How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws

Barely had the death toll of 17 been announced last week after the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida than The Washington Post declared, “The gun debate is going nowhere quickly after Parkland.” CNN offered: “Amid continued string of mass shootings, gun control going nowhere in Congress.” After 59 concert-goers were mowed down in October, former Democratic congressman Steve Israel put to rest any hope for reform in a New York Times op-ed column titled “Nothing Will Change After the Las Vegas Shooting.”

Maine Gov. LePage Indicates Mass. May Have Already Moved On From Northern Pass

In Maine, Gov. Paul LePage’s State-of-the-State speech Tuesday night, he said “people from Massachusetts are coming this week to see if we are serious about allowing a transmission line that is only about 40 miles that we need (to) connect into an infrastructure that we already have.”

Unnecessary Medical Care Is More Common Than You Think

Women still get annual cervical cancer testing even when it’s recommended every three to five years for most women. Healthy patients are subjected to slates of unnecessary lab work before elective procedures. Doctors routinely order annual electrocardiograms and other heart tests for people who don’t need them.

Bienvenue is Much More Than a Sign on the NH Interstate

While English speaking Canadians are important to the Granite State, Francophone Canadians—primarily from Quebec and New Brunswick provinces—provide the largest contingent (59% in 2015). In order to lure these visitors, New Hampshire must compete with more popular destinations in Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts.