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A new venue for the House – but fight over remote participation remains the same

BY: - January 11, 2022

As the New Hampshire House met in Manchester Thursday, lawmakers struck an urgent pace. Hoping to avoid a snowstorm that blanketed much of the state Friday, they rushed through bills, tabling where they could and limiting debate to avoid coming in the next day.  Rep. Katherine Rogers had a more pressing reason to hurry. The […]

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Pair of House lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

BY: - January 10, 2022

Two New Hampshire House representatives tested positive for COVID-19 after a two-day meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Manchester last week, House leadership announced in an email to members Sunday. The members, who were not identified, reported their positive test results to House leadership, the email stated. The Speaker’s Office then carried out […]

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Family planning contracts going back before Executive Council

BY: - January 10, 2022

The twice-rejected family planning contracts with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and two other low-income reproductive health care providers are going back before the Executive Council Wednesday. It was unclear Monday whether that suggests some councilors are reconsidering their votes on the contracts that failed both times in 4-1 votes. In the past, Gov. […]

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Redistricting listening sessions did little to influence House-approved maps

BY: - January 10, 2022

The New Hampshire House last week approved the Republican-backed plans for redistricting the congressional, House of Representatives, and county commissioner districts. Nonpartisan watchdog groups have decried the congressional maps for gerrymandering: making the 1st Congressional District more friendly to Republicans and the 2nd District more firmly Democratic. And criticism has also been leveled at the […]

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Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

BY: - January 7, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain health care workers […]

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Utilities commission denies motion for rehearing on energy efficiency decision

BY: - January 7, 2022

The Public Utilities Commission on Friday denied a motion for rehearing on a contentious energy efficiency decision it issued in November. This comes after the state’s utilities, along with environmental, clean energy, and consumer advocates, asked the commission to reconsider the decision.   Instead, the commission doubled down on its initial decision, dismissing claims about due […]

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Data suggests most health care workers in the state have agreed to be vaccinated

BY: - January 7, 2022

This story was updated Jan. 10 at 10:15 a.m. to correct a broken web link and update vaccination rates for hospital employees.  Attorney General John Formella has signed onto three national lawsuits challenging federal vaccine mandates that warn “millions” of resignations would follow if employees were forced to choose between their job and a COVID-19 […]

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Senate passes bill blocking local firearms restrictions

BY: - January 7, 2022

The New Hampshire Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would preempt town and city officials from approving certain firearms regulations or restrictions – and would allow citizens and the governor to help enforce the law.  In a 14-10 vote, the Senate passed House Bill 307, which would nullify all local laws that attempt to regulate […]

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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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Biden in Jan. 6 speech decries ‘web of lies’ created by Trump about 2020 election

BY: - January 6, 2022

This story was updated on Jan. 6 at 3:39 p.m. with new comments. WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Thursday warned of the dangers of a collapse of American democracy, standing in a historic chamber in the U.S. Capitol that was besieged by an angry mob of pro-Trump supporters who attempted to halt the certification […]

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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 […]