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Capital Beat: Five things to watch on primary day

Saturday, September 6, 2014

After months of relentless campaigning by candidates for federal and statewide office, the primary is finally here. This Tuesday, voters will choose Republican nominees for Congress, governor and a number of state Senate races, and Democrats will pick a candidate in the state Senate district made up of Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. You can expect political activity to ramp …

Capital Beat: With primary closing in, campaigns get nasty

Sunday, August 31, 2014

We knew the race between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown would get nasty. It did so as soon as Brown entered the race and has only worsened in the months since. But that’s not the only race where the mudslinging is in full force. With less than two weeks to go until the Sept. 9 primary, federal and state level races across New …

Capital Beat: Possible presidential candidates building groundwork for 2016

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Actions speak a whole lot louder than words when it comes to presidential politics. With the midterm election still 86 days a way, no politician – Republican or Democrat – is foolish enough to overtly say he or she is running for president. But look around New Hampshire, and it’s clear a number …

Capital Beat: Hassan, state employees union clash over veto

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The state’s largest public employee union is not happy with Gov. Maggie Hassan. Neither, for that matter, are lawmakers who worked for two years on a bill aimed at addressing workplace bullying of and by state employees. Hassan …

Capital Beat: Republicans, Democrats mark battleground in race to control state Senate

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Political junkies have surely noticed the uptick in campaign activity between Democrats Kass Ardinger and Dan Feltes, who are competing to secure endorsements in a battle to replace Concord’s outgoing state senator, Sylvia Larsen. It’s the first seriously competitive state Senate race Concord has seen in 20 years, …

Capital Beat: Rubens, Smith spar in effort to become top Brown challenger

Sunday, July 13, 2014

UPDATE: The second paragraph of this story has been updated to clarify Jim Rubens’s view of the Fairness Doctrine. Bob Smith and Jim Rubens each say with confidence that he will win the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. …

Capital Beat: In U.S. Senate race, Brown looks beyond primary to general election

Sunday, June 29, 2014

More than two months before the Republican primary – and four before the general election – U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown’s sights are trained well beyond his primary opponents and right on incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. His primary opponents, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith, take any opportunity they can …

Capital Beat: Let Concord’s state Senate primary drama begin

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A cast of half a dozen potential Democratic candidates hoping to replace retiring state senator Sylvia Larsen has dwindled to two, with attorney Dan Feltes emerging as the lone primary challenger to school board member Kass Ardinger, Larsen’s …

Capital beat: A roundup of the 2014 legislative year

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Over the course of six months and more than 30 session days, House and Senate members worked their way through 700-plus proposed bills this year, passing 242 of them. Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed just 27 of them …

Capital Beat: Officials negotiate an MET fix – behind closed doors

Sunday, June 1, 2014

They crafted a solution to prevent a $145 million budget hole, created an avenue for terminating the parental rights of rapists and agreed to give half a million dollars in flood control money back to local communities. House …

Capital Beat: It’s the most unpredictable time of the (legislative) year

Sunday, May 25, 2014

For four days this week, House and Senate members will convene in small groups to work out the chambers’ differences on issues as big as the Medicaid Enhancement Tax and as seemingly small as whether to create a …

Capital Beat: Did Brown ‘lobby’ to stop Shaheen’s energy bill?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown found himself in the middle of U.S. Senate Republicans’ refusal last week to support a bipartisan energy efficiency bill co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the Democrat whose seat he hopes to …

State House Live: N.H. House passes bill requiring third-party groups to disclose political spending

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

4:56 p.m.: After a lengthy debate on free speech and political spending, the House passed a bill that will require third-party groups to disclose political spending. “There is not one word (in this bill) that makes any attempt to regulate what anybody can say,” Rep. Shawn Jasper, a …

Capital Beat: Will education become a major 2014 issue?

Sunday, May 11, 2014

State education policy got a rare moment in the political spotlight this week when the Executive Council confirmed Gov. Maggie Hassan’s nominee Bill Duncan to the State Board of Education. Duncan, who runs the advocacy group Advancing New …

State House Live: Attempt to add marijuana bills to unrelated Senate legislation fails in N.H. House

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

An attempt to tack two marijuana bills onto an unrelated Senate bill failed in the House, 99-245. Rep. Joel Winters, a Manchester Democrat, introduced an amendment that would’ve added a home grow option for medical marijuana and decriminalization of possessing small amounts of marijuana onto a bill about …