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Tuesday
Jul142015

NHDP - Baseless NHGOP Attacks Should Be Targeted Instead At Walker, Christie and Ayotte 

 

 

 

 

 

Concord, N.H. – While Governor Hassan remains focused on fighting for a responsible budget that meets the needs of New Hampshire, the Republican Party has launched baseless attacks against the Governor that should instead be targeted at Republicans like Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and Kelly Ayotte.

Terrified about Kelly Ayotte’s vulnerable re-election, the New Hampshire Republican Party is attacking the Governor, claiming that she might “selfishly” decide to run for Senate, despite the fact that while state legislators are on vacation for the month of July, Governor Hassan remains ready to negotiate a fiscally responsible budget compromise.

Meanwhile, sitting Republican governors Scott Walker and Chris Christie have abandoned their states to run for president, leaving behind budget deficits and plummeting bond ratings to advance their own political ambition. And Kelly Ayotte continues traveling the country to promote herself as a vice presidential candidate while her own re-election is severely at risk.

“Sitting Republican governors Scott Walker and Chris Christie will not be happy to hear that Jennifer Horn and the New Hampshire Republican Party are slamming them for spending roughly half of their time out-of-state promoting their own political ambition instead of solving mounting problems at home,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “While New Hampshire plays host to sitting Republican governors who have ignored their home states to run for president, Governor Hassan is actually doing her job, working to pass a responsible budget that meets the needs of New Hampshire."

Yahoo reports, “So far Christie has spent more than 40 percent of his second term, which began in 2014, outside of New Jersey. Much of that travel was for trips to help lay the groundwork for a national campaign.”

Politifact also found that Scott Walker spent “less than half, or an average of 14 nights per month, in Wisconsin.”

Not to mention that Kelly Ayotte has engaged in significant national political travel as part of her Veepstakes tour, traveling to Mitt Romney’s Utah retreat that WMUR’s John DiStaso described as “a veritable “Who’s Who” of Republican political insiders,” and making not one but two political trips to California in as many weeks.


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Tuesday
Jul142015

NH GOP - Please join me and Senator Sununu 

 

 

Friends,  
I am very excited to share with you the news that Senator John E. Sununu will be joining us next week at our reception honoring the good work of Senator Morse and the Senate Republican Majority. 

Senator Sununu served New Hampshire with honor and distinction in the United States Senate and continues to support the important work of New Hampshire Republicans. Tickets for the reception start at just $75.

The reception will take place on Thursday, July 23rd at 6:00 pm at the Grappone Center in Concord. Please click here to purchase tickets.
Sen. Sununu and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Best wishes,
Jennifer Horn
Chairman
New Hampshire Republican State Committee

 

Saturday
Jul112015

NH GOP - GOV HASSAN DROPS BALL ON FEDERAL GRANT TO COMBAT HEROIN EPIDEMIC 

After Vetoing $18 Million To Combat Substance Abuse, Hassan Unaware Of Additional $12 Million Federal Grant

 

Concord - WMUR-TV last night reported that Governor Hassan was completely unaware that New Hampshire has received a $12 million grant for substance abuse prevention. This week, Vermont lawmakers celebrated receiving the same grant which will help double their partnerships on prevention. 

 

"At a time when law enforcement officials are asking for more resources to address our heroin crisis, our state needs a full-time governor who is focused on this serious problem. Governor Hassan's embarrassing admission that she didn't know about an important federal grant to combat substance abuse shows she is becoming increasingly detached from her official duties as she plots a campaign for United States Senate," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Elected officials in Vermont knew that their state had been awarded the same grant, so there is no good excuse for Governor Hassan's clueless response and failed leadership. It's time for the governor to stop planning her next political career move with Washington insiders and start focusing on issues that are important to New Hampshire."

 

Governor Hassan recently vetoed the state budget which included a 75% increase in funding to combat substance abuse.

 

BACKGROUND:

 

WMUR: "Budget Stalemate In Concord Is Leaving Millions Of Dollars In Limbo." "Police and community leaders are calling for more help in the fight against heroin, but the budget stalemate in Concord is leaving millions of dollars in limbo." (Josh McElveen, "Budget battle slows funds for heroin treatment," WMUR, 7/9/15)

  • "New Hampshire...Received A $12 Million Grant Geared Toward Drug Prevention, The New Hampshire Governor's Office Didn't Know About It." "And while New Hampshire, just like Vermont, recently received a $12 million grant geared toward drug prevention, the New Hampshire governor's office didn't know about it." (Josh McElveen, "Budget battle slows funds for heroin treatment," WMUR, 7/9/15)
  • "'It's Time For The State Of New Hampshire To Step [Up] To The Plate And Do Something'" "'Other states are apparently much better at it than we are, but it's time for the state of New Hampshire to step to the plate and do something other than having police officers arrest drug addicts,' [Manchester Police Chief Nick] Willard said." (Josh McElveen, "Budget battle slows funds for heroin treatment," WMUR, 7/9/15)

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Saturday
Jul112015

NH GOP - GOV HASSAN VETOES BIPARTISAN DOMICILE REFORM BILL 

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.

 

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Friday
Jul102015

NH GOP - HASSAN HOLDS FUNDS TO FIGHT HEROIN EPIDEMIC HOSTAGE WITH IRRESPONSIBLE VETO 

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)

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