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Wednesday
Aug272014

Martin For US Senate - U.S. Senate candidate asks FCC to investigate Hearst Television monopoly at WMUR 

Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin is asking the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the monopoly practices of WMUR-TV

 

Andy says Hearst Television, which owns WMUR, is giving Scott Brown and his two “debating dummies” free air time at 7:00 P.M. while refusing to sell Andy time at 7:00 P.M. on a different day

 

Andy says Hearst Television is using its monopoly power to decide the outcome U. S. Senate primary

 

(Manchester, NH) (August 25, 2014) 

 

Dear Granite Stater:

 

See if this sounds fair to you: the Hearst Television company that owns WMUR-TV is giving free time for a staged “debate” between Scott Brown and his two “debating dummies.” Hearst Television is refusing to sell me a similar time slot to advertise my campaign. So Brown gets free time, and Hearst will not even sell me the same time they are giving away for free. Is that fair?

 

Federal law protects the right of access of federal candidates to the air waves. If Hearst gives Brown and the dummies free time at 7:00 P.M., and won’t sell me time at 7:00 P.M., instead offering me time on Sunday afternoon or after 11:00 P.M. when the audience is comparatively infinitesimal, doesn’t that New York-based media dictatorship effective control the outcome of elections in our state?

 

If a legitimate candidate is denied his right to purchase comparable time, while the station is giving away near-prime time to its favored candidate, democracy is a joke. You don’t have to support me or my candidacy to realize that when strong-arm tactics are used against one candidate they can also be used in the future against other candidates.

 

I have asked the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to investigative the monopolistic corporate behavior of Hearst Television and the efforts of the company to rig the U. S. Senate election with biased coverage (seen enough of Scott Brown yet?) and refusal to obey federal law by selling me a comparable time slot to that being given away to my opponents.

 

New Hampshire has a more corrupt media environment than Chicago. Here we have only one TV station licensed to the state. Hearst Television is abusing its monopoly power.

 

Here is what I asked the FCC to investigate: (letter follows without masthead information)

 

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Hon. Tom Wheeler, Chairman

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th Street, SW

Washington, DC 20554

 

I am a ballot-qualified candidate for the United States Senate from New Hampshire in the Republican Party primary on September 9, 2014. Therefore, time is of the essence.

 

Ten (10) years ago I wrote the first report questioning the family history of then-state Senator Barack Obama. I was the first independent investigator to go to Hawai’i to look into then-U. S. Senator Barack Obama’s family history. I wrote a book which is a collection of my columns as well as a Psychological Profile of then-U.S. Senator Obama (copy enclosed with the hard copy of this letter). My research concerning President Obama has been remarkably prescient and remarkably accurate.

 

The State of New Hampshire has only one commercial TV station licensee, WMUR-TV, which is operated by Hearst Television. The fact that Hearst has a local statewide monopoly makes my situation somewhat unique and urgent.

 

WMUR-TV is conducting a bogus “debate” involving the licensee’s preferred candidate for U. S. Senator, Scott Brown, and two additional “sparring partners” for Brown, neither of whom has any recent national exposure or meaningful experience in confronting a media phenomenon such as Mr. Brown. As licensees now do, WMUR-TV has also enlisted a local “patsy,” St. Anselm’s College, to act as a “sponsor” of the debate so the broadcaster can claim that Equal Time rules do not apply. The station has been remarkably crafty in seeking to insulate Brown from any meaningful opposition.

 

I understand Hearst’s motivation. Brown is a cash machine for broadcasters. Brown brings in millions in Wall Street cash to support his candidacy, because his vote in the senate is for sale. Brown also brings in millions in Democratic Party opposition advertising seeking to expose his perfidiousness and defeat him.

 

Well enough.

 

WMUR-TV is broadcasting its “debate” at 7:00 P.M.   

 

I asked the licensee to sell me half an hour at 7:00 P.M. (on a different day) so I can counteract the free time being given to Brown and his sparring partners.

 

WMUR-TV has refused to sell me the same time slot that they are making available for free to my opponents. In substance, WMUR-TV’s position is a corruption and perversion of the Communications Act. To give free time to my opponents and to refuse to sell me the same time slot so I may reach the same audience effectively locks me out of any access to that audience and dooms my campaign.

I do not believe any licensee, Democrat or Republican, should have such monopoly power (Hearst is a Democrat-leaning corporation; they have wined and dined the incumbent senator, Jeanne Shaheen, at their offices in New York City.)

