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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. 

Thursday
Feb262015

NH GOP - Meet Gov. Scott Walker in March 

FROM THE DESK OF
GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER
Friend,

After eight years of failed leadership under President Obama, America needs a new direction. But if we're going to win in 2016, we need to start the hard work now.

On March 14th from 9:30am-12:30pm, I'll be joining the New Hampshire Republican Party at the 2016 Kickoff Grassroots Training at New Hampshire Technical Institute's Sweeney Hall Auditorium in Concord. 

We'll be discussing how we can grow the Republican Party and effectively communicate a winning conservative message in 2016. Be sure to bring your friends and neighbors, and I hope to see you there!


Sincerely, 

Governor Scott Walker
Tuesday
Feb242015

NHGOP EXECUTIVE BOARD CONFIRMS DAN INNIS AS PARTY FINANCE CHAIRMAN 

Concord - TheNew Hampshire Republican State Committee Executive Board tonight confirmed Portsmouth small business owner Dan Innis as the party's next finance chairman. Innis was appointed to the position by Chairman Jennifer Horn and supported by Senator Kelly Ayotte and Congressman Frank Guinta.

"Dan Innis is an accomplished small business owner and a proven leader in his community. I am pleased that Dan has agreed to dedicate his time and considerable talents to helping Republicans raise the resources that we need to compete with the Democrats," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "I am proud to have Dan on my team and look forward to his contributions to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee."

 

"It is an honor to serve the NHGOP as the next Finance Chairman.  It is an important role and critical to insuring that we have the resources we need to reach our goals over the coming years," said Dan Innis. "The NHGOP, under Jennifer Horn's leadership, has put together a strong team that will take the party to victory and help to elect fiscally responsible leadership at the local, state, and national level.  I look forward to working with everyone in the NHGOP and I am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute."

Dan Innis ran for the First District Republican nomination for Congress in 2014. He served as the Dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, overseeing major developments at the school. Dan co-founded The Hotel Portsmouth with his husband, Doug Palardy, and previously co-founded The Ale House Inn in downtown Portsmouth prior to its sale in 2013.