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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the free market Club for Growth winter economic conference at the Breakers Hotel Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Palm Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

they said it: 2016 contenders state positions on Indiana law

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican and possible 2016 presidential candidate, recently signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say could pave the way for businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples. The law prohibits “a governmental entity from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion.” Pence and state legislators have since stated they would amend …

Quiz: How well do you know our state symbols?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

There’s been a lot of talk recently about New Hampshire state symbols and whether we have reached a saturation point. Perhaps this is a good time for all of us to test our knowledge of the state symbols, emblems and icons that are already on the books. So sharpen those pencils and get ready to call upon some of the memorization you did …

My Turn: ‘No’ to Medicaid expansion would hurt state’s elderly

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Medicaid expansion doesn’t benefit only the 35,000 New Hampshire residents who previously didn’t have access to health insurance, it’s also keeping elder care costs down and helping businesses in the state comply with the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. And, until 2020, it’s 100 percent paid for by the federal government through the tax dollars that New Hampshire residents already pay into Medicaid. …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Scouting the field: A spring mashup of baseball and politics

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring is a time to evaluate baseball players. In early primary states, it’s also a time to assess the field of potential presidential candidates. So why not mash the two together? With that, here’s the Forum’s scouting reports on some of the possible players in the 2016 race. …

My Turn: Why let D.C. hold on to New Hampshire’s money?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Hampshire has historically seen a significantly smaller amount of your federal tax dollars returned in the form of services than we send to Washington, D.C. The right-wing Tax Foundation has conducted the most comprehensive and rigorous research in this field and found that this state has consistently …

Don’t Tell the Joneses, Part One: Meet Al and Betty, an all-American couple just trying to make ends meet

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I hadn’t kept up with the Joneses for a while so I checked in on them. I am happy to report they are doing pretty well, even if stretched a bit. Apparently, many of you also lost track of them, so they wanted me to share their current …

My Turn: Privatize detention centers? Bad idea

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The budget proposal adopted by the House Finance Committee calls for big cuts in the budget of the Sununu Youth Services Center, the state’s residential detention center for juvenile offenders. It also mandates “the option for the Department to enter into contracts to operate the facility.” The outsourcing …

My Turn: Lawmakers must remember their purpose

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

When lawmakers insulted and confused visiting fourth-graders at the State House this month, it was a painful and infuriating moment for many of us. First, as a father, my blood boiled. Then, as an elected official, I was mortified. But the feeling that took a few days to …

My Turn: When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called 50 years ago, I answered

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In mid-March 50 years ago, I received a telegram from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference inviting me, a young pastor up in Lisbon, to walk in the March on Montgomery. After four …

My Turn: Bow needs to unite for the good of the town

Monday, March 23, 2015

I am writing to ask all Bow residents to please come together and work side by side this year, well before our next town meeting, to develop a feasible solution for a much-needed public safety building that we can all confidently vote for next year. We need closure …

My Turn: After five years, success of ACA is clear

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Over the past five years, tens of thousands of Granite Staters have sent a message: The Affordable Care Act is working, and the quality health coverage offered on its health insurance marketplace is a product that consumers need, want and like. They also made it clear that they …

Off Main: PAX Expo in Boston offers a glimpse of the future

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Every March or April for the past five years, I’ve headed down to Boston to glimpse the future of video games. No crystal ball is involved. Instead, I attend the PAX East expo, a gargantuan gathering that fills …

Katy Burns: Wrinkles and gray hair – in HD!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When friends Steve and Laura went out to see The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel last Wednesday evening in their retiree-rich winter town in Florida, they were turned away at the movie theater’s box office, told to make …