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Dan Tuohy

Senior Producer, Digital News Platforms

Dan is a long-time New Hampshire journalist who has written for outlets including Foster's Daily Democrat, The Citizen of Laconia, The Boston Globe, and The Eagle-Tribune. He comes to NHPR from the New Hampshire Union Leader, where he reported on state, local, and national politics.

He is a native Granite Stater and a graduate of Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vt.

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Gov. Chris Sununu used his veto pen only a handful of times in his first term, when Republicans held a majority in both chambers of the Legislature.

This session, with Democrats now holding majorities in the House and Senate, Sununu has already set a modern record for the number of gubernatorial vetoes in a single year. 

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Update: Thursday, 5:10 p.m.: About 5,000 customers of Eversource and the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative are still without power in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday night. 

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When Kate McNally was emceeing a Dar Williams show at the former Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction to air on NHPR in 2012, she missed the step off the stage and landed with a thud.

Dar Williams didn’t miss a beat.

“That was a perfect TEN,” Williams announced to the audience.

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In the pandemic summer of 2020, even New Hampshire town meetings have had to get flexible.

A time for backyard barbecues and trips to the beach must make way for taxes and town business. In a corkscrew twist of the calendar, Stratham is holding its town meeting — a rite of spring since it was incorporated in the 18th century — on the second Saturday of July.

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All Seacoast beaches could soon be reopened for walking, running, swimming and surfing under a plan delivered Thursday to Gov. Chris Sununu.

A state task force voted in support of the phased-in approach, which could begin June 1 with Sununu's approval.

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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by top Democratic lawmakers over federal COVID-19 funding. The suit challenged Gov. Chris Sununu's power to spend more than $1.25 billion without legislative review or approval.

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In his 16-page opinion, Superior Court Judge David A. Anderson granted Sununu's motion to dismiss, writing that stopping or delaying the governor from distributing funds in the midst of a global pandemic would be contrary to the public interest.

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New Hampshire's medical marijuana program is extending the renewal deadline for patients whose medical cards expire over the next three months.

The announcement coming out today is in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Governor Chris Sununu issued an executive order Sunday, March 15, for the closure of public schools as New Hampshire works to limit spread of the coronavirus.

[Click here for all of our coverage, including our updated FAQs and the latest guidance about coronavirus in New Hampshire.]

Watch the full news conference below, via NHPR's Facebook live:

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Steve Stepanek called it “the big reveal.”

He paused for effect. He then donned a red Keep America Great ball cap and announced:

“I’ve been in the closet too long. I’m happy to be out, and I want all the other Trump supporters to come out of the closet and get out there and support and elect Donald Trump in New Hampshire and across this great country.”

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New Hampshire legislators are starting work on a dozen marijuana bills filed for the 2020 session, including allowing patients enrolled in the state's therapeutic cannabis program to grow their own medical marijuana. 

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard a handful of bills Wednesday that propose expanding qualifying conditions — adding autism, for example — and addressing access and affordability.

Michael Bennet, a Democratic presidential candidate, shared his campaign priorities during an interview Monday on NHPR's The Exchange.

Ahead of the interview, the Colorado senator was asked to give his "elevator pitch" on why voters should cast a ballot for him in 2020. Watch:

Senator Michael Bennet, a Democratic presidential hopeful, appeared on The Exchange Candidate Forum on Jan. 13. Ahead of that hour-long interview, NHPR asked him on the way up to the studio for his elevator pitch - while actually riding in the elevator - on why voters should cast a ballot for him.

Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker outlined his national priorities over an hour-long interview on The Exchange Candidate Forum today. On the way to the NHPR studios, he was asked to give his elevator pitch, while actually in the elevator, on why Granite Staters should vote for him in the New Hampshire presidential primary.

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg discussed his campaign priorities on The Exchange Candidate Forum on Dec. 6.

Ahead of that hour-long interview, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was asked to give his elevator pitch - while riding up in the elevator - on why he should be president. Watch:

If you want to run for president, New Hampshire is an easy place to start.

The relatively low barrier to getting on New Hampshire's primary ballot is legendary, something Secretary of State Bill Gardner has promoted ever since he first became the state’s chief election officer in 1976. Still, people might have questions about the ins and outs of this political tradition.

