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University’s ‘Bias-Free’ Language Guide A National Embarrassment

Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today called on Governor Maggie Hassan to ask University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston to remove the “bias-free language guide” from the school’s website. President Huddleston has distanced himself from the guidelines but allowed them to remain on a prominent section of the university’s website. 

“As a proud mother of an incoming UNH student, I am outraged by the ridiculous ‘bias-free’ language guide posted on the university’s website. At a time when the university has asked for more taxpayer dollars and raised tuition rates for students, it is infuriating to see the school devote faculty time and resources to crafting these foolish guidelines.  

“Not only are these guidelines absurd, they are offensive and unpatriotic. UNH students should be proud to be called ‘Americans’, and any effort to disparage the use of this word should not be promoted with university resources. While I appreciate President Huddleston's willingness to express concerns about these guidelines, he still needs to order their immediate removal them from the university website.

“This controversy has turned into a national embarrassment for UNH and the State of New Hampshire. Governor Hassan needs to put an end to this humiliating situation by asking President Huddleston to remove the insulting language guidelines from the university’s website. The University of New Hampshire is an outstanding institution, and it’s time for Governor Hassan to step in and provide the leadership required to protect its image and integrity.” 

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Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem Police Haven’t Heard From Hassan Drug Czar

Concord – The Union Leader today reported that Governor Maggie Hassan’s embattled Drug Czar John Wozmak has failed to contact top law enforcement officials in Nashua and Salem during his six months on the job. Police Chiefs in Manchester and Concord have previously come forward to say that they have not heard from the drug czar and that their concerns about New Hampshire’s heroin epidemic have fallen on “deaf ears” in Concord.

“After six months on the job, there is no excuse for the failure of Governor Hassan’s drug czar to contact top law enforcement officials in Manchester, Nashua, Concord and Salem”, said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “Clearly, the state’s response to New Hampshire’s heroin epidemic has been mishandled, and Governor Hassan’s drug czar has failed to coordinate with local law enforcement officials. It is long past due for Governor Hassan to put politics aside and take ownership of the issue instead of outsourcing her responsibilities to an incompetent bureaucrat.”

Hassan’s office also lost track of a $12 million federal grant to combat substance abuse. Governor Hassan also vetoed a budget that included a 75% increase in state funding to address the heroin epidemic. 

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Concord – The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today launched an online petition urging Governor Hassan to arm the New Hampshire National Guard. Since the deadly attack at a military recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, seven states’ governors have ordered their respective National Guards to arm themselves.

“The outrageous attack in Chattanooga has raised serious questions about the safety of our men and women in uniform serving at recruitment stations. As the Commander-in-Chief of the New Hampshire National Guard, Governor Hassan should follow the example set by seven other governors and immediately allow our Guardsmen to arm and defend themselves,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn.

“We train and arm the men and women of our military to fight for our freedoms on foreign soil. Clearly, they should be able to arm and defend themselves on domestic soil. It’s time for Governor Hassan to put politics aside and do the right thing for our Guardsmen.”

Since the deadly terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Governor Hassan has come under mounting pressure to act and arm the National Guard. Recently, former National Guardsman Senator Scott Brown urged Governor Hassan to arm the New Hampshire National Guard. The governors of Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin have already taken measures to ensure their states’ guardsmen are able to defend themselves. In the absence of action from Governor Hassan, citizen patriots have taken to guarding military recruitment centers on their own.

The online petition urging Governor Hassan to arm the New Hampshire National Guard can be found here or by visiting bit.ly/GuardNH

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Incompetent Hassan Drug Czar Hasn’t Contacted Top Concord Cop

Concord – In an interview with WKXL Radio today, Concord Police Chief Bradley Osgood said that embattled Drug Czar John Wozmak has failed to contact his department during his six months on Governor Hassan’s staff. Chief Osgood said that he only learned about the existence of the drug czar position last week from media reports.

“I think I learned that New Hampshire had a drug czar sometime last week. I have never met with the Drug Czar,” said Chief Osgood.

“So there has there been outreach at all from the governor’s office at all in regards to the drug issues here in Concord?” asked WKXL’s Chris Ryan.

“No. I think I read a report that they had done an outreach to over 100 individuals throughout the state regarding the issue of substance misuse in the state, but I did not make [the cut],” responded Chief Osgood.

“When Governor Hassan appointed Mr. Wozmak as drug czar, she said he would be in charge of coordinating the state’s response to the heroin epidemic with the law enforcement community. But after six months on the job, Mr. Wozmak failed to even pick up the phone and call the chiefs of police in Manchester or Concord,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “If Governor Hassan’s drug czar failed to contact the police chiefs of two of New Hampshire’s largest cities, it’s likely that he failed to contact top law enforcement officials in cities and town across the state. It’s clear that the Hassan Administration’s response to the heroin epidemic has been inadequate and that her incompetent drug czar has dropped the ball on numerous occasions.”

