Press Releases



Statement of OFA-NH Director Tim Arsenault on Fourth Quarter GDP Growth 

Tim Arsenault, State Director of Organizing for America (OFA)-New Hampshire issued the following statement regarding the 5.7 percent growth in the nation’s economy in the fourth quarter of 2009 released by the United States Commerce Department today:

“The news today that the nation’s economy grew by 5.7 percent in the last quarter of 2009 is both welcome and encouraging. With two straight quarters of GDP growth this past year—and the last quarter growing at the fastest rate since 2003—it’s clear that the President’s policies are beginning to take effect.  We’re pleased to see signs of recovery, and we’re confident we will continue to make progress on behalf of the millions of families and communities still struggling through the global economic downturn.

“In the coming months, it is critical that we implement the President’s proposals to support middle-class families and businesses so we can spur the job creation necessary to move beyond recovery to broad economic prosperity.

“This is only the beginning. By putting into action the plan unveiled by the President earlier this week, we know we will keep our economy moving in the right direction.”


NHDP - Ayotte's Week: Out-raised, Out-Hustled, No Plans for Jobs, Deficit 

As New Hampshire's Middle Class Fights Unemployment, Kelly Ayotte Has Yet to Provide One New Idea for Creating Jobs or Paying Down the Deficit


CONCORD - Republican Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte spent another week silent on a plan to create jobs for New Hampshire's middle-class families. Despite steep unemployment numbers and skyrocketing health care costs, Ayotte has presented no new ideas to help the middle class recover, pushing only the failed economic policies of George Bush, from tax cuts for the wealthy to deregulation of Wall Street [Union Leader, 1/10/09].


Ayotte has also failed to come up with a plan to reduce the country's massive deficit. She came out against Sen. Judd Gregg's proposal which would have created a bipartisan panel to cut through Washington gridlock, rein in spending and reduce the deficit [Union Leader, 1/28/10].


"After being out-raised and out-hustled for another week on the campaign trial, Kelly Ayotte is still giving middle class families the silent treatment," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "She doesn't have a new idea to create a single job and she has no plan to cut the deficit, even opposing a bipartisan commission to solve the problem. It's obvious that Kelly Ayotte's only plan is to support the failed economic polices that have led to record deficits and high unemployment."


NH House Committee Recommends Study of Bill that Would Tax and Regulate Marijuana 

Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee votes 16-2 to consider details of H.B. 1652 before moving bill forward

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Yesterday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 16-2 to “refer for interim study” H.B. 1652, a bill that would tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. If the House concurs with this recommendation, the 20-member committee will proceed with a comprehensive study of the proposal. This vote is a promising sign that New Hampshire’s lawmakers are willing to seriously discuss the possibility of ending marijuana prohibition in the Granite State.

Previously, a vote to recommend that the bill “ought to pass” failed 8-10. Four Democrats and four Republicans voted in favor. Rep. Shannon Chandley (D-Milford), who voted against the first motion, told her colleagues, “I believe we should decriminalize marijuana,” but said she felt the committee should take time to consider all the details of the bill before recommending it to the full House of Representatives.   

“This committee seems to understand that the prohibition of marijuana has been a terrible policy failure,” said Matt Simon, executive director of the NH Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy. “We appreciate the fact that some members want to give this further study and make sure the details are correct before they move this bill forward.”

In 2009, an effort to override Gov. John Lynch’s (D) veto of a medical marijuana bill passed the NH House but fell two votes short in the NH Senate.

HB 1652 is sponsored by Rep. Calvin Pratt (R-Goffstown), Rep. Joel Winters (D-Manchester), Rep. Carla Skinder (D-Cornish), and Rep. Timothy Comerford (R-Fremont).


Chris Sununu Enters Executive Council District 3 Race 

Chris Sununu of Newfields officially filed papers with the Secretary of State’s office for the District 3 Executive Council race

EXETER – Chris Sununu of Newfields made it official as he filed his Executive Council campaign committee with the Secretary of State’s office in Concord today. Mr. Sununu, 35, will run for the seat currently held by Councilor Beverly Hollingworth.

“Voters want greater accountability in state government,” said Sununu. “As an Executive Councilor, I will ensure that the voice of my constituents is heard in Concord and not taken for granted no matter who may sit in the Governor’s office.”

“I offer a fresh approach and will work to fundamentally change the way business is done at the State House. Government must be more responsive to people, and the voters of District 3 will know their Councilor. I will be accessible and work tirelessly on their behalf to restore common sense and fiscal responsibility in Concord.”

Mr. Sununu began his career as an environmental engineer and construction manager. Currently he is an owner and manager of Sununu Enterprises, a business consulting firm in Exeter, NH.


Paid for by Sununu For Executive Council


Horn For Congress - Save the Date, AFP Town Hall 2/2/10

Mark your calendars for next Tuesday! Grab your family and friends and plan on
attending the Americans for Prosperity Foundation "Stop The Spending! Town Hall
with Jennifer Horn"...details to follow