WBEZ | New Hampshire http://www.wbez.org/tags/new-hampshire Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Opiate Addiction in New Hampshire http://www.wbez.org/news/opiate-addiction-new-hampshire-114781 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/opiate.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In New Hampshire, more people now die of drug overdoses than car accidents, according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.unionleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20150412/NEWS12/150419848" target="_blank">state statistics</a>. As part of&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/02/09/recover-together-new-hampshire"><em>Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s</em></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/tag/election-road-trip" target="_blank">Election Road Trip</a>, host Robin Young visited an addiction center called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.recovertogether.us/" target="_blank">Recover Together</a>, in Manchester.</p><p>It is a private clinic that does not take insurance, and charges patients $65 a week. For that, patients can see a doctor, get a prescription for the maintenance drug Suboxone and participate in group therapy sessions.</p><p>The group serves 500 people across New Hampshire and Maine, and was founded by Jeff DeFlavio when he was a medical student at Dartmouth. Robin Young speaks with&nbsp;Brian Cressy, a counselor for the center, and with&nbsp;Paul, who is in recovery.</p><ul><li><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/tag/election-road-trip" target="_blank">See more stories from our 2016 Election Road Trip</a></li><li><a href="http://nprhereandnow.tumblr.com/tagged/ElectionRoadTrip" target="_blank">See behind-the-scenes photos on our Tumblr</a><br /></li></ul><hr /><p><strong><span style="font-size:20px;">Interview Highlights: Brian Cressy</span></strong></p><p><strong>On the presidential candidates talking about the addiction problem</strong></p><p>&ldquo;Everybody bangs the drum and then when the song&rsquo;s over they forget about it. It&rsquo;s great to talk about. My job is to encourage the client to understand one thing: the behavior that they&rsquo;ve ingrained into their lifestyle needs to be completely wiped out and started over again.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>On the overprescribing problem</strong></p><p>&ldquo;Prescribers are one of the main problems, of course, with overprescribing. I heard from Massachusetts one of the things they were thinking about doing is allowing that, if somebody came into an emergency room on Friday night with an injury, that they would give a three or four day dose with a non-refillable prescription where they would have to go to primary care afterwards and get reevaluated for their injury, so that way there would be some monitoring not carte-blanche, whip a quick prescription out of the emergency room that would cause the problem.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>On the </strong><strong>extent</strong><strong> people go to to get their hands on pills</strong></p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had people who&rsquo;ve had teeth pulled because they wanted the pain medication. I&rsquo;ve had people have cosmetic surgery because they wanted the pain medication. It&rsquo;s just ridiculous. I can tell you stories. How about people taking their dying mothers&rsquo; cancer medication? Their dying fathers&rsquo; medication? Breaking into their neighbors&rsquo; house and stealing their pain pills?&rdquo;</p><p><strong>On Recover Together&rsquo;s success</strong></p><p>&ldquo;We have an unbelievable success rate here at this clinic. Over 80 percent. It&rsquo;s people who haven&rsquo;t worked in three years because of their heroin addiction now are holding two jobs. It&rsquo;s a person that&rsquo;s just getting their daughter back after three years of being in foster care. It&rsquo;s something to be able to take the people and sit them down and say you are now worth something and let&rsquo;s move on from there. Instead of just being classified as useless, or no good, or an addict. I&rsquo;d rather tell a person that they have a problem and I don&rsquo;t classify them and I work with them to get rid of the problem.&rdquo;</p></p> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/opiate-addiction-new-hampshire-114781 After New Hampshire, Some GOP Campaigns May Stagger on in Zombie Phase http://www.wbez.org/news/after-new-hampshire-some-gop-campaigns-may-stagger-zombie-phase-114777 <p><p>Who will drop out after losing in New Hampshire? Possibly no one.<em>&nbsp;(On to South Carolina! This race is still wide open! We can win this thing!)</em></p><p>We&#39;ll consider the real reasons to stick around in a moment.</p><p>But for several candidates, whether they make it official or not, the Granite State will be the rock on which their ships ran aground.</p><p>Their campaigns may stagger on into a zombie phase, but it will not affect the outcome of further proceedings.</p><p>On the Democratic side, both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton&nbsp;<em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 17px; line-height: 29px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&nbsp;</span>will&nbsp;</em>continue on to the Nevada caucuses of Feb. 20, regardless of the outcome or the margins in New Hampshire. Sanders and Clinton will meet in Milwaukee for a debate on PBS Thursday night.