Our issue of the week series concludes with economic policy. No matter who wins office both nationally and in New Hampshire, they’ll face enormous budget challenges from the so-called “fiscal cliff” in Washington to tax and spending decisions in the Granite State. And these actions will affect the broader economy. We’ll look at the candidates’ positions.
In one survey, Obama has pulled ahead by a hair and in another Romney has the edge. Then there are the state-by-state battleground races, as well as competing polls on the Gubernatorial and Congressional races in the New Hampshire. We’ll talk with some of the people behind these public opinion surveys and find out what to make of it all.
We bring you an update on Hurricane Sandy and its impact on the Granite State and the region. The Northeast is expecting major damage from a confluence of enormous weather events. We’ll hear from emergency officials, power companies, reporters in bordering states and your stories as well.
Sam Evans Brown - Reporter for NHPR who is covering Hurricane Sandy's progress.
Manchester attorney Ovide Lamontagne is making his second bid for the state’s corner office with a campaign based on low taxes, small government, and conservative values. We’ll talk with Mr. LaMontagne about his stance on the issues from health care to economic development and his major differences with his democratic opponent Maggie Hassan.
Ovide Lamontagne - Manchester Attorney and Republican Gubernatorial candidate
Sale prices are up for the first time in two years. Also, foreclosure activity has leveled off and mortgage rates are at rock bottom. But with the economy still uncertain, some wonder if this good fortune will be short-lived or, if the real estate sector could lead the economy into better times.
Our issue of the week series continues with a look at where the candidates stand on Foreign Policy! Eight years ago, it was a front-and-center issue in our national elections., but now, it has more of a backseat role. Still, the Presidential contenders did dig into it this week, in a major debate, and New Hampshire’s congressional candidates have offered their opinions as well. We'll look at where the similarities and differences are between the candidates on the issue of foreign policy.
Mixed news has recently come from the top part of our state. The long awaited prison in Berlin is now open, and the popular ATV park is expanding, but unemployment there is higher than the state average and in recent months has gone up. We’ll look at the economic hopes and challenges for the North Country.
Charlie Jordan - editor of The Colebrook Chronicle
Edith Tucker - reporter for The Coos County Democrat and The Berlin Reporter
After last night President Obama and Governor Romney have squared off three times along with one event starring the VP candidates. Lots of issues have been covered from the economy to foreign policy and many times the tone was contentious. We’ll look at who won these debates…who may have received a 'bump' from them and how we’ll continue to hear the themes that were raised up until election day.
We sit down with The 2nd Congressional District Republican candidate Charlie Bass. He served in Congress for twelve years but was defeated in two thousand seven under the Democratic wave…but two years ago he won his seat back in a close race against Democrat Ann McClane Kuster. Now Kuster is challenging him again in another tight race.. We’ll talk with Charlie Bass on where he stands on the issues and why he says he deserves another term
Next week on The Exchange, we begin with Second District Congressman Charlie Bass, the Republican is vying for another term but faces a tough battle against Democrat Annie Kuster. Then, we assess the final Presidential debate, its that last chance for the candidates to square off. we’ll see who said what and how it may affect your vote and, later, our issue of the week series continues as we look at where the candidates differ on the foreign policy issues. Join us all next week for the Exchange every morning live at 9/and again at 8 p m here on NHPR!
We look at a new study that suggests that those factors that have made New Hampshire the economic envy of the region, like its low tax burden, higher income levels and steady influx of well educated people may be waning. And the one time New Hampshire advantage may be a thing of the past. We'll look at the study and see how bad it may be.
We continue our “Issue of the Week” election series as we look at where the candidates for Congress, Governor, and President stand on… social issues, including abortion, contraception, and same-sex marriage. Although these generally rank low on surveys of important issues, they get talked about often. Today we'll look at what the candidates are saying and what role they'll play in this election.
Ballot question one asks if New Hampshire should permanently prohibit an income tax? In next month's election, Granite Staters will have to vote 'yes' or 'no' on this proposed change to the state's constitution. Supporters say this would settle a longstanding debate once and for all. Opponents say it would damage the state's fiscal standing. Today, we're taking a look at the arguments both pro and con to this question and answer any questions you may have before you head to the ballot box.
Obesity is on the rise here in New Hampshire, a recent study finds that the U.S. population is gaining too much weight. New Hampshire's numbers are also increasing, with about 26% of Granite Staters now considered obese. Its also predicted that by the year 2030, more than half of this state's population will be obese. Today we'll look at this study and see what can be done to tip the scales in the opposite direction.
A proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot this November would give the legislature final say over judicial rules and procedures. That has some in the legal community incensed over what they consider to be a power grab by the legislature. But others in that same legal community think it simply restores authority appropriately to the people’s representatives.