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Nearly 70 arrested at protest outside coal-fired power plant

BOW, N.H. (AP) -- Nearly 70 people have been arrested at a protest outside a coat-fired power plant in Bow.

The activists were arrested on Saturday on charges of trespassing on the grounds of the Merrimack Station.

More than 200 protesters turned out for the rally and called for the coal-fired plant to be shut down. The protest came at the end of a week of climate demonstrations around the world calling for governments to do more to reduce carbon emissions.

The protest was organized by nonprofits such as 350 New Hampshire, Rights and Democracy, New Hampshire Youth Movement and Climate Disobedience.

Read more: https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20190929/nearly-70-arrested-at-protest-outside-coal-fired-power-plant

Gabbard to campaign in Keene, Rindge this week

U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, is scheduled to hold town halls Thursday in Keene and Rindge.

The Rindge event, billed as a "Pizza and Politics Town Hall," is scheduled to run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the DiPietro Library Common Area at Franklin Pierce University.

In Keene, Gabbard is slated to speak in the Lantern Room of the Young Student Center on the Keene State College campus from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Gabbard previously stumped in the region in March, with events in Jaffrey and Peterborough.

https://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/gabbard-to-campaign-in-keene-rindge-this-week/article_006a384f-e73e-561d-82c3-2af38d9a7713.html
(Keene Sentinel) (no more at link)

Yang: Recession would 'be good for my campaign'

PORTSMOUTH -- Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang explained on Friday that if the nation’s economy stumbles in the coming months, “it would likely be good for my campaign.”

Speaking at a Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth breakfast at the Sheraton hotel, Yang was asked by an audience member how a potential economic downturn would impact his presidential campaign.

Yang answered: “I think that if we do have a downturn over this next period, it would likely be good for my campaign because I’m so focused on this set of issues, and I think it would increase the appeal and appetite for some of the measures.”

But a few minutes later he told Seacoast Media Group he’s definitely not rooting for the economy to go south.

“I would never wish for the economy to have a downturn because I know that lives get disrupted and in some cases even lost when there’s an economic downturn,” he said. “When I was asked a question how would it affect my campaign, I think most people would agree that if there is a downturn the party in power or in office generally has a harder time getting re-elected. But I would never wish for that.”

Read more: https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20190927/yang-recession-would-be-good-for-my-campaign

New Hampshire state budget raises smoking age to 19

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The minimum age for buying tobacco products in New Hampshire is going up, but not as much as some advocates wanted.

After a bill to increase the purchase age from 18 to 21 stalled in the Senate, much of its language resurfaced in the state budget. But Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed the budget in June, and the compromise he signed this past week includes a provision to raise the age only to 19.

Several New Hampshire communities, including Dover, Keene and Newmarket, already have enacted so-called Tobacco 21 ordinances.

More than a dozen states have increased the minimum age for buying tobacco to 21, including Maine and Vermont.

Read more: https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20190929/nh-state-budget-raises-smoking-age-to-19

Massachusetts has paid $1.1M for motorcycle crash audit

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) -- Massachusetts has paid $1.1 million to auditors investigating a backlog of unprocessed violations found after a man drove his pickup truck and trailer into a group of motorcyclists in northern New Hampshire, killing seven.

Grant Thornton, a private auditing company, has billed the state hundreds of thousands of dollars every two weeks to audit the Registry of Motor Vehicles, a department tasked with processing out of state and in state violation notices.

MassLive reports the company was hired to conduct a forensic audit after 72 bins of unprocessed paper notices dating back years were found in Quincy.

Auditors found the Department of Transportation failed to process violations as far back as 2008. The audit report says at least one employee saw Volodymyr Zhukovskyy’s previous violation and did not update the driving record.

Read more: https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20190928/massachusetts-has-paid-11m-for-motorcycle-crash-audit

Editorial: New Hampshire squandered precious resources enforcing Medicaid work requirement

The Sununu administration spent — some would say squandered — $187,000 attempting to bring an estimated 17,000 participants in the state’s expanded Medicaid program into compliance with a new work requirement that has since been blocked by a federal judge, the Concord Monitor reports.

That included almost $109,000 paid to a contractor to call Medicaid recipients; about $42,000 devoted to a door-to-door effort in some inner-city neighborhoods; more than $23,000 spent sending out letters to all Medicaid participants; $12,000 for informational materials; and $1,000 for overtime.

This aggressive effort reached a total of about 800 (!) people who got assistance in complying with the new requirement. That left about 16,200 recipients in danger of losing their health insurance by failing to document their compliance.

The state should be thanking its lucky stars that this outreach program ceased with the judge’s ruling, and it should be hoping hard that its appeal of that ruling fails. By our calculation it cost almost $234 to assist each of those 800 participants; at that rate, it would have cost nearly $3.8 million to help the rest. That money could be and should be spent, as intended, on providing health insurance coverage for the working poor.

