Derek Dufresne
RightOn Strategies

(Manchester – April 22, 2013)
Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement in support of Senator Kelly Ayotte’s strong stance against S. 743, the Market Fairness Act, more appropriately known as the “Internet Sales Tax.” A vote on the legislation is expected later today.

Senator Ayotte’s stance can be viewed here:

This bill would require online businesses to collect taxes for other states and create an undue burden on small businesses located in states like New Hampshire, which do not have a sales tax. For online businesses that may have customers in many states, this could create additional costs or dedicate resources to this new requirement that they previously did not have to allocate resources to.  Despite the business not physically being in that state, these New Hampshire business owners would have to take on the role of tax collector to help collect revenue for other states.

Derek Dufresne, Spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:
“Granite Staters stand with Senator Kelly Ayotte and thank her for recognizing that this proposed legislation would have disastrous effects on small businesses in New Hampshire.

“An internet sales tax would jeopardize the New Hampshire advantage by making online businesses collect taxes for other states that are looking for additional revenue to solve their budget concerns. Senator Ayotte saw the harm this bill would cause to businesses in New Hampshire, pushed to prevent this bill from happening, and even sponsored the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act of 2013.  This is a Senator who is looking out for small businesses in New Hampshire and sees the values of standing up for Granite State businesses in Washington.”

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire encourages Granite Staters to call Sen. Kelly Ayotte and thank her for taking such a strong stand against legislation that would harm the New Hampshire advantage at 202-224-3324.

Paid for by Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, Inc.


Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at