We sift through a new study that gives New Hampshire low marks in what it calls “integrity” in State government. While the report says the Granite state does well in some areas like the Executive and Judicial branches, it failed in others like public access to information and ethics enforcement. We’ll look at what’s behind this report and how some in New Hampshire are reacting to it.
Today we sit down with New Hampshire’s Senior U. S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen. We’ll talk with her about the most recent budget battles on Capitol Hill, also news on the transportation funding front, as the impasse continues over a new federal highway bill and concerns that the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard could be caught up in the next round of Base Closures.
With its two-year anniversary passed, President Obama’s law is still finding its way. Some parts are in place, but others are very much in play, especially with the challenge to it heard by the U. S. Supreme Court, and some states, including New Hampshire, resisting elements of the law. We’ll talk with Granite Staters involved in this and see how they are adapting to this new law.
The Granite State recently joined the growing ranks of states that have adopted this approach to self defense, which allows the use of deadly force anywhere a person has a right to be. But it has come under national scrutiny following the shooting death of a Florida teenager. We’ll explore the issues surrounding this law with its supporters and critics.
Next week on the Exchange, we begin by re-examining New Hampshire’s new self-defense law, known as “Stand Your Ground”, which has come up in the shooting death of a Florida Teenager. Then, a Granite State roundtable on Health Care: two years after it was passed into law, we’ll look at how the debate around the President’s health care law is playing out here. On Wednesday, we sit down with Democratic U. S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Join us all next week for the Exchange each morning at 9 and again at 8 pm, here on NHPR!
Our philosophy series, the Socrates Exchange returns with the question “What is progress”. Centuries of development have allowed us to live longer and advance in ways we never could have imagined, but with over population, depleted resources, and nuclear weapons, some say we’ve progressed too far. Does progress have an ending point? Is too much progress a bad thing? Can one person’s progress harm the progress of another? Can progress in science, technology and human rights harm progress in religion and morality?
We examine the issues raised in a recent Union Leader series on Drunk Driving! Despite decades of attention, the series found major problems still exist: repeat offenders still getting behind the wheel, and the newer concern over people driving under other influences, especially prescription drugs. We’ll look at the issues raised and solutions offered from tougher laws to more treatment.
Independents are a the largest bloc of voters and they're growing. In her new book, journalist Linda Killian seeks to paint a portrait of this exceedingly important group in four swing states including New Hampshire. She talks about the frustrations these voters have with their elected officials, what they want to see from the political system, and what they can do to fix it.
Today on the Exchange, we examine the controversy over education tax credits. Under a proposal at the Statehouse, businesses could donate to private school scholarships, and get a tax credit for doing so. Supporters say it’s a way to help all students achieve, regardless of means, but opponents say it’s a back-door way to use public money for private-school vouchers. We’ll look at this idea, and why it’s provoked so much debate.
Mary Stuart Gile - Democratic State Representative from Concord
Last year, the legislature adopted a parental notification law, over Governor Lynch’s veto. Now, three House bills would further raise the threshold for abortion, including one that’s attracted the most attention: requiring doctors give women detailed information about fetal development while considering abortion.
Next week on the Exchange, we begin with a look at the issue of abortion as several bills at the State House look to toughen the standards. Then we look at the controversy over education tax credits. Under a proposal at the Statehouse, businesses could donate to private school scholarships, and get a tax credit for doing so. Later we talk to the author of a new book on the Independent voter who says despite the fact that they represent forty percent of the U. S. population, are largely ignored in political races.
Today we examine the U.N. doctrine known as “Responsibility to Protect”. It’s the idea that the international community must not tolerate crimes against humanity and has recently been invoked in such cases as Libya but not YET with Syria. Meanwhile, critics fear Responsibility to Protect opens the door to foreign influence in domestic conflicts and diminishes sovereign power.
Crossover Day is the time when bills that have passed the New Hampshire House go to the State Senate and vice versa. And this year, much of that legislation has sparked enormous debate…on issues from contraception to unionized labor to public education. We’ll look at what important bills are changing hands, how well they may do in their other House of government, and, if they do pass, how they may stand up against the Governor’s veto pen.
It’s long been a controversial government power: The ability to take private property if it’s deemed for the “greater public good”. But often, even the mere suggestion of its use provokes public outcry. We’ll look at this idea of eminent domain, how it’s been applied by all levels of government, and how it’s come up recently here in New Hampshire.
Dartmouth physician Ira Byock says even with incredible advances in medicine, far too many Americans suffer needlessly and die “badly”. In a new book, Byock calls for a new approach toward the end of life; one focused on taking care of persons, not just “bodies”, and helping patients and their families reach decisions about dying.