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Senate bill would add 30-day residency requirement to vote

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Hampshire voters would be required to live in the state for 30 days prior to voting if a bill passed by the Senate on Thursday goes into effect. The bill’s supporters called it a reasonable effort to avoid “drive-by” voting and other voter fraud, but its opponents said the bill will disenfranchise some voters. “We always say if you didn’t vote you don’t have any right to complain,” said …

4-year-old’s death outside day care leads to bill

Friday, March 27, 2015

A year after a 4-year-old girl died outside her day care after her coat got stuck on a branch and choked her, the New Hampshire House has approved a bill that would increase penalties for providers accused of negligence. The bill was created in memory of Willa Shine Clark, who died outside the unlicensed Enfield day care while unattended. The provider, Mary Ellen …

Havenstein tapped to lead N.H. arm of Americans for Peace Prosperity and Security

Friday, March 27, 2015

Walt Havenstein has found a second act in New Hampshire politics after falling short on his bid for governor last fall, in a new role as the state chairman for a national group pushing for more substantive dialogue on foreign affairs leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Americans for Peace Prosperity and …

N.H. House budget writers approve cuts to Hassan’s $11.5B plan

Monday, March 23, 2015

House budget writers began approving a budget bill yesterday that eliminates Medicaid expansion, substantially changes school funding and does not give state employees a raise they recently negotiated with the governor’s office. The House Finance Committee will continue voting on changes to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget today …

Israel’s Netanyahu apologizes to country’s Arab minority

Monday, March 23, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Israel’s Arab citizens yesterday for remarks he made during last week’s parliament election that offended members of the community. The move appeared to be an attempt to heal rifts and mute criticism at home and in the United States. Netanyahu drew accusations …

Proposed Health and Human Services cuts create uncertainty across N.H.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Today, members the House Finance Committee – the ones tasked with reviewing Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget proposal – will meet to go over the plans they’ve come up with for their own version of the state’s financial roadmap for the next two years. For the last week, the …

Cruz to become first major candidate to jump into 2016 race

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz will become the first major candidate for president when he launches his campaign today, kicking off what’s expected to be a rush over the next few weeks of more than a dozen White …

Capital Beat: As state changes, budget bypasses big questions

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New Hampshire lawmakers often tick off a list of issues they say the state needs to address. It usually sounds like this: stimulate business growth, address health care costs, attract more young people.  Those bullet points reflect a …

Rand Paul swings through Seacoast

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The first full day of spring in New Hampshire means it’s too early for tulips, but snow is not unusual and politicians are always in full bloom. Sen. Rand Paul was making stops across the Seacoast, arriving just …

PolitiFact NH: Rep. Bill O’Brien says Margaret Sanger was active participant in KKK

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger was “an active participant in the Ku Klux Klan.” — William O’Brien on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 in a Facebook post ---------------- Debates about Planned Parenthood often find their way back to Margaret …

World powers, Iran face make-or-break nuke talks next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

The United States and Iran broke off nuclear negotiations ahead of schedule yesterday, setting up make-or-break talks next week for a deal providing long-term assurance to the world that the Iranians cannot develop nuclear weapons. The sides were …

Senate committee not backing workers’ comp fee schedule

Friday, March 20, 2015

A key Senate policy committee is backing a workers’ compensation reform bill that it says will reduce costs by 7.5 percent without imposing a price-fixing mechanism backed by business groups. “This agreement will bring real savings to New Hampshire businesses, making it more affordable to create new jobs,” …

Rand Paul urges Clinton to return foreign government money

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul yesterday urged Hillary Clinton to return donations several foreign governments made to her family’s philanthropic foundation. Campaigning in New Hampshire, the Kentucky Republican and likely 2016 presidential candidate said Clinton should give back money from …