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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on reports regarding New Hampshire's status as the First-in-the-Nation presidential primary state:
"New Hampshire has earned its place as the First-in-the-Nation presidential primary state because our voters are sophisticated and take their role in the nomination process seriously. The entire nation benefits when candidates are forced to answer the concerns of voters face-to-face in living rooms and backyards across New Hampshire. Governor Hassan and Senator Shaheen are trying to rig New Hampshire's presidential primary with early endorsements of Hillary Clinton, despite strong grassroots support for Bernie Sanders. Granite Staters resent being told how to vote by party bosses such as Governor Hassan and Senator Shaheen, and their clear attempt to coronate Hillary Clinton does a disservice to our First-in-the-Nation presidential primary process. The New Hampshire Republican State Committee is committed to fighting any attempt to threaten our status after 2016."


No Difference Between Budget Hassan Demonized And Final Budget She Praised


"After caving on the budget and begging the Legislature to override her disastrous veto, it's clear that Governor Hassan wasn't sincere in her objections and was only looking for shameless political gain. The final budget is nearly identical to the version she demonized for months, proving the governor cares more about pursuing extreme political stunts at the expense of Granite Staters than doing what's right for New Hampshire." - NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn


Please see excerpts from Charlie Arlinghaus' column in today's Union Leaderbelow:


"Averting grave danger by doing nothing"

Charlie Arlinghaus

Union Leader

September 23, 2015

Remember the irresponsible budget that was so unbalanced that the governor felt she had no choice but to veto it? The business tax cuts were called irresponsible and a threat to our future. They could only go forward if balanced by about $100 million of tax increases. And the rest of the budget was a disaster that ignored critical priorities in at least five different areas, would "present a danger to our state's future" and was "unbalanced, dishonest about what it funds."

Obviously the Republican Legislature disagreed with the Democratic governor about her strong rhetoric. But compromise seemed impossible. It also turned out to be unnecessary. The final so-called budget deal included almost no changes of any significance.

The final deal is essentially the legislative budget that was vetoed. The supposedly catastrophic tax cuts are not just included but accelerated. If the last budget was "dishonest about what it funds" - and of course it just plain wasn't - no changes whatsoever were made to what it funds and how it funds them. If the vetoed budget was a danger to the future, so is this because the non-compromise doesn't change how it funds substance abuse, higher education or anything else.
If the old cuts are ridiculous, dangerous and unpaid for, how is this less so? The simple truth is that no one believed the old modest cut was dangerous, even the politicians writing those words. This budget battle was really only about words that had no meaning to their author.


And that's all that happened. The executive branch ceded back to the Legislature some of its traditional authority in exchange for the pre-negotiated pay raise. The supposedly horrible business tax cuts are still there; there are no changes to spending, and whatever might have been "dishonest" - other than the dishonest charge of dishonesty - remains.

So why did we waste three months of our policy life on nothing? I don't know, and frankly I don't think they do either.
The grave "danger to the state's future" has been magically averted by doing absolutely nothing. Thank goodness I wasn't paying attention.



"Mutiny", "Putsch", "Machiavellian", "Disturbed", "Rude", "Coronation", "Very Awkward"
Concord - Delegates to the New Hampshire Democrat Party are speaking out against their party's leadership after a clear attempt at a "coronation" of Hillary Clinton at last week's convention. Just today, three letters to the editor appeared in newspapers across the state from convention goers and delegates upset with how they were treated by Hillary Clinton supporters and party leadership, calling out DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and alluding to the politically-calculated endorsement of Hillary Clinton by Governor Hassan the day before the event.
"Granite Staters resent being told how to vote by party bosses such as Governor Hassan and Senator Shaheen, and their clear attempt to coronate Hillary Clinton is fueling real resentment within the Democrat Party," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Democrats are understandably upset with their party leadership, particularly Governor Hassan for endorsing Hillary Clinton right before the convention, despite strong grassroots support for Bernie Sanders. New Hampshire deserves a competitive primary on both sides of the aisle and coordinated efforts to stifle debate and coronate a candidate do a disservice to our First-in-the-Nation presidential primary process."
Keene Sentinel Letter: "The New Hampshire Democratic Convention This Past Saturday - Or As We Called It Afterward, The Coronation" "I had the great opportunity to go to the New Hampshire Democratic Convention this past Saturday - or as we called it afterward, the coronation." (Susan Hocking, "At convention, the feel of a foregone conclusion," Keene Sentinel, 9/22/15)
  • "The Fact That The Majority Of Our N.H. Leadership Came Out Prior To The Convention To Endorse Hillary Made This, For Me, A Very Awkward Experience" "The fact that the majority of our N.H. leadership came out prior to the convention to endorse Hillary made this, for me, a very awkward experience since I am a Bernie Sanders supporter." (Susan Hocking, "At convention, the feel of a foregone conclusion," Keene Sentinel, 9/22/15)
  • "Debbie Wasserman Schultz...Didn't Really Address The Issue. Not Listening To The Voters May Be A Big Mistake" "Debbie Wasserman Schultz acknowledge the audience yelling for more debates but didn't really address the issue. Not listening to the voters may be a big mistake for the establishment." (Susan Hocking, "At convention, the feel of a foregone conclusion," Keene Sentinel, 9/22/15)
  • "Hillary...Is Being Handed To Us On A Silver Platter. I'd Rather Eat In The Cafeteria Where I Can Chose" "Hillary may not have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth but she is being handed to us on a silver platter. I'd rather eat in the cafeteria where I can chose for myself who and what I want in a leader." (Susan Hocking, "At convention, the feel of a foregone conclusion," Keene Sentinel, 9/22/15)
Concord Monitor Letter: "As A Delegate To The New Hampshire Democratic Convention, I Was Very Disturbed By The Machiavellian Tactics Of The Clinton Campaign." (Jan Stevens, "Letter: Convention Putsch," Concord Monitor, 9/23/15)
  • "All The Seats At The Front Had Been Reserved For Hillary Supporters...All The People Standing On The Side, The Majority Of Whom Were Holding Bernie Signs, Were Asked To Move To The Rear...So As Not To Ruffle Hillary's Feathers" "...I was informed by a Clinton supporter who had gotten there early that apparently all the seats at the front had been reserved for Hillary supporters...When Hillary came up to speak, all the people standing on the side, the majority of whom were holding Bernie signs, were asked to move to the rear of the seating area, presumably so as not to ruffle Hillary's feathers." (Jan Stevens, "Letter: Convention Putsch," Concord Monitor, 9/23/15)
  • "If This Putsch Is Typical Of The Tactics That Clinton Intends To Use Throughout The Campaign, It Is Not Surprising That Sanders Has A 22-Point Lead In The New Hampshire" "If this putsch is typical of the tactics that Clinton intends to use throughout the campaign, it is not surprising that Sanders has a 22-point lead in the New Hampshire polls. People are sick of politics as usual."(Jan Stevens, "Letter: Convention Putsch," Concord Monitor, 9/23/15)
Foster's Daily Democrat Letter: "Democrats, United On Virtually Every Other Front, Want More Democratic Debates." (Greg Tuveson, "Give Us More Democratic Debates," Foster's Daily Democrat, 9/22/15)
  • "Dissent And, I Dare Say ... Mutiny!" "Accept the DNC's adamant adherence to a schedule of six sanctioned debates, and worse, threats to bar any candidate who participates in an unsanctioned debate from participation in the remaining sanctioned debates? Dissent and, I dare say ... mutiny!" (Greg Tuveson, "Give Us More Democratic Debates," Foster's Daily Democrat, 9/22/15)
  • "As A Party, We Need, Want And Deserve More Debates, And She Is Refusing To Acknowledge That." (Greg Tuveson, "Give Us More Democratic Debates," Foster's Daily Democrat, 9/22/15)

