State House Watch/White House Watch Archive

State House Watch May 22, 2017

Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty of the New Hampshire American Friends Service Committee broadcast this week from a studio at WSCA in Portsmouth, NH, where they have guests discussing the impact of the American arms trade on Mexico.


State House budget update, Ways and Means Committee, Finance Committee, June 1 crossover deadline, process of wrapping up this year’s legislative session; Fisher and Frost; SB3, non-voting rights; – “The Gringo’s Tale” – Steve Earle – ; “Where the Guns Go”; John Lindsay-Poland of AFSC, San Francisco, impact of U.S. policies, drug war, Merida initiative, arms traffic; Maria Herrera Magdaleno, uses of imported arms, narco government, disappeared children and others, no security for children in everyday life; Carlos Perez Ricart, global capitalization and manufacture of arms, special role of export from U.S. factories; -“Solo Pidio a Dios” – Mercedes Sosa – ; John Lindsay-Poland, end-use controls, journalists in danger, U.S. border states, local N.H. workers in arms factories, Leahy law; ending announcements, SB3, immigration.

State House Watch May 15, 2017

Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty of the American Friends Service Committee-New Hampshire welcome guests Kate Frey of New Futures, and Ken Norton of NAMI-NH for a discussion of substance abuse and mental health issues as the State Legislature continues work on the State budget and other bills.

Voting rights SB3; Domicile; SB247 lead poisoning, prevention, fiscal notes; SB94 affordable housing; Fisher/Frost; Immigration, “Building a Culture of Peace forum”; – Pastures of Plenty – Dave Van Ronk – ; May 8 New Futures press conference excerpt; Kate Frey, New Futures, Drug induced deaths, youth alcohol use, treatment funding; Economic report, costs of the crisis; Medicaid, parity; Treatment infrastructure; Ken Norton, NAMI-NH (; Mental illness; Treatment infrastructure capacity; Wait list; Many wrongs; Inpatient and outpatient long wait times; State non-compliance; Kate: Prevention and recovery outcomes; SB191 kindergarten;  – Deportee – Ani DeFranco, Ry Cooder – ; Ken: secure psychiatric unit; John Broderick, Senator Morse; HB400 mental health infrastructure enhancements, DCYF; Probable cause 72 hour rule; Kate: Secretary Price listening session; New Futures resource guide on website (; Medicaid funding advocacy.

Willard Uphaus History Special Part 1

On April 3, 2017, The World Fellowship Center and New Hampshire Humanities presented “‘More Than Just Ourselves’: Willard Uphaus, Louis Wyman, and Civil Liberties in the McCarthy Era” at Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire.

The panelists are W. Jeffrey Bolster, UNH,
Clare Chapman, NH Council of Churches, and
Maria Sanders, Plymouth State University.

The moderator is Michael Ferber, UNH.

This is part 1 of 2 parts.

State House Watch – May 8, 2017

Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty of the American Friends Service Committee – New Hampshire catch you up on the latest news from the State House and interview Senator Dan Feltes, Ways & Means; Finance; Energy & Natural Resources.

Immigration; Kindergarten; Lead poisoning; House Finance; SB3 election law; Senate Finance – budget hearings; HB 400 mental health; Rep. Fisher; Rep. Debra Altschiller on “rape culture”, Legislative Handbook; – “Proud” – Heather Small – ; Opiod/alcohol addiction, ACA – Jessica Eskeland; Linda Paquette, New Futures (; Sen. Dan Feltes, (, Senate Finance budget hearings; HB400, mental health continuum of care; Budget, some “wants” are “needs” ; Kindergarten, full adequacy, opportunity gap; SB157, SB158, insurance barriers; SB94, housing vacancy rate; – “Daniel” – Elton John -; SB2, business taxes, retained (for now), top corporate marginal rate vs. the whole taxation load; SB129, clean energy; HB305 internet privacy; HB463 waterborne PFC’s; SHW announcements.




State House Watch May 1, 2017

Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty of the American Friends Service Committee – New Hampshire are attending the annual Rally for Immigrant Justice in Manchester tonight, so Arnie has assembled a special May Day State House Watch Radio Edition.

