Citizens Report: Your Weekly E-Newsletter

New Hampshire House defeats HB 1589, a victory for the Second Amendment

The New Hampshire State House voted on Wednesday to defeat HB 1589, which would have required background checks for all firearm sales in the Granite State. The legislation failed with a bipartisan vote of 242 to 118. 


Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire joined with countless others in opposition to this bill from the very beginning. Click HERE to watch our testimony opposing HB 1589 when it was still being debated in committee.


After a lot of hard-work, we are happy to report that this Wednesday, Granite State commonsense prevailed over out-of-state special interest groups set upon further infringing on our Second Amendment rights. With a bipartisan majority, the New Hampshire House realized that this legislation would not prevent violent individuals from committing crimes, but would only hurt law-abiding Granite State gun owners and dealers. This vote was a victory for countless New Hampshire residents who actively engaged their legislators in opposition to this bill in recent weeks. We thank those in the New Hampshire House who helped defeat HB 1589.

Click HERE to read more in the Eagle Tribune's article on the subject with quotes from Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire included.

Opposing a job-killing increase in the minimum wage

On Tuesday, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire spoke in opposition to HB 1403, which would increase New Hampshire's minimum wage to $9 per hour.  As a part of this legislation, after 2015, the minimum wage would increase yearly based on the consumer price index.


Raising the minimum wage would not only have a detrimental effect on small businesses and the job creators in our state, but it would also have a negative effect on the young people who are just starting out in the workforce by prohibiting them from gaining jobs and valuable skills from New Hampshire's service industry and small businesses.  


Click HERE to watch video of Matthew Murphy, Executive Director at Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, testifying in opposition to the bill before the New Hampshire House Labor, Industrial, and Rehabilitative Service Committee. You can also read about our work in opposition to this bill in the Union Leader by clicking HERE.

What event, Carol?

In Thursday's Washington Post, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) said that she would not be attending her party's annual three day meeting, which is taking place in Maryland this week. When asked by a reporter why she wouldn't be attending, her spokesman said Rep. Carol Shea-Porter "will be doing constituent work."

In response, we were excited at the possibility of her providing a venue where Granite Staters could finally discuss the many important issues of the day with her. However, after visiting the events section of her website, we were surprised to see that the congresswoman has none - zero - public events listed for this week. In fact, there are none at all for the entire month of February. 


However, while she has no public events scheduled, in a different Washington Post article on Wednesday, Congresswoman Shea-Porter said President Obama is always welcome to come and explain Obamacare to her constituents.


In response, Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:


"Like Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has made a career out of avoiding public town hall meetings where Granite Staters can engage her on important issues such as Obamacare. Whether it is with President Obama or by herself, Granite Staters welcome the opportunity to discuss Obamacare with Carol Shea-Porter. We just aren't holding our breath waiting for it.


"In the meantime, while New Hampshire residents are getting used to the three aforementioned elected officials hiding from us, we find it incredibly disingenuous for Congresswoman Shea-Porter to use the same constituents she is hiding from as an excuse for not attending an event."


Reminder: Only a few tickets left for our "Breakfast Briefing" with Congressman Chaffetz
We only have a few tickets left for our "Breakfast Briefing" with Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz on Thursday, February 20th, at the Airport Dinner located at 2280 Brown Ave, Manchester.


Congressman Chaffetz will be discussing his work on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee including the 2012 Benghazi attack, Fast and Furious, and the IRS scandal.


The cost of this event is $20 and includes a continental breakfast.


Seating is limited. Please RSVP to before February 17th. 

Laugh of the week    
Here's some humor for your Friday. Have a great weekend, Granite Staters!