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NHDP - As Bill O’Brien Sets Up Radical Shadow Government, Will Kelly Ayotte and Republican Leaders Continue to Support His Naked Power Grab? 

As Bill O’Brien Moves to Setup Radical Shadow Government, Will Kelly Ayotte and Republican Leaders Continue to Support His Naked Power Grab?  

Concord, N.H. – On the heels of the stunning rebuke from both Republicans and Democrats of Bill O’Brien’s divisive partisanship, O’Brien announced that he is setting up a shadow organization that will disregard the will of Granite Staters’ elected representatives and put forth its own radical anti-middle class agenda.
The question is whether Kelly Ayotte and New Hampshire Republican Party leaders, who endorsed Bill O’Brien and worked behind the scenes to support his divisive approach, will continue to stand by O’Brien as he works to derail the legislative process and grab power for himself?
“With the ‘kinder, gentler’ Bill O’Brien hoax now a distant memory, O’Brien’s latest power grab shows once again that he will always put his own interests first, no matter who gets hurt,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “After endorsing Bill O’Brien in his battle for the speakership against Shawn Jasper, Kelly Ayotte and Republican Party leaders should make clear whether they continue to stand by O’Brien as he defies the will of Granite Staters’ elected representatives and puts forth his own radical policy agenda that would hurt middle class families and take our economy backwards.” 


NHDP - Back to the future 

BREAKING: Bill O'Brien back as Speaker.

It's official - Republicans just voted to return Bill O'Brien as New Hampshire Speaker of the House. They're going back to the future and we can expect the same extreme, Tea Party agenda:

Draconian cuts to higher education, but cheaper cigarettes. Right-to-Work for Less. Repeal of Marriage Equality. Block Access to Women's Healthcare.
We've worked too hard to let the extreme ideology of Bill O'Brien stop the progress we've made. We've stood up and stopped him before and we're going to have to do it again in 2016.
If you've saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation to stop Bill O'Brien will go through immediately.


-- Raymond Buckley, Chairman
New Hampshire Democratic Party

NHDP - Working with Governor Hassan 

New Hampshire Democrat --

Maintaining a Democratic Majority on the Executive Council is critical to ensuring New Hampshire keeps moving in the right direction. Medicaid Expansion, funding of Planned Parenthood, the widening of I-93, and bringing passenger rail to New Hampshire are just some of the important issues that have recently come before the Executive Council.

We need forward-thinking, commonsense leaders to work with Governor Maggie Hassan in Concord to create a strong economy and move our state forward.

Will you chip in $20.14 today to your candidate for Executive Council so they can work with Governor Hassan in Concord?


District 1:
Mike Cryans


District 2:  
Colin Van Ostern

District 3:  
Robin McLane

District 4:  
Chris Pappas

District 5:  
Jennifer Daler or Diane Sheehan

Republicans are desperate to regain a majority on the Executive Council and if they do, the progress we've made over the past two years will be halted in its tracks.  Let's work together to keep the Granite State moving forward.  See you on the campaign trail!  

On to victory,



NHDP - Statement on DC-Backed Multimillionaire Running for NH Governor 

Concord, N.H.-- In response to a report by WMUR that RGA-backed candidate Walter Havenstein will run for governor, Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party Ray Buckley issued the following statement.

"It's sad that the NHGOP and their Washington cronies can't find someone from New Hampshire to run for Governor, and now are resorting to an out-of-touch, multimillionaire from Maryland who has proven that he thinks he’s above the rules that apply to the rest of us. Walt Havenstein already got caught claiming primary residency on his million dollar Maryland condo to avoid paying property taxes – and now he’s trying to claim he's a resident of New Hampshire. 
"After Havenstein cheated the system to avoid taxes, how can New Hampshire voters trust him to fight for our priorities? Will he return to the devastating cuts and attacks on women's health care of failed Speaker Bill O'Brien and the Tea Party Legislature? Will Havenstein repeal the bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan that will bring critical health coverage to over 50,000 working people?

"Granite Staters support Governor Hassan because she is a bipartisan leader who is focused on solving problems to strengthen the middle class and keep our economy moving forward. Every day, the people of New Hampshire work hard and play by the rules to get ahead and provide for their families, and they appreciate that Governor Hassan is fighting for their priorities. It's clear that Walt Havenstein doesn’t respect the laws of either New Hampshire or Maryland, and Granite State voters can't trust that he would respect them either."



Nashua Telegraph expose outlined how Walt Havenstein took Maryland property tax breaks that required his principal residence to be in that state, raising a host of questions and placing his candidacy in doubt.

The Telegraph uncovered that Havenstein “saved $5,354 from 2008-11 by getting a homestead exemption from local property taxes in Bethesda, Md. He also paid a lower state property transfer tax while buying the property in that state. To get both, Havenstein had to acknowledge that his $1 million condominium was his ‘principal residence' where he was living at least seven months of the year." [Nashua Telegraph3/23/14]
Under Maryland law, ”Principal residence” has been defined to mean the “one dwelling where the homeowner regularly resides and is the location designated by the owner for the legal purposes of voting, obtaining a driver’s license, and filing income tax returns.” [MAPM, accessed 4/2/14]
Maryland law was enacted in 2007 that requires all homeowners to submit an application stating that they meet the principal residence requirements, under penalty of perjury. According to the Telegraph, “Havenstein said he didn’t recall signing that form.” [State of Maryland, accessed 4/2/2014, Nashua Telegraph3/23/14]

Just last weekend, a Nashua Telegraph emphasized Havenstein's problems stating that he was either "ineligible to run for the office or committed tax fraud in Maryland." [Nashua Telegraph, 3/31/14]

That same report found that in addition to registering a car in Maryland, Havenstein briefly held a driver’s license in that state. New Hampshire doesn’t allow someone to hold a valid driver’s license in this state while having an active license in another state. [Nashua Telegraph3/31/14, State of New Hampshire, accessed 4/2/14]


New Hampshire Democratic Party Statement on the Democratic Special Election Victory 

Concord, N.H - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement after the Democratic vicotry in tonight's special election in Durham and Madbury.  It is the fifth special election New Hampshire Democrats won this year.  Democrat Amanda Merrill defeated Republican candidate Diedre Lepkowski 592-84.

"The people of Durham and Madbury sent a clear message that they want responsible Democratic representatives working for them in Concord. Amanda Merrill's enormous win tonight is not just a victory for the people of Durham and Madbury, but one for the entire state. She has a proven record of finding commonsense solutions that voters know and trust.  I want to congratulate Representative-elect Merrill on her victory tonight, and I look forward to seeing her sworn in at the State House very soon.

"As Democrats pick up their 5th special election victory of 2013 tonight, it is unmistakably clear that twelve months later the New Hampshire Republican State Committee continues to be just as out of touch with traditional New Hampshire values as they were last fall when voters rejected them up and down the ballot and all across the state.  Candidates with an R next to their name are paying the price at the polls for the NHGOP's Tea Party rhetoric."