What will be in the Senate budget?

Apr 15, 2019
nh senate budget

On April 11, the New Hampshire House passed their version of the budget. Now it’s the Senate’s turn.

The Senate usually makes some significant changes, thanks in part to rosy revenue updates they get after tax season.

We can predict some of the Senate budget by looking at spending bills the Senate already passed this year, then tabled until the budget comes their way.

Learn more about the 2020-2021 state budget debate

Crossover Day for NH House and Senate

Apr 09, 2019
NH crossover day

Crossover Day is the last chance for the House and Senate to vote on bills before they cross over to the other chamber.

It’s a little like Groundhog Day for legislation. If a bill gets voted down, it has to hibernate until the next year before it gets another day in the sun. If a bill passes, it gets to enjoy spring in the other chamber.

This year Crossover Day was April 4 in the House and March 28 in the Senate. Here’s a rundown of which bills have survived the first round of votes and which bills get a whole lot more winter.

What influences partisanship in NH?

Apr 05, 2019
partisanship in Concord

In a recent article Citizens Count explored one measure of partisanship – “party unity” – over the past twenty years of the New Hampshire Legislature. That data generally showed that partisanship is increasing in the New Hampshire House but roughly steady (and lower overall) in the New Hampshire Senate.

Click here to read about party unity in the New Hampshire House and Senate

Is partisanship increasing in NH?

Apr 04, 2019
partisanship in Concord

Beginning with George Washington in 1796, elected officials have a longstanding tradition of warning voters of a partisan apocalypse.

In his farewell address Washington said political parties would enable “cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men” to destroy democracy.

Gov. Chris Sununu echoed that sentiment in his 2019 inaugural address when he said New Hampshire must “rise above negativity and partisanship.”

Hot primaries in the NH Senate

Sep 03, 2018
New Hampshire Senate primary election

With only a week until the New Hampshire primary election, here are some of the most hotly contested primaries in the New Hampshire Senate.

Want the scoop on the primaries for New Hampshire's races for Congressional seats, governor, and more? Visit our Elections 2018 page and learn about all your candidates.

What do you want to ask the candidates?

Apr 13, 2018
elections 2018

In just two months candidates for state representative, state senator, executive councilor, and governor will file for the 2018 election. We send each of those candidates a survey on the issues, so voters know where the candidates stand.

We’ve started drafting our 2018 survey, and we want to ask about the issues most important to you. What do you want us to ask the candidates? Let us know in the comments below or send us an email.

In 2016 we asked about the following issues:

How to make a law in NH: the pre-season

Oct 23, 2017

New Hampshire legislators will not vote on new bills until 2018, but the process of drafting a new law starts months before then. This article is part one in our series about how elected officials create new laws in New Hampshire.

"Legislative Service Requests"

In non-election years, like this year, legislators may start requesting bills as early as September. A request for a bill is called a "Legislative Service Request," or LSR.

Only a legislator can file an LSR, but citizens can ask a legislator to request a bill on their behalf.

Big money in state Senate election

Jul 24, 2017
Boutin and Cavanaugh special election

On Tuesday, July 25 voters will choose a state Senator to replace the late Democratic Sen. Scott McGilvray.

The candidates and various independent committees have spent over $200,000 in advertising for the election.

Visit our Elections page to learn more about all of the candidates for the five upcoming special elections in New Hampshire. 

The most expensive state Senate races

Oct 28, 2016

Altogether the candidates for New Hampshire Senate have raised roughly $2.75 million so far in this election.

Sen. Chuck Morse, the current Senate president, has raised over $300,000, the most of any state Senate candidate. He has spent a little over a third of those funds so far.

Unsurprisingly, some of the other candidates with the biggest fundraising numbers are running in hotly contested districts.

NH Senate to see large turnover

May 26, 2016

As of May 27, eight state Senators had announced their retirement or candidacy for another office.  That means at least one-third of next year's Senators will be new to the office.

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