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4:18 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

House Takes Up Bills To Curb Unions

 

N.H. House lawmakers took testimony today on several bills that would reduce the power of unions.

They include a repeal of collective bargaining for state employees, and banning public sector unions from charging non-members the cost of negotiating contracts. The hearings drew a big crowd of opponents, including many union members. Diana Lacy is president of the state employees association.

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7:14 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

House Passes Redistricting Plan

Sam Evans-Brown

 The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a redistricting plan, but not before defeating a counter proposal from fellow republicans

A breakaway group of republicans made a strong showing with a revised map of house voting districts

The alternative map would keep Manchester whole, instead of lumping one of its wards with the town of Litchfield.

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3:11 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

House Takes Aim At Abortion Providers

 

The New Hampshire House has voted to bar any organization that performs elective abortions from receiving any state or federal funds.

The measure backed by GOP leaders means Planned Parenthood of Northern New England would no longer be eligible to enter into contracts with the state to provide non-abortion reproductive health services to the poor – a role the organization has played in NH for 40 years. Warren Groen of Rochester is the measure’s lead sponsor.

“Mr. Speaker, this is our opportunity to reclaim the sanctity of life in one small area -- public funding.”

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3:06 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

House Backs Amendment To Bar New Taxes On Income

 

The 251 to 101 vote exceeds the 3/5th needed to send the proposal on to the state senate. Prior to the vote, Manchester Republican Keith Murphy warned that while the income tax isn’t popular in Concord right now, that could change.

“Lest we forget in 1999 this body did pass an income tax of 4 percent, and every year since an income tax has been proposed in this body. We need to take the temptation off the table now and forever.”

NH News
5:35 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

O'Brien Wants Fatter Rainy Day Fund --Now

 

The Legislature holds the purse strings and House Speaker Bill O’Brien wants to prove it. O’Brien is backing a measure to divert money generated by the state’s insurance tax to New Hampshire’s rainy day fund. NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports

The measure aims to fatten the rainy day fund by $26 million, which was the state’s surplus in fiscal year 2011. Speaker O’Brien told the House ways and means committee that socking the money away amounts to simple prudence.

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3:41 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

NH House Eyes Pulling out of No Child Left Behind

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A house committee heard public testimony on a bill that would withdraw the state from the federal education requirements under No Child Left Behind.

But pulling out would mean the state would forfeit more than $60 million in federal money.

The sponsor of the bill, twenty-year-old representative Weeden from Dover,  says that No-Child-Left-Behind, or NCLB, has created a culture of teaching to the test that has reduced the quality of education overall.

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1:50 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

House Committee Takes up Eminent Domain

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The House judiciary committee heard testimony today about three bills that would make it more difficult for a private utility to use eminent domain to acquire land. 

Opponents of the Northern Pass project sponsor the bills, saying the planned electric transmission lines would not benefit to the state.

Republican representative Baldasaro from Londonderry gave testimony in favor of tightening up eminent domain rules.

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4:39 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

NH Lawmakers: Don't Cut Off Cod

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New Hampshire’s congressional delegation signed a letter asking federal regulators not to lower the catch limit on Atlantic Cod.

The federal lawmakers say that fishermen in the Granite State already have their backs against the wall.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen says lowering the catch limit on Cod could lead to the loss of 90% of the fishermen’s revenue.

Shaheen: it has potential to almost wipe out our fishing industry in New Hampshire because so much of their revenue comes from cod and inshore ground fishing.

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5:44 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Senate Unveils Redistricting Plan

State Senate leadership says it’s drafted a redistricting plan that’s legal and doesn’t play politics.

Senate Democrats don’t really agree.

There was lots of talk about snakes and salamanders at the senate’s one – and only – public hearing on setting up 24 new senate districts for the next decade.

Majority Leader Jeb Bradley says the goal of the plan was to create districts that make sense, not win elections.

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5:24 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Change in Policy May Help Immigrants Stay in the U.S.

President Barack Obama has set a record number of deportations last fiscal year, removing nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants.

Despite this, a new administration policy set in August allows undocumented immigrants without criminal records to stay in the United States.

Seven months ago 19-year old Juan Valdez had to appear in a Nashua courtroom for driving without a license.

The Manchester resident had been undocumented since he came to the U-S from Mexico at age three.

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11:53 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Huntsman Headed South

Jon Huntsman placed third last night in the New Hampshire Primary.

The former Utah Governor says that's well enough to stay in the race.

In the days leading up to the primary, Huntsman’s campaign suggested a second place finish was possible.

The candidate talked about a sense of momentum, that his commitment to retail politics in the Granite State would pay off.

He never caught up to Texas Congressman Ron Paul, but Huntsman told supporters nonetheless he’s energized.

“I’d say third place is a ticket to ride, ladies and gentleman. Hello South Carolina!”

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5:37 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Hospitals Detail Service Cuts in Court

A coalition of hospitals in the state testified in federal court today/Tuesday that state budget cuts have forced them to restrict care for the poor.

Ten hospitals are suing the state over a $130 million reduction in Medicaid funding.

Hospital officials described the series of reductions they’ve had to make in response to state cuts dating back to 2008.

For example, Lakes Region General Hospital and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center now are turning away new Medicaid patients unless they are children, seniors or pregnant women.

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9:32 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Democrats Mobilizing Voters for the Primary

Democrats working the phones
Sam Evans-Brown

 

The entire nation is watching as voting begins in today’s Republican Primary.

Meanwhile democrat voters are quietly turning out for that other primary.

SFX: Phone bank sounds

The night before primary day, volunteers are hard at work calling potential voters.

Kuster: Hi, is this Mrs. Singer? How are you this is Annie Kuster, calling from the Obama headquarters.

Ann Mclane Kuster, a democratic candidate for congress in 2012, was out working the phones.

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9:25 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

House Leaders Pull Back On First Day

The New Hampshire House of Representatives kicked off 2012 with a marathon 8-hour session Wednesday.

And in those 8 hours, lawmakers tackled controversial topic after controversial topic, like fetus rights, the death penalty, the 2ndAmendment and health insurance.

Amidst all the action, House leaders flashed something they haven’t shown much of before...restraint.

By now - halfway into their term – House Republicans have earned a reputation for fiscal austerity and Libertarian tendencies.

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10:40 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Let 'Er Rip: NH Legislature Kicks Off New Session

By Wednesday night, the New Hampshire Statehouse might have been an afterthought....lost in the glare of the Republican presidential candidates.

But earlier in the day, New Hampshire politicians flexed their rhetorical muscles, jockeying for higher ground as the next legislative session kicked off.

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