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Manchester, N.H. – Incumbent Governor Maggie Hassan filed for re-election yesterday, the same day Republican Andrew Hemingway stood with dozens of supporters to submit his papers to challenge her in November. The difference was clear in their filing statements as Hemingway discussed lowering health care costs, improving education and growing the economy, and the Governor touted her expansion of government and a gas tax increase.


“She cited the bi-partisan support for the two-year budget, freezing state college tuition, doubling the research and development tax credit, providing health care to 50,000 poor adults and raising the gas tax to fix the state’s roads and bridges as hallmarks of her first term.” –  Hassan, Hemingway file for NH governor's race by Gary Rayno, Union Leader, June 13, 2012 (View article here)


“When you brag about raising taxes on families already struggling in a stagnant economy, and the massive expansion of Obamacare as your hallmarks, I’d say you’ve demonstrated the difference between the two of us,” Hemingway said.


In addition, Governor Hassan claims credit for a Republican Senate budget and a freeze in the state college tuition.  The college tuition freeze came from the University System of New Hampshire Board, not the Governor.


University System of NH board votes to freeze in-state tuition for two years, Nashua Telegraph, June 29, 2013  (View article here)  


“In addition to touting the two things that will do damage to our economy, Governor Hassan took credit for a budget created by the Republican Senate and a tuition freeze by a board she doesn’t sit on.  I think it’s clear the reality is that Maggie Hassan has no accomplishments of her own worth bragging about,” Hemingway concluded.


ALG's Daily Grind - The deadbeat president 

Oct. 9, 2013

The deadbeat president

Why would Obama default on the debt in the event the debt ceiling is reached if there will be $250 billion of revenue a month to pay $34.8 billion interest that will be owed and otherwise existing debt can be refinanced up to the statutory limit?

And now a word from our founders

James Madison on the silver bullet congressional power of the purse: "This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure."

Fallacious claims prop up ethanol
Arguments put forward to support ethanol and other biofuels hold water like sieves – leaking billions of gallons of precious fresh water that are required to produce this expensive, unsustainable energy.

Pethokoukis: The Obamacare tax hike no one's talking about

"In at least one way, Mitt Romney was right that healthcare reform in Massachusetts is nothing like the Affordable Care Act. The work disincentives in Obamacare are far worse."


AFP - Pure Insanity 

This has been a busy week in Washington D.C. First, Budget Chairman Paul Ryan released his budget on Tuesday. But the real surprise was that Senate Democrats finally produced a budget for the first time in four long years. I wanted to provide you with a few important updates on both budgets this week, and highlight some important points in both.


The Ryan Budget plan is a good, serious budget. It is by no means perfect, but a significant step in the right direction.  This budget balances within ten years, but it only does so by leaving the tax hikes from ObamaCare and the $620 billion in higher taxes from the fiscal cliff in place.  This is the danger of allowing tax hikes into the picture when pushing for a balanced budget.  We have voiced our concerns on this point to the Congressman, and will continue to hold him accountable on further tax hikes on American families. 


On the positive side, the Ryan plan does a great job of starting the discussion on reform, repeals the spending portion of ObamaCare, reduces the size and influence of Fannie and Freddie Mac in the housing markets, and permits the Keystone Pipeline.  On balance, the Ryan Budget goes a long way towards improving the fiscal situation our country finds itself in today.


The plan submitted by Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray contrasts sharply. While we appreciate that the Senate actually produced a budget for the first time in four years, it is a huge disappointment.  The budget submitted by Senate Democrats calls for $1.5 trillion in higher taxes, trillions more in new spending, and does absolutely nothing to address the broken entitlement system our country is facing.  Senator Murray has no plan to ever balance the budget, and instead does the exact opposite - increasing spending and adding an additional $7 trillion to the national debt.


Overall, Murray’s plan is very dangerous for Americans and our economy as a whole.  Continuing out-of-control spending means raising taxes on you, at a time when many Americans can’t afford more tax increases.   To not cut spending is irresponsible, but to not even mention it is pure insanity.  We wish the Senate Democrats had put more serious effort into addressing the real problems we face.


I look forward to providing more updates on these two proposals to you in the near future, as our Policy Team continues to research and develop more information on the costs and benefits of each.  You can keep up with their analysis by visiting our Budget & Spending Issue Page.  Until then, please forward this email to your friends and family to help keep them informed of what these two budgets do. 


In Liberty,


Tim Phillips

Americans for Prosperity


CEI Weekly: Coalition Warns Against Tax Hikes 

December 7, 2012



Feature: CEI spearheads coalition effort.

FEATURE: Coalition Warns Against Tax Hikes


This week, a coalitiom of free-market and conservative groups urged lawmakers not to raise taxes in the face of the fiscal cliff. Read the December 5 coalition letter here.





Entrepreneur's Efforts Sunk by Regulations

Bill Frezza's interview on Fox News


Internet Sales Taxes Attack States' Rights

Jessica Melugin's op-ed in The Washington Times


Alternatives to Obama's Fiscal Cliff Proposal for an Infrastructure Bank

Wayne Crews' column in Forbes


A Tax Both Ayn Rand and Ralph Nader Could Love

Bill Frezza's column in Forbes


Cows Hoofing It Out of the State

Bill Frezza, Wayne Crews, & Ryan Young's citation in The Appeal Democrat


Google Search Settlement With FTC Coming Soon

CEI's citation in TechNewsWorld


Hans Bader on Disparate Impact Liability

Hans Bader's citation in Point of Law












GraniteStateProgress - Grassroots organization launches online petition urging Congressmen Bass, Guinta to do their jobs for 98% 

Grassroots  group The Action plans to deliver petitions to lame ducks next week

Concord – Congressmen Charlie Bass (NH-2) and Frank Guinta (NH-1) may have lost their re-election bids, but they are still representing us in Washington as the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations begin. Today saw the release of an online petition urging Bass and Guinta to support efforts in the House to bring to a vote a bill, already passed by the Senate, which would maintain tax cuts for98% of all Americans and 97% of small businesses. Activists will be delivering these petitions to later in the month.

Taylor Coots, state director for The Action (, the group organizing the petition drive explained the effort.

"An extension for the middle class tax cut is through the Senate, but Speaker Boehner won't bring it to the House floor for an up or down vote.  It is high time Congressmen Bass and Guinta do the right thing, break with the Speaker, and put New Hampshire middle class families ahead of Washington politics."

A ‘discharge petition’ is currently being circulated in the House of Representatives and would give the House a chance for an up-or-down vote on a $2,000 tax cut for 98% of Americans.  Voters in New Hampshire are urging our congressmen – both of whom have long advocated for low taxes and middle-class economic health – to demonstrate their support for both low taxes and the middle class by signing the discharge petition and voting in support of the Senate bill.

Pres. Obama has advocated starting the process of getting the nation’s budget house in order with this measure. "Let's begin our work with where we agree," the president said, observing that the Senate has already passed the bill and that both parties agree that increasing middle-class taxes would hobble the recovery. "If we can get a few House Republicans to agree as well, I'll sign this bill as soon as the House sends it my way."

( “GOP divide over Obama tax plan goes public,” Tom Cohen, November 28, 2012

ABOUT THE ACTION: The Action is a grassroots movement that demands Congress end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2%—those making more than $250,000 per year. The Action is for critical investments that create and sustain jobs.  New Hampshire Citizens Alliance for Action is leading the charge in New Hampshire.