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NH Supreme Court rules in state’s favor on federal unemployment benefits lawsuit

BY: - December 8, 2022

The state did not violate the law when it ended pandemic unemployment benefits ahead of the federal deadline, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.  The state was one of at least 15 to be sued after ending federal unemployment benefits in June 2021, two months before the program was to end.  The four people who […]

Laconia officials deny leading selection of developer, contradicting governor and commissioner 

BY: - December 8, 2022

Laconia city officials disputed statements Wednesday from the governor and a state commissioner that they led the choice of a proposed buyer for the former Laconia State School who has no experience developing the kind of massive planned village she’s promising to create on the 220-acre site.  And the head of a commission that has […]

Lawmakers elect Packard as House speaker, Scanlan as secretary of state

BY: - December 7, 2022

Rep. Amanda Toll, a Keene Democrat, sat nursing her one-week-old baby as a roll call vote that normally takes 30 seconds stretched on for nearly 30 minutes. Members of the New Hampshire House voted the old-fashioned way during “Organization Day” Wednesday, foregoing electronic voting as each of the 380 House members still present instead cast […]

Executive Council gives Jasper another term leading Department of Agriculture

BY: and - December 7, 2022

With two members citing serious concerns, the Executive Council voted 3-1 to give Shawn Jasper another five-year term as commissioner of the state Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Farms Wednesday.  In a second vote, the council unanimously confirmed Lori Weaver, assistant commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, to fill out the term […]

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Laconia officials raise concerns about developer ahead of Executive Council meeting

BY: - December 6, 2022

Additional concerns arose Tuesday about a Manchester woman with no large-scale property development experience who’s been chosen by the state to buy the former 220-acre Laconia State School and turn it into a massive housing and tourism campus. The concerns come a day before the state Department of Administrative Services is to ask the Executive […]

In secretary of state election, a contest between experience and reform

BY: - December 6, 2022

When New Hampshire lawmakers meet in Concord on Wednesday, they’ll be encountering two anomalies: The first meeting of the most closely divided House in modern history, and the first secretary of state election in 46 years where Bill Gardner is not in the running. Gardner retired in January and appointed his longtime deputy secretary, Dave […]

Buyer’s ambitious plans for Lakes Region site surpass her prior projects – by far

BY: - December 6, 2022

The Manchester developer chosen by the state to turn the 220-acre former Laconia State School into a massive housing, entertainment, commercial, and medical services campus has never completed a project nearly as large, she said Monday. Her biggest project in New Hampshire, a mixed-use property in Manchester, is three years behind schedule and the subject […]

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Republicans say no to DNC primary demands

BY: - December 5, 2022

New Hampshire Republican leaders said they won’t comply with demands a key Democratic National Committee panel outlined Friday as a condition of allowing the state to go second in the next Democratic presidential primary. Republican leaders said New Hampshire will preserve its long-held tradition of holding the nation’s first presidential primary – even if that […]

As New Hampshire vows to hold first primary, the consequences could be steep

BY: - December 5, 2022

When a key panel of the Democratic National Committee voted Friday for South Carolina to hold the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, members also voted for New Hampshire to share a second primary date with Nevada.  But then came the fine print. In order to earn that second place position, the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee recommended, […]

After voters wake up to ‘extremism,’ a new Belknap County delegation takes shape

BY: - November 18, 2022

This article was updated on Nov. 21, 2022 at 7:53 p.m. to include a statement from Rep. Tom Ploszaj. When county-owned Gunstock Ski Area was temporarily shuttered last summer, Belknap County residents vowed to take their anger to the polls. They wanted to unseat representatives they believed were meddling in ski area business, the same […]

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Health and Human Services requests use of federal funds to assist Ukrainian refugees

BY: - November 17, 2022

The state Department of Health and Human Services is hoping to use nearly $697,000 in federal money to provide the estimated 175 Ukrainian refugees who arrived in New Hampshire this year help finding jobs and housing, learning English, and accessing vaccines. The department is expected to ask the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee Friday to use […]

Ballot counting to continue for two seats narrowly held by Democrats 

BY: - November 17, 2022

More ballots need to be counted before finalizing the recount result of Manchester Ward 6, a seat that flipped from Republican to Democratic control Monday, Secretary of State Dave Scanlan announced Thursday. That announcement brings uncertainty for two seats now held by Democrats, as Republicans have a razor-thin majority with 200 seats. Democrats currently hold […]