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Gov. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. ,speaks French as she welcomes the New England Governors and eastern Canadian Premiers at the start of their 38th annual conference Monday, July 14, 2014, in Bretton Woods, N.H.  Energy and economic collaboration were the main topics at Sunday and Monday's conference.  Eastern Canada is rich in hydropower while New England markets are eager to shore up supply and control some of the nation's highest energy costs. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

For Hassan, inclusion and opportunity guide path as governor

Sunday, October 26, 2014

In April 1999, a group of concerned families gathered for a news conference to urge New Hampshire officials to meet a looming deadline in an ongoing school funding crisis. Special education summer programs were facing financial uncertainty, the Associated Press reported at the time, and many parents were worried about what this would mean for their children who relied on …

Havenstein draws on military, business experience for leadership lessons

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Over the course of his career in the military and the corporate world, Walt Havenstein has learned “about 100 different things” the hard way. He’ll be the first to admit it. But if you ask New Hampshire’s Republican gubernatorial candidate to point to a moment that defines his outlook on leadership, one of the most important lessons traces back to his days as …

Warren calls on past experience against Brown to rally support for Shaheen

Saturday, October 25, 2014

With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, neither Scott Brown’s current nor former senatorial opponents were holding back as they rallied a crowd in Concord yesterday afternoon. “I’m Jeanne Shaheen,” the incumbent Democratic U.S. senator said, kicking off one of three get-out-the-vote rallies held across the state yesterday. “This is …

Planned Parenthood PAC backs Van Ostern, Feltes for Concord

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Planned Parenthood of New Hampshire’s PAC endorsed a slew of candidates for Executive Council and the New Hampshire Senate in a press release yesterday. The candidates on the list support the full range of services provided at Planned Parenthood health centers, including abortion and access to contraceptives. In …

Rubio discusses immigration in New Hampshire stop

Thursday, October 23, 2014

About 40 New Hampshire residents got a taste of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s views on immigration and combating homegrown terrorism yesterday – views they might hear more of if the Florida senator decides to run for president in …

Hassan, Havenstein go head-to-head at NH1 debate

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The state’s Medicaid expansion plan – sometimes referred to as the New Hampshire Health Protection Program – was a recurring issue at the gubernatorial debate last night between Gov. Maggie Hassan and Walt Havenstein. Hassan repeatedly pointed to …

Senate District 2 candidates differ on minimum wage

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For their representative in the state Senate, voters in the northwest part of the Lakes Region will choose between former town administrator and Republican incumbent Jeanie Forrester and former union president and Democratic challenger Carolyn Mello. Mello, 65, …

Did anti-Boutin mailer go too far?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

After 10 combined years in state office and half a dozen successful political runs, incumbent Republican state Sen. David Boutin is, by now, well-accustomed to mudslinging. He has seen his fair share, and arguably slung plenty of his …

Coakley: No immediate plans to seek graduated tax

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred yesterday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to seek a graduated income tax in Massachusetts. Coakley raised the possibility of …

Fact-checking the State Senate District 15 candidates in Concord

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

At a breakfast forum hosted by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, the two candidates for state Senate District 15 fielded questions yesterday morning on gambling, marriage equality, higher education, energy and other topics. And based on a …

Kuster, Garcia receive dueling endorsements on abortion

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Both candidates in the 2nd Congressional District touted endorsements from groups on opposite sides of the abortion issue. NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire yesterday endorsed U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster for her long-standing support of abortion rights, and Women Speak …

Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted yesterday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a …

Ray Duckler: As Shaheen, Brown camps battle over territory before debate, a chicken works ‘undercover’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? Because he didn’t have to, and that was fine with the chicken. Let me explain, and please, be patient. Before we address the chicken, we must first address who received permits …