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Thursday
Aug132009

DSCC - Ayotte Handler: "We're done with questions"

Are you afraid there might be a backlash for politicizing a police officer’s murder?

“No, I don’t think I was politicizing it, I was just informing ,talking about....

“She was talking about something that is important to her life experience.”

‘...and it’s an experience I’ve talked about in many contexts....”

“We’re done with questions.”

 

That voice interrupting Ayotte -- and attempting to cut off the press availability -- belongs to Brooks Kochvar, Ayotte’s campaign manager. Kochvar showed a lighter touch during Ayotte’s interactions with non-reporters, many of whom greeted her with warmly.

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But not all Republicans came simply to praise. Ray Shakir lives in North Conway.

 

Shakir went back and forth with Ayotte for several minutes. Afterwards, he was blunt.

 

“Let’s hear about specifics. Let’s not hear about bs-politican- nonsense.”

 

Shakir concedes primary day is still a long way off, but he says for now, he’s most drawn to different potential candidate, Manchester attorney Ovide Lamontagne.

 

“I think that Ovide is a lot more schooled, a lot more stable, a lot more experienced. She is a politician; Ovide goes for the jugular, ok. Ovide is a conservative.”

 

New Hampshire Public Radio: Kelly Ayotte Steps Out At Wolfeboro GOP Event

Josh Rogers

8/12/09

http://www.nhpr.org/node/26450

 

Former AG presses flesh and takes positions on guns, abortion, gay marriage and spending. The likely Senate candidate draws mostly support but also a few questions.

 

Kelly Ayotte wasn’t flashy in her maiden speech to GOP loyalists. She opened humbly by joking that her voice required a microphone. She then struck a local note by saying she picked up her approach to politics while working as busgirl a Mame’s restaurant in Meredith.

 

“And at that restaurant I learned that listening is the most important thing to serving your customers well.”

 

But Ayotte also did some talking. Among other things, she said an individual’s right to bear arms keeps the nation safe. She also spoke with relish about seeking the death penalty for the killer of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs. Ayotte said the case became personal following a visit with Briggs’s parents.

 

“And that’s why I made the decision that I would personally try that case and ask for the strongest penalties available under our law, and that’s the leadership you will see from me. I’m going to roll up my sleeves, and I will read the bills.” (cheers)

 

By and large, Ayotte’s 15 minute speech stuck to fiscal themes. She took methodical aim at Washington’s bailout of banking and auto industries and the federal stimulus package.

 

“They are spending money we don’t have, they are placing a debt on our children they we cannot afford.”

 

Ayotte took no question from the podium, but did spell out her views on some key social issues when conservative beliefs when she spoke with reporters.

 

“Well, as the mother of a 22 month of son and a 4 year old daughter I’m pro-life.”

 

-Gay marriage?

 

“I have a belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

 

In response to a question, Ayotte later clarified her abortion stance --saying she supports it in cases of rape, incest or heath emergencies. A reporter from the Union Leader then asked if she’d been endorsed by the Briggs family, or sought permission to include them in her speech.

 

-Are you afraid there might be a backlash for politicizing a police officer’s murder?

 

“No, I don’t think I was politicizing it, I was just informing ,talking about....

 

“She was talking about something that is important to her life experience.”

 

‘...and it’s an experience I’ve talked about in many contexts....”

 

“We’re done with questions.”

 

That voice interrupting Ayotte -- and attempting to cut off the press availability -- belongs to Brooks Kochvar, Ayotte’s campaign manager. Kochvar showed a lighter touch during Ayotte’s interactions with non-reporters, many of whom greeted her with warmly.

 

“I’m very proud of your record as attorney general.”

 

“Thank you.”

 

That’s Carroll County GOP chairman Luke Freudenberg,

 

“You did a lot for our state.”

 

“Thank you. I appreciate it.”

 

But not all Republicans came simply to praise. Ray Shakir lives in North Conway.

 

“What is your view on cap and trade?”

 

Ayotte said the bill would drive up energy costs.

 

“What is your view on state r-g-g-i?”.

 

Ayotte said she wasn’t sure how the state’s regional greenhouse gas initiative would fit with federal legislation, or that it could solve what its supporters call a national problem.

 

“So I think that it’s a regional...”

 

Shakir went back and forth with Ayotte for several minutes. Afterwards, he was blunt.

 

“Let’s hear about specifics. Let’s not hear about bs-politican- nonsense.”

 

Shakir concedes primary day is still a long way off, but he says for now, he’s most drawn to different potential candidate, Manchester attorney Ovide Lamontagne.

 

“I think that Ovide is a lot more schooled, a lot more stable, a lot more experienced. She is a politician; Ovide goes for the jugular, ok. Ovide is a conservative.”

 

Kelly Ayotte, Ovide Lamontagne, and any other GOP candidates who get in the race will have many more changes to win over the core republican voters essential to mounting a winning primary campaign.

