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Wednesday
Aug212013

Kathy Sullivan - My sister, Mary Heath 

 Dear Friend,

My sister, Mary Heath, is running for State Representative in the Special Election in Manchester Ward 7 on September 17. 

Mary is a lifelong Manchester resident who spent 42 years working in education.  Because of her first-hand experience, Mary knows New Hampshire must continue to invest in a quality public education for our students and keep college tuition affordable so our children have the opportunity to receive the best education possible. 

 
In Concord, Mary will work with Governor Maggie Hassan to continue investing in our public education system, strengthen our economy and keep Manchester and New Hampshire moving forward. 

Like she did throughout her career in public education, Mary is working hard every day during this campaign.  She is going door-to-door and talking to voters about her goals and will continue to do so for the final four weeks of this campaign. 
Help Mary today with a contribution today to ensure she is victorious on Election Day:

https://secure.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/34201

 
Thank you for your support,
Kathy
Wednesday
Jun052013

NHDP Statement on the Special Election in Claremont Ward 2

Concord, N.H - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement after tonight's special election in Claremont Ward 2.

“I want to congratulate Larry Converse on running a clean and informative campaign in the most Republican leaning special election district yet this year.  Larry stood up for public schools and investing in our New Hampshire economy.

"During his last term in the State House Joe Osgood was a rubber stamp for Bill O’Brien’s reckless and irresponsible agenda.  He voted for a budget that killed hundreds of New Hampshire jobs, made the largest cut to public higher education in American history and slashed health care funding across the state.”

Wednesday
Jun052013

NHGOP STATEMENT ON CLAREMONT SPECIAL ELECTION VICTORY

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement tonight on Republican Joe Osgood's victory in the Claremont House special election. Osgood will fill a seat formerly occupied by a Democrat, and his victory represents the first special election pick up for either party in New Hampshire this year.  

 

"I want to congratulate Joe Osgood for running an outstanding campaign that focused on the traditional Republican principles of limited taxation, smaller government and fiscal restraint. Joe is an experienced public servant and he will make an excellent addition to our principled and responsible House Republican caucus.

 

"Tonight's victory is a repudiation of Governor Hassan's irresponsible agenda and her failed fiscal leadership in Concord. Granite Staters realize that the governor has no plan to balance the budget after the Democrat-controlled House rejected her reckless proposal. They understand that the only way to preserve New Hampshire's low tax environment is to elect fiscally responsible Republicans who will oppose Governor Hassan's destructive, big government policies."

Tuesday
Apr092013

Co-Chair of Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee Invites Governor Hassan to Explain Status of MOU

CONCORD – Today John B. Hunt (R-Rindge), Co-Chair of the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee, hand delivered the following letter to Governor Hassan’s office, inviting her to attend the committee’s meeting Tuesday morning. In prior communication with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Governor referenced explicitly that, “This letter of intent is provided with the understanding that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) governing the expectations, roles and responsibilities of the State of New Hampshire in a Partnership Exchange will not impose a cost on the state's general fund or create new state programs.” It is the impression of Rep. Hunt and of others on the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee that despite previous commitments, an MOU is no longer being pursued.

 

The letter is attached and reads as follows:

 

Governor Margaret Hassan

State House
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

 

April 8th, 2013

 

Your Excellency,

As you are aware, the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee will be meeting at 8:00A.M. on Tuesday, April 8, in room 302 of the LOB.  The committee is planning to review and possibly approve the MOU between the State of New Hampshire and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as referenced in your letter of intent to the Secretary on February 13, 2012.  (“This letter of intent is provided with the understanding that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) governing the expectations, roles, and responsibilities of the State of New Hampshire in a Partnership Exchange will not impose a cost on the state’s general fund or create new state programs.”)

Unfortunately, we have been unable to obtain a copy of the MOU from your staff or the Department of Insurance after repeated requests.  Most recently they have informed us they have unilaterally decided not to execute an MOU despite approval of the partnership letter which included the requirement of a MOU, as well as your previous commitment to work in collaboration with the state legislature on such a document to ensure that New Hampshire maintains flexibility and taxpayers are protected financially.  If true, this is very troubling development. 

Like you, we wish to work collaboratively with the executive branch to ensure that if New Hampshire moves forward with a Partnership Exchange we do so in a way that promotes preservation of private health insurance to the greatest degree possible, minimizes overhead and administrative expenses of the exchange, promotes competition and consumer choice, and preserves the state’s insurance regulatory authority and the state’s flexibility in determining Medicaid eligibility standards, program design, and operations.  That is exactly what the MOU is supposed to help us do. 

Therefore, as co-chairman of the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee I am respectfully requesting that you attend our meeting on April 8th so that we can discuss the status of the MOU and the process for moving forward.  If due to the late date of this letter you are unable to attend please send whoever in your office is authorized to discuss this issue on your behalf.

 

Respectfully,

 

Rep. John Hunt

Friday
Apr052013

NHDP Chairman Raymond Buckley's Statement on the Swearing in of Representative Bill O'Neil 

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on the swearing in of state Representative Bill O'Neil.  O'Neil won last month's special election in Manchester Ward 2.

 

"Congratulations to Representative O'Neil.  I am excited to see him join Governor Hassan, and House and Senate Democrats in Concord who are working to help build a more innovative economy for New Hampshire and repair the damage done by the reckless Bradley-O'Brien legislature.  Their Republican majority made the largest cut to public higher education in the American history.

 

"His swearing in today is a reminder that Manchester's voters soundly rejected the Republican agenda of attacking unions, women, students and seniors, in favor of a Democratic candidate.  With Jennifer Horn leading Kelly Ayotte's Republican Party, they have turned their back on traditional New Hampshire values in a desire to become the face and voice of the Tea Party and radical social conservatives."