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PolitiFact: Turkeys today are more than twice as fat as they were in the 1930s, Mother Jones says

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The statement “Turkeys today weigh 29.8 pounds. In the ‘30s, they weighed 13.2 pounds.” — Mother Jones on Monday, November 24th, 2014 in a Facebook post Our ruling Those figures, in fact, are the latest-available federal figures. “Today” is actually a reference to 2012, but the preliminary figure for 2013 is even higher, at 30.3 pounds. We rate the statement True. To read the full fact check, go to www.politifact.com/wisconsin. …

Heart procedure for Ginsburg revives talk of replacement

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court. Ginsburg was expected back at work on Monday, but her hospitalization — just three weeks after elections handed Republicans control of the Senate — raised …

A GOP shift on immigration

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing. Less than two years ago, party leaders solemnly declared after an exhaustive study that the GOP “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” It was critical for the party’s survival, they said, to address an issue that was paramount to the nation’s surging Hispanic population. But as President Obama issued a sweeping immigration order …

Donald Trump guest speaker at event honoring James Foley

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The First Amendment gives Donald Trump the freedom to criticize President Obama and the country’s policies any way he pleases. Last night was no exception. As the featured speaker at an event to honor slain New Hampshire journalist …

Hassan, Havenstein spent combined $5.5 million

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The candidates for governor in New Hampshire spent more than $5.5 million combined in the 2014 election, topping what candidates spent in 2012 by about $1.5 million, according to campaign finance reports released yesterday. Republican challenger Walt Havenstein raised about $3.5 million – including $2 million of his …

Hosmer named District 7 state senator after recount

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nearly seven hours after the red tape on the first box of ballots was unsealed by Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Andrew Hosmer was officially re-elected as the District 7 state senator. A 132-vote difference between Hosmer, the …

Hassan introduces new SEC nominees

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A lawyer and a former Concord community development official will move forward as the new nominees for the public seats on a committee responsible for permitting Northern Pass and other wind or pipeline projects in New Hampshire, replacing a pair of state legislators whose nominations garnered criticism. Gov. …

Hassan changes nominations to Site Evaluation Committee

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ahead of an Executive Council meeting today, Gov. Maggie Hassan switched up her nominations to a powerful committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind or pipeline projects in the state. Hassan announced yesterday she was withdrawing the nominations of outgoing Republican state Sen. Bob …

UNH sex assault program expands to high schools

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The University of New Hampshire is expanding its nationally recognized sexual violence prevention program to a younger audience: high school students in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Instead of focusing just on potential victims and perpetrators, the “Bringing in the Bystander” program teaches participants how to safely intervene …

VA chief vows renewed focus on customer service

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization yesterday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its maze-like websites. VA Secretary Robert McDonald called the …

Perry in N.H.: Preparing White House bid, will decide in 2015

Monday, November 10, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said yesterday his tour of New Hampshire is preparation for a second presidential bid, but he won’t make a final decision on that until at least May. Perry is the first prospective 2016 presidential …

US reviewing democracy work in hostile countries

Monday, November 10, 2014

BC-US--Secret Cuban Twitter-Ban, 5th Ld-Writethru,793 US reviewing democracy work in hostile countries AP Photo NY107 (Eds: Adds context of how work in Cuba is illegal. With AP Photos.) By DESMOND BUTLER and JACK GILLUM Associated Press WASHINGTON — …

Dartmouth student is write-in victor in Grafton County race

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Dartmouth College senior from Chicago is Grafton County’s newly elected register of probate after his fraternity brothers launched an impromptu write-in campaign Election Day. The Valley News reported that Mick Wopinski won the seat with 20 write-in votes in a race that featured no official candidates. Wopinski’s …