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NCSL Actively Campaigning For Internet Sales Tax Legislation That Would Damage NH Advantage

Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn sent the following letter to Speaker Terie Norelli today asking her to stop paying taxpayer funded dues to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). The NCSL is lobbying for the passage of the Internet sales tax bill that will hurt New Hampshire small businesses. Speaker Norelli also serves as president of the NCSL:

April 29, 2013

The Honorable Terie Norelli
State House
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

Dear Speaker Norelli,

On behalf of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, I am writing to formally request that you seek to end New Hampshire’s payment of dues to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Under your leadership as President, the NCSL is actively supporting a disastrous Internet sales tax bill that will hurt New Hampshire small business owners. It is outrageous that Granite State taxpayers are being forced to fund an organization that is campaigning for legislation that will damage the New Hampshire Advantage.

According to the Legislative Accounting Office, New Hampshire taxpayers spent $126,879 in fiscal year 2013 on dues owed to the NCSL. The NCSL is using this money to fund a campaign to urge Members of Congress to support the job-killing Internet sales tax bill.

This legislation would burden New Hampshire small business owners with onerous new regulations and allow states with a sales tax to expand government by taking more money out of the pockets of working families. As Speaker of the House and NCSL President you must stand up for New Hampshire by demanding repayment of the dues paid to the NCSL and remove funding for the payments of these dues from the upcoming state budget.

While Senator Kelly Ayotte and other elected officials have spoken out against the Internet sales tax bill, you have said nothing. You have sat on your hands as President Obama, the leader of your party, and the NCSL, an organization that you oversee, have championed this devastating legislation. Your shameful silence raises serious questions about whether you would rather stand with New Hampshire, or quietly serve the interests of the states with a sales tax that you represent as NCSL President.

New Hampshire can no longer afford to fund an organization like the NCSL that is trying to damage our small business community. I look forward to your prompt response to this pressing matter.


Jennifer Horn
Chairman, New Hampshire Republican State Committee


Sunacom - "…the gas tax is dead on arrival" - Spec Bowers 

In his April 28, 2013 column on, Sullivan County GOP Chairman Spec Bowers writes:

'Most people don't know it, but our State legislators are also county legislators.'

'Last year, [Sullivan County] commissioners recommended a budget that raised taxes by 2%. The county delegation consisting of nine Republicans and four Democrats voted instead to cut taxes. It will be interesting to see if this year's delegation, now controlled by Democrats, will go along with a tax increase...'

'Word from the Senate is that the gas tax is dead on arrival.'

'The gambling bill, SB 152, is being considered by a special joint committee of Finance and Ways & Means.' 'We heard at the public hearing that it will not be possible for the rules and regulations to be written and approved before the bill's stated deadline for choosing the winning bidder.'

'Perhaps the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) is more difficult than the tests used in other states, but it does seem appalling that a large majority of NH high school students are ranked Not Proficient in math.' 

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Concord – The New York Times (4/26/13) today reports that Democrats in both houses of Congress are “getting nervous that they could pay a political price” for the implementation of Obama Care.  The Times specifically mentioned concerns raised by New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen in a closed-door meeting on Thursday with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

“We are hearing from a lot of small businesses in New Hampshire that do not know how to comply with the law,” Shaheen told the Times. “Restaurants that employ people for about 30 hours a week are trying to figure out whether it would be in their interest to reduce the hours” of those workers, so the restaurants could avoid the law’s requirement to offer health coverage to full-time employees.

“Jeanne Shaheen, Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster should all be nervous about the price they will pay for supporting President Obama’s disastrous health care law. As ObamaCare begins to take effect, New Hampshire small businesses will be devastated by onerous new regulations and working families will be burdened with higher health care costs,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “These issues were brought to Senator Shaheen’s attention before she decided to blindly support her party’s efforts to ram ObamaCare through Congress. But Shaheen ignored her constituents, and now she is responsible for the alarming consequences of this law that will be imposed on New Hampshire.”

A poll released by the University of New Hampshire this month shows that the Democrats’ health care legislation is extremely unpopular in the Granite State. The survey found that 49% of New Hampshire residents opposed ObamaCare while only 34% supported it.

The Times also reported that Democrat Senator Max Baucus, also said that the Obama Administration deserved “a failing grade” for its efforts to explain the law to the public.

“I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” said Mr. Baucus.


