Politics

Word of Mouth
1:52 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

3.10.15: The Transhumanist Presidential Candidate & The First African Americans In Space

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We’ve seen this dance before: presidential hopefuls stumping in New Hampshire. On today’s show, we’ll talk to the official candidate from the Transhumanist Party who says we need a new political party and new tactics for the issues of our time.

Then, Jackie Robinson’s major league debut was an obvious, watershed moment in America’s troubled racial history. But we’ll look at a lesser known moment for American civil rights: breaking NASA’s color barrier and the story of the first African Americans in the space program.

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NH News
3:28 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

N.H. Senate Passes Bill Requiring Public Schools To Teach Cursive And Multiplication Tables

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Senators have passed a bill requiring public schools to continue teaching cursive and multiplication tables. The bill is aimed at making sure schools maintain those skills as schools adopt new standards and incorporate more technology in the classroom.

The Senate passed the bill on a voice vote Thursday and it will now be sent to the Senate Finance Committee.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On Netanyahu's Visit, Supreme Court Cases, And Keystone Pipeline Veto

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We will check in with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about some of the top stories in politics this month: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stirs the political pot with his address to Congress this week, a last minute deal kicks the funding can down the road for the Department of Homeland Security, and President Obama makes good on his veto threat for the Keystone Pipeline.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Democratic Party Dynamics Heading Into 2016

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Although attention has been focused on the GOP field of presidential hopefuls, there are also interesting developments among Democrats, including unflagging efforts among progressives to convince the seemingly unmoved Senator Elizabeth Warren to run.  We’ll look at these dynamics in the context of policy debates within the party.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Granite State Political Donations Increasingly Crucial For 2016 Hopefuls

Rubio in Hollis, NH on Monday
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Florida US Senator Marco Rubio is in New Hampshire today. It’s part of a two day visit that’s largely seen as an early campaign trip of sorts by a political figure hoping to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2016.

Rubio has made a number of moves ahead of an expected presidential bid – he’s hired staff in New Hampshire, and he’s also used his political action committee to donate money to state and local officials and candidates, in this state and others that hold early primaries and caucuses.

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North Country
10:48 am
Mon February 23, 2015

How North Country Reps Voted On Stopping Funding To Planned Parenthood

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Nine of the 13 North Country representatives voted to kill a bill that would be taken tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood.

As NHPR reported House Bill 677 would have stopped sending tax dollars to the organization. It’s already illegal in the state to use public funds for abortions, but some lawmakers still believe that’s how the money is being spent.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu February 19, 2015

The State of Political News Coverage: E.J. Dionne & Dan Balz

Reporter Dan Balz and columnist E.J. Dionne are in the state for an award ceremony at UNH Law.  We’ll get their thoughts on how political coverage has changed, especially of events such as the New Hampshire primary, but also what they hope won’t change in terms of ethics and standards.

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NH News
1:46 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

House Bill Targets Chain Of N.H. Pain Clinics

Pain Care Center location in Somersworth
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The owner of the state’s largest chain of pain clinics would be forced to forfeit his financial interest in the practice if legislation pending in the House becomes law.

House Bill 517 would require physicians who lose their licenses to practice to cut their ownership ties to any health-care facilities.

The lead sponsor, Republican Rep. Don Leeman of Rochester, said the bill is aimed at one of the state’s most visible medical practices: Dr. O’Connell’s Pain Care Centers, Inc.

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Politics
5:20 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Carly Fiorina On Education, Social Issues And A Potential 2016 Campaign

Carly Fiorina speaks in New Hampshire, December 5, 2014.
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With less than a year to go before the 2016 New Hampshire primary, the Granite State is starting to see more and more visits from potential hopefuls – so far mostly on the Republican side.

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Politics
6:00 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Kuster Wants To Keep U.S. Involvement In ISIS Conflict From Escalating

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In the wake of President Obama's recent budget proposals and the continuing threat of ISIS in the Middle East, the U.S. Congress will have a lot of important decisions to make.

To check in with the New Hampshire's delegation, we start by talking with our 2nd Congressional District representative. Congresswoman Anne McLane Kuster joined Morning Edition. 

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Word of Mouth
12:41 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

2.9.15: The Organ Detective, The Upside Of Political Dynasties, & Better Call Bob Odenkirk

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As long as transplants have been medically possible, there have been horror stories about the black market organ trade. On today’s show, an anthropologist sheds the trappings of academia to take on, and even indict, illegal organ brokers.  

