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Open Democracy Minute: Keeping Granite State government by and for the people is produced by Brian Beihl and its heard on WNHN FM-LP 94.7 in Concord, N.H., and other stations.
October 25, 2021 - The Freedom to Vote Act debate is blocked by the filibuster; New post-mapping redistricting hearings scheduled
October 18, 2021 - The Freedom to Vote Act is scheduled for a vote next week; Final county redistricting hearings in Goffstown and Laconia
October 11, 2021 - The Freedom to Vote Act dealt short-sighted blow by the NH Municipal Association; Redistricting hearings in Keene, Claremont & North Conway
October 4, 2021 Delays in the Freedom to Vote Act in the U.S. Senate, NH Redistricting Hearings Tuesday & Thursday
September 27, 2021- 7 more redistricting hearings scheduled in NH Counties
September 20, 2021 NH Redistricting Public Hearings Begin - Strafford County this week
Sept. 13 - No podcast
September 6, 2021 - Since we can't count on fair maps from the NH legislature, the Map-a-Thon Citizen Mapping Project is drawing their own
Aug. 30, 2021 - Third meeting of the Special Committee on Redistricting struggles to be transparent
Aug. 23, 2021 - No schedule, no hearings, no criteria, no Zoom from the NH Special Committee on Redistricting
Aug. 16, 2021 - For the People Act vote put off until September 13; questions remain about modifying the filibuster
August 9, 2021 Manchin Amendment for the For the People Act vote likely this week
August 2, 2021 Gov. Sununu signs SB 89 anti-For the People Act bill, HB 263 raising contribution limits, vetoes HB 98 changing NH's state primary date
July 26, 2021 - Gov. Sununu must decide whether signing SB 89 is worth election chaos and abandoning fiscal responsibility
July 19, 2021 - Votes on filibuster rules & S.1 For the People Act expected by the end of July
July 12, 2021 - NH anti-student, anti-voter bills could pass in committee this fall; the S1 For the People Act is the backstop
July 5, 2021 - NH House Special Committee on Redistricting struggles to be transparent in 2021 mapping process
June 28, 2021 - Test vote of the S.1 For the People Act shows no Republican support; negotiations continue
June 21, 2021 - First vote of the For the People Act this week in the U.S. Senate
June 14, 2021 - Concur or Non-Concur? That is the question
June 7, 2021 - For better or for worse, all four democracy bills passed in the full NH House on June 3
May 31, 2021 - Full NH House considers SB 89 on June 3; Words from Granny D on Memorial Day
May 24, 2021 - Extremist anti-voter and campaign finance Bills headed to the NH House on June 3
May 17, 2021 - SB 89 amended with anti-HR1 bill to keep state from following federal rules before House Election Law
May 10, 2021 - Florida's new anti-voter bill made national news while NH's own voter suppression bill, HB 292 quietly gets considered in committee
May 3, 2021 - May 8th rally in Dover kicks off effort to pass the H.R. 4 John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act
April 26, 2021 - The NH Secretary of State's lobbying effort against the H.R. 1 / S. 1 For the People Act in Congress
April 19, 2021 - Big Money is spending big money in TV ads to stop The For the People Act. Why?
April 12, 2021 - Inaction by the NH House leaves 70 bills to die
April 5, 2021 - The NH House prepares for a three-day marathon session
March 29, 2021 - Voter suppression in Georgia . . .and right here in NH
March 22, 2021 - You may have seen an LTE or voted at town meeting on the NH Resolution for Fair Nonpartisan Redistricting. What's it about?
March 15, 2021 - Student testimony and lots of press attention got several anti voter bills retained in committee
March 8, 2021 - If you are a college student, pay attention! There are NH legislators who do not want you to vote
March 1, 2021 - NH becomes a voter suppression state as anti-voter bills for absentee voting, same-day registration, and students dominate
February 22, 2021 - With independent redistricting commission bills now killed, will the Special Committee on Redistricting be fair?
February 15, 2021 - NH House Election Law kills campaign finance reform and redistricting bills
February 8, 2021 - Senate Election Law kills ind. redistricting bill, but advocates take the NH Resolution for Fair Nonpartisan Redistricting directly to the people
February 1, 2021 - You've heard of Shark Week? Campaign Finance Week in NH House Election Law is a bit like that
January 25, 2021 - Anti-Voter Bills propose eliminating same-day registration, requiring copies of ID when returning absentee applications & ballots
January 18, 2021 - Voters under attack by the NH Legislature by proposing anti-student voting rules, provisional ballots and electoral college vote changes.
