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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.

 

Wednesday
Jul302014

NH Senators Respond to Hassan Veto of Agency Communications Bill 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senators Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), David Boutin (R-Hooksett, and Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) issued the following statements following Governor Maggie Hassan’s veto of HB 685, the Agency Communications bill. 

Senator Jeb Bradley- “The Governor’s Veto Message raises a number of non-existent problems to justify her attempt to block transparency in state government. The Legislature, and the people of New Hampshire, have a right to know what is going on within their government. HB 685 represents a broad, bipartisan approach to bringing in more sunlight, and preserving the checks and balances between the Legislative and Executives branches that are essential to New Hampshire’s system of government.” 

Senator David Boutin- “Governor Hassan wants to shield inter-agency communications from the public. Audits are essential to providing legislative oversight to the operations of the Executive Branch, and ensuring that state agencies are implementing the laws we pass appropriately and efficiently. HB 685 simply requires that state agencies open up their communications to those auditors.” 

Senator Sharon Carson- “Governor Hassan continues to throw a smokescreen around her Administration, preventing the public from seeing the workings of state government. Our Constitution requires that ‘Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive.’ HB 685 would make our state agencies more accessible and accountable to the people of New Hampshire.”

Friday
Jul252014

NH Republican Senators call on Governor Hassan to halt unauthorized tax increase 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Department of Revenue Administration seeking to expand Real Estate Transfer Tax without legislative approval

 

Concord, NH – State Senators David Boutin (R-Hooksett) and John Reagan (R-Deerfield) today called on Governor Maggie Hassan to halt her Administration’s plan to expand the Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT). The Hassan Administration recently asked the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) for authority to apply the tax on leases, but then withdrew that request. The Hassan Administration is now claiming that it has the ability to tax leases. This unilateral expansion of the tax has not been authorized by the Legislature, and is not allowed under current rules governing the Department of Revenue Administration.

 

“Bureaucrats cannot and should not expand an existing tax on their own.  The law cannot mean whatever Governor Hassan wants it to mean,” said Sen. Boutin. “The law clearly states that the Real Estate Transfer Tax doesn’t apply to short term leases, and the Governor knows it. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have pushed to change the rules. Governor Hassan should immediately end her quest to impose a new Lease Tax on New Hampshire businesses.”

 

Both the DRA website and the RETT forms provided to buyers and sellers state that the tax applies to leases of 99 years or longer, but neither applies the tax to leases of  shorter terms. Neither state law nor administrative rules authorize collection of the Real Estate Transfer Tax on those leases. The Hassan Administration has not provided any justification for its new claim to JLCAR.

 

“If the Governor wants to expand the Real Estate Transfer Tax, she’ll need to get a bill passed. She can’t make such a major policy change on a whim,” added Sen. Reagan, chair of JLCAR. “Not only would the Governor’s Lease Tax hurt our struggling real estate sector, but any such retroactive tax increase would create tremendous uncertainty in our tax code. New Hampshire businesses can’t operate when the Governor can increase their tax bills whenever she feels like it.”

 

BACKGROUND

NH RSA 78-B authorizes the Real Estate Transfer Tax of $0.75 per $100 of fair market value “imposed upon the sale, granting and transfer of real estate and any interest therein including transfers by operation of law.” The tax is paid by both the buyer and the seller, resulting in a total tax rate of 1.5%.

 

Administrative Rule Part Rev 802.01(f) applies RETT on leases of 99 years or longer, but do not authorize RETT on shorter leases. The Hassan Administration has sought a change in Administrative Rules to allow RETT on “ground lease transfers”, but delayed its request twice in the face of criticism from the Committee. The Hassan Administration has now withdrawn its request, claiming that “the taxability of ground leases exists currently under New Hampshire law.”

 

Administrative Rules Chapter Rev 800- Transfer of Real Property

 

Attached: DRA Letter to JLCAR