New Hampshire among states with female Senate leader
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Senate president, Donna Soucy, is among at least 34 women nationwide to hold a top legislative spot this year. It's a new role for her but not an unfamiliar scenario for the state.
Pappas rejecting paycheck until government is re-opened
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The newest member of New Hampshire's congressional delegation says he'll reject a paycheck until the partial government shutdown ends.
Democrat Chris Pappas, who was elected to the state's 1st District, said his first official act will be to ask that his pay be withheld. He planned to send a letter with his request to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House on Thursday afternoon.
Shea-Porter looks back, ahead after 4 terms in Congress
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Troublesome T-shirts have become a bit of a tradition for Democrats elected to Congress from New Hampshire's 1st District.
Pappas to be ceremonial sworn in at Manchester high school
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Rep.-elect Chris Pappas will be sworn into office twice — once in Washington, D.C., and then again at a high school in Manchester where he graduated.
Pappas, a Democrat who becomes the state's first openly gay member of Congress, grew up in Manchester and graduated from Central High School. The ceremonial event on Jan. 5 follows his official swearing-in in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 3.
Departing Congresswoman Shea-Porter favors Pelosi as Speaker
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Departing Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire is supporting Nancy Pelosi as the next House speaker.
Shea-Porter is stepping down at the end of her term in the 1st District. Democrat Chris Pappas is succeeding her. Pappas and Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster say they're undecided on Pelosi.
New Hampshire getting $136K to help tidal crossing projects
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is going to get more than $136,000 to support the design of coastal tidal crossings to help communities and ecosystems.
The money is going to the New Hampshire Nature Conservancy for a tidal crossing replacement project. It's coming from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Delegation promotes Affordable Care Act enrollment
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Members of New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation are urging residents to carefully consider their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.
The open enrollment period for the Obama-era health overhaul law ends Dec. 15. The same three companies that offered plans this year are offering plans for 2019: Anthem, Harvard Pilgrim and Ambetter.
UNH gets grant to train fishermen, farmers
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire is getting nearly $800,000 for a program that seeks to boost U.S. seafood production.
The money from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will fund an aquaculture training program that will recruit fishermen and farmers from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine and will focus on farming steelhead trout and blue mussels.
Annual race honors slain New Hampshire journalist
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Members of New Hampshire's Congressional delegation were among those honoring slain journalist James Foley at a 5k race in Rochester.
The 4th annual Foley Foundation 5k Freedom Run was held Saturday. It raises money for a foundation Foley's parents created after their son's death. Foley, who grew up in Rochester, was kidnapped in northern Syria in 2012 and killed in August 2014.
Edwards, Pappas offer visions for Social Security, Medicare
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — While both Democrat Chris Pappas and Republican Eddie Edwards expressed support for programs like Medicare and Social Security, they clashed Thursday over the role government plays in people's lives during a 1st Congressional District debate.
1st district hopefuls meet for public radio debate
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Pushing back against both debate moderators and his opponent, Republican congressional hopeful Eddie Edwards said Wednesday that questions about race, reproductive rights and President Donald Trump's behavior serve only to further divide Americans.
Shea-Porter calls for release of detained Indonesian
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Democratic congresswoman from New Hampshire is calling for the release of an Indonesian woman detained since May after she was picked up at an immigration checkpoint.
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter on Tuesday called the continued detention of Etty Tham "unconscionable." She also said the detention ignores a federal judge's request to have her released from a county jail and differs from the way that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement handles these types of cases.
New Hampshire gets federal grant to help homeless veterans
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The state's Democratic congressional delegation says that New Hampshire is getting more than $2.8 million in federal grants to help homeless veterans.
The funding will go toward two New Hampshire nonprofit organizations, Veterans Inc. in Concord and Harbor Homes in Nashua. The organizations provide housing, employment, and supportive services for veterans and their families.
Grant goes to Dover to improve transportation
DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Several members of New Hampshire's Democratic Congressional delegation have announced a grant aimed at improving transportation networks in Dover.
House race will mean state’s first black or gay congressman
DOVER, N.H. (AP) — The Republican and Democrat in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District race understand they have the chance to make history but are approaching their roles as trailblazers a little differently.
New Hampshire set to make history in open US House race
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is set to elect either its first openly gay member of Congress or its first black representative.
Democrat Carol Shea-Porter's decision to step down after four non-consecutive terms in the 1st Congressional District resulted in no fewer than 17 candidates vying for the district's first open seat in 16 years. While it used to be reliably Republican, the district has flipped in each of the last four cycles, becoming a swing district in a swing state.
