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.   

Measuring NH's recovery

Aug 21, 2015

According to a recent analysis from the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, New Hampshire is recovering from the recession slower than Massachusetts. However,...Read more

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Support for 30-days voting bill

Aug 20, 2015

According to a recent Granite State Poll, 57% of Granite Staters support a bill, SB 179, that requires voters to live in the state at least 30 days before voting....Read more

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New route for Northern Pass

Aug 19, 2015

The Northern Pass transmission line project has announced a new route that buries 52 miles of lines in the North Country.

The route also shortens some towers by decreasing the total amount of electricity from 1,200 megawatts to 1,000 megawatts.

According to the Northern Pass...Read more

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Meeting on public-private commuter rail

Aug 18, 2015

On Tuesday, August 18 a legislative committee will meet to study public-private partnerships for funding a New Hampshire commuter rail.

The committee was formed after the legislature declined to fund the next phase of studies for a commuter rail connecting southern New Hampshire to...Read more

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Hearings on med marijuana locations

Aug 17, 2015

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has scheduled public forums in August to discuss four possible medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation sites.

The forums will take place in Plymouth (August 17), Peterborough (August 18), Lebanon (August 19), and...Read more

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New rules for insurance networks

Aug 14, 2015

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is in the process of changing its rules for health insurance networks.

The Department faced criticism after approving a "narrow network" for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the only insurer to offer plans on the Affordable Care Act health insurance...Read more

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Debate over rehab facility licenses

Aug 14, 2015

On Wednesday, August 12 Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) announced a working group to review and revise the licensing process for residential substance abuse treatment centers.

In 2011 the state updated its licensing requirements for residential treatment centers. That update roughly coincided with...Read more

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Federal judge: ballot selfies legal

Aug 13, 2015

On August 11 a federal judge ruled that New Hampshire voters have a right to post images of their ballots on social media.

The case focused on a 2014 New Hampshire...Read more

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Can Google change your vote?

Aug 12, 2015

According to a recent study, the ranking of search engine results influences undecided voters.

Researchers asked a group of undecided voters to rate the likelihood of voting for one candidate...Read more

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Sen. Nancy Stiles: Let towns ban females going topless

Aug 11, 2015

The Free the Nipple movement has been stirring up controversy on Hampton Beach. Supporters argue that women have the right to go topless in public, framing the issue as one of equal rights that will help desexualize the female breast and facilitate breastfeeding. 

Sen. Nancy Stiles (R-...Read more

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Trump stands out in a NH forum he chose not to attend

Aug 03, 2015

The real challenge for 14 Republican candidates for president in this evening’s Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester was how to break from the crowd.

No one at the forum succeeded.

In fact, by virtue of the fact that Donald Trump refused to attend the forum did he manage...Read more

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Medical marijuana dispensary locations proposed

Aug 11, 2015

The locations of two of the state’s four medical marijuana treatment centers were proposed earlier this month in Plymouth and at a business park in Lebanon. 

The proposals must now meet with approval from local zoning boards. 

The state passed legislation legalizing medical...Read more

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