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Sports Betting: On Track In New Hampshire?

Apr 10, 2019

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year allowed states to legalize gambling on sporting events. Now the Granite State appears poised to do so, with a House bill advancing through the legislature.  We look at the details of this proposal, which include allowing betting at 10 locations and mobile betting, as well as concerns around addiction and what some consider to be "government-sanctioned" gambling. 

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U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan said the ripple effects of opioid addiction will be felt for generations. 

She joined NHPR's The Exchange Monday to discuss the federal and state responses to the crisis, as well as the role the FDA may have played in either "wittingly or unwittingly" encouraging overprescribing of opioids. 

Listen to the full interview here, or watch a video of the program below

Hassan also addressed climate change -- she prefers a series of steps, rather than the sweeping Green New Deal. And she's concerned about the possible impact of  Medicare for all proposals now under discussion.

"As you transition people from one system to the next, it can be very disruptive...especially if you're somebody with complex medical needs," she said.

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Former three-term Maryland Congressman John Delaney announced his run for the Democratic nomination in July 2017, the earliest of any candidate--a move seen as unusual even as candidates trend toward announcing earlier. Delaney casts himself as a moderate and says if elected he would sign only bipartisan legislation in his first 100 days as President.  He has said he will focus on what he believes matters to most Americans: jobs, wages, and opportunities for their children. 


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Two gun-related topics debated in the legislature recently raised longstanding, familiar arguments.  But with Democrats in power at the Statehouse, these bills have advanced. Meanwhile, Governor Sununu has said the state's gun laws are fine as is, so their future is uncertain even if they make it through the Senate. Activists on both sides of this issue are also watching the national debate, with the U.S. House of Representatives recently passing the first major gun-control bills in decades. 

This show discusses suicide in the context of gun violence. Scroll down for resources. 

3 Things You Need to Know About the New Tax Code

Mar 26, 2019


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed December 22, 2017, and while parts of it went into effect immediately, 2018 was the first full calendar year under the new tax code. So this spring, American taxpayers will get their first look at how the new legislation impacted their refunds. 

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Congresswoman Tulsi  Gabbard, Democrat representing Hawaii, says she is running for President to end  “wasteful regime-change” wars and to bring an end to the "nuclear-arms race."  Gabbard says she would redirect trillions of dollars spent on military conflicts toward health care, education, infrastructure, and other needs.   

2020 Candidate Conversation: U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Mar 21, 2019
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Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii declared her candidacy early this year, one of the first Democrats to do so in what has since become a crowded Primary field, with more candidates likely to jump in.  Gabbard is a Major in the Army National Guard and deployed twice to the Middle East.  She has called for a "sea change" in U.S. foreign policy and supports Medicare For All. 

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Many museums are seeking new ways to stay relevant and draw visitors -- in some ways expanding the very meaning of museum.  These include hosting community events, commissioning neighborhood murals, pop-up exhibits, offering virtual tours and even responding to public crises such as the opioid epidemic.

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NPR's Ron Elving helps us sort through this very large field of Democrats, with Beto O'Rourke, former U.S. Representative from Texas, among the latest to jump in.   We'll look at the issues the candidates are talking about and we'll explore their philosophical differences, as well as the narratives they're presenting to voters in New Hampshire. 


A proposal to limit coyote hunting in New Hampshire has led to a spirited debate over the abundant animals and their impact on human and wildlife populations.  

As discussed on The Exchange,  HB 442 proposes prohibiting hunting coyotes during pup-rearing season. But the House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee voted to recommend that lawmakers reject the bill.  

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About twenty years ago, New Hampshire adopted a new option, known as SB2, for local government involving a two-part process: a deliberative session and ballot voting.  We ask how this has affected town governance, in terms of citizen participation, the issues that come up, and how they're resolved.

The First Filing Season Under the Trump Tax Cut

Mar 4, 2019
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This tax season the new tax code passed by President Trump and a Republican-led Congress is finally in full effect. The legislation passed in late 2017 but most changes became effective in 2018 and this filing season's refunds could act as an indicator of the tax cut Americans were promised. Most already saw that cut in less witholding—or the money taken out of their paychecks. The IRS is reporting that the average refund is more—so more money going back to taxpayers—but the number of Americans getting that refund is down. We check in: are Granite Staters getting bigger refunds? And is the new tax code easier to manage? 



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A battle is brewing over the state's new Medicaid "community engagement requirement," which requires certain beneficiaries of Medicaid to engage in various activities, including attending school or holding a job in order to receive coverage.  

New Hampshire is one of a handful of states with this type of arrangement, often called a "work requirement."

Back in December, The Exchange sat down with four newly-elected members of the N.H. House of Representatives. 

Now, two months in, NHPR's Michael Brindley caught up with these four new lawmakers, and asked them what's been most surprising about their new roles, and what they've seen as the biggest challenges so far.

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New Hampshire has joined a handful of states that mandate some Medicaid recipients to engage in certain activities: for example, a job, school, or community services. But recent federal changes tightening certain aspects of the program, as well as proposed legislation, have renewed debate over the Granite State's approach. 

