Press Releases



Statement from DNC Chairman Tim Kaine on the Passing of Eunice Kennedy 

“Americans around the country today are mourning the death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Eunice was a wife, a mother, a sister and a member of one of our country’s most famous families, but she will be remembered most as the founder of the Special Olympics, anorganization which has given millions of children withintellectual disabilitiesthe opportunity to participate in competitive sport. The first Special Olympics in 1968 drew 1,000 participants from 26 states and Canada – today the program has grown to include more than 3 million people from 180 countries. This achievement is thanks to Eunice’s vision, persistence, hard work and call to public service. Though she never held elected office, this extraordinary woman was a champion for the power of the human spirit. Our thoughts are prayers today are with Eunice’s husband, Sargent, their children, and the entire Kennedy family.”



SEIA Congratulates New Jersey on its 4,000th Solar Installation 

NJ is No. 2 in the nation for solar due to strong leadership and policies.



WASHINGTON, DC – Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Rhone Resch today released the following statement on the announcement by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities that the state has achieved its 4,000th solar installation:


"We congratulate New Jersey leaders on the state’s 4,000th solar installation. By enacting policies like the state’s advanced renewable portfolio standard and strong incentives for solar, New Jersey has become the second largest market for solar in the country.In fact, New Jersey has more solar photovoltaic installations than Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada combined and is second only to California in total solar capacity.


“If he were alive, New Jersey native Thomas Edison would be proud of N.J. leaders’ innovation and foresight in advancing electricity generation and providing a better way to power our light bulbs and our HDTVs.The foresight of the BPU, the State Legislature and the Governor’s office has positioned New Jersey as a center of economic opportunity in the new, green economy. And since New Jersey is ahead of the rest of the country, they are already benefiting economically with new, high-quality jobs, lower electricity costs and cleaner air.


“New Jersey and the entire Mid-Atlantic region have emerged as a fast-growing and important market for solar demonstrating that solar energy is one of the best policy investments around. With solar energy, consumers are lowering their energy bills, adding value to their properties and cutting pollution.And the entire region benefits from a smarter electricity grid that is less susceptible to brown outs and black outs during the heat of the summer. Distributed solar helps keep the lights on for all of us.


“Another bonus is that N.J. is helping to create good-paying jobs across the supply chain from manufacturing and system design to installation. Solar energy is expected to create 440,000 permanent jobs nationwide by 2016.”




2006: "I always believe in speaking up. I think that's what we're supposed to do," she said.

2009: No Town Hall meetings, spokesman, “...people are trying to disrupt this democratic process”



Manchester, NH – What a difference three years in The Beltway makes. Carols Shea-Porter made a name for herself in the 1st Congressional District of New Hampshire, by attending Town Hall Meetings hosted by her predecessor, Congressman Jeb Bradley, for years. Now, however, in the midst of one of the most significant and controversial discussions in Congress, while her colleagues are hosting health care town halls across the nation, Carol Shea-Porter refuses to face her voters.


According to the Portsmouth Herald today, Shea-Porter is foregoing the traditional town hall style format of meeting face to face with voters in exchange for a controlled, over-the-phone discussion to prevent dissent on the issue of Health Care. “The purpose of town halls is to allow members of Congress to hear from their constituents, provide information about legislation, and to exchange ideas and perspectives. While it is unfortunate that a small group of people are trying to disrupt this democratic process...” Jamie Radice, a Shea-Porter spokeswoman, Town hall meetings in the line of fire, The Portsmouth Herald, August 10. 2009


This philosophy of refusing to allow citizens to express their dissent of proposed policies in Congress, flies directly in the face of Congresswoman Shea-Porters past actions, when she was just a citizen, and not a member of Congress. "I always believe in speaking up. I think that's what we're supposed to do," Carol Shea-Porter, September 19, 2006 Tuesday, Shea-Porter speaks of Bush protest; Social Security, By BEVERLEY WANG, Associated Press Writer.


“Congresswoman Shea-Porter is not affording the citizens of her District the same access that she herself not only was afforded, but touted, “ said 1st District Congressional Candidate Frank Guinta. “For a person who spent years exercising her right to free speech and dissent, it is unthinkable she would withhold that right from others. It appears she clearly is afraid of facing the opposition she provided to her predecessor.”




May 04, 2006

Boston Globe



“I know Jeb Bradley better than anybody else does," she said. "I have been challenging him in his Town Hall meetings for over two years now...”


September 11, 2006

Concord Monitor

Four seek party's approval; Iraq and health care among their concerns


“She said she has attended many of Bradley's town hall meetings to question his support for the war in Iraq.”


September 13, 2006

Associated Press

Shea-Porter upsets Craig for 1st District Democratic nomination

“She studied Bradley by attending his town hall meetings around the state for 2 ½ years.”


September 19, 2006

Associated Press

Shea-Porter speaks of Bush protest; Social Security


"I always believe in speaking up. I think that's what we're supposed to do," she [Carol Shea-Porter] said.


November 9, 2006

The Associated Press

Carol Shea-Porter's unusual journey to U.S. Congress


"We'd been going to these town hall meetings, and we were waiting for somebody to step up who knew his record ... but we just didn't see this person emerge," she [Carol Shea-Porter] said



November 15, 2006

The Boston Globe

A win from the blue Unknown tapped a Democratic tide in N.H.
By Rick Klein


“She spoke to crowds of as few as three, encouraged her neighbors to spread the word, dogged her opponent at town hall meetings.”



