NHGOP: Dems Should Denounce Internet Tax

NHGOP CALLS ON NH DEMS TO DENOUNCE OBAMA’S INTERNET SALES TAX BILL

Also Blasts Speaker Norelli For Leading Organization That Supports It

Concord – New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn called on New Hampshire Democrats to reject President Obama’s endorsement of a disastrous internet sales tax bill (AP, 4/22). The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has also endorsed the legislation. New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli serves as the president of the NCSL.

“The internet sales tax bill endorsed by President Obama will hit consumers with higher prices and burden New Hampshire small business owners with onerous new regulations. It is a disastrous piece of legislation that would hurt the Granite State and empower states with a sales tax to grow government by taking more money out of the pockets of working families.”

“Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen, Congresswoman Kuster and Congresswoman Shea-Porter have refused to stand up for their constituents and actively oppose this legislation. It is time for them to denounce President Obama’s endorsement of this sales tax bill and join Senator Ayotte in the fight to protect New Hampshire small business owners and middle class families.”

“Furthermore, it is a disgrace that the National Conference of State Legislatures has also endorsed this legislation given that this organization is led by NH House Speaker Terie Norelli. By supporting this bill, Speaker Norelli has turned her back on New Hampshire and sided with out of state politicians who are desperate to collect more sales tax revenue. The speaker’s actions are shameful and speak volumes about the priorities of the House Democrat leadership.”

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Communications
New Hampshire Republican State Committee
(603) 225-9341 | press@nhgop.org

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GOP Members of Joint Health Care Oversight Committee Call Out Governor Hassan on Broken Promises and Lack of Transparency

The New Hampshire Senate
MAJORITY OFFICE
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April 5, 2013

CONTACT
Tom Cronin
603.264.5659

GOP Members of Joint Health Care Oversight Committee Call Out Governor Hassan on Broken Promises and Lack of Transparency

Concord, NH – Republican members of the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee today issued the following statements after disclosure from Governor Hassan’s office as well as the Department of Insurance that her administration would no longer be pursuing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the federal government with regards to the implementation of the Health Care Exchange Partnership as was originally promised to the committee last month. The Hassan Administration has instead indicated an intention to move forward with the proposed partnership without an agreed upon MOU.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) said:

“The Governor’s suggestion that she can single-handedly implement ObamaCare in New Hampshire without a contract or MOU of how the federal government is going to take over providing insurance to New Hampshire citizens is astonishing. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will forever change how insurance is provided to the people of this state and the Governor’s office is now deliberately pulling back on a promise to be transparent and disrespecting the legislative process. This act of purposefully withholding details on ACA implementation only further suggests the Governor and Washington bureaucrats do not want the legislature, taxpayers, or small business owners to know the details or costs of this expansion. New Hampshire government does not operate under the cover of darkness, and the Governor needs to bring an MOU to the Oversight Committee, as promised, showing a complete, detailed plan of how she intends to implement this costly venture.”

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) said:

“I am extremely disappointed that, after promising legislative oversight, Governor Hassan is seemingly reneging on that promise. I am concerned a Health Care Exchange partnership will not protect taxpayers, will increase consumer confusion, and subvert New Hampshire sovereignty. Those concerns are heightened when it appears the Governor’s office is choosing to not layout the next steps of this process in a MOU as they had earlier indicated they would.”

Representative John Hunt (R-Cheshire 11) said:

“After listening to the presentation from the Executive Branch, I conceded to considering the state enter into a partnership exchange to protect New Hampshire’s interests, specifically because the Governor’s office committed to providing an MOU to our committee which would provide complete details on how the ACA would be implemented. Now that the Governor has refused to share an MOU, the people of this state have no idea on the cost, timing, affects and options associated with how the exchange, partnership and plan management will be enacted and operated. It is exceptionally disturbing to see the Governor attempt to implement the ACA, void of real, honest transparency on this important issue and I do hope the Governor reconsiders such a reckless action knowing how much money, time and effort is at stake here.”

Note: The next meeting of the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9th at 8:00AM.

