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MPP - UNH Poll: Support Up for Marijuana Legalization in NH 

New Granite State Poll Shows Growing Majority of New Hampshire Adults Support Making Marijuana Legal and Regulating It Like Alcohol; Three Out of Five Support the Decriminalization Bill Currently Moving Through the State Legislature 

UNH-WMUR survey finds 55% think marijuana possession should be legal — up from 53% in 2013 — and 61% support HB 1625, which would reduce the penalty for possession of limited amounts of marijuana to a $100 civil fine

CONCORD — The annual WMUR Granite State Poll released Wednesday by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center shows a growing majority of New Hampshire adults support making marijuana legal and regulating it like alcohol.

The survey found 55% percent support making possession of small amounts of marijuana legal in New Hampshire — up from 53% in 2013 — and 67% approve of marijuana being sold in licensed retail outlets and taxed at levels similar to alcohol if marijuana possession becomes legal.

"Marijuana prohibition has been an ineffective and wasteful policy," said Matt Simon, the Goffstown-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. "Voters are increasingly becoming fed up with it, and they're ready to replace it with a more sensible system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol."

The poll also found that three out of five New Hampshire adults (61%) support House Bill 1625, a measure approved by the State House of Representatives and now being considered by the Senate that would reduce the penalty for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a $100 civil fine. Currently, possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000. New Hampshire is the only state in New England that treats simple marijuana possession as a criminal offense with the potential for jail time. 

"Using taxpayer dollars to criminalize people for marijuana possession is not a popular idea in New Hampshire," Simon said. "How can anyone defend a law that subjects people to potentially life-altering criminal penalties simply for using a less harmful substance than alcohol? It’s irrational, it's counterproductive, and it's time for it to change."

The poll of 510 randomly selected New Hampshire adults was conducted March 24-April 1 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3%. The entire poll is available at

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The Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization, has been responsible for changing most state-level marijuana laws since 2000. For more information, visit


AFP - Choose the Champion of Pork

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It's that time of year again: 

With Tax Day just around the corner, now is the ideal time to review all the wasteful spending programs that the federal government has paid for with your hard-earned tax dollars. 

And since March Madness is in full swing, what better way to do it than with a good, old-fashioned tournament bracket? 


Your votes over the next two weeks will decide which of 16 budget-busting federal spending programs will be crowned Americans for Prosperity's Champion of Pork! 

Here are just a few of the pork-barrel spending projects that the federal government is paying for with YOUR tax dollars: 

- $14 million on catfish inspections

- $92 million in bonuses for IRS employees

- $682,570 to study shrimp on a treadmill

Which wasteful spending program is most worthy of being crowned the Champion of Pork?


(If your March Madness bracket isn't doing so well, this is a great opportunity to redeem yourself.) 

We'll be in touch soon to let you know which ridiculous government spending programs are advancing to the next round of voting: the Extravagant 8.

Thank you for voting, and for being a part of our efforts to cut wasteful spending! 

-- Your friends at Americans for Prosperity 

NHDP - N.H. Voters Sour On Scott Brown: The More They Learn The Less They Like Him 

After 11 Months of Teasing New Hampshire Voters with an Elaborate Ploy for Attention, Scott Brown’s “Prospects for a Political Comeback in New Hampshire Have Taken a Sudden Nosedive”  
Concord – The more New Hampshire voters see of Scott Brown the less they like him.  That is the message from the newest public opinion poll conducted by Suffolk University and the Boston Herald.  After flirting for 11 months, Scott Brown’s “prospects for a political comeback in New Hampshire have taken a sudden nosedive” reports the poll.  The former Massachusetts politician trails New Hampshire’s Senator Jeanne Shaheen 39-52, and is seen unfavorably by New Hampshire voters.
“It is clear that Scott Brown’s scam emails, his toxic record of voting for Big Oil’s interests, and his flippant attitude towards the people of New Hampshire are taking its toll,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.  “Granite Staters know how important their vote is and consider candidates seriously; Scott Brown’s circus act is failing the laugh test.”
The Suffolk University/Boston Herald is the third public poll in a row showing New Hampshire’s Senator Shaheen widening her lead.  It comes after the billionaire oil baron Koch Brothers and Scott Brown’s allies have spent nearly $900,000 in negative ads against her – outspending Democratic leaning groups by a more than two-to-one margin.  In January PPP Polls reported Shaheen with a 46-43% lead, then the WMUR/UNH Granite State poll showed the lead widening to 47-37%, and now the Boston Herald/Suffolk University poll shows it expanding further to 52-39%.
“Granite Staters aren't fooled by desperate attacks. They know Jeanne Shaheen, and they know she always puts New Hampshire first, working for commonsense solutions that make a difference for people here,” continued Kirstein.  “Brown has been involved in a ridiculous almost year-long tease – he's running for Senate, no for President, he's in his barn jacket, no he's shirtless -- and it is a stark contrast with Senator Shaheen, who has spent the last year working hard for the people of New Hampshire.”
The full report from the Boston Herald on the Suffolk-Herald poll is below.

