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Capital Beat

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. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen this November. But from the outside looking in, it sure looks like they’re in a scrappy fight for second … 1

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 to criticize Brown, yet Brown rarely hits back publicly. “A united Republican party is Senator … 0

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 pre-ordained pick. Ask any politically involved person in Concord, and this is the most drama … 0

Capital Beat: Reading the tea leaves on casino gambling (and more)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

When a bill legalizing a single casino lost by 29 votes in the New Hampshire House two weeks ago, Steve Duprey, a leading anti-casino voice, called the vote a “silver stake” in the heart of casino proposals – a final defeat in a 16-year battle to bring casinos … 0

State House Live: N.H. Senate approves bill that allows annulment of medical records

Thursday, March 27, 2014

5:12 p.m.: Senators have approved a bill, 17-7, that creates a process for people to annul their mental health records and remove their names from a national gun background checks system. The original version of the bill would’ve required the state to report names of mentally ill people … 2

State House Live: N.H. House overwhelmingly defeats marijuana legalization bill

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The House stood strongly against legalizing marijuana this afternoon, 192-140. The 52 vote margin represents a major change since the House narrowly passed the bill in January and sent it to the Ways and Means Committee. Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, had promised to veto any bill legalizing … 1

Capital Beat: Can the New Hampshire House move any slower?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

They’ve voted to repeal the death penalty, raise the state’s minimum wage and legalize marijuana. They’ve shot down a casino and attempts to expand gun background checks. They’ve debated the proper use of welfare benefits and fetal homicide laws. Judging from the headlines, New Hampshire’s House of Representatives … 0

State House Live: N.H. House kills bill that bans under-18 tanning

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

3:46 p.m.: A bill that would’ve stopped teenagers under the age of 18 from tanning couldn’t muster support in the House, which indefinitely postponed it by a vote of 175-154. Indefinitely postponement means that the bill can’t come back in any form this session. Current New Hampshire laws … 0

N.H. Senate takes up bills on gas tax, EBT cards and more

Thursday, March 13, 2014

It was a busy day in the N.H. Senate today. Senators took up several issues today including a gas tax, EBT cards and adding anti-discrimination to the state constitution. Gas tax A bill to raise the state’s gas tax by about 4 cents passed the Senate yesterday by … 1

N.H. House rejects Hassan-supported one-casino bill

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The House has defeated a one-casino bill supported by Gov. Maggie Hassan, 173-144, dashing the hopes of casino supporters once again. “There’s no putting the genie back in the bottle,” said Rep. Gary Richardson, a Hopkinton Democrat. “If we approve gambling today, we’re never going to get rid … 5

State House Live: N.H. House approves minimum wage increase to $8.25 an hour

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

6:31 p.m.: The House endorsed a bill, 173-118, raising the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour in 2015 and higher in following years. “What we’re doing here is having the possibility of providing an umbrella for the most marginal, working poor groups,” said Rep. Chuck Weed, a … 0

Capital Beat: From GOP, several approaches to Medicaid vote

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Despite weeks of attacks from conservative groups and local Republican committees, Senate President Chuck Morse and Majority Leader Jeb Bradley came out of this week’s Medicaid expansion vote relatively unscathed. Seven of 12 Republicans (Sen. Peter Bragdon recused himself due to a conflict of interest with his employer, … 0

Capital Beat: On Medicaid and gas tax, it’s Republicans vs. Republicans

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Medicaid expansion plan under way in the Senate is a “gateway drug to socialism in the Granite State” and will create a “whole new class of Obamacare victim.” A gas tax increase would “punish working families” and force them to pay more at the pump “simply because … 0

Capital Beat: What did the House’s gun background check votes really mean? It’s complicated

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Listen to some lefties, and you’ll hear that Wednesday’s vote to eventually kill a gun background checks bill was the result of Republican trickery that doesn’t reflect the Legislature’s true support for background checks. Listen to people from the right, and you’ll hear that the vote of 242-118 … 0

N.H. House committee backs death penalty repeal by large margin

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee endorsed a bill to repeal the death penalty in a 14-3 vote yesterday, with a handful of members who have previously opposed repeal changing their minds. Among them was Majority Leader Steve Shurtleff, a Penacook Democrat and retired U.S. marshal, … 3