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Both Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith are known for being strong social conservatives. Lamontagne is a champion of the pro-life movement. And Kevin Smith has long been one of the loudest voices opposing gay marriage in the state. But during last night’s debate at Saint Anselm College, both tried to play down these hot-button issues.
This week, the feds approved New Hampshire’s controversial new voter ID law. But voters won’t notice much difference during the upcoming primary elections. If you go to the polls next week and don’t have proper ID, you will still get your ballot--and a document explaining the new law. The real change will come during the general elections in November. Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan says November voters coming to the polls without ID will have to sign an affidavit swearing that they are who they say they are. Then they get to cast their votes.
It was tit for tat. The DC-based Human Rights Campaign, endorsed Maggie Hassan, shortly before 1 o’clock. By quarter to 4, the NH Freedom to Marry Coalition PAC had thrown its support to Jackie Cilley. Both groups were key players in the 2009 push to legalize same sex marriage here, an effort that coincided with Hassan and Cilley’s time in the state senate -- Hassan as majority leader.
In its endorsement of Hassan, the Human Rights Campaign called Hassan “ a champion for fairness and a leader in the fight for marriage equality in New Hampshire.”
In 1995, Dr. Madan Kataria began an article he titled “Laughter – The Best Medicine.” He found decades of research on the therapeutic effects of laughter and wanted to investigate further. He managed to convince four people at a public park in Mumbai, India, to start a laughter club. At first they used jokes, but when the jokes ran out, they began to laugh at nothing.
Thursday, GOP gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith will square off in a televised debate. One of the biggest challenges that awaits the state’s new governor – building the next two year budget.
New Hampshire foreclosure numbers from July are up from the previous year.
New Hampshire had 269 foreclosures in July. That’s up 13 percent from July of last year. However, it’s a decrease compared to the month before. In fact, it’s the third monthly decline in a row so far this year. The numbers come from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Delinquency Survey.
“Even though it’s higher than last July, it’s still more on a steady downward curve.”
Maxine Kumin’s career has spanned over half a century. She's the recipient of awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award. Kumin was the poetry consultant for the Library of Congress in 1981-1982, and has taught at many of the country’s most prestigious universities, including MIT, Princeton, and Columbia. Despite traveling away from home to lecture at schools and universities around the United States, Kumin has retained close ties with her farmhouse in rural New Hampshire.