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9:27 am
Fri April 18, 2014

N.H. Senator Odell Announces Retirement

Sen. Bob Odell, R-New London.
Credit New Hampshire State Senate

 

Six-term state Sen. Bob Odell says he will not seek re-election this fall.

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All Things Considered
4:45 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Online Ads Promise To Help Residents Get Medical Marijuana Cards That Don't Exist Yet

Medical marijuana at a Santa Ana, CA dispensary
Credit Dank Depot via Flickr CC

Now that New Hampshire has a law allowing for the use of medicinal marijuana, it might not surprise you to find advertisements about how people can obtain registration cards for the program.

There’s only one catch: there is no such registration card as of yet, and that raises some serious questions about those advertisements and who’s behind them.

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NH News
8:28 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Opponents Question Residency Of Likely GOP Governor Candidate

Walt Havenstein

Opponents continue to raise questions about whether a Republican expected to join the race for governor meets the state’s residency requirements.

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NH News
7:57 am
Wed April 2, 2014

House Panel Weighs Ban On Discrimination Against Gays

Credit NHPR Staff

A House panel is holding a hearing on a proposed amendment to New Hampshire's constitution that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The measure passed the Senate unanimously and if three-fifths of the House agrees, it would go before voters in November. The constitution currently prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex and national origin. The amendment would add sexual orientation.

The state already prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in statute, but supporters want to enshrine the protection in the constitution.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

'Halftime' At The Statehouse

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It’s halftime at the New Hampshire Statehouse, with last week’s so-called “crossover day”, where those bills that have passed the House go to the Senate for a vote, and vice versa.  Major issues that remain in play include a gas tax increase, a death penalty repeal, and once again, expanded gambling.  We’re checking the score thus far, and seeing where these bills go from here.

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On the Political Front
9:20 am
Mon March 31, 2014

On The Political Front For March 31

On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers speaks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the state Senate considering a bill to repeal New Hampshire's death penalty.

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On the Political Front
10:12 am
Mon March 24, 2014

On The Political Front For March 24

    

On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about a proposal to increase New Hampshire's gas tax, Scott Brown ramping up his Senate campaign, and Vice President Joe Biden visiting Nashua on Tuesday.

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NH News
2:55 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Housing Discrimination Bill Narrowly Passes House

Apartments in downtown Manchester
agrippa93 Flickr

This week, the New Hampshire House narrowly passed a bill that would prohibit landlords from discriminating against renters with Section 8 vouchers and victims of domestic violence.

After the House initially tabled the bill last week, lawmakers amended it to more tightly define victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. They now must have a current, final protective order.

The bill goes to the Senate next where it faces a tougher debate. 

On the Political Front
9:02 am
Mon March 10, 2014

On The Political Front For March 10

On the Political Front, NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers talks about the special election to fill the District 1 Executive Council seat. The seat was left vacant after the death of longtime Executive Councilor Ray Burton in November.

Rogers also discusses upcoming House votes on efforts to repeal the death penalty and increase the state's minimum wage.    

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From the Archives
10:18 am
Fri February 28, 2014

From The Archives: 1984 N.H. Primary

Vice President Walter Mondale

Today marks thirty years since the 1984 New Hampshire primary. It’s a contest not well remembered today – on the Republican side, President Ronald Reagan was running essentially unopposed, and the man who won the Democratic nomination, Walter Mondale, not only lost the New Hampshire primary, he lost the general election in a landslide.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

A Conversation with Gov. Hassan: Year One

Credit governor.nh.gov

Last week, Governor Maggie Hassan stepped up to the front podium in Representatives Hall and delivered her first State of the State speech.  Hassan addressed her victories and challenges of her first year, and outlined  her hopes for year two:  she underlined a desire for a ‘high end’ casino, stood firm on her stance against legalizing marijuana and tried to reach out to both sides of the aisle to get work done.But bipartisanship hasn’t been always come easy for the governor.

