Chief Political Correspondent Kevin Landrigan brings us the top state political stories of 2015.

Dec 30, 2015 4:17 PM

Landrigan: An eventful and unpredictable 2015 led to our top 7 political stories of the year

There was no statewide election in 2015 but still many moves at the state house and on the campaign trail.

We count down the top seven stories which all follow big Republican gains made in the 2014 elections.

No. 7

The race for governor as the office becomes vacant in 2016. Will Republican Chris Sununu follows his dad into the corner office? Democrats Colin Van Ostern and Mark Connolly are in the hunt - and maybe Stefany Shaheen, daughter of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, too.

No. 6

There’s Shawn Jasper - the unlikely House speaker who took the gavel away from Republican Bill O’Brien - only after getting Democratic votes.

No. 5

Gov. Maggie Hassan wades into the race for the US Senate against Republican Kelly Ayotte - likely to be one of the most competitive in the country.

No. 4

Then a campaign finance scandal. Congressman Frank Guinta owas rdered to repay more than $300,000 for taking an illegal loan from his parents to win the seat back in 2010.

No. 3

The Legislature cuts both business taxes - the first reduction in more than 25 years, a huge victory for Republican leaders.

No. 2

The drug epidemic comes in at No. 2 with 400 deaths expected by year’s end, and a special session called to craft a solution.

And our Top Story is...

Hassan vetoing the state budget. It happened only twice since World War II and is bound to be a dominant theme of the attack against her in the senate race.

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