Category Archives: Spring 2012

Issue: Pop-Up Food Courts

Someone must be liable for those who get sick and dies, or if someone accidently starts a fire and burns the place down. That’s what Adam Sudman, founder of pop-up food court, My Lucky Tummy, assesses and considers before running … Continue reading

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Syracuse Latin to Open in Fall for 2014-15 School Year

High-achieving students in Syracuse will soon have a brand-new school, say city school district officials. “Kids that can achieve more than the average student should be able to excel,” said Max Ruckdeschel, Syracuse board of education vice president. The new … Continue reading

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Celebrating 5 Years of Democracywise

Celebrating 5 Years of Democracywise from Democracywise on Vimeo. For five years, Democracywise has served as a resource for Central New York voters on local, state and national elections and issues. Professor Grimes created the site in Spring 2007, and … Continue reading

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Issue: Teen Pregnancy

For teen mother Krystal Gustina, life is a daily round of anxiety, diaper-changes, late-night hospital visits — and a lot of hope for a better future. “It’s just a big wake up call that you’ve got to make some quick … Continue reading

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Issue: Job Training

For 17 years, Kersten Hirsch of North Syracuse worked at the Magna Powertrain plant in East Syracuse.  He worked his way from an assembly line worker to supervisor. Last January, the plant finally closed — he was left without a … Continue reading

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Issue: Gay Marriage and Taxes

Brenda Wrigley and Cathy Pontante traveled from Syracuse in 2006 to say “I do” in Toronto. “When we got married,” said Wrigley, 57, a public relations professor at Syracuse University, “our neighborhood didn’t blow up. Nobody died. Nothing changed.  We’re … Continue reading

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Issue: Native Land Claims

Brad Powless laments the pollution of Onondaga Lake. If only he and his fellow members of Onondaga Nation still controlled the land, he says, they would keep it clean. “It’s a sad thing,” said Powless, a member of the Onondaga … Continue reading

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Issue: Social Security

Every month 72-year-old Mary Born has to stretch her Social Security check. “It’s never enough,” said Born of Syracuse. “Every month I run out of money before the month is over.” Born is one of almost 56 million people in … Continue reading

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Issue: Longterm Care

If you live to be 65, you have a 40 percent chance of living in a nursing home. In Onondaga County, that nursing home will cost about $96,000 per year. Those are vivid examples of the nation’s need for long-term … Continue reading

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Issue: Birth Control Insurance Coverage

For Jacqie Greacen, getting access to birth control medications means jumping through hoops and much frustration. Greacen, a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, relies on birth control medications to regulate her periods and to reduce the … Continue reading

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Issue: Specialized Courts

To cut the enormous costs and high number of prisoners, states are more and more turning to specialized courts. “We’re looking at alternatives which engage inmates in programs that help them and essentially put them at successful rehabilitation and re-entry,” … Continue reading

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Issue: Immigration Enforcement

Jose Perez, a Syracuse lawyer, takes issue with the local police officer or state trooper who asks him to hand over proof of his immigration status. “I am a U.S. citizen. I have a thick accent. I live here,” he … Continue reading

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Issue: Gas Prices

At $4 a gallon, gasoline prices have stymied economic recovery here in Central New York and around the nation. “This is not a robust economy where we can brush gas prices off,” said Don Dutkowsky, economist at Syracuse University’s Maxwell … Continue reading

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Issue: Farm Aid

Kim Brayman wonders if she will profit this year from the 600 cows on her family’s dairy farm in Skaneateles. “Milk prices are constantly changing,” says Brayman. “It is completely out of our control. If prices drop, there is nothing … Continue reading

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Issue: Bridge Repairs

For motorists, the odds of crossing a bridge that needs repairs are greater than one in three in Onondaga County. That’s a calculation from surveys done by the state and federal of the condition of local bridges. Nationally and locally, … Continue reading

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Issue: Medicaid & the Uninsured

For those without health insurance and with low-enough income, Medicaidwill open opportunities for care in 2014. That’s the goal of the new health care law to help expand Medicaid eligibility for people making up to 133 percent of the poverty … Continue reading

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Gender Gap: What Do Women Want?

If women are from Venus, Democrats must be too. Democratic candidates get a much larger number of votes from women than they get from men. It’s known as the “gender gap” and it’s a major obstacle for Republicans in national … Continue reading

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New Congressional Districts Redraw Political Maps & Choices

When Election Day rolls around in November, many New Yorkers will be staring at new names and at new polling places to cast their ballots for their members of Congress. The reason: Redistricting. “The main reason for redistricting is to … Continue reading

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3rd Parties Add Choice, Variety to Politics

Alternative political parties are major players in New York and Onondaga County, say party members and some political scientists. “Third parties here play more of a role than anywhere else,” said Jeffrey Stonecash, a Syracuse University political science professor. “They’re … Continue reading

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For Right and Independent, parties include Conservative & Independence