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NHPR Blogs
2:31 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

The Sidebar: Eyes On The State Of The State

Credit Chris Jensen, NHPR News

Gov. Maggie Hassan will deliver her first State of the State address Thursday to a joint session of New Hampshire lawmakers.

Hassan ended her first year in office with decent job-approval ratings – 51 percent versus 21 percent who disapprove, according to a recent poll.

She begins her second with a heightened national profile: In December, she was elected vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association, which spent heavily to help her defeat GOP challenger Ovide Lamontagne in 2012.

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NH News
11:33 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Hemingway Gives Republicans First Candidate For Governor

Andrew Hemingway announces his candidacy for governor in Manchester Thursday night.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Conservative activist Andrew Hemingway is the first Republican to enter the race for governor.

The 31-year-old high-tech entrepreneur announced his candidacy in front of a group of supporters in Manchester Thursday night.

“I have the courage and innovative ideas to take on this state’s biggest challenges and to solve them. I ask for your support in this effort. I need your help.”

He seeks to unseat Governor Maggie Hassan as she pursues a second, two-year term.

Hemingway is the former chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire.

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NH News
4:26 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Keno Bill Clears House, Moves On To Senate

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

New Hampshire's House has voted to allow electronic keno games to be played in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.  


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News Primer
2:19 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

News Primer: Legalizing Marijuana

Earlier this month, the New Hampshire House became the first legislative body in the United States to pass a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana use.

The legislation faces numerous – some would say intractable - hurdles, beginning with Thursday’s public hearing before the House Ways & Means Committee.

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On the Political Front
8:58 am
Mon January 27, 2014

On The Political Front For Jan. 27

    

On the Political Front this morning, NHPR's Josh Rogers discusses the results of last week's Republican primary to fill Ray Burton's Executive Council seat, as well as legislation on the docket for this week that would allow for casino gambling and legalizing marijuana in the Granite State.

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NH News
8:42 am
Wed January 22, 2014

N.H. House Considers In-State Tuition For Some Undocumented Residents

College students who entered the U.S. illegally could get in-state tuition at University of New Hampshire System schools if they met certain requirements.

The House votes Wednesday on a bill that would require the students to be a graduate of a high school in the state or to have gotten a New Hampshire high school equivalency certificate to be eligible for the in-state rate.

They would have to have had to attend a state high school for three years before graduating or receiving an equivalency certificate and have met all the other criteria for in-state rates.

The Sidebar
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

The Sidebar: N.H. Legislators Will Make Another Run At Raising Gas Tax

Granite State motorists are driving more fuel-efficient vehicles, which means they’re buying less gas. Motorists purchased almost 60 million fewer gallons of gas in 2012 than they did in 2005. That translated into an $11 million decrease in revenue.
Credit Department of Safety Road Toll Bureau

A year after failing to agree on how to pay for a long list of road and bridge improvements, lawmakers will take another shot at bolstering the state’s chronically underfunded infrastructure this session.

Several bills are on the table, including one that would channel proceeds from a casino into the state’s highway fund.

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Word of Mouth
12:10 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Rethink 2014: Political Primaries

Credit Sara Plourde

Characterized by partisan gridlock, grandstanding and an unwillingness to compromise, the 113th Congress is well on its way to becoming the least productive legislature in American history. Elected officials increasingly hail from the ideological fringes of their respective parties, leaving little room for moderation, dialogue or consensus around even routine issues.  The march to the partisan battlelines -- some argue -- starts long before a candidate is sworn in. It begins during the primary, when extreme views draw audiences and media attention away from the moderate middle. Today, we’re prodding one of New Hampshire’s sacred cows by asking whether it’s time to dramatically reforming the way we do primaries.

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Wed January 8, 2014

We Asked Listeners, "What If NH Didn't Host The First Presidential Primary?"

Credit Aaron Web via Flickr Creative Commons

Here's what you had to say:

"I'd feel like we'd become more insignificant than we already are."

