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Thursday
Aug012013

REPUBLICAN STATE LEGISLATORS HOST BUDGET ROUNDTABLE IN MANCHESTER

Concord, NH- Republican state legislators from the State Senate and House will host a budget roundtable to discuss the state budget. Questions from the audience will follow. 
  
WHO: Sen. Peter Bragdon, Sen. Jeb Bradley, Sen. Chuck Morse, Rep. Ken Weyler, Rep. Lynne Ober
 
WHAT: Budget Roundtable
  
DATE: Thursday, August 1st
  
TIME: 12:00pm
  
WHERE: Manchester City Hall, Aldermanic Chambers
1 City Hall Plaza, Manchester, NH
Saturday
Jul272013

Republican party of NH - Weekly Newsletter 

Dear Friends, 
 
This week, WMUR-TV found that eight peopleare registered to vote at the home of State Senator Martha Fuller Clark. Senator Fuller Clark knew that political workers who parachute into New Hampshire for several weeks to work on campaigns did not have the 'intent to maintain' a presence in our state, as is required under our Domicile law.  

It is outrageous that a senior Democrat lawmaker would let people use her home to potentially break New Hampshire laws and promote voter fraud.  We must continue to stand together and fight to protect the integrity of the ballot box in New Hampshire.

Best Wishes,

 

An Evening with Gov. Mitt Romney

 

Romney GOP Invite

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE. 

Please note- General Admission tickets are sold out.

 

 

NHGOP Reception featuring Sen. Ted Cruz

 

RSVP FOR THE EVENT HERE

 

  

Nashua Republican City Committee 2013 Steakout

  

ICYMI: WMUR-TV: Concerns raised about voter eligibility

"On the heels of a repeal of the voter ID law in New Hampshire, there are growing calls to review who is eligible to cast a ballot in the Granite State.

Exceptions are in place for nonresidents who are students, but when it comes to the domicile requirement, some wonder if the system is being abused."

 




ICYMI: Union Leader (7/24): More voter fraud: Abusing the domicile affidavit

Joe Biden's niece Alana Biden voted in New Hampshire in the 2012 presidential election. She is not a Granite Stater. She was staying in Manchester temporarily to campaign for President Obama. From 2008 through 2012, five people not related to Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth, voted here, with Fuller Clark's home listed as their domicile. They no longer live there. How surprising.

 

Cheshire County GOP Picnic

You are invited to the Cheshire County GOP Picnic & BBQ

 

Sunday, Aug 4th
1-4pm
Wheelock Park, Keene

 

Bring friends and family to enjoy the summer weather, hamburgers, hot dogs, and meet some potential candidates!

 

RSVP to cheshirerepublicans@gmail.com or (603) 363-9391
Tuesday
Jul232013

NHDP - ICYMI: N.H. Republicans blocking Medicaid expansion

Jeb Bradley is the new face of the GOP effort to block health insurance for working families in New Hampshire
 
Key Points: “It is sad that in New Hampshire, you can stay at home, raise your kids and not work and get food stamps and health care, but then those of us who are actually working and paying taxes and trying to help ourselves can’t get a little bit of insurance for health care,” said Billie Jo Buskey, owner of a Plymouth hair salon. Buskey, 35, and her husband, a landscaper, both started working at age 14 and make just under $28,000 a year. But that is too much to qualify for Medicaid under New Hampshire’s current income guidelines. Neither can afford health insurance so they go without."

“I’m very skeptical that we should expand Medicaid and I get more skeptical every day as other aspects of Obamacare can’t seem to get implemented,” said state Senate majority leader Jeb Bradley, a Republican who has served in the US House for two terms and is weighing a run for US Senate."
 
 
Boston Globe: N.H. Republicans blocking Medicaid expansion
Obamacare provision would boost aid to working poor
 
WASHINGTON — With partisan bickering, delays, and confusion on the rise nationally over the impending launch of President Obama’s health care law, tens of thousands of low-income people in New Hampshire are watching the calendar, caught up in their own anxious uncertainty.
 
Republicans in the Legislature have blocked the state from participating in a federally funded expansion of the Medicaid program, meaning that up to 58,000 Granite State residents are in line to be denied coverage.
 
But the decision may not be final. The state has established a commission to report back with nonbinding recommendations in October, giving advocates slim hopes of a turnaround and leaving potential beneficiaries in a state of limbo. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking towards a Jan. 1 deadline for the legal mandate that individuals obtain insurance.
 
