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 - July 19, 2014:
Republican doubts about a campaign contribution to the governor, a questionable attribution by a GOP candidate for governor and fundraising were among the issues that dominated headlines this week in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Republican Party filed a complaint with the attorney general’s office about a $25,000 contribution to the Democratic incumbent from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers PAC.

The complaint says the donation violates the state's political contribution laws, which say candidates who don't accept a voluntary spending cap can take up to $5,000 from individuals during the primary and general election and up to $1,000 from committees.

Hassan's campaign and the IBEW say it's legal because it was made before she was officially a candidate. A lawyer for the Hassan re-election campaign has asked the AG’s office for a quick resolution of the complaint.

Walt Havenstein, a Republican candidate for governor, took some heat from the campaign of Andrew Hemingway, another Republican in the race.

According to WMUR, days after the presidential inauguration in January 2009, Havenstein, then CEO of Science Applications International Corp., gave a speech that referenced a quote from President Barack Obama.

"Walt Havenstein called Republican activists teabaggers," said Alicia Preston, Hemingway campaign manager. "He spoke to the Democratic Governors Association, and when he's invoking leadership, he quotes Barack Obama. I absolutely question his dedication to the GOP and its principles."

The Democratic U.S. House incumbents -- Carol Shea-Porter in the 1st Congressional District and Ann Kuster in the 2nd CD -- reported this week that they’ve raised more money in the last quarter than their Republican rivals.

Kuster had the best quarter, raising $565,000 between April 1 and June 30, and has $1.7 million on hand, according to an NHPR story. Shea-Porter reported $219,000 in contributions and $612,000 cash on hand.

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown this week talked to newspaper editorial boards and described himself as bi-partisan.

He told Seacoast Online, for example, he was a  "hardworking, honest, bipartisan, problem-solving, pro-choice moderate Republican.”

He hopes to win the GOP primary and face incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

More than 100 N.H. veterans came together this week to endorse Shaheen’s re-election.

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Gov. Hassan signed the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act, which her office said which updates state law to eliminate loopholes, increase transparency in wages and ensure that all workers have the appropriate tools and resources to help them earn a fair and equal paycheck, without fear of retaliation.

The state Liquor Commission said a driver’s license from Washington, D.C., is indeed valid identification in this state. The issue came up when a liquor store patron tried to use a D.C. driver’s license as proof of age but the D.C. ID was denied as invalid.

Want to own a piece of history? The Josiah Bartlett estate in Kingston is for sale - asking price is $849,600. Bartlett was the second signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles is back in the business of issuing vanity plates after new rules were established. The DMV put vanity plates on hold after the state's highest court -- ruling on the validity of a “COPSLIE” plate -- said the rules governing the tags were too vague. An interim rule that became effective Monday prohibits language that relates to sex, violence, drugs, gangs or bigotry.

As of Friday night, motorists no longer had to pay a toll at Exit 12 on the Everett Turnpike in Nashua. The toll plaza will eventually be removed. Elimination of the toll was part of the legislation that hiked the gas tax by 4.2 cents.

There were two deaths of note this week: Former Berlin Mayor Leo Ouellet passed away, as did Plaistow Police Chief Stephen Savage, who succumbed to cancer.

Do you think schools should have to get a warrant before looking at a student's cell phone? If Massachusetts voters repeal casino gambling in the Bay State, would you be more or less willing to support casinos in NH? Those were just a couple of the issues we tackled this week on our Facebook page. Join the discussion.

We’re back next week; make it a good one.

Past Editions - Week in Review

July 2014
- 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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