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Alicea, Forsythe vie for Boscawen House seat

Monday, October 20, 2014

Boscawen voters in Merrimack County District 8 are being asked to choose between a familiar face and a new one. Democratic incumbent Caroletta Alicea, who has lived in Boscawen for 45 years and is the daughter of a former state representative, is being challenged by Republican Robert Forsythe. Alicea was elected in 2012, after Boscawen got its first non-floterial state representative. Forsythe is a stay-at-home father who spent seven years …

Nation & world briefs, Oct. 21

Monday, October 20, 2014

GOP governors don’t see Obamacare going away While Republicans in Congress shout, “Repeal Obamacare,” GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law’s major Medicaid expansion. Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming election, they just don’t see the law going away. Nine Republican governors have expanded Medicaid for low-income people in their states, despite their own …

New Hampshire home to ‘least positive’ gubernatorial ads, Senate race not far behind

Monday, October 20, 2014

If you’ve been paying attention to the campaign ads this season, you’ve probably heard gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein described as a “failed CEO” and Gov. Maggie Hassan as someone who oversaw “out-of-control” spending – and neither, apparently, is fit to lead New Hampshire. Elsewhere, you might have heard other ads claim that U.S. …

Bill Clinton rallies Democrats at Manchester dinner

Friday, October 17, 2014

Republican candidates running against the state’s Democratic delegation want voters to stop thinking this cycle and cast “resentment votes” in their favor, former president Bill Clinton told a packed house in Manchester last night. “I want you to …

PUC begins PSNH scrubber hearing

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The state Public Utilities Commission began hearing testimony this week in a case that will determine to what extent Public Service of New Hampshire customers should pay for a $422 million scrubber the utility installed at Merrimack Station in Bow. The hearings extend into next week and their …

Havenstein outraises Hassan for first time

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan has far outspent Republican challenger Walt Havenstein since the two became official opponents following the Sept. 9 primary.  Within that same time frame, Havenstein outraised Hassan for the first time this election cycle, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday.  Now, heading into the final …

Pappas, Burns face off again

Thursday, October 16, 2014

For the second-straight election, voters in Executive Council District 4 will choose between Democrat Chris Pappas of Manchester and Bob Burns, a Bedford Republican. The winner will represent a 19-community district that includes Allenstown, Bow, Chichester, Epsom, Loudon, …

Fresh faces on Executive Council bring new perspective

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The New Hampshire Executive Council looks decidedly younger than it did a few years ago. A period of transition on the council began in 2012, when victories by Republican Chris Sununu and Democrats Chris Pappas and Colin Van …

In Executive Council race, Van Ostern a heavy favorite

Thursday, October 16, 2014

With his opponent barely campaigning, incumbent Democrat Colin Van Ostern is expected to breeze to victory in Executive Council District 2. Van Ostern, of Concord, is running against Republican Tim Dillon of Concord, who is not actively campaigning …

N.H. Supreme Court rules on push pulling lawsuit

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The state Supreme Court has upheld a judge’s ruling that federal election laws pre-empt New Hampshire’s regulation of push polling, the practice of asking voters questions intended to influence their decisions. The ruling stems from a poll during the 2010 Congressional election of former Republican U.S. representative Charlie …

Governor, executive councilor spar over reappointment vote

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A decision on the reappointment of a high-profile member of the New Hampshire attorney general’s office became a point of contention between the governor and an executive councilor yesterday. The five-year reappointment of Associate Attorney General Jane Young was ultimately approved at yesterday’s council meeting – at Gov. …

Can dentists bar competition over teeth-whitening?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Teeth-bleaching isn’t brain surgery, although the Supreme Court seemed to find a link between the two in an antitrust case argued yesterday. Among the questions before the justices is whether it is unfair under federal law for a …

Harvard junior who took mom to Mexico can return to U.S.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Only hours after the publication of an Associated Press story on his case yesterday, the U.S. government issued a humanitarian visa enabling the return of a Harvard University student who broke immigration rules by taking his dying mother …