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UNH survey center head sees big year for GOP

“It’s going to be a big year for Republicans.”



That’s the prediction of Andy Smith (picture at left), director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.



He made his comments to the Seacoast Board of Realtors…

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Added by LFDA Editor on October 3, 2014 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Few “Chicken Little” concerns over location of chicken processing plants (240 responses; 9/14/14)

By Rob Levey

Given Concord’s current consideration of an application from Fournier Foods to build a 5,000 square-foot chicken processing plant, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members if they would support one in their town.

While not unanimous, the response was decidedly affirmative, as 69 percent of respondents who directly answered the question expressed their support, while 18 percent said they would not. Out of all respondents, 23…

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Added by LFDA Editor on October 3, 2014 at 10:50am — No Comments

How much does a free lunch cost? (169 responses; 8/28/14)

By Rob Levey

Recently, Manchester’s school board rejected applying for the Community Eligibility Provision, a federal program that would have covered the cost of both breakfast and lunch for all students at five area elementary schools. Enacted by the Obama administration in 2010, the program enables schools that serve predominantly low-income children to offer free school meals to all students regardless of their families’ respective income. Supporters claim children…

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Added by LFDA Editor on October 3, 2014 at 10:46am — No Comments

No matter your age, the time must fit the crime (343 responses; 9/2/14)

By Rob Levey

There are few topics that engender as much heated discussion than what constitutes the appropriate punishment for serious crimes, especially murder. While some argue for the death penalty in such cases, others claim life without parole is not only adequate, but eminently more ethical. In cases that involve juveniles, however, the solution may seem less clear given research into the adolescent brain and impulse control, although opinions expressed by Live…

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Added by LFDA Editor on October 3, 2014 at 10:43am — No Comments

Hassan asks agencies to reduce budgets by $30M

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan asked state agencies on Thursday to reduce their budgets for this year by $30 million collectively after the surplus for the first year of the budget came in $7 million below target.

Her request excludes the largest state agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, which will work with her office to develop its own plan.…

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Added by LFDA Editor on October 2, 2014 at 9:50pm — No Comments

NH expanded Medicaid enrollment hits 18,500

More than a third of those eligible for coverage under New Hampshire's newly expanded Medicaid program have signed up since enrollment began three months ago, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

New Hampshire's previous Medicaid program covered low-income children, parents with non-disabled children under 18, pregnant women, older residents and people with disabilities.…

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Added by LFDA Editor on October 1, 2014 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Sen. Shaheen highlights women's issues at campaign event (videos)

By Paul Briand



U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., highlighted women's issues and how they distinguish her from Republican challenger Scott Brown during a re-election event Wednesday at the RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth.



She spoke specifically about access to health care and reproductive rights, as well as economic issues of interest to women that included the minimum wage, small business, and equal pay for equal work.



On those issues, she…

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Added by Paul Briand on October 1, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Gov. Hassan says state finished FY14 with $19.5M surplus

Governor Maggie Hassan says the state finished the last fiscal year with a $19.5 million surplus. It was the first year of the state’s two-year, $10.7 billion budget.

Hassan says meals and rooms and real estate transfer tax remained strong, though cautioned revenue shortfalls from business taxes and the interest and dividends tax have put a strain on the state’s budget.

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Added by LFDA Editor on September 30, 2014 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Mont Vernon Republicans Present Common Core 101 with Dr. Sandra Stotsky

By Wesley Sonner

The Mont Vernon Republican town committee is hosting Dr. Sandra Stotsky, presenting Common Core 101. We will be meeting at the Mont Vernon Village School on Tuesday, October 7th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  This event is non-partisan and open to everyone.  Please see the attached flyer for more information and feel free to print it out and pass it around. For questions feel free to email me: wesley@sonner.com. Thanks, and hope to see you…

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Added by Wesley Sonner on September 30, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

NH concealed carry gun application changed again

New Hampshire's Department of Public Safety has made changes to the state's concealed carry gun license application for the second time in two months, following complaints from gun rights groups over some of the questions.