 

The issue presented is not a complex one. Can a licensee which holds a monopoly position in a state give free time to some candidates, and then refuse to sell the same time slot to another excluded candidate, claming the free time slot is not covered by any form of equal access or equal time opportunity? I think not. The drafters of the Communications Act never contemplated such an extortionate position of power for a licensee to exercise.

 

I ask the Commissioners to take immediate action to protect my right as a candidate to purchase the same time slot (local access, a half hour, one time, some time between 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.) that is being made available for free to my opponents.

 

The licensee has offered to sell me time on Sunday afternoon, or late at night, but obviously these alternative time slots are not remotely similar to the audience being made available to my primary opponents at 7:00 P.M.

 

Increasingly we are becoming a feudalistic nation, where corporate might makes right, and where broadcast licensees have contempt for the public interest they are supposed to serve.

 

Most respectfully, I ask that the spirit of the Communications Act, that licensees must operate in the public interest and not solely in the corporate interest, be honored. The spirit of our Constitution should also be respected. The contumacious monopoly attitude of Hearst should be rejected.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

ANDY MARTIN

 

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I hope you will agree with me that New Hampshire should not be a “colony” of Hearst Television in New York, where Hearst executives get to ban candidates from the airwaves and decide who gets free air time and who will be denied his or her federal right to purchase air time. Hearst’s corporate behavior is despicable. Every New Hampshire citizen suffers and our democracy is diminished when the Hearst TV monopoly is allowed to dictate the outcome of elections in our state.

 

Loyally,

 

Andy

 

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News conference details: Manchester, NH August 27, 2014

 

WHO:     

 

New Hampshire U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

 

WHAT:    

 

Andy Martin asks the FCC to investigate WMUR-TV’s refusal to sell him TV time comparable to the time slots being given away to his opponents

 

WHERE:

 

Manchester, NH, Northwest corner of Elm and Webster Streets

           

WHEN:

 

Wednesday, August 27, 1:30 P.M.

 

Wednesday
Aug272014

Smith For US Senate - Freedom Concert Countdown - 2 Days to Go! 

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CONFEDERATE RAILROAD FREEDOM CONCERT THIS FRIDAY!

There are only TWO DAYS LEFT and counting down to the biggest concert of the year at the Rochester Fairgrounds in Rochester, NH!

The Confederate Railroad Freedom Concert this Friday, August 29 offers live entertainment — two great bands followed by country superstars CONFEDERATE RAILROAD and ending with a spectacular ATLAS FIREWORKS show at 9:30pm.


Only $20 for adults and children are FREE.  What a bargain!


HAVE YOU BOUGHT YOUR TICKETS YET?  Want to do something special for a family member or a friend?  How about purchasing tickets for them as a gift!


Call 603-606-1581 or go ONLINE to purchase your tickets.  Tickets can be picked up at the Will Call booth at the Fairgrounds.


If you are unable to attend the concert but still want to help support Senator Bob Smith, please consider donating to the Smith Campaign. Click on the link above.  It’s that easy!  Your support is greatly appreciated.


Thank You,

TEAM SMITH

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Saturday
Aug232014

Smith For US Senate - Politics and Saturday Night – What Could be Better? 

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Tired of the same old tired television shows on a Saturday night?  Don’t like any of the latest movies?  Then come to beautiful Exeter, New Hampshire and get informed on how your state is going to move in the RIGHT direction!  Senator Bob Smith will be there!

Please plan to attend the Republican Candidates’ Debate (US Senate, US Congress, and Governor) Saturday, August 23 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at historic Exeter Town Hall, 9 Front Street, Exeter.

The Exeter Republican Town Committee, the Rockingham County Republican Committee, and the Seacoast Republican Women are sponsoring the event jointly.

The event will begin at 5:00pm with the first debate featuring the Gubernatorial candidates, followed by the candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives, and finally the U.S. Senatorial candidates.  The moderator of the event is Jeff Chidester, a well-known and seasoned political commentator and host of the talk-radio show, “New Hampshire Perspectives.”  For more information on the event contact Diane Bitter at 603-964-4161 or ddbitter@aol.com.

Come to Exeter Town Hall and support Senator Bob Smith and watch him knock the socks off the other candidates!  Don’t forget to wear your red!


