It's Here!

The most comprehensive
free voter resource in the
US: the LFDA mobile app
 read more →

The NH Voter Guide mobile app is the most comprehensive, completely non-partisan, non-political voter resource that provides candidate profiles and key issue positions on every major candidate in the 2014 New Hampshire elections.

CLICK HERE to get the FREE mobile app!

Don't have a smart phone?  See all the detailed candidate profiles at LFDA Election Central.

Insurer announces NH network

 read more →

This week Maine Community Health Options announced ten insurance plans it will offer to New Hampshire residents on the health insurance exchange in 2015.  Their network will include all 26 of New Hampshire's hospitals.

In 2014 only one insurer, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, signed up to offer insurance on the exchange.  Anthem was criticized for offering a narrow network of providers. The network excluded 10 of the state's 26 hospitals, but allowed Anthem to offer lower premiums.

Next year Harvard Pilgrim, Minuteman Health, Assurant Health, and Maine Community Health Options will also offer plans on the New Hampshire health insurance exchange.  Like Maine Community Health Options, Minuteman Health has pledged to include every New Hampshire hospital in their network.

The five insurance companies have until November 15, 2014 to announce the plans they will offer in the 2015 exchange.

What do you think of the expanded insurance exchange?  CLICK HERE to post your thoughts on our site.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the implementation of New Hampshire's online health insurance exchange.

CLICK HERE to read coverage from NHPR.

NH launches prescription monitoring

 read more →

On Thursday Gov. Hassan announced the launch of the New Hampshire Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. 

The program allows doctors and pharmacists to record painkiller prescriptions in a database.  Other pharmacists and doctors can access that information to identify "doctor shoppers," patients who seek multiple prescriptions from multiple providers.

"The rising rates of opiate and heroin abuse represent one of the most pressing public health and safety challenges facing New Hampshire ... Our prescription drug monitoring program is an important tool that will ensure stronger oversight of controlled substance prescriptions," said Hassan.

For now, the program is funded by a $400,000 federal grant.  The New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy is exploring future funding options, including fee structures for medical providers and/or pharmaceutical manufacturers.

If Republicans regain control of the state legislature, they may resist any new fees to fund the program.  When the program passed in 2012 there was also some concern about the privacy of patients.

What do you think about the prescription monitoring program?  CLICK HERE to post your thoughts on our site.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the implementation of the prescription monitoring program.

CLICK HERE to read coverage from NHPR.

Join Our Community

Stand up for the LFDA mission!
 read more →

The nonpartisan, nonprofit Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) serves New Hampshire citizens by providing objective information about issues and candidates; promoting the civil exchange of opinions in a variety of forums, online and in person; and connecting citizens with their elected officials.

Show your support for our mission: join the LFDA community today! 

Membership is always free, and gives you posting privileges on our website.

Want to learn more about us first?  Visit our About Page to learn about our mission, our Issue pages to learn about hot topics in New Hampshire government, our Voter Resources section to learn about elected officials, or our Member Posts to see what fellow Granite Staters have to say.  And don't forget to like us on Facebook!

Unemployment, labor pool both shrink

 read more →

This week New Hampshire Employment Security announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 4.3%, compared to 5.2% in 2013.

However, over the past year the total labor force decreased by roughly 2,000.  That decrease could be due to older workers retiring, or due to discouraged workers dropping out of the job-hunt entirely.  New Hampshire also has less migration into the state than in previous decades.

Gubernatorial candidates Walt Havenstein (R) and Maggie Hassan (D) interpret these statistics very differently. 

On her campaign website, Hassan emphasizes that the unemployment rate "is at the lowest level since 2008" and "the sixth lowest in the nation."

Havenstein recently launched a TV advertisement titled "Not So Great," in which he says, "New Hampshire is falling behind with the worst economic growth in New England."

How do you interpret the September unemployment statistics?  CLICK HERE to post your thoughts on our site.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the issues associated with New Hampshire's growing population of retirees.

CLICK HERE to read coverage from the Nashua Telegraph.

Electricity rate spike: who's to blame?

 read more →

This winter customers of Liberty Utilities and Unitil will see their electricity rates increase roughly 50%.  The New Hampshire Electric Co-op is also increasing electricity rates, although less dramatically.  Public Service of New Hampshire has yet to file with the Public Utilities Commission for a rate change.

A shortage of natural gas pipeline is the reason for the rate increases.  In the winter, natural gas is used for heating homes and businesses, meaning less gas is available for electricity generation.

In 2014 Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) worked with the Governors of Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island to develop a plan for new natural gas pipeline.  That plan stalled out when Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick asked to consider alternatives.  He faced pressure from some environmental groups to develop other renewable energy sources instead.

New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn sees the issue differently.  She filed a Right to Know request last week seeking any government communications regarding the electricity rate increases.

"Granite State residents have the right to know whether you were aware of the forthcoming energy crisis, did nothing about it and deflected questions regarding it, or if you were simply asleep at the wheel on this issue," Horn wrote to the state.

Do you think Gov. Hassan did her due diligence to avoid the electricity rate increases?  CLICK HERE to post your thoughts on our site.

CLICK HERE to read coverage from the Concord Monitor.

Insurer announces NH network

NH launches prescription monitoring

Join Our Community

Unemployment, labor pool both shrink

Electricity rate spike: who's to blame?

Political Tracker
 
Shaheen: 'Don't import candidate that outsources jobs'

Union Leader — 10/19/2014

During a Jeanne Shaheen Rally at the AFL-CIO hall here, the Democratic senator cautioned union members to not import a candidate who will outsource jobs.
Read More... 

 
Progressive group lists 39 Free Staters on the ballot for the NH House

Concord Monitor - 10/19/2014

Almost 40 members of the Free State Project are running for seats in New Hampshire’s Legislature this year.

Read More...


 
Update on NH economy three-quarters of way through 2014
View More Videos....
Issue Tracker
The Affordable Care Act and NH  
The Affordable Care Act and NH 

A specific provision of the Affordable Care Act that looks to improve the repeated admittance of Medicare patients by penalizing hospitals based on their readmission rates will go into effect next year and will affect nine hospitals in New Hampshire.
Learn More About the Issue...

Minimum Wage  
Minimum Wage 

Rep. Annie Kuster visited Peter's Images Unlimited Salon & Day Spa this month to praise the company's raising its minimum wage to $10 per hour and to vow her support in raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour if she is re-elected.
Learn More About the Issue...

Water Sustainability in NH  
Water Sustainability in NH 

Including officials from New Hampshire, representatives from the six New England states as well as 10 Native American tribes, 10 federal agencies, and a fisheries regulator gathered this month with state citizens to discuss how to use nearby federal waters.
Learn More About the Issue...

In The NH News

Join the Discussion on Facebook
Cheryl Heymans
I read once that if every church in the nation actually paid taxes, our country would not have a deficit. So many churches yet how much charity do they all actually do? And is it fair that many ministers and such live in million dollar homes? They should all pay taxes. If they can show proof of actual charity, then give them a tax credit on the charity. This sanctuary in Keene should pay taxes.
Nancy Spencer Carlson
Personally, I don't think churches should be tax exempt. But if they are, then any organization that wants to call itself a church should be. Of course, if they get 'political' they should also be harassed as are the Christian churches. You cannot take away the rights of someone who disagrees with you without jeprodizing your own rights. I say grant them the exeption, but also require of them the prohibition against political activism.
View all comments on this post

Follow Us on Twitter