After negotiations with Dickenson Development I will be supporting amending the LDA for a 15-month waterfront development extension. This is an important project to the city and will help in developing a thriving downtown community.
I would like to invite members of the public to come out and voice your opinion at a speak out session I will be hosting on January 21st! I have invited deputy mayor Bob Carrier to join me in co-hosting the event.
When: January 21, 2013 (7:00pm)
Where: City Hall Chambers
All topics are welcome.
By Michelle Kingston
I have submitted a resolution that would establish a priority based budgeting system framework for the city of dover. This will ensure that limited tax revenues will be used in an efficient way that ensures we can continue to provide quality services! Please contact members of the council and show your support.
I want to take a moment to extend my gratitude to the citizens of Dover. It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Dover as a State Representative over the past two years. I am proud of what I was able to accomplish during my term. To all those who supported my candidacy, I would like to thank you for your hard work and support over the past two years.
I would also like to thank my opponents for running a clean campaign over the past several months. It is important to maintain decorum, something that is lacking recently with those on both sides of the aisle. I wish Mr. Bixby, Mr. Burdwood, and Mr. Ketel the best as they make important decisions over the next two years.
I look forward to continuing my work on the City Council. It is my continued goal to serve the community and create a strong economic climate that creates jobs and wealth in New Hampshire. Let us move forward together and get great things accomplished!
: In 2011 I voted for a balanced budget that eliminated a $800,000,000 budget deficit.
: As of July 2012 the state of NH now has a budget surplus of more then $20,000,000
: In 2013 I will vote for a balanced budget that includes no new or increased taxes or fees.
: In the 2011-2012 session I voted to reduce multiple taxes. These include, but are not limited to, the meals and rooms tax, the business profits tax, the tobacco tax, and the gas tax.
: I will continue to support a reduction in taxes and fees. I have sponsored 2 bills that will reduce the meals and rooms tax to 8%, and reduce the business profits tax to 8%.
: Less government intervention and lower taxes will allow individuals and small business owners to reinvest in the economy, creating wealth and jobs in the local community.
: Repeal unnecessary regulations that burden job creators
: Reduce regulations on business and consumers allowing businesses to create more jobs
: Pass Right-to-Work Legislation that allows for freedom of choice to join a labor union. State’s who have passed RTW legislation in the past decade have seen a larger job growth rate then non-RTW states.
: I supported HB 337 which amended the education funding formula. This allows for targeted financial aid to cities and towns in need.
: Expand creation of charter schools in order to provide more choice to parents and students of NH. Charter schools offer innovative learning possibilities and create more competition within the education system.
: Reform teacher tenure and creating a merit based system that promotes good teachers.
: I sponsored HB 574 which prohibits the taking of private property during a state of emergency. This was passed and signed by the Governor in 2012.
: I will continue to protect private property rights
: I will support the allocation of funds for the reconstruction of the new Memorial Bridge
: Support the continued redevelopment of the Spaulding Turnpike
I would like to take a moment to thank all who took time to go and vote yesterday. Because of your support I was able to win the GOP primary for Strafford District 17.
Michael Weeden - 433
Michael Castaldo - 323
Don Andolina - 295
Bob Fullerton - 282
I just wanted to take a moment to thank all those who attended the Dover GOP fundraiser yesterday. With your help we were able to raise $580 for the Dover Republican Committee. A special thank you to Congressman Frank Guinta and Speaker William O'Brien for coming to speak at the event!
As of this morning I have officially taken on the duties of Chairman for the Dover GOP. I hope to bring new leadership and vision to this position. Currently there are 7 democrats and 2 republicans representing the city of Dover in Concord. I will be working diligently to ensure the GOP makes gains in Dover this during the 2012 state elections.
After much time and consideration I have decided to seek re-election for State Representative. I have worked tirelessly over the past two years in order to promote economic growth, support pro-business policies, and maintain fiscal responsibility.
The key issue during this campaign remains the economy and jobs. The citizens of New Hampshire continue to struggle during this economic recession. I have consistently supported limited taxation and regulations in order to help struggling families and allow employers more flexibility and opportunity to create jobs. In order to create permanent job growth in New Hampshire, it must come through the private sector, not the government.
