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NH HRA Comments on US Supreme Court ruling on unconstitutional buffer zones 

The House Republican Alliance released a statement today on the unanimous decision by the United States Supreme Court that 35 feet buffer zones around some businesses are unconstitutional.  A similar law, SB 319, with buffer zones of 25 feet was recently signed into law in New Hampshire by Gov. Hassan after a bitter fight in the New Hampshire House of Representatives on the grounds of its constitutionality.  The House passed this bill just weeks ago by a mere 162 votes out of the 400 members due to members not being present.  The Governor then promptly signed the bill, showing her true commitment to the radical left pushing the bill.  The ruling today shows how out of touch our Governor is with the rest of the legal system as well as the citizens of New Hampshire. She, as an attorney, should have known that the SB319 was a blatant violation of the Constitution and should have waited for this ruling prior to signing the bill.

"The US Supreme Court's unanimous decision today simply confirms what the HRA members believed when they fought against SB 319, that it infringes on freedom of speech." stated JR. Hoell, Dunbarton. "Governor Hassan's signing of the bill must be either because she does not understand our constitutional rights, or has little regard for them.  "Free speech zones" that prohibit citizens from demonstrating or otherwise expressing their opinions in some locations are blatant affronts to our freedom  of speech. Yes, it's sometimes annoying, but democracy is messy and one person's convenience is no reason to limit another's right to speak out."

NHDP - Telegraph: Governor can point to solid accomplishments in past year 

Nashua Telegraph: Governor can point to solid accomplishments in past year

Telegraph Editorial

A calm and confident Gov. Maggie Hassan spelled out, in her usual careful and deliberate fashion, the state of the state Tuesday morning to a crowd assembled by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce.

Of course, the governor presented her official state of the state address to a joint session of the New Hampshire Legislature in February. So why two state of the state speeches just four months apart? The biggest difference between the two is that in February the governor spells out what she wants to do, while in June she recounts what she was able to accomplish.

On balance, it was a pretty good Legislative session for the first-term governor. For a second year in a row, she failed to get her coveted destination casino in southern New Hampshire. This time, though, the margin in the historically hostile House was the closest ever – one vote. That seemingly bodes well for the future, depending on the outcome of November’s elections. The casino question will likely be a prime topic of debate.

Otherwise, Hassan can point to a solid list of achievements that no doubt came to fruition thanks to her increasingly pragmatic management style. Perhaps the biggest difference between first-session and second-session Hassan was the thoughtful sophistication of her leadership skills.

During the 2013 legislative session, Hassan more often appeared to go public with her battles in hopes of building a groundswell of support. This past legislative session, she stepped away from the bully pulpit, choosing instead to put a greater emphasis on building bipartisan coalitions that allowed other key players to share credit.

There is perhaps no better example of that than Medicaid expansion. The first time around in 2013, Hassan took a hard line and made a public deal about it. In the process, she hardened opposition of some key Republicans she needed to get the measure passed.

This year, though, Hassan stayed out of the spotlight, choosing instead to work closely with Senate President Chuck Morris, of Salem, to address his concerns with the legislation. She smartly dovetailed those negotiations with convincing the Obama administration to grant federal waivers to make the whole thing work.

The Medicaid deal bodes well for Hassan’s re-election aspirations. While expansion has been a contentious partisan fight in other states, the governor can tout a compromise that addressed the need to provide health care insurance for more than 50,000 state residents while also addressing Republican concerns.

Hassan also can take credit for shepherding through the legislature the first gasoline tax increase in more than 20 years. Hassan countered potential criticism of the hike Tuesday by underscoring that a dependable transportation system is vital to the state’s economy.

The funds raised through the higher gas tax will pay for the widening of Interstate 93, which is crucial to generating untold millions of dollars in tourist revenues over the next few decades. Candidates who oppose her on the gas tax also will have to confront the fact that business interests were important supporters of the measure – including the Nashua chamber.

With the obvious caveat that anything can happen between now and the November general election, Hassan kicked off her re-election campaign Tuesday from a position of strength. That’s more than can be said of the four virtually unknown Republican candidates who filed for office last week.

Daniel J. Greene, Walt Havenstein, Andrew Hemingway and Jonathan Smolin have a lot of work to do, and not much time to do it.




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Pictured: Istanbul's Solar Beach

Concord - Meet Maggie Hassan, the Governor of New Hampshire who wines and dines on the taxpayers dime!  We'll chronicle her lavish and exotic trip to the nation of Turkey, where she'll hobnob with lobbyists and relax on the Sea of Marmara.   


How can Hassan afford such a fabulous lifestyle?  New Hampshire taxpayers are footing the bill, of course.  Undeterred by the travel freeze she put into place after failing to manage the state budget properly, Hassan departs for Turkey this Friday, and we'll be here to bring you all the details.


What fabulous sights will she see on her trip?  The Blue Mosque?  Topkapi Palace?  Hagia Sophia? Stay tuned for more Lifestyles of the Rich and Liberal!

