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Dec 6, 2014 4:13 PM

Republican Party divided in wake of speaker's vote

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) - New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper faces a divide within the Republican Party as he begins organizing his leadership team and preparing for the legislative session.

Republicans and Democrats say Jasper's upset Wednesday over former House Speaker Bill O'Brien was largely due to a last-minute attempt by pro-O'Brien forces to make representatives attach their names to their votes. Jasper won with the support of Democrats and about a quarter of the Republicans.

Moving forward, a divided caucus could slow down House proceedings and make it difficult for Republicans to unite behind their legislative goals, potentially pulling legislation to the left to secure support from Democrats. The speaker controls House proceedings, works with the Senate president and governor to set Legislative priorities and serves as the public face of the body.


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