NHDP - Republican Gubernatorial Candidate John Stephen Flounders in Debate on Close-Up with NHDP Executive Director Mike Brunelle
Concord - On WMUR's Close-Up last Sunday, NHDP Executive Director Mike Brunelle and likely Republican candidate for governor John Stephen went head-to-head on the major issues important to Granite State voters.
But the outcome of the debate did not bode well for the likely Republican gubernatorial candidate. As James Pindell of the NH Political Report put it "Stephen gets gov campaign preview in his face." The story on NH Political Report highlights a clip from WMUR's CloseUp where Mike Brunelle holds John Stephen to task for being fiscally irresponsible as Health and Human Services secretary under Governor Benson.
In the clip Brunelle goes on the attack, reminding Stephen of "leaving people out in the cold" as Health and Human Services secretary and then "having to go back and ask for over $400 million more dollars to fix [his] budget." Stephen's inability to respond to the charge highlights the stark hypocrisy of recent GOP attacks on the responsible and balanced budget passed by Democrats.
The misstep by Stephen was only one of many over the course of the debate, and his poor performance has many in the state now questioning the candidate's viability.
Click here and fast forward to the 12 minute mark to watch the full debate.
by Mike Leon, Staff Writer
Delivering the Dept of Veterans Affairs (DVA) education benefits from the Post-9/11 GI Bill is one area the DVA does not want to screw up and its commitment in the face of continuing criticism from veterans groups on other DVA benefits is the topic of DVA communiques to state veteran affairs bureaucrats to presume a veteran is eligible and move the benefits process forward.
Standing in stark contrast to the infamous DVA culture of no and denial of benefits for disabilities sustained during service, the intended message from the DVA regarding the GI Bill appears a message of yes.
The apparent effort behind the presumption of eligibility for education benefits actually has the tone of the-guy's-a-vet, get-him/her-what-he-needs urgency that would represent a historic departure in this government agency that has taken on the face of an implacable enemy for many veterans.
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Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement after an amendment to create a Debt Commission failed by a vote of 53-46 in the Senate.
“I am very disappointed that the Senate failed to pass legislation to create a bipartisan commission that would offer recommendations on how to reduce the national debt. Just today, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the FY10 deficit will total $1.35 trillion. Our deficits and national debt are simply unsustainable. We need to get serious about reducing our debt and this Commission would be a great start.”
Concord - Last Wednesday before the state's House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Al Baldasaro issued a hateful tirade against some of our New Hampshire families.
He said "I wanted to make sure everyone understood here, that this legislature sold the rights of $10,000 per kid under title four, when they said that homosexual couples, not married, can adopt. So we sold each kid to a homosexual couple that's not married for $10,000." Click here for a link to the full story and a video of Rep. Baldasaro's remarks.
In response to these hateful remarks, Kathy Sullivan, Democratic National Committeewoman and former Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, released the following statement:
"Rep. Baldasaro's comments were sad, hateful and outrageous, and an attack on hardworking New Hampshire families who are trying to raise their children to be good and productive members of our community. He even reinforced his comments -- in response to calls to apologize he issued a statement full of despicable remarks about NHDP Chair Raymond Buckley."
"But equally disappointing is the Republican Party leadership's silence on this issue - silence that amounts to a tacit endorsement of Rep. Baldasaro's shameful comments and despicable behavior."
"All Republican candidates for higher office, Republican Chair John H. Sununu, House leadership, and Republican 16th District Senate candidate Rep. David Boutin should denounce these hateful, insulting remarks and demand Rep. Baldasaro apologize. A failure to do so will speak volumes about their support for his statements and his leadership within the Republican Party."
"Anything short of a full-throated condemnation of his statements amounts to clear signal to Rep. Baldasaro and other Republicans that this type of behavior is not only acceptable, but supported by the Republican Party."