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Politics
1:27 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Gambling Takes Center Stage In Congressional Race

Steve Duprey of Casino Free New Hampshire speaks in support of Rep. Marilinda Garcia's vote against expanded gambling.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

Casinos are shaping up to be a key issue in the 2nd Congressional District’s Republican primary.

At competing events Monday, several state representatives from Salem who back expanded gaming publicly endorsed GOP candidate Gary Lambert.

Meanwhile in Concord, anti-casino activists defended fellow Salem Representative Marilinda Garcia’s vote against a plan to legalize two casinos, despite overwhelming public support in her district.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Rubens Wins Liberty Caucus Support

To Liberty Caucus Chairman Aaron Day's way of thinking the symbolism of recent endorsements in this race is clear:

The GOP establishment has its candidate in former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and republicans who prize the constitution and tackle problems with ideas have theirs in Jim Rubens.

"He’s thoughtful, intelligent, and open to rational discussion and debate."

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Politics
3:55 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

N.H. GOP Director Testifies In 'Bridgegate' Scandal

Screen cap of Matt Mowers testifying via NJTV News
Credit NHPR Staff

  The Executive Director of the New Hampshire Republican Party answered questions in New Jersey on Tuesday regarding his role in the George Washington Bridge scandal involving Governor Chris Christie.

Matt Mowers testified before a special committee investigating whether lane closures on the bridge last September were an act of political retribution after the mayor of Fort Lee Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, declined to endorse Christie.

Mowers was a Christie campaign staffer at the time. He denies any involvement.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Launches 'Women For Brown' Leadership Team

Scott Brown shares a laugh with his wife Gail Huff during a campaign event in Manchester.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

At his latest campaign stop, U.S. Senate hopeful Scott Brown aimed to win over female voters.

The former Massachusetts Senator rolled out his ‘Women for Brown’ leadership team at an event inside his Manchester headquarters. Maureen Mooney, a former New Hampshire State Representative, is one of three co-chairs. She argues Brown is listening to his constituents, and will be an independent voice in Washington.

“Now on the other hand, our current senator, Shaheen, how can she possibly win? She voted for Obamacare,” says Mooney.

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Politics
8:38 am
Mon May 12, 2014

On The Political Front For May 12

    

NHPR's Josh Rogers discusses plans to fix the state's Medicaid Enhancement Tax, which has been ruled unconstitutional by two superior court justices.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

GOP Candidate Puts Forward Alternative Gambling Plan

Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway laid out his own gaming proposal on the same day the New Hampshire House voted down a two casino plan.

Hemingway, a conservative activist from Bristol, opposes what he calls 'Las Vegas style campus casinos' like those considered in the bill voted on by lawmakers.

Instead, he says already functioning charitable gaming sites in New Hampshire should be able to add slot machines to their operations.

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Politics
10:29 am
Mon April 21, 2014

House Speaker Terie Norelli Will Not Seek Re-election This Fall

New Hampshire Speaker of the House Terie Norelli is not expected to seek re-election this fall.

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Politics
5:49 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

12-12 Senate Deadlock Preserves Death Penalty

Credit NHPR Staff

Michael Briggs, the Manchester Police officer shot in the line of duty in 2006, and his killer, Michael Addison, who now sits on death row, both loomed large in the debate.

An indication of how large could be seen in the front row of the senate gallery.

That’s where Manchester police officials, including the chief and he lead investigator of the Briggs muder stood in full uniform the whole time. 15 feet down in the senate floor Michael Briggs name came up almost immediately – by people on both sides of the issue.

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On the Political Front
9:51 am
Mon April 14, 2014

On The Political Front For April 14

    Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers talks with Rick Ganley about the past weekend in political activity in the Granite State and an upcoming vote in the Senate regarding repealing New Hampshire's death penalty.

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Politics
10:19 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Document: Superior Court Judge McNamara's Decision On Reams v. Foster

Rockingham County Attorney James Reams filed a petition challenging his suspension by Attorney General Joseph A. Foster. Reams alleged his November 6, 2013 suspension was illegal and sought that the court order his reinstatement. A judge reinstated Reams on Thursday, April 10.

Read the full text here:

Reams v Foster, Et Al. Order 4/10/14

NH News
10:55 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Brown Tells Supporters He'll Make It Official Thursday

Credit www.scottbrown.com

After months of flirting, former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown plans to announce he’s running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire Thursday in Portsmouth.

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On the Political Front
8:44 am
Mon April 7, 2014

On The Political Front For April 7

    

Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about questions being raised regarding potential Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein's residency. 

Rogers also talks about big changes at two major New Hampshire newspapers and what's on the docket at the Statehouse this week.

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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
10:42 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Scott Brown Nears Entry Into U.S. Senate Race

Credit www.scottbrown.com

Scott Brown's official announcement could come as early as next week, according to a report from WMUR.

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The Sidebar
12:33 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

The Sidebar: Scott Brown and Outside Money: Won't Or Can't?

