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Josiah Bartlett Center - Join us, Senator Morse, and PJ O'Rourke on Nov 21st 

Join Us for the Third Annual Libertas Dinner
November 21st
Dear Friends,

Our annual Libertas Award Dinner is coming up next week and t
here are a few good seats still available, so no one has to sit in the kitchen.
I hope you’ll consider coming because it will help the Josiah Bartlett Center survive and thrive.
                                                                                                                     ~ Charlie

Josiah Bartlett Center - Ray Burton’s Detail Oriented Approach is One We’ll All Miss

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

Ray Burton’s political legacy is unusual and unique. Burton made his mark over almost forty years as a public figure like no other in an institution that doesn’t exist anywhere else. While there is much other politicians would do well to copy, it is unlikely he will ever be replaced or duplicated and the state will be poorer because of it.... Click here to keep reading.


Obamacare Problems More than Website

A Disaster Years in the Making

President Obama says “the product is great” and that “it’s more than just a website.” But he’s scapegoating the online disaster for problems with the law that we’ve known were coming for three years... Click here to keep reading.

With Special Guest PJ O'Rourke!

Join us on November 21st as we honor Senate President Chuck Morse, with the 2013 Libertas Award.... Click here to buy tickets.


3.9 Million Transactions and Counting


The Josiah Bartlett Center's government transparency site has every last state transactions through the end of May 2013. Haven't used the siteyet? Click here to start looking!


Josiah Bartlett Center - It is Time to Treat Politicians Like the Children They Are

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

The federal government doesn’t work because it doesn’t have to. Politicians are not capable of compromise in a natural state. They only compromise – or at least seek some vague common ground – when they are required to and have no other choice. Right now, competing politicians can’t even talk to each because they aren’t working on the same problem. State politicians aren’t nobler than the federals. They just have a common goal imposed on them externally.

Washington has long been a dysfunctional circus. Sometimes a new personality enters the mix but the broad insanity continues along more or less the same lines. In recent years, the same insanity seems to occur but slightly more frequently....
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Josiah Bartlett Center - Join us, Senator Morse, and PJ O'Rourke


Josiah Bartlett Center - Picking Winners and Losers on the Obamacare Exchange

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

Picking Winners and Losers in the Exchange

The government-sponsored insurance plan offered through the Obamacare exchange has come under fire this week for leaving behind some of the hospitals in the state to provide a competitive advantage to the others. People naturally bristle at the government picking winners and losers through its plan, but the situation is more complicated than it first appeared.

Under the new federal health care law, every state must have an "exchange" to offer subsidized health insurance. The latest public relations spin would change the name of these exchanges to "marketplaces" but recent events have revealed they aren’t marketplaces and aren’t subject to market forces....Click here to keep reading.

Wanted: Grown Ups in NH Politics

Politicians Acting Childishly

In my grouchier moments, I often complain about how the New Hampshire Legislature wastes so much time and energy debating do-nothing resolutions, like designating the Official State Vegetable or Official State Color. These bills often stem from requests from Cub Scouts or elementary school classes, and I bemoan the fact that fourth-graders are in charge at the State House.  Click here to keep reading.

Curious where your Tax Dollars Go?
NHOpenGov is the Center's government transparency project detailing every last transaction made by the state since 2008. We update our data on a regular basis and have more than 3.5 million transactions in our database. Help us to find government waste! Click here to start looking.