Court put elections on the auction block | Concord Monitor: “Two things happened this month that have already begun affecting democracy profoundly. One was casino mogul Sheldon Adelson’s commitment to spend at least $100 million to defeat President Obama. More than half the campaign contributions to the president’s reelection effort so far have been for amounts less than $200. Say the average was $125. Say that money is speech. If so, then Adelson’s $100 million will speak more loudly than the voices of 799,999 contributors or nearly 100,000 more people than cast ballots in New Hampshire’s 2008 presidential election. Adelson, 78, has a fortune estimated by Forbes magazine of more than $25 billion. And he’s only one of a group of billionaires who are investing in elections.
The second event was the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to let stand its stunningly naive ruling in the Citizens United case, which declared that corporations have the same free speech rights as actual people.”
Caroline Kennedy urges voters to support Obama: “In a crowded room adorned with Obama campaign posters, Kennedy spoke of the president’s accomplishments in Washington, such as repealing “don’t ask don’t tell” in the military, investing in clean energy and saving the American auto industry. She also commended him for his work on education, an issue she championed for many years as the vice chairwoman of the Fund for Public Schools in New York City.
“That’s why it drives me crazy when people say, ‘What has he done?'” said Kennedy, who now serves as honorary director for the fund.
She drew parallels between Obama and her late father, saying she believes the president has the power to inspire the country and that the country faces a crossroads as it did in 1960.”
Romney Gets No Relief On Outsourcing Story | New Hampshire Public Radio: “Ever since the Washington Post published a widely read piece last week whose central premise was that when Mitt Romney ran Bain Capital the firm invested in companies that shipped U.S. jobs abroad, President Obama, Vice President Biden and other Democrats have repeatedly cited it.
They’ve used it to argue that Romney’s brand of business experience would be bad for U.S. workers. The Obama campaign even made the story the basis of campaign ads.”
Quotes on Obamacare from NH GOV Candidates:
Prospective governors talk health care at forum | Concord Monitor: “”This is a momentous decision and I hope the Supreme Court does strike down the Obamacare law,” said Republican candidate Kevin Smith, a former House member and state employee. “It has the name ‘affordable’ in it and it’s anything but affordable.”
Asked if he could name some provisions in the law he supports, Republican candidate Ovide Lamontagne said “there isn’t a lot in the Act that I do like.”
“I do like the fact, however, that there was an attempt by someone to try to address the problem,” said Lamontagne, a Manchester lawyer who has run previously for governor and U.S. Senate. “The problem is (the law) is the wrong direction – centralized command, you know, a top down approach.”
“I’ve tackled consumer protections in health care, trying to make sure young adults could stay on their parents’ health insurance to age 26,” said Hassan, the former Senate majority leader from Exeter. “We did that in New Hampshire before the Affordable Care Act was passed.”
“We need to ensure a citizenry that is healthy and well suited for our work force and able to participate in our economy,” Cilley said. “And as such that means that our insurance coverage has to be broad-spectrum. We looked at the cost factor in terms of what it would cost to provide that health insurance and what it would cost not to – what it was costing our society in other ways. The tradeoff, in my mind, if you’re doing a cost benefit analysis, was the right thing to do.””
Gubernatorial candidates discuss health care on eve of anticipated Supreme Court decision – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Over a two-hour forum at Saint Anselm College, Republican candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith; Democrats Jackie Cilley, Bill Kennedy and Maggie Hassan; and Libertarian challenger John Barbiarz each shared their views of the controversial Affordable Care Act, which has divided lawmakers and voters since it went into effect in 2010.”
My Turn: Outsiders want to influence legislators | Concord Monitor: “The Republicans in the New Hampshire House have tried to claim that they are independent actors not influenced by out-of-state interests trying to push their own legislation across the nation. Tuesday’s Monitor indicates the truth.
Jeb Bush, son and brother of U.S. presidents and the former Florida governor, wrote a piece for our local paper advocating for legislators to override Gov. John Lynch’s veto of SB 372. And Paul Clement of South Carolina wrote a letter to the editor in the same issue supporting Jeff Oligny in the upcoming Republican House primary. Both are signs that special interests outside New Hampshire are going to great lengths to influence what happens in our Legislature.”