Then, Breaking Bad’s spin off Better Call Saul premiered last night to rave reviews from The New York Times and Rolling Stone.

We’ll speak with the man behind the character of sleaze bag lawyer Saul Goodman, actor and comedian Bob Odenkirk.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On Congressional Republicans, 2016 Candidates, and 'Bibigate'

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We're looking at some of the top recent political headline in our monthly check-in with Political Junkie Ken Rudin: congressional Republicans flexing their newfound political muscles, challenging the White House on immigration, health care, and foreign policy, and Mitt Romney bows out of the presidential race, leaving supporters with a long list of alternatives.

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The Two-Way
11:04 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Mitt Romney Won't Run For President In 2016

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who has made two previous bids for the presidency, says he will not run in 2016.
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Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 5:05 pm

Updated at 11:58 a.m.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney isn't running for president in 2016, he told supporters in a statement.

"After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee," he said in the statement and in a conference call with supporters.

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Word of Mouth
11:05 am
Tue January 20, 2015

1.18.15: Invisible Primary, The New Puberty, & Understanding Comics

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New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary may be a year away, but presidential hopefuls are already jockeying for position. Today we’ll talk about why you should forget election fatigue and start paying attention to the race now.

Plus, it turns out that girls are growing up much faster than they used to. Why is this generation of girls going through puberty much earlier than previous ones?

Then, one of the world’s leading theorists on comics tells us how the brain interprets simple cartoons and symbols – much differently than words.

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Obama, In Tonight's State Of The Union, Will Focus On Middle Class

President Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College, in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 9. Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.
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Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:41 pm

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address tonight and is expected to focus on the state of the economy and its impact on the middle class.

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Word of Mouth
2:31 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

1.15.15: The Invisible Primary and Authentic Brands

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New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary may be a year away, but presidential hopefuls are already jockeying for position. Today,we’ll talk about why you should forget election fatigue and start paying attention to the race now – and we'll talk about signs that a politician is considering a run at the presidency.

And we'll continue our series on offbeat college courses, the Uncommon Core, with Beauty Pageants 101.

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Word of Mouth
4:12 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

The Onion's Former Editor: Satire Is A Careful Craft

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In the wake of Wednesday's attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the former editor of America's Fake News Source The Onion, Joe Randazzo wrote an op-ed piece for MSNBC in which he states, "Satire must always accompany any free society. It is an absolute necessity." Virginia spoke to Joe about his experiences while at The Onion and why satire, in its many forms should always have a place at the table.

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Word of Mouth
4:12 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

1.11.15: The Careful Craft Of Satire & Putin's Macho Power Play

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Wednesday’s attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris prompted an international outpouring of support from satirists and comedians around the world. On today’s show, a candid conversation with the former editor of The Onion on the careful craft of satire.

Plus, the manliest man of Russia. A simple Google search reveals countless images of Vladimir Putin, riding horseback, hunting, and brandishing weapons. We’ll talk to a scholar about how the Russian leader uses machismo and gender stereotypes to build political legitimacy.

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Word of Mouth
2:02 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

1.7.15: Putin's Macho Power Play & How To Think About Exercise

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A simple Google image search reveals countless images of a shirtless Vladimir Putin, riding horseback, fishing, and brandishing weapons. On today’s show: how the Russian leader uses machismo and gender stereotypes to build political legitimacy.

Then, among the most popular New Year resolutions, getting in shape ranks close to the top, but less than 10% of weight-loss resolutions last. A philosopher shares his take on how we should think about exercise, in order to maintain a regimen.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On The New Congress, Cuba Relations, & Obama's Priorities

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In our monthly check-in with political junkie Ken Rudin, we're covering some of the top national political stories of recent weeks, including the swearing in of a new Congress, the President holding the line on his priorities, and an ever-growing crop of presidential contender possibilities.

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Politics
6:56 am
Wed January 7, 2015

N.H. Legislative Session Expected To Open With Debates On Leadership, Guns

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Fights over Republican leadership and whether to allow guns in the House chamber will take center stage during the opening day of the New Hampshire legislative session.

House and Senate members meet Wednesday to officially begin the session. Sparks are likely to fly among two factions of House Republicans, as backers of Rep. Bill O'Brien will attempt to install him as the majority leader by changing House rules and going against Speaker Shawn Jasper. House members will also vote on whether to allow concealed weapons in the chamber.

