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Saturday
Mar282015

NHDP - Former Banking Lobbyist Jerry Little Continues to Fight for Banking Industry Against NH Homeowners and Families 

Little Argues Against Common-Sense Measure to Give Consumers Earlier Notice Prior to a Foreclosure Sale
 
Concord, N.H. – Yesterday, former banking lobbyist turned Senator, Jerry Little, continued to fight for the banking industry (which made up nearly 30% of Little’s campaign contributions) against the interests of New Hampshire homeowners and families.

Little led the fight on the floor of the Senate against SB 158, a common-sense bill to give consumers earlier notice prior to a foreclosure sale on their house. The bill received a bipartisan 4-1 vote in committee in favor of passage.  
 
When explaining the existing policies that certain banks choose to follow to notify delinquent consumers, Little referred to the banking industry as “we,” saying, then “we mail a letter to every past due customer...”   
 
“Former banking lobbyist Jerry Little may be a Senator now, but he’s still fighting on behalf of his banking cronies against the interests of New Hampshire homeowners and families,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Little needs to acknowledge his conflict of interest, get out of the way, and let this commonsense bill to strengthen consumer protections for homeowners pass.”
Saturday
Mar282015

DNC Response to Ted Cruz Speaking to Youth in NH 

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With Ted Cruz speaking to the Young Americans for Liberty conference in New Hampshire today, DNC spokesperson Rob Flaherty released the following statement:

 

“Ted Cruz has said that he’s going to win this campaign on the backs of 'millions of young people.’ But Ted Cruz’s real plan for  young people is leaving them out to dry. Between Cruz’s staunch opposition to making it easier to afford going to college or his effort to take quality healthcare away from millennials Ted Cruz has stood on the wrong side of the issues that matter at every turn.”


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Friday
Mar272015

NHDP - ICYMI: Union Leader: House Republican “Budget cuts target Manchester school district” 

Key Point: “The budget plan approved by the House Finance Committee this week could result in a nearly $4 million reduction in state aid for the city school district… The proposal is part of a slew of cuts, totaling $340 million, that the Republican-controlled House committee voted to make this week to the budget proposed Gov. Maggie Hassan.”

Click here for full Union Leader article or see excerpt below: 

The budget plan approved by the House Finance Committee this week could result in a nearly $4 million reduction in state aid for the city school district. 

The cuts, which would go into effect in the second year of the biennial budget, beginning July 1, 2016, are based on declining enrollment in Manchester relative to other communities and a $46 million statewide cut in stabilization grants.

The proposal is part of a slew of cuts, totaling $340 million, that the Republican-controlled House committee voted to make this week to the budget proposed Gov. Maggie Hassan. The budget plan is slated to be voted on by the House of Representatives next week.

The proposed reduction in state aid comes the same week that Manchester school officials presented a grim budget picture for the coming fiscal year.

… Mayor Ted Gatsas, a Republican and former state senator, said he was concerned about the possibility of cuts to education aid, but he noted that it was early in the process. 

… Last week, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to send a letter to the Finance Committee decrying proposed cuts to substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. 

Democratic State Rep. Bob Walsh, the only member of the Manchester delegation on the Finance Committee, said the cuts would fall heavily on the city.

“I’ve voted for the people but I’m one vote out of 26,” he said. “We have medical services and mental health services, and they’re being cut ferociously. Some towns don’t have these facilities, so we’re bearing the brunt.”

Gov. Hassan, a Democrat, has urged her supporters to speak out against the proposed cuts. 

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Friday
Mar272015

NHDP - DSCC MEMO: Republicans Hiding On Medicare 

TO: Interested Parties
 
FROM: DSCC
 
RE: Republicans Hiding On Medicare
 
DATE: 3/26/15
 
As we approach a slew of amendment votes on the budget in the Senate, one thing has been made imminently clear – vulnerable Republican Senators up for re-election in 2016 are running scared from their records of voting to end Medicare as we know it.
 
What They’re Saying (Or Not Saying) Now
 
The Republican Senate budget is intentionally vague about the details of how to achieve their promised cuts, particularly when it comes to Medicare. Apparently, these Senators think they can pull a fast one by refusing to explain details. Just ask Ron Johnson of Wisconsin who foolishly telegraphed their strategy in the press. Here’s Johnson, speaking to Bloombergabout entitlement reform and the budget:
 
“What you’re asking me is, yeah, hey, Republicans, why don’t you go on a kamikaze mission here and why don’t you lead and give your political opponents all this ammunition to just slaughter you in the next election?”
 
And Johnson again, to The Hill:
 
              “Let’s face it, these solutions aren’t going to be fun,”
 
The issue has left Rob Portman (R-K Street) so flustered that he actually tried to punt to the relevant committee before realizing he was on said committee and stammering around an answer that conveniently glosses over his votes to turn Medicare into a voucher program. He told The Hill:
 
“It’s typical of budgets that we ask the committees of jurisdiction to actually figure out the details,” said Portman…“I’m on the committee of jurisdiction, so I’m going to be in it one way or the other,” said Portman, a Senate Finance member.
 
It’s obvious this is hardly a true change of heart from their previous votes. These Senators aren’t standing up to offer a full-throated defense of Medicare. Instead they’re simply sweeping their records under the rug and offering a wink and a nod that indicates they’ll be right back to cutting Medicare after the political consequences aren’t so great.
 