January 11, 2021 - Bogus information being used to justify new legislation around the country-- and in NH
January 4, 2021 - Drama with the Electoral College count - but it's about the 2022 and 24 elections, and weakens Democracy.
Dec. 28, 2020 - NH Citizens fighting gerrymandering with statewide resolutions in cities & towns
Dec. 21, 2020 - Redistricting of voting districts is about to begin; will the legislature allow gerrymandering to begin, too?
Dec. 14, 2020 - NH's electors cast their Electoral College votes this week in one of the last two steps to conclude the 2020 election
Dec. 7, 2020 - The NH Secretary of State's office has much work to do, despite a mostly trouble-free election
Nov. 30, 2020 - What legislation is needed to fix the problems that happened before the election?
Nov. 23, 2020 - Lawsuits questioning the election are being dismissed in PA & GA; recounts in NH
Nov. 16, 2020 - Claims of widespread voter fraud are, well, fraudulent
Nov. 9, 2020 - Presidential election smooth, with mostly "good" problems caused by high turnout
Nov. 2, 2020 - Ballots need time to be counted. Be patient, and be confident.
Oct. 26, 2020 - We've tried to educate you on safe voting. It's now up to YOU.
Oct. 19, 2020 - Federal Court rules against USPS changes, but you still need to mail your absentee ballot in ASAP
Oct. 12, 2020 - Top three mistakes to avoid when filling out and returning your absentee ballot.
Oct. 5, 2020 - Unfounded talk of mail ballots being fraudulent throws your friends and neighbors under the bus.
Sept. 28, 2020 - Questioning whether you should vote by absentee in NH? Your vote will count just like you did it in person.
Sept 21, 2020 - National Voter Registration Day and stats on the Sept. 8 NH State Primary
Sept 14, 2020 - Sept 8 primary has few lines, big problems -- but shows lack of poll worker training; veto overide votes Sept. 16
Sept 7, 2020 - Clerk's offices open from 3-5 on Labor Day; Labor's contribution to American Democracy
Aug 31, 2020 - Last push before the Sept 8 NH state primary, "instant absentee," and changes at the polls
Aug 24, 2020 - Strategies for returning your absentee ballot safely by mail or in-person
Aug 17, 2020 - Overcoming the manipulation of the Postal Service for voter suppression efforts
Aug 10, 2020 - FAQs on filling out and returning Absentee Ballots -- because many did not get instructions
Aug 3, 2020 - Absentee Ballots arriving for Sept. 8th primary -- with no COVID-19 Instructions for voting absentee
July 27, 2020 - New Absentee Ballot Application, but more confusion created by SOS & AG's office
July 20, 2020 - Governor Sununu signs HB 1266, helping voters requesting an absentee ballot; Democracy Town Hall Series Events for Feltes, Volinsky
July 13, 2020 - Seven weeks out from the state primary, still no plan from the SOS; Sununu vetoes one COVID-19 bill, signs another
July 6, 2020 - Changes to Absentee Ballot Application await Gov's signature; Activists take to Portsmouth to educate voters on absentee
June 29, 2020 - Senate approves COVID-10 Amendment, but strips postage; Independent Redistricting Commission moves forward
June 22, 2020 - Senate Committee hears COVID-19 absentee ballot amendment Thursday, June 25
June 15, 2020 - Is NH paying attention to election fiascos in Georgia, Nevada, Maryland and other states?
June 8, 2020 - The Select Committee on 2020 Emergency Election Support wraps up its recommendations
June 1, 2020 - COVID-19 voting bills coming as NH legislature plans sessions for June 9 and June 11
May 25, 2020 - You can stay safe & vote by absentee ballot this fall. Here's how.
May 18, 2020 - Gov. Sununu allows changing of party affiliation by mail to meet the June 2 deadline
May 11, 2020 - Clerks, Moderators & Supervisors of the Checklist paint a grim picture of readiness for fall 2020 voting
May 4, 2020 - Emergency Election Support committee forms to recommend Covid 19 voting protocols and expenditures
April 27, 2020 - News Flash: NH has been voting by mail for years - it's called an absentee ballot
April 20, 2020 - The NH SOS unofficially applies the "physical disability" rule to registering to vote, but issues no details, leaving voters guessing
April 13, 2020 - Attorney General and Secretary of State bend the "physical disability" rule to allow voting by absentee ballot for remainder of 2020
April 4, 2020 - Coronavirus caused postponing of NH towns' town meeting votes; Still awaiting guidance from NH SOS
March 30, 2020 - Coronavirus stimulates new discussion on No Excuse Absentee Ballot, plus Democracy in Action Conference April 4.
