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Saturday
Oct272012

NH GOP - SHEA-PORTER'S CAMPAIGN OF PERPETUAL DESPERATION

Concord, NH- Carol Shea-Porter has been running a campaign of perpetual desperation from the start, and yesterday's antics just add more fuel to the fire. First, even though she has admitted she rubber stamped Speaker Nancy Pelosi's agenda and voted with the Democrats in Congress 100 percent of the time, she hid from the voters by waiting until August to add any of her positions to her website. She was afraid how voters would react to answers during an interview and asked it not be aired. Now, with election day just over a week away, her team is rising from the shadows and defacing property in broad daylight. Just yesterday, her team was caught stealing  Guinta for Congress signs and replacing them with her own signs.   

"Former Congresswoman Shea-Porter has proved that she can't run a campaign where she is truthful with the voters," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald. "If she displays these dirty tactics now, how can we trust her again in Washington? The first time she voted with the Democrats 100 percent of the time. Now she’s showing she will stop at nothing to get back down there, and she is dragging her supporters in to the fray stealing signs. Carol Shea-Porter is nervous and desperate to win. We hope that she can finish this campaign without  resorting to any more dirty tricks."

Background:

See pictures of signs being stolen here

 

Union Leader: Community access reporter sparring with Shea-Porter

 

“In an April 2007 interview with the Concord Monitor, Shea-Porter explained her views: ‘And so far I have voted, I think, 100 percent of the time with [Democratic leaders] because frankly I think they’re 100 percent right,’ she said.” (Alex Isenstadt, “Is Third Time The N.H. GOP’s Charm?”, Politico, 4/23/2009)

 

Wednesday
Oct242012

NHDP - NH GOP: Hiding Secrets, Or Just Fiscal Incompetence?

State GOP Committee has failed to file campaign finance reports in September and October

 

CONCORD - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee has failed to file the required campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State's office for the months of September and October and New Hampshire voters deserve to know why this information is being withheld.

 

"Are Republicans trying to hide information from voters, or are they failing to get their own fiscal house in order, like they have failed New Hampshire's middle class for the last two years?" said Raymond Buckley, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

 

According to the Secretary of State's website, the State Republican committee has not filed their last three required campaign finance reports for September 5th, September 19th and October 17th.  Calls to the Secretary's office confirmed that they, in fact, have not received the reports from the NHGOP.

 

"Like their party standard bearer, Mitt Romney, the New Hampshire Republican Party seems to believe that they can play by a different set of rules than everyone else," said Buckley.  "How can voters believe that the Republicans will be stewards of New Hampshire's economy when the state party won't even comply with the most basic requirements?"

 

This is just the latest problem with transparency from Republicans in Concord. Speaker Bill O'Brien ignored key provisions of the New Hampshire Constitution to lock the public out of the State House Gallery. Senate Candidate John Reagan ended a public hearing because he was tired of hearing from the public. And O'Brien has refused to even to send press releases to one major newspaper.

 

"Republicans in Concord are acting like the laws don't apply to them," Buckley said.

Friday
Oct122012

NH GOP - NHGOP BLASTS HASSAN'S PLAN FOR REVENUE ESTIMATING PANEL

Concord, NH- With yesterday's news that the state budget revenue figures were almost identical to target revenue, the New Hampshire Republican State Committee today blasts Maggie Hassan's plan for a Consensus Revenue Estimating Panel. Maggie says that she is for a "fiscally responsible budget," but looking at the '09-'10 budget that she had a hand in, it is obvious to Granite Staters that Maggie can't handle being fiscally responsible.

"We don't need a new bureaucracy in order to do the right thing," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald. "We must elect leaders who will be responsible, honest, and willing to make the tough decisions. As we saw yesterday, we don't need a superfluous panel to bring accuracy to the budgeting process. Whenever Maggie gets the chance, she can't help herself, she will continue to tax and spend. Last time Maggie Hassan was let anywhere near the budget, revenue was over-estimated by nearly a half-billion dollars in order to continue to fund her out of control spending."

Hassan Calls for Budget Process Reforms Including Consensus Revenue Estimating Panel

Thursday
Oct112012

NH GOP - BENGHAZI ATTACKS ARE NOT A BUMP IN THE ROAD

Concord, NH- Yesterday in the WBIN debate, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter responded to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi that took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, that "it is going to be a bumpy road there." Shea-Porter's remarks sound a lot like Obama's lackadaisical response the past few weeks on the same attack. It's obvious that Carol Shea-Porter will continue the Obama Administration's lack of direction.

"To describe a terrorist attack, due to a lack of security, as a 'bumpy road' is entirely inappropriate and shows a lack of understanding of the situation from the former Congresswoman," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald. "She is a former member of the Armed Services Committee, and I am surprised that this would be her reaction. The down playing of this attack must stop and it must be addressed."

CAROL SHEA-PORTER'S REMARKS ON BENGHAZI ATTACKS

Wednesday
Oct102012

NH GOP - MAGGIE HASSAN IS NO JOHN LYNCH 

Concord, NH – After staying silent through the entire democratic primary, Democratic Gov. John Lynch today endorsed Maggie Hassan for Governor, a move that came as no surprise to anyone in New Hampshire and one telegraphed by Lynch’s spokesman last month when he said what everyone is thinking today, “Of course the Governor's going to support the ticket.” [1] 

But looking at Sen. Hassan’s record helps to explain why Gov. Lynch was slow to endorse his party’s nominee.  It is safe to say, Maggie Hassan in no John Lynch.

While in the Senate,

  • Maggie Hassan voted against tort reform legislation to create screening panels for medical injury claims, a bill John Lynch sign into law (SB 214, 2005);
  • Maggie Hassan voted against a bill to increase the penalties for voter fraud, a bill John Lynch signed into law (HB 1222, 2006);
  • Maggie Hassan voted against legislation to improve the funding system for charter schools, a bill John Lynch signed into law (HB76, 2006) on an issue Ovide Lamontagne fought for while on the State Board of Education.

As Governor,

  • John Lynch vetoed a bill to study the taxation of electric vehicles, a bill supported by Sen. Hassan (HB 1220, 2008);
  • John Lynch vetoed a bill allowing new property owners to evict owners of foreclosed properties before the sale of the property was finalized, a bill supported by Sen. Hassan (HB 1333, 2008); 
  • John Lynch vetoed two bills that would have diluted the right to know law, particularly with regard to union negotiations, bills supported by Sen. Hassan (HB 53 and HB 379, 2010).
  • John Lynch supported a constitutional amendment to address the ongoing education funding issue, Maggie Hassan does not;
  • John Lynch opposed an increase in the gas tax, Maggie Hassan is open to one; [3]
  • John Lynch opposed simply expanding Medicaid as a means of covering the uninsured in our state, Maggie Hassan does not. [4]

“Of course” Democratic Gov. John Lynch was going to endorse his party’s nominee, but a look at Sen. Hassan’s record certainly calls into question if that endorsement is more than party-label deep.

1: http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/354527/governors-race-bare-knuckled?page=full

2: http://www.vnews.com/06072012/9592621.htm

3: http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/359613/nh-official-gas-tax-hike-could-help?SESSc3bcc3f01c7dfda2c9ba08cafc0a28ff=google

4: http://thedartmouth.com/2009/10/16/news/medicaid