Dr Wayne Lesperance joins us to look back on the second of three televised debates between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown.
GOP nominee for Congress in NH02 joins Chris on NH Now to discuss her race against democratic incumbent Annie Kuster.
Republican candidate for governor, Walt Havenstein, stopped in at the Barley House in Concord, NH to discuss campaign issues with Chris Ryan.
The race for governor has narrowed to only an 8% gap between Republican candidate, Walt Havenstein, and the incumbent, Governor Maggie Hassan. The GOP’s candidate believes that concern about the state’s economy is a major cause for his gaining ground in the opinion polls. Havenstein cited that New Hampshire’s high corporate taxes are the highest in the region and third in the United States. Because of his business background, he believes that he can improve the business climate and then that will bring more jobs and better paying jobs to the Granite State. The Republican challenger attributed the state’s increased energy prices to short (two year) term planning and a willingness to accept regional rather than New Hampshire based solutions. Walt Havenstein graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and also received a master’s degree in electrical engineering. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1971 to 1983. Then he worked for several companies in the aerospace industry.
When he was asked about attack ads which label him as a “Failed CEO,” Havenstein defended his work at SAIC Science Applications International Corporation. He stated that when he stepped down from that post he was praised by the chairman of the board of SAIC for his business acumen and leadership skills. He countered that several Concord politicians have described Maggie Hassan’s management style as not “bipartisan” but rather as “toxic.” Havenstein claims that in the Marine Corp and in his business experience he was skilled at team building and working effectively with strong, diverse personalities.
This is Walt Havenstein’s first venture into politics; and, despite having his reputation banged up a bit, he is enjoying the experience.
Havenstein also addressed crisis management as it pertains to situations like the current Ebola problem. He believes that communication is key. People need to know what the problem is, what is being done, what is the state of preparedness to deal with the problem, and what will be done if the situation changes. He mentioned that he has had some experience with handling disasters which affected his company–tornadoes in Alabama and Katrina in Louisiana. When he was asked about whether New Hampshire has a spending problem or a revenue problem? Havenstein attributed the problem to a lack of planning. To him, preparing a budget must include a true bipartisan approach and a long term integrated economic plan. Priorities of education, transportation, etc. should be aligned with the plan. The candidate ended with an appeal to voters that New Hampshire’s economic problems are the result of ten years of Democrat governorship.
Tuesday, October 27th will be the opening night in the NBA. The start of a new season for the fans of most NBA teams is exciting because a new season brings hope for success. For Concord New Hampshire’s Matt Bonner and the San Antonio Spurs, opening night is a time to celebrate by hoisting another championship banner to the rafters of the AT&T Arena and by giving out gaudy championship rings. The players, coaches and fans will bask in the glow of their accomplishments. But after the celebration, the 2013-14 season will officially become history. There will be a game to play with a strong divisional interstate rival, the Dallas Mavericks. The champions must begin defense of the title.
It will be interesting to see how Coach Popovich will navigate this team through the grueling regular season with aging stars like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. How will he integrate emerging stars like Kawai Leonard and Patty Mills into the lineup? Armchair coaches will be focused on how Gregg Popovich proves again that he is the best coach in the NBA.
Matt discussed one of the main reasons for the success of the Spurs–ageless wonder, Tim Duncan. Mr. Fundamental, as he is known in the NBA, is entering his seventeenth year in the league. Everyone wonders how Tim is able to play at such a high level for so long? Matt, who has been with the Spurs since 2005, is continually amazed by Duncan’s work ethic and durability.
Next, Chris interviewed Celtics big man, Kelly Olynyk. The second year player discussed the upcoming season. You can catch all the Celtic games here on WKXL. That interview was followed by a chat with former Manchester Monarch, Marc-Andre Cliche. He is now starring for the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.
In the final segment of the show, Matt and Chris discussed the teams in the powerful Western Division of the NBA that will be threats to the Spurs repeating as champions. The teams in the Eastern Division were also evaluated. They also discussed what makes a successful coach in the NBA. Can college coaches like Brad Stevens, the second year Celtics’ coach, make the jump to a “players league” like the NBA? Can NBA players transition smoothly to coaching guys that they played with? Is it important for a coach to have experience as an NBA player?
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina is back in New Hampshire today and focusing her attention on the state’s US Senate race before she plans to look hard at running for President.
Republican candidate Scott Brown outlined the differences between himself and the Democrat incumbent, Senator Jeanne Shaheen prior to this evenings first of three debates. Brown has been rising in the polls, and he feels that he is gaining momentum in the closing weeks of the campaign.
Many assume that the biggest reason for Brown’s improved chances in the election is voter dissatisfaction with the president and Senator Shaheen’s record of support of the Obama agenda. For instance, Brown blames the recent increased energy costs on Shaheen’s support of green energy policies of increased taxes and regulations being placed on energy producers. Brown is against the carbon tax and favors an all of the above approach to increasing supply in order to meet our energy needs. Another developing issue which has boosted the Brown campaign would be increased voter concerns with security issues like controlling our borders and immigration policies. Brown is for enhanced control of our borders and against amnesty for illegal immigrants. He also immediately favored a travel ban to stop the spread of Ebola. He reminded the voters that when Jeanne Shaheen was first running for senator, she promised to be an independent voice for New Hampshire. However, she has voted 99% time in lock step with President Obama. Brown cited that Shaheen supported the Universal Care Act (Obamacare) and even wrote to the IRS to investigate conservative groups.
