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Politics

Government efficiency report released

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The fastest way from Manchester to Concord is up Interstate 93, but one state government department asks its employees to take any other route. That’s because on the highway – even if the drive is shorter – workers must pay a toll, and that is an added expense the department prefers to avoid. But in the long run, the attempt to save a few dollars ends up costing the state …

N.H. lawmakers consider bills aimed at reducing electricity costs

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lawmakers are considering two bills aimed at lowering New Hampshire’s electricity costs by making big changes to the state’s renewable energy program, a move supporters say could derail the initiative’s benefits. Both pieces of legislation target the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standards, established by the Legislature in 2007 as a way to reduce the state’s use of fossil fuels. The program requires utilities to …

Executive Council approves New Hampshire’s $13 million contract with FairPoint

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Hampshire and FairPoint Communications are back in business. The Executive Council approved a $13 million contract with the phone and data company yesterday, on the condition that company officials would hold a series of forums across the state regarding customer concerns about service. Meanwhile, the company and more than 1,700 unionized workers …

On Roe v. Wade anniversary, a debate in N.H. over proposed life-at-conception law

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A group of Republican representatives and anti-abortion advocates urged New Hampshire lawmakers to adopt a law that would define the moment of conception as the beginning of human life. But opponents argued such a measure would erode far more than abortion access, carrying implications for in vitro fertilization …

Senate committee weighs restoring taxpayer standing in wake of tax credit ruling

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A state Senate committee is considering an amendment to the New Hampshire Constitution that would allow taxpayers to sue their town or state government, a right many lawmakers thought they already created in 2012. The proposal, by Republican Sen. Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro, is in response to the …

U.S. Rep. Kuster’s NHTI roundtable to focus on access to education, workforce development

Thursday, January 22, 2015

U.S. Congresswoman Annie Kuster will host a roundtable discussion today in Concord, where she’ll talk about increasing access to community college and workforce development in New Hampshire. Kuster will be at NHTI, Concord’s community college, to learn about the school’s skill training programs and will also hear from …

Guinta to hold first town hall meeting of the year

Thursday, January 22, 2015

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta will host his first town hall meeting of the year to hear from residents about their legislative priorities and concerns for the 114th Congress. Guinta, a Republican, also plans to discuss his new initiative at the meeting in Hampton tomorrow. It’s called “Operation to …

PolitiFact: Barack Obama says United States only developed country without paid maternity leave

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The statement The United States is “the only advanced country on Earth” that doesn’t guarantee “paid maternity leave to our workers.” — Barack Obama on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 in the State of the Union address Our ruling …

Money Trail: Presidential primary in focus at rebellion rally

Thursday, January 22, 2015

When Crazy Larry took the microphone in front of the State House yesterday, he did something that momentarily proved his newly adopted moniker. He told a hundreds-strong crowd of activists for campaign finance reform that their stance toward …

Abortion foes push new bills in Congress and the states

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Buoyed by conservative gains in the November election, foes of abortion are mobilizing on behalf of bills in Congress and several state legislatures that would further curtail women’s access to the procedure. On both sides of the debate, …

Obama attempts to set terms for 2016 with State of the Union

Thursday, January 22, 2015

President Obama’s State of the Union address was a tale of two speeches – and two campaigns. It was part 2012 and part 2008, both partisan and aspirational. It was an expression of a politician determined to make a fight of it with Republicans during his last two …

N.H. House committee to hear testimony on bill that seeks to end RGGI participation

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The House Science, Technology and Energy Committee will hear testimony on a bill today that seeks to end the state’s participation in a regional cap-and-trade program. New Hampshire in 2009 joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an initiative made up of nine member states across the Northeast that …

Lowering state businesses taxes supported by GOP; Hassan says bills would create hole in budget

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Republican senators are seeking to lower two major state business taxes in a move they say will boost economic growth, but which opponents argue will threaten the state’s budget. The Senate Ways and Means Committee met yesterday for …