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Sen. Kelly Ayotte joined 46 other Republican senators in signing an open letter to Iran's leaders regarding nuclear negotiations.

Capital Beat: Senate race between Ayotte, Hassan shaping up to be one of the most competitive in the country

Saturday, October 10, 2015

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is feeling pressure to protect Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a trusted adviser, from possibly losing her seat in 2016. According to a report from the Hill , he is seeking a win on new defense spending to give Ayotte a boost in her re-election campaign. Meanwhile, EMILY’s List, a group that supports pro-abortion rights women, …

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 …

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 …