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Three gubernatorial candidates gather for forum

06-20-2024 4:32 PM

By SOFIE BUCKMINSTER

The candidates vying to replace Chris Sununu in the governor’s seat don’t agree on much. Democrat Cinde Warmington thinks that renewable energy is the future, while Republican Chuck Morse thinks that it puts a chokehold on New Hampshire’s...


On the trail: Housing top issue for NH voters

06-20-2024 3:10 PM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

Housing stands head and shoulders above other leading issues as the most important problem facing New Hampshire, according to the results of a new poll.Thirty-six percent of those questioned in a University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll released...


Candidate filing precedes busy election season

06-20-2024 9:56 AM

By RICK GREEN

With open positions for governor and in the U.S. House, this should be a busy political season leading to the Sept. 10 primary and the Nov. 5 general election.The 10-day candidate filing period, which ended June 14, also showed that most incumbents in...


Claremont’s Stone to seek another term as state representative

06-19-2024 2:32 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

State Rep. Jon Stone, R-Claremont, who came under scrutiny earlier this year following the public release of disciplinary records that detail vile threats he made against fellow Claremont police officers 18 years ago, has filed to run for a second...


Bill could bring greater transparency to use of public comments in NH rulemaking process

06-19-2024 11:21 AM

By CLAIRE SULLIVAN

When a person submits a comment on a proposed regulation in New Hampshire, it’s usually not clear what influence – if any – that feedback has on the final rule. That may change under a bill heading to the governor’s desk. Agencies already must create...


Narrow partisan divide dominates legislative session

06-17-2024 12:30 PM

By RICK GREEN

With Republicans maintaining a narrow majority in the N.H. Legislature this year, they were able to thwart Democratic priorities such as gun safety measures and enshrining abortion rights in the state constitution.But the partisan split is so tight...


On the trail: Ayotte fires back at Morse over conservative credentials

06-14-2024 1:29 PM

By PAUL STENHAUSER

Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the polling and fundraising front-runner for the GOP nomination in New Hampshire’s early September primary for governor, is firing back after coming under repeated attack by her rival, former longtime state Senate...


State House roundup: Here’s a look at how the N.H. House and Senate voted on the final da

06-13-2024 5:13 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN and JEREMY MARGOLIS

On the final day of the year’s legislative session, lawmakers passed an omnibus bill that includes legislation on squatter rights, parking restrictions and zoning regulations.It was about the only closely-watched bill that both chambers could agree...


Updated: House torches legal recreational marijuana bill by narrow five-vote margin after Senate approval

06-13-2024 2:47 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

New Hampshire’s bill to legalize marijuana got a breath of fresh air after receiving Senate approval, only to be tabled by the House by a five-vote margin, halting its progress towards the Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk this year.Rep. Jared Sullivan said he...


Cannabis, immigration, freedom accounts, and bail: What to watch in the final legislative session

06-12-2024 9:54 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

After a week of negotiations, “committee of conference” season is over. House and Senate representatives had until last Thursday to cobble together last-minute agreements on any bills the two chambers disagreed over. The process allowed select...


Kangaroo ownership, rodent traps, brass knuckles: The bills you may have missed

06-10-2024 12:00 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Kangaroo ownership, rodent traps, brass knuckles. The bills you may have missed.You can continue pronouncing Concord however you like and use adhesive rodent traps, but brass knuckles remain illegal and you’ll still need a permit to adopt a...


‘The viability of hospitals is at stake’: Lawmakers, governor, hospitals fail to reach deal on Medicaid payments

06-07-2024 2:01 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state’s 26 hospitals stand to lose millions in state payments for uncompensated care with the collapse Thursday of negotiations between the governor, lawmakers, and the hospitals. With a deadline fast approaching and a legislative fix seemingly...


On the trail: Van Ostern and Goodlander face off in first debate

06-07-2024 11:03 AM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

The two remaining Democratic candidates in the 2024 race to succeed Rep. Annie Kuster in New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District faced off Friday in their first debate.Colin Van Ostern, a former member of New Hampshire’s Executive Council and...


“It’s time” – Marijuana legalization bill heads back to House and Senate after committee agreements

06-06-2024 4:19 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A marijuana bill is one step closer to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk after lawmakers came to an agreement in a committee of conference Thursday.If passed, New Hampshire would become the 25th state to legalize recreational marijuana.House and Senate...


Shurtleff to leave NH House after 20 years, seeks county seat

06-06-2024 4:12 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

In his 20 years as a state representative, Steve Shurtleff has been minority leader, majority leader, house speaker and his current title of speaker emeritus — the first New Hampshire representative to hold all four positions, according to the house...


State lawmaker with checkered past faces new criminal charges in line with old beliefs

06-06-2024 11:30 AM

By TODD BOOKMAN

Nearly all federal court buildings around the country, including the Warren B. Rudman Courthouse in Concord, have a blanket policy: no recording, no electronics.It’s a policy Jason Gerhard knows well, but doesn’t accept.This past September, Gerhard, a...


After progress on PFAS bills this session, Merrimack reps promise, ‘We’ll be back’

06-06-2024 10:24 AM

By CLAIRE SULLIVAN

On Rep. Wendy Thomas’ Merrimack street, there are four private wells contaminated with PFAS, and four homes struck by cancer.In one house, the dad died of kidney cancer. In another, a father and his adult son both died of colon cancer. In the third,...


Political consultant behind fake Biden robocalls posts bail on first 6 of 26 criminal charges

06-05-2024 3:57 PM

By HOLLY RAMER

A political consultant who sent artificial intelligence-generated robocalls mimicking President Joe Biden’s voice made his first court appearance Wednesday in New Hampshire, where he is charged with voter suppression and impersonating a candidate...


Whitley drops out of Congressional race, will not seek State Senate either

06-05-2024 12:10 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

First and foremost Becky Whitley will tell people that she is just a regular mom from Hopkinton. And after a brief run for U.S. Congress, in Rep. Annie Kuster’s soon-to-be vacated seat, Whitley is suspending her campaign to do just that: be a mom to...


Bill to prohibit racial profiling among police officers heads to governor’s desk

06-05-2024 9:43 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

Rep. Charlotte DiLorenzo knows it as “the talk”: the conversation Black parents have with their children about how to respond if officers stop them or pull them over. “Keep your hands visible, make no sudden movements, keep your mouth shut, be polite,...


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