For right-leaning or independent-minded Central New York voters, two parties offer alternative voices: The Conservative Party and TheIndependence Party. In Onondaga County, they are the two largest alternative parties. The Independence Party has 13,135 — or 4 percent — of … Continue reading

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On the Left, 3rd Parties include Green and Working Families

Left-leaning Central New York voters have two major options for alternative parties: The Green Party and The Working Families Party. Here’s a closer look at the two parties: The Green Party Progressive voters are left out by Democrats or Republicans, … Continue reading

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25th = New 24th Congressional District: Buerkle-Maffei Rematch

In a new political landscape, some Central New York voters will see a rematch between U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, and Democrat Dan Maffei of DeWitt for the recently redesigned 24th Congressional District. “It’s going to be a … Continue reading

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25th = New 24th Congressional District: Incumbent Buerkle for GOP

As U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle sees it, the cell phone is a direct line to her constituents. “I give out my cell phone number directly,” said Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill. She is seeking re-election in November for the former 25th … Continue reading

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25th = New 24th Congressional District: Challenger Maffei for Dems

With a pitch to the middle class and in a newly designed district, Democrat Dan Maffei of DeWitt is trying to reclaim his Congressional seat in November. “I’m very interested in the plight of the middle class, especially in Central New … Continue reading

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25th = New 24th Congressional District: $ Buerkle & Maffei in Tighter $ Race

When it comes to money, U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, is performing far better than she did last time against Democrat Dan Maffei of DeWitt, setting records for herself. The two are the frontrunners to represent Central New … Continue reading

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24th = New 22nd Congressional District: Hanna Faces Two Challengers

Facing some new voters, U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, must fend off a challenge from within his party before he can run for his second term for the newly drawn 22nd Congressional District in November. The GOP challenge comes from … Continue reading

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24th = New 22nd Congressional District: Hanna Seeks 2nd Term

Stepping outside the party lines is sometimes the way U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, does his job. For example, in March, he joined Democrats and other supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment at a rally in Washington. There, Hanna urged … Continue reading

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24th = new 22nd Congressional District: Challengers on Right & Left for Hanna

For the new 22nd Congressional District, Tea Party activist Michael Kicinski of Earlville and Democrat Dan Lamb of  Freeville are challenging.U.S. Rep.Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld. Kicinski is seeking the Republican nomination and will face Hanna in the GOP’s primary on June … Continue reading

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24th = new 22nd Congressional District: $ Hanna Ahead in Fundraising

For his re-election money, U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, has a large lead over his both  his challengers for the 22nd Congressional District seat. Hanna is running for his second term from the newly redrawn 22nd Congressional District in the … Continue reading

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23rd Congressional District = 21st Congressional District: Owens Faces Some New GOP Voters

With a few more Republican voters for his newly designed district, U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, is running for his second term inCongress in November. Owens has represented the former 23rd Congressional District since 2009. In April 2012, it becomes … Continue reading

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23rd = new 21st Congressional District: $ Owens Far Ahead in Dollars

For campaign money, U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, has a big lead over his two challengers in the newly drawn 21st Congressional District race. As of mid-April, Owens had raised $1 million, according to the nonpartisanCenter for Responsive Politics in … Continue reading

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23rd = new 21st Congressional District: Incumbent Owens for Dems

A lawyer, a military man and a member of Congress for three years. That’s the resume U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, will be using for re-election from the new 21st Congressional District on Nov. 6. “Every re-election is challenging, you … Continue reading

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23rd = new 21st Congressional District: GOP Challengers Doheny & Greene

Voters in the newly drawn 21st Congressional District will choose between two candidates to challenge U.S. Rep.Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, in a June primary election. The two challengers are Matt Doheny and Kellie Greene, both trying to win the Republican nomination. … Continue reading

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For CNY, Redistricting Is Mostly DeJa Vu All Over Again

For Central New York voters, little has changed for their state senate and assembly districts in the November election. This small change was expected, said Jeffrey Stonecash, political science professor at Syracuse University.  The districts were redrawn by the appointed … Continue reading

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50th State Senate District Remains Much the Same: DeFrancisco for GOP

With a handful of new voters to court, state Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, is looking to claim his 11th term in the 50th state Senate District in November. The new voters come from this year’s redistricting process. Those new voters … Continue reading

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49th State Senate District = 53rd State Senate District: Valesky Runs Again for Dems

With new boundaries and now the bulk of Syracuse city, state Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, is seeking his fifth term in November. But he’s campaigning with the same goals in mind, said Jessica DeCerce, speaking on behalf of the campaign. … Continue reading

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121st State Assembly District = 127th Assembly District: Rematch Between Miller & Stirpe

On April 18, Democrat Al Stirpe of North Syracuse announced that he will challenge incumbent Don Miller for the assembly seat. Stirpe served two terms in the assembly before losing to Miller in 2010. For more info on Stirpe, see … Continue reading

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120th State Assembly District = 129th Assembly District: Democrat Magnarelli Runs Alone

With some new voters and new boundaries, state Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli, D-Syracuse, is seeking his eighth term in November. “I don’t see a change in my campaign at all or the issues in the campaign,” Magnarelli said.
 
