The Week in Review carefully examines the past week and what it means to the citizens of New Hampshire.

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The Week in Review - Dec. 13, 2014:

N.H. House Speaker Shawn Jasper this week selected his political leaders and committee chairs, wary of the lingering acrimony from supporters of  the man he beat out for the speakership, Rep. William O’Brien.

Gene Chandler of Bartlett is Jasper’s deputy speaker and Jack Flanagan of Brookline is his majority leader.

According to NHPR, the key budget-related committees of Finance and Ways and Means will both be led  by lawmakers who have previously held those posts. Neal Kurk of Weare of Plaistow will again run House Finance and Norm Major will oversee Ways and Means.

Both men held those committee chairs the last time Republicans held the majority in the House.

See a full list of committee assignments here courtesy of NHPR.

Jasper became the speaker last week in a stunning turn of events. O’Brien had been selected by the Republican caucus to become the speaker, but Jasper offered himself as an alternative choice to lawmakers who remember the tension of O’Brien’s last term as speaker in 2011-12.

When it came to the vote, O’Brien had a majority of Republicans on his side, but Jasper had the House Democrats and enough Republicans on his side to pull off the upset.

The Concord Monitor reported that two representatives turned down leadership offers, but Jasper declined to name who they were.

In a related move this week, Jasper announced that Chuck Douglas, a former New Hampshire Supreme Court justice and congressman, will serve as legal counsel.

There could be some political infighting among Republicans in the next couple of weeks as Jennifer Horn seeks to retain the job as NH GOP chair. She didn’t like what she saw with the election of Jasper.

There is a spot on the NH GOP executive committee for the majority leader. O’Brien and his supporters may seek someone other than Flanagan for that spot.

See a Union Leader story on the GOP machinations here.

Also in the news

A natural gas pipeline that would run through several southern New Hampshire communities has people concerned. The route for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project includes 71 miles of pipeline through the Granite State. Local officials have lots of questions. See an Eagle-Tribune story here.

Another proposal has been made for a medical marijuana dispensary, this one in Franklin. Epping officials are considering a proposal for a dispensary there. The Franklin proposal is reviewed in a Concord Monitor story here.

U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster split on the $1.1 trillion spending bill approved in the House on Friday night. Shea-Porter voted against it; Kuster for it. See an NHPR story here.

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte say they will vote for the spending bill when it comes to the Senate for a final vote. Both senators lauded a consensus military spending measure in the bill that includes money for improvements at the New Hampshire Air National Guard in Portsmouth to prepare for delivery of a new fleet of in-air refueling tankers. There is also money for new submarines that will be serviced by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. See an NHPR story here.

The senators also commented on this week’s release of the so-called torture report that criticized the abusive treatment of people held captive and interrogated after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. See a Union Leader story here.

The state Supreme Court this week upheld a 3-year-old pension reform law for public employees that shifted more costs onto workers. See a Seacoast Online story here.

Here is a sample of discussions on Facebook this week:

  • Should teachers be reimbursed for school supplies they buy out of pocket?
  • Do you believe the CIA’s coercive interrogation techniques have ultimately helped or hurt the U.S. after 9/11?
  • Should the NH Site Evaluation Committee re-consider the Antrim wind farm proposal?
We’ll see you back here next week.