NHDP - Aprils Fools: For NHGOP April Showers Brought Flood of Scandals

For the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, April showers brought not flowers but instead a never ending flood of scandals and embarrassment.  When the month started with the NHGOP's treasurer accusing embattled Chair Jennifer Horn of being "a felon" and the "greatest present liability" facing New Hampshire Republicans it was hard to imagine things could get any worse for the NHGOP.  But they did AgainAnd again And again.


Just days later, a new lien, in addition to one held by the IRS, was placed on Horn for unpaid credit card debt and the Coos County Republicans cast a unanimous vote of no confidence against her.


The next scandal to rock the NHGOP would end with the extremely conservative Union Leader editorial page taking New Hampshire Republicans to task.  Former NHGOP Chairman Jack Kimball and two Republican State Representatives demanded that their fellow lawmakers be arrested and thrown in prison by the U.S. Marshal Service for voting in opposition to them.  The embarrassment prompted the former Republican Congressman and personal attorney to disgraced former Speaker Bill O'Brien to chastise them as "constitutional illiterates" adding they were "embarrassing to my party and to the state." 


That disaster was soon eclipsed by a more serious long-term problem as New Hampshire Republicans were reluctantly forced to consider their D-team of failed former Congressmen Frank Guinta and Jeb Bradley as candidates in 2014. Public polling revealed that both baggage laden Republicans are viewed negatively by New Hampshire voters and national Republicans were understandably not "terribly excited" about either. 


But the ultimate humiliation came as their own state party Chair openly salivated about the possibility of a carpetbagger run by rejected Massachusetts politician Scott Brown, promising voters would give him "an honest chance."  The Brown trail balloon was lampooned as something between 'a stupid idea,' and 'delusional.'  In public polls, over half the state - 54% of New Hampshire voters - told him not to run for office in their state, and nearly two-thirds said they don't consider him a Granite Stater. Sadly, for New Hampshire and the Republican Party the worse was still yet to come.


Republican State Representative Peter Hansen became the NHGOP's and the entire state's next shameful national embarrassment when he referred to women as "vagina's" in State House emails to other legislators. Though even his weekly hometown paper demanded he resign citing his prolonged refusal to apologize for days - Senator Kelly Ayotte, Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, and House Republican Leader Gene Chandler deemed him worthy to remain in office.


One of Hansen's Republican colleagues in the State House Stella Tremblay wasted no time following in his footsteps.  While the hunt was still on for suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombings, she began insisting the tragedy was an "attack by our own government."  Instead of apologizing, she doubled down on her chilling and vile claim. Even for the New Hampshire Republican Party, which has become synonymous with the Tea Party and radical extremism, Tremblay's claims were a new low.  Despite calls for her to step down, and her refusal to make even the smallest apology, Ayotte, Bradley, Chandler and Horn refused to demand her resignation.


But the biggest crisis for New Hampshire Republicans was the massive backlash again Kelly Ayotte's vote opposing the bipartisan compromise legislation to expand background checks.  It resulted in a harsh criticism from Granite Staters that sent her approval rating into free fall.  The Concord Monitor said her explanation was "utter nonsense." Both the Keene Sentinel and Portsmouth Herald called on voters to hold her accountable in 2016. 


From top to bottom the New Hampshire Republican Party was a complete and utter embarrassment in April.  Barely a single 24 hour period existed in which Republicans were not the center of a developing scandal, a national embarrassment, or dodging resignation demands.  There is little hope for next month as NHGOP leaders have steadfastly refused to take responsibility and end the epidemic of shockingly inappropriate behavior by their Tea Party colleagues.




Concord – A new poll released last night by the University of New Hampshire shows a steady decline in Congresswoman Annie Kuster and Congresswoman Shea-Porter popularity. According to the survey, both Shea-Porter and Kuster have a dismal -1% favorability rating. 

“Representatives Shea-Porter and Kuster are losing support because Granite Staters are fed up with their votes for higher taxes, reckless spending and more debt,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “Kuster and Shea-Porter have gone to Washington and betrayed their constituents by championing extreme, job killing policies that will grow government and bankrupt our country. They are completely out of step with New Hampshire’s fiscally responsible values and unable to address the serious challenges that are threatening America's solvency.”

The survey found that only 31% of First District residents have a favorable opinion of Congresswoman Shea-Porter, while 32% have an unfavorable opinion. That’s down from the 49% favorable/28% unfavorable ratings that Shea-Porter received in UNH’s August poll.

Second District residents have a 29% favorable and 30% unfavorable opinion of Congresswoman Annie Kuster, down from a 35% favorable/25% unfavorable rating in UNH’s October poll.