</p><p>Their erstwhile third wheel, Martin O&#39;Malley, already suspended his bid after the Iowa caucuses, and two other long shots (Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee) quit last year.</p><p>The reaper is nearer in the Republican field. The end of the dream may come for any of six candidates who desperately need at least a respectable finish in New Hampshire. That is a hefty majority of the nine remaining Republican candidates who have appeared in at least one of the party-sanctioned, televised debates.</p><p>For those Republicans who qualify for Saturday night&#39;s debate in South Carolina (which will air on CBS News), there is always a chance of turning things around in that state&#39;s vote on the following Saturday. In any event, there is a chance of being seen one more time.</p><p>(If that is not enough incentive to stay in, candidates facing the prospect of campaign debt know they can raise money more readily while still running than after they strike the tent.)</p><p>Not everyone may make it onto the CBS stage, of course, and some might scarcely be missed.</p><p><strong>Jim Gilmore</strong></p><p>Jim Gilmore, the former Virginia governor, has been in and out of the TV debates, and his campaign appearances have been limited. Having barely registered in Iowa, he has had little visibility in New Hampshire. He may think this will change south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but evidence for this is scant at best.</p><p>Gilmore is more likely to join the ranks of Republicans who hung it up after Iowa: Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul. (It is worth remembering, too, that Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Lindsay Graham and George Pataki all dropped out back in 2015.)</p><p>But several other contenders who have been far more important to the real discussion may also be seeing the checkered flag signaling their final lap.</p><p><strong>Carly Fiorina</strong></p><p>Carly Fiorina, the firebrand former corporate executive, flirted with top-tier status in the early going and battled her way onto the main stage of the debates. But her over-the-top claims about Planned Parenthood, never substantiated, tied her to an issue that was losing altitude by the month.</p><p>Fiorina tried to compensate with increasingly personal attacks on Hillary Clinton. Surefire applause lines in the debates, these sorties did not reverse her decline in the polls. She was excluded from the ABC debate the weekend before New Hampshire, and she is not expected to rise above single digits in Tuesday&#39;s vote.</p><div id="res466167868" previewtitle="Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson speaks with members to the media after the GOP debate Saturday."><div><div><img alt="Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson speaks with members to the media after the GOP debate Saturday." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/02/09/ap_160370542047-41b9c0f2a1d513119333e8bd503398ce23de0162-s400-c85.jpg" style="height: 233px; width: 310px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;" title="Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson speaks with members to the media after the GOP debate Saturday. (Matt Rourke/AP)" /><p><strong>Ben Carson</strong></p><p>Ben Carson, the pediatric neurosurgeon, has also been losing ground in recent weeks. His share of time in the debates has dwindled as his poll numbers have drifted downward, generally since the Paris attacks on November 13 shifted the issue mix to emphasize national security.</p></div></div></div><p>In the last debate, Carson had less camera time than anyone on stage, less than half as much as the leaders. He also suffered some embarrassment when he could not hear his name called and failed to come on stage when introduced. The famous physician from Baltimore may look past a poor showing here to pin his hopes on South Carolina. Or he may bow to what looks inevitable.</p><p><img alt="Republican Chris Christie of New Jersey has invested nearly his entire campaign on New Hampshire. A poor result will almost certainly effectively end his candidacy." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/02/09/ap_556538263281-3770a48b7dfdace7f2e6dba2f263ff4d5a029ec8-s400-c85.jpg" style="height: 232px; width: 310px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="Republican Chris Christie of New Jersey has invested nearly his entire campaign on New Hampshire. A poor result will almost certainly effectively end his candidacy. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)" /></p><p><strong>Chris Christie</strong></p><p>Chris Christie has been a major factor in New Hampshire, and it will be ironic if he fails to reach double digits or finishes below the top five in New Hampshire. Christie had his best debate of the whole six-month season last Saturday night, skewering rival Marco Rubio as a robotic speechmaker who had never made any real executive decisions.</p><div id="res466167515" previewtitle="Republican Chris Christie of New Jersey has invested nearly his entire campaign on New Hampshire. A poor result will almost certainly effectively end his candidacy."