Ethan DeWitt

Ethan DeWitt

Ethan DeWitt is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s education reporter. Previously, he worked as the New Hampshire State House reporter for the Concord Monitor, covering the state, the Legislature, and the New Hampshire presidential primary. A Westmoreland native, Ethan started his career as the politics and health care reporter at the Keene Sentinel.

From citrus to crypto: 1940s precedent puts future of NH file-sharing firm in doubt

By: - November 17, 2022

In 1941, a Florida man hatched a plan to grow his citrus empire. But he made a critical error, and sparked a lawsuit that would have repercussions – in Manchester, New Hampshire – 81 years later.  Back then, William John Howey offered a deal. Investors could buy tracts of his land and lease it back […]

Education Department sign and buidling

State seeks approval for $9.8 million in federal funds toward school security upgrades

By: - November 16, 2022

New Hampshire officials are seeking this week to distribute $9.8 million in federal funds to help boost school door-locking systems to mitigate threats. In a request to the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee, Gov. Chris Sununu said the funds will be spread among 231 public schools and 18 nonpublic schools if approved. The committee will vote […]

Jeb Bradley stands while Chris Sununu signs a bill

Senate Republicans choose Bradley to lead them; Democrats pick Soucy

By: - November 14, 2022

New Hampshire Senate Republicans voted for Sen. Jeb Bradley to serve as Senate president next term, promoting the longtime Senate majority leader to the chamber’s top position after the departure of Sen. Chuck Morse. In a unanimous, closed-door vote Thursday, the 14 elected Republicans chose Bradley as their nominee, according to a press release by […]

After six-year battle to oust Sununu, Democrats fall short again

By: - November 14, 2022

For New Hampshire residents, some of Tuesday’s election results may have seemed familiar. The state’s three congressional Democrats fighting for reelection held on to their seats. The Democrat facing Republican Gov. Chris Sununu lost handily. It’s a dynamic that has repeated itself since Sununu first ran for the corner office in 2016. And the gaps […]

Empty seats in the House chamber

Trench warfare?: What an evenly split New Hampshire House means for legislating

By: - November 10, 2022

Two years ago, when New Hampshire Republicans took back the state House, the margin of victory appeared slim. Republicans won 213 seats to Democrats’ 187 seats, taking just 53 percent of the chamber.  But this year’s House elections have set a new standard for close elections.  With some races still being counted on Wednesday – […]

Gov. Chris Sununu stands at a lectern outside on Friday

Sununu reelected to fourth term as governor

By: - November 8, 2022

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu won a fourth term in office Tuesday, handily defeating his Democratic opponent after a campaign centered around Sununu’s stewardship of the state’s economy.  In a speech reacting to the win Monday night, Sununu thanked voters for coming to the polls in high numbers.  “Every single vote matters and that’s what we […]

Inflation, abortion among drivers of strong Election Day turnout in New Hampshire  

By: , and - November 8, 2022

Ronald Smith, 57, of Seabrook said he voted Republican for the first time in his life during Tuesday’s midterm election for two reasons.  He wants the southern border secured against fentanyl traffickers, whom he blames for his nephew’s drug overdose. And he can no longer afford his groceries.  “Four dollars for a dozen eggs? Four […]

A worker stands on top of housing stick construction

State to distribute $50 million to build 1,472 new rental units, after council approval

By: - November 3, 2022

New Hampshire will distribute $50 million in federal funds to help develop 1,472 new rental housing units after the Executive Council signed off on a final list of recipients Wednesday. In a unanimous vote, the council approved awards to 30 housing developments across the state. The awards, a part of the state’s “InvestNH” housing program, […]

Republicans voice support for expanding ‘education freedom account’ program

By: - November 3, 2022

Nearly two years after creating the “education freedom account” program, a growing number of New Hampshire Republicans are looking toward expanding who can access it. During an Oct. 25 Bulletin/NHPR debate, Gov. Chris Sununu said he would support raising income caps on the program. In a Tuesday WMUR debate, he repeated that position. And one […]

Additional $2.5 million in rental relief money not enough to save state program, officials say

By: - November 1, 2022

New Hampshire will receive an additional $2.5 million in rental assistance funding from the U.S. Treasury, the department announced last week. But state officials say the extra money is not enough to stop the end of the state’s aid program next month.  In an announcement Friday, the Treasury Department revealed that New Hampshire would receive […]

In Senate debate, both Hassan and Bolduc put spotlight on Hassan’s record

By: - October 28, 2022

Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan faced off against her Republican opponent, Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc, in a debate co-hosted by New Hampshire Public Radio and the Bulletin on Thursday. And between the candidates, one focus reigned above all: Hassan’s record in her first six-year term in office. Hassan sought to highlight that record, pointing to […]

Gov. Chris Sununu

End of federal rental relief funding sparks pleas for backup plan

By: - October 27, 2022

A year-and-a-half-long rental relief program is likely coming to an end soon, state officials announced last week, after the U.S. Treasury left New Hampshire out of the latest round of funding.  Now, housing advocates are urging the state to develop and present a backup plan – before the federal funding runs out on Dec. 29. […]