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CDC drug report concerns NH leaders

A Centers for Disease Control report has some top New Hampshire officials concerned that the state is becoming a haven for prescription drug abuse.

The report, released this week, ranks the Granite State third in the nation in the prescribing, per capita, of highly addictive painkillers that could be potentially abused.

Read the full article from the Eagle…


Added by LFDA Editor on July 4, 2014 at 2:06am — No Comments

State officials work on new rules for vanity plates

Following a recent state Supreme Court decision, the Department of Safety has been drafting new rules about what can and can't go on the plates.

The department has until July 21 to file the changes. Until then, the Department of Motor Vehicles has been in a holding pattern. It can't follow the old rules, which the court ruled were too vague.

Read the…


Added by LFDA Editor on July 2, 2014 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Public Banking in NH

By Valerie A. Fraser

What is public banking? Public banking is where public revenues from taxes, etc are deposited into a public bank (as opposed to the private banks we all use). The public bank can then use that money to provide credit to grow the economy. For more details go to or read the book "Web of Debt" by Ellen Brown. In NH the estimated debt servicing costs is an annual 120 MILLION. (VT pays 80M and California pays 80 BILLION! No wonder the banks are so rich…


Added by Valerie A. Fraser on July 2, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Do you know the lesser-known candidates?

By Anna Brown

You may recognize the names Andrew Hemingway and Frank Guinta, but what about Ian Freeman or…


Added by Anna Brown on July 2, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Implementation of state energy plan will depend on politics

New Hampshire officials are working on a new state energy strategy, which is supposed to be a roadmap to a new energy future, but politics may ultimately decide whether the strategy becomes reality.

The energy strategy opens with an “energy vision” that purportedly guides all of the recommendations in the document. In 2025, the vision says “many of the newest homes as well as commercial and public buildings produce as much energy as they consume.”…


Added by LFDA Editor on July 1, 2014 at 9:54pm — No Comments

disabled vets, lack of funding

By Deborah J Taylor

Yesterday heard a vet on news w/question I'd like to hear Obama answer w/o vagueness; he asked why disabled vets findings are being cut while that poor excuse that we call president is asking for more funding for people that are breaking our laws to get into the country and are not even citizens. America is a joke run by fools. If they (our gov't)  really believe that we as proud Americans will keep allowing them to tax us into poverty and allow our gov't to…


Added by Deborah J Taylor on July 1, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

NH state panel: GOP's Havenstein can run for governor

Walt Havenstein is a legal resident of New Hampshire and eligible to run for governor, despite working and receiving a residential tax break in Maryland, the state's Ballot Law Commission ruled Monday.

After a two-hour hearing Monday, the five-member panel voted 3-2 to uphold the paperwork the Republican filed to run for governor. One Democrat joined two Republicans in favor of Havenstein's application. Two Democrats were opposed.…


Added by LFDA Editor on June 30, 2014 at 10:53pm — No Comments

New Hampshire beaches get high marks for water quality

Three beaches in New Hampshire are getting high marks for clean water quality.

The beaches are Hampton Beach State Park, Wallis Sands Beach at Wallis Road, and Wallis Sands State Park beach.

Read the full article from NHPR and learn more from the LFDA's…


Added by LFDA Editor on June 29, 2014 at 9:57pm — No Comments

June 28: NH weighs Supreme Court ruling on new abortion buffer zone law

No sooner had Gov. Maggie Hassan released a statement praising a new law that creates a buffer zone around abortion clinics in the state, she released a statement saying she would have to weigh the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that invalidates such buffer zone laws.

The nation’s high court in a unanimous decision on Thursday ruled that a Massachusetts law mandating a buffer zone around abortion clinics was a violation of free speech.

“Women should be able to…


Added by LFDA's Week in Review on June 28, 2014 at 7:33am — No Comments

Taxes for disabled Veterans

By Daniel J Fredyma Sr.

Special post to the Governor. Hi Governor, it is an honor to address you. I would like to begin by saying that I think it is high time someone fought a little harder for veterans in NH. I know all the pat answers already like  each town gives their own vet discounts and disabled vets can get one free registration for a vehicle, or a free fishing license but what I'm after is complete relief of taxes for veterans who are rendered disabled and unable to work…


Added by Daniel J Fredyma Sr. on June 27, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

After Supreme Court decision, NH buffer zone law questioned

The constitutionality of a New Hampshire law allowing buffer zones around reproductive health facilities' entrances is being questioned after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a similar Massachusetts law.

