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Friday
Apr242015

NH GOP - Maggie's Hollywood Money!

Friend,

 

It's no secret Maggie Hassan has her eyes on Washington. And she knows if she's going to get there, she'll need all the campaign cash she can get her hands on.

 

Hacked emails between Sony executives and Maggie Hassan posted on Wikileaks provide an unprecedented look at Hassan's cozy relationship with powerful Hollywood elites. In these emails, Hassan lavishes praise on her Tinseltown donors, expressing her gratitude for "the help you provided me in getting me," into the corner office.

 

New Hampshire needs elected officials who will represent working families, not Hollywood. We need leaders who will focus on moving the Granite State forward instead of hobnobbing with left coast liberals.

 

We need your help if we're going to stand a chance against the millions pouring into Hassan's campaign coffers. 

  

Click here to support our efforts to expose the truth behind Hassan's failed record.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jennifer Horn

Tuesday
Apr212015

ICYMI: Business Leaders Call on Senate Republicans to Restore Funding for Rail, Travel Promotion 

Concord, N.H. – As the New Hampshire Senate begins work on the state’s budget, business leaders are calling on Senate Republicans to restore funding for critical economic development priorities championed by Governor Hassan in her fiscally responsible budget, including restoring funding to move forward with commuter rail and undoing cuts to tourism promotion.
 
See below for a coverage roundup:
 
Union Leader: Manchester group wants to restore rail funding
 
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen is expected to vote on Tuesday to send a letter to state Senate budget writers urging them to restore funding for the next phase of a plan to bring passenger rail to the city.
 
On Monday, the board’s Special Committee on Economic Development voted unanimously to recommend sending the letter, after representatives of the city’s business community spoke in support of the project.
 
Michael Skelton, the president and CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, told the committee that the work of the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority needed to continue in light of the report it released late last year that concluded there would be substantial economic benefits to establishing passenger rail service between Manchester and Boston. [Full article]
 
Nashua Telegraph Op-Ed: Tourism promotion is essential to NH
 
Rusty McLear is co-owner and president of Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith. Alex Ray is owner and founder of The Common Man family of restaurants. Together, they are the principals of Granite State Hospitality, the company that is currently building the new state welcome centers on I-93 in Hooksett.
 
When the House of Representatives voted to cut New Hampshire’s tourism marketing budget, they put at risk revenue from tourism, one of the cornerstones of the state’s economy and of the state’s tax base.
 
Tourism is New Hampshire’s second largest industry, generating more than $5 billion of economic activity per year in the state. In 2014, the tourism industry supported 68,000 jobs in New Hampshire.
 
The number of visitors to the state has been growing steadily, tied to the growth in promotion by New Hampshire’s Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD). In 2014, 4.7 percent more visitors came to the state than in 2013, and their total spending increased by 6.9 percent.
 
In 2009, the legislature passed a law dedicating 3.15 percent of revenue from the rooms and meals tax to tourism promotion. The Legislature has suspended this law to cut $3.77 million, almost half of the Division’s total budget, from DTTD’s Tourism Development Fund.
 
Most states, including nearby Maine and Massachusetts, spend more than New Hampshire currently spends on tourism promotion. With cuts of this magnitude, New Hampshire will have one of the weakest tourism promotion budgets in the country.
 
What happens to tourism after a state stops promoting? When Colorado cut its tourism marketing budget from $12 million to zero in 1992, the state lost 30 percent of its market share within a two-year interval. After Colorado reinstated its promotional spending, it took 11 years to regain the market share it lost.
 
A reduction in tourism to New Hampshire would be devastating to our economy, and it would severely diminish tax revenue for our state government. A study by The Institute for New Hampshire Studies at Plymouth State University has determined that DTTD’s promotional activities generate at least $585 million in tourism spending annually. Losing that amount of spending would result in a loss of $53 million in net tax revenue to the state.
 
We understand that the Legislature faces many tough decisions as they decide on the state budget for the next two years. However, cutting promotion for tourism is short-sighted and fiscally irresponsible. In fact, we would argue that an increase in the tourism budget is the more logical path to solving our financial problems. In Fiscal Year 2014, state and local governments took in $9.23 of tax revenue for every dollar invested in tourism promotion.
 
Joined by members of the N.H. Travel Council and others in the tourism industry, we urge the Legislature to approve a budget that continues to fund tourism promotion at its previous level. It’s an investment that benefits all New Hampshire residents.
 

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Saturday
Apr182015

NHDP Memo to GOP Presidential Hopefuls 

MEMO

To: GOP Presidential Hopefuls

From: New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley

Welcome to New Hampshire! We hope you enjoy your time here, but we want to warn you that you may find yourselves less than pleased with our inclusive, bipartisan policies that have made the Granite State a wonderful place to live.

Paycheck fairness

Just this past year, our governor, Governor Hassan, signed a bipartisan Paycheck Fairness Act, which will level the playing field for countless women across New Hampshire. Last Tuesday was equal pay day, and it was an especially proud day for New Hampshire this year.

