When 85 N.H. lawmakers voted to sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians

Image: John Nakamura Remy / CC BY-SA 2.0 As Indiana Republicans struggle to limit the blowback from a recently passed “religious freedom” law by insisting the law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians, it’s worth noting that just three years ago, 85 New Hampshire lawmakers supported legislation that would have explicitly allowed it. […]

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Kelly Ayotte Votes Against New Hampshire’s Best Interests In Budget

As the Senate wrapped up a slew of budget amendment votes Kelly Ayotte’s priorities were on full display, and now she has to begin the difficult work of trying to explain her indefensible votes to her constituents back home. Below is just a sampling of where Kelly Ayotte voted against New Hampshire’s best interests: Voted […]

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Rep. Dan McGuire: Medicaid expansion may be responsible for heroin epidemic

Image: vimeo.com/ipmnation State House Rep. Dan McGuire (R-Epson) thinks Medicaid expansion may responsible for the state’s heroin epidemic. “The two things seem to be happening at roughly the same time,” explained the three-term Free Stater. On “Rock, Paper, Hand Grenades,” an online interview show hosted by Rep. Gary Hopper (R-Weare) and Matt Connarton, the discussion […]

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The Americans For Prosperity – NH (AKA Koch Brothers NH Mouthpiece) Approve Of House Budget. One More Reason To Oppose It

Today the New Hampshire chapter of the Americans For Prosperity, a Koch funded advocacy group, came out to show their support for the massive cuts proposed in the budget. From NHPR: The state’s chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group backed by the Koch brothers,  are behind the House Finance version of the state’s […]

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Senators Shaheen and Portman’s Energy Efficiency Bill Passes Senate. 

Bipartisan Legislation will save energy, protect the environment, save consumers money, create jobs   (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Bipartisan energy efficiency legislation authored by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today passed the U.S. Senate. The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 contains key energy efficiency provisions that will strengthen the economy and reduce […]

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NH Leaders Applaud Senate Vote for Constitutional Amendment to Stop Unlimited Campaign Spending, Urge House to Follow Suit

Open Democracy, the New Hampshire nonprofit committed to transparent and accountable government, congratulated the New Hampshire Senate for unanimously approving SB 136 on Thursday, a bill calling on Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to address the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court ruling.   Open Democracy leaders and activists from both political parties, together with allied groups, simultaneously renewed […]

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Arnie Alpert: Will NH Privatize Youth Corrections?

Devil is in the Details of Budget Proposal Another version of this was published in the Concord Monitor. The budget proposal now under consideration in the House Finance Committee calls for a $7 million cut in the budget of the Sununu Youth Services Center, the state’s residential detention center for juvenile offenders. It also mandates “the […]

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NH Senate Unanimously Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

The New Hampshire Senate just passed a bill supporting the amendment of the US Constitution to overturn Citizens United. The voice vote was apparently unanimous. The bill, SB 136, establishes a study committee to review the various proposed constitutional amendments, and issue a report by November 1st regarding which approach should be supported by the New […]

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Senate Democrats’ Comments on Senate GOP Making it Harder to Vote

CONCORD – Senator Bette Lasky, Senator David Pierce and Senator Molly Kelly condemned the passage of Senate Bill 179, which imposes an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote.   “This bill will only serve to further complicate the voting process for New Hampshire citizens. SB 179 proposes a new standard for what constitutes a domicile that is more confusing and less concise […]

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A libertarian asks, ‘Can law enforcement and the Free State Project coexist?’

Image: Joseph Morris / CC BY-ND 2.0 One of the fundamental differences that separates libertarian Republicans from party regulars (and Democrats) is their attitude toward law enforcement. This distinction was recently highlighted in an exchange on the Free State Project discussion forum, in which a potential Free Stater asked if her husband, who is pursuing […]

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