"Wouldn't bother me at all."

"It would be a real blow to the economy and to the ego of the state... I think the nation would lose out if we didn't have the presidential primary anymore.

"[I would feel] less stressed."

"I'm not really into politics.  I probably wouldn't care."

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The Sidebar
6:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

The Sidebar: Is Keno The Next Big Bet For The N.H. Lottery?

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

On a recent afternoon at the Common Grounds Cafe, 200 yards from the New Hampshire border in Methuen, Mass, a handful of men sit along a short counter or at several tables in the back of the cafe.

Eyes moving back and forth from their pink and white betting slips to two wall-mounted video monitors, they wait for the next drawing of a popular electronic lottery game called Keno.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Legislative Roundtable - Look Ahead To 2014

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We’re sitting down with a panel of leading lawmakers to talk about their top issues for 2014.  These will include some repeats from last year such as Medicaid expansion, a gas tax increase, and casino gambling.  Other major debates will include guns and mental health, as well as cell phone use while driving.

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NH News
3:14 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Shaheen Proposes Spending Limit On Official Portraits

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is proposing a limit on taxpayer spending for oil painting portraits of government officials.

Her bill, co-sponsored with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, would specify that taxpayer money can only be used for portraits of those in the line of succession for the presidency. And even in those cases, there would be a $20,000 limit.

On the Political Front
8:21 am
Mon November 18, 2013

On The Political Front For Nov. 18

On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about how the Democratic members of New Hampshire's Congressional delegation - all facing re-election next fall - are now supporting changes to the Affordable Care Act.  

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North Country
7:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Berlin Mayor Grenier Re-Elected

Mayor Grenier speaking at a ceremony in April
Credit Courtesy CDFA

Unofficial results show Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier was re-elected on Tuesday, beating challenger Mark Evans 971 to 272.

Evans is a member of the city’s Planning Board and former member of the city council.

This will be Grenier’s third term. He is also one of three Coos County Commissioners and is unusual in the North Country as an elected official who favors the Northern Pass project, which does not pass through his city.

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NH News
4:46 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

State Tax Receipts Fell Slightly Below October Projections

New Hampshire's tax receipts are $25 million ahead of estimates so far this fiscal year despite a weak showing in October.

Administrative Services Commissioner Linda Hodgdon said receipts were $2 million below estimates, but October is a relatively small tax month. The state collected $105 million and had forecast receiving $107 million. Hodgdon said business taxes were down over $4 million, but such a small tax collection month makes it difficult to know if that signals a trend.

Since July 1, the state has collected $541 million.

NH News
11:57 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Transportation Commissioner: Funding Stalemate Could Stall Highway Project

A legislative stalemate over raising the gas tax and legalizing a casino could drive highway contractors out of New Hampshire to look for work in nearby states willing to fund infrastructure improvements.

The New Hampshire House passed a gas tax this year that the Senate killed. At the same time, the Senate passed a casino bill that the House rejected.

Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement said this past week that he worries funding won't be available to finish the state's top priority — expanding Interstate 93.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

A Medicaid Expansion Update

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The special commission that debated New Hampshire options all summer has made its report.  Two members of that commission talk with us about what happened, why, and where we go from here.

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  • Cindy Rosenwald – five-term Democratic representative from Nashua and a member of the finance committee
  • Charlie Arlinghaus -  president of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, a free-market think tank based in Concord.
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On the Political Front
12:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

On The Political Front For Monday, Sept. 30

    

On the Political Front this morning, NHPR's Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the state of Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire and how the race is shaping up in the 1st Congressional District.

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NH News
6:35 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Governor Continues 'Innovate NH' Tour In Merrimack

Credit NHPR Staff

A Merrimack company that makes engineered plastics for the aerospace, automotive and other industries is the latest stop on New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan's "Innovate NH" tour.

Hassan is visiting Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics on Thursday. Her office says the company has committed to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to bring each new building's thermal performance into compliance with the most stringent national standard.

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