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NHDP - NHGOP Continues Attacks on Women's Health Care 

Concord, NH - House Republicans voted to make further cuts to health care services for New Hampshire women last week.  The House Commerce Committee passed HB309 [Bill Text] which will allow insurance providers to refuse to cover midwife services.  Midwives can often be the most accessible safe way for many women in New Hampshire to give birth.


"HB309 will cut access to affordable health care for women and limit individual control over how women choose to give birth to their children," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "This bill isn't about cutting costs.  It is part of a reckless agenda aimed at cutting access to affordable health care for New Hampshire women and killing New Hampshire jobs."


Earlier this year state Republicans eliminated preventative health care services from thousands of New Hampshire women through their efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.  HB309 would force nearly two dozen birthing facilities and midwives in the Granite State out of business.


HB309 was voted out of the Commerce Committee and will now head to the full House for a vote. [] New Hampshire was the 9th state in the nation to legalize and license midwifery and requires significant training, experience, and testing to become a certified midwife. []


"From the job killing budget to relentless attacks on health care for women, the reckless Republican agenda has been an unmitigated disaster this year," added Kirstein.  "That is why for the third straight time, polls have shown that voters view the Republican legislature as one of the top three problems facing the state."


NHDP - Sen. Shaheen & Mass. Gov. Patrick to Address NH Dems on Saturday 

Concord, N.H. - On Saturday, November 5, 2011 Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will address New Hampshire Democrats in Windham at the Jefferson Jackson Celebration. 

This event is open to members of the media by RSVP to


Members of the public can purchase tickets at  
What: Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to address New Hampshire Democrats


When: Saturday, November 5, 2011. The event begins at 5:00 pm. The program will begin at approximately 6:00 pm.

Where: The Castleton, 92 Indian Rock Road, Windham, NH 03087


NHDP - #FITN News 10/31/2011

This Week's NH #FITN News & Headlines


Concord Monitor editorial: Flat tax will widen growing income gap
Concord Monitor: Cain target of latest web ad
Union Leader: A Mitt Flip-Flop?
Nashua Telegraph: Romney files candidacy papers, bolts
Union Leader: Goat gives Huntsman a nip
Nashua Telegraph: Gingrich files as candidate
Concord Monitor: Repeal gay marriage, Perry says
Concord Monitor: Tea Party group wants Bachmann out
Nashua Telegraph: GOP hopefuls spending little so far on NH ads
Portsmouth Herald (AP): 43 candidates sign up for N.H. primary ballot

State News & Views


Nashua Telegraph editorial: Log on, take part in our edit boards

Concord Monitor editorial: Blame the state in cuts for care for poor

Portsmouth Herald: N.H. teacher unions lobby for passage of Jobs Act

Cabinet: Residents in Lyndeborough grill O'Brien on budget cuts



NHDP - NH Republican Lawmakers Organize Campaign Event with Violent Crosshair Logo 

Concord, NH - A campaign event for New Hampshire Republican State Representative JR Hoell is advertised on Facebook with a red, white, and blue Democratic donkey in the crosshairs of a gun.  [Link; screenshot] Additional members of the House Republican caucus were listed as attending the event, as was Republican state representative special election candidate Muni Savyon.


"Putting political opponents in the crosshairs of a gun sight is an unseemly and tasteless way to campaign for elected office in the New Hampshire," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "It is appropriate for Speaker Bill O'Brien, Republican Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt, NHGOP Chair Wayne McDonald, and the Republican Congressional delegation to denounce this unbecoming rhetoric immediately."



NH House Majority Leader Statement on Hassan Announcement 

House Majority Leader Statement on Hassan Announcement, Pledge Against Sales and Income Tax

CONCORD – House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today released the following statement in response to former state Sen. Maggie Hassan’s announcement that she is seeking the office of Governor in New Hampshire. Media reports stated that Hassan referred to Republican leaders as extremists and took the pledge that she would veto any sales or income tax if she became Governor.

Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“On a sales or income tax, I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment. However, Hassan’s so called pledge is ridiculously  disingenuous given that she refused to sign it in 2002 when she ran and was defeated by Sen. Prescott for the state Senate. Further, the labeling of the Republican’s pro-job, pro-economic, less spending, smaller government agenda as ‘extremist’ is no surprise  coming from a far leftist like Hassan who oversaw two state budgets that increased spending by a remarkable 25%, attempted to implement ‘MaggieCare,’ raised 100 job-killing taxes and fees, advocated for the disastrous LLC tax that Granite Staters repudiated and levied a $30 car registration surcharge fee on the working families of New Hampshire. Frankly, I’m not sure how she plans to support her tax and spend compulsion if she has pledged to reject a sales or income tax. Then again, perhaps she’ll just flip-flop on the pledge again when it suits her political best interest.”