Brian Wallstin http://nhpr.org en Can N.H.’s New Campaign Finance Rules Hold Up In Court? http://nhpr.org/post/can-nh-s-new-campaign-finance-rules-hold-court <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The attack ads with the cartoon sheep began airing in May, followed by the negative mailers.</span></p><p>Paid for by a conservative nonprofit called Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, <a href="http://www.strongnh.com/news/entry/7-news/145-tv-ads-wolf-in-sheep-s-clothing">they targeted Republican state senators</a> who supported Medicaid expansion and a four-cent hike in the state gas tax. According to a spokesman, it was just the beginning of the group’s efforts to “fight” for a more fiscally conservative senate.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Brian Wallstin 52279 at http://nhpr.org Can N.H.’s New Campaign Finance Rules Hold Up In Court? Republicans Accuse Hassan Of Taking Illegal Campaign Contributions http://nhpr.org/post/republicans-accuse-hassan-taking-illegal-campaign-contributions <p><em>Update:&nbsp; Thursday afternoon an attorney for the Hassan campaign asked New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster to expedite a review of the Republican party’s allegations.</em></p><p>New Hampshire Republicans have accused Gov. Maggie Hassan of accepting illegal campaign contributions from organized labor and have asked the Attorney General to investigate.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">At issue is a total of $45,000 in donations to the governor’s re-election campaign from three labor unions.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:24:33 +0000 Brian Wallstin & Brady Carlson 52142 at http://nhpr.org Christian Legal Group Sues To Halt N.H.'s Buffer Zone Law http://nhpr.org/post/christian-legal-group-sues-halt-nhs-buffer-zone-law <p>A Christian legal group has asked a federal judge to block a New Hampshire law that bars demonstrators from coming within 25 feet of facilities that offer or perform abortions.</p><p>New Hampshire’s so-called buffer zone rule is set to take effect Thursday. But in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a similar law in Massachusetts, Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to delay implementation of the new restrictions.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:55:32 +0000 Brian Wallstin 51535 at http://nhpr.org Christian Legal Group Sues To Halt N.H.'s Buffer Zone Law Shaheen Leads Fundraising Pack In Race For U.S. Senate http://nhpr.org/post/shaheen-leads-fundraising-pack-race-us-senate <p></p><p>As expected, Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen&nbsp;and Republican candidate Scott Brown have shown they will have very little trouble raising money in their race for the U.S. Senate.</p><p>Shaheen's campaign announced Monday she raised<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> more than $2.8 million for her re-election campaign between April 1 and June 30 of this year, more than double the amount she collected from supporters in the previous two quarters combined. </span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:29:41 +0000 Brian Wallstin 51454 at http://nhpr.org Shaheen Leads Fundraising Pack In Race For U.S. Senate N.H. Ranks High In Prescriptions For Addictive Painkillers http://nhpr.org/post/nh-ranks-high-prescriptions-addictive-painkillers <p>New Hampshire doctors are among the nation’s most prolific prescribers of Oxycontin and other opioids, according to <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm63e0701a1.htm?s_cid=mm63e0701a1_x">a government report released Tuesday</a> that analyzed the state-by-state use of highly addictive painkillers.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:43:13 +0000 Brian Wallstin 51175 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Ranks High In Prescriptions For Addictive Painkillers Mazzaglia Found Guilty In Murder Of UNH Student Elizabeth Marriott http://nhpr.org/post/mazzaglia-found-guilty-murder-unh-student-elizabeth-marriott <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A jury has found a Dover man guilty of the murder of 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth </span>“Lizzi”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Marriott.</span></p><p>Jurors in Strafford Superior&nbsp;Court deliberated for less than two days before finding 31-year-old Seth Mazzaglia, a community theater actor and karate instructor, guilty of first-degree murder by strangulation.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:24:29 +0000 Brian Wallstin 50974 at http://nhpr.org Mazzaglia Found Guilty In Murder Of UNH Student Elizabeth Marriott Hassan Promises Review of Buffer Zones After Supreme Court Strikes Down Mass. Law http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-promises-review-buffer-zones-after-supreme-court-strikes-down-mass-law <p></p><p>Gov. Maggie Hassan said her administration will “closely review” how Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Massachusetts’ law that restricts protests outside abortion clinics will affect a similar law that will take effect in New Hampshire next month.</p><p>Hassan, who is in Turkey on a trade mission, signed a bill June 10 that authorizes reproductive health facilities that perform abortions to establish 25-foot buffer zones around the entrance. The law is set to take effect July 10.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:33:51 +0000 Brian Wallstin 50934 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Promises Review of Buffer Zones After Supreme Court Strikes Down Mass. Law Shaheen Releases Eight Years Of Federal Tax Returns http://nhpr.org/post/shaheen-releases-eight-years-federal-tax-returns <p>Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her husband, William, earned an average of more than $472,000 a year in pre-tax income between 2006 and 2013, according to federal tax returns released by Shaheen’s campaign Tuesday.