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.   

is racism a problem in NH?

Is racism a widespread problem in NH?

Sep 15, 2017

A series of racial incidents over the past year have some advocates calling for more policies and programs to fight racism in New Hampshire.

A series of racial incidents

This September the Oyster River Cooperative School District announced an investigation into racist comments...Read more

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Durham may rename Columbus Day in honor of Native Americans, explorers

Sep 14, 2017

On Monday, September 18 the Durham Town Council will vote on a proposal to establish "The Age of Exploration and Indigenous Peoples' Day" on the second Monday in October. The goal is to replace Columbus Day, which is a federal holiday.

Supporters of the proposal argue that renaming the...Read more

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Medicare For All

Shaheen sponsors universal health care bill

Sep 14, 2017

Senator Jeanne Shaheen is a co-sponsor of a bill to enroll all U.S. citizens in Medicare, ending private health insurance.

The bill is sponsored by Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Shaheen released the following...Read more



Do you support NH efforts to create more roundabouts?

Sep 13, 2017

The N.H. Department of Transportation (NHDOT) is making an effort to build roundabouts at certain intersections across the state. Click here to learn more

There is a...Read more


low unemployment

NH unemployment falls in August

Sep 13, 2017

On Tuesday, September 12 the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security released unemployment figures for August.  The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.7%, a decrease over last month and last year.

The national adjusted unemployment rate for August was 4.4%.

At...Read more

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age discrimination

Stronger protections against reverse age discrimination?

Sep 12, 2017

With fewer babies being born since the 1980s and people living longer, the older generation represents a large pool of potential employees in the United States. In fact, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have the top three oldest populations in the country.

While lawmakers are considering...Read more

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2018 bills

Legislators start filing 2018 bills

Sep 12, 2017

Last week New Hampshire legislators started filing requests for 2018 bills.  Here are some of the highlights so far.

Medicaid Expansion

One of the first bill requests would continue New Hampshire's expanded Medicaid program...Read more

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private prisons

Should NH privatize the state prison system?

Sep 11, 2017

Several times this year, New Hampshire’s state prison system has made headlines— most recently, with the resignation of Corrections Commissioner William Wrenn in late August. The Department of Corrections is in the midst of a staffing crisis, which will likely delay the opening of the new women’...Read more



Court strikes down anti-panhandling law

Sep 11, 2017

A federal court struck down Manchester's anti-panhandling ordinance last week.

The facts of the case

The 2015 ordinance forbid anyone from exchanging an item with someone in a motor vehicle.

Manchester passed the ordinance after citizen complaints about aggressive...Read more

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child day care

Stricter requirements for daycare staff?

Sep 10, 2017

Late last month, at the behest of Gov. Chris Sununu, the Child Care Licensing Unit at the NH Dept. of Health and Human Services postponed a presentation of new child care regulations. The Governor’s Office says it wants to further review and vet the agency’s proposal. This delay comes in...Read more

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obesity and healthy lifestyles

NH has 11th lowest obesity rate in U.S.

Sep 09, 2017

According to a new report, New Hampshire has the 11th lowest obesity rate in the United States. 

The report was prepared by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

West...Read more

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out-of-state voter ID and voter fraud

Does new data suggest voter fraud?

Sep 08, 2017

In response to a request from House Speaker Shawn Jasper, the Department of State and Department of Safety compiled data on how many people voted with an out-of-state driver's license in the last election.  Now policymakers are debating whether this report is evidence of voter fraud.

The...Read more

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