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Who Got Paid To Push Marsy's Law In New Hampshire?

The Marsy's Law amendment aimed to spell out new rights for victims of sexual and domestic violence in New Hampshire. And despite having the backing of Governor Chris Sununu, and key lawmakers in both parties, the measure failed badly in the New Hampshire House. But according to state filings , money doesn't appear to have been the problem. The campaign behind the effort, Marsy's Law For New Hampshire, spent $367,000 to boost the proposal.

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The University of New Hampshire is seeking $10 million in state funding to begin building new research laboratories to better prepare students for careers in regenerative medicine, bioengineering and other competitive growth industries.

Officials made their pitch Thursday as Republican Gov. Chris Sununu opened a hearing on the capital budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Sununu said he would recommend spending no more than $120 million.

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The official portrait of one of New Hampshire's longest-serving governors is being unveiled at the Statehouse.

Democrat John Lynch was elected in 2004 and was the first governor in nearly 200 years to serve four terms. After deciding not to seek a fifth term, he went on to become a professor at the Tuck Center for Global Business and Government at Dartmouth College.

Though they hang in the Statehouse, no state money is used for portraits of governors. Instead, friends and supporters raise money to commission the paintings.

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State officials have less than two months to detail their plans to spend a major increase in federal opioid dollars.

This is the money Congress made available through the budget deal in March. It's a major boost for New Hampshire -  up to nearly $23 million from just $3 million last year.

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Congressional candidate Naomi Andrews says she shares the same values as Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter—her former boss—right down to supporting an effort to impeach President Trump.

Shea-Porter co-sponsored impeachment articles back in December. The Republican-dominated House quickly rejected the effort.

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New Hampshire's Democratic Congressional delegation says President Donald Trump's executive order ending the policy of separating families fails to protect those children who were already taken from their parents at the border.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan say the order does not provide a solution for the children and parents who remain separated. Shaheen says it is a violation of the law, leaving children indefinitely in detention centers.

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Governor Chris Sununu signaled he'd veto the death penalty repeal long before lawmakers sent one to his desk. So, at the event his press team billed as an announcement on the repeal bill, the only real suspense was over how many police officers Sununu could squeeze into his office to witness his veto.

The Lebanon City Council has adopted a resolution denouncing racism.

The move comes after fliers promoting white supremacy were distributed in a local shopping plaza earlier this year. The Lebanon police investigated but didn’t make any arrests.

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A major U.S. Supreme Court ruling out Thursday could force New Hampshire businesses to collect a sales tax on behalf of other states.

 

The case of South Dakota v. Wayfair centers on how to treat items sold online, and whether states that impose a sales tax, such as South Dakota, can require businesses who sell goods to South Dakota residents to collect and remit those taxes.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending his administration’s immigration policy to separate children from their parents at the U.S. border.

Congresswoman Annie Kuster is planning to visit McAllen, Texas on Friday, where hundreds of children are being kept in a former warehouse. She spoke with All Things Considered Host Peter Biello about her trip and what’s next for immigration reform.


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New Hampshire's state agencies are starting to make their case for major long-term capital investments for the next budget cycle.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu will open capital budget hearings Thursday. Seventeen departments will be making presentations for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, starting with the University System of New Hampshire.

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