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Grant Bosse
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Grant Bosse: Thankful to be living in the future

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I don’t think I would have done well in 1621. I haven’t been hiking or camping in years. My shooting skills are limited to paper silhouettes. And the only fires I’ve lit recently have been in a barbecue grill or a wood pellet stove. I don’t even want to think about going through the day without hot and cold running …

Grant Bosse: Voters confirm just how smart we all are

Sunday, November 10, 2013

On the eve of every election, I make the same prediction. No matter who wins, the overwhelming majority of political pundits will claim that the results prove that they were right all along. As we examine the results from Tuesday’s races across the country, pundits will no doubt tell us what it all means for 2014 and 2016. As you consider their advice, …

Grant Bosse: A preview of the Legislature’s not-so-special session

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The New Hampshire House and Senate will convene Thursday in special session, for no apparent reason. Of course, I know that the purpose of the special session is to address the thorny question of whether to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income adults without children. But I can’t find any reason why a special session was necessary. The House and Senate didn’t need a …

Hassan outlines pragmatic liberalism in inaugural address

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Gov. Maggie Hassan outlined her vision for New Hampshire government Thursday afternoon at the State House. It was a well-crafted speech, well delivered. Too often, such addresses devolve into an exercise in list-making, rattling through rote references to …

13 things to watch for at the State House in 2013

Sunday, December 30, 2012

As we look ahead to the top issues for the New Hampshire Legislature in 2013, let’s mention three from last year’s agenda that won’t matter much: redistricting, Right To Work and RGGI. The controversial House redistricting plan got …

Give yourself the best Christmas present ever

Sunday, December 23, 2012

I’ve found that it’s better to put the potatoes in the box first. Then the onions and carrots. There’s always room for the canned vegetables, gravy and cranberry sauce later. The bread has to go on top. Much …

N.H. man tries to save Voting Rights Act in order to kill it

Sunday, December 16, 2012

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” – Mark Antony, “Julius Caesar.” “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” – Dick the Butcher, “Henry VI, Part II” Forgive me if the latest legal tussle over the …

Grant Bosse: Two big state elections you probably missed

Monday, December 10, 2012

New Hampshire loves elections. Between town meeting, the first-in-the-nation primary, and our relatively high turnout, Granite Staters clearly like voting. Yet only one of our state officials is elected by the entire state. Two others are picked by not by voters themselves, but by the representatives and senators …

Grant Bosse: In this lottery, everyone wins

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Are you feeling lucky? I didn’t win last week’s $587.5 million Powerball jackpot, and neither did you. It’s just as well. After splitting the prize with the other winners, paying taxes, and taking the winnings in a lump sum, you’d probably clear $100 million. That hardly seems worth …

Grant Bosse: What are we going to do about Medicaid?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

No single issue will have a greater impact on the next state budget than Medicaid. The program is not just at the center of the federal budget crisis, as spending on entitlement programs threatens to dwarf the rest of the budget. A series of long-simmering state issues will …

MoniTor Columnist: Nothing beats a good state election recount!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Every two years, one of my favorite rituals of New Hampshire’s peculiar form of democracy is the recount. With 500 races on the ballot statewide, most of them in relatively small districts, there are dozens of races that come down to a very small number of votes. And …

Grant Bosse:Okay, I admit it, I believed the wrong polls

Monday, November 12, 2012

As the poet, philosopher and Texas Gov. Rick Perry so eloquently said, “Oops!” The art of punditry is the ability to fit any new evidence into your pre-existing narrative. That’s how the same people who warned us about the coming ice age are now leading the global warming …

Grant Bosse: Congrats, Governor-Elect! Now, get to work

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Congratulations, Governor-Elect Hassan/Lamontagne. I had to submit this column before the polls closed last night, but believe me, I had you winning all along! Now that you’ve had a good 12 hours to bask in your victory, get to work. Your budget submission to the Legislature is due …

Grant Bosse: Look out, lawmakers, sunset is coming

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The next governor and Legislature will have to face the sunset. Steps taken by past Legislatures to balance the budget are set to expire next year, putting pressure on the state budget at a time when the economy is still recovering slowly. The decision whether to keep these …