House Democrats Select Rep. Terie Norelli To Serve As House Speaker for 2013-14 Session

The New Hampshire House Democratic Caucus today cast a unanimous ballot for Representative Terie Norelli as their nominee for Speaker of the House for the 2013 – 2014 legislative session.

“I ran for Speaker because I felt a responsibility to rebuild and restore the Democratic Caucus in order to have a sustainable majority going forward,” stated Norelli.

“There is much work to be done to reinstate civility and decorum to the NH House,” Norelli continued.“There will be many opportunities for us to put aside partisanship and work with our colleagues from the across the aisle to restore New Hampshire to the community that we all know and love. That is what the voters want us to do.”

Norelli, from Portsmouth, was recently elected to serve a ninth term in the New Hampshire House. She was Speaker of the NH House from 2006 to 2010. In addition, Representative Norelli serves as President of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staff of the nation’s fifty states providing research, technical assistance and the exchange of ideas.

The full House will meet on December 5, 2012 to formally elect the Speaker for the upcoming session.

New Hampshire House Democrats to Regain Majority

New Hampshire House Democrats to Regain Majority

New Hampshire Voters Send a Clear Message on their Priorities

Concord, NH – House Democratic Leader and former House Speaker Terie Norelli issued the following statements after preliminary election results show House Democrats will regain the majority by a 222-178 margin a pick up of 120 seats from the 2010 election.

“As candidates for the New Hampshire House, we listened to voters across the state, and throughout all of our conversations with Independents, Republicans, and Democrats the message was crystal clear – return common sense to Concord! They told us they wanted a Legislature to put partisan politics aside and work on the issues that mattered to Granite Staters, in a civilized way. And that’s exactly what we plan to do.”


“The campaign season is over. We must now move beyond the partisan divide and begin to work together on behalf of all Granite Staters. We plan to keep our promises by focusing on jobs and the economy, reverse this Legislature’s ill-advised priorities, and end the harshness in the air that has plagued the House these last two years.”

“We will not let the people of New Hampshire down. We look forward to collaboratively working with our new Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan and the Republican-led State Senate to move our great state forward.”

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O’Brien, Lamontagne Can’t Re-Write Their History

GOP candidate has repeatedly called a state takeover of Medicare a top priority, but now he is trying to run from his own radical plan

CONCORD – Bill O’Brien and Ovide Lamontagne can’t hide from their history or their radical plans to have the state legislature take over and run Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors, said Terie Norelli, House Democratic Leader.

Today Speaker Bill O’Brien tried to deny his Medicare plans, despite a bill that passed the House last year, calling on the federal government to let the state run Medicare for seniors.

Ovide Lamontagne has attempted to deny his extreme plans for Medicare in several recent debates, but on a radio interview today, the truth slipped out: “I want more control at the New Hampshire level in terms of managing Medicare funds.”

“Ovide Lamontagne and Bill O’Brien must be exhausted this week,” said Norelli,  “because all they have done is run from his radical and extreme plans for a state takeover of Medicare.”

Ovide has been a longtime supporter of plans that would block grant federal Medicare money to the state, allowing the state legislature to run the critical health program.  In February of this year, he wrote an Op-Ed piece in the Union Leader, and posted it on his website, calling a state takeover of Medicare one of his top priorities.

But, as the Nashua Telegraph reported this week, now Ovide is trying to hide his support for this extreme plan that could cut services and raise health care costs on thousands of New Hampshire seniors.

“Try as he might, Ovide Lamontagne can’t re-write his support for the the extreme plan to have the state legislature to run Medicare.  This legislature – which Ovide has praised and promised to work with – has already slashed funding for health care dramatically,” said Norelli.

“But instead of telling voters the truth, he is ducking and dodging his plan hoping that voters won’t notice.”

Lamontagne has also long been a supporter of the Ryan Budget Plan, which would turn Medicare into a voucher system. He previously said, “Paul Ryan has got a great plan…I want to work with Paul Ryan.”  But when questioned about his support last week, Ovide tried to run and hide claiming “that’s not what I support.”

Last month, Ovide denied twice in 24 hours that he had any knowledge of signing the radical Cornerstone “Families First Pledge” which calls for dismantling New Hampshire’s insurance industry regulation and includes 10 agenda items aimed at restricting women’s access to abortion.

