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3:30 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Gov. Hassan Would Veto Proposal To Increase N.H. Beer Tax

Gov. Maggie Hassan is pledging to veto a bill to raise New Hampshire's beer tax a dime if it reaches her desk.

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5:41 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Sen. Shaheen Seeks To Lift Congressional Ban On Earmarks

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen meets with the staff of Saving People's Smiles, a nonprofit dental clinic in Concord.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

  U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen wants to lift the Congressional ban on earmarks, imposed under Republican leadership in 2010.

Shaheen says earmarks, often criticized as so-called pork spending, were a useful way for lawmakers to target money to projects in their home states.

When they were in effect, Shaheen says taxpayers could find information online about who was requesting the money and where it was going. Now, she says under the ban those decisions about spending are left to the administration.

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Politics
4:29 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Facebook After Death Bill Gets Hearing

The proposal would grant executors power over the social media accounts of the deceased.

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NH News
4:21 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Lawmakers Mull Immunity For Overdose Calls

Proponents of the bill says would also granting civil and criminal immunity  to people who call 9-11 in suspected drug or alcohol-related emergencies -- and to the person who is the subject of the call -- will save lives. Jennifer Coffey, is a former GOP lawmakers and longtime EMT.

"I’ve had situations when I get there and people aren’t breathing.  I’ve had situation when I get there and people are long gone because nobody wanted to call for help because they are afraid."

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

On The Political Front For January 14

The legislature starts hearing bills this week. On the agenda are Medicaid expansion, straight ticket voting, 911-related immunity; off the table is an education funding amendment

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Politics
5:03 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

With $4.2 Million Wrapped Up In Northern Pass, City Of Franklin To Hire Lobbyist This Session

  The city of Franklin will hire a lobbyist this legislative session to follow the Northern Pass project.

The town stands to gain about $4.2 million dollars annually in property taxes, if the Northern Pass project goes through.  The taxes would be paid by PSNH on a converter station, which will be built in Franklin.

Elizabeth Dragon, the city manager of Franklin, says the city is looking for someone to follow relevant legislation and alert Franklin officials when necessary, “so that if there is a bill that requires us to travel to Concord to testify, we can do that.”

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Politics
3:57 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Ayotte Says G.O.P. Delegates Will Evaluate Horn Tax Lien

Credit Kelli True / NHPR

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says the federal tax lien on the home of Jennifer Horn, the candidate she’s backing to be the next state Republican party chairman, will be a factor as republicans choose their next leader.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

N.H. Treasurer Urges $125M Capital Budget Limit

New Hampshire's treasurer is urging lawmakers to limit borrowing for public works projects supported by state taxes in the next capital budget to $125 million.

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Politics
9:19 am
Tue January 8, 2013

On The Political Front For January 7

A look at the inaugural address of Governor Maggie Hassan. The N.H. House opens with a fight over guns, and lawmakers begin thinking about the next state budget.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

N.H. House Bans Guns From Floor And Gallery

The New Hampshire House has voted to 196-153 to ban deadly weapons from Representatives Hall.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Live Blog: Gubernatorial Inauguration

Gov. Maggie Hassan shares a laugh during the reception line following her inauguration.
Michael Brindley, NHPR

1:00: Hassan closing remarks: "Addressing our challenges will not be easy. It will be hard. But we are Granite Staters and Americans and we are supposed to do hard things. The question is whether we will live up to the grand vision that our founders had. Remember, the notion that we could operate as a true citizen democracy while also becoming an economic force in the world was, at the time, a revolutionary one...

In this time and in this place, let's choose to move our state forward with the optimism and pragmatism that is our hallmark. With "gladness of heart," let's choose to remember what a gift it is to be citizens of the Granite State."

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Politics
2:35 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

State Transitions To Online Payroll Software: Final Phase Of 7-Year Systems Upgrade

An IBM 370-3081 high-end mainframe from the mid-1980's
Credit Steve Jurvetson / Flickr

This month the state is retiring its twenty-year-old mainframe payroll system and is moving human resources and payroll services online for over 65 state organizations. 

This is the final phase of a seven-year-long process the state undertook when it purchased NHFirst, an Enterprise Resource Planning system that organizes much of the state’s management information with a single software program.

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Politics
2:16 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

How New Hampshire Gun Laws Stack Up Against Vermont's and Massachusetts'

Credit Emily Corwin and Sara Plourde / NHPR

CORRECTION: A later version of this infographic was edited to provide more clarity in Massachusetts' mental health reporting laws. 

New Hampshire and Vermont do not require that mental health information be reported for use in firearm purchaser background checks. Massachusetts, on the other hand, will not issue any firearms license if the applicant has been confined to any hospital or institution for mental illness, unless the applicant submits a physician’s affidavit.

