Republicans seek major voting overhauls, but chances of success appear slim

BY: - January 24, 2023

The bills were as ambitious as they were short-lived. A pair of Republican attempts to overhaul who gets to vote in party primaries – and who gets to run – suffered major setbacks last week, when the House Election Law Committee voted to recommend they not move forward. One bill, House Bill 101, would have […]

Rochester special election to occur on Feb. 21

BY: - December 21, 2022

A special election for a Rochester House race that ended in a tie has been scheduled for Feb. 21 by the Rochester City Council. The special election comes as the House is deeply divided, with Republicans holding 201 seats and the Democrats 198. The special election will determine whether the only remaining undecided seat goes […]

Democrats move to strip New Hampshire of first in the nation primary after day-long discussion

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — Voters in South Carolina would go first in picking Democratic presidential nominees, followed by Nevada, New Hampshire, Georgia and Michigan if their states go along with a proposal a key Democratic National Committee panel approved Friday. The Rules and Bylaws Committee’s nearly unanimous voice vote proposes moving the Democratic primary’s earliest election date […]

Second in the nation? White House proposes bumping New Hampshire primary, angering state Democrats

BY: - December 1, 2022

New Hampshire Democrats received a jolt Thursday evening after Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said the White House will propose that South Carolina be the first presidential primary – and New Hampshire be bumped to second place.  Shaheen said she had spoken to the White House that evening and learned that President Joe Biden preferred that South […]

Recount of Manchester Ward 6 House race to continue, rules Judge Amy Ignatius

BY: - November 22, 2022

A contentious recount will continue in a Manchester Ward 6 House race despite efforts by Democrats to end it, Merrimack County Superior Court judge Amy Ignatius ruled Tuesday morning. Democrats Maxine Mosley, a candidate in the race, and Sen. Donna Soucy filed a lawsuit to stop a continuation of the recount, arguing it had already […]

Merrimack Superior Court to rule on contentious House recount

BY: - November 21, 2022

Merrimack Superior Court Judge Amy Ignatius will decide “quickly” whether a recount of a contentious House race can proceed, she said Monday, after hearing arguments from the state and lawyers representing the candidates.  “It sounds like this is an unusual and messy situation,” Ignatius said Monday. The hearing came after Democrats Maxine Mosley, a candidate […]

Voters take anger over Gunstock’s closure to the polls

BY: - September 19, 2022

When the county-owned ski resort Gunstock temporarily shuttered last summer, some residents blamed their elected representatives for imperiling the mountain’s future by putting ideology over responsible governance. And many vowed to channel their outrage into the upcoming primary and general elections. It appears they delivered on that promise. The results of Tuesday’s primary will bring […]

New Hampshire’s late primary day

BY: - September 13, 2022

As voters headed into the polls Tuesday, Gov. Chris Sununu said he would be open to moving up the state’s primary, among the latest in the country. But the governor has vetoed previous legislative attempts to move the primary to August.  “Look, I don’t mind moving the primary. I’ve come to that,” Sununu told talk […]

Bleak economic and energy outlook dominates ahead of the election

BY: - September 7, 2022

New Hampshire residents have a bleak outlook on the current economy, and most don’t expect it to improve, according to a UNH Survey Center poll released Wednesday. In an interview with the Bulletin last week, Dante Scala, a professor of political science at UNH, predicted that economic factors including energy and electricity costs are likely […]

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 […]

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U.S. House members warned about disinformation in upcoming campaigns

BY: - June 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Experts on election security warned lawmakers during a U.S. House Administration hearing on Wednesday of targeted disinformation campaigns that could occur in the upcoming midterm and presidential elections. The panel of witnesses also stressed to members of the subcommittee on elections the dangers of conspiracy groups and their reach in sowing disinformation about […]

Court releases congressional district maps drawn by special master

BY: - May 27, 2022

The New Hampshire Supreme Court released congressional district maps drawn by the appointed “special master,” Nathaniel Persily, a Stanford law professor, on Friday, a day after the Legislature failed to produce a viable one of its own by the legislative deadline. The court rejected a motion to dismiss the plan filed by President Sen. Chuck […]