The Hassan Administration has faced increasing criticism in recent weeks for its lackluster response to the heroin epidemic. Last week, WMUR reported that Hassan’s office didn’t know that New Hampshire had been awarded a $12.5 million federal grant to combat substance abuse.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR CHIEF OSGOOD’S FULL INTERVIEW

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Drug Czar Had No Plan Less Than 24 Hours Before Hassan’s Office Released Recommendations

Concord – The Union Leader today reports that John Wozmak, Governor Maggie Hassan’s embattled drug czar, failed to present any plans to combat the state’s heroin epidemic at a Monday meeting with top Manchester officials. Less than 24 hours later, Hassan’s office released a set of hastily prepared, boilerplate recommendations that they claimed were the result of months of work from Mr. Wozmak.

“The fact that Governor Hassan’s embattled drug czar didn’t even mention a substance abuse plan to top Manchester officials raises questions whether Mr. Wozmak’s recommendations are a serious proposal or simply political camouflage designed to distract from the Hassan Administration’s failed leadership,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “After six months on the job, Governor Hassan’s drug czar should have been in regular contact with Manchester law enforcement officials to ask for their ideas before releasing any recommendations. It’s clear that the state’s response to the heroin epidemic has been inadequate and that Governor Hassan’s office has dropped the ball on numerous occasions.” 

According to the Union Leader, “no mention of an imminent release of a plan” was made at an hour-long Monday meeting with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and Police Chief Nick Willard.

“That left us all a little bit concerned about where to go and whether we need to develop our own plan,” Mayor Gatsas told the Union Leader.

The Hassan Administration has faced increasing criticism in recent weeks for its lackluster response to the heroin epidemic. Last week, WMUR reported that Hassan’s office didn’t know that New Hampshire had been awarded a $12.5 million federal grant to combat substance abuse. 

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The executive committee of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee (NHRSC), having all of the powers, authority, and responsibility of the NHRSC between plenary meetings of the NHRSC, hereby finds and resolves:

WHEREAS the platform of the NHRSC is unequivocally pro-life; and

WHEREAS Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider and receives and relies upon taxpayer funding and private contributions to defray the cost of providing abortions; and

WHEREAS it has come to light that Planned Parenthood traffics in organs from the bodies of aborted human beings; and

WHEREAS it has also come to light that Planned Parenthood uses techniques during abortion procedures designed to cause death through crushing the child’s developing head and brain while preserving other internal organs of value to those willing to use them for research and medical applications; and

WHEREAS the use of these techniques implicitly recognizes the humanity of the victims of abortion while at the same time treating the victims as a commodity; and

WHEREAS the inhumanity of Planned Parenthood violates all reasonable standards of decency and civilized conduct; and

WHEREAS because of the close financial and ideological ties between the Democratic Party and Planned Parenthood, prominent Democrats holding elective office such as Gov. Hassan, Sen. Shaheen, Rep. Kuster, and Executive Councilors Pappas and Van Ostern have stood silent in the face of Planned Parenthood’s heinous conduct and remain willing to continue to funnel taxpayer money to this predatory organization, demonstrating once again that only the Republican Party values and is prepared to protect innocent human life.

WHEREAS Planned Parenthood, through its subsidiaries, political action committees, officers and employees is among the largest contributors to the New Hampshire Democratic Party, to Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen, and Executive Councilors Pappas and Van Ostern; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT

RESOLVED that the NHRSC condemns Planned Parenthood for its brutal and heartless treatment of unborn human beings; and

RESOLVED that the NHRSC supports and commends the many elected Republicans who have spoken out and drawn attention to the unconscionable practices of Planned Parenthood, and in particular Senator Kelly Ayotte for her demand that there be a formal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in the vital organs of infants; and

RESOLVED that financial and other forms of support of Planned Parenthood by those holding elective office within the NHRSC are irreconcilable with the fundamental beliefs of the Republican Party; and

RESOLVED that it is the duty of every elected Republican to take those actions within the scope of their elective offices that will deprive Planned Parenthood of public funding of any kind; and

RESOLVED that the NHRSC calls on Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen, Executive Councilors Pappas and Van Ostern, and the New Hampshire Democratic Party to denounce trafficking human body parts and to return all campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood of New Hampshire PAC, its predecessor Planned Parenthood of Northern New England PAC, its officers and employees, and all those profiting from the sale of human organs; and

RESOLVED that this resolution be posted prominently on the website of the NHRSC.

Dated this 20th day of July, 2015.

ATTEST

JANE LANE

Secretary, New Hampshire Republican State Committee