NHLN: A long post with all your sunday NH politics and news. Today’s news talks about the final legislative session and more.
Mont Vernon: O’Brien’s hometown voters differ | Concord Monitor: “O’Brien has seemed happy to play that role. He’s been an unequivocal conservative voice on hot-button issues, calling for the repeal of same-sex marriage and constraints on collective bargaining, abortion rights and contraception coverage. He led efforts to drastically cut the state budget last year and says he’d like to reduce it by another $400 million if re-elected.
O’Brien has disciplined members of his own caucus when they’ve disagreed with him. And it was Republicans, not Democrats, who publicly accused O’Brien this year of bullying them.”
NH receives $2 million grant for on-the-job training – Fosters: “U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced that New Hampshire has been awarded a competitive On-the-Job (OJT) Training grant for $2,028,048 from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The award, which will be administered by the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, will support OJT programs that help unemployed workers gain new skills to find and retain employment.”
Garry Rayno’s State House Dome: Medicaid expansion fight on horizon | New Hampshire NEWS0604: “As part of its decision, the Supreme Court said it was up to the states to decide whether to broaden Medicaid insurance coverage to include even more low- to moderate-income people than are already included.
The two Republicans running for their party’s gubernatorial nomination, Manchester attorney Ovide Lamontagne and conservative activist Kevin Smith, have both said they do not support expanding the program to cover an additional 20,000 to 40,000 state residents.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley has said she leans toward expanding the program. Her opponent Maggie Hassan’s spokesman, Matt Burgess, said Hassan “would work with the Legislature and businesses to determine how best to use the federal dollars available to extend affordable health insurance to more of our hard-working citizens.””
N.H., Maine should help implement ‘Obamacare’ | SeacoastOnline.com: “The time has come to start working with federal officials to make the law work efficiently and well for the citizens of both states. If the states continue to simply fight implementation it will become the law of the state anyway, without their valuable input or guidance. In the end, opponents will be seen as mere obstructionists who blocked health-care access to our most vulnerable citizens: seniors, children, people with pre-existing illnesses and the poor.
Does anyone really think our current health-care and health insurance systems are efficient and affordable? If so, they must not be paying for their own health insurance or ever fought for coverage of a serious illness.”
Garry Rayno’s State House Dome: Medicaid expansion fight on horizon | New Hampshire NEWS0604: “OFF THE COMMITTEE: In a related matter, O’Brien has removed the lone Democrat on the six-member Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee, Rep. Kathleen Taylor, D-Franconia. The reason given: She voted with three senators to accept a $330,000 federal grant to help set up a state–based health insurance exchange called for in the Affordable Care Act.”
(also check out the NH Senate Primaries in the State House Dome)
Smith makes media push – NashuaTelegraph.com: “The $41,000 buy for a 30-second commercial will air on Fox News and other cable outlets for the next two weeks.
Last week, Lamontagne told members of his campaign finance committee that the campaign hit its goal of raising more than $1 million by July 1.
“Lynch had to let the second bill become law without signature adding a statement that maintained the measure still had flaws and could disenfranchise voters.
It will be interesting to see whether the U.S. Justice Department pushes that envelope and tries to block New Hampshire’s version.
I-93 widening gets boost
It didn’t get that much media attention last week, but the passage of a federal highway bill is big news for New Hampshire and for the widening of Interstate 93.”
For Democrats, O’Brien is the issue | Concord Monitor: “In case you weren’t sure: No, Bill O’Brien isn’t running for governor. But that hasn’t stopped Democrats from inserting his name into the race whenever possible this year, trying to tie the Republican gubernatorial candidates to the controversial House speaker.
“Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith have promised their full support to Bill O’Brien,” declared House Democratic Leader Terie Norelli at a press conference last week.
“Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and the Bill O’Brien Legislature have supported drastic cuts to our hospitals and to other institutions that Granite Staters count on,” Democratic candidate Maggie Hassan said in an April press release on the “Lamontagne-Smith-O’Brien Proposal to Take Over Medicare.””
“”It’s time for Mitt Romney to come clean about Romney economics – including his offshore bank accounts, his failed record that exploded the deficit in Massachusetts and sunk Massachusetts to 47th out of 50 in the nation for job creation, and his secretive plan to slash Social Security,” said Holly Shulman, the Obama campaign’s communications director in New Hampshire.”
N.H. Roll Call | SeacoastOnline.com: “Final legislative action for this year included votes on vetoes made by Gov. John Lynch. Under the state Constitution, a two-thirds vote of House and Senate members in attendance is required to pass legislation over objections of the governor. For a complete summary, go to seacoastonline.com.”
SB289 Voter ID:
“Yes: Patrick Abrami, R-Stratham; Joshua Davenport, R-Newmarket; Brian Murphy, R-Rye; Chris Nevins, R-Hampton; Amy Perkins, R-Seabrook; Lawrence Perkins, R-Seabrook; Marshall Quandt, R-Exeter; Matt Quandt, R-Exeter; Glenn Ritter, R-Kensington; Kenneth Sheffert, R-Hampton; William Smith, R-New Castle; Pamela Tucker, R-Greenland; James Waddell, R-Hampton; Joanne Ward, R-Stratham
No: Jacqueline Cali-Pitts, D-Portsmouth; Rich DiPentima, D-Portsmouth; Patricia Lovejoy, D-Stratham; Marcia Moody, D-Newmarket; Terie Norelli, D-Portsmouth; Laura Pantelakos, D-Portsmouth; Robin Read, D-Portsmouth; Donna Schlachman, D-Exeter; Christopher Serlin, D-Portsmouth
Did not vote: Timothy Copeland, R-Stratham; Michelle Peckham, R-North Hampton; Frederick Rice, R-Hampton; Kevin Sullivan, R-Hampton, excused; Kevin Janvrin, R-Seabrook; Adam Schroadter, R-Newmarket, not excused”
SB 372 Education Tax Credit:
“Yes: Abrami, Davenport, Murphy, Nevins, Amy Perkins, Lawrence Perkins, Marshall Quandt, Matt Quandt, Ritter, Schroadter, Sheffert, Smith, Tucker, Ward
No: Cali-Pitts, DiPentima, Lovejoy, Moody, Norelli, Pantelakos, Read, Schlachman, Serlin, Waddell
Did not vote: Copeland, Peckham, Rice, Sullivan, excused; Janvrin, not excused
An almost identical bill, HB 1607, cosponsored by Rep. William Smith, R-New Castle, and Rep. Tucker, also had passed the House and Senate and was vetoed by Gov. Lynch. That veto was overridden in the House 226 to 112, but the Senate voted 23 to 0 in favor of the veto, thus killing that bill, preferring final passage of the Senate version.”
Just another reason public employees need a voice in the workplace….
Scranton’s Public Workers’ Pay Cut to Minimum Wage | New Hampshire Public Radio: “The city of Scranton, Pa., sent out paychecks to its employees Friday, like it does every two weeks. But this time the checks were much smaller than usual. Mayor Chris Doherty has reduced everyone’s pay — including his own — to the state’s minimum wage: $7.25 an hour.
Doherty says his city has run out of money.
Scranton has had financial troubles for a couple of decades — the town has been losing population since the end of World War II. But the budget problems became more serious in recent months as the mayor and the city council fought over how to balance the budget.”