- Gaming authority offers regulatory structure
- Budget gets House OK, heads to Senate
- Search for Derry library director down to two
- Deane looking forward to leading Nashua aldermen
- Greenfield planners seek input on Heritage District plan proposal
- Obama administration relaxes some health care rules
- NH reps eyeing budget deal
- Decision to tap F&G habitat fund explained
- Salem selectmen approve temporary sign rules
- Soup kitchen gets capital campaign boost
Also Thursday, New Yorkers are in the mix in New Hampshire. Sen. Chuck Schumer is raising money for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, while 11-term congressman Pete King, exploring a run for President in 2016, will meet with key GOP strategists, address the Northeast Regional Troopers Coalition and speak at a fund-raiser for New Hampshire House Republicans
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Top NH political pros to head new Boston office of nationally-known consulting firm
The Granite Status has learned that Jim Demers, president and CEO of Concord-based Demers & Blaisdell, Inc., and Patrick Griffin, chairman emeritus of Manchester-based GY&K Marketing, will lead a new Boston office of Purple Strategies when it opens on Jan. 15.....Also Wednesday, iIn advance of former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's next appearance in New Hampshire next week, the state Democratic Party is launching web ads, an online petition and “organizing tools” challenging him to disclose his client list.
John DiStaso's Granite Status: National Democratic chair to speak at NHIOP in January; Cataldo backs Kenney for Executive Council
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will discuss her new book at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Jan. 2...State Sen. Sam Cataldo, R-Farmington, on Monday backed former state Sen. Joe Kenney in the District 1 Executive Council special election.
Also Thursday, Republican former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith says he has a verbal agreement, “which will be finalized by the end of the month,” with long-time state conservative activist Sam Pimm to be the campaign manager for his 2014 run for the seat now held by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Harsh posts by Democratic state lawmaker put National Review spotlight on Garcia
Republican congressional hopeful state Rep. Marilinda Garcia may have actually received a boost from a Democratic state lawmaker who last week disparagingly compared her to reality television star Kim Kardashian.
Veteran Republican activist Jim Foley has resigned as a member of the Republican State Committee's executive committee and said he will soon leave as the chairman of the Derry Republican Committee, as well.
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Republicans Brown, St. Hilaire, Democrat Kelley consider Executive Council candidacies
With the filing period for the special election for the District 1 Executive Council seat opening on Monday, two more Republicans and have confirmed they are seriously considering candidacies, while Democrats say Kathleen Kelley of Randolph is also looking at a run.
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Ayotte rejects NHDP call for apology after false CBS report on Benghazi attack
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte has rejected a New Hampshire Democratic Party call that she apologize for criticizing the Obama administration's handling of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya following a televised report that was later shown to be false.
John DiStaso's Granite Status: GOP 2nd District congressional hopeful Lambert announces 50 Nashua supporters
Republican 2nd District U.S. House candidate Gary Lambert today announced 50 endorsements by Nashua residents....After last week's Manchester mayoral election, Ted Gatsas instantly found himself as the unofficial GOP front-runner to challenge Gov. Maggie Hassan next year.
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Guinta DC fund-raiser to feature House Majority Leader Cantor, Majority Whip McCarthy
Also, a new poll shows Granite Staters strongly favor comprehensive immigration reform, secure borders..Despite a recurrence of prostate cancer, Republican Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn still intends to be in New Hampshire Friday night for a state GOP fund-raiser.
Back in September 2010, U.S. Senate Republicans tried to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act's "grandfather" rule that has led to millions of Americans now getting cancellation notices from their insurance companies.
As former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown continues to make the political rounds in New Hampshire, he's now had his new "The People's Seat" New Hampshire political action committee cut a $10,000 check to the state Republican Party, putting at the "Chairman's Circle" donation level along with Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Rand Paul of Kentucky, a potential 2016 presidential candidate.
John DiStaso's Granite Status: In DC, Bass meets with McConnell, other key Republicans, as he weighs US Senate run
Also, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown calls the Jeanne Shaheen campaign's attacks on him in fund-raising emails "laughable." And, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is undecided on a bill to outlaw discrimination against gays and is being lobbied by both Republican and Democratic proponents of the legislation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised a vote in the Senate before Thanksgiving.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte's spokesman said Friday the state Democratic Party's charge that Ayotte was trying to deceive and mislead voters on her well-known vote against a gun control measure earlier this year was “absurd.”
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Rep. Marilinda Garcia tells fellow Republicans she's eyeing a run for Congress
A Marilinda Garcia candidacy for the 2nd District U.S. House seat now held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster would put her in Republican primary with already-announced candidate Gary Lambert, the former one-term state senator from Nashua.
“ROCK STAR” KELLY. U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, elected nearly three years ago, has become the rising Republican star on Capitol Hill — establishment Republican, that is.