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A GOP shift on immigration

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing. Less than two years ago, party leaders solemnly declared after an exhaustive study that the GOP “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” It was critical for the party’s survival, they said, to address an issue that was paramount to the nation’s surging Hispanic population. But as President Obama issued a sweeping immigration order last week, some of the Republican Party’s …

Ayotte, Shaheen seek answers from VA on ‘Choice Program’

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Hampshire’s senators are unhappy with the implementation of a part of the major Veterans Affairs reform package they championed specifically with the Granite State’s veterans in mind. U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, within days of the rules’ release, sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald questioning whether the guidelines governing where and how veterans access non-VA …

$18 million in N.H. budget cuts a ‘first step;’ more reductions to come

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

State agencies are cutting a combined $18.3 million from their current budgets to meet the spending reductions Gov. Maggie Hassan says are necessary to keep New Hampshire in the black. “These cuts – as you know – will not be easy,” Hassan told the legislative fiscal committee yesterday. “These reductions are key to …

New reps learn rules of New Hampshire House

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Choose your words carefully on the House floor. Always read the speaker’s note in the weekly House calendar (and don’t ask the clerk to advertise your daughter’s Girl Scout cookie sale in said calendar). Know that you are …

Renewed fears of terrorism keep NSA reform bill from clearing Senate

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In May, reacting to revelations of the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records, members of the House of Representatives voted by a wide margin to end the program. On Tuesday night, their counterparts across the U.S. Capitol could not win enough votes to proceed even …

Obama to announce immigration action

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In a broad test of his executive powers, President Obama declared yesterday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration – in measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people …

Obama stakes final 2 years on climate change

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

With limited time still in power, President Obama is staking his final two years on climate change, pushing the issue to the front of his agenda as he seeks to leave an imprint on the world that will …

U.N. push against North Korea on rights moves ahead

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The world’s boldest effort yet to hold North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity moved forward yesterday at the United Nations, where a Pyongyang envoy threatened further nuclear tests. The U.N. General …

Casino cash heading to Massachusetts communities

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Millions of dollars in gambling money will begin flowing into local government coffers in earnest now that the state’s casino law survived an Election Day repeal effort. To be sure, casino payments have been flowing to the state long before the Nov. 4 election, when voters resoundingly rejected …

Bill O’Brien named Republican speaker of the House

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Rep. Bill O’Brien will again wield the gavel in the state’s House of Representatives. The Mont Vernon Republican defeated Rep. Gene Chandler by four votes yesterday to win the battle to be the next House speaker. The secret-ballot …

State representatives on choice for speaker of the House, in their own words

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The race for the next Speaker of the House is the same as it was in 2010 when Mont Vernon Republican Bill O’Brien faced off with Gene Chandler of Bartlett. But the makeup of this Legislature is not the same as it was back then. Republicans have a …

N.H. corrections officials look to add $48 million over two-year budget cycle

Monday, November 17, 2014

In order to staff New Hampshire’s new women’s prison and to fill 30 frozen positions, the Department of Corrections is looking to add $48 million to its budget over the next two years. Department officials have long raised …

Oregon immigration vote is a warning for Obama

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy. Even as Oregon voters were legalizing recreational marijuana and expanding …