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Fuller-Clark For NH Senate- Work left to do!


Dear Friend,
During the past two years in the New Hampshire Senate, my colleagues and I have joined with the Democratic majority in the House and Gov. Hassan to return some common sense to Concord and seek solutions that have won bi-partisan support. We have restored substantial funding to UNH and our community colleges, provided support for the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program, expanded Medicaid to cover 50,000 of our hardest working neighbors, and established a firm economic foundation for our state coming out of the Great Recession.  
During this time on behalf of my district where there are more than 60 small farms, I worked closely with our state’s farmers, allied stakeholders and our Department of Agriculture to increase support for the growing "Grow Local, Eat Local" food movement. In particular, I successfully sponsored legislation creating a new “farm to plate” program that will find and eliminate barriers to local consumption, prioritize our farm stands and farmers’ markets as tourist attractions, enhance the health of our citizens and focus attention on this growing sector of our economy.
Much remains to be done which is why I have decided to run for another term in the New Hampshire Senate in 2014. I am committed to helping you and your families have a secure and prosperous future. Since I was first elected to the House in 1990, I’ve fought for the values we share – a more equitable state, particularly with regard to women, full employment, a cleaner environment, a stronger education system, and a healthier population.

If I am to continue that work, I need the support of people who share these goals – people like you.
This current term, I have been honored to represent over 50,000 constituents in Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, and Portsmouth. I look forward to continuing my work on their behalf. I will be reaching out to all of them during the coming campaign season as to why they should continue to support me and the agenda that I have fought for since joining the legislature.
Any contribution, for $10 to $100 to $1000 will make sure I have the necessary dollars to run an effective campaign and have the means to contact all of my constituents.
It is thanks to your support throughout so many years that I have been able to do the work I do in Concord. I am grateful for that support and hope that you will again contribute and help me advance the values we share in Concord.
Please be as generous as you can. It is important not only that I am re -elected but that we achieve a majority in the Senate as well. Your dollars will help to ensure that happens. Many thanks. 
With warm regards, 
Martha Fuller Clark
State Senator, District 21


NH House Republican Leaders Comment on Bill to Prevent Medicaid Expansion in New Hampshire

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene G. Chandler (R-Bartlett) and Assistant House Republican Leader John Hunt (R-Rindge) offered the following comments relative to the public hearing on House Bill 271, a bill that would prohibit the expansion of Medicaid in New Hampshire as part of Obamacare.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“We already know that expanding Medicaid will cost New Hampshire taxpayers a minimum of $85 million. Proponents of Obamacare are quick to tout potential benefits but they fail to explain how we will finance this huge increase in government spending during a very difficult budget season. This is money the State simply does not have. Moreover, even if the Federal government honors its commitments in the short-term, we know that federal funding for the program will be decreased over the next seven years, leaving Granite Staters to pick up the true cost of this expansion going forward. We all want better healthcare, but we must be honest with taxpayers about the price tag of a government takeover.”

Assistant House Republican Leader John Hunt (R-Rindge)

“Throughout the 2012 campaign, we heard the constant calls to restore funding to essential state services that may have been cut in the prior budget. Now, we hear the constant calls to open up the checkbook to fund the various costs of implementing a brand new program. We cannot and should not be forced to overlook programs like CHINS in favor of expansive new programs, that in the end, the federal government hasn’t even committed to fully fund in the long term. House Bill 271 would allow us to focus on matters at home rather than spend money recklessly as part of a federal mandate.”


NHDP Chairman Ray Buckley's Statement on GOP Hypocrisy - Medicaid Edition

Concord, NH - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement in response to the New Hampshire Republicans hypocrisy regarding Medicaid and CHINS.  


"Today, Republicans once again proved that they will go to any lengths to push an ideological agenda that is bad for all of New Hampshire's citizens. After slashing funding for the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) by record levels in the last biennium, they today falsely claimed that by expanding Medicaid in New Hampshire it would somehow diminish funding for the same program," said Buckley.


"New Hampshire Republicans continue to stand against the health of our families and the well being of our economy in order to please their Tea Party backers - even when Republican governors across the country have embraced Medicaid expansion. For state Republicans to invoke the CHINS program, a critical service that they themselves cut, is the height of hypocrisy."


"Medicaid expansion is a critical opportunity to help more hard working families in NH afford health coverage with the federal government picking up nearly the entire cost. Not to mention the economic boost the $2.5 billion in federal funds would mean for our state."


"At some point it would be in their own best interests to wake up, realize that they lost the election, and start working to improve the lives of Granite Staters," said Buckley.