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The New Hampshire legislature has overridden Gov. John Lynch's (D) veto of a bill preventing the state's minimum wage from going above the federal minimum. It has overridden his veto of a parental notification law for abortion that did not have exceptions for rape, incest, or abuse. A historically disastrous budget will go into effect without Lynch's signature, cutting cigarette taxes and gutting higher education in the state.

On labor, too, New Hampshire stands out for just how aggressive its Republican majority has been:

Lawmakers in about 18 states, including Missouri, Michigan and New Mexico, introduced right-to-work bills this year, saying they help attract businesses and create jobs. Some were introduced but never acted upon, others were assigned to legislative study groups and some died in committee.

New Hampshire was the only state where such legislation received a full House and Senate vote. Passage would have made it the first to adopt a right-to-work law since Oklahoma in 2001. There are 22 right-to-work states, most in the South and West.

But Lynch's veto of that bill has not been overridden. When the vote was initially planned, it became clear that the override would fail and House Speaker Bill O'Brien did not hold the vote. However, this is not a one try and you're done kind of thing—O'Brien can wait until the first time he looks around the chamber and sees that there's low attendance and opponents of the bill are not present, then call the vote.

O'Brien is making it clear he intends to continue intimidating members of his caucus who disagree with him; perhaps the best hope for avoiding this override is that he will have used up his political capital in his caucus through repeated override votes and bullying.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 07:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by Take New Hampshire Forward!.

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  •  Sounds like NH has their own, little version of (8+ / 0-)

    Tom Delay.

    Voting matters.

    Voting Democratic matters.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 07:34:47 PM PDT

  •  I wonder if something could be done ... (1+ / 0-)
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    COBALT1928

    ... to make New Hampshire's primary in the Presidential election come relatively later and therefore be less influential.

    I don't think we really need a New Hampshire "sniff" test for Presidential candidates, given the crap they vote for in their state legislatures.

    •  "the crap they vote for in their state legislature (1+ / 0-)
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      freedapeople

      in 2008 gave my small, rural, non-diverse state marriage equality two years before New York got it.

      Also, undeclared (not registered R or D) voters may vote in the presidential primary, basically giving this contest away to Mittens.

      But pretending that's not true and going by the logic of your comment, a D would want NH to be as influential as possible, since the GOP base here has become so radicalized (resulting in what you see in Laura's diary) an R-only POTUS primary would give the prize to Bachmann or someone to the right of her.

      birch paper (mostly NH, mostly politics). On Twitter @deanbarker.

      by Dean Barker on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 04:35:16 AM PDT

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      •  Nice that they got one right. (0+ / 0-)

        Even if it was two years ago.

        But the fact that you think this makes up for the nonsense covered in the diary only goes to re-iterate my point: we don't need a New Hampshire "sniff" test for Presidential candidates.

  •  Thanks for covering this, Laura. (6+ / 0-)

    A few more tidbits:

    * I can't remember where I read this, but iirc O'Brien stated after the three overrides last week that he would not do any more overrides now unless the Gov vetoed the budget, but that he would take possible ones back up in the fall.

    * To give you an idea of how obnoxious Speaker O'Brien's behavior is abut dangling a RTW4Less override over the legislature's head at any time (and preferrably at a time of low attendance, since he knows he doesn't have the votes), here's a perfect example of the havoc he is causing to the Dems in our citizens' legislature.

    * Today Lynch vetoed SB129, the voter disenfranchisement photo ID bill.  It looks as if this veto might be sustained.

    birch paper (mostly NH, mostly politics). On Twitter @deanbarker.

    by Dean Barker on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 07:56:06 PM PDT

  •  If you want decent shit, support Unions. (5+ / 0-)
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    ProbStat, pot, bythesea, COBALT1928, David Kaib

    I live in a right to work state. The crap you get from 'professionals' in a right to work state are pathetic if you know what to expect from trained union men.

    You lose money on the savings.

  •  GOP favors smokers' cheap smokes over students (1+ / 0-)
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    karieb1959

    Good to know the Greedy Oligarchs' Party has their priorities in order.

    Thank you for smoking!

    Plutocracy too long tolerated leaves democracy on the auction block, subject to the highest bidder ~ Bill Moyers

    by Lefty Coaster on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 08:28:37 PM PDT

    •  Here in Washington Bottlers ran an Initiative to (5+ / 0-)

      roll back a small tax on soda pop claiming it was a tax increase on groceries. Low information voters passed it and now we're stuck with big increases in college tuition and slashing enrollment.  

      Plutocracy too long tolerated leaves democracy on the auction block, subject to the highest bidder ~ Bill Moyers

      by Lefty Coaster on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 08:47:50 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, I contacted the paper about that (0+ / 0-)

        here in Clark County.  Of course, our local paper was vying to be the Tea Party press organ, so there wasn't much coverage.

        For a short time, that douchenozzle Tim Eyman had signature takers trawling around Vancouver hassling people on the streets and generally lying about what the candy tax would do.  Then, I guess, the American Bottlers Association told him to back off, because his initiative just sort of went away and theirs made the ballot.  Funny how the teabaggers didn't mind out of state money in elections when it worked to their advantage....

        Cynic, n: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.

        by Fed up Fed on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 07:43:29 AM PDT

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    •   (1+ / 0-)
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      COBALT1928

      roll back a small tax on soda pop claiming it was a tax increase on groceries. Low information voters passed it and now we're stuck with big increases in college tuition and slashing enrollment.  

      Plutocracy too long tolerated leaves democracy on the auction block, subject to the highest bidder ~ Bill Moyers

      by Lefty Coaster on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 08:48:07 PM PDT

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  •  It's even worse (1+ / 0-)
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    Dean Barker

    When Judd Gregg was Gov. he came up with a scheme to balance the budget through what came to be known a "Mediscam". This was a Rooms and Meals tax applied to hospital rooms  that was 1/2 reimbursed by the Federal Gov. (through Medicare/Medicaid) and captured by the state.  The hospitals half of the tax was  sent back to the hospitals, and the rest went to the general fund.

    The federal Gov. finally terminated the loophole, but the NH legislature is imposing the whole tax on the hospitals, and the hospitals will now forced to absorb all charity care and medicaid/medicare shortfalls with no reimbursement by the state. The state may actually make a profit off the hospitals.

    The speaker of the house threatened the Governor that if he vetoed the budget, it would come back to him with even more cuts.

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