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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Tue October 30, 2012

How Sandy Could Affect The Election

Credit The Birkes via Flickr Creative Commons

The freakishly robust weather phenomenon now known as Superstorm Sandy has left millions without power and billions of dollars in damage in its wake…and is still moving westward across the country. We wondered whether a tragedy of this scale, a week before a presidential election that is still too close to call, could affect the outcome.  So, we turn to political scientist Dean Spiliotes for some perspective.

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Word of Mouth
9:59 am
Tue October 30, 2012

International Organizations Helping Monitor Polls on Election Day

Credit League of Women Voters of California via Flickr Creative Commons

Next week, voters will take to the polls to elect the next president of the United States.  Watching the process will be a number of observers from all sides of the political process.

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Mormons
6:48 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

N.H. Mormons Navigate "Mormon Moment" As Election Day Nears

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints meetinghouse in Wolfeboro, NH is a second spiritual home for the Romneys.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Governor Mitt Romney’s connection to New Hampshire is well-documented.  He owns a house on Lake Winnipesaukee, which he visits regularly.  And the Mormon meetinghouse in Wolfeboro serves as his second spiritual home.  But what’s less understood by many outside Mormonism is what it’s like being a member of this religious minority in northern New England.  

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Elections 2012
7:30 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Reporter's Notebook: The Political Neutrality Of The Mormon Church

Mitt Romney's candidacy makes the Mormon Church's political neutrality a tricky issue to navigate.
Credit ricketyUS / Flickr Creative Common

In a recent story, I mentioned the Mormon Church’s stance on political neutrality.  It’s a complex issue, and not one that can be explained at-length in a radio feature.  For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), this stance isn’t just to protect federal tax exemptions.  It has deep religious and cultural roots.  After a series of editorial discussions in the newsroom, we felt NHPR listeners might be interested in a more in-depth explanation.

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NH News
9:26 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Health Care On The Campaign Trail

Jobs and the economy continue to dominate on the campaign trail, from the national to the local level. But  government run health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare are also getting their fair share of attention. Major changes to both programs are potentially on the horizon.

With just over a week to go until the election, NHPR’s health reporter Todd Bookman has this overview of what’s at stake for Granite State voters. 

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Elections 2012
5:51 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

On Jobs and the Economy: Brendan Kelly

This week we’ve been talking about jobs and the economy with candidates in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

We wrap up the series with the Libertarian nominee, Seabrook selectman Brendan Kelly. He talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

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Elections 2012
4:26 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Guinta And Shea-Porter Both Reading From The Same Playbook

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

This time around in the first congressional district the names are the same but the roles are flipped; Republican Frank Guinta, once the challenger, is now the incumbent. But that’s not the only way this year’s race is like a mirror image of last election.

When Congressman Frank Guinta goes out knocking on the doors of independents in Manchester – his political backyard – most everybody knows who he is.

Guinta: Good Morning!

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Elections 2012
5:44 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

On Jobs and the Economy: Carol Shea-Porter

Carol Shea-Porter at a debate in 2010.
Cheryl Senter, NHPR

This week we’re talking about jobs and the economy with the candidates in New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district. Today All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks with Carol Shea-Porter, who served two terms in Congress and is once again the Democratic nominee in the district.

Elections 2012
4:54 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

On Jobs And The Economy: Frank Guinta

Frank Guinta on Election Night 2010.
Jason Meserve, NHPR

This week we continue our series on jobs and the economy by talking to the candidates in the 1st congressional district.

We start with the incumbent, Republican Frank Guinta of Manchester. He talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

Elections 2012
4:35 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

UNH Poll Points To Hassan Win In Gubernatorial Race, Democratic Majorities In House And Senate

WMUR Granite State Poll / UNH Survey Center

The second in a series of polls out this week from WMUR and the UNH Survey Center predicts that Democrats will win the governorship and majorities in both the House and Senate.

This is the fourth poll in a row that shows a widening lead for Democrats in the “generic ballot” question: that’s to say “will you be voting for the Democrat or the Republican in your local House or Senate race?”

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Word of Mouth
9:55 am
Tue October 23, 2012

The Politics of Philanthropy

Matthew Burpee via Flickr Creative Commons

Earlier this year, Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced an initiative to invest billions of dollars into increasing contraceptive access for women.  Anybody with a mailbox or cable subscription knows it’s a somewhat risky move: whether we’re talking about contraceptives, abortion rights, or funding for Planned Parenthood, women’s issues have been front and center throughout the long election season.  We wanted to know more about the collision of philanthropy and politics, and take a general look at the state of philant

Elections 2012
9:03 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Fact-Checking the Debates

State races
7:24 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Breaking Down N.H. State Races

Analyst Dean Spiliotes talks with Morning Edition's Rick Ganley about some Granite State Senate races to watch this election season.

Elections 2012
9:26 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

WMUR/UNH Poll Finds Obama Holds Lead, Romney Lags With Women

UNH Survey Center / WMUR Granite State poll

The latest poll from WMUR and the UNH Survey Center shows President Obama maintaining a slight lead over Governor Mitt Romney in the Granite State.

UNH Pollster Andy Smith says the latest poll shows that there is still an enthusiasm gap, with more Republican voters feeling fired up about the election, but..

Smith: Obama has a 59 percent to 34 percent lead among women, Romney has a smaller lead among men, so the gender gap is there but advantaging the president right now.

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2nd CD Profile
7:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Bass and Kuster Fight Rematch For 2nd District Congressional Seat

Congressman Charlie Bass is one of a handful of vulnerable incumbents this election cycle
Amanda Loder NHPR

If you had to describe New Hampshire’s congressional elections in one word, “rematch” would be a good choice. 

In the race to Congress two years ago, the distance between Kuster and Bass was almost photo-finish-worthy: about 3,500 votes.  UNH Survey Center Director Andy Smith says this year, it could be just as close.

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