Politics

Word of Mouth
6:14 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Word Of Mouth 09.28.13

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We like to think of the Word of Mouth Saturday show as a convenient, one-hour public radio field trip. So pack a special picnic lunch and grab a buddy, here's what's on the itinerary this week:

  • Bill Maher Love him or hate him, it really doesn't matter, Bill Maher is a great interview.
  • Field Trips Jay Phillip Greene explains his recent study on the power of the school field trip. Turns out they have real and powerful educational value.

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Politics
3:21 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Ayotte, Shaheen Split Over Avoiding Government Shutdown

Senators Shaheen and Ayotte honor firefighters in 2012
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New Hampshire's U.S. senators were split on a vote to keep government operating past Tuesday.

Republican Kelly Ayotte opposed the measure that, if approved in the House, will avoid a threatened government shutdown. Democrat Jeanne Shaheen voted in favor of the bill. It passed the Senate 54-44 Friday afternoon but faces an uncertain future in the house as the high-stakes stand-off continues into the weekend.

Ayotte says she opposed the measure because it exceeds spending caps and only lasts two months. She says that means the whole crisis will be repeated.

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NH News
3:08 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Democrats: It's Time For A Woman President

Hillary Clinton in 2012
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Democrats gathered in New Hampshire's largest city Friday's said the event wasn't designed to promote Hillary Rodham Clinton specifically. But Clinton supporters dominated the discussion hosted by EMILY's List, a group that works to elect female Democrats across the country.

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Clinton would be, quote, "the most qualified person to run for president, probably almost ever."

EMILY's List president Stephanie Schriock says several women could run for president in 2016, but Clinton rises above them all.

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NH News
7:05 am
Fri September 27, 2013

N.H. Senators Join Bipartisan Effort To Protect Heating Assistance

N.H. Senators Shaheen and Ayotte honor firefighters in 2012
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New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen have partnered with a bipartisan group of senators to protect funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

The group is requesting nearly $3.5 billion in the spending bill before Congress. The program could see funding reduced during the upcoming winter without action.

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Word of Mouth
12:43 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

A Conversation With Bill Maher

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Long before he was pushing the boundaries on television’s Politically Incorrect or hosting Real Time on HBO, Bill Maher was a stand-up comedian. He still does about 50 shows a year, in venues all over the country, and he’s coming to the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord next Saturday, October 5th. Some love him, some hate him, but his biting wit has made him one of the leading satirists in America today.

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NH News
9:30 am
Sun September 22, 2013

Gambling Panel May Meet With New Consultant

A special panel tasked with developing casino regulations for New Hampshire may meet with its newly hired consultant at its meeting Thursday.

The New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority recently hired WhiteSand Gaming of Nevada and New Jersey to help it write regulations for lawmakers to consider next year. The panel has a Dec. 15 deadline to submit draft legislation.

The agreement with WhiteSand says its charges cannot exceed $135,000.

NH News
6:35 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Governor Continues 'Innovate NH' Tour In Merrimack

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A Merrimack company that makes engineered plastics for the aerospace, automotive and other industries is the latest stop on New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan's "Innovate NH" tour.

Hassan is visiting Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics on Thursday. Her office says the company has committed to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to bring each new building's thermal performance into compliance with the most stringent national standard.

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NH News
9:23 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Former State Senator To Challenge Shaheen In Senate Run

Former Republican state Sen. Jim Rubens is set to formally announce his plan to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

Rubens is making his announcement Wednesday morning in Concord.

Rubens ran for governor in 1998, losing in the Republican primary to Jay Lucas. Shaheen beat Lucas to win her second term as governor.

Rubens, a private venture investor, chaired the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling and worked to defeat bills to legalize casinos.

Word of Mouth
11:30 am
Tue September 17, 2013

A Web Tool 'Scouts' Out Political Progress

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Congressional approval ratings are currently scraping the floor at about 15%. Voters report feeling frustrated at the dominance of political posturing over action. The exasperation has many wondering what our Legislature does exactly, and what in the Sam Hill are they talking about on the hill. A new web-based tool allows citizens to track congressional discussion, bills -- including state bills -- and regulations concerning issues they care about. From raw milk to education bills to campaign finance, Scout is designed to deliver real time results and encourage a more informed public. Our guest is Tom Lee the director of Sunlight Labs, the technical arm of the Sunlight Foundation – which works to make government transparent and accountable. He and his team helped develop Scout.

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NH News
9:27 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Strawbery Banke Receives $300K Donation From State Senator

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A New Hampshire state senator has made a $300,000 donation to the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth to construct an expanded visitor's center.

Martha Fuller Clark, a Portsmouth Democrat, said she hopes the project, which includes a new cafe along with 50 percent more space in the lecture hall, will bring more people to the 10-acre outdoor history museum.

Fuller Clark's mother, Marion Fuller, was one of the founders of Strawbery Banke, which is a National Historic Landmark.

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NH News
8:36 am
Wed September 11, 2013

N.H. Delegation's Reaction To Obama Remarks: A Mix Of Doubt, Hope On Syria

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she's skeptical of the credibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad and the ability of the United Nations to execute a plan for Syria to relinquish its chemical weapons.

But Ayotte, commenting after President Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night, said if the effort is successful, the world would be safer.

Word of Mouth
3:51 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Weiner Is Not Filner: The Differences Between Sex Scandals

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Anthony Weiner’s mayoral race is losing steam after revelations that he continued sexting women after resigning from Congress in disgrace in 2011.  San Diego Mayor Bob Filner says he will not resign, despite a number of women accusing him of sexual harassment and predatory behavior.  Both sex scandals revolve around married politicians, both are democrats, and both are getting tarred with the same brush, and not only by the media.  Katie Halper is humorist, blogger, and contributor to Salon, where she argued against conflating Weiner and Filner’s actions – even if both of them sound creepy.

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Word of Mouth
11:02 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Astroturfing On Amazon: Why Telecom Lobbyists Are Planting Bad Reviews

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It’s been a pretty big couple of weeks for Amazon.com.  First, President Obama chose one of the company’s fulfillment centers as a backdrop for a speech on raising the minimum wage.  Then, news broke that Amazon’s founder, billionaire Jeff Bezos, had purchased the venerable Washington Post.  Amazon now has one hundred and twenty-six million monthly users.  But they might want to start reading product reviews with a grain of salt.  Cited as the largest single source of internet consumer reviews in 2010, the online giant is susceptible to a deceitful practice called astroturfing.  When Susan Crawford’s book “Captive Audience” about the Telecom Industry was published in January, it attached a number of bad reviews later revealed to be fake…with a political agenda behind them.  Our guest Mike Masnick weeded out these fake reviews and published an expose for Techdirt that reached the front page of Reddit.  Masnick is the founder and CEO of Floor64 and editor of the Techdirt blog, we spoke with him about his findings.

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Word of Mouth
8:58 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Software Reveals The True Story Behind Citizen Videos

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Egyptian troops fired on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo last week. In June, anti-government protests in Turkey were broken up by what the Council of Europe deemed to be excessive force. In Brazil, weeks of demonstrations climaxed on June 21, when millions spilled onto the streets in more than 100 cities. More than 180,000 citizen-made videos captured the throngs in Brazil alone and some were uploaded to support charges of undue police violence made by Amnesty International and other civil rights groups. As amateur media grows increasingly integrated into protest coverage, software developed by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley could support and protect activists against unjust persecution. Called the “Rashomon Project,” the program synchronizes films taken from multiple angles to creating a complete timeline that could to be used as evidence of abuse during human rights trials. Ken Goldberg is professor of engineering at UC Berkeley and leader of the Rashomon Project, and he spoke with us about the project.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed June 19, 2013

The Small-State Advantage?

In the current American political system, some say larger states can be at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to political representation in the U.S. Senate and electoral college, to a degree some say the Founders likely never imagined. Some are clamoring for a remedy of some sort, while others suggest the two Senators per State model still plays an important role in balancing political power. We'll look at both sides of this debate. 

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