Hassan For Governor - Portsmouth Herald: Hassan is best for N.H.

FYI, the Portsmouth Herald endorsed Maggie Hassan for governor today: http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20121014-OPINION-210140323

Key excerpts:

"On Nov. 6, we encourage our readers to vote for Maggie Hassan for governor.

"On virtually every important issue our state will face in the next two years, Maggie Hassan's views mirror those of the editorial board of the Portsmouth Herald, Exeter News-Letter and Hampton Union.

"While Ovide Lamontagne impressed our board as a good and decent man, we respectfully disagree with him on almost every major issue that will likely reach the governor's desk. The governor in New Hampshire exerts influence through the veto and the bully pulpit. During the last legislative session, Gov. John Lynch was able to stop some of the most radical and destructive pieces of legislation through veto threats and actual vetoes. As governor, Maggie Hassan would play a similar role, serving as a check against Republican legislative excesses."


"We also know that Hassan will veto bills that seek to: Come between a woman and her doctor regarding abortion and contraception; Repeal same-sex marriage; Allow people to carry concealed weapons without permits and allow convicted felons and the mentally impaired to have guns in their homes; And, like her opponent, Hassan has vowed to veto a sales or income tax should either reach her desk (which they certainly won't in this next legislative session)."


"We disagree with both candidates' support for expanding gambling in New Hampshire, but we certainly agree with Hassan that if the state must have a casino it should be through a fair and open bidding process and not simply a giveaway to Rockingham Park, as Lamontagne proposes. If nothing else, this would allow the state to negotiate the best deal for taxpayers. Lamontagne's blind spot on the conflict of interest created by his advocating for Rockingham Park, a client of his law firm, is troubling."


"In his endorsement of Hassan this past week, Gov. Lynch said, 'Maggie Hassan is the leader we need to keep New Hampshire moving forward — creating jobs, ensuring our kids get the best education possible and keeping New Hampshire a business-friendly state with no sales or income tax.'

"Maggie Hassan is clearly the best choice in this race to succeed John Lynch, who, in our view, was the ideal New Hampshire governor. On Nov. 6, vote for Maggie Hassan for governor to keep common-sense leadership in our state's top executive office."