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Granite State Poll Indicates that Republican Leadership is Headed in the Right Direction

With the State of New Hampshire facing a nearly $1 billion deficit there was some good news delivered today in Concord.  A poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center indicates that  65 percent of New Hampshire citizens think that the state is headed in the right direction.  The biggest issue among those polled is the economy and jobs, listed by 43 percent as their No. 1 concern.   Another 18 percent said they were most worried about the state budget, followed by education funding, high taxes and education quality.

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (Salem) says the WMUR/UNH poll backs what Republicans have been saying all along--that people are most concerned about the economy, jobs, and taxes.  "What is most encouraging was the majority of those polled see that spending cuts are the best way to balance the budget, rather than new taxes.  Republicans were entrusted by the voters of this state to return fiscal sanity to state government.  We have been focused  on the budget and cutting spending since the final vote was cast last November and these latest poll numbers  results support our efforts.   We will continue to work in the best  interests of our citizens.  They are forced to live within a  budget, and state government should be no different."

When asked what the most important problem that the state legislature should address, 25% said the state budget, followed by dealing with jobs and the state economy (23%), education funding (7%), taxes (6%), and the quality of education , solving the education funding crisis, and creating more jobs for the people of our state. 

"These results fall right in line with the Republican Agenda that  we presented last week, which includes,  at the top of the list,  balancing the state budget," added Rep. Bettencourt.  "But we are also focused on fixing the state retirement system, solving the education funding crisis, and creating more jobs for the people of our state."


NH Young Republicans mark Reagan Centennial; Smith, Sanborn Win 2011 Gipper Awards

(CONCORD) The New Hampshire Young Republican Federation marked President Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday by announcing that Molly Smith and Mark Sanborn have won the 2011 Gipper Award, given each year to the state’s outstanding young Republican activists. 

Molly Smith is a first-term Representative from Hooksett and works at Easter Seals New Hampshire.  The New Hampshire native is a graduate of Laconia High School and the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.

“Molly is a leader of the new generation of Republican office holders in New Hampshire,” said NH Young Republican Chair Kerry Marsh, “She has shown a tireless commitment to helping elect Republicans across the state, and honors us with her work at the State House.”

Mark Sanborn got his political start with  Executive Councilor Ray Burton’s intern program before graduating from the University of New Hampshire. He has worked for Sen. Bob Smith, Con. Charlie Bass, and  for the Federal DOT as Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Transportation. Sanborn owns Gate City Consulting in Nashua.  

“Mark was instrumental in the New Hampshire Young Republicans fundraising and candidate recruitment successes this past November,” Marsh added.  “With Mark as our Treasurer, we executed a fundraising and campaign plan that helped elect 24 Young Republicans; from State Representative, to County Treasurer, to Executive Council, and even Congress.”

The New Hampshire Young Republicans will honor the couple at a reception on Wednesday, February 16th at 5:30pm at the Upham Walker House in Concord.



Manchester, NH - On February 4, 2011, Campaigns & Elections magazine held the third annual Reed Awards Dinner in Washington, DC.  Political consultants and public affairs executives were recognized for their outstanding work and creativity in the 2010 mid-term elections.  Among the award winners was Schubert Flint Public Affairs, which produced Cornerstone's election ad, "Ninety Days."  The TV ad won in the category of TV – Republican Independent Expenditure and Issue Advocacy.  Schubert Flint Public Affairs, who created and wrote the ad, is a Sacramento-based public affairs firm that works in states across the country. The ad was shot and edited locally by The Troupe of Windham, NH, and produced by Criswell & Associates of San Francisco, California. 

Commenting on this news was Cornerstone Action director, Kevin Smith:

"I congratulate Schubert Flint Public Affairs, The Troupe and the entire production team for this well deserved recognition.  Through their work, Cornerstone was able to educate a large audience to the severe problems with the now infamous SB500 law passed in 2009.  I tip my hat to them for producing such an effective and powerful ad.  Of course, none of it would have been possible if it weren't for the courage of Michael and Jacci Gilmore who gave  voice to those victims who have been adversly effected since SB500 became law." 

The SB500 law, which allows for the early release of violent and sexual offenders, was a central issue in last year's gubernatorial race and continues to be an issue of significance in this year's legislative session.  SB52, among others, has already been filed in the legislature this year as a means to "fix" the law passed in 2009.

Cornerstone-Action is the legislative and issue advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research.

Cornerstone Policy Research is a non-partisan, non-profit education and research organization dedicated to the preservation of strong families, limited government and free markets.


Bass Announces Opening of New Hampshire Offices

CONCORD – Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) today announced the opening of three offices throughout New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District to serve constituents.

Bass said, “I’m pleased to announce the opening of offices in Concord, Nashua, and Littleton to assist the residents of New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District.  I encourage constituents to contact me with their questions, comments, or concerns, or if you need assistance with a federal agency.  My staff and I stand ready to help in any way that we can.”

Bass’ offices are located in the following communities:

Concord Office:

114 North Main Street, Suite 200

Concord, NH 03301

Phone: 603-226-0064

Fax: 603-226-0085

Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Nashua Office:

221 Main Street, Suite 201

Nashua, NH 03060

Phone: 603-595-7701

Fax: 603-595-7706

Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Littleton Office:

32 Main Street, Room 110

Littleton, NH 03561

Phone: 603-444-5505

Open Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday by appointment


Washington Office:

2350 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-5206

Fax: 202-225-2946

Constituents may also e-mail Congressman Bass at and connect with him on Facebook at, on Twitter at, on YouTube at, and on Flickr at 


AFPNH - Hearing to REDUCE taxes in NH Today! 

Monday Update

Sorry for the short notice.  However, tomorrow, the NH House Ways and Means Committee will consider HB 156, a bill to reduce the Tobacco Tax by .10 per pack.

What:  Public Hearing to Reduce the Tobacco Tax

Where: Room 202, Legislative Office Building (LOB)

When:  TOMORROW, TUESDAY, February 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM

WHY: To Allow you to keep more of your money!!

Whether you are a smoker, a former smoker or like me a non-smoker, I urge you to contact members of the Ways and Means committee and encourage them to immediately pass this legislation. This is not about smoking. The tobacco tax has continued to increase over the past five years in order to allow state government to grow and spend your money. It’s time to send a clear message that you can spend your money more efficiently than the government can. Show up tomorrow or send an e-mail to  Let our elected officials know that reducing taxes is the RIGHT move. 

Repealing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

On Thursday, February 10th at 10 AM, HB 519, the repeal of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), will have its first public hearing.

This legislation, if passed, will remove New Hampshire from participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (A regional Cap and Trade Program). Mounting evidence demonstrates that RGGI is a massive failure that is serving only to damage New Hampshire's economic competitiveness. Withdrawal can't come soon enough! New Hampshire residents have already spent $28.2 million in the last two years on this hidden government tax. 

Join AFP-NH this Thursday at 10 AM to express your strong support for removing NH from this regional Cap and Tax program. The hearing will be held in Representative Hall.


Corey R. Lewandowski
State Director
Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire