New Hampshire's Virtual Town Hall
In an effort to close a budget shortfall in Concord, Gov. Maggie Hassan is recommending a pair of proposals for lawmakers to consider.
One is an amnesty program to allow residents who owe back taxes to get caught up by July with reduced interest and penalties. Another would reduce funding to the legislative and judicial branches of government.Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on January 6, 2015 at 9:33pm — No Comments
By terry shepro
Republicans need a change from business as usual. Our party is Liberal Light.
Another Bush would not make the changes we need in this country. We will end up being a once great country if continue to do the things we are doing now.
We need less government, less spending, less government welfare to big business, foreign countries and all government programs.
Added by terry shepro on January 6, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
Governor Hassan will be inaugurated for her second term Thursday.
With GOP majorities everywhere - the House, the Senate and the Council - the bi-partisanship Governor Hassan likes to talk about will be more necessary than ever to get things done and there are some indications that common ground may not be a given this year, particularly on fiscal matters, says NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers, who joined Morning Edition host Rick Ganley for On The Political…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on January 5, 2015 at 9:56pm — No Comments
By Rob Levey
Although its specifics are not yet public, the New Hampshire General Court reports Sen. Nancy Stiles (R) has requested a 2015 bill that would require instruction in cursive writing and memorization of multiplication tables in all schools. In asking Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) Facebook members their opinion, an overwhelming majority of those who answered the question—90 percent—expressed support for such a requirement, while 10 percent disagreed.…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on January 5, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
By Louis Genevie
Bush-Obama policies in Iraq are now coming to fruition with the military involvement of Iran in the country. Bush de-stabilized Iraq, creating the conditions for a Shi'ite Islamist Iraqi government and for IS to develop. Then Obama left Iraq essentially defenseless and failed to act quickly and decisively against IS, instead insisting that Shi'ite and Sunni Islamists in that country get along with one another before we help them. These were all very poor…Continue
Added by Louis Genevie on January 5, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments
Casino gambling nearly gained enough momentum to pass the House during Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan's first term, and its supporters are optimistic heading into the new session.
But competing priorities over how to spend the money could once again make it difficult to muster enough support to pass the 400-member House. The House has never passed casino gambling, but Hassan's aggressive support for a casino — a break from her predecessor — marked an upswing for the chances of…
Added by LFDA Editor on January 4, 2015 at 9:36pm — No Comments
By Brian Dunn
I read a posting here on Live Free or Die Alliance about Libertarians in a law suit with the state of New Hampshire about getting a 3rd party candidate on the ballot. Last May I received the endorsement of the Libertarian Party to run for Congress. All at the time I was working full time, had just been accepted to the Peace Corps and could not commit to any sort of legitimate run at election so late into the year. This law suit aims to allow a third party…Continue
Added by Brian Dunn on January 4, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments
The start of the new year triggered the start of a few new laws in the Granite State.
As of Jan. 1, domestic violence is its own crime. The so-called Joshua’s Law was named in the memory of Joshua Savyon, the 9-year-old who was shot and killed by his father during a court-supervised visit at the Manchester YWCA in 2013.
Previously, the state didn’t have a domestic violence classification for violent crimes involving a domestic relationship, and offenders were commonly…
Added by LFDA's Week in Review on January 3, 2015 at 6:44am — No Comments
A lawsuit pitting the Libertarian Party against the State of New Hampshire passed a crucial test this week.
The lawsuit seeks to overturn a law passed in 2014 that gives third party candidates less time to collect the necessary signatures to run for Senate or Governor.
Added by LFDA Editor on January 1, 2015 at 10:34pm — No Comments
By Peggy Johnson
I know that hilary will make the right choices good ones and she will do better things then Obama Did i also think she is or will be a loyal president!There are many famous man speeches but what about a Best woman speech Hilary clinton can make that.Im guessing you men think that women cant do anything but im sure hilary clinton can!First of all on my behalf of all of the women that dreams like hilary you just have to put your mind to it.Hillary Vote For…Continue
Added by Peggy Johnson on January 1, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments
New Hampshire House leaders are determining the fate of a Republican state representative who was convicted in 2012 of a felony for recklessly firing a gun.
Rep. Max Abramson of Seabrook was elected in November to his first term.
Added by LFDA Editor on December 30, 2014 at 11:04pm — No Comments
By Jacquelyn Benson
Some hail it as an eco-friendly solution to today's energy woes. Others call it an inefficient scam pulled over on taxpayers. Either way, wind power continues to be a hotly debated issue in the Granite State, as evidenced by the responses to a recent question put to Facebook members by the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA). The post asked members to weigh in on whether they supported developer Aeolian Renewables' intention to resubmit a modified…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on December 30, 2014 at 11:15am — No Comments
By Jacquelyn Benson
As winter chills set in, energy costs remain an area of concern for many Granite State residents. But would a proposed natural gas pipeline provide relief from rising bills, or exact a cost on New Hampshire's environmental resources? On December 8, Kinder Morgan announced it had moved the preferred route for a proposed pipeline to pass through roughly 80 miles of seventeen New Hampshire towns before returning to Massachusetts. In the wake of the…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on December 30, 2014 at 11:11am — No Comments
In the upcoming legislative session state lawmakers will be asked to add a charge to pre-paid cellphone contracts to help pay for nine-one-one service.
Landlines, Voice Over IP and standard cell phone contracts already carry a 57 cent surcharge that pays for 9-1-1, but pre-paid cellphones, which are increasingly popular, don’t.
Added by LFDA Editor on December 29, 2014 at 10:41pm — No Comments
By Jacquelyn Benson
As winter flurries began to fall, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members to weigh in on a pressing issue for New Hampshire drivers: should state and municipal public works departments be urged to use less salt on icy roads? With strong arguments on both sides of the issue, respondents fell into a near even split, but voiced overall agreement that individuals should slow down and show respect for the dangers of driving in snowy…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on December 29, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is distributing $1 million in grants to protect wetlands.
The grants for 10 projects come from the department's Aquatic Resource Mitigation Program.
Projects must be approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Hampshire Wetlands Council.Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on December 29, 2014 at 12:41am — No Comments
A relatively quiet week that included the celebration of Hanukkah and Christmas preceded the arrival of 2015, a new year of new political, social and cultural challenges for the Granite State.
There was a lot of looking back on 2014 by local media as we prepared to welcome 2015.
We learned, for example, that 2014 was on its way to becoming a record year for Lyme disease in the northern New England states that include New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.
Added by LFDA's Week in Review on December 27, 2014 at 7:17am — No Comments
By David Wood
Follow history. Verizon left NH because it was not user friendly to business. NH Service Representatives were the first NE Business Office workers to join a union even though at the time it was one of the most generous employers in the US. With technology, VZ moved that operation to other States.
Fairpoint offers very competitive wages and benefits to its employees. Don't get politics involved where it doesn't belong.
Let us attract good businesses to…
Added by David Wood on December 26, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
When it comes to the economy in this part of New England, ignore the state borders, says Linda Dunlavey. She’s head of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments based in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Added by LFDA Editor on December 25, 2014 at 11:50pm — No Comments
New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper continues to add to his leadership team.
On Tuesday, Jasper named Republican Steve Schmidt of Wolfeboro as Deputy Majority Leader.
Added by LFDA Editor on December 23, 2014 at 10:25pm — No Comments