CONCORD, N. H. – New Hampshire is the last state in the Northeast to have a death penalty. But on Wednesday, a bill to abolish capital punishment in the Granite State moved one step closer.Read More
MANCHESTER, N.H. —
Will New Hampshire move forward with recreational cannabis?Read More
State Rep. Renny Cushing wants to add some more fire power to the endless fight by Granite Staters to safeguard New Hampshire’s cherished status as the home of the first primary in the race for the White House.
The longtime Democratic lawmaker from Hampton introduced a bill to create a permanent first-in-the-nation presidential primary commission.Read More
Top stories 2018 | No. 8: NH’s Right to Know Law tested
In response to a lawsuit from a group of public officials, Rockingham County Superior Court Judge N. William Delker ruled in September that the Coakley Landfill Group is a public body and must follow the Right to Know law.
A bill to legalize marijuana in New Hampshire in 2019 would raise $33 million a year and regulate cannabis in a way similar to alcohol in New Hampshire.
In a first preview of his bipartisan bill, State Representative Renny Cushing says it builds upon the work of a recent marijuana study commission. He provided NHPR a draft copy of the legislation, which has yet to be made public, for review.Read More
CONCORD, N.H. - The U.S. Department of Justice is now investigating a New Hampshire prison where people under state treatment for mental health illnesses are imprisoned with convicted criminals.
"We've been treating people with mental illness as though they're prisoners and not patients," said NH Rep. Renny Cushing.Read More
CONCORD — State officials say transporting patients to the secure psychiatric unit at the state prison does not violate constitutional rights despite what some lawmakers describe as the unjust criminalization of mental patients.Read More
Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, filed a legislative service request for a bill this session that would create a study commission on the feasibility of child care at the Statehouse. He said the commission could also look at other options for accommodating families.Read More
Beatrice Coulter and Wanda Duryea: Awaiting the truth about Secure Psychiatric Unit
By BEATRICE COULTER and WANDA DURYEA
For the Monitor Saturday, December 08, 2018
A recent article by InDepthNH.org has reported that the Secure Psychiatric Unit is the subject of an “ongoing law enforcement proceeding” by the federal government. This information came to light after a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Rep. Renny Cushing was denied. The U.S. Department of Justice stated in a letter that releasing any information “could reasonably be expected to interfere with law enforcement proceedings.”Read More
HAMPTON -- Lawmakers will push again for the red-tailed hawk to become the state raptor in hopes of vindicating a fourth-grade class that brought forth the same bill three years ago.Read More
State Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, told Hampton selectmen Monday of his intention to prioritize legislation restoring a 15 percent contribution from the state to retirement costs. The state once covered 35 percent of the cost, but lawmakers ended that funding seven years ago, leaving towns and cities to pay for the entire cost.Read More
Cushing, a prolific LSR producer, has re-submitted a proposal for death penalty repeal, a heartfelt and hardfought issue for Cushing, whose father’s murder 30 years ago turned him into a national advocate against the practice. Both chambers of the Legislature passed a repeal bill this year for the first time since 2000, but advancing it around Gov. Sununu’s veto pen will require a stronger majority in the state Senate this time around.Read More
PORTSMOUTH -- The Coakley Landfill Group has so far spent $63,629 on high-priced attorneys to fight a Right to Know lawsuit.
City Attorney Robert Sullivan, who also chairs the CLG’s executive committee, said all of that money was spent hiring lawyers from the firm of Rath, Young and Pignatelli to fight the lawsuit filed by a group of state lawmakers and former longtime Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine.Read More
1. Why are you running for state representative?
Since 1920, Hampton has been my family’s home, the place where I grew up, raised my children, and buried my father and grandparents. I care about our town and the people who live in it. We all want to live in a community and a state that works for all of us, not just the special interests. I’m a good listener, open to new ideas and working with others, and have the skills and principles to be both a fightRead More
“Our citizens’ legislature and our New Hampshire democracy are threatened by the money from powerful out-of-state special interests working to undermine our elections,” said Rep. Robert “Renny” Cushing (D-Hampton), also a member of the Working Group. “We need to act now to protect our right to govern ourselves, and not be governed by those who have the most money. The future of our democracy depends on us getting the dirty money out of our elections.”Read More
By Robert Renny Cushing
Back in the last century, when I was a boy growing up in Hampton, a number of things that were considered “social evils” were prohibited by state law and local ordinance.Read More
HAMPTON — State Rep. Renny Cushing wants to bar the state from sending civilly committed patients with no criminal record to the state’s Secured Psychiatric Unit on the grounds of the men's state prison in Concord and managed by the Department of Corrections.
Cushing, D-Hampton, filed legislation this month seeking to make the change.Read More
Despite years of criticism, New Hampshire has no place but prison for the dangerously mentally ill.Read More