The state’s highest court has unanimously upheld a lower court ruling that scuttled former House Speaker William O’Brien’s lawsuit against the N.H. Democratic Party over automated phone calls that targeted O’Brien without the proper disclosures.
At issue were 394 calls placed by Democrats in 2010.
New Hampshire’s fault line for expanding its Medicaid program has always run through the GOP-controlled Senate.
There, top lawmakers from both parties have tried and failed to reach compromise over the past year. And so now with a deal clearly in reach, Democratic co-sponsor Peggy Gilmour of Hollis reminded colleagues of all they’ve been through.
Republican Joe Kenney and Democrat Mike Cryans will face off in a special election March 11 to replace longtime District 1 Executive Councilor Ray Burton, who died in November.
A retired colonel in the United States Marine Corps, Kenney spent 14 years as a state legislator, in both the House and the Senate. He was the Republican nominee for governor in 2008 and lost to Democrat John Lynch. Kenney won a three-way Republican primary in January.
Nearly two and a half years after the city of Manchester evicted Occupy New Hampshire from Veteran’s Park, the group’s case was heard before the state Supreme Court Wednesday. The case hinges on whether the group was exercising free speech when it set up its camp community, among other things.
Occupy New Hampshire caught the wave of protests that swept the nation in October of 2011. The protesters had a city permit to protest during the day in the park, but after only two nights of camping out police removed them, arresting five.
The New Hampshire House is slated to vote this week on a bill to prevent housing discrimination. Renters who pay with federal subsidy vouchers, known as Section 8, and victims of domestic abuse would receive new protections.
Portsmouth’s City Council voted unanimously on Monday to pass a resolution protecting city workers from discrimination based on gender identity.
At present, New Hampshire is the only state in New England that does not have a similar law at the state level. That’s despite existing state laws protecting individuals based on sexual orientation, gender, race, creed, marital status, or disability.
Portsmouth’s resolution was championed by former state Rep. Jim Splaine, and included an item that would press the state to update their anti-discrimination laws.