NHAC - Government Run Healthcare Protest Will Greet President Obama

Concord, NH- A variety of citizen activist groups concerned about losing their private healthcare to government bureaucracy and Congressional political favors will show their protest at the President's first visit to New Hampshire since winning the White House in November. As residents converge on Portsmouth High School from all over New Hampshire the question is will incumbent politicians Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes hear their plea to stop the madness?


Portsmouth High School will host the Presidential visit on Tuesday as well as New Hampshire's protest with demonstrations against the healthcare takeover by the President and the current Congressional democratic leadership.

These residents come from all over New Hampshire and New England and comprised of concerned citizens who want to have a real debate about the current plan’s provisions that restrict patient’s choices, expands the federal government’s role in healthcare, and adds more spending to the ballooning federal deficit, just to name a few.


Former State Senator George Lovejoy, Chairman of The New Hampshire Advantage Coalition stated, “We are gathering not because we oppose healthcare reform, which everyone agrees that something needs to be done to reduce the exploding costs of healthcare coverage, rather we are against the “blind faith fast tracking” approach being advocated by special interest supporters of the bill, congressional representatives, as well as the President. We need to start to have a civil dialogue about the consequences of this proposal for average Americans, business owners, as well as the costs implications to the American taxpayers."


Pam Smith the Assistant Coordinator for the NH 9-12 project stated “We are asking for our representatives to condemn the venomous attacks being made by Democrat state party leadership and the special interest groups that are supporting the President’s plan which are being hurled at NH citizen taxpayers. Granite Stater’s have serious concerns about the contents in the proposed legislation."


Americans for Prosperity – NH Chairman Corey Lewandowski said “We all have been asking for the proper forum to voice our concerns with our elected representatives about the content of the proposed legislation. With more than 1,000 pages to consume, and economic implications of private insurance options, the creation of new government bureaucracies, and the intrusion of the government into citizen's medical care, everyone is quite concerned about the details of the takeover agenda.”


To date none of the New Hampshire’s federal delegation has held a town hall forum that would allow citizens to directly question their representatives, instead opting for staged events similar to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s invitation only telephone town hall last Thursday with screened questions and canned responses. Public support has been waning in recent weeks as details about the costs and certain provisions of the plan are becoming known. The White House is in damage control to keep support for healthcare reform from its current freefall. Recently, the White House and Congressional leaders have been making accusations about the sincerity of citizens that have serious concerns about what the plan will mean to them and have even resorted characterizing them as “right wing extremists” and other demeaning names.


The groups are planning to gather at Portsmouth High School at 9am.


Participating Groups:


Americans for Prosperity-NH

Steward of Prosperity

Coalition of NH Taxpayers

NH Advantage Coalition

NH 9-12 Project

Cornerstone Policy Research

Granite State Patriots


NH Liberty Alliance

Citizens Leadership NH

Granite State Taxpayers

Seacoast Freedom Network




AFP - President Obama to Address Health Care in NH 

Dear Friends,


As you know, President Obama is coming to New Hampshire on Tuesday to advocate for his Universal Healthcare legislation. This Canadian style legislation is not what we need here in New Hampshire or across the country.


Please join us on the property of the Portsmouth High Schoolto tell the President we do NOT support this massive tax on the hard working people of this country.

Time:Arrive early.Obama supporters will start arriving atam -- Join us to oppose them.

Possible Parking: - We can park at the old Theatre and Bowling Alley lots as they are closed so it's free and open.

599 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth

It is a few hundred yards south of the high school on (effectively) Rte 1a


When you approach the high school on 50 Andrew Jarvis Drive, Portsmouth, there will be a Greek Church on your right,as well as a huge parking lot. Directly across the street from that parking lot, is the Public Pool building. On the left side of thePublic Pool building will be a grassy area cordoned off with yellow police tape whichwill be the designated area for us.


Directions: From Maine: Follow Route 95 south to the Portsmouth Rotary Circle. From the Portsmouth Rotary Circle follow Route 1 Bypass South for approximately 1 mile. Bowl-O-Rama is on your left. Bowl-O-Rama is located on Route 1 ( 599 Lafayette Road)


From Mass: Follow Route 95 North taking exit 5 into the Portsmouth Rotary Circle. From the Portsmouth Rotary Circle follow Route 1 Bypass South for approximately 1 mile. Bowl-O-Rama is on your left. Bowl-O-Rama is located on Route 1 ( 599 Lafayette Road)


From NH Points North: Follow Route 4 East or Route 16 South into the Spaulding Turnpike. Follow Spaulding Turnpike South into the Portsmouth Rotary Circle. From the Portsmouth Rotary Circle follow Route 1 Bypass South for approximately 1 mile. Bowl-O-Rama is on your left. Bowl-O-Rama is located on Route 1 ( 599 Lafayette Road) Bowl-O-Rama Sign


From NH Points West: Follow Route 101 East to Route 95 North. Follow Route 95 North taking Exit 5 into the Portsmouth Rotary Circle. From the Portsmouth Rotary Circle follow Route 1 Bypass South for approximately 1 mile. Bowl-O-Rama is on your left. Bowl-O-Rama is located on Route 1 ( 599 Lafayette Road)


Goals :

make a good show against Obama's unionized and Astroturf supporters

start thinking "tailgate PARTY!" (early arrival) and getting to know like minded people

make sure the media knows that we are there tooppose PresidentObama's socialist agenda

Bring :

homemade signs!! They look MUCH better than the Left's commercially printed signs!

chairs? we'll be there a while but I don't know if they will be allowed.

Your voices!


See you there!