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Tuesday
Apr012014

NHDP - ICYMI: Havenstein is Either “Ineligible to Run” or “Committed Tax Fraud” 

Did ex-BAE chief, pondering gubernatorial run, live in Maryland or in New Hampshire?

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
Staff Writer

CONCORD – Walter Havenstein, a potential candidate for governor, either is ineligible to run for the office or committed tax fraud in Maryland, where he claimed residence to receive two tax breaks in that state, a Democratic Party spokesman said.

Havenstein, an Alton Republican, obtained the tax preferences from 2008-11 on a condominium in Bethesda, Md.

The state constitution requires candidates for governor, state senate and Executive Council to live in the state for seven years before they run for the office.

Havenstein said that in addition to registering a car in Maryland, he briefly had a driver’s license in that state.

New Hampshire doesn’t allow someone to hold a valid driver’s license in this state while having an active license in another state.

“Either he was a resident of Maryland when he obtained a tax break, which makes him ineligible to run for governor of New Hampshire, or he was a resident of New Hampshire, which means he fraudulently obtained a tax break in Maryland and a Maryland driver’s license.” Democratic Party communications director Julie McCain said.

McClain said Havenstein had to acknowledge his $1 million condominium in Bethesda was his principal residence in order to get $5,384 off his property tax bills from 2008-11.

Since 2007, Maryland law has required those getting a homestead exemption on their property taxes to sign a form acknowledging that the principal residence means it was his home “for the legal purposes of voting, obtaining a driver’s license and filing income tax returns.’’

Havenstein said he couldn’t recall ever signing that form, but did provide a less explicit form he filed to receive a $50,000 tax exemption off the state’s property transfer tax he had to pay when he bought the home.

Havenstein, a former chief executive at BAE Systems, has said he followed laws in both states and that his domicile has always been in New Hampshire, where he voted even during the years he lived and worked in Maryland.

Havenstein didn’t register to vote in Maryland.

“At no time did I intend or in fact give up my domicile here in New Hampshire,’’ Havenstein said. “I think my eligibility is based on my domicile here, and it’s clear for the last 14 years it has been unbroken.’’

Havenstein and his adviser, Jamie Barrett, said lawyers have assured that his voting practices and the fact he regularly came home to New Hampshire on weekends made him an eligible candidate should he decide to run for governor.

Kevin Landrigan can reached at klandrigan@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Landrigan on Twitter (@Klandrigan).

Tuesday
Apr012014

NHDP - NEW VIDEOS: NH Still Wants Scott Brown To Sign His Own People's Pledge

At Plymouth State, Students Collect Nearly a Hundred Signatures in 24 Hours for Petition Asking Brown to Commit to People’s Pledge
 
Last Week at Frisbie, Brown Also Handed Pledge for His Signature 
 
Concord, NH — New Hampshire voters want Scott Brown to sign the exact same pledge he signed in Massachusetts to keep third party spending out of his last Senate race, that's the message that Brown is receiving loud and clear as he tours New Hampshire. In fact, two new videos released today from the New Hampshire Democratic Party show Brown being personally asked to sign his own pledge by New Hampshire voters, first at Frisbie Hospital last week, and then again at Plymouth State University this past Saturday. In both instances, Brown showed that he doesn't think that what was good enough for Massachusetts is good enough for New Hampshire. 

 
While visiting Frisbie last week, Brown rushed by a woman asking him why he has so far refused to sign the pledge. Then, on Saturday, in response to being pressured by local students at Plymouth State University on the pledge, Brown repeatedly told the crowd, which included former New Hampshire State Senator Deborah Reynolds, that he would do nothing to prevent the wave of outside spending that is sure to flood New Hampshire’s airwaves.  Brown instead brushed aside a student who presented him with a petition, signed by 90 students in less than 24 hours, calling on him to join Senator Shaheen in signing the People’s Pledge that he came up with in Massachusetts.  
 
“It's disappointing that Scott Brown appears to have no regard for concerned students or the people of New Hampshire,” said Plymouth State University student and New Hampshire native, Brandon Lemay of Manchester. “Nearly one hundred students signed a petition in twenty-four hours because we are sick of third party groups coming in and running misleading negative ads. Scott Brown used to think voters should hear directly from their candidates. Apparently what was a good idea in Massachusetts is a bad idea now that Scott Brown has crossed the border into our state." 
 
