From a GOP activist:


Whether he’ll actually do it or not, Tony DiFruscia (R) Salem/Windham announced yesterday that he is leaving the Republican Party next week and will become an Independent. Let’s hope he follows through.

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Snowbird Smith running in Florida — again

Bob Smith is ditching the Granite State for the Grapefruit League.

The former New Hampshire senator — who was waxed by John Sununu in the 2002 GOP primary — is planning to run for the seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez, according to Union-Leader’s John DiStaso.

Smith, who relocated to Sarasota and reinvented himself as a real estate exec, has gone down this road before — exploring a run against Martinez in ’04 before abandoning it for lack of fundraising cash.

In a letter to Republicans, Smith describes himself as a “proven conservative” — even though he backed John Kerry against W in 2004.

DiStaso:

“I have agonized as to whether to re-enter national politics,” Sarasota resident Smith wrote in a recent letter to friends and supporters.

“I have concluded that I can no longer ‘sit on the sidelines’ in this fight for the soul of America.”

He says he has filed the necessary papers with the Federal Election Commission and will have a website up soon.

And, “I am now accepting contributions,” he says.

“It’s time for Republicans to start acting like Republicans again!” wrote the man who a decade ago left the GOP, and then rejoined.

By Glenn Thrush 09:27 AM
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New Hampshire sent several delegates to the national RLC convention recently. Photos c/o Aaron Biterman:

Link:  http://www.rlc.org/about/rlcphotos/photos-conv-09/

Readers will need Microsoft Word (who doesn’t have that, seriously?) to view the just-released 2009 House Republican Alliance Scorecard:

[Click Here: http://www.fileden.com/getfile.php?file_path=http://www.fileden.com/files/2006/9/24/236518/4-%20HRA%20Scorecard%20040109.doc]

Dear Friend,

Let me get right to the point.  There are two special Legislative elections in April, and the New Hampshire Republican Party needs your financial support today to win those races.

On Tuesday, April 21, voters in State Senate District 3 go to the polls to elect a new Senator.  Our candidate is Jeb Bradley.  Tuesday, April 28, is election day in Salem and Windham when voters will choose a new member of the House.  Marilinda Garcia is our candidate.

Jeb and Marilinda are great candidates who share our principles of low taxes, limited government, local control, and personal responsibility.

The liberal Democrats in the State House are ruining New Hampshire with their San Francisco social agenda and Massachusetts tax and spend economic agenda.  They sponsored legislation to make public bathrooms genderless and same-sex marriage legal.  They have proposed an 8% death tax, increasing the gas tax by 15 cents per gallon, and raising the rooms and meals tax!

It is up to us to defeat the radical agenda of the Democrats.  We can begin to turn the tide by winning the two special elections.

We need Jeb and Marilinda in Concord, but we must have your help to make it happen.

Can I count on you to please make as generous a financial contribution as you can to the New Hampshire Republican Party right now? No amount is too small, and every dollar is critical.

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

John H. Sununu
Chairman
NH Republican State Committee

Back where I’m from (Dallas, TX), we call papers like The Hippo “alternative press” outlets, but anyway, The Hippo has a full-fledged feature article on NH State GOP Chairman John Sununu: click here to read it.

I can’t wait for 2010’s elections after reading that piece.

We’ll see just how the taxpayers in the Live Free or Die state support this experimentation in socialism that we’ve been handed by the Lynch Mob.

The best way to “re-brand” the Republican Party is to get rid of the liberals in the party that keep doing things that make us look like Democrats.

National GOP chairman Michael Steele obviously has no regard to Goldwater/Reagan conservatives:


March 23, 2009
Categories: RNC Chair
Steele defends union contribution

Michael Steele has been taking a little heat for the RNC’s accepting $15,000 from the National Education Association, the biggest teachers’ union in the country, with a candidate for Governor of New Jersey, Steve Lonegan, demanding he return it.

“What’s next? Accepting money from the National Abortion Rights Action League, Handgun Control, Gay Marriage PACs and George Soros?” Lonegan asked.

An RNC official, speaking on background, defended Steele’s education reform credentials.

“As one of the most outspoken advocates for school choice in the Republican Party, Michael Steele’s credentials on conservative education reform are very strong and well-documented,” the official said.

(with Ken Vogel)

By Ben Smith 03:41 PM
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For those curious to see how the good guys are doing in Concord, visit: http://www.nhhousegop.com/

I think the site for the Democrats is AbjectFailure.com. I could be wrong.

The latest from NH GOP chairman John Sununu:


For people who think I have been too tough on the Democrats by accusing them of ruining New Hampshire, to understand my criticism you don’t need to look any further than the recently proposed HB415 “Bathroom Bill” as well as Governor Lynch’s attempt to raid the Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Associating Plan to understand my criticism. These actions serve as reminders of the radical agenda being pushed by the Democrat Leadership in Concord that threatens to damage New Hampshire’s special quality of life and government structure.

