The Week in Review carefully examines the past week and what it means to the citizens of New Hampshire.

Past and present editions of The Week In Review:

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The Week in Review - Oct. 18, 2014:

Former President Bill Clinton and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul were two of the political heavy hitters to visit New Hampshire this week on behalf of incumbents and challengers in the Nov. 4 election.

Ostensibly, at least, Clinton was here to boost the Democratic ticket that includes incumbent Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in the 1st Congressional District, and U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster in the 2nd CD.

And Paul was here to rally the Republican base on behalf of the slate of GOP challengers: Walt Havenstein for governor, Scott Brown for U.S. Senate, Frank Guinta in the 1st CD, and Marilinda Garcia in the 2nd CD.

But underneath the surface of these campaign visits is stage-setting for the 2016 presidential election with Paul making no secret of his ambitions on the GOP side and Clinton serving as the surrogate for wife Hillary, who many suspect will run in 2016. She is expected in the Granite State on Nov. 2.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was also back in New Hampshire, here on behalf of Brown.

Clinton, at a Democratic dinner in Manchester on Thursday night, warned of a repeat of 2010 - when the Democrat majority was swept from Congress -- if Democratic voters don’t get out and vote in November. See a Concord Monitor story here.

Paul, in remarks during a campaign stop in Salem, noted the negative coattail effects of President Barack Obama. “We have a great recruiter and he lives in the White House,” said Paul. “Everything he does turns to stone. He can’t do anything right.” See a Union Leader story here.

Other presidential aspirants have also been on the stump for statewide candidates: Florida Sen. Marco Robion, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vice President Joe Biden, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, and New York financier Donald Trump.

No matter the outcome on Nov. 4, win or lose, Republican or Democrat, they will all be back in preparation for 2016.

As a public service for the upcoming election, the LFDA is offering a NH voter guide app, It’s free. It’s comprehensive, and its available for both Apple and Android devices. See more information here.

Follow the money


Various campaigns reported on their finances this week. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Shea-Porter collected more in this reporting period than challenger Guinta. See a Seacoast Online story here;
  • Kuster has more money than Garcia. See a Concord Monitor story here;
  • Hassan raised more money than Havenstein this quarter, but Havenstein still has more cash on hand. See a Concord Monitor story here.
On the decline

Gas prices are dropping across the state, falling below $3 a gallon at some service stations, the first time that’s happened in years. Analysts say a price war among Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq caused prices to drop substantially, helped by a boost in production in the United States.

The unemployment rate is also down. The New Hampshire Employment Security office says the state's unemployment rate for September was 4.3 percent, down a tenth of a percentage point from August.

Health news


Two people in the state have died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis. This week we learned a third Granite Stater is sick with EEE.

The state said this week as much as 60 percent of the deer in the state carry the Lyme tick. New Hampshire had the nation's third-highest rate of Lyme disease in 2011. See a WMUR story here.

Hospitals in the state are making a point to media and the public that they are prepared for the possibility of treating an Ebola case. Elliot Hospital in Manchester explained its procedures for WMUR.

Facebook discussions


Here are some of the topics of discussion over on Facebook: Property tax exemptions for churches, mental health care as a priority in New Hampshire, and whether climate change is an issue in this year’s election. Join in. Oh, and you have an opportunity to win tickets to a Boston Celtics game. See you next week.
Past Editions - Week in Review

