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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding Harry Reid mocking Governor Hassan's phony call for an apology for his comments disparaging New Hampshire's residents and first-in-the-nation presidential primary:
"It's clear that Governor Hassan's biggest Washington political supporter Harry Reid thinks her phony call for an apology for his disrespectful remarks is an insincere, politically-motivated joke. Senator Reid clearly has no respect for New Hampshire or our critical role in the presidential nominating process, and the governor's continued reliance on his financial backing and political support is offensive. It is hypocritical for Governor Hassan to issue a phony call for an apology while continuing to accept the strong support of someone who openly mocks our bipartisan political tradition. The governor should immediately demand Senator Harry Reid keep his Washington political machine out of our Senate race."
Earlier today, Governor Hassan refused to answer questions about her continued reliance on Harry Reid's financial backing and political support in light of his offensive and insulting remarks about New Hampshire.


Concord - In an interview with Foster's Daily Democrat (10/11/15), the President of the New Hampshire Medical Society called for "greater leadership" from the Hassan Administration on New Hampshire's devastating heroin epidemic. Dr. Lukas Kolm also said that embattled Hassan Administration drug czar Jack Wozmak has failed to reach out to New Hampshire's physicians.
"If the governor's office is going to start making mandates, a call should have been made to the medical society," said Kolm.
"After nearly a year on the job, there is no good excuse for the failure of Governor Maggie Hassan's embattled drug czar to reach out to top physicians and establish a working relationship with the New Hampshire Medical Society. These doctors are on the front lines of combating New Hampshire's heroin epidemic, and they deserve the full support of the governor's office," said New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn. "This is the latest instance in a troubling pattern of mismanagement and incompetence that we have seen from the Hassan Administration's response to our devastating substance abuse crisis. Granite Staters expect state government to be well-managed, and it's clear that Governor Hassan's focus on her distracting United States Senate campaign is hindering her ability to address this emergency."
This news follows earlier reports that Governor Hassan's drug czar also failed to contact top law enforcement officials in New Hampshire's biggest towns and cities.
Dr. Kolm and the New Hampshire Medical Society will hold its annual Scientific Conference on November 6-8 at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside. Titled "The Many Faces of Addiction," it includes speakers from multiple disciplines including law enforcement, drug courts, intervention and recovery.
Foster's Daily Democrat: "Hassan Appointed Jack Wozmak As The State Drug Czar, But Kolm Said He Hasn't Reached Out To Physicians." (Judi Currie, "N.H. Medical Society conference to focus on opioid abuse epidemic," Foster's Daily Democrat, 10/12/15)
  • Kolm: "'If The Governor's Office Is Going To Start Making Mandates, A Call Should Have Been Made To The Medical Society.'" "'But it is a two-way street. We could reach out to him,' Kolm said. 'If the governor's office is going to start making mandates, a call should have been made to the medical society.'" (Judi Currie, "N.H. Medical Society conference to focus on opioid abuse epidemic," Foster's Daily Democrat, 10/12/15)
  • "Kolm Said The State Ought To Be More Appreciative Of The Challenges Facing Physicians." (Judi Currie, "N.H. Medical Society conference to focus on opioid abuse epidemic," Foster's Daily Democrat, 10/12/15)

NRSC - Bipartisanship, More Than a Buzzword Governor 'Gridlock' Hassan


While it should come as no surprise that “Governor Gridlock” Maggie Hassan wanted some face-time at the No Labels Problem Solvers Convention this morning, it was unfortunate to see that she attended in the wrong capacity.

Rather than take the stage and bloviate about two subjects she knows little about—bipartisanship and the art of compromise—Governor Hassan should have taken a seat in the audience and learned a thing or two.

Governor Hassan didn’t waste any time distorting her record in order to plug the day’s buzzword, bipartisan, 15 times. (Despite delivering a less than ten-minute speech!)

To set the record straight, we took the liberty of bringing Governor Hassan’s rhetoric back to reality.  Here’s how Governor Gridlock’s “bipartisan leadership” has actually played out in New Hampshire:

HASSAN: “In New Hampshire, we do democracy better than anyplace else.”

  • REALITY: Foster’s Daily Democrat: “We Consider [Hassan’s] Veto A Serious Mistake In Terms Of Serving The Best Interests Of The Granite State.” (Editorial, “Gov. Hassan's Budget Veto Will Prove A Mistake,” Foster’s Daily Democrat, 7/2/15)

HASSAN: “Bipartisanship is setting aside preconceived notions and rigorously examining our own long held positions.”