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119th State Assembly District = 128th Assembly District: Democrat Roberts Unchallenged

With a few new voters, state Assemblyman Sam Roberts D-Syracuse, is looking for re-election for a second term in the fall 2012 election. Since 2010, Roberts has represented the 119th state Assembly District. Because of recent redistricing, it becomes the … Continue reading

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Art Helps Veterans Heal from War

Dominick DeTore took up photography while he was stationed in Iraq in 2004. He captured the scenery. Rock formations. Open fields. Rivers. Then an improvised explosive device went off during a routine night foot patrol in Hit, west of Baghdad … Continue reading

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Shaping Healthy Bodies and Lives for the Young

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] By day, Chelsea Norton is a SUNY graduate student in kinesiology. But come the end of the afternoon, she is a personal trainer to overweight teenagers working to improve their self-image. “It’s good … Continue reading

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More Sunshine Through the Web on Government

More information about what’s discussed at government meetings could be at the public’s fingertips under a recent change to New York’s open meetings law. “The law catches up with technology,” said Roy Gutterman, journalism professor and director of the Tully … Continue reading

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The Homeless Get More Help Around Syracuse

Bright-colored blankets and sheets lay neatly folded at the foot of 24 beds in the overflow unit at the Rescue Mission. “We went to bunk beds this past winter and doubled from 12 to 24 beds,”  said Charley Rhodes, the … Continue reading

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What To Do About Hydrofracking’s Wastewater?

Millions of gallons of chemical wastewater are complicating the already-volatile debate over hydrofracking in New York. The unavoidly contaminated wastewater cannot be treated at normal sewage or water treatment facilities. Standard treatment facilities can remove bacteria and some toxic metals. … Continue reading

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Boomerang Children & College Debt Can Hit Families Hard

Young people are moving back home in record numbers — thanks to the bad economy and, for some college graduates, too much college debt. And that’s adding to pressures on the whole family. “Families may feel stressed to make ends … Continue reading

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Onondaga Lake Clean-Up Goes to the Bottom

The bottom of Onondaga Lake is being scraped to remove mercury and other chemicals in the next big phase of the lake’s cleanup. Dredging to take out the mercury will be a major environmental improvement, said Richard Smardon, an environmental … Continue reading

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For the Disabled, Access Again to State Parks

For disabled New Yorkers, the great outdoors is open again — partly because of a special, tax-supported program. “We get closer to nature and  have a greater appreciation for it,” said Keith Havis, site administrator at West Genesee Day Habilitation … Continue reading

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New Evaluations for Some Teachers in Troubled Schools

Some teachers will be evaluated differently in Syracuse city schools this year. That’s to meet a state requirement to keep $11.5 million in grants for struggling schools in the Syracuse City School District. “It was something that we needed to … Continue reading

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Murders Rise & Fall for City & County Over Decade

Six murders. That’s the number of murders in Syracuse in all of 2011, according to Syracuse Police. It compares to 15 murders in the city in 2010 — a drop of 60 percent. And it’s a decline that local officials … Continue reading

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TRAC Feeds Government Accountability by Opening Records

Break open tons of government documents. Distill them into nuggets of understandable data. Serve in neatly-packaged reports. That is the recipe TRAC — or Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse — has followed for 23 years to give the public a chance … Continue reading

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Controversial Bill Includes Women in Same-Sex Couples for Help Against Domestic Violence

Women in same-sex relationships could get help against domestic violence under a proposed change in a federal law. “Many same-sex couples cannot take advantage of programs because some states don’t allow them to be married,” said Kim Dill, the executive … Continue reading

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Civil Liberties & Security at Odds in Surveillance of Muslim Students

When Muslim students at Syracuse University were being watched by the government, the surveillance highlighted the ongoing conflicts between civil liberties and national security. “Nobody wants to be on anybody’s list,” said Tanweer Haq, the Islamic chaplain at Hendricks Chapel … Continue reading

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Tracking You Online: Privacy or Customer Service?

Google is watching you. And with recent changes in its privacy policy, Google has renewed a debate how Internet service providers like Google can collect and use the personal information routinely — and quietly — exposed on the web by … Continue reading

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For the Grieving, a New Definition?

Grief — the sadness felt after losing a loved one  — is  being considered for part of the diagnosis of depression under a set of proposed, new guidelines for doctors. The proposed classification could allow millions more people to be … Continue reading

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With Charter Schools, Looking for a Difference

Ever since Charisse Glass moved her daughter Jamaica from Roberts School to the Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School, she’s noticed a difference. Not an academic difference, but a social one. “She was kind of introverted but now she’s a … Continue reading

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Homeowners Get Lower Power Bills with State Help for Energy Efficiency

Homeowners across New York state are jumping at the opportunity to update their homes and downsize their utility bills. “More and more homeowners have started making their homes energy efficient,” said Chris Straile, owner of TS Performance Products a company … Continue reading

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Citizen Review Board of Police Gets a Second Chance: More Structure This Time

