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  • The State House dome is seen from the lobby of the Legislative Officce Building in Concord; March 25, 2012. House Bill 25 seeks to spend up to $1.25 million to repair the gold leaf and other aspects of the dome.<br/> The House Finance Committee will take up the matter on Tuesday.<br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    The State House dome is seen from the lobby of the Legislative Officce Building in Concord; March 25, 2012. House Bill 25 seeks to spend up to $1.25 million to repair the gold leaf and other aspects of the dome.
    The House Finance Committee will take up the matter on Tuesday.
    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

    You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

    You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

  • A rainbow appears over the State House and downtown Concord; Monday, June 27, 2009.<br/><br/>(Concord Monitor photo/Alexander Cohn)June 27, 2009<br/>

    A rainbow appears over the State House and downtown Concord; Monday, June 27, 2009.

    (Concord Monitor photo/Alexander Cohn)June 27, 2009

  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

    You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

    You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

    You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

    You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

    You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

    You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

    You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

    You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

    You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

    You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

    You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

    You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

  • The State House dome is seen from the lobby of the Legislative Officce Building in Concord; March 25, 2012. House Bill 25 seeks to spend up to $1.25 million to repair the gold leaf and other aspects of the dome.<br/> The House Finance Committee will take up the matter on Tuesday.<br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f
  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f
  • A rainbow appears over the State House and downtown Concord; Monday, June 27, 2009.<br/><br/>(Concord Monitor photo/Alexander Cohn)June 27, 2009<br/>
  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f
  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f
  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f
  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f
  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f
  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f
  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f
  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f
  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f
  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f
  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f
  •  You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the f

You can learn a lot about the goings-on at the State House by reading news stories. But what you miss is a strange undercurrent of sarcasm, wit, snark, frustration and even some news delivered via Twitter by legislators themselves. Tweeting from the floor of the New Hampshire House while the House is in session is something of a 21st-century art form. Tuesday morning was a prime example. On the docket that day: Senate Bill 413, legislation to expand New Hampshire’s Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Here’s a taste of the action:

Republican Rep. Al Baldasaro of Londonderry: 10 a.m. House in session. Medicaid expansion today. Democrats don’t care that 10 hospitals in cities/towns will not be covered. Do you support this?

Baldasaro: Democrats want your teenager to get a doctor’s note to tan but no note needed for abortions. Will they pass Medicaid expansion? Shameful!

Republican Rep. Leon Rideout of Lancaster: Traffic at a standstill I-93 South; interesting start to House session day.

Democratic Rep. Katherine Rogers of Concord: Big day in the NH House – access to health insurance coverage, pediatric sexual assault nurse education and more.

Democratic Rep. Peter Sullivan of Manchester, to Rogers: What’s the over/under on number of times Al speaks on the floor? I’ll go with 7.

Rogers to Sullivan: 5

Rideout: Finally made it. Now party caucus. Looking forward to (Democrats) complaining that there might be opposition to their leftist agenda.

Rideout: House is in session. Will try to keep the Democrats out of your wallet and away from your freedoms.

Rogers: Silliness has begun in NH House as roll call is requested on the consent calendar.

Rogers: Rep. (George) Lambert urges yes vote on consent, so he can inquire about what the speaker can or cannot see on electronic roll call register.

Democratic Rep. Suzanne Vail of Nashua: The other side tries to special order the health-care bill to May. Fails 186-134 roll call.

Rogers: After losing vote on delaying vote on access to health insurance, Republicans further stall by lining up to file protest that they lost vote.

Sullivan: House GOP stages melodramatic “protest” over speaker taking up a bill in its regular place in calendar. No longer a serious party.

Rogers: Rep. (David) Hess talking carts & horses & access to health insurance coverage. Maybe he should stop shoveling the refuse coming from the horse.

Rogers: Republicans want to delay vote on access to health insurance coverage because “there is more important business to take care of first.”

Rideout: A plan 2 pay 4 it.

Democratic Rep. Cindy Rosenwald of Nashua: Health care expansion being debated now.

Rogers: And now, Rep. (Neal) Kurk’s turn to stop access to health insurance coverage. Why do (Republicans) want to stop 50,000 more NH residents from gaining coverage?

Rideout: SB413, the largest spending program ever proposed in NH history, is going to be rammed through today by Democrats.

Democratic Rep. Timothy Horrigan of Durham: You know why we will succeed? Because we have more votes! And because we’re right!

Democratic Rep. Rebecca Emerson-Brown of Portsmouth: (to Sullivan) When do you think the vote will happen?

Sullivan: (to Emerson-Brown) The GOP is going to force half a dozen parliamentary and floor amendment votes. It is going to be a while.

Sullivan: Rep. (Carol) McGuire tries to delay action on Medicaid expansion. House shoots her down, 134-186.

Rogers: Rep. (Emily) Sandblade takes her turn at bat to stop access to health insurance coverage to 50,000 NH citizens. (Republican) team batting 0 so far.

