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Citizens For A Strong NH - CSNH brings on Mike Ciccio 



Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire welcomes new team member

Announces Michael Ciccio as the organization's new Director of Field Operations.


(September 22, 2014) - Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is adding to its growing team today with the announcement of conservative staffer Michael Ciccio as the organization's new Director of Field Operations.

Ciccio has previously worked on several campaigns, including most recently as Field Director on the Hemingway for Governor Campaign. He also served as a Field Representative for the Republican State Committee, Sen. Jeb Bradley's Congressional Campaign, and Sen. Bob Clegg's Congressional Campaign. Additionally, he was a Legislative Aide in the New Hampshire Senate.
Matthew Murphy, Executive Director of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:


"Mike Biundo, Derek Dufresne, Kory Wood, and I are extremely excited to welcome Michael Ciccio to the Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire team. He will play an important role in our ongoing fight for lower taxes, less spending, and a smaller government in Concord and on Capitol Hill.  

"I am confident that with Michael's leadership, and the continued hard-work of our many dedicated volunteers, we will only improve our strong record of using grassroots activism to educate Granite Staters on the important issues impacting them and their families."



Stay Work Play Adds Seven New Board Members 

Manchester —Stay Work Play, a New Hampshire nonprofit organization to encourage more 20 and 30 somethings to stay, work and play in the state after graduation, has welcomed seven new members to its Board of Directors: ANDREW B. PALUMBO, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management & Director of Admissions, Plymouth State University; CARMEN LORENTZ, Director, NH Division of Economic Development; E.J. POWERS, Executive Vice President, Montagne Communications; KRISTYN VAN OSTERN, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, Community College System of New Hampshire; MARK M. BROWN, Director of Corporate Potential, Grappone Automotive Group MELINDA TREADWELL, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Antioch University New England; and TRAVIS YORK, President & CEO, GYK Antler.

The new board members believe in Stay Work Play’s mission and recognize New Hampshire as a great place for recent college graduates to launch their careers and their lives. 

"Working at Plymouth State University has opened my eyes to the amazing opportunity that New Hampshire students have - right here in their backyard - to gain a world-class education, prepare themselves for rewarding careers, and build the foundation for the lifestyle that they wish to have,” commented Andrew B. Palumbo.  “I believe that Stay Work Play’s focus on connecting young professionals and recent college graduates to the desirable careers and lifestyles that exist throughout the state plays an important part in illustrating just how great living, working, and playing in New Hampshire truly is." 

Mark M. Brown also praised New Hampshire for the opportunities that are present, “One of the things I most like about New Hampshire is the connectivity of the people. We're small enough that a dedicated group of people really can make a positive difference. Stay Work Play brings together an amazing cross roads of people--business and non-profit leaders, governmental officials, and our best and brightest young professionals--all committed to the common purpose of promoting New Hampshire as a great place to stay, work & play!” 

Kristyn Van Ostern believes in New Hampshire because, “it’s the best state to grow up in; the best state to stay in or come to find creative work and educational opportunities; and the best state to play with my kids, husband, dog, family, and friends in.” 

"A low cost of living, no sales or income tax, proximity to lakes, mountains, the ocean and major cities plus low crime rates and solid educational options make NH the perfect place to run a business while still having the opportunity to make a global impact," mentioned Travis York. 

“I love the spirit of New Hampshire! We are creative and eager to contribute in a positive way to our communities and our state,” Carmen Lorentz commented. “Stay Work Play is a wonderful manifestation of that spirit. I’m excited to be part of Stay Work Play’s efforts to make our state a more outstanding place for young people to thrive and find opportunity.” 

“The future of New Hampshire's economy relies on our ability to attract and retain young talent. We are competing with 49 other states for this demographic and we must use every resource at our disposal to highlight the numerous advantages New Hampshire has to offer,” E.J. Powers stated. “I am proud to join Stay Work Play in this critical effort.” 

With the commitment and passion that the board members have for New Hampshire and Stay Work Play, the organization is delighted to welcome them to the Board of Directors.


About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko,, (603) 860-2245.


Cheryle Pacapelli named Executive Director of Hope for NH Recovery 

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As a person in recovery from alcohol and other drugs for more than 25 years, Cheryle Pacapelli brings her lived recovery experience to her new role as Executive Director of Hope. Pacapelli has a ten-year background in nonprofit and program management. In the eight years she worked at Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, she coordinated recovery walks with over 2,000 in attendance, held 375 events, and provided oversight for a broad network of volunteers. She is expected to assume her position by September 1st and will be located at New Futures.


“I am really excited to join Hope for New Hampshire recovery,” Pacapelli said on Friday. “It’s an opportunity to move the recovery movement forward; an opportunity to save some lives.”


“Cheryle brings to our state the knowledge, enthusiasm, and ‘hands on’ experience to assist Hope for NH Recovery in developing the Recovery Community Organization, NH Recovery Network and enhancing the strength of the national Recovery Movement in New Hampshire,” said Dave Doiron, board chair of Hope.


“New Futures is thrilled to work alongside Hope and New Hampshire’s recovery community,” said Linda Saunders Paquette, executive director of New Futures. “Hope is fostering an environment in which people with addictive illness and associated behaviors are accepted, treated, and supported as any other medically sick person. We’re confident Cheryl Pacapelli and the team at Hope will make positive impacts for the New Hampshire community.”



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on the confirmation of anti-school choice activist Bill Duncan to the State Board of Education:


"Bill Duncan is the wrong person for this important position because he is a radical anti-school choice activist who has fought tirelessly to limit education opportunities for the needy children. Governor Hassan's decision to nominate Mr. Duncan was simply a favor for the teachers unions who also oppose school choice and are bankrolling her campaign.


"Governor Hassan continues to prove that she would rather serve liberal special interest groups than stand up for New Hampshire's families. Her elitist and callous disregard for the most vulnerable student in our community reminds voters that it is time to replace her with a responsible Republican in November."


Josiah Bartlett Center - The Governor's Inappropriate Appointment and the State's Fiscal Crisis 

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Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire


Governor Hassan made a mistake by nominating someone engaged in an ongoing lawsuit against the state to regulate the area over which he’s still suing. The mistake is not one of policy but one of propriety. The nomination can and should be withdrawn before tomorrow’s vote of the Executive Council.

So the governor has nominated someone to the State Board of Education who is currently suing the state over education policy. He didn’t once upon a time sue the state. He hasn’t expressed concerns. He is currently engaged in lawsuit – a lawsuit named after him – and is going to oversee that area – the area of his ONGOING lawsuit. Does the governor not see that this is a trifle odd? 
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The $400 million hole in the state’s budget I described two weeks ago has caused the state to be placed on a negative fiscal watch. Some would ignore or minimize the crisis but the problem is large, structural, and will require more than a small tweak to fix.

This past week, the national bond rating agency Standard and Poor’s lowered the state’s outlook from ‘stable’ to ‘negative.’ Very quickly, the other major national group, Moody’s, followed suit and advised investors and anyone watching the state’s finances that New Hampshire’s outlook was negative. The bond rating was not lowered but both major fiscal watchdogs are advising the world that New Hampshire’s outlook is negative. I think it’s fair to say that this is not putting our best foot forward as we look to attract jobs and investment to the state. Click here to keep reading