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On the record: Hassan says efficiency ideas still none of the public’s business

Sunday, March 1, 2015

One of the big ideas in Gov. Maggie Hassan’s $11.5 billion state budget is to create a new executive position charged with making government more efficient. A good place for this new cost-saver to start would be with the ideas state department heads have already offered to make state government more efficient. So what are those ideas? Hassan still isn’t …

News briefs: March 1, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

DHS fight shows Congress’s limits Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they’re really in charge. The stunning House defeat Friday of a three-week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security exposed Speaker John Boehner’s weakness in the face of rebellious conservatives. It also demonstrated anew his need to rely on Democratic help at key …

In 2016, candidates count, but don’t ignore the fundamentals of the changing electorate

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Conservative Political Action Conference drew a flock of prospective presidential candidates, attracted a huge media throng and generated lots of commentary last week. A smaller conference in a downtown office building Tuesday might have revealed as much about how presidential races will play out in 2016 and beyond. What the CPAC meeting in Washington, D.C., underscored was not just how wide open …

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 …

Legislation to decriminalize 1 ounce of marijuana in N.H. returns

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Marijuana decriminalization is back on the table in New Hampshire – and still provoking strong reaction from both sides, even though this is just the latest in a long line of debates over the issue in the last …