Rideout: SB 413 has no mechanism for it to be paid for, so it is a trial. Remember, there is nothing so permanent as a temporary (government) program.

Sullivan: Rep. Sandblade introduces amendment, and all semblance of coherence goes out the window.

Sullivan: Rep. Sandblade offers another amendment; goes from incoherent to patronizing.

Sullivan: Free Stater Rep. Sandblade wasting our time and everyone’s money with frivolous nonsense.

Rogers: And Rep. Sandblade is 3 and out in trying to prevent 50,000 more NH residents gaining access to health insurance coverage.

Sullivan: Now it’s Rep. (Glenn) Cordelli’s turn to obstruct and delay. About to take 7th roll call vote on Medicaid expansion.

Rogers: And now Sandblade tries again to block access to health insurance coverage for 50,000 NH citizens. (Republican) team trying hard to hurt NH people.

Weber: In addition to refusing health care to 50,000 citizens, delay also loses NH $500,000 per DAY for health care.

Rogers: Rep. (Daniel) Itse steps up to the podium to offer a game of “truth or dare” with access to health insurance for 50,000 NH residents.

Rogers: Rep. (JR) Hoell now offering Republican amendment #8 in attempt to deny access to health insurance coverage to 50,000 more NH residents.

Sullivan: Hey,who’s up for an eighth roll call vote?

Rogers: Nine Republican amendments designed to stop access to health insurance coverage for 50,000 more NH residents defeated.

Rogers: Debate now on motion of “Ought to Pass” on access to health care insurance for 50,000 more NH residents in NH House.

Rideout: NH (Democrats’) dreams are about to come true: a huge unsustainable program that will require an income tax to pay for.

Rideout: Are the Democrats being obstructionist with all their rollcall votes?

Sullivan: Parade of the Screaming Me-Mes at the State House.

Rideout: Roll call them to keep them in line because they know this is a noose around the neck of NH’s economy.

Rideout: Members of the Democratic caucus are already gloating over the pending fleecing of NH taxpayers.

Democratic Rep. Betsy Burtis of Derry: Drum roll please! Time for the final vote on Medicaid expansion.

Democratic Rep. Marjory Porter of Hillsboro: I just voted to expand Medicaid.

Emerson-Brown: SB 413 passes! 202-132.

Porter: House passes Medicaid expansion 202-132.

Burtis: NH House approves SB 413 to cover 50,000 additional NH citizens with healthcare insurance!

rideout: Expanded Obamacare passes. The great sucking sound of NH taxpayers’ money from their wallets down to Concord will soon commence.

Emerson-Brown: Thank you, NH House, for expanding Medicaid.

Vail: Medicaid enhanced for 50,000! 202-132, on to the governor! Happy for NH! Aiming for April 1!

Baldasaro: Did you know Medicaid expansion passed the House and Senate? Thank a Democrat for losing your insurance & then onto government insurance. Yay.

Rideout: NH taxpayers are safe 4 a little while. Lunch break.

How childish and self centered we have become that our daily ritual(s) have to be on display for all to see. Twitter is just plain dumb. Bunch of morons looking for their 15 minutes of fame.

It all falls into the self esteem crapola. Like when my kids were young and all we heard was that any rules or discipline would hurt their self esteem. They needed to be constantly told they were wonderful and important. If one kid did not learn the lesson, the whole class paid by not getting the ice cream social for learning the multiplication tables. Could not have that one kid feel bad that the whole class who followed the rules had ice cream and he or she did not, the kid would have their self esteem attacked. Now we have the grownups on facebook taking pictures of what they eat at a restaurant, and detailing their day to day mundane chores. Obviously they all need to be told they are wonderful, like the folks in Hollywood. It is like we are living in a bad Jerry Springer Episode. Has gotten so bad, that these folks have no clue that they are actually putting out there how insecure and how they love attention, even if that attention is based on behavior.

Not 1 democrat mentioned where to money comes from to pay for their make believe nirvana - they must think it grows on trees

This is the most depressing piece I've read in the Monitor in quite some time. It combines two of the worst aspects of contemporary life: our Govt's inability to function and our addiction to technology which is slowly but surely making us lose our humanity. Here we have elected officials, who've sworn to look after the best interests of their constituents, obsessed with tapping their fingers on their devices to send out snide comments about "the other side." If all of these politicians spent half as much time actually TALKING to each other then perhaps our govt. wouldn't be so partisan and dysfunctional. Our reps should be forced to put down their devices, sit in a room and actually INTERACT with one another. Oh, and they should be BANNED from having any communication from the big business and big govt. lobbyists from out-of-state who not only fund, but act as puppet masters for everything our elected officials do. We are Rome.

I wish this site still had the old thumbs ups to say I completely agree with you.

you have Democrats employed by the state spending tax dollars to comment on the Monitor site to thank for that change.

Thanks Tillie, and that means more to me knowing that you don't always side with me on the issues.

Gee Dan, you got me all "atwitter."

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