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Thursday
Feb052015

US Rep Guinta applauds Senate passage of Clay Hunt SAV Act 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – On January 12, Congressman Frank Guinta voted in support of the Clay Hunt SAV Act, a bipartisan bill to improve mental health care and suicide prevention resources for American servicemembers.  Following the Senate’s passage of this legislation on February 3, Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement: 

 

“Far too often, our veterans return home with wounds in mind and body.  In New Hampshire, we have one of the highest veteran populations per capita in the nation -  we know all too well how difficult a veteran’s transition into civilian life upon returning from overseas can be.  I was honored to support this legislation and with the Senate’s bipartisan passage of the Clay Hunt SAV Act, we as a Congress have taken an essential step towards ensuring our service members have the very best care and resources to assist them.  We must continue to find these common sense, bipartisan solutions.  Our nation’s heroes deserve nothing less.” 

 

The bill now awaits the President’s signature to become law.

 

To read the text of the Clay Hunt SAV Act, please click here.

Friday
Jan302015

NRSC - Keystone XL Pipeline Passes! 

 KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE PASSES THE SENATE!

We did it, Friend.

In a great bipartisan victory, we passed the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate with a vote of 62-36, including the support of 9 Democrats who joined us to pass this pro-growth piece of legislation.

Now stand with us today by urging President Obama to SIGN this bill >>

This new pipeline will create hundreds of new jobs and new economic opportunities for many Americans and greatly expand our energy security. 

Our fight is not over yet – President Obama has vowed to veto the Keystone XL pipeline bill as soon as it reaches his desk. We must not allow this to happen. We’ve fought long and hard for this pipeline and the opportunities it will create. The American people are counting on it.

TAKE ACTION: Sign our petition to tell President Obama to sign the Keystone XL pipeline into law >>>

Thank you,

Senate Republicans

 



Tuesday
Nov042014

Citizens For A Strong NH - BOMBSHELL: We Know Why Shaheen's Hiding From Us 

 

Reports that Jeanne Shaheen Conspired with White House Insiders on IRS Targeting Scandal

 

 

(November 4, 2014) - Last evening, The Daily Caller broke a bombshell memo pointing to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen conspiring with White House insiders on the IRS targeting scandal.

The article yields breaking news that Jeanne Shaheen was principally involved in a plot with Lois Lerner and President Barack Obama's political appointee at the IRS to lead a program of harassment against conservative nonprofit groups during the 2012 election, according to letters exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller.

Breitbart also wrote on the story, which can be viewed here.

This past Thursday, the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) filed a federal lawsuit in New Hampshire against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on behalf of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, claiming the IRS is unlawfully delaying the release of records between the IRS and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) who demanded the IRS investigate conservative organizations for engaging in "political activities."


The lawsuit requests the federal court to order the IRS to release the records. 
Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law & Justice is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Michael Biundo, one of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's general consultants, released the following statement on the election-even bombshell memo: 

 
"Despite Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's FOIA request, the IRS has continued to stall and illegally ignore deadline after deadline for the past several months in order to delay the release of correspondence between their office and Senator Shaheen and now we know why. 

 

"On the eve of the midterm elections, a plot between Senator Shaheen, Lois Lerner and President Barack Obama's political appointee at the IRS to lead a program of harassment against conservative groups aimed to trample free speech came to light. This abuse of government power should not be tolerated. Senator Shaheen should immediately release all correspondence with the IRS. Granite Staters deserve transparency and honesty from their elected officials but unfortunately, the Senator continues to hide."

On Thursday, in response to filing the lawsuit with the ACLJ, Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:

"Senator Shaheen and Congresswoman Shea-Porter have made a career out of hiding from Granite State families. While their constituents are well aware of their refusal to hold town hall meetings, in order to further isolate themselves, these two elected officials have also called on the IRS to target organizations like ours to hinder our ability to highlight their failed records in Washington. 


"For months, the IRS has been stalling and surpassing deadline after deadline in order to delay the release of correspondences between their office and Senator Shaheen and Congresswoman Shea-Porter. Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has been more than patient waiting for a response, but at this point, we believe that the only means to gain these documents is through litigation. We look forward to working with the American Center for Law & Justice and appreciate their willingness to represent our organization in such an important case."

 

The full release from the ACLJ from Thursday, as well as a quote from Jay Sekulow, can also be seen here.
 

Saturday
Nov012014

NHDP - Boston.com: "‘Anyplace Past Concord’: Scott Brown, and What Not to Say In the Final Days of a Close Campaign"

Boston.com: ‘Anyplace Past Concord’: Scott Brown, and What Not to Say In the Final Days of a Close Campaign


By Hilary Sargent
Boston.com Staff
October 31, 2014 12:20 PM

With a history mix-upsmisspellingspocket tweets, and misunderstandings, Scott Brown did exactly what you don’t want to do in the final days of an increasingly tight U.S. Senate race.

