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Friday
Jul242009

NH GOP - LYNCH ADMINISTRATION PLUNGES INTO CHAOS 

Embattled Governor Losing Control As Union Contract Negotiations Break Down, Investigation Launched Into Allegations Of Misconduct By His Administration, Lawsuits Threaten To Unravel His Budget, And His Poll Numbers Plummet

 

CONCORD – Governor John Lynch is quickly losing control of state governmentas charges of unethical tactics in contract negotiations, allegations of potential misconduct in the awarding of a no-bid railroad contract, and the filing of major lawsuits have rocked his Administration and threaten to unravel his disastrous budget. The Governor’s job approval ratings have plummeted in recent weeks and his disapproval ratings have skyrocketed as voters have become disillusioned with his failed leadership and fiscal mismanagement.

 

“After years of dodging the critical issues and the tough decisions, Governor Lynch finds himself in a crisis of his own making. Today, New Hampshire is facing enormous challenges that have been made worse by over four years of irresponsibility and inaction by the Lynch Administration.” said NHGOP Communications Director Ryan Williams. “John Lynch’s inability to address the serious problems facing New Hampshire and his failure to provide any leadership during these tough times proves that now, more than ever, this state needs a new governor.”

 

Yesterday, the Lynch Administration’s contract negotiations with the New Hampshire State Employees’ Association (SEA) collapsed after the union accused the Governor of unethical negotiation tactics. The SEA, which has been without a contract since the Governor missed a June 30th deadline to finalize a new one, is planning to file an unfair labor practice complaint against Lynch.

 

The Lynch Administration has also been at the center of an investigation into potential ethical misconduct committed during the awarding of a state railroad contract. The Attorney General’s office is investigating serious allegations that members of the Democrat House leadership team improperly pressured Transportation Commissioner George Campbell to award a no-bid state contract to the Milford-Bennington Railroad Company. This company is currently owned by Representative Peter Leishman (D-Peterborough), a member of the powerful House Finance Committee which has significant influence over Commissioner Campbell’s department budget. An article in the July 12, 2009 edition of the Nashua Telegraph reports that Governor Lynch personally intervened to make sure that “any kinks in the [contract] would be ironed out.”

 

Governor Lynch’s disastrous state budget is also on the brink of collapse as major lawsuits threaten to unravel his irresponsible revenue schemes. The Superior Court will soon rule on the ownership of the $110 million that Lynch has tried to steal from the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (JUA.) If the court rules against the Lynch Administration, the state will face another budget crisis as the FY 2010-2011 budget and the recently completed FY 2008-2009 budget will immediately be thrown out of balance. Local government leaders are also moving forward with a separate lawsuit to stop the Governor from reducing the state’s share of the retirement contribution rate for municipal employees and downshifting costs to local taxpayers.

 

As a result of his failed leadership and fiscal mismanagement, Governor Lynch’s poll numbers have plummeted in recent months. Recent surveys conducted by the University of New Hampshire, the American Research Group and National Research Inc. all confirm that Lynch’s approval ratings have dropped by double digits, while his disapproval ratings have skyrocketed to the highest levels ever recorded. National Research’s Granite Survey also reveals that 47% of New Hampshire citizens currently feel the state has “gotten off on the wrong track” under the Lynch Administration while only 41% believe it’s headed on the right track. In April 2009, only 33% of New Hampshire citizens thought the state was on the wrong track, while 55% believed it was on the right track.

 

Polls also show that more people are less likely to vote to re-elect Governor Lynch because of his decision to break his word and legalize same-sex marriage. Lynch had previously pledged to oppose same-sex marriage during his gubernatorial campaigns, but folded under pressure from the radical wing of his party and legalized it in June.

 

Governor Lynch’s problems only look to get worse in the future as he begins to make plans for the FY 2012-2013 budget. This budget will start off with an immediate $500 million deficit due to his irresponsible use of one-time money in the current budget, and will present the Governor with an unprecedented fiscal crisis.

 

Friday
Jul242009

Manchester Mayor and other city officials to announce grant to combat gang violence 

MANCHESTER (July 23, 2009) – Mayor Frank Guinta, Police Captain Richard Reilly, Office of Youth Services Director Marty Boldin and Weed and Seed Coordinator for the City of Manchester Nicole Rodler, will announce that the city has received a grant to participate in the 2009 Juvenile Reentry Crime Prevention Initiative.

 

This grant, which is issued by the U. S. Department of Justice Community Capacity Development Office, is made available to Weed and Seed programs nationwide. However, only nine programs were awarded the grant in 2009 and only two in New England (the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester being the other).

 

In addition to the above speakers, Mark Long, Law Enforcement Coordinator, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire; Tim Soucy, head of the Manchester Health Department; and various community stakeholders will be in attendance for the announcement.

 

Details about the grant and how these funds will be used will be discussed at the press conference. A press kit with information about the grant will also be available on Monday.

