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Education
5:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Higher Ed and the Candidates for Governor

Flikr Creative Commons / Herkie

In the last budget, one of lawmakers’ most controversial decisions was to cut the state’s contribution to New Hampshire’s public universities by 48 percent. Restoring those cuts has emerged as a big issue in the governor’s campaign. But how that will happen is a question politicians have yet to answer.

The people who don’t approve of the cuts that the New Hampshire legislature made to the university system – like UNH president Mark Huddleston – describe those them in a certain way.

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Elections 2012
6:30 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Romney Rallies in Nashua

About 4,000 supporters in Holman Stadium, Nashua came to see Romney and his wife Ann.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney spoke at a rally in Nashua on Friday night.

Approaching the stage of a crowded baseball stadium in Nashua to the Kid Rock song Born Free, Mitt Romney and his wife greeted their supporters with smiles and waves.

(Music and cheers…)

Romney said the latest job numbers from August reflect what he calls the president’s poor management of the economy.

“There were four times as many people who dropped out of the work force as the net new jobs created under this president.”

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Elections 2012
6:09 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Obama, Romney Kick Off Post-Convention Campaign In New Hampshire

A view from the crowd at President Obama's campaign event at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, September 7, 2012.
Courtesy Megan Saffell

The Republicans came to Tampa; then the Democrats came to Charlotte.

Now, with the conventions behind them, both parties have come to New Hampshire.

President Obama held his first post-convention campaign event in Portsmouth, before flying to Iowa. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, started the day in the Buckeye State and holds a rally at Holman Stadium in Nashua Friday evening.

NHPR’s Josh Rogers was on hand for the president's event; he joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to talk about what he saw and heard.

Elections 2012
5:15 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Democrat Kennedy Says He Brings a "Fresh Perspective" To Governor's Race

Bill Kennedy of Danbury is one of three Democratic candidates on the primary ballot for New Hampshire governor. He’s a business owner who served 29 years in the US Air Force. This is his first run for statewide office.

North Country
5:00 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

An Unusual Challenge In The North Country

Incumbent Coos County Commissioner Bing Judd, left, faces Rick Samson.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

An unusual and important race in the North County will be decided on Tuesday.

It’s the political future of Bing Judd, a longtime Coos County Commissioner and one of the best-known figures in the region.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

For the first time in more than a decade Coos County Commissioner Burnham “Bing” Judd is being challenged for the commissioner’s spot he’s held since being appointed by a court in 1997.

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Elections 2012
10:28 am
Fri September 7, 2012

PolitiFact Rulings: President Obama, Sen. Ayotte And The Kuster Campaign

Every Friday leading up to Election Day, NHPR checks in with PolitiFact about just how truthful candidates’campaign statements are.  PolitiFact New Hampshire is a partnership of The Telegraph in Nashua and the national PolitiFact.com., a project of the Tampa Bay Times. The goal is to help you find the truth in politics. They research candidates’ statements and then rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter.  

Arts & Culture
6:30 am
Fri September 7, 2012

NH this Weekend: Festivals

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about two major festivals featuring food and music (and lots of both). Read more about the Manchester Music Festival here, and the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival here.   


NH News
11:51 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Republicans Spar Under the Spotlight

Supporters of gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne outside Thursday's debate.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Both Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith are known for being strong social conservatives. Lamontagne is a champion of the pro-life movement. And Kevin Smith has long been one of the loudest voices opposing gay marriage in the state. But during last night’s debate at Saint Anselm College, both tried to play down these hot-button issues. 

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Voter ID, Elections 2012
6:07 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Next Week's Primaries A Dry Run For New Voter ID Law

Most voters won't see much change until the general elections this November
Vox Efx Flickr Creative Commons

This week, the feds approved New Hampshire’s controversial new voter ID law.  But voters won’t notice much difference during the upcoming primary elections.  If you go to the polls next week and don’t have proper ID, you will still get your ballot--and a document explaining the new law.  The real change will come during the general elections in November.  Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan says November voters coming to the polls without ID will have to sign an affidavit swearing that they are who they say they are.  Then they get to cast their votes.

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NH News
5:58 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Budgeting Without The Pledge

When talking about the Democratic gubernatorial primary it’s almost impossible to NOT think about...the pledge.

Former state Senator Jackie Cilley is the first prominent candidate in a decade to say she’s willing to consider a new broad-based tax.

Her main opponent, former state Senator Maggie Hassan opposes a sales or income tax.

Given their very different starting points here's a look at how the two candidates would build the state’s next two-year budget.

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Elections 2012
5:31 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Hassan, Cilley Tout Support From Gay Rights Groups

It was tit for tat. The DC-based Human Rights Campaign, endorsed Maggie Hassan, shortly before 1 o’clock. By quarter to 4, the NH Freedom to Marry Coalition PAC had thrown its support to Jackie Cilley. Both groups were key players in the 2009 push to legalize same sex marriage here, an effort that coincided with Hassan and Cilley’s time in the state senate -- Hassan as majority leader.

In its endorsement of Hassan, the Human Rights Campaign called Hassan “ a champion for fairness and a leader in the fight for marriage equality in New Hampshire.”

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Laugh Those Downward Dog Days Away

In 1995, Dr. Madan Kataria began an article he titled “Laughter – The Best Medicine.” He found decades of research on the therapeutic effects of laughter and wanted to investigate further. He managed to convince four people at a public park in  Mumbai, India, to start a laughter club.  At first they used jokes, but when the jokes ran out, they began to laugh at nothing.

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Democratic Job Plans
10:40 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Education and Revenue Key to Dem Gov. Candidates' Job Plans

DonkeyHotey Flickr Creative Commons

StateImpact's Amanda Loder discusses the economic proposals of main Democratic gubernatorial contenders Jackie Cilley and Maggie Hassan with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley.

NH News
6:04 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Big Budget Dreams: GOP Candidates on Top Priorities

photos courtesy of candidates

Thursday, GOP gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith will square off in a televised debate.  One of the biggest challenges that awaits the state’s new governor – building the next two year budget.

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NH News
5:21 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

N.H. Cleared By Feds To Implement New Voter I.D. Law

The U.S. Department of Justice has cleared the way for New Hampshire to implement its new voter identification law for the upcoming elections.

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