Bar News - November 16, 2012
Election Roundup: Hassan Elected; Amendment Fails
Voters in the general
election easily thwarted a bid by Republican lawmakers to increase the Legislature’s power
over court rules and elected Exeter attorney Maggie Hassan to the top job in the State
Maggie Hassan, an Exeter lawyer, who takes office as NH’s next governor in
January, is promising to take a collaborative, problem-solving approach to the corner
The election also saw three new NH county attorneys elected.
Hassan, a former NH Senate Majority Leader who lost her seat two years
ago, returns to Concord as governor in January, succeeding four-term Gov. John Lynch. She
defeated Manchester lawyer Ovide Lamontagne.
Hassan, a Democrat, will benefit from a
NH House and Executive Council that have flipped from Republican to Democratic majorities.
The makeup of the State Senate remained unresolved as of press time; Democrat Lee Nyquist,
a Manchester attorney, filed for a recount in District 9, where 210 votes were all that
separated him from a victory by Republican Andy Sanborn. Were the count left unchanged, the
Senate would be split 13-11. If Nyquist were to prevail in a recount, the split would be
All three ballot questions,
including Question 2, fell short of obtaining the required two-thirds majority vote at the
polls Nov. 6. Question 2, which would have amended the Constitution to give the Legislature
final say on court rules, failed 49 to 51 percent.
The Bar Association participated
in efforts to defeat Question 2. Bar leaders and members made speeches and wrote articles,
and the Bar distributed lawn signs that were financed by an independent political
committee, Keep Politics Out of the Courts.
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which purchased lawn signs and some paid advertising to oppose Question 2, send a check
Keep Politics Out of the Courts Committee
John D. MacIntosh, Treasurer
24 Montgomery St.
Concord, NH 03301
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