><div><div><p>If Rubio&#39;s rapid rise hits an air pocket in New Hampshire, it will be because of that surface-to-air strike from former prosecutor Christie. But it is entirely possible the benefit of that will go to other candidates, such as John Kasich or Jeb Bush, who had been polling closer to Rubio than Christie.</p></div></div></div><p>Christie worked this state more than any other. He won the endorsement of the&nbsp;</p><p>Gilmore, Fiorina, Carson and Christie all seem to be &quot;on the bubble&quot; as the actual primary voting begins. But there also exists the possibility that one or two other Republicans will hit a pot hole at just the wrong time.</p><p><strong>John Kasich</strong></p><p>John Kasich, the governor of Ohio, has campaigned in the Granite State as much as or more than any other 2016 hopeful. He has clearly found an audience here, and he has won some editorial backing as well. Late polls showed him making a move.</p><p>If he were the only option aside from Donald Trump or Ted Cruz &mdash; or even aside from Trump, Cruz and Rubio &mdash; Kasich might well be in the sweet spot. But he is splitting that &quot;mainstream Republican&quot; role with several others, including two other relatively pragmatic governor-types from the Eastern seaboard.</p><p>Kasich may do well enough to stake a strong claim on the vice presidential nod. If he does not do well, such as in challenging for second place, New Hampshire may well be the end of his formal campaign for the top spot on the ticket.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gettyimages-509162396-e6a7d677c99ff17797a2652e91809bc576744c1b-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 233px; width: 310px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="New Hampshire could be Jeb Bush's last stand in the 2016 presidential race. Here, the Republican presidential candidate thanks his supporters outside the polling place at Webster School on February 9, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)" /><strong>Jeb Bush</strong></p><p>Jeb Bush might once have expected to have this day be a blazing victory, compensating for a lackluster showing in Iowa. But his finish in Iowa was less than lackluster, and his prospects here, while better, are far from blazing.</p><p>As the scion of America&#39;s best-known Republican dynasty, Bush&#39;s realistic hopes of the Oval Office will not survive a second setback. A loss seems inevitable, but the actual percentage and place in the finishing order will matter a great deal.</p><p>The first President Bush won here in 1988 and 1992, but the latter year saw him share the primary vote with his upstart right-wing challenger, Pat Buchanan. The second President Bush was embarrassed here in 2000, losing to Senator John McCain by 20 points.</p><p>But the other &quot;Bush Boys&quot; moved on in every case to a solid win South Carolina, thus setting a sure course to the nomination. A win in South Carolina now seems well out of reach for Jeb Bush, who is not polling in the top three there.</p><p>The last several days have been a kind of family reunion for the Bush clan here.&nbsp;Bush has had his mother and brother here to campaign for him. The Bushes have also welcomed many veterans of previous Bush administrations as sober-minded, sensible surrogates.</p><p>Older, more traditional New England conservatives may still feel more comfortable with a Bush than with Trump or the Tea Party heroes of the new Republican wave. But that alone may not be enough to lift Bush much past New Hampshire&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2016/02/08/465916627/why-a-vote-for-jeb-bush-could-be-a-vote-for-trump-in-the-new-hampshire-primary">threshold of 10 percent</a>.</p><p>Bush has vowed to press on to South Carolina regardless of the results here. But one has to wonder if this vow will hold if he fails to crack the top three or four in New Hampshire.</p><p>Rumors have swirled of a reassessment coming after today&#39;s results are in. Trailing as he has in South Carolina, it is not clear where Bush would get his candidacy back on track before the Florida primary on March 15.</p><p>And even that home field advantage may not be enough against whichever candidate is leading at that time, especially if it turns out to Rubio, the Florida senator who was once regarded as Bush&#39;s protégé.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2016/02/09/466145039/after-new-hampshire-some-gop-campaigns-may-stagger-on-in-zombie-phase?ft=nprml&amp;f=466145039"><em>&mdash; via NPR</em></a></p></p> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/after-new-hampshire-some-gop-campaigns-may-stagger-zombie-phase-114777 10 Things to Know About New Hampshire http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2016-02-08/10-things-know-about-new-hampshire-114765 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/24268946534_1d3eec32e6_o-e1454956256939.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_101326"><img alt="Dublin, New Hampshire. (Allegra Boverman/NHPR)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2016/02/24268946534_1d3eec32e6_o-e1454956256939-624x384.jpg" style="height: 382px; width: 620px;" title="Dublin, New Hampshire. (Allegra Boverman/NHPR)" /><p>Every four years, national presidential candidates descend upon the Granite State, with the national media in tow. While much of the focus is on the primary race Tuesday, we decided to do a little digging about what sets this state apart from the other 49.