This year, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services turns 25 years old. Its Commissioner, Tom Burack says that over that time a lot of progress has been made in terms of clean water, air and land, but there’s still a long way to go. “This legacy,” Burack says “requires vigilance and maintenance”. Those are tough goals, and with recent budget cuts to his department it makes it even that much more tough.
There’s an effort underway to make insurance more affordable in New Hampshire by allowing a range of plans – some with a maximum number of mandates and others with fewer mandated services. Supporters say this gives consumers greater choice -- they ask why a young unmarried male, for instance, pay for a plan that includes prenatal care. And, they say, it could help bring down cost, which has left too many people unable to afford any insurance at all.
Last week the New Hampshire House voted to allow employers to exclude contraceptive coverage from health insurance plans on the basis of religious objections – reversing a 12-year-old law requiring insurers that offer prescription coverage to include contraceptives. Supporters say the bill protects religious freedom because it allows groups with religious objections to birth control to avoid providing this coverage to employees. Opponents say it interferes with the relationship between a woman and her doctor.
Huge Solar flares and 'coronal mass ejections" have the potential for major disruptions. New extra-solar planets seem to be found every week. A new rover on Mars called 'Curiosity' seems to be peaking ours, while the New Horizon's spacecraft is heading to Pluto. We'll get the latest news that's going on from the skies with the Exchange's Space Guys.
On June 3, 2009, Governor John Lynch signed a law that allowed gay marriage in the Granite State. A little less than 7 months later, the first wedding ceremonies began to be performed. At the time, New Hampshire made history as the first state to pass a same-sex union bill without a court order or the threat of one. But before the first "I do" was uttered, some groups and lawmakers vowed to pass legislation overturning the law. Last year, bills were tabled to focus on the budget, but now this year several pieces of legislation are on the table and money on both sides of this interest is
We know he's running for President and that he's become a household name. We know he ran unsuccessfully in 2008 as well. We know that he was Governor of Massachusetts and that he was behind a major health care bill that passed in that state. We know he's Mormon, Republican, good looking and has a great smile, but who is the 'real Romney'. Who is the Mitt Romney behind the campaign promises, debates, political ads and handshakes? What drives him, what were the events in his life that motivated him and why does he want to be President so badly?
We’re looking at yesterday’s voting in Ohio, Tennessee, Idaho, Virginia, Vermont, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Alaska and Georgia in the Republican nomination contests. We’re looking closer at the results and at where the campaigns go from here.
Wayne Lesperance: Professor of Political Science and Director for the Center for Civic Engagement at New England College.
Dante Scala: Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. He tweets @graniteprof.
We continue our series on New Hampshire immigration by looking at the proposed refugee moratorium in Manchester. The moratorium would temporarily stop the city of Manchester from accepting new refugees. Meanwhile a recent bill in the statehouse would allow communities throughout the state to establish moratoria. The supporters claim that a moratorium will allow the state to better serve the current refugees, but the bill leaves some wondering if closing the doors to refugees is the best answer.
We talk about the balance of power in New Hampshire government. A number of bills have appeared in the state legislature that would seek to constrain the judiciary; from eliminating the state supreme court to avoiding constitutional review of laws. Today we investigate the friction between the legislative and judicial branches of our state government.
David Campbell: Democratic State Representative from Nashua
Brandon Guida: Republican State Representative from Chichester
Next week on the Exchange, we begin with a look at current tensions between the Legislative and Judicial branches of our state government. Several bills on the docket look to curb the power of the courts, but some are objecting to it. Then as part of our series on New Hampshire Immigration, we look once again at a proposed refugee moratorium in the city of Manchester and why some are saying that in order to better serve our current refugees, we need to put a temporary halt on allowing new ones to come in. On Wednesday we crunch the numbers of the Super Tuesday elections and we end the wee
New Hampshire communities have long depended on it to fund government services and schools. Over the years that reliance has grown, as state funding has abated. The tax is often lauded for enhancing local control but criticized for over burdening those on fixed incomes. We’ll look at these arguments both in this state and nationally.
We explore the economic philosophy of John Maynard Keynes. His ideas of government spending “priming the pump” during bad times have been applied by American leaders from FDR to Obama. But Keynsian theory continue to spark fierce debate – some feel it’s still the best way out of a slump – but others believe this distorts the free-market and that these ideas have run their course.
What began a half century ago as an organization for insurance purposes has grown into much more. The AARP has become an influential lobbying group with forty million members. We’ll talk with the author of a new book which examines this and the AARP’s role in current debates over Medicare and Social Security.
Frederick Lynch - An Associate Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College, and author of Invisible Victims and the Diversity Machine
It’s been nearly a year since authorities began clashing with anti-government protests in the nation of Syria. Since then, massive fighting, deaths, detainment and calls for President Assad’s resignation have topped the headlines. Today we'll talk to a roundtable of Syrians and Syrian Americans living in New Hampshire about their thoughts and what they’re hearing from loved ones in their home country.