Citizens For A Strong NH - Citizens Report: Your Weekly E-Newsletter


Web Video: What is Carol Shea-Porter hiding?

Since being sworn into office last year, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has made every attempt to hide from her constituents - particularly those who might disagree with her. However, she still tries to convince the media that she is an open and accessible congresswoman. That is far from the truth.


While Granite Staters are becoming used to Congresswoman Shea-Porter hiding from them, what happened last Friday in Conway at a veterans event was a new low, even for the congresswoman.


Click HERE to watch the video.


The discussion, which was held at a local American Legion hall, was billed as a public event. In the video, as we have seen in the past, Congresswoman Shea-Porter's staff banned video cameras from constituents, but allowed the media to attend and report.  The 'no video taping' rule was first relayed to us by a Granite State veteran leader who said it was her staff who implemented the ban. However, when we asked Congresswoman. Shea-Porter's District Director about it, shockingly, he blamed the American Legion's policy.


It is important to note that while this is the first time Congresswoman Shea-Porter has used Granite State veterans as an excuse to hide from her constituents at taxpayer-funded public events, there are other instances, like this one, where she has banned the public from filming.
Regardless of their varying positions on the issues, Granite Staters pride themselves on being represented with openness and accessibility. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, who refuses to hold truly public forums, has failed that test time and time again. They also expect their elected officials to govern with honesty and integrity. After seeing the actions of her staff in this video, sadly, she has failed to meet that requirement as well. 
We continue to call on Congresswoman Shea-Porter to stop hiding from New Hampshire residents, but at the very least, stop lying to them. Stop using your constituents, particularly veterans, as an excuse to hide yourself from those whom you are expected to represent.  New Hampshire deserves better than that.
State Senate rightfully rejects a job-killing increase in the minimum wage


On Thursday, the New Hampshire Senate defeated House Bill 1403 by a vote of 13 -11. This bill would have increased the state's minimum wage to $8.25 in January of 2015 and to $9 per hour in January of 2016. The next increase would be based on CPI (Consumer Price Index).


Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has opposed House Bill 1403 from the beginning citing the impact the increase in the minimum wage would have on small businesses as well as employment for younger workers that are trying to gain experience in the job market.


We applaud the New Hampshire Senate for rejecting House Bill 1403. This legislation would have done significant damage to Granite State small businesses and the job prospects of young people in our state.
The focus of our legislators in Concord should not be on stifling our entrepreneurs and limiting opportunities for Granite Staters. Instead, they should be looking for new ways to create an economic environment that is conducive to attracting more businesses to New Hampshire and making it easier for current job creators to provide employees with greater economic success.

Our efforts against House Bill 1403 were noted in the Eagle Tribune's coverage of the vote.
Congresswomen Shea-Porter and Kuster continue to vote against New Hampshire


This week, New Hampshire's Members of Congress voted against two important pieces of legislation while in Washington. 

On Wednesday, Congresswomen Shea-Porter and Kuster refused
 to join the bi-partisan majority in the House when they voted to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. 

Lois Lerner directed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. A year ago this week, Lerner publicly disclosed that agents had improperly singled out conservative groups for extra, sometimes burdensome scrutiny.

On Thursday, the two voted against a bill that would form a Select House Committee to investigate the attack on our diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

While both pieces of legislation still passed the House of Representatives, we are very disappointed in both Congresswoman Shea-Porter and Congresswoman Kuster for their votes. 

Have you joined us for a phone bank?
Remember, every Thursday evening, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire hosts its weekly phone bank. Once again, this week was a success!

If you would like to join us next Thursday evening, please email or to sign-up for a shift. 
Laugh of the week    
Some humor for your Friday. Have a great weekend, Granite Staters!