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Tuesday
Oct062015

NRSC Launches Website Highlighting Governor Gridlock Hassan's Failed Leadership 

NRSC

 

Committee Launches HassanforSenate.com To Highlight Governor Gridlock's Failed Leadership in New Hampshire 

WASHINGTON – Following Governor Gridlock Maggie Hassan's announcement, the NRSC launched HassanforSenate.com – a new website that highlights Hassan's failed leadership and directly refutes the ridiculous claims Hassan made in her non-announcement video.

Visitors to the site can learn more about Harry Reid's hand-picked candidate – from her partisan budget veto to her ineffective response to New Hampshire's heroin epidemic.

Stay tuned as HassanforSenate.com exposes Maggie Hassan's partisan, ineffective, and out of touch record.

Click here to check out the new website, HassanforSenate.com ...

 

MAGGIE HASSAN’S WORST HITS:

Maggie Hassan’s Partisan Budget Veto 

On June 25, 2015, Hassan Vetoed The New Hampshire Legislature’s Budget. (“Gov. Maggie Hassan Vetoes Budget Passed By NH House, Senate,” Associated Press, 6/25/15)

Foster’s Daily Democrat: “We Consider [Hassan’s] Veto A Serious Mistake In Terms Of Serving The Best Interests Of The Granite State.” (Editorial, “Gov. Hassan's Budget Veto Will Prove A Mistake,” Foster’s Daily Democrat, 7/2/15)

“Gov. Maggie Hassan Is Taking A Strong Stand Against Proposed Business Tax Cuts.” (“Hassan Takes Stand On Business Tax Cuts,” WCAX News, 6/18/15) 

Hassan Called The Business Tax Cuts She Signed Into Law “Unfunded Tax Cuts For Big Corporations.” Hassan: "I will veto it if it comes to my desk as it is. I have been at the table with Republican leadership and have been clear throughout the process about how we can achieve a bipartisan budget that addresses our shared priorities, but Republican leadership refused to compromise on any of the major issues – most critically their unfunded tax cuts for big corporations.” (Governor Maggie Hassan, “Republican Budget Is Fiscally Irresponsible and Unbalanced, Will Veto If Comes to Desk As It Is,” Press Release, 6/18/15)

Hassan’s Veto “Left State Agencies Scrambling And A Number Of Social Service Programs Without Expected Increases.” “The budget deal puts an Veto end to a short-term spending plan that left state agencies scrambling and a number of social service programs without expected increases.” (Kathleen Ronayne, “N.H. Passes Budget Deal, Ending Stalemate,” Associated Press, 9/16/15)

  • “Without A Set Spending Plan In Place, Many Health And Social Service Providers Won’t Know How Much Money They Get Or Whether Their Programs Could Again Be On The Chopping Block.” “The current state budget expires June 30. Without a set spending plan in place, many health and social service providers won’t know how much money they get or whether their programs could again be on the chopping block. ‘The uncertainty that it creates is the biggest problem,’ said Jeff Dickinson, Advocacy Director for Granite State Independent Living.” (Allie Morris, “Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat,” Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)
  • Gina Balkus, An Advocate For Home Health Agencies, Said, “This Is Really, From Our Perspective, The Best Budget We’ve Seen In Years… We Hope Our Needs Don’t Get Lost In The Political Fray That Results From A Veto.” “But the advocates fear a veto could jeopardize those small advances. They are worried about the uncertainty a veto would create. ‘This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we’ve seen in years,’ said Gina Balkus, an advocate for home health agencies. ‘We hope our needs don’t get lost in the political fray that results from a veto.’” (Allie Morris, “Capital Beat: Health, Social Service Backers Silent On Hassan Budget Veto Threat,” Concord Monitor, 6/21/15)

