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Main Street the day after contractor bids for the Main Street project came up disappointingly short. January 27, 2013.

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Capital Beat: Death penalty repeal, marijuana decriminalization may not be dead just yet

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Despite the New Hampshire Senate’s seeming defeat of bills to repeal the death penalty and decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana Thursday, the prime House sponsors of both pieces of legislation still see an opportunity to push their bills through. The key factor giving them hope: Senators didn’t kill either bill outright. Unable to break a tie, senators laid … 0

Capital Beat: Just who is Walter Havenstein?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Democrats’ willingness to throw around words like “tax fraud” and “Maryland resident” when talking about Walter Havenstein isn’t doing much to temper Republicans’ excitement about their newest gubernatorial candidate. “This is just the Democrats’ weak attempt at trying to paint somebody as something that’s less than appealing,” Havenstein adviser Jamie Burnett said. “But … 0

Capital Beat: Reading the tea leaves on casino gambling (and more)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

When a bill legalizing a single casino lost by 29 votes in the New Hampshire House two weeks ago, Steve Duprey, a leading anti-casino voice, called the vote a “silver stake” in the heart of casino proposals – a final defeat in a 16-year battle to bring casinos to New Hampshire. But nothing is every truly dead until the legislative session is over, … 0

State House Live: N.H. Senate approves bill that allows annulment of medical records

Thursday, March 27, 2014

5:12 p.m.: Senators have approved a bill, 17-7, that creates a process for people to annul their mental health records and remove their names from a national gun background checks system. The original version of the bill would’ve required the state to report names of mentally ill people … 2

State House Live: N.H. House overwhelmingly defeats marijuana legalization bill

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The House stood strongly against legalizing marijuana this afternoon, 192-140. The 52 vote margin represents a major change since the House narrowly passed the bill in January and sent it to the Ways and Means Committee. Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, had promised to veto any bill legalizing … 1

Capital Beat: Can the New Hampshire House move any slower?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

They’ve voted to repeal the death penalty, raise the state’s minimum wage and legalize marijuana. They’ve shot down a casino and attempts to expand gun background checks. They’ve debated the proper use of welfare benefits and fetal homicide laws. Judging from the headlines, New Hampshire’s House of Representatives … 0

State House Live: N.H. House kills bill that bans under-18 tanning

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

3:46 p.m.: A bill that would’ve stopped teenagers under the age of 18 from tanning couldn’t muster support in the House, which indefinitely postponed it by a vote of 175-154. Indefinitely postponement means that the bill can’t come back in any form this session. Current New Hampshire laws … 0

N.H. Senate takes up bills on gas tax, EBT cards and more

Thursday, March 13, 2014

It was a busy day in the N.H. Senate today. Senators took up several issues today including a gas tax, EBT cards and adding anti-discrimination to the state constitution. Gas tax A bill to raise the state’s gas tax by about 4 cents passed the Senate yesterday by … 1

N.H. House rejects Hassan-supported one-casino bill

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The House has defeated a one-casino bill supported by Gov. Maggie Hassan, 173-144, dashing the hopes of casino supporters once again. “There’s no putting the genie back in the bottle,” said Rep. Gary Richardson, a Hopkinton Democrat. “If we approve gambling today, we’re never going to get rid … 5

State House Live: N.H. House approves minimum wage increase to $8.25 an hour

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

6:31 p.m.: The House endorsed a bill, 173-118, raising the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour in 2015 and higher in following years. “What we’re doing here is having the possibility of providing an umbrella for the most marginal, working poor groups,” said Rep. Chuck Weed, a … 0

Capital Beat: From GOP, several approaches to Medicaid vote

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Despite weeks of attacks from conservative groups and local Republican committees, Senate President Chuck Morse and Majority Leader Jeb Bradley came out of this week’s Medicaid expansion vote relatively unscathed. Seven of 12 Republicans (Sen. Peter Bragdon recused himself due to a conflict of interest with his employer, … 0

Capital Beat: On Medicaid and gas tax, it’s Republicans vs. Republicans

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Medicaid expansion plan under way in the Senate is a “gateway drug to socialism in the Granite State” and will create a “whole new class of Obamacare victim.” A gas tax increase would “punish working families” and force them to pay more at the pump “simply because … 0

Capital Beat: What did the House’s gun background check votes really mean? It’s complicated

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Listen to some lefties, and you’ll hear that Wednesday’s vote to eventually kill a gun background checks bill was the result of Republican trickery that doesn’t reflect the Legislature’s true support for background checks. Listen to people from the right, and you’ll hear that the vote of 242-118 … 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