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Politics

Ed Board with Governor Maggie Hassan on March 7, 2014.

(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

State finishes 2014 fiscal year with a $20 million surplus, but $7 million less than planned

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The state government finished the most recent fiscal year with a surplus of $19.5 million, but fell about $7 million short of its surplus goal, according to an unaudited spending report released by the governor’s office yesterday. The budget for the 2014 fiscal year – which ended June 30 – called for roughly $26.8 million in surplus. That money is … 0

Hillary Clinton to raise money for Shaheen

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hillary Clinton is expected to help raise campaign cash for Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen – an important place to maintain friends, should the former secretary of state choose to make a second bid for the White House. Two Democrats with knowledge of the event confirmed Clinton will join Shaheen at a New York City fundraiser this week, but did not specify a … 0

Secret Service chief on hot seat for White House breach

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Under withering criticism from Congress, the director of the Secret Service yesterday admitted failures in her agency’s critical mission of protecting the president but repeatedly sidestepped key questions about how a knife-carrying intruder penetrated ring after ring of security before finally being tackled deep inside the White House. Despite the extraordinary lapses in … 0

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs gun restriction

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said yesterday he had signed. The bill … 0

Under-fire, Hong Kong leader marks National Day

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hong Kong’s embattled leader attended a flag-raising ceremony yesterday to mark China’s National Day after refusing to meet pro-democracy demonstrators despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to Beijing’s authority since … 0

Afghan pact signed amid questions on Iraq pullout

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

After lengthy delays, U.S. and Afghan officials signed a security pact yesterday to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond year’s end, aiming to prevent the country from descending into the kind of chaos that has plagued Iraq following … 0

Firefighters’ union endorses Kuster in 2nd Congressional District

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rep. Ann Kuster secured the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire yesterday. “As our congresswoman, Annie Kuster has made it clear that she fights for the issues that matter to firefighters, and to the middle class families in our state. Our congresswoman stands up for … 0

State Employees’ Appreciation Day to be held at State House today

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The State Employees’ Association is sponsoring an event at the State House today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show appreciation for New Hampshire public servants. The event is open to the public and will include a brief presentation at noon. Representatives of state departments and programs … 0

Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Hampshire PAC endorses Hassan

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Hampshire declared its support for incumbent Gov. Maggie Hassan yesterday, who also earned the group’s endorsement when she first ran for her seat in 2012. At a press conference yesterday joined by Planned Parenthood supporters and a handful of state legislators, Hassan … 0

Hassan, Havenstein paint different pictures of N.H.’s energy future

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan and her Republican challenger, Walt Havenstein, each painted a very different picture of New Hampshire’s energy future at a summit on the topic in Concord yesterday. Havenstein focused on the importance of rolling back government … 4

House hopefuls explore privacy-protection balance

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Candidates competing in both of New Hampshire’s Congressional districts agree that maintaining a strong national defense and protecting civil liberties are not mutually exclusive responsibilities, though they disagree on how to strike a balance between the two. Congress and President Obama have been fighting to regain public trust … 0

Brown, Shaheen pick up more endorsements

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Scott Brown and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen started the week with a handful of key endorsements and continued to knock each other’s track records: Brown said Shaheen is bad news for businesses, while she said he’s bad news for women. Brown, a Republican, picked up support from the … 1

2 N.H. legislators to hold drug abuse forum

Monday, September 29, 2014

Two New Hampshire legislators will be holding a public forum on synthetic drug abuse in Jaffrey. The forum by state Sen. Peggy Gilmour of Hollis and state Rep. Susan Emerson of Rindge is scheduled for today. Entitled “Heroin, Spice and Bath Salt: Talking Out Loud,” it will be … 0