Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced his candidacy on April 7, 2015 on his website. The 52 year-old former ophthalmologist is the son of Ron Paul, the former U.S. Representative for Texas and two-time presidential candidate who ran in 1988 as the nominee for the Libertarian party. Sen. Paul is best known for his own libertarian points of view, especially in the realms of foreign policy, defense spending, and the size and scope of government.
A key House committee is preparing to take public testimony on a bill that would legalize two casinos in New Hampshire.
The House Ways and Means Committee, which has previously rejected casino proposals, will hold a public hearing Tuesday morning. Casino gambling has never won approval in the House, but an endorsement from the committee would improve its chances this year.
Dr. Ben Carson was in New Hampshire on Monday for the first time as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.
But the former brain surgeon told reporters that he is waiting until May to decide whether to jump into the GOP race where he could face up to a dozen other challengers.
During his visit, Carson first stopped in Manchester where he was a keynote speaker at a forum focused on affordable healthcare. But the Republican spent most of the speech criticizing the Affordable Care Act – saying it was thoughtless and even questioning its motivations.
On The Political Front is our weekly conversation with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers. This week, a look at the state budget, as Senate lawmakers begin work on crafting their own version of a two-year plan.
The New Hampshire House did what some thought it wouldn’t – or couldn’t – pass a budget. The process now begins anew in the state Senate.
After the House passed its $11.2 billion dollar budget, the Senate will now have its chance to look at it. But Senate President Chuck Morse says his chamber's version won't differ too much from the House's.
“There was a lot of good work that wen t into the budget up onto those changes were made to make the final balancing. We will take a look at the whole thing, but I’m sure there will be more we agree upon than disagree on,” he said Thursday in his office.
The House version of the $11.2 billion budget passed along party lines with reductions to the Governor's proposed funding for social services still left on the books.
Advocates for the developmental disabled filled the capitol, but those in favor of more funding for substance abuse treatment drew out the largest crowd.
Three-hundred – that is the number of lives that were lost in New Hampshire last year from drug-related deaths, and that is the same number of people who came to the State House on Wednesday to advocate for more funding.
Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts was remembered Monday by the president, vice president, and senators from both parties as a powerful force for liberal causes who could also reach across the aisle.
Among the senators - past and present - who paid tribute to Ted Kennedy at the dedication of the new institute in his name was Trent Lott.
“Yes, a Republican from Mississippi,” he told the crowd gathered at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is planning a two-day swing through the early-voting state of New Hampshire next month.
The potential Republican presidential contender will be making the trip on April 14-15.
A spokeswoman for his political action committee says Christie is planning to meet with community leaders while he's in town. She says they'll discuss important issues facing the country, including entitlement reform.
Christie is then set to return to the state for the New Hampshire Republican Party's "First-in-the-Nation Leadership Summit" on April 17.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire said Monday that despite recent negotiation setbacks, she has no regrets in joining 46 other Republican Senators earlier this month in signing a letter addressed to Iran.
The letter warned Iranian leaders that any nuclear deal signed with President Obama would not last past his second term if Congress was not allowed to weigh in.
The Senators have received flak from colleagues across the aisle, arguing that the letter only stalled negotiations further putting the country at risk.
On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers speaks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the state budget going before the House this week.
The state budget, the version crafted by House budget writers, heads for a floor vote this week. House Speaker Shawn Jasper has indicated he’s ready to lock lawmakers in to get the job done. Is it going to come to that?
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is in New Hampshire for the first time since he announced his bid for President on Monday.
Ted Cruz made his first stop at a VFW hall in Merrimack where he told the hundred plus crowd that the country needs a president who honors the logic of the founders.
“This country was built on a promise. It was built on an extraordinary idea that our rights don’t come from government they come from God and our founding documents, the declaration, the constitution were designed to rein in government and protect those God-given rights, ” Cruz said on Friday.
The state’s chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group backed by the Koch brothers, are behind the House Finance version of the state's spending plan, which passed committee along party lines Thursday.
The $11 billion budget trimmed hundreds of millions from Governor Maggie Hassan’s proposal including reducing spending for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Transportation and University funding.
AFP State Director Greg Moore said the budget isn’t perfect but it is fiscally responsible.
Governor Maggie Hassan joined Morning Edition Friday to talk about her reaction to the moves made Thursday by the House Finance Committee.
You’ve made clear your opposition to many of the recommendations made in the House budget. What particular proposals give you the greatest concern?
The House budget that was proposed earlier this week made unnecessary, very harmful cuts that will pull us backwards and will make it much more difficult to make the kind of economic progress we need to.
The New Hampshire House Finance Committee has voted along party lines to send an $11 billion state spending plan to the full House, for a second time.
For the past week or so Finance Chairman Neal Kurk has described this budget as “business as usual.”
But cobbling together this year's budget wasn't easy, as lawmakers scrambled to find money to fill a $68 million hole needed to avert deep layoffs in the Department of Transportation, after Kurk’s plan to hike the gasoline tax failed to gain traction.
Republican House budget writers are hoping to convince their colleagues to support an increase in the state's gas tax to avoid hundreds of layoffs and decreased road maintenance.
The House will debate the gas tax as part of a bill cutting $88 million from Gov. Maggie Hassan's proposed budget for the Department of Transportation. That cut would significantly lower what is in the state's highway fund, which officials say would have dire consequences for basic road and bridge maintenance.
House budget writers are backing a proposal that would eliminate probable cause hearings for those facing felony charges in New Hampshire.
The House Finance Committee voted in favor of the measure on Monday, saying the change would save the state money. Meanwhile criminal defense lawyers say it will make it harder for anyone charged with a felony.
Republican Edward "Ted" Cruz was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. He is the first Cuban-American to serve in that role for the state of Texas. Cruz announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential primary on March 23, 2015. (You can watch the video of his announcement at the bottom of the page.)