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NHPR's political coverage from the New Hampshire State House to the First In The Nation Primary, Town Meeting, and the Congressional Delegation. Stories by Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers, Digital Journalist Brian Wallstin, and the NHPR News team. 

9.06.15: War Plan Red, Liberland, & Mexican Coke

Sep 4, 2015
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At 5,525 miles, the US and Canadian border is the longest and friendliest in the world, but the long relationship between the two nations is not without conflict. Today, a history of US-Canadian skirmishes and why a war between neighbors isn’t out of the question. Then, with immigration a focal point in the presidential primary circuit, a commentator takes a tongue in cheek look at the rarely talked about immigration crisis that’s playing out north of the border. Plus, one man’s dream to create a libertarian utopia on 3-square miles of mosquito-infested marshland.

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While Donald Trump continues to dominate on the GOP side of the presidential primary race, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson make substantial gains in Iowa. Meanwhile, Democratic front-runner Hilary Clinton appears to lose her stride, with more liberals around the country ‘feeling the Bern.’ And President Obama heads to Alaska to talk climate change. 

Guest:

We’re talking with Arthur Brooks, prominent conservative and president of the American Enterprise Institute. In his new book, he says that conservatism has for too long been a movement of the head instead of the heart. The book also includes his blueprint for a more prosperous America, and his social justice agenda for what he calls the New Right.

GUESTS:

  • Arthur Brooks – president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C.

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Every four years, New Hampshire welcomes the national political spotlight in the months leading up to the presidential primary. As the hosts of the first primary in the country, Granite State voters have the opportunity to make their voices heard on the campaign trail, at town hall events, and most importantly, at the ballot box.

But it wasn’t always this way.

8.17.15: The Fight That Changed TV & The Speechwriter

Aug 17, 2015
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The 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago is remembered for protests and violence, but one radical decision that came out of that convention has changed the nature of debate in this country. Today, how the face-offs between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley turned television debates into a blood sport. We’ll also speak with a speechwriter for Mark Sanford, the South Carolina governor who added “hiking the Appalachian trail” to our lexicon. 

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After the GOP debates, Donald Trump continues to rile the race, while Carly Fiorina gains praise for a strong performance. On the Democratic side, the crowds for Bernie Sanders continue to grow.  Meanwhile, President Obama campaigns for his Iran nuclear deal, and protests rose this weekend in Ferguson on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.

NHPR Staff

The Executive Council voted yesterday against renewing two family planning contracts for Planned Parenthood centers in New Hampshire. Here are two perspectives on that controversial issue.

First Forum: GOP Candidates Face Off in Manchester

Aug 4, 2015
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Last night, an alliance of media outlets from New Hampshire and other early voting states offered Republican presidential candidates an alternative to the national debate coming later this week. We’ll recap the evening, and which candidates made the most of their time on a very crowded stage.

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Two microphones, a roomful of voters, and John McCain. It’s one of the most iconic scenes in New Hampshire primary history, and one of which McCain himself is particularly proud, as he noted several times during a town hall meeting Saturday in Manchester.

The Politics of Polling Ahead of the Primary

Jul 28, 2015
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We look at how pollsters collect data and how that data affects the political process in this upcoming 2016 presidential primary.

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is backing a measure to streamline the effort to stop cyberattacks against government computer networks.

Frank Guinta To Hold Town Hall Meeting In Plaistow

Jul 20, 2015
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 1st District Representative Frank Guinta is set to hold another town hall meeting today.

Guinta’s office says this afternoon’s event in Plaistow will be the Manchester Republican’s tenth such meeting since returning to Congress in January. It will also be his second town hall meeting since reaching a settlement with the Federal Election Commission, in which he agreed to repay his parents $355,000 the FEC concluded were illegal campaign donations.

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The purpose of a town hall meeting is for members of the public to ask questions and get answers from elected officials or candidates. But town halls also serve as a political symbol; those who hold them can say they’re accessible to their constituents. That's what was on Frank Guinta’s mind as he outlined a new “We the People” constituent contact system at his town hall meeting Saturday in Alton. 

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Before Carter versus Ford, presidential debates weren’t considered a necessary part of the election process, but today, the debate stage is like the Roman Coliseum.

On today’s show, we’ll look at the history of zingers, gaffes, and memorable moments from behind the podium. Then, with a pool of candidates growing at a near exponential rate, debate planning has become a headache for the GOP. We’ll look at how party leaders and the media could take advantage of the enormous field.

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New Hampshire House and Senate negotiators return to work this week on the next two year state budget.

The committee of five representatives and four senators are looking to bridge differences between the budgets passed by each chamber. The Senate plan spends about $150 million dollars more than the version passed by the House, and includes business tax cuts that aren’t in the House plan.

House Finance Chair Neal Kurk, a Weare Republican, says he’s concerned the Senate plan rolls $34 million dollars in expected surplus from the current budget into the next one.

