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Saturday
Jan242015

NH Senate Leadership objects to Governor’s plan to cut nursing home funding  

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) and Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) issued the following statement in response to Governor Hassan’s plan to cut $7 million from New Hampshire nursing homes in order to make up for the department’s spending shortfall.

“New Hampshire nursing homes didn’t create this problem, and they shouldn’t have to pay for it,” Morse said.

“It is unacceptable that cuts are being made, particularly for services like nursing homes, where operating budgets are already very tight each year. The unexpected cuts to these organizations could have serious impact on how they are able to operate,” Morse added.

“The Legislature clearly directed these funds be spent on nursing home reimbursements. The Governor approved the raid of funds dedicated to our county and private nursing homes as part of her effort to fill the budget shortfall in DHHS. However, the budget, signed by Governor Hassan, does not allow this action per a footnote explicitly prohibiting transfers or reductions of the state’s nursing home funding,” said Forrester.

“There are four nursing homes in my district that will have to absorb around $700,000 because of the Governor’s cuts. The likely outcome will be a cost downshift to taxpayers in the three counties my district covers. This is the unfortunate result of the Governor’s inability to responsibly manage the state’s budget,” Forrester continued.

“We passed a manageable budget that the Governor signed into law and have seen revenues coming in just above our conservative estimates each month.  By all measures, the state should be able to live within its financial means,” said Morse.

The Department of Health and Human Services latest budget dashboard shows it exceeding its Fiscal Year 2015 budget by $58 million.

Tuesday
Dec232014

NHDP - NH Republicans Seek to Defund Planned Parenthood, Again 

Concord, N.H. – Before the legislative session has even begun, the Concord Monitor reports that New Hampshire Republicans are already gearing up for another fight to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict access to family planning and critical health services for hard-working Granite State families.
 
“It’s long past time for Republicans to give up their radical agenda to defund Planned Parenthood, which would restrict access to critical health services and hurt hard-working middle class families,” said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan. “The New Hampshire Republican Party needs to learn that safe and affordable access to family planning services isn’t just a ‘women’s issue,’ it’s an economic issue for thousands of hard-working Granite State families.”
 
“Governor Hassan worked to restore funding for Planned Parenthood in her first term, ensuring that thousands of Granite State women have access to the critical health services they depend on. New Hampshire Democrats call on Speaker Jasper, Senate President Morse and other Republican leaders to stop trying to re-fight the same partisan battles of the last Bill O’Brien legislature and work with Governor Hassan to solve problems, expand middle class opportunity, and keep our economy moving forward.” added Sullivan.

Tuesday
Dec232014

NHDP - Newspapers Across NH Scold O’Brien for Destructive Antics

 

When Will Kelly Ayotte & GOP Leaders End Their Silence? 
 
Concord, N.H. – Newspapers across the state have repeatedly blasted Bill O’Brien for his childish and harmful behavior, begging the question, when will Kelly Ayotte, Chuck Morse, and Republican Party leaders end their silence and stop endorsing O’Brien as he fights to destroy the New Hampshire House from within.
 
“Bill O’Brien’s increasingly desperate attempts to grab power for himself and further his own radical anti-middle class agenda are no longer just hurting the Republican Party, they’re threatening the well-being of our middle class families and our economy,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Kelly Ayotte, Chuck Morse, and Republican Party leaders need to act responsibly and finally call on O’Brien to quit his destructive tactics and radical anti-middle class agenda before he’s able to take our economy backwards again.”
 
See below for a roundup of editorials from across the state blasting O’Brien’s destructive antics.
 
Nashua Telegraph: Politics: Dignity is not too much to ask
“The state faces too many important issues over the next two years to have Concord turned into a clown show. Politicians on both sides of the aisle need to work together – as they have done the past two years – to solve problems. That means O’Brien and his minions need to demonstrate a little dignity in defeat.”
Click here for full Nashua Telegraph Editorial.
 
Nashua Telegraph: They can cry if they want to
“Jasper isn’t the real culprit here. The larger problem is a party mind-set that thinks Bill O’Brien could possibly be an answer to any question New Hampshire voters might be asking. […] voters don’t much care about petty party considerations. They expect the jilted to grow up, get over the heartbreak and put the good of the state first.”
Click here for full Nashua Telegraph Editorial.
 
Concord Monitor: Tantrum is hurting GOP and the state
“Children see the world in black and white. The O’Brien faction and their leader are acting like spoiled children. Their tantrum is hurting their party, and if it continues, it will embarrass a state that is moving closer to the center of the national spotlight.”
Click here for full Concord Monitor Editorial.
 
Portsmouth Herald: O'Brien will do anything to gain power
“At first, former House Speaker Bill O’Brien and his rabid supporters, including the outspoken Pam Tucker of Greenland and Fred Rice of Hampton, just looked like a bunch of sore losers throwing a temper tantrum. But their efforts on Thursday to change House rules in order to anoint O’Brien as Republican majority leader fly in the face of the New Hampshire Constitution and show the desperate lengths O’Brien and his cronies will go to grab power from legally elected House Speaker Shawn Jasper and his leadership team. […] These latest actions show O’Brien is not simply a former Massachusetts Democrat who has become a far right-wing ideologue, he is a dangerous demagogue who will stop at nothing to get the power he seems to so desperately crave.”
Click here for full Concord Monitor Editorial.
 
