Right-to-Work in 2015?

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Right-to-Work supporters gathered in Manchester on Thursday, while Right-to-Work opponents protested outside.

The occasion was the release of a Right-to-Work study by the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity. 

Right-to-Work laws forbid unions from requiring membership.

"When unions can't force people to pay dues, they have to be more responsive to their members," said Matt Peterson of the Center for Worker Freedom. "They actually compete in the marketplace of ideas, and I think it will make them better, stronger organizations."

Opponents argue that Right-to-Work only weakens unions, because employees who do not pay dues still benefit from the contracts negotiated by unions.

Right-to-Work supporters are planning on introducing another Right-to-Work bill in 2015.  The legislature came closest to passing Right-to-Work in 2011, but failed to override Gov. John Lynch's veto.

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NH too slow on medical marijuana?

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This week marked the one-year anniversary of New Hampshire's medical marijuana law, although patients do not yet have access to marijuana in the Granite State.

Under New Hampshire's medical marijuana law, patients can only access marijuana through four authorized dispensaries.  Those dispensaries are not yet operational.

According to some patient advocates, New Hampshire is moving too slowly.

"We want to see a sense of urgency from the Governor's Office. It would be a good start if Governor Hassan would encourage these departments to move forward and to protect patients rather than delay this process indefinitely," said Matt Simon with the Marijuana Policy Project.

On the other hand, many legislators and law enforcement officers want to see New Hampshire implement the medical marijuana law as carefully and thoughtfully as possible.

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Libertarians sue NH for ballot access

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The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of the Libertarian Party, is suing New Hampshire over new regulations to get on the ballot.

Third-party candidates have to collect signatures to get on the ballot with Democrats and Republicans.  In May Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signed a bill that requires third-party candidates to collect the required signatures within the year of election. 

In the past the Libertarian Party started collecting signatures more than a year in advance.

"This law stacks the deck against candidates who don’t belong to a major party and really protects major parties from competition and prevents voters from being presented with alternative choices," said NH Civil Liberties Union attorney Gilles Bissonnette.

On the other hand, the Secretary of State requested the rule to minimize the number of invalid signatures, due to death or relocation, which may arise if signatures are collected earlier.

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NH falls in child wellbeing

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For many years New Hampshire ranked #1 in the Kids Count index on child welfare, released annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  This year New Hampshire fell to #4, due in large part to the number of children living in poverty.

According to the report released this week, the number of children living in poverty in New Hampshire increased 4% in a year.  The number of children living with parents who do not have secure employment also increased.

However, New Hampshire continued to rank high in other areas, such as performance on fourth-grade reading assessments.

Gov. Maggie Hassan pointed to the poverty statistics as evidence in favor of raising the minimum wage.

However, opponents of a minimum wage increase argue that a higher wage will force employers to decrease the number of minimum wage jobs available.

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Uncertain future for political ad bill

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Some politically active nonprofits are threatening a lawsuit If Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signs new campaign finance bill SB 120.

The bill requires 501(c)4 nonprofits to file with the Secretary of State if they spend over $5,000.

The law is meant to shed light on spending by outside groups during elections.  Under current law, groups generally do not need to file with the Secretary of State so long as their advertisements do not expressly say "vote for" or "vote against" a candidate.  If an advertisement instead tells voters to "share your opinion" with a candidate, the advertisement is technically not political advertising in New Hampshire.

SB 120 would allow New Hampshire citizens to see who is spending money on advertisements, even if the advertisements do not expressly say "vote for" or "vote against."

Opponents of SB 120, such as the conservative nonprofit Americans for Prosperity, argue that such disclosure laws are an unconstitutional burden on free speech by nonprofits. 

"I think the goal of the bill is to try and regulate issue advocacy," Greg Moore, Director of the New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity, told NHPR.  "And if that’s the goal, it’s obvious they have put themselves on a collision course with litigation."

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I was already worried how this train wreck was going to impact NH. this latest ruling(s) will just make everyone feel the pain which I don't think is a bad thing if it wakes people up to this scam.
Patrick Adrian
NH, and any other state is allowed to opt back out at any time.
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