When they have a concern about police, citizens have a new voice with the revival of the Citizen Review Board. “It is important that our police force knows that this community cares about the way that they interact with us. … Continue reading

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A Special Need for LGBTQ in Abusive Relationships

For those in abusive same-sex relationships, getting help means special challenges. “Culture is telling that person that ‘You’re not normal,’” sadi Tiffany Braley, an educator about domestic violence and outreach coordinator to the LGBTQ community from Vera House. Vera House … Continue reading

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Two Sides of Same Coin: Minimum Wage

For single mother Yaumara Rodriguez, a minimum-wage hike means the difference between paying for gas or giving her daughters some new clothes. “Gas is very expensive,” Rodriguez said. “It’s almost what I make in an hour.” For business owner Jerry … Continue reading

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To Feed a Family, Food Stamps Can Fall Short

For Tina Backus,  feeding her family on the $243 a month in food stamps is nearly impossible. “It’s really, really hard at the end of the month,”  said Backus, a single mom of four boys who can no longer work … Continue reading

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Biking Gets Better, Safer with a Plan

Syracuse’s bike plan is beginning to show its stripes. From East Genesee Street to South Salina Street, bright new white lines identify bike lanes. They are the result of the city’s plan for an interconnected bicycling network. They are also … Continue reading

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Making Syracuse a Work of Art

A giant serpent popping out of the concrete alongside a creek. A mural depicting people’s favorite aspects of Syracuse like snow-capped hills. A sculpture of a pair of bells to be rung to let go of lost love. Public art … Continue reading

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A Win for Towns vs States on Hydrofracking

When two upstate New York towns won recent court victories about banning hydracking, they also won early battles about what’s called “home rule.” And the court rulings could have larger implications about controversies that pit one level of government against … Continue reading

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Students Struggle with Repaying College Loans

More college students are failing to pay back their federal government loans. “The numbers show that people have had a hard time over the past couple of years with payments,” said Jane Glickman, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of … Continue reading

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Health Exchanges for Insurance on Govs To-Do List

Imagine shopping online for health insurance in the same way you shop for hotels, cars and flights. That’s the goal of proposed legislation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo  to create what are called “health exchanges” online where individuals and small businesses … Continue reading

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Technology in Schools a Growing Trend and Question

For students and parents of Cazenovia School District, technology is an everyday tool. Parents track attendance and grades with the online system PowerSchool. In 2011, the school purchased 40 iPads with federal stimulus dollars. Teachers use smart boards — interactive … Continue reading

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Winter Choice: Salt in Water or Ice on Roads

Slippery, ice-coated roads — or more salt in the water table. Those are the trade-offs in the winter battle to keep roads open in Onondaga County and other snow-belt areas. “We constantly get calls from the public and environmentalists,” said … Continue reading

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Airport to Get Private Security

A private security firm will soon replace most of the city police in patrolling Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport. “By March 9 we should have received which firm,” said William Fisher, chairman of the new Syracuse Regional Airport Authority. In addition … Continue reading

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Building Lives Through Education and Training

Tyrell Cannon of South Side  was on the wrong path before YouthBuild. “I was waking up every day, trying to put money in my pocket,” he said. He worked odd jobs, mostly for short stints.“That was about it.” Cannon, 23, … Continue reading

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Federal $ to Cops to Stop Drugged Drivers in Bill

Police would get help in identifying drugged drivers under a measure sponsored by Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark. “The bottom line is, our cops need a breathalyzer-like technology that works to identify drug-impaired drivers, on-the-spot, before they … Continue reading

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Gay Worshippers Seek Welcoming Churches

For openly gay student Justin Cotton, finding a church with an openly gay pastor was an extra blessing. “When I came out to my parents, it was helpful for them to have our openly gay pastor to talk to,” Cotton … Continue reading

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More in City Falling into Poverty

Poverty is creeping up in the Syracuse area. Today, 44,527 Syracuse city residents — or about 34 percent of the population — live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census of 2010. That’s an increase of nearly two percent since … Continue reading

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New Frontier for Hydrofracking: The Utica Shale

Thousands of feet below the Marcellus Shale, another rock formation — the Utica Shale — waits for its turn in New York’s natural gas-drilling spotlight. “We believe New York has tremendous potential that has yet to be realized,” said Dennis … Continue reading

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College Costs a Continuing Nightmare

College costs have skyrocketed in the past decade. And that’s not likely to change, according to college officials. “What we have seen, especially at public institutions, is the cost of tuition has gone through the roof,” said Sandy Baum, a … Continue reading

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Too Many Abandoned Buildings; Too Few Dollars to Fix or Demolish Them

Teenagers smoke marijuana and set off fireworks at the abandoned houses on Latora Jefferson’s block in the South Side. Shattered glass and boarded-up windows of the rotting properties surround her newly built home in every direction. Cats infest her neighbor’s … Continue reading

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Public Funding a Symphony Still Unclear

The future of a symphony orchestra in Syracuse is hanging by a tax-payer string. Two groups are now seeking government funding to create a new symphony orchestra after an earlier orchestra went bankrupt and a philharmonic orchestra failed. Meanwhile, some … Continue reading

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Scenes from New Hampshire primary 2012

Syracuse University graduate and undergraduate students spent Jan. 4-11 in New Hampshire. They were covering the primary for news outlets across the country. Here are some memorable moments from the trip.