Their Votes Speak For Themselves
 
These vulnerable Republicans are simply trying to fool voters into thinking they don’t have plans to cut Medicare. But voters have long memories, and you don’t need to look much farther than their multiple votes to turn Medicare into a voucher program to know where they truly stand. And just last night, Senators Ayotte, Blunt, Burr, Johnson, Kirk, Portman, and Toomey voted against an amendment to strongly oppose privatizing Medicare or turning Medicare into a voucher program. [Vote 90, 3/25/15]
 
If their votes weren’t enough, take a look at their previous statements on their beloved plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program:
 
Ron Johnson:  Johnson Voted For The Ryan BudgetThree Times. [Vote 46, 3/21/13; Vote 98, 5/16/12; Vote 77,5/25/11]
 
Johnson Said The Ryan Budget Showed “Courage” And Wanted To Go Even Further In Slashing Programs. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 4/29/11]
 
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Johnson “Voted Yes On The Ryan Plan” And “Called Medicare Unsustainable Without Structural Changes.” [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 5/25/11]
 
Rob Portman: Portman Voted For The Ryan BudgetThree Times. [Vote 46, 3/21/13; Vote 98, 5/16/12; Vote 77,5/25/11]
 
Portman: “Congressman Ryan’s budget Plan Is A Substantive Proposal” That Will Cut Spending In Part By “Tackling Entitlement Reform.”  [U.S. Senator Rob Portman, Press Release, 4/5/11]
 
Kelly Ayotte: Ayotte Voted For The Ryan BudgetThree Times. [Vote 46, 3/21/13; Vote 98, 5/16/12; Vote 77,5/25/11]
 
Ayotte Said Ryan Plan Was An Example Of “Leadership” On The Budget, Said It Put “Us On A Sustainable Path, Addressing The Rising Costs Of Medicare.” [Washington Post, 2chambers, 5/23/11]
 
Pat Toomey: Toomey Voted For The Ryan BudgetThree Times. [Vote 46, 3/21/13; Vote 98, 5/16/12; Vote 77,5/25/11]
 
Toomey Introduced Budget Proposal That Adopted “The Longer Term Medicare Changes In The Ryan Budget” That Would Turn Medicare Into A Voucher Program And Increase Costs For Seniors. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 5/9/12]
 
Mark Kirk: Kirk Voted For The Ryan Budget Two Times. [Vote 46, 3/21/13; Vote 77, 5/25/11]
 
Richard Burr: Burr Voted For The Ryan BudgetThree Times. [Vote 46, 3/21/13; Vote 98, 5/16/12; Vote 77,5/25/11]
 
2012: Burr Unveiled His Own Medicare Voucher Plan, Similar To The Ryan Plan. [Associated Press,2/16/12]
 
·         National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare: Burr’s Plan “Doubled Down On Congressman Ryan's Voucher Plan Offering What Appears To Be The Same Failed Privatization Approach To Medicare Reform.”[National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, 2/16/12]
 
Roy Blunt: Blunt Voted For The Ryan Budget Three Times. [Vote 46, 3/21/13; Vote 98, 5/16/12; Vote 77,5/25/11]
 
Blunt On Ryan Plan’s Medicare Cuts: “Not A Radical Idea.” [Real Clear Politics, 5/17/11]
 
 
Vulnerable Republicans Can’t Run Forever
 
As their elections draw closer, these vulnerable incumbents will employ lots of tricky rhetoric and careful dodges on a variety of issues, but perhaps none will be as egregious as their attempts to hide their votes to end Medicare as we know it. But such slanted and selective history can only carry them so far once their constituents pick up on the scam they are trying to run, and they will.
 

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Friday
Mar272015

NHDP - ICYMI: Conway Daily Sun: Senior Services Center Braces for House Republicans “Catastrophic” Budget Cuts 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Point: “The Gibson Center for Senior Services is bracing for what could be "catastrophic" reductions to state funding for its meals and transportation programs, and its executive director is spreading the word in an attempt to influence an upcoming House vote on April 1."

"...Among other programs, the Gibson Center serves congregate meals on site, provides Meals on Wheels for seniors living between Madison and Bartlett, and runs a bus service in the Mount Washington Valley... 'It's a huge deal,' said Cleveland who has run the center since 2000. 'We don't use the word 'catastrophic' lightly.'"


Click here for the full Conway Daily Sun article or see excerpts below:

The Gibson Center for Senior Services is bracing for what could be "catastrophic" reductions to state funding for its meals and transportation programs, and its executive director is spreading the word in an attempt to influence an upcoming House vote on April 1.

Executive Director George Cleveland explained on Wednesday that the center runs on a budget of about $880,000, but the New Hampshire House Finance Committee has approved cuts to social services budgets that may result in a $150,000 shortfall for the North Conway center.

Among other programs, the Gibson Center serves congregate meals on site, provides Meals on Wheels for seniors living between Madison and Bartlett, and runs a bus service in the Mount Washington Valley.

"It's a huge deal," said Cleveland who has run the center since 2000. "We don't use the word 'catastrophic' lightly."

… At midday Wednesday, Cleveland told seniors eating lunch at the center to call their local representatives and let them know the Gibson Center needs support.

… This situation is unlike anything Cleveland has seen before. "We've seen threats of (cuts) that are normally nipped in the bud early," said Cleveland.

Last year, the Gibson Center served meals to 1,003 people, said Cleveland, adding that it serves between 90 and 110 meals per day. Last year, it served a total of 57,000 meals.

… Meals on Wheels goes out to the elderly, disabled and the sick, said Cleveland, adding that for some people the delivery is the only meal they get per day. He said it's hard to say how the cuts will come down because there are some variables. For instance, the state may cut funding on a per-meal basis or they might choose some other route.

According to Cleveland, Meals on Wheels saves lives. During their deliveries, drivers sometimes encounter recipients who are hurt or incapacitated. The drivers may provide the only person-to-person interaction a recipient might have all day. Cleveland said the interactions also help ward off depression.

Click here for the full Conway Daily Sun article.