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CEI - Tuesday debate on net neutrality!

Tuesday, April 9
9:45AM - 11:15AM
Rayburn HOB

What's Next for Net Neutrality & the Internet?
A Discussion & Debate

The Barack Obama Administration’s Network Neutrality order awaits a late summer or early fall D.C. Circuit Court ruling on its legality.  The Court in December may have telegraphed its Net Neutrality thoughts with its decision to uphold the Administration’s data roaming order - or not.  We will look at how - or if - the latter decision affects the former.  And what’s next.
If the Court upholds the order, what then could - and should - Net Neutrality regulation opponents do?
If the Court dumps the order, would - and should - the Administration go for full Title II Internet reclassification?  Should they attempt yet another "third way" to try to square the circle?  Or should the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - having then been twice rebuked on Net Neutrality regs - give up and move on (dot org)?
All of which leads to the ultimate question: Do we need de jure regulations, or do de facto free market realities deliver all the Net Neutrality we’ll ever need?  And what does all of this mean for the future of all things Internet?


Seton Motley - President, Less Government

Discussers & Debaters

Phil Kerpen - President, American Commitment
Ryan Radia - Competitive Enterprise Institute


Gigi Sohn - President, Public Knowledge
Sascha Meinrath - Vice President, New America Foundation


Guinta clearly wins final debate against Shea-Porter

(Manchester – November 2, 2012) In tonight’s WMUR debate, the final one of the 2012 Election for New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, Frank Guinta clearly and decisively defeated former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter on every issue discussed. From jobs and the economy to rising energy costs, Frank Guinta vastly outperformed his opponent. Coupled with a poll released today from New England College that showed Frank Guinta beating Carol Shea-Porter by 7 points, 48% - 41%, momentum is certainly on the side of Frank Guinta as we head towards Election Day.

Derek Dufresne, Spokesman for Guinta for Congress, released the following statement:

“This evening, Frank Guinta continued to focus on jobs, the economy, and lowering fuel costs. He clearly showed his plan for working in a bipartisan manner to help our job creators put New Hampshire back to work, assist our veterans and reduce our debt and deficit to move our country in the right direction.

“In contrast, Carol Shea-Porter continued to highlight exactly what is wrong with Washington. The former Congresswoman would rather focus on partisan politics that divide America rather than bipartisan policies that would unite us. Not once did Carol Shea-Porter even discuss how she would work bipartisanly to get Granite Staters back to work. New Hampshire deserves better.”


Hassan For Governor - In Granite State Debate, Hassan the Clear Choice to Keep NH Moving Forward

Lamontagne Makes Desperate Last-Ditch Effort

to Hide His Radical Agenda


MANCHESTER – Maggie Hassan offered a clear vision for growing New Hampshire’s economy and creating jobs during tonight’s Granite State Debate, while Ovide Lamontagne made a last-ditch effort to mislead voters about his radical agenda, including not telling the truth about his opposition to statewide kindergarten, his support for teaching creationism in public schools, and his ideas for restricting a woman's right to make her own health care decisions.[Opposes kindergarten; supporting creationism; radical on women's health]

Hassan’s innovation plan will provide technical assistance, tax credits and workforce training to help businesses grow and create jobs. As Governor, Hassan – who has been endorsed by Governor John Lynch – will balance the budget without a sales or an income tax.

“Maggie Hassan offered a clear and forward-looking vision for New Hampshire in tonight’s debate. She has a plan that moves New Hampshire forward by helping our businesses grow  and helping our families succeed,” said Matt Burgess, campaign manager for Hassan for Governor.

“The choice was as clear tonight as it has been in every debate: as governor, Maggie Hassan will keep New Hampshire moving forward, while Ovide Lamontagne’s radical agenda will take our state backwards,” Burgess said. “Ovide Lamontagne was clearly desperate tonight in his attempts to mislead voters about his radical agenda, but he can’t hide the fact that he truly believes in extreme ideas that will hurt middle-class families and New Hampshire’s economy.”

Hassan outlined her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs.  Hassan worked closely with Governor Lynch to balance the state budget, without an income or a sales tax, by making the tough decisions necessary to cut state spending during the height of the recession, leading to a surplus. As Governor, Hassan will veto an income or a sales tax.

Hassan’s forward-looking vision stood in stark contrast to Ovide Lamontagne, who desperately tried to mislead voters again and again about his radical ideas to eliminate the guarantee of statewide kindergarten, reject federal funding for public schools, pull the state out of Medicare, and restrict a women’s right to make her own health care decisions. And Lamontagne continued to repeat untrue attacks against Maggie’s fiscally responsible record of balancing the state’s budget. Ovide’s claim about the state deficit has been deemed “false” by PolitiFact NH[i] and his statements about spending increases under Maggie Hassan’s leadership have also been debunked by fact checkers.[ii]

During her time in the State Senate, Maggie Hassan worked with Governor Lynch to keep the unemployment rate low, maintain one of the lowest tax burdens in the nation, and cut the high school drop rate in half while making the hard choices to cut spending, balancing the budget and leaving a surplus without an income or sales tax.

