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NH GOP - NH to host RNC Co-Chairman Jan Larimer at Women's Summit 5/22

RNC National Committeewoman, Phyllis Woods, is pleased to announce that the RNC Co-Chairman, Jan Larimer, will be coming to New Hampshire to participate in a New Hampshire Republican Women's Summit which is the first such "Mini" Summit held by a state in the country.  "Again, New Hampshire gets to be "first in the nation!"  It will be patterned after the regional Women's Summits that have been held in DC and in several areas throughout the country.

The Summit will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at the Wedu Conference Center, 20 Market Street, Manchester. It will begin with a luncheon at noon and the program will begin at 1 pm and go through 4 pm. The Summit is free to all interested Republican women but due to space limitations, please RSVP to Phyllis Woods at or by calling 603-749-2177 by May 18th to reserve a seat.

According to Co-Chairman Larimer, "The goal of the summit is to recruit, register, and train a strong base of women activists and candidates to build the Republican party and portray the GOP as the automatic option for female voters and win elections."

Woods said, "Our New Hampshire Summit is aimed at supporting declared candidates and encouraging prospective candidates to run for the House and Senate.  We have a unique challenge in recruiting enough people to run for the 424 positions but it provides a unique opportunity for more Republican women to serve in elected office. I believe the reason Republican women in the House and Senate are outnumbered by Democrat women is because we need to do a better job of finding and asking women to run, exposing them to women who have run for office and been elected as role models, and supporting, training, and helping them when they do decide to run."

The Summit will provide a chance for Republican women to network throughout the state and perhaps even pair perspective candidates with an elected official who will act as a "mentor" for them throughout their campaign and term in office. This will not be a campaign school or an issues forum but rather will address why and how Republican women can, and should consider running for office or take an active role in the party. All our Republican women in the House and Senate have been invited to participate.




Manchester, NH - Following weekend reports shedding new allegations on the scandal involving Financial Resources Mortgage, Inc. of Meredith, NH, Cornerstone-Action is calling on the Legislative Review Committee that has been assigned to investigate the matter to appoint an independent counsel to investigate the role that the Attorney General's Office, the Banking Department, the Executive Branch, and Bureau of Securities Regulation (BSR) each played in the matter.

Despite that the state Attorney General's Office is set to release its report on the matter this week, over the weekend, out-going BSR Director, Mark Connolly, again sounded the alarm that the Attorney General's Office is part of the problem as to why this ponzi scheme was allowed to occur for as long as it had.  After having initially stated that the Attorney General's Office was not a 'disinterested party' in the matter, in addition to his report last month calling for an "inspector general's office" in matters where the AG's Office is implicated, Connelly stated on this past Sunday's edition of  Close-Up, on WMUR, that the Attorney General's Office "had every indication that this thing was fraud" and then went on to say that he does not know why they failed to take action.  In addition, Connelly stated that he believes it was the Attorney General's Office mission over the last few months to "mitigate the liability to the state."

Because of Mr. Connelly's latest allegations, today, Cornerstone-Action Director, Kevin Smith, called on the ranking members of the Legislative Review Committee assigned to this matter, including Sens. Hassan and Bragdon, along with Reps. Butler and Headd, to appoint a special counsel to investigate the matter, independent of the Attorney General's investigation. 

Commenting was Cornerstone-Action's, Kevin Smith: "It has become increasing clear that not only should the Attorney General's Office not be investigating a matter which directly involves its own agency, but that they may be one of the culpable parties as to why this tragedy, in which citizens lost millions of dollars, was not handled sooner than it should have been.  The public deserves an unbiased party to investigate and report on the role that each office within the Executive Branch played.  To ensure the public's trust, appointing an independent counsel to investigate this matter would seem to us to be the prudent thing to do at this time."  

 Cornerstone-Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research.  Cornerstone-Action is a non-partisan, non-profit education and advocacy organization dedicated to the preservation of strong families, limited government and free markets.


Ayotte For US Senate - My First TV Ad 


Last week my campaign began airing its first television ad.
The ad highlights one of the central tenets of my campaign: the need to balance the budget and reduce spending in Washington, and is running on WMUR and statewide on cable.
Washington is spending money at a rate of $400 million an hour, and spending us further into debt. I say enough is enough. I believe we need to balance the budget, eliminate waste, and I was the first candidate in this race to sign the Citizens Against Government Waste “No Pork Pledge” to put an end to the corrupt pork barrel earmarking in Congress.
I know this will not be easy, but as New Hampshire’s Attorney General, I made tough decisions that put criminals behind bars and held corrupt public officials accountable. I will bring that same tough leadership to Washington.
Please visit our website and watch our ad, and share your thoughts and comments with me on Facebook or through my website.
Our initial ad buy will be for $90,000 for two weeks of advertising.  I wanted to ask for your help in keeping the ad running longer.  Please make a contribution today to help keep our advertising going.
I have been campaigning in every county in New Hampshire, recruited thousands of people to help my campaign, and have been working around the clock to get my message to the voters.  But, I need your continued support to make sure my message can be heard loud and clear on the airwaves.  Please click here to donate $25, $50, $100, or more to my campaign today.
Thank you for your continued support, I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail soon.
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‘We must have the strength of our convictions to oppose judicial nominees who will not be faithful to either the Constitution or to the proper role of a judge.’