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House Republican Leaders Comment on Passage of Fiscally Irresponsible Budget

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APRIL 3rd, 2013
Contact: 603-271-3665

House Republican Leaders Comment on Passage of Fiscally Irresponsible Budget

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and Ranking Republican on the House Finance Committee, Rep. Neal Kurk (R-Weare), offered the following comments in reaction to the passage of HB1 and HB2, the bills dealing with the State budget.

Rep. Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett), House Republican Leader

“When 40,000 people in our State are looking for work, this budget will squeeze an additional $39million out of our small businesses that they would have otherwise been able to reinvest to grow and create jobs. When incomes are stagnant, this budget raises the gas tax, tobacco taxes and down shifts costs that will raise property taxes. When our roads and bridges need attention, this budget diverts and additional $27million from the highway fund to other agencies. When our economy is struggling to grow at 2% per year, this budget grows government by more than 5% per year. It’s not a logical plan to grow our economy.”

“Republicans have fought for a more affordable, more efficient and more accountable state government, but being in the minority, we don’t always win. The majority party, unfortunately, has created and passed a budget that overspends, expands government and adds taxes and fees on our already over taxed families and businesses. This is not the right direction for New Hampshire. House Republicans will continue to bring attention to what we believe are better ways to help our citizens and our economy.”

“Today, Republicans offered several amendments to make reasonable changes to the budget, all of which were defeated. Unfortunately, the majority party does not seem interested in listening to New Hampshire citizens or observing what is happening in the real world outside of Concord.”

“Our amendments included provisions to avoid downshifting costs to county governments, which would avoid higher property taxes. It was rejected. We offered to restore school building aid, which was also rejected. Amendments that would have prevented the raiding of dedicated funds, such as LCHIP, State Parks and other funds were also defeated, giving the Governor carte blanche to turn these fee based funds into taxes by funding general government. Our amendments to keep school choice tax credits and continue funding for new charter schools were denied. Lastly, our efforts to lessen increases in the tobacco tax and keep in law business tax reforms set to take effect this year fell flat. These amendments failed not because they were unreasonable or egregious, but because the majority party doesn’t seem interested in creating jobs, a friendlier business climate, and lowering the tax burden on our citizens.”

Rep. Neal Kurk (R-Weare), Ranking Republican on House Finance

“This budget is balanced on unrealistic revenue estimates that simply put off the eventual day of reckoning. It includes millions in increased taxes on working families and businesses that will hurt the economy and job creation. It spends 10.2% more money than the previous state budget. This budget also increases the state’s exposure to massive future liabilities as a result of expanding Medicaid. It suspends new school building aid imposes a moratorium on charter schools. It shifts costs of nursing home services to county property tax payers. It purposefully underfunds line items that can be paid for later, outside of the more transparent budget process. We have a real concern about where this budget will lead our State. It’s unaffordable and sets us up for failure both in the short and long terms.”

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House Republicans React to Committee Approval of Budget Bills

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March 27th, 2013
Contact: 603-271-3665

House Republicans React to Committee Approval of Budget Bills

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and Republican Members of the House Finance Committee offered the following comments in reaction to the committee recommendations on HB1 and HB2, bills dealing with the State budget and appropriations. In separate votes, the committee voted 14-8 to send the amended versions of HB1 and HB2 to the full House.

Rep Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett), House Republican Leader

“I’d like to thank the Republican members of the House Finance Committee for their tireless efforts in looking out for the taxpayers of our State. Republicans have fought for a more affordable, more efficient and more accountable state government, but being in the minority, we don’t always win. The majority party, unfortunately, has created a budget that overspends, expands government and adds taxes and fees on our already over taxed families and businesses. This is not the right direction for New Hampshire. House Republicans will continue to bring attention to what we believe are better ways to help our citizens and our economy.”

Rep. Neal Kurk (R-Weare), House Finance Ranking Republican

“This budget is balanced on unrealistic revenue estimates and gimmicks that simply put off the eventual day of reckoning. It includes over $70million in increased taxes that will hurt the economy and job creation. It spends 10.2% more money than the previous state budget. When the economy is growing at 2% per year, at best, and the government is growing at 5% per year, we should have a real concern about where this budget will lead our State. It’s unaffordable and sets us up for failure both in the near future and in future biennia.”

