Politics

All Things Considered
5:08 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Casino Advocates, Opponents 'Dug In' Again This Year In N.H. Legislature

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All Things Considered is looking at some of the key bills of the 2014 legislative session – and how they ended up passing or failing to pass.

This year's casino debate may have seen some new lines of argument, but the outcome was the same as in years past: casino proposals won support in the State Senate, but came up short in the State House.

Reporter Norma Love of the Associated Press explains the dynamic behind this year's casino debate to NHPR's Brady Carlson.

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NH News
4:37 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

N.H. Legislature Passes Domestic Violence Protection For Pets

The Capitol Building.
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New Hampshire lawmakers have passed legislation that includes household pets in orders designed to protect victims of domestic violence.

Wednesday's vote sent the bill to the governor. It expands the orders to include pets in cases involving stalking and domestic violence. The bill would allow judges to grant custody of any domestic pets or farm animals to the victim and issue an order barring the abuser from harming or disposing of the animal.

Supporters argue abusers sometimes take their anger out on a pet or attempt to intimidate victims by targeting a pet.

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NH News
4:27 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Lawmakers Vote To Tighten Rules On Charity Gambling

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The House and Senate have voted to tighten rules for table games operated in the name of New Hampshire charities.

Lawmakers voted Wednesday to send the governor a bill establishing new financial record-keeping and reporting requirements for charities and deeper background investigations by the attorney general.

The bill clarifies the definition of so-called redemption slot machines and the Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission's enforcement authority over them.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Scott Brown Files Candidacy And Resigns From Florida Company

Credit Josh Rogers

As he filed for office, Scott Brown said he was focused on the issues that matter.

“And what matters right now is making sure that people are getting  a good value for their dollars and they are not paying an exorbitant amount of many for their health care, and their medical care, obviously, and their energy prices.”

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NH News
12:46 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Senate Democratic Leader Larsen To Retire

Sylvia Larsen
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A surprise announcement in the Senate today, as Democratic leader and former Senate president Sylvia Larsen told colleagues she will retire from the body.

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NH News
12:35 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

House, Senate Sign Off On Medicaid Enhancement Tax Deal

Sen. Bob Odell (R-Lempster) speaking in support of a bill to change the Medicaid enhancement tax. The measure passed on a voice vote.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

House and Senate lawmakers have signed off on a Medicaid Enhancement Tax deal.

Lawmakers voted 278-72 in favor of the deal that settles a lawsuit with 25 New Hampshire hospitals.

The Senate later passed it on a voice vote, and it now heads to Governor Maggie Hassan’s desk.

Hassan and legislative leaders announced the settlement last week, with St. Joseph Hospital of Nashua the lone holdout.

Republican Representative David Hess of Hooksett says he may not be completely happy with the result, but the deal is better than nothing.

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NH News
6:54 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Filing Period For Primary Candidates Opens Today

New Hampshire candidates competing in the September primary can now sign up to get on the ballot.

The filing period for state, county and federal offices opens Wednesday and ends June 13.

The primaries will be held Sept. 9. The general election is Nov. 4. This year's top contests include the governor's race, a U.S. Senate race and the two U.S. House races.

NH News
8:11 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Amid Criticism, Hassan Defends Overseas Trade Mission

Gov. Maggie Hassan's office said canceling a planned trade mission to Turkey would cost taxpayers $10,000 and the private businesses that will accompany the governor would lose thousands more.

In a written response to a public-records request by the conservative nonprofit Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, Hassan's chief of staff Pamela Walsh said "non-refundable travel arrangements" had already been paid for when the governor announced a freeze on hiring and out-of-state travel.

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All Things Considered
5:25 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

How A Ban On Cellphones While Driving Came Together At The Statehouse

This week All Things Considered is looking at some of the key bills of the 2014 legislative session.

One of the most high-profile bills at the statehouse this year was a plan to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

Garry Rayno covers the statehouse for the New Hampshire Union Leader. He explains to All Things Considered host Brady Carlson how the bill came to pass the House and Senate, and some of the details of the measure.

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NH News
4:24 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Brown Defends Advisory Role With Obscure Florida Firm

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  NHPR's Brady Carlson talks with Boston Globe reporter Todd Wallack.

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Scott Brown has been back on the campaign trail this week, but it's the former Massachusetts Senator's work outside of politics that's now getting a lot of attention.

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NH News
6:55 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Tuesday Is Deadline For N.H. Voter Registration

New Hampshire residents have one more day to register to vote in the September primary elections.

Tuesday is both the last day for new voter registration and the last day those already registered can change their party affiliations. Undeclared voters may vote in either the Republican or Democratic primaries.

The primaries will be held Sept. 9. Candidates can start signing up to get on the ballot Wednesday. The filing period ends June 13.

NH News
8:30 am
Mon June 2, 2014

House, Senate To Consider Medicaid Enhancement Tax Deal

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Lawmakers in the House and Senate this week will consider a deal between the state and hospitals on the Medicaid Enhancement Tax.

The deal, largely brokered by Governor Maggie Hassan, pulls 25 of the state’s 26 hospitals out of a lawsuit.

Two Superior Court judges had ruled the tax in its current form unconstitutional, and a ruling is pending before the state Supreme Court.

As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, the deal isn’t being seeing a positive step by all.

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

N.H. Legislature To Vote On Returning Massachusetts Settlement Money To Towns

14 communities along the Merrimack River could see some back tax payments from Massachusetts returned.
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State lawmakers will vote this week on whether to accept a deal that would give 18 towns about $540,000 in back tax payments.  A state House and Senate committee of conference approved a measure addressing back payments from Massachusetts to towns along the Merrimack and Connecticut River watersheds on Friday. 

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Newscast
11:08 am
Mon May 26, 2014

V.T. Senator Sanders To Introduce Legislation In Response To VA Scandal

Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll introduce legislation after the Memorial Day break that will improve accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  The comments from the Vermont independent and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee follow allegations that some Veterans Administration hospitals have been providing substandard care to their patients and falsifying records.  Sanders says his legislation would make it easier for a secretary of veterans affairs to remove a senior executive due to poor job performance.

NH News
4:04 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Deal Reached On 'Hike Safe' Card Program

Mount Washington
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House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on a bill that creates a program to sell "hike safe" cards to hikers that would forgive them for any rescue expenses they'd otherwise owe New Hampshire if they were negligent.

The deal reached Friday still must be approved by the full House and Senate.

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