Press Releases

 

Wednesday
Jul012015

DNC Chair Statement on Chris Christie's 2016 Announcement 

Washington, D.C. – With Chris Christie’s announcement that he is running for president, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

 

"Now that Chris Christie is a candidate for President, he should be prepared to handle some blunt, straight-talk he may not like: his failed leadership has driven New Jersey’s economy off a cliff, leaving the middle class even further behind.

 

"As governor, Christie has led New Jersey to a record-setting nine credit downgrades, the third lowest private sector job growth in the country, and an unemployment rate among the highest in the region. The state has experienced significant budget shortfalls as Christie gave massive tax breaks to corporations and protected those at the very top while failing to meet his obligations to the middle class.

 

"Chris Christie spent 2014 and most of 2015 so far ignoring the problems he created at home while the state’s economic and fiscal crises worsened.

 

"His bullying style created a culture that led to the infamous Bridgegate scandal, and he's done nothing to solve New Jersey’s fiscal problems.

 

"Allow me to tell it like it is: Governor Christie doesn’t have solutions for America’s middle class, and he’d be a nightmare as President."

 

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Wednesday
Jul012015

NH Rebellion - On July 4th, Hundreds to Celebrate the Declaration of Independence 

Public Reading of Declaration of Independence Concludes 36-mile “Walk for Independence” to Portsmouth, NH

 

PORTSMOUTH, NH -- After the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, prints were made, couriers dispatched, and the Declaration read in towns throughout the colonies, including Portsmouth.  This Saturday, July 4th, hundreds of citizen rebels again gather to hear the entire Declaration in Prescott Park as part of a new rebellion against big money politics.  

 

Hosted by the NH Rebellion, the reading of the Declaration of Independence will be done by former Democratic State Senator Burt Cohen and former Republican State Representative and Assistant US Secretary of State Betty Tamposi.  The cross-partisan reading and "Rally for Independence" come at the end of NH Rebellion’s July 4th “Walk for Independence” from Rochester and Hampton to Portsmouth.  The walks follow in the footsteps of legendary NH reformer Doris "Granny D" Haddock, who walked across the United States at the age of 90 to protest big money in politics.

 

"Just like in the American Revolution, the citizens are angry. Angry that their vote doesn't carry as much weight as a big corporation, which doesn't even have a vote,"  said Dan Weeks, a leader of the NH Rebellion.  "We're out to change that, and demand that candidates for office take action against this corruption when they get to office," he said.

 

The event begins at 4:30 as free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is served to walkers and anyone who attends the rally, followed by the reading of the Declaration at 5 p.m. and speakers from the NH Rebellion.   Citizens are still welcome to register for the free walk at walk.nhrebellion.org as well as attend the rally.

 

Lawrence Lessig, founder of the NH Rebellion, will be speaking at the rally.   Lessig is a Harvard Law School Professor and internationally known expert on intellectual property, but has turned his time to organizing against the influence of big money in politics.   His TED Talk "We the People" has had over 1.2 million views on YouTube and Lessig has spoken around the United States and with every major news outlet.  This will be the eighth large-scale walk of the NH Rebellion since 2014. NH Rebellion is part of Open Democracy, the NH nonpartisan organization dedicated to transparent and accountable governance.

 

RALLY SCHEDULE:

4:30 PM – Walkers gather at Prescott Park (free Ben & Jerry's served)

5:00 PM – Rally for Independence featuring Declaration of Independence reading by Burt Cohen and Betty Tamposi, speech by Lawrence Lessig, theatrics
5:30 PM – Rally ends and walkers depart (free rides back to parking)

 

FULL DAY SCHEDULE:

Rochester to Portsmouth Walk

6:30 AM – Breakfast and meeting at Rochester Commons (breakfast provided by Panera Dover)

7:00 AM – Kickoff at Rochester Commons with guest speakers

11:00 AM – Lunch at Dover Friends Meeting House

2:00 PM – Waypoint, Old General Sullivan Pedestrian Bridge

Hampton to Portsmouth Walk

10:00 AM – Kickoff at 229 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach (courtesy Panera)

12:50 PM – Waypoint at Rye Harbor State Park

1:25 PM – Waypoint at Wallis Sands Beach

2:25 PM – Waypoint at Moose Lodge, Portsmouth NH

 

For information on the NH Rebellion and its activities, see their website at NHRebellion.org

Wednesday
Jul012015

LA Gov JINDAL: Sec. Clinton Breached National Security, U.S. Only Superpower Not Seeing Sec. Clinton ’s E-mails 

Jindal for President

 

WEST DES MOINES, IA – Governor Bobby Jindal said Secretary Hillary Clinton has “created a major breach of national security” by hiding her e-mails on a personal server and that the United States may be the only superpower in the world who hasn’t seen the Secretary’s e-mails.

