Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Oct. 11, 2019

Oct 10, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Mass. Governor Bill Weld weigh in on the impeachment inquiry.  State Republicans see their House ranks increase by one, after a special election in Epping.  And Portsmouth passes the state's first municipal ban on disposable styrofoam cups and containers.  

Air date: Friday, Oct. 12. 

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GUESTS:

  • Mary McIntyre -  NHPR's Morning Edition Producer.
  • James Pindell - Political reporter for The Boston Globe. He writes Ground Game, a newsletter covering presidential politics. Pindell is also a political analyst for WBUR. 
  • Dean Spiliotes -  Civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU.
  • Paula Tracy - Senior reporter covering the Statehouse and environmental issues for InDepthNH.org.  

Read this week's top stories.

Former Vice President calls for the impeachment of President Trump "to preserve our Constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity." 

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld says Democrats have an overwhelming case for impeachment. Weld also criticized President Trump's recent decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria, calling it a "betrayal" of Kurdish forces. For more on The Exchange forum with Weld, visit here

Some N.H. voters expressed doubt that impeachment would have much of an effect -- and said they wish politicians were addressing other issues. 

Senator Cory Booker unveils a plan addressing what he calls "exploitative practices in professional and college sports." 

The state GOP wins a seat in the legislature after a special election.  Former Republican state Rep. Michael Vose beat Democrat Naomi Andrews, former chief of staff for Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. 

The state's director of the Department of Fish and Game responds angrily after learning about a private vote by the Fish and game Commission that took place in September, ousting him after 12 years in the job. 

Unionizied state workers are still waiting for a contract after walking away from negotiations last spring, calling the governor's offer "pathetic."  Governor Sununu at the time accused the union of engaging in "irresponsible antics."  

New Hampshire DHHS reports the state's first vaping-related  injury. As of October 1, there were 1,080 lung injury cases reported from 48 states and one U.S. territory, with 18 deaths confirmed among 15 states.