Less government intervention and lower taxes allow individuals and small business owners to reinvest in the economy, creating wealth and jobs in the local community. Since the November 2010 elections the unemployment rate in NH has dropped from 5.8% to 5%. This is progress, yet there still remains much work to do.
In the legislature I voted to reduce many taxes, including the business profits tax, the gas tax, the tobacco tax, and the room and meals tax. I also voted for a balanced budget that eliminated the $800,000,000 budget deficit. This was accomplished by a series of difficult budget cuts and reductions. Our state is now solvent and on a path of sustainability.
I hope to continue my work in the State Legislature in order to maintain low taxes, ensure limited government, restore personal freedom, and promote individual responsibility. I ask for your support.
On June 6th the Dover City Council passed a $112,557,926 budget which represents a 1.76% increase over FY2012. This is within the means of the tax cap. This is the first time in 3 years that a "tax cap" budget has been passed.
FY2011: $97 average increase (Tax Cap Override)
FY2012: $196 average increase (Tax Cap Override)
FY2013: $74 average increase (Tax Cap)
I have placed all Fosters Daily Democrat articles into the "News Article" tab. Also I have updated my legislative and council resolution voting record in the attempt to streamline information about myself. I would like to thank all the residents who participated in the "Speak Out" session this past thursday. It was a great opportunity to hear from my constituents regarding many important issues.
IMPORTANT: My legislative email has been down for the past week! If you would like to contact me please use my city email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I hope that this problem will be resolved soon!
HB1413 - My legislation directing the state of NH to withdraw from No Child Left Behind has been tabled at the moment in order to further study the financial impact that it will have on the state of NH. I am working closely with house leadership to gather data and work to move this bill forward.
Resoultion - directing the city of Dover to remove the pay and display parking meters once the $500,000 bond is repaid. Thi
I have added the new tab "City Council Resolutions" so that you can track my voting record!!! Please take a look!
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years! I will updating my website over the upcoming week while I have some free time during the holidays. My inauguration to the Dover City Council will happen at 7:00 p.m. on January 2, 2012. Also, the new legislative session begins on January 4, 2012. The repeal of Gay marriage and legalized gambling (slots) are some of the bills that the NH House will be dealing with over the upcoming month. This session I have sponsored a bill to remove "No Child Left Behind" from the state of NH, and I have co-sponsored a (DARE) bill, created by high school students, to eliminate drinking games from bars. I look forward to a great year. Please feel free to email me at any time.
- Michael Weeden
I would like to thank all my friends, family, and supporters for their hard work and dedication these past few months! Without all of your support last nights victory would not have been possible. It was a tight election (within 67 votes), but that was to be expected. I am excited to prove to the citizens of Dover that I can be a responsible and effective city councilor!
- Michael Weeden
I would like to thank all my supporters over the past year and during this upcoming City Council race. With your continued support I am confident that we will win on November 8th! Please tell your family and friends to come vote on election day! It would be appreciated.
Today I created the "News Articles" tab in order to clear up some space on my home page. All older news articles will be in this section of the website. I will keep the most recent news articles on my home page.
- Michael Weeden
MONDAY, SEPT. 26, UPDATE: 10 MORE STATE LAWMAKERS FOR ROMNEY. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has picked up the backing of 10 more New Hampshire state representatives, bring his total to 19.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, one of Romney's GOP presidential rivals, last week announced the endorsement of 27 state representatives.
Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said many of the endorsements to be announced later today were picked up following last Thursday's GOP presidential debate in Orlando, Fla.
“Our campaign has been getting a very strong response from New Hampshire Republican activists since last week's debate,” Williams said. “People were impressed with Governor Romney's command of the issues and disgusted with Governor Perry's support for taxpayer funded benefits for illegal immigrants.”
Endorsing Romney are Republican state John Tholl of Whitefield, Carl Seidel of Nashua, Ken Hawkins of Bedford, David Welch of Kingston, Barry Palmer of Nashua, John O'Connor of Derry, Robert Rowe of Amherst, Frank Sterling of Jaffrey, Molly Smith of Hooksett and Michael Weeden of Dover.