Hassan’s Out Of Touch Veto Stalled Critical Funding To Fight The Heroin Epidemic

The Legislature’s Budget Would Have Doubled The Budget In June For Prevention, Treatment And Recovery Programs. “Throughout the budget process, Republicans and Democrats alike called for greater efforts to address the state's growing heroin and prescription drug abuse problem. The budget would have doubled money in prevention, treatment and recovery fund to $6.7 million, allowing the state to begin investing in now-lacking recovery programs. Without the additional funding, the state can't start issuing requests for proposals for new programs and providers.” (Kathleen Ronayne, “New Hampshire Agencies, Programs Face Budgetary Uncertainty,” Associated Press, 6/29/2015)

The Delay In Increased Funding Led To Continued Waitlists For Alcohol And Drug Prevention Programs, “That Means Continued Overdose Deaths.”“For people who need help, advocates say, the delay will have real consequences...’That means continued waitlists, that means continued overdose deaths,’ said Tym Rourke, chair of the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. ‘There is no substantive change we can expect to see around the substance abuse epidemic until we have the ability to provide those expanded services.’” (Kathleen Ronayne, “New Hampshire Agencies, Programs Face Budgetary Uncertainty,” Associated Press, 6/29/2015)

In July, New Hampshire’s Drug Czar Said The State’s Heroin Epidemic Continued To Grow. “New Hampshire's drug czar said Wednesday the heroin epidemic that's gripping the state is so big it almost defies logic.” (Josh McElveen, “NH Drug Czar Says Heroin Epidemic Continues To Grow,” WMUR, 7/15/15)

WMUR: “‘We Need More Action,’ Police Chief Nick Willard Said. ‘We Need The Leaders Of This State To Step Forward And Help Us With This Heroin Epidemic, Because It's Not Going Away.’”(Josh McElveen, "Heroin Seizures Up 20 Times In Manchester Over Last Year," WMUR, 7/7/15)

Union Leader: “Governor Says No To Mayor's Request To Declare Heroin Emergency.” “Gov. Maggie Hassan has declined a request from Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas that she declare a public health state of emergency over the heroin epidemic in the Queen City and the rest of the state… The request was sent by Gatsas to Hassan last Friday after discussions with Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard, Fire Chief James Burkush and Manchester Health Director Tim Soucy.” (Paul Feely, “Governor Says No To Mayor's Request To Declare Heroin Emergency,” Union Leader, 8/5/15)

Governor Hassan’s Office Was Unaware Of A $12 Million Federal Grant Issued To New Hampshire Geared Toward Drug Prevention. “And while New Hampshire, just like Vermont, recently received a $12 million grant geared toward drug prevention, the New Hampshire governor's office didn't know about it.”(Josh McElveen, “Budget Battle Slows Funds For Heroin Treatment,” WMUR, 7/9/15)

Hassan: “Our Heroin Epidemic Is The Most Pressing Health And Public Safety Challenge That We Have As A State.” “A WMUR Granite State Poll released Tuesday shows that people in New Hampshire see the heroin epidemic as the second biggest problem facing the state, behind the economy. Hassan said she gets it. ‘Our heroin epidemic is the most pressing health and public safety challenge that we have as a state,’ she said.” (Josh McElveen, “Governor Releases Guidelines To Fight State's Heroin Problem,” WMUR, 7/21/15)

Hassan’s Ineffective Leadership 

Hassan’s FY2016-FY2017 Budget Proposal Raised Taxes And Fees By $126 Million. “Hassan is proposing half a dozen new sources of revenue, tax or fee increases estimated to bring in $126 million over two years and projects modest increases in annual revenues from businesses and tourism, among other sources.” (“Hassan Presents Proposed $11.5B Budget Plan,” Associated Press, 2/12/15)

  • The Telegraph: “Some Of [Hassan’s]Revenue Proposals Would Fall Hardest On Those Who Can Least Afford It.” (Editorial, “Hassan Budget Fails An Important Test,” The Telegraph2/15/15)
  •  The Union Leader Said Hassan Used “Imaginary Money” To Fund Her Budget Proposal. “It is a lot easier to write a budget, as Gov. Maggie Hassan did this year, when you get to use imaginary money you do not have and are unlikely to get… Hassan was able to propose spending more because she started with much higher revenue — imaginary revenue. She estimated that state revenue over the next two years would be $229 million more than the House estimated.” (Editorial, “A Realistic Start: The House Finance Committee budget,” Union Leader, 3/30/15)