Past Editions - Week in Review

December 2013
- Dec. 6: House rejects O'Brien in favor of Jasper
November 2014
- Nov. 29: Budget cuts precede new budget
- Nov. 22: O'Brien back as NH House speaker
- Nov. 15: NH budget process begins
- Nov. 8: Voters finally have their say
- Nov. 1: Final polls and forums held before election
October 2014
- Oct. 25: Televised forums put candidates in spotlights
- Oct. 18: Heavy hitters step up in NH
- Oct. 11: Polls show races tightening
- Oct. 4: Budget projections fall short
September 2014
- Sept. 27: Candidates jostle as campaigns seek momentum
- Sept. 20: Hassan's vetoes sustained
- Sept. 13: Tuesday's primary sets stage for November final
- Sept. 6: Debates lead into Tuesday primary
August 2014
- Aug. 30: Arthur T. large and in charge at Market Basket
- Aug. 23: Terror touches New Hampshire
- Aug. 16: Governor declares 'spice' emergency
- Aug. 9: Governor decides on last of 2014 bills
- Aug. 2: Governor vetoes three bills
July 2014
- July 26: Hassan signs more bills into law; a few still await action
- July 19: 2014 election issues dominate
- July 12: NH backs away from buffer zone enforcement
- July 5: Havenstein OK to run for governor
June 2014
- June 28: NH weighs Supreme Court ruling on new abortion buffer zone
- June 21: From the governor's desk
- June 14: Filing period ends, political races set
- June 7: NH Legislature wraps up business for 2014
May 2014
- May 31: State close to solution on hospital tax
- May 24: Gas tax hike is law, starts July 1
- May 17: Death penalty repeal resurrected
- May 10: Senate's GOP majority kills minimum wage bill
- May 3: House deals another blow to casino gambling
April 2014
- April 26: Gas tax hike approved
- April 19: Death penalty remains
- April 12: Brown makes it official; casino bill sweetened
- April 5: Death penalty debated
March 2014
- March 29: Medicaid expansion signed into law
- March 22: PAC money questioned in Senate race, firearms study tabled in House
- March 15: House says no to casino, Senate says yes to gas tax
- March 8: GOP Senate passes Medicaid expansion
- March 1: NH heroin use an 'epidemic'
February 2014
- Feb. 22: Medicaid expansion passes Senate hurdle
- Feb. 15: Senate: Yes to domestic violence bill, House: No to gun background checks
- Feb. 8: Hassan discusses state of the state
- Feb. 1: Senate panel ups the ante with two casinos
January 2014
- Jan. 25: House wants buried transmission lines
- Jan. 18: Against long odds, House backs pot use
- Jan. 11: Legislature gets down to business
- Jan. 4: Snowy start to 2014
December 2013
- Dec. 28: Closing out 2013, looking ahead to 2014
- Dec. 21: Much ado about Senate race in NH
- Dec. 14: Compromise budget gets reps' support
- Dec. 7: Legislature jump starts gas tax
November 2013
- Nov. 30: GOP primary on tap for Executive Council
- Nov. 23: Medicaid expansion for NH fails
- Nov. 16: NH loses a North Country icon
- Nov. 9: Legislature must resolve competing Medicaid expansion bills
- Nov. 2: Health care issues dominate week of headlines
October 2013
- Oct. 26: Death penalty repeal effort renewed
- Oct. 19: NH delegation unanimous in vote to end shutdown, raise debt ceiling
- Oct. 12: Medicaid panel recommends expansion
- Oct. 5: Government shutdown takes hold
September 2013
- Sept. 28: Obamacare and government shutdown loom
- Sept. 21: Another shooting, answers sought again
- Sept. 14: Healthcare takes center stage
- Sept. 7: Syria decision weighs on NH congressional delegation
August 2013
- Aug. 31: NH weighs Vermont Yankee shutdown
- Aug. 24: Northern Pass goes on charm offensive
- Aug. 17: Bragdon out as Senate president
- Aug. 10: 2016 creeping into NH
- Aug. 3: Gambling commission revived
July 2013
- July 27: Governor dispatches last of 2013 bills
- July 20: National issues bear down on NH
- July 13: Capital budget, later last call, 'Pathway to Work' bills signed
- July 6: 70 on I-93 and other bills into law
June 2013
- June 29: Hassan signs budget bills, tuitions freeze
- June 22: Conferees agree on budget; vote next week
- June 15: State budget negotiators narrow differences
- June 8: Senate passes budget, on to conference
- June 1: Senate panel budget in at $10.7b
May 2013
- May 25: House kills casino, Senate kills tax hikes
- May 18: House panel says no to casino
- May 11: Casino panel set for vote
- May 4: Marijuana bill goes up in smoke
April 2013
- April 27: Senate takes up 'stand your ground'
- April 20: Senate has busy week, region shaken by Boston bombings
- April 13: House takes up casino, Senate takes up budget
- April 6: House passes budget, new AG named
March 2013
- April 30: Gas tax bumped, 'stand your ground' dumped by House
- March 23: Casino issue narrows, marijuana gets backing, AG won't re-up
- March 16: Senate approves casino gambling; House nixes legal pot, abortion pause
- March 9: Out of committee
- March 2: Casino questioned
February 2013
- Feb. 23: Casino bills, highways and state vegetable
- Feb. 16: 2014-2015 budget
- Feb. 9: Blizzard of activity
- Feb. 2: Tax credit OK
January 2013
- Jan. 26: Cold outside, hot inside State House
- Jan. 19: Budget revenue
- Jan. 12: On hold
- Jan. 5: The 81st governor
December 2012
- Dec. 29: Hassan inauguration
- Dec. 22: Shootings recoil
- Dec. 15: Hunkering down
- Dec. 8: Less is more
- Dec. 1: Budget prep

