Letter: Hassan doesn’t live like the rest of us | Concord Monitor: “‘ve been seeing the television ad in which Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan says that she cares about the things our families care about. Is that really true?
Let’s see, property taxes: Hassan doesn’t pay property taxes because her family has lived for years in Phillips Exeter Academy housing where her spouse is the principal.
Heating oil and electricity costs: See above.
Making ends meet: Her spouse makes over $300,000 per year.
Quality of education: Her kids went for free to the sixth best private prep school in country, according to Forbes’s Top 20 list of 2010, at cost of over $30,000 per year.
Cost of gasoline: The school provides and maintains a car.”
Hassan praises ruling ordering Local Government Center to return $50 million dollars to local communities
MANCHESTER – Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan praised a ruling by a state regulatory board which ordered the Local Government Center to refund more than $50 million dollars to cities and towns.
Following an investigation and hearing process, state officials found that the Local Government Center violated state law by improperly collecting and retaining surplus from local communities, improperly transferring assets, and spending the wrongfully collected funds for purposes not permitted under state law.
“The return of $50 million dollars improperly collected from our local communities is a great victory for New Hampshire taxpayers. I am proud to have worked with my colleagues in the state Senate to provide the Secretary of State the authority necessary to investigate the improper behavior of the Local Government Center,” said Hassan. “During this difficult time when the legislature has down shifted costs onto municipalities and taxpayers, this is some welcome relief.”
“I want to recognize the important contributions of Dave Lang, President, Professional Fire Fighters – New Hampshire and all of his members for their efforts to reveal improper actions by the Local Government Center.”
Campaign Monitor 2012: The power of ‘The Pledge’ | Concord Monitor: “The political lore in New Hampshire says you can’t even hope to be governor without taking “The Pledge” against broad-based taxes. There’s a reason.
Republican Mel Thomson, with the help of the Union Leader, made the pledge the center of his six years as governor in the 1970s. Democrats Arnie Arnesen and Mark Fernald later rejected the pledge, supported an income tax and lost their races.”
Lamontagne agenda would hurt workers – NashuaTelegraph.com: “When Ovide Lamontagne went after the minimum wage and supported the “right-to-work” bill, I wondered why he had the idea that those kinds of policies would help working Granite Staters.
And now that he’s launched his campaign for governor, again, I’m wondering: “Who is Lamontagne, really? And what does he stand for?”
It turns out Ovide is no stranger to back-room deals or partisan politics. With three failed political campaigns under his belt, he’s the definition of a perennial candidate who runs for any office that’s open.
He has spent more than 20 years fighting for the 1 percent as a career lawyer, even helping sex offenders escape criminal charges if that was what his clients wanted. If elected, he’ll privatize everything from schools and towns to our state government.
Who is Lamontagne? He is a tried and true crusader for the 1 percent who will pursue an extremist agenda filled with divisive policies over a sensible one that will actually support working people of New Hampshire.”
OP/ED: Guinta’s the Fox Guarding the Henhouse – Hampton-North Hampton, NH Patch: “How funny would it be for Pinocchio to be the spokesman for a lie detector manufacturer, or Mitt Romney to chair a “tax return transparency” committee? It makes just about as much sense as Congressman Frank Guinta to serve on the House Finance Committee.
Rep. Guinta serving on the committee that oversees the nation’s banking rules is just further proof that Washington’s corruption has gone from somewhat covered up to completely naked. How can we trust Frank Guinta to handle the world’s biggest banks, when he’s currently under federal investigation for refusing to come clean about an account with hundreds of thousands of dollars which he used to cut checks totaling $355,000 to his own campaign in 2010?”
Bonfire of pledges to be held tonight | Concord Monitor: “”If you take a pledge to all of them, why vote?” Heath said. Or listen to the debate before voting, she added.
The AFL-CIO sent Heath a postcard asking her to answer an online survey by the end of July to be considered for an endorsement. The New England Citizens for Right to Work, meanwhile, wrote to Heath twice. The second letter arrived by certified mail with $4.55 of postage.
“I don’t want to list you as ‘not responsive’ and therefore I am sending you this reminder,” wrote John Kalb, the group’s executive director, in the second letter.”
Jackie Cilley Meets With 40 in Hampton – Hampton-North Hampton, NH Patch: “Former state Sen. Jackie Cilley, of Barrington, was in Hampton on Friday, Aug. 10, at a house party attended by about 40 local residents interested in learning more about her campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor in the upcoming Sept. 11 state primary.
Cilley is in a close race with former state Sen. Maggie Hassan, of Exeter. Also running for the Democratic nomination is and retired military officer Bill Kennedy, of Danbury.”
Billing President for visit ruffles some feathers in Windham | New Hampshire NEWS0605: ““As a member of the Board of Selectmen I take strong exception to Chairman Breton unilaterally deciding that the town of Windham is going to bill the Obama campaign to offset costs incurred by the town,” DiFruscia said. “In my opinion this is clearly an abuse of his position as chair of the Board of Selectmen. This is a decision to be made by the five members of the board.””
Letters: Ignore History and You Are Prone to Repeat It – Nashua, NH Patch: “Twelve years later Bill Clinton was elected president with the country experiencing a major recession and the budget deficit had more than tripled to $260 billion.
So, it was decided to do two major things.
1) Closely look at federal spending and identify and eliminate wasteful programs.
2) Raise Taxes on the wealthiest and most fortunate americans.
What happened as a result? Over 22 million jobs were added. Plus, George W. Bush was handed a $230 billion budget SURPLUS!”
Romney plans N.H. visit shortly after the president’s – Fosters: “As the Lilac City gears up for the arrival of President Barack Obama this weekend, Republican hopeful Mitt Romney and his campaign announced a visit to New Hampshire as well, for the following Monday, somewhere in the Manchester area.
The “Obama for America” campaign has lampooned Romney’s recent vice-presidential selection of Paul Ryan, stating the party’s vision for the country is drastically different from that of the Democratic Party. Ryan, a U.S. congressman for Wisconsin and chairman of the House Budget Committee, is also set to join Romney in New Hampshire on Monday. ”
PolitiFact | Checking the facts on the $700 billion Medicare ‘cut’: “Seems like just yesterday that the big Republican talking point was that Obamacare cuts $500 billion from Medicare. Now, it’s $700 billion.
That’s the number — $716 billion to be precise — that’s gotten tossed around this week.
We’ve posted two fact-checks to explore the back and forth between the campaigns.
In an interview on the CBS program 60 Minutes, Mitt Romney said Obama “robbed Medicare” of $716 billion to pay for “Obamacare.” We found that exaggerated what Obama had done in the health care law.
While the health care law reduces the amount of future spending growth in Medicare, the law doesn’t actually cut Medicare. Savings come from reducing money that goes to private insurers who provide Medicare Advantage programs, among other things. The money wasn’t “robbed.” We rated the statement Mostly False.”
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