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Friday
Aug212015

Ayotte For US Senate - Learn the truth!

I wanted to make sure you saw this great piece highlighting all the ways Planned Parenthood’s current attack ad against Kelly is a total misrepresentation of her record. Let’s spread the truth.—JK
 
MyTurn: Facts absent in smear campaign against Ayotte

 
By Jennifer Couture
Conford Monitor
8/20/15
 
I write in response to an opinion piece written by the vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (Monitor Opinion, Aug. 18), which falsely claims that Republicans, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte, want to cut access to women’s health services.
 
That is absurd, especially given Ayotte’s strong record in support of women’s health issues – including her efforts to protect access to annual mammograms, her leadership on a bill that would make contraceptives available over the counter, and her support for breast cancer and ovarian cancer research.
 
Let’s talk about the facts…
 
The truth is the Senate bill would not cut a dime of funding for women’s health. Instead, the measure would simply send the funding that currently goes to Planned Parenthood to women’s health centers, which provide mammograms, cancer screenings, tests for sexually-transmitted diseases and birth control. Information about where to find the center closest to you is available online on the National Association of Community Health Centers’ website. In addition, many low-income women are eligible for Medicaid, which covers women’s health and screening services at private physician offices.
 
Republicans and Democrats alike agree that use of federal taxpayer dollars to fill the gap in women’s health services for low-income women is an important safety net. And no matter what your political views are, we can all agree that the content of the Planned Parenthood videos is deeply disturbing and raises serious ethical, moral and legal questions. The practices described in these videos should be fully investigated.
 
The notion that voting to defund Planned Parenthood in any way affects a woman’s access to vital care services is a red herring. It’s a falsehood repeated by an organization that is desperate to do damage control. Taxpayers should not be subsidizing a private organization that engages in these grotesque, disturbing practices, as Planned Parenthood appears to do. Instead, we can support women’s health services by directing funding to the thousands of health centers that do not engage in such troubling activities. It’s as simple as that.
 
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Saturday
Jul252015

NH Citizens For A Strong NH - "Climbing Maggie" 

 

"Climbing Maggie"

 

(July 24, 2015) - As reported by WMUR last evening, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is beginning an aggressive, state-wide, digital campaign. The advertisement highlights Governor Maggie Hassan's willingness to climb over the most vulnerable Granite Staters in order to move up the political ladder.

The digital advertisement, which focuses on Governor Hassan's support of harmful cuts to nursing homes, and highlights her continued endorsement of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, can be viewed HERE.

Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:

"Granite Staters deserve a full-time governor who fights for them and their families every day of the week. Regrettably, with Governor Maggie Hassan, we have an ineffective and hyper partisan career politician who focuses solely on her allegiance to liberal Washington special interests as she steps on the most vulnerable to get ahead.

"From drastic cuts to nursing homes to her ongoing support for Obamacare's Medicaid expansion regardless of its negative implications, Governor Hassan has made it clear that she is more concerned with climbing the political ladder than the welfare of Granite State families."
 

  

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Friday
Jul102015

NRSC - Reid & Hassan ... 

NRSC

 

Good afternoon –

Outgoing Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid is in quite the pickle, as after bragging about his personal campaign to get Governor Hassan to run for Senate, his team then said that he had no involvement in the matter. 

Except there’s that stubborn fact that earlier today his super PAC – Senate Majority PAC – bought and released a poll from known Democrat pollster (PPP) which has the race all knotted up.

If you are reporting on this news then below is a statement from the NRSC:

“Harry Reid makes Pinocchio look like an honest man, as after saying he didn’t recruit Maggie Hassan to run for Senate his super PAC released a poll aimed at getting the Governor into the race. Reid is the definition of shady, so it has to be a bit alarming that he’s actively recruiting Hassan to run for Senate.” – NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox

TIMELINE …

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 At 4:01 PM: “Reid helped persuade former Sen. Russ Feingold to run in Wisconsin and his allies have called New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan as part of the party’s full-court press to urge New Hampshire’s governor to run in the state’s marquee Senate race.” (Manu Raju, Harry Reid’s Final Campaign, Politico, 07/08/15)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 At 5:15 PM: “WMUR’S John DiStaso Tweets: New Politico update: @SenatorReid spox says Reid 'has not talked to @GovernorHassan ' about #nhsen  - #nhgov #nhpolitics” (John DiStaso, Twitter, 07/08/15)

Thursday, July 9, 2015 At 6:00 PM: “A new poll completed for the pro-Democratic Senate Majority PAC finds Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte in a virtual dead heat in a hypothetical U.S. Senate match-up." (John DiStaso, Poll For Pro-Democratic PAC Shows Hassan With Small Lead Over Ayotte, WMUR, 07/09/15)

Thursday
Jul092015

NHGOP FILES RIGHT TO KNOW REQUEST REGARDING HASSAN'S COMMUNICATIONS WITH HARRY REID 

Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today filed the following Right to Know request regarding Governor Maggie Hassan's communications with disgraced former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

 

Dear Governor Hassan,

 

This is a request under the New Hampshire Right To Know Law (RSA 91-A).