TEAM SMITH


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Thursday
Aug212014

AmericanOpportunity - 68th Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore to Address New Hampshire Republicans 

GOVERNOR JIM GILMORE (R-VA) TO ADDRESS NEW HAMPSHIRE GOP 
ALEXANDRIA, VA — Former Virginia Governor James Gilmore (R) will address back-to-back-to-back New Hampshire Republican events on September 6, American Opportunity announced today.
 
Governor Gilmore will speak on the challenges facing America; his proposal for jobs and wage growth on the national level and a new path forward for keeping American’s safe in the 21st century.
 
“I'm looking forward to enjoying a day of fellowship with new friends, activists and supporters. I'm confident that the NHGOP has laid a strong foundation in preparation for this fall’s elections and look forward to helping turn New Hampshire red this November," said Gilmore.
 
Gov. Gilmore previously addressed the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference on March 14, 2014 in Nashua.

 
Saturday, September 6, 2014

WHAT: Strafford County Republican Barbecue

WHERE: The Elks Lodge; 
282 Durham Road 
Dover, NH 03820
 
WHEN:
 *1:15 P.M. ET

 
Saturday, September 6, 2014

WHAT:  Seacoast Federation of Republican Women Chili-Fest

WHERE: Scamman Farm; 57 Portsmouth Ave, Stratham, NH 03885
 
WHEN:
*3:00 P.M. ET

 
Saturday, September 6, 2014

WHAT: Hillsborough County Republican Pre-Primary Gala

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Nashua; 2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua NH 03063
 
WHEN:
*6:00 P.M. ET

 
(*Approximate time)
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About Governor Gilmore: James S. Gilmore, III (@GovernorGilmore) served as the 68th Governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002 and also served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2001 to 2002. Prior to that, Gov. Gilmore was the chief prosecutor for Henrico County, and was elected Attorney General of Virginia in 1993.
 
In 2003, Gov. Gilmore served as chairman of the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors. From 1999 to 2003, he served as chairman of the Congressional Panel, known as the "Gilmore Commission," that assessed America’s capabilities to respond to a terrorist attack. Gilmore also served at the chairman of the National Council on Readiness and Preparedness, and the National Advisory Commission on eCommerce.
 
Gilmore is President of American Opportunity (AmericanOpportunity.org), a center-right policy initiative offering positive, constructive, actionable solutions in free-market economics, national security and foreign policy. 
 
Gov. Gilmore is a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 650th Military Intelligence Unit, serving as a counterintelligence agent from 1971 to 1974. Gilmore graduated from the University of Virginia and the UVA School of Law. He is married to Roxane Gatling Gilmore and they have two sons.

Tuesday
Aug192014

Brown For US Senate - NH SPEAKS: BROWN AND MCCAIN HOLD FOREIGN POLICY TOWN HALL IN DERRY 

DERRY - Aspart of his ongoing "New Hampshire Speaks" town hall series, Scott Brown welcomed Senator John McCain to the Granite State today where they held a joint town hall in Derry focused on foreign policy. In front of a standing-room only crowd of approximately 200 local students and Granite Staters, the pair addressed the Obama Administration's failed foreign policy--calling for strong leadership to restore our standing in the world and keep our country safe.  

 
McCain, a two-time winner of New Hampshire’s first in the nation presidential primary, was described as the  “modern grandfather of town hall meetings” by Kevin Landrigan in Sunday’s 
Nashua Telegraph.

“Town hall meetings are vitally important in New Hampshire, and I am honored to have held one with an American hero like John McCain," said Brown, a 35-year member of the Army National Guard who retired as a colonel earlier this year.  "Senator McCain and I believe that peace around the world startswith a strong America, and under President Obama, our foreign policy is a mess. Our friends don’t trust us and our foes don’t fear us. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Shaheen has loyally rubberstamped the policies that have taken us in the wrong direction, and that’s why it’s time for a change in November.”

 
"President Obama's weak and indecisive foreign policy continues to threaten our national security and weaken America’s standing around the world," said McCain.  "During this time of global unrest, Scott Brown is a proven leader with the experience, background and leadership New Hampshire needs.  I know he is the best choice to pair up with Senator Kelly Ayotte and hold the Obama Administration accountable, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse him today."
 
“Scott Brown and John McCain both recognize our nation is heading in the wrong direction and know what it takes to strengthen our national security and put our servicemembers and veterans first," said retired Marine Sgt. Major Paul Chevalier, co-chair of Veterans for Brown Coalition and former New Hampshire Director of Veterans for McCain.  "The people of New Hampshire are sick of business as usual and ready for leaders to restore our "Live Free or Die" principles in Washington."