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Politics
5:03 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Democrats Move To Ban Guns In N.H. House

The rules committee of the New Hampshire House has voted to reinstate a ban on guns in the House chamber.

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Politics
2:06 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Hassan Adds Staff

Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan names veteran statehouse staffers and an Obama campaign worker to advise on legislative matters, policy, and appointments:

Will Craig, who served as a Hassan aide during her time in the State Senate and as a spokesman during her campaign, will be her Policy Director.

Amy Kennedy, Deputy State Political director for President Obama's reelection campaign, will be Hassan's Policy Adviser. Kennedy, has also been a staffer in the Florida statehouse and worked for Planned Parenthood. 

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Politics
10:24 am
Mon December 17, 2012

N.H. To Cast Its 4 Electoral Votes For Obama

In a scene that will be played out across the country, four New Hampshire Democrats are casting the state's official Electoral College ballots for President Barack Obama.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Shaheen Lands Spot On Senate Appropriations Committee

Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Credit Amanda Loder for NHPR

Senator Jeanne Shaheen has been named to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Legislation Would Restore University Funding

Credit Kyle Todesca, UNH

The state senator whose district includes Durham has filed legislation to restore cuts in funding to the University system made by the last, republican-controlled legislature.

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Politics
11:43 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Familiar Faces Elected As Leaders In N.H. House And Senate

Terie Norelli

The leaders appointed by the newly elected state Legislature Wednesday are familiar faces.

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Politics
1:05 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Hemingway To Seek GOP Chair

Andrew Hemingway
Credit Andrew Hemingway

A conservative activist who was the N.H. director of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign is running to be chairman of the state republican party.

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Politics
1:49 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

N.H. Senators: Rudman Set Bipartisan Example For Today's Lawmakers

Warren Rudman

Former New Hampshire Senator Warren Rudman was honored on the Senate floor by New Hampshire’s two current senators Thursday.

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Politics
9:41 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Flags At Half Staff in N.H., Sen. Rudman To Be Memorialized in D.C.

Warren Rudman

Flags are at half-staff across the Granite State Thursday to honor former U.S. Sen. Warren Rudman, who passed away last week.

Rudman, who served two terms as a Republican Senator for New Hampshire, was 82 when he passed away Nov. 19. He served from 1980 to 1993. 

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Politics
11:22 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Sen. Ayotte: Ambassador Rice 'Misled' Public On Benghazi Attack

Kelly Ayotte

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice "misled" the American public in the days following the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

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Politics
5:33 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Jennifer Horn Seeking To Lead N.H. GOP

Credit Kelli True / NHPR

Jennifer Horn has run for congress twice: in 2008, she lost to democrat Paul Hodes; in 2010, Horn lost to fellow republican, Charlie Bass, in the primary.

More recently, Horn was active in Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The mother of 5 has also hosted a radio show and written a column for the Nashua Telegraph.

Horn says the party’s first order of business needs to be a point-by-point review what she called "the many causes" of the GOP’s poor showing in 2012. Horn says the party must modernize and stress its core principles.

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4:55 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Nashua Representative-Elect Stacie Laughton Resigns

Stacie Laughton
Credit Image courtesy of Twitter

Nashua Representative-elect Stacie Laughton says she will resign.  In November, she was elected to represent Hillsborough County House District 31.

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Politics
2:49 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Sen. Rudman's Memorial Service Set

A memorial service is being held in Washington, D.C., for U.S. Sen. Warren Rudman of New Hampshire who died last week.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

N.H. Homeland Security Director To Step Down

New Hampshire's director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is stepping down.

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Voter ID Cost
7:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

State Begins Tabulating Cost Of Voter ID Law

Long after voters cast their ballots, the state will be adding up the costs of the Voter ID law
Credit NHPR

The Secretary of State’s Office says the first Election Day under the new Voter ID law was a low-cost success story.  But over the next few months, those costs will rise.

But how much money the state will have to pay to implement and enforce the Voter ID law is still an open question. 

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Politics
5:29 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Retired Justice Souter Remembers Sen. Rudman

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter says New Hampshire Sen. Warren Rudman was like a brother to him.

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Politics
1:07 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

N.H. Lawmakers React To Sen. Rudman's Death

Lawmakers around the state are reacting to the death of former Senator Warren Rudman.  Here's a sampling of what they've said:

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte:

“Warren Rudman was a national leader who made New Hampshire proud. He was tenacious about reducing our debt and he worked tirelessly to support our men and women in uniform. Warren was a fighter who had the courage of his convictions, and he always stood up for what he believed was right regardless of the consequences.  

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