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Public Policy Polling Media Alert: Ayotte, Binnie leads Hodes 

Our first look in 2010 at the New Hampshire Senate race confirms what all the other polling shows- Republican front runner Kelly Ayotte has a solid early lead over Democratic candidate Paul Hodes, 47-40.

Part of that is Barack Obama's falling popularity in the state and part of that is Ayotte's personal popularity. Obama won a solid victory in the state in 2008 but his approval rating is now in negative territory with 48% of voters disapproving of him to 47% who like the job he's doing. The health care bill passed last month is more unpopular with 50% of voters in the state opposed to it and only 42% supportive. A majority of independents both disapprove of Obama and express opposition to the health care bill.

The falling fortunes of the President would make this a tougher year for Democrats in New Hampshire in and of itself but Ayotte is also a particularly strong opponent. 34% of voters view favorably to 24% with an unfavorable opinion. That includes a positive 35/23 spread with independents, who are down on pretty much all politicians right now. She's also seen positively by 20% of Democrats, which is more popularity across party lines than most politicians are mustering in this highly polarized political climate.

What it all adds up to is Ayotte leading Hodes 49-34 with independents and picking up 15% of the Democratic vote while Hodes gets just 7% of the Republican vote. Ayotte even leads 47-42 in Hodes' Congressional district while holding a wider 49-37 advantage in Carol Shea-Porter's.

Hodes also trails Bill Binnie 46-41, but leads Jim Bender 43-40 and Ovide Lamontagne 43-38. Republican primary numbers that will be released tomorrow confirm that Ayotte is the clear front runner for her party's nomination.

There's a long way to go until this fall but for now this race looks like it will be the first real bright spot for Republicans in the state since 2002.

This analysis is also available on our blog:

A press release and full crosstabs are attached.  Republican primary numbers will be released tomorrow-



Daily News from the Veterans Today Network

Bob Higgins

Is the US Navy Veterans Association a "Worthy Charity?"
$ 20 Million Dollar Fraud?
Repeated calls to the Charitable Law Division of the Ohio Attorney General's office have yielded little in the way of information about the US Navy Veterans Association (USNVA) and its enigmatic director "Commander" Bobby Thompson. Among the many unknowns are the reasons why an organization which is under investigation in several states, whose activities have raised a thick smog of suspicion in the minds of many researchers and regulators has somehow managed to avoid attention in the Buckeye state.

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NRN - Must Reads for April 20, 2010

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson's quote of the day in response to Senator Mark Wanrer's (D-VA) call for suggestions on the Financial Take Over Bill: "Here's a suggestion, if Senators want to bail out some favored campaign contributor like Fannie and Freddie, they can do it like Senator Dodd did in 2008 when the GSE's were taken over: have an up-or-down vote so that constituents can hold their Senators accountable."


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NH DHHS Announces Latest Test Results of Connecticut River in Response to VY Tritium Leak

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today announces the latest test results of water samples taken from the Connecticut River near the Vermont Yankee (VY) Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon, Vermont. The DHHS’ Emergency Services Unit collected the samples and the DHHS Public Health Lab processed the results. This is the fifth round of sampling. These samples again showed no tritium in excess of the lower limit of detection for the laboratory equipment. These results are the same as the other rounds of testing.

“These latest test results continue to assure us that tritium is not posing a public health threat in the Connecticut River,” said Dr. José Montero, DHHS Director of Public Health. “At this point we will not be announcing any further results if they continue to be below the limit of detection for our lab equipment. However, as part of our mission is to ensure the health of New Hampshire residents, we will continue to test for other radionuclides, including cesium, as we have been doing for years. To date that testing has not revealed any results indicating there is a health risk to our citizens.”

Tritium is one of the least dangerous radionuclides because it emits very weak radiation. It does not pose any hazard externally, but it can pose an internal hazard if large quantities are ingested or inhaled. It is present naturally in low levels in the environment.