This week a house judiciary subcommittee voted along party lines to advance the Bathroom Bill to the full committee. The legislation, which makes changes to existing laws, grants universal access to public restrooms based on individual’s preferred “gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of an individual.” This would allow an individual to legally choose if they would like to use a men’s restroom or women’s restroom based purely on their own personal preferred gender – regardless of their actual biological gender.

The Democrat’s Bathroom Bill is a radical assault on personal privacy that poses, at the least, an undue level of discomfort on users of public facilities and at the worst a mischief risk for families who utilize public restrooms facilities across New Hampshire. It’s about time that Governor Lynch shows some backbone and stands up to the extreme liberals that dominate the Democrat leadership in the New Hampshire House and Senate. He should publicly denounce and commit to veto egregious pieces of legislation like the Bathroom Bill before they reach his desk
A second example of the Democrats disastrous agenda is Governor Lynch’s attempt to take money from the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association Plan and use it to balance the budget. The fund consists of premiums and payments from doctors that were intended to provide stability to the medical malpractice insurance market. In the event that the plan was to have a surplus, New Hampshire regulations clearly states that it shall “repay members for assessments previously levied.”

Legal opinions can’t make this kind of expropriation justifiable. This is private money, not state revenue, and any attempt by the Governor to use it to fund the operations of state government amounts to nothing more than the theft of private property. If they are to succeed in these efforts to pocket this money from New Hampshire’s doctors what is to stop them from taking money from other groups to balance future budgets?

John H. Sununu

From the state chairman of the NH Republican Party:


For people who think I have been too tough on the Democrats by accusing them of ruining New Hampshire, to understand my criticism you don’t need to look any further than the recently proposed HB415 “Bathroom Bill” as well as Governor Lynch’s attempt to raid the Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Associating Plan to understand my criticism. These actions serve as reminders of the radical agenda being pushed by the Democrat Leadership in Concord that threatens to damage New Hampshire’s special quality of life and government structure.
This week a house judiciary subcommittee voted along party lines to advance the Bathroom Bill to the full committee. The legislation, which makes changes to existing laws, grants universal access to public restrooms based on individual’s preferred “gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of an individual.” This would allow an individual to legally choose if they would like to use a men’s restroom or women’s restroom based purely on their own personal preferred gender – regardless of their actual biological gender.

The Democrat’s Bathroom Bill is a radical assault on personal privacy that poses, at the least, an undue level of discomfort on users of public facilities and at the worst a mischief risk for families who utilize public restrooms facilities across New Hampshire. It’s about time that Governor Lynch shows some backbone and stands up to the extreme liberals that dominate the Democrat leadership in the New Hampshire House and Senate. He should publicly denounce and commit to veto egregious pieces of legislation like the Bathroom Bill before they reach his desk
A second example of the Democrats disastrous agenda is Governor Lynch’s attempt to take money from the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association Plan and use it to balance the budget. The fund consists of premiums and payments from doctors that were intended to provide stability to the medical malpractice insurance market. In the event that the plan was to have a surplus, New Hampshire regulations clearly states that it shall “repay members for assessments previously levied.”

Legal opinions can’t make this kind of expropriation justifiable. This is private money, not state revenue, and any attempt by the Governor to use it to fund the operations of state government amounts to nothing more than the theft of private property. If they are to succeed in these efforts to pocket this money from New Hampshire’s doctors what is to stop them from taking money from other groups to balance future budgets?

John H. Sununu

So, let me get this straight. Money that isn’t the government’s property is being raided to pay down the overspending (the media call that a “shortfall”) that Gov. Lynch and the Democrats in the two chambers have caused, and yet that money isn’t to be touched? And that’s not stealing?

GOP Chairman John H. Sununu had this to say about the Democrats’ gas tax hike:


NEW HAMPSHIRE GOP STATEMENT ON DEMOCRATS’ GAS TAX PROPOSAL

CONCORD — Today, former New Hampshire Governor and Republican State Committee Chairman John H. Sununu released the following statement on the Democrats’ gas tax proposal:

“This week the ‘tax and spend’ Democratic leadership in the New Hampshire House passed a 15-cent per gallon tax increase. This action by those Democrats illustrates Governor Lynch’s inability to get the members of his own party to follow his agenda in the Legislature.

During his first bid for re-election in 2006, the Governor made his opposition to a gas tax increase one of centerpiece the issues of his campaign. Yet despite his pledge to stand firm against any attempt to raise the tax, Governor Lynch was either unwilling or unable to stop the House Democrats from passing this disastrous legislation.

It important for the Governor to urge Democrats in the New Hampshire Senate to join the Republicans in stopping this tax increase which he himself opposes. The last thing the legislature should be considering during these tough economic times is raising taxes. Any discussion about addressing the financial standing of the state highway fund should focus on reforms and cost saving strategies – not increasing revenues on the backs of the taxpayers.”

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