 

Thursday
Aug132009

Healthcare Horserace - Healthcare Political Daily Dose

Thursday
Aug132009

DSCC - Ayotte's Debut: more than a few stumbles 

In addition to Ayotte completely contradicting her own position on stimulus dollars (she loved spending them before she was against them – more on this later), some more gems from Ayotte’s debut:

 

Watch video of Ayotte fumbling and stammering in response to question Sotomayor: http://granitegrok.com/blog/2009/08/prospective_gop_senate_candidate_ayotte.html

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"We need to do everything we can to keep our streets, our community and our nation safe, and that's going to be a top priority for me," Ayotte said.

 

When a reporter asked how to improve public safety on a federal level, Ayotte talked about supporting members of the military when they returned from overseas, ensuring they have proper health care.

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Ayotte talked about sitting at a kitchen table with her husband, prioritizing where to spend money. Government, she said, should do the same: "We can't spend money we don't have."

 

The criticism angered state Democrats, who pointed out that Ayotte previously supported aspects of the economic stimulus bill. Ayotte, for example, worked with Gov. John Lynch to use federal stimulus money to open a cold case unit within the state police.

 

 

 

Concord Monitor: Ayotte stresses security

SHIRA SCHOENBERG 8/12/09

http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090812/FRONTPAGE/908120375/1037/NEWS04&Template=printart

 

 

In her first public speaking appearance as a potential U.S. Senate candidate, former state attorney general Kelly Ayotte presented herself as a law-and-order Republican.

 

"We need to do everything we can to keep our streets, our community and our nation safe, and that's going to be a top priority for me," Ayotte said.

 

The first policy statement she made in her 15-minute address at a Winnipesaukee Republican social in Wolfeboro last night affirmed the right to gun ownership. "One of the important ways we're going to keep our nation safe is by vigilantly protecting the individual right to bear arms so that we can protect ourselves," Ayotte said.

 

Ayotte cited her record as attorney general and talked about prosecuting Michael Addison, the killer of Manchester police Officer Michael Briggs.

 

"I came to appreciate in a very personal way the sacrifice our law enforcement, and I would add military officers, make every day for us, to keep the streets safe," Ayotte said. That is why, she said, she asked for the death penalty for Addison - "the strongest penalty available under law."

 

Ayotte, who is still deciding whether to run for Senate, described herself as part of a middle-class family. She is a mother of two young children and the wife of a man who serves in the National Guard, who fought in the Iraq war, and who founded a small landscaping and snowplowing business.

 

Many were looking to last night's speech as an indication of where Ayotte stands on a variety of issues. She has spent the past five years serving as state attorney general - a nonpartisan position to which she was appointed by both a Republican and a Democratic governor.

 

In interviews with the press, she gave some indications: When asked by the Monitor, Ayotte said she is pro-life. She later clarified that she would support abortion in limited cases, such as rape, incest or medical emergency. Ayotte said she is against same-sex marriage and believes marriage is between a man and a woman.

 

When a reporter asked how to improve public safety on a federal level, Ayotte talked about supporting members of the military when they returned from overseas, ensuring they have proper health care.

 

And when a reporter asked whether she would have voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor, an Obama nominee recently sworn in as a Supreme Court justice, Ayotte responded that although there are areas where she disagrees with Sotomayor, the U.S. Senate must look at a person's qualifications. "I think I would have approved her," Ayotte said.

 

On fiscal policy, Ayotte said she supported small business and small government. "It's not government that creates jobs, it's small businesses," she said.

 

She criticized government's bailouts of the banks and the auto industry as well as the fiscal stimulus package. "They spent nearly $1 trillion of our money and said this is something that will stimulate our economy," Ayotte said. "You look at that bill, some of that spending doesn't even occur until 2019. You tell me how that's going to stimulate the economy right now."

Ayotte criticized Congressional Democrats for raising the country's deficit. "They are placing a debt on our children that we cannot afford," she said. "They are mortgaging our children's future."

 

Ayotte talked about sitting at a kitchen table with her husband, prioritizing where to spend money. Government, she said, should do the same: "We can't spend money we don't have."

 

The criticism angered state Democrats, who pointed out that Ayotte previously supported aspects of the economic stimulus bill. Ayotte, for example, worked with Gov. John Lynch to use federal stimulus money to open a cold case unit within the state police.

 

"Did her D.C. handlers tell her that she now has to be against the bill she previously endorsed?" said Victoria Bonney, communications director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Is she just taking orders from Washington insiders who would rather play politics than ensure our country's economic recovery?"

 

Critics from both parties have recently criticized Ayotte for trying to curry favor in Washington, D.C., before her campaign is official.

 

On the day President Obama visited New Hampshire to advocate for health care reform, Ayotte also jumped into that debate. She said something must be done to stop the rising costs of health care and to reduce the number of uninsured Americans. But she criticized the Democrats' current plan as a way to raise taxes on small businesses and increase the deficit while paving the way for "government-run health care."

 

"Can you imagine going to a government bureaucrat and asking that person to make decisions about medical care for you or your children?" Ayotte said.

 

Before and after her talk, Ayotte spent more than an hour shaking hands with the 60 or so attendees and taking questions. When one questioner asked about energy use and oil, Ayotte advocated "responsible drilling" in reserves in the U.S. She expressed concerns about the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, in which several states have launched a cap-and-trade market for carbon allowances, as a regional solution that will not solve a global problem.