Read the full article from Seacoast Online and learn more from the …

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Added by LFDA Editor on September 29, 2014 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Carrying a gun in New Hampshire

By Jim Lee

I believe if you are legally entitled to own a firearm then you should also have the concurrent right to carry that firearm. 

Here's a link to a well written article from a law professor about Second Amendment rights that likely attach to the right to own a gun. 

Added by Jim Lee on September 29, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Governor Hassan centers campaign on bipartisanship

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan saw many of her legislative priorities come to fruition during her first term in office, but none without support from the Republican-led state Senate.

Serving as governor after the divisive 2010-2011 legislative session, Hassan is now making bipartisan success a key piece of her re-election message as her Nov. 4 showdown with Republican businessman Walt Havenstein approaches.…

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Added by LFDA Editor on September 28, 2014 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Sept. 27: Candidates jostle as campaigns seek momentum

With the mid-term election still several weeks away, candidates sought this week to distinguish themselves and disparage each other in ads, press releases and face-to-face meetings.



Campaigns being watched most closely in New Hampshire are for governor, U.S. Senate, and the two U.S. House seats in the 1st and 2nd congressional districts.



In the campaign for governor between incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican challenger Walt Havenstein it was a war of words this…

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Added by LFDA's Week in Review on September 27, 2014 at 7:15am — No Comments

Replace strip searches with full body scanners

By Stephen Perry

Strip searches should be replaced with a far more humane practice of using full body scanners. Full body scanners can pick up any hidden objects including drugs that have been put in a bag and swallowed. They would be far more effective and would allow people to keep their dignity.

Added by Stephen Perry on September 27, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

Hassan, Havenstein attack each other in ads

The campaigns of Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republican challenger Walt Havenstein have launched attacks over the airwaves, and each side is challenging the ads' accuracy.

Havenstein continues to target the governor on economic issues. His campaign's ad challenges Hassan's claim that New Hampshire became the fastest-growing state in the nation for exports in 2013.…

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Added by LFDA Editor on September 25, 2014 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Immigration Reform

By Rich Magoon

Immigration Reform is like eating an elephant, its best leaving it alone. We have a system that appear to work, abet poorly. 

Added by rich magoon on September 25, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Lawmaker: Ban on tweeting ballots violates free speech

It's now illegal in New Hampshire to take a picture of a completed election ballot and post it on social media, but that didn't stop one state representative from doing it anyway.

Rep. Leon Rideout, R-Lancaster, said he knew it was illegal to tweet out a picture of his primary ballot two weeks ago. But he said the new law violates his free speech rights.…

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Added by LFDA Editor on September 24, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Hassan campaign attacks opponent's business record

A $12 million settlement is fodder for the latest attack by New Hampshire Democrats against Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein's leadership of a defense contracting company.

Science Applications International Corporation, where Havenstein was chief executive officer, faced a lawsuit in 2012 alleging the company defrauded the federal government by submitting false price estimates for a contract in New Mexico.…

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Added by LFDA Editor on September 23, 2014 at 10:02pm — 1 Comment

Hillary Clinton to attend event for NH state senator

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will raise campaign money for New Hampshire state Senator Lou D'Allesandro.

D'Allesandro represents Goffstown and parts of Manchester and is seeking his ninth term in the state Senate.

Clinton will attend a fundraiser on Sept. 30 hosted by former Massachusetts state Sen. Steve Baddour at his law firm in Washington, D.C., to benefit D'Allesandro.…

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Added by LFDA Editor on September 22, 2014 at 10:06pm — No Comments

NH law prohibits displaying votes on social media

Lawmakers this year made it a violation to take a photo of a marked ballot and display it on Facebook or other social media.

House Bill 366 added the social media provision to a statute that has been in place for more than a century prohibiting a voter from showing a completed ballot to anyone with the intention of showing how the person voted.

Read the full article from…

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Added by LFDA Editor on September 21, 2014 at 11:08pm — No Comments

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