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Amid COVID-19 exposures, State House contact tracing questioned

BY: - November 29, 2021

When Beverly Cotton got the call telling her of a potential COVID-19 exposure at a legislative committee session, it didn’t come from the New Hampshire House. It came from a fellow audience member.  Cotton, of Weare, had joined a dozen other lobbyists, advocates, and reporters on Nov. 12 to watch the Friday morning proceedings of […]

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School enrollment decline persists despite return to classrooms

BY: - November 24, 2021

Enrollment has dropped slightly in New Hampshire public schools this year, continuing a years-long trend that appears to have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. From the 2020-2021 school year to this fall, the number of students in New Hampshire public schools fell from 160,715 to 159,334, according to numbers released by the Department of […]

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How paid leave could get axed from Biden’s social policy bill

BY: and - November 24, 2021

Congressional Democrats, including the New Hampshire’s delegation, cheered on the floor of the U.S. House after approving President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill. But a major struggle lies ahead in the coming month in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats cannot lose any votes within their party if they are to send the […]

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As Executive Council meets, affordable reproductive health care hangs in the balance

BY: - September 15, 2021

When a package arrives at the Equality Health Center in Concord, Executive Director Dalia Vidunas opens it outside and away from staff, in case it explodes. Alerts arrive almost daily from other clinics under attack. Protesters tell patients, whether they arrive for cancer screenings or abortions, they are murderers.  Providing reproductive health care has become […]

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School boards watching closely as Learn Everywhere gets rolling

BY: - August 4, 2021

Shashank Dubey was never interested in the education business. Then his son came home from elementary school with spelling homework. Each week, Dubey’s son would be assigned 20 words and a test for whether he could spell them. Then, the test would be repeated a week later after the students had time to practice the […]

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Commentary: Sex trafficking isn’t what you think

BY: - August 2, 2021

The idea that sex trafficking is an urgent social problem is woven into American media stories, from reports of Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s alleged trafficking of teenage girls to debunked QAnon conspiracy theories about a sexual slavery ring run through online retailer Wayfair. The common perception of sex trafficking involves a young, passive woman […]

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In blow to state’s Republicans, Supreme Court strikes down voter registration law

BY: - July 2, 2021

The New Hampshire Supreme Court struck down a 2017 voter registration law in its entirety Friday, holding that it burdened the constitutional right to vote. Voting 4-0, the court overturned Senate Bill 3, a Republican-backed law that would have required voters to prove their place of domicile by producing a series of documents to election […]

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State system for background checks divides gun advocates

BY: - June 29, 2021

Five years after May 13, 2016 – the night when two Manchester police officers were shot and injured by an assailant – many of the details leading up to the violence remain unknown. But one thing is clear: The man who fired the shots was not supposed to have a gun. Six weeks before the […]

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Commentary: New study finds racial bias makes white Americans more likely to support wars in nonwhite foreign countries

BY: and - June 18, 2021

The effects of American racial bias and anti-Asian sentiment do not end at the nation’s borders. The racial attitudes of white people also influence their support for American military intervention abroad, according to our working paper on U.S. foreign policy and racism. White Americans who hold racist beliefs are significantly more likely to endorse aggressive […]

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Attorney general denies request for emergency meeting on ‘divisive concepts’

BY: - June 10, 2021

As the New Hampshire budget enters its final stage of negotiation, one member of the state’s Commission on Law Enforcement Accountability, Community, and Transparency has asked for a meeting to discuss one of its more contentious items: the “divisive concepts” language.  But Attorney General John Formella denied that request this week, arguing it falls out […]

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Senate committee passes bill banning abortions after 24 weeks

BY: - May 25, 2021

In a 3-2 party-line vote Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill banning nearly all abortions after 24 weeks, even in the case of rape or incest. It is at least the sixth such abortion restriction bill introduced in the last 10 years and the only one to reach the Senate. Three prior attempts […]

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Commentary: Experts have yet to figure out what caused the most significant polling error in 40 years in Trump-Biden race

BY: - May 24, 2021

More than six months after the astonishing polling embarrassment in the 2020 U.S. elections, survey experts examining what went wrong are uncertain about what led to the sharpest discrepancy between the polls and popular vote outcome since Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in a near-landslide in 1980. Lingering questions about the misfire in 2020, in […]