N.H. voters sour on Scott Brown, new Suffolk-Herald poll shows
Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has slipped in a new Suffolk University-Boston Herald poll when put up against New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
By: Joe Battenfeld
Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown's prospects for a political comeback in New Hampshire have taken a sudden nosedive, while U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie top the pack of GOP presidential hopefuls in the Granite State, a new Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll shows.
Brown, the ex-Massachusetts lawmaker now considering a run against U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, is trailing the Democratic incumbent by a 52-39 percent margin in a general election matchup, according to the Suffolk/Herald poll of 800 likely New Hampshire voters.
Just one in three Granite State voters have a favorable impression of Brown while 42 percent have a negative opinion of the Republican transplant who shocked the political world in 2010 by winning a U.S. Senate seat in the Bay State, the poll shows.
Brown is easily defeating his GOP foes in a Senate primary matchup, getting just one third of Republican voters, according to the poll.
Brown is not the only pol whose approval ratings are taking a beating in New Hampshire. Half of all Granite State voters now disapprove of President Obama's job performance, with just 40 percent of voters saying they approve.
More than half of New Hampshire voters - 52 percent say - Obama's signature health care law has been bad for New Hampshire, according to the poll.
Just 37 percent of voters say Obamacare has been good for the Granite State, a stunning rejection of the new law that has forced millions of people nationwide off their health care plans.
But Obamacare's unpopularity has not hurt Shaheen or another Democrat facing re-election, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan. While Shaheen has opened a comfortable lead against Brown, Hassan is beating her potential GOP opponents by at least 25-point margins, the Suffolk/Herald poll shows. The margin of error for the poll of 800 likely voters is 3.5 percent.
The poll also reveals that the 2016 race for president in the first-in-the-nation primary state is a tossup right now. Paul, the Kentucky senator and tea party favorite, is getting 12 percent of the vote in a crowded field, according to the poll.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who once led the pack in New Hampshire, is also getting just 12 percent of the vote - a sign he's been hurt by the George Washington bridge scandal and ongoing criminal investigation.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 vice presidential nominee, follow with nine percent in a matchup of 426 likely GOP primary voters, the poll shows.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is getting eight percent, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has support from seven percent of New Hampshire voters and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio trails with six percent in a 2016 trial heat.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is also in the middle of the pack with five percent support from New Hampshire Republican primary voters - tied with former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown.
There are 14 percent of voters who say they are undecided right now.


NHDP - Poll: Hassan Well Positioned for Reelection, Remains Highly Popular Among Voters 

Concord - The latest public opinion poll numbers show Governor Hassan in a strong position for re-election and is remains highly popular with New Hampshire voters.  New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley release the following statement on the poll.

"Governor Hassan's responsible leadership has made investing in the priorities that grow jobs and strengthen our New Hampshire middle class a top priority. The people of New Hampshire have watched her bring lawmakers from both parties to the table to work on bipartisan commonsense solutions.  She has the highest favorability numbers of anyone tested in the poll on the Governor's race and she leads all potential challengers by a massive 25 points.  This poll shows voters trust Democrats to continue moving New Hampshire forward."

The full poll can be found here:

Lambert For Congress - State Of The Race: New Hampshires 2nd District

Gary Lambert for Congress

From: Ethan Zorfas
To: Gary Lambert’s Friends & Supporters
Date: February 7th 2014
Re: State of the Race: New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District                          __

As we have moved into the Election Year, Col. Gary Lambert is in a strong position to defeat Congresswoman Ann Kuster. In all aspects of a strong campaign, Lambert has built a strong foundation to win both the Primary and General Elections. Combining polling, grassroots, finance, and increasing positive climate for experienced, common sense conservatives like Col. Lambert, the campaign is increasingly excited about the position we are in today.

Polling: This week, the University of New Hampshire released new data for the 2nd Congressional District and Col. Lambert is within the margin of error against the Congresswoman. New Hampshire is known for its plurality of independent voters. Most importantly, Lambert and Kuster are tied amongst these swing voters. He is the only Republican candidate in the race with numbers that strong. Col. Lambert’s positive message on creating middle-class jobs will put him a position to win as the race continues.

Grassroots: Col. Lambert has attended dozens of county, town, and community Republican committee events from Keene, Salem, Windham, Peterborough and Nashua, to Northern Grafton County and the Great North Woods. He has made it a priority to hear from those he seeks to represent. Through these events he has been able to gather nearly 300 public endorsements signatures including political leaders.

Finance: The 4th fundraising reports show Col. Lambert is in a strong position. He has more Cash on Hand than any other Republican in the state right now with nearly $220,000 in the bank having raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars. As the Lambert finance committee continues to grow, we are on pace to exceed our Primary Election budget.

Political Environment: The UNH poll’s data on the political environment in the 2nd District is what will keep Congresswoman Kuster and her team up late at night. Despite maintaining the power of incumbency, only 30% of voters have a favorable opinion of her. Most pundits will tell you, when an incumbent drops below 50% they need to be nervous. Her favorability is dismal. Her support of Obamacare, lashing out at constituents and her inability to pursue policies that create economic growth are catching up with her.