Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 21, 2017

Jul 21, 2017

Two top officials at the VA Medical Center in Manchester were removed after a Boston Globe report detailing  allegations of substandard care at the facility.  New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner attends the first official meeting of the Trump administration’s election integrity commission.  And New Hampshire became the 22nd state and the last state in New England to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.


GUESTS:

  • Garry Rayno - Author of Distant Dome, a Manchester Ink link and indepthnh.org series that explores stories from the NH statehouse. He formerly worked as a reporter for the Union Leader.
  • Dean Spiliotes - Civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU and author of the website NH Political Capital.
  • Trent Spiner – Executive editor for the Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News.

Helpful Links

The U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs investigates allegations of substandard care at the Manchester V.A. Medical Center.  This was brought on, in part, by a Boston Globe Spotlight article citing whistleblowers.  Earlier this week, The Exchange focused on how these problems fit into a broader picture of trouble with the Veterans Administration

Governor Sununu signs marijuana decriminalization into law, and in Dover he announces new efforts to fight the opioid crisis with state drug czar, David Mara. 

N.H. Secretary of State Bill Gardner returns from D.C.  from the first meeting of the administration's Election Integrity Commission.

Special elections are being held on July 25 for Senate District 16.  The candidates visited The Exchange this week and explained their positions on various issues.  

In Manchester, Mayor Ted Gatsas filed a defamation lawsuit over allegations of a cover-up in the West High School sexual assault case, just as he ramps up his campaign for reelection. 

Manchester debates whether to adopt a new flag to complement its official seal.