“It seems that every day Ovide is trying to re-write more and more of his own history and run from his extreme record,” Norelli said. “Voters in New Hampshire deserve a governor whose promises don’t change depending on the time of day and the audience.”

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Democrats to O’Brien: NH Cannot Afford to Go “Even Further” with Your Extreme Agenda

CONCORD – Democratic House leaders said today on a press conference call that New Hampshire voters cannot afford to go “even further” with the extreme Ovide-O’Brien agenda, as the speaker promised at the State GOP convention this weekend.

“New Hampshire can’t afford to go ‘much further’ with the extreme Ovide-O’Brien agenda of ending universal public kindergarten, cutting state funding for public colleges and eliminating access to birth control and abortion,” said House Democratic Leader Terie Norelli.

O’Brien’s statements came during the GOP State Convention this weekend, where he received enthusiastic cheers with his promise that his legislature, if re-elected would go “even further” with their radical, out-of-touch agenda.

Democrats called on the Speaker to come clean with the voters of New Hampshire and say what their “further” would mean for them.

“We can expect more efforts to dismantle our public schools – from repealing public kindergarten to lowering the dropout age,” said House Assistant Deputy Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff. “We know we can expect another round of attacks on our workers – the Speaker himself filed the so-called “Right to Work” bill. We know we can expect more devastating cuts to assistance to our most venerable citizens. ”

After public outcry and pressure, Speaker O’Brien reversed himself and made the bill proposals for the 2013 session public. We can understand why he didn’t want the public to know what they were planning before Granite Staters stepped into the voting booths.

“Even further” could also include continued attacks on women’s health care. This ideologically-extreme agenda item would completely eliminate funding for basic, preventive health care services (services such as access to birth control and cancer screenings) received by over 16,000 New Hampshire women, men, and families at Planned Parenthood health centers, some hospitals, and any health facilities that offer full reproductive health care.

“That’s the choice in this election,” said House Deputy Democratic Floor Leader Cindy Rosenwald.  “Will we go forward with the same type of bipartisan, problem-solving approach provided by Gov. John Lynch, or we can go backward with the extreme ideas of Ovide Lamontagne and Bill O’Brien, ideas that hurt our middle-class families and our economy.”

“This is not the agenda the voters thought they were getting in 2010 and it’s not the agenda that the people of New Hampshire want in 2012,” said Rep. Shurtleff.

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Democrats Comment on Redress Press Conference

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Democratic House Leader Terie Norelli issued the following comments on the Redress of Grievances Committee’s press conference.

The Redress of Grievances Committee is “Exhibit A” of the radical, wasteful agenda Speaker O’Brien and House Republicans have pushed since the day they came into office instead of focusing on the priorities of middle-class New Hampshire families. We can expect to see more of it, if Bill O’Brien and Ovide Lamontagne are elected. They’ve signed on to a pledge for an agenda that includes a dozen bills to ban abortion; repeal marriage equality and to make divorce more time consuming and more expensive for couples.”

“Instead of working to create jobs and strengthen our economy after the great recession, Republicans have been focused on re-litigating divorce cases, putting families through new trauma, violating confidentiality rules aimed at protecting children, and taking resources away from a court system that is already strained.”

“This Committee is nothing more than a kangaroo court, with the sole purpose of targeting those who are simply performing their jobs as required by state law. Its actions have created an atmosphere of fear and persecution on the part of public employees, particularly those charged with protecting abused and neglected children and settling family disputes.”

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Norelli Asks Speaker: Where are the Rest of the Bills?

CONCORD — Although Speaker Bill O’Brien claimed he was not hiding Republican legislative proposals, only 58 legislative proposals have been posted on the state website. None in the last two days.

“Mr. Speaker, where are the rest of the bills? With filing period closed, the public has a right to know what proposed legislation House members are offering,” said Terie Norelli, House Democratic Leader.

“Ovide Lamontagne and Republican members of the House have signed a pledge to implement an extreme agenda aimed at taking away abortion rights, repealing marriage equality and even eliminating laws protecting consumers  from insurance companies,” Norelli said. “Is Bill O’Brien trying to hide that agenda from the public by continuing to keep the lid on bill requests? Is the Speaker or his staff reviewing the bill requests before they are made public?

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What’s In Ovide-O’Brien’s Secret Agenda?

What’s In Ovide-O’Brien’s Secret Agenda?

