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Tuesday
Mar032015

NHGOP FILES MONTHLY RIGHT TO KNOW REQUEST ON HASSAN OUT OF STATE TRAVEL 

Party Expands Request To Department Of Public Safety To Track Hassan's Whereabouts
 

Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today filed its monthly Right to Know request regarding absentee Governor and likely Senate candidate Maggie Hassan's out of state travel for the month of February. Given Hassan's unwillingness to provide complete information for out of state travel, the NHGOP also filed a similar request with the Department of Public Safety regarding Governor Hassan's security detail travel records to determine her whereabouts.

 

New Hampshire Public Radio reports that Hassan is in New York City and Washington today to give a speech at "NY's premier social club" and to address a reception for a liberal special interest group. The Concord Monitor reported over the weekend that Governor Hassan is undermining New Hampshire's Right to Know law and urging state agencies to ignore legal requirement to respond to requests from reporters:

 

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The Honorable Maggie Hassan
Governor of New Hampshire
State House
107 North Main Street Concord, New Hampshire 03301

 

Governor Hassan:

 

This is a request under the New Hampshire Right To Know Law (RSA 91-A).

 

I formally request that you provide me with all records regarding your out-of-state travel for the month of February 2015. This request includes, but is not limited to, any information regarding the purpose and duration of travel, in addition to any costs incurred by New Hampshire taxpayers during your trips.

 

The Concord Monitor reported this weekend that you have worked to undermine New Hampshire's Right to Know law by pressuring state agencies to ignore requests made by members of the media. Your actions are extremely troubling and indicate that the Hassan Administration is trying to hide information from the public as you gear up to abandon your job as governor and run for United States Senate.

 

Should you decline to provide any requested information, please provide the specific provision under RSA 91-A that exempts such public records from the Right to Know Law. Granite Staters have a right to know how often their governor is shirking the responsibilities of her office in order to advance her career. They also deserve a full-time executive in the corner office, not an absentee governor who has been dishonest about her political intentions.

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Horn
Chairman
New Hampshire Republican State Committee

 

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Commissioner John Barthelmes
New Hampshire Department of Public Safety
33 Hazen Drive

Concord, NH 03305

 

Commissioner Barthelmes:

 

This is a request under the New Hampshire Right To Know Law (RSA 91-A).

 

I formally request that you provide me with all records regarding the out-of-state travel of members of Governor Maggie Hassan's state police security detail for the month of February 2015. This request includes, but is not limited to, any information regarding the purpose and duration of travel, in addition to any costs incurred by New Hampshire taxpayers during Governor Hassan's trips.

 

Governor Hassan has attempted to hide information about her out of state travel as she gears up to abandon her current job and run for United States Senate. The governor refuses to respond to Right to Know requests and has even pressured state agencies to ignore legal requirements to follow New Hampshire's transparency laws. We hope that by filing this request with your state agency, the public will be able to learn more about Governor Hassan's travel records that she is desperate to keep secret. 

 

Should you decline to provide any requested information, please provide the specific provision under RSA 91-A that exempts such public records from the Right to Know Law.

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Horn
Chairman
New Hampshire Republican State Committee

Saturday
Feb282015

NHDP - ICYMI: NH1 News: NH GOP Move to Delay Federal Grant Okay Sparks Rebuke 

 

 

 

 

Key Point: “Republican leaders in the Legislature and Executive Council have pushed federal grant requests in the slow lane. NH1 News has exclusively obtained a letter from Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn to Senate President Chuck Morse calling the policy "reckless and dangerous."… Among the contracts delayed were grants for substance abuse, local school district support, for firefighters and highway aid.”
 
Click here for the full NH1 News story or see excerpt below:
 
CONCORD - Republican leaders in the Legislature and Executive Council have pushed federal grant requests in the slow lane.
 
NH1 News has exclusively obtained a letter from Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn to Senate President Chuck Morse calling the policy "reckless and dangerous."
 
A spokesman for Gov. Maggie Hassan said the Democratic chief executive shares the concerns.
 
