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‘Lo and behold,’ old document now found, to be celebrated in N.H. House

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A 140-year-old federal document signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and gifted to the state, that many had long considered lost or stolen, has been found and will be celebrated by the New Hampshire House today. In fact, the framed order that commemorates the centennial of American Independence had been boxed up in the New Hampshire Archives building, hidden beneath steel shelving laden with records and overlooked for possibly decades. …

RNC committeeman Steve Duprey faces backlash for pro-choice stance, appearance at Planned Parenthood event

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New Hampshire Republicans tend to have a reputation for being less socially conservative than their peers in other key presidential primary states. Take the results of a recent Suffolk University poll: More Republicans who were surveyed here identified as “pro-choice” than “pro-life” (48.6 to 41 percent), and more said they favored same-sex marriage …

Senate budget writers hear from long line of people who want more money in state budget

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Elaine Fagga got health insurance for the first time in her adult life under New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion plan. The Lempster resident asked lawmakers to keep funding the program through the state budget. “I’ve had to rely on charity care my entire life,” said Fagga, who has been a foster mother for the …

Democrats to hold 6 debates during primary contest

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Democratic National Committee will host six presidential primary debates, giving long-shot candidates a chance to challenge front-runner Hillary Clinton. The DNC says each of the four states that hold an early primary or caucus will host a debate: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The location …

Huckabee, the other man from Hope, opens 2016 bid

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mike Huckabee declared his presidential candidacy yesterday, counting on his brand of conservative populism to make his second White House bid more successful than his first. In 2008, he captivated evangelical Republicans but couldn’t build wide enough support …

Cut to nursing home funding to be reversed

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan announced yesterday the state will restore funding to nursing homes that was previously cut to help fill a budget hole. The $3.9 million, taken from an unexpected surplus in a separate state program that supports elderly who live in their own homes, will go …

Clinton: Nation needs to fix broken immigration system

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said yesterday that any immigration overhaul must include a path to “full and equal citizenship,” drawing a sharp contrast with Republicans who have promoted providing a legal status or blocked efforts in Congress …

Senate adopts GOP budget targeting ‘Obamacare’

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Senate yesterday adopted a GOP budget that paves the way for an assault on President Obama’s health care law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall. The Senate passed the nonbinding measure by …

Fiorina and Carson enter presidential race, embrace outsider status

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The field of Republicans running for president expanded and diversified yesterday, as two newly announced candidates sought to distinguish themselves from their challengers. Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co., and Ben Carson, a world-renowned neurosurgeon, each …

PolitiFact NH: Ben Carson says U.S. spending on health care is double next closest nation

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

“We spent twice as much per capita for health care in this country as the next closest nation.” — Ben Carson on Monday, April 6th, 2015 in a speech in Manchester N.H. ------- As a world-renowned neurosurgeon who’s …

Budget to dominate final months of legislative session

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

With two months left in the legislative session, Senate budget writers are focused on reworking the House’s $11.2 billion two-year state spending plan. Senators must pass a budget by June 4, before entering into negotiations with the House. The two chambers will then send Gov. Maggie Hassan a …

2016 Primaries: ‘The whole world is watching’

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Hillary Clinton trademark red-and-blue campaign stickers were hard to miss at last night’s annual McIntyre-Shaheen dinner at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. While Clinton’s logo was everywhere, her name went unmentioned by event speakers, including U.S. House Minority …

Capital Beat: Uniting casino support a tricky business

Sunday, May 3, 2015

As the dust settles on a bruising casino defeat in the House, proponents are doing some soul searching. The House, which has never before passed a casino bill, defeated this year’s option by more than 50 votes. The large margin shocked many supporters in the legislative body, who …