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Tuesday
Apr152014

NHDP - Portsmouth Herald: Brown-bagging it on Granite State campaign trail

Key Points: “Granted, Brown's decision to tweak the state motto once more at his official announcement on Thursday was not a gaffe, but it did feel like the work of an intellectual lightweight in search of a sound bite… Really, Scott Brown? It's your big day. You're officially announcing your candidacy for the United States Senate. And this is your money line?”

“When Shaheen challenged him take the same pledge in 2014 — stop the presses — he declined. In the old days that was called flip-flopping. As in, he was for limiting the influence of deep-pocketed special interests launching attack ads before he was against it.”

“But I definitely don't want a senator who, when asked by The Associated Press whether his Bay State baggage might be a problem for Granite State voters, responded, ‘Do I have the best credentials? Probably not. Cause, you know, whatever.’"
 
 
Portsmouth Herald: Brown-bagging it on Granite State campaign trail

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20140413-OPINION-404130321
By John Breneman
April 13, 2014
PORTSMOUTH — Some say Scott Brown's bid to weasel his way back into the Senate by moving north from Massachusetts is doomed because Granite State voters will see him as a "carpetbagger."
 
But others feel New Hampshire may jump at the chance to elect a handsome pickup truck-driving senator who as a young man posed nude in Cosmopolitan and who even inspired a "Saturday Night Live" skit about how sexy he is (with "Mad Man" stud Jon Hamm playing Sen. Brown).
 
This means Jeanne Shaheen, whose deep Granite State political roots include three terms as governor prior to her 2008 election to the Senate, is not dealing with just any carpetbagger.
 
To paraphrase the esteemed political pundit Austin Powers: "He's a shagadelic carpetbagger, baby!"
 
Unfortunately for Brown — a one-time Republican rising star who famously won "Ted Kennedy's seat" in a 2010 special election before losing his job to Elizabeth Warren — his much-anticipated announcement Thursday night at the Sheraton in Portsmouth was preceded by several vintage gaffes.
 
"Live Free AND Die," Brown says in one video clip, butchering his new home state's signature motto, "Live Free or Die" — words that underscore New Hampshire's reputation for having a skeptical, independent-minded, politically savvy electorate.
 
Perhaps he was tired from his whirlwind move from Wrentham to Rye, but he's also on video telling a reporter he believes Granite State Republicans are thankful for his efforts to "raise awareness as to the issues that are affecting people not only here in Massachusetts, uh, in New Hampshire ...;"
 
Granted, Brown's decision to tweak the state motto once more at his official announcement on Thursday was not a gaffe, but it did feel like the work of an intellectual lightweight in search of a sound bite.
 
Playing off his top talking point — brain-dead blather about how Jeanne Shaheen and Barack Obama are destroying America and stealing our freedom by helping millions of people obtain health coverage — he dropped this zinger.
 
"It forces us to make a choice: Live free or log on."
 
"Guess what? In New Hampshire, we choose freedom."
 
Really, Scott Brown? It's your big day. You're officially announcing your candidacy for the United States Senate. And this is your money line?
 
I'm sure that will resonate with the tea-flavored Kool-