Keene Sentinel: Republican House members need a time out
“At no point have we heard the put-out GOP leaders indicate anything they’re doing is for the good of the state. Rather, nearly every rebuke of the elected speaker has noted his actions as being detrimental to “the party.” Well, that would be a reasonable stance if only the Republican Party mattered — or governed — in New Hampshire. But those days have long since passed. What needs to happen now is to put aside these very petty squabbles in favor of serving the best interests of the state. […]The next two years will be hard enough to navigate. The GOP-led Legislature will need to find common ground with Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. That seems unlikely if its House members can’t even work and play amongst themselves without needing to be sent to the corner.”
Click here for full Keene Sentinel Editorial.
 
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript: O’Brien denial a coup for voters
“It’s time for O’Brien to let go of the reins of the N.H. House. There is a reason, perhaps many, why he wasn’t elected again to serve as speaker. […] given how our Legislature was run when O’Brien was in charge, Granite Staters should be happy to have someone — anyone — else leading the way for the majority party.”
Click here for full Monadnock Ledger-Transcript Editorial.
 
Valley News: The O’Brien Rebellion
“In the course of the proceedings, O’Brien demonstrated that this particular leopard had not changed spots, as his backers sought a rule change requiring a roll call vote instead of the traditional secret ballot. […] End of story? No, beginning of GOP civil war.”
Click here for full Valley News Editorial.

Thursday
Aug212014

AmericanOpportunity - 68th Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore to Address New Hampshire Republicans 

GOVERNOR JIM GILMORE (R-VA) TO ADDRESS NEW HAMPSHIRE GOP 
ALEXANDRIA, VA — Former Virginia Governor James Gilmore (R) will address back-to-back-to-back New Hampshire Republican events on September 6, American Opportunity announced today.
 
Governor Gilmore will speak on the challenges facing America; his proposal for jobs and wage growth on the national level and a new path forward for keeping American’s safe in the 21st century.
 
“I'm looking forward to enjoying a day of fellowship with new friends, activists and supporters. I'm confident that the NHGOP has laid a strong foundation in preparation for this fall’s elections and look forward to helping turn New Hampshire red this November," said Gilmore.
 
Gov. Gilmore previously addressed the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference on March 14, 2014 in Nashua.

 
Saturday, September 6, 2014

WHAT: Strafford County Republican Barbecue

WHERE: The Elks Lodge; 
282 Durham Road 
Dover, NH 03820
 
WHEN:
 *1:15 P.M. ET

 
Saturday, September 6, 2014

WHAT:  Seacoast Federation of Republican Women Chili-Fest

WHERE: Scamman Farm; 57 Portsmouth Ave, Stratham, NH 03885
 
WHEN:
*3:00 P.M. ET

 
Saturday, September 6, 2014

WHAT: Hillsborough County Republican Pre-Primary Gala

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Nashua; 2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua NH 03063
 
WHEN:
*6:00 P.M. ET

 
(*Approximate time)
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About Governor Gilmore: James S. Gilmore, III (@GovernorGilmore) served as the 68th Governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002 and also served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2001 to 2002. Prior to that, Gov. Gilmore was the chief prosecutor for Henrico County, and was elected Attorney General of Virginia in 1993.
 
In 2003, Gov. Gilmore served as chairman of the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors. From 1999 to 2003, he served as chairman of the Congressional Panel, known as the "Gilmore Commission," that assessed America’s capabilities to respond to a terrorist attack. Gilmore also served at the chairman of the National Council on Readiness and Preparedness, and the National Advisory Commission on eCommerce.
 
Gilmore is President of American Opportunity (AmericanOpportunity.org), a center-right policy initiative offering positive, constructive, actionable solutions in free-market economics, national security and foreign policy. 
 
Gov. Gilmore is a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 650th Military Intelligence Unit, serving as a counterintelligence agent from 1971 to 1974. Gilmore graduated from the University of Virginia and the UVA School of Law. He is married to Roxane Gatling Gilmore and they have two sons.

Wednesday
Jul302014

NH Senators Respond to Hassan Veto of SB 391- Juvenile Justice Reform 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senators Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) and David Boutin (R-Hooksett) issued the following statements following Governor Maggie Hassan’s veto of SB 391, the Juvenile Justice Reform bill: 

Senator Sharon Carson- “The Governor wants to replace the hard work of the Legislature with an Executive Order, and paper over the structural problems in New Hampshire’s juvenile justice system. I urge my House and Senate colleagues to stand by our overwhelming bipartisan support for SB 391 in overriding the Governor’s veto.” 

Senator David Boutin- “The Legislature spent the past year addressing the problems facing our juvenile justice system. SB 391 would bring accountability to an agency that is failing our state’s most at-risk children.” 

Senators Carson and Boutin are sponsors of SB 391.