Is "double dipping" a problem?

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A New Hampshire House committee is studying possible solutions to "double dipping" in the retirement system.

In this case, double dipping refers to public employees who retire, start receiving a state pension, and then return to work in the public sector part-time. 

Some municipalities defend the practice as a way to minimize costs.  Many members of the public perceive double dipping as unfair.

Right now the committee is unsure how to address double dipping, or if double dipping is even a significant problem.

Committee member Rep. Spec Bowers (R-Georges Mills) was disappointed there wasn't data from the New Hampshire Retirement System on double dipping for a committee meeting this past Wednesday.

"I still don’t see the problem we’re trying to solve," said Bowers.  "It’s a perception problem, but that’s all I see so far."

Other committee members threw out possible solutions to consider: limiting part time hours of public employees, or requiring part-time employees to also contribute to the retirement system.

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Most negative ads in the US?

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According to the Wesleyan Media Project, an organization that tracks advertising in elections, New Hampshire's gubernatorial race has the most negative ads in the nation.

Between Sept. 26 and Oct. 9. just 3% of New Hampshire gubernatorial advertisements focused on positive aspects of a candidate.  37% of advertisements focused solely on the negative aspects of a candidate.  60% of ads were "contrast" ads, referencing both candidates.

The Wesleyan Media Project also concluded that New Hampshire's U.S. Senate race had some of the most negative ads in the country.

Erika Fowler, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project, told the Concord Monitor that negativity is not all bad.

"If all we had were positive ads, you’d see a lot of families, flags and puppies. Those don’t necessarily give you substantial reasons of why you should vote for a candidate," said Fowler.

However, many New Hampshire residents are fed up with the mud-slinging, and are ready to just turn off the TV.

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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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Mark Kanzler
Pay attention... some people don't need to work for a living. Teenagers, and others are willing to work for less. A severely developmentally disabled person who lives in a group home is likely going to cost more than the work they can do is worth - even if they work for free. Hiring them at all is a public service.
Brandon Ross
You shouldn't pay anyone more or less specifically because they have a disability. How insulting is that?! If the minimum wage were abolished, wages could be paid according to individual circumstances generally. But it seems odd to single out people with disabilities and recognize by law that their labor contributions are legally less valuable than a 16 y.o. who serves ice cream cones.
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