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Secretary of State Bill Gardner
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New Hampshire’s top election official says the sweeping voting rights bill backed by Congressional Democrats, including the entire state delegation, could endanger New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Bill Gardner, New Hampshire
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Members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation are defending their support of sweeping legislation to overhaul U.S. elections against criticism from Secretary of State Bill Gardner.

Bill Gardner, New Hampshire
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Below is the statement Secretary of State Bill Gardner posted on the state's website about his views of H.R. 1, the federal measure that seeks to expand voting rights.

RELATED: New Hampshire Delegation Defends Voting Rights Legislation

Mobile COVID-19 testing site at Pease in Portsmouth, N.H., in April
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It was a year that made us hold our breath, shake our heads, laugh and cry, and shout and pray.

The year of the Zoom call. The year of not taking things for granted.

A year that began with intense scrutiny of the 2020 New Hampshire presidential primary and then veered wildly to the coronavirus. The pandemic sucked the air out of the room - and out of many an office. It changed how we work, how we play, how we greet family, friends and neighbors.

Can Progressives and Moderates Unite?

Feb 18, 2020

We talk with writer and liberal political commentator E.J. Dionne about his new book:  "Code Red." In it, he urges moderates and progressives to stop feuding and come together if they really want to defeat President Trump. Dionne gives examples from U.S. history when people of slightly different political persuasions got together and made major change.  He says today's Democrats could actually learn a political lesson from a Republican icon: Ronald Reagan. 

Air date: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

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When it comes to abortion rights support, there is little daylight between the Democrats running for president. That much became clear quickly at the ‘Our Rights, Our Courts’ forum in Concord Saturday sponsored by several abortion-rights groups including the Center for Reproductive Rights.

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  Monday night, Feb. 3, 2020 was caucus night in Iowa, but despite promises of transparency, confusion reigned in reporting results and no winner was declared.  We discuss issues coming out of the Iowa caucuses, how the 2020 Democratic campaigns react, and how the lack of clarity coming out of Iowa impacts the landscape for the New Hampshire primary.   Air date: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020

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The New Hampshire state employees' union says they may not endorse a presidential candidate in the 2020 primary race.

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You might have heard that the New Hampshire primary is coming up on a big 100-year milestone in 2020. The Secretary of State’s office has marked the occasion with a commemorative centennial poster and — just last week — a special ceremony featuring the families of people who’ve shaped the primary’s history.

But if the idea of a 100th anniversary sounds familiar, it’s because you might have heard something similar four years ago.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 1, 2019

Nov 1, 2019

The 100th anniversary of New Hampshire as the first in the nation primary officially begins as the candidate filing period kicks off this week. Elizabeth Warren's campaign joins the suit calling for a pause in the residency law, HB 1264, currently being challenged in court.  And wet weather delays Halloween for some towns.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 23, 2019

Aug 22, 2019

We focus on environmental news on this edition of the Weekly New Hampshire News Roundup. We talk about climate issues on the 2020 campaign trail after the departure of Jay Inslee, and compare the climate plans offered by other Democratic candidates. Following protests at the statehouse over the Merrimack Station coal plant, we discuss the future of fossil fuel generators in the state. Plus, the latest environmental vetoes and bill signings from Governor Chris Sununu.  Annie Ropeik, NHPR's environment and energy reporter, is guest host.

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Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 16, 2019

Aug 15, 2019

President Trump returns to New Hampshire, and we hear about his rally in Manchester as well as some national perspective on the 2020 Presidential Primary from NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith. With the Iowa State Fair wrapping up, a parade of Democratic candidates are coming back through the state and we catch up on the Democratic primary here. We also discuss whether Claremont is the new Dixville Notch; a bellwether for primary watchers.  NHPR Reporter Casey McDermott is guest host.

GUESTS:

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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.   

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 15, 2019

Mar 15, 2019

The NH Senate votes unanimously to fund full-day kindergarten entirely from state funds, rather than using money generated by Keno. Instead Keno funds would go to school building aid. Eight Democratic presidential candidates (including two potential contenders) will be in N.H. this weekend. And, in honor of Sunshine Week, we'll revisit some stories that would not have been possible without reporters seeking information using state and federal open records laws. 


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  President Donald Trump might have a Republican challenger in 2020.

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld was in New Hampshire to announce he has launched a presidential exploratory committee. He’s the first Republican to throw a hat at least close to the 2020 ring.

