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Boscawen Selectman candidate Mark Varney replaces the campaign sign in front of his house with a new sturdier sign on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Varney screwed the signs into large wooden stakes to better withstand plowing.

(CAMERON JOHNSON / Monitor staff)

Election Day nearing, local candidates can’t wait for snow to melt to post signs

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Campaign signs are one of the few ways a candidate can boost name recognition in local elections. So making sure those signs aren’t blanketed in snow or plowed into a snowbank is important. This is what led Mark Varney, a candidate for the Boscawen Board of Selectmen, to attach his new campaign signs to wooden stakes. He had held off …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Hassan calls for clean Homeland Security funding bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan yesterday called on Congress to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security that does not include efforts to overturn the president’s executive actions on immigration. Hassan’s comments came after a weekend in …

PolitiFact: Joe Biden and his Somali cab driver friends

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

“There is a very identifiable Somali community” back home in Delaware. — Joe Biden on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in remarks at a White House summit Our ruling If so, it’s minuscule: The Census Bureau estimates that there’s …

GOP leader offers immigration vote to try to resolve impasse

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out yesterday by splitting President Obama’s contested immigration measures from the agency’s funding bill. It was not clear whether the gambit by Senate Majority Leader Mitch …

At Manchester book signing, Rubio greeted with questions, praise

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Titus Plomaritis was among the first in line to meet U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio at a book signing in Manchester last night. But the Pelham resident wasn’t just there to ask the Florida senator to sign a copy …

Capital Beat: GOP hits ‘pause’ on agency funds

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The federal government awarded the state Department of Safety $191,000 to buy a new fire truck and other safety equipment to help train firefighters across New Hampshire. But a Republican-led committee of lawmakers has put a hold on …

Consumer protection exemption has blocked the state from millions

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Earlier this month, the federal government announced a massive legal settlement with Standard & Poor’s, one of the country’s three largest ratings agencies. After months of impasse, company officials had finally agreed to pay $1.37 billion to the …

Rubio plans public meeting, book signing in New Hampshire

Saturday, February 21, 2015

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said New Hampshire voters can expect many opportunities to engage with him directly in town hall events if he makes a bid for the White House. “If I run for president, we’re …

Boscawen incumbent facing challenge from former state rep, town officer

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Three years ago, Bernie Davis won an election against incumbent Lorrie Carey for a seat on the Boscawen Board of Selectmen. This time, it will be Carey’s turn, along with political newcomer Mark Varney, to challenge Davis. The …

Immigrants feel stuck after judge blocks Obama orders

Friday, February 20, 2015

Brenda Armendariz, her husband and their two Mexico-born children were hoping to resolve their constant fears of being deported after President Obama issued his latest executive orders on immigration. But now that a federal judge in Texas has …