October 2014
- Oct. 11: Polls show races tightening
- Oct. 4: Budget projections fall short
September 2014
- Sept. 27: Candidates jostle as campaigns seek momentum
- Sept. 20: Hassan's vetoes sustained
- Sept. 13: Tuesday's primary sets stage for November final
- Sept. 6: Debates lead into Tuesday primary
August 2014
- Aug. 30: Arthur T. large and in charge at Market Basket
- Aug. 23: Terror touches New Hampshire
- Aug. 16: Governor declares 'spice' emergency
- Aug. 9: Governor decides on last of 2014 bills
- Aug. 2: Governor vetoes three bills
July 2014
- July 26: Hassan signs more bills into law; a few still await action
- July 19: 2014 election issues dominate
- July 12: NH backs away from buffer zone enforcement
- July 5: Havenstein OK to run for governor
June 2014
- June 28: NH weighs Supreme Court ruling on new abortion buffer zone
- June 21: From the governor's desk
- June 14: Filing period ends, political races set
- June 7: NH Legislature wraps up business for 2014
May 2014
- May 31: State close to solution on hospital tax
- May 24: Gas tax hike is law, starts July 1
- May 17: Death penalty repeal resurrected
- May 10: Senate's GOP majority kills minimum wage bill
- May 3: House deals another blow to casino gambling
April 2014
- April 26: Gas tax hike approved
- April 19: Death penalty remains
- April 12: Brown makes it official; casino bill sweetened
- April 5: Death penalty debated
March 2014
- March 29: Medicaid expansion signed into law
- March 22: PAC money questioned in Senate race, firearms study tabled in House
- March 15: House says no to casino, Senate says yes to gas tax
- March 8: GOP Senate passes Medicaid expansion
- March 1: NH heroin use an 'epidemic'
February 2014
- Feb. 22: Medicaid expansion passes Senate hurdle
- Feb. 15: Senate: Yes to domestic violence bill, House: No to gun background checks
- Feb. 8: Hassan discusses state of the state
- Feb. 1: Senate panel ups the ante with two casinos
January 2014
- Jan. 25: House wants buried transmission lines
- Jan. 18: Against long odds, House backs pot use
- Jan. 11: Legislature gets down to business
- Jan. 4: Snowy start to 2014
December 2013
- Dec. 28: Closing out 2013, looking ahead to 2014
- Dec. 21: Much ado about Senate race in NH
- Dec. 14: Compromise budget gets reps' support
- Dec. 7: Legislature jump starts gas tax
November 2013
- Nov. 30: GOP primary on tap for Executive Council
- Nov. 23: Medicaid expansion for NH fails
- Nov. 16: NH loses a North Country icon
- Nov. 9: Legislature must resolve competing Medicaid expansion bills
- Nov. 2: Health care issues dominate week of headlines
October 2013
- Oct. 26: Death penalty repeal effort renewed
- Oct. 19: NH delegation unanimous in vote to end shutdown, raise debt ceiling
- Oct. 12: Medicaid panel recommends expansion
- Oct. 5: Government shutdown takes hold
September 2013
- Sept. 28: Obamacare and government shutdown loom
- Sept. 21: Another shooting, answers sought again
- Sept. 14: Healthcare takes center stage
- Sept. 7: Syria decision weighs on NH congressional delegation
August 2013
- Aug. 31: NH weighs Vermont Yankee shutdown
- Aug. 24: Northern Pass goes on charm offensive
- Aug. 17: Bragdon out as Senate president
- Aug. 10: 2016 creeping into NH
- Aug. 3: Gambling commission revived
July 2013
- July 27: Governor dispatches last of 2013 bills
- July 20: National issues bear down on NH
- July 13: Capital budget, later last call, 'Pathway to Work' bills signed
- July 6: 70 on I-93 and other bills into law
June 2013
- June 29: Hassan signs budget bills, tuitions freeze
- June 22: Conferees agree on budget; vote next week
- June 15: State budget negotiators narrow differences
- June 8: Senate passes budget, on to conference
- June 1: Senate panel budget in at $10.7b
May 2013
- May 25: House kills casino, Senate kills tax hikes
- May 18: House panel says no to casino
- May 11: Casino panel set for vote
- May 4: Marijuana bill goes up in smoke
April 2013
- April 27: Senate takes up 'stand your ground'
- April 20: Senate has busy week, region shaken by Boston bombings
- April 13: House takes up casino, Senate takes up budget
- April 6: House passes budget, new AG named
March 2013
- April 30: Gas tax bumped, 'stand your ground' dumped by House
- March 23: Casino issue narrows, marijuana gets backing, AG won't re-up
- March 16: Senate approves casino gambling; House nixes legal pot, abortion pause
- March 9: Out of committee
- March 2: Casino questioned
February 2013
- Feb. 23: Casino bills, highways and state vegetable
- Feb. 16: 2014-2015 budget
- Feb. 9: Blizzard of activity
- Feb. 2: Tax credit OK
January 2013
- Jan. 26: Cold outside, hot inside State House
- Jan. 19: Budget revenue
- Jan. 12: On hold
- Jan. 5: The 81st governor
December 2012
- Dec. 29: Hassan inauguration
- Dec. 22: Shootings recoil
- Dec. 15: Hunkering down
- Dec. 8: Less is more
- Dec. 1: Budget prep