</p></div><p>Here are the 10 things you should know about New Hampshire:</p><p>1.&nbsp;<strong>The state owns the liquor stores</strong>:&nbsp;As a state with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.politifact.com/new-hampshire/statements/2012/jul/23/jackie-cilley/no-income-or-sales-tax-new-hampshire-does-rely-hea/" target="_blank">no income or sales tax</a>, New Hampshire relies heavily on other sources of income to keep the state running. Part of that money comes from the state&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nh.gov/liquor/index.shtml" target="_blank">liquor stores</a>&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;and the lottery, which New Hampshire can boast is the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nhlottery.com/About-Us/History.aspx" target="_blank">oldest legal lottery</a>&nbsp;in the U.S.</p><div id="attachment_101316"><img alt="N.H. Liquor and Wine Outlet in Lebanon, New Hampshire. (Mary Dooe/Here &amp; Now)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2016/02/0208_liquor-store-624x463.jpg" style="height: 460px; width: 620px;" title="N.H. Liquor and Wine Outlet in Lebanon, New Hampshire. (Mary Dooe/Here &amp; Now)" /><p>2.&nbsp;<strong>It&rsquo;s a pretty secular state:&nbsp;</strong>In fact, it consistently ranks as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/12091/tracking-religious-affiliation-state-state.aspx" target="_blank">one of the least religious states</a>in the country. That&rsquo;s partly because it has historically had a mix of different religions, says Jere Daniell, retired Dartmouth history professor.</p></div><p>3.&nbsp;<strong>New Hampshire is one of the healthiest states:</strong>&nbsp;That starts from a young age, says Marcella Bobinsky of the Department of Health and Human Services. They have really&nbsp;<a href="http://www.concordmonitor.com/news/18371502-95/nh-vaccination-rates-for-toddlers-among-best-in-nation" target="_blank">high vaccination rates</a>&nbsp;for children, for starters.</p><p>4.&nbsp;&ldquo;<strong>Live Free or Die&rdquo; &mdash; it&rsquo;s more than just a license plate slogan:</strong>&nbsp;Traffic laws here aren&rsquo;t very stringent: It&rsquo;s one of a number of states with no helmet law for motorcyclists over 18, and it&rsquo;s the only state in the nation with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dmv.org/nh-new-hampshire/safety-laws.php" target="_blank">no primary or secondary seat belt laws</a>&nbsp;for adults.</p><p>5.<strong>&nbsp;People love the outdoors &mdash; especially skiing, the state sport:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wmur.com/escape-outside/new-hampshire-ski-industry-adds-record-sales-to-state-tourist-market/24600620" target="_blank">Ski resorts</a>&nbsp;are a big contributor to the tourism industry in the state.</p><div id="attachment_101317"><a href="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2016/02/0208_jeremy-skiing.jpg" title="Here &amp; Now host Jeremy Hobson skiing at Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire. (Mary Dooe/Here &amp; Now)"><img alt="Here &amp;amp; Now host Jeremy Hobson skiing at Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire. (Mary Dooe/Here &amp; Now)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2016/02/0208_jeremy-skiing-624x832.jpg" style="height: 827px; width: 620px;" title="Here &amp; Now host Jeremy Hobson skiing at Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire. (Mary Dooe/Here &amp; Now)" /></a><p>6.&nbsp;<strong>Their most famous tourist attraction doesn&rsquo;t even exist anymore:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.oldmanofthemountainlegacyfund.org/about/geology.aspx" target="_blank">The Old Man in the Mountain</a>&nbsp;collapsed back in 2003, but thousands of visitors still go to its former site each year.</p></div><p>7.&nbsp;<strong>Smart manufacturing is a big part of the economy:&nbsp;</strong>These aren&rsquo;t the dirty, old-fashioned&nbsp;<a href="https://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/tag/manufacturing/" target="_blank">factories</a>&nbsp;you might be picturing &mdash; they&rsquo;re high tech, like&nbsp;<a href="https://www.hypertherm.com/en-us/" target="_blank">Hypertherm</a>&nbsp;in Lebanon, New Hampshire.</p><p>8.&nbsp;<strong>People are funny here:&nbsp;</strong>Just ask Sarah Silverman, Adam Sandler and Seth Meyers, who all hail from the Granite State.</p><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="386" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DJZhSH4eVzc" width="620"></iframe></div><p>9.&nbsp;<strong>Politicians take &ldquo;The Pledge&rdquo;:&nbsp;</strong>That&rsquo;s an&nbsp;<a href="https://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/2012/10/10/a-history-of-the-pledge/" target="_blank">agreement to not create a state income or sales tax</a>, and it&rsquo;s really hard to win without taking it. The last governor to win who didn&rsquo;t take the pledge was now-Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/02/08/shaheen-woman-president" target="_blank">listen to our interview with her about this year&rsquo;s primary</a>).</p><p>10.