This is the sort of bureaucratic bind and confusion that is spurring predictions of turbulence surrounding Obamacare’s liftoff, and generating anger among representatives of the poor in New Hampshire who say Republicans are seeking to sabotage the national health care law.
 
“Once again, they’re playing a political game in saying no to all aspects of Obamacare, no matter how common sense and right for us as a state and as a nation,’’ said Kary Jencks of the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance, a social justice advocacy group. “The folks who end up paying a price are the hard-working middle- and low-income people.’’
 
A sweeping national expansion of Medicaid was a central component of the 2010 health care law, but the US Supreme Court in 2012 deemed the expansion optional for states.
 
The result is a patchwork of policies sprouting around the country, including within New England, highlighting how health care access is becoming highly dependent on where you live.
 
Maine was the first New England state to opt out, and New Hampshire became the second, at least temporarily, with its move last month. At the other end of the spectrum, neighboring Vermont is pursuing a universal health care program, following in the footsteps of Massachusetts.
 
Currently, 137,000 New Hampshire residents are on Medicaid, about 10 percent of the state. Expansion would bring in an additional 58,000 residents over the next seven years, an increase of 42 percent, according to a state report.
 
The state’s Republicans cited uncertainty over the law’s scheduled 2014 launch for their opposition to the expansion.
 
“I’m very skeptical that we should expand Medicaid and I get more skeptical every day as other aspects of Obamacare can’t seem to get implemented,” said state Senate majority leader Jeb Bradley, a Republican who has served in the US House for two terms and is weighing a run for US Senate.
 
On Thursday, Obama continued his efforts to sell the law’s benefits politically, with a speech centering on how health reform is already holding insurance companies accountable by requiring them to spend the majority of their premiums on medical care. A day earlier, House Republicans held its 38th vote to dismantle Obamacare.
 
Under health care reform, the Medicaid expansion was supposed to help 17 million new people get coverage nationally, including childless adults, a group most states currently do not cover under the government-subsidized health insurance program for the poor and disabled.
 
The Obama administration has said that for states that choose to expand Medicaid to individuals making up to 138 percent of the poverty line, the federal government would pay the full costs of expansion the first three years starting in 2014 and gradually taper down to 90 percent by 2020, a level where it is supposed to remain in future years.
 
It is a much better deal than states currently get for their existing Medicaid caseloads. Currently the federal government only pays half the cost of Medicaid in New Hampshire, for instance.
 
According to the latest survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on health policy, 23 states plus the District of Columbia are moving forward with expansion, and 21 have said no.
 
New Hampshire, because it is awaiting the commission’s recommendations, is considered undecided. Other states still weighing their options are Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.
 
In Maine, Governor Paul LePage, a Tea Party-backed Republican, has vetoed legislation authorizing an expansion. Maine is not only refusing to expand Medicaid, it has already begun rolling back existing coverage, freezing out 44,000 Mainers.
 
In states that do not plan to expand Medicaid such as Maine and New Hampshire, low-income individuals above the poverty line still must obtain health insurance under the national mandate, putting them in the uncomfortable position of facing a financial penalty or spending at least 2 percent of their income to sign up for private coverage through state online marketplaces — called exchanges — that will debut in October.
 
“It is sad that in New Hampshire, you can stay at home, raise your kids and not work and get food stamps and health care, but then those of us who are actually working and paying taxes and trying to help ourselves can’t get a little bit of insurance for health care,” said Billie Jo Buskey, owner of a Plymouth hair salon.
 
Buskey, 35, and her husband, a landscaper, both started working at age 14 and make just under $28,000 a year. But that is too much to qualify for Medicaid under New Hampshire’s current income guidelines. Neither can afford health insurance so they go without. Their sons, ages 5 and 13, are covered by Medicaid, which has more generous eligibility criteria for children.
 
Buskey prides herself on paying her bills – mortgage, phone, electricity, and day care — on time. Last year she needed to haveher gall bladder removed, and now owes the hospital more than $8,000, which will take her nearly six years to pay off at $115 a month.
 
“I’d much rather pay $115 a month for health insurance than $115 a month to pay off one hospital bill,” she said. It is still unclear what private coverage options would be affordable to Buskey and her husband, if any, without Medicaid expansion.
 
