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December 13, 2013

N.H. NEWS IN BRIEF

Shaheen wantsto limit spendingon oil portraits

CONCORD (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is proposing a limit on taxpayer spending for oil painting portraits of government officials.

Her bill, co-sponsored with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, would specify that taxpayer money can only be used for portraits of those in the line of succession for the presidency. And even in those cases, there would be a $20,000 limit.

Shaheen says when vital services and programs are facing cuts, taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill for lavish official portraits of agency heads, members of Congress and others that can cost more than some Americans make in a year. She cited news reports that show such portraits can cost upward of $50,000.

N.H. has firstfemale federal judge

CONCORD (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed the first woman to serve as a federal district judge in New Hampshire.

The Senate yesterday approved Landya McCafferty by a vote of 79-19.

McCafferty has served as U.S. magistrate judge for New Hampshire for three years, and has clerked for two judges at the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She also prosecuted professional misconduct cases at the state Supreme Court and worked as a public defender and a civil litigator.

New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte said she is exceptionally qualified and experienced.

“We look forward to her service as the first woman to hold this position in our state now that the Senate has cleared her historic nomination,” they said in a joint statement.

Shaheen called McCafferty an “innovator,” saying as magistrate, “she has become a nationally recognized expert and teacher on how to use technology to achieve a more efficient and paperless workflow in the federal court system.” For the past decade, she has lectured at continuing legal education seminars on ethics and other topics.

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