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Tue November 13, 2012

Top Stories: NH House Swings To Democrats, Republicans Hold Senate; NH Elections Live Blog

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1. Elections 2012: N.H. House Swings To Democrats, Republicans Hold Senate 13-11

There was a big surprise waiting for New Hampshire politicos this morning. As the final votes were tallied in the four hundred races for the State House of Representatives, the Democrats had won a 221 to 178 majority with one race still undecided.

2. Elections 2012: N.H. Elections Live Blog: News From The Camps

NHPR reporters and producers, working live at the camps, brought you real-time live blogging and updates all through election night.

3. Elections 2012: All Three N.H. Ballot Measures Fail

New Hampshire voters showed a reluctance to change the state constitution in Tuesday’s election, rejecting one amendment that would have banned a personal income tax and another that would have given the legislature more control over the judiciary.

4. The Exchange: A Look at Ballot Question # 1

Ballot question one asks if New Hampshire should permanently prohibit an income tax?  Supporters say this would settle a longstanding debate once and for all. Opponents say it would damage the state's fiscal standing.

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5. The Exchange: Crunching Last Night's Election Results

It was a big night for Democrats and for women in New Hampshire on November 6th.  Nationally, President Barack Obama won a second term over Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.   In the Granite State, Maggie Hassan was voted as our state's new Governor and Carol Shea Porter and Ann McLane Kuster won the seats for the Congressional District 1 and 2 respectively.

6. Elections 2012: Question 2: Ballot Measure Would Give Lawmakers More Control Over Courts

Question 2 on the Nov. 6 ballot would have given lawmakers "concurrent power" with the state Supreme Court to establish judicial procedures, from how to file a lawsuit, to which cases are heard on appeal, to what evidence is admissible at trial.

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7. Elections 2012: First Look At State House And Senate Results

Early signs indicated that the makeup of the House would be a little less red. Among the defeated Republicans were Ways and Means Chair Steve Stepanek and Majority Leader Pete Silva. In the State Senate, Democrats gained five seats but are still in the minority. Republican Jim Luther appears to be the only incumbent ousted. Democrat Peggy Gilmour defeated him with about 1,100 votes.

8. NH News: Speaker O'Brien Can't Shake Election Spotlight

A joke about being New Hampshire Speaker of the House is that you get a parking spot, $125 annual salary, and the chance to bang a gavel. But when Bill O’Brien took the position in 2010, he took an important but largely under the radar position into the spotlight.

9. Education: Manchester's Charter Commission Election: All About The Schools

It felt a little like speed dating at a recent meet and greet for charter commission candidates.

10. North Country: Real Estate Appraiser Who Angered Northern Pass Settles

James Walker, of Franconia, has agreed to pay a fine to settle a complaint Northern Pass filed with the state’s Real Estate Appraiser Board.  Northern Pass complained after Walker told a Dalton couple that the project’s electrical towers would reduce the value of their property.

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