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Planet Fitness has a gym on Fort Eddy Road in Concord. It has threatened to move its corporate headquarters out of the state. The gyms would not be affected if that happened.

Planet Fitness threatens to move headquarters out of N.H. if tax code changes aren’t made

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A day after gym franchisor Planet Fitness signaled its plan to go public, the company has threatened to move its corporate headquarters out of New Hampshire if the state doesn’t make changes to its tax code. In an effort to keep the company put, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley presented a measure yesterday that exempts certain businesses from paying the …

Bernie Sanders draws a crowd at Concord campaign stop

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Eighty-year-old Marlene Gilman stood for more than a half-hour in a sweltering, cramped room on Main Street in Concord with about a hundred others, waiting for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to emerge. The lack of air conditioning and large crowd certainly wasn’t helping with the heat, but it didn’t matter to the New …

Senate budget writers to vote on spending proposal

Thursday, May 28, 2015

State Senate budget writers are set to vote today on their spending proposal, which restores many of the House-approved cuts to social services and begins a series of reductions in state business tax rates. “We put a lot of good things back into the budget,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Jeanie Forrester, a Meredith Republican. The six-member Senate Finance Committee has spent the …

In Concord, former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee stresses his, Clinton’s differences

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee – also a former Republican, having since switched parties – is about 95 percent sure he’s going to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. He’s expecting to have a decision on the …

Senate committee restores funding to tourism promotion, higher education in budget plan

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Senate budget writers voted yesterday to restore money for tourism promotion and higher education in their two-year spending plan. “Higher education in New Hampshire continues to be a priority in the Senate, especially because the University System of New Hampshire has some of the highest in-state tuition rates …

Boehner doesn’t defend N.H.’s Rep. Guinta over contributions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner stopped short yesterday of defending embattled Rep. Frank Guinta, saying lawmakers must meet “the highest ethical standards” when asked whether the New Hampshire Republican should remain in Congress. Boehner’s arms-length response was the latest sign from Guinta’s fellow Republicans that they’re not ready to …

Home health care providers plead for more state funding

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Providers of community and home-based health care joined together yesterday to plead for more state money and criticize lawmakers and Gov. Maggie Hassan for what they say is chronic underfunding of their programs. “Our most fragile seniors who have given so much for our country and our community …

Over 370 migrants taken to Indonesia after months at sea

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

More than 370 migrants stranded at sea for months were rescued and taken to Indonesia, officials said yesterday, the latest in a stream of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to reach shore in a growing crisis confronting Southeast Asia. …

Ayotte highlights drug-exposed newborn legislation

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Medical providers and first responders yesterday urged Sen. Kelly Ayotte to consider further incorporating mental health treatment into her efforts to address New Hampshire’s heroin and prescription drug crisis. Ayotte, a Republican, is co-sponsoring several pieces of legislation related to drug addiction treatment, including one that would direct …

Christie call for larger military, more U.S. intervention

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made the case yesterday for a more active U.S. presence overseas, including a larger military and defended the government’s intelligence-collection efforts in a speech laying out his foreign policy platform. The likely 2016 …

Ireland could become first country to approve same-sex marriage through a popular vote

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Catholic and deeply conservative, Ireland was long known as one of the toughest places in the Western world to be gay. Homosexuality was only decriminalized here in 1993, following years of pressure from European authorities. But now Ireland may be preparing for its coming-out party, with a referendum …

Bush’s tough week exposes challenges

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Jeb Bush worked his way through the dim hallway of an Arizona resort for hours, shuttling from room to room and meeting with dozens of Republican officials, many for the first time. He was in need of a …

Capital Beat: Cyber mischief an unwelcome campaign guest

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Republican Yvonne Dean-Bailey is still running in the election to represent Candia, Deerfield, Nottingham and Northwood in the state’s House of Representatives. But days before the special election, that’s not what someone wants you to think. A hoax …