On the Political Front, NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers talks about the special election to fill the District 1 Executive Council seat. The seat was left vacant after the death of longtime Executive Councilor Ray Burton in November.
Rogers also discusses upcoming House votes on efforts to repeal the death penalty and increase the state's minimum wage.
Last week, Governor Maggie Hassan stepped up to the front podium in Representatives Hall and delivered her first State of the State speech. Hassan addressed her victories and challenges of her first year, and outlined her hopes for year two: she underlined a desire for a ‘high end’ casino, stood firm on her stance against legalizing marijuana and tried to reach out to both sides of the aisle to get work done.But bipartisanship hasn’t been always come easy for the governor.
Former Attorney Generals Phil McLaughlin and Greg Smith both told the House Criminal Justice Committee they’d prosecuted dozens of murders in their careers, and had they’ve come to believe the death penalty is wrong.
McLaughlin said the very rarity of capital punishment in N.H. is an argument for its basic unfairness.
"If punishment supposed to be neither cruel nor unusual, how do you take 1 in a 1000 over 75 years and persuade people that’s not unusual?"