Swing state, swing district: House seat has huge field in NH
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It's been 16 years since there was an open seat in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District — and now more than 16 candidates are hoping to fill it.
Crowd of 1st District Democrats gang up on front-runners
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The crowded field of Democratic congressional hopefuls in New Hampshire's 1st District took turns targeting the perceived front-runners at their latest forum Thursday night.
With 12 days until the primary, the 11 Democrats competing for their party's nomination met at Manchester Community College. Along with six Republicans, they're hoping to take the seat being left open by Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who isn't seeking re-election.
Delegation members say investigation needs to keep going
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Members of New Hampshire's Democratic Congressional delegation say the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller needs to continue without interference following the conviction of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and guilty plea from his former personal lawyer.
Shaheen, Hassan attack Trump climate plan as health threat
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Democratic Congressional delegation criticized the Trump administration efforts to scale back restrictions on climate-changing emissions from coal-fired power plants, calling it a threat to the health and safety of the state's residents.
The Trump plan broadly gives states much more discretion in regulating coal power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency said the move is an effort to empower states and promote economic growth.
New Hampshire gets $16 million to protect water resources
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire will receive a $16 million grant to improve water infrastructure and ensure the supply of clean drinking water.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation is urging the new veterans affairs secretary to quickly implement recommendations to improve the state's only VA medical center.
Top officials from the Manchester VA Medical Center were removed last year after the Boston Globe reported whistleblower complaints about substandard treatment and unsafe conditions.
Shea-Porter meeting with shipyard leaders, union members
KITTERY, Maine (AP) — New Hampshire Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is joining leaders and union members at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to discuss critical issues regarding hiring and investments to expand its capacity.
Shea-Porter, a Democrat, also is holding a question-and-answer session with union members Wednesday outside the shipyard gates.
The shipyard, in Kittery, Maine, overhauls and repairs nuclear-powered submarines for the U.S. Navy.
Forum attracts crowd of Democratic 1st District hopefuls
EXETER, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Democratic Party is hosting another forum for the crowded field of candidates seeking the nomination in the 1st Congressional District.
Eleven Democrats will be on the ballot for the Sept. 11 primary, competing for a chance to replace U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election. Five Republicans are seeking the GOP nomination.
The Democrats will gather at Exeter High School for a forum Thursday night.
Giuliani: Midterms will answer impeachment question
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday the upcoming midterm elections will be a referendum on impeaching the president.
"I say this not in my role as a lawyer but as a concerned citizen and Republican," he said. "This election is going to be about impeachment or no impeachment."
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has received a federal grant to help raise awareness about the potential health problems associated with lead paint in older buildings.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A technology executive says he's dropped his bid for the Republican nomination for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District in 2018.
WMUR-TV reports Bruce Crochetiere, of Hampton Falls, said Wednesday he was dropping out, citing family and business considerations.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A pair of New Hampshire congresswomen says the U.S. Department of Labor is providing more than $200,000 to help with employment services for homeless veterans.
Democratic Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster say the money is going to Easterseals NH from the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. They say the money will help local agencies and nonprofit groups like Easterseals provide services such as on-the-job training and apprenticeships.
Shaheen, Hassan question new Trump border policy
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Democratic Congressional delegation says President Donald Trump's executive order ending the policy of separating families fails to protect those children who were already taken from their parents at the border.
Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan say the order does not provide a solution for the children and parents who remain separated. Shaheen says it is a violation of the law, leaving children indefinitely in detention centers.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Politicians and housing advocates said at a Monday forum that New Hampshire is facing a shortage of affordable housing, making it harder to attract fresh talent to the state and keep young people from leaving.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The filing period for the 2018 election cycle is underway in New Hampshire.
So far, a number of candidates have signed up for the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts. A candidate tally on the Secretary of State's website shows that no one filed for governor as of Friday.
KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Politicians and the public celebrated a new replacement bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine with a walk and a time capsule.
People on Friday walked across the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which replaces a 76-year-old bridge that runs from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Kittery, Maine, along the Route 1 Bypass over the Piscataqua River.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Democratic U.S. senators are troubled by President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, calling the move "reckless."
Iran settled to limits on its nuclear weapon program in return for relief from economic sanctions in the 2015 six-nation agreement.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A technology executive says he's seeking the Republican nomination for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District in 2018.
WMUR-TV reports Bruce Crochetiere, of Hampton Falls, is founder and chairman of Focus Technology Solutions, a business technology consulting firm headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, with offices in Nashua and Boston.