 

Friday
Jul242009

NetRight Daily: Blue Dogs, Waiting in Lines and Socialized Health Care 

Fellow Bloggers,

Harry Reid announced earlier today that he would not consider any Health Care legislation until the Senate returns from the August recess. This means that we need to ramp up coverage between now and then to make sure that they do not bring the bill back in the fall. We have won the first fight but now we need to fight even harder on this go around. We did this last year with energy and were successful. We can do it again. Here are today's top stories on NetRight Nation and other relevant information:

 

Rep. Akin (R-MO): Opposed to Socialized Health Care: President Obama and Speaker Pelosi are demanding that Congress immediately pass a sweeping government takeover of America's healthcare system and the nearly twenty percent of the nation's economy it represents. They demand this be done without a proper accounting of the program and what it means when it comes to rationed care and placing bureaucrats between patients and their doctors.

 

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH): My Constituents Would Love to Wait in Line: In what can only be a false statement, Rep. Shea-Porter claims that her constituents would "love" to wait in line to receive medical care. With news that the Senate will not be considering Health Care legislation until after the August recess, Shea-Porter will now be able to spend a nice month in New Hampshire where she will surely be getting the good treatment that she deserves for making comments like this in the video...

 

Mayo Clinic Fights the Cancer of Government Intervention: When looking for ways to make health care less expensive, Congress would do well not to overlook the Mayo Clinic. Not that they could. The acclaimed medical group appears to have launched a major offensive against Obamacare, citing their own experience trying to provide coverage despite limitations placed on them by the current system.

 

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Friday
Jul242009

NRCC - Carol Shea-Porter Green-Lights Massive Tax Hikes 

New Hampshire Dem Endorses Job-Killing Agenda with Support of Paygo Sham

 

Washington- Carol Shea-Porter handed Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat leaders a free pass to tax New Hampshire businesses and families to the hilt today. By voting for the Democrats’ so-called Paygo bill, Shea-Porter gave the go-ahead for her party leaders to spend all the taxpayer money they want – and virtually ensured that they would have to raise taxes to do so.

 

Though Democrats have tried to sell their Paygo sham as a step toward fiscal responsibility, the ugly truth is that the bill is a free pass to spend taxpayers’ money and stick them with the bill:

 

“[T]he President is trying to give Democrats in Congress political cover for the health-care blowout and tax-increase votes that he knows are coming... The other goal of this new paygo campaign is to make it easier to raise taxes in 2011, and impossible to cut taxes for years after that.” (“The ‘Paygo’ Coverup,” Wall Street Journal, 6/12/09)

 

“Carol Shea-Porter likes to play the ‘fiscal responsibility’ game, but the dirty truth is that she just gave her party leaders a blank check signed by New Hampshire taxpayers,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “As Shea-Porter and her Democrat friends attempt to push an agenda that is bankrupting the middle class, the last thing New Hampshire families want to see is a free pass for Nancy Pelosi to squeeze as much money out of them as she pleases.”

 

Background:

 

Senate Dems and policy experts think the House Paygo plan is empty: “House Democrats’ pay-as-you-go bill does not impress its Senate counterparts or various budget experts, who argue the legislation isn't as strong as the rules now in place... [S]enior Democrats in the upper chamber aren't eager to take up the legislation, arguing that it will do little to rein in deficits.” (Walter Alarkon, “House Dems Not Winning Over Critics with Pay-As-You-Go Legislation,” The Hill, 7/21/09)

 

Democrats are using Paygo as a building block for their tax-hiking, big-government agenda: “Paygo also can be used to justify all kinds of new taxes — from a Euro-style value-added tax to cap-and-trade levies. Since entitlements — the fastest-growing part of the budget — are excluded from Paygo, it won't stop the inexorable growth of government. It won't even slow it down much.” (“The President’s Paygo Schtick,” Investor’s Business Daily, 6/10/09)

 

Even liberal allies see through the Paygo sham: “‘Concerned that a slew of early PAYGO waivers would undermine the law's long-term effectiveness, Robert Greenstein, executive director of the liberal-oriented Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told the [House Budget] committee: ‘It makes no sense to put in place a pay-as-you-go rule that says these extensions must be paid for when everyone knows they will not be.’” (David Dickson, “White House Pushes Pay-As-You-Go Bill,” Washington Times, 6/26/09)

 

 

Friday
Jul242009

Daily Grind: Beware of the Blue Dogs! 

Beware of the Blue Dogs
Barack Obama set his sights on the Blue Dog Democrats and they seem to already be rolling over.

 

Community Organizer-in-Chief
Barack Obama's true "Community Organizer" skills are coming out in his administrations policies.

 

Rangel Surtax Debate Exposes "Class Warfare" Myth
If America wants to remain competitive, its leaders must realize that they cannot continue to spend us into fiscal oblivion while throwing a monkey wrench into our nation's job creation engine.

 

Too Hot Not To Note: What's Next, Mr. President -- Cardigans?
We've seen this show before, but will Obama sport a Cardigan to continue to match former President Jimmy Carter?