PolitiFact: Republican group’s sign twists reality of state budgets – NashuaTelegraph.com: ““NH DEMOCRATS $1 BILLION DEFICIT. NH REPUBLICANS UNDER BILL O’BRIEN BALANCED BUDGET,” the sign reads, referring to the House speaker.
The New Boston Republicans’ sign makes some big claims in only a few words. It wrongly describes a $1 billion interim projection as a deficit, ignoring the state law that mandates a balanced budget and the fact that the Democrats actually produced a $17.7 million surplus.
The Republican group’s sign is twisting the reality of the state budgets for partisan reasons and leaving people with a false impression. We rate it False.”
Michelle Obama in NH This Week – Nashua, NH Patch: “Michelle Obama is scheduled to be in New Hampshire on Thursday for a series of campaign stops and a fundraiser.
She’s scheduled to attend a private fundraiser at 11:30 a.m. at the home of Stonyfield Farms founder Gary Hirshberg and his wife Meg in Holderness. Her first public stop will be at the Laconia Middle School at 3 p.m., followed by an event at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester at 5:15 p.m.”
Candidate Bio: Angie Kopka, Ward 1 State Rep – Nashua, NH Patch: “Priorities for Nashua and NH include providing adequate supports and services to NH’s senior citizens. Improving the state’s infrastructure (roads, bridges, rail, etc) so as to make NH more attractive to new businesses and industries. Expanding and enhancing opportunities for NH’s women and girls.
Final question: Why are you running? “New Hampshire is a good place with good people and I want to see our state make progress and continue to provide opportunities for all of our citizens.””
Disabilities rights groups host forum for NH gubernatorial candidates: “MANCHESTER, N.H. — All six candidates running for governor in New Hampshire are attending a forum focused on people with disabilities.
Sunday afternoon’s forum in Manchester is sponsored by numerous organizations, including the Disabilities Rights Center, ABLE New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Republicans Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and Robert Tarr are participating, along with Democrats Jackie Cilley, Maggie Hassan and Bill Kennedy.”
Letter: Cilley provides leadership we need | Concord Monitor: “I am voting for Jackie Cilley for governor. I worked with Cilley for almost 10 years in the Legislature and have great respect for her authenticity, integrity, wisdom and executive ability.
Cilley was born, raised and educated in Berlin, earned two degrees from the University of New Hampshire, including an MBA from the Whittemore School of Business, taught for 25 years at Whittemore following graduation, worked in both the private and public sectors, started her own marketing and research firm as well as a family business with her husband and together with him, raised five sons. She served four years in the House and four in the Senate.”
Cilley, Hassan present tough choice for Democrats | SeacoastOnline.com: “Ronnie Werner is undecided about her choice in the Democratic gubernatorial primary Sept. 11. The retired social worker admits this is not her normal state of affairs.
“I’m a proud, card-carrying Democrat,” said Werner, a 66-year-old grandmother who has lived in New Hampshire for 18 years. “I’m a mouthy activist and usually by now, I’ve made a commitment and signed on early to get involved in the primary and general election campaigns. I’m a divided soul.”
Werner said she is divided because she likes and admires the two top Democratic candidates — former state Sen. Jackie Cilley of Barrington and former state Sen. Maggie Hassan of Exeter, both of whom were voted out of office in the Republican-wave election of 2010″.
“Pledgemeister” Lashes Out at Jackie Cilley | Jackie Cilley: “(Barrington) Attempting to flex political muscle and influence elections in New Hampshire, Grover Norquist’s ultra right-wing PAC, Americans for Tax Reform, came out swinging at Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Jackie Cilley. In an article on the their website, the Norquist PAC took aim at Cilley for her refusal to take his special interest anti-tax pledge.”
“N.H. without 100 years of Democrats | SeacoastOnline.com From Jim Splaine: “Nationally, thanks to Democrats (remember Franklin D. Roosevelt?) we wouldn’t have Social Security for our senior citizens. More would be homeless, hungry and on our streets and alleyways begging for handouts.
Without Presidents Harry Truman, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and, again, mostly Democrats fighting against mostly Republicans, we wouldn’t have Medicare, which has improved the lives of many millions of our citizens, making a level of health care available in our older ages even for those of us who aren’t millionaires or otherwise beneficiaries of other insurance systems.
Thanks to President Barack Obama, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, and almost exclusively Democrats, we have a new law going into effect making health care affordable to most Americans, providing for a stronger nation and healthier population during the upcoming unpredictable decades of international challenges.”
Jim Splaine is a former longtime Democratic state representative, state senator and assistant mayor from Portsmouth. His political column appears every other week in Seacoast Sunday, and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Colo. shooting hasn’t swayed NH legislators’ views on gun ownership – NashuaTelegraph.com: “State laws vary widely, and New Hampshire is considered to be within the upper tier of states that recognize the rights of individual gun owners.
As in Colorado, New Hampshire residents can buy assault weapons since a federal ban on their purchase expired in 2004.
And there’s no state permit required to buy a firearm in New Hampshire unless the owner intends to carry it concealed.
Earlier this year, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence gave New Hampshire a score of 6 out of 100, which is in the “weakest’’ category.
The grade was still higher than 22 other states.”
State House Dome: NH awaits hospital tax return to balance budget. . . or not | New Hampshire NEWS0604: “A Little Truth in Advertising: Legislative leaders said in a news release Friday they returned $1.6 million in unspent money to the state’s general fund for the recently concluded 2012 fiscal year.
That looks good, but it does not tell the whole story.
For the first time, the 2012-13 state operating budget required the legislative branch to return unspent funds, something state agencies have had to do forever.
Lawmakers tell department heads to avoid spending between 2 and 5 percent of their budgets to make it so less revenue is required to cover department expenses.”
Voting records reviewed for Stratham incumbent reps. | SeacoastOnline.com: “We continue this week reviewing the records of incumbent members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives who have chosen to stand for re-election this year. The highly-charged and partisan atmosphere in the House during the last session necessitates a close look at the work of these people who are seeking to again serve in that chamber.
All four Stratham residents who served in the last legislative session as part of the eight-member delegation from District 13, which included Exeter and North Hampton, are seeking re-election this year.
A House redistricting plan passed last session will give Stratham a district of its own next year, District 19, with two seats, along with one “floaterial” seat that it will share with Exeter, Newfields and Newmarket, which will be designated as District 36.”
ROMNEY SUPPORTER PUSHING TO REPEAL AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
Bondi: ‘Obamacare’ repeal likely under Romney | New Hampshire NEWS0605: “MANCHESTER — The Supreme Court’s ruling that a penalty for not buying mandated health insurance may be considered a tax will make it easier to repeal the Obama administration’s health care law next year if presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney is elected President, according to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
“I think we have a very good, good shot” at Republicans garnering 51 required votes in the Senate to kill the law, Bondi said in an interview Saturday at the Puritan Backroom.”
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