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Rep. John Burt: MOAR GUNZ!

Image: Mike Marland Fresh off his big win in the New Hampshire House where he convinced lawmakers to permit guns on the House floor and in the gallery, Rep. John Burt has set his sights on his next target: arming the state’s school teachers. “I am working on a bill for next year that would […]

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‘Our party is more united than it’s ever been’ — all evidence to the contrary

Image: Steve Garvie / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 In 2011, when state Rep. Susan Emerson proposed a budget amendment restoring social service cuts, then-Speaker Bill O’Brien accused her of not being a real Republican. “He threatened to kick me out of the Republican caucus, said I wasn’t a Republican,” the longtime Rindge representative told the Concord […]

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Lawmaker seeks to defund Planned Parenthood for ‘cutting children into small pieces’

Image: youtube.com/impolitical A Republican lawmaker who accuses Planned Parenthood of practicing eugenics and “cutting children into small pieces” is sponsoring legislation to prohibit the state from funding any health care organization that performs abortions. “It’s not aimed specifically at Planned Parenthood,” Rep. Warren Groen said in an interview with Foster’s, “but if you are going […]

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GOP state representative from Nottingham resigns

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta and Brian Dobson (Image: facebook.com) The Forum reports state Rep. Brian Dobson resigned from the New Hampshire House of Representatives on the first day of the new session. In November, the Nottingham Republican defeated incumbent Maureen Mann by a 3,934-3,256 margin in Rockingham District 32. The single-member floterial district comprises the […]

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GOP lawmaker: Anyone who voted for State House gun ban ‘is possibly NOT an American!’

Image: Scott Beale / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0  Yesterday, House lawmakers lifted a two-year ban on firearms on the State House floor and in the gallery. Rep. John Burt (R-Goffstown), who proposed the rule change, said he was concerned about what would happen “if a nut with a gun comes into this chamber.” Burt echoed the […]

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Committee chair answers O’Brien, says he asked Jasper to remove lawmaker with felony conviction

Image: J. Stephen Conn / CC BY-NC 2.0  The chairman and vice-chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee asked Speaker Jasper to remove Rep. Albert “Max” Abramson (R-Seabrook) from the committee after learning of his 2012 felony conviction. In an email to Republican lawmakers, Rep. John Tholl (R-Whitefield) wrote that he was compelled to set […]

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O’Brien blasts Jasper for removing lawmaker with felony conviction from criminal justice panel

Image: Zach Stern / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Former House Speaker Bill O’Brien has attacked Speaker Shawn Jasper over his decision to remove a lawmaker with a felony conviction from the House Criminal Justice Committee. Rep. Albert “Max” Abramson, who moved to New Hampshire in 2004 as one of the first 1000 individuals to sign the […]

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Drama over N.H. House seating assignments: What goes around comes around

The latest drama between the warring factions of the Republican Party involves the House seating assignments. Lawmakers were quick to note that Bill O’Brien and his most ardent followers, who are challenging Speaker Shawn Jasper for control of the GOP caucus, are all sitting together in what one of his loyalists referred to as Murderers’ […]

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Throwback Thursday: Guns in the State House

Image: archive.org The New Hampshire House rule prohibiting guns in House chambers, which the incoming rules committee has rejected, dates back to 1971. It was first adopted following an armed confrontation between Republican House Speaker Marshall Cobleigh and Rep. Charles “Cap” Gay (R-Derry) over Gay’s seating assignment. Cobleigh described the incident in his 2005 memoir, […]

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McGuires turn down committee leadership positions

Image: mcguire4house.com Reps. Carol and Dan McGuire turned down committee leadership positions offered by Speaker Shawn Jasper “because they do not agree with the Democrat-elected speaker,” says Rep. Guy Comtois (R-Center Barnstead). In an earlier interview with the Concord Monitor, Jasper had admitted that two representatives turned him down but he declined to name names. […]

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