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Wednesday
Mar042015

NH GOP - New #FITN Summit Speaker Announcements 

Friends, 
I'm excited to announce the participation of Governor Rick Perry, Congressman Peter King, Governor Bob Ehrlich and Governor George Pataki at our First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit on April 17th and 18th. 

They join our previously announced speakers Governor Bobby Jindal, Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, Ambassador John Bolton and Senator Rand Paul. 

The New Hampshire Republican Party will be announcing many more of our featured speakers in the coming days and weeks. Please visit fitn.gop to stay updated and to register for this exciting two-day event. 

Thank you - and I hope to see you there!

Best wishes,

Jennifer Horn
Chairman
New Hampshire Republican State Committee

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.

Saturday
Feb282015

NH GOP - FLIP FLOP: SHAHEEN BLOCKS STAND ALONE LEGISLATION TO STOP OBAMA IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDERS 

NHGOP Calls On Senate Candidate Hassan To Take Position
 

Concord - Senator Jeanne Shaheen today flip-flopped on her promise to oppose President Obama's unconstitutional executive orders on immigration by voting to block a stand-alone bill to unravel them. During her 2014 campaign, Shaheen said she "would not support" President Obama's executive orders and voted with Ted Cruz to block them.

"Its clear that Senator Shaheen's pledge to oppose President Obama's unconstitutional executive orders on immigration was nothing more than a phony election year promise. Senator Shaheen's dishonest flip-flop on the president's illegal executive orders is shameful and proves that she deliberalty lied to voters about her actual position on this issue," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn.

 

Four Senate Democrats - Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) joined with Republicans in the unsuccessful effort to advance the legislation to block the president's executive orders.

 

The NHGOP also called on unannounced Senate candidate Maggie Hassan - who last weekend called on Congress to pass a homeland security bill (Associated Press, 2/23/15) - to take a position on the bill.

"If likely Senate Candidate Hassan wants to start weighing in on federal legislation, she needs to tell Granite Staters how she would vote on efforts to block the unconstitutional Obama immigration executive orders. Maggie Hassan owes her constituents an answer," said Horn.

BACKGROUND:

During Her 2014 Reelection Campaign, Jeanne Shaheen Voted With Ted Cruz To Block Obama's Immigration Orders (Los Angeles Times, 9/18/2014)  

Thursday
Feb262015

NHDP - Republicans on Executive Council Prove Once Again that NH GOP Has No Credibility on Fiscal Responsibility 

Led By Executive Councilor David Wheeler, Republicans Block Contract for Equipment That’s Critical for Highway Maintenance and Would Save the State Money

Concord, N.H. – Proving once again that New Hampshire Republicans have no credibility on fiscal responsibility, David Wheeler and Republicans on the Executive Council for the second time blocked a contract for equipment that’s critical for highway maintenance and would save the state money.
 
“It makes zero sense that Republicans would block a contract that would save the state more than $3 million and allow DOT to carry out necessary road maintenance work,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “If Republicans on the Executive Council like David Wheeler need a refresher on the vital work that DOT workers do every day to keep our roads clear and safe, they should simply look out the window."
 
The Department of Transportation currently rents equipment necessary for “mowing, paving and drainage repairs, culvert repairs, tree cutting and removal, and restoring roads after washouts and State of Emergencies.” The legislature authorized DOT to instead lease the equipment, which would save the state an estimated $3 million

While Councilor Wheeler suggested that DOT buy the equipment outright, the legislature hasn't appropriated the money to do so. Leaving DOT with no choice but to continue with the more-expensive rental contracts.