Hassan’s Proposed FY2014-FY2015 Budget Would Have Increased State Spending By $1 Billion, 10.2 Percent. “With federal money and other state revenue such as highway funds and court fines, the total state budget over the next biennium would be $11.1 billion. That compares to $10.1 billion for the current year, a 10.2 percent increase.” (Sherry Wood, “Budget: Hassan Makes Her Case,” The Union Leader, 2/15/13)

  • Hassan’s Budget Proposal Sought To Pay For Increased Spending With Revenue From Casino Gambling, Tobacco Tax Increases, And An Increase In Insurance Premium Tax Revenues. “The governor pays for the additional spending with money from casino gambling, higher tobacco taxes and an increase in the number of insurance premiums resulting from the Affordable Care Act.” (Sherry Wood, “Budget: Hassan Makes Her Case,” The Union Leader, 2/15/13)

In August 2015, PolitiFact Rated A Claim That Hassan’s Budget Proposal Would Raise Taxes On Small Businesses And Increased Fees By $100 Million As “Mostly True.” Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget proposal "raises taxes on small businesses and increases taxes and fees by $100 million"...We rate it Mostly True." (Clay Wirestone, "Americans for Prosperity calls NH Gov. Maggie Hassan's budget proposal a tax increase," PolitiFact, 8/27/15)

In The State Senate, Hassan Voted For At Least 82 Tax And Fee Increases, Including The Rooms Tax To Campsites, Meals Tax, And Marriage Licenses. (HB2, Roll Call Vote #104: Conference Report Adopted 13-11, 6/24/09, Hassan Voted Yea; Senate Journal 20, 6/24/09, pg. 597; HB2, Roll Call Vote #104: Conference Report Adopted 13-11, 6/24/09, Hassan Voted Yea; Senate Journal 20, 6/24/09, pg. 596-597; S.S.H.B 1, Roll Call Vote #76: Motion To Pass Sections 1 - 49, 55 - 118 And 121 Adopted 14-10, 6/9/10, Hassan Voted Yea; Senate Special Session Journal 1, 6/9/10, pg. 789)

Hassan Appointed A Commission On Innovation, Efficiency, And Transparency, But Refused To Release Internal Proposals She Requested To Make State Government More Efficient. “Gov. Maggie Hassan says she’s all about government efficiency and transparency. But when it comes to efficiency in government spending, she’s hardly transparent. Pulling together the state’s two-year, $10 billion budget – which affects virtually every person in New Hampshire – is shaping up to be the big challenge of her second term. Already Hassan has required state department heads to submit proposals detailing how their agencies can be more efficient and effective in the coming years because there’s hardly enough money to go around and people haven’t fully recovered from the recession. But Hassan doesn’t want you to see them. The Monitor filed three separate requests under the Right to Know law and the state Constitution asking Hassan to release the efficiency proposals that were due to her office by Dec. 1… Publicly, Hassan often cites innovation, efficiency and even transparency as priorities. And she’s appointed a commission to explore how state government can improve in those areas.” (Jonathan Van Fleet, “Despite Claims Of Transparency, Gov. Hassan Refuses To Release Proposals To Make State Government More Efficient,” Concord Monitor, 1/11/15)

Friday
Oct022015

NH GOP - HASSAN ALLIES POLL TEST IRAN NUKE DEAL 

Poll Asks Voters To Decide Foreign Policy Position For Likely Senate Candidate
 
Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding news of a poll conducted by allies of likely Senate candidate Governor Hassan on President Obama's reckless deal with Iran:
 
"For months, Governor Hassan has dodged questions about President Obama's reckless Iranian nuclear deal and has refused to publicly take a stand. Matters of national security require leadership, not political calculation, and the governor's reliance on polling data to make foreign policy decisions demonstrates that she is clearly unfit for higher office. Governor Hassan should immediately take a position on one of the most important national security issues facing our nation."
 
