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Hassan signs human trafficking, cell phone bills

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a measure that strengthens New Hampshire’s laws against human trafficking, as well as a bill banning handheld cell phone use while driving as of July 1 of next year. Hassan said the human trafficking bill, which she signed Friday, takes significant steps to strengthen protections for victims and reinforcing New Hampshire’s commitment to equal justice for all. The bill, which had strong bipartisan … 0

Governor vetoes workplace bullying bill

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed a bill yesterday aimed at protecting New Hampshire state employees from abusive work environments, saying it was well-intentioned but unworkable. Lawmakers passed the measure after hearing from current and former state workers who said they experienced workplace bullying. It would have required state departments and agencies to develop policies … 0

Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire endorses Feltes for state Senate

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire endorsed Dan Feltes for Concord’s state Senate seat yesterday. Feltes is running against Kass Ardinger in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary to replace outgoing Sen. Sylvia Larsen. The district includes Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. The district is a secure Democratic seat, meaning the race will largely come down to organization and who can better show … 0

Judicial branch to offer e-filing in 2 courts

Monday, July 28, 2014

The New Hampshire Judicial Branch will begin pilot programs this week to push small claims courts toward going paperless. Officials said small claims courts in Concord and Plymouth will switch to electronic filing and processing tomorrow. The goal is to have all 32 small claims courts statewide go … 0

Brown calls for securing the border in new ad

Monday, July 28, 2014

Scott Brown released his sixth TV ad in his U.S. Senate bid yesterday, this one focusing on immigration and securing the border. His call to secure the border comes on the heels of recent discussions over how to handle the flood of immigrant children from Central America now … 0

Capital Beat: Republicans, Democrats mark battleground in race to control state Senate

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Political junkies have surely noticed the uptick in campaign activity between Democrats Kass Ardinger and Dan Feltes, who are competing to secure endorsements in a battle to replace Concord’s outgoing state senator, Sylvia Larsen. It’s the first seriously competitive state Senate race Concord has seen in 20 years, … 0

Rubio: Same-sex-marriage foes face ‘intolerance’

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face “intolerance” from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives. In remarks he said were … 0

Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

Saturday, July 26, 2014

President Obama’s request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House – six years in – still doesn’t get … 0

Despite Clinton: O’Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Martin O’Malley’s latest foray into Iowa began, appropriately, in a place called Clinton. The Maryland governor is filling the void in Iowa, New Hampshire and beyond during the early stages of the 2016 presidential race, campaigning for fellow … 0

Post office changes reach Canterbury, where tiny office a part of town fabric

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Canterbury Post Office is located in a white clapboard building, where it rents space from the town’s country store. A blue mailbox with the U.S. Postal Service logo and a small painted sign hanging from the awning … 1

Obama urging Central American leaders for help

Saturday, July 26, 2014

President Obama met with Central American leaders yesterday to urge them to help slow the stream of unaccompanied children from their countries to the U.S., as House Republicans tried to agree on their own proposed solution to the … 0

Former LGC entities agree to tentative arrangement including more state oversight

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The two public risk pools that used to make up the Local Government Center have come to a tentative agreement with the state that would subject them to more state oversight. HealthTrust and Property-Liability Trust released the terms of the agreement yesterday, but hearing officer Don Mitchell has … 0

Ardinger, Feltes collect endorsements from female supporters in District 15 state Senate race

Friday, July 25, 2014

The two Democrats running for the District 15 state Senate seat lined up endorsements from female supporters yesterday. EMILY’s List, a national group that raises money for pro-choice Democratic women, endorsed Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger yesterday morning. Just hours later, the campaign for Concord attorney Dan … 0