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Gregg: Settling Into The Senate  

State Sen. David Pierce, the first-term Hanover Democrat representing the heart of the Upper Valley, wants to restore cuts in state aid to higher education and raise the gas tax to restore New Hampshire’s crumbling roads and bridges. Pierce, whose newly drawn Senate 5 district stretches from Lyme to Charlestown and includes Hanover, Lebanon, Claremont, Plainfield, Cornish, Enfield and Canaan, said his focus remains what it was during the campaign: jobs and the economy, education and health care. “Those are three legs on the same

Gregg: Leahy Holds Court

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., yesterday said he wouldn’t wind up taking what historically has been the plum chairmanship in the Senate, heading the Senate Appropriations Committee. Instead, Leahy will remain chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and keep his seat on Appropriations, which is likely to be chaired by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. “Congratulations to my friend @SenatorBarb who will be 1st woman to chair Senate Appropriations Committee. She’ll be great (already is),” the 72-year-old Leahy posted on Twitter. Leahy, a former prosecutor who

Gregg: Wooing Women

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Fox News favorite, is broadening her repertoire. The first-term New Hampshire Republican has played a prominent role, on television, raising objections to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s potential nomination to become secretary of state. A Washington Post story last week called her “an influential new voice” in the GOP, and the paper’s conservative-leaning blogger, Jennifer Rubin, separately wrote that Ayotte “spoke in measured tones, with the attention to detail that those immersed in national security policy and high-stakes fiscal negotiations are

Gregg: Concord Shuffle 

With Democrats having swept back into power in the New Hampshire House, several Upper Valley lawmakers are again likely to play central roles in setting fiscal and budget policy. Although Democrats still have to settle who will be the Speaker next term at their caucus on Saturday — Portsmouth Democrat Terie Norelli, the former speaker, is trying to fend off a challenge from Nashua Democrat David Campbell — it’s likely that Hanover Democrats Sharon Nordgren and Bernie Benn will play top roles on the House