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Ed Board with Governor Maggie Hassan on March 7, 2014.

(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

Political prognosticators give us their takes on the top November races

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Anybody who follows politics knows that a lot can change in a month and a half, but that didn’t deter us from asking three of New Hampshire’s top political experts to share their thoughts on how things might play out on Election Day. Dante Scala, associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, provided context for where … 2

Katy Burns: You can absolutely get there from here

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In an earlier life, years ago, my husband and I drove from our home in Cleveland to a charming small inn in Ogunquit, one of the many lovely little towns hugging the rugged southern Maine coast. The drive took us the better part of two days, including a night’s stay in Pennsylvania. There … 0

I’m the biggest ‘West Wing’ fan you’ll ever meet

Sunday, September 21, 2014

‘Are you a Wingnut?” Bradley Whitford asks me over lunch in Pasadena, Calif. Am I? I love The West Wing. Love it more than some people think is reasonable. I have, after all, donated a significant amount of money to charity in order to be sitting here, in this restaurant, having this conversation with this man. But I also want to be known … 0

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My Turn: Look north, look east to see cost of climate change

My Turn: Court decision a victory for parents, students, taxpayers

Friday, September 5, 2014

Last week’s unanimous New Hampshire Supreme Court decision to reject the challenge against an educational choice law is a victory for Granite State families and taxpayers generally. The law expands educational opportunity by granting tax credits to corporations worth 85 percent of their donations to nonprofit scholarship organizations. … 11

My Turn: Independent voice needed in Washington

Friday, September 5, 2014

Over the past five months, Gail and I have traveled to every corner of New Hampshire, listening and learning, meeting with you in your living rooms, businesses and on your main streets. We have heard first-hand about the issues that matter to you, including taxes and spending, the … 6

My Turn: Lessons from Lily

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tasting our homemade chocolate chip cookies on a cool March day on the deck of my older son’s home near Lake Tahoe, my granddaughter and I chat: “Where’s Poppa John, Grammy Candy?” “Back home in New Hampshire, Lily girl.” “You don’t live with him anymore?” “No, sweetie, we … 0

My Turn: Jury nullification keeps government in check

Friday, September 5, 2014

Today, we celebrate Jury Rights Day. It was on this day in 1670 that Quaker William Penn of London was arrested, pleaded not guilty and subsequently argued against England’s Conventicle Acts, which outlawed the practice of religions other than the Church of England. The judge instructed the jurors … 2

My Turn: Back in the old days, the Hopkinton Fair was fun

Friday, September 5, 2014

My grandfather was a proud director of the Hopkinton State Fair in the late 1970s and early ’80s, back when folks thrived on the traditions and values of having a small town community state fair. He enjoyed helping provide a fun and family-friendly atmosphere for people young and … 2

My Turn: The issue of student debt causes a young Republican to lose faith in the party

Thursday, September 4, 2014

For the last two years, it has been my mission to recruit millennials into the fold of the Republican Party. Talking to young voters, educating my classmates and motivating them to get involved was an incredibly rewarding experience … 49

My Turn: For the Washington Redskins and the NFL, there is no defense

Thursday, September 4, 2014

As the new football season hurdles toward us, the controversy over whether the Washington Redskins need to change the team name has heated up. The controversy is hardly new. It has been actively going on for more than … 5

My Turn: An education in college affordability

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I am a future teacher who was forced out of New Hampshire schools because college costs are just too expensive. I was also recently forced into the decision to change my career path because of the soaring cost of education, going from a dual major in mathematics and … 1

My Turn: Obama has left United States with no good options

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 35 years, both active and reserve, including a deployment to Iraq in 2004 where I served as deputy legal counsel, Multi-National Force Iraq. I retired June 1 as … 14

My Turn: Hemingway is the kind of leader the GOP needs

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Being a good leader isn’t about your age or how many years of business experience you have. It’s about the kind of experience you have and what you can do with it. Andrew Hemingway is a young, high-tech … 0