Amanda Loder

Weekend Host/Business Reporter

Amanda Loder reports on business and the economy in NHPR's newsroom, and hosts Weekend Edition. Amanda  joined New Hampshire Public Radio following four years of reporting and hosting at Spokane Public Radio in Washington State. At Spokane Public Radio, she was recognized with regional Edward R. Murrow and SPJ awards for her feature and series reporting. During four years at SPR, she worked her way up from general assignment reporter to featurist, and was ultimately tapped to host All Things Considered. Amanda, a native Iowan, received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Religious Studies from Lawrence University, and a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.

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Elections 2012
7:30 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Reporter's Notebook: The Political Neutrality Of The Mormon Church

Mitt Romney's candidacy makes the Mormon Church's political neutrality a tricky issue to navigate.
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In a recent story, I mentioned the Mormon Church’s stance on political neutrality.  It’s a complex issue, and not one that can be explained at-length in a radio feature.  For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), this stance isn’t just to protect federal tax exemptions.  It has deep religious and cultural roots.  After a series of editorial discussions in the newsroom, we felt NHPR listeners might be interested in a more in-depth explanation.

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2nd CD Profile
7:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Bass and Kuster Fight Rematch For 2nd District Congressional Seat

Congressman Charlie Bass is one of a handful of vulnerable incumbents this election cycle
Amanda Loder NHPR

If you had to describe New Hampshire’s congressional elections in one word, “rematch” would be a good choice. 

In the race to Congress two years ago, the distance between Kuster and Bass was almost photo-finish-worthy: about 3,500 votes.  UNH Survey Center Director Andy Smith says this year, it could be just as close.

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Bass Endorsement
5:07 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Bass Snags Bipartisan Endorsement

Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, President Clinton's former Chief of Staff, have endorsed Charlie Bass in his bid for reelection
DonkeyHotey Flickr Creative Commons

The two men who headed the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles Commission, which made recommendation on how to lower the federal deficit and balance the budget, have endorsed Congressman Charlie Bass. 

If you opened up the Concord Monitor, New Hampshire Union-Leader or Nashua Telegraph Wednesday, a full-page ad may have caught your eye.  The headline: “An Open Letter To New Hampshire Voters Who Care About America’s Economic Future…No Matter What Your Political Party.” 

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Voter Registration Ruling
6:27 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Judge Orders State To Offer New Voter Registration Forms

A Strafford County Superior Court judge sided with the League of Women Voters on the new language added to voter registration forms.
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A Strafford County judge says the Secretary of State must change voter registration forms before November’s election. 

The New Hampshire League of Women Voters and four college students sued the state after it released registration forms that seemed to say voters had to meet residency requirements.  But under state law, people who spend most of their time here for a defined period, like college students and military personnel, can vote without becoming residents.  League Election Law Specialist Joan Flood Ashwell says she’s pleased with the ruling.

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Voter Registration
3:34 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Judge Sets Friday Deadline For Voter Registration Agreement

The N.H. League of Women Voters contends language on voter registration forms is confusing and could hurt attendance at polls.
Daniel Parks Flickr Creative Commons

New Hampshire’s League of Women Voters could reach an agreement with the state soon on a controversial addition to voter registration forms.  This following Wednesday’s hearing in Strafford County Superior Court. 

The Strafford County judge has set noon, Friday, as deadline for an agreement.  The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, representing the League of Women Voters and four college students—recently filed suit against the state.

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Child Poverty
10:57 am
Thu September 20, 2012

N.H. Has Lowest Child Poverty Rate In U.S., But Growing Numbers Of Low-Income Kids

While child poverty in NH has remained steady, the broader, low-income bracket has grown since the recession hit.
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New Hampshire has the lowest child poverty rate in the country.  That’s according to new numbers released by the Census Bureau. 

In the United States, the poverty line works out to less than $23,000 a year for a family of four—that means two parents and two children.  And fewer than one out of eight New Hampshire kids are living below that line.  That’s good news.  But Carsey Institute researcher Jessica Bean says the same family of four with even twice that income—close to $46,000—is still struggling.

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CD 2 Debate
5:48 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

2nd District Congressional Candidates Debate On Economy And Taxes

Democrat Ann McLane Kuster debates incumbent Republican Congressman Charlie Bass at St. Anselm College in Manchester
New Hampshire Union-Leader
  • Democratic candidate Anne McLane Kuster challenges republican incumbent Charles Bass in a forum on business and economy.

Much of the debate between congressional candidates Charlie Bass and Ann McLane Kuster could have taken place between candidates in just about any district in the country.  The forum, organized by the BIA and NHPR, centered almost exclusively on the national economy.   And most of the time, the congressional candidates stuck to broad party-line talking points. 

Take Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster’s point on taxes and deficit reduction.

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Smith Concedes
12:17 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Smith Concedes GOP Gubernatorial Nomination Race

In Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith faced a much better-known candidate
Ryn Lessard NHPR

Last night Ovide Lamontagne turned a commanding lead in the polls into the Republican nomination for governor.  His main challenger, first-time candidate Kevin Smith, conceded the race early in the evening. 

In the race against a well-known candidate like Lamontagne, Smith was something of a long shot.  And he acknowledged that he was the unknown candidate.

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Voter Turnout
7:30 am
Tue September 11, 2012

168,000 Voters Expected At Polls Today

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It’s primary day, and despite an incredibly close race in the Democratic gubernatorial contest, many more Republican voters are expected at the polls. 

Congressional Primaries
10:10 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Bass, Guinta Face Largely Unknown Challengers In Primaries

Congressmen Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta both face primary challengers
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If you haven’t heard that Republican congressmen Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta are facing primary challenges, you’re far from alone.  At least, that’s according to a recent Granite State Poll. 

Representative Frank Guinta faces one challenger, while fellow Republican Charlie Bass has four people vying for his slot on the November ballot.  But University of New Hampshire pollster Andy Smith says more than nine out of ten constituents have no idea who these would-be contenders are.

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

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

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

GOP
1:32 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Tax Reform Focus of GOP Gov. Candidates' Job Plans

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StateImpact's Amanda Loder discusses the economic proposals of Republican gubernatorial contenders Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley.

Business
5:20 am
Mon August 27, 2012

New Hampshire, A Low-Cost Massachusetts?

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 10:56 am

New Hampshire's economy is comparatively strong these days, but that strength varies depending on where you are in the small state. The closer you get to its border with Massachusetts, the more robust the economic activity. The state has been aggressive about marketing the so-called "New Hampshire Advantage."

StateImpact NH
12:02 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Living Above The Past: Museum Opens Up To Tenants

As a living history museum, Strawbery Banke allows visitors to tour historic buildings constructed between 1695 and 1954.
Amanda Loder for NPR

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 6:20 pm

All it takes to enter a time warp in New Hampshire is $15 and a summer afternoon. Spanning more than 250 years of American history, Strawbery Banke is the oldest neighborhood in the state's oldest city, Portsmouth.

It's kind of like Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg — lite. Stationed inside many of the 37 homes are re-enactors in different period garb. Inside a hulking white house, it's 1872.

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