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.
It's not as important to most voters as jobs and the Economy but for many it cracks their top three concerns... what do do with rising health care costs. The candidates for Governor and Congress have different philosophies as to how do this. Today our Issue of the Week series continues and we'll look at where the candidates for our state's highest offices stand on health and health care.
She's been a business attorney, a state Senator, Senate Majority Leader and now the Exeter lawyer, Maggie Hassan wants to be your next Governor. Hassan defeated Jackie Cilley and Bill Kennedy in the state primary this September to be the Democratic Gubernatorial candidate but still needs to get through her Republican challenger, Manchester attorney, Ovide Lamontagne. Today we sit down for the hour with Maggie Hassan, talk with her about where she stands on the big issues facing the state and why she says she'd be the best next person to sit in the State House corner office.
Last month, NHPR in partnership with NHPTV, the Union Leader and the NH Business and Industry Association put together three debates on the economy with the Candidates for Governor, and both Congressional districts. Today we listen back to parts of those debates, look at some of the major themes raised, and pull back the curtain a bit to look at the stories, challenges and process of putting together these debates in our special Power Morning.
For a long time, 'middle class' meant 'comfortable'. It was a place to strive for and once there, it meant a stable job, a nice home and secure retirement. But a recent study by the Pew Research Center describes a 'Lost Decade' of the Middle Class, finding this groups to be fewer, poor and gloomier due to the economic crisis.
In a new book, author Charles Mann explores what happened in the years after Columbus’s famed voyage to the Americas. He says it altered everything: sparking a new era of globalization and not just in commerce: but radical changes in crops, cultures, and politics. We’ll talk with Mann about this expansive look at this new era and how the world changed after Columbus.
We sit down with Bishop Peter Libasci, nearly one year after he took over as head of the Diocese of Manchester. We’ll talk with Bishop Libasci about what he hopes to achieve as leader of more than a quarter million New Hampshire Catholics.
In Denver, president Obama and republican nominee Mitt Romney faced off in the first of three forums. The focus was domestic policy - from jobs to taxes to federal debt. We're playing back some debate highlights, covering the major themes....and are including your thoughts in our conversation.
Wayne Lesperance – professor of political science at New England College and director of the Center for Civic Engagement
We continue our “Issue of the Week” election series…and today we find out where the candidates for Congress, Governor, and President stand on.. education. Though all agree on the importance of strong schools and universities, candidates part ways on how to achieve this aim. We’ll take a look at how they plan to tackle the many educational challenges, from student debt to funding state universities.
Danielle Curtis: Education reporter for the Telegraph of Nashua
Sam Evans-Brown: Education and environment reporter for NHPR
The ads are constant, the sums are staggering. In the presidential race, spending has crossed the half-billion dollar mark. State races meanwhile have seen an influx of big money from outside groups. The ads have ranged from tough to downright zany, even with zombies making an appearance. We look at the latest commercials and whether they’re effective.
John Carroll: assistant professor of mass communication at Boston University with a background in advertising and media. His blog is Campaign Outsider.
Next week on the Exchange, we begin with a forum on Health Care policy with the candidates for Governor, Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan on everything from the Affordable Care Act to mental-health services. Then our Issue of the Week series continues as we compare where the candidates for Governor, Congress and President and stand on the issue of education. Later, your reaction to the first Presidential debate.
We talk to the author of a new book who says that today’s hovering, hyper-safety-conscious parents are doing their children no favors. In fact, she says, overprotective adults have created a generation of fragile kids who fall apart once they hit the real world. We’ll examine why American childhood has become so restricted, and one mom’s crusade to restore its freedoms.