Read more: https://www.vnews.com/Editorial-N-H-squandered-precious-resources-on-Medicaid-work-requirement-28846943
(West Lebanon Valley News)

Beto O'Rourke - El Paso Team Meeting & Other Events

Come join the Beto for America staff for a Team Meeting! These meetings will be led by our organizing staff who will talk about the state of the race, and opportunities for supporters to get more involved and play a larger role with our campaign! These meetings will take place Monday at 6PM.

When: Monday, September 30
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Host: Alex Coopersmith

Location:
El Paso Field Office
10657 Vista Del Sol Drive, Suite G
El Paso, TX 79935

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Phone Bank for Beto
Monday, Sep 30 11:00am - 2:00pm
Sip! on the Square. 101 Wimberley Square C Wimberley TX 78676

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Phone Bank for Beto | Brownsville
Monday, Sep 30 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Home. 2682 Deer Trail Brownsville TX 78521

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Pizza, Beers and Texting for Beto
Monday, Sep 30 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Three30Five Clubhouse. 335 Doggett St. Charlotte NC 28203

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Beers for Beto
Monday, Sep 30 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cowgirl SeaHorse. 259 Front St New York NY 10038

Beto O'Rourke - El Paso Team Meeting

Come join the Beto for America staff for a Team Meeting! These meetings will be led by our organizing staff who will talk about the state of the race, and opportunities for supporters to get more involved and play a larger role with our campaign! These meetings will take place Monday at 6PM.

When: Monday, September 30
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Host: Alex Coopersmith

Location:
El Paso Field Office
10657 Vista Del Sol Drive, Suite G
El Paso, TX 79935

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Phone Bank for Beto
Monday, Sep 30 11:00am - 2:00pm
Sip! on the Square. 101 Wimberley Square C Wimberley TX 78676

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Phone Bank for Beto | Brownsville
Monday, Sep 30 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Home. 2682 Deer Trail Brownsville TX 78521

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Pizza, Beers and Texting for Beto
Monday, Sep 30 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Three30Five Clubhouse. 335 Doggett St. Charlotte NC 28203

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Beers for Beto
Monday, Sep 30 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cowgirl SeaHorse. 259 Front St New York NY 10038

Beto O'Rourke: We Now Know Trump Is Guilty "Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt"

In an interview Sunday morning with MSNBC's Joy Ann Reid, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke

JOY ANN REID, MSNBC: So you have called on Donald Trump to resign. Is this specifically in your view over the national security threat presented by what the whistle-blower revealed vis-a-vis his call to the president of Ukraine?

BETO O'ROURKE: This is about the national interest, about making sure that a country that has never been more divided is able to come back together again and to heal. It's about knowing the facts now beyond a shadow of a doubt.

We have the reconstructed transcript or call notes from the call between President Trump and President Zelinsky of Ukraine from July. We have the whistle-blower's accounts. We have the understanding that there are many around the president in the White House who are deeply concerned, concerned enough to try to hide the transcripts of the call. But also concerned enough to share that information with the whistle-blower.

Thinking about the precedent of President Nixon. And in 1974, Republican senators and those closest to him making the case that impeachment was a certainty. It was likely that he would be convicted in the Senate. And for his best interests and the interests of the country, the right thing for him to do was to step down. In hindsight, that was the best decision for America.

Looking forward, the best thing that we can do is for Donald Trump to step down. I don't expect him to make that decision of his own accord. That's why I think as a country, we need to call on those who are closest to him, who still have some faith in this country and want to do the right thing for America to help him to make that decision.

Read more: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/09/29/beto_orourke_trump_is_guilty_beyond_the_shadow_of_a_doubt.html

Beto O'Rourke: We Now Know Trump Is Guilty "Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt"

In an interview Sunday morning with MSNBC's Joy Ann Reid, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke

JOY ANN REID, MSNBC: So you have called on Donald Trump to resign. Is this specifically in your view over the national security threat presented by what the whistle-blower revealed vis-a-vis his call to the president of Ukraine?

BETO O'ROURKE: This is about the national interest, about making sure that a country that has never been more divided is able to come back together again and to heal. It's about knowing the facts now beyond a shadow of a doubt.

We have the reconstructed transcript or call notes from the call between President Trump and President Zelinsky of Ukraine from July. We have the whistle-blower's accounts. We have the understanding that there are many around the president in the White House who are deeply concerned, concerned enough to try to hide the transcripts of the call. But also concerned enough to share that information with the whistle-blower.

Thinking about the precedent of President Nixon. And in 1974, Republican senators and those closest to him making the case that impeachment was a certainty. It was likely that he would be convicted in the Senate. And for his best interests and the interests of the country, the right thing for him to do was to step down. In hindsight, that was the best decision for America.

Looking forward, the best thing that we can do is for Donald Trump to step down. I don't expect him to make that decision of his own accord. That's why I think as a country, we need to call on those who are closest to him, who still have some faith in this country and want to do the right thing for America to help him to make that decision.

Read more: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/09/29/beto_orourke_trump_is_guilty_beyond_the_shadow_of_a_doubt.html
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