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Hassan signs bill to study commuter rail funding

Monday, June 29, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that could help pave the way for public-private funding of commuter rail. Efforts to bring commuter rail from Boston up to Nashua and Manchester hit a snag this year when lawmakers chose not to include $4 million in the capital budget to further study the proposal. Project supporters hope to continue exploring other funding options, including public-private partnerships. Several Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation …

In picking presidents, New Hampshire forgoes producing them

Monday, June 29, 2015

When it comes to presidents, New Hampshire is much better at picking them than producing them. While the 14th president, Franklin Pierce, was a New Hampshire native, no one else has come close in the 100 years since the state began holding statewide presidential primary elections. And that just might be the price …

Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration’s attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators. The justices split 5-4 along ideological lines to rule that the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly take costs into account …

Hassan and legislators headed toward budget showdown

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Republican budget writers signed off on a tentative $11.3 billion state spending plan Thursday that Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has pledged to veto. At the center of the disagreement is a plan to cut business tax rates that …

Hassan threatens to veto Republican-crafted state budget

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan threatened Wednesday night to veto the tentative spending plan crafted by a Republican-led team of House and Senate negotiators. The budget, set to be finalized by the negotiating team Thursday, cuts the rate of the state’s two major business taxes and does not include …

Ray Duckler: Fifty years ago, Robert Wood, a gay reverend, marched for those who would not

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Picture the man protesting 50 years ago, first in Washington, D.C., then a week later in Philadelphia. Picture him carrying a sign promoting equal rights for gay people, at the time openly referred to as fairies, fags and …

In Manchester, Donald Trump draws crowd for rally

Thursday, June 18, 2015

One day after officially announcing his candidacy for president, Donald Trump visited New Hampshire for an event at Manchester Community College, where the real estate magnate and reality TV star spoke and took questions on a range of …

PolitiFact: Donald Trump says ‘real’ unemployment rate is 18 to 20 percent

Thursday, June 18, 2015

“Our real unemployment is anywhere from 18 to 20 percent. Don’t believe the 5.6. Don’t believe it.” — Donald Trump on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 in his presidential announcement speech Our ruling Setting aside his paranoia about the …

PolitiFact: Hillary Clinton says top hedge fund managers make more than all kindergarten teachers combined

Thursday, June 18, 2015

“The top 25 hedge fund managers (are) making more than all of America’s kindergarten teachers combined.” — Hillary Clinton on Saturday, June 13th, 2015 in a campaign rally speech Our ruling Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that …

Budget negotiators deny pay raise to state workers

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Senate and House budget negotiators denied state employees a pay raise that is set to cost $12 million over the next two-year budget. “It isn’t going to fit in,” said Senate President Chuck Morse, a Salem Republican. “We need to come back and talk about this in January.” …

Donald Trump’s handwritten war with the press

Thursday, June 18, 2015

If Donald Trump isn’t careful, he’s going to get some serious hand cramps in the coming days. Trump has a long and storied history of writing letters – often by hand – to journalists he believes don’t take …

Obama, leading Republicans mounting rescue effort on trade

Thursday, June 18, 2015

President Obama and top Republicans in Congress came together Wednesday on a quick, bipartisan rescue attempt for the administration’s trade agenda, left for dead in the House last week in a revolt carried out by Democrats and backed …

In N.H., Ohio Gov. Kasich says ‘It’s a long way to go’

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The lobby of the Grappone Conference Center in Concord might not be one of the go-to locations that comes to mind for Republican presidential hopefuls looking to get an edge on the campaign trail in New Hampshire – …