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Capital Beat

Capital Beat: A senator, a blogger and an engine repairman wander into a presidential campaign . . .

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A down-on-his-luck U.S. senator isn’t getting much traction in his presidential campaign – until a chance encounter with an Iowa engine repairman provides him with homespun wisdom that helps him get his groove back. Rick Santorum? John Kerry? Try Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Phil Granby, who vaults from the back of the pack into a dead heat with the GOP front-runner, Florida Gov. Bob Morgan. But while the presidential campaign moves …

NRCC radio ad targets Rep. Shea-Porter over Obamacare; she calls attack false

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter represents one of the nation’s swingiest swing districts, and the National Republican Congressional Committee is trying to soften her up even as Frank Guinta and Dan Innis gear up for a contested GOP primary in the 1st District. The NRCC today began airing a 60-second radio ad featuring a woman who says the health plan used by her and …

Capital Beat: Bob Smith is far from the first in N.H. to seek a political comeback

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Bob Smith isn’t the first former U.S. senator from New Hampshire to attempt a later-in-life political comeback.  In fact, Smith – who announced a week ago he’ll run against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in 2014 – won the first of his two terms in the Senate in 1990. His opponent that year: Democrat John Durkin, who was attempting to return to the U.S. Senate a …

U.S. Senate panel delays initial vote on new federal judge for N.H.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A U.S. Senate committee this morning delayed an initial vote on Landya McCafferty’s nomination for a seat on the U.S. District Court in Concord. Five judicial nominees, including McCafferty, were on the agenda for today’s meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But at the request of the panel’s …

New England governors, eastern Canadian premiers to meet in N.H. in 2014

Monday, September 9, 2013

Gov. Maggie Hassan’s counterparts from the New England states and eastern provinces of Canada will be visiting New Hampshire next year. Hassan has been in La Malbaie, Quebec, yesterday and today for the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers’ 37th Annual Conference. She announced today that the …

Capital Beat: Tinseltown, N.H.? House panel mulls tax break for films

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Concord probably isn’t going to become the new Hollywood. But that doesn’t mean Granite State lawmakers and media-industry types can’t dream big. A bill pending in the Legislature would create a new tax credit for movie and television productions in New Hampshire, an incentive already offered by most …

Jeb Bradley says he won’t run for U.S. Senate or statewide office in 2014

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

State Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley will not run for the U.S. Senate or governor in 2014. Bradley, a Wolfeboro Republican, had been considered a potential GOP candidate against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and recent speculation had centered …

Steve King, Iowa congressman and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, to speak in N.H. this fall

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

U.S. Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican and possible 2016 presidential candidate, will be in Manchester this fall to speak at a conservative conference. Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, a Republican-linked group founded early this year, will hold its first “Strong New Hampshire Conference” in Manchester on …

LePage’s lobster went from Maine to N.H. State House to Concord’s Friendly Kitchen

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The governor of Maine’s lobster ended up at a Concord soup kitchen this week. Gov. Paul LePage on Monday mailed boxes of lobster meat, bisque and spread to the 49 other state governors in a bid to promote Maine’s lobster industry, according to the Portland Press Herald. So …

Capital Beat: Bragdon’s decision came after days of criticism, and silence

Sunday, August 18, 2013

On Monday, Peter Bragdon was president of the New Hampshire Senate and the most powerful Republican in the state government. On Tuesday, he was hired to run the Local Government Center at an annual salary of $180,000. He started his new job Wednesday. And on Friday, he announced …

Salem’s Chuck Morse will seek to replace Bragdon as N.H. Senate president

Friday, August 16, 2013

Sen. Chuck Morse, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, will seek to replace Peter Bragdon as president of the state Senate. “I’ve proven I know the process and can solve conflicts. I think that lends itself to being the Senate president,” Morse said this afternoon, just hours …

BREAKING: Bragdon to step down as N.H. Senate president amid controversy over LGC job

Friday, August 16, 2013

Peter Bragdon will step down as president of the state Senate, he announced today, just three days after he was hired as the new executive director of the Local Government Center. Bragdon, a Milford Republican, will retain his …

Hassan’s office: Concerns about Bragdon’s LGC job should be ‘carefully and thoroughly addressed'

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Senate President Peter Bragdon’s new job as the head of the Local Government Center has raised concerns that deserve careful attention, Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office said today. Spokesman Marc Goldberg issued a statement this afternoon after Hassan, a …

UPDATED: N.H. Senate President Peter Bragdon to take over embattled LGC

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

State Senate President Peter Bragdon is taking over the Local Government Center, which has been locked in a years-long legal battle with state regulators that’s now pending before the Supreme Court. The Concord-based LGC, which operates public risk pools that provide insurance coverage to New Hampshire governments, announced …

Capital Beat: From surfing to a super PAC? New GOP group set to launch in N.H.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Two New Hampshire residents who sell a workout machine that simulates surfboarding on land are launching a Republican “super PAC” in the state. Sarah Ponn, chairwoman of the new Pass the Torch PAC, said she knows most super PACs – which can raise and spend money in unlimited …