Politics have divided our country to the extent that the two sides not only disagree on the solutions to the country’s problems, they represent two different realities. This week we hear from people who are intimately familiar with this rift. They’ve lost friends. They’ve become estranged from family. They've watched civility cede to skirmishes. Our political civil war and its consequences: a special pre-election episode.
We answer any final questions you have before you go to vote. From debates, to political ads to stories and shows on NHPR, you’ve been given a lot of information, but maybe there’s a topic you haven’t heard much about or that one question that may sway you to one side or another. Today a panel of experts joins us to give you any final information you need before Election day.
Friday night, St. Anselm College hosted the final debate between the candidates for the 2nd District congressional seat. While abortion has been a signature social issue of the race, this time around, the candidates sparred on gay marriage.
Emerge Family Advocates provides a safe, neutral supervised place for child visitation and custody transfer. The Honorable Lawrence MacLeod, a New Hampshire circuit court judge, says that service is beneficial for children and families.
Much of the election limelight has been on big races at the top of the ballot. But here in New Hampshire, there are also hundreds of state senate and house races on the ballot – races that often go unnoticed, despite the fact that the winning candidates can have a game-changing sway over local politics.
Bette Lasky and Peggy Gilmour have a lot in common. Together, they host a weekly radio show on a local AM station. In 2010, they both lost their state senate races. Two years later, these two Democrats want their jobs back.
This week we’ve been talking about jobs and the economy with candidates in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District. We wrap up the series with the Republican nominee, incumbent congressman Charlie Bass. He talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.
A joke about being New Hampshire Speaker of the House is that you get a parking spot, $125 annual salary, and the chance to bang a gavel.
But when Bill O’Brien took the position in 2010, he took an important but largely under the radar position into the spotlight.
"It’s been all about O’Brien," says Dante Scala, a political scientist at UNH. "For better or worse, O’Brien became the center of gravity in the New Hampshire legislature, and the face of the New Hampshire legislature, in a way that past Speakers rarely are."
The US Attorney and state Attorney General will run special election complaint hotlines on Tuesday. Assistant AG Richard Head says 30 lawyers and investigators will also be stationed at polling places across the state. Typically, he says, the office fields around a hundred complaints on Election Day.
“There is no typical voter complaint," Head says with a chuckle. "They can range anywhere from machines not working properly to signs--a wide range of issues.”
Five days before the Nov. 6 election, Republican nominee Mitt Romney and independent groups that support the presidential candidate are poised to outspend President Barack Obama on television ads targeting New Hampshire voters.
A review of television contracts filed this week with Federal Communications Commission show that the pro-Romney team reserved about $947,000 in air time from Oct. 29 through Election Day on WMUR, WBZ and WHDH.
Meanwhile, the Obama for America campaign reserved about $653,000 in air time on the three stations during the final week of the campaign.
This weekend restaurants, shops, farms and art galleries will once again participate in New Hampshire Open Doors, an event highlighting locally-made products and cultural attractions. It’s an event that has grown over the years and includes businesses and artists from every region in the state. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us more.