Hassan will continue moving New Hampshire forward on the path that Governor Lynch has set, and she has been endorsed by numerous organizations including the New Hampshire Police Association, New Hampshire Troopers’ Association, National Education Association New Hampshire, American Federation of Teachers New Hampshire, and many more.  She has also been endorsed by newspapers across the state, including the Concord Monitor, Keene Sentinel, Portsmouth Herald, and Nashua Telegraph, which also endorsed Republicans Mitt Romney and Charlie Bass.  The Telegraph praised Hassan’s “well-reasoned and bipartisan leadership” and expressed concern about Lamontagne’s “worrisome statements” on education, noting that his radical idea to end statewide kindergarten would mean “local school districts would be on the hook to pick up [the] costs, and that means higher property taxes.”[iii]

Ovide Lamontagne has said he would be a “radically different” governor than Gov. Lynch[iv], with extreme ideas that would eliminate statewide kindergarten[v], reject federal funds for local schools[vi] and ignore rising tuition costs caused by cuts to higher education.[vii] He supports plans to dismantle Medicare[viii], criminalize abortion and limit insurance coverage for birth control[ix], and defund Planned Parenthood, increasing costs for critical health care services for New Hampshire women and families.[x]

[iii] Maggie Hassan for Governor, Nashua Telegraph, 10/29/12
[vi] Ovide rejected federal money to help K-12 NH public schools raise educational standards [Concord Monitor, 8/9/2010] and has said he would do it again [WGIR, 7/24/2012]
[vii] Ovide has said tuition increases were not of “utmost concern” [WMUR, 9/6/2012]
[viii] Ovide supports Paul Ryan’s voucher program to end Medicare as we know it [NH Farm Bureau, 8/2012]; believes state legislature should opt-out of Medicare and run program itself [Union Leader, 2/10/2012]
[ix] Supports a “Human Life Amendment” that outlaws all abortion, and even some forms of birth control and fertility treatments [Cornerstone debate, 6/5/2010]
[x] Ovide supports Bill O’Brien’s decision to completely eliminate Planned Parenthood funding [NHPTV, 2012]


Hassan Campaign to Hold Debate Watch Party in Manchester

MANCHESTER – Maggie Hassan for Governor will hold a Debate Watch Party tomorrow evening at Boynton’s Taproom, 155 Dow Street, Manchester, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and featuring EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock.

Hassan will join guests at the party following the debate, which will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

Earlier in the day, Hassan will visit the Queen City Rotary in Manchester to participate in a candidates’ forum.  Hassan will greet members of the rotary prior to the forum, where she will speak and answer questions from rotary members.

Hassan’s public schedule for Thursday, November 1st is as follows:

7:30 AM:         Queen City Rotary Forum, 245 Hooksett Rd., Manchester
7:00 PM:          Granite State Debate, Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Dr., Manchester
8:30 PM:          Debate Watch Party, Boynton’s Taproom, 155 Dow St. (3rd floor), Manchester (Party begins at 6:30 PM)


Guinta For Congress - Rescheduled Info on WMUR Debate Rally

Team Guinta,

Our first priority is that everyone stays safe as New Hampshire feels the brunt of this storm.  Please continue to heed all advisories regarding this terrible weather. However, as you know, the WMUR-TV debate between Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter, the rally, and the watch party, which was scheduled for today, was postponed to Friday due to the storm. Supporters have been contacting our campaign requesting the new details for the rescheduled debate rally and we wanted to provide those details as early as possible.

Here’s the new information for Friday:

WHERE: Meeting at Jillian’s Restaurant, 50 Phillippe Cote Street, Manchester
WHEN: Friday, November 2nd
TIME: Beginning at 3:00pm, supporters will meet at Jillian’s Restaurant where they will be shuttled to St. Anselm College for the rally where the debate will take place. They will then be shuttled back to Jillian’s for the debate watch party around 6:40pm. The debate will go from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Frank Guinta will return to speak to supporters at the debate watch party after the debate.

**Even if you can’t make it to Jillian’s at 3:00pm, the shuttles will continuously be running throughout the afternoon and evening to and from the debate site and the debate watch party.**

If you have any questions, please call 603-836-5620. Please email to let us know if you can still make it.


Derek Dufresne
Spokesman, Guinta for Congress  

P.S. Remember to please continue to be safe as we move through today's storm.