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 - April 12, 2014:
To no one’s surprise, really, Republican Scott Brown on Thursday officially entered the race to take the U.S. Senate seat away from Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

He made his announcement in Portsmouth and used the Affordable Care Act - and his description of it as curtailing freedom - in his opening salvo against the incumbent senator.

Brown is now making his home in Rye, having moved there from Massachusetts where he served as the successor in the U.S. Senate to the late Edward Kennedy. He lost reelection two years ago to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Since his defeat by Warren, Brown has maintained his public profile as an analyst for Fox News, and when his Bay State house went up for sale and when he started making more and more appearances in the Granite State, speculation grew that he was positioning for a run at Shaheen.

The creation of an exploratory committee several weeks ago solidified the speculation; his announcement Thursday sealed the deal.

In zeroing in on Obamacare, Brown traded on the state’s Live Free or Die motto: “It forces us to make a choice: Live free or log on. Guess what? In New Hampshire, we choose freedom."

See a Seacoast Online story here.

Shaheen’s campaign responded to the Brown announcement, saying the election “will be a choice between someone who cares only about himself and the big corporate interests that fund his campaign and someone who works every day to make a difference for New Hampshire families. New Hampshire voters know Jeanne Shaheen shares their values."

To get to Shaheen, Brown needs to get past three others in a Republican primary: former state Sen. Jim Rubens, former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, and conservative activist Karen Testerman. Those three participated in a forum on Tuesday; Brown did not attend, having not declared his candidacy until Thursday.

See a New Hampshire Public Radio story here.

Casino bill pot sweetened

The Senate-backed bill for two casinos in the state got sweetened this week with its supporters adding a revenue share for all New Hampshire communities.

The House has killed all the casino bills that have come before it this session. This most current measure - SB 366 - would divide $25.2 million among all communities.

“What I’m saying to you is this piece of legislation benefits all of the people in the state of New Hampshire. As a public official, that’s my goal – to produce something that has benefit for everyone,” said state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester), the bill’s primary sponsor said in a Concord Monitor story.

He was making his case to the House Ways and Means Committee, which will vote a recommendation to the full House.

Gov. Maggie Hassan is on record supporting a single casino for the state; she hasn’t said what she feels about two casinos.

Meanwhile, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials were making the case that its location in Loudon would make an ideal spot for a casino.

See a Concord Monitor story here.

Death penalty repeal recommendation

On its second try, a Senate committee has recommended repeal of the death penalty.

The initial vote was 2-2, with one member absent -- Donna Soucy (D-Manchester). She couldn’t make the vote because of a medical issue with her father, so the Senate Judiciary Committee took another vote, and HB 1170, which has already been approved by the House, passed 3-2.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill April 17. While it repeals the death penalty, it won’t affect the status of death row inmate Michael Addison, a convicted cop killer.

But U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the state’s former attorney general, expressed some doubts about that this week.

“It seems like in Concord they’re saying, ‘Well, we’re just going to leave the Addison case alone,’ and I think that’s absurd. And I think that these people who are voting on this need to understand that they could effectively be commuting Michael Addison’s sentence,” she said.

See a Union Leader story here.

We covered a lot of ground this week on Facebook - from sexual abuse prevention to the GOP candidates for governor to the controversy surrounding the performance of “Sweeney Todd” at Timberlane High School. Get in on the action.

We’re see you back here next week.
Past Editions - Week in Review

April 2014
- 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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