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A ceremony is honoring former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch.

Lynch is scheduled to receive the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award on Tuesday night. Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino is the keynote speaker at the event.

The event at the Manchester Radisson Hotel was originally scheduled for Jan. 27, but was rescheduled due to last week's snowstorm.

We sit with New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, as he prepares to leave the state’s “corner office”. We’ll look back with him, at his achievements, his challenges, and what advice he’d impart to Governor-elect Maggie Hassan. Our broadcast is in partnership with New Hampshire Public Television.

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  • Governor John Lynch - New Hampshire's 80th. Governor

The Lynch Legacy

Dec 5, 2012

In just a few weeks, the Governor steps down, after eight years in office.  We’ll talk with a roundtable of Granite Staters about his handling of everything from the economy to education to the environment.   We’ll also look at the “Lynch Style”…a low-key approach to governing that was, at times criticized as a lack of leadership.

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Josh Rogers – Statehouse Reporter for NHPR

We sit with New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, as he prepares to leave the state’s “corner office”.  We’ll look back with him, at his achievements, his challenges, and what advice he’d impart to Governor-elect Maggie Hassan.  Our broadcast is in partnership with New Hampshire Public Television. 

Guest

  • Governor John Lynch - New Hampshire's 80th Governor
Michael Brindley, NHPR

In an exit interview of sorts with The Exchange Tuesday morning, Gov. John Lynch said he has no interest in pursuing elected office in Washington, D.C.

Ryan Lessard / NHPR

Four New Hampshire servicemen were honored posthumously with the New Hampshire Medal of Honor at the State House Friday.

Governor Lynch being briefed at Bedford's emergency operation center
Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Governor John Lynch toured the damage to New Hampshire in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. When the governor arrived at the Bedford Operations Center late Tuesday afternoon, he learned that most of the damage in the area had already been cleaned up.

Bedford's municipal buildings and traffic lights were spared any serious damage, though around 2,000 PSNH customers are still without power. Crews from as far as Texas are helping restore service there.

Lynch praised the efforts of the emergency responders and cited the use of new media in getting the word out about the storm:

All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks with Governor John Lynch about the state's preparations for Hurricane Sandy.

Cheryl Senter, NHPR

It's been yet another busy week in New Hampshire politics, with swinging polls, another round of debates, more ads than we can count - and a guy who's not seeking reelection getting political when it just might count.

NHPR's Josh Rogers recaps the latest New Hampshire political news with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

Lynch Endorses Hassan

Oct 9, 2012
Josh Rogers, NHPR

Former state senator Maggie Hassan has worked hard to cast herself as a politician in the mode of Governor John Lynch – moderate, popular, and willing to work across party lines.  Speaking before a crowd of more than 150 people in Concord, the Governor urged a supportive crowd to believe her.

“If we want to continue what we started 8 years ago: bipartisan leadership that is making progress on the issues, that matter most to the people of NH then we need to elect Maggie Hassan as the next governor of the state of N.H.”

Governor Lynch speaks to a small crowd at the Merrimack Outlet mall
Tina Forbes / NHPR

Governor John Lynch took to the new outlet mall in Merrimack today to promote New Hampshire’s lack of a sales tax.

Governor Lynch’s visit comes as Massachusetts is about to have a two day reprieve from its 6.25 percent sales tax.

Lynch praised state retailers for doing a good job promoting New Hampshire’s lack of a sales tax and stressed that retail sales are critical to the state’s economy.

Governor John Lynch announced Tuesday he will nominate six people to the state’s circuit courts during the Governor and Council meeting that will take place Wednesday morning at ten in Manchester.

The Governor’s nominees include Paul Moore of Bedford, Mark Weaver of Greenland, Lawrence MacLeod of Lebanon, Jennifer Lemire of Stratham, Julie Introcaso of Manchester and Susan Carbon of Chichester. All were recommended by the Governor’s Judicial Selection Commission. Lynch spokesman, Colin Manning, says the Governor believes all the nominees are well-suited to serve the public.

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New Hampshire's Executive Council has approved hiring a consultant to assist the state in reviewing proposals from several companies to run its prisons. The council approved a contract Wednesday of $171,347 to hire consultant MGT of America of Tallahassee, Florida

Governor John Lynch says it’s a lot of money, but necessary to figure out which proposal is really the best deal.

Gov. John Lynch has allowed a bill requiring photo identification at polling places to become law without his signature, but he says he hopes the New Hampshire Legislature will revisit the issue.

North Country legislators were almost evenly divided about whether to override Gov. Lynch’s veto of a bill that would give tax credits for businesses that make donations to not-for-profit schools.

