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House passes bill removing exceptions to state voter ID law

03-15-2024 1:23 PM

By ETHAN DeWITT

The House narrowly approved a bill Thursday that would eliminate any exceptions to the state’s voter ID laws and require documentary proof of citizenship to vote, 189-185. The bill, House Bill 1569, would require a person registering to vote to...


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On the Trail: New congressional candidate spotlights border, inflation, overseas conflicts

04-12-2024 1:37 PM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

Vikram Mansharamani charges that “Washington D.C. is completely dysfunctional,” but he’s hoping voters send him there to help fix the gridlock.Mansharamani, a businessman, entrepreneur, and author who made an unsuccessful run for the 2022 Republican...


Van Ostern ready to jump in as soon as Kuster steps down

03-28-2024 3:44 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Colin Van Ostern, a former state Executive Councilor with a long resume as a political operative, will run for Congress this fall, he announced Thursday, the day after U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster announced she would not seek a seventh term.Van...


On the trail: Kuster not seeking re-election this year

03-27-2024 10:44 AM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

After six terms in Congress, Democrat Annie Kuster says she won’t seek re-election to the House of Representatives this year.“I always said I wouldn’t be there forever and most of my colleagues don’t realize this,” the Hopkinton lawmaker...


House takes up bevy of bills related to free speech in schools

03-19-2024 12:52 PM

By ETHAN DeWITT

Since the mask debates of COVID-19, New Hampshire schools have become fervent battlegrounds for ideological debates around race, sexuality, and gender identity. And last Thursday’s House session was no exception. Over a series of floor votes,...


League of Women Voters suing over AI robocalls sent in NH

03-14-2024 3:41 PM

By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD, N.H. — The League of Women Voters filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to prevent those who sent robocalls mimicking President Joe Biden’ s voice to New Hampshire voters from using artificial intelligence for future deceptions.The lawsuit was...


As NH lawmakers eye statewide housing solutions, local control remains a barrier

03-13-2024 10:11 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

The goal behind the bill is bold: Allow any property owner to build residential housing units in a commercial zone – whether the zone allows for it already or not.Proponents of the legislation, House Bill 1053, argue it is a way to fast-track the...


On the trail: Biden comes to kiss and make up with N.H. Democrats

03-12-2024 5:19 PM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

Steve Shurtleff said he forgives President Joe Biden, but he won’t forget.“I forgive, but I haven’t forgotten how New Hampshire was treated,” the longtime Democratic state representative from Concord and former state House speaker told the Monitor...


President Biden cites his record of capping prescription drugs costs and vows to keep fighting for ‘fundamental fairness’

03-11-2024 6:31 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Sticking to the message that has sustained his presidency, Joe Biden made the case that working and middle-class Americans shouldn’t be forced to pay high costs for prescription drugs and healthcare while corporations and the wealthiest Americans use...


Biden’s budget proposal offers tax breaks for families and lower health care costs

03-11-2024 4:11 PM

By JOSH BOAK and FATIMA HUSSEIN

MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Joe Biden on Monday released a budget proposal aimed at getting voters’ attention: It would offer tax breaks for families, lower health care costs, smaller deficits and higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations.Unlikely...


Lawmakers back several bills benefiting charities, casinos

03-11-2024 3:47 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Lawmakers moved forward Thursday with bills that would mean significant changes for casino owners and the charities their gaming revenue supports. One would revise rules for gambling tournaments.Here’s the breakdown as the House and Senate near their...


NH Senate passes ‘anti-sanctuary’ bill

03-11-2024 3:43 PM

By RICK GREEN

In a partisan vote, the Republican-controlled N.H. Senate on Thursday passed, 14-10, a bill that would prohibit state and local governments from adopting policies that prohibit or impede enforcement of federal immigration law.Opponents of Senate Bill...


Following State of the Union address, Biden to visit Manchester on Monday

03-08-2024 2:20 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

President Joe Biden will make his first appearance in the Granite State on Monday since before the presidential primary where his name did not appear on the ballot because of party politics.Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks on lowering costs for...


Biden uses feisty State of the Union to contrast with Trump, sell voters on a second term

03-08-2024 11:17 AM

By ZEKE MILLER and SEUNG MIN KIM

President Joe Biden delivered a defiant argument for a second term in his State of the Union speech Thursday night, lacing into GOP front-runner Donald Trump for espousing “resentment, revenge and retribution” and for jeopardizing freedom at home and...


Dean Phillips ends Democratic primary challenge, endorses Biden

03-06-2024 2:33 PM

By WILL WEISSERT and STEVE KARNOWSKI

MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota ended his long-shot 2024 Democratic presidential bid on Wednesday after failing to win a primary contest against President Joe Biden. Phillips told WCCO Radio in Minneapolis that he was endorsing...


On the trail: Haley was first in and last out

03-06-2024 2:03 PM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

Gov. Chris Sununu summarized it best.The popular Republican governor, who was a top supporter and surrogate to the now-former GOP presidential candidate, said that “Nikki Haley was the first candidate into the arena to challenge Donald Trump, and...


Haley will suspend her campaign and leave GOP to Trump

03-06-2024 7:17 AM

By STEVE PEOPLES and MEG KINNARD

NEW YORK — Nikki Haley will suspend her presidential campaign Wednesday after being soundly defeated across the country on Super Tuesday, according to people familiar with her decision, leaving Donald Trump as the last remaining major candidate for...


Supreme Court rejects state attempts to ban Trump from ballot over Capitol attack

03-04-2024 12:16 PM

By MARK SHERMAN

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously restored Donald Trump to 2024 presidential primary ballots, rejecting state attempts to ban the Republican former president over the Capitol riot.The justices ruled a day before the Super Tuesday primaries...


On the trail: Haley returns to New England ahead of Super Tuesday

03-01-2024 12:00 PM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

Nikki Haley returns to New England this weekend, in a very different situation than when she left New Hampshire five and a half weeks ago.Haley, the last remaining challenger to former President Donald Trump for the 2024 GOP nomination, campaigns...


Political consultant behind fake Biden robocalls says he was trying to highlight a need for AI rules

02-27-2024 10:09 AM

By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD, N.H. — The political consultant behind a robocall that mimicked President Joe Biden’s voice said Monday he was trying to send a wake-up call about the potential malign uses of artificial intelligence, not influence the outcome of last month’s...



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