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Gov. Maggie Hassan speaks with the Monitor editorial board on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

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 by having one casino,” Hassan said yesterday in an interview with the Monitor. “I would have to understand and hear from people …

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 way after those measures were wrapped into a much larger package. The dispute involves two …

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 the board alongside two other members who presided over both of his firings. He would …

Bolton, Jindal, Fiorina, Paul slated to attend N.H. GOP summit

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The New Hampshire Republican Party has locked down several potential presidential contenders as headliners for an upcoming leadership summit. Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are all slated to participate in the event. Each …

Rubio plans public meeting, book signing in New Hampshire

Thursday, February 19, 2015

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said New Hampshire voters can expect many opportunities to engage with him directly in town hall-style events if he makes a bid for the White House. “If I run for president, we’re …

Hassan to kick off three-day trip to D.C.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Assuming the snow doesn’t stop her, Gov. Maggie Hassan will travel to Washington, D.C., where she will meet with President Obama this afternoon and attend the National Governors Association three-day winter meeting. Hassan is also scheduled to sit down with the Coalition of Northeastern Governors tomorrow, where they …

Wisconsin Gov. Walker hires staff in N.H. as he eyes White House

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has expanded his political team to New Hampshire, hiring a senior adviser to lead his efforts in the first-in-the-nation primary state as he moves closer to a likely 2016 presidential run. Walker’s political fundraising …

Governor huddles with Massachusetts commuter rail operators

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, stepping up his direct response to weather-related public transit breakdowns, said yesterday that he was tired of “excuses” and insisted the contractor that operates the state’s commuter rail system improve service and keep customers better informed. Baker met privately in his statehouse office with …

Maine municipal leaders press lawmakers to halt state aid cuts

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Municipal officials from across Maine say they can’t stretch their budgets any further and will have no choice but to raise property taxes, as they implored lawmakers yesterday to defeat Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to eliminate state aid to cities and towns. The Republican governor, who as mayor …

U.S. at war with those who have ‘perverted’ Islam, Obama says

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Muslims in the United States and around the world have a responsibility to fight a misconception that terrorist groups like the Islamic State speak for them, President Obama said yesterday in his most direct remarks yet about any …

Kate Brown sworn in as Oregon governor; predecessor resigns

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Kate Brown was sworn in yesterday as Oregon’s governor following an influence-peddling scandal that prompted the resignation of fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber, who had been the state’s longest-serving chief executive before his swift fall from grace. Brown assumed …

Lawmakers push bills on casinos, keno

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lawmakers are again pushing a plan to license two casinos in New Hampshire as a way to boost state revenues without taxing residents. “Why do we need this piece of legislation? We need jobs . . . we need capital,” said the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, …

Did NSA plant spyware in computers shipped abroad?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other targets under surveillance abroad? A new report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said its researchers identified malicious programs or worms that infected computers in …