While voters say economic issues are their top concern, abortion is also a high priority this year. In a recent Gallup Poll, nearly two-thirds of voters said it’s an important factor in their decision.
But when you have a pro-choice Republican running against a pro-choice Democrat, abortion doesn’t seem like an obvious lightning-rod issue.
We’re talking this week with candidates in New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district about their ideas on jobs and the economy. Today we hear from the Democratic candidate, Annie Kuster. She talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.
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This month we’ve been talking with New Hampshire candidates about the issues voters say is #1 for them this year – jobs and the economy. This week we’ll hear from each of the nominees in the 2nd Congressional District, and we’ll start with the Libertarian nominee, Hardy Macia. He talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.
The freakishly robust weather phenomenon now known as Superstorm Sandy has left millions without power and billions of dollars in damage in its wake…and is still moving westward across the country. We wondered whether a tragedy of this scale, a week before a presidential election that is still too close to call, could affect the outcome. So, we turn to political scientist Dean Spiliotes for some perspective.
Governor Mitt Romney’s connection to New Hampshire is well-documented. He owns a house on Lake Winnipesaukee, which he visits regularly. And the Mormon meetinghouse in Wolfeboro serves as his second spiritual home. But what’s less understood by many outside Mormonism is what it’s like being a member of this religious minority in northern New England.
In a recent story, I mentioned the Mormon Church’s stance on political neutrality. It’s a complex issue, and not one that can be explained at-length in a radio feature. For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), this stance isn’t just to protect federal tax exemptions. It has deep religious and cultural roots. After a series of editorial discussions in the newsroom, we felt NHPR listeners might be interested in a more in-depth explanation.
Jobs and the economy continue to dominate on the campaign trail, from the national to the local level. But government run health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare are also getting their fair share of attention. Major changes to both programs are potentially on the horizon.
With just over a week to go until the election, NHPR’s health reporter Todd Bookman has this overview of what’s at stake for Granite State voters.
This time around in the first congressional district the names are the same but the roles are flipped; Republican Frank Guinta, once the challenger, is now the incumbent. But that’s not the only way this year’s race is like a mirror image of last election.
When Congressman Frank Guinta goes out knocking on the doors of independents in Manchester – his political backyard – most everybody knows who he is.