&nbsp;<strong>New Hampshire residents are politically active &mdash; and not just during primary season:&nbsp;</strong>They&rsquo;re politically engaged in their towns as well, according to historian Jere Daniell.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/02/08/ten-things-new-hampshire"><em>via Here &amp; Now</em></a></p></p> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2016-02-08/10-things-know-about-new-hampshire-114765 Democrats Debate: What is a Progressive and Who Wants to be One? http://www.wbez.org/news/democrats-debate-what-progressive-and-who-wants-be-one-114716 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/roosevelt-gettyimages.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="storytext"><p>Before they got down to debating the big issues Thursday night, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wrangled over one big word: progressivism.</p><p>Which of them was the true progressive? Was Clinton a progressive at all?</p><p>Sanders has long billed himself as a progressive, also describing himself as a &quot;democratic socialist.&quot; He has not been known for flirting with the term &quot;moderate.&quot; But Clinton has at times willingly chosen the latter label.</p><p>Being a moderate might be a good strategy in many political contexts, such as a general election in November of a year divisible by 4.</p><p>But in a hotly contested presidential primary, where the more active and partisan Democrats predominate, it makes sense to call yourself a progressive.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m a progressive who likes to get things done,&quot; Clinton likes to say, and she said that again Thursday night.</p><p>Can she be a progressive and still &quot;represent the establishment,&quot; as Sanders accused her of doing on Thursday night?</p><p>And what, exactly, is a progressive in the first place?</p><p>Clinton said on Thursday night that the term had its root in the word &quot;progress&quot; and the idea of making things better. But that&#39;s about as far as agreement about the word usually goes.</p><p>The term has been part of European philosophy discourse since the 1700s, and part of American political argot since the late 1800s. It was applied to an entire era of our history roughly a century ago, from about 1890 to about 1920, encompassing the progressive administrations of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson (along with sympathetic analogs in many state capitals, such as &quot;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_M._La_Follette_Sr.">Fighting Bob&quot; La Follette</a>&nbsp;in Wisconsin). There was for a time a magazine called&nbsp;La Follette&#39;s,&nbsp;but it eventually changed its name to&nbsp;The Progressive.</p><p>The term has also been used to cover certain ideas, attitudes, movements and schools of thought. It has been affixed to leading American politicians, in both major parties, and it has been the official title of a third party that nominated candidates for president &mdash; including Teddy Roosevelt.</p><p>Republican Teddy was known as a &quot;trust buster&quot; because he feared and fought the concentration of economic power through corporate entities known as trusts. He even spoke of the monopolists such as John D. Rockefeller as &quot;malefactors of great wealth.&quot;</p><p>When his successor, William H. Taft, abandoned his anti-trust campaign, Roosevelt came back to challenge Taft&#39;s renomination in 1912. When the GOP stuck with Taft, Teddy accepted the nomination of the Progressive Party, saying he felt as strong as a bull moose (and thus giving the party its nickname).</p><p>Progressivism has historically been associated with science, rationality and an approach to government and society reliant on knowledge and empirical methods. It has often been counterposed with populism, which is a movement among the common folk. Progressives tended to be people with education and some standing in the world.</p><p>Critics have said these progressives were overly reliant on the notion of human improvement &mdash; even human perfectability &mdash; which offends some of the teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition.</p><p>In that sense, progressivism also stands apart from some definitions of liberalism, and certainly from ideas of radicalism, even though all three terms imply support for equality, change and reform &mdash; and all three have been used as antonyms for &quot;conservatism.&quot;</p><p>Many conservatives, and also many journalists, regard the word &quot;progressive&quot; as a euphemism for &quot;liberal&quot; &mdash; a subterfuge to avoid a term that&#39;s become almost a slur in some circles. In the contemporary Republican Party, calling someone a liberal is a lacerating pejorative, a way of attacking their most fundamental values.</p><p>But the two terms have distinct histories and roots, and have denoted different philosophies in the past. The word &quot;liberal&quot; speaks to freedom, including individual personal freedom, and in an earlier era it was used to describe people we might call libertarians today. More recently, liberalism has been associated with government and intervention in the economy, as well as a more tolerant attitude toward lifestyle and moral issues.</p><p>Political commentator David Sirota, who has worn both labels willingly, says the two terms are not synonyms.