Credit Sara Plourde

As Scott Brown crisscrosses New Hampshire on what his senate exploratory committee is calling a listening tour, he’s repeatedly said it’s “premature” to talk about how he’ll wage any future campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

On one point, though, Brown has already been crystal clear: He doesn’t want this race to be bound by a so-called people’s pledge, an idea Brown himself devised in 2012 to limit spending by outside groups during his race against Elizabeth Warren.

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NH News
2:07 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Speculation Grows That Scott Brown Set To Enter N.H. Senate Race

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There’s growing speculation that former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown is set to enter the race for U.S. Senate here in New Hampshire.

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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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NH News
8:56 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Former BAE Executive Considering Run For N.H. Governor

Another Republican is weighing a run for governor of New Hampshire.

As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reported on the Political Front this morning, Walter Havenstein of Alton is said to be seriously considering a challenge to Democrat Maggie Hassan.

He is a former chief executive at BAE Systems with a long career working for defense companies.

As Rogers says, this would be Havenstein’s first time running for office.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

On The Political Front For January 13

This week, the legislature returns and hears new bills. Up before the Senate judiciary committee are a proposal to establish domestic violence as a separate crime and one requiring certain persons with mental illness to be barred from owning guns and placed on a federal registry. On Thursday, the House holds its first hearing on a bill to repeal the death penalty.

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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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Politics
9:39 am
Mon November 4, 2013

On The Political Front For November 4

After the commission's recommendation last month, lawmakers will be debating expanding Medicaid in a special legislative session called by Governor Hassan; it remains to be seen how much bipartisan support the measure will have. We'll be watching the mayor's race in Manchester, where incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas is being challenged by Alderman Patrick Arnold, and a special House election in Nashua, which pits former House Majority Leader Peter Silva against Democrat Latha Mangipudi.

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On the Political Front
8:18 am
Mon October 28, 2013

On The Political Front For Oct. 28

On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers discusses the legacy of longtime Executive Councilor Ray Burton.

Burton, a Republican from Bath, announced over the weekend that he would not be seeking reelection after learning that his kidney cancer had returned. 

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On the Political Front
10:23 am
Mon October 21, 2013

On The Political Front For Monday, Oct. 21

NHPR’s Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the political impact of the shutdown resolution for New Hampshire Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen.

Rogers also talks about Shaheen’s fundraising efforts with her reelection coming up, and action at the State House in Concord.

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On the Political Front
8:35 am
Mon October 7, 2013

On The Political Front For Monday, Oct. 7

NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins Morning Edition host Rick Ganley to talk about the state's $76 million surplus and what it means for Governor Maggie Hassan politically.  Rogers also touches on the government shutdown and the reactions among members of New Hampshire's Congressional delegation.

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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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Politics
3:21 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Ayotte, Shaheen Split Over Avoiding Government Shutdown

Senators Shaheen and Ayotte honor firefighters in 2012
Credit Via shaheen.senate.gov

New Hampshire's U.S. senators were split on a vote to keep government operating past Tuesday.

Republican Kelly Ayotte opposed the measure that, if approved in the House, will avoid a threatened government shutdown. Democrat Jeanne Shaheen voted in favor of the bill. It passed the Senate 54-44 Friday afternoon but faces an uncertain future in the house as the high-stakes stand-off continues into the weekend.

Ayotte says she opposed the measure because it exceeds spending caps and only lasts two months. She says that means the whole crisis will be repeated.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:05 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Paula Poundstone Hates Sex...

(Photo courtesy Paula Poundstone)

For many public radio listeners, the weekend begins with NPR’s oddly informative, extremely funny program Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. Comedian Paula Poundstone is a frequent panelist on Wait Wait, and she’ll be performing  at the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem, New Hampshire this Thursday.  Paula spoke with Virginia Prescott last year about what it’s like to be in the business of comedy.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Ayotte Proposes To Ease Strict Fishing Limitations

During a Senate Commerce Subcommittee meeting on Tuesday Senator Kelly Ayotte recommended changes to the Mid-Atlantic Magnuson-Stevens Fishery and Conservation Act.

The conservation act dates back to 1976 and is meant to maintain stock and habitat at sustainable levels.

In recent years that’s meant strict catch limits for Atlantic Cod and Haddock.

And many senators agree that catch limits issued under the Act have worked.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

A Quick History Of Proposition 8

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Confused after this afternoon's ruling by the Supreme Court on Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case concerning California's Proposition 8? Lost track of the back and forth over the past decade or so? No worries - here, we run it down for you, mostly free of legalese:

Politics
11:04 am
Mon June 24, 2013

On The Political Front For June 24

Before going into recess, lawmakers in Concord will vote this week on the state budget and other deals reached during committees of conference, including Voter ID and medical marijuana. The Democratically-controlled House and the GOP-controlled Senate have been at odds over a number of policy issues, but areas of disagreement over the budget were smaller than possibly expected, with the final budget including provisions sought by both chambers and Governor Hassan.

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