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Monday
Dec072009

Karen Testerman Announces Gubernatorial Exploratory Committee - "Friends of Karen Testerman"

Concord, NH - Karen Testerman, founder and former Executive Director of Cornerstone Policy Research, radio host, columnist and author, announced today the formation of an exploratory committee, "Friends of Karen Testerman," through which she will prepare for a 2010 run for governor.  Testerman issued the following statement.

 “During the past several months, I have been consulting with friends and supporters throughout the state about the erosion of our freedoms.  Our state motto of 'Live Free or Die' is crumbling under the lack of integrity, out of control spending and a lack of principled leadership in the current administration.  As the founder and former Executive Director of Cornerstone Policy Research, I understand the value of the grassroots effort and I know that one person can make a difference.  I understand that your word is your bond. 

 “NH was founded on the belief that everyone should be free.  We should have the freedom to succeed.  We should have the freedom to fail.  We should not be forced to allow government to be our nanny who tramples on our freedoms with forced dependency.

 “As I meet with the people in our communities, they talk about how they are hurting because they have lost their jobs, or their tax bill is horrendous.  I hear our seniors talk about leaving this state because of the heavy taxes on interest and dividends as well as their property.  I hear about students who cannot find jobs.  But we in NH are creative and innovative.  Small business attests to this, but we must stop burdening them with increased taxes and regulations.

 “Today, I will step forward to explore a run for governor of this great state.  With the help of the people of NH we can restore the Prosperity, Principles and Values upon which this state was founded.”



Saturday
Dec052009

News from the NHGOP 

Mark Your Calendars!

There is never a slow time at the New Hampshire Republican Party! Lest you were worried, we have three upcoming special elections in the next two months! Rockingham District 8 and Sullivan District 2 have primary elections next Tuesday and then it's on to the general election which will take place on January 12, 2010. Rockingham District 8 encompasses the towns of Hampstead, Plaistow, and Kingston and has a Republican primary so do not forget to get out and vote next Tuesday, December 8th! Sullivan District 2 is made up of the towns of Washington, Goshen, Newport, Croydon, and Springfield. There is no Republican primary next week in Sullivan.

For those of you who live in the towns of Dunbarton, Bow, Hooksett, Candia, and Manchester Wards 1, 2, and 12 you have a special election for State Senate District 16 -- the old seat of Manchester's next Mayor, Ted Gatsas! The primary for SD-16 will be on January 12, 2010 and the general election will be held February 16, 2010.

Carol Shea-Porter's Afghanistan Flip-Flop

Carol Shea-Porter has, for years, advocated withdrawing troops from Iraq and redeploying them to Afghanistan. Now the time has come to do just that and Shea-Porter announced that she is "inclined" to drop her long held support for a troop surge in Afghanistan.

“During her 2006 and 2008 campaigns Congresswoman Shea-Porter repeatedly stated that we must redeploy troops to Afghanistan to win the war and destroy the terrorists that threaten our national security. Now she says that she’s ‘inclined’ to oppose the very same war strategy that she once championed,” said NHGOP Communications Director Ryan Williams. “This is just another indication that in her three years in Congress, Carol Shea-Porter has evolved into a double-talking, finger-in-the-wind, Washington politician.”

Click her to watch a web video highlighting Carol Shea-Porter's flip-flop on the war in Afghanistan.

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Saturday
Dec052009

NH GOP - WEB VIDEO: SHEA-PORTER'S AFGHANISTAN FLIP-FLOP

 

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today released a new web video highlighting Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s flip-flop on the war in Afghanistan. Facing increasing pressure from the radical left wing of her party, Ms. Shea-Porter this week announced that she is “inclined” to drop her long-held support for a troop surge in Afghanistan (Concord Monitor, 12/4/09).

 “During her 2006 and 2008 campaigns Congresswoman Shea-Porter repeatedly stated that we must redeploy troops to Afghanistan to win the war and destroy the terrorists that threaten our national security. Now she says that she’s ‘inclined’ to oppose the very same war strategy that she once championed,” said NHGOP Communications Director Ryan Williams. “This is just another indication that during her three years in Congress, Carol Shea-Porter has evolved into a double-talking, finger-in-the-wind, Washington politician.”

CLICK HERE FOR WEB VIDEO ON SHEA-PORTER’S AFGHAN WAR FLIP-FLOP

Saturday
Dec052009

CONGRESSMAN ERIC CANTOR BACKS FRANK GUINTA FOR CONGRESS 

US House Republican Whip Picks Frank Guinta for NH 1st Congressional District

Manchester, NH – The momentum for Frank Guinta’s bid for Congress representing New Hampshire’s 1st District continues to grow with today’s announcement of support from Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor.  Congressman Cantor, who serves as Republican Whip in the US House, is a known proponent of common sense reforms without increased federal spending.  He and Guinta share similar views on the topics of healthcare and job creation.

