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Bearse For Congress (NH CD-1) - Bearse to Appeal to Ballot Law Commission



Peter Bearse, Independent candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District, will protest to the NH Ballot Law Commission that the careless handling of petitions cost him a place on the ballot in the Nov. 4 election. He will then appeal to be put on the ballot. In a Sept. 15th letter to the Secretary of State, Bearse wrote:"The handling of our not conform with the law..."

Bearse, of Fremont, turned in nearly 1500 signatures himself and more than 200 were sent in by town clerks, yet only 1258 were certified of 1500 required. The count of valid petitions by his campaign is significantly higher. Bearse produced voters who were registered, whose signatures were valid. He will testify that he has talked to more than a dozen people whose petitions were rejected even though they are all registered voters in the 1st District.

He reported that: After submitting his signatures to Karen Ladd, aide to the Secretary of State, she told him she had measured his pile of rejected petitions with a ruler to discover that the pile contained "500" rejects, more than enough to disqualify him from the ballot. "I and my campaign volunteers spent four months getting those signatures," Bearse will tell the Commission, "and they become invalid because a pile of allegedly uncertifiable signatures was measured with a ruler? The fundamental right of citizens to petition, and to have their petitions counted, has been undermined."

The NH Ballot Law Commission will hear Bearse's appeal Friday at 1:00 p.m. in room 302 of the Legislative Office Building.

Bearse is an international consulting economist who has worked in 15 countries, including Iraq, Pakistan and Georgia. He served as a policy advisor to former New Jersey Governors William Cahill (R) and Brendan Byrne (D). He is the author of WE THE PEOPLE, a book advocating a return to grassroots politics and a conservative populism.


Manchester Mayor Guinta's Office - Home Depot Manchester will Conduct Their Month of Service with the City's Weed and Seed Program

MANCHESTER (Sept. 24, 2008) – On Friday, September 26, 2008, Home Depot Manchester will be conducting their Month of Service in the city; in collaboration with the City Planning Departments’ Neighborhood Revitalization Project and Weed and Seed’s Neighborhood Restoration Committee. The company will be placing community planters around the city, filled with fall flora to brighten the neighborhoods and enhance our City’s green spaces. In addition, Home Depot will remove graffiti from the Adam D. Curtis Skate Park and along the Merrimack River Walk and Bridge, utilizing the newly donated power washer and supplies donated by the National Coalition for Graffiti Removal.

“This will be a great day of service for the Manchester community sponsored by a generous community partner,” Mayor Frank Guinta said. “These public-private partnerships are a boon to the city and will help enhance its quality-of-life.”

The planters will be maintained by local business partners such as C.A. Hoitt Furniture, Brothers Pizza, Kay’s Bakery, Pappy’s Pizza and Absolute Styling, as well as by several of the City’s Neighborhood Watch Groups. Home Depot will also be sprucing up identified areas in need of some gardening, with plants and trees.

For more information regarding Home Depot’s Day of Service, please contact Eric Rolf, Store Manager, at (603) 624-1900. If interested in sponsoring a planter in the City, please contact Weed and Seed Coordinator Nicole Rodler at (603) 624-6466 ext. 356.


Office of Congresswoman Shea-Porter - Pressure Pays Off, Helps Secure $5.1 Billion in Critical Heating Assistance

Washington, DC— After months of urging both House leadership and the President to take action, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today helped secure $5.1 billion in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The funding, which includes at least $34 million for New Hampshire, was approved by the House as part of a Continuing Resolution (CR).

Thousands of New Hampshire families will now be able to heat their homes this winter,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “I am relieved this critical funding has been approved and I will continue to press for more LIHEAP funding.”

Properly funding LIHEAP is critical to protecting New Hampshire seniors and children. Last year’s record high energy costs resulted in many New Hampshire families carrying larger balances with their home heating vendors. Without assistance from LIHEAP, many families would be unable to receive enough oil during the winter months to keep their homes properly heated. With current forecasts for home heating fuel averaging over $4.00 per gallon, it is estimated that the average New Hampshire family may have to pay more than $3,000 this winter in heating bills.

Congresswoman Shea-Porter has been a strong advocate for LIHEAP funding. Earlier this year, Shea-Porter introduced the Home Energy Assistance through Emergency Relief Act, legislation which would increase funding for LIHEAP by $9 billion. Shea-Porter also sent frequent letters to President Bush, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader Hoyer urging that LIHEAP funding be included in an appropriate legislative vehicle.

In his FY09 budget, the President recommended a $500 million cut for LIHEAP. The amount approved by the House today not only rejects the President’s cuts, but doubles funding for the program.


Office of Congresswoman Shea-Porter - Hails Passage of Defense Authorization Bill, Critical Funding Included for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Washington, DC—Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter successfully secured funding for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The funding, which is included in the Defense Authorization bill, contains $20.6 million for the Waterfront Support Facility and $9.98 million for the Consolidated Global Submarine Component.

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is vital to New Hampshire’s economy and critical to our nation’s defense,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “I am thrilled funding for the Shipyard has been included in the Defense Authorization bill and urge the Senate to quickly pass this important legislation.”

Congresswoman Shea-Porter has been a very effective advocate for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which I visited at her invitation earlier this year,” said Congressman Ike Skelton, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee. “Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s efforts were instrumental in securing funding for the Waterfront Support Facility in this year’s defense authorization bill.”

The $20.6 million will be used for the Waterfront Support Facility. This will allow the Shipyard to perform maintenance on the next generation of nuclear submarines, the Virginia-class. This function is a crucial component of the Shipyard’s long term mission.

The $9.98 million in funding will be used to construct the Consolidated Global Submarine Component Facility. The building will support the maintenance, repair, refueling, and overhaul work. New automated material handling systems and increased capacity will further improve the efficiency and safety of the yard. The facility will house materials for both the older Los Angeles-class submarines and the new Virginia-class vessels.

Shea-Porter, a Member of the Armed Services Committee, has made securing shipyard funding a top priority. Both Congressman Ike Skelton, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Congressman Chet Edwards, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, have toured the Shipyard at Shea-Porter’s request.

Carson For NH Senate (14) - Riverbank Communications to Lead Carson Senatorial Fundraising Efforts

MANCHESTER, NH September 24, 2008─Veteran New Hampshire public affairs agency, Riverbank Communications, LLC (Riverbank) announced today that it has been selected by State Representative Sharon Carson to lead fundraising efforts for her Senatorial Campaign.

Riverbank will be tasked with organizing Carson’s fundraising calls, direct mail, special events and online outreach. The firm is also performing the same role for Senator Robert Letourneau’s reelection campaign.

“I am very happy to have Riverbank leading my fundraising operations,” Carson commented. “Craig Smith and his team have a great reputation for delivering results for campaigns of all sizes.”

“For years, Sharon Carson has been a strong voice for the people of Londonderry and Auburn in Concord,” said Craig Smith, Riverbank’s founder. “Her dedication to serving her constituents is unmatched and I can’t think of a better successor to Senator Clegg in District 14.”


Founded in 2004, Riverbank Communications has quickly grown into one of New Hampshire’s leading public affairs agencies. Riverbank specializes in fundraising, list sales, special event planning and public relations for non-profits, political candidates and organizations and corporations.

Riverbank Communications’ past and present clients include New Hampshire Congressional Candidates John Stephen and Jennifer Horn, Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta, the New Hampshire Senate Republican Victory PAC, New Hampshire State Senatorial Candidates Robert Letourneau and Sharon Carson, Manchester’s Inaugural Gala, former New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson and former United States Senator Gordon Humphrey.

More information about Riverbank Communications can be found at