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Garry Rayno's State House Dome: NH to host New England governors, Eastern Canadian premiers in Mount Washington
The six governors and five premiers will gather Monday at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods to explore how technical innovations, investments and effective processes enhance economic opportunity for the region.
"I am pleased to welcome the New England Governors, the Eastern Canadian premiers and hundreds of guests to New Hampshire's North Country for a robust discussion on how we can continue to work together to strengthen the regional economy," Hassan said on Friday.
Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose said there is great value in bringing together these leaders from both sides of the international border.
Rose said that as the host of this year's conference, Hassan is highlighting collaboration on the growing regional economy by way of a plenary session Monday afternoon, Strengthening Partnerships for Regional Economic Development.
The governors' and premiers' meeting is not going unnoticed by activists who want to bring attention to the issues of the Northern Pass transmission project and tar sands oil and its environmental impacts.
"We in New England deserve better than Northern Pass, and most especially New Hampshire deserves better," wrote Susan Arnold, AMC Vice President for Conservation. "We will not trade away the majestic beauty of New Hampshire. We will insist on smart, modern, and well-planned energy projects that protect our invaluable natural and scenic resources, not compromise them."
Also, the Tar Sands Free Northeast Coalition will host a "No Tar Sands" People's Conference today. The group says the agenda of the governors and premiers ignores the tar sands issue that it maintains is a threat to the region.
A rally and press conference is scheduled for at noon across Route 302 from the hotel complex complete with music, speakers, banners and a model 40-foot pipeline.
House Bill 1224 requires state utility regulators to seek federal certification to take over pipeline inspections including the Portland to Montreal Pipeline which traverses the state's North Country.
Long-time New Hampshire and national political operative Michael Biundo of Manchester has been named chief strategist for Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's New England RANDPAC operation.
Biundo will also serve as a national senior advisor and coalitions director for the PAC.
Biundo co-founded the national political consulting firm, RightOn Strategies in 2013, with Derek Dufresne, who with Kory Wood, will also work with Paul.
As part of its half-century celebration the Lottery Commission will hold "Larry Pickett Night" July 25 at the Keene Swamp Bats baseball game. "Between 1952 and 1963, Rep. Pickett was determined to make sure legislation passed making New Hampshire the first state with a legal, state-run lottery," said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. "We are humbled to pay tribute to Rep. Pickett, while continuing the Lottery's 50 years celebration. We know that it was only with Representative Pickett's relentless efforts that we can say today, we invented lucky."
The first 200 attendees 18 years old and older will receive a free scratch ticket.
Former U.S. and state Sen. Gordon Humphrey is backing Jane Cormier, R-Hooksett, in the Republican primary for the State Senate District 16 seat now held by incumbent Sen. David Boutin, R-Hooksett.
He said she believes in the principles of the Founders and in keeping government thrifty and accountable to the people."
Boutin was targeted by the Republican Liberty Caucus, whose chairman, Aaron Day, promised primary races for every Republican who backed Medicaid expansion, which Boutin did.
Former gubernatorial and congressional candidate, businessman, and longtime state official John Stephen of Manchester is backing Walt Havenstein for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
The Executive Council begins a series of meeting outside the State House Wednesday the governor and councilors go on the road through their Oct. 1 meeting.
By Oct. 1, the council will have meet in each of the five council districts.
The trips used to be more widely spread out from May to October, but have been more compact in recent years.
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