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Update: The hearing was postponed Tuesday morning at the request of the New Hampshire ACLU, pending further legal action at the federal level.

One of the first legal challenges related to the Trump administration’s request for state voter files will go before a judge in Nashua Tuesday, as part of a lawsuit filed last week by the New Hampshire ACLU and two state lawmakers.

Gov. Chris Sununu says turning over the state’s voter information (or, at least, what’s included in public voter checklists) to a Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is a step toward restoring confidence in the nation’s elections.

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The new state budget may be in effect, but one issue still unresolved is a contract for state employees. Governor Sununu says he’d welcome a deal but it may not happen.

Negotiations between the Sununu administration and the five unions representing state workers haven’t been easy. 

Governor Chris Sununu on The Exchange

Jul 7, 2017

Today on The Exchange, Governor Chris Sununu sits down with Laura for the full hour to give his take on several topics, including national health care reform and its possible impact on the Granite State.

Also up for discussion: the state's continuing opioids crisis, including the high number of overdoses in June. And we'll hear from the Governor on so-called "Keno-garten," the expansion of kindergarten with money from the Keno electronic game of chance. 


The President's Election Integrity Commission's request for state voter checklist information set off lots of concerns about voter privacy. Some states, including Maine, have refused to cooperate.  Others, like New Hampshire, have said they'll comply, but only with information that's already publicly available. 


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New Hampshire is moving forward with efforts to sharpen its focus on economic development by dividing the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

The agency is splitting into the Department of Business and Economic Affairs and the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Wednesday nominated Taylor Caswell to serve as the new commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs, while Jeff Rose, the current commissioner of the former agency, will take over the natural and cultural affairs post.

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Governor Sununu says New Hampshire should turn over public information on voters to a Trump administration voter fraud commission, a view shared by the state's top election official, Secretary of State Bill Gardner. But Gardner says the matter is under review by the Attorney General.

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Governor Chris Sununu and other public safety officials toured damage sites in Grafton County on Monday following Saturday evening's major storms.

Dozens of roads remain closed, with preliminary estimates of the clean up effort topping $4 million.

Many of the hardest hit areas remain inaccessible, so to get a better view, Sununu used a helicopter.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 30th, 2017

Jun 30, 2017

Governor Sununu and other New Hampshire lawmakers announced their opposition to the proposed healthcare bill from the U.S. Senate.  "Keno-garten" comes to the Granite State, but critics worry the new funding from the electronic gambling game Keno won't be enough for widespread full-day kindergarten programs. And Mayor Ted Gatsas of Manchester announces his re-election campaign, amongst some controversy. 


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Governor Chris Sununu has been busy over the past few days signing more than 30 bills into law including the state’s next two year budget.

Governor Chris Sununu says he remains committed to reforming Obamacare but opposes the plan proposed by Senate Republican leaders.

The governor's opposition comes as the Senate's top Republican says he is pushing off a scheduled vote on the Senate's version of the bill.

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Governor Sununu says his staff is reviewing the US Senate’s version of the health care reform bill, made public Thursday.

As the Senate released the bill, Sununu published a letter to Congressional leadership along with New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Chuck Morse and House Speaker Shawn Jasper.  

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Governor Sununu says this year’s budget process has kept him busy meeting with Republicans, talking to lawmakers one-on-one, and trying to stick with the sales approach he’s learned works best.

Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green

Governor Chris Sununu’s pick to join New Hampshire’s Supreme Court, Bobbie Hantz, was questioned by the Executive Council Monday.  

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 16, 2017

Jun 16, 2017

N.H. House and Senate negotiators reach a deal on the $11.7 billion budget this week but the spending plan is facing pushback from both sides of the aisle ahead of next week's full vote. At a hearing on the Northern Pass project, opponents show up in force. And bears continue to make news in the Granite State. 


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When Republicans took full control in Concord this year, they wasted no time outlining an ambitious policy agenda on a number of fronts, including education.