  • REALITY: Hassan Called The Business Tax Cuts She Signed Into Law “Unfunded Tax Cuts For Big Corporations.” Hassan: "I will veto it if it comes to my desk as it is. I have been at the table with Republican leadership and have been clear throughout the process about how we can achieve a bipartisan budget that addresses our shared priorities, but Republican leadership refused to compromise on any of the major issues – most critically their unfunded tax cuts for big corporations.” (Governor Maggie Hassan, “Republican Budget Is Fiscally Irresponsible and Unbalanced, Will Veto If Comes to Desk As It Is,” Press Release, 6/18/15)

HASSAN: “Bipartisan problem solving means doing hard things.”

  • REALITY: The Telegraph Said “It’s Hassan Who So Far Is Firing Off The Harshest Rhetoric And Appears Most Motivated By Political Ambition.” “While both sides share responsibility, it’s Hassan who so far is firing off the harshest rhetoric and appears most motivated by political ambition. Hassan knows she’ll need the support of state employees to make a Senate bid, so the pay raise is crucial if – as many believe – she makes a run at Sen. Kelly Ayotte. It’s not the elephant in the room; it’s the whole safari.” (Editorial, “Stopgap Budget Is Not Governing,” The Telegraph, 6/28/15)
  • REALITY: The Union Leader Said Hassan Used “Imaginary Money” To Fund Her Budget Proposal. “It is a lot easier to write a budget, as Gov. Maggie Hassan did this year, when you get to use imaginary money you do not have and are unlikely to get… Hassan was able to propose spending more because she started with much higher revenue — imaginary revenue. She estimated that state revenue over the next two years would be $229 million more than the House estimated.” (Editorial, “A Realistic Start: The House Finance Committee budget,” Union Leader, 3/30/15)

HASSAN: “Bipartisanship isn’t signing onto a bill where you agree with almost everything in it or naming a bill with a title that gives lip service to a policy or idea without actually enacting the policy or furthering the idea in the bill itself.”

  • REALITY: Hassan Appointed A Commission On Innovation, Efficiency, And Transparency, But Refused To Release Internal Proposals She Requested To Make State Government More Efficient. “Gov. Maggie Hassan says she’s all about government efficiency and transparency. But when it comes to efficiency in government spending, she’s hardly transparent. Pulling together the state’s two-year, $10 billion budget – which affects virtually every person in New Hampshire – is shaping up to be the big challenge of her second term. Already Hassan has required state department heads to submit proposals detailing how their agencies can be more efficient and effective in the coming years because there’s hardly enough money to go around and people haven’t fully recovered from the recession. But Hassan doesn’t want you to see them. The Monitor filed three separate requests under the Right to Know law and the state Constitution asking Hassan to release the efficiency proposals that were due to her office by Dec. 1… Publicly, Hassan often cites innovation, efficiency and even transparency as priorities. And she’s appointed a commission to explore how state government can improve in those areas.” (Jonathan Van Fleet, “Despite Claims Of Transparency, Gov. Hassan Refuses To Release Proposals To Make State Government More Efficient,” Concord Monitor, 1/11/15)

HASSAN: “Bipartisanship is engaging in the hard process of give and take. It is recognizing that you aren’t going to get everything you want.”

  • REALITY: On June 25, 2015, Hassan Vetoed The New Hampshire Legislature’s Budget. (“Gov. Maggie Hassan Vetoes Budget Passed By NH House, Senate,” Associated Press, 6/25/15)

HASSAN: “There is a difference between superficial and substantive bipartisanship.”

  • REALITY: Hassan In 2012: “This About Whether The Tea Party In New Hampshire Is Going To Consolidate Its Power By Taking The Governor's Office Or Whether We're Going To Take The Governor's Office As Democrats And Move The State Forward.” “‘I wanted people to focus on the importance of the governor's race in this election cycle,’ Hassan said after the event. ‘This about whether the Tea Party in New Hampshire is going to consolidate its power by taking the governor's office or whether we're going to take the governor's office as Democrats and move the state forward.’” (Jim Haddadin, “Bill Shaheen Appears At Hassan Campaign Stops In Dover,” Foster’s Daily Democrat, 8/29/12)


To: Interested Parties
From: Jennifer Horn, Chairman, New Hampshire Republican Party
Re: Governor Hassan Is No Problem Solver
Date: October 12, 2015

With the first No Labels national convention here in Manchester today, we thought it was important to highlight a politician who doesn't know the first thing about problem solving: Governor Hassan.
In Hassan's time as a state Senator and Governor, she has been too extreme and too partisan for our state.
Bottom-line: A quick review of Governor Hassan's positions shows she doesn't understand what it means to be a No Labels Problem Solver.


