Brad Cook

Brad Cook, a shareholder in the Manchester law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, heads its government relations and estate planning groups. He can be reached at


N.H. and alcohol: Are we consistent in our focus?

Riding along the highway recently, it struck me that New Hampshire has an obsession with alcohol. Passing the prominent liquor stores on Interstate 93 north of the Hooksett tollbooths, the convenience of stopping, buying booze and getting back on the…

New forms of education and other matters

Online education, certificate courses, articulation agreements between community colleges and traditional colleges, the ability to get college credit while still in high school and many other innovative choices will present students with more options in the future

Rudman Center off to a great start

At the opening dinner, keynote speaker John McCain gave a glowing tribute to Rudman’s ability to forge alliances, stand for principle and display humor

A stocking full of thoughts before Christmas

Although he had been out of the U.S. Senate for 20 years, several hundred people and many notable colleagues attended the Nov. 29 tribute to the late Warren Rudman in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building.…

Remembering Warren B. Rudman, 1930-2012

Former U.S. Sen. Warren B. Rudman, truly a unique citizen in recent New Hampshire history, died on Monday, Nov. 19, after a long battle with lymphoma. He was a pivotal New Hampshire politician, connected in many ways to other politicians…

The unpredictability of the N.H. House primaries

My final column on the upcoming primary races is about the New Hampshire House, which -- unlike the Senate, governorship, or Executive Council -- is largely unpredictable because of its 400-member size.  Why is the New Hampshire House so big?…

In praise of New Hampshire's lobbyists

The recent legislative session was unique in the memory of political observers and participants, as the partisanship and lack of civility in the House as well as style of its leadership all added up to an unpleasant experience for many,…