Stand your ground - the controversial gun law that passed last year removed the obligation that a person first consider retreating before using deadly force in a public place. Last week, the New Hampshire house narrowly voted to repeal the law, but this effort faces a steep challenge in the Senate, while the national debate over gun laws continues.
Next week on the exchange, we begin with the latest over the debate on the stand your ground law. House Democrats narrowly repealed this Gun-rights legislation recently, but the repeal faces a tough climb in the senate. Later in the week we look at the Free State Movement. Ten years ago, its members began to move to New Hampshire to make political change, we’ll look at their impact and why their movement remains controversial. E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for the Exchange, every morning live at 9/and again at 8 p m here on NHPR!
House budget writers this week got closer to a final tax-and-spending plan. The Stand-your-Ground debate is stirring up in the legislature. A moratorium on wind farms was proposed and New Hampshire lost a statesman…former House Speaker Harold Burns. A roundtable of reporters discusses the top stories of the week.
The Grand Old Party recently released a sweeping report on strategies for the next big election. It’s been described as a hard hitting manifesto for the GOP, addressing problems ranging from a failure to attract younger voters and minorities, to a major re-vamp of the way the party chooses its President nominee. We’ll find out what Granite State Republicans and state political analysts think.
As the U.S. Supreme court hears two cases concerning same-sex marriage this week, we’ll get reaction from New Hampshire people involved in this issue. Our state is among the nine which allow same-sex couples to marry. We’ll talk with those involved in making this happen and those who believe it was the wrong choice.
After years of dealing with state budget cuts, now UNH President Mark Huddleston is hoping his school will receive more funding. We’ll talk about that as well as pressure on him to keep costs down, in light of burgeoning student. We’ll also cover some major ongoing initiatives at UNH including a focus on sustainability.
Dr. Mark Huddleston - President of the University of New Hampshire
Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to ban super-sized sugary drinks in New York City was thwarted by a judge recently, but he plans to appeal. Its brought up the question, once again, of how much of a role should government play in the fight against obesity. Supporters of this approach say it's such a serious problem that government needs to get involved, but others say these efforts amount to a nanny state and that personal responsibility is the best approach.
Next week on The Exchange, we begin with the question of government’s role in fighting obesity, given the recent challenge to New York City’s super-size-soda ban. Then, we sit down with Mark Huddleston, President of the University of New Hampshire. And on Friday, a new tradition in the making on “The Exchange”, our weekly news roundup where we look at the issues Granite Staters are talking about. E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for the Exchange, every morning live at 9/and again at 8 p m....here on NHPR!
Attorney General Michael Delaney announced this week he’s stepping down. Meanwhile, the New Hampshire House has been a hive of activity” with votes in favor of medical marijuana and a higher tobacco tax…while soundly rejecting one casino gambling bill. Will check in with those stories and others that happened in the Granite State this week with a new weekly feature on our show, the New Hampshire News Roundup.
Josh Rogers - NHPR’s State House reporter, Senior Political Reporter and Editor
A recent article in the Concord Monitor outlines the often-hidden but serious problem of this mental illness. An estimated one-in-ten Americans have this disease and have to deal with not only the symptoms, but managing the health care system and the stigma around depression. We’ll look at this issue and how it’s addressed in New Hampshire.
Although the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, it said states could choose whether to expand Medicaid. Supporters say doing so helps low income Americans gain coverage and boosts the economy. Critics warn it’s government overreach and is simply unaffordable. We’ll get New Hampshire’s take on this debate.
In March of 2003, the U.S. began air strikes in what officials said would be a short war. Eight years later, our forces pulled out with a death toll of more than 4000 Americans and 100,000 Iraqis. We’ll talk with Granite Staters who served in Iraq, what they experienced and their reflections a decade later.
A leading expert finds a large drop in these cases and suggests likely factors include improved prevention and treatment programs. But there are several ways to interpret these numbers, and in some cases, they don’t match up with what child advocates see in the courts and elsewhere. We’ll take a new look at this longstanding issue.
Next week on the Exchange, we begin with a new look at an old problem: preventing child abuse; then, on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, we sit down with Granite State veterans of that conflict and get their outlook on the war a decade after it began; and later, should New Hampshire expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act? We'll talk with lawmakers on both sides of this issue.
Friday on the Exchange, a news roundup. We’ll look at some of the big happenings in the statehouse over the past week. These include votes on arming teachers, increasing the speed limit on I93, and legalizing marijuana. We’ll find out what happened and also get a quick overview of some of the big themes from town meetings this year.