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Merrimack State Rep. Dick Hinch is a step closer to becoming the next Speaker of the New Hampshire House, after the incoming GOP caucus unanimously backed him to be their leader during a meeting in Manchester.  

Hinch has led House Republicans for six years as Majority leader when the House was last under GOP control, and as Minority Leader when Democrats reclaimed the majority in 2018.

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New Hampshire House Democrats have selected Renny Cushing of Hampton to lead their 187-member caucus for the next two years.

Cushing won election to his 8th term earlier this month and is chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. He’s been a well-known progressive since leading protests against the Seabrook nuclear power plant in the 1970s. And he's worked to abolish the state's death penalty.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley is talking with some of the lawmakers who have been newly elected to the New Hampshire Legislature. Maria Perez, a Democrat, will represent Milford in the state House of Representatives.


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Republicans and Democrats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives will choose their parties' leaders this week.

A key early question for those elected will be how to conduct business during the ongoing pandemic. The State House has been largely closed to lawmakers since March.

Supporters of President Trump protest at the New Hampshire State House, November 14, 2020
Dan Barrick / NHPR

As President Trump continues his refusal to concede to President-Elect Joe Biden or acknowledge his loss in his bid for re-election, his supporters protested the election results in several events this weekend in New Hampshire.

Annie Ropeik for NHPR

Former N.H. state Rep. Rogers Johnson, who worked for decades to improve diversity, racial equity, and civil rights in New Hampshire, died on Thursday. He was 62.

Among his many official roles, Johnson chaired the Governor's Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion and was president of the Seacoast NAACP. He also served on the State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

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New Hampshire’s state legislature was the only one in the country where party control changed in last week's election.

Granite State Republicans kept the governor’s office and took control of the State House and Senate, which had both gone Democratic in 2018.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

While Democrats won every federal race on the New Hampshire ballot last week, Republicans were the big winners on the state level. That includes gaining new majorities in the state House of Representatives, state Senate and the Executive Council.

And that's led to some soul searching and finger pointing within the state Democratic Party in recent days about what went wrong and how to address it. 

Representative Dick Hinch.
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Republican gains at the New Hampshire State House are paving the way for new leaders. The incoming Senate majority is uniting behind behind Sen. Chuck Morse of Salem, while at least two Republicans will vie to be Speaker of the House.

Governor Chris Sununu voting in Newfields on November 3, 2020.
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

New Hampshire voters may have re-elected Democrats to the U.S. Senate and congressional seats this week. But when it came to State House races, Republicans are the ones celebrating.

Republicans appear poised to claim new majorities in the state Senate and House of Representatives, as well as the Executive Council. And Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican from Newfields, was perhaps the biggest victor on Tuesday night, winnning re-election by a 2 to 1 margin over his challengers. 

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With the results of the presidential race still unknown and all bodies of the New Hampshire State House now likely controlled by Republicans, local progressives are facing an uncertain future.

On Wednesday night, about 150 people gathered in front of the State House, as part of a national post-election effort organized by progressive groups called ‘Protect the Results.’

Proud to vote sticker and a ballot.
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We're well into the second day of an extremely close presidential election, following record turnout in New Hampshire and across the U.S. For may people, this election season has felt more emotional and higher stakes than elections past.

So we want to know: How are you feeling today? How have you been talking with family and friends about the election results so far, and the news that continues to roll in? What is most important to you right now?

The New Hampshire State House
NHPR

In some ways, New Hampshire’s election results amount to a ringing endorsement of the status quo in state politics. Incumbents Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Pappas and Annie Kuster all won reelection to their seats in the U.S. Senate and Congress. And Gov. Chris Sununu easily won a third term.

Voter checking in at polls
Michael Brindley/NHPR

Police departments across the state say they are taking extra precautions for Election Day. The New Hampshire Attorney General's office has advised communities to station one officer at every polling place and to deploy two officers at polling places known to be busy.

Register to vote sign outside of Manchester city hall.
Dan Tuohy; NHPR

New Hampshire voters will choose a number of local political leaders, from county officers to state reps, on Nov. 3.

