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Wednesday
Sep172014

NHGOP CALLS ON MAGGIE HASSAN TO HOLD TOWN HALL ON NEW HAMPSHIRE ECONOMY 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today called on Governor Maggie Hassan to hold a town hall meeting on the state of New Hampshire's economy, in light of her recent comments regarding economic growth in the state:

 

"Maggie Hassan should be honest with her constituents about the dismal state of the economy in New Hampshire, instead of misleading them by saying that she has seen 'great growth' during her time in the corner office in Concord," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Maggie Hassan should immediately hold an open, transparent town hall event to discuss the real challenges facing New Hampshire's economy, so that Granite Staters can hold her accountable for her reckless and abysmal tenure as governor."   

 

Maggie Hassan's big government, tax and spend policies are significantly hurting New Hampshire's economy, as the state economy grew by only half the national average in 2013.  Further, Maggie Hassan's regulation heavy agenda is creating an unfriendly environment for business in the state, as evidenced by the state's drop to 30th best for business, a significant change from the rating of 19th best state for business when she was elected in 2012.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Maggie Hassan believes that the economy has seen "great growth" during her tenure as governor. "We are seeing great growth, and we are moving forward," Hassan said. (Josh McElveen, "Havenstein attacks Hassan on economy," WMUR, 9/15/2014)

 

New Hampshire's economy grew by only 0.9% in 2013, down from 1.2% in 2012 and severely behind the national average of 1.8% growth in 2013.  (U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Widespread but Slower Growth in 2013, 6/11/2014)

 

Under Governor Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire has fallen from the 19th best state for business to the 30th best state for business according to CNBC.  (America's Top States for Business, CNBC, Accessed 9/16/2014)

Wednesday
Sep172014

NH Senate Republican Majority - Sen. Carson Statement on Veto of Juvenile Justice Bill 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) issued the following statement following the Senate’s vote to sustain Governor Maggie Hassan’s veto of SB 391:

 

“It’s disappointing that the Governor has chosen the status quo for New Hampshire’s Juvenile Justice System. The Sununu Youth Services Center is being mismanaged, leaving the community and the children in its care in danger. SB 391 would have restored accountability to that agency by putting the Sununu Center directly under the control of the Director of Juvenile Justice Services.

 

“The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board has been dormant for years, and Governor Hassan has refused to appoint members to it. Instead, she promises an Executive Order to rewrite the existing statute. Governor Hassan lacks authority to rewrite this law through an Executive Order.”

 

SB 391

 

RSA 621-A:9

Wednesday
Sep102014

EMILY’s List Congratulates Democrats Great Victories in Uncontested Races!

EMILY’s List Congratulates Jeanne Shaheen On Advancing To The General Election For U.S. Senate In New Hampshire

Proven Leader Key To Holding Senate Majority

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on advancing to the general election to continue serving New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate.

 

“The U.S. Senate needs Jeanne Shaheen’s continued leadership on addressing gender discrimination in pay, protecting women from violence, and expanding economic opportunity for families across the country,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “She has established an extraordinary record of service to New Hampshire, while Scott Brown struggles to remember his voting record – and even what state he’s running to represent. The EMILY’s List community of over three million members is proud to stand with Jeanne Shaheen and New Hampshire women and families as her strong reelection campaign advances to November.”

 

EMILY’s List Congratulates Carol Shea-Porter On Advancing Through The Primary For New Hampshire’s First Congressional District

First Woman To Represent New Hampshire in Congress Poised To Serve Fourth Term

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Rep. Carol Shea-Porter on advancing to the general election to continue representing New Hampshire’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

“Carol Shea-Porter made history as the first woman to represent her state in Congress, where she has been a fierce advocate for education, investment in job-creating infrastructure projects, and access to healthcare,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “She fights tirelessly for New Hampshire women and families who just want a fair shot, and helping her win reelection to continue her work is critical. The EMILY’s List community of over three million members is proud to stand with Carol Shea-Porter as her strong reelection campaign advances to November.”

 

EMILY’s List Congratulates Annie Kuster On Advancing Through The Primary For New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District

First Woman To Represent District Poised To Serve Second Term

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Rep. Annie Kuster on advancing to the general election to continue representing New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

“Annie Kuster is a champion for education and healthcare who fights to break through the gridlock in Congress for New Hampshire families that just want a fair shot,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “She broke a glass ceiling to become the first woman to represent her district in the House, and the EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – is excited to stand with Annie Kuster and New Hampshire women and families as her strong reelection campaign advances to November.”

 

EMILY’s List Congratulates Maggie Hassan On Advancing Through The Primary For Governor of New Hampshire

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Gov. Maggie Hassan on advancing to the general election to continue serving as Governor of New Hampshire.

