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Thursday
Mar052015

CVA Convenes VA Reform Summit in Manchester (Monday 3/9)

Participants Include Rep. Frank Guinta, CVA Legislative Director Dan Caldwell, and Expert Panelists Discussing Veterans Independence Act on March 9

 

Manchester, NH – Today, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) announced it will be hosting VA Reform Summit in Manchester on Monday, March 9th, at 10:00am at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics located on the campus of Saint Anselm College.

 

The purpose of the local VA Reform Summit in Manchester is to discuss the veteran-centric, expert-driven set of policy proposals from CVA’s Fixing Veterans Health Care Taskforce, designed to dramatically improve health care delivery for veterans. The panel will discuss and analyze policy recommendations made by the CVA-led Taskforce.

 

CVA NH welcomes VA Reform Summit program participants:

 

  • Welcoming Remarks
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    • Congressman Frank C. Guinta, NH Congressional District One
  • CVA Summit Panelists
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    • Dan Caldwell, Concerned Veterans for America Legislative and Political Director
    • N.H. Executive Councilor Joseph Kenney (District One), Member of the Executive Council
    • N.H. State Representative Joseph Lachance (Manchester) Member of the General Court
    • JP Marzullo, Health Care Professional
    • Hon. Gary Lambert, Former State Senator (2010-2012) and Congressional Candidate (2014)

“Concerned Veterans for America is excited to be in Manchester sharing our newly-released Fixing Veterans Health Care Taskforce Report and the Veterans Independence Act, which proposes bold reforms to veterans’ health care in the wake of the recent VA scandal,” said Dan Caldwell, Legislative and Political Director at CVA. “Speakers will highlight key solutions identified in the Veterans Independence Act, including addressing the structure of the VHA, creating a private insurance option, and increasing transparency at the VA. The meaningful, veteran-centric proposals are the next step in reforming veterans’ health care and we look forward to this distinguished panel of experts contributing to the discussion.”

 

All who are concerned about the future of veterans’ health care are strongly encouraged to attend this free event to learn more about the proposals. A question and answer session will follow the speakers’ remarks. The event is open to the public and press attendance is welcome.

 

Visit taskforce.cv4a.org to learn more about the taskforce, view the final report, and watch the full video from CVA’s Fixing Veterans Health Care Summit in Washington, DC.

 

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Concerned Veterans for America is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c) (4) organization that advocates for policies that will

preserve the freedom and liberty we and our families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend.

Thursday
Mar052015

NHGOP ASKS NH DOJ TO REVIEW HASSAN'S ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE RIGHT TO KNOW LAW 

Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today asked the New Hampshire Department of Justice to review Governor Maggie Hassan's attempt to pressure state agencies into ignoring the Right to Know Law. The party also submitted its own request with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services for information regarding its government efficiency proposal:

 

Attorney General Joseph Foster

New Hampshire Department of Justice

33 Capitol Street

Concord, NH 03301

 

Attorney General Joseph Foster:

 

On behalf of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, I am writing today to respectfully request that you provide a legal opinion on Governor Maggie Hassan's effort to pressure state agencies to ignore New Hampshire's Right to Know Law.

 

The Concord Monitor and Union Leader report that Governor Hassan has distributed a memo to state agency department heads instructing them to forward all Right to Know requests regarding government efficiency proposals to her office. The New Hampshire Republican State Committee and members of the New Hampshire media have filed several requests for the efficiency proposals. Governor Hassan has already denied similar requests made directly to her office.

 

The New Hampshire Department of Justice has clearly stated that all state executive branch departments and agencies are subject to the New Hampshire Right to Know Law. Governor Hassan believes she does not need to follow the law, and her attempt to funnel all Right to Know requests through her office is a brazen and blatant attempt to undermine New Hampshire's transparency requirements.

 

Clearly, state officials should be required to respond to requests made directly to their agencies instead of forwarding them to the governor's office to be quashed. Governor Hassan's memo is obviously an attempt to pressure agencies heads to keep information about their efficiency proposals secret as she quietly gears up to run for United States Senate.

 

I ask that you please provide an opinion on the legality of Governor Hassan's shameful plan to undermine New Hampshire's transparency laws. I also request under the New Hampshire Right To Know Law (RSA 91-A) that you provide me with any communications between the Department of Justice and Governor Hassan's office regarding the development of her memo to agency heads to determine if she sought an opinion from your office in advance. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Jennifer Horn

Chairman

New Hampshire Republican State Committee

 

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Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

129 Pleasant Street

Concord, New Hampshire 03301

 

Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas:

 

This is a request under the New Hampshire Right To Know Law (RSA 91-A).

I formally request that you provide me with all records regarding government efficiency proposals developed by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. These proposals may have been submitted to Governor Maggie Hassan's office.

 

As Governor Hassan gears up to abandon her job to run for United States Senate, her Administration has gone to great lengths to undermine New Hampshire's Right to Know Law. The Concord Monitor and the Union Leader have reported that the governor is attempting to pressure and coerce state agencies into ignoring transparency laws by funneling records requests to her office. This strategy is designed to deliberately quash any records request related to agency efficiency proposals because the governor does not believe her office needs to adhere to the Right to Know law.

 

Additionally, the Concord Monitor and the Union Leader report that the governor's office has distributed a secret memo to agency heads that instructs them to ignore the Right to Know law. As part of my records request, I also ask that you please provide me with a copy of the governor's memo.

 

Should you decline to provide any requested information, please provide the specific provision under RSA 91-A that exempts such public records from the Right to Know Law. To be clear, I am asking for these records from your agency and expect a response from the Department of Health and Human Services - not the governor's office.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jennifer Horn

Chairman

New Hampshire Republican State Committee

 

Thursday
Mar052015

Townhall - Don't Let Unions Get Your Phone Number & Email Address 

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Protect Your Privacy!

Starting April 14, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will require businesses to surrender lists of employees’ phone numbers and personal email addresses to union organizers. Giving away employees’ personal contact information violates basic privacy rights and will inevitably lead to workers being targeted for harassment at the hands of union bosses.

Congress is getting ready to vote on a Congressional Review Act resolution that will tell the NLRB to stop using government power to benefit union bosses.

Tell Washington that you want to protect your privacy by sending a virtual “Do Not Disturb” letter. Click here and send a letter to Congress. Your support is critical to protect workers’ privacy rights.

Unlike the government's proposal, this letter is voluntary!

Send a Letter to Congress

 

Thursday
Mar052015

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Thursday
Mar052015

NH House Republican Majority Caucus (HRMC) comments on tanning bill 

The House Republican Majority Caucus issued the following statement on the passage of HB 136, a bill that would take away from parents the right to give permission to their teenagers to get an indoor tan.


"Today, 199 members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to tell parents that their elected representatives are more intelligent than they are and more caring of their children," stated Rep Pam Tucker, Greenland. "They told parents of young ladies and gentlemen, going to their senior prom, "No, you cannot make that trip to the tanning booth before one of the biggest nights of your life."

"This new law would be an invitation to more nanny government.  What's next, mandated use of sunscreen?  Subsides for sunscreen?  We can only hope that the senate knows more about the New Hampshire traditions of individualism and supporting the family than the 199 representatives who seem to know about Washington overreach," noted Rep. Jeanine Notter- Merrimack.