Tholl, a former Coos County Republican chairman, said Romney's debate performance last week “demonstrated that he is the only Republican capable of defeating” President Barack Obama and that Romney “is clearly head and shoulders above the rest of the field when it comes to understanding the free market and what it will take to put people back to work.”
The endorsements come on the heels of two polls last week showing Romney with a strong lead in New Hampshire.
A poll by Suffolk University showed Romney with 41 percent, followed by Ron Paul at 14 percent, Jon Huntsman at 10 percent and Perry at 8 percent.
A poll by Rasmussen Reports showed Romney with 39 percent, Perry with 18 percent and Paul with 13 percent.
Romney, Paul and Perry will return to New Hampshire this week.
Romney has scheduled his eleventh town hall since announcing his candidacy for Wednesday at 12 noon at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) at Saint Anselm College.
Paul will return on Thursday for a 6 p.m. house party in Derry.
On Friday, he will address a “Politics and Eggs” breakfast at NHIOP at 8 a.m., followed by an address to employees at the Lincoln Financial Group and a town hall at 7 p.m. with residents at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord.
Perry will be back in New Hampshire on Friday for a 6 p.m. town hall hosted by the Derry Republican Committee at the Adams Memorial Opera House.
On Saturday, Perry will appear at a town hall sponsored by the conservative issues group “We the People,” at 8 a.m. at the One Liberty Lane Conference Center in Hampton.
He will greet Republicans at the Atkinson Country Club at 10 a.m. and attend the Manchester Chili Fest at Veterans Park at 12:30 p.m.
Perry will then appear at a house party hosted by Ovide and Betty Lamontagne at 1 p.m. in Manchester.
I am excited to be coming home tomorrow! I miss Dover, NH! Hope you have all had a great month!
Over the past week I have received many emails expressing the need for "Caylee's law" in New Hampshire. This would make it a felony to not report your child missing within a designated period of time. I have talked with NH Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt, and he has assured me that similar legislation will be filed for the upcoming legislative session.
- Michael Weeden
I have been following the "Debt Limit" debate. I hope that both political parties can work together for the best interest of the Nation. This will greatly affect the citizens of New Hampshire.
I hope that you all have a wonderful July! The Legislature is currently on summer break, and I will be away for several weeks! I will continue to check my emails on a daily basis! Have fun and be safe!
- Michael Weeden
Today the NH general court passed the FY2012-2013 budget of $10.2 billion, a 8% decrease over the previous $11.1 billion budget. Although I was not happy with many aspects of the bill, I voted in support due to the essential need to cut spending in order to balance the state budget.
At the request of one of my constituents I am updating my website with new contact information. My email is email@example.com. I will try my best to answer as many emails as I possibly can. I receive over 100 emails each day which makes it nearly impossible to respond to each and every one. Also, please do not call my (603) 742-4009 number. It is not a good way to reach me. My new phone number is 603-312-2243. Thank you.
- Rep. Michael Weeden
This upcoming week the House of Representatives will vote to overturn Governor Lynch's veto of HB474. HB474 is relative to freedom of choice to join a labor union and eliminating the duty of a public employee labor organization to represent employees who elect not to join or pay dues or fees to the employee organization. There is going to be a rally in support of this bill at 8:00am on May 25th in front of the Capital building. I ask that all of you that can make it please show up in support for the bill!
I had the privilege of meeting with Presidential Hopeful and Businessman Donald Trump this afternoon. It was a great experience where we were able to discuss some of the important issues facing New Hampshire and the United States.
Over the past several months I have been contemplating running for a position on the Dover City Council. After talking with family and friends, I have decided that I will seek a position on the Dover City Council in the upcoming election. I will post more information soon.
GOP TAKES STAND ON BUDGET
“We have to make difficult choices in how we spend limited county tax revenues,” Rep. Weeden said. “This budget shows the GOP’s commitment to limiting the size of government and keeping taxes low.”
Since FY2000 the Strafford County budget has increased by over 160%, averaging 14.55% per year. “This increase in spending is unsustainable,” Rep. Kyle Jones said. “Difficult changes to our budget must be made to ensure that we remain fiscally sound at the county level.”
