December 31, 2009
Author’s note: While choosing which political news for “in review” is admittedly a subjective process and no doubt some will disagree with them, the entries listed below attempt to represent some of the more high-profile events in NH politics.
- Senator Judd Gregg-R accepts President Obama’s nomination as Secretary of Commerce (Feb.); Gregg abruptly withdraws his name from consideration (Feb.)
- Democratic Governor Lynch reappoints Republican Kelly Ayotte as Attorney General (Mar.).
- Former Republican Congressman Jeb Bradley makes his way back on the political scene, winning special election state Senate race (Apr.).
- Democratic-majority legislature passes same-sex marriage bill (May) and medical marijuana bill (June); Governor Lynch signs same-sex marriage (June), but vetoes medical marijuana (July).
- Attorney General Kelly Ayotte resigns in her post to run for Senate (Jul.).
- Bill signed into law that bans texting while driving (Jul.).
- Override of Governor’s medical marijuana veto fails in Senate (Oct.).
- Senator Gatsas-R wins Manchester mayoral election, along with 13 Democratic Alderman elected to the Board (Nov.).
- Spending cap referendum put on ballots in several towns; defeated in some, passed in others, including Manchester (Nov.). NH Supreme Court agrees to hear case (Dec.).
- NH’s congressional delegation votes party line for/against health care reform bill (Nov. and Dec.).