A bill in the Legislature (SB 105) would establish “My 603” by Candia country musician Nicole Knox Murphy as the official New Hampshire state song. By law.  Don’t like the song? Too bad. Think another song better represents New Hampshire? Too bad. Legislators would decree that this song is the best of all possible New […]

There will soon be a lot of talk about Education Freedom Accounts (also known as Education Savings Accounts) in New Hampshire.  Here’s a brief explainer of what they are and how they work. We’ll use the general term Education Savings Account, or ESA, for clarity. Education Savings Accounts empower families with the freedom and flexibility […]

Many people believe that cutting tax rates always and automatically lowers government revenue. They believe this even when shown that it isn’t true.  When House Bill 10, a bill to continue reducing the Business Profits Tax and Business Enterprise Tax rates, had its turn in the House Ways & Means Committee on Thursday, the predictable […]

“Our default position should be to try to keep the schools open and get children who are not in school back in school as best as we possibly can.” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dec. 9, 2020 With the 2020-21 school year half over, tensions regarding school reopenings have reached new heights. In Nashua, frustrated and […]

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 […]