Rep. Lynne Ober (R-Hudson), House Finance Member

“This budget cuts entirely the state’s aid for school construction for the next biennium. School building aid is vital to the safety and well being of students across the state by aiding local districts in building and renovating our aging or over crowded education facilities. The previous legislature saw the benefit of state aid for these projects. The Democrats on the committee apparently would prefer to grow our state government rather than aid localities in building 21st century facilities for our children.”

Rep. Ken Weyler (R-Kingston), House Finance Member

“This budget unfairly targets charter schools by issuing a moratorium on them and also ends the education opportunity scholarship program. By stifling charter school innovation and taking away school choice options from needy families, it’s clear that the Democrats are looking to protect failing public schools and continue their tradition of ceding to public union interests.”

Rep. Karen Umberger (R-Intervale), House Finance Member

“I find it unbelievable that the Democrats on House Finance would vote to cede nearly all legislative discretion and allow the Governor to sweep millions of dollars out of dedicated funds to cover a budget deficit. This could affect as many as 300 state programs or agencies that rely on dedicated funds including Fish & Game, State Parks, Enhanced 911 System or even unemployment compensation. Responsible budgeting starts with transparency. This is a terrible precedent to set. When people buy into these funds via a fee or license, they expect that those dollars be used for that purpose. Why have dedicated funds if the Governor can use them as an ATM?”
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NHGOP Calls on Hassan to Rule Out Casino Lobbyist Lucy Hodder for AG

NHGOP CALLS ON HASSAN TO RULE OUT CASINO LOBBYIST LUCY HODDER FOR AG

Concord – New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today in response to reports (NH Journal, 3/22/13) that Governor Hassan is considering nominating former casino lobbyist Lucy Hodder as Attorney General. Hodder currently serves as legal counsel in Hassan’s office and previously served as the personal lobbyist for Millenium Gaming president William Wortman:

“Under no circumstances should Governor Hassan even consider appointing a well-heeled casino lobbyist to be our next Attorney General. New Hampshire doesn’t want a top law enforcement official who is in the pocket of the gambling lobby and working with the special interests groups that are promoting Governor Hassan’s illegal revenue scheme.

“The Granite State has a long history of an independent justice department that has been free of political influence. It is disgraceful that Attorney General Delaney may have been denied another term because of his strong and principled rejection of Governor Hassan’s irresponsible gambling agenda. And it is extremely alarming that the governor is considering replacing Delaney with somebody who is bought and paid for by the gambling industry.

“In order to ensure that we don’t have one of the gambling lobby’s most loyal lackeys running our Justice Department, Governor Hassan needs to immediately remove Lucy Hodder’s name from consideration. The governor must also pledge that she will not appoint anybody who has lobbied for the gambling industry and vow to pick an attorney general who will not be swayed by political considerations.”


Communications
New Hampshire Republican State Committee
603.225.9341 | press@nhgop.org

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Hillsborough GOP Lincoln Reagan Gala with John O’Sullivan March 23

Hillsborough GOP Lincoln Reagan Gala with John O’Sullivan
Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Order Tickets TODAY: www.hillsboroughgop.org

Please join us for the 2013 Hillsborough County Lincoln-Reagan Gala! This years very exciting keynote speaker is Mr. John OSullivan, Editor-at-large of National Review, former Special Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, conservative author and columnist.

We will also be honoring our 2013 Lincoln Reagan Award Winners: Congressman Charlie Bass & Congressman Frank Guinta.

The event will be held on SATURDAY, March 23rd with an Hors doeuvres & Cocktail Reception beginning at 5:30 pm and Dinner to follow at 7:00. Tickets for the Reception are $35 per person. Tickets for the Dinner are $80 per person (note: Dinner tickets include admission to the Reception). Join us at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua, NH for an exciting event!

