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Activist: State GOP head should resign

Failure to fulfill obligations alleged

Karen Testerman, a longtime social-conservative activist and 2010 gubernatorial candidate, yesterday called for Wayne MacDonald to resign as chairman of the state Republican Party.

In a news release, Testerman accused MacDonald of failing to provide sufficient information about the party’s biennial convention to the delegates who were elected Sept. 11 to attend it. The convention will be held tomorrow at Pinkerton Academy in Derry.

“The most important job of the chairman of the party is to ensure the elected representatives (delegates) know their responsibilities and qualifications for office,” Testerman of Franklin said in the release. “I believe that the current chairman . . . should resign for failure to perform his duties.”

A spokeswoman for the state party didn’t return messages seeking comment.

Campaign calendar for Sept. 28

The state Republican Party will hold its state convention at Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St. in Derry, tomorrow with registration opening at 9 a.m. and the convention coming to order at 10:30 a.m. Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, is the keynote speaker.

Before the convention, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will lead a rally at the Pinkerton Academy field house at 9:30 a.m. Doors open at 7 a.m.

Jim James and Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket and Craig Finn of The Hold Steady will perform a free concert on behalf of President Obama’s campaign Monday night at the Colonial Theater, 95 Main St., Keene. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are required. They can be obtained from noon to 8 p.m. at Obama campaign offices in Keene, Manchester, Lebanon and Peterborough, as well as the student center at Keene State College or the Colonial Theater.

Conservatives blast GOP platform

Some say language too vague, simple

A number of Republican activists are complaining that the state party’s proposed platform, which is set to be adopted this weekend, is too vague and contains watered-down language on abortion and other issues.

“I think the platform committee was trying to simplify things, and there’s some things you can simplify and others that are documents that need to be in detail. And this is one of those documents that needs to be in detail,” said Karen Testerman, a social-conservative activist and former gubernatorial candidate from Franklin. “They did a lot of hard work . . . (but) it just seems that it was oversimplified, and that is of major concern.”

Both supporters and critics of the draft platform said they expect a debate Saturday at the state party convention in Derry, where a final vote is planned.

The purer the party, the smaller the party

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Over the protests of some of its leaders, New Hampshire's Republican Party is continuing its move from a big tent to a pup tent for true believers. Officeholders who break with even one of the ultraconservative orthodoxies of groups like the Republican Liberty Caucus, or buck House Speaker Bill O'Brien, have been targeted for defeat; many lost in their primary elections this month.

That's bad news for the Republican Party, fans of civility in politics, and citizens who don't want the state's agenda determined by outsiders with bottomless pockets.

Last week, Monitor State House reporter Annmarie Timmins chronicled the purge of moderate Republicans carried out by the state chapters of the Liberty Caucus, Americans for Prosperity and other groups supported by the billionaire Koch brothers. Gun-owners groups, right-to-work organizations and anti-tax coalitions also identified Republicans who disagreed with their position on issues dear to them.

Answers needed

If he wants District 7 voters to take his state Senate bid seriously on Nov. 6, Republican candidate Josh Youssef has a lot more explaining to do. The questions surrounding Youssef and his candidacy are many and important, so important that the leaders of his own party have called on him to explain.

Court records show that Youssef owes his 9-year-old son $17,000 in support payments for under-reporting his income. The candidate says he’s paid all he owes and more. Where does the truth lie? Court filings also say that Youssef owes the IRS up to $50,000 for failing to pay taxes in several years. Youssef claims he is “in good standing” with the agency. What does that mean? Were penalties waived? Fines paid? Is he on a payment plan? Because he’s running for a high public office, voters have the right to know.

Doing the math, Romney style

Judging by his statements, Mitt Romney is running to become the president of some of the people. His campaign motto should be e pluribus duo or “out of many, two”: the givers and the moochers; the people who pay federal income taxes and the 47 percent who, for a variety of reasons, many related to Republican tax policies, do not.

Romney’s view of America’s populace, and the swing voters whose votes he hopes to win, were contained in a recently leaked video recording of a May meeting the candidate held with wealthy potential campaign donors. His words, though perhaps familiar, bear repeating:

Governor’s race bare-knuckled

Lamontagne and Hassan dead even

Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne yesterday opened a two-month race for the governor’s office with the campaigns painting the other as, alternately, a big-spending failed legislator and an extremist Tea Party ideologue.

“It’s a really clear choice for the people of New Hampshire this fall,” said Matt Burgess, Hassan’s campaign manager.

The contest could be close, with some national observers calling the election to replace retiring Democratic Gov. John Lynch one of the country’s most competitive races this November.

Polls taken before Tuesday’s primary showed a statistical tie between Hassan and Lamontagne. But the Republican enters the fall campaign with a few advantages, including a big fundraising edge, said Andy Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

“That gives him the opportunity to define her,” Smith said, “while she won’t have as much of an opportunity to define him.”

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