It’s the heart of winter, and home sales in New Hampshire are hotter than a leprechaun on a Lucky Charms-fueled bender in Vegas.  December typically is a slow home sales month, for obvious reasons. But in December, 2020, sales were up 25% over December, 2019, and sales volume was up 49%, according to data tracked […]

“AMONG the numerous advantages promised by a well constructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction. The friend of popular governments never finds himself so much alarmed for their character and fate, as when he contemplates their propensity to this dangerous vice.” — […]

Humorist P.J. O’Rourke headlines the Josiah Bartlett Center’s second Libertas Virtual Event at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 13.  Author of 20 books, including No. 1 New York Times bestsellers “Parliament of Whores” and “Give War a Chance,” O’Rourke has been one of America’s foremost humorists for nearly half a century, since his days writing for […]

December was by far New Hampshire’s deadliest month for COVID-19 fatalities, with 233 recorded deaths, according to state data. That record high represents a 441.8% increase over November and a 32.4% increase over May of 2020, which recorded the state’s previous high of 176 deaths.  The number of new recorded COVID-19 infections in December —23,034 […]

The Electoral College votes are counted by Congress on Jan. 6. Learn how the Electoral College really works and the role it plays in our republic by joining us for a virtual luncheon on Thursday. Jan. 7: How the Electoral College works and why it’s worth keeping, with Trent England and Joe Pinion. Speakers: Trent […]

Amid a historic collapse in transit ridership, the Executive Council has approved a $5.4 million contract to design a commuter rail line from New Hampshire to Boston. The contract is financed entirely with federal money, so New Hampshire taxpayers could choose to take some comfort in knowing that the state is throwing away what is […]

The COVID-19 hospitalization totals posted on the state’s website and given in its daily briefings are incomplete and do not include all hospitalizations, the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy has determined. The figure for total hospitalizations includes only people who were hospitalized when their positive test result was first reported, the Department of Safety’s […]

An education funding system in which education dollars go to families rather than directly to school districts is “the ideal,” Gov. Chris Sununu said at the Josiah Bartlett Center’s first Libertas Virtual Event on Thursday. New Hampshire should focus on student outcomes, not how much funding the system gets, the governor said.  “You can sum […]

December already ranks as New Hampshire’s third-deadliest month for COVID-19 fatalities, with 103 deaths in the first 17 days of the month, a 140% increase over the prior month.  The state has averaged six COVID-19 deaths per day so far this month. If deaths continue at that pace, December would pass June’s total of 126 […]

House Speaker Dick Hinch, R-Merrimack, was a gentleman of cheer and goodwill. Though he held strong convictions and would fight aggressively for policies he thought were right for New Hampshire, he believed that politics should be conducted with civility and understanding. Humble and unassuming, he was an unlikely political leader in our social media age. […]