After hours of deliberation, a budget of $26,800,000 for FY2011 was adopted in a 18-16 partisan vote, an increase of 0.21% over FY2010. This resulted in a $725,326 cut to the county commissioners proposed $27.5 million budget. Representatives Naida Kaen and Sandra Keans were absent from the vote.
The votes were as follows:
Rep. Don Andolina (R) - yes Rep. Roger Berube (D) - no
Rep. Julie Brown (R) - yes Rep. Brendon Browne (D) - no
Rep Sam Cataldo (R) - yes Rep. Baldwin Domingo (D) - no
Rep. Susan Delumus (R) - yes Rep. Phil Ginsburg (D) - no
Rep. Warren Groen (R) - yes Rep. Anne Grassie (D) - no
Rep. Kyle Jones (R) - yes Rep. Roland Hofemann (D) - no
Rep. Laura Jones (R) - yes Rep. Dorothea Hooper (D) - no
Rep. Kirsten Larsen (R) - yes Rep. Timothy Horrigan (D) - no
Rep. Fred Leonard (R) - yes Rep. Marsha Pelletier (D) - no
Rep. Philip Munck (R) - yes Rep. Jenna Roberts (D) - no
Rep. Cliff Newton (R) - yes Rep. Peter Schmidt (D) - no
Rep. Bill O’Connor (R) - yes Rep. Dale Spainhower (D) - no
Rep. William Panek (R) - yes Rep. Judith Spang (D) - no
Rep. Robbie Parsons (R) - yes Rep. Dale Sprague (D) - no
Rep. Joseph Pitre (R) - yes Rep. Janet Wall (D) - no
Rep. Carol Vita (R) - yes Rep. David Watters (D) - no
Rep. Lou Vita (R) - yes
Rep. Michael Weeden (R) - yes
18 yes 16 no
• House budget spends $10.15 billion in total funds over the biennium, reducing over $742
million from the current budget spend, and $519 million less than the Governor’s budget.
• In general funds, the House budget spends $2.47 billion, $279 million less than the
current budget and $318 million less that the Governor’s budget, despite covering the
over $150 million in downshifting included in the Governor’s proposed budget.
• In education grants, the House budget sends $1.915 billion to communities, $4 million
more than the Governor’s budget, and $184 million more than the current budget.
• In addition to using reliable revenue figures supported by state agencies and historic
trends, the House budget closes a $47 million deficit from the current budget, bringing
the budget this legislature inherited back to balance.
TAXES AND FEES
• The House budget includes NO tax or fee increases.
• The House budget eliminates over $150 million in downshifting to local property
taxpayers included in the Governor’s budget.
• The House budget eliminates the gambling winnings tax that has actually reduced state
• The House budget cuts the state’s cigarette tax to restore the New Hampshire Advantage
and enhance cross-border sales.
• The House budget reduces business profits taxes for small businesses by providing
protection for reasonable compensation.
• The House budget includes a number of fee reductions, including fees on vital records
licenses, marriage licenses, pet store licenses, condominium applications and rooms and
RESTORES RAINY DAY FUND
• The House budget starts to rebuild the depleted Rainy Day Fund, currently at just $9.3
million, to $24 million at the end of the biennium.
• For any additional revenues above the plan, the House budget uses them for setting aside
to the Rainy Day Fund or additional tax relief
The past month has been an invigorating process. I have voted on hundreds of bills, maintaining my campaign promises to (1) cut taxes and fees, (2) limit the size of government, and (3) promote individual responsibility. In order to view my voting record please visit "The Issues" page.
On Saturday, March 26, 2011 @ 9am the Strafford Country delegation is meeting to vote on the Commissioners proposed budget for FY2011-2012. It currently seeks an increase of 2.92%.
I hope you have all been well this past week! I have been extremely busy at the NH Statehouse and the Strafford County delegation. Please visit "The Issues" link. I have updated with new bills that are currently being discussed in the legislature. After carefully reading each of the bills I have either "supported" or "opposed" the bills. This is my official stance on the issues, and how I will vote on each of the bills. I will continue to update this section of my website as more bills are discussed.
- Michael Weeden
Please visit "The Issues" link. I have updated with new bills that are currently being discussed in the legislature. After carefully reading each of the bills I have either "supported" or "opposed" the bills. This is my official stance on the issues, and how I will vote on each of the bills. I will continue to update this section of my website as more bills are discussed.