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed the New Hampshire law earlier this month.

Read the full article from WMUR and learn more from the …


Added by LFDA Editor on June 26, 2014 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Should Sidewalks Be Silenced? (165 responses; 6/15/14)

By Rob Levey

At a time when digital technology is increasingly relied upon to disseminate messages of any kind, political groups have turned to sidewalk chalk drawings as a cheap and innovative way to communicate with the public. While critics call it graffiti, supporters argue it is a temporary and therefore harmless method of political expression. In Keene, an altercation over a sidewalk chalk drawing has left one man injured, which has led officials to consider…


Added by LFDA Editor on June 26, 2014 at 11:53am — No Comments

Gov. Hassan: Trade mission to Turkey building contacts

Gov. Maggie Hassan is calling New Hampshire's trade mission to Turkey productive and informative after several days of meetings.

Hassan told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that she has helped open doors for the state and representatives of the seven businesses that traveled to Turkey to develop potential trading partners and markets.

Read the full article from Seacoast…


Added by LFDA Editor on June 25, 2014 at 10:35pm — No Comments

Environmental group: governors' natural gas proposal too expensive, rushed

An Environmental Group says regional energy policy makers and the natural gas industry have too cozy a relationship. To prove their case the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released a series of documents obtained by right to know requests. Those indicated therein say the claim is overblown.

The release highlights a growing unease in the environmental community toward bringing new natural gas pipeline into New England.…


Added by LFDA Editor on June 24, 2014 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Spanish explosives distributor to lease Alexandria land to wind farm developer

The Spanish explosives distribution company that has agreed to lease pieces of its approximately five square miles of land to a Portuguese wind-energy developer had once discussed conservation of its lands with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

But Maxam, which has agreed to lease acreage in Alexandria, Groton and Hebron to EDP Renewables of Portugal for its proposed $140 million, 60-megwawatt, 15- to 25-turbine Spruce Ridge wind-power project, was not able to…


Added by LFDA Editor on June 23, 2014 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Mass tax law change dips deeper into NH businesses' pockets

A change in Massachusetts' tax law will mean some New Hampshire businesses will be required to pay an 8 percent corporate income tax to the Bay State on that portion of their business devoted to Massachusetts customers.

"Our concern is a lot of businesses don't know that," said Kathryn Michaelis, an attorney in the tax practice group at the Rath, Young and Pignatelli law firm in Concord.…


Added by LFDA Editor on June 22, 2014 at 11:33pm — No Comments

June 21: From the governor’s desk

Gov. Maggie Hassan was busy this week with her pen, signing legislation into law:

HB 1555 makes it a crime to exploit elderly, disabled or impaired individuals, punishable by up to 15 years in jail. “Fully including all Granite Staters in our communities means standing up for the most vulnerable among us. This common-sense, bipartisan legislation takes an important step toward confronting…


Added by LFDA's Week in Review on June 21, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Gov. Hassan signs bill named for boy killed by father

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a new law creating a domestic violence statute in a private ceremony Thursday with the mother of a 9-year-old boy who was killed by his father.

The bill was introduced following the killing of the boy, Joshua Savyon, who was shot to death last year as he spent time with his father at a Manchester YWCA. His father, who also killed himself, had said he was upset over custody arrangements and had threatened to kill his mother or himself and the…


Added by LFDA Editor on June 19, 2014 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Disabled Veterans

By Daniel J Fredyma Sr.

As a disabled veteran I am writing this in total sincerity, not for my own personal gain, but for the benefit of all disabled veterans who are deemed "unemployable" by the Veterans Affairs Hospital and doctors, and the VA itself. There are many states in America that already do a lot more for veterans than NH does. Now, don't go getting all riled up but try to listen for a minute before you judge. As I said, many states have measures in place to assist…


Added by Daniel J Fredyma Sr. on June 19, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Is Obama a drag on Shaheen re-election?

By Paul Briand

President Barack Obama’s popularity, like it or not, will have a bearing on the re-election efforts of Democratic incumbents in 2014, including New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Shaheen will and is trying to distance herself from Obama’s coattails by…


Added by Paul Briand on June 19, 2014 at 3:47pm — No Comments

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