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Capital Beat: Republicans, Democrats mark battleground in race to control state Senate

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Political junkies have surely noticed the uptick in campaign activity between Democrats Kass Ardinger and Dan Feltes, who are competing to secure endorsements in a battle to replace Concord’s outgoing state senator, Sylvia Larsen. It’s the first seriously competitive state Senate race Concord has seen in 20 years, but when it comes down to the fight for control of the state Senate, it’s one that hardly matters. The Democratic primary … 0

Rubio: Same-sex-marriage foes face ‘intolerance’

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face “intolerance” from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives. In remarks he said were likely to get him criticized as a bigot, the Florida Republican told an audience at … 0

Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

Saturday, July 26, 2014

President Obama’s request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House – six years in – still doesn’t get it when it comes to working with Congress. Top GOP leaders got no notice of … 0

Republicans call for investigation into $25,000 contribution to Hassan

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Correction: This story has been updated to remove an incorrect reference to a 2010 decision from the Attorney General about contributions in the gubernatorial campaign. This story originally stated the decision related to how much money candidate John Stephen accepted from PACs. The decision, however, related to contributions … 3

Senate GOP blocks bill on contraception coverage

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Senate Republicans yesterday blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections, a legislative setback for Democrats that they hope will be a political winner in November’s … 2

Auction date set for Plainfield tax militants’ property

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Federal officials are once again preparing to sell the New Hampshire compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding law enforcement officials at bay for nine months in 2007. The auction of Ed and Elaine Brown’s fortress-like home on 100 acres in … 2

Garcia, Lambert fight for funds in the 2nd Congressional District Republican primary

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Candidates for the 2nd Congressional District raised more than $800,000 in the second quarter of 2014, according to financial reports released yesterday by the Federal Elections Commission. More than half of that money went to incumbent Democrat Rep. Annie Kuster of Hopkinton. Three Republicans are vying in a … 3

Nation & world briefs, July 17

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Time Warner bid sets off race to consolidate Even though Rupert Murdoch’s $76 billion bid for rival media giant Time Warner Inc. has been rejected, that doesn’t mean how you watch TV shows and movies will stop changing any time soon. The cash-and-stock bid by Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century … 0

How Tom Steyer sees the New Hampshire Senate race

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer sees a clear difference between Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen on the divisive issue of climate change. A difference so big, in fact, that he’s willing to spend a lot of money here to … 5

House passes highway bill as deadline looms

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

With an August deadline looming, the House voted yesterday to temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put them on a sound financial footing for the … 1

House GOP prepares response to border crisis

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

House Republicans announced yesterday they will recommend dispatching the National Guard to South Texas and speeding Central American youths back home as their response to the immigration crisis that’s engulfing the border and testing Washington’s ability to respond. … 5

Journalist known as undocumented immigrant held for hours at border town

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is perhaps the best-known undocumented immigrant in the United States, was detained by federal agents for much of the day yesterday after trying to leave a Texas border town without a valid U.S. visa. Vargas was taken into custody yesterday … 0

New Hampshire DMV begins issuing vanity plates under new rule

Monday, July 14, 2014

The New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles will begin processing more than 2,000 backlogged applications for vanity plates under guidelines set by an interim rule that took effect yesterday. The text of the interim rule is more specific than the previous version. Before, vanity plates that “a reasonable … 2