Governor Jindal said, “Today the State Department plans to release more of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails from her private server.   Every time this happens, it gets treated as breaking news.  But there are two very important things in this continuing drama that are routinely overlooked.

“First, the American public is only getting the emails that Hillary Clinton herself is allowing us to see.  She has already edited the e-mails, and has already destroyed the ones she did not want us to see, which makes the whole thing a meaningless charade.

“Secondly, and far more importantly, by choosing to use her own server in her own house she created a major breach of national security.   Everyone seems to focus on the dishonesty, the lack of transparency, and the fact that she destroyed all these records.   But those are standard practices for the Clintons. 

“The real issue is that while the American people will never see these emails, it is likely that the Russians and the Chinese already have all of them.  This is the real consequence of having a Secretary of State who unlawfully chose to conduct America’s foreign policy business on her own private email system.

“If the Congressional leaders really want to see all of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, they would have a better chance of getting them from the hackers working for foreign governments.   We are likely the only superpower in the world that will never see Hillary Clinton’s e-mails.”

Wednesday
Jul012015

NH DHHS - CMS Certification of MMIS Recognizes DHHS Innovations to Improve Administration of Medicaid Program 

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

has fully certified its Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS). MMIS

is the Department's primary system for administering and managing costs for

the New Hampshire Medicaid program.



“CMS certification is a welcome recognition of the Department’s efforts to

implement the state of the art system that is a critical component in

enabling New Hampshire to improve the quality of health and healthcare in

our State,” said DHHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas. “Federal certification of

our MMIS is the result of dedication, perseverance, hard work and strong

collaboration by a core group of staff from the Department, the New

Hampshire Department of Information Technology, and our MMIS vendor, Xerox

Health Solutions. The new system provides new capabilities enabling more

rapid responses to changes in the Medicaid program. The system brings

greater efficiency and cost effectiveness that benefits Medicaid

recipients, providers and citizens across New Hampshire.”



CMS accreditation ensures that New Hampshire will receive the maximum 75%

federal funding for ongoing operation, retroactive to March 31, 2013, the

system’s first day of operation. Prior to certification, the federal

government has paid 50% of MMIS’ operational costs and the State paid the

other 50%.



DHHS’ MMIS is expected to process billions of dollars in payments annually

to more than 10,000 enrolled Medicaid providers and hospitals on behalf of

New Hampshire Medicaid beneficiaries. “MMIS has been one of the most

extensive and complex information technology projects that the State has

undertaken and CMS certification validates our efforts on behalf of our

Medicaid clients,” said Toumpas.



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Wednesday
Jul012015

NH MARINE PATROL WARNS OF DANGEROUS CONDITIONS AND URGES SAFETY 

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol will promote safe water practices Wednesday during a press conference held in response to recent tragic events and dangerous water conditions across the State heading into a holiday weekend. 

 

Hazardous water conditions in the State include high waters, stronger than normal currents, poor water clarity with hidden potential hazards and cold water temperatures, Marine Patrol Capt. Timothy Dunleavy said. Representatives from other State agencies will also be present to discuss safe practices.

 

WHO:             Representatives from State Police Marine Patrol, State Police Operations Bureau, New Hampshire Fish and Game, Department of Resources and Economic Development Division of Parks and Recreation, and State life guards

 

WHERE:       The Douglas N. Everett Arena Boat Launch, 15 Loudon Road, Concord, NH

 

WHAT:          A press conference reviewing safe water and outdoor practices, highway safety, and boating safety

 

WHEN:          July 1, 2015, 9:30am

 

CONTACT:  Sgt. Josh Dirth, Marine Patrol, (603) 227-2115

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