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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 … 3

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 … 3

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 … 0

House Democrats propose Medicaid expansion deal to break budget deadlock

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hoping to break the deadlock in budget negotiations over Medicaid expansion, House Democrats this afternoon proposed a compromise plan that would expand New Hampshire’s Medicaid program for at least three years. After a two-hour break, Senate Republicans said they needed more time to discuss the proposal and craft … 1

Capitol Hill to get the Granite State experience at reception

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Capitol Hill will get a taste of Granite State living tomorrow. The “Experience New Hampshire” reception, now in its fourth year, will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. It’s hosted by the … 0

Committee of Conference Watch: state budget, medical marijuana on tap today

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It’ll be a busy day today at the State House, as committees of conference continue to work on bills as the legislative year winds down. Sixteen committees are scheduled to meet today to deal with 18 bills. Among them is the conference committee on the state budget, which … 0

Committee of Conference Watch: budget, capital budget, voter ID up today

Monday, June 17, 2013

With just days remaining until the deadline for committees of conference to complete their work, lawmakers will continue negotiations today on bills where the Democratic-led House and Republican-led Senate disagree on details large and small. Eight committees are scheduled to meet today. Times and locations can change, so … 0

Capital Beat: Bragdon takes center stage in Medicaid expansion fight

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Senate President Peter Bragdon is standing between Gov. Maggie Hassan and an expanded Medicaid program in New Hampshire. Hassan wants it, as do her fellow Democrats in the House and Senate. But Bragdon, a Milford Republican, is wary of, among other things, the federal government’s promise to pay … 0

Committee of Conference Watch: work starting today on state budget

Friday, June 14, 2013

With the legislative year winding down, committees of conference are working at the State House to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of various bills — 42 in all. Four conference committees are scheduled to meet today, including the first meeting of the all-important committee dealing … 0

Committee of Conference Watch: Capital budget, security guards on tap

Thursday, June 13, 2013

With the legislative year winding down, committees of conference are working at the State House to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of various bills — 42 in all. Three conference committees are scheduled to meet today; the list is below. Times and locations may change, … 0

House, Senate appoint negotiators to hammer out final version of next N.H. budget

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The House and Senate today named the negotiators who will be responsible for hammering out the next two-year state budget. Senate President Peter Bragdon, a Milford Republican, during today’s Senate session named Salem Republican Sen. Chuck Morse, Lempster Republican Sen. Bob Odell, Meredith Republican Sen. Jeanie Forrester and … 2

Capital Beat: As legislative year winds down, more than budget still in play at State House

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Most of the bills filed this year in the New Hampshire Legislature are dead or headed to Gov. Maggie Hassan. Some have already become law, or were retained by committees for more work. But while budget negotiations will be the focus at the State House this month, it’s … 0

Democrats, Republicans seek to raise money off GOP victory in Claremont special election

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A day after Claremont Republican Joe Osgood won a seat in the state House in a special election, both Democrats and Republicans are trying to raise money off the race. Unsurprisingly, they have different pitches. “Joe ran an outstanding race, and his victory proved that voters want more … 1

House Republicans support Senate Republicans on state budget front

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The House Republicans think the Senate Republicans did a pretty good job with the state budget. “We think, overall, they did an excellent job and we’re here to support them in any way we can and obviously try to convince as many House colleagues as we can, during … 0

N.H. revenues down $5.9 million in May, but state still $27.9 million ahead for fiscal year

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The state collected $5.9 million less than expected in May, but revenues are still in the black thanks to stronger-than-expected collections in March and April. Fiscal 2013 will end June 30. As of May 31, the state had collected $27.9 million more in revenue for the year than … 1