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GSP - New Hampshire Is No Place for Backroom Deals

Sen. Gregg Must Choose Between Country and Party Leadership If Offered Commerce Position


Concord, New Hampshire – Granite State Progress has closely followed the possibility of Senator Judd Gregg becoming the next Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce. In response to Governor Lynch’s press statement regarding how to handle the possibility of a vacant U.S. Senate seat, Granite State Progress is issuing the following statement:


“President Obama is extending his hand across party lines to put our country back on track, but Judd Gregg is instead playing partisan politics by demanding Gov. Lynch appoint a Republican in his place,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director of Granite State Progress. “If President Obama offers him a position in the new Administration, Sen. Gregg needs to decide whether he puts his country or the Republican leadership first.


“Governor Lynch’s job is to appoint the person who best represents the interests and values of New Hampshire voters. Sen. Gregg shouldn’t make Governor Lynch bend to backroom political deals for a seat that would otherwise be elected by the people of New Hampshire.


“In November, New Hampshire voters clearly indicated the kind of change they want to see. It is the most current, statewide indicator of the New Hampshire electorate and Governor Lynch must use it to fill any vacant U.S. Senate seat.”


Granite State Progress launched a sign-on letter for citizens who’d like to send a supportive message to Governor Lynch to choose the person who will best represent the values of the people of New Hampshire. It reads, in part: “As our Governor, we support your right to appoint the person who best represents the interests and values of New Hampshire voters to the vacant U.S. Senate seat.”


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SEIA - Industry to Congress: We Are Ready To Go, Keep The Solar Economic Engine Humming



WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today called on Congress to quickly pass the economy recovery package with key solar provisions that will have an immediate impact on job creation in America and keep the solar economic engine humming.


“No other industry in America has experienced the type of explosive growth that solar has in the past three years. We are ready now with an army of workers and warehouses filled with equipment that will put the economy back on track with the right stimulus from Congress,” said Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO. “President Obama is right: Instead of waiting years for results, solar can immediately stimulate the economy by creating tens of thousands of jobs and reinvesting billions in projects across America.”

“IfCongress passes a stimulus bill with the solarpolicies supported by the industry, we will create more than 67,000 jobs,install a gigawatt of solar power andavoid more than 1 million tons of carbon emissions in 2009 alone. And we are just getting started as these figures will more than double in 2010,” added Resch.

SEIA reports there are 3,400 solar energy companies across the nation.If Congress passes strong solar policies, small businesses such as Nexamp in Massachusetts, will be able to hire workers immediately and install new solar projects that deliver clean, renewable energy to America’s communities.


“Our company grew from 7 to 25 employees last year. A stimulus bill that includes these policy priorities will lead to additional solar energy projects that we’re ready to deliver now and allow us to create even more jobs,” said Dan Leary, President and Chief Operating Officer of Nexamp, a renewable energy and carbon reduction systems integrator based in North Andover, Mass.


“We applaud President Obama and Senate and House leaders for their efforts to include significant investment in solar and other renewable energy sources as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but final legislation must reflect the best of both the House and Senate bills to keep the solar economic engine humming,” continued Resch.



Mayor Guinta to read proclamation honoring "Blood Donor Week" in city

MANCHESTER (February 2, 2009) – Mayor Frank Guinta will be reading a proclamation honoring “Blood Donor Week” in the City of Manchester at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 4, at the American Red Cross Blood Services – New England Region Offices; 425 Reservoir Ave.; Manchester.


“When it comes to saving a life, one of the easiest things a person can do is donate blood,” Mayor Guinta said. “As a repeat blood donor, I realize that a small commitment of time can make a world of difference for people who desperately need blood.”


Mayor Guinta continued, stating that the need for blood is particularly crucial right now. “Because of the ice storm and the consistent stretch of inclement weather throughout the winter, the number of donor has been suppressed and that has led to a 600-pint deficit for the state,” Guinta said. “I am urging everyone in the greater Manchester area to consider how important blood donations are and, if they qualify, come to the Blood Center and made a donation.”


The Blood Center is open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Mondays-Thursdays; and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays.



Statement by Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta on the passing of Marshall Cobleigh

MANCHESTER (February 2, 2009) – “The death of former New Hampshire House Speaker Marshall Cobleigh is a devastating one that creates a great loss in the state’s political world. He is someone that regaled everyone he met, regardless of party affiliation, with stories of his time at the State House, of his run for Congress, and of all of the interesting people that he met during his life.


“He was a constant presence in Manchester, often next to former Mayor and current Executive Councilor Ray Wieczorek. Marshall believed in loyalty, and between the two of them, that loyalty was constant and appreciated. He also believed in fiscal conservatism and, while the story about carrying hamburger with him during his Congressional race is legendary, it shows the lengths he would go to prove a point.


“However, his two most important contributions to the state were his stalwart defense of the New Hampshire Primary and his appointment of women to important legislative positions. Donna Sytek, a pioneer in her own right in being the state’s first female Speaker, credits Marshall for being ‘ahead of his time’ on such an important issue.


“With his passing, we lose a political icon, but his influence will be remembered long after today.”


NetRight Daily Action Alert: Whip Congress on Stimulus Bill

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