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.
Today we sit down with iconic food writer and activist Frances Moore Lappé. In the 1970's, Lappé pioneered the idea of conscientious eating with her book “Diet for a Small Planet”. Now forty years later, she says much has changed. There's more awareness of the connections between food, health, and the environment, yet there's also growing world hunger requiring she says a complete global re-think. Lappé is coming up to New Hampshire at the end of the week to be the Keynote Speaker at the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH) 10
Next week on the Exchange, we begin with iconic food writer and activist Francis Moore Lappe, whose nineteen-seventies book Diet for a Small Planet changed the way many think about how they eat. We'll talk with her about the similarities and struggles between world hunger and the local food movement. Then a roundtable of Granite Staters with ties to Syria joins us, to discuss their concerns over the horrific violence and political turmoil in that country. Then later on, we look at the pro’s and con’s of New Hampshire’s heavy reliance on property taxes and look at how the property tax i
We're evaluating Mental Health Care in New Hampshire. Once considered a model system, the state’s services have come under harsh scrutiny, prompting one group to sue on behalf of patients. State officials acknowledge problems but point to shrinking dollars, while lawmakers claim budgetary constraints that just won’t budge. We check up on what’s ailing this system and what might fix it.
Louis Josephson, CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord and
Today, we sit down with New Hampshire’s Education Commissioner Virginia Barry. We’ll talk with her about recent questions concerning the Federal No Child Left Behind law, and whether New Hampshire should seek a waiver. Also, we'll examine recent bills in the Legislature aimed at increasing parental control over instruction and a possible education funding amendment.
Recent debates over the new health care law and rules over refugee settlements have been challenged by states, including New Hampshire. Meanwhile several bills by the Granite state legislature, would overturn certain authorities of towns and school boards. We’ll see who can write the rules and where the lines are drawn.