Natalie Wells to Run for State Representative

Warner resident running in District 25

By Natalie Wells, candidate for State Rep
Natalie Wells to Run for State Representative

My name is Natalie Wells, and I am running for New Hampshire House of Representatives for District 25 (Andover, Danbury, Salisbury, Warner, and Webster). I have set down roots in Warner, raised two children, and now enjoy seeing my two grandchildren grow up. My working life has been a diverse mix, including medical assistant, banking, […]

Mary Anne Broshek to Run for State Representative

Democratic write-in candidate

By Mary Anne Broshek, candidate for State Rep

I have been a full-time resident of Andover since 1990, now living in the farm on Shaw Hill Road that my parents purchased in 1951. For most of my adult life I have voted for both Republicans and Democrats, since both parties worked in the past to truly represent all residents and made New Hampshire […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord, June 2016

By Mario Ratzki, NH Representative

What should have been an almost relaxing morning session on June 16 turned into an all-day slug fest, with the outcome never in doubt. HB 1000, which allocates $1.5 million to law enforcement officials to combat drug dealers, had been defeated in the previous session of June 1. The bill had come out of conference […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord, May 2016

Will not run for re-election in the fall

By Mario Ratzki, NH Representative

The New Hampshire House of Representatives had two sessions in May, on the 11th and the 19th. The House is in the process of going through Senate bills, while the Senate is dealing with House bills. This is called, accurately enough, Crossover. If there are any changes made by one or the other body, those changes […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord, April 2016

By Mario Ratzki, NH Representative

There was a strange cry of relief in the woods behind my barn the other night, and I guessed it came from a New Hampshire bobcat. After a marathon session in early April, the pace in the New Hampshire House slowed on March 23, when we voted on the last of the House bills before […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord, April 2016

500 bills in two-day marathon

By Mario Ratzki, NH Representative

If you want high drama, forget the movies! Come to the State House; it is free, and all are welcome. March 9 and 10 saw a marathon two-day session with representatives voting on approximately 500 bills from 9 AM to 9 PM. Speaker Jasper was so fast with his gavel that at one point, we had […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord, March 2016

By Mario Ratzki, NH Representative

The House session of February 10 dealt with early House bills, many of which had to be referred to a second committee. For example, HB 1696, the Medicaid expansion bill, passed the House on a 207-136 bipartisan vote but needs to go to Finance before coming back to the House for another vote. If passed […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord, February 2016

Electronic voting system fails during Citzens United vote

By Mario Ratzki, NH representative

On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to extend our condolences to the family of Don Gross. He will be missed. There was plenty of drama in our first two-day session of 2016 in the State House. Perhaps the most unusual moment came when the electronic voting system failed. It failed in […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord, December 2015

Concord votes to study opioid crisis

By Mario Ratzki, NH representative

The House voted 290 to 46 and the Senate unanimously, in favor of establishing a task force to come up with a plan to address our opioid crisis . The task force would report to the House, Senate and Governor by January 6 and file legislation by January 12. Governor Hassan would have preferred an […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord, November 2015

Supporting school building aid, a state bank, and broadband

By Mario Ratzki, NH representative

The Fiscal Committee voted to increase state retirees’ prescription costs by $5. This new rule, designed to save the state $2 million, was approved by a seven to three vote. This will affect all state retirees, including those over 65. Retirees under 65 may also see an increase in their health insurance premiums, from 12.5% […]

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