More About our Inspiring Speaker:

John O’Sullivan is the editor-at-large of National Review where he served as editor-in-chief for almost a decade until 1998. He has been a regular center-page columnist for the (London) Daily Telegraph, the (London) Times, the (London) Independent, the Toronto Sun, the (Canadian) National Post, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and The Australian. Mr. O’Sullivan is also the former Executive Editor of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty in Prague and a Vice-President of the RFERL Corporation.

His book, The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister, discusses the roles played by Pope John Paul II, President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher in the collapse of communism and the revival of Western market democracies. As a Special Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, he covered health and social security, defense procurement, and the Arts. He was the principal author of the 1987 Conservative election manifesto. Later he was one of the small team that assisted Lady Thatcher in the writing of her memoirs. For several years in the 1990s he served both as an informal advisor to Lady Thatcher and as a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Thatcher Foundations.

Mr. OSullivan has held fellowships at the Hudson Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Nixon Center, and Harvard’s Institute of Politics. In the 1991 New Year’s Honours List, he was made a Commander of the British Empire.

Follow John on Twitter: @JohnOSullivanNR

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Nashua, NH

Contact
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(160) 356-6912

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New Staffing Announced by NH GOP

Horn’s staff to be headed by veteran political operative

A veteran New York State political operative and Saint Anselm College alumnus has been tapped to become the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee under new chairman Jennifer Horn.

The New Hampshire Sunday News and UnionLeader.com have learned that Matthew Slater, 26, will join the New Hampshire GOP on or about April 1.

Slater most recently directed the Mid-Hudson Regional Office of the Republican leader of the New York State Assembly.

The district encompasses nine counties with a population of about 6 million.

Horn, who has been state party chair since Jan. 26, has also named several New Hampshire operatives to key staff posts:

– David Chesley, a senior adviser to former Rep. Charlie Bass’s 2012 campaign and manager of Horn’s 2008 and 2010 congressional campaigns, will be party senior advisor and political director.

– Jacob Avery will remain with the state party as director of operations.

He was the party’s field representative before joining the 2012 Republican National Committee “Victory” campaign as deputy state director. He also managed state Sen. Andy Sanborn’s successful 2010 campaign.

– Meg Stone, who had been the party’s communications director under former chair Wayne MacDonald, will now be a part-time manager of special projects.

She is also working as a part-time legislative aide with the New Hampshire House Republican caucus.

The party is also formally adding veteran communications specialist Ryan Williams as a paid outside advisor on communications and strategy.

Williams, well-known to the national and New Hampshire, was the state party’s press secretary during former Gov. John H. Sununu’s tenure as chairman during 2009 and 2010. He was most recently national deputy press secretary for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and currently heads his own communications consulting practice.

The party said that Slater, in his New York legislative staff post, “helped elect, train and advise Republican candidates and assemblymen and assemblywomen.”

He previously managed Bob Cohen’s unsuccessful campaign for a New York state Senate seat in a hotly contested race, in which the Cohen campaign raised and spent about $900,000. He also was chief of staff to Assemblyman Steve Katz.

Slater also worked in the office of the Westchester County Board of Elections and volunteered on former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 New Hampshire primary campaign.

In addition to his degree from Saint Anselm, he holds a masters degree in Public Administration from Marist College.

Horn said the party staff comprises “seasoned and experienced professionals.”

The party, which has already become more aggressive in its messaging under Horn’s early leadership, “is committed to building a strong party structure that will help us elect conservative candidates who will fight to restore fiscal sanity in Concord and Washington,” she said.


Meg Stone
NH Republican State Committee
Office 603.225.9341 | meg@nhgop.org

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House Republicans Launch Newsletter

From the NH House Republicans:

Welcome to our first issue of the Republican Review. The Republican Review is a newsletter that will be sent out regularly depending on the volume of content each week.

Included in each issue will be a variety of important informational tidbits regarding all things having to do with the New Hampshire State House.

Among the items that will be covered are:
- Information on important upcoming legislation
- Upcoming Events
- Recaps of the week’s House session
- Important Tips and Talking Points
- Member Spotlights
- Press quotes from the week
- And much more!