- Michael Weeden
Newly elected members of the Dover Republican Committee are, from the left, Robert McCrory (communications chair), Christopher Ayer (finance chair), Peter Angerhofer (treasurer), Chris Buck (chair), and Michael Weeden (vice chair).
I believe that it is important that New Hampshire becomes a "right to work" state. The "right to work" secures the right of an employee to decide whether or not to join or financially support a union. This promotes personal freedom in which each individual is free to join or refrain from joining unions. The states that have implemented "right to work" legislation are seeing economic growth and prosperity in their state. New Hampshire needs to lead the way in New England.
- Michael Weeden
WeedenPAC is now collecting donations! WeedenPAC is a Political Action Committee that I decided to start in order to support conservative candidates and causes in the New Hampshire seacoast region. WeedenPAC will be supporting individual conservative candidates in the upcoming election, along with local committees such as the Dover Republican Committee, Strafford Country Republican Committee, and many more. Your donation would greatly help in forwarding the conservative movement in our attempt to maintain low taxes, ensure limited government, restore personal freedom, and promote individual responsibility. In order to donate, please visit the "Donations" link at the top of the page, or by clicking "Donate" on the Sidebar.
- Michael Weeden
When: January 25, 2011 (5:30 pm)
Where: Top of the Chop Restaurant (One Orchard Street; Dover, NH)
Guest: State Senator Jeb Bradley, NHGOP Chairman Jack Kimball, Ovide Lamontagne
I am running for the Vice Chairmanship of the Dover Republican Committee.
Yesterday I had the honor of attending the 2011 NHGOP meeting in which we elected Jack Kimball as the GOP chair. I believe that he will do a great job at forwarding the Republican agenda in New Hampshire and will create a strong coalition of support for conservative candidates in 2012. I was also thrilled that Mitt Romney won the presidential straw poll conducted by ABC and WMUR with nearly 36% of the vote.
- Michael Weeden
Please visit "The Issues" link. I have posted all the current bills that are currently being discussed in the legislature. After carefully reading each of the bills I have either "supported" or "opposed" the bills. This is my official stance on the issues, and how I will vote on each of the bills. I will continue to update this section of my website as more bills are discussed.
- Michael Weeden
I am creating a Political action committee that will focus on supporting consevative candidates and causes in the New
Hampshire Seacoast region. On February 11, 2011 I plan to announce the first fundraising events.
- Michael Weeden
It has been a while since I have updated my website due to other responsibilities. I hope that all of you have been well and that you had a safe and enjoyable holiday season. I was recently placed on the Constitutional and Re-codification committee which is responsible for reviewing the constitutionality of bills. The current bill for debate in my committee is HB125 which exempts firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition manufactured in New Hampshire from federal law and regulation. I will continue to update you as to the progress of this bill. If you have any questions please contact me at my legislative email which is listed on the NH general court website (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Michael W. Weeden
I would like to personally thank each of you who have shown your support over the past several months and helped me to victory on November 2, 2010. Please continue to visit this website in the future as I will continue to update on current issues that I will be dealing with in the legislature.
- Michael W. Weeden
|Dover Ward 5||Dover Ward 6||Total|
|Michael W. Weeden (R)||669||925||1,594|
|Roland Hofemann (D)||718||805||1,523|
|Donald Andolina (R)||590||716||1,306|
|Dover Ward 5||Dover Ward 6||Total|
|Mark Ryder (D)||646||653||1,299|
|Kenneth Stanley (D)||649||637||1,286|
Today was a wonderful day to meet citizens of the local community and enjoy the 25th Annual Apple Harvest Day. We now have 31 days until the General Election! With your help, I hope to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the New Hampshire state house.
STATE REPRESENTATIVES - STRAFFORD COUNTY -- REPUBLICAN
District No. 6 (3) Andolina, r Weeden, r Hofemann,d Ryder, d Stanley, Jr., d Wood Scatter
Dover Ward 5 158 212 - - - 13 15
Dover Ward 6 199 283 - - - 15
TOTALS 357 495 0 0 0 28 20
|Dover Ward 5||Dover Ward 6||TOTALS||%|