Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 19, 2017

May 18, 2017

N.H. political figures respond to this week's turmoil in Washington D.C., quelled to some extent by the appointment of the widely respected Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to  investigate possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election. State representative Robert Fisher resigns after a N.H. House committee inquiry into his postings on the misogynistic Reddit forum known as the Red Pill. And several racially-charged incidents in recent weeks cloud graduation season at UNH's Durham campus.


  • Casey McDermott - Digital reporter for NHPR.
  • Dave Solomon - New Hampshire Statehouse reporter for the Union Leader newspaper.
  • Dean Spiliotes - Civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU and author of the website NH Political Capital.

Stories we're following this week:

NHPR's Casey McDermott reported on Senator Hassan's reaction to FBI director James Comey's firing and Russian interference in the 2016 election.  She found mixed reviews after the turbulent week in Washington from N.H. Republicans at a N.H. G.O.P event.  The Union Leader also covered the event featuring Kellyanne Conway.

Learn more about racially-charged incidents at UNH and the difficult dialogue they've prompted from NHPR reporter Jason Moon.

Laconia Representative Robert Fisher resigned after a N.H. House legislative committee recommended no disciplinary action regarding his online postings.

Dave Solomon reported that N.H.'s largest state agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, got an emergency infusion of $32 million to erase an operating deficit.

An attorney suing DCYF says the state is stalling on turning over documents as ordered last month.