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President Barack Obama appears on screen at the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas. Obama unveiled his expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Immigration tests GOP leaders’ ability to control conservative response to Obama

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just two weeks ago, Republicans handed President Obama a humiliating defeat at the polls, winning full control of Congress. But already, GOP leaders fear that the conservative uproar over the president’s immigration actions will doom any hopes for a stable period of Republican governance. The moves announced last night by Obama – which will protect millions of illegal immigrants from …

New reps learn rules of New Hampshire House

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Choose your words carefully on the House floor. Always read the speaker’s note in the weekly House calendar (and don’t ask the clerk to advertise your daughter’s Girl Scout cookie sale in said calendar). Know that you are part of something important. These were just a few of outgoing House clerk Karen Wadsworth’s …

Renewed fears of terrorism keep NSA reform bill from clearing Senate

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In May, reacting to revelations of the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records, members of the House of Representatives voted by a wide margin to end the program. On Tuesday night, their counterparts across the U.S. Capitol could not win enough votes to proceed even with debate on a bill that sought to accomplish much the same thing. Part of …

When it comes to spending on campaign literature, keeping the cash in-state isn’t always top priority

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Over the past few months, Republican, Democratic and independent candidates have unfurled a flurry of signs, mailers, bumper stickers and buttons across the state. Look a little closer, and you can see not all campaign material is created equal. Some have a small label – a made-in-New Hampshire …

AG pick Lynch called strong civil rights defender

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Loretta Lynch was a federal prosecutor in New York when she encountered an astonishing case of police brutality: the broomstick sodomy of a Haitian immigrant in a precinct bathroom. The 1997 assault on Abner Louima set off street …

U.S. and Russia talk Ukraine, Iran

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday that the United States and Russia will keep talking about the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine, although he made clear that Washington does not accept Moscow’s denial of involvement in the arming of pro-Russia rebels. “Suffice it to say that we …

For Free State pols, seemingly harsh policies are for the best

Saturday, November 8, 2014

As a man who owns thousands of books does, state Rep. Dan McGuire refers to an economics text to provide an example of the way he says noble-seeming government policies end up devastating the people they were meant …

Nineteen recounts requested, process to begin next week

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Nineteen New Hampshire races could have different outcomes than were announced following Tuesday’s election. The recount process for the requests filed by yesterday’s 5 p.m. deadline will begin Wednesday. Only one of the recounts is for a state Senate race; the remaining 18 are for state representative races. …

Republican Morse to lead NH Senate; Democrat Woodburn named minority leader

Saturday, November 8, 2014

State Senate Republicans and Democrats have selected their leaders for the upcoming legislative session. Chuck Morse, a Salem Republican, will again serve as Senate president. Democrats elected Jeff Woodburn of Dalton to serve as minority leader. In this week’s election, Republicans picked up a 14th seat in the …

More people posting ballot selfies online in protest of law; legislators say they will move to repeal

Friday, November 7, 2014

Jonathan Spear barely made it to the polls in Hampton before they closed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. He filled out his ballot and voted for all Republicans, with one exception: He just couldn’t bring himself to vote …

Democrats beat GOP wave at top of the ticket, lower level races swept under

Friday, November 7, 2014

New Hampshire – at the top of the ticket, at least – is the exception to the storyline playing out across the country in the aftermath of Tuesday’s elections. But many of those at the state level were not so lucky. Republicans picked up a 14th seat to …

State income tax rate could fall to 5.15 percent

Friday, November 7, 2014

Massachusetts taxpayers are looking at a likely cut in the state’s income tax rate – a cut that will also contribute to an anticipated $325 million gap in the state budget. Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor said yesterday that Massachusetts appears on track to meet the …

Appeals court backs ban on gay marriage in four states

Friday, November 7, 2014

A federal appeals court panel upheld same-sex marriage bans in four states yesterday, a break with other federal courts that makes it almost certain the Supreme Court must take up the issue of whether gay couples have a …