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A Tussle over Town Meetings


More than fifteen years ago, voters were given the option of changing their local democratic process and ditch the all-day gatherings through a new system called SB2, named after the senate bill that introduced it. Town have gradually adopted this system which some feel undermines the democratic process while others believe it is a far more manageable system given the typically busy schedules of the citizens.


Dennis Delay: Senior Economist at the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies.

Doug Hall: former Republican lawmaker from Chichester who has participated in town hall meetings for the past thirty years and moderated for the town of Chichester for the past fourteen years.

Charles Tucker: Town Moderator for Exeter.


We'll also hear from...

David Brooks: Reporter for the Telegraph of Nashua.



Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

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