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Thursday
Aug212014

Hounsell For NH House (CCD2) - “PEOPLE ABOVE POLITICS”

I am a candidate for the NH House of Representatives for Carroll County District 2, which includes Chatham, Conway. Eaton, and Hales Location.  Thanks to the support of scores of registered voters in the district, I have gained a spot on the General Election Ballot in November by means of nomination papers as I will be running as an Independent, not beholden to either the Republican or Democratic Parties.

I realize this is a difficult path to victory, but after much reflection, consultation and prayer I also realize this is my attempt to enter this particular political arena in good conscience.  As an independent, I will not be beholden to any ideology, special interest or political boss.  When elected I will be 100% free of such crippling influences and therefore able to represent the people.  My campaign motto is “People Above Politics.”

In order to be able to best serve in good conscience I will not seek or accept campaign contributions from any political action committee, union organization or corporate and business concern.  In fact, I will not accept any campaign contribution from any individual in excess of $25.  It is past time to rid all special interest money as the driving force that determines our state’s policy.  I cannot be bought, my vote cannot be bought. Our liberties, our freedoms, the dreams of our children, as well as the current and future well being our senior citizens are not for sale.

I oppose the insidious new gasoline tax.  This tax is regressive and greatly hurts those least able to pay it.  Worse than being another new tax, the gasoline tax has created additional increase in prices on other necessities such as groceries, milk and bread.  The impact of this so-called gasoline tax is the adoption of what is really a tax on gasoline and on food.  I look forward to having discussions on this issue during the campaign.

The state needs to do more to meet its financial obligation to public education.  Year after year we hear from politicians that they support education.  Now is the time for the state to put the money behind its words.  The property taxpayer is beyond tapped out.  We are beginning to see people on fixed incomes having to dip into their personal savings and reserves in order to pay their property tax.  This is a critical issue: property tax relief is possible, and it must be forthcoming.  It requires that the Legislature realize that in order to maintain our American way of life.  To ensure that the pursuit of the American Dream is available for future generations we must invest more in our public schools.  The days when the state believes it is fulfilling their charge by heaping one unfunded state mandate in top of another are over.  If the state mandates a program – the state should pay for that program.

I fully support the 2nd Amendment and will oppose infringements on the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.  Gun control laws in other parts of the country have not and do not work.  In New Hampshire we have thousands of men and women who enjoy hunting and fishing, gun collectors, and those who take responsibility for their own personal protection.  We should not be expected to surrender our constitutional rights as a reaction to the evil and tragic actions of murderers and thieves.

We need to get serious when it comes to our crumbling programs that deal with mental health issues.  New Hampshire needs to build more mental health facilities and provide more beds to help those in need of mental health treatment.

In conclusion,  It was thirty years ago this year that I announced I was a candidate for the N.H. State Senate.  I was  32 year old medieval studies major at Plymouth State, attending classes during the day and working as a custodian during the night.  To the surprise of the establishment I won the Republican primary against the incumbent and went on to be elected twice to the Senate.  Since leaving the Senate I have remained active in public service as a member of school boards, as a selectman, a library trustee, and as a member of the State’s Traffic Safety Commission and Public Employee Labor Relations Board.  I have the experience, the drive and the passion and skill sets to represent all the people in the NH House of Representatives.  I would be honored to have your support and your votes.  Thank you.

Please check out my new web site.  markhounsell.com.

Thursday
Aug212014

ALG's Daily Grind - State tax revenue nose dive provides ominous economic warning 

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August 20, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

State tax revenue nose dive provides ominous economic warning
Federal revenues reach all-time high on higher rates while state and local taxes take a nose dive.

Climate change a symbolic battle against an unpleasant, toxic way of life
As Mann unwittingly makes the case for, alarmist claims are met with "suspicion, skepticism, and sighing apathy" — and those are not the battle cries of a winner.

Legal Insurrection: Montana Democratic Senate nominee has some strange video selfies
"Amanda Curtis' state legislative career is one long video selfie, posted daily to YouTube."

Thursday
Aug212014

Rubens For US Senate - Rubens Statement on Death of Journalist James Foley 

This morning, Jim Rubens, candidate for U.S. Senate, issued the following statement on the death of James Foley, a journalist from Rochester:

 

"Susan and I are deeply saddened to hear of the death of New Hampshire journalist James Foley at the hands of the militant group ISIS.  As parents, we cannot even begin to fathom the pain that Mr. Foley's parents are experiencing and we offer our sincere condolences.  I also extend my gratitude for the bravery that many journalists exhibit in documenting the world's events in places where many would not dare venture."

Thursday
Aug212014

Edwards For NH Senate (D4) - Chief Edwards supports marriage!

 

Two of my friends share their thoughts...

Please take a minute to read what they had to say:

"We recently had the pleasure of meeting Eddie Edwards through his wife Cindy.  We found Eddie to be very passionate about the issues that are currently facing his district.  

His knowledge of these issues along with his experience of working with the community puts him far ahead of other candidates in our opinion.  

He prioritizes what's important and what can be changed vs. getting bogged down in trying to tell others what they should do, what they should believe and even who they should be able to marry.  

He believes that everyone should be held accountable for their actions and isn't afraid to stand up for what he believes in.  Eddie is very caring and open minded and his desire to make things better for everyone including gays, lesbians and transgendered people is contagious.  I believe in Eddie and know he can make a difference if given the chance.  

Unfortunately we do not live in his district but if we did, my wife and I would cast our votes for him."

Jacki and Heather 

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Thursday
Aug212014

Guinta For Congress (CD1) - Two Polls Show Guinta in the Lead!  

Granite Staters Sending a Clear Message to Shea-Porter: Enough!

Yesterday, Team Guinta released an internal poll showing a 56 point lead over our nearest competitor in the Republican primary to be held on September 9. A WMUR Granite State Poll released simultaneously had Frank Guinta defeating Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter by four points.

This is the second consecutive poll that shows Shea-Porter down to Guinta. You can find the poll from July showing Team Guinta in the lead HERE.
You can find a release and analysis of the most recent poll HERE.

Frank Guinta released the following statement:

“In addition to these polls, we recently received the support of the Foster’s Daily Democrat, which said our campaign was one of ideas and substance. Momentum is on our side! Granite Staters have grown tired of Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s antics. Flying to California to raise money with Nancy Pelosi while failing to hold a single open forum is the opposite of what New Hampshire expects from its Representatives. I will continue to travel the District putting forth solutions to strengthen and grow the middle-class, and with your help we will take back New Hampshire this fall!”