“The acceptance of federal funds for programs critical to public health and safety - including to help combat the opioid crisis - has long been a non-partisan issue, and Governor Hassan is concerned about delaying progress on common-sense priorities that both parties have always accepted federal funds for,'' Press Secretary William Hinkle said.
 
Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, D-Concord, had tweeted earlier today that the council had asked that state agencies withdraw 12 of 71 contract items at its meeting Wednesday for the same reason.
 
"I find this troubling and bureaucratic,'' Van Ostern said during a telephone interview. "These are our tax dollars we have already paid and there's no need for another bureaucratic layer to be keeping grants for substance abuse and public safety to get to their intended destinations.''
 
Woodburn said the Feb. 19 move of the GOP-led Fiscal Committee raises the concern that the next state budget debate remain free of partisan wrangling.
 
"I sincerely hope that actions by Republicans on the Legislative Fiscal Committee are not an indication the Republican majorities in the House and the Senate intend to throw away our bipartisan successes by giving into partisan and ideological ambitions,'' Woodburn said.
 
Among the contracts delayed were grants for substance abuse, local school district support, for firefighters and highway aid.
 
"These are common sense that we should all be able to agree upon,'' Woodburn continued. "Combating substance abuse and protecting our communities should not fall victim to partisan ideological battles like they did last week." […]
 
Click here for the full NH1 News story.

Saturday
Feb282015

NRSC - Happy Birthday Governor Hassan 

 

WASHINGTON – With Governor Maggie Hassan eyeing a Senate bid, the NRSC is sending the Governor her very own Keno card that won’t balance her proposed budget, but does wish her the best on her special day.

 

 

 

“We know how much Governor Hassan likes Keno and while it’s not the way to fund her budget, we do hope she picks some lucky numbers on her birthday,” said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox.

BACKGROUND …

Senate Candidate Maggie Hassan Proposed A Budget That Is Bankrolled By Keno

THE CONCORD MONITOR: “It’s not a casino, it’s keno. In the electronic gambling game, players pick from among dozens of numbers and win money if the computer randomly selects their choices. If keno came to New Hampshire, it would draw $26 million in state revenue over the next two years, according to the budget plan Gov. Maggie Hassan presented to lawmakers last week. While Hassan voiced support for keno, she didn’t so much as mention the word casino in her budget address. (Governor’s budget plan avoids casino gambling in favor of keno, The Concord Monitor, 02/14/15)

NH1: “[Hassan] did include expanded gambling by asking lawmakers to legalize betting on Keno in bars and restaurants.” (Gov. Hassan proposes $11.4 billion budget with cigarette tax, Keno, motor vehicle fee hikes, NH1, 02/12/15)

Friday
Feb272015

NHDP - FACT CHECK: Washington Republicans Launch False Attacks On Gov Hassan's COO Proposal

 

 

FACT CHECK: Washington Republicans Launch False Attacks to Try to Take Heat Off Kelly Ayotte for Playing Politics with DHS Funding 

NRSC Criticizes Bipartisan Proposal from Business Leaders to Hire a COO for NH, Despite Fact that At Least Five GOP Governors, Including RGA Chair Bill Haslam, Have COOs

Concord, N.H. – Washington Republicans today launched a false attack on a bipartisan proposal by New Hampshire business and community leaders to make New Hampshire state government more innovative and efficient.

“As Kelly Ayotte tries to spin her way out of trouble after repeatedly voting to play politics with funding for the Department of Homeland Security, Washington Republicans are pulling out all the stops to try to take the heat off their vulnerable Vice Presidential wannabe,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.

The proposal to hire a Chief Operating Officer for the State of New Hampshire, which Governor Hassan included in her fiscally responsible budget proposal, was the top recommendation of the Governor’s Innovation Commission, which included experts from the business community, nonprofits, and higher education, as well as elected officials such as Republican State Senator Sharon Carson.  

When asked about the proposal, House Finance Chair Neal Kurk (R-Hillsborough) said, “It’s a smart move for the state.”

