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Politics

Political Monitor quiz for Sept. 4: The Sex on the Beach edition

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Make sure to check your guidebook for double entendres, because it’s time to flex those fingers, stretch your memory banks and test your recall of a week’s worth of political news stories. Candidates are flocking to ask for your vote, mountains are being renamed and the challenge is ramping up! How will you fare? Remember, nearly all of the answers can be found in the past week’s Political Monitor coverage. …

Political Monitor podcast: Sanders and Clinton tussle, Kasich opens a lemonade stand, and Perry rides into the sunset

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Concord Monitor political junkies Clay Wirestone, Casey McDermott and Jonathan Van Fleet have a little something for everyone this week, as Democrats scramble and Republicans start to shed candidates. For more political news, visit politics.concordmonitor.com. …

At Northern Pass information session, focus is on burial of line

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Concord resident Gene Rudolph has one big question when it comes to the Northern Pass transmission project: “Why can’t they bury it?” As proposed, the transmission line would run overhead right next to McKenna’s Purchase, a condominium development near Loudon Road that Rudolph has called home for the past 12 years. “We’re not happy with the project,” said Rudolph, who favors burial of …

In Franklin, Rubio chats and chews at local businesses

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday was just another day at work for Andrea Grevior. That is, until shortly after 2:30 p.m., when Florida Sen. Marco Rubio walked down Central Street in Franklin and stopped at Grevior Furniture. “I still can’t believe (it). …

Legislative budget assistant submits resignation after 32 years

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lawmakers accepted the resignation Wednesday of longtime Legislative Budget Assistant Jeff Pattison, who oversees the office that helps senators and representatives of both political parties craft the state budget. “Jeff is a great teacher,” said Concord Rep. Mary Jane Wallner, one of several lawmakers who praised Pattison’s tenure …

Emergency funding keeps state parks open

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The state parks system will stay open after lawmakers approved a $1.1 million stop-gap funding measure Wednesday. The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee approved the money after officials warned that without it the Division of Parks and Recreation would …

Silver tsunami of retirement-eligible workers threatens to increase health plan spending

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The state’s health benefit plan for retired state employees is facing a $10.6 million deficit over the next two-year budget period as pharmaceutical costs continue to rise. “Long term, this trend nationwide does not look like it’s going …

New poll shows Trump continues to enjoy a wide lead in N.H.; Sanders pulls ahead

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The latest New Hampshire poll shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic field and Republican candidate Donald Trump far ahead of his challengers. Among 436 Republican candidates surveyed by Public Policy Polling, 35 percent said they support …

Connecticut governor criticizes Executive Council, Republicans on Planned Parenthood vote

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy took aim at the Executive Council on Tuesday, slamming Republican members for voting down a Planned Parenthood contract in a move he called “a slap in the face to women in this state.” Malloy …

Poll: Granite Staters don’t want federal government interfering on marijuana law

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Hampshire voters from a variety of backgrounds overwhelmingly want the federal government to respect state laws on marijuana when they conflict with federal law, according to a new poll. Seventy-three percent of respondents believe states “should be …

N.H. Executive Council to decide fate of Planned Parenthood contract

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Amid a national debate over funding Planned Parenthood sparked by a controversy over fetal tissue donation, the Executive Council will decide Wednesday whether the state continues contracting with the health care provider in New Hampshire. It’s not clear …

Biden’s allies in N.H. watching for signals on presidential run

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

As national headlines continue to nudge more and more at the suggestion that Vice President Joe Biden is seriously weighing a late entry into the Democratic presidential contest, old friends on the ground in New Hampshire said they …

Sanders continues to draw enthusiastic crowds, but New Hampshire voters haven’t made up their minds yet

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hillary Clinton may have the name recognition and Donald Trump the celebrity status, but it’s Bernie Sanders, the 73-year-old senator from Vermont, who has consistently drawn the biggest crowds of the election cycle so far. The progressive Democratic …