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Once every four years, for a brief moment, it seems the whole world turns its eyes to Dixville Notch.

Since 1960, voters in this tiny Coos County community have been casting their ballots just after the stroke of midnight to mark the official start of the New Hampshire presidential primary.

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Lawmakers in Concord are again considering legislation that would require presidential candidates running in New Hampshire’s primary to release five years of income tax returns.

The bill is sponsored by two Seacoast Democrats, including David Meuse, who told the House Election Law Committee on Tuesday that voters would benefit from increased transparency.

HUD

 

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro returned to New Hampshire on Wednesday to campaign for several Democratic candidates but said he's in no rush to announce a run for the party's presidential nomination.

Castro, who has suggested in the past week that he's likely to make a bid for president, said after his arrival in the state that he would "announce after the first of the year if I decide to run. I don't feel rushed to actually announce."

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About 15 people in Concord learned how to use voting technology for the visually impaired at FutureInSight, a local non-profit.

The system, called One4All, was first used in the 2016 state primary.

It's tablet-based. There's a keyboard and voice output that reads through the candidates. Voters hit "enter" on a keyboard to pick their candidate.

This year's system has a few small tweaks: the voice output is clearer and a bit faster, for one thing.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: September 7, 2018

Sep 6, 2018

We take a look at this final week of debates, forums, and politicking before next Tuesday's primary. In Massachusetts it's being called a political earthquake - do historic victories in primaries there have ramifications for New Hampshire races?  And the Red Sox add a shimmy to the lineup.

GUESTS:

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As part of a series of interviews with GOP candidates in the 2nd Congressional District primary, we sit down with Stewart Levenson.

Dr. Levenson is a rheumatologist, and former Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the VA Medical Center in Manchester. In 2017, he became a whistleblower against the VA, alleging substandard care of patients at the hospital. He lives in Hopkinton. 

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Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Steve Marchand talks about the issues in his campaign, from energy to education, and answers your questions. 

Note: Marchand's primary opponent, former state senator Molly Kelly, declined to appear on today's program.

Later in the hour, NHPR's Josh Rogers updates us on the New Hampshire Governor's race overall. 

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As part of a series of interviews with GOP candidates in the 2nd Congressional District primary, we sit down with Lynne Blankenbeker

Blankenbeker has served in the Middle East for the U.S. Air Force as an officer and trauma flight nurse, and later in the Navy Reserve Nurse Corps. She was a representative in the N.H. legislature, where she worked in veterans and public health issues. She is an attorney and served as a healthcare policy advisor at the Pentagon. 

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As part of a series of interviews with GOP candidates in the 2nd Congressional District primary, we sit down with Brian Belanger

Belanger is a native of New Boston, and a business owner in the region. He is running his campaign with an emphasis on border security. 

National Atlas of the United States

The Exchange wants to help listeners get to know the Republican candidates running in the primary for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.

Beginning Wednesday, August 8, The Exchange will interview candidates live from 9:40-10 a.m. These interviews will also be available to watch on Facebook Live. Five Republicans and two Libertarians are vying to unseat Democrat Ann McLane Kuster in the 2nd Congressional District. Kuster was first elected to the House in 2012, and is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. 

Here is a schedule of the interviews:

We take a break from our Race for the 1st series to look at the candidates for Congressional District 2. Annie Kuster (D), the incumbent, will be challenged by Steve Negron, a State Representative from Nashua, VA whistleblower and physician Dr. Stewart Levenson of Hopkinton, and Captain Lynne Blankenbeker, who recently retired from a career as a military nurse and lives in Concord. Political reporter Paul Steinhauser joins us to discuss the race. 

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Julián Castro, a possible presidential hopeful who was a former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama, addressed New Hampshire Young Democrats in Manchester Friday night.

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Is the 2020 New Hampshire primary already underway?

It may seem like it, with three former presidential candidates in the Granite State this week, including a visit Thursday from Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich.

On the Democratic side, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley was here Sunday, and this weekend, former vice president Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at a state Democratic Party fundraiser.

For a year and a half leading up to the N.H. Primary, reporter Scott Conroy followed the  2016 campaign up and down New Hampshire. Along the way, he absorbed local insights and entertaining anecdotes from the state officials and political operatives who have determined national political fates for generations, thanks to N.H.'s First-in-the-Nation status. 


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The way Rep. Norman Silber sees it, a party primary is supposed to select the best person who represents the values and platform of that particular political party — and allowing undeclared voters to weigh in allows for too much electoral mischief.

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