The attack from Washington Republicans comes despite the fact that at least five Republican Governors, including RGA Chair Bill Haslam, have named Chief Operating Officers for their states.

Republican Governors with COOs include Florida Governor Rick Scott, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, and Tennessee Governor and RGA Chair Bill Haslam.

"If Washington Republicans think that they can distract from the fact that Kelly Ayotte has put New Hampshire communities at risk by holding funding DHS funding hostage, they are going to be sorely disappointed," added Buckley

Friday
Feb272015

NHDP - Fact Check: Karl Rove’s Dark Money Group Twists the Facts About Governor Hassan’s Fiscally Responsible Budget

 

 

 

 

Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS Tries to Push Its Out-of-State, Anti-Middle Class Agenda in New Hampshire

Concord, N.H. – Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, a dark money group that was created to shield the identity of its donors, is out with a new radio ad twisting the facts about Governor Hassan’s fiscally responsible budget proposal. 

“New Hampshire voters don’t look kindly on out-of-states like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers who think they can buy their power here,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Karl Rove’s radical agenda puts his special interest donors first while making middle class families and small businesses pay the price. Karl Roves' backward anti-middle class policies aren’t welcome in the Granite State.”

See below for a complete fact check of Karl Rove’s false ad:

Crossroads: “When money’s tight, families in New Hampshire set priorities and make tough decisions. And that’s what we expect from our leaders too.”

Fact: Governor Hassan’s budget makes the difficult, fiscally responsible decisions needed to balance the budget – without an income or sales tax – while investing in the priorities necessary to seize our full economic potential. The Governor’s fiscally responsible budget cut total agency budget requests by more than $1 billion and general funds requests by more than $523 million, and budgets many state agencies at or below FY 2015 levels.

Crossroads: “Governor Hassan’s priorities. The Union Leader called her budget quote a disappointment, saying the governor quote made her priorities clear: more spending, higher taxes, more state employees and no real innovation.”

Fact: The Governor’s budget keeps total spending increases to 6.4 percent over two years – far below historic averages – and allows New Hampshire to continue to make progress on key priorities. Adjusted for inflation, the 2016 general and education trust fund budget is at least $250 million less than the state spent in 2004.

The budget also draws on recommendations of the Governor’s Innovation Commission including increasing flexibility for state managers, expanding the state’s efforts to centralize key services, consolidating some function areas, and hiring a Chief Operating Officer – like at least five Republican governors have done – who will focus on driving efficiency.

Crossroads: “The Union Leader reports that Hassan’s budget includes quote sizable increases in business taxes, that could cost New Hampshire jobs.”

Fact: What the Governor’s budget actually does is increases a business tax exemption and makes sure that all families and businesses are playing by the same rules – rules that simply say they have a reasonable basis for claiming the tax deduction. The same rules existed until two years ago and exist for every other tax deduction across the nation.

Crossroads: “And Governor Hassan wants to raise a tax that hits lower income people especially hard.”

Fact: Cigarette taxes have proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent youth smoking. The Governor’s budget proposes raising the cigarette tax by 21 cents, which would still keep New Hampshire’s cigarette tax below our surrounding states.

Crossroads: “She even bets on increased state revenue from Keno to finance more spending. Gov. Hassan's budget is a risky gamble and the wrong set of priorities for New Hampshire families and businesses.”

Fact: Six of the ten most lucrative Keno locations in Massachusetts are located within five miles of the New Hampshire border. Allowing Keno and self-service lottery terminals machines would help bring that revenue back to New Hampshire to invest in our priorities. 

The revenue changes included in the Governor’s budget will not diminish New Hampshire’s standing as having one of the lowest tax burdens in the nation.

Crossroads: “Go to www.crossroadsgps.org/nh and tell your state legislators reject Gov. Hassan's tax and spend budget because it doesn't reflect New Hampshire values.”

Fact: Karl Rove and his out-of-state, dark money donors should stop trying to lecture Granite Staters on the meaning of “New Hampshire values.”