 

“Maggie Hassan is an outstanding governor who has secured a bipartisan budget with a surplus and worked to expand economic opportunity for all New Hampshire families,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Helping reelect Maggie is absolutely critical – she is the only Democratic woman governor in our country, and proof why we need more women in executive leadership positions. The EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – is thrilled to stand with Maggie Hassan and New Hampshire women and families as her strong reelection campaign advances to November.”

 

 

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women's issues, and turn out women voters. We've trained over 9,000 women to run, and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color - including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic woman currently serving. During the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY’s List raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars. With the help of our growing community — now more than three million members strong — EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates in 2012 including 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, three new Senators, and 186 state and local officials.

Tuesday
Sep092014

NHDP - NHDP Statement on the Nashua Telegraph's Decision Not to Endorse Either Candidate in the GOP Gubernatorial Primary 

Manchester, NH-- New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement on the Nashua Telegraph editorial board's decision not to endorse either candidate in the Republican Gubernatorial primary: 
 
“The Nashua Telegraph editorial board's non-endorsement in the GOP gubernatorial primary represents a major blow for failed CEO Walt Havenstein. The Telegraph editorial board declined to endorse conservative activist Andrew Hemingway or failed CEO Walt Havenstein because neither could offer a compelling reason that would 'justify removing' Governor Hassan, reinforcing her strong record of working across party lines to get things done for New Hampshire's people, businesses and economy."
 
"The hometown paper of BAE Systems added that they were 'not convinced' that Havenstein has the experience that New Hampshire needs, nor was the paper impressed by his so-called economic 'plan', which uses misleading jobs numbers and would cause a $90 million hole in the state budget to give tax breaks to big businesses."
 
“The Telegraph's non-endorsement only reconfirms that Granite Staters support Governor Hassan's bipartisan problem-solving that's moving New Hampshire forward and have no interest in Havenstein's anti-middle class Koch Brothers agenda that would run New Hampshire's economy into the ground just like he did to SAIC." 


Click here to see the Nashua Telegraph's full editorial

Sunday
Sep072014

NHDP - FACT CHECK: Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Launches Desperate, Misleading Ad Attacking Governor Hassan 

Havenstein Falsely Blames Governor Hassan for Fifteen-Year Old National Trend in Manufacturing and Export Data Given by Federal Government
 

Havenstein’s Claim that He’ll be Straight with Granite Staters Proven False Multiple Times in the Last Week Alone

 
Manchester, NH—Following his disastrous performance in WMUR’s Granite State Debate, failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s desperation is showing through as he launches a misleading ad attacking Governor Hassan.
 
In the ad, Havenstein tries to blame Governor Hassan for a fifteen-year old national trend in manufacturing and export data provided by two federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Census Bureau. Havenstein also makes the laughable claim that “I’ll always be straight with you,” which has been proven false multiple times in the last week alone.   
 
“Walt Havenstein trying to blame Governor Hassan for federal data and a fifteen-year old national trend in manufacturing is the height of desperation,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “It’s hard to imagine how Havenstein could say with a straight face that he’ll ‘always be straight’ with Granite Staters, considering that in the last week alone it was revealed that his so-called economic ‘plan’ is built on accounting gimmicks and he has consistently tried to have it both ways on nearly every issue including, expanding health coverage and a woman’s right to make her own health decisions.”
 
“Not to mention that Maryland taxpayers would certainly object to Havenstein’s phony claims that he’s a straight-shooter, as he continues to fight the bill for the thousands of dollars he owes for taking improper tax breaks,” added Lesswing.
 
Havenstein’s so-called economic “plan” uses misleading numbers and unsound methodology to calculate the current rate of job-creation in an attempt to hide the fact that New Hampshire’s economy is already on pace to create 25,000 jobs in less time than he proposes.
 
In Friday’s WMUR Granite State Debate, Havenstein continued trying to have it both ways on health care issues, even after he signed the Koch Brothers pledge that calls for repealing health coverage for 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters.
 
And despite Havenstein’s repeated doublespeak on women’s health, he can’t deny that he supports the Hobby Lobby decision allowing bosses to deny contraception coverage and he confided to his far-right backers that he supports restrictions on a woman’s right to make private, personal health decisions.
 
Also last week, reports emerged that Havenstein is trying to play the victim as he fights paying the thousands he owes for misleading the State of Maryland on his taxes, even though he swore under oath multiple times that he was a principal resident of Maryland in order to receive thousands in tax breaks that he wasn’t allowed to take under law.
 
"After all his political doublespeak the last thing Granite Staters can do is trust failed CEO Walt Havenstein. He has proven that he will say and do anything to protect his own interests, and his desperate, misleading ad won't fool the people of New Hampshire," added Lesswing.
 