International Workers’ Day, Haymarket massacre, 1886. PBS. The first American “Red hunt”.
– “Whatever Happened to the 8 Hour Day?” – Anne Feeney –
Gene Debs of Terra Haute – Eugene V. Debs – Pacifica Radio. Part 1.
– “No Nos Moveran” – La Rondalla Amerindia de Aztlan –
Gene Debs of Terra Haute – Part 2.
– “Acres of Clams” – Charlie King –
– “The War is Over” – Phil Ochs –

State House Watch 04/24/2017

American Friends Service Committee-NH staffers Arnie Alpert and Guest c0-host Susan Bruce ( welcome colleagues Rick Wilson of AFSC in West Virginia ( and Sayrah Namaste of AFSC in New Mexico ( for a wide ranging discussion of both common and unique issues and solutions in their states.

SB7 food stamps bill retention; SB 193, HB 356 education; SB3 voting rights; SB110 painted turtle; HB262 state berry; – We Have Fed You All for 1,000 Years – Jack Herranin; Sayrah, traditional farming, training, “buy local”; Rick, state policies, food stamp bill, media pushback, Foundation for Government Accountability; Sayrah, NM state legislature, “Round House”, water issues, budget vetoes, higher ed; Rick, budget crisis, draconian cuts; -Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All- Ry Cooder; Sayrah, local food budget setaside, state revenue, extractive industries; Rick, decline in mining, capital theatrics; NH SB2 business tax cuts, NH legislature budget impasse; Sayrah, legislature vs. governor budget crisis; Rick, foodstamps, blame the recipient; Sayrah, shaming, corporate welfare; Rick, politics of resentment; announcements.

State House Watch 4/17/2017

Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty of the American Friends Service Committee/New Hampshire ( summarize the latest news from the State House Watch email newsletter and they interview former State Senator and PUC commissioner Clifton Below on casino gambling and solar electric net metering.

House Republican alliance & freedom caucus; June 30 budget deadline; Senate Finance Committee; SB7 foodstamps at House HHS committee; Voices of Faith, fasting; Tax day; SB3 voting bill in House Election Law committee (; HB356 education department non-germaine amendment; Bill reconciliation; SB193 school vouchers; SB247 lead protection; -Slave Driver, Taj Mahal- ; Clifton Below… budget issues; gambling… proximity; addiction; revenue; mechanism of addiction; regressive; (; SB242 gambling; SB2 business tax reduction; fair and equitable taxation; -Food Stamp Stomp, Charlie King- ; Clifton Below… net metering; electric grid import/export/distribution infrastructure; distributed energy resources; real time pricing; municipal aggregation; grid-tie interconnection application; (; Arnie and Maggie, brief events preview.

State House Watch 04/10/2017

Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty of the American Friends Service Committee/New Hampshire bring you the radio version of their weekly State House Watch newsletter. Their guest this week is Kevin Landrigan of the New Hampshire Union Leader, discussing the state  budget process and other matters.

Uphaus redux; House budget redux; Senate now working on budget; SB7, food stamps in HHS committee; SB247 lead poisoning; SB193 education vouchers; Sanctuary; Passover music -Go Down Moses, Framix-; Kevin Landrigan; history of budget impass; 1997; Sen. Daniels, senate finance; Bill O’Brien;’ Neil Kurk; Trailer bill; Back-of-the-budget cuts; -Wade in the Water, The Staples Singers-; Sanctuary; Rev Joe Gurdak, St. Augustin; Bishop Libasci; Eva Castillo; Support through actions; What will ICE do?; SB193 school vouchers now in the House; Edelblut; religious provision; future court case?; who does it help?; financial impact to schools; State Board of Education; Medicaid; Insurance mandates; Events: Voices of Faith; Tax Day rallies; NH Peace Action; Science rally; Climate rally.

State House Watch 4/3/2017

Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty recorded a special State House Watch at Kennett High School in Conway, NH on the occasion of NH Humanities’ forum “‘More Than Just Ourselves’: Willard Uphaus, Louis Wyman, and Civil Liberties in the McCarthy Era”.  Their guests are Andy Davis, World Fellowship Center; Clare Chapman, New Hampshire Council of Churches; Kat Murdaugh, Kennett High School; Maria Sanders, Plymouth State University.