We hope that this newsletter is informational for both elected officials and party activists around the state.

Download all issues starting with March 15, 2013 here: Republican Review

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NH GOP Files 91-A on Hassan Lottery Lobbying

Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee sent the following Right to Know request to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission regarding Governor Hassan s casino lobbying effort. The Huffington Post (3/14/13) and Concord Patch (3/13/13) reported that she refused to answer questions about allegations of “inappropriate lobbying” by her administration. (WATCH Video of Hassan Here)

Charles McIntyre
Executive Director, New Hampshire Lottery Commission
14 Integra Drive (
Concord, NH 03301

Dear Director McIntyre,

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

On behalf of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, I formally request that you provide me with all records from the New Hampshire Lottery Commission regarding Governor Hassan s ethically questionable, Executive Branch casino lobbying effort. This includes, but is not limited to, phone logs and any written or electronic correspondence that documents communication between the Lottery Commission, Governor Hassan s office, and members of the legislature regarding gambling legislation. I am also interested in calendar information that documents your appointments with legislators and other efforts to lobby on behalf of Governor Hassan s irresponsible casino revenue scheme.

Earlier this week the Concord Patch reported that Governor Hassan deliberately avoided inquiries about whether or not she instructed Executive Department officials to engage in inappropriate lobbying efforts. In one of the more embarrassing press conferences conducted by a statewide elected official in recent memory, Hassan mumbled, stumbled and ducked basic yes or no questions from reporters about this topic. Her exchange with the media came after an email from House Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Susan Almy surfaced that indicated you were proactively scheduling meetings with legislators to lobby for Hassan s irresponsible budget proposal.

After receiving a similar Right to Know request from the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, a Hassan staffer admitted that the governor asked her official office to instruct Executive Branch officials to lobby the legislature. RSA 15:5 states that no recipient of a grant or appropriation of state funds may use the state funds to lobby or attempt to influence legislation. The governor s actions raise serious questions about her compliance with New Hampshire law.

The casino lobby is already spending millions on highly paid lobbyists and public relations campaigns designed to promote her risky budget proposal. It is of great concern that she is enlisting government officials like you to join this effort, and lobby for legislation that is being backed by well funded, outside special interest groups.

I also ask that you preserve any and all records regarding your upcoming casino lobbying efforts as the State Committee is inclined to file additional Right to Know requests in the future. Representative Almy s email indicated that you will be participating in meetings with legislators next week, and we will certainly be interested in obtaining records from these lobbying appointments.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Horn
Chairman
New Hampshire Republican State Committee

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Sign the Peitition for a Balanced Budget

Dear Friends,

Nearly three weeks after required by law, Gov. Hassan finally released the documents necessary for our legislators to evaluate her budget proposals earlier this week. HB 2 has revealed a long list of questionable of budget gimmicks, tax increases, postponement of pro-business tax reforms passed last year and the repeal of a law that would have offered greater educational opportunity to low and middle-income students throughout the state.

Worse of all, Gov. Hassan’s budget is built on $80 million of non-existent casino licensing fees, an industry that is currently illegal in New Hampshire.

We need your help to defeat Gov. Hassan’s “House of Cards” budget. Go to http://www.NHBudget.com TODAY and sign the petition for a balanced budget! Share the link with your family and friends by email, Twitter and Facebook and help us send a loud, clear message to Gov. Hassan that the people of New Hampshire demand a fiscally sound, balanced budget!

Low-income families, middle-class students and small business owners should not have to bear the burden of this fiscal gamble – New Hampshire deserves better. Sign the petition for a balanced budget at http://www.NHBudget.com today.

Help us spread the word – together, we can hold our elected representatives accountable and demand principled, fiscally responsible leadership for New Hampshire!

Best wishes,
Jennifer Horn
NHGOP Chairman

PS – Public hearings on Gov. Hassan’s House of Cards Budget begin tonight – go to http://www.NHBudget.com for the complete list of hearings. Attend the hearing nearest you and let Gov. Hassan know that you reject a budget built on $80 million of non-existent funds!

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