“Scott Brown was on to something when he came up with the People’s Pledge in 2012. He himself said that the pledge worked—it kept third party spending out of the race, allowing voters to hear directly from their candidates. Now the people of New Hampshire want that same opportunity. He absolutely needs to sign the pledge,” said former New Hampshire State Senator Deborah Reynolds. “The People’s Pledge is just the latest example of Jeanne Shaheen’s commitment to the people of New Hampshire. In the Lakes Region, Senator Shaheen has supported our higher education system, worked to reform the student loan system, and secured funding for our community colleges.  She has demonstrated her commitment to a better future for families across the state for over a decade. Scott Brown can’t just show up, refuse to sign the People’s Pledge, and expect to earn the trust of voters here.”
 
While Brown continues to turn his back on the citizens of this state, his campaign did have time to release a memo whining about the scrutiny of his record and ignoring the fact that the Massachusetts politician has spent the last year attacking New Hampshire’s Senator, Jeanne Shaheen.  All the while, his Big Oil, Wall Street, and Washington special interest allies have spent more than a million and a half dollars on attack ads misleading voters about Jeanne Shaheen’s work for the people of New Hampshire – outspending other groups by more than a three-to-one margin.
 
“It's tough to take Scott Brown's complaints about negative attacks seriously considering he just spent a year attacking Jeanne Shaheen on FOX News," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "If he's really concerned about ‘a wave of negative attacks from outside groups,' he should sign the same exact People’s Pledge he proposed in his Massachusetts race and put a stop to them right now.  Brown bragged about the pledge he proposed just last month, and has said he signed it because Massachusetts ‘deserved better,’ but apparently, according to Brown, New Hampshire isn't worthy of the same respect."

Tuesday
Apr012014

Joe Plaia to Announce entry into Rockingham County Attorney's Race

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The 2012 Democratic nominee will again run for County Attorney

(PORTSMOUTH, NH) Joe Plaia will make official Tuesday morning what many have expected for months – he will again run for the office of Rockingham County Attorney. Plaia, the 2012 Democratic nominee earned over 60,000 votes in the 2012 race, his first race for elected office.

Joe, who currently serves as the New Hampshire Liquor Commission Chief Hearings Officer, will be joined by supporters outside the County Court complex in Brentwood.

 

Who:              Joe Plaia and supporters

 

What:             Campaign kickoff for Plaia’s campaign for Rockingham County Attorney

 

When:            Tuesday, April 1, 2014

 

Time:              10:00 am

 

Where:          10 New Hampshire 125, Brentwood, NH 03833  

Tuesday
Mar182014

NHDP - First on CNN: Battle over pledge in Brown-Shaheen Senate fight 

Key Point: "Scott Brown needs to explain to New Hampshire voters why he chose to honor the People's Pledge in Massachusetts but doesn't think New Hampshire voters deserve the same respect," DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil said in a statement.

First on CNN: Battle over pledge in Brown-Shaheen Senate fight

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/03/17/battle-over-pledge-in-brown-shaheen-senate-fight/
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser

(CNN) - A war of words is erupting in New Hampshire over a pledge from Massachusetts.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Monday criticized former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, who's now taking steps to launch a Republican challenge against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of neighboring New Hampshire, for not signing a pledge to keep outside money out of the race.

"Scott Brown needs to explain to New Hampshire voters why he chose to honor the People's Pledge in Massachusetts but doesn't think New Hampshire voters deserve the same respect," DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil said in a statement.

"Brown should follow Shaheen's lead because the decision of who will be the next Senator doesn't belong in the hands of the Koch Brothers who are pushing an agenda that's good for billionaires and bad for New Hampshire.  The DSCC will abide by the rules of the People's Pledge if the third party groups supporting Scott Brown do the same," Cecil added.

On Saturday, one day after Brown announced he formed an exploratory committee, an important move which allows Brown to begin raising money and putting together a campaign team in advance of a formal Senate run in New Hampshire, Shaheen sent him a letter concerning the pledge, similar to the one that then-Sen. Brown of Massachusetts signed with Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren. Brown ended up losing his 2012 bid for re-election.

"I very much admired the People's Pledge that you and Elizabeth Warren signed in your 2012 Massachusetts Senate race.  I believe it limited the influence of outside groups and allowed the people's voices to be heard," Shaheen wrote.

"I have signed and attached two copies of an agreement with the exact same terms for the New Hampshire 2014 Senate race.  I hope you will join me in once again committing to the same People's Pledge you signed in Massachusetts and limiting the influence of outside groups in New Hampshire this year."