November 2012
- Nov. 24: Rudman's passing
- Nov. 17: Post-election cleanup
- Nov. 10: The Democratic surge
- Nov. 3: Sandy-fueled urgency
October 2012
- Oct. 27: Last lap in face of storm
- Oct. 20: On the attack
- Oct. 13: Attitude shift
- Oct. 6: Gubernatorial debates
September 2012
- Sept. 29: Hide and seek
- Sept. 22: It's debatable
- Sept. 15: It's on for November
- Sept. 8: Swing state tango
- Sept. 1: Ayotte in RNC spotlight, lost jobs and bulging classrooms
August 2012
- Aug. 25: Money race
- Aug. 18: Presidential campaigns return
- Aug. 11: Eye on student-athletes
- Aug. 4: Battle for battleground
July 2012
- July 28: Clinton for Hassan
- July 21: Campaign rhythms
- July 14: Race for governor reigns
- July 7: Romney's working vacation
June 2012
- June 30: Legislature's last word
- June 23: Lynch on veto tear
- June 16: The governor's turn
- June 9: Ed funding crashes and burns
- June 2: Ed funding agreement
May 2012
- May 26: On to the governor
- May 19: State House abuzz
- May 12: Senate vs. House
- May 5: And then there were seven
April 2012
- April 28: Polls take pulse
- April 21: Shared stage
- April 14: Town's police chief killed
- April 7: Senate takes up bills
March 2012
- March 31: House wins redistricting fight
- March 24: Gay marriage stands
- March 17: Right to work, the sequel
- March 10: Politics of contraception
- March 3: Hail to the chief
February 2012
- Feb. 25: Man with a gun
- Feb. 18: This one or that?
- Feb. 11: Race for governor
- Feb. 4: GOP legislative to-do list
January 2012
- Jan. 28: More babies, less welfare
- Jan. 21: Redistricting the state
- Jan. 14: Circus leaves town
- Jan. 7: Game on
December 2011
- Dec. 31: Showdown on gun bills
- Dec. 24: Ovide won't endorse
- Dec. 17: Untangling redistricting
- Dec. 10: This land is whose land?
- Dec. 3: Right-to-work fails
November 2011
- Nov. 26: Obama comes calling
- Nov. 19: And Smith makes three
- Nov. 12: Retirement records are public
- Nov. 5: Primary is Jan. 10
October 2011

- Oct. 29: Hassan in for governor
- Oct. 22: Nevada bows to GOP pressure
- Oct. 15: Raising Cain
- Oct. 8: High court vacancy
- Oct. 1: 'Whatever it takes'

September 2011
- Sept. 24: Lamontagne is first in
- Sept. 17: Lynch will move on
- Sept. 10: Veto votes
- Sept. 3: The post storm(s) clean-up

August 2011
- Aug. 27: NH GOP in stormy drama
- Aug. 20: NH GOP imploding?
- Aug. 13: Democrats gain a seat
- Aug. 6: Debt deal, debt deja vu


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