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Thursday
May062010

DNC - Today Main St. in Concord: OFA Asks Granite Staters to Tell Senator Gregg to Vote for Wall Street Reform

Concord Area Residents to Show Support for President Obama’s Plan for Wall Street Reform That Will Create Strong Consumer Protections and Ensure that Taxpayers Never Again Have to Bail Out Wall Street

CONCORD - Organizing for America (OFA) will hold an event in support of President Obama’s Wall Street reform plan on Thursday May 6th at 11:00 AM in front of Senator Judd Gregg’s office on Main Street in Concord. OFA supporters and volunteers will gather outside Senator Gregg’s office to encourage their fellow Granite Staters to visit the Senator’s office and tell him to support Main Street by voting for Wall Street reform. Just last week Senator Gregg voted three times against allowing the Senate to begin debating Wall Street reform.

OFA supporters are working to build support for Wall Street Reform that will create the strongest consumer protections in history so American families and small businesses have the information they need to make smart financial decisions and ensure taxpayers will never again have to bail out Wall Street.

WHAT:

Concord “Day of Action in Support of Wall Street Reform”

WHO:

OFA-NH State Director Tim Arsenault, OFA-NH volunteers and Concord Area Residents

WHEN:

Thursday, May 6th at 11:00 AM

 

WHERE:

In Front of Senator Gregg’s Concord Office

125 North Main Street

Concord, NH

 

Organizing for America (OFA) is a grassroots project of the Democratic National Committee. OFA's network of volunteers and staff is actively working in all 50 states to promote the President's proposals to strengthen America's middle class by creating jobs, passing health insurance reform, building a clean energy economy, improving education, and reining in the excesses of Wall Street.

Thursday
May062010

Shea-Porter Announces $265,000 for Derry Fire Department 

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that the Derry Fire Department will receive $265,050 to install sprinkler systems in three of the city’s fire stations.  This grant is provided by the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.  

“It is unacceptable that these fire stations currently lack adequate sprinkler systems,” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.  “I am pleased that these funds will enable the Derry Fire Department to install these sprinklers.”



Thursday
May062010

Shea-Porter Statement on President Obama Signing the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act into Law

WASHINGTON, DC  – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after President Obama signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act into law. 

Today is a great day for men and women who have served our country in uniform, as well as for the heroic people who care for them.  Disabled veterans and their families face many unique challenges, and caring for a loved one with a serious injury is often emotionally and physically exhausting. This law will provide our veterans and their family members with additional resources and support.”

The legislation, which passed the House on April 21, will help families better care for disabled or injured veterans. It will also greatly improve health care services for women veterans and will expand VA programs for veterans living in rural areas.

The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act is supported by the American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, the National Military Family Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and  the Wounded Warrior Project.

Thursday
May062010

DNC - Chairman Tim Kaine Statement on Chairman Dave Obey's Retirement 

Washington – Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tim Kaine issued the following statement on House Appropriations Chairman Dave Obey’s decision to retire from the U.S. House of Representatives after 40 years of service:

 

“For over 40 years Chairman Obey has been a strong voice and advocate for the people of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District.  Chairman Obey’s dedication to education, job creation, economic prosperity and health care has and will continue to benefit Americans for generations to come. 

 

“>From his first day in Congress Chairman Obey’s commitment to ethics and reform have led to fundamental and important changes in how Congress works.     As Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Dave Obey has been a powerful advocate for the middle class, using this role to fight for all Americans.  Chairman Obey will leave Congress after ushering in monumental legislation including health insurance reform- a key cornerstone of his esteemed career. 

 

“Chairman Obey has been a tireless champion for the people of Wisconsin.  The people of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District will no doubt miss his powerful voice.  But I am confident that this November a Democrat will be elected to continue the tremendous work Chairman Obey began.

 

“On behalf of the Democratic National Committee I want to thank Chairman Obey for his exceptional 40 years of service and wish him and his family the very best.  America is a stronger and more prosperous nation because of him.”



