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

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The Week in Review - May 23, 2015:

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, R-NH, took some heavy fire this week -- from Republicans and Democrats alike -- for a campaign violation that some believe is serious enough for him to step down from office.

Guinta, thus far, is resolute in saying he will remain the representative from New Hampshire’s 1st District. It remains to be seen whether that resolve holds when it comes time for the 2016 election.

Late last week, Guinta signed off on a Federal Election Campaign investigation that he had taken an illegal $355,000 contribution in his 2010 election campaign.

He contended then -- and he contends now, despite agreeing to the FEC finding -- that the money was his and was a loan to himself. The FEC found that the money was his parents’ and that it exceeded the $7,500 limit that an individual could make to a campaign at the time.

Guinta has to return the $355,000 to his parents and pay a $15,000 fine.

The Union Leader, in an editorial, called him a “damned liar” and later called for his resignation, a call that resounded from other newspaper editorials in the district.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, said the violation was serious enough to warrant Guinta’s resignation. While the New Hampshire Republican Party’s executive committee decided not to sanction Guinta over the weekend, GOP leaders elsewhere were taking a dim view of the situation in the Granite State. House Speaker John Boehner, for example, said lawmakers must meet the “highest ethical standards.”

The situation was also proving embarrassing for Republican presidential candidates, some of whom had come to New Hampshire to help Guinta fund raise. The Washington Post called him “politically radioactive.”

Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat who might just jump into the 2016 election as a candidate for U.S. Senate against Ayotte, questioned Guinta’s effectiveness, saying there are “serious issues of trust and honesty here.” See an NHPR story here.

In the State House

Gov. Hassan on Wednesday signed SB 30, the so-called Balsams bill. The legislation allows counties with unincorporated areas to establish tax increment financing districts. The measure was sought so that developer Les Otten could get state-backed financing for the redevelopment of the Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch.

“This bipartisan measure is also an important step forward for advancing the Balsams redevelopment project, which is a bold vision for the revitalization of this historic resort with great potential to create jobs, boost the North Country’s economy, and have a ripple effect for businesses across the state,.” Hassan said during the signing ceremony.

The governor on Thursday signed SB 31, relative to the controlled drug prescription health and safety program. “Senate Bill 31 will allow us to apply for the next round of federal funding and make other functional improvements to strengthen this critical program, including facilitating better coordination across state lines,” said Hassan.

Also this week, the Senate put a choke hold on efforts to legalize Keno in the state. The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted, 4-1, to reject the proposal for Keno  that could raise $26 million for the next two-year state budget. See an NH1 story here.

Much of what the Senate is doing is part of its overall consideration of the next two-year budget. Senators are working on the House budget, which came in at $11.2 billion. The House version is $300 million less than the $11.5 billion proposed by Gov. Hassan.

Senate budget writers have moved to restore some of the deep House cuts to health services. See a Concord Monitor story here.

One facet of the House budget was that it had raided the renewable energy fund, which senators said they wanted restored. But Senate budget writers have dipped into the fund to the tune of $1.5 million a year to fund homeland security and emergency management. See a Concord Monitor story here.

The Senate Capital Finance Committee voted along party lines not to spend $4 million on a study of a commuter rail line extension from Boston to Nashua, something Hassan had included in her budget. See an NHPR story here.

First in the nation

Former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush participated in a roundtable discussion in Portsmouth during a two-day stay in the first-in-the-nation primary state.. Here is an LFDA post on the event with videos.

And Democrat Hillary Clinton was close on Bush’s heels, arriving on Friday for visits in Exeter and Hampton. She concentrated on small business promotion. See a Seacoast Online story here.

Should NH local police forces be prohibited from purchasing surplus federal military equipment? Should NH pass a law to suspend licenses if people default on their student loans? Those are just a couple of the questions under discussion on our Facebook page. Join the conversation here.

Past Editions - Week in Review

May 2015
- May 16: NH Senate acts on bills
- May 9: Hassan acts on legislation
- May 2: House kills casino measure
April 2015
- April 25: Casino for NH close to reality?
- April 18: Hassan gets anti-Common Core bill
- April 11: Cruz announces - then Paul - with visits to NH
- April 4: House-passed budget moves to Senate
March 2015
- March 28: NH House in budget turmoil
- March 21: NH DOT faces 'draconian' cuts to budget
- March 14: House gives schools Common Core out
- March 7: Hassan and lawmakers tussle over budget
February 2015
- Feb. 28: Election 2016 activity warms up
- Feb. 21: No casino from Hassan, but she still supports one
- Feb. 14: Governor delivers budget to Legislature
- Feb. 7: Commuter rail promoted for NH
January 2015
- Jan. 31: State digs out while Bradley digs in on guns
- Jan. 24: State Legislature gets to work on 2015 session
- Jan. 17: Report puts spotlight on STEM needs in NH
- Jan. 10: Gov. Hassan takes oath for second term
- Jan. 3: Start of new year means start of new laws
December 2014
- Dec. 27: NH readies for 2015
- Dec. 20: GOP infighting continues in NH House
- Dec. 13: Jasper builds NH House leadership team
- Dec. 6: House rejects O'Brien in favor of Jasper
November 2014
- Nov. 29: Budget cuts precede new budget
- Nov. 22: O'Brien back as NH House speaker
- Nov. 15: NH budget process begins
- Nov. 8: Voters finally have their say
- Nov. 1: Final polls and forums held before election
October 2014
- Oct. 25: Televised forums put candidates in spotlights
- Oct. 18: Heavy hitters step up in NH
- 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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