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Capital Beat: Rubens, Smith spar in effort to become top Brown challenger

Sunday, July 13, 2014

UPDATE: The second paragraph of this story has been updated to clarify Jim Rubens’s view of the Fairness Doctrine. Bob Smith and Jim Rubens each say with confidence that he will win the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen this November. But from the outside looking in, it sure looks like they’re in a scrappy fight for second … 1

Capital Beat: In U.S. Senate race, Brown looks beyond primary to general election

Sunday, June 29, 2014

More than two months before the Republican primary – and four before the general election – U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown’s sights are trained well beyond his primary opponents and right on incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. His primary opponents, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith, take any opportunity they can to criticize Brown, yet Brown rarely hits back publicly. “A united Republican party is Senator … 0

Capital Beat: Let Concord’s state Senate primary drama begin

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A cast of half a dozen potential Democratic candidates hoping to replace retiring state senator Sylvia Larsen has dwindled to two, with attorney Dan Feltes emerging as the lone primary challenger to school board member Kass Ardinger, Larsen’s pre-ordained pick. Ask any politically involved person in Concord, and this is the most drama … 0

Capital beat: A roundup of the 2014 legislative year

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Over the course of six months and more than 30 session days, House and Senate members worked their way through 700-plus proposed bills this year, passing 242 of them. Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed just 27 of them … 0

Capital Beat: Officials negotiate an MET fix – behind closed doors

Sunday, June 1, 2014

They crafted a solution to prevent a $145 million budget hole, created an avenue for terminating the parental rights of rapists and agreed to give half a million dollars in flood control money back to local communities. House … 0

Capital Beat: It’s the most unpredictable time of the (legislative) year

Sunday, May 25, 2014

For four days this week, House and Senate members will convene in small groups to work out the chambers’ differences on issues as big as the Medicaid Enhancement Tax and as seemingly small as whether to create a … 2

Capital Beat: Did Brown ‘lobby’ to stop Shaheen’s energy bill?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Breeze with sun. High 70, low 36. Gavin Lahey, 5, of Concord draws a most pleasant day. B8 … 4

State House Live: N.H. House passes bill requiring third-party groups to disclose political spending

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

4:56 p.m.: After a lengthy debate on free speech and political spending, the House passed a bill that will require third-party groups to disclose political spending. “There is not one word (in this bill) that makes any attempt to regulate what anybody can say,” Rep. Shawn Jasper, a … 0

Capital Beat: Will education become a major 2014 issue?

Sunday, May 11, 2014

State education policy got a rare moment in the political spotlight this week when the Executive Council confirmed Gov. Maggie Hassan’s nominee Bill Duncan to the State Board of Education. Duncan, who runs the advocacy group Advancing New … 2

State House Live: Attempt to add marijuana bills to unrelated Senate legislation fails in N.H. House

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

An attempt to tack two marijuana bills onto an unrelated Senate bill failed in the House, 99-245. Rep. Joel Winters, a Manchester Democrat, introduced an amendment that would’ve added a home grow option for medical marijuana and decriminalization of possessing small amounts of marijuana onto a bill about … 0

Capital Beat: A deeper look at Mowers’ ‘Bridgegate’ involvement

Sunday, May 4, 2014

New Hampshire’s connections to the New Jersey political scandal now known as “Bridgegate” resurfaced last week with news that the New Hampshire Republican Party’s executive director received a subpoena to testify before a legislative committee investigating last fall’s … 1

State House Live: N.H. Senate’s two-casino bill fails in House by single vote

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

3:20 p.m.: House members killed the Senate’s two-casino bill by a single vote this afternoon, with Deputy Speaker Naida Kaen, a Lee Democrat, breaking a 172-172 tie. This vote was the final nail in the casino coffin for … 1

Capital Beat: Ayotte or Hassan for VP? It’s possible

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Since 2012, the words “Kelly Ayotte” and “vice presidential nominee” have been heard frequently together. Although she wasn’t Mitt Romney’s eventual choice, speculation about her viability as a national candidate has only grown since. In February, for example, … 2

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 … 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 … 1