Because you’re all pandering to the extreme right in your party, we imagine our new law makes you feel pretty uncomfortable. This is what we know about you and your take on equal pay:

  • Jeb Bush stated that he did not know what the Paycheck Fairness Act was when he was asked about it.

  • Chris Christie vetoed equal pay legislation calling it “senseless bureaucracy.”

  • Rick Perry vetoed an equal pay law and said focusing on the issue was “nonsense.”

  • Scott Walker repealed an equal pay law saying it was a “bogus issue.”

  • Marco Rubio said the Paycheck Fairness Act was about “scoring political points,” “wasting time,” and a “show vote.”  

  • Rand Paul compared the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Soviet Politburo.

Same-sex marriage

New Hampshire has been proud to allow same-sex couples to marry here since our marriage equality law passed in 2009. We know that the marriage equality in our state has made us stronger. But we also know that your stances on marriage equality are out of the mainstream and­ would move our country backwards. We find your views on same-sex marriage wrong, and in some cases, totally bizarre.

  • Jeb Bush not only opposes marriage equality, he even said a federal constitutional amendment preventing same-sex marriage was “the right thing”

  • Rand Paul doesn’t believe in the concept of gay rights, because, as he puts it, “I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior.”

  • Scott Walker has doubled down on his opposition to same-sex marriage and pledges to fight against the legalization of gay marriage.

  • Marco Rubio is opposed to same-sex marriage, helped raise money for an abusive “ex-gay therapy” organization, and has said that he thinks gay adoption is a social experiment.

  • Ted Cruz proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would keep gay marriage out of states that didn’t allow it

  • Chris Christie has said he is “not a fan” of same-sex marriage, and even vetoed same-sex marriage legislation in New Jersey hours after it was passed.

  • Bobby Jindal supported a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and held a prayer rally sponsored by a group that tied Hurricane Katrina to the rising approval of same-sex marriage.

  • Rick Perry supported a federal marriage amendment and compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

Anti-discrimination legislation

In New Hampshire we’re also proud to have legislation on the books – for about 20 years actually – that prevents discrimination against individuals based on who they love.

We imagine that might alarm you, based on the discriminatory stances you’ve taken:

  • Mike Pence of Indiana’s new law gives business owners the right to deny service to LGBT Americans.

  • Jeb Bush made his anti-LGBT stance clear when he voiced support for right to discriminate legislation that would give businesses the right to refuse services to LGBT people. His comments are a clear attack on the LGBT community and just go to show that he wants to turn back the clock on progress we have made.

  • Rand Paul thought that businesses should have the right to discriminate against gay Americans, arguing it should be left up to the “marketplace.”

  • Ted Cruz believes that the government should not force anyone to serve same-sex couples if it goes against their religion and even sponsored legislation that would give organizations a license to discriminate against same-sex couples.

  • Marco Rubio not only voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because it would provide “special protections” for gay people, but he also believes businesses should be able to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Guaranteed access to contraception

Sixteen years ago, our state passed bipartisan legislation that requires contraception to be covered by a woman’s health insurance. This law means that we don’t discriminate against women, won’t take away their right to comprehensive health care, and even save them hundreds or thousands of dollars that they can now spend on education, groceries, child care – you name it. Sounds like many of you want to take away that right, though:

  • Just one month before the Supreme Court gave a woman’s boss the ability to take her birth control away from her in the Hobby Lobby decision, Jeb Bush praised companies, organizations, and individuals who would fight for the ability to take away a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions

  • Chris Christie supported the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision shortly after refusing to comment on the case and said he wasn’t concerned about the impact the case would have on women. He also opposed requiring insurers to cover contraceptives for women.

  • Scott Walker refused to enforce a Wisconsin law that requires insurers to cover birth control.

  • Ted Cruz was a leading Hobby Lobby supporter in the U.S. Senate, and even stumped for the company on the U.S. Senate floor in support of their anti-women policies.

  • Rand Paul agreed with Hobby Lobby’s anti-woman policies and accused President Obama of using the government to attack the company.

  • Marco Rubio compared Hobby Lobby’s policy of taking away a woman’s access to health care to an “American Tradition”.

  • Bobby Jindal called contraception an “abortifacient”, expressing zero understanding of what contraception even is.

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Saturday
Apr182015

NHDP - ICYMI: In NH, Jeb Bush Urges GOP Senators Like Kelly Ayotte to Confirm Loretta Lynch 

Concord, N.H. – Last night in New Hampshire, Jeb Bush urged Republican Senators like Kelly Ayotte to finally confirm Loretta Lynch, explaining, "I think that presidents have the right to pick their team."
 
Washington Post: "Bush urges GOP senators to move ahead with Loretta Lynch nomination"
 
CONCORD, N.H. -- Presumed Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush urged Republicans to move ahead with confirming Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, but stopped short of actually endorsing her nomination.
 
"The longer it takes to confirm her, the longer Eric Holder stays," he said in response to a question during a nearly 60-minute exchange with Republicans here Thursday night.
 
