Supreme Court gives state a choice | Concord Monitor: “Within minutes, Republicans, from Mitt Romney and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on down to New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne and House Speaker Bill O’Brien, announced their intent to repeal the law.
Health care will now vie with the economy as the top issue in the 2012 elections. Unless Romney becomes president, Republicans retain control of the House and win at least 60 seats in the Senate, any repeal effort will fail. It will also fail if more Americans come to understand that their lives will be more secure and their health care ultimately better and cheaper thanks to the reforms.”
N.H. Democrats applaud health-care ruling, GOP bemoans it » New Hampshire » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: “Predictably, the reactions in New Hampshire were split along party lines.
The two GOP gubernatorial candidates may both have been disappointed, but Ovide Lamontagne trended more to the right in his response.
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is truly a disappointment and represents an infringement on the freedoms and liberty of every citizen in New Hampshire, and throughout our country,” he said. “The court ruling opens the door for continued federal intrusion into the lives of every American …””
New Hampshire Labor News | NH GOV: Jackie Cilley Comments on the US Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act: ““Today’s Supreme Court decision puts behind us the hysterical claims of the far-right and allows us to get to work making sure that the Affordable Care Act works for everyone in New Hampshire,” said Jackie Cilley. “As governor, I’m confident that I’ll be able to work with the legislature and our representatives in DC to make sure that all the ACA reforms, including Medicaid expansion, serve the citizens of New Hampshire.””
TheDartmouth.com: New Hampshire will remain key election state: “While the national political scene is buzzing about yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on the individual mandate in U.S. President Barack Obama’s health care law, New Hampshire itself is no stranger to a flurry of political activity. The historically contentious swing state continues to be a leading battleground for the upcoming presidential election, according to political analyses and major publications.
“New Hampshire is an important state every year with a lot of national attention,” Scott Tranchemontagne, spokesperson for Rep. Charlie Bass ’74, R-N.H., said. “It’s interesting because within the state, voters can be very easily split between Independents, Republicans and Democrats.””
Politico: GOP Poised to Win Races for Governor in NC, Washington, NH: “Republicans are in great shape to win November’s gubernatorial races in North Carolina, Washington, and New Hampshire, according to a Politico election analysis. The news service looks at the seven closest races in the country – Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia, and Montana in addition to the three above. “In six of the seven races, the Democrats are on defense,” Politico states. That includes all but West Virginia. Here’s how Politico sees North Carolina, Washington, and New Hampshire
The Republican front-runner Ovide Lamontagne is proving to be a fundraising juggernaut, besting not just his primary opponent Kevin Smith, but also the combined total of Democratic candidates Maggie Hassan and Jackie Cilley. The 55-year-old Lamontagne is making an issue of the 34-year-old Smith’s age. Lamontagne leads in polls for both the primary and general elections.”
Bain Capital casualty speaks locally against Romney: “GORHAM — An Indiana man who says his former employer fell victim to a Mitt Romney led Bain Capital toured the North Country on Wednesday on behalf of the Obama re-election campaign. Randy Johnson, a worker laid-off by Bain Capital from his job at American Pad and Paper (Ampad) in Marion, Indiana, in the mid-1990s, shared his personal take on Romney-economics in Littleton, Gorham, Conway, Laconia and Plymouth.
Meeting with a small crowd at the Gorham Public Library on June 27, Johnson explained why he believed it was important to tell his story. The small group of just under a dozen people listened as John son related his tale, outlining the corporate takeover, changes in leadership that included installing Bain directors on the Ampad board of directors while keeping the companies separate, and then the downsizing that followed. He said that even after the downsizing, when Ampad was making a profit, Bain — as a separate entity — charged so many fees to the company for services it was providing and mismanaged the assets in such a way as to accumulate substantial debt on behalf of Ampad. The company eventually went bankrupt and the people all lost their jobs. “It was a plan to bankrupt that company and make big profits,” Johnson asserted, alleging that while his coworkers found themselves unemployed, Romney as CEO had made $100 million for his investors on stock offering while running up $400 million in debt to bankrupt Ampad. “That’s the kind of investment Bain Capital did,” he said.”
The Real Winners – NYTimes.com: “In short, unless you belong to that tiny class of wealthy Americans who are insulated and isolated from the realities of most people’s lives, the winners from that Supreme Court decision are your friends, your relatives, the people you work with — and, very likely, you. For almost all of us stand to benefit from making America a kinder and more decent society.
But what about the cost? Put it this way: the budget office’s estimate of the cost over the next decade of Obamacare’s “coverage provisions” — basically, the subsidies needed to make insurance affordable for all — is about only a third of the cost of the tax cuts, overwhelmingly favoring the wealthy, that Mitt Romney is proposing over the same period. True, Mr. Romney says that he would offset that cost, but he has failed to provide any plausible explanation of how he’d do that. The Affordable Care Act, by contrast, is fully paid for, with an explicit combination of tax increases and spending cuts elsewhere.”
Polls: Tight races in North Carolina and New Hampshire; Michigan emerging as GOP target – The Washington Post: “President Obama and Mitt Romney are locked in tight races in three key states — Michigan, New Hampshire and North Carolina — according to new polling from NBC News and Marist College.
The three state-specific polls show Obama and Romney tied at 45 percent in New Hampshire, with Obama holding a small lead in the other two states. He leads 47 percent to 43 percent in Michigan and 46 percent to 44 percent in North Carolina.
The New Hampshire poll suggests Romney would gain nothing in the state if he selects the state’s junior senator, Kelly Ayotte, as his running mate. He trails 45 percent to 43 percent in a matchup that includes Ayotte and Vice President Joe Biden on their respective tickets.”
Facts expose Guinta on red-tape mantra – NashuaTelegraph.com: “n his recent e-newsletter, he claims that “onerous federal regulation” stifles economic growth and job creation “all too often.” To showcase his tale, he hosted a so-called “Red Tape Forum” in Manchester.
It’s a nice story. But the Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps records that clearly reveal the culprit in layoff events and separations – business demand.
Regulation caused less than half of 1 percent of job losses (2008-10), while low business demand caused 34.1 percent (2008), 39.1 percent (2009) and 30.6 percent (2010), according to the bureau.
Sixty-one economists surveyed by the Wall St. Journal in July 2011 blamed weak hiring on lack of demand.”