Echoing the national discord and wrangling in Washington, New Hampshire Republicans doubled down during recent debates over the state budget. A common objection is that states can’t trust the federal government to keep its promise to pick up most of the tab of the Medicaid expansion. State Senator Andy Sanborn, one of three Republican legislators appointed to the nine-member commission to study the issue, likened Medicaid expansion to “the gift of a baby elephant.”
 
“It’s really cute when you get it,” Sanborn told his Senate colleagues last month. “It’s slow, expensive, eats a lot, and makes a lot of waste when it grows up.”
 
In a radio appearance last week, Sanborn compared Obama’s health care law with the Asiana plane crash, saying that Obamacare is “barreling down on us like a jet landing in San Francisco.”
 
New Hampshire ranks among the least generous when it comes to determining Medicaid eligibility. The cutoff for a parent is if income that falls at 40 percent of the federal poverty line. That means someone would have to be so poor as to be receiving welfare, or a household income of about $6,200 a year for a family of two, according to the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. (Massachusetts extends Medicaid eligibility up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line.)
 
There is no federal deadline for expansion, but advocates for the poor say they worry that the state may drag its feet until well past Jan. 1 and miss out on receiving its full share of federal money, estimated to be $2.5 billion over the next seven years.
 
Democrats expect Governor Maggie Hassan to call the Legislature back into a special session in the fall to vote specifically on Medicaid expansion, but some Republicans are already balking at that suggestion, preferring instead to take up the issue next year when the Legislature reconvenes.
 
“I don’t think any of us are certain that expansion could happen,” said Lisa Kaplan Howe, policy director at New Hampshire Voices for Health, which is advocating for Medicaid expansion.
Friday
Jun212013

NHDP Statement on Republican State Rep. Tremblay's Resignation 

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein released the following statement on Republican State Representative Stella Tremblay's resignation from the New Hampshire State House.  Tremblay is stepping down following widespread condemnation of her vile and chilling comments about the tragic Boston Marathon Bombing in April.

"Republican Representative Stella TrembIay was an embarrassment to her constituents and to the entire State of New Hampshire, her resignation was long past due.  It is telling that while Rep. Tremblay has finally resigned there has yet to be any kind of condemnation from Senator Kelly Ayotte, Republican Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, or Republican Senate President Peter Bragdon for her vile and chilling comments.  Under their leadership the New Hampshire Republican Party has become synonymous with radical Tea Party extremism, and there has been an epidemic of shockingly inappropriate behavior by New Hampshire Republicans."

Thursday
Jun202013

NHDP - NH Senate Republican’s Political Staffers Received Double Digit Pay Raises

Concord – Following their disastrous November Elections, New Hampshire Senate Republicans gave their own Republican legislative staffers double digit salary increases.   But now Republicans are attacking a new proposed contract for New Hampshire state troopers, teamsters, and other state employees that includes the employees' first cost-of-living increase in five years.
 
Last fall, Senate Republican Chief of Staff Jay Flanders received a 25% pay increase and Republican Caucus Director Tom Cronin received a 10% pay increase in their salary.  Cronin had just returned to the State House after a several month long leave of absence to work on Republican Ovide Lamontagne’s failed campaign for Governor.
 
“Republicans are attacking modest cost-of-living increases for thousands of hardworking state troopers and other state employees who haven’t seen a raise in five years, and who are willing to make changes to their health plans to save the state money, but the Senate GOP had no problem handing out far larger increases to their own political henchmen,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstien.  “Republicans continue to put ideology ahead of the what is the best of the people and workers in New Hampshire, but even for them this latest attack is a pathetic low.”
 
The Republican pay increases were approved by the facilities committee in December of 2014.  Minutes can be found here: https://docs.google.com/a/nhdp.org/file/d/0B_brjd9ayQhTQmRzdzZMS3lZaTQ/edit
 
Last night, Tom Cronin and Republican Senator Andy Sanborn tweeted attacks aimed that the state employee contracts.  This morning the New Hampshire Republican Party joined in the hypocrisy with a press release. 
 
“New Hampshire Republicans should be embarrassed by their party’s latest cheap political stunt targeting hardworking state employees,” continued Kirstein.   “How do Republican Leader Jeb Braldey and his caucus plan to explain why New Hampshire’s state employees are less deserving of a raise than their Republican political staffers? Especially when one of the individuals didn't even show up at the State House for months before his double digit raise? Instead he was traveling around with failed Republican candidate for Governor Ovide Lamontagne.”
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