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It's tax season. And the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act passed by President Trump and a Republican-led Congress is finally in full effect.

Shaheen: Mueller's Report Needs To Be Made Public

Feb 26, 2019

Speculation has been  growing that special counsel Robert Mueller may soon submit his final report to the U.S. Justice Department after nearly two years of investigating whether the Trump campaign aided Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. President Donald Trump has denied any “collusion.”

Speaking on The Exchange, Shaheen said, “I think it’s very important for the people of this country to see what’s in this report.”


Eleven states have reported measles outbreaks, including a large one in Washington state, which allows for philosophical exemptions for families who disagree with the mandate to vaccinate.  Although all 50 states allow for medical exemptions — religious and philosophical exemptions are also allowed in many states. New Hampshire allows for religious exemptions — and according to recent immunization reports that number has risen to 4,234 from about 3,700. 

The marijuana legalization debate returns to the Granite State.  Advocates have been trying to legalize pot here for years, and this session, lawmakers are again taking up the issue.  On Tuesday, we examine the arguments. Advocates say legalization could lead to a decline in the use of more dangerous drugs.  But opponents warn of unintended consequences, including the impact on babies born to mothers who consume cannabis while pregnant. We'll also examine the broader context, as New Hampshire's three neighboring states have all legalized.   


In his address last year, President Trump emphasized his "America first" approach on issues such as immigration and trade. We assess what the President lists as his achievements in this year's speech, as well as his plans for the future.  We also hear responses from leaders of the N.H. Young Republicans and Young Democrats. 

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Bills at the Statehouse would add the Granite State to a handful of others providing this benefit. But questions remain: Who pays, how much, and whether these plans should be voluntary or mandatory.  We look at competing proposals, including a bi-state plan between New Hampshire and Vermont.


Two years into The Trump Administration, what's been the impact here in New Hampshire?  We examine the local effects of the President's policies on health care, tax reform, the environment, and immigration.  We find out what changed in the Granite State as a result, including the impact on New Hampshire politics.

The Office of The Child Advocate, established in 2018 as an independent agency to oversee the Division of Children, Youth and Families, issued its first annual report recently. Among its recommendations:  The state should fund more DCYF staff to help relieve overloaded case workers – a problem that has long beset the agency. But OCA Director Moira O'Neill says the job of protecting children includes the broader community -- though not all Granite Staters may realize they're required by law to report suspicions of child neglect and abuse.  

The N.H. Office of the Child Advocate was created about a year ago in the wake of the deaths of two children at the hands of abusive parents -- cases that had been reported to the N.H. Division for Children, Youth, and Families. 

Moira O'Neill, the OCA's first director, joins us Tuesday at 9 a.m. to discuss the agency's first annual report. Although the state receives some praise, there remains much work to be done, according to the report -- including the hiring of more case workers, an ongoing challenge, as well as nurses, to bolster DCYF. In addition, the state must work to educate all those likely to encounter children in need of services (CHINS), including staff in schools and courts. Overall, the state must shift the emphasis toward putting the safety of children first. 

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Laura talks with New Hampshire House and Senate leaders representing both parties to find out what's in store for the legislature in the months ahead and how the shift in power -- from Republicans to Democrats -- might play out. So far, business taxes, marijuana policy, and voting laws are among many issues up for debate.

Also not to be overlooked: the state budget. 


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This year, about twenty states are raising their minimum wage; the Granite State remains tied to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Several bills in the N.H. legislature, meanwhile, will look again at raising that number. Supporters say this change is long past due, though ideas vary in terms of how much and how fast the wage should rise; opponents warn of unintended negative economic consequences, such as job loss. 

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Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, joined The Exchange to discuss the state's economy -- what's going well, including efforts to attract businesses and more young professionals to the state -- as well as areas for improvement, including affordable housing and attracting a more diverse workforce. 

Caswell also said a 10-year economic development strategy for the state is in the works. Here are key takeaways from the interview. 


With the new year upon us, resolutions abound -- including, for many of us, promises to eat healthier and exercise more regularly, perhaps even to lose weight and build muscle tone.  In attempting to do so, however, it can be confusing making sense of the research and health headlines. We'll talk with experts in these departments -- nutrition, fitness, exercise -- and get their advice on how to achieve our goals, while separating fad from fact. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Jan. 4, 2019

Jan 4, 2019

Governor Chris Sununu begins his second term, calling for cooperation as he faces Democratic control of the House, Senate, and Executive Council following midterm elections.  House lawmakers vote to ban guns inside Representatives Hall -- a rule that has been reversed over the years, depending upon which party is in charge.  And, after the N.H. House votes overwhelmingly to require its members to attend sexual harassment education training, hundreds of representatives show up for a scheduled hearing on harassment.  

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More people are bringing their animals with them -- into stores, onto planes. Some are service animals, highly trained, assisting with such tasks as pulling a wheelchair or retrieving medicine. They also assist people who are blind or experiencing seizures. These animals are covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act and allowed in most public places. Emotional support animals are sometimes prescribed to a person with a disabling mental illness but they do not have the same legal protections. And there are also therapy pets.  We'll find out what these various animals do, where they're allowed -- and why conflicts may arise.