Will Republicans win the Senate?

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The New Hampshire Senate currently has 13 Republicans and 11 Democrats.

In early October the UNH Survey Center predicted that 16 state Senate seats will go to Republicans and 8 state Senate seats will go to Democrats in this election.

James Pindell, a political pundit, has identified just two districts where Republicans might add seats: District 7 and District 12.  Sen. Andrew Hosmer (D-7) and Sen. Peggy Gilmour (D-12) may be incumbents, but their districts lean Republican.

These predictions are a change from last spring, when the retirement of three GOP Senators prompted speculation of a Democratic takeover.  However, those retirements came from Republican-leaning districts.

Pindell did identify one Senate district where a Democratic takeover is possible: District 9.  Republican incumbent Andy Sanborn is in a rematch with Democrat Lee Nyquist.  In 2012 Nyquist lost by just 213 votes out of roughly 30,000.

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Candidates want "constitutional carry"

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A number of candidates in the New Hampshire House and Senate races are advocating for "constitutional carry," which allows residents to carry a concealed firearm without a license.

New Hampshire allows open carry, which allows residents to carry a firearm without a license so long as it is visible.  Concealed firearms require a permit.

Rep. JR Hoell (R-Dunbarton) told the Concord Monitor that a constitutional carry bill is likely the 2015 legislature.

"This is something that’s been talked about for a number of years, and it’s time to pass it," said Hoell.  "[It] basically says, 'You don’t need to beg permission from the government to carry a concealed weapon.'"

Pat Sullivan, executive director of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police, opposes constitutional carry. 

"What we have currently works, and if it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it," said Sullivan.

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Poll: 59% support marijuana legalization

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According to a WMUR Granite State Poll released last week, 59% of New Hampshire residents support legalizing marijuana for recreational use.  That is an increase of 8% over a similar poll last year.

According to the poll, Democrats and Independents are more likely to favor legalization, while Republicans are less likely to favor legalization.

When asked about how the legislature should change marijuana laws, overall 52% of poll respondents supported legalizing and taxing marijuana, 19% supported decriminalizing marijuana, 27% supported keeping the current marijuana laws, and 2% were undecided.

The poll included 543 randomly selected New Hampshire residents.  There is a +/- 4.2% margin of error.

The legislature is more likely to pass a marijuana decriminalization bill than a bill legalizing marijuana for recreational use.  In 2013 the House passed a decriminalization bill 214-115, but rejected a legalization bill 192-140.

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Insurer announces NH network

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This week Maine Community Health Options announced ten insurance plans it will offer to New Hampshire residents on the health insurance exchange in 2015.  Their network will include all 26 of New Hampshire's hospitals.

In 2014 only one insurer, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, signed up to offer insurance on the exchange.  Anthem was criticized for offering a narrow network of providers. The network excluded 10 of the state's 26 hospitals, but allowed Anthem to offer lower premiums.

Next year Harvard Pilgrim, Minuteman Health, Assurant Health, and Maine Community Health Options will also offer plans on the New Hampshire health insurance exchange.  Like Maine Community Health Options, Minuteman Health has pledged to include every New Hampshire hospital in their network.

The five insurance companies have until November 15, 2014 to announce the plans they will offer in the 2015 exchange.

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Frances Chute Quinn
marijuana should be legalized for medical reasons only and should still be a crime over one ounce. that's what i think.
Randy Rez Nizer
How is that even a question? Of course their should labels. I'm pro cannabis and I still respect people's choices in life.
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