"While the premise of this campaign is lighthearted, the issue at hand is anything but - Governor Hassan is ignoring the emergency policies she put in place because of her failure to manage the state budget by vacationing with lobbyists and fundraisers," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn.  "She is a do as I say and not as I do Governor, and our state deserves better than her hypocrisy. We look forward to replacing her with a responsible Republican who actually can manage our state's finances this fall."


As a candidate, Maggie Hassan promised to be a fiscally responsible governor committed to balanced budgets

"The former three-term senator from Exeter also pledged to be a fiscally responsible governor who would veto any sales or income tax and commit herself to a balanced budget." (Kathryn Marchocki, "Hassan promises state won't 'turn our back' on its people," New Hampshire Union Leader, 10/26/11)

As Governor, Hassan has failed miserably to manage the New Hampshire budget and has ignored the spending precedent set by Governor John Lynch

"A hiring freeze put in place five years ago by Governor John Lynch is doing little to prevent state agencies from filling their vacant positions, as the Governor's Office has issued 436 waivers so far this Fiscal Year. Governor Maggie Hassan has not denied a single request to waive the hiring freeze in her first six months in office." (New Hampshire Watchdog, 6/13/2013)

Because of her reckless management of state finances, Hassan was forced to issue an Executive Order directing a freeze in generally funded hiring, equipment, purchasing and out-of-state travel

"The state will freeze hiring, equipment purchases and out-of-state travel paid for with general funds after the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee approved Gov. Maggie Hassan's executive order" (Gary Rayno, "State spending freeze locked in," New Hampshire Union Leader, 05/22/2014)

Unfortunately for New Hampshire residents, Governor Hassan believes that the spending freeze applies to everyone but herself, and demonstrates tremendous hypocrisy in preparing to take a taxpayer-funded vacation to turkey lobbyists

"Gov. Maggie Hassan is going forward with her long-planned trade mission to Turkey despite the state revenue dip that prompted her to freeze out-of-state travel. She makes an exception for her trip, saying it is worth the money even now. That position is undermined by the very figures her administration uses to promote the trip....There simply is no urgent need for the state to spend scarce tax dollars on a trade mission with the state's budget in such bad shape." (Editorial, "Hassan's trip: Quit it cold turkey," New Hampshire Union Leader, 06/02/2014)


"The delegation of business representatives headed for Turkey includes...former state representative and lobbyist Jim Demers, president and CEO at Demers and Blaisdell" (Dave Solomon, "GOP, conservative group take aim at Hassan over trip," New Hampshire Union Leader,06/03/2014)


NHDP - ICYMI: Hassan Remains Highly Popular in NH, Well-Ahead of GOP Opponents

New Suffolk-Herald poll shows Governor Hassan at 54% favorable vs. 25% unfavorable -- and has her up 50.6% to 19% against Walt Havenstein. 



Gov. Hassan Let’s Franken Mail her list because NH and MN are so alike…


Manchester, NH -- In a very unique attempt to make a few dollars off Governor Maggie Hassan’s donors, Minnesota US Liberal Senator Al Franken sent an email blast to individuals on Maggie Hassan’s email list, drawing a questionable comparison between New Hampshire and Minnesota.  The email in its entirety is below, but it reads in part:


 New Hampshire and Minnesota have some things in common…

“ ...In both our states, the people have clearly said that they want a government that works. Maggie Hassan knows how to make that happen in Concord.”


Minnesota and New Hampshire are actually quite different.  Minnesota has a 6.875 sales tax, more for areas where it is levied additionally at the county and city level.  Minnesota has an income tax that starts at 5.35% and stretches as high as 9.85 percent for those making $153,000.


“By the looks of the tax structure of our two states, I’d say that our profiles don’t look at a lot alike,” said Andrew Hemingway, NH Republican Gubernatorial candidate. “There are certainly a lot of people who would like to see a broad-based tax in New Hampshire and one has to wonder why Governor Hassan would allow this promotion to compare the two.  We do want a Government that works, the Senator is right there.  But I’d argue against he and Governor Hassan, that New Hampshire--staring a budget crisis in the face--doesn’t have a government working right.”


Al Franken was elected in a controversial race in 2008.


“Al Franken is easily one of the most liberal members in either body of Congress.  I have been saying that the company you choose to keep can say a lot about a politician, Governor Hassan’s decision to help Senator Franken says a lot to me about her,”  Hemingway concluded.

Full text of Franken/Hassan email below.


Al Franken - U.S. Senator, Minnesota

Dear Jeff,


New Hampshire and Minnesota have some things in common -- the people in both states dislike rampant partisanship, demand competence and integrity from their public officials, and both deal with cold winters by bundling up and playing pond hockey.


In both our states, the people have clearly said that they want a government that works. Maggie Hassan knows how to make that happen in Concord. I know how to do it in the Senate. But neither of us can accomplish much on our own.


Team Franken is always looking for top talent, and that includes you. The fastest, easiest way for us to stay in touch is through these emails, but I want to respect your inbox -- if you’d rather not join our team, just click here and you won’t hear from me again.


I've got a tough race this year. And while Republicans haven’t settled on a candidate, the Koch brothers, the RNC, and a new super PAC are already attacking me. I’m going to need good people on my team, both before and long after this November’s election. I hope I can count on your support.


Thanks for reading, I hope to email you again soon.