On Thursday, Brown faced off against the state’s incumbent U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

WMUR reporter James Pindell told Brown he wanted to move away from the “big picture conversation” and “drill down to main street here in New Hampshire.” Pindell asked Brown to speak about specific economic issues facing Sullivan County.

Brown then spoke about issues “up north.” Pindell stopped him to suggest that it sounded as though Brown was discussing the state’s “north country” and not Sullivan County. Brown responded by saying he was referencing “anyplace past Concord.” Pindell gave Brown a public geography scolding: “Sullivan County is west of Concord. It’s not north of Concord, Senator Brown.”

 

Pindell: “Let’s go to the western part of the state, and lets talk about Sullivan County. Senator brown, what do you see going right in the economy in Sullivan County, and what’s going wrong? And please be specific.”

Brown: “Well, you’re absolutely right. Geography plays a role. Along the southern border we have more jobs. We have more opportunity. Infrastructure and other opportunities up north are more difficult. One of the biggest opportunities is tourism, and one of the biggest opportunities are our ski areas and trails for snowmobiles. And I support those efforts.”

Pindell: “We’re talking about Sullivan County. I think you’re talking about the north country. So what do you see as going well in Sullivan County, or not?”

Brown: “I’m talking about anyplace past Concord, and the challenges of our state. So I’m referring to the challenges, including the high corporate tax rate, Obamacare coming in after the election. We also have—uh—the challenges of high electric costs. If you go to any business, in any county in our state, those are the very real challenges.”

Pindell: “Sullivan County is west of Concord. It’s not north of Concord, Senator Brown.”

 

Democrats quickly seized on the moment, calling it a “clueless fumble” and saying it showed Brown’s lack of knowledge of New Hampshire geography. The Shaheen campaign emailed a press release, conveniently announcing her plans for Saturday stops in the very county Brown seemed unable to identify.

With less than a week until election day, polls suggest the race is “too close to call.”

James Neilsen, the mayor of Claremont (located in Sullivan County), said Brown’s comment went “far beyond an awkward moment in a debate.”

“It’s about the next six years, and whether people in Sullivan and every other corner of this state will have a senator who knows and cares about their lives and their communities,” Neilsen said. “Tonight Scott Brown proved that not only can he not find us on a map but also that he doesn’t care about us at all.”

Brown conceded to reporters that he “should have been more specific,” but claimed the whole thing was a misunderstanding: “Obviously it is north of Concord. I’ve visited every county and I’m going to continue to take that message of independence to every county.”

Meanwhile, Pindell apologized: “We were talking about the location of Sullivan County. I said Sullivan County was west of Concord, not north of Concord. The truth is, it’s both. On this point, Scott Brown was right. I was wrong.”

The key here isn’t that he misclassified Sullivan County as being “up north” when it is, in fact, in the “western central” part of the state.
 

Parents may have favorite children, but part of parenting is convincing your children—the voters—that you love each of them equally. And part of campaigning for statewide office is convincing voters that you love the state as a whole, and that every county matters, none more than any other. They all face unique challenges! They’re all special! They’re all important!

Brown lives in Rye, on New Hampshire’s sea coast and within commuting distance of New Hampshire’s main economic centers.

The key is that Brown said what he—and probably a lot of other people—think: that “anyplace past Concord” faces the exact same set of issues.

People who live in Manhattan think of traveling abroad as going anywhere requiring a bridge or tunnel. Maine, to many, is just a beautiful stretch of coastline. There’s no shortage of Bostonians who consider anything outside of Route 128 to be “western Mass.” And even in Boston, there’s the tendency to think of the city as stretching only from Fenway Park to the Seaport District.

Brown let slip the cold, hard truth that off the campaign trail, people living in the most populated part of any state often think of vast regions of the rest of the state as one lump. Up there. West of here. Down there. Over there.

You know, “anyplace past Concord.”

Friday
Oct312014

NHDP Statement on WMUR-Union Leader Senate Debate 

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement on tonight’s New Hampshire Senate debate at Saint Anselm College:
 
“It is embarrassing and insulting that Scott Brown had no idea where Sullivan County is located. The good people of Claremont, Plainfield, Cornish, Grantham, and the rest of Sullivan County deservea Senator who not only understands their priorities, but will work for them--not the Wall Street baks and Big Oil companies. 
 
"That moment showed Granite Staters exactly what they need to know about Scott Brown: he's not for New Hampshire. He only cares about being a Senator. He was wrong for Massachusetts and he is not for working families here in New Hampshire."