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Clock Counts Time Hassan Has Refused To Hold Town Hall Meetings
Concord – The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today launched the Hassan Town Hall Ticker, a new clock posted on that tracks the days Governor Hassan has refused to hold a town hall-style meeting since her inauguration as governor on January 3, 2013.
“Governor Hassan refuses to hold town hall meetings because she knows her failed record of raising taxes on working families, mismanaging the state’s response to New Hampshire’s heroin epidemic and bringing Washington gridlock to Concord cannot be defended,” said New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn. “The governor’s shameful disregard for New Hampshire’s political tradition of open and accountable government demonstrates that she is a typical partisan politician who thinks too highly of herself to face her own constituents. After nearly three years of dodging questions, it's time for Governor Hassan to hold the type of town hall-style meetings that Granite Staters expect from their elected officials.”
As of this writing, it has been 1,037 days that Governor Hassan has held elective office and refused to hold a town hall-style meeting.




Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today called on Governor Hassan to tell New Hampshire voters where she stands on funding for our troops and whether she would have voted with Harry Reid and Washington Democrats to hold funding for the troops and New Hampshire defense priorities hostage. Senate Democrats today blocked the 2016 defense spending bill.
“Senate Democrats’ refusal to provide critical funding for our military and national defense is a shameful example of Washington politics at its worst,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “As a candidate for the United States Senate, Governor Hassan must take a position on this important issue and tell New Hampshire if she would stand up for our troops or fall in line with her liberal party leadership in Washington. New Hampshire deserves independent leadership in the Senate, and Governor Hassan needs to tell voters if she would rubber-stamp this partisan stunt that hurts our military.”

Sununu For Governor - Statement on special session to deal with heroin epidemic 


Governor needs to set clear goals and work constructively during special session on heroin epidemic
EXETER, NH - Today, Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, Republican candidate for governor, reluctantly voted to call for a special session of the legislature. In doing so, he offered the following remarks:
"The heroin crisis is reaching epidemic proportions in New Hampshire. The death toll from overdoses continues to rise, families are being torn apart by this affliction, and communities struggle to find solutions and relief.
"I voted today to support a special session of the legislature to find a clear path forward to deal with heroin's impact on our state, but I remain frustrated with the governor's unpreparedness and the slow pace at which her office has responded to this crisis. Still today, even with the call for a special session, it's woefully apparent that the governor's office has no plan. What was Maggie Hassan doing for the past six months while stakeholders and the legislature were looking for partners in this fight?
"It is my hope that during a special session, the Governor will cooperate with legislative leadership to coordinate the state's resources and efforts to effectively and quickly take meaningful steps in curbing the scourge of heroin. And, it's extremely important to set clear goals for the special session at the outset to ensure its success.
"The state was the recipient of a $12 million grant, of which the governor and her hand-picked drug czar were unaware. Now, months later, there is still no plan for how that money will be allocated and put to use. There must be a plan for these resources, and the governor and legislature need to work together on it.
"The special session will benefit from stakeholder input and a sharing of ideas with those on the frontlines of this issue. Unlike her budget veto, the governor cannot waste time drawing arbitrary lines in the sand during this special session. This requires constructive dialogue and concrete measures, not arbitrary rules that won't fix the problem.
"We've already seen how Maggie Hassan ignored doctors on the core issues of opioid addiction, and created a set of rules behind closed doors to punish doctors prescribing medications. Now, she's in the strange position of having political fights with physicians and the treatment community instead of engaging them on best practices and the appropriate next steps. Indeed, the Medical Society, recovery experts, and elected officials are calling for her drug czar to resign due to an inability to understand the frontline concerns of treatment and recovery.
"There was a need and opportunity to address these issues over the past several months instead of taking this last minute approach. I don't understand why it has taken this long for the governor's office to appreciate the scope of the problem. Legislative leaders have expressed a desire and willingness to work with the governor to solve this issue. Moving forward, it will be incumbent upon Maggie Hassan to set a clear agenda and to work in a collaborative way with the legislature. The problem is too great, and we need to put people and communities ahead of politics."

Edelblut For Governor - Statement On Special Session On Opioid Abuse

Wilton, New Hampshire- Governor Hassan and the Executive Council have called for a special session on November 18th to address the state’s heroin and opioid crisis. Representative Frank Edelblut believes that a special session will not accomplish its intended goal of fixing New Hampshire’s drug problem.



Representative Edelblut released the following statement:

“Governor Hassan and the Executive Council are living up to the low expectations people have of the government’s ability to lead on important issues facing New Hampshire. This request for a special session to deal with this crisis – and it is a crisis – is simply a knee jerk reaction to a problem we have all known exists. We all know that feet-dragging and politicizing on an issue like this is not real leadership, but that is what we have gotten. When confronted with concerns about an ineffective Drug Czar, Governor Hassanrefused to act. When the legislature passed a responsible budget funding programs to help the crisis, the Governor vetoed it. That veto was overridden and the programs are now funded and moving forward.


What we don’t want to do is start throwing money at the problem without a thoughtful process that ensures we invest in programs that will give us results. There are a number of bills that have been filed for the next legislative session to continue to work on solutions to this problem and a last minute call for the legislature to come together and vote on rushed and un-vetted solutions could simply result in unintended problems. Let’s not deceive ourselves into believing that putting the government rather than doctors in charge of prescribing pain medication will be an improvement.”






NH Alcohol and other Drug Service Providers Support the Governor’s Request for Special Session


New Hampshire is among many states in our nation that is struggling with the social and economic impacts of an opioid crisis. Since 2014, there have been more than 500 overdose deaths, with many of those deaths being attributed to heroin or fentanyl. Amid these tragedies, we have seen communities come together to create innovative solutions to this problem through creative approaches in law enforcement, collaborative efforts to expand treatment, and the development of peer led recovery centers. Those of us in thef ield are acutely aware that our problem is systemic in nature and extends far beyond any individual community. The solution to this problem requires a statewide effort, much like the one set forth in the Governor’s proposal. This special session will allow us to get real time solutions to communities in need.We are hopeful that the legislature can move these proposed programs and resources forward in a way that immediately increases access to treatment, expands drug courts, increases resources for the Governors Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, supports critical law enforcement initiatives to reduce the supply of illegal drugs, and enhances theeffectiveness of the critical prescription drug monitoring program.


The NH Providers Association is grateful for the Governor’s dedication to immediate solutions to this problem. “We owe this effort to the lives that were unnecessarily lost to this horrible epidemic,” said Abby Shockley, Executive Director of the NH Providers Association. “Further, it is our hope that our state leaders will commit to coming together again in January to be reflective and determine solutions that allow New Hampshire to be proactive about these issues for the years to come. This includes long term financial resources to invest in robust prevention efforts, reauthorization of the NH Health Protection Plan to guarantee continuous treatment access, and support for the financial and service delivery infrastructures that allow for recovery support centers in every community.”


The mission of the NH Providers Association is to represent its members in advancing substance use prevention, treatment and recovery through public policy, leadership, professional development, and quality member services.