I realize that it's a bit ridiculous to file an issue for this but I've tried a lot of different things without success.
In the starter kit, and those for ruby and lisp, hl-line-mode is enabled by default. I prefer it off, but have found nothing that will disable it globally for all files. I've been reduced to M-x hl-line-mode in every buffer I open.
Is there a way to do this?
Ah, thank you so much! That was the one permutation of 'remove-hook' that no-one had mentioned yet.