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Politics

Moose lottery applications being accepted through May 29

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Now’s the time to enter the New Hampshire moose lottery. Applications for the annual lottery cost $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents and are available online. A total of 105 permits are proposed to be issued this year. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight May 29, or delivered to the New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day. Winners will be …

Deadline for removing bobhouses in New Hampshire nears

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunshine and warmer weather may help remind Granite State fishermen that aIl bobhouses must be removed from the ice by the end of the day Wednesday, according to state law. New Hampshire Fish and Game Lt. Heidi Murphy of the agency’s law enforcement division said the law is designed to ensure that bobhouses and their contents do not fall through the ice and …

N.H. in 2035: For the Free State Project, it’s Live Freer or Die

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If the world view of a few dedicated political visionaries comes to pass, folks in New Hampshire could find themselves sitting at the local pub, playing a game of poker for profit, smoking a cigarette, or a joint, if they choose. The lonely could hire a prostitute without fear of breaking the law. …

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 …

In N.H., Trump says his business experience would play well in government

Friday, March 20, 2015

The day after announcing he’ll form a presidential exploratory committee, real estate mogul Donald Trump told New Hampshire activists yesterday that his business experience makes him the best candidate to reform Washington. “We need people in Washington that …

House Republicans eye gas tax increase after deep cuts to Department of Transportation budget

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Republican budget writers signed off on millions of dollars in cuts to the state highway fund yesterday, a move officials say will have devastating consequences on public safety and trigger nearly 700 layoffs at the state Department of …

N.H. House budget writers delay vote on $88 million in DOT cuts

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Top Republican budget writers in the New Hampshire House said yesterday a tax or fee increase will be necessary to sustain the state’s highway fund, but they won’t propose the hike themselves as the House Finance Committee prepares to cut the transportation budget by more than $80 million. …

Trump to launch presidential exploratory committee in N.H.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Donald Trump announced plans yesterday to form a presidential exploratory committee. “I am the only one who can make America truly great again,” the Republican businessman and reality television star declared in a statement announcing the move. While …

N.H. drivers’ hands must be cell-free by July

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Flanked by New Hampshire State Police troopers and representatives from the New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association, Marilyn Bachman addressed the silent audience in front of her yesterday afternoon. On a table behind Bachman sat a white Amherst fire …