Politics

Word of Mouth - Segment
10:57 am
Wed December 21, 2011

The Last of The Retail Politicians ?

Photo by: blackburnlabour.org

The non-profit organization Americans Elect is making waves by petitioning for a national, online nominating process that would offer an alternative to the state-by-state primary nominating process. This isn’t the first – nor the only conversation about the relevance of holding early contests in small states, but brings to light a conundrum for lesser known and lesser funded candidates.

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Log on to Nominate Your Candidate

American's Elect logo

Americans Elect is an organization aiming to hold a national on-line nomination for a third-party ticket in the 2012 presidential race. The group is making headlines not just because of what they aim to do, but also because of conspiracy theories about why the group exists and who is funding it.

Chief Operating Officer Elliot Ackerman says American’s Elect isn’t a political party.

Undecided voters
6:53 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Getting Inside the Heads of Undecided Voters

Planet Fitness in Manchester, NH
Jon Greenberg, NHPR

With the New Hampshire primary only about three weeks away,  as many as two-thirds of GOP voters are keeping their options open.  Their influence on the outcome is large but you are unlikely to meet them at a town meeting or a rally.   We  went looking for them in a place where the emphasis is on the body, rather than the body politic.

“I’m Jon Greenberg NHPR.  Are either of you thinking of participating in the Republican primary

Maybe, but I’m going to do cardio.”

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:32 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

The expiring tax breaks you might NOT have heard about

(Photo by Brian J Matis via Flickr Creative Commons)

Over the weekend, the Senate overwhelmingly approved extending the payroll tax cut for two months...but before earners could count their thousand-dollar chickens, house speaker Boehner announced the extension would be DOA at the House, sparking a fierce public debate on a week better known for empty halls on Capitol Hill. But with all the kerfluffle over the payroll tax, there are a number of smaller, targeted tax cuts set to expire this year you probably haven't heard about.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:23 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Why They Love Their Oppressive Leaders

(Photo by Joseph A. Ferris via Flickr Creative Commons)

South Korean troops are on high alert today after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong iI. Kim’s chosen successor and third son, Kim Jong Un, now becomes the figurehead of an exalted dynasty that is revered by the citizens, despite a dismal quality of life inside of the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea or D.P.N.K.

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Newt Gingrich
11:38 am
Mon December 19, 2011

To Win Over Iowans, Gingrich Aims At Judges

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 4:16 pm

In the final leg of the campaign in Iowa, the Republican presidential candidates are talking about judges. No one has made them a bigger issue than Newt Gingrich.

Overhauling the judiciary has become one of his key proposals on the stump.

Conservatives have used "activist judges" as a battle cry for many election cycles now. But in Iowa, the issue has special resonance since the judiciary became a potent political issue two years ago.

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Presidential Candidates: Did You Know?
11:34 am
Mon December 19, 2011

5 Things You May Not Know About Rick Santorum

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum listens during a presidential debate Oct. 11 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
Scott Eells-Pool Getty

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 5:24 pm

Born in the spring of 1958, former Sen. Rick Santorum — the son of a psychologist and a nurse — was the second of three children in a Catholic family. The Pennsylvania Republican spent most of his childhood in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:33 am
Mon December 19, 2011

A Year of Big Ideas

Raj Patel, Sherry Turkle, Bruce Levine, Tyler Cowen and Eliza Griswold...oh, my! We smack a big red bow on our 11 for '11 series of conversations with big thinkers, analyze their predictive powers, and talk about their spheres of influence.  How  

We also look at some folks who, in retrospect, should have made the list, like leading edge tweeter Evan Hill, and music critic and retro-downer Simon Reynolds

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Mitt Romney
8:20 am
Sun December 18, 2011

Romney Seeks Gingrich's Tea Party Lead In S.C.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a town hall meeting Saturday in Charleston, S.C. Romney is hoping to gain conservative support following the endorsement of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Richard Ellis Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 18, 2011 6:15 am

It was warm and beautiful in the seaside resort of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Saturday, where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney held his final town hall meeting of the weekend. As he stood surrounded by supporters wearing campaign T-shirts, Romney's mood seemed as sunny as the 65-degree weather outside.

Romney had a lot to be happy about. South Carolina's Tea Party-backed Gov. Nikki Haley had not only endorsed him, she regaled him with glowing tributes at every campaign stop in the multi-city tour.

Lining Up With The Tea Party

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The Two-Way
9:39 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

Senate OKs Two More Months For Payroll Tax Cut

"It would be inexcusable for Congress not to further extend this middle-class tax cut for the rest of the year," Obama said after the Senate passed a two-month extension on the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Sat December 17, 2011 9:53 pm

The U.S. Senate wrapped up a tumultuous year of divided government with votes that keep the federal government funded through September and extend expiring unemployment benefits and a payroll tax cut another two months.

In a rare Saturday year-end session, the Senate's action averted a shutdown but was not the last word on the payroll tax cut extension.

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It's All Politics
6:58 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Romney Regains Stride; Gingrich Shows Old Newt At Sioux City Debate

Originally published on Fri December 16, 2011 12:27 am

Mitt Romney returned to form in the final Republican presidential debate before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.

Romney, who had perhaps his shakiest debate performance in Des Moines over the weekend, appeared to regain his composure in Thursday night's debate in Sioux City, Iowa.

He managed to once again convey the sense that he was the one GOP candidate of the seven remaining who could credibly stand on the same stage with President Obama next fall, the most electable of the candidates running for the Republican presidential nomination.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Thu December 15, 2011

An Eye on Iowa

The first-in-the-nation caucus state has been overflowing with Republican Presidential candidates, all hoping to be the number one choice of caucus-goers in early January.  We’ll find out what they’re saying and how they’re playing in the Hawkeye State and how that compares to the campaign this year in New Hampshire. 

Guests 

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StateImpact
4:00 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Economics And Politics Clash Over NH Tax Revenue Forecast

Economist Dennis Delay presented this graph to lawmakers as one illustration of New Hampshire’s structural deficit
Dennis Delay / New Hampshire Center For Public Policy Studies

Yesterday, StateImpact liveblogged the Joint Economic Session.  Members of the House and Senate Finance and Ways and Means Committees gathered for hours to hear economists offer projections on where the global, national, and state economies are headed in 2012.

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It's All Politics
4:21 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Romney Confronted By Gay Vietnam Vet On Same-Sex Marriage Stance

Politicians and journalists always run a risk when they judge a voter strictly on on appearances.

There was a reminder of that Monday when Mitt Romney was forced to defend his opposition to gay marriage during a restaurant encounter with a grizzled Vietnam veteran who happened to be gay.

As it turned out the vet, Bob Garon, also was sitting at a restaurant booth with his husband when the unsuspecting Romney, campaigning at the Manchester restaurant, asked if he could sit down with them.

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Campaign 2012
8:27 pm
Sun December 11, 2011

Romney Jokes About Bet; Stands By Criticism of Gingrich

 

Mitt Romney didn’t mention Newt Gingrich by name during a town hall meeting at a Hudson VFW hall. But he told reporters that he won’t back away from the tough talk of his campaign surrogates, including former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, who’s said that Gingrich is unstable.

“I am not going to distance myself in any way because those are their experiences, characterizations they’ve made. But I’d also note, however, that the most harsh criticisms of the speaker have come ... from those who haven’t endorsed me.”

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