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FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, state Budget Director Gerard Murphy listens as Gov. Maggie Hassan speaks to a joint legislative committee in Concord, N.H. Hassan saw many of her legislative priorities come to fruition during her first term in office, but none without support from the Republican-led state Senate. Hassan is making her bipartisan success a key piece of her re-election message as her Nov. 9 showdown with Republican businessman Walt Havenstein approaches. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

State House: Bills’ fates hang on Hassan

Saturday, July 4, 2015

While most state lawmakers have already fled Concord for the summer recess, several big-time bills they passed this year on subjects ranging from medical marijuana to concealed guns are awaiting action from Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. Once a bill actually gets to Hassan’s desk, she has five days to take action and several options. Hassan can veto a bill, sign …

Ray Duckler: Are you driving and talking hands free yet?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

With apologies to the Concord Police Department, I broke the law three days ago and got away with it. No one pulled me over for talking on my cell phone, held to my ear, which is no longer allowed under the state’s new hands-free statute. I never heard anything connected to the color …

Hassan likely to veto bill removing concealed gun license

Saturday, July 4, 2015

New Hampshire’s gun laws are likely to be the center of debate next week as Gov. Maggie Hassan takes action on a bill that would make it easier for people to carry hidden guns. She has said she’ll veto it. The legislation passed the Republican-led Legislature this year and landed on Hassan’s desk this week, giving her five days to act. A veto …

Woman removes Confederate flag in front of State House

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Confederate flag was temporarily removed from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday when a woman climbed the flagpole and – despite calls by police to get down – removed the banner. Bree Newsome, 30, …

Cemetery, document storage laws targeted in Allenstown officials’ proposed legislation

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Allenstown may end a long tradition of noncompliance with an archaic law requiring the town to have its own cemetery – and a storage room full of old documents at town hall could be converted to electronic format – if legislators covering the town get their way next …

With Sanders and Chafee in state, Clinton and O’Malley supporters on hand, Democratic competition on full display in N.H.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

You didn’t need to travel far in New Hampshire on Saturday to understand this much about the Democratic presidential primary: It’s on. In fact, if you were in Nashua on Saturday morning, you didn’t need to travel more …

Same-sex marriage ruling has some implications in NH, where it is already legal

Saturday, June 27, 2015

While same-sex marriage is already legal in New Hampshire, Friday’s Supreme Court ruling still has local implications, according to John Greabe, a law professor at the University of New Hampshire. First, the decision requires all 50 states to legally recognize the union between married same-sex couples from New …

SCOTUS ruling was once unimaginable for gay and lesbian community

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bobby Kelly and Robin Marcotte will celebrate this weekend. Kelly, 34, finished his residency program at Concord Hospital this week, so his family will gather for a graduation party in his honor. Sunday is also the 7th anniversary …

Obama delivers unvarnished race lecture at eulogy

Friday, June 26, 2015

President Obama used his eulogy for a slain pastor to deliver an unvarnished lecture on America’s racial history Friday, and then boldly sang “Amazing Grace,” a spiritual meant to summon hope in the darkest of times. Obama also …

Primary 2016: Jindal: Obama ‘is living in a bubble’

Friday, June 26, 2015

Just hours before taking a New Hampshire stage as a presidential contender, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was handed a political target he couldn’t miss: the Supreme Court’s decision upholding portions of the Affordable Care Act. “Today the president …

GOP’s Rubio disagrees with high court ruling on health law

Friday, June 26, 2015

Florida senator and Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio sharply criticized the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold key provisions of President Obama’s health care overhaul and said the high court’s decisions on health care and gay marriage should …

Carson, Forrester endorse Fiorina’s campaign

Friday, June 26, 2015

Two Republican state senators have voiced support for Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and one of the many GOP candidates for president. State Sens. Sharon Carson of Londonderry and Jeanie Forrester of Meredith announced their endorsement in a press release from Fiorina’s campaign Thursday. “Carly’s positive …

Amid prolonged budget battle, state agencies left in limbo

Friday, June 26, 2015

While lawmakers gear up for another round of budget discussions that will likely last through fall, some state departments and service providers are settling in for months of uncertainty. “We’re just kind of sitting and waiting,” said Tym Rourke, chairman of a commission that oversees a state fund …