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Bill O’Brien named Republican speaker of the House

Rep. Bill O’Brien will again wield the gavel in the state’s House of Representatives.

The Mont Vernon Republican defeated Gene Chandler by four votes yesterday to win the battle to be the next House speaker.

The secret-ballot election took a little more than an hour; O’Brien received 116 votes to Chandler’s 112. Chandler, a Bartlett Republican, then moved to make the vote unanimous.…

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Added by LFDA Editor on November 18, 2014 at 10:45pm — No Comments

With regard to the Ebola discussion in North Sutton tonight

By Robert C. Olcott

I hope this October 9, 2014 report from Congressional Research Service on Quarantine and Isolation will be of help during tonight's Ebola discussion in North Sutton, The footnotes at the bottom of each page may contain web addresses for the cited document, click on those for the cited document: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL33201.pdf   

Added by Robert C. Olcott on November 18, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Private Prosecution

By Ralph Holder

Would you support a law giving NH citizen's right to private prosecution where the police, Attorney General, DA or Grand jury refuse to investigate and/or prosecute for whatever reason to include abuse of prosecutorial discretion?

The power of private prosecution is essential in that it enables the…

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Added by Ralph Holder on November 18, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Freedom

By Louis Genevie

Dear Senator Rubio: 

It does not sound like we can count on your vote for freedom.  You seem way too concerned with "safety", despite the fact that there has not been even one instance where the bulk collection of phone and Internet data on every American has proven useful in fighting the Muslim-Islamist threat we face. What we need is good old fashion police work, the kind of police work that…

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Added by Louis Genevie on November 18, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

NH Dept. of Corrections wants $47 million more

Department of Corrections officials want $47 million more in the next two-year state budget mainly to hire staff for the new women's prison in Concord and fill vacant positions to ease overtime burdens on employees.

"People are tired and overworked; these are posts that are absolutely necessary to be filled when there's a vacancy," said Bob Mullen, budget director for the corrections department.…

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Added by LFDA Editor on November 17, 2014 at 10:23pm — No Comments

O'Brien, Chandler compete for House speaker post

The future of New Hampshire House Republicans could end up looking a lot like their past after members meet Tuesday to choose a new speaker of the House, as former speakers Bill O'Brien and Gene Chandler seek to reclaim their old post.



The speaker controls House proceedings, has disciplinary powers and often acts as the public face of the body. With the Senate president and governor, the speaker is a power broker in setting legislative priorities, and a sour relationship among…

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Added by LFDA Editor on November 17, 2014 at 5:54am — No Comments

Nov. 15: NH budget process begins

Gov. Maggie Hassan this week started receiving spending requests from department heads as she prepares a fiscal 2016 and 2017 biennial budget that she’ll propose to a Legislature controlled by Republicans.



Hassan, the Democrat re-elected to a second term last week,will present her budget to the Legislature early next year. Both legislative chambers then create their own versions of the budget and all sides must agree to a final budget by June 30, the end of the current fiscal…

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Added by LFDA's Week in Review on November 15, 2014 at 7:56am — No Comments

Democrat Gov. Hassan vs. the GOP Legislature

By Paul Briand



With the dust settling on Tuesday’s election, leadership roles are being determined in the New Hampshire House and Senate.



Republican Chuck Morse of Salem, as he was last session, will be the Senate majority leader. Jeff Woodburn of Dalton was chosen by fellow Democrats to be their minority leader, replacing Sylvia Larsen of Concord who did not run for re-election to the Senate.



In the House -- which, by the will of voters, will be…

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Added by Paul Briand on November 13, 2014 at 1:31pm — No Comments

State agencies present budget requests to Gov. Hassan

State agencies are starting to present their budget requests for New Hampshire's next two-year budget to Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Agencies will begin submitting their requests Thursday and the process will continue Friday and Monday.

Read the full article from NHPR.

Added by LFDA Editor on November 13, 2014 at 11:32am — No Comments

House Democrats elect Penacook's Shurtleff leader

State Rep. Steve Shurtleff of Penacook will lead New Hampshire House Democrats in the next legislative session.

Democrats unanimously elected Shurtleff to the post of House minority leader Wednesday morning. He replaces outgoing House speaker Terie Norelli as House Democrats' leader.

Read the full article from Seacoast Online.

