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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding Governor Hassan's veto of SB 179, bipartisan legislation that would have established a thirty day residency requirement to vote in New Hampshire:


"Governor Hassan ignored Secretary of State Bill Gardner's sensible advice by vetoing this bipartisan legislation to ensure the integrity of New Hampshire's elections. Secretary Gardner is one of the foremost authorities on New Hampshire election law, and his strong support for a thirty day residency requirement shows that this commonsense approach should have been signed into law. Governor Hassan's decision to veto this bill is partisan politics at its worst. She has made it clear that she is focused on appeasing liberal special interest groups that are pushing her to run for United States Senate instead of doing what is best for New Hampshire."


Secretary of State Bill Gardner supported SB 179 and worked with legislative leadership to ensure it would not infringe on individuals' right to vote. Recently, Secretary of State Bill Gardner stated that New Hampshire has "drive-by voting" and that he has witnessed fraud personally.





Hassan's Reckless Actions Blocking 75% Increase In Funding To Combat Substance Abuse


"New Hampshire is facing a heroin epidemic and it is unfortunate that millions of dollars in funding to combat substance abuse are being held hostage as a result of Governor Hassan's politically-motivated budget veto. Health care advocates pleaded with Governor Hassan to sign the Legislature's responsible budget, but the governor refused to listen to their concerns. It's time for Governor Hassan to stop focusing on petty political considerations and work with the Legislature on a sensible budget that will address New Hampshire's substance abuse crisis." - NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn


Union Leader: "House Speaker Shawn Jasper Said...More State Help Would Be Available To Cities Such As Manchester To Combat The Growing Heroin Epidemic If Gov. Maggie Hassan Had Not Vetoed The Budget...The $11.35 Billion Budget Vetoed By Hassan Included A 75 Percent Funding Increase For Treatment And Recovery Programs" "House Speaker Shawn Jasper said Wednesday more state help would be available to cities such as Manchester to combat the growing heroin epidemic if Gov. Maggie Hassan had not vetoed the budget. On Tuesday, Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard called on the state to do more to help combat the drug epidemic. Jasper said the $11.35 billion budget vetoed by Hassan included a 75 percent funding increase for treatment and recovery programs." (Staff, "More state help for addicts in budget," Union Leader, 7/8/15)


Senator Jeannie Forrester: "This Budget...Increases Spending On Drug And Alcohol Prevention, Treatment, And Recovery By 75 Percent More Than The Last Budget..." (Sen. Jeanie Forrester (Op-Ed), "Governor needs to share spending numbers, soon," Laconia Daily Sun, 7/6/15)


Concord Monitor: "Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan Vetoed The State Budget...That Means The Alcohol Abuse Prevention And Treatment Fund Has Yet To Receive Its Expected Increase" Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed the state budget, saying it promises more than it delivers. Now, New Hampshire is operating under a six-month temporary spending plan that funds the state at current levels while lawmakers come up with a compromise. That means the Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Treatment fund has yet to receive its expected increase and the commission can't begin deploying the new dollars. (Allie Morris, "New Hampshire funding for treatment, recovery far lower than neighboring states," Concord Monitor, 7/6/15)

  • "Very Limited Resources To Deal With Substance Abuse" "New Hampshire has...very limited resources to deal with substance abuse, said Joe Harding, director of the state's Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services." (Allie Morris, "New Hampshire funding for treatment, recovery far lower than neighboring states," Concord Monitor, 7/6/15)

Union Leader: "The State Needs To Better Fund Prevention And Treatment" "Melissa Silvey, a member of the Opioid Taskforce of Strafford County and director of public health and substance misuse prevention at Goodwin Community Health, said the state needs to better fund prevention and treatment." (Jason Schreiber, "Heroin deaths top highway fatalities in NH," Union Leader, 4/11/15)


Portsmouth Herald: "The Vetoed Budget Added Money For Substance Abuse Prevention" (Editorial, "Gov. Hassan's budget veto will prove a mistake," Portsmouth Herald, 7/2/15)


Union Leader: "If State Leaders Don't Take Steps Now To Address The Opioid Epidemic, New Hampshire Could Be Looking At As Many As 1,000 Drug Overdose Deaths A Year" "If state leaders don't take steps now to address the opioid epidemic, New Hampshire could be looking at as many as 1,000 drug overdose deaths a year, Tym Rourke told lawmakers last week." (Shawne K. Wickham, "1,000 NH overdose deaths predicted," Union Leader, 5/2/15)


WMUR: "'We Need More Action,' Police Chief Nick Willard Said. 'We Need The Leaders Of This State To Step Forward And Help Us With This Heroin Epidemic, Because It's Not Going Away.'" (Josh McElveen, "Heroin seizures up 20 times in Manchester over last year," WMUR, 7/7/15)


Concord Monitor: "Lack of State Resources" "Drug deaths have surpassed traffic deaths, suicides and homicides in New Hampshire...When facing a lack of state resources to help stay sober, recovery advocates - many of whom are in long-term recovery themselves - are taking matters into their own hands." (Ella Nilsen, "With overdose deaths at all time high, more hope for NH recovery," Concord Monitor, 7/9/15)