BACKGROUND
 
WMUR: "Participants Are Being Asked What Position They Hope Hassan Takes On The Iran Nuclear Deal" "MESSAGE TESTING. Granite Staters are being polled on a potential Gov. Maggie Hassan-Kelly Ayotte matchup. But there's also clear message testing involved. For instance, participants are being asked what position they hope Hassan takes on the Iran nuclear deal: In favor of it as a way to mitigate the possibility or Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, or against it because support it would "rubber stamp" President Barack Obama's position." (John DiStaso, "New Hampshire Primary Source," WMUR, 10/1/15)
 
WMUR: "Gov. Maggie Hassan Tuesday Weighed In On The Iran Nuclear Weapons Deal Struck By The Obama Administration, Saying...She Wants To Hear More About The 'Full Details And Implications Of The Agreement.'" "Gov. Maggie Hassan Tuesday weighed in on the Iran nuclear weapons deal struck by the Obama administration, saying through a spokesman while she is focused on state issues, particularly the budget, 'like all Americans' she wants to hear more about the 'full details and implications of the agreement.'" (John DiStaso, "Hassan weighs in, noncommittal, on Iran deal," WMUR, 7/14/15)
  • "Her Office's Twitter Post And Comment...On The Iran Deal Were Her First Commentaries Related To U.S. Foreign Policy As Governor" "Her office's Twitter post and comment Tuesday on the Iran deal were her first commentaries related to U.S. foreign policy as governor, heightening speculation about her political plans. The governor has been mentioned as a leading potential candidate to face Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte in 2016." (John DiStaso, "Hassan weighs in, noncommittal, on Iran deal," WMUR, 7/14/15)
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Thursday
Sep102015

NHGOP CALLS ON HASSAN TO CLARIFY POSITION ON IRAN NUKE DEAL 

Ahead Of Likely Iran Deal Vote, Hassan Has Yet To Take A Stand
 
Concord - Ahead of this week's likely vote on President Obama's dangerous deal with Iran, Governor Hassan has yet to take a public stand, despite telling WMUR in July that she was reviewing the deal and waiting to hear the "full details and implications of the agreement." New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement in response to her silence:
 
"Governor Hassan has had months to review President Obama's disastrous deal with Iran, and her continued silence is unacceptable. Refusing to take a position isn't leadership, and New Hampshire deserves elected officials who have the courage to take a stand on important issues. Governor Hassan should put our national security interests ahead of her blind allegiance to President Obama and immediately denounce this reckless deal with Iran."
 
According to a Pew Poll released yesterday, the American public is overwhelmingly opposed to the Iran Deal, with only 21% approving and 49% disapproving.
 
BACKGROUND:
 
WMUR: "Gov. Maggie Hassan Tuesday Weighed In On The Iran Nuclear Weapons Deal Struck By The Obama Administration, Saying...She Wants To Hear More About The 'Full Details And Implications Of The Agreement.'" "Gov. Maggie Hassan Tuesday weighed in on the Iran nuclear weapons deal struck by the Obama administration, saying through a spokesman while she is focused on state issues, particularly the budget, 'like all Americans' she wants to hear more about the 'full details and implications of the agreement.'" (John DiStaso, "Hassan weighs in, noncommittal, on Iran deal," WMUR, 7/14/15)
 
WMUR: "Her Office's Twitter Post And Comment...On The Iran Deal Were Her First Commentaries Related To U.S. Foreign Policy As Governor" "Her office's Twitter post and comment Tuesday on the Iran deal were her first commentaries related to U.S. foreign policy as governor, heightening speculation about her political plans. The governor has been mentioned as a leading potential candidate to face Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte in 2016." (John DiStaso, "Hassan weighs in, noncommittal, on Iran deal," WMUR, 7/14/15)
 
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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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