Executive Council Dates from 1679

Ours is the last with real authority

By Bill Bardsley

During every state election, we find candidates for Executive Council on the ballot. I suspect this office remains mysterious to many voters. New Hampshire is the only state that retains an Executive Council with real authority. Our Executive Council goes way back to 1679, when King Charles II directed that New Hampshire be separated from Massachusetts […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord: November 2014

Rising property taxes are being ignored

By Mario Ratzki, NH Representative

This will be my last report before the November 4 election. Yes, it has been two years since the voters of Merrimack District 1 — Andover, Danbury, and Salisbury — did me the honor of electing me to the New Hampshire legislature. I want to thank all who wrote letters endorsing my re-election; your support is what […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord: October 2014

State revenues will fall short

By Mario Ratzki, NH representative

We had our last legislative session on September 17 to address the Governor’s vetoes of three bills. A two-thirds vote is necessary to overturn a veto. A Yes vote was to overturn, a No vote to uphold. HB 591, an anti-bullying bill which the Governor thought was written too broadly. Veto sustained by a vote […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord: September 2014

Vote in the primary election on September 9

By Mario Ratzki, NH State Representative
Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord: September 2014

Reporting from Rye State Park: The historical John Smith (in the person of Paul Strand) made an appearance on August 14 to inaugurate his new monument in Rye State Park to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his expedition and landing at the Isles of Shoal. The expedition marks the first time that the expression “New England” […]

The History of Political Parties, and How Primaries Work

A chance to choose the fall election candidates

By Art Urie, for the Beacon

We take political parties for granted most of the time. It is only when someone asks why two parties dominate political life in our country, or when the ballot clerk at a primary election asks us which ballot we want, that we even think about our relationship with a political party. There is nothing particularly […]

Tell Us What You Like About Your Chosen Candidate!

What has he or she done or said to earn your vote?

When you make up your mind who you’re voting for in the November county or state elections, please send a few sentences about what you like most about the candidate you’ve picked. We’d like to run those short bits in the Beacon so we can all see what’s persuading our friends and neighbors one way […]

David Karrick Looks Ahead to 2015 Legislative Session

Familiar issues will be back in 2015

By David Karrick, NH State Representative

Many bills that didn’t pass in the 2014 session of the New Hampshire Legislature will reappear as new legislation in the session starting in January 2015. I’ve reviewed some of these bills below, and I need to hear the thoughts of my constituents about these and other important issues. If you choose me to represent […]

David Karrick Looks Back on 2014 Legislative Session

NH House finished work on June 4

By David Karrick, NH State Representative

The New Hampshire House finished its work for the current biennium on June 4. The Legislature can be proud of what it accomplished, including a bipartisan budget restoring many of the draconian cuts to education and social services, making healthcare insurance possible for many working families, providing funding to fix roads and bridges, protecting women, […]

Andrew Hosmer Reports from Concord

Bipartisan compromise leads to meaningful legislation

By Andrew Hosmer, NH state senator

When I ran for the New Hampshire Senate, I wanted to bring common-sense business principles to Concord. To me, that means working with both parties to solve problems; being careful with taxpayers’ money; and focusing on things people really care about, such as economic growth and job creation, instead of getting caught in tired partisan […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord: July 2014

Hospitals settle; state on track for balanced budget

By Mario Ratzki, NH representative

While June 4 was the last session scheduled for the year in the legislature, we will have to go back at least once to vote on the governor’s vetoes. Governor Hassan has already vetoed HB 1244, which would have prohibited the disclosure of lottery winners names. I thought not releasing lottery winners names was incredibly […]

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