While not commenting on whether he would sign the pledge, Brown responded later Saturday, calling Shaheen's move "self-serving and hypocritical."

"Before I even thought of becoming a candidate, Jeanne Shaheen's allies in Washington were running negative ads against me for months. And right now, while I'm meeting with the people of New Hampshire, she is on the West Coast raising money so third-party groups in DC will have money to run even more outside negative ads against me. It's hard to view Jeanne Shaheen's actions as anything other than hypocritical and self-serving," Brown wrote.

And New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn wrote that Shaheen's "stunt today represents D.C. politics at its very worst. New Hampshire voters are smart enough to see through Jeanne Shaheen's hypocrisy and double standards."

Shaheen meets with voters across New Hampshire starting Tuesday for three straight days. She spent the weekend fundraising in Washington State and California.

New polls give Shaheen double-digit lead

Brown joins three other Republicans who are running for their party's Senate nomination in New Hampshire: former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, former state Sen. Jim Rubens, and conservative activist Karen Testerman.

If Brown ends up winning the party's September primary, it could expand the map for Republicans. Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up in November, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states, like New Hampshire.

But a second straight public opinion poll indicates Shaheen has a double digit lead over Brown. According to an American Research Group survey released Monday, 50% of Granite State registered voters say they would support Shaheen, with 38% backing Brown and 12% undecided. The survey indicates Shaheen has a 49%-34% advantage among independent voters.

The poll is similar to a recent Suffolk University/Boston Herald survey that indicated Shaheen has a 52%-39% lead among New Hampshire voters.

From state house to Senate

In January 2010, the then little-known Republican state senator in Massachusetts pulled an upset in a special election to serve the final three years of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy's term. But Brown's time in the Senate was cut short when Warren defeated him in 2012.

Last year, Scott passed on running in a special election in Massachusetts to fill the term of John Kerry, who left the Senate to become secretary of state. And at the time, Brown also announced that he wouldn't make a 2014 bid for an open governor's seat in the Bay State.

Brown last year made a number of speaking appearances at GOP events in the Granite State, where he spent much of his childhood and where he owned a vacation home. Last fall, in another hint about a possible run, he dropped the 'MA' from his Twitter handle.

A few months later, he sold his home in Massachusetts and moved his residency north to New Hampshire.

Sunday
Mar162014

NHDP - NH Dems Chair: GOP Conference Highlights Republican Weakness

GOP Agenda Favors Big Corporate Interests, Wall Street, Big Oil


Concord, NH -- Bringing their Big Oil, Wall Street agenda to a Nashua, New Hampshire conference, a long list of failed Republican candidates this weekend offer reminders of why their failed.

“Failed candidates talking about failed policies – that is what this weekend is,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.  “Scott Brown, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, and Linda McMahon were all rejected by voters in their states who didn't want to go back to the policies of the past that wrecked the economy and punished the middle class.”

“Now Scott Brown appears to be ready to be rejected by voters in two states, because the people of New Hampshire don't want a Senator who represents Big Oil and Wall Street," said Buckley.

Republicans from throughout New England are gathering in Nashua this weekend for a two-day regional conference.

“This weekend isn’t about the kitchen table issues important to the people of New Hampshire like increasing the minimum wage or paycheck fairness. This weekend is about protecting the interests of big corporations, Big Oil, and Wall Street. Big Oil isn’t spending big bucks here in New Hampshire because they care about the people of New Hampshire. Big Oil and Wall Street and the big corporate interests think they can buy our senate seat for someone like Scott Brown who votes to protect their interests, not ours," Buckley said.

Buckley, today released a "GOP Reminder Checklist" so the people of New Hampshire can be sure to remember exactly where the Republicans stand as they gather this weekend in Nashua.

Remember Republicans are opposed to increasing the minimum wage.

Remember Republicans supporting millions in giveaways to Big Oil.

Remember Republicans let Wall Street off the hook for $19 billion to help pay for financial reforms.

Remember Republicans shutdown the government.

Remember Republicans opposed asking millionaires to pay their fair share in taxes.

Remember Republicans would allow employers to deny women health care coverage for birth control.

 

“The contrast couldn’t be clearer. While Republicans are set on moving our country backwards, Democrats are working on issues that matter most to New Hampshire families,” added Buckley. “Raising the minimum wage and protecting equal pay for equal work are commonsense way to strengthen the middle class; that’s why it’s a proposal supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans and Granite Staters - just not the out of touch GOP.”

 

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