Fuller Clark to run for Senate seat being vacated by Merrill | SeacoastOnline.com:
“During my six terms in the House and three terms in the Senate, I was able to work across party lines to pass legislation on many major issues,” Fuller Clark said in a prepared statement.
Having sat out of state politics the past two years, Fuller Clark said she’s been “appalled” at the lack of good government and by the open manipulation occurring at the Statehouse by what she deems radical out-of-state influences.
Fuller Clark said she would be honored to represent the constituents Merrill has served over the years, as well as once again representing the residents of Portsmouth and Newington.
“I pledge to work in a bipartisan manner to create common-sense solutions to build New Hampshire’s economy, promote jobs and protect New Hampshire’s unique resources — its quality of life and its people,” she said. “I will work to ensure that the voice of the people is not drowned out by the extremists who currently have a stranglehold over our Legislature. As senator, I promise to stand up for New Hampshire values and all that we cherish.”
Sen. Odell to seek sixth term citing importance of continuity in wake of other retirements | New Hampshire NEWS06
: “District 8 State Sen. Odell, R-Lempster, will seek his sixth term, he announced Friday morning.
“With the flurry of retirement announcements within the Senate, it seems all the more integral that there are Senators who can provide experience and steady leadership,” Odell said. “I am running because I know that I can be a strong voice for the citizens of District 8 and the people of New Hampshire.”
Odell serves as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and the Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee.
“The Senate received a mandate from the voters in 2010 to get our fiscal house in order and I’m proud to say that we delivered,” Odell said. “While there were some tough decisions that were made, the legislature was able to control state spending without any new taxes or increases.”"
OFA-NH Launches New Romney Attack Video – Portsmouth, NH Patch
: “Former Portsmouth Mayor Tom Ferrini and other Obama for America-NH volunteers hope a new video will show how Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney would affect the economy if elected to the White House in November.
Ferrini, a member of the Obama Steering Committee in New Hampshire, discussed the new video that will be featured on RomneyEconomics.com, a new web site that allows the American people to learn the real story of Mitt Romney’s business record.
The website includes case studies of other companies that suffered under Mitt Romney’s management, as well as a breakdown of the questionable business practices used by Mitt Romney and his partners.”
How President Obama Should Frame the Campaign – NYTimes.com
: “Mitt Romney is decidedly unpopular. Polling by the Times and CBS News shows his approval rating languishing at around 30 percent. Other polls show voters think President Obama is more likely to have good ideas about improving the economy than Mr. Romney.
Peter Hart, the veteran Democratic pollster, wrote in a memo this week that participants in his focus groups call Mr. Romney “indecisive,” “inconsistent,” and a “flip-flopper.”
“If he were a member of the family,” Mr. Hart wrote, voters would consider him a “dad who is never home.” The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, conducted by Mr. Hart and his partner, Bill McInturf, gave Mr. Obama an edge of about 30 points in areas like “cares about average people,” and “compassionate.”
Why, then, is Mr. Romney running even with the sitting president in national polling? Mr. Hart gave Mr. Obama only a 50-50 chance of re-election.”
John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Two more Democrats announce for state Senate seats | New Hampshire NEWS0602
: “FRIDAY, MAY 18, UPDATE: TWO MORE DEMOCRATS FOR STATE SENATE. A newcomer to New Hampshire state politics and a political veteran, both Democrats, are running for separate state Senate seats.
Nancy Fraher of Chichester, a Candia elementary school teacher who is retiring next month, said Friday she will run for the District 17 seat held by nine-term Republican Jack Barnes.
Former state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark of Portsmouth announced her candidacy for the District 21 seat being vacated by Sen. Amanda Merrill of Durham.
Fraher said in a statement, “Providing a high-quality education is the most important thing we can do as a state to ensure that our children have the opportunities they deserve for good lives and to ensure that our state can attract the innovative businesses of the future.
“I’ve spend most of my life trying to improve education for our children here in New Hampshire. I am running because I can’t just sit back any longer and watch the Legislature attempt to dismantle public education and the opportunities it provides for our children,” Fraher said.”
LETTER: Obama Understands Our Promise to Veterans – Nashua, NH Patch
: “We have had armed forces engaged for longer periods than anticipated, facing worst conditions than anticipated, facing more unusual opposition than anticipated — yet persevering. We owe these forces the same protection here in this country for which they valiantly fought to serve.
President Obama understands this. Thus, he has worked through difficulties to ensure we provide veterans and their families the care they were promised and the benefits they’ve earned.
President Obama has creating tax credits that encourage businesses to hire veterans easing the transition to civilian life. He expanded educational opportunities for veterans through the post-9/11 GI Bill, and he’s boosted the Veterans Affairs budget every year to ensure that veterans receive timely access to the highest quality benefits and services.”
Mitt Romney chides stimulus spending at N.H. ‘bridge to nowhere’ – latimes.com
: “HILLSBOROUGH, N.H. — Mitt Romney rounded out a week focused on what he views as overspending by the federal government with a critique of President Obama’s stimulus program during a speech in front of what opponents call New Hampshire’s “bridge to nowhere.”
Romney has argued throughout the campaign that Obama’s $787-billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was a waste of money that did little to jump-start the economy — and he has charged that the federal government has inflated the job numbers associated with various projects.
On Friday, Romney mocked a project to preserve and enhance the historic Stone Arch bridge, work that was to include new surfacing, construction of parking area and bike trails linking the site to surrounding businesses. “