Government

DNC delays decision on presidential primary calendar to after November, prolonging uncertainty

BY: - August 1, 2022

The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee will wait until after this year’s November midterm elections to recommend which states should lead the presidential primary process, the committee told states this weekend. The delay came as a surprise to political observers, who had expected the committee to issue a final recommendation as early as […]

Zoning friction between towns and churches leads to legal challenges, legislation

BY: - July 27, 2022

One week into the pandemic lockdowns, a group of Bedford residents decided to build a new church.  After purchasing a house on Route 101 in March 2020, the group, the New Hope Christian Fellowship, began holding services in the living room. Attendance was modest; just 10 to 20 people participated every week, attending Bible study […]

Much of $3 million in pandemic aid for restaurants remains unspent

BY: - July 22, 2022

Blue Harbor Coffee was four months old when COVID-19 first arrived in New Hampshire, and business was strong.  It was about to get stronger. As Gov. Chris Sununu issued an executive order closing down indoor dining and officials urged residents to stay at home, many restaurants found themselves challenged by dwindling customers and departing employees. […]

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New law will require NH towns and cities to report cybersecurity attacks

BY: - June 24, 2022

New Hampshire will soon have a better idea of the cybersecurity threats facing its municipalities and the state, after Gov. Chris Sununu signed a law to mandate immediate reporting by all municipalities of cyber security attacks.  The bill, House Bill 1277, mandates towns and cities to report all occurrences of cybersecurity attacks to the state’s […]

State Sen. Donna Soucy, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley, Sen. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and DNC committee member Joanne Dowdell sit before the DNC's Rules and Bylaws committee to defend New Hampshire's first in the nation presidential primary.

New Hampshire political leaders make case to DNC: Keep our first-in-the-nation primary

BY: - June 24, 2022

The New Hampshire Democrats filed in solemnly, armed with speeches to keep their party’s support and defend the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary. But first, they passed out goodie bags.  As members of the Democratic National Committee’s powerful Rules and Bylaws Committee sat around long tables Wednesday evening, waiting to hear New Hampshire’s defense of its […]

Amid hiring woes, lawmakers approve state employee retention programs

BY: - June 23, 2022

State lawmakers have approved a pair of programs that officials say will help them recruit and retain employees during a difficult hiring period. In a series of votes Friday, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee approved the creation of a referral program to incentivize current state employees to bring on new employees in the next year […]

Manchester accepting grant applications for community-based projects and events

BY: - June 17, 2022

One year ago Manchester learned it would receive $43.2 million in pandemic aid. Since then, it’s awarded 29 nonprofits nearly $254,000 in grants, and now it’s looking to give out more. The mayor’s office announced Wednesday it is accepting a second round of applications for the nearly $1 million it allotted to community-based projects and […]

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Bulletin wins 10 New Hampshire Press Association awards

BY: - June 10, 2022

In its first year entering the annual New Hampshire Press Association Distinguished Journalism Contest awards, the New Hampshire Bulletin took home 10 reporting awards, many of them for first place, in the division for small daily news outlets. The awards were presented Thursday night at the association’s annual awards ceremony. Two of the awards went […]

‘I want to be buried with my brothers and sisters who served’

BY: - June 10, 2022

Cheryl LeBlanc buried her husband, Dave, at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery Thursday, grateful he’s aside thousands of other men and women who served their country. Two weeks ago, LeBlanc would have been turned away because federal cemetery rules didn’t recognize her husband’s National Guard service. “I know the difference between active duty and guardsmen,” […]

Iowa Democrats offer ‘significant’ caucus changes in bid for first-in-the-nation status

BY: - May 5, 2022

Iowa Democrats offered to change the caucus process Wednesday, part of a bid to retain the state’s first-in-the-nation status amid opposition from the national party. “We recognize that caucuses need to change with the times,” Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn wrote in a letter to the Democratic National Committee. “What worked in 1976 is […]

Grappling with war: Ukrainian community in N.H. mounts aid efforts while awaiting resettlement  

BY: - April 28, 2022

Since the war broke out in Ukraine, Kateryna Kelly has discovered the Ukrainian community in New Hampshire is bigger than she thought, as people have come forward to join the aid effort. Now, they are getting organized, mounting grassroots aid campaigns throughout the state as they await refugee resettlement proceedings with the hope of bringing […]

Executive Council gives initial approval to a $23 million veterans campus in Franklin

BY: - March 24, 2022

The head of the state office dispensing pandemic aid walked away from the Executive Council meeting Wednesday with permission to continue negotiating a $23 million contract to build a veterans campus in Franklin. But he should expect tough questions when he comes back with a contact. Taylor Caswell, executive director of the Governor’s Office for […]