Added by LFDA Editor on November 12, 2014 at 11:04pm — No Comments

Laconia passes 'spice' ban for sale, possession

The City Council in Laconia, New Hampshire, has banned the possession or sale of synthetic marijuana, also known as "spice."

In August, Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency to allow public health officials to investigate and quarantine synthetic drugs linked to overdoses in Manchester and Concord.

Read the full article from Foster's Daily…

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Added by LFDA Editor on November 11, 2014 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Recount in store for state Senate seat, 18 other NH races

The secretary of state's office is preparing to recount ballots in 19 New Hampshire races, including one race for a state Senate seat.

Officials will begin recounting ballots Wednesday in races in which candidates met the Friday 5 p.m. deadline for requesting a recount.

Read the full article from NHPR.

Added by LFDA Editor on November 10, 2014 at 9:32pm — No Comments

NH college student is write-in victor in county race

A Dartmouth College senior from Chicago is Grafton County's newly-elected register of probate after his fraternity brothers launched an impromptu write-in campaign Election Day.

The Valley News reports that Mick Wopinski won the seat with 20 write-in votes in a race that featured no official candidates.

Read the full article from Seacoast Online.

Added by LFDA Editor on November 9, 2014 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Nov. 8: Voters finally have their say

New Hampshire voters kept some of their Democratic incumbents on Election Day, re-electing incumbents Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster in the 2nd Congressional District.



But they dispatched Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in the 1st CD in favor of Republican Frank Guinta, they strengthened the GOP hold on the New Hampshire Senate, and they tipped the majority in the N.H. House and Executive Council from Democrat to…

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Added by LFDA's Week in Review on November 8, 2014 at 7:41am — No Comments

GOP's Havenstein to stay active; mum on future run

Republican Walt Havenstein is walking away from his first foray into politics with appreciation for New Hampshire lawmakers' hard work, a debt of gratitude to his staff and supporters and a personal understanding of just how nasty politics can be.

In an interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Havenstein says he doesn't think he "left anything behind" in terms of his commitment and energy.…

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Added by LFDA Editor on November 6, 2014 at 10:39pm — No Comments

In second term, Hassan faces GOP-led Legislature, Executive Council

With her re-election now behind her, Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan’s second term comes with the challenge of working with a Republican-led Legislature and Executive Council.

During her campaign with Republican Walt Havenstein, Hassan often said her opponent’s fiscal policies would take the state back to the "devastating Bill O’Brien era."

Read the full…

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Added by LFDA Editor on November 5, 2014 at 10:03pm — No Comments

LFDA Members challenge claims that NH is worst place to live for young people (326 responses; 10/26/14)

By Rob Levey

While New Hampshire is often touted as one of the best places to live in the nation, a recent ranking by MoneyRates.com places the Granite State dead last as the best place to live for young people. In asking Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) Facebook members their opinion on the ranking, the majority of respondents acknowledged systemic problems statewide, although many questioned the criteria used within the survey. Criteria included youth employment,…

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Added by LFDA Editor on November 5, 2014 at 4:34pm — No Comments

“Riots” at Pumpkin Festival shouldn’t cause event to be cancelled (626 responses; 10/25/14)

By Rob Levey

In the aftermath of riots at the recent Keene Pumpkin Festival at which a car was overturned and full liquor bottles and billiard balls were allegedly thrown at police officers, some are calling for its cancellation. Others contend, however, that it was the police in riot gear and their use of tear gas and pepper spray that helped incite the crowd’s violence.

Regardless as to why such behavior occurred, Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) Facebook…

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Added by LFDA Editor on November 5, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

NH voters show how they can think for themselves

By Paul Briand



Leave it to New Hampshire and its voters to buck the national trend on Election Day.



It didn’t sweep all incumbent Democrats out of office in a vote of no confidence on the policies and actions of President Barack Obama.



Voters here showed how they…

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Added by Paul Briand on November 5, 2014 at 10:59am — No Comments

Hassan tops Havenstein to win 2nd term as governor

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan defeated Republican businessman Walt Havenstein on Tuesday to win a second term in office after a campaign dominated by the economy.

Hassan, leading into the final days of the campaign, was never down in the polls. She also outraised Havenstein, who loaned his campaign about two-thirds of his total $3 million haul. The state's economy played prominently in both campaigns, with voters listing personal finances and the economy as their top…

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Added by LFDA Editor on November 4, 2014 at 11:37pm — No Comments

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