Friday, April 26, 2013
A NH lawmaker's comment about the Boston Marathon bombings being staged has people asking: How did she get elected?
State Rep. Stella Tremblay forwarded one of the hate emails she's received this week to every member of the New Hampshire Legislature. The subject line on the email, written in response to her claim that the Boston Marathon bombings were a "Black Ops 'terrorist' attack" by the U.S. government, read "you are a f---ing idiot." To Tremblay, the email was "pure Saul Alinsky Tactics in action." But it might as well have come from her fellow Republicans, who have expressed embarrassment and called for an apology. Tremblay says none will be coming. The frustration Republicans are feeling now has been felt on both sides of the aisle in New Hampshire in recent years. And it prompts the question: how does one who even remotely peddles in conspiracy…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Preliminary competitions are today and Friday, with the final competition on Saturday.
The 67th annual Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Competition kicks off today and continues through Sunday at Pinkerton Academy's Stockbridge Theatre in Derry. WMUR-TV Sports Director Jamie Staton and Miss New Hampshire 2012 Megan Lyman will emcee the event, which features 28 young women from across the state competing for the title of Miss New Hampshire 2013. The winner will receive at least $13,000 in scholarships, represent the state at ceremonial functions and welcome visiting dignitaries. This year, New Hampshire residents will assist a panel of judges in the selection of 12 semifinalists. Votes can be cast through the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program website or on the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program Facebook page. The …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The state's homeless population increased by 6 percent, according to a recent one-day count.
The number of homeless in New Hampshire increased slightly over the past year, according to the annual count conducted by the state Department of Health and Human Services' Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services. Results of the one-day count, conducted on Jan. 23, revealed there were 2,576 homeless residents across the state. That's a 6 percent increase from the 2,438 counted last year. Of that number, 1,243 were sheltered (down 9 percent), 442 were unsheltered (up 17 percent), and 891 were temporarily living with family or a friend (up 20 percent). In Rockingham County, the count showed there are a total of 274 homeless residents, including 104 sheltered, 57 unsheltered, and 113 who are temporarily living with a family member or a friend…
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Word frequency shows priorities, promises and challenges in New Hampshire in 2013.
Gov. Maggie Hassan was sworn into office Jan. 3, 2013 as New Hampshire's 81st governor. She delivered an inaugural address thereafter. Although a picture is worth 1,000 words, so they say, Hassan's speech clocked in at 2,888 words, for the record. Here's a "word cloud" of her remarks, based on the frequency of certain words showing up in the text of her prepared remarks. You can read the full speech here. Some of the words appearing most frequently are: people, work, businesses, education, citizens, innovation, government and community. What word or words would you use to describe the Granite State's priorities and/or the work ahead?
Friday, December 28, 2012
This person made headlines in 2012, inspiring and confounding and damning the torpedoes.
Burrow through the 2012 archives for year-in-review stories and one name keeps cropping up. Instead of a "Person of the Year," this file search steered NH Patch editors more toward a "Personality of the Year." And that personality is William L. O'Brien. The former House Speaker (R-Mont Vernon) wielded the gavel for one term, but it was a vital, memorable term. He inspired some Republicans and Tea Party members and infuriated opponents. He emerged as a Mel Thomson-like Speaker of the House. He began with a focus on limited government and low taxes and soon became a lightning rod for a canopy of issues – economic and social. "To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing," as the wisdom goes. That very quote has been on display …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Three NH police officers will head south to bring a terminally-ill child's holiday wish to life.
A young Virginia boy fighting a rare brain cancer and an inoperable tumor on his spinal cord has inspired countless police, fire and rescue agencies from all over the country to send their support to a family in need of good cheer this holiday season. Nathan Norman, 6, of Rustburg, Va., and his family are facing incredible hardship due to the fact that Norman has been given 18 months to live. Norman's one Christmas wish was to get as many cards, patches, letters and anything else with a first responder insignia as he can because officers, firefighters and EMTs are his heroes, and Norman has since received hundreds of packages from across the United States. Norman's struggles were particularly moving to two Hampton Police Department …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Continued low crime and poverty rates helped New Hampshire maintain a favorable ranking.
The Granite State may have dropped one spot from last year's rankings, but New Hampshire is still one of the healthiest states in the country according to the United Health Foundation’s annual America’s Health Rankings, which were released Tuesday. New Hampshire ranks third this year, falling from the No. 2 spot in the 2011 rankings. Hawaii leapfrogged New Hampshire for second place in 2012. Among the factors that helped the Granite State stay near the top of the national rankings are a low percentage of children in poverty, a low violent criminal rate, a low infant mortality rate and a high rate of high school graduation, according to the 2012 rankings report. Low per capita public health funding and a moderate prevalence of binge …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Some prominent NH Tea Party members see him as the man to beat Obama, but others say he falls short.
Mitt Romney will need to watch his step around a particular political group, because they seem to hate being tread on. The Tea Party movement has a message that has been made loud and clear the past few years: fiscal responsibility, personal liberty and constitutional rights. They claim not to blindly follow either party, which means Romney will need to be more than just a Republican or “Not-Obama.” Some think he can do it, others are not so sure. “Has Romney won me over? No is the answer,” said Jerry DeLemus, former chairman of the Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC and the founder of the Rochester 9-12 Project. New Hampshire has been known to have many liberty-minded citizens, and in that spirit, DeLemus has taken the liberty of …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Gov. Martin O’Malley told NH Democrats the country is slowly improving under President Obama.
MANCHESTER, NH – Democrats rallied behind President Obama at the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention today, while accusing Republicans of promoting a “radical Tea Party agenda” that is holding back economic recovery. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, told a fired up crowd that the president’s policies are bringing the country back. “Because of President Obama, General Motors is alive and hiring, and Osama bin Laden is not,” said O’Malley, referencing the death of the terrorist leader last year. He had plenty of choice words for Republicans, especially for what he calls a “radicalized Tea Party” group that have hijacked the government and held up Obama’s efforts. “We have a …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Romney chooses NH as venue to all but assure victory.
It's been three and a half months since Mitt Romney celebrated a much coveted first-in-the-nation primary victory in New Hampshire. Tonight, he chose the Granite State once again, this time, for all intents and purposes, to declare himself the winner in the GOP race to face President Obama in November's general election. He hasn't locked up the 1,144 delegates required for the nomination yet. And he spoke as the results of today's five primaries – in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island – were still trickling in, yet that didn't stop Romney from getting right to the point. “After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and more than a few long nights, I can say with confidence – and gratitude – that you have …