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A former lawmaker’s unabashed racism

Image: facebook.com A former state Representative who made national headlines for his provocative rhetoric has posted a blatantly racist meme on Facebook. Jerry Bergevin (R-Manchester) posted the image, which actually depicts stacks of watermelons in a Mexican produce market, with the caption, “Downstairs at the While House.” The image was included with a link to […]

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Rep. Abramson refuses to meet with Speaker Jasper ‘for reasons that would be impolite to repeat’

Image: wmur.com State Rep. Max Abramson, who was removed from the House criminal justice committee after the GOP leadership learned of his 2012 felony conviction, has written an open letter to Speaker Shawn Jasper requesting a new committee assignment but refusing Jasper’s request for a one-on-one meeting saying he fears it would be a “trap.” […]

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Rep. Warren Groen: ‘Don’t frack my mother’

Video: New Hampshire General Court One never quite knows what to expect when Rep. Warren Groen (R-Rochester) delivers a speech on the House floor. During the 2012 marriage equality debate, the Concord Monitor reported Groen warned lawmakers that “same-sex marriage is part of a ‘slippery slope’ that would lead to polygamy for bisexual people and […]

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Simpatico: Tea party lawmakers woo young, male, slim-legged pants wearing Free Staters

Image: Jim Richmond / CC BY-SA 2.0 Thursday, Concord Monitor reporter Nick Reid tagged along with a group of prospective Free Staters on a State House tour led by state Reps. John Burt (R-Goffstown) and Dan Itse (R-Fremont). “As compared with state averages,” Reid noted, “the group appeared younger, more male and more likely to […]

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State House review: Democrats team up with Republican minority to win key votes

Image: Zach Stern / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Congressional Republicans have an unwritten policy, the Hastert Rule, whereby the House Speaker will not bring a bill to the floor unless a majority of the majority party supports it. The New Hampshire House has no such provision. Coincidentally, the same week that U.S. House Speaker Boehner was […]

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O’Brien’s shadow caucus funded by out-of-state corporate interests — and presidential wannabes

Image: facebook.com Former House Speaker Bill O’Brien, who is leading the caucus of dissident Republicans who have rejected the leadership team appointed by Speaker Shawn Jasper, still plans to open an office across the street from the State House. Last month, O’Brien told the Concord Monitor that the group’s activities will be funded by the […]

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Rep. Warren Groen compares abortion to slavery: ‘It’s about ownership’

Image: youtube.com/impolitical Wednesday, the New Hampshire House rejected an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood and other health care providers who provide abortion services. 76 Republicans voted with Democrats to defeat the measure, 216-142. The prime sponsor, Rep. Warren Groen (R-Rochester), defended the legislation on the House floor by recounting the story of 18th century English […]

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More guns equal more gun deaths, in one chart

Today, the New Hampshire House Criminal Justice Committee heard seven hours of testimony on legislation that would change how the state regulates guns. The proposed legislation would require universal background checks for commercial firearms sales (House Bill 650), prohibit the confiscation of firearms during a state of emergency (House Bill 512), repeal the license requirement […]

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Lawmaker spreads anti-vaccine disinformation

Image: Natural News As the measles outbreak linked to Disneyland expands, a New Hampshire state lawmaker is promoting discredited, anti-vaccine myths. Rep. Max Abramson (R-Seabrook), who moved to the Granite State as part of the Free State Project, posted a link to a story on Natural News that claims vaccines contain dangerous levels of mercury, […]

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Bill to prohibit enforcement of federal firearms laws written by outsider group of ‘nullifier kooks’

Image: tenthamendmentcenter.com A bill sponsored by state Rep. JR Hoell that would prohibit the state from enforcing federal firearms legislation was written by an outside group that advocates “nullification” of federal laws it considers unconstitutional. House Bill 685 would prohibit the state, counties, cities and towns, school districts and special districts from enforcing any federal […]

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