Andrew Yang, the Democratic presidential hopeful who wants to give every American a $1,000 check each month, was interviewed for an hour Nov. 7 on The Exchange 2020 Candidate Forum, a series produced in collaboration between NHPR and New Hampshire PBS.

Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren was interviewed on The Exchange Candidate Forum this week.

Ahead of the hour-long interview, the Massachusetts senator was asked to deliver her "elevator pitch" — while she was actually in the elevator — on why she should be the next President of the United States.

Tom Steyer was interviewed this week on The Exchange Candidate Forum, a collaboration between New Hampshire Public Radio and New Hampshire PBS.

Ahead of the hour-long interview, the Democratic presidential hopeful was asked to give his "elevator pitch" — while he was actually in the elevator — on why he should be President.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld outlined campaign priorities this week in The Exchange Candidate Forum. Before the main event, NHPR joined him in the building's lobby to continue our "Elevator Pitch" video series. 

The Republican presidential hopeful responded to NHPR's Lauren Chooljian during the forum that he's less of a long shot every day. On the way in, as the elevator door closed, we asked him to make his best pitch to New Hampshire voters for why he deserves their support.

Watch Weld's pitch to New Hampshire voters:

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A new law allows medical marijuana patients to get prescriptions without first having a three-month relationship with their doctor or medical provider.

Governor Chris Sununu vetoed the bill, but the Legislature overturned that veto last week. 

The law eliminates the requirement of a three-month provider-patient relationship before a patient is certified and gets their registry identification.

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Operators of medical cannabis dispensaries are urging legislators to overturn a veto of a bill that would allow them to operate as for-profit companies.

Ted Rebholz is CEO and founder of Temescal Wellness, which currently has dispensaries in Dover and Lebanon.

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Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has refused to answer most questions congressional Democrats put to him Tuesday about alleged obstruction of justice by the President.

Lewandowski sparred with the House Judiciary Committee chairman from the start of his testimony.

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New Hampshire state law now bans offshore drilling and exploration for oil and natural gas.

Gov. Chris Sununu signed the bill into law Tuesday at Ragged Neck State Park — with the Atlantic Ocean and Isles of Shoals as a backdrop. The measure breezed through the state Legislature earlier this year, during a time when President Trump was calling for expanding offshore drilling.

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Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill that would have created an independent redistricting commission.

 

The legislation reached his desk after getting a bipartisan boost in the Senate two months ago. House passage was more of a party-line vote.

 

Sununu gave the idea a cold shoulder earlier this year, saying the current process has worked well.

 

Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a bill into law that provides a procedure for the annulment of arrests or convictions for possession of three-quarters or less of an ounce of marijuana.

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Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican who has found himself at odds with the Democratic-controlled Legislature this year, has vetoed another ten bills, including a few priorities for New Hampshire's Democratic lawmakers.

One bill was designed to identify whether campaign donations from LLC members exceed contribution limits, which allows wealthy donors to skirt campaign finance limits by channeling donations through multiple limited liability corporations.

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Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington was placed briefly on lockdown late Tuesday morning after multiple reports of what sounded like gunfire.

Lt. Col. Gregory Heilshorn said the lockdown order was lifted and an all-clear signal given around 12:40 p.m.,  after law enforcement officers swept buildings and responded  it was cleared.

Heilshorn did not have additional information to release regarding the cause of the gunshot sounds -- the Guard later said no gun shots were fired.

 

Marijuana legalization efforts at the State House were put on hold Thursday, as the Senate referred the bill back to committee.

 “Although we may disagree on whether the prohibition of marijuana has been a success, or whether we should remain an island within New England, we all agree that this decision cannot be made lightly and without further consideration," Sen. Martha Hennessey, D-Hanover, said in motioning the bill back to the Judiciary Committee. 

A committee is holding off action on a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in New Hampshire.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted unanimously to hold it in committee. The recommendation means it is unlikely a legalization effort will move forward in the Legislature this year.

The House passed the bill in April.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden says he wants to unite Americans, restore the middle class and “restore the soul of this country.”

The reasons he gives for running for president could be further boiled down to two words: Donald Trump.

In Hampton Monday, at his first stop in New Hampshire since declaring his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Biden kept circling back and referring to Trump, though not by name, as the problem.

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