Monday, February 4, 2013
Legislative week: Bills for keno, poker, a county income tax, and a credit for NH-made films.
Keno. Poker. Tinted glass on cars. Support for motion pictures made in NH. Making the White Potato the state vegetable. A bid to eliminate voter ID requirements. And possible tougher license restrictions for first-time drivers. Get out your scorecards: It's a busy week at the Statehouse. The New Hampshire House of Representatives is in session on Wednesday, Feb. 6, starting at 10 a.m. Governor and Executive Council also meet Wednesday, 10 a.m., in council chambers at the Statehouse. Some of the many public hearings on tap: Public campaign financing for candidates for governor, Executive Council and state senate. House Bill 250 proposes a “Clean Elections Fund” be established to provide campaign finances to eligible candidates. Candidates …
Friday, March 23, 2012
The gubernatorial hopeful said other issues are "more important."
Ovide Lamontagne is running for governor in the hopes of bringing strong leadership to the Granite State, and one of the problems he said he sees with current leadership is a weak focus on the big issues. The Manchester resident and former U.S. senatorial candidate said during a campaign stop in Hampton on Thursday there needs to be a greater focus on issues like the economy, job creation and reducing business regulations, and not social issues like gay marriage. Lamontagne, a supporter of "traditional marriage," said the marriage equality issue isn't a "top priority" to him, as he said he doesn't think it's something that concerns residents as much as seeing a resolution to many issues he said have been created in part by Gov. John Lynch'…
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The former House Speaker, in search of a new revolution, seeks game-changer in NH.
The Return of Newt Gingrich: the scene in which the old political warrior learns new tricks and introduces Newt friends. A tad battered but still swinging a big bat, Gingrich today embraces the legislative lightning rod known as New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O'Brien. Everybody, stand back, this is Primary Countdown for Dec. 21–there are 20 days until the New Hampshire Primary lights up the political universe. O'Brien could be just what Gingrich needs in New Hampshire–a tough, smart field general. Gingrich welcomes O'Brien to the team at a rally at 2 p.m. in Manchester. O'Brien, a lawyer from Mont Vernon, joins forces with Gingrich's state chairwoman, Concord businesswoman and state Rep. Laurie Sanborn. How much of a threat does Gingrich…
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Secretary of State says if Nevada does not change its date, he will have no choice but to set NH Primary in December.
- Dan Tuohy
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner issued a lengthy statement early this evening to say that he may have no choice but to set the first-in-the-nation primary in December. He says Dec. 13 and Dec. 6 are "realistic options." Here's an excerpt: "With Florida moving its primary earlier than originally planned to January 31st, and South Carolina making a move to set its primary ten days earlier to January 21st, that began to limit options for setting our date in January. When officials in Nevada set their caucus for Saturday, January 14th, that left Tuesday, January 3rd as a possibility for us, but Iowa officials tentatively decided that their caucus would be on that day. My job as NH Secretary of State is to follow our law, which…
Friday, September 2, 2011
Jack Kimball resigns, calls for unity against Democrats.
A little more than eight months after he was elected in a surprise victory to lead New Hampshire’s Republican Party, embattled Chairman Jack Kimball resigned on Sept. 1, at a party executive committee meeting in Concord. In the last few weeks, Kimball had come under fire for signing a petition to grant ballot access to the state’s Libertarian Party and for sacking Executive Director Will Wrobleski. Some Republicans were also angered over reportedly limited fundraising and the loss of two special elections in recent months that handed over open state representative seats to Democrats. In remarks that lasted but a few minutes, Kimball decided to rise before the start of the meeting to address the board at what he called “a very difficult …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Calls on Republicans to unify, defeat Democrats.
New Hampshire Republican Chairman Jack Kimball, holding back tears, resigned his position at a party executive committee meeting on Sept. 1, at the Holiday Inn in Concord. Kimball told members, as well as a room full of supporters, that the most important thing for the process, state, and the nation, was to defeat President Obama and elect a Republican governor in the Granite State in 2012. Those in attendance loudly cheered upon hearing those words but were silenced and shocked by Kimball’s resignation not long after he called for unity. One female voice from the crowd yelled, “Don’t do it Jack!” However, Kimball held up his hand and said it was time for the squabbling to stop. Kimball received a standing ovation after his remarks and …