November 2012
- Nov. 24: Rudman's passing
- Nov. 17: Post-election cleanup
- Nov. 10: The Democratic surge
- Nov. 3: Sandy-fueled urgency
October 2012
- Oct. 27: Last lap in face of storm
- Oct. 20: On the attack
- Oct. 13: Attitude shift
- Oct. 6: Gubernatorial debates
September 2012
- Sept. 29: Hide and seek
- Sept. 22: It's debatable
- Sept. 15: It's on for November
- Sept. 8: Swing state tango
- Sept. 1: Ayotte in RNC spotlight, lost jobs and bulging classrooms
August 2012
- Aug. 25: Money race
- Aug. 18: Presidential campaigns return
- Aug. 11: Eye on student-athletes
- Aug. 4: Battle for battleground
July 2012
- July 28: Clinton for Hassan
- July 21: Campaign rhythms
- July 14: Race for governor reigns
- July 7: Romney's working vacation
June 2012
- June 30: Legislature's last word
- June 23: Lynch on veto tear
- June 16: The governor's turn
- June 9: Ed funding crashes and burns
- June 2: Ed funding agreement
May 2012
- May 26: On to the governor
- May 19: State House abuzz
- May 12: Senate vs. House
- May 5: And then there were seven
April 2012
- April 28: Polls take pulse
- April 21: Shared stage
- April 14: Town's police chief killed
- April 7: Senate takes up bills
March 2012
- March 31: House wins redistricting fight
- March 24: Gay marriage stands
- March 17: Right to work, the sequel
- March 10: Politics of contraception
- March 3: Hail to the chief
February 2012
- Feb. 25: Man with a gun
- Feb. 18: This one or that?
- Feb. 11: Race for governor
- Feb. 4: GOP legislative to-do list
January 2012
- Jan. 28: More babies, less welfare
- Jan. 21: Redistricting the state
- Jan. 14: Circus leaves town
- Jan. 7: Game on
December 2011
- Dec. 31: Showdown on gun bills
- Dec. 24: Ovide won't endorse
- Dec. 17: Untangling redistricting
- Dec. 10: This land is whose land?
- Dec. 3: Right-to-work fails
November 2011
- Nov. 26: Obama comes calling
- Nov. 19: And Smith makes three
- Nov. 12: Retirement records are public
- Nov. 5: Primary is Jan. 10
October 2011

- Oct. 29: Hassan in for governor
- Oct. 22: Nevada bows to GOP pressure
- Oct. 15: Raising Cain
- Oct. 8: High court vacancy
- Oct. 1: 'Whatever it takes'

September 2011
- Sept. 24: Lamontagne is first in
- Sept. 17: Lynch will move on
- Sept. 10: Veto votes
- Sept. 3: The post storm(s) clean-up

August 2011
- Aug. 27: NH GOP in stormy drama
- Aug. 20: NH GOP imploding?
- Aug. 13: Democrats gain a seat
- Aug. 6: Debt deal, debt deja vu


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