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For WATD Radio, Some Memories of Primary

For the week of the New Hampshire primaries, three Newhouse broadcast journalism students — Matt Porter, Amanda Watkins, and Jared Kraham — covered the election for WATD Radio in Marshfield, Mass. This is their final report — a sample of … Continue reading

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Tea Party a Quiet Player in New Hampshire

CONCORD N.H., (Jan. 9, 2012) — For this year’s primary, the Tea Party is playing more of the  strong silent type. No big Tea Party rallies. No Tea Party town hall meetings. No Tea Party endorsements. No Tea Party protests … Continue reading

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Lessons from a New Hampshire Adventure

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 9, 2012) — This is one crazy place. Hordes of reporters swarm to New Hampshire for the first-in-the-nation primary. After four years of studying journalism and political science from the classroom, I’ve been thrown into real-world reporting. … Continue reading

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Romney Wins, But Some Left Out of the Celebration

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 10, 2012) —  Mitt Romney became the first non-incumbent presidential nominee to win both the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries since 1976.   WATD’s Matt Porter was on hand last … Continue reading

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Huntsman gets “ticket to ride” to South Carolina

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 10. 2012) — A third-place finish in New Hampshire for Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman has not derailed his candidacy. WATD’s Jared Kraham has the details. A lively crowd of … Continue reading

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Gingrich Promises to Keep Fighting in South Carolina

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 11, 2012) — Newt Gingrich had high hopes for New Hampshire but the results last night were disappointing for him and his supporters. WATD’s Amanda Watkins was at the Gingrich … Continue reading

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A Ron Paul Moment with His Young Supporters

The Young Guns of Ron Paul by Matt Porter from Democracywise on Vimeo.   NASHUA, N.Y. (Jan. 6, 2011) — At a Ron Paul rally in Nashua, we found ourselves surrounded by young supporters, many of them participating in the … Continue reading

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Scenes from Occupy New Hampshire

Democracywise reporter Ben Klein captured these scenes from the Occupy New Hampshire protest during Primary Week. (Ben Klein, a senior with dual majors in magazine journalism and political science at Syracuse University, is covering the New Hampshire primary for The … Continue reading

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Romney Wins New Hampshire Primary

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney handily won the New Hampshire primary, delivering his victory speech by 8:30 p.m. with 37 percent of the vote. “Tonight we made history,” Romney said in his victory speech, according to the Associated Press. “The … Continue reading

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Voters’ Voices: Claremont, N.H.

CLAREMONT, N.H. (Jan. 9, 2012)–In this small town in southwestern part of New Hampshire, many voters were pumped up about their candidates and the election on Tuesday. At the Claremont Middle School polling place, Marianne Keeler of Croydon  had a … Continue reading

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Voters’ Voices: Salem, N.H.

Salem Voters’ Voices by Matt Porter from Democracywise on Vimeo. SALEM, N.H. (Jan. 10, 2012) — After a week of anticipation, New Hampshire voters are finally able to cast their “first in the nation” votes for the presidential nominee.  In … Continue reading

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Voters’ Voices: Portsmouth, N.H.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (Jan. 10, 2012) — A passion for civic duty drove many Portsmouth voters to the polls on Tuesday. “I guess I have a strong belief in participation,” said Richard Winkler, 27, a marine engineer. The state having the … Continue reading

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Voters’ Voices: Portsmouth, N.H.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (Jan.10 2012)—On the state’s seacoast, voters on Tuesday celebrated their special role in presidential politics at the voting booth. At the Robert J. Lister Academy polling place,  Linda DiBernardo, 67, was out with her husband Ralph DiBernardo, 68, … Continue reading

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Voters’ Voices: Newport and Claremont

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] NEWPORT, N.H. (Jan. 10, 2012) — In this rural part of the state, some voters went to the polls today with a sense of excitement. At the Newport town hall polling place, Rob … Continue reading

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Voters’ Voices: Concord, N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 10, 2012) — New Hampshire’s capital city was abuzz with voters Tuesday who came out — as many of them see it — to ensure the country will head in the right direction. At the Green Street … Continue reading

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Voters’ Voices: Londonderry and Derry

Voters’ Voices: Londonderry and Derry By Kathleen Ronayne   LONDONDERRY, N.H. (Jan. 12, 2012) — Voters in Derry and Londonderry took to the polls Tuesday morning to exercise their civic duty. At Londonderry High School, Laura Elazem, 42, a stay-at-home … Continue reading

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Voters’ Voices: Hooksett and Derry

HOOKSETT, N.H. (Jan. 10, 2012) — Voters rose and shined in Southern New Hampshire to cast early-morning ballots in the the first-in-the-nation primary. In Hooksett, Damian Perron, 9, marched proudly into a polling center at Cawley Middle School with his … Continue reading

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Voters’ Voices: Nashua, N.H.

