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Presidential Primaries
How Will New Primary Schedules Affect the 2008 Election?
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Iowa and New Hampshire are losing their lock on being the first states in the nation to decide the major party candidates for president. California, Oregon and Montana have moved their primaries to February 5th and other states are hoping to either join these states on that date or weigh in with their votes earlier in the process. What effect will early primaries have on the 2008 presidential race? Will well-funded candidates who can afford to campaign on television in many states at one time have an advantage? Is the dark horse finish from Iowa or New Hampshire less likely to make a difference? Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we look at the presidential primary process and how new changes will affect the upcoming presidential race.

The Presidential Primary Calendar
Host Margot Adler talks with professor Larry Sabato about how some states are jumping to the front of the 2008 presidential primary calendar and its impact on the candidates and voters.

Larry Sabato is the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and the founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. He is also the author of over 20 books and essays on the American political process. Sabato's latest book is The Sixth Year Itch: The Rise and Fall of the George W. Bush Presidency.

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Voices from New Hampshire
We asked Keene, New Hampshire residents about what it’s like to vote first in the presidential primaries of the 2008 election.

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Debate: The New Hampshire Primary
Fergus Cullen of the New Hampshire Republican Party and American University law professor Jamie Raskin debate whether the New Hampshire primary should stay first in the nation and discuss other reforms to the presidential primary process.

Fergus Cullen is chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. He is also an editorial page columnist with the New Hampshire Union Leader and has served as spokesman for statewide and congressional campaigns.

Jamie Raskin is a professor at the Washington College of Law at American University and a Democratic state senator from Maryland, representing Silver Spring and Tacoma Park. He is also on the board of Fair Vote, an organization that promotes fair elections.

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Report from Arizona
More than 20 states have decided or are considering moving their primaries to earlier in the year, including Florida, California and New York. But smaller states like Arizona also hope to have more influence on the presidential election than they’ve had in years past. Rene Gutel reports.

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Public Financing of Elections
Host Margot Adler speaks with Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21 about how earlier state primaries are affecting the money race and what it means for public funding of presidential campaigns.

Fred Wertheimer is the president and CEO of Democracy 21 and the Democracy 21 Education Fund. Wertheimer has spent more than 30 years working on the issues of money in politics, government accountability, and reform of the political system. He was also the president of Common Cause from 1981 to 1995.

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The Internet and Campaigns
Host Margot Adler talks with Andrew Rasiej of TechPresident about how presidential candidates are using the Web and how content created by voters is affecting the campaigns.

Andrew Rasiej co-founded the blog TechPresident. He is also the founder of the Personal Democracy Forum and has served as an advisor to political candidates on the use of information technology for campaign and policy purposes since 1999.

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WEB EXTRA: The Iowa Caucus
Host Margot Adler talks with author Christopher Hull about how the Iowa caucus works and its influence in the presidential elections.

Christopher Hull is the author of the forthcoming book Grassroots Rules: The Iowa Caucus and the Presidential Nomination System. He also teaches as an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University and runs a Washington, D.C. public affairs firm.

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