At DC roast, NH's GOP governor skewers Trump as 'crazy'
GOP Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire said Donald Trump is “crazy” and joked that if the former Republican president was admitted to a mental hospital, “he’s not getting out.” Sununu skewered Trump during the Gridiron Club’s spring dinner Saturday night, an annual Washington gathering featuring skits and speeches from Democrats, Republicans and journalists that are expected to “singe” but “not burn” the capital's political elite. “He’s (expletive) crazy!” Sununu said in salty remarks that roasted members of both parties as well as the Washington journalists who cover them.news.yahoo.com
Governor condemns tweet offering a 'bounty' on teachers
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Thursday denounced a conservative group's offer to pay $500 to the first person who “catches” a public school teacher violating New Hampshire's new limits on the discussion of systemic racism and other topics. Sununu had opposed an earlier version of the legislation that echoed a Trump administration order and sought to ban discussion of “divisive concepts” in schools. After the state Department of Education set up a website last week to collect complaints against teachers, The New Hampshire chapter of Moms for Liberty tweeted “We’ve got $500 for the person that first successfully catches a public school teacher breaking this law.”news.yahoo.com
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
Republican Rep. Ken Weyler was known around the New Hampshire Statehouse for dismissing the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines and opposing tens of millions of dollars in federal funds to promote vaccinations. The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. It has also exposed Republicans' persistent struggle to root out the misinformation that has taken hold in its ranks across the country.news.yahoo.com
Maine, New Hampshire officials urge caution, preparation in advance of Tropical Storm Henri
New Hampshire and Maine officials are urging residents to remain vigilant as Tropical Storm Henri could become the first hurricane-strength storm to directly hit New Hampshire since Hurricane Bob 30 years ago.news.yahoo.com
Voter machine audit comes up with new totals in Windham
May 17—PEMBROKE — The first review in the forensic audit of Windham election returns has produced different vote totals than were reported right after the Nov. 3 election. The four Republican candidates for state representative in Windham each got roughly 220 more votes through an audit of automated vote counting machines than reported on Election Day. Meanwhile, Kristi St. Laurent, the ...news.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: What's a SPAC, the latest craze on Wall Street?
In the two years since the office-sharing company’s failed IPO, a new way to launch a stock on Wall Street has become fashionable: SPACs. Special purpose acquisition companies have been embraced by big institutions and small-pocketed investors alike. The goal is to use those millions of dollars to take a private company public without using the traditional initial public offering process that’s been around for decades. Management has a financial incentive to find an acquisition target — most often management receives a 20% stake in the newly public company. An exchange-traded fund consisting of SPACs and companies taken public through SPAC acquisitions, the Defiance Next Gen SPAC fund, jumped 55% between early November and mid-February.
The Latest: Wet snow turns to sleet in northern New England
A sprawling, lumbering winter storm has walloped the Eastern U.S., shutting down coronavirus vaccination sites, closing schools and halting transit. In its second day in the Northeast, a snow storm left nearly 15 inches (38 centimeters) of snow piled up in parts of New Hampshire. The Yale New Haven Health system, which runs several hospitals in southern Connecticut, said its vaccination sites were closed Tuesday and staff were contacting people to reschedule appointments. In New England, nearly 15 inches (38 centimeters) of snow piled up in southeast New Hampshire, and the mountains were getting heavy snow as well. The National Weather Service reported 30 inches of snow fell in parts of Sussex and Morris counties on Monday.
Governor cancels inaugural, citing mask protests at his home
It will be attended by leaders of both houses of the Legislature and will be virtually attended by all other members. “It's clear this ordinance in Newfields was specifically to benefit King Sununu," Bennett said. At least 100 people appeared outside Sununu's home at the first protest. He also described “the verbal harassment endured by the governor, his family and nearby residents," according to the minutes. ___This story has been corrected to show the last name of the NH Journal reporter is Maidment, not Madiment.
New Hampshire's Republican governor blasts people not following COVID-19 precautions after state's House speaker dies
Following the death of New Hampshire House Speaker Dick Hinch from COVID-19, the state's governor issued a plea for people to take safety precautions seriously. Sununu said Hinch's death is a cautionary tale about not following COVID-19 guidelines. When asked about people in position of power who are not wearing masks while around others, Sununu said he had something to say to them: "It's incredibly, incredibly irresponsible." He emphasized the importance of wearing masks and social distancing to protect others. That's not speculation, that's not supposition, that's fact."cbsnews.com
A few cracks but no big GOP break with Trump on Biden's win
The GOP governor acknowledged Thursday that Biden's lead is getting "bigger and bigger by the day” and Trump’s legal options are dissipating. Many Trump allies in Washington see no path to a Trump victory but remain wary of crossing the outgoing Republican president — or his supporters — especially with control of the Senate still uncertain. GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested Thursday that Biden doesn’t need intelligence briefings because Trump might remain president in the new year. Spencer Cox wrote on Twitter, citing the significant number of Democrats who doubted the legitimacy of Trump's 2016 election victory. “Joe Biden is the president-elect.”George W. Bush, the only living former Republican president, acknowledged Biden's victory on Sunday.
A few cracks but no big GOP break with Trump on Biden's win
The GOP governor acknowledged that Biden's lead is getting "bigger and bigger by the day” and Trump’s legal options are dissipating. Many Trump allies in Washington see no path to a Trump victory but remain wary of crossing the outgoing Republican president — or his supporters — especially with control of the Senate still uncertain. GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested Thursday that Biden doesn’t need intelligence briefings because Trump might remain president in the new year. Spencer Cox wrote on Twitter, citing the significant number of Democrats who doubted the legitimacy of Trump's 2016 election victory. “Joe Biden is the president-elect.”George W. Bush, the only living former Republican president, acknowledged Biden's victory on Sunday.
'Fire them all' — GOP governor rips Congress for inability to reach coronavirus stimulus deal
The Republican governor of New Hampshire on Monday blasted Congress for failing to reach another coronavirus stimulus package to help Americans deal with the fallout from the pandemic. "No one in the Senate or Congress can say that they've shown leadership on the Covid crisis. On Oct. 1, the Democratic-controlled House passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package, but it also was not taken up by the Senate. Last week, Senate Republicans tried to advance a $500 billion stimulus bill, but the effort was blocked again by Democrats. Sununu said he believes Congress will ultimately reach an accord on a stimulus package after the election, likely in early 2021.cnbc.com
Trump faces rare rebuke from GOP for floating election delay
It was a rare rebuke for Trump from his fellow Republicans but one that might not last. Reeves said he opposes any plan to change the election date: I dont personally think a delay in the election at this point in time is necessary." Trump cannot change the election date without the approval of Congress, and policymakers in both parties made clear they would oppose such a move. Trump's ultimate goal, however, may have less to do with the election date than undermining the results of the election if he loses. The Republican president did not deny that he was trying to cast doubt about the election results when asked directly during Thursday's press briefing.
Why it will likely be voters, not courts or lawmakers, that curb partisan gerrymandering
In recent years, a growing number of states have upended the traditional redistricting process by creating independent redistricting commissions that make the process less political. But independent commissions leave voting maps up to a bipartisan group of people, limiting the role of elected officials. Although legislators on both sides of the aisle support independent redistricting commissions, it may be up to the voters to weigh in on the issue. In 2020, questions that could create an independent redistricting commission may appear on ballots in Arkansas, Oregon, South Dakota and Virginia. The states that already have an independent redistricting commission are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Montana and Washington.cbsnews.com