In the Union Leader

Here are some of the articles I have written for the New Hampshire Union Leader. I have been reporting for them from Washington since January.

Jokes fly in the Senate as Gregg zaps spending

By JILLIAN JORGENSEN
Special to the Union Leader

When it came time to introduce his latest amendment to the President’s proposed budget, Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., and his Senate colleagues couldn’t resist cracking a few jokes.

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A credit-crunch tale from New Hampshire

By JILLIAN JORGENSEN
Special to the Union Leader

Mark Lane knows how to run a small business. He has run Coed Sportswear Inc., an imprinted apparel company in Newfields that supplies T-shirts to retailers, for 19 years, starting it just after graduating from business school. In 1995, President Bill Clinton presented him with the national Small Business Administration’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the White House Rose Garden.

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In Washington D.C., perks abound

By JILLIAN JORGENSEN
Special to the Union Leader

Annual pay is almost $200,000.

Health benefits are among the best in the country.

Put your time in and you qualify for — better than a gold watch — a pension that will always be there.

Free air travel between home and the home office, plus parking privileges right next to the terminal.

Access to your employer’s health club. Convenient services nearby.

And after some time with “the company,” the Smithsonian will give you art from American masters to decorate your office in a national landmark.

Life is good, life is sweet when you’re in Congress.

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Senate version of bill takes on taxes, credit

By JILLIAN JORGENSEN
Special to the Union Leader

In an effort to turn around the nation’s struggling economy, the Senate passed its version of the $838 billion economic stimulus package yesterday, while Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner announced plans for a new financial bailout program to rescue troubled banking institutions.

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Sen. Shaheen waits for new qarters

By JILLIAN JORGENSEN
Special to the Union Leader

In the vestibule of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s temporary Senate office, things can get pretty crowded when visitors come to call. Recently as she walked through the door she ran into a group of constituents from New Hampshire awaiting a meeting with a legislative aide.

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Gregg praises Obama after stimulus talks

By JILLIAN JORGENSEN
Special to the Union Leader

Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., called yesterday’s Capitol Hill meeting between President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans a “substantive and free-flowing discussion,” praising Obama’s presentation on the proposed $825 billion economic stimulus package and saying he would not be “dogmatic” when it came to voting on the package.

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