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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 one that hardly matters. The Democratic primary … 0

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 … 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

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

N.H. House hearing on minimum wage draws crowd from both sides

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Anita Mendes keeps her house at 62 degrees in the winter. She tailors her own clothes so she doesn’t have to buy more and eats often at community dinners, helping clean up afterward to show her gratitude. She … 24

Capital Beat: Democrats complicated relationship with Obamacare continues

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Unfavorable polling for Obamacare and actions taken by New Hampshire’s congressional Democrats last week to fix it underscore Democrats’ continued complicated relationship with the health care law heading into election season. Republicans will do their best to make sure this doesn’t change anytime soon. First District Rep. Carol … 9

Medicaid expansion agreement announced in time for State of the State

Friday, February 7, 2014

The early afternoon announcement of a bipartisan Senate agreement on Medicaid expansion was perfect timing for Gov. Maggie Hassan, giving a boost to her push for expanding access to health care for 50,000 residents in her State of … 2

Burton’s siblings endorse Democrat Cryans in Executive Council race

Monday, February 3, 2014

Three siblings of the late Republican executive councilor Ray Burton have put their support behind Democrat Mike Cryans to fill the now-empty District 1 seat. “I cannot think of a more qualified individual to fill his seat than … 0

Capital Beat: Rubens, Testerman, Smith who? Senate focus stays all on Scott Brown

Sunday, February 2, 2014

With a Friday night deadline looming for federal campaign fundraising reports, Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen sent a last-minute pitch to supporters seeking donations for her re-election campaign. “With Massachusetts’s Scott Brown preparing to get in the race, we won’t be ready unless we raise $64,000 by midnight,” … 1

Entrepreneur, political activist Andrew Hemingway to challenge Hassan for governor

Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Hampshire’s Republicans finally have a name to top their ticket come November: Andrew Hemingway. Hemingway, a 31-year-old entrepreneur and political activist, announced his candidacy to challenge Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, at the Yard restaurant in Manchester … 11

N.H. rep introduces bill that would ban BearCats in communities statewide

Thursday, January 30, 2014

If Dunbarton Rep. JR Hoell has his way, no New Hampshire community will face the same BearCat controversy that overtook Concord last fall. That’s because, under a bill he’s introduced, towns and cities statewide would be prohibited from … 54

Bill to license two casinos passes Senate committee

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A bill that would allow for two casinos in the state and establish a new regulatory framework passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee yesterday, 4-1. But the full Senate will likely hold onto the proposal until it sees the fate of a different casino bill before the … 0

Ethics committee clears Bradgon of intentional wrongdoing in taking LGC job

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Former Senate president Peter Bragdon did not intentionally violate any ethics rules when he accepted a position as executive director of the Local Government Center last August, the Legislative Ethics Committee ruled yesterday. “I think it’s pretty clear … 5

Capital Beat: N.J. mayor making latest allegations against Christie talks about growing up in N.H.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

First we wondered what “Bridgegate” would mean for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s future in the New Hampshire presidential primary. Then we learned that the New Hampshire Republican Party’s new executive director, Matt Mowers, was embroiled in the drama. And now? Turns out Dawn Zimmer, the Hoboken, N.J., … 2

Risk pool hires powerful lobbyist

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A prominent state lobbyist filed this week to represent the controversial public risk pool run by state Sen. Peter Bragdon, a development that highlights the challenges Bragdon now faces in avoiding conflicts of interest – or the appearance … 0