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House passes bill fully funding the Department of Homeland Security

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner surrendered yesterday to Democratic demands to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security, ending a tense three-month showdown over immigration. But the move could further strain relations between the speaker and hard-line conservatives, whose growing dissent threatens the future of the unified Republican majority. After refusing to do so for weeks, Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, cleared the way for the House to vote on a …

Supreme Court’s decision on King v. Burwell could have wide-reaching consequences in New Hampshire

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A few years back, when New Hampshire officials were lining up plans for implementing the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers found themselves debating one seemingly technical question: Should the state set up its own health insurance marketplace to offer plans through the Affordable Care Act, or should it use one run by the federal …

New Hampshire House to vote on tanning ban for teenagers

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Before Jay Farley died of melanoma last year at the age of 30, he asked his parents to educate others about the dangers of using a tanning bed, which doctors linked to his cancer. Gary and Brenda Farley of Danville are now urging New Hampshire lawmakers to pass a bill that would ban anyone under 18 from using tanning beds; 11 other states …

Voters hope to restore order

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Voters queue to cast their votes in Maseru, Lesotho, yesterday. The small mountain kingdom went to the polls in early elections in the hope of restoring order after a coup attempt last year, but there is concern that …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Hassan urges Republicans to follow her lead and be clear on what they’re willing to fund or not

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan still supports expanding gambling in New Hampshire, but she won’t say whether she would sign into law a bill that authorizes two casinos instead of just one, as she prefers. “You would optimize casino revenue …

PolitiFact NH: Did Kuster flip-flop when voting for ‘CRomnibus’?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Evoking the old cliche about lawmaking and sausage, Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster faces questions about whether she changed her stance on two votes, going one way when faced with a pair of standalone bills and the other …

Amid lawsuits and infighting, voters choosing between known faces in Chichester selectmen race

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A former Chichester fire chief who sued the town and settled after being fired from that job – and who reopened that lawsuit after being fired from his job at the highway department – is now seeking to become a selectman. If elected, Gilbert Vien would sit on …

Pot fight between D.C. Mayor, Congress could cost the city

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The new mayor of the nation’s capital was hoping to get along fine with Republicans on Capitol Hill. Instead, they’ve threatened her with prison and she has accused them of acting like bullies in a showdown over legal …

Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline – a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington’s political …

Mass. Gov. Baker forces resignation of 4 health connector members

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker sought and received the resignations of four member of the state’s health connector board, including MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who came under fire for saying it was “the stupidity of the American voter” that led to the passage of President Obama’s 2010 heath care …