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Incumbent Ives facing challenge from Storrs in Loudon

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Longtime Loudon Selectman Steven Ives is facing a challenge from lifelong resident John Storrs. Ives, who has served as a selectman for eight years and is currently chairman of the three-person board, did not respond to requests for comment from the Monitor. In part, it is Ives’s lengthy tenure on the board that prompted Storrs to run. “I think it’s time for some changes,” Storrs said. “You can’t have the …

Maine legislators consider revoking seat belt law days after 75-car pileup

Saturday, February 28, 2015

It’s an effort that even the bill’s sponsor acknowledges is poor timing. Just two days after a 75-vehicle pileup injured at least 17 people in the state, lawmakers in Maine are considering legislation that would allow adults to opt out of wearing seat belts. Sen. Eric Brakey told lawmakers yesterday that it’s too …

Hassan urges Republicans to follow her lead and be clear on what they’re willing to fund or not

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan still supports expanding gambling in New Hampshire, but she won’t say whether she would sign into law a bill that authorizes two casinos instead of just one, as she prefers. “You would optimize casino revenue by having one casino,” Hassan said yesterday in an interview with the Monitor. “I would …

PolitiFact NH: Did Kuster flip-flop when voting for ‘CRomnibus’?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Evoking the old cliche about lawmaking and sausage, Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster faces questions about whether she changed her stance on two votes, going one way when faced with a pair of standalone bills and the other …

Amid lawsuits and infighting, voters choosing between known faces in Chichester selectmen race

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A former Chichester fire chief who sued the town and settled after being fired from that job – and who reopened that lawsuit after being fired from his job at the highway department – is now seeking to become a selectman. If elected, Gilbert Vien would sit on …

Pot fight between D.C. Mayor, Congress could cost the city

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The new mayor of the nation’s capital was hoping to get along fine with Republicans on Capitol Hill. Instead, they’ve threatened her with prison and she has accused them of acting like bullies in a showdown over legal …

Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline – a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington’s political …

Mass. Gov. Baker forces resignation of 4 health connector members

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker sought and received the resignations of four member of the state’s health connector board, including MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who came under fire for saying it was “the stupidity of the American voter” that led to the passage of President Obama’s 2010 heath care …

Obama, Netanyahu at odds over talks to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tensions between the White House and Benjamin Netanyahu intensified yesterday as top administration officials condemned the Israeli prime minister’s plan to address Congress next week, while Netanyahu accused six world powers, including the United States, of “giving up …

In Concord, Biden defends Obama’s policies, steers clear of his own presidential run

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden didn’t talk much about the prospect of another presidential run during his visit to New Hampshire yesterday. Instead, he talked a lot about the Obama administration’s attempts to steer the country out of the …

Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich holds town hall at New England College

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

At times during his town hall at New England College yesterday, Bob Ehrlich – the former Maryland governor and one of the latest Republicans to test the presidential waters in New Hampshire – sounded a bit like an …

House panel supports two bills calling for constitutional convention

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The House Committee on State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs had the first chance to review four bills addressing calls for a new constitutional convention – supporting two and deeming the other two “inexpedient to legislate.” These calls for a convention are done in accordance with Article V of …

Lawmakers work to tackle high workers’ comp costs

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If a worker in New Hampshire gets hurt on the job, an anesthetic injection can cost $763 under a workers’ compensation claim, compared with $298 for non-work related injuries. Surgical treatment for tendinitis in the shoulder costs about $2,200 if the injury happened at work, compared with $768 …