 

I formally request that you provide me with all records from your office regarding your communications with disgraced former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. This includes phone records, calendar records and any written or electronic communications from you and your staff.

 

This week, POLITICO reported that disgraced former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has personally encouraged you to abandon your gubernatorial responsibilities and run for United States Senate. When questioned about this report by WMUR-TV, your spokesman provided "no direct comment" and refused to admit that Senator Reid has called you.

 

Your political ambitions are the worst kept secret in Concord, and it's obvious that you are using the corner office as a stepping-stone for higher office. It's not surprising to learn that you are quietly working with Washington elites and party bosses to plot your United States Senate campaign.

 

Granite Staters deserve a full-time governor who is focused on moving New Hampshire forward instead of advancing her political career. They also deserve to know how much time you are wasting taking phone calls from Beltway insiders instead of addressing the state budget crisis that you created. Your unwillingness to admit that you have been in contact with Senator Reid is extremely troubling and raises very serious questions about your commitment to government transparency.

 

As a result, we have no choice but to file this request to get more information on your interactions with Senator Harry Reid. Pursuant to the guiding statutes, please respond to this request within five (5) days of receipt. If you deny any or this entire request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of appeal procedures available to me under the law.

 

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jennifer Horn

Chairman

New Hampshire Republican State Committee

 

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Thursday
Jul092015

Citizens For A Strong NH - Files RTK Request with Hassan's office 

 

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire calls on Hassan to stop hiding from her constituents
 

(July 8, 2015) -  Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is filing a Right to Know request with Governor Maggie Hassan's office today. We are requesting all correspondences to/from the governor and/or her staff between the dates of January 3, 2013 (her first inauguration) and July 8, 2015. We are also requesting all information pertaining to her taxpayer-funded travel between those dates.

In recent months, Governor Hassan has appeared to use budget negotiations and her vetoes to further her political career at the expense of her constituents. News pertaining to conversations between Governor Hassan and US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid have also raised concerns regarding her use of the corner office, and taxpayer-funded resources, to further her future political ambitions. Thus, Granite Staters deserve to the ability to ensure that none of their money has never been inappropriately used for political gain.

To expedite the most pertinent information, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has asked for Governor Hassan's office to make the first item on the list outlined below a priority, however, we expect her office to comply with all of our requests in a timely manner.

In the past, Governor Hassan has refused to comply with any of our Right to Know requests (documentation of her refusal can be provided upon request). If she refuses again, we call on her to explain to the news media what she is hiding and why Granite Staters do not deserve the ability to ensure their tax dollars are not being used inappropriately. 

Here is the text of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's Right to Know request:

 

Derek Dufresne

General Consultant

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire
373 S. Willow St, PMB #105

Manchester, NH 03103


July 8, 2015

 
Governor Maggie Hassan 
Office of the Governor 
State House 
107 North Main Street 
Concord, NH 03301
   

Brian Nelson Burford

Director, State Archivist

Division of Archives and Records Management

71 South Fruit St.

Concord, NH 03301

 

William Gardner

Secretary of State

State House

107 N. Main St

Concord, NH 03301   

Governor Hassan,


Under the New Hampshire Right to Know Law, R.S.A. 91 Ch. 01-A et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of all public records that relate to Governor Maggie Hassan's emails, office costs, and staff costs between the dates of January 3, 2013 and July 8, 2015.

 

Specifically we would like the following information:

  • Any and all email correspondences, phone records, and/or fax records between Governor Maggie Hassan and/or her staff and Senator Harry Reid and/or his staff and/or anyone employed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
  • Any and all email correspondences from or to the Governor and/or any staff employed by the Office of the Governor between the dates of July 3, 2013 and July 8, 2015.
  • Any calendars or records for the Governor's official and unofficial travel schedule between these dates;
  • Any records of the travel for the protective detail assigned to the Governor between these dates;
  • Any receipts or invoices submitted for official travel for the Governor or anyone employed by the Office of the Governor between these dates;

If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $50.  However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public's understanding.


The New Hampshire Right to Know Law requires a response time of five business days.  If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than this amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records. Considering the time it will take to compile all correspondences, we would ask for compliance with item one in the aforementioned requests.


If you deny any or all of these requests, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law. 

 

Thank you for considering my request.

 

Sincerely,

 

Derek Dufresne

General Consultant, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire