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Gov. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., presents her budget to the House and Senate finance committees, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Capital Beat: Budget vote comes to a head this week

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Unruly House members, aspirations for higher office, spending on substance abuse and mental health on hold. All those dynamics are at play as lawmakers try to craft an ever-elusive budget agreement, and it will come to a head this week when the Republican-controlled House and Senate prepare to take up Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget veto. On Wednesday, lawmakers will meet for veto day and are set to decide whether to overturn Hassan’s action. Before then, top lawmakers from both parties are hopeful they can hammer out some sort of deal that could win approval from both chambers on Wednesday and solve the budget impasse. The …

Capital Beat: As substance abuse crisis continues to exact toll, debate over solutions turns increasingly political

Saturday, August 8, 2015

It’s declaring a state of emergency. It’s the money. It’s the state drug czar. Each of those topics has sparked partisan bickering in Concord recently, centered on the state’s substance abuse problem. More than 300 people died last year from drug-related overdoses, a state record, and growing public outcry has spurred lawmakers into …

Capital Beat: Cyber mischief an unwelcome campaign guest

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Republican Yvonne Dean-Bailey is still running in the election to represent Candia, Deerfield, Nottingham and Northwood in the state’s House of Representatives. But days before the special election, that’s not what someone wants you to think. A hoax email sent to a handful of reporters Thursday announced Dean-Bailey was conceding. The confusing part: …

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 …

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,” …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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., …

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 …

Marilinda Garcia announces campaign for U.S. Congress

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Republican state Rep. Marilinda Garcia kicked off her campaign for Congress yesterday with a promise to shrink the federal government. “The continuous flow of government mandates, regulations and taxes are literally making it impossible for local government to …