 

In answering a question about climate change, Ayotte said that global warming is a "real issue" and that scientific evidence has shown human activity could have contributed to higher temperatures. But at the same time, she warned against addressing climate change in a way that costs jobs, results in higher energy bills or puts the United States at a competitive disadvantage to countries such as China and India.

 

Thursday
Aug132009

NRN 500: Crazy Website Used in DHS Report 

Earlier today we reported on the sources that the Department of Homeland Security used in their "Right-Wing Extremism" report.

 

It appeared after reading through all the information, that the primary sources used in this report were all gathered from a hasty Google search. Millions of tax dollars were spent while government employees searched the internet for stories that backed their case up.

 

One website that was used as a "source" was extremely troubling. The website that should be of great concern, What Does it Mean, appears to report stories about other worldly events. Aside from having satanic symbols in the masthead of the site, this source was used extensively in the report that went after veterans, pro-lifers and second amendment supporters. Essentially, this site reports news in the manner that the National Enquirer does, but it's news that deserves the attention of no one.

 

Here is a sample of stories that are running on their front page right now:

 

"Radio to God" Reported Destroyed by American Scientist

 

Death Star Pandemic of 2009-2012: End of Age Begins

 

Cataclysmic Hypershift War Begins End of Age

 

This site is nothing more than a conspiracy site. There is nothing being reported on this site that is relevant information for the supposed "threat assessment" that DHS made for police departments in regards to "Right-Wing" extremists. However, DHS thought that this site was so good, they cited it 11 times.

 

What is the Obama administration doing using these types of sources? What happened to the people that wrote this report? Are they still working at DHS? What is Janet Napolitano's knowledge of these sites being used as sources in these reports?

 

This story originally appeared on NetRight Nation and was written by Adam Bitely.

 

Thursday
Aug132009

Third Annual People Fest celebrates Manchester’s Heritage and Cultures 

Music, Dance, Exhibits, Art and Food on August 29 at Veterans Park

 

For the third year People Fest returns to Veterans Park in Manchester, celebrating the heritage, cultures and global diversity of the Queen City. This event is free and will take place from 10:00am to 6:00pm rain or shine.

 

A day full of live entertainment on the World Stage includes Irish, Native Americans, Greek, Nepali, Mexican and African dancers. Rahel Limor will sing “Jewish Soul”. Other performers include Muchachos, Granite State Cloggers, Smoked Kielbasa, and Strathsprey & Reel Society of New Hampshire.

 

Ethnic and educational items will be displayed by dozens of groups such as The Haitian Community Center, Arab-American Forum, several African organizations and families from Poland and Rwanda. Currier Museum Art Center is presenting an exhibit of art for children. Other vendors will provide face painting, Henna Tattoo and a host of attractive activities.

 

For the first time, this family event includes a Mini Zoo Exhibit from 10:00am to 2:00 pm. On display will be a diverse mixture of species that would be found in nature in many geographies and relevant to many human cultures around the world. Professional staff of “Wildlife Encounter Traveling Zoo” will engage visitors with information about the species and their impact on local cultures. This exhibit is also free.

 

Of course foods and beverages will be available all day from hot dogs to Mexican, Portuguese, Brazilian, Arabic and more.

 

For the second year, People Fest will share Veterans Park with Art on the Park providing culture, education and fun for the entire family!

 

“ Thanks to increasing community support and enthusiasm, People Fest is growing, offering more programs and attracting more people even beyond the city of Manchester,” said Nabil Migalli, president of People Fest.

Participants come from other New Hampshire communities such as Barrington, Plymouth and Webster, and even from North Berwick, ME.

 

Silver Sponsors of this year’s festival are Citizens Bank, Moore Center Services and St. Mary’s Bank. Major Sponsors are AARP, Daddy’s Junky Music, Hippo Press, Intown Manchester, Manchester Express, Merchants Automotive Group, NH Minority Health Coalition, St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Triangle Credit Union and Workplace Befits Solutions.

 

 

People Fest Performance Schedule

(Subject to Change)

10:00 AM- OPENING REMARKS

 

10:05 AM MUCHACHOS

 

10:20 AM NATIVE AMERICAN DANCER

 

10:35AM GRANITE STATE CLOGGERS

 

10:50AM IRISH DANCERS

 

11:15AM KELLEY MORRIS & THE FALLEN FREE Bluesy-folk Band with Singer Kelley Morris

 

12:15 PM INDIAN MUSIC

 

12:55PM AMOSKEAG STRUMMERS Dixieland Band

 

1:35 PM GREEK DANCERS Boston Lykeion Ellinidon

 

2:05PM MEXICAN BAND

 

2:35PM SMOKED KEILBASA Playing Music of many countries

 

3:35 PM AFRICAN DINKA DANCERS

 

3:50 PM INDIAN DANCERS Indian Association of New Hampshire

 

4:00 PM RAHEL LIMOR Israeli Singer

 

4:30 PM NEPAL DANCERS

 

4:45PM MEXICAN DANCERS

 

5:00 PM STRATHSPREY & REEL SOCIETY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

6:00 PM END