Lynch's nomination has been held up for months amid GOP opposition to her decision to support President Obama's decision to use executive authority to tweak the nation's immigration policy. In more recent weeks, Senate Republicans have held her up in limbo as they try to force passage of an anti-human trafficking bill that includes some language setting restrictions on abortion funding.
 
Bush, the son and brother of two former presidents who had their share of controversial nominees, added later that presidents should have the right to nominate whom they want so long as they're qualified.
 
"I think that presidents have the right to pick their team," he said...
 
Click here for full article.

Friday
Apr172015

NHDP - US Rep Guinta Just Voted to Give a Giant Tax Break to Paris Hilton and Fellow Trust Fund Babies

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Guinta’s Vote to Repeal the Estate Tax Would Add $270 Billion to the Deficit, Comes on Heels of His Vote for a Budget That Raises Taxes on Average Working Families, Cuts Rx Drug Benefits for Seniors, Cuts Pell Grants for Students, Cuts Food Assistance for the Hungry

Associated Press, Apr. 14, 2015: ‘FACT CHECK: Estate tax hits fewer than 1 percent of estates’

Washington DC -- Americans United for Change called on U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta to give up the charade of claiming to care about the deficit and average taxpayers after voting today to repeal the Estate Tax, a tax which effects less than 5,500 (.02%) households nationally with 75 percent of the tax cut going to inheritors of estates worth more than $20 million. So what’s in it for the rest of us? The Paris Hilton tax break would balloon the deficit by nearly $270 billion.

The vote was the latest demonstration of Guinta’s fixation with failed trickle-down economic policies over middle class economics. It followed his recent vote for an extreme Robin Hood-in-reverse budget plan that would stick seniors with higher Rx drug and out-of-pocket costs, raises taxes on average working families, gut nursing home care, leave millions uninsured, cost nearly 3 million Americans their jobs, and make college less affordable.

Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “Congressman Guinta could count on his fingers and toes the number of the multi-millionaires in New Hampshire actually affected by the estate tax – and he wouldn’t need any fingers at all to count up the number of jobs its repeal would create. When Republicans are only 100 days into this Congress and their biggest concern is protecting the inherited wealth of trust fund babies, there’s a troubling question of priorities here. Republicans pretend like this tax punishes the families small business owners and family farmers, but the claim has zero basis in reality – a ruse to disguise the fact that this effort is designed to make the richest 1 percent of the 1 percent even richer. After a vote like this, how can Congressman Guinta and fellow Republicans claim to be serious about fiscal responsibility or giving everyday Americans a chance at getting ahead? Guinta and company can’t vote to give .2 percent of the richest Americans an average $2.5 million tax break and turn around and say there’s no money left for food assistance, college aid and seniors’ prescription drug benefits.

“Giving the Paris Hiltons and Donald Trump Juniors out there a giant tax break they don’t need while slashing investments that seniors and students and middle class families do need -- and widening the income inequality gap in America on top of it -- is exactly how you derail the economic recovery.  Paris Hilton is going to be just fine without this tax break. But there’s a lot of struggling Americans out there that, under proposed cuts in the GOP budget, would not be ok without food assistance or access to affordable health and nursing home care.  We’ve seen this movie before. During the Bush years, Republicans in Congress gave millionaires and outsourcers a lot of special treatment and claimed it would benefit everyone. Except the special tax breaks were paid for on the backs of everyday Americans and all we got was the Great Recession. Why does Congressman Guinta think trickle-down economics will work this time?”

BACKGROUND:

§  The Poster Child for Who Benefits from the GOP Estate Tax Repeal: Salon, Feb. 4:  “F***ing peasants”: Conrad Hilton arrested for assaulting flight attendants in an epic air rage tantrum”

§  Associated Press, Apr. 14, 2015: ‘FACT CHECK: Estate tax hits fewer than 1 percent of estates’

§  Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, Feb. 3: “Double taxation? Americans for Tax Fairness, citing Federal Reserve data, notes that 55 percent of the value of estates worth more than $100 million comprises unrealized capital gains that have never been taxed.  Hurting family farmers and small businesses? In the entire country, only 120 small businesses and farms (100 of them large farms) were hit by the estate tax in 2013. And for that tiny number affected, there are all sorts of provisions already in place to soften the blow: low valuation rules, delayed tax payments and other breaks and discounts.”

§  The Congressional Budget Office determined the Estate Tax repeal would add nearly $270 billion to the deficit.

§  Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: “Today, 99.8 percent of estates owe no estate tax at all, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. Only the estates of the wealthiest 0.2 percent of Americans — roughly 2 out of every 1,000 people who die — owe any estate tax. This is because of the tax’s high exemption amount, which has jumped from $650,000 per person in 2001 to $5.43 million per person in 2015.”

§  Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: “Only roughly 20 small business and small farm estates nationwide owed any estate tax in 2013, according to TPC.[10]  TPC’s analysis defined a small-business or small farm estate as one with more than half its value in a farm or business and with the farm or business assets valued at less than $5 million.  Furthermore, TPC estimates those roughly 20 estates owed just 4.9 percent of their value in tax, on average.”

§  Source: CAP Action

 

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