Tuesday, April 7, 2009

NH Stonewall Dems expand

From the New Hampshire Democratic Party newsletter:

Co-Chairs Allard and Morrison Announce Reorganization and Expansion

CONCORD- New Hampshire Stonewall Democrats co-chairs Gail Morrison of Sanbornton and Ed Allard of Laconia are pleased to announce the reorganization and expansion of the NH chapter of the Stonewall Democrats.

"In such an important and historic time, it is essential that the voices of the LGBT community are heard in Concord and across the entire state," said Co-Chair Ed Allard. "The NH Stonewall Democrats will work to make sure that our voices are heard."

The NH Stonewall Democrats will establish five regional groups and are looking for people across the state to act as regional coordinators responsible for helping develop a membership base, organizing regional political and social activities, acting as liaisons to and from the state organization, and to serve on the state steering committee.

Stonewall Democrats are politically active members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community and their allies in NH. The group is designed to advocate for LGBT rights, issues, and concerns within the Democratic Party, before the legislature, and in their local communities. It also promotes an increasing LGBT participation in all elective and appointive areas of government by:

actively participating in Democratic party events and activities

identifying LGBT and LGBT-supportive candidates and assisting their campaigns and their efforts once elected.

promoting all candidates' and officeholders' awareness of, education on, and support for, issues of concern to the LGBT community.

working cooperatively with other LGBT organizations within the state, and with the national Stonewall Democratic organization.

participating in our towns and cities and providing social networking and gatherings for LGBT Democrats and our supporters.

NH Stonewall Democrats also welcome anyone who wants to be a member of this politically active, grassroots-based statewide organization. If interested, please contact Ed Allard or Gail Morrison at stonewallnh@gmail.com.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

State senators to host fundraiser for Martin

State Senators Sylvia Larsen (D-Concord), Maggie Hassan (D-Exeter) and Deb Reynolds (D-Plymouth) will be hosting a fundraising for state senate candidate Bud Martin (D-Center Sandwich). Martin is running in a special election for the senate district three seat.

U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) will the fundraiser's special guest.

The fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday April 5th in Meredith.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

White House highlights tax credit affects on Granite State

From the White House:

500,000 New Hampshire working families to benefit from making work pay tax credit

300 million new dollars in the hands of New Hampshire workers

April 1, 2009

The United States faces the most severe economic and financial crisis in generations. Tragically, much of the damage has fallen principally on Main Street. To help middle-class families get back on their feet and restore some fairness to the tax code, President Obama in February signed one of his signature issues into law – the Making Work Pay tax credit. As a result, families across the country are seeing more money in their paychecks. This is one of the fastest and broadest tax cuts in American history.

Today, the Obama Administration is releasing a state-by-state analysis to show the impact the Making Work Pay tax credit is having across the country.

In New Hampshire that means 500,000 working families will collectively get $300 million in hand to help them weather the current economic storm. This reflects the Administration’s strong and sustained commitment to the middle class.

Nationally, the credit provides over 110 million working families—about 95%—the tax relief they need right now and will give nearly 60 billion dollars to America’s working families. The Republican alternative budget, announced today, would roll back these tax credits in 2010, thereby increasing taxes for the same 95 percent of working families.

NH GOP criticizes Martin’s campaign manager

From the New Hamphire Republican Party:

Today, former New Hampshire Governor and Republican State Committee Chairman John H. Sununu released the following statement on Bud Martin’s campaign manager’s long history of dirty politics:

“Everyone wondered why the Democratic State Committee would bring in a political ‘hired gun’ to run a New Hampshire State Senate special election. Now we all know why. They brought in a specialist in campaigns based on personal attacks and distortion instead of discussion of the issues. We now find out that this political operative had been fired from a 2006 Minnesota campaign after doctoring a photograph in an attempt to portray the opponent – a decorated war veteran – as a Nazi. This Democrat strategy of basing the District 3 race on personal attacks now explains the almost comical performance of the Democrat candidate last Sunday on TV when he said he wouldn't discuss issues in the campaign because it would ‘send a postcard out in advance on everything he was going to do’ if elected to the Senate.

“Campaigns based on personal attacks and avoiding discussing the issues of taxes, spending, efficiency of government, and short-changing our cities and towns seems to be business as usual for the New Hampshire Democrats.”