News from the NHGOP

Sununu vs. Buckley

This Sunday at 10:00 AM don't miss Close-Up on WMUR! Watch as Ray Buckley struggles to defend the disastrous small business income tax, the Democrats reckless spending in Concord and the Obama Administrations failure to recognize the terrorist threat facing our country.

Special Election Update

We have three upcoming special elections in the next month! Rockingham District 8 and Sullivan District 2 have general elections next Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Rockingham District 8 encompasses the towns of Hampstead, Plaistow, and Kingston and Sullivan District 2 is made up of the towns of Washington, Goshen, Newport, Croydon, and Springfield. If you live in these towns do not forget to get out and vote next Tuesday!

If you want to help elect Republicans Steve Cunningham (Sullivan Dist. 2) and Ken Weyler (Rockingham Dist. 8) in next Tuesday's election then contact NHGOP Field Manager BJ Perry about this weekend's grassroots activities.

For those of you who live in the towns of Dunbarton, Bow, Hooksett, Candia, and Manchester Wards 1, 2, and 12 you have a special election for State Senate District 16 -- the seat previously held by Manchester's new Mayor, Ted Gatsas! The primary for SD-16 will be next Tuesday, January 12, 2010 and the general election will be held February 16, 2010.

John Lynch's Job-Killing Income Tax

John Lynch and the Democrat Majority in Concord have increased taxes on small business owners a staggering 13.5%! Such an increase on small businesses will limit the ability of small companies to raise capital, expand, or hire new employees. Thus, limiting their ability to create the very jobs we need to climb out of this economic recession.

Click here to read what newspapers around the state are saying about this disastrous legislation.

Hodes's Struggling Campaign

In a desperate attempt to save Paul Hodes’ stumbling Senate campaign, Congressional Quarterly (12/29) reports that the Democrat Party leadership in Washington is spending more money on the New Hampshire Senate race than any other contest in the country.

In November, the Washington-based Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) spent $27,864 in “coordinated expenditures” on the New Hampshire Senate race. The amount was more than the DSCC spent on any other contest in the country including the Arkansas Senate race, where the Committee spent only $13,000 to assist endangered incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln (D). The DSCC has already directly contributed an additional $42,600 to the Hodes Campaign, which is the maximum donation the Committee can give to a candidate (

The increased spending by the DSCC comes at a time when Democrat Party leaders “are getting increasingly antsy over the campaign of their likely nominee, Rep. Paul Hodes,” (Politico, 10/14). Democrat insiders recently admitted that they “secretly wish they had a more proven statewide vote-getter,” than Congressman Hodes in the New Hampshire Senate race (MSNBC’s First Read, 10/7).

A recent poll released by the University of New Hampshire (10/5) indicates that Congressman Hodes would have trouble winning re-election to his House seat – let alone winning a United States Senate race. Polls released by Rasmussen Reports (9/16) and the American Research Group (10/1) also show that Mr. Hodes is widely disliked by New Hampshire voters.

Obama's Broken NH Health Care Promise

President Barack Obama is reneging on a promise he made during the New Hampshire Primary to hold “transparent” and “open” health care negotiations that would be televised on C-SPAN. The President and Democrat Congressional leaders are currently refusing to hold open meetings on the ongoing health care debate.
“Candidate Obama promised New Hampshire voters that he would open up all health care negotiations to the public. But President Obama is breaking that pledge by refusing to hold the transparent and accountable meetings he once supported,” said NHGOP Communications Director Ryan Williams. “It’s time for Paul Hodes, Carol Shea-Porter and Jeanne Shaheen to finally stand up to their party leaders and denounce the Democrats’ disgraceful backroom negotiations.”

In a 2007 editorial board meeting with the Keene Sentinel (11/27/07) Candidate Obama promised that he would hold open negotiations on health care legislation that would be televised on C-SPAN.

“We will have a public process for forming this plan and it will be televised on C-SPAN. I can’t guarantee that it will be exciting, so not everybody is going to be watching, but it will be transparent and accountable to the American people,” Candidate Obama told the Sentinel. “One of my jobs as the President is to guide this process so that it’s an honest process.”

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