NASHUA, N.H. (Jan. 10, 2012) — As the morning bell sounded at Charlotte Avenue Elementary School in Nashua, N.H., teaching assistant Jean Marie Eckstein ushered in students and voters. Eckstein, 53, cast her vote early in the morning before the … Continue reading

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Voters’ Voices: Manchester, N.H.

Voters’ Voices: Manchester, N.H. By Meghin Delaney MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 10, 2012) — Manchester voters came out early Tuesday morning in the nation’s first primary. For Earl Hinkle, a 63-year-old retired member of the U.S. Navy, leadership is the biggest  … Continue reading

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Voters’ Voices: Concord, N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 10, 2012) — Voters in the capital of New Hampshire make time in the morning before work to hit their local polling places and vote in this year’s primary. Concord resident Michael Douglas was one of the … Continue reading

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Too Much Media Spoils the Breakfast

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 8, 2012) — Ron Paul and his family had to skip breakfast. They missed out on MoeJoe’s home fries–the kind with dark crunchy bits patrons savor with ketchup. The reason: an overwhelming sea of media that caused … Continue reading

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No Political Exhaustion for N.H. Voters

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 9, 2012) — Primary fatigue is not a disease in New Hampshire. Despite the daily campaign events, despite the wall-to-wall posters and placards, despite the hordes of journalists, New Hampshire residents still relish their role in choosing … Continue reading

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Last Pitches for 2012 Primary Campaign

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] NASHUA, N.H. (Jan. 9, 2012) — In the countdown to Primary Day, theRepublican candidates are racing around the state making their final cases to voters. WATD’s Jared Kraham has the details. Candidates have … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes with Press

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 7, 2012) — This is a glimpse behind the scenes into Manchester’s most frenetic club. It is open for one night only. Capacity is just over 700. On Friday, this club was packed with media from Denmark … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Primary Day

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Concord, N.H. (Jan. 9, 2012)–To get ready for its Big Day in American politics, New Hampshire fields a small army. WATD’s Amand Watkins has the details. On Primary Day, about 250,000  Republicans and … Continue reading

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The Diner: Meat and Potatoes of NH Politics

HOOKSETT, N.H. (Jan. 9, 2012) — Posters and photographs plaster most every inch of the beige wooden panels in Robie’s Country Store and Deli. Some are family portraits. Most are mementos of political campaigns that politicians left behind when they … Continue reading

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From Rochester to New Hampshire a Journey into a Culture

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 9, 2012) — When Greece-Arcardia ’82 high school sweethearts Bill and Jennifer Kretovic moved to New Hampshire in 1988, they made several engagements — and not just of the romantic kind. They got married. They moved into … Continue reading

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NJ’s Christie Offers a Sales Pitch for Romney

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] EXETER, N.H. (Jan. 8, 2012) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, another major Mitt Romney ally, was in Exeter, New Hampshire, to stump for the former governor of Massachusetts.  Christie spoke in front … Continue reading

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A Faceoff Between Romney and Paul Supporters

Paul/Romney supporters debate each other on the streets from Democracywise on Vimeo. MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 7, 2012) — While in Manchester for the debate Saturday, a large contingent of Mitt Romney and Ron Paul supporters demonstrating downtown shouted at each … Continue reading

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Campaign HQs a Mixed Blessing As Neighbors

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 9, 2012) — Too many cars and more customers are among the trade-offs to having presidential candidates as neighbors. “There’s been a lot more activity since it’s closer to the primary now,” said Maureen O’Donnell, director of … Continue reading

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Missourians Occupy New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 9, 2012)–Michael Shaughnessy of Kansas City, Mo., is making a New Hampshire statement with his artwork. It is a circular bail of hay on top of his car with signs that say “We are the 99 percent.’” … Continue reading

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NH a Model of Independence

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 9, 2012) — John Wible is one of New Hampshire’s career independent voters — and representative of its distinctive political culture. Take, for example, his voting record. For Ronald Reagan. Against Ronald Reagan. For Bill Clinton. Against … Continue reading

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Saint Anselm College is Heaven for Buffalo-Area Student

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 8, 2012) — For Jake Wagner, the decision to attend Saint Anselm College was easy — it offered a chance to be a part of New Hampshire politics. “I was hooked from the moment I found out … Continue reading

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Obama Campaigners Outnumber GOP in NH

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 8, 2012) — The largest presidential campaign in New Hampshire belongs to the candidate who isn’t here: President Barack Obama. WATD’s Jared Kraham has the details. With so many candidates, the Republican presidential field has had most … Continue reading

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SU Alum a Player in NH Primary

HOLLIS, N.H. (Jan. 8, 2012) — “Money manager” Jim Luther knows New Hampshire politics, by way of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. “New Hampshire is the filter for the nation,” said Luther, a state senator in New … Continue reading

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On a Bandwagon for Romney From Mass.