While Republicans were able to accomplish much of that agenda, they weren’t able to get everything they wanted. Here’s a rundown of some major developments in education policy so far this year.

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Governor Chris Sununu spent Monday in Washington, meeting with leaders from a number of federal agencies: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and officials from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Sununu said his goal, in part, was to make up for what he views as inefficient advocacy by New Hampshire's Congressional delegation.

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Governor Chris Sununu will be in Washington D.C. Monday for a series of private meetings with Trump administration officials.

Sununu is slated to meet first with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Afterwards, Sununu will hold meetings with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

This comes after Sununu took part in a meeting focused on infrastructure at the White House last week, and spent the weekend in Utah at a summit hosted by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 9, 2017

Jun 9, 2017

It was another busy week: former FBI Director James Comey gave testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday, Governor Sununu aligned with President Trump on his decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and there's more wrangling over the state budget. 


Firecrackers Now Legal (And For Sale) In New Hampshire

Jun 7, 2017
Samantha Fogel

Last Friday, Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill to legalize firecrackers in New Hampshire.  They are now for sale at licensed fireworks dealers in the state.

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Part of Governor Chris Sununu’s political identity is built on science and thought. There’s Sununu’s oft-cited degree from MIT, his professional background as an engineer, and his family’s well-tended reputation for being smart.

But on two recent issues, the governor backed away from letting science - or expert opinion - guide his policy decisions.


Allegra Boverman

New Hampshire's Republican governor says he won't join an alliance set up by other states pledging to uphold the Paris climate change accord.

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Gov. Chris Sununu will be traveling to a few high-profile out-of-state events this week: an "infrastructure summit" hosted by the Trump administration in Washington and another retreat hosted by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. 

Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green

Gov. Chris Sununu will nominate attorney Anna Barbara Hantz of Stratham to the state Supreme Court Wednesday.

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Governor Chris Sununu says he much hasn't thought about President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says the President's decision on Paris is "disappointing;" Vermont Governor Phil Scott calls it "concerning." Both are Republicans, and both say they plan to work across state lines to reduce carbon emissions.

Governor Sununu, meanwhile, says he's not completely sure what he thinks.

Update: 12:55 PM:

This bill has passed the New Hampshire House by a vote of 186-170. We will continue to update this story.

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The New Hampshire House votes Thursday on a bill that would allow fetuses older than twenty weeks to be considered people in cases involving murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide. The debate over what are often called fetal homicide laws isn’t a new one in Concord, but with Republicans controlling the legislature and the governor's office, this year the bill is expected to become law.

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Addressing the state’s oversight committee monitoring the Division of Children, Youth and Families, Gov. Chris Sununu voiced support for the creation of a new Office of the Child Advocate and other reforms in response to systemic problems at the child services agency.

Sununu told the commission his team has been “aggressive” about visiting regional DCYF offices and caseworkers to better understand what problems need to be fixed.

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Charlie Arlinghaus is expected to win confirmation as New Hampshire’s next Administrative Services Commissioner. Right now, Arlinghaus is serving as Governor Chris Sununu’s budget director, but for years he’s run the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.

That free market think tank has deep - and increasingly conspicuous - ties to the Governor.

When Charlie Arlinghaus had his Executive Council confirmation hearing last week, Councilor Andru Volinsky noted something conspicuous about Arlinghaus’s resume.

Despite uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act and the GOP’s plan to replace it, four insurers have filed initial applications to sell policies next year in New Hampshire’s marketplace.

Governor Chris Sununu on The Exchange

May 15, 2017
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Governor Chris Sununu sits down with The Exchange to discuss the Republican health care overhaul currently in the U.S. Senate -- and implications for the opioid crisis in the Granite State.  

We'll get Sununu's take on the two-year spending plan for the state, after the House failed to come up with its own version of the budget for the first time in recent memory.  And we look at the recent controversy over mental health staffing at the New Hampshire State Hospital.


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