The Future of N.H.’s “First in the Nation” Primary

July 21, 2006

Dante Scala, associate professor of politics, appeared as a guest today on New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Exchange. Listen here ››

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This weekend, the DNC’s rules committee meets to put the final touches on its plan for the 2008 nominating calendar. Word is that a western state or Washington DC’s caucus will be placed between Iowa’s “First in the Nation” caucus and New Hampshire’s “First in the Nation” primary, and a southern state’s primary will be placed right after New Hampshire’s. Still, that’s not the end of the story for New Hampshire, only the beginning, as talk of moving New Hampshire’s primary up, even before Iowa’s “First in the Nation” caucus is being considered.

We’ll look at the possibilities of the new DNC primary calendar, its effect on our own primary and what Democratic leaders plan to do to save the tradition of our “First in the Nation” status.

Civic Leadership Academy Trains High School Students as N.H.’s Future Leaders

July 19, 2006

For many high school students, making the most of New Hampshire’s short summer means heading to the beach. For 20 of the state’s top students, however, it means spending two weeks learning about civics in action at Saint Anselm College’s second annual Civic Leadership Academy (CLA).

The participants moved into Saint Anselm residence halls Friday, July 7, and commenced an intensive, two-week program created by the college’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics. The CLA aims to equip young leaders for active, engaged citizenship, and to develop a leadership pipeline for New Hampshire’s future.

You can listen to a podcast of a CLA panel discussion featuring former Gov. Steve Merrill and democratic analyst Joe Keefe at the bottom of this post.

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