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Jerry Brown Wins; Cuomo Trounces Paladino

Deval Patrick wins in Massachusetts

(Newser) - Democrat Andrew Cuomo coasted past tea party Republican Carl Paladino after an exceedingly nasty race to win election as governor of New York, the job his father, Mario, held in the 1980s and '90s. On the other coast, Californians gave Jerry Brown another crack at the job he held 28... More »

NH Legalizes Gay Marriage

Gov. Lynch expected to sign it today

(Newser) - New Hampshire became the sixth state to allow same-sex marriage when Gov. John Lynch signed legislation this afternoon shortly after it was approved by lawmakers, the AP reports. Legislators hammered out a new version clearly spelling out that churches and religious groups would not be forced to officiate at gay... More »

Gay Marriage Bill Stalls in NH

Negotiations expected as it goes back to committee

(Newser) - New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage bill is back in limbo, WMUR reports. In a surprise move, the state House rejected the measure because of an amendment proposed by the governor to protect clergy whose beliefs preclude them from marrying gays. The measure isn't dead, however. The House voted to try... More »

NH Gov Wants Tweaks to Gay Marriage Bill

Protection needed for religious opponents before he'll sign

(Newser) - The fate of New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage bill hinges upon giving protection to religious groups opposing the law, the Union Leader reports. Gov. John Lynch says he’ll sign the law if legislators include his suggested changes to clearly state that religious groups can’t be forced to violate... More »

NH Passes Gay Marriage Bill, Sends to Gov

He may let hot potato lie until it passes automatically Jan. 1

(Newser) - A bill to legalize gay marriage in New Hampshire has landed on Gov. John Lynch's desk and is likely to stay there for a while, the Edge reports. Lynch—besieged by messages from pro- and anti-gay marriage groups—has signaled that he personally opposes the bill. Many expect him to... More »

NH Moves Closer to Legal Gay Marriage

Bill passed by both houses effective Jan. 1 unless governor vetoes

(Newser) - New Hampshire took another step toward legalizing gay marriage today, when the state Senate passed a measure already approved by the House, the Dartmouth reports. The bill will become law automatically Jan. 1 unless Gov. John Lynch vetoes it—and though he has said he’s against same-sex nuptials, it’... More »

Gregg to Take Commerce Job

NH governor will name new GOP senator

(Newser) - New Hampshire GOP Sen. Judd Gregg is accepting the post of commerce secretary, reports CNN. The state's Democratic governor has agreed to name another Republican to replace Gregg in the Senate, leaving the balance of power unchanged. If that deal hadn't been struck, Gregg would have turned down the commerce... More »

GOP Says It Will Keep Gregg's Senate Seat

Sources say Lynch would appoint interim GOP member

(Newser) - Republicans say they have a deal in place to make sure that if Barack Obama picks Judd Gregg to head the Commerce Department, they won't lose that 41st seat they need to mount a filibuster. Officials expect New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch to pick his former chief of staff Bonnie... More »

NH to OK Civil Unions

Governor says he will sign bill to "prevent discrimination"; opposes gay marriage

(Newser) - With the stroke of a pen rather than a protracted legal battle, New Hampshire will become the fourth state to allow same-sex civil unions. Gov. John Lynch, who had not previously taken a position on the issue, said today that he will sign the legislation after the state senate votes... More »

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