Politics

Campaign 2012
4:50 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Stumping On Immigration, Perry Trips on Voting Age

 

Stumping in NH today, Rick Perry worked to shore up his credential on immigration. But as NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports the Texas governor’s message was overshadowed by a miscue.

Rick Perry made several stops in the company of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is well-known for arresting illegal immigrants. But during an event at St. Anselm College, where Arpaio was greeted with some booing, Perry seemed unaware that the legal voting age is 18 not 21.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
2:01 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Is it Springtime for Newt?

(Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr Creative Commons)

On Sunday, the Manchester Union Leader endorsed former house speaker Newt Gingrich as Republican candidate for President and enlivened the Sunday talk shows. Salon’s news editor Steve Kornacki  compares the surprise of "newtmentum" to another theatrical scheme…Zero Mostel, playing Max Bialystock to Gene Wilder’s timid Leo Bloom in the 1968 Mel Brooks film, The ProducersKornacki says tha

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Shots - Health Blog
11:11 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Mitt Romney's Evolution On Abortion

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:01 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been labeled a flip-flopper. And when it comes to abortion, the former governor of Massachusetts appears to have changed his position from being in favor of abortion rights to being opposed.

But now some people are asking if Romney ever supported abortion rights at all? Backers of abortion rights don't think so.

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Paul Rising
4:24 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Paul Rising

In this presidential cycle, as in the last, there is no question which Republican candidate has the most ardent supporters.  It is Ron Paul, the 76-year-old Texas congressman whose brand of libertarianism often puts him at odds with all his rivals.  But with less than seven weeks to go there are signs that Paul could surprise people in the nation’s first primary.

Ron Paul supporters probably wouldn’t like this observation:  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is sitting pretty in New Hampshire.  Very pretty.

But given that, this assessment isn’t too shabby.

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StateImpact
12:00 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

“Affordable” North Conway Outlets Get Shout-Out On SNL

Jon Huntsman took a brief respite from campaigning in New Hampshire to go on SNL
Josh Rogers NHPR

In all likelihood, most of you aren’t visiting StateImpact for our primary coverage.  Yes, we completely agree that the Republican primary is a Very Big Deal.  But most people don’t go to business news sites to get nitty-gritty political coverage, either.  So we try to keep political stories strictly focused on New Hampshire’s business and economic environment.  They have to be specific to the situation here.  Every time a politician talks about business in New Hampshire, we don’t automatically post it.

But today is the day before Thanksgiving.

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Obama voter react
9:53 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Obama Fires Up Supporters in Manchester

President Obama is pressuring Republicans to pass an extension of a payroll tax cut.  That message was well received at a speech the president delivered at Manchester Central High School yesterday.

The president says if passed, the payroll tax cut would put 1500 dollars in the pocket of the average household.  Mr. Obama challenged Republicans to vote down an extension, even if it means raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

Shannon Chandley of Amherst said she supports the president and faults the GOP for refusing to compromise.

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Obama in Manchester
9:50 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Obama Presses GOP on Tax Cuts

President Obama promoted his job creation plan in Manchester today.  The president focused on one specific item in that plan, the extension of a payroll tax cut.

Obama:  Hello NH.  It is good to be back

At the packed gymnasium of Manchester Central High School, a feisty Mr. Obama said next week, Republicans on Capitol Hill will get the chance to prove whose side they are on.

"Do you want to help working families get back on solid ground," he asked,  "Or do you really want to vote to raise taxes on nearly 160 million Americans during the holidays?"

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Politics
9:28 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Morse Pushes for Casinos

A top lawmaker says New Hampshire should move quickly to support the construction of two casinos in the state. The call comes after Massachusetts has adopted a new casino gambling bill.

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Morse does not want to see an opportunity pass New Hampshire by.

In a statement the Senator said New Hampshire’s competitive advantage over Massachusetts is now threatened.

Morse urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would create two casinos in the state, adding that it would bring thousands of jobs to the economy.

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Campaign 2012
6:33 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Huntsman Puts It All On NH

Most presidential hopefuls see a strong showing in the N.H. primary as important. For republican Jon Huntsman, it is essential. The former Utah Governor has staked his whole campaign on the first in the nation primary. NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports.

 Jon Huntsman travelled to NY city this past weekend to poke fun at his New Hampshire-centric approach on Saturday Night Live.

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Politics
6:10 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

The House Holds Hearing that Almost Wasn't

Next week, the full House is expected to vote on Governor Lynch’s proposed education funding constitutional amendment. In advance of that, a House committee met to discuss the merits of the plan. The hearing struck some as a political ploy.

 

The most unusual aspect of the proceedings was who was missing.

The Republican Vice-Chair and the ranking Democrat were absent.

There was not a single senator, and most telling of all, no Governor, the man behind the plan.

It was a sign few took this hearing seriously.

But one man did.

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Campaign 2012
6:27 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Paul Talks Banks After "Occupy"-Style Interruption

Ron Paul is in the midst of a two day campaign swing through the Granite State.

The Texas Congressman’s town hall meeting at Keene State College was briefly interrupted by a group of protesters affiliated with Occupy Wall Street.

The protesters used their call-and-response technique to say "there is something wrong with the system" and "we are the 99 percent." When they were done, Ron Paul said "I hope you feel better," and there was laughter and applause. And then he said when it came to the power of big banks, he agreed with the protesters.

Word of Mouth - Segment
3:47 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Our Oddest Clauses

It's America, yo
(Photo by Steven Roerman via Flickr Creative Commons)

Jay Wexler's new book and blog focus on the odd Constitutional clauses we should, maybe, focus on a little less...and those we should, perhaps, turn into awesome t-shirts.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
3:30 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Politifact NH Checks up on Newt

Newt Gingrich on the trail
(Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr Creative Commons)

No politician will ever lose votes by coming down on the side of community banks. Unlike the mega-banks of Wall Street that helped fuel the world’s dive off an economic cliff, community banks have a better reputation. They avoid exotic financial deals and, for the most part, stick to their knitting.

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Cain UL Flap
6:47 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Cain's a No-Show for Union Leader Interview

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is facing questions about why he didn’t show up for a Union Leader editorial board interview.

According to the Union Leader, an hour-long interview with Herman Cain was confirmed on Tuesday.  The newspaper agreed not to videotape the interview.

Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon says the campaign then told the Union Leader the candidate could not take a full hour.

"We wanted to do the ed board for 20 minutes.  But the Union Leader decided that wasn’t worth it so they cancelled it this morning.”

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Campaign 2012
11:13 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Cain Returns To N.H.

Josh Rogers, NHPR

Republican Herman Cain is back in NH today. The visit is his first since early October. NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports.

 A lot has changed for Herman Cain in the last 5 weeks. The former businessman has faced sexual harassment allegations, and was videoed as he struggled to answer a basic policy question on Libya. Cain told reporters in Concord that he remains strong in the polls and said getting out of the race was never an option.

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