DHHS will continue to monitor the situation at Vermont Yankee, including attending upcoming meetings with representatives from Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Yankee and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

DHHS’ Division of Public Health Services routinely collects and analyzes hundreds of environmental samples each year around the 10-mile emergency planning zones of both VY and Seabrook Station nuclear power plants to monitor air, soil, ground and surface water, and plants. No radiation levels above what occurs naturally in the environment have been found. For more information, please visit the Vermont Department of Health website at


ALG Calls for GOP Filibuster Against Financial Takeover and $50 Billion Bailout Fund

Here's a suggestion: if Senators want to bail out some favored campaign contributor like Fannie and Freddie, they can do it like Senator Dodd did in 2008 when the GSE's were taken over: have an up-or-down vote so that constituents can hold their Senators accountable."—Bill Wilson, President of ALG.

April 19th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Despite reports that it might be rescinded, still remaining in the Senator Chris Dodd's financial takeover bill is a permanent revolving TARP fund totaling $50 billion that Americans for Limited Government Bill Wilson has said is "just a means for Congress to avoid having to vote on future taxpayer-funded bailouts."

Senator Mark Warner today defended the $50 billion fund, "If there were other ways to do this, we'd listen… We need to hear specific suggestions, not broadbased partisan attacks."

"Here's a suggestion," said Wilson, explaining, "if Senators want to bail out some favored campaign contributor like Fannie and Freddie, they can do it like Senator Dodd did in 2008 when the GSE's were taken over: have an up-or-down vote so that constituents can hold their Senators accountable."

"Because he was a top recipient of contributions from Fannie and Freddie's PAC's and employees, and received a VIP mortgage from Countrywide, Dodd was forced to not seek re-election.  If there is a permanent bailout fund, Senators like Dodd in the future can avoid accountability for government paying back heavy campaign contributors by hiding the bailout behind an unelected bureaucracy," Wilson explained.

Wilson today urged the Senate Republican Caucus to "filibuster Senator Chris Dodd's government takeover of the financial sector before Washington assumes control of yet another sector of the American economy and creates a permanent bailout fund."

"Senate Republicans are all that stands in the way of this bill," Wilson said, "which means the American people are counting on them to finally deal a decisive blow against this massive expansion of government."

"Now is the time to finally say 'no' to more government," Wilson declared.

Wilson noted that since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were nationalized in 2008, "every single government takeover proposed has been implemented, no matter how much the people protested." He cited the government seizures of GM, Chrysler, AIG, the health care industry, and the retention of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by the Treasury.

"Unless Republicans can now unify to stop another government takeover when they have the opportunity, this bill will pass rapidly without a debate upon the proper government response to the financial crisis," Wilson explained. 

"The answer to a crisis that government caused is to reform the government policies that forced banks to give out loans to those who could not afford to pay them back.  It is to rein in the Federal Reserve that kept interest rates too low for too long.  And it is to eliminate the culture of corruption that enabled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to escape oversight and reform for decades while they helped fuel the housing bubble," Wilson said. 

Senator Dodd promised that his bill would prevent firms from defrauding investors.  "Let there be no doubt in my mind, our bill would have prevented that kind of events from happening, in my view, and that's what the public needs to know," said Dodd.

Wilson disagreed, saying "This bill has nothing at all to do with preventing fraud.  It does nothing at all to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which helped to cause the crisis by explicitly defrauding investors when they misrepresented the risks associated with the purchase of GSE-issued mortgage-backed securities."

The bill would, as reported by, create a Financial Stability Oversight Council to put into receivership any financial institution it deems "too risky"; it puts the Federal Reserve in charge of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with sweeping powers to regulate any institution with a portfolio exceeding $10 billion; and "[u]pon a consensus by the Fed, the Treasury Department and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), unstable institutions would be turned over to the FDIC."

"The American people do not need yet another government takeover," Wilson said, concluding, "Enough is enough with these endless bailouts.  Congress needs to put an end to 'too big to fail,' not perpetuate it by creating a permanent bailout fund for institutions that should be in bankruptcy court."