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan.7, 2012)  —  The Massachussetts South Shore rolled into New Hampshire to support Mitt Romney on Saturday. Wrentham mom Stacey Malloy joined a bus of supporters to campaign for Mitt Romney … Continue reading

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An Uncertain Bellweather so far

KINGSTON, NH (Jan. 8, 2012) –The morning after another debate of personal attacks and political theater, the town of Kingston, N.H, was still quite undecided. The quiet town of Kingston is considered a bellwether in the Granite State. By definition, … Continue reading

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Gingrich Poised for Another Comeback?

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan.8, 2012) — For Newt Gingrich, it’s getting close to do or die time. Gingrich has been trailing badly in New Hampshire’s polls. On Friday, his presidential ambitions got a boost … Continue reading

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Getting Out the Vote for Obama in NH

KEENE, N.H. (Jan. 8, 2012) — Memorize the script beforehand so you’re not standing in the street reading. Find out what houses you’re going to while you’re still at home so you don’t get lost. If you leave a hanger … Continue reading

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Huntsman Takes a Different Path

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 8, 2012) — Casting himself as the “sane Republican,” Jon Huntsman has put his major political focus so far on New Hampshire’s primary on Tuesday. But, his campaign spokesman says, New Hampshire is not the end of … Continue reading

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Gingrich and Race an Uneasy Relationship

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 8, 2012) — The explosive issue of race hit Newt Gingrich at a Mexican-Carribean restaurant here on Sunday. “My question to you is, do think blacks represent an American problem?” asked Yvan Lamothe, an African American who … Continue reading

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Romney Stays Above the Fray, Others Squabble for Second Place

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 7., 2012) — Ron Paul and Rick Santorum battled for second place in the New Hampshire debate Saturday night. Texas Rep. Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum spent the better part of an hour taking digs at … Continue reading

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Debate Shows Rivals’ Rift on Issues and Character

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 7, 2012) — With Mitt Romney’s overwhelming lead in the polls, the other five Republican candidates used Saturday night’s debate  to assert themselves as an alternative choice. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul clashed over spending. Newt Gingrich … Continue reading

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And Also Running…

NASHUA, N.H. (Jan. 5, 2012) — An unemployed father. A postal worker with a web business. A telecommunications director. Those are among the 44 — yes, 44 — candidates running for president in New Hampshire’s primary on Jan. 10. The … Continue reading

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How to Prep for the Debate

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 7, 2012) — Building stage sets. Unloading mountains of electronic equipment. Parking a fleet of news trucks. Scribbling scores of to-do lists. Making Diane Sawyer’s dinner. It’s all in a day’s—and a year’s—work as Saint Anselm College … Continue reading

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Saint Anselm Students Make Politics a Special Study

MANCHESTER, N.H.(Jan. 7, 2012) — At six-feet,one-inch tall, Christian Dubois, a freshman at Saint Anslem College, measured up to a special task for the New Hampshire primary debate. “I kind of just fell into this,” he said, “because I’m the … Continue reading

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Paladino to Campaign for Gingrich in New York; Others Take Advantage of NH’s Retail Politics

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan.7, 2012) — Political maverick Carl Paladino arrived from Buffalo, N.Y., in New Hampshire to start prepping for a new role as the Western New York campaign coordinator for the Newt Gingrich campaign. “I want to meet these … Continue reading

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Virginians Cultivate New Hampshire Politics

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 6, 2012)– For Richmond-native Britt Curley, this is — in the campaign’s slogan — “Newt Hampshire.” She’s excited, Curley said, to help Newt Gingrich try to win the GOP presidential nomination and beat President Barack Obama in … Continue reading

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For Romney, History Repeats – Partly

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] TILTON, NH. (Jan. 6, 2012)—For Mitt Romney, a campaign stop brought a nostalgic moment on Friday. WATD reporter Jared Kraham has the details. At the Tilton School, Governor Romney spoke to and touted … Continue reading

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Occupy New Hampshire with Elephant in the Room

Manchester, N.H. (Jan. 7, 2012) — Chanting, singing and drumming brought Occupy New Hampshire Primary protesters together on the first night of their gathering here. “We are the 99 percent! We are the 99 percent!” and “Mic  check!” echoed from … Continue reading

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Being a Neighbor is Good Politics for Romney

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 6, 2012) — For Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, being a neighbor to New Hampshire is mostly a good thing. Romney was governor of neighboring Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. And that accounts at least partially for … Continue reading

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A Good Haircut for a Good Cause

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 6, 2012)—A $400 hair cut is still on list of services at the Hair Biz Salon. The high-priced cut dates back to 2008 when then-Sen. John Edwardswas running for the … Continue reading

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From Rochester to New Hampshire, a New Focus for Prof.