 “It will take support and assistance from many people for us to achieve our goal of winning this seat and bringing some common sense and accountability to back to Washington,” Guinta said.  “I am thrilled to receive this early support from Congressman Cantor--a gentlemen who has continually fought for fiscal responsibility in Washington.  We think very much alike and I look forward to working with him and his colleagues in Congress,” Guinta said.

 “"I am proud to support New Hampshire's Frank Guinta in his effort to come to Congress.  We need more Representatives who focus first on the people they represent.  Mayor Frank Guinta has been a watchdog of the taxpayer’s money and I look forward to working with him to do the same here in Congress." Congressman Eric Cantor, (R-VA) Republican Whip.

This latest announcement of support comes on the heels of the release of the latest 50 additions to Frank’s County Co-Caption Team, which now stands at more than 250 members.

 “What we are seeing with this amazing early response from individuals looking to jump on our team, is support not just for our campaign, but for our ideals.  We need to stop spending future generations into debt, we need to reform healthcare in a way that will actually reduce costs and help people, we need to create new jobs and reduce the over burden of taxes on small businesses. This support comes from frustration that things need to change and I will continue to talk about how we can do that throughout the next 11 months,” Guinta said.

 



Saturday
Dec052009

NRCC - With Unemployment Still at Double Digits, New Hampshirites Are Growing Tired of Asking Carol Shea-Porter

Democrats’ Economic Policies Fail While Small Businesses are Ignored

Washington- After consecutive months of increasingly startling unemployment numbers, Carol Shea-Porter's stimulus is undoubtedly a failure. Since the passing of the Democrats’ trillion dollar stimulus, New Hampshirites have seen the economy plummet and national unemployment reach double-digits for the first time since 1983.  Funding that was promised to go to small businesses – the engine of the economy – has been spent on the Democrats’ big-government policies. After continuously spewing false rhetoric and empty promises that the stimulus is working, Carol Shea-Porter and her party bosses are now forced to deal with the grim economic situation that they have created as national unemployment sits at 10 percent. And despite the first stimulus being a failure, Democrats are making plans for another massive stimulus bill. As national unemployment remains in double digits, New Hampshire families are stuck asking: Where are the jobs?

 “The unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 10 percent in November as employers cut the smallest number of jobs since the recession began. The better-than-expected job figures are a rare note of encouraging news for the labor market.

“Still, the respite may be temporary. Many economists expect the unemployment rate to climb into next year as the economy struggles to generate enough jobs for the 15.4 million people out of work.” (Christopher Rugaber, “Nov. jobless rate falls to 10 pct., 11K job cuts,” Associated Press, 12/4/09)

As Democrats continue to spend, the private sector is suffering under their big-government agenda:

 “Private-sector firms in the U.S. eliminated 169,000 jobs in November, according to the ADP employment report released WednesdayThe private-sector has shed jobs for 22 months in a row.” (Rex Nutting, “Private-sector jobs fall 169,000 in November, ADP says,” MarketWatch, 12/02/2009)

 “Economic confidence among America's small business owners plummeted in November, as more owners cited serious concerns about cash flow and saw economic conditions for their own businesses getting worse. The Discover Small Business Watch index fell 12 points in November to 76.5 from 88.5 in October.” (“Discover Small Business Watch,” Rasmussen Reports, 12/01/2009)

 “Given Carol Shea-Porter's eagerness to appease her party bosses and waste taxpayer money, New Hampshire families can be assured that she is ready and willing to sign off on the next round of wasteful government spending disguised as ‘stimulus,’” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Shea-Porter continues to push the same big-spending and anti-jobs agenda that has driven the economy into the ground. Apparently, already wasting billions of New Hampshire taxpayer dollars isn’t enough to satisfy her thirst for failed spending sprees that stifle economic growth. How much more will New Hampshire's economy have to suffer before Shea-Porter finally pushes policies that promote jobs rather than destroying them?”

Small Businesses Hit Hard in November; Morale Low:

 52 percent of owners say they have experienced cash flow issues in the past 90 days, up from 44 percent in October.

53 percent of small business owners see conditions getting worse in the next six months, up from 43 percent in October; while 19 percent report that conditions are improving, a sharp decline from 29 percent in October; 23 percent see conditions as the same, and 5 percent weren't sure.

62 percent of small business owners rate the economy as poor, an increase from 55 percent in October; 30 percent rate it as fair, and 8 percent say it is good or excellent

53 percent of small business owners think the overall economy is getting worse, up from 44 percent in October but still significantly lower than the 69 percent of owners who felt that way in February 2009, the last time the Watch index was this low. (“Discover Small Business Watch,” Rasmussen Reports, 12/01/2009)