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Hassan signs bill to study commuter rail funding

Monday, June 29, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that could help pave the way for public-private funding of commuter rail. Efforts to bring commuter rail from Boston up to Nashua and Manchester hit a snag this year when lawmakers chose not to include $4 million in the capital budget to further study the proposal. Project supporters hope to continue exploring other funding options, including public-private partnerships. Several Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation …

In picking presidents, New Hampshire forgoes producing them

Monday, June 29, 2015

When it comes to presidents, New Hampshire is much better at picking them than producing them. While the 14th president, Franklin Pierce, was a New Hampshire native, no one else has come close in the 100 years since the state began holding statewide presidential primary elections. And that just might be the price …

Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration’s attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators. The justices split 5-4 along ideological lines to rule that the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly take costs into account …

Same-sex marriage ruling has some implications in NH, where it is already legal

Saturday, June 27, 2015

While same-sex marriage is already legal in New Hampshire, Friday’s Supreme Court ruling still has local implications, according to John Greabe, a law professor at the University of New Hampshire. First, the decision requires all 50 states to legally recognize the union between married same-sex couples from New …

SCOTUS ruling was once unimaginable for gay and lesbian community

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bobby Kelly and Robin Marcotte will celebrate this weekend. Kelly, 34, finished his residency program at Concord Hospital this week, so his family will gather for a graduation party in his honor. Sunday is also the 7th anniversary …

Obama delivers unvarnished race lecture at eulogy

Friday, June 26, 2015

President Obama used his eulogy for a slain pastor to deliver an unvarnished lecture on America’s racial history Friday, and then boldly sang “Amazing Grace,” a spiritual meant to summon hope in the darkest of times. Obama also …

Primary 2016: Jindal: Obama ‘is living in a bubble’

Friday, June 26, 2015

Just hours before taking a New Hampshire stage as a presidential contender, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was handed a political target he couldn’t miss: the Supreme Court’s decision upholding portions of the Affordable Care Act. “Today the president …

GOP’s Rubio disagrees with high court ruling on health law

Friday, June 26, 2015

Florida senator and Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio sharply criticized the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold key provisions of President Obama’s health care overhaul and said the high court’s decisions on health care and gay marriage should …

Carson, Forrester endorse Fiorina’s campaign

Friday, June 26, 2015

Two Republican state senators have voiced support for Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and one of the many GOP candidates for president. State Sens. Sharon Carson of Londonderry and Jeanie Forrester of Meredith announced their endorsement in a press release from Fiorina’s campaign Thursday. “Carly’s positive …

Amid prolonged budget battle, state agencies left in limbo

Friday, June 26, 2015

While lawmakers gear up for another round of budget discussions that will likely last through fall, some state departments and service providers are settling in for months of uncertainty. “We’re just kind of sitting and waiting,” said Tym Rourke, chairman of a commission that oversees a state fund …

PHOTO: Cake for all at the State House

Friday, June 26, 2015

Cake was offered to all at the State House on Thursday, one day after former senator Sylvia Larsen found herself in possession of a 75 pound edible model of the Canterbury Shaker Village Dwelling House. The cake, made …

Hassan vetoes budget; will sign 6-month spending plan

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan officially vetoed the $11.3 billion state budget Thursday morning, setting the stage for several more months of partisan debate over the state’s next two-year spending plan. “I have vetoed the budget passed by the …

PolitiFact N.H.: Ad says Hassan proposed $1 billion spending increase

Thursday, June 25, 2015

As budget season threatens to go into overtime and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan ponders her political future, ads are already attacking her management of the state budget. One spot in particular, funded by the “pro-growth” group Impact America …