Hassan on Jobs


Under Governor Hassan's leadership, New Hampshire has ranked in the bottom 10 in the country for job creation since the last recession. Our corporate tax climate ranks 3rd worst in the country, and the outright worst in New England. By vetoing the state budget that included critical tax cuts for businesses and clinging fiercely to her tax & spend ideology, Hassan has sent a strong signal to job-creating businesses looking to come to New Hampshire: you're not welcome.
The first goal of the No Labels National Strategic Agenda is to create 25 million jobs over the next 10 years. Unfortunately, due to her extreme tax & spend policies, Governor Hassan has made it harder for businesses across the state to create jobs.
Instead of supporting tax cuts that would help address New Hampshire's rating as the third worst state for corporate tax culture, Hassan vetoed the entire state budget.  
But Hassan not only vetoed the lower rates, she made clear that "out-of-state corporations" are not welcome here. Nothing says "welcome, employers" like high business tax rates and a governor who denounces nonnative companies.(Union Leader, 7/14/15)
Nearly every budget Hassan has worked on has hiked up taxes and spending, including her draft 2015 budget, her draft 2013 budget, and two budgets she voted on in the Senate.


Hassan on Medicare and Social Security


The No Labels National Strategic Agenda calls for lawmakers to secure Medicare and Social Security for 75 years. But Governor Hassan's attitude toward anyone seeking to save these programs from bankruptcy was made crystal clear in the first week of her candidacy when she attacked Kelly Ayotte for trying to find solutions.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported this year that Medicare will be bankrupt by 2030. Just four years later, Social Security will also go belly-up, leaving seniors stranded.
All of this begs the question - what would Hassan do to save Medicare and Social Security?
The answer is that we just don't know. Maggie Hassan has not proposed solutions for this problem, instead opting for typical Washington grandstanding and scare tactics.


Hassan on Budgets


The third pillar of the National Strategic Agenda is to balance the federal budget by 2030.
New Hampshire governors are required by law to submit balanced budgets to the Legislature. But Governor Hassan's budgets use dishonest gimmicks to get there.
The Nashua Telegraph said Hassan's 2015 budget failed to reflect the reality of the taxpayers: "We believe government should, to the largest degree possible, reflect the same realities faced by those who fund it. This budget fails that test."
What's worse, she used "imaginary" revenue to balance her budget:
"It is a lot easier to write a budget, as Gov. Maggie Hassan did this year, when you get to use imaginary money you do not have and are unlikely to get... Hassan was able to propose spending more because she started with much higher revenue - imaginary revenue. She estimated that state revenue over the next two years would be $229 million more than the House estimated." (Union Leader, 3/30/15)


Hassan on Energy


The final pillar of the No Labels National Strategic Agenda is to make America energy secure by 2024. But when it comes to how Maggie Hassan would help make America's energy secure...we simply don't know.
Hassan hasn't taken positions on major energy issues, like the Keystone pipeline, leaving many to ask - what does she believe?


No Labels is an organization driven by a desire to find solutions. It highlights Problem Solvers in Congress, and elsewhere, who are dedicated to working together despite ideology to deliver results. However, Governor Maggie Hassan is no Problem Solver. She clings fiercely to her tax & spend and extreme policies, she demonizes members of the opposite party, and on many challenges facing our state and our nation we simply don't know what she believes.
We need a Senator who is willing to be a problem solver and work across the aisle to find solutions and get results on the issues that matter most to us. That's not Governor Hassan.


Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee's endorsement of Maggie Hassan for Senate:
"As disgraced former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's handpicked candidate for the United States Senate, an endorsement from fellow Democrat Party insiders should come as no surprise. The governor is running to appease her Washington special interest backers and today's announcement proves that she has been quietly working with them all along to use the corner office as a stepping stone for higher office. Granite Staters deserve leaders who will put New Hampshire first instead of a partisan politician like Maggie Hassan who will march in lock step with her party leadership in Washington."