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As new contenders join the 2016 presidential race, the flood of stump speeches and political spin can be overwhelming. On today’s show we’ll talk to a comedy writer who has mastered the art of translating deliberately deceptive double-speak: from politics, to real-estate, to food.

Plus, we’ll hear about a class action lawsuit against blue moon, charging that the self-described “artfully crafted” brew is not really a craft beer.

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If you’re hoping to follow the money in the 2016 presidential primary race, you’ve got a tough task. The fundraising tools available to candidates and their supporters are perhaps more complicated now than in any previous campaign. You've got your political actions committees (or PACs), your super PACs, your exploratory committees, your run-of-the-mill candidate committees, and countless other groups throwing their 2 (billion) cents into the 2016 presidential race.

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We check in with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about some of the top stories in politics this month: After a caustic debate pitting Rand Paul against his fellow Senate Republicans, key provisions of the Patriot Act expire. On the primary front, Democrat Martin O’Malley and Republican Lindsey Graham declare their candidacies. And, as ISIS advances in Iraq Presidential hopefuls re-hash the Iraq war debate.

As presidential candidates visit the early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, they're hearing about heroin and meth. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents. And, in many places, there's a growing acceptance that this isn't just a problem for other people.

New Hampshire is in the throes of a crisis. Last year more than 300 people in the small state died of drug overdoses. Mostly opiods like oxycontin and heroin.

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  A report on bipartisanship in Congress finds Senators from New Hampshire and Maine among the most likely to work with members of the other party. 

The only two Republican Senators from New England scored high on the Bipartisan Index put out by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University

Maine's Susan Collins was ranked most likely to reach across the aisle, with New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte seventh.

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Voters in Northwood, Nottingham, Deerfield and Candia go to the polls Tuesday for a special State House election. 

  The special election this Tuesday is between Republican Yvonne Dean-Bailey of Northwood and Democrat Maureen Mann of Deerfield.

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With thousands of empty luxury apartments in china’s new cities, desperate measures are being taken to lure buyers. On today’s show we’ll explore the booming business of renting foreigners as props to give these ghostly city centers an air of international glamor.    

Also today, America’s population will certainly look different in 2050, but what will it sound like? A linguist suggests that to find out, you should listen to young women.

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Lawmakers will debate fetal homicide laws, restrictions on synthetic drugs and more in this week's upcoming sessions.  

The Republican majority in the House is likely to amend a Senate version of fetal homicide legislation. The bill would allow for criminal charges to be brought in the death of fetuses beyond eight weeks of gestation. It says criminal charges cannot be brought against a woman or a doctor in cases of abortion. Advocates for the bill say it's necessary for women who lose their pregnancies as a result of criminal acts such as assault or car accidents.  

 NHPR's 2016 Primary candidate calendar and map are your best sources for details on where and when to catch all of the contenders in this year's race for the White House.

Download our iPhone app, State of Democracy, for a mobile interactive map of candidate events. 

Trump Holds First Town Hall Event In Henniker

Apr 27, 2015
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Donald Trump is headed back through New Hampshire today as he explores a possible 2016 run for president.

The real estate mogul and reality TV star is holding his first town hall meeting at New England College in Henniker. He’ll also make stops in Salem, Hudson and Concord.

Trump has considered running for the White House several times before. This time he’s taken more concrete steps to launch a campaign. He announced plans to form an exploratory committee and hired staff in early voting states, including New Hampshire.

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Disasters in developing nations bring out the better angels of the world’s governments and citizens, but where that aid goes has a lot to do with media coverage. On today’s show, we discover why the world’s worst disasters don’t always get the most aid. Also today, a political scientist argues that fringe candidates have a shot at the presidency – if they can get the support of their party. And, if you think Chris Christie is the first presidential candidate whose weight could make or break him, think again.

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When President Lincoln was assassinated 150 years ago, many in the south publicly celebrated his death, but they weren’t the only ones cheering. On today’s show we’ll explore the myth of a country united in mourning.

Also today, a political scientist argues that fringe candidates are just as likely to win the presidency – if they can get the support of their party. And, if you think Chris Christie is the first candidate for whom weight is a presidential issue, think again.

Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts was remembered Monday by the president, vice president, and senators from both parties as a powerful force for liberal causes who could also reach across the aisle. 

Among the senators - past and present - who paid tribute to Ted Kennedy at the dedication of the new institute in his name was Trent Lott.

“Yes, a Republican from Mississippi,” he told the crowd gathered at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

LBJ Presidential Libary

From removing the "W" on all White House keyboards at the start of the Bush administration to launching a fake Indian attack on American soldiers, the commander-in-chief has been both the subject and the perpetrator of some serious pranks. In honor of April Fools' day, we map out the best presidential pranks that you may have not heard of .

Listen to Virginia's interview with Brady Carlson about White House pranks below. 

1. Lyndon B. Johnson's Sinking Convertible

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