Republicans Trying to Hide Plans from Voters; Need to Come Clean

CONCORD – Bill O’Brien and Ovide Lamontagne should come clean about what is in their secret agenda and release to the public the legislation they and their allies are proposing, said House Democratic Leader Terie Norelli.

State legislators began filing bill proposals last week, but as the Concord Monitor reported today, Republican Speaker Bill O’Brien is breaking precedent to keep proposed legislation secret until AFTER the election.

“Ovide Lamontagne and Bill O’Brien have a secret agenda that they are trying to hide from the public,” Norelli said. “The people of New Hampshire deserve to know what is really in the Ovide-O’Brien secret agenda, which seems to include extreme ideas like cutting state aid to public schools, revoking insurance coverage for birth control and taking away abortion rights from women.”

Republicans have been trying to hide some of their more extreme proposals. For example, Cornerstone Research has released a 26-item agenda, a dozen pieces of proposed legislation focused on taking away insurance coverage for birth control, repealing marriage equality and limiting abortion rights. Cornerstone has said that legislators are filing bills to enact this agenda, and that they expect the signers of their pledge – including Ovide Lamontagne – to enact their agenda.

Lamontagne has tried to say that he doesn’t need to discuss his extreme position on these issues, and has suggested that the legislature won’t bring them up. Cornerstone, however, has said legislation to enact these extreme ideas is being filed right now.

“Ovide Lamontagne is not being honest with the people of New Hampshire about his agenda as Governor,” said Raymond Buckley, chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “Ovide Lamontagne should call on Bill O’Brien to immediately show the public the bills they are proposing.”

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Disorder in the House

By Monitor staff

July 31, 2012

If you’re looking to sum up the awfulness of the 2011-12 New Hampshire Legislature, recent deliberations in the case of state Senate candidate Joshua Youssef by the House Redress of Grievances Committee give you everything you need to know. Consider:

• The committee heard a one-sided account of Youssef’s bitter custody fight but chose not to investigate the court record to get a fuller version of the case.

• Based on that one-sided account, the committee voted overwhelmingly to recommend investigating the impeachment of three state judges.

• Based also on that account, committee members – if re-elected – plan to introduce legislation that changes the rules in legal cases involving family disputes.

• The vote might have been even more lopsided, but several Republican committee members abstained because they have endorsed Youssef’s Senate campaign – a campaign he says was inspired by the very case under consideration.

In short, the drama included an “investigation” that limited itself to one half of the story, a dramatic recommendation that smeared the professional reputations of three judges, a plan to change state law without a full appreciation of how the law worked in this case, and a political candidate with a personal vendetta (and a bunch of elected officials who support him).

What a spectacle!

There are bigger questions highlighted by this case too, of course:

• Should the committee have been created in the first place?

The redress committee was re-established by House Speaker Bill O’Brien after lying dormant for generations, ostensibly to serve as a check on the power of the courts and public officials and agencies. Much of what the committee has concerned itself with have been appeals from the losing side in family court matters, convinced that a judge – or multiple judges – did them wrong. (Earlier this summer, the same committee recommended the impeachment of Judge John Arnold, also because it disliked his decision-making in a custody matter.)

In hearing such cases the committee has generated two distinctly terrible impressions: that court cases – even those appealed all the way to the Supreme Court – are never truly over and that judges can be sanctioned by legislators for unpopular rulings.

• Should the committee have been allowed to continue?

At least one committee member has refused to participate altogether. “It goes against the division of powers,” Democratic Rep. Steven Lindsey of Keene told the Keene Sentinel. “I consider it an extra-judicial committee. I feel my presence there would give it an air of respectability, so I haven’t really been going.”

Attorney General Michael Delaney told O’Brien earlier this year that the committee was “targeting those who are simply performing their jobs” as required by state law. Its actions were creating an atmosphere of “fear and persecution” on the part of public employees, particularly those charged with protecting abused and neglected children and settling family disputes.

The current Legislature has passed a lot of poor legislation, but equally troubling has been the heavy-handed process from the Republican leadership – and the relatively feeble protests from GOP members who know better. A year and a half after the creation of the redress committee, where are the strong voices calling for its demise?

There are races for 400 House seats this fall. Candidates will be asked lots of questions by lots of voters. Near the top of the list should be this: Do you support the continued existence of the Redress of Grievances Committee?