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Innis For Congress - ICYMI Innis-Guinta Face Off On CloseUP (video) 

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Video: Frank Guinta, Dan Innis discuss upcoming primary faceoff"


Manchester, NH - The following link takes you to video of WMUR's CloseUp from May 18th, 2014.



NHDP - ICYMI: Scott Brown Ducking NH Debate To Collect Wall Street Cash in Vegas 

Brown Plans to Line His Own Pockets With Wall Street Money, Won't Debate GOP Opponents

GOP Business Leader: “I have lost total respect for Scott Brown, who obviously doesn’t want a debate.”

Concord, NH—This weekend, Brown rejected another opportunity to debate conservatives actually from New Hampshire, after weeks of dragging his feet. And now, even a Republican business leader is rejecting his phoniness.
Dave McCray of the Merrimack Business Association told the Union Leader, “For three weeks he has been dodging this. We were not fully aware of his intentions. We asked for a reply and he never gave it. I have lost total respect for Scott Brown, who obviously doesn’t want a debate.”

Read the full Union Leader story here.
“Scott Brown seems to be most interested in photo ops, bar visits, Big Oil, and hedge fund speeches paid for by Wall Street special interests — anything but New Hampshire families,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “If Scott Brown thinks ducking a key New Hampshire debate to collect Wall Street cash in Las Vegas is going to play well with Granite Staters, then he is even more out of touch than we thought. The fact is that the more New Hampshire voters see of Scott Brown, the more they see he isn’t for New Hampshire. He’s for the special interests that bankroll him.”

Brown has a history of evading debates in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He even altogether canceled his last scheduled debate against Senator Elizabeth Warren in 2012.  

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]