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How Much Did the Shape of N.H.'s State Senate Districts Shape the Outcome in 2016?

Heading into November, New Hampshire Democrats talked a big game when it came to their hopes for retaking control of the state Senate . But when the Republicans ended up maintaining the same 14-10 margin they’ve held for the past two years, Democrats placed at least part of the blame for their losses on gerrymandered district lines . As it turns out, they might have a point.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The recount of the ballot question that would allow the recreational use of marijuana in Maine is underway in Augusta. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says it could take months to complete if all of the nearly 760,000 ballots that were cast are recounted. He says the apparent winning margin of 4,073 will be hard to overturn. “You would have to have not less than somewhere between four and eight votes change in every town, and they all would have to change in your direction,”...

Dartmouth political scientist Brendan Nyhan has been warning that the Trump presidency could undermine democratic norms — not through a single event, but through a slow erosion and normalization of undemocratic actions.

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Portsmouth officials say six rounds of sampling done for chemicals in wells at what's now the Pease International Tradeport have resulted in non-detect levels since the city began using a carbon filter system. Public Works Department deputy director Brian Goetz tells The Portsmouth Herald the last test was done on Nov. 15. He says all six tests resulted in non-detect levels for two types of PFCs, or perfluorochemicals. Goetz says they used the same sample method as the Air Force at the two...

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Parents of fourth and fifth graders can save money when their kids ski in New Hampshire. Ski NH is offering a $30 Snowsports Passport to fourth and fifth graders that includes a one-day lift ticket or trail pass voucher to each of the association's 34 ski members. Vouchers also have additional offers on lessons, equipment rentals and lift tickets for family members. A portion of the proceeds from each Passport also go to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Coupons from the passport are valid every day...

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New Hampshire has long lagged behind other states when it comes to the availability of full-day kindergarten. Legislators are likely to take up the issue this year, as they have in years past. But the ideas being debated in Concord this year likely won’t change the situation for school districts who can’t already afford to offer a full-day kindergarten program.

Fairpoint Communications To Be Sold

Dec 5, 2016
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Fairpoint Communications, the largest telephone provider in Northern New England, is being sold. Illinois-based Consolidated Communications says it is buying Fairpoint for 1.5 billion dollars, marking a new chapter in the Fairpoint story, which has been marked by consumer complaints, union unrest and bankruptcy. Last year, Fairpoint workers ended a year-long strike with a new contract that included worker concessions on health care and retirement benefits. Last month Fairpoint announced...

A federal appeals court has upheld a 2014 New Hampshire law that puts limits on how long third parties have to collect the necessary signatures to petition their way onto a general election ballot. The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire urged a three-judge panel in Boston to strike down the law, saying it could prevent third-party candidates from getting on the ballot. The panel agreed Friday with a judge who found the law creates reasonable restrictions justified by the state's interest in...

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The CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock says he will step down when his contract expires next June. A spine surgeon by training, James Weinstein has led the state’s largest health care system since 2011. During that time, he’s had to navigate both local and national challenges, including the arrival of the Affordable Care Act. “The past five years have been ones of exciting and sometimes challenging change in health care,” says Weinstein in a statement posted to the hospital’s website. “D-H is on a...

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New Hampshire’s struggling dairy farmers may soon get some help from a relief program in the works at the Statehouse. Backed by the majority leaders in both the New Hampshire House and Senate, the Joint Dairy Farmers Task Force moved Monday to aid farmers affected by this year’s drought. The program is aimed at dairy farmers who have suffered financial losses from “unreasonably low” milk prices, and meager feed crops. Nineteen of New Hampshire’s 120 dairy farms stopped producing milk this...

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Petitions opposed to a proposal to put a 35-room hotel on Mt. Washington have attracted some 4,000 signatures. And at least 500 people have signed a petition favoring the project. But neither side will have a chance to express their opinions at a Coos Planning Board meeting Thursday evening in Lancaster.

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