</p><p>The couple's joint returns were made available four days after Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown and his wife, Gail Huff, released eight years of joint state and federal returns. Shaheen had pledged to release her returns if her opponents did the same.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:52:39 +0000 Brian Wallstin 50799 at http://nhpr.org Shaheen Releases Eight Years Of Federal Tax Returns Developing Story: Court In Sudan Orders Release of Condemned Woman With N.H. Ties http://nhpr.org/post/developing-story-court-sudan-orders-release-condemned-woman-nh-ties <p></p><p><em>Update: CNN is reporting that Meriam&nbsp;Ibrahim and her husband, Daniel Wani of Manchester, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/24/world/africa/sudan-christian-woman-arrest/">were arrested at the airport</a> in Khartoum on their way out of Sudan. <span style="font-family: arial; line-height: 19px;">Wani told the network in a phone call that he, Ibrahim and their two young children were being held at the national security office, although no details were available.</span></em></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:33:30 +0000 Brian Wallstin 50692 at http://nhpr.org Developing Story: Court In Sudan Orders Release of Condemned Woman With N.H. Ties Brown Releases Tax Returns, Then Demands Shaheen Do The Same http://nhpr.org/post/brown-releases-tax-returns-then-demands-shaheen-do-same <p>Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown released a trove of personal financial information Friday, including eight years of state and federal tax returns and <a href="https://www.scottbrown.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/eFD_-Annual-Report-for-2014-Brown-Scott.pdf">a financial disclosure statement</a> that showed before-tax income of more than $900,000 since the former Massachusetts senator left office in January 2013.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:04:38 +0000 Brian Wallstin 50596 at http://nhpr.org Brown Releases Tax Returns, Then Demands Shaheen Do The Same State Takes Next Step in Monitoring Prescription Drug Abuse http://nhpr.org/post/state-takes-next-step-monitoring-prescription-drug-abuse <p>The Executive Council has picked an Alabama company to begin collecting data that will help physicians and pharmacists identify patients who may be abusing prescription medications.</p><p>The five-year contract awarded to Health Information Designs is the next step in the state’s effort to set up a prescription drug monitoring program, or PMP.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Such programs are aimed at “doctor shopping,” in which patients visit multiple physicians for prescriptions that are then filled at different pharmacies. </span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:42:16 +0000 Brian Wallstin 50463 at http://nhpr.org Havenstein Files For Governor's Race, Then Asks for Eligibility Ruling http://nhpr.org/post/havenstein-files-governors-race-then-asks-eligibility-ruling <p>Republican candidate for governor Walt Havenstein wants state election officials to rule on whether he meets the residency requirements to hold the office.</p><p>Immediately after filing paperwork to officially launch his candidacy against Gov. Maggie Hassan in Concord on Wednesday, Havenstein submitted a petition to the state Ballot Law Commission, asking for an expedited hearing on the residency issue.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:35:10 +0000 Brian Wallstin 50075 at http://nhpr.org Havenstein Files For Governor's Race, Then Asks for Eligibility Ruling New Hampshire Vets To Receive More Non-VA Care Following Audit http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-vets-receive-more-non-va-care-following-audit <p>New Hampshire veterans who have been waiting more than three months for an appointment to see a specialist at the Manchester VA Medical Center now have the option of receiving treatment from a non-VA physician.</p><p>Staff at the center are in the process of contacting 118 Granite State veterans who are on an “electronic wait list” of former troops who have been unable to see a VA physician in 90 days or less, said Tammy Krueger, director of the Manchester VA Medical Center.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:23:00 +0000 Brian Wallstin 50010 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire Vets To Receive More Non-VA Care Following Audit Audit Details Appointment Delays For New Hampshire Vets http://nhpr.org/post/audit-details-appointment-delays-new-hampshire-vets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Veterans seeking an appointment </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at the VA Medical Center in Manchester were able to </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">see a doctor in 30 days or less 98 percent of the time,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;according to a nationwide <a href="http://www.va.gov/health/docs/VAAccessAuditFindingsReport.pdf" target="_blank">audit</a> released today by Department of Veterans Affairs</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:08:08 +0000 Brian Wallstin 49927 at http://nhpr.org Amid Criticism, Hassan Defends Overseas Trade Mission http://nhpr.org/post/amid-criticism-hassan-defends-overseas-trade-mission <p>Gov. Maggie Hassan's office said canceling a planned trade mission&nbsp;to Turkey would cost taxpayers $10,000 and the private businesses that will accompany the governor would lose thousands more.</p><p>In a written response to a public-records request by the conservative nonprofit Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, Hassan's chief of staff Pamela Walsh said "non-refundable travel arrangements" had already been paid for when the governor announced a freeze on hiring and out-of-state travel.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:11:26 +0000 Brian Wallstin 49655 at http://nhpr.org