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Senate committee passes bill banning abortions after 24 weeks

BY: - May 25, 2021

In a 3-2 party-line vote Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill banning nearly all abortions after 24 weeks, even in the case of rape or incest. It is at least the sixth such abortion restriction bill introduced in the last 10 years and the only one to reach the Senate. Three prior attempts […]

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Democrats: Strike ‘divisive concepts’ language from the budget

BY: - May 25, 2021

On Tuesday, Democrats said that cutting House Bill 544 out of the state’s biennial budget would be nonnegotiable in Wednesday’s budget session. Senate Republicans will introduce their version of the budget policy bill on Wednesday and vote on it during the same session. HB 544 – a proposal that would ban teaching and training around […]

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Targeted by white supremacists, lawmaker seeks solidarity

BY: - May 25, 2021

Early last week, Rep. Manny Espitia’s friend – Nashua Alderman Tom Lopez – told him that white supremacists had left a tag on a community mural near the rail trail, in a neighborhood that is predominantly Latino. The messages included “Keep New England White,” “Defend New England,” and “Death to Israel.” Espitia’s first reaction was […]

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Republicans on Senate Finance vote against aid for homeless shelters

BY: - May 24, 2021

Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee voted down a $20 million proposal to aid homeless shelters Monday, stopping an effort that Democrats and the state’s Department of Health and Human Services said was necessary to meet a growing need.   In a 3-4 vote, the committee declined to pass the measure, presented as an amendment to […]

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Senate panel approves earlier state primary date

BY: - May 24, 2021

On Monday, the Senate Election Law Committee approved a proposal to move New Hampshire’s state primary election to August – a midway point between the House proposal to move the election to June and the current September primary date. The panel also approved two other proposals on Monday: one would require the attorney general to […]

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Electric buses, asphalt, and bridges: Politicians jostle for federal transportation cash

BY: and - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The nearly $1 billion that U.S. Rep. Garret Graves is seeking through Congress’ revamped earmarks process isn’t a typo.  The Louisiana Republican says Baton Rouge desperately needs a new bridge to alleviate a crush of roadway congestion – at a cost of $955.2 million for several projects. That far exceeds the $20 million that […]

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Survey finds residents pessimistic about long-term economic outlook

BY: - May 24, 2021

Consumer confidence is rebounding in New Hampshire, but pessimism about the trajectory of personal finances is at Great Recession levels, according to a new poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The findings were released Monday and are the latest in the Business and Industry Association’s consumer confidence report.  As with UNH’s other […]

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Early end to federal unemployment benefits pushes some toward brink

BY: - May 24, 2021

This story was updated May 24, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. to clarify that federal unemployment will decline $11.4 million per week after all federal benefits end June 19, 2021.  Gov. Chris Sununu’s decision to end federal unemployment benefits three months early has parents like Sherry Pratt in a panic.  She lost her $60,000-a-year job when […]

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Commentary: Experts have yet to figure out what caused the most significant polling error in 40 years in Trump-Biden race

BY: - May 24, 2021

More than six months after the astonishing polling embarrassment in the 2020 U.S. elections, survey experts examining what went wrong are uncertain about what led to the sharpest discrepancy between the polls and popular vote outcome since Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in a near-landslide in 1980. Lingering questions about the misfire in 2020, in […]

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House lawmakers retain bill on calculation of school adequacy funding

BY: - May 21, 2021

A House committee on Thursday pushed aside an effort to give additional funding to New Hampshire schools after COVID-19, continuing a growing rift between House and Senate lawmakers over how best to help public schools. In a party-line vote, the House Education Committee voted to retain Senate Bill 135, which would have required the Department […]

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Senate amends, passes campaign finance bill

BY: - May 21, 2021

On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill that would remove voluntary expenditure limits, a spending program for candidates that has largely fallen into disuse. The proposal also increases the reporting threshold for campaign contributions and changes the maximum contribution a person can make. Sen. James Gray said the changes would create “an even playing field […]

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Young Democratic Caucus pushes Sununu on mental health care spending

BY: - May 21, 2021

The House Young Democratic Caucus called on Gov. Chris Sununu Friday to move quickly on using $10.7 million in new federal aid to expand mental health care across the state. The lawmakers also said they’ll be introducing legislation next session to give minors more mental health options, bolster counseling in schools, and recruit mental health […]