Governor Maggie Hassan signs a few handful of bills into law, including one for medical marijuana and one establishing a state energy strategy. The battle over Medicaid expansion continues with a study panel weighing the pros and cons of accepting federal money for this program. Some new and some more familiar names are considering runs for Congress and Senate in 2014 and a UNH Recycling program goes national. We'll look at some of the big stories that have happened in the Granite State during the week of July 22nd
With all the talk around a Voter ID law, which would tighten requirements for voting, others are looking to loosen the reigns. They are hoping to pass a bill in which New Hampshire would join 35 other states in allowing for absentee balloting. Supporters say that it would address the concerns of those who find themselves too busy to vote on Election Day or may not have transportation to get to the polls. Opponents however suggest that expanding voting could possibly lead to more voter fraud. We'll look at the possibilities.
Almost one-in-ten New Hampshire children is diagnosed with some type of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, putting us around the middle of the pack nationally. But those numbers may rise as New England and New Hampshire show a particular predilection toward labeling our kids with ADHD. These expected increases have once again raised a long, ongoing conversation here about what this disorder is, and what it isn’t, about whether too many children are diagnosed or if some kids in some demographic groups are under-diagnosed. And what about the role of drugs?
In his new book, The Last of the Doughboys, Richard Rubin reflects on the First World War through the eyes of dozens of centenarians who experienced its battles but rarely told its stories. Rubin discovers what he calls a neglected “great generation”… the overlooked and underappreciated war they fought in and how that conflict shaped our modern world.
As more New Hampshire communities adopt bike-friendly policies, more Granite Staters are taking to two wheels instead of four, encouraged by programs such as "Complete Streets" and new rail trails. But along with expansion has come some tension -- with cars and pedestrians -- as well as debates over how scarce resources will be spent.
A special commission begins delving into the details of Medicaid expansion; the Northern Pass Project blankets state households with brochures touting a new route for its controversial hydropower plan; and state safety officials issue warnings about dangerous, rain-swollen waterways after a record number of drownings already this summer. We look at the top stories of the week.
Jeff Feingold: Editor of NH Business Review's print and on-line editions.
The Obama administration recently announced delays in several provisions of the Affordable Care Act -- including the employer mandate, which requires businesses of a certain size to provide health insurance for employees…as well as smaller technical changes. We’ll talk with experts on where we are now, given this shift, and what might be next.
As part of NHPR's series on crime in Manchester, we sit down with police chief David Mara to discuss challenges facing the state's largest city and its police- from budget constraints to rising crimes associated with drug use. We'll also talk about police-community relations and how the force is learning to work with the city's immigrant communities.
The Senate has passed a significant overhaul of the country’s immigration laws. The plan includes a path to citizenship and more border security. But the bipartisan effort has stalled at the House border, with some Republicans there calling the bill “dead on arrival.” We’ll talk with Granite Staters following this debate.
- Eva Castillo - Director of the New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees.
Last month, President Obama vowed to take on climate change, bypassing Congress and pledging to use his authority under existing laws. The centerpiece of his plan is imposing, for the first time, limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants. Environmentalists applauded the announcement, but industry representatives balked, calling the approach heavy handed and warning of plant closures. We'll look at how this debate affects New Hampshire and the region.
Next week on The Exchange, we begin with a discussion of President Obama's recently announced plan for tackling climate change -- an approach that includes curbing carbon emissions and fortifying communities against severe weather events, such as storms and droughts. We'll also talk with a roundtable of Granite Staters about the debate in Washington over immigration reform. And we talk with Manchester Police Chief David Mara, as part of the news department's series on crime in the Queen City, starting Monday and running through Labor Day.
Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords visits the Granite State in support of stricter gun laws, a commission was launched to study the possible expansion of Medicaid in the state; A law was passed raising the speed limit to 70 on parts of Interstate 93 and NBC news delivers a mea culpa after a recent story they did leaves New Hampshire off the map . We’ll look at the stories that topped the headlines for the last two weeks.
It was six months of battles, bargains and balancing. Debates on medical marijuana, voter ID, and taxes all took center stage. A proposed casino was nixed, and after months of number crunching, a biennial budget was built, and all of this done under the watchful eye of a new governor. We’ll look back at some of the biggest political debates of 2013.
In his new book, Harvard University President Joseph Nye analyzes the role of presidential leadership during the rise of American global influence from Theodore Roosevelt - the first president to assert this country’s power on the world stage - to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, who presided over the end of the Cold War during a time when American power reached its zenith.
The 10th Amendment reserves powers not delegated to the federal government back to the states. But where the line between federal and state power lies has been debated for centuries, including recent debates over gay marriage, gun rights and abortion. We’ll take stock of the Tenth Amendment, and the implications for policy that flow from it.