When Scott Brown was asked about the depth of his knowledge of New Hampshire issues due to his recently moving here from Massachusetts. He addressed the “carpetbagger issue” by explaining that he was born in Portsmouth, NH and lived there until age three; he has family roots going back to before the American Revolution in Newington, NH; and he and his wife have owned property and paid taxes in New Hampshire for almost 25 years. He also countered that Jeanne Shaheen has a 0% rating by the National Bureau of Independent Business compared to his rating of 94%. Brown contends that it will be small businesses being unburdened by government regulation that will cure our stagnant economy.
Bernie Sanders, the junior senator from Vermont, has been a frequent visitor to the Granite State. Sanders is considered an independent; but he caucuses with the Democratic Party and is counted as a Democrat for purposes of committee assignments. While campaigning here for Democrat candidates, there has been considerable interest for his candidacy for president in 2016.
Voters seem to be reacting favorably to the way that Senator Sanders hammers away at economic issues like the shrinking of the middle class, the increased income division between rich and poor, and the continued problem of US corporations taking jobs overseas. In order to insure that these issues are part of the discussion with the 2016 Democrat candidates, Sanders is considering a run for president. The challenges of fundraising and developing an organization for an independent candidate for president are daunting, but Bernie Sanders is interested in taking on that struggle.
Senator Sanders believes that the media needs to pay more attention to economic issues like the closing of 50,000 factories in the United States in the last 15 years or the fact that American workers have increased their productivity but their wages have not kept pace. Sanders also questions why the Obama administration let Wall Street big shots get away with causing so much damage to the lives of the American people. In the interview, he also blamed the Republicans in the House and Senate for blocking necessary legislation to raise the minimum wage, college affordability, pay equity, and climate change.
When Senator Sanders was asked about what could be done about the projected increased rates for electricity in New Hampshire, he stated that climate change is real and that we must increase energy conservation and renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass.
Can Scott Brown beat Jeanne Shaheen? Chris and Rebecca discuss with UNH political science professor Dante Scala. They also look at how the potential 2016 candidates are looking during the pre-primary period.
Celtic fans are all hoping that their team can improve over last year’s record of only 25 wins and 57 losses. Improved play by their big man, seven foot center Kelly Olynyk will be a critical part of the team’s resurgence as the 2014-2015 season begins. On July 27, 2013, the Celtics made many trades in order to select Olynyk out of the successful program at Gonzaga. Kelly posted career highs in his All American junior season with 17.8 points a game and 7.3 rebounds.
WKXL is excited to be carrying the Celtics games this year. The Grappone Auto Group will be sponsoring the broadcasts with Sean Grande doing play by play and former Celtic great Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell providing color analysis.
In his interview with Chris Ryan, Olynyk discussed how he worked in the off season to improve his strength and athletic ability. He has shown in training camp that his efforts to adapt to the rigors of the NBA are paying off. What separates Kelly from other big men is his ball handling skills. He credits this to his being a point guard throughout his high school career in Canada. In the interview, he also discussed how his improved rebounding will be an key part of the Celtics resurgence this year. He also mentioned several players who influenced his development–big men who could shoot and dribble like Los Angeles Laker center, Vlade Divac and fellow Canadian, Steve Nash–an all star point guard.
Kelly Olynyk comes from a basketball family. His father, Ken, was head men’s basketball coach at the University of Toronto from 1989 to 2002 and the Canada Junior Men’s National Team from 1983 to 1996. His mother was a basketball referee who also worked for the Toronto Raptors as a scorekeeper. Ironically, Ken Olynyk was criticized for cutting Steve Nash, one of his son’s idols, from the Canadian National Team.
Senator Rand Paul, who many think will be a major candidate for president in 2016, made a number of campaign stops and even did some calling for Republican candidates. He sat down for an interview with Chris Ryan in Salem, NH. Their discussion covered a wide variety of topics. Sen. Paul was critical of the Clinton legacy and Barack Obama’s policies. He was very outspoken about his potential 2016 rivals.
“If Bill Clinton was the CEO of a public company he would have been fired for his behavior in the White House.” He described the Clintons as being “Yesterday’s news” and that people were tired of their hypocrisy. He also used the Monica Lewinsky episode to dispute the Democrat claim that the Republicans have waged a war against women.
Senator Paul said that Barack Obama’s arrogance is helping Republican candidates across the country and in New Hampshire. “People sense that the country is going in the wrong direction.” He also discussed the racial problems in Ferguson, MO and how the Democrat party has let down the African-American community. Paul has a plan to lower taxes in places like Detroit in order to raise their economies out of poverty.
Before entering politics, Rand Paul was a practicing doctor of Ophthalmology. He is very concerned with how the Ebola Outbreak is being mishandled. Again he describes arrogance as a cause of the continuous misstatements and retractions by the CDC, Center for Disease Control, and the Obama administration. Paul feels that they have tried too hard to downplay fear while not being forthright about the seriousness of this disease and the ease with which it can be spread.”The fact is that we are still learning about this disease.”
Senator Paul has a Libertarian and Tea Party background. To win the presidency, he will have to find a way to reach people from outside these groups while keeping his base. When he was asked how he could lead while deconstructing the presidency, Senator Paul called for the Congress to take back the powers and checks and balances intended by the framers of the Constitution.