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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...


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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,...


All but one landfill legislation in NH fail, industry influence questioned

06-04-2024 5:00 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As the New Hampshire legislative session wraps up, it’s another disappointing year for proponents of landfill legislation.Out of five bills focused on landfill regulations, only one has made it to the governor’s desk. This bill requires notifying the...


Recovery advocates urge Cinde Warmington to drop out of governor’s race

06-04-2024 4:23 PM

By SOFIE BUCKMINSTER

As a clinical social worker and master alcohol and drug counselor, Jason Snook doesn’t spend a lot of time around the State House.“I pull people out of the trenches, the trenches that people fall into because of poor legislation,” he said. On Tuesday,...


As bail reform goes to negotiations, some say a compromise is finally possible

06-04-2024 10:18 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

Ever since the New Hampshire Legislature passed a bill aimed at reducing the number of people held without bail in 2018, lawmakers – particularly Republican ones – have sought to roll it back. But among those seeking to limit who can be released on...


Major N.H. voting law change nears finish line despite objections

06-03-2024 11:33 AM

By TODD BOOKMAN

The largest change to New Hampshire election laws in recent history: That’s how some are describing a setof Republican-backed bills that would create new requirements for people looking to register to vote. The bills would also make New Hampshire...


On the trail: How will Trump trial verdict impact N.H. races?

05-31-2024 9:49 AM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

Former President Donald Trump’s criminal conviction on 34 felony counts in his historic criminal trial drew swift reaction from New Hampshire’s top politicians vying for the corner office.“Today’s show trial starkly reveals the extent to which Joe...


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