HANOVER, N.H. (Jan. 6, 2012) — In his 17 years here, Rochester-area native Brian Miller has learned that in New Hampshire presidential candidates behave differently. “They try harder here,” said Miller. For one, candidates are expected to do “old school” … Continue reading

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For Students, New Hampshire a Great Classroom

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] CONCORD, N.H. (January 6, 2012) — Candidates reach out to voters at diners, senior centers, and rotary clubs, but they often miss a key demographic: college students.  That’s why New England College has … Continue reading

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A New York Flavor for New Hampshire Campaigns

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 6, 2012) — Carl Paladino, who captured the hearts of Tea party Republicans in his 2010 bid for governor, comes to New Hampshire on Saturday to support presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. Gingrich is “a guy that will … Continue reading

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For Young Voters, A Chance to Learn

CONCORD N.H. (Jan. 6, 2012) –For 18-year-old Kelsey Crowley, the  upcoming presidential election is special. It’s the first time she’ll get to vote. “Just the responsibility of voting and being informed is so important,” said Crowley, a senior at Newburyport … Continue reading

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House

CONCORD, N.H (Jan. 6 2012) — Jimmy Tingle campaigns on Main Street shaking hands, kissing babies, asking his fellow citizens to vote “Tingle for President.” But in Jimmy Tingle’s case, it’s a political joke.  He is nowhere to be found … Continue reading

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Ron Paul Shows Up, At Last

NASHUA, N.H. (Jan. 6, 2012) — In his first appearance in the lead-up to next week’s primary, Ron Paul pitched his brand of libertarian, conservative values to an overflow crowd of supporters and the curious. “I’m just curious about Ron … Continue reading

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Music of Note in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 6, 2012) — Forget Jay-Z. Forget Alicia Keys. In New Hampshire, it’s all about The Super Secret Project and its anthem to New Hampshire pride, “The Granite State of Mind.” “I’ve done shows when an 80-year-old woman … Continue reading

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Globe Goes for Huntsman

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] NEWPORT, N.H. (Jan. 6, 2012) — The Boston Globe has endorsed Jon Huntsman in the Republican presidential race. WATD’s Jared Kraham is following the Huntsman campaign and has the details: “Ladies and gentlemen, … Continue reading

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What Makes New Hampshire Special?

TILTON, N.H. (Jan. 5, 2012)  — Margo Weeks likes to look presidential candidates in the eye and ask tough questions to determine whether she trusts them. In New Hampshire, she can do exactly that. “You really get a chance to … Continue reading

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Boundless Energy for a Democrat Running in New Hampshire

NASHUA, N.H. (Jan. 5, 2012) — Bob Greene has the answer to the energy crisis. It’s cheap, available and it’s domestic. “It’s like uranium, only better. In almost every single aspect, it’s far better,” he said. Greene is running for … Continue reading

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What Makes New Hampshire Different

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 5, 2012) — People  taking a break at  Concord’s Barley House tavern, also known as Campaign Central, say their state deserves the honor it’s held for over almost 60 years. … Continue reading

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Young Voters Drawn to New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 5, 2012) — Just nine days after George Cox graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas this December, he joined Jon Huntsman’s campaign in Manchester, N.H. “Huntsman has foreign policy experience, business experience, a history of … Continue reading

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A Warm Welcome for Santorum

TILTON, N.H. (Jan. 5, 2012) — Rick Santorum rode his swell of popularity and media attention from Iowa through central New Hampshire Thursday afternoon. Santorum, who is campaigning as a staunch conservative, finished just 8 votes behind front-runner Mitt Romney … Continue reading

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Newport Booms With Politics

NEWPORT, N.H. (Jan. 5, 2012) — The Village of Newport isn’t much bigger than the Village of Manlius — unless  a presidential candidate is visiting. When a politician like Mitt Romney rolls into town, for example, Newport — normal  normal … Continue reading

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Iowa? New Hampshire Voters Make Up Their Own Minds

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 5, 2012) — Even after Iowa, many New Hampshire voters are still undecided on their presidential choice. A small random sampling on Thursday in Manchester found some New Hampshire voters were impressed by Rick Santorum, who came … Continue reading

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Santorum Aims for 1st Place

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] NORTHFIELD, N.H. (Jan. 5, 2012) — After coming in second in the Iowa caucuses,  Rick Santorum is getting a second look from New Hampshire voters this week.  WATD’s Amanda Watkins was in Northfield … Continue reading

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Blue Plate Special: Santorum

TILTON, N.H. (Jan. 5, 2012) — In the best tradition of diner politics, the Tilt’n Diner sees candidates come and go. Kyoko Cate, a waitress at the Tilt’n Diner, judges candidates by where they go in the diner. “My son, … Continue reading

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Elm Street: Where Politics and Business Meet

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 5, 2012) — Cupcakes for Newt Gingerich. Headquarters for most of the Republican presidential candidates. Sightings of just about all them. Those are all along Elm Street, an intersection of politics and business. In a snow flurry … Continue reading

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New Hampshire a Primary Culture

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 6, 2012) — On behalf of their fellow Americans, New Hampshire voters are getting up close, personal and tough with the Republican presidential candidates in pursuit of the state’s primary on Jan. 10. “New Hampshirites are acting … Continue reading

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