Government + Elections

House Speaker Sherman Packard

It’s been a busy week for state lawmakers: Here’s what was passed and what was tabled

BY: , and - January 6, 2022

In vote after vote Thursday, the message was clear: House lawmakers wanted to get out of there. Over a series of tabling motions, the New Hampshire House pushed off final votes on a number of bills, with House leadership citing a predicted snowstorm Friday and the need to shrink the planned three-day voting session to […]

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‘We thought that we would die’: Lawmakers probe painful Jan. 6 memories

BY: - January 6, 2022

Democrats in Congress marked the anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Thursday recounting the terror they experienced first-hand – and argued that it gives them even more reason to pursue voting rights legislation. They remembered the desperate scramble to hang on to the boxes that held the presidential vote tally, the rush […]

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Remarks by President Joe Biden on the Jan. 6 anniversary of the Capitol attack

BY: - January 6, 2022

The following is a transcript of President Joe Biden’s remarks on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Madam Vice President, my fellow Americans: To state the obvious, one year ago today, in this sacred place, democracy was attacked – simply attacked. The will of the people was under assault. The Constitution – our […]

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Coalition formed to educate lawmakers on COVID-related bills

BY: - January 5, 2022

This story was updated Jan. 5, 2022 at 4 p.m. to correct the number of hospitalized patients. Beginning Thursday, anyone visiting the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester will need to show proof they’ve had a COVID-19 vaccination. A few have criticized the policy on Twitter, calling for an end to the museum’s public funding. Gripes […]

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Here’s what’s happening in D.C. on the Jan. 6 anniversary

BY: - January 5, 2022

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will deliver a speech Thursday in the heart of the U.S. Capitol to mark the first anniversary of the insurrection there. One year ago, former President Donald Trump incited a mob of his supporters and encouraged them to storm the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying the electoral […]

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Legislature fails to override Sununu’s vetoes on state primary, background checks

BY: - January 5, 2022

This story was updated Jan. 5 at 1:49 p.m. to correct the number of vetoes taken up by lawmakers on Wednesday. State lawmakers upheld all six of Gov. Chris Sununu’s remaining 2021 vetoes Wednesday, failing to override Sununu’s rejections of bills to move the state’s primary date and overhaul the gun background check system.  But […]

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Watchdog group criticizes Senate Republicans for proposed redistricting maps

BY: - January 4, 2022

Senate Republicans and Democrats released their plans for redrawing Senate and Executive Council maps last week. As expected, the parties disagree about how voting districts should look for the next decade.  An initial independent review of the maps by Open Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit, found the Republican proposals for Senate districts were “atrocious,” worse than […]

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GOP lawmakers seek to broaden exemptions for non-COVID school vaccine mandates

BY: - January 4, 2022

As opposition to COVID-19 vaccines continues, some Republican lawmakers are seeking to broaden exemptions for all vaccines for New Hampshire school children – including polio. A bill set to appear before the Legislature this year would allow parents to seek exemptions for the statewide school vaccine requirements if they are a “conscientious objector.” Under current […]

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Gardner, the nation’s longest-serving secretary of state, retiring

BY: - January 3, 2022

Bill Gardner, who has served as New Hampshire’s secretary of state since 1976, announced on Monday that he plans to retire this week. David Scanlan, the current deputy secretary of state, will take over the post, according to Gardner.  The decision, which came as a surprise, opens the possibility of a multi-candidate race for secretary […]

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Option to testify remotely on bills was popular – and push is on to keep it

BY: - December 17, 2021

As a COVID-19 survivor, Laurie Warnock was grateful to be able to testify remotely and safely last year on legislation related to her work as an EMT, Hampstead selectwoman, and state educator for the New England Poison Control Center.  Carla Smith of Fremont, a professor of nursing at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health […]

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As another push for marijuana legalization begins, efforts in Maine and Vermont offer lessons

BY: - December 14, 2021

The bills have bipartisan support. Their sponsors include left-leaning Democrats and libertarian Republicans. One has been advanced by a Republican chairman of an influential committee; another by the House Democratic leader himself. But as New Hampshire lawmakers put forward the latest round of marijuana legalization bills for next year’s session, the outcomes appear all but […]

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Study: Those eligible for food stamps may not be using program due to lack of state outreach

BY: - December 2, 2021

New Hampshire hasn’t had an outreach plan for its food stamp program in more than four years – and an analysis of recent years shows that people who are eligible may not be using the program, according to the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. The institute found that outreach could help increase awareness of the […]