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Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway talks with David Ramsey of Gilmanton at Murphy's Tap Room in Manchester on August 13, 2014. Ramsey had not heard of Hemingway before the candidate went from patron to patron introducing himself, but he approached Hemingway afterward and engaged him in conversation after looking him up on his smartphone. Ramsey said he asked Hemingway about business and keeping young people in the state.

(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

Young Activist Vies for GOP Nod

Friday, August 22, 2014

Concord — Andrew Hemingway doesn’t hesitate to share his ideas for New Hampshire — even when he knows you’ll be skeptical. Take his flat tax plan. It would reduce taxes on businesses and start taxing local governments and nonprofits. It’s a major restructuring of the state’s tax policy, which is bound to turn heads and raise eyebrows. But that doesn’t …

Business Money Vital to Shumlin

Friday, August 22, 2014

Montpelier — Political campaigns in Vermont are almost always funded by private money. Figuring out where exactly the cash is coming from, however, can be difficult. Unlike federal elections statutes, which require major contributors to list the businesses they might represent, Vermont mandates no such disclosures. The bulk of the campaign contributions in Vermont races have gone to one candidate: two-term Gov. Peter …

Child Abuse Cases Spike In Vermont

Friday, August 22, 2014

Montpelier — The number of alleged child abuse or neglect cases filed in courts across Vermont last year grew 21 percent from the year before, according to data from the state. In some counties, the number of cases filed grew much more than that; in Lamoille County, there were 300 percent more cases filed in fiscal year 2014 than the year before. The …

N.H. GOP Rivals for U.S. House Discuss Immigration in Debate

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rindge, n.h. — Three Republican candidates for the state’s 2nd Congressional District debated at Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday, tackling issues including campaign advertising and national border security. The debate, the second in the university’s Monadnock Debates series, featured state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, former state Sen. Gary Lambert …

Women’s Prison Breaks Ground

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Concord — About 100 people, including Gov. Maggie Hassan and several state legislators, gathered yesterday behind the Concord state prison to mark a moment more than 20 years in the making: the groundbreaking for New Hampshire’s first permanent, …

Armored Vehicle Is Punchline in Keene

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Keene, n.h. — Comedian John Oliver weighed in on Keene’s much-talked-about armored vehicle during a segment about the militarization of local police forces Sunday night. The BearCat was used as an example on Oliver’s weekly HBO show Last Week Tonight of how local police departments, like the ones …

Governors Step Into Supermarket Feud

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Boston — As an employee revolt at a New England grocery store chain headed into its fifth week, the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire took the unusual step of personally stepping into negotiations aimed at ending a …

Former U.S. Senator Dies; Moderate Served Over 30 Years

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Montpelier — Former Vermont U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80. Jeffords died in Washington, said Diane Derby, …

Beautiful, Bizarre Burying Beetles Act as Nature’s Undertakers

Monday, August 18, 2014

I don’t often shake down my cat for a dead mouse, but I did think it was fair, considering that he is always shaking me down for his cat food. I wasn’t going to eat his mouse. I …

Historic Maine Lighthouse Sold

Monday, August 18, 2014

Portland, Maine — The federal government on Sunday closed out an auction for Boon Island Light Station, with the top bidder offering $78,000 for the lighthouse built in 1855 on a tiny rocky island 6 miles off Maine’s …

Vermont Lawmakers Grapple With Aging Prison Facilities

Monday, August 18, 2014

Montpelier — With Vermont’s prison facilities aging, lawmakers are beginning to grapple with whether to build new or patch up the old. The state Department of Buildings and General Services shared data with a legislative committee this past week on the maintenance costs of all eight Vermont correctional …

Attica Whistleblower Pursues Full Disclosure

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weston, Vt. — The whistleblower who spurred a state investigation of the 1971 Attica prison uprising is still on the case four decades later. Ex-prosecutor Malcolm Bell, now 82 and retired to the Green Mountains of Vermont, recently filed papers in support of opening long-sealed investigation volumes about …

New Court Planned Near VA

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nashua, n.h. — New Hampshire’s first court dedicated to helping veterans charged with crimes won’t be its last. Veterans’ advocates and health care providers will meet this month to begin planning a similar court for Grafton County, located …