Congressional delegation: Opioid funding not enough
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is getting $3.1 million in grants authorized through the 21st Century Cures Act to combat the opioid crisis, but the state's Democratic congressional delegation says it's not enough.
The legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama authorized $485 million in grants to states this year.
NH delegation says US needs coherent strategy in Syria
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Members of New Hampshire's Congressional delegation say the U.S. can't turn away from the crisis in Syria, but the country needs a coherent strategy to bring peace.
The United States, France and Britain fired military strikes on Saturday intended to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for the alleged use of chemical weapons.
Levi Sanders explains congressional run during forum
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The son of independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders explained Thursday night at a candidates' forum why he was running for Congress in New Hampshire 1st District, a district in which he does not live.
Levi Sanders joined seven other Democrats at the forum in Rochester bidding to succeed retiring four-term Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.
Delegation suggests minimum for targeted opioid funding
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation is urging the Trump administration to send at least $10 million to each state deemed eligible for extra funding to fight the nation's worsening opioid epidemic.
The $1.3 trillion budget appropriation the president signed Friday includes an additional $3.3 billion to combat the crisis. The congressional delegation says of that, $142 million will be set aside for the hardest-hit states.
DOVER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire police are investigating a suspicious package that was delivered to U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter's Dover office.
Dover police tell WMUR-TV the package was delivered to the Democrat's office with regular mail Monday afternoon. According to a statement by Shea-Porter, office staffers discovered an unidentified brown substance in the package.
Regional VA system head retiring in wake of report
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New England VA system's regional director is retiring as an investigation finds "failed leadership at multiple levels" at the Veterans Administration during the Obama administration that put patients at a major hospital at risk.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Several New Hampshire congresswomen are calling for the removal of the New England VA system's regional director, saying he was unable to provide satisfactory answers to what he knew about deteriorating care at New Hampshire's only veterans hospital.
Levi Sanders emphasizes he’s running on his own views in New Hampshire race
Levi Sanders, the son of Sen. Bernie Sanders, said Tuesday that he has some similar views to his father, but emphasized that he is running on his own.
"I think it's fair to say that my father an I have a lot of similar views, but thats the case in terms of throughout this entire country," Mr. Sanders, who is running as a Democrat for a U.S. House seat in New Hampshire, said on CNN.
NH reps say Trump needs to do more for opioid epidemic
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation reacting to President Donald Trump's State of the Union appreciate his efforts to take on the opioid epidemic, but say he hasn't done enough to get funding.
Congressional delegation asks for tradeport to be in study
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation is requesting that the Pease International Tradeport be included in a nationwide health impact study on chemicals such as PFOA found in drinking water.
Legislation authored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter establishing the study was signed into law by President Donald Trump last month.
1st District bid for county commissioner
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A county commissioner and school board member says he's seeking the Republican nomination for the state's 1st Congressional District in 2018.
Mark Hounsell, of Conway, is Carroll County commissioner and a Conway School Board member. He's also a labor representative to the state's Public Employee Labor Relations Board. The 65-year-old Hounsell was a state senator in the 1980s.
New Hampshire celebrates Martin Luther King Day
The New Hampshire political leader who signed legislation recognizing Martin Luther King Day as a state holiday is participating in annual festivities.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is joining fellow Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan at the Martin Luther King Day Interfaith Celebration at the North Church in Portsmouth. Shaheen has said one of her proudest days as governor was signing the bill that created the holiday in 1999.
McEachern seeking Democratic nomination for 1st District
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A businessman in the technology sector says he's seeking the Democratic nomination for the state's 1st Congressional District in 2018.
Deaglan McEachern, of Portsmouth, announced his candidacy for Congress in an email blast on Wednesday, becoming the seventh Democrat to enter the race.
New Hampshire not joining lawsuit on net neutrality
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's attorney general says the state is not joining with others in suing the Federal Communications Commission for repealing "net neutrality" rules.
The state's all-Democratic Congressional delegation wrote to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald last week after the Republican-controlled FCC voted to scrap an Obama-era rule that guaranteed equal access to the internet.
New Hampshire delegation urges lawsuit on net neutrality
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's all-Democratic Congressional delegation is urging the state attorney general to join other states suing the Federal Communications Commission for repealing "net neutrality" rules.
Veterans hospital forms partnership to aid Seacoast veterans
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's veterans hospital has launched a new partnership with a Seacoast hospital to provide gastrointestinal procedures to veterans.
Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter says the VA Medical Center's partnership with Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester is an important interim step toward ensuring that all New Hampshire veterans can get needed care locally.