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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he will not run for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mitt Romney says another run for president a no-go

Friday, January 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — After a three-week flirtation with another run for president, Mitt Romney said definitively on Friday that he will not seek the White House in 2016. The Republican Party’s 2012 nominee plans to tell supporters about his plans to pass on another national campaign during a conference call. He first let his staff know in a separate call that …

14 companies apply for spots in NH medical marijuana market

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fourteen nonprofit companies have applied to open marijuana alternative treatment centers in New Hampshire, according to the Department of Health and Human Services official overseeing the contract process. Eric Borrin, the director of contracts and procurement, said “a number of those companies” who applied submitted applications for more than one geographic region. In launching its medical marijuana program, the department divided the state …

Attorney general nominee wins GOP endorsements

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements yesterday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation’s top law enforcement job. “I believe she’s not only qualified but exceptionally well-qualified and a very good person, to boot,” Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a senior Republican on …

Money Trail: Presidential primary in focus at rebellion rally

Thursday, January 22, 2015

When Crazy Larry took the microphone in front of the State House yesterday, he did something that momentarily proved his newly adopted moniker. He told a hundreds-strong crowd of activists for campaign finance reform that their stance toward …

Abortion foes push new bills in Congress and the states

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Buoyed by conservative gains in the November election, foes of abortion are mobilizing on behalf of bills in Congress and several state legislatures that would further curtail women’s access to the procedure. On both sides of the debate, …

Obama attempts to set terms for 2016 with State of the Union

Thursday, January 22, 2015

President Obama’s State of the Union address was a tale of two speeches – and two campaigns. It was part 2012 and part 2008, both partisan and aspirational. It was an expression of a politician determined to make a fight of it with Republicans during his last two …

N.H. House committee to hear testimony on bill that seeks to end RGGI participation

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The House Science, Technology and Energy Committee will hear testimony on a bill today that seeks to end the state’s participation in a regional cap-and-trade program. New Hampshire in 2009 joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an initiative made up of nine member states across the Northeast that …

Lowering state businesses taxes supported by GOP; Hassan says bills would create hole in budget

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Republican senators are seeking to lower two major state business taxes in a move they say will boost economic growth, but which opponents argue will threaten the state’s budget. The Senate Ways and Means Committee met yesterday for …

PolitiFact NH: Lawrence Lessig compares the number of fundraisers between Presidents Reagan and Obama

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

‘If you ask how many times did Ronald Reagan attend a fundraiser when he ran for re-election in 1984, the answer is eight times. If you say how many times did Barack Obama attend a fundraiser in 2012, …

Money Trail: On Citizens United anniversary, a look back and glance ahead

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

People upset about money in politics shouldn’t direct all their anger at Citizens United, Lawrence Lessig said. And he’s not just saying that because it’s the ruling’s fifth birthday today. The Harvard law professor and leader of the …

Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Obama unveiled last night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle …

New Hampshire Lottery releases bacon-scented ticket

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lottery ticket buyers in New Hampshire who dream of bringing home the bacon now can smell it, too. The state lottery has released its first scratch-n-sniff “I Heart Bacon” ticket this month, which features a $1,000 grand prize. Lottery Commission Executive Director Charlie McIntyre says players “will think …

N.H. legislators, with backing of outside groups, debate Article V of U.S. Constitution

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This session, New Hampshire legislators might find themselves discussing whether the state should invoke an obscure but hotly debated clause in the U.S. Constitution as a way to prompt broad government reforms. It all comes back to Article …