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Politics

Hassan signs human trafficking, cell phone bills

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a measure that strengthens New Hampshire’s laws against human trafficking, as well as a bill banning handheld cell phone use while driving as of July 1 of next year. Hassan said the human trafficking bill, which she signed Friday, takes significant steps to strengthen protections for victims and reinforcing New Hampshire’s commitment to equal justice for all. The bill, which had strong bipartisan … 0

Governor vetoes workplace bullying bill

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed a bill yesterday aimed at protecting New Hampshire state employees from abusive work environments, saying it was well-intentioned but unworkable. Lawmakers passed the measure after hearing from current and former state workers who said they experienced workplace bullying. It would have required state departments and agencies to develop policies … 0

Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire endorses Feltes for state Senate

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire endorsed Dan Feltes for Concord’s state Senate seat yesterday. Feltes is running against Kass Ardinger in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary to replace outgoing Sen. Sylvia Larsen. The district includes Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. The district is a secure Democratic seat, meaning the race will largely come down to organization and who can better show … 0

Shaheen, Brown fundraising reports detail donors, spending

Friday, July 25, 2014

The number of people and political action committees who gave to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen from April to July vastly outnumbered those that gave to her top Republican opponent, Scott Brown, recently released campaign finance reports show. Shaheen and Brown’s second-quarter fundraising reports became available on the Federal … 1

Pope meets Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for her faith

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pope Francis met privately yesterday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison. … 1

N.H. relative welcomes woman’s release from Sudan

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The New Hampshire brother-in-law of a Sudanese woman once sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christian faith said yesterday he is happy she is now in Italy, en route to the United States. Gabriel Wani said he is waiting to hear from his brother about the … 0

Judge delays abortion clinic buffer zone argument

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A federal judge has put off arguments on the constitutionality of New Hampshire’s law creating buffer zones of up to 25 feet around abortion clinics after the attorney general agreed not to enforce it. The law was to take effect July 10 but after the Massachusetts ruling, Alliance … 1

Work continues on insurance network rules

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The New Hampshire Insurance Department said network adequacy requirements for health plans should focus more on making sure consumers have adequate access to different types of services rather than providers. The state’s network adequacy standards have been in the spotlight since the department approved Anthem Blue Cross and … 0

Republicans Innis, Guinta, Kelly debate on radio program

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Republicans Dan Innis and Frank Guinta took distinctly different views on spying by the National Security Agency and how to fund road and bridge projects during a debate yesterday on a Manchester radio station. Innis and Guinta are … 1

Patients, advocates ask state to speed up implementation of medical marijuana law

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A year out from the adoption of New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law, state officials said they’re trying to move quickly to roll out the rules for ID cards, dispensaries and other provisions that go along with it. Not quickly enough, say medical marijuana advocates and others who want … 0

House, Senate advance competing border proposals

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals yesterday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other’s approach unacceptable, leaving … 1

Germany: Obama sends top aides to Berlin

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

President Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Berlin yesterday in an effort to defuse tension with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government over U.S. espionage after the expulsion of the top American spy. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Lisa Monaco, Obama’s counterterrorism and homeland security … 0

Senate Dems to unveil $2.7B bill on immigrant children

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Senate Democrats are preparing to significantly cut President Obama’s request for emergency funding to deal with an influx of Central American children streaming across the border with Mexico. The measure also would provide immediate aid to Israel for the Iron Dome missile defense system as well as money … 1