Critics: New Hampshire primary commission is unnecessary
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An effort to promote and protect New Hampshire’s cherished first-in-the-nation presidential primary faced some unexpected opposition Wednesday.

A bill to create a commission to “celebrate and safeguard” New Hampshire’s tradition passed the state’s House in February, but one of its sponsors told a Senate committee that he now opposes the legislation.

Rep. Al Baldasaro, R-Londonderry, said it could lead to micromanaging the secretary of state, who has the sole authority to set the primary date. One of the commission’s duties would be to consider and advise the secretary of state “as it deems appropriate.”

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