FACT CHECK:
 
HAVENSTEIN FALSELY BLAMES GOVERNOR HASSAN FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S EXPORT DATA
Havenstein falsely blames Governor Hassan for "export data from the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Commerce," and ignores the fact that the data showed "significant amount of export growth in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing of electric machinery, surgical instruments and defense-related parts, as well as in the food and beverage industry... sometimes even triple-digit growth." [Business NH Magazine, 7/15/14]
 
As DRED Commissioner Jeffrey Rose explained, "The US Department of Commerce uses a complex methodology to measure exports and their growth – methodology that has been in place for decades and which determines the value of each state’s activity in the global marketplace. The data provided is the accepted measure of exports by state and federal agencies, as well as the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund. By using the Origin of Movement (OM) series, the Department of Commerce determines the breakdown of over $2 trillion in exports. The OM can be the location of where the item was produced or the location of a distributor, warehouse or cargo processing facility. New Hampshire export statistics credit the movement of oil into the state, just as another state receives credit for millions of dollars’ worth of components produced in New Hampshire." [Blog Post by Commissioner Jeffrey Rose, NHeconomy.com]


HAVENSTEIN TRIES TO BLAME GOVERNOR HASSAN FOR FIFTEEN-YEAR OLD NATIONAL MANUFACTURING TREND
According to The Century Foundation, “American manufacturing employment had been in a nonstop slide since 1998, and far more manufacturing jobs were lost in the pre-crash 2000s than after the crash.” However, the report adds that while the “growth in manufacturing since 2009 has been lower than for service jobs […] it’s faster now than it was in the boom-time 1990s.” [The Century Foundation, Accessed 9/6/14] Not to mention that Havenstein signed a pledge to support the Koch Brothers agenda – the same Koch Brothers who have helped lead the way in exporting American jobs. [American Bridge, Accessed 9/2/14]
  
HAVENSTEIN’S “PLAN” DISTORTS JOB CREATION NUMBERS IN ATTEMPT TO MISLEAD VOTERS; HIDES FACT THAT NH IS ALREADY ON PACE TO CREATE 25,000 PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS IN TWO AND A HALF YEARS 
Havenstein not only cherry-picked seasonally-adjusted jobs number to calculate New Hampshire’s current rate of job creation, but he also incorporates government job losses to drive the number down to his claimed 4,500 figure.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ own guidance, “annual average estimates are calculated from the not seasonally adjusted data series.” Meaning the most accurate number of private sector jobs created from June 2013 to June 2014 is 10,400 (non-seasonally adjusted, non-government jobs). By this measure, New Hampshire’s economy is already on pace to exceed Walt’s target in the same amount of time.
 
For full New Hampshire employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics see below or here
 
New Hampshire not seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs
June 2013: 649,300
June 2014: 658,500
Change:  +9,200
 
New Hampshire not seasonally adjusted government jobs
June 2013: 88,400
June 2014: 87,200
Change: -1,200
 
New Hampshire not seasonally adjusted private sector jobs (total non-farm minus total government jobs)
June 2013: 560,900
June 2014: 571,300
Change: +10,400 jobs
 
HAVENSTEIN SUPPORTS LIMITING ACCESS TO “LIFE-SAVING” ASPECT OF WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE
“Contraceptive services are a fundamental and at times life-saving aspect of women’s health care. By ruling the way it did, the Supreme Court has opened the door for religion and politics to control access to those services. Despite their protestations to the contrary, that is exactly what Brown and Havenstein are championing.” [Concord Monitor Editorial, 7/2/14]
 
HAVENSTEIN CONFIDED TO REPUBLICAN BACKERS THATHE IS PRO-LIFE
The Union Leader reported on Havenstein’s stance on women’s issues saying, “‘It’s his first campaign mistake,’ said former Gov. Stephen Merrill, who was beside Havenstein last week at his campaign kickoff. Merrill said the candidate told him he is personally pro-life and as governor would support a ban on late-term abortions and a requirement for parental notification.” [Union Leader, 4/21/14]
 
HAVENSTEIN SIGNED AFFIDAVITS THAT HIS PRIMARY RESIDENCE WAS IN MARYLAND TO RECEIVE TAX CREDITS, THEN ASSERTED BEFORE BLC HE’D ALWAYS LIVED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
“Havenstein will be billed for several years of back taxes after officials in Maryland said he accepted tax breaks he shouldn’t have. In 2007, Havenstein signed a pair of affidavits pledging that his primary residence at the time was in Maryland, and for four years, he received tax credits known as the homestead exemption. But upon entering the race for governor, Havenstein asserted that he has always lived in New Hampshire, and the state Ballot Law Commission ruled in his favor. Revenue officials in Maryland told News 9 that Havenstein shouldn’t have accepted benefits in that state.” [WMUR, August 20, 2014]