Manchester, N.H.—Ovide Lamontagne, conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

“I am announcing my opposition to the President’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court today for many of the reasons I opposed the nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor:  a lack of proven commitment to the Constitution or the principle judicial restraint, and a failure to differentiate between her view of the law and her personal political positions.  In addition, Ms. Kagan is one of least experienced nominees we have seen in decades.

Senators have a duty under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution to give their "advice and consent" when the President nominates a Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.  I believe the proper criteria to evaluate a judicial nominee are experience, judicial temperament, qualifications, and the nominee's view of the Constitution and laws, including the role of the Court in our representative democracy. 

Ms. Kagan has impressive academic and professional credentials, even if much of it has taken place within the ivory tower, but she has no judicial experience, which is the best record to assess one's suitability as a jurist for our nation's highest court, and little real world experience.  Ms. Kagan's evasive testimony before the Senate during her Solicitor General hearings did nothing to remedy the absence of judicial opinions through which to evaluate her.  I think it is safe to assume that she will not be more forthcoming in her next appearance before the Senate.  Indeed, her thin record of scholarship and written material suggests that she has deliberately avoided revealing her views and judicial philosophy insofar as possible.  A "stealth" strategy for appointment of Supreme Court Justices is not one that serves the goals of transparency and accountability to the American people.

However, based upon the few data points we do have about Ms. Kagan's views of the Constitution, they suggest she agrees fully with President Obama's judicial philosophy that a judge should rule from the "heart" -- based upon her own views and prejudices -- instead of impartially, based upon the law. Ms. Kagan has shown a willingness to disregard the text, history, and principles of the Constitution to advance her own far-left political views as law. 

  • She pursued litigation against the Solomon Amendment (denying federal funding to schools who banned military recruiters from campus) with arguments so extreme and ill-grounded in the law that she failed to win even a single vote on the Supreme Court for her position;

In addition, her past references to President Obama as a “hero” and a “rock star” do little to indicate that she will be anything more than a rubber stamp for the President’s liberal agenda.


Regardless of personal likeability or background, we must have the strength of our convictions to oppose judicial nominees who we cannot trust to be faithful to either the Constitution or to the proper role of a judge.

I pledge that if elected as a U.S. Senator, I will stand up for the proper role of a judge in our system of limited government.  As a former law clerk to a judge on the United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, I recognize that we must seek out judges who are demonstrably able to put aside their own personal views, politics and preferences in order to make decisions impartially and based on the facts, the law and most importantly, the Constitution. 

Based on her record as an academic, and as a lawyer and policymaker in the Clinton and Obama administrations, I do not believe that Elena Kagan meets that important benchmark.”

Ovide’s op-ed on judges – ‘Senators Must Stand Up Against Obama Judges’ - can be found here:

Ovide’s prior statement on Justice Sotomayor can be found here:


Jim Bender Opposes the Nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court

Jim Bender - US Senate 2010


Prior to the nomination, our campaign has made it clear that we have two objective criteria to determine if a person is worthy of a position on the Supreme Court.  1) A candidate for the Supreme Court must know the Constitution and the law, and 2) they must have a judicial track record of unbiased adherence to the Constitution and the law. 

Disappointingly, President Obama has selected a lawyer with absolutely no experience as a judge, and very little experience in the courtroom at all.  Elena Kagan has no judicial record and therefore fails an essential requirement.  Having never presided over a single case, her judicial qualifications cannot even be evaluated.  It has been common practice for nearly four decades to nominate experienced judges to the Supreme Court, and it is confusing why President Obama would depart from this tradition now.

Obama has passed over the many hundreds of men and women across America who serve as federal judges and have decades of experience and extensive records of impartiality, wisdom, and objectivity.  The highest court in our land should be reserved for only the most accomplished.  Our Supreme Court is too essential to the health of our government to make a potential mistake– especially when a mistake on the Supreme Court lasts for a lifetime. I call on all of my fellow Republicans to stand strong against this misguided nomination.