Thursday
May062010

DNC - Union Leader: Former AG says e-mail left intact 

Union Leader: Former AG says e-mail left intact

JOHN DISTASO

May 5, 2010

http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Former+AG+says+e-mail+left+intact&articleId=9693f2de-163d-4a29-a78f-904fb5a2657f

 

CONCORD – Former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte yesterday declined to comment on the fraud case related to Financial Resources Management, but, responding to questions raised by a political website about her potential involvement, said that when she left the post last summer, her e-mails and all other information on her office computer were intact.

 

In a story speculating that the FRM case could "complicate" Republican Ayotte's U.S. Senate bid, Politico.com reported that in trying to do opposition research on her, a "Democratic operative" made an open records request for her calendar and e-mail correspondence when she was attorney general. But, the report said, he was told by Associate Attorney General Ann Rice that the files were removed from the system "as of her departure date."

 

Ayotte told the New Hampshire Union Leader, "When I left the Attorney General's Office, my computer was there and my schedule was on it and I would have expected the Attorney General's Office to handle it as it would any other employee. I wasn't involved in the decision of how the e-mails and calendar were handled."

 

Senior Assistant Attorney General Michael Brown, who handles information technology for the justice department, said the "normal process" for any department employee who leaves the office is for the Department of Information Technology to disable the employee's e-mail account after being requested to do so by his assistant.

 

He said that unless he acts to have the account saved, it is then deleted.

 

"I honestly can't recall the last exception I made," he said.

 

Brown said that sometimes, computer files related to specific "matters" are saved in the case file, but he said he did not know if that occurred in Ayotte's case.

 

The Attorney General's Office was mentioned critically in a report by outgoing Bureau of Securities Regulation director Mark Connolly in a report last month.

 

Connolly said the Attorney General's Office could have taken action against FRM earlier than it did, both in 2003, before she was attorney general, and during her tenure.

 

Although it did not mention Ayotte by name, Connolly's report said, "By virtue of its involvement in FRM and its stated role in protecting the state's interest, (the Attorney General's Office) is not a disinterested party -- nor is the (securities regulation bureau) or (the state banking department). This suggests a complete review of this matter by an impartial body is warranted."

 

Reportedly, nearly 500 alleged victims of FRM may have lost as much as $80 million in the alleged Ponzi scheme.

 

Connolly on Monday announced his resignation from the securities office, again primarily accusing the state Banking Department of dragging its feet on the probe, but also indicating the Attorney General's Office may also be at fault for failing to initiate action promptly.

 

Connolly's comments apparently prompted Politico.com to speculate yesterday that the FRM case "could pose potential problems" for Ayotte's campaign. She served as attorney general from 2004 until July 2009.

 

Brown of the Attorney General's Office said that while most computer files of former employees are deleted, e-mails about what the office calls "matters," which, he said, "relate to client counseling, litigation or any number of things," would be "pulled into the specific case management system for that particular matter."

 

As an example, Brown noted that since Ayotte actively prosecuted Michael Addison for the 2006 murder of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs, he assumed that "any e-mail regarding that case" probably would have been saved in the case file.

 

He did not know, however, if specific Ayotte emails related to FRM, if they even exist, would have been in the FRM case file.

 

"It is possible that that is the case," Brown said. "More likely than not that Kelly Ayotte in her capacity as counsel to state agencies, those types of e-mail would likely be attorney-client privileged, not readily disclosable."

 

Ayotte said she had "no memory" of any e-mails regarding FRM, but noted that she took office in 2004 and received and sent many e-mails.

 

She had no comment on Connolly's comments regarding the Attorney General's Office and declined to discuss the FRM case. But she said she has not talked to Connolly about FRM.

 

"As attorney general, I vigorously pursued white collar crime and public corruption cases," she said. But she said she would not comment further until current Attorney General Michael Delaney issues a pending report and a legislative committee concludes its upcoming hearings.

 

Ayotte said she has not been asked to appear before joint House-Senate committee hearings on FRM, slated to begin Friday. She said she expects the Attorney General's Office "will issue a report laying out the facts and circumstances and also the time line and the Legislature will carefully look at the report."