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Visitors, including Carl Gibson of Concord (in red) listen to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont speak during a house party at the home of Arne Areneson in Concord on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 31, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Concord man who sent out hoax email leading up to special election charged with felony

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Concord man who confessed to creating a hoax email leading voters to believe a candidate for state representative was dropping out of an upcoming special election has been charged with two crimes, including a felony, by the state’s attorney general. Carl Gibson, 28, of Concord, turned himself in to authorities Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. …

Money for courthouse, women’s prison, State House repair in capital budget

Friday, May 22, 2015

An effort to keep the county courthouse downtown is fading away now that a key Senate committee approved funding for a new courthouse to be built off Hazen Drive. The Senate Capital Budget Committee approved the projects at a hearing Wednesday, along with an additional $12.6 million needed to complete the women’s prison …

N.H. Senate committee rejects $4 million for commuter rail study

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A push to extend commuter rail from Boston into New Hampshire hit a snag yesterday when a state Senate committee rejected plans to spend $4 million to study the expansion. The vote fell along party lines, with Republicans on the Senate Capital Budget Committee rejecting the proposal and Democrats championing it. Discussions over whether to bring commuter rail service into Nashua and Manchester …

Capital Beat: Cyber mischief an unwelcome campaign guest

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Republican Yvonne Dean-Bailey is still running in the election to represent Candia, Deerfield, Nottingham and Northwood in the state’s House of Representatives. But days before the special election, that’s not what someone wants you to think. A hoax …

Massachusetts officials unveil new marijuana dispensary rules

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Department of Public Health is unveiling changes to the way it issues licenses under the state’s medical marijuana dispensary program. The changes outlined yesterday include a revamped application process that allows marijuana dispensaries to be approved similar to how other health care facilities, such as pharmacies, are …

Sen. Lindsey Graham tours HL Turner in Concord during latest N.H. trip

Friday, May 15, 2015

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham toured a Concord architectural and engineering firm with an emphasis on sustainable building practices yesterday afternoon, part of his latest trip to New Hampshire as he inches closer to a presidential announcement. At …

Man who sent hoax email from GOP candidate had ‘too many beers’ before ‘prank’

Friday, May 15, 2015

A liberal activist who was booted from Maureen Mann’s special election campaign said he “probably had one too many beers” before he sent out a hoax email saying Mann’s opponent was bowing out of the race. Carl Gibson …

Senate passes bill requiring schools to notify parents of any material that involves human sexuality

Thursday, May 14, 2015

School districts would be required to notify parents two weeks before teaching sex education or introducing any material that involves discussion of human sexuality if a bill passed by the Senate yesterday goes into effect. “Objectionable material is being given to the students,” said Sen. Sharon Carson, a …

A settlement amid gridlock, Guinta’s ‘must have been an open-and-shut case’

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Federal Election Commission’s ruling on a complaint involving U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta must have been an easy one, said the president of a national organization dedicated to ensuring the integrity of elections. “The FEC is a dysfunctional …

Senate approves increase to marriage license fee to fund domestic violence prevention programs

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Republican-controlled Senate overwhelmingly approved an increase to the state’s marriage license fee and a new criminal fine, both of which will help fund domestic violence prevention. “We need to provide sustainable and reliable funding to domestic violence prevention programs,” said Sen. David Boutin, a Hooksett Republican, before …

Sanders plans follow-up visit to N.H.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bernie Sanders is planning to visit New Hampshire after a formal presidential campaign kickoff in his hometown, Burlington, at the end of the month. The Vermont senator, an independent who plans to run as a Democrat in the 2016 presidential race, is set to kick off his campaign …

Hoax email claims Dean-Bailey dropping out of special election

Thursday, May 14, 2015

An email sent to news agencies across the state yesterday using Yvonne Dean-Bailey’s name and photo is a hoax, said Ryan Williams, a spokesman for the state Republican Party. The email purports to be Dean-Bailey, a 19-year-old candidate in a special election next week, announcing that she’s conceding …

Hillary Clinton planning return trip to N.H. next week

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hillary Clinton is planning a second trip to New Hampshire next week, her campaign announced today. The former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate is set to return May 22. The campaign originally said Clinton would visit …