A report released Wednesday says New Hampshire recovery isn't performing as well as in the past.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
A NH lawmaker's comment about the Boston Marathon bombings being staged has people asking: How did she get elected?
State Rep. Stella Tremblay forwarded one of the hate emails she's received this week to every member of the New Hampshire Legislature. The subject line on the email, written in response to her claim that the Boston Marathon bombings were a "Black Ops 'terrorist' attack" by the U.S. government, read "you are a f---ing idiot." To Tremblay, the email was "pure Saul Alinsky Tactics in action." But it might as well have come from her fellow Republicans, who have expressed embarrassment and called for an apology. Tremblay says none will be coming. The frustration Republicans are feeling now has been felt on both sides of the aisle in New Hampshire in recent years. And it prompts the question: how does one who even remotely peddles in conspiracy…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Gov. Maggie Hassan meets with business leaders in Concord.
Gov. Maggie Hassan spent lunch with members of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce on March 27 for the annual State of the State Luncheon at the Grappone Conference Center. Hassan spent nearly 40 minutes of the lunch making her way to each table, shaking hands and talking to attendees and later, gave a short overview of the state of the state, including recent accomplishments, like the passage of the expanded research and development tax credit. She promoted the need for a highly educated workforce and an innovation economy. Hassan also continued to make the case for a gambling casino in New Hampshire, stating that the revenue was needed for critical government functions and the state was going to see any social ills from a casino, …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Word frequency shows priorities, promises and challenges in New Hampshire in 2013.
Gov. Maggie Hassan was sworn into office Jan. 3, 2013 as New Hampshire's 81st governor. She delivered an inaugural address thereafter. Although a picture is worth 1,000 words, so they say, Hassan's speech clocked in at 2,888 words, for the record. Here's a "word cloud" of her remarks, based on the frequency of certain words showing up in the text of her prepared remarks. You can read the full speech here. Some of the words appearing most frequently are: people, work, businesses, education, citizens, innovation, government and community. What word or words would you use to describe the Granite State's priorities and/or the work ahead?
Friday, December 28, 2012
This person made headlines in 2012, inspiring and confounding and damning the torpedoes.
Burrow through the 2012 archives for year-in-review stories and one name keeps cropping up. Instead of a "Person of the Year," this file search steered NH Patch editors more toward a "Personality of the Year." And that personality is William L. O'Brien. The former House Speaker (R-Mont Vernon) wielded the gavel for one term, but it was a vital, memorable term. He inspired some Republicans and Tea Party members and infuriated opponents. He emerged as a Mel Thomson-like Speaker of the House. He began with a focus on limited government and low taxes and soon became a lightning rod for a canopy of issues – economic and social. "To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing," as the wisdom goes. That very quote has been on display …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment.
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Concord than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Concord-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.) Overall in New Hampshire, activity is considered moderate now, while it was considered lower at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Concord that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course): Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Osco, Target, More locations According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu…
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Buy in New Hampshire? Yes, there's a reason to. Here are just five of them.
On a recent trip to the NH Liquor & Wine Outlet we saw an ample selection of New Hampshire wines, which were featured prominently. Here are five of them in no particular order. And here is the state's list of New Hampshire wineries.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Granite Staters start petition drive to request President Obama for peaceful right to leave the union.
Across the country, in more than 20 states, signatures are being gathered requesting President Barack Obama to allow states to consider seceding from the union, according to press reports over the weekend. The states, ranging from blue states like New York and New Jersey, to some of the reddest of the red, in North Dakota and Texas, must collect 25,000 signatures within 30 days to receive an official response from the White House. Texas already has more than 25,000, according to reports. On Nov. 11, the movement officially came to New Hampshire. Free State Project supporter Menno Troyer posted a call to “mobilize New Hampshire” on Facebook last night requesting others sign an online petition to join the other states. The post quickly …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Secretary of State Bill Gardner: Anyone needing an ID card should visit their town or city clerk to get a voucher.
State voter ID cards are now available for any qualified New Hampshire voter in need of identification to meet the state's new voter ID law. Vouchers for free voter ID cards are available from town or city clerks. voters whose name appears on the checklist, and who do not have an acceptable ID for voting purposes, are eligible for the state-issued ID card for voting purposes only, according to the Secretary of State's office. People without an acceptable ID on Nov. 6, can still vote, but they must first sign a "challenged voter affidavit" at their polling place. The Secretary of State's Office reminds voters that the acceptable forms of ID for voting this year are: The vouchers obtained from one's town or city clerk can then be taken by …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The U.S. Department of Justice grants clearance for photo identification requirement.
New Hampshire's voter ID law has received approval from the U.S. Department of Justice. House Speaker William O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, applauded the "preclearance," saying the law will help ensure the integrity of elections. In a statement, O'Brien said: "When I came to New Hampshire almost 30 years ago I was surprised, as I think many others were, that we didn’t have to identify ourselves when we exercise the most important civic duty that we have. Voting is a duty that is of greater importance than taking a plane, train, or going into a commercial or federal building, which all require ID. Even going into the Democratic National Convention requires identification. I am pleased we have been able to take this step toward supporting …