Board, only two people have submitted papers for their candidacy. And those two – Tom Croteau and Barbara Higgins – are members of the school board seeking re-election. “Unfortunately, I haven’t had a … 0

Alleged mastermind in Allenstown stabbing to argue insanity

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The man accused of masterminding a near-fatal stabbing at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown in January plans to argue he was insane at the time, according to records recently filed in Merrimack County Superior Court. Kyle Buffum, 23, is scheduled to face trial in December on multiple … 0

Executive Council District 4: Repeat tilt pits Pappas vs. Burns

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A pair of familiar political foes will square off for Executive Council District 4, where incumbent Democrat Chris Pappas will face a challenge from Republican Bob Burns. Pappas of Manchester easily defeated Maria Chilson, while Burns beat Jim Adams of Pittsfield in the Republican primary. November will mark … 0

Ray Duckler: Revisiting the past will shape the future

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The war on terror is back. Back in our minds. The voters’ minds. It’s no longer just jobs and the economy and immigration. Not since a group of Sunni extremists, once known as ISIS, now widely referred to as the Islamic State, began killing people in Syria. Not … 0

Wrongful termination trial opens in Concord for former health policy analyst

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Arguments began yesterday in the trial for a former health policy analyst who claims she was wrongfully terminated by the New Hampshire Insurance Department, with her attorney describing her to jurors as a driven public servant and a lawyer for the state calling her uncooperative, insubordinate and at … 1

CRIMELINE: Concord police investigating string of home burglaries

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Concord police have asked for help in solving a string of home burglaries last week in Penacook, in which thieves gained entry through unlocked ground-floor windows. The police reported five break-ins, two Sept. 1 and three Saturday. Residents told the police they were home and asleep during … 0

Early results show Boutin with lead in state Senate District 16

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

David Boutin, the three-time incumbent state senator from Hooksett, looked to be on his way toward a narrow victory last night against far-right primary challenger Jane Cormier in District 16. As of press time, Boutin had secured 54 percent of the vote with five of seven precincts reporting, … 0