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Wednesday
Mar042015

NHDP - Fact Check: Karl Rove Dumps More Dark Money Into NH as Desperation Grows 

Terrified About Kelly Ayotte Losing, Rove Launches Another Dishonest Ad to Try to Buy New Hampshire
 
Concord, N.H. – As Washington Republicans grow increasingly terrified about Kelly Ayotte losing, Karl Rove’s dark money group launched another dishonest ad to try to buy New Hampshire.
 
"The latest dishonest ad from Karl Rove's dark money group makes one thing clear: Rove and his special interest donors are terrified about Kelly Ayotte losing. And they should be," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley
 
"Ayotte is polling significantly below 50% because she's proven time and again that she's more focused on raising her national profile than looking out for the people and businesses of New Hampshire," added Buckley.  
 
"No matter how many false ads Washington Republicans run, they won't be able to distract from the fact that Ayotte puts her own political ambition first no matter the cost. Just ask the first responders who may still face a shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security because Ayotte held funding for the agency hostage for weeks to appease her Tea Party base,” concluded Buckley
 
See below for a complete fact check of Karl Rove’s false ad:
 
Crossroads: “When money’s tight, we set priorities. Governor Hassan’s budget made her priorities clear: more spending, higher taxes, and no real innovation. A disappointment.”
 
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.
 
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: “Hassan’s budget would even add a tax that hits lower income people hardest.”
 
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: “And sizable increases in business taxes that could hurt 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: “Worse, Hassan’s budget bets on a risky Keno gambling scheme to pay for more spending.”
 
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: “Tell your legislators Governor Hassan’s budget sets the wrong priorities for New Hampshire.”
 
Fact: Karl Rove and his out-of-state, dark money donors should stop trying to lecture Granite Staters on the right priorities for New Hampshire.
Wednesday
Mar042015

NH Sen Forrester advances bill to reverse Hassan Nursing Home Raid 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

(CONCORD) Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) today introduced her bill to further clarify that the $7 million nursing home and home health care funds be protected from Governor Maggie Hassan’s attempt to make up for overspending elsewhere in the Department of Health and Human Services. The Senate Finance Committee held a public hearing this afternoon on Forrester’s bill, SB 8.

 

“The budget written by the Senate and signed by Governor Hassan included specific protections for these nursing home and home health care funds, ensuring that they would not be used to make up for overspending in other agencies. Yet Governor Hassan has chosen to ignore those clear instructions, and raided these vital programs,” Forrester said.

 

The $7 million cut will actually cost nursing homes and home health care providers $14 million, since every dollar is matched by the federal government. The Legislative Joint Fiscal Committee has requested clarification from the Attorney General’s Office on the Governor’s authority to use these funds despite the clear language of the budget bill.

 

“The Legislature was very clear when we funded health care reimbursement in the budget that those who need the funds most would be protected, and this bill will restore that intent,” Forrester added. “The Governor needs to stop raiding dedicated funds, and get Executive Branch spending under control and under budget.”

 

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Wednesday
Mar042015

Cornerstone - Shaheen & Hassan "celebrate" pro-abortion PAC 

Cornerstone Action

Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen "Celebrate" a Major Donor


Maggie Hassan, the New Hampshire governor who has asked for a COO to help her do her job, has managed to find the time to be in Washington this week to celebrate the 30th anniversary of pro-abortion PAC Emily's List.

 
Emily's List has contributed generously to Governor Maggie Hassan and Senator Jeanne Shaheen through the years - more than a million dollars to Shaheen since 2001, as reported in a New Hampshire Union Leader article published today. 
 
Hassan and Shaheen would lose future Emily's List donations immediately if they were to support women's health via meaningful safety regulations for abortion facilities. When a PAC's money trumps a commonsense measure for women's health, it's time to say no to the money.

Cornerstone Policy Research and its legislative-advocacy arm, Cornerstone Action, are nonprofit non-partisan public policy organizations working to promote strong New Hampshire families.
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.