Every Friday leading up to the election on Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we talk about one of these down-ballot offices, from what powers they hold, to how they impact your daily life.

We talked with Paul Bergeron, current county commissioner in Hillsborough, who is not running for re-election this year, about this office. 

There is a lot on the country's plate right now: a pandemic, economic disruption, a racial justice crisis, and serious climate change threats.

All are getting some attention on the New Hampshire campaign trail in 2020, but so too are the issues of income taxes and abortion, which animate every election here regardless of who is running.

David Murray / via NHDES

Democrats describe themselves as the only party taking the threat of climate change seriously. And President Trump’s continued denial of climate science and rollbacks of environmental protections haven’t made it easy for Republicans to change that.

But some New Hampshire conservatives think their candidates could be doing more to run – and win – on climate change.


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In the final days of the 2020 campaign, we’re taking a few moments to hear closing arguments from candidates for statewide office.

NHPR's Peter Biello spoke with Gov. Chris Sununu about why he's seeking a third term.

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Just days before this election season comes to a close, we're taking a few moments to hear closing arguments from candidates running for statewide office.

All Things Considered Host Peter Biello spoke with the Democratic candidate for governor, state Sen. Dan Feltes.

Iz Piedra

Iz Piedra once thought being a state representative was a goal he’d accomplish as a retiree, not as a 28-year-old attorney. 

But in 2018, Piedra got his chance to do that for Manchester. A local Democratic leader asked if he would consider running.

“And I went with it,” he said.  

Mowers and Pappas
NHPR

Campaigns for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional Distict seat tend to get testy. It’s among the most closely divided districts in the nation, swinging back and forth between Democrats and Republicans nearly every two years for more than a decade.

This year is no different.

New Hampshire's state legislature is overwhemingly made up of older white men. This is also true for many local governments across the state.

A political action committee created this year is dedicated to increasing the diversity of New Hampshire's state and local governments. 

Messner for Senate campaign

Gov. Chris Sununu may be seeking a third term in the corner office, but he’s spending a good deal of his political energy these days boosting other candidates.  To see some of that in action, you don’t even need to leave your couch.

Jeanne Shaheen
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Just days before this election season comes to a close, we’re taking a few moments to hear closing arguments from candidates running for statewide office. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is running for a third term in the U.S. Senate. She spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello.

Bryant "Corky" Messner
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In the final days of this election season, NHPR is hearing closing arguments from candidates running for statewide office. All Things Considered Host Peter Biello spoke with Bryant “Corky” Messner, the Republican nominee for Senate who has pitched himself as a political outsider, about why he thinks voters should support him.

Photo of SIG Sauer sign outside company headquarters
Todd Bookman/NHPR

Firearms manufacturer SIG Sauer is expanding its operations in New Hampshire with the help of a $21.1 million state treasury bond and nearly $2 million in other financial incentives. 

The deal comes as SIG Sauer, already one of the largest firearms-makers in the country, races to fill a $580 million U.S. Army contract for hundreds of thousands of pistols, as well as other military orders and surging private sales. 

NHPR Staff

Researchers from the University of New Hampshire say political candidates who see voters as merely rural or urban are missing a big part of the story.

Jennifer Horn photo
Kelli True / NHPR

Of all the prominent Republicans declaring opposition to President Trump, Jennifer Horn is one of the most outspoken. The former chair of the New Hampshire GOP is co-founder of The Lincoln Project, which is dedicated to convincing Republicans to put, as they describe it, “country over party” and vote against Trump.

Dan Tuohy, NHPR

The New Hampshire Democratic Party is expanding its voter assistance hotline to cover eight different languages most commonly spoken by the state’s immigrant and refugee communities, filling in where state election officials have declined to provide official bilingual voting resources.

A voting sign
Ellen Grimm / NHPR

This post has been updated with additional comments from the state Republican and Democratic parties.

College students who previously registered to vote in New Hampshire do not automatically lose their voting eligibility if they’re out of state due to remote learning or other circumstances, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office affirmed Wednesday.

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