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Political news from New Hampshire Public Radio, from the State House to the First in the Nation Primary.

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State Rep Robert Fisher of Laconia, who has rejected  called for his resignation – including from the governor - for his role in setting up an misogynistic online forum, went before a House committee Tuesday. Fisher argued that lawmakers are wasting their time focusing on him. But members of the Legislature and the public told lawmakers leaving Fisher alone would send a wrong message.

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Tuesday lawmakers heard testimony on a bill that would regulate and tax fantasy sports in New Hampshire.

The bill would require fantasy sports companies to register with the state’s lottery commission, pay a registration fee, and then fork over 5% of the gross revenue from their operations each year.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Gary Azarian, argued the regulations would create legal certainty for the relatively new industry.

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A legislative committee is set to begin its review of controversial online comments of two members of the New Hampshire house.

 Laconia Republican Robert Fisher, who was outed as the founder of the misogynistic forum on Reddit called 'The Red Pill," will get his hearing Tuesday.

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The public will have a chance this week to weigh in on two N.H. House Reps who’ve been criticized recently for controversial comments they each made online.

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President Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was back in New Hampshire a day after quitting the Washington lobbying firm he started.

Lewandowski turned up at the Veterans Home in Tilton to witness a demonstration of a therapy program that uses live birds. As it turned out, the live birds didn't make it, but reporters flocked to Lewandowski.  

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The New Hampshire House has voted to empower a legislative committee to review online comments made by two state reps. Republican Robert Fisher of Laconia is under scrutiny for posts on a misogynistic Reddit forum; Democrat Sherry Frost of Dover for tweets.

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The House of Representative backed a measure without debate  Thursday to legalize needle exchange programs in New Hampshire.

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Chris Sununu ran for governor on a promise to reinvigorate the state’s economy, in part, by selling the New Hampshire as the place to do business. This approach isn’t new. Every recent governor has tried it to some degree.


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State officials said Wednesday that New Hampshire Hospital had been short-staffed in recent months, and blamed the shortage on Dartmouth Hitchcock which provides psychiatric care at the state’s acute psychiatric hospital.

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Gov. Chris Sununu on Wednesday nominated his chief budget writer Charlie Arlinghaus to lead one of the state's key agencies, the Department of Administrative Services.

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Hundreds of people came to the State House Tuesday to advise Senate budget writers on how to craft New Hampshire’s next two year spending plan.

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The New Hampshire Senate, which has historically rejected proposals to decriminalize marijuana, took a step toward breaking that streak Tuesday.

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Since the fall, New Hampshire police stations have no longer had the authority to release accident reports – something they’ve been doing for decades. 

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New Hampshire political operative Corey Lewandowski was an early campaign manager for President Trump. He was officially let go from the Trump campaign last June, but he's kept in close contact with the President. An article in Politico looks at a firm he's co-founded in Washington, D.C. called Washington East West Political Strategies

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Former Vice President Joe Biden joined New Hampshire Democrats Sunday night at the party’s annual 100 Club Dinner in Manchester. The event offered the party a chance to focus its energy in the wake of a bruising political year.

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After hearing from state agencies for several weeks, Senate budget writers will now hear from the public on how New Hampshire’s next two-year budget should look.

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The State’s Department of Health and Human Services made its pitch to Senate budget writers this Friday on how much of the state’s next two-year spending plan should go to them.

Last fall, University of New Hampshire student Rachel Berg was one of the more than 3,000 people in Durham who registered to vote on Election Day. And she came prepared.

“I had to bring a few forms of ID, I don’t remember exactly what,” Berg recalled while sitting in a corner of the UNH student center last week. “License, I think. School ID. And maybe my passport, just to be safe.”

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It was a big day at the State House for a man rarely seen in Concord these days: former Governor Craig Benson. Benson’s official portrait was unveiled in a large public ceremony held in Representatives Hall. The ceremony was what you’d expect: a procession of state leaders recalling the legacy of a former governor. But it was also a recasting of Benson’s short time in office.

 

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Ohio Governor John Kasich visited St. Anselm College today.

The former presidential candidate says he was glad to be back but says he's not here to lay the groundwork for another presidential run.

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Is the 2020 New Hampshire primary already underway?

It may seem like it, with three former presidential candidates in the Granite State this week, including a visit Thursday from Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich.

On the Democratic side, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley was here Sunday, and this weekend, former vice president Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at a state Democratic Party fundraiser.

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Ohio Governor and former presidential candidate John Kasich is back in New Hampshire. Kasich finished second in the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary in 2016.

The revelation that a Lakes Region state representative may have founded "The Red Pill,” a misogynistic online forum with more than 200,000 followers, has drawn global attention. But controversial, even hateful, utterances by state lawmakers are not new in New Hampshire’s citizen legislature. And precedent suggests that if Rep. Robert Fisher is to leave his House seat, it will be by his own will, or that of voters. 

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It’s a pregnant moment for state education policy. Republicans control Concord, and Gov. Chris Sununu ran on a promise to change how education is delivered here. Key aspects of that debate – full-day kindergarten, broad school choice, and the power of the state education commissioner were all debated Tuesday by lawmakers. But the message was mixed, and decidedly less conservative than last year's election results would suggest.

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New Hampshire lawmakers are trying to push through a last-minute effort this session to address the state’s ongoing shortage of treatment for those battling severe mental illness.

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A bill seeking to clarify the state’s Rape Shield Law passed a key House committee 11 to 4 Tuesday. Under the current law, a victim’s sexual history is protected in sexual assault cases - something that's on the books, in some version , in every state.

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New Hampshire’s executive branch ethics committee met Monday morning to review a complaint involving Gov. Chris Sununu – but the details of its discussion and what, if any, action it might take on the complaint are still confidential.

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A proposal to reduce the long waiting times for people needing inpatient mental health services  is being heard Tuesday by a key state senate committee.  

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Senate budget writers will be hearing from key state agencies this week on how their departments should be funded in New Hampshire’s next two-year budget.

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After a private tour of Concord Hospital’s emergency department, which on one day in February had 22 patients awaiting psychiatric services in a space designed for 6, Governor Sununu told reporters New Hampshire needs as many as 50 new beds for mental health patients, but he wants to create a mental health system where demand is less.

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