March 23, 2020 - NH Legislature on pause, Democracy in Action Conference April 4 for activists in regional teams or chapters
March 16, 2020 - Redistricting bill & other Democracy bills passed; but 121 legislators voted AGAINST fair voting districts.
March 9, 2020 - New independent redistricting bill HB 1665 amended to satisfy Republicans. Will it pass?
March 2, 2020 - Anniversary of Granny D Haddock's speech from the U.S. Capitol steps
February 24, 2020 - Turnout in local elections, particularly in NH's cities, is not good.
February 17, 2020 - Strong turnout in the 2020 NH Primary, but should we be doing an end-zone dance?
February 10, 2020 - Presidential candidates talk Democracy reform in Feb 7 debate - finally!
February 3, 2020 - The League of Women Voters NH has "What You Need to Know about Voting in New Hampshire"
January 27, 2020 - MLB's sign-stealing scandal is cheating. So are NH's Gerrymandered Voting Districts
January 20, 2020 Granny D Week events and Funeral for Democracy commemorates 10th Anniversary of Citizens United
January 13, 2020 Deval Patrick speaks at his Democracy Town Hall
Jan. 6, 2020 Upcoming votes on SB 304 & SB 8, and a Democracy Town Hall with Deval Patrick.
Dec. 30, 2019 Sen. Bernie Sanders points to ending Big Money politics as a key to fixing Democracy
Dec. 23, 2019 Democracy Town Halls Series events with Sen. Michael Bennet & Tom Steyer
Dec. 16, 2019 - Two Democracy Town Hall Series events with Sen. Michael Bennet and businessman & climate activist Tom Steyer
Dec. 9, 2019 - 2nd half NH campaign finance reports shows Dark Money LLCs exploiting the LLC loophole in governor's race.
Dec. 2, 2019 Pay-to-Play politics, part 2, NH rules on contractor donations are even more lax than the feds
Nov. 25, 2019 Pay-to-Play politics, part 1, how it works at the federal level
Nov. 18, 2019 Another showdown on an independent redistricting commission shaping up for 2020
Nov. 11, 2019 Lawrence Lessig's new book, new Regional Democracy Teams
The Voter-Owned Elections ActDoris "Granny D" Haddock Day
Gerrymandering in N.H.
How LLCs hide Dark Money
Limiting the influence of big-money donors in N.H.
How does ranked-choice voting work?
N.H. House provides two victories
Important votes for democracy this week
Legislature is for reform--if it's free
Redistricting, LLC loophole closure still alive in N.H. Senate
Three wins this week in the N.H. Senate
After crossover, it's back to work on democracy bills
At tax time, let's think about accountability--to voters
Play ball! Key votes this week in House committees
"We need to start thinking about democracy beyond elections"
Compromise may boost support of redistricting bill
Will GOP minority buy into redistricting compromise?
Redistricting bill goes to governor's desk; will he sign?
Legislature may weigh in on Citizens United
Several bills still in play as legislative session nears close
U.S. Supreme Court Kicks the Can to States on Gerrymandering
The Role of Bird Dogs in Democracy Reform and the NH Primary
Packing and Cracking Voting Districts
Governor Sununu Vetos Three Democracy Bills
20th Anniversary of Granny D's Walk
Veto of HB 706
HB 504 and the Call for a 28th Amendment
Governor Walker's Advice to Keep Gerrymandering to Gov. Sununu
20th for the 28th event and Upcoming Veto Override Votes
Attempt to Override Sununu Vetoes of Democracy Bills
Lack of Republican Votes Sinks Veto Override of HB 706 & Other Democracy Bills
Former FEC Chair Ann Ravel to Visit New Hampshire
Former FEC Chair discusses disfunction at the agency, what states can do to fix Democracy
Congressman John Delaney explains gerrymandering at Democracy Town Hall
Former Governor William Weld discusses solutions to Big Money campaign contributions
Marianne Williamson calls out "the corporate aristocracy" for hijacking our government