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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 of possible candidates are building the groundwork … 1

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 vetoed the bill Monday, leaving union members feeling like she didn’t fully hear their concerns … 2

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, but when it comes down to the fight for control of the state Senate, it’s … 0

Capital Beat: Ayotte or Hassan for VP? It’s possible

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Since 2012, the words “Kelly Ayotte” and “vice presidential nominee” have been heard frequently together. Although she wasn’t Mitt Romney’s eventual choice, speculation about her viability as a national candidate has only grown since. In February, for example, … 2

Capital Beat: Death penalty repeal, marijuana decriminalization may not be dead just yet

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Despite the New Hampshire Senate’s seeming defeat of bills to repeal the death penalty and decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana Thursday, the prime House sponsors of both pieces of legislation still see an opportunity to push … 0

Capital Beat: Just who is Walter Havenstein?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Democrats’ willingness to throw around words like “tax fraud” and “Maryland resident” when talking about Walter Havenstein isn’t doing much to temper Republicans’ excitement about their newest gubernatorial candidate. “This is just the Democrats’ weak attempt at trying … 1

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