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Moose lottery applications being accepted through May 29

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Now’s the time to enter the New Hampshire moose lottery. Applications for the annual lottery cost $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents and are available online. A total of 105 permits are proposed to be issued this year. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight May 29, or delivered to the New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day. Winners will be …

Deadline for removing bobhouses in New Hampshire nears

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunshine and warmer weather may help remind Granite State fishermen that aIl bobhouses must be removed from the ice by the end of the day Wednesday, according to state law. New Hampshire Fish and Game Lt. Heidi Murphy of the agency’s law enforcement division said the law is designed to ensure that bobhouses and their contents do not fall through the ice and …

N.H. in 2035: For the Free State Project, it’s Live Freer or Die

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If the world view of a few dedicated political visionaries comes to pass, folks in New Hampshire could find themselves sitting at the local pub, playing a game of poker for profit, smoking a cigarette, or a joint, if they choose. The lonely could hire a prostitute without fear of breaking the law. …

Anti-bullying advocates oppose student privacy bill

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A 14-year-old bullying victim joined parents and school officials yesterday in opposing a bill aimed at protecting student privacy. The bill would prohibit any public or private school in the state from requiring or requesting access to students’ personal social media accounts. Supporters of the bill, including the …

Jeb Bush widely used executive authority in Fla.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jeb Bush ended Florida’s affirmative action programs in 1999 with a flourish, issuing an executive order that he said would “transcend the tired debate” about racial preferences. Some lawmakers grumbled about the first-year governor making such a move …

Cruz hires senior adviser in N.H.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

After becoming the first Republican to officially enter the 2016 presidential race, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is hiring an adviser to build his campaign efforts in New Hampshire. Ethan Zorfas, a top aide to New Hampshire Congressman Frank Guinta, is Cruz’s first hire in the early …

Cruz says he’s signing up for Obamacare

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said yesterday he is signing up his family for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, a law the Republican presidential candidate has vowed to repeal should he win the White House. Cruz …

Analysis: Cruz tests limits of conservatism

Monday, March 23, 2015

If there is such a thing as being too conservative to be elected president of the United States, Ted Cruz is having none of it. Announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination yesterday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, …

Who will be the next to launch a presidential campaign?

Monday, March 23, 2015

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential announcement signals the start of the next stage of the 2016 election, with presidential hopefuls making final preparations to formalize their White House bids. Here’s a brief timeline of what we can expect in the coming weeks: ∎ Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican, …

Members of House Finance Committee reverse course on Medicaid cuts

Monday, March 23, 2015

After voting last week to eliminate coverage for “optional” Medicaid services – not mandated by the federal government but still critical for many residents living with injury or disabilities – state representatives reversed course yesterday afternoon, opting to maintain funding after all. State representatives from the House Finance …

Too late to discipline lawmaker after abortion comments

Monday, March 23, 2015

A New Hampshire legislator won’t face discipline for comments he made linking abortion to an effort by a group of fourth-graders to have the state name an official raptor, an official said yesterday. House of Representatives Clerk Paul Smith said that any discipline of Rep. Warren Groen would …

Server attack briefly disrupts New Hampshire tourism website

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Hampshire’s tourism website was inaccessible for less than an hour yesterday due to a cyberattack against an outside server. The state Division of Travel and Tourism Development said the company that hosts visitnh.gov experienced a “distributed denial of service” attack on servers at one of its datacenters. …

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 …