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NHDP Statement on former State Rep. George Lambert Launching GOP Campaign for Governor

Concord – New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein released the following statement on former State Representative George Lambert exploring a campaign for Governor of New Hampshire.

“An extreme right-wing Tea Party Republican like Representative George Lambert makes a perfect standard bearer for the top of NHGOP’s ticket next fall.  In the State House, Lambert tried to make it harder to arrest perpetrators of domestic violence, limit judges ability to take guns away from people arrested for dangerous crimes, reduce child support payments for deadbeat parents, and he voted for the reckless O’Brien-Bradley budget that killed hundreds of New Hampshire jobs while making the largest cut to public higher education in American history.

“Lambert would fit better in a circus tent than he would in New Hampshire’s corner office, with his clownish antics claiming the authority to nullify federal laws and his shameful campaign to classify airport security officials as sex offenders, but he fits perfectly in today's NHGOP.”


NHDP - How is Ovide Going to Pay? 

Proposing Hundreds of Millions in Spending Increases, Tax Cuts;

No Plan to Pay for It


CONCORD - How is Ovide going to pay for the hundreds of millions in spending increases and tax cuts that he is proposing, asked Pamela Walsh, senior adviser to the New Hampshire Democratic Party.


"Ovide Lamontagne is making a lot of promises to increase spending and cut taxes. But he is not being honest with the people of New Hampshire about the high costs of his plans, and how is he going to pay for them," Walsh said.


Lamontagne has promised:

  • To restore state funding for hospitals: $200 Million
  • Fully Fund the Developmental Disabilities Waitlist: $30 million
  • UNIQUE Funding: $35 million
  • Cut the Business Profits Tax: $27 million
  • Business tax credits for paying student loans: ????
  • Business tax credits for new hires: ????

Lamontagne has said he believes in the "pay-go" principle, telling the Nashua Telegraph, "and to the extent my tax reform proposals would lead to reduced revenues from business taxes, I would require a commensurate reduction in state spending so that my proposals would be revenue neutral."


At a debate Thursday night at Rivier College in Nashua, Lamontagne said "experts" have told him he could save $100 to $300 million a year, or more than 20 percent of the state's annual budget, through "information technology." Lamontagne estimated "savings" are more than the total general fund payroll cost for state government; six times the state's current funding for higher education; and nearly three times the annual cost of the Department of Corrections.


"Is Ovide Lamontagne planning to replace the nurses at the Veterans Home and the officers at the state prisons with robots? Because that may be the only way he can get to that 'savings estimate' in general funds," Walsh said. "Ovide Lamontagne is either deliberately not being honest with people about his budget plans, doesn't understand the state budget at all, or both."


Walsh said it was time for Lamontagne to be honest with the people of New Hampshire about the cost of his budget plan and how he will pay for it.


"Will he cut the remaining funding for higher education? Will he cut state aid to local schools? State funding for nursing homes through Medicaid?" Walsh asked.


In contrast, Maggie Hassan has a record of balancing the state budget. She worked with Gov. Lynch to make the hard choices necessary to cut state spending during the recession, leaving a surplus. She has offered a plan for reforming the state budget process, making government more efficient, and balancing the budget.


Remarks by Jackie Cilley, Democratic candidate for governor, at today's Day of Action for Women's Health 

March 7th, 2012

(Concord – March 7th, 2012) I am honored today to be part of the Day of Action for Women's Health, and proud to join the hundreds of other women and men at the State House Plaza who've come out to protest the War on New Hampshire's Women.

Today, we're here to stand up for the freedom of women and their doctors to make healthcare decisions without interference from politicians and bureaucrats. We're here because unfortunately, rather than creating jobs and improving our schools, this legislature insists on trying to overturn long-standing  and bipartisan NH laws and restricting basic freedoms for women. This legislature, which promised to focus on education and job-creation, continues to ignore the state's real needs and instead focus on a narrow, right-wing social agenda.

Radicals in the current New Hampshire legislature are not just turning back the clock on a dozen years of bipartisan support for a law that guarantees women have access to contraception.  This proposal is so poorly written that ANY employer at ANY time could for ANY reason drop reproductive care from their employees' insurance. Today, we raise our voices against these continuing attacks on the women of New Hampshire, including the removal of adequate protections against domestic violence and House Resolution 29.

I’m standing with men and women from around our state to say “ENOUGH” to Concord politicians.  Today we remind them to leave our health care alone and get to work fixing our economy, creating the jobs they promised us, and improving our schools.  

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Statement from Gubernatorial Candidate Jackie Cilley regarding passage of House Bill 1546

Despite hundreds of men and women marching at the state house to stand up for women’s rights, the New Hampshire House in an appalling disregard for the voices of citizens has passed radical legislation restricting freedoms for women.

The bill passed – House Bill 1546 – could result in employers canceling existing birth control coverage for almost any reason. This is more extreme than any similar proposal anywhere in the country.  It turns back the clock on a dozen years of bipartisan support for a law that guarantees women have access to contraception, and all at the taxpayers' expense.

I am also appalled that Concord politicians are spending tax payer dollars telling New Hampshire citizens what they can and cannot do: They are telling doctors how to practice medicine, telling insurance companies they have to offer a new kind of policy, and even telling employers they have to make a basic choice for their employees. 

Instead of dismantling a bipartisan compromise that stood for a more than a decade, Speaker Bill O’Brien and the Republican majority in the House should be focused on creating jobs, developing our infrastructure and improving education for children.  It’s time for change in Concord.


Jackie Cilley for Governor




Says He's Not Surprised Given Her Record of Championing Such Issues During Her Tenure in the State Senate

MANCHESTER – Today, Kevin Smith, Republican candidate for governor of New Hampshire, commented on Maggie Hassan's press conference which highlighted her campaign agenda to make socials issues her top priority while making no mention of how she plans to grow jobs in New Hampshire:

“It is very unfortunate that Maggie Hassan is choosing to jump start her campaign by obsessing about social issues when so many New Hampshire citizens are still looking for work."

"Since I announced my candidacy for Governor in November, I have been on the campaign trail nearly every day, visiting business and talking to community leaders about my specific plan to create good high-paying sustainable jobs in New Hampshire and lure other companies in from out-of-state.  Too many young folks are leaving our state after they graduate, while too many of our citizens have to travel out-of-state just to find a good high-paying job and that is unacceptable.  These are the real issues Maggie ought to be talking about, but unfortunately she is not."

"Instead, Maggie wants to make this a campaign, not about jobs, but about contraception.  Give me a break.  New Hampshire has a proud tradition of separation of church and state, and as such, most reasonable people agree that the state should not compel religious organizations to pay for services that violate tenants of those organization's beliefs - and that is where this discussion should begin and end."

"If Maggie wants to continue to obsess about socials issues for the next nine months though, she can have at it.  Frankly, I'm not surprised given her record of championing these issues during her tenure in the state senate.  I look forward though to continuing to talk to the folks who are out of work or are trying to grow their business about my plans to bring high-paying jobs to the state while making New Hampshire the most economically competitive state in the country."