LFDA Highlights

Every day, Highlight stories, written by our editors, dig into the facts behind key New Hampshire policy issues. We try to present both sides of the story,  in an effort to give a balanced and insightful look at the facts. Read on to get informed.   

Libertarian lawsuit moves forward

Jan 02, 2015

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of the Libertarian Party, is suing New Hampshire over new regulations to get on the ballot.  This week a judge denied Secretary of State Bill Gardner's request to dismiss the case.

Third-party candidates have to collect signatures to get...Read more

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Most popular in 2014: Review the year in issues

Dec 31, 2014

In 2014 these LFDA issue pages had the most visits from New Hampshire:

1. Property Taxes
High property taxes are a constant struggle for New Hampshire homeowners.  Rep. Paul Henle (D-Concord) has requested a 2015 bill to establish an income tax as an alternate broad...Read more

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Vermont Yankee closes

Dec 30, 2014

Vermont Yankee nuclear power station powered down for the last time this week.  The closure will impact the regional economy and New England's energy supply.

Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont will lose roughly 1,100 jobs and $480 million in annual economic activity over the next...Read more

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Hydropower outage risky for NH?

Dec 29, 2014

According to Northern Pass opponents, a Canadian power outage in early December suggests that Canadian hydropower is a risky source for electricity in New England.

The proposed Northern Pass transmission line project would carry Canadian hydropower from Hydro-Quebec through New Hampshire...Read more

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Fishery Management Plan In The Works

Dec 27, 2014

The public comment period for a new management plan for federal fishing waters, including some off the coast of New Hampshire, closes in early January, leading to a final push on the part of fisherman and conservationists to have their say. The New England Fishery Management Council has spent...Read more

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Eliminate Medicaid funding for circumcisions?

Jan 15, 2015

Rep. Keith Murphy of Bedford has proposed a bill that would disallow Medicaid payment for circumcisions, NHPR reported on December 26. If passed, the bill would add New Hampshire to a list of eighteen states who currently do not offer Medicaid reimbursement for the procedure, including Maine,...Read more

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FairPoint negotiations continue

Dec 24, 2014

On December 23, the New Hampshire Executive Council opted to delay a vote on a $13 million state contract after concerns were raised about the reliability of services provided by one of the bidders, FairPoint Communications.

Over 1,700 FairPoint workers from two unions – the International...Read more

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Bear baiting on the rise

Dec 23, 2014

As the 2014 bear season came to a close, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department announced that hunters had accounted for a total of 784 animals this year, a 20% rise over the average for the past five years.

The take was in line with Fish and Game's population management goals, and...Read more

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Lyme disease on the rise?

Dec 22, 2014

Lyme disease incidence rates remained high throughout New England, according to an Associated Press article on December 20. Maine health officials reported they looked likely to exceed their 2013 record of 1,384 cases. In New Hampshire, officials said that total Lyme totals would be comparable...Read more

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Firearms allowed in the House?

Dec 20, 2014

On Thursday a House of Representatives committee voted to allow concealed firearms in the New Hampshire House chamber.

The full House will vote on the rule change January 7.

"When you have a gun free zone it’s a false sense of security. It really is, you know some people might feel...Read more

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More options for online education?

Dec 18, 2014

This week, New Hampshire became the first state in New England to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which makes it easier than ever for students to take online courses at institutions in other states.

Under SARA, schools accredited in their own state will not need...Read more

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O'Brien Rebels

Dec 17, 2014

On Tuesday, December 17, supporters of former House Speaker Bill O'Brien held a closed door meeting at which they decided to push for a change to House rules that would require the Speaker to name the elected leader of the Republican caucus to the majority leader position.

O'Brien...Read more

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