Jan 8, 2015 6:12 PM
By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
``To those who say we can't come together to do these things and more, I say to them; you don't know the Granite State,'' Governor Maggie Hassan said.
After taking the oath for a second term, Governor Hassan said cooperation, bipartisanship and common-sense problem solving will keep New Hampshire moving forward.
``We know better than to think that any one political party has all the answers,'' Hassan continued.
Hassan laid down her markers for 2015 and on some she'll clearly get Republican push back. They've never supported expanding commuter rail, reject raising the minimum wage and some want to deep-six her Medicaid expansion.
``On the two things she wants the most. Commuter Rail. Where is the money going to come for that? And we haven't raised the minimum wage, Kevin, because frankly it's a jobs killer,'' said Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro.
Ex-House Speaker Gene Chandler says it's inevitable the desire of Democrats to have Hassan try and take out Senator Kelly Ayotte in 2016 will color some of the rough and tumble here.
``Whenever Republicans raise a question then it's going to be looked at through the possible Senate race. It's just the reality of the political business we are in,'' Chandler said.
But former House Democratic Whip Dan Eaton said Hassan is a savvy pol who can keep the State House locked in on her agenda.
``This isn't going to be an obstacle at all because she is very skilled politician who knows the Senate President and the House Speaker and can work with them,'' said Eaton, a Stoddard legislator.
Hassan urged the political class to resist the temptation to make this a zero sum game.
``Let us be clear; the challenges before us are great,'' Hassan summed up. ``But as we embark on the next chapter, we must not be deterred, and we must not allow politics to stand in the way of our progress.''
FROM THE STATE HOUSE THIS IS KEVIN LANDRIGAN, NH1 NEWS.
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