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Politics

FILE - In this Saturday, March 26, 2011 file photo, Amy Bouchard, owner of Wicked Whoopies, far left, puts the final dollops of filling on an over-1000-pound Whoopie Pie before adding the top devil's food layer at the Maine Mall in South Portland, Maine. Maine's legislature voted in favor of making the Whoopie Pie the state snack. When New Hampshire lawmakers this month shot down as frivolous a group of fourth-graders' effort to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor, the pols got pasted as insensitive bullies. But in a state with an official tree, bird, dog, animal, insect, amphibian, butterfly, saltwater fish, freshwater fish, rock, mineral, gem and, yes, tartan, some say the legislators have a point. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)

Surplus symbols: How many state bugs and beans do we need?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Maine celebrates its whoopie pies. North Carolinians proudly dance their Shag. In Kansas, even dirt is official: Harney silt loam is the state soil. So was it really out of line when a group of fourth-graders asked their lawmakers last month to make the red-tailed hawk New Hampshire’s state raptor? Some legislators insisted on shooting down the kids’ hawk idea …

Scott Brown requests investigation into New Hampshire National Guard

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Former U.S. senator Scott Brown has asked the governor to open an investigation into the New Hampshire National Guard, following a story last week that raised concerns about disciplinary practices under the current leadership. In a letter sent to Gov. Maggie Hassan yesterday, the former Massachusetts legislator and retired Guard colonel said he …

300 bodies on the State House lawn to be a ‘wake-up’ call to N.H. lawmakers

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

When Amber Blevens came out of jail for the fifth and final time, a window opened. It was fleeting, but it was a real opportunity for her to give up heroin and regain control of her life. Most, if not all addicts have a window like this, said Blevens’s stepmother, Kriss Blevens. To …

PolitiFact NH: Rep. Bill O’Brien says Margaret Sanger was active participant in KKK

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger was “an active participant in the Ku Klux Klan.” — William O’Brien on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 in a Facebook post ---------------- Debates about Planned Parenthood often find their way back to Margaret …

World powers, Iran face make-or-break nuke talks next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

The United States and Iran broke off nuclear negotiations ahead of schedule yesterday, setting up make-or-break talks next week for a deal providing long-term assurance to the world that the Iranians cannot develop nuclear weapons. The sides were …

Senate committee not backing workers’ comp fee schedule

Friday, March 20, 2015

A key Senate policy committee is backing a workers’ compensation reform bill that it says will reduce costs by 7.5 percent without imposing a price-fixing mechanism backed by business groups. “This agreement will bring real savings to New Hampshire businesses, making it more affordable to create new jobs,” …

Rand Paul urges Clinton to return foreign government money

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul yesterday urged Hillary Clinton to return donations several foreign governments made to her family’s philanthropic foundation. Campaigning in New Hampshire, the Kentucky Republican and likely 2016 presidential candidate said Clinton should give back money from …

Top New Hampshire lawmaker wants apology on abortion comment

Friday, March 20, 2015

New Hampshire’s House speaker yesterday called on a state representative to apologize for invoking abortion during the debate of a group of fourth-graders’ bill to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor. The students from Lincoln H. …

Senate scuttles proposal to make it illegal to smoke in a car with minors

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Senate killed a bill yesterday that would have made it illegal to smoke in a car with minors present. But senators did pass separate legislation that would create a committee to study whether so-called e-cigarettes should be included in the indoor smoking act, among other things. E-cigarettes, …

Rand Paul hires more New Hampshire operatives

Friday, March 20, 2015

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has hired two more New Hampshire operatives for his political action committee as he readies for a presidential bid. The committee announced yesterday the hiring of David Chesley, a senior adviser for …

N.H. House seeks court opinion on voter registration bill

Friday, March 20, 2015

The New Hampshire House of Representatives is asking the state Supreme Court to weigh in on a bill requiring people registering to vote – including out-of-state students or military personnel – to also register their cars and obtain driver’s licenses in New Hampshire. The request for an advisory …

N.H. Senate votes not to require teaching of cursive

Friday, March 20, 2015

New Hampshire senators have watered down a bill that would have required public schools to teach cursive writing and memorization of multiplication tables. The bill, passed yesterday, only encourages districts to teach both rather than requiring them. Republican Sen. Nancy Stiles, the original sponsor of the bill, proposed …

Crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital delayed as a result of budget cuts

Friday, March 20, 2015

In an attempt to balance the next budget, the division of the New Hampshire House Finance Committee that oversees health and human services spending voted to delay the opening of a 10-bed crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital. As explained by hospital officials last year, the unit was …