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Election 2016
12:37 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Lawsuit Alleging Law Shuts Out Third Party Candidates Passes Crucial Hurdle

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A lawsuit pitting the Libertarian Party against the State of New Hampshire passed a crucial test this week. 

The lawsuit seeks to overturn a law passed in 2014 that gives third party candidates less time to collect the necessary signatures to run for Senate or Governor. 

That time limit makes it nearly impossible for third party candidates to run for those offices, alleges the Libertarian Party, which is being represented in this case by the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union.

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All Things Considered
5:17 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Politicians Have To Claim Their Digital Real Estate Before Others Take It

House Speaker Shawn Jasper's Twitter profile. Not to be confused with the "SpeakerJasper" Twitter account, which Jasper says isn't him.

It was only days after Shawn Jasper won the race for State House Speaker that Twitter had a new user: @SpeakerJasper. There was only one catch: the Twitter user Speaker Jasper wasn’t the actual Speaker Jasper. (The official Twitter account used by the last few speakers, including Jasper, is @NHSpeaker.)

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NH News
2:18 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Kuster, Shea-Porter Split On Last-Minute, $1.1 Trillion Spending Deal

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New Hampshire’s Democratic representatives in the U.S. House were split on the $1.1 trillion spending package that narrowly passed the House late last night.

2nd District Congresswoman Ann Kuster voted for the bill, saying it was critical to avoid a government shutdown.

Kuster says she remains concerned about some aspects of the bill, including a provision that would increase the limits on some political donations.

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Politics
9:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Horn To Seek Second Term As N.H. GOP Chair

Jennifer Horn
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New Hampshire Republican Party chair Jennifer Horn is seeking a second term.

According to multiple media reports, Horn sent out an email to the state GOP Executive Committee this morning confirming her candidacy.

The party holds its annual meeting on Jan. 10 in Derry, when the chair will be formally elected.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On Torture Report, Ferguson, & Run-off Elections

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We're checking in with political junkie Ken Rudin about recent national political news, including the run-off election in Louisiana, fallout from Obama's immigration executive order, and the response to deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

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  • Ken Rudin - host of The Political Junkie, a weekly radio show covering national, state, and local politics. He is an expert in U.S. politics and campaign history, and a former NPR political editor.

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New England News
2:30 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Maine Senate Seat Still in Dispute as Legislature Opens for Business

Democrat Cathy Breen, right, held a press conference as her Republican rival, Cathy Manchester, took the contested Senate District 25 seat. Joining Breen were Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, front left, and Breen's husband, Jay Geller, back right.

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:31 pm

AUGUSTA, Maine - On the Maine Legislature's opening day, partisan lines were drawn in the Republican-led Senate, which rejected a demand from Democrats that would have effectively left the voters of southern Maine's District 25 without a state senator.

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Word of Mouth
12:18 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

11.9.14: Apple Pay, Big Brother In Your Car, & Historic Concessions

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“Apple Pay” came out of the gate with great fanfare and claims that the mobile-payment system will make purchasing easier and more secure.  On today’s show, a closer scan of Apple Pay and find out who is set to benefit – and who is not.

And, from traffic cams to EZ Pass, big brother is riding along with us more than we think. But just how much are drivers being monitored? And, after a week of historic wins and losses, we’ll sample the art of the concession speech.

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Politics
2:01 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Republicans Add To N.H. Senate Majority

N.H. State Senate chambers
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Former state Rep. Kevin Avard upset Democrat incumbent Sen. Peggy Gilmour on Tuesday, adding at least one seat to the Republican’s majority in the New Hampshire Senate. 

Avard took 50.8 percent of the 21,335 ballots cast in the District 12 contest to beat Gilmour by 323 votes. The narrow margin gives Republicans a 14-10 majority in the Senate, with at least one race that was too close to call.

In District 7, Democratic incumbent Andrew Hosmer had a lead of about 100 votes over Republican challenger Kathy Lauer-Rago.

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Word of Mouth
1:33 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Political Losers: The Concession Speech

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No politician wants to write a concession speech, but in politics there can only be one winner. We spoke to Brady Carlson about what happens after the race is called. Here are a few memorable political concession speeches and even an inside look into how a candidate goes about writing one.

Nixon's 1962 California Gubernatorial concession speech.

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