NHDP - NHGOP Tries to Distract from Their Disastrous Candidates  





CONCORD, N.H. - Following attacks from New Hampshire GOP, NHDP Chair Raymond Buckley made the following statement:


"While the GOP tries to distract from their disastrous field of presidential candidates who continue to make outrageous and offensive comments, repeat their opposition to the minimum wage, tout their records of cutting funding for women's health services, and support failed trickle-down policies that help the wealthiest few, Democrats continue to focus on the issues that really matter to Granite Staters - expanding opportunity for the middle class."



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding the ongoing controversy of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz refusing to allow more Democrat debates:
"Any attempt to coronate a presidential candidate hurts our First-in-the-Nation presidential primary. Top Democrat elected officials backing Hillary Clinton should not place their loyalty to her over New Hampshire's political tradition," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Governor Hassan, Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, Congresswoman Ann Kuster and former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter owe Granite Staters an explanation as to why other candidates aren't being given a fair shot at the nomination. Instead of shielding Hillary Clinton and pushing her presidential coronation, they should respond to the concerns voiced by grassroots activists and take a clear position on allowing more Democrat debates."
Top Democrat elected officials and activists, including Senators Martha Fuller Clark and Lou D'Allesandro, have already called on DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to allow more debates. This past Saturday at the New Hampshire Democrat Party convention, Wasserman-Schultz's speech was drowned out by chants calling for more debates.
This morning's editorial in the Union Leader called out Governor Hassan for protecting Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, declaring "the fix is in." On Sunday's CloseUp on WMUR-TV, Governor Hassan refused to say whether the Democrat Party should hold more presidential debates.
Terry McAuliffe, another Democrat governor backing Hillary Clinton, made his position clear on the issue of more debates, defending the current schedule and giving his constituents a straight answer on where he stands.
CNN: "Calls For More Democratic Presidential Primary Debates Grew So Loud...That The Party's Chairwoman Had To Raise Her Voice...Chants Of 'More Debates' And 'We Want More Debates' -- As Well As Some Boos -- Greeted Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz" "Calls for more Democratic presidential primary debates grew so loud at a party convention in New Hampshire Saturday that the party's chairwoman had to raise her voice during her opening remarks and break from her speech to shout back at attendees. Chants of "More debates" and "We want more debates" -- as well as some boos -- greeted Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz when she took the stage at the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention in Manchester." (Eugene Scott, Dan Merica and Cassie Spodak, "DNC chair heckled with calls for more debates," CNN, 9/19/15)
Politico: "Terry Mcauliffe - A Close Hillary Clinton Ally And Former Democratic National Committee Chairman - Pushed Back...Against Calls For Democrats To Add More Debates To Their Primary Schedule" "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe - a close Hillary Clinton ally and former Democratic National Committee chairman - pushed back on Saturday against calls for Democrats to add more debates to their primary schedule, telling POLITICO that six debates "gave candidates the platform they needed" when he chaired the DNC in 2004." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "McAuliffe: 6 debates are enough for Democrats," Politico, 9/19/15)
Union Leader: "From The Debate Schedule To The Early Endorsements From Figures Such As U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen And Gov. Maggie Hassan, The Fix Is In For Clinton. Democratic Voters Might Ask Themselves Why The Establishment Feels The Need To Go To Such Lengths To Protect Its Candidate From The Voters' Judgment." (Editorial, "Protecting Hillary: All over but the shouting," Union Leader, 9/21/15)