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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.

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Sununu signs affidavit ballot bill into law; voting rights groups file lawsuit

By: and - June 17, 2022

This story was updated on June 18 at 9:56 a.m. to clarify that the state primary is 56 days before the November general election. Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill into law on Friday that would create affidavit ballots for the first time in New Hampshire, a process that could delay final election results up […]

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State requests use of COVID relief funds to pay for public and private school security upgrades

By: - June 16, 2022

New Hampshire is seeking to use COVID-19 relief money to continue funding school security and infrastructure upgrades, an effort that is close to running out of state funding. And this time around, the state is proposing to fund private school upgrades, too.  In a request before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee meeting this Friday, Department […]

Mortgage rate increases, designed to cool market, create new headwinds for homebuyers

By: - June 15, 2022

Ron Magoon has a stark description of the home mortgage market for small New Hampshire banks these days. It’s “pretty much dried up,” the president and CEO of Franklin Savings Bank said.  Home prices continue to ride all-time highs in the state, and cash purchases that don’t require financing continue to dominate home sales. Inflation […]

In rare bipartisan effort, bill to address Windham ‘overvoting’ errors signed into law

By: - June 13, 2022

The idea was meant to save Windham election officials time ahead of the high-stakes 2020 election. Instead, the decision to use a folding machine to get absentee ballots prepared faster spurred an electoral fiasco that continues to fuel misinformation.  After unwittingly creating folds that crossed into the bubble of one of the Democratic candidates, Windham […]

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After big legislative wins in 2021, conservatives rack up few education victories in 2022

By: - June 9, 2022

New Hampshire’s conservative “school choice” movement notched sweeping victories for education legislation in 2021. But 2022 has proven less fruitful. A “teacher loyalty” bill to bar educators from advocating for socialism failed to advance this year, after its sponsor pulled it from consideration. A bill to create a local-taxpayer-funded version of the state’s new education […]

Former state senator Erin Hennessey sworn in as New Hampshire deputy secretary of state

By: - June 7, 2022

Former state senator Erin Hennessey was sworn in as New Hampshire’s deputy secretary of state Tuesday, hours after resigning her position in the Senate in the morning. “I thought long and hard about the choice,” Secretary of State Dave Scanlan said in an interview Tuesday. “And she’s just an excellent candidate.”  The move places the […]

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Executive Council tables teacher stress-reduction program, requesting more information

By: - June 7, 2022

A federally funded teacher training program to help educators reduce stress in the classroom has been put on hold after members of the Executive Council said they wanted more information.  Voting unanimously June 1, the council opted to table a contract that would have extended the program another year. The program, known as “The Regulated […]

As Sununu indicates support, legal questions around ‘provisional ballot’ bill persist

By: - June 7, 2022

A bill requiring certain same-day registrants in New Hampshire to produce documents proving they qualify to vote after Election Day – or risk having their votes thrown out – could be on its way to law, after Gov. Chris Sununu dropped some of his previous opposition.  “The secretary of state says that our process should […]

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After Uvalde shooting, little chance of new gun laws in New Hampshire

By: - June 3, 2022

This story was updated June 3, 2022 at 10 a.m. to correct the spelling of Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington’s name. Two days after a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, the topic of gun control came to the New Hampshire House. The conversation was brief.  Rep. Debra Altschiller, a Stratham Democrat, […]

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$720,000 for police department body cameras approved by Executive Council

By: - June 2, 2022

The New Hampshire Executive Council approved state funding to help 29 police departments install body camera systems Wednesday, clearing the way for departments to secure $719,646 in matching grants.  Paid for by the state’s new Body-worn and Dashboard Camera Fund, the awards are capped at $50,000 per town, and may be used for up to […]

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Sununu vetoes bill limiting governor’s emergency powers, angering some on right

By: - May 31, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill that would have limited the governor’s powers over declaring a state of emergency, transferring those powers to the Legislature. Sununu called the attempt “irresponsible.” In a veto of House Bill 275 issued Friday afternoon, Sununu said the bill could prevent assistance from reaching people in need if the Legislature […]

Senate drops bail reform rollback bill after apparent drafting errors

By: - May 27, 2022

The New Hampshire Senate abandoned a bill intended to pare back sections of the 2018 bail reform law Thursday, in a surprise turnaround brought about by drafting errors in the final legislation. Voting unanimously, senators opted to table the legislation, House Bill 1476, which would have imposed stricter requirements around jailing people charged with crimes […]