As NHPR has reported Lynch said “the proposed bill would siphon public money away from public schools and give it to private ones. He said the budget gaps the plan would create would have to be covered by increases in local property taxes.

North Country representatives overwhelmingly voted on Wednesday to override Gov. Lynch’s veto of a bill banning partial-birth abortions.

As NHPR reported Lynch vetoed the bill saying it was unnecessary because such procedures are already prohibited under federal law.

The governor also expressed concern about a provision that would require a second opinion before a woman could receive the procedure even if her life were threatened by the pregnancy.

N.H. Governor's Veto Of Fetal Homicide Bill Stands

Jun 27, 2012

New Hampshire's House has failed to override Gov. John Lynch's veto of a bill that expanded the state's homicide law to include causing the death of a fetus.

N.H. Legislature Overrides Veto On Abortion Bill

Jun 27, 2012

New Hampshire's Legislature has voted to override Gov. John Lynch's veto of a bill banning partial-birth abortions.

Veto Day Arrives at Statehouse

Jun 26, 2012
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With 15 vetoes, the most ever by a Governor in a single session, John Lynch hasn’t been shy about wielding his power. Now, Republicans will work to override some of those measures when they gather in Concord on Wednesday.

Governor Stubs Medical Marijuana Law

Jun 21, 2012
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Gov. John Lynch has made no secret of his opposition to medical marijuana in the state. He says Senate Bill 409 poses health dangers to patients, lacks oversight and could lead to more pot in the hands of minors.

The governor vetoed a similar measure in 2009.

Sara Plourde / NHPR

Governor Lynch has vetoed a bill banning so-called “partial birth abortions.” The bill was the only anti-abortion bill that made it through the legislature this session.

Late term abortions, also known as partial birth abortions, are already outlawed under federal law. But according the Governor’s spokesman Colin Manning, the Governor was concerned by a provision that would require a second opinion before a woman could receive the procedure even if her life were threatened by the pregnancy.

3 of the 4 leading hopefuls for Governor have filed their candidacies.  All say they plan to be more assertive than Governor John Lynch.

By any measure, Governor Lynch has been one of the most popular governors in N.H. history. But most of his potential successors say it’s crucial to take a different approach governing. Republican Ovide Lamontagne was perhaps the most complementary for Lynch, noting that Lynch made efforts to be bipartisan. But Lamontage also indicated voters can expect a firmer approach if they elect him.

Gov. Lynch Tours Cheshire County Storm Damage

Jun 4, 2012
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After last Tuesday’s storms in southwestern New Hampshire, White Brook Road in Gilsum is no longer a road.

Medical Marijuana Showdown Looms

May 30, 2012
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The House and Senate reached agreement today on a medical marijuana bill

This final version would allow patients with a doctor’s prescription to possess up to six ounces of marijuana. Medicinal use would only be granted to people with debilitating conditions or terminal diseases.

Senator James Forsythe, a Republican from Strafford, believes the bill is designed to ensure public safety.

 

Sen. John Gallus,  a Republican from Berlin who represents the North Country, was among those voting last week not to override Gov. Lynch’s veto of so-called payday loans.

As NHPR reported “The measure would have lifted the current 36% interest rate cap on small loans. In place of that cap, Senator Matt Houde told colleagues companies could charge borrowers up to 403% interest.

 

The New Hampshire Senate has approved a constitutional amendment to give the state more leeway in how it distributes school aid. 

The amendment would make it easier for lawmakers to target money to poorer communities but not explicitly undue the Claremont rulings that require the state to fund an adequate education for every child. After the vote Governor Lynch described the proposal as “a significant milestone.”

Governor John Lynch used his final state of the state address to ask GOP lawmakers change the tone in Concord, and to reverse course on cuts to higher education and a reduction to the state tobacco tax. 

 Drawing sharp lines has never been Governor Lynch’s style, but in this speech, Lynch did, repeatedly.

“The cut in the tobacco tax was nonsensical……”

 “We hear from some a lot of anti-government talk, but to me that doesn’t make any sense,

 Sadly, it has become too commonplace to attack state employees, and that needs to stop.”

Today marked Governor John Lynch's last State of the State address. And, as one might expect during a slow trudge toward recovery, the bulk of Lynch focused either directly or indirectly on the economy.

Gov. John Lynch gives his final state of the state address to the House and Senate. Read the transcript of the  live tweets from the Statehouse below:

 

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Education

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch told lawmakers of the need for a constitutional amendment for education funding during his state of the state address.

He says the state needs more flexibility to direct more aid to communities and children with the greatest need.

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