</p><p>&quot;There is a fundamental difference when it comes to core economic issues,&quot; Sirota writes. &quot;It seems to me that traditional &#39;liberals&#39; in our current parlance are those who focus on using taxpayer money to help better society. A &#39;progressive&#39; are those who focus on using government power to make large institutions play by a set of rules.&quot;</p><p>That would seem to describe the Roosevelts and La Follettes, who moved legislation and regulations to rein in what they saw as the excesses of capitalism. They did not denounce capitalism itself, but they saw great political success by attacking its excesses and breakdowns.</p><p>Arguments over orthodoxy are a regular part of the Republicans&#39; presidential primaries, at least in the decades since Ronald Reagan&#39;s reorienting of the party. The nominating process seems largely devoted to determining which candidate is the most conservative or &quot;the truest conservative.&quot;</p><p>But it is striking to see the Democrats plunge into an equally bald competition for the label of &quot;truest progressive.&quot;</p><p>In past years, Democrats have more often sorted themselves out along a wider spectrum of political identity. In 2008 the main issue between Clinton and Barack Obama was personality, not ideology. The one exception was her 2002 Senate vote to authorize the use of force against Iraq (an issue Sanders is using in the current campaign).</p><p>But the term &quot;progressive&quot; was not as frequently a political football in 2008 as it has been this winter, even though the field was far larger and included any number of Democrats who could be called liberals or progressives.</p><p>In 2004, another Vermonter, former governor Howard Dean, captured many hearts on the left in Iowa and New Hampshire, but the term he preferred was&nbsp;democratic, as in, &quot;I represent the democratic wing of the Democratic Party.&quot;</p><p>Dean&#39;s main rivals were Richard Gephardt, a founder of the moderate Democratic Leadership Council, and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, a more classic liberal in the Kennedy mold.</p><p>In the end, Dean and Gephardt seemed to cancel each other out and Kerry won both Iowa and New Hampshire, sweeping to the nomination rather easily. But again, the key distinction seemed to be personality rather than ideology.</p><p>In 2000, Bill Bradley, then a senator from New Jersey, ran somewhat to the left of Vice President Al Gore, a Tennessean who hoped to preserve some of President Bill Clinton&#39;s appeal in Southern states. It didn&#39;t work for Bradley, who dropped out early. Gore got the nomination but was shut out in the South, a major factor in his Electoral College defeat.</p><p>In 1992, Bill Clinton ran as a centrist and saw his more progressive opponents (Sens. Tom Harkin and Paul Tsongas, and California&#39;s former Gov. Jerry Brown) fall by the wayside, one by one. In 1988, Michael Dukakis, surely a liberal&nbsp;and&nbsp;a progressive by most any measure, ran instead as the champion of &quot;competence.&quot; The Republicans successfully pilloried him as a liberal nonetheless.</p><p>In that era, some migration of liberals to the label of progressive was visible, as has been the case ever since. It is possible that in another generation, the term &quot;liberal&quot; will gravitate back to something closer to its older meaning. The word &quot;progressive&quot; is well on its way toward displacing the more recent usage of &quot;liberal,&quot; and becoming the identifier of choice for American politicians to the left of center.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2016/02/05/465671983/democrats-debate-what-is-a-progressive-and-who-wants-to-be-one?ft=nprml&amp;f=465671983"><em>&mdash; via NPR</em></a></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/democrats-debate-what-progressive-and-who-wants-be-one-114716 Taking the pulse of GOP voters in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-10/taking-pulse-gop-voters-illinois-95422 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-10/EIYQ_Republican_Debate_Colo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Political commentator <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/lennymcallister" target="_blank">Lenny McAllister</a> was in Iowa last week for that state's caucus. Tuesday, New Hampshire headed to the polls and<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> listened back to McAllister’s play-by-play musings from his 72 hours in Iowa. Then, former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson, Republican pundit <a href="http://www.fokn.com/FOKN/David_Dring.html">David Dring</a> and McAllister joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to examine how the Illinois GOP will assert itself during the early primary season. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> also looked at what the Prairie State has traditionally looked for in a Republican candidate. Listeners joined the conversation by calling <strong>312-923-9239,</strong> e-mailing&nbsp; <a href="mailto:848@wbez.org">848@wbez.org</a> or tweeting <strong><a href="http://twitter.com/848" target="_blank">@848</a></strong>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Orgone, "Impala", from the CD Killion Vaults, (Ubiquity)</em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-10/taking-pulse-gop-voters-illinois-95422