Elections 2012

Abortion Feature
7:30 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Two Pro-Choice Candidates Face-Off Over Women's Health In Congressional Race

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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. 

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Elections 2012
6:24 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Income Tax Amendment Takes A Backseat To Tight Races

Protecting New Hampshire from a broad-based sales or income tax has been a major issue in New Hampshire elections for decades – at least according to political scientist Dean Spiliotes.

"It goes back to the 1970s when Governor Meldrim Thomson pledged to veto any sales or income tax."

And this year’s races for Governor, and even Congress have been no different. 

But for all the talk around the income tax this season, the proposed constitutional amendment banning a personal income tax hasn’t gotten much attention.

Why?

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Elections 2012
5:54 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

On Jobs and the Economy: Annie Kuster

Annie Kuster, in a photo from the 2010 campaign.
Credit Amy Quinton, NHPR

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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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

LGBT in the United States: A New Breakdown

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Recently, the Williams Institute published the largest single study investigating the U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer population. 

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Elections 2012
10:33 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Infographic! Are Granite Staters Better Off Now Than Four Years Ago?

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Are you better off now than you were four years ago? StateImpact New Hampshire looks at key economic indicators to understand how Granite Staters are doing.  And it's not the same for everyone. If you're a business consultant, construction worker, nurse or public servant -- come see how you fit into the puzzle, and share your thoughts -- at StateImpact New Hampshire.

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Elections 2012
5:39 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

On Jobs and the Economy: Hardy Macia

2nd District Libertarian candidate Hardy Macia talks with NHPR's Brady Carlson.
Credit Brady Carlson, NHPR

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.

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Elections 2012
5:28 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Pres. Obama And Romney Plan Last-Minute Campaign Push In N.H.

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney both plan to be in the Granite State in the days leading up to the election.

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Elections 2012
5:21 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Hassan Raises More Than Lamontagne In Last Two Weeks

Democrat Maggie Hassan has raised more money than her Republican rival to succeed retiring New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch.

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Tue October 30, 2012

How Sandy Could Affect The Election

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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.

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Word of Mouth
9:59 am
Tue October 30, 2012

International Organizations Helping Monitor Polls on Election Day

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Next week, voters will take to the polls to elect the next president of the United States.  Watching the process will be a number of observers from all sides of the political process.

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Mormons
6:48 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

N.H. Mormons Navigate "Mormon Moment" As Election Day Nears

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints meetinghouse in Wolfeboro, NH is a second spiritual home for the Romneys.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

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.  

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Elections 2012
7:30 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Reporter's Notebook: The Political Neutrality Of The Mormon Church

Mitt Romney's candidacy makes the Mormon Church's political neutrality a tricky issue to navigate.
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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.

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NH News
9:26 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Health Care On The Campaign Trail

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. 

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Elections 2012
5:51 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

On Jobs and the Economy: Brendan Kelly

This week we’ve been talking about jobs and the economy with candidates in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

We wrap up the series with the Libertarian nominee, Seabrook selectman Brendan Kelly. He talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

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Elections 2012
4:26 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Guinta And Shea-Porter Both Reading From The Same Playbook

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

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.

Guinta: Good Morning!

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