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Capital Beat: As substance abuse crisis continues to exact toll, debate over solutions turns increasingly political

Saturday, August 8, 2015

It’s declaring a state of emergency. It’s the money. It’s the state drug czar. Each of those topics has sparked partisan bickering in Concord recently, centered on the state’s substance abuse problem. More than 300 people died last year from drug-related overdoses, a state record, and growing public outcry has spurred lawmakers into action. But at the State House, the …

Capital Beat: Cyber mischief an unwelcome campaign guest

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Republican Yvonne Dean-Bailey is still running in the election to represent Candia, Deerfield, Nottingham and Northwood in the state’s House of Representatives. But days before the special election, that’s not what someone wants you to think. A hoax email sent to a handful of reporters Thursday announced Dean-Bailey was conceding. The confusing part: …

Capital Beat: Hassan keeps state-issued email address close to the vest

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton found herself in hot water recently after reporters revealed she had used a personal email, instead of an official U.S. account, to conduct state department business. The issue raised many questions, including whether Clinton’s emails were adequately protected from cyber attacks and whether the messages, on a …

Capital Beat: Five things to watch on primary day

Saturday, September 6, 2014

After months of relentless campaigning by candidates for federal and statewide office, the primary is finally here. This Tuesday, voters will choose Republican nominees for Congress, governor and a number of state Senate races, and Democrats will pick …

Capital Beat: With primary closing in, campaigns get nasty

Sunday, August 31, 2014

We knew the race between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown would get nasty. It did so as soon as Brown entered the race and has only worsened in the months since. But that’s not the only race where the mudslinging is in full force. With less than two …

Capital Beat: Possible presidential candidates building groundwork for 2016

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Actions speak a whole lot louder than words when it comes to presidential politics. With the midterm election still 86 days a way, no politician – Republican or Democrat – is foolish enough to overtly say he or …

Capital Beat: Hassan, state employees union clash over veto

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The state’s largest public employee union is not happy with Gov. Maggie Hassan. Neither, for that matter, are lawmakers who worked for two years on a bill aimed at addressing workplace bullying of and by state employees. Hassan …

Capital Beat: Republicans, Democrats mark battleground in race to control state Senate

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Political junkies have surely noticed the uptick in campaign activity between Democrats Kass Ardinger and Dan Feltes, who are competing to secure endorsements in a battle to replace Concord’s outgoing state senator, Sylvia Larsen. It’s the first seriously competitive state Senate race Concord has seen in 20 years, …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown found himself in the middle of U.S. Senate Republicans’ refusal last week to support a bipartisan energy efficiency bill co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the Democrat whose seat he hopes to …