Associated Press: "Budget Would Have Doubled Money In Prevention, Treatment And Recovery" "Throughout the budget process, Republicans and Democrats alike called for greater efforts to address the state's growing heroin and prescription drug abuse problem. The budget would have doubled money in prevention, treatment and recovery fund to $6.7 million, allowing the state to begin investing in now-lacking recovery programs. Without the additional funding, the state can't start issuing requests for proposals for new programs and providers. (Kathleen Ronayne, "New Hampshire agencies, programs face budgetary uncertainty," Associated Press, 6/29/2015)

  • "For People Who Need Help, Advocates Say, The Delay Will Have Real Consequences...'That Means Continued Waitlists, That Means Continued Overdose Deaths'" "For people who need help, advocates say, the delay will have real consequences...'That means continued waitlists, that means continued overdose deaths,' said Tym Rourke, chair of the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. 'There is no substantive change we can expect to see around the substance abuse epidemic until we have the ability to provide those expanded services.'" (Kathleen Ronayne, "New Hampshire agencies, programs face budgetary uncertainty," Associated Press, 6/29/2015)

Portsmouth Herald: "Uncertainty...Will Further Jeopardize The Health And Safety Of Those We Support" "The uncertainty of a continuing resolution and a six-month delay on the increase will further jeopardize the health and safety of those we support. Providers, such as GSIL, need this new rate today." (Clyde E. Terry, "Gov. Hassan should take bird in the hand," Portsmouth Herald, 6/24/15)

  • "Don't Veto This Budget" "Lastly, to Governor Hassan - Don't veto this budget; there's a lot of good in it. After all, 'a bird in hand is better than two in the bush.'" (Clyde E. Terry, "Gov. Hassan should take bird in the hand, "Portsmouth Herald, 6/24/15)
  • "Increase That We Haven't Seen In Years" "...this budget contains a home care reimbursement rate increase that we haven't seen in years" (Clyde E. Terry, "Gov. Hassan should take bird in the hand," Portsmouth Herald, 6/24/15)

Concord Monitor: "Advocates Fear A Veto Could Jeopardize Those Small Advances. They Are Worried About The Uncertainty A Veto Would Create" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

  • "Best Budget We've Seen In Years" "'This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years,' said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. 'We hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.'" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)
  • "The Uncertainty That It Creates Is The Biggest Problem" "'The uncertainty that it creates is the biggest problem,' said Jeff Dickinson, Advocacy Director for Granite State Independent Living.'" (Allie Morris, "Health, social service backers silent on Hassan budget veto threat," Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)




Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today filed the following Right to Know request regarding Governor Maggie Hassan's communications with disgraced former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:


Dear 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 from your office regarding your communications with disgraced former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. This includes phone records, calendar records and any written or electronic communications from you and your staff.


This week, POLITICO reported that disgraced former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has personally encouraged you to abandon your gubernatorial responsibilities and run for United States Senate. When questioned about this report by WMUR-TV, your spokesman provided "no direct comment" and refused to admit that Senator Reid has called you.


Your political ambitions are the worst kept secret in Concord, and it's obvious that you are using the corner office as a stepping-stone for higher office. It's not surprising to learn that you are quietly working with Washington elites and party bosses to plot your United States Senate campaign.


Granite Staters deserve a full-time governor who is focused on moving New Hampshire forward instead of advancing her political career. They also deserve to know how much time you are wasting taking phone calls from Beltway insiders instead of addressing the state budget crisis that you created. Your unwillingness to admit that you have been in contact with Senator Reid is extremely troubling and raises very serious questions about your commitment to government transparency.


As a result, we have no choice but to file this request to get more information on your interactions with Senator Harry Reid. Pursuant to the guiding statutes, please respond to this request within five (5) days of receipt. If you deny any or this entire request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of appeal procedures available to me under the law.


Thank you for your attention to this matter.




Jennifer Horn


New Hampshire Republican State Committee




Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on Governor Hassan's attempt to stonewall a public records request for information about her communications with disgraced Majority Leader Harry Reid. In response to a Right to Know request filed earlier today, the governor's office refused to release any documents regarding her communications with Senator Reid. POLITICO reported earlier this week that Reid is actively lobbying Governor Hassan to run for United States Senate:


"Governor Hassan's unwillingness to provide public documents or answer questions about her discussions with disgraced former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid raises serious questions about her commitment to transparency. The governor is clearly focused on using her job as a stepping-stone to higher office, and it's time for her to openly and honestly respond to reports about her ongoing discussions with Washington insiders and party bosses. New Hampshire deserves a full-time governor to address the state budget crisis instead of a calculating politician in the corner office who is obsessed with plotting her next career move."





Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today regarding disgraced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lying about his communications with Governor Maggie Hassan. Reid, an admitted liar who misled voters about Mitt Romney's taxes during the 2012 presidential election, tried to deny national media reports that he contacted Hassan and urged her to run for Senate.


"Senator Harry Reid is an admitted liar who disgraced himself and embarrassed his constituents by using the floor of the United States Senate to smear Governor Romney with false attacks. He can't be trusted to tell the truth and nothing he says can be taken seriously. Governor Hassan is clearly using her job as a stepping-stone for higher office and new attack ads launched by Harry Reid's Super PAC on her behalf are a clear indication that they are working together to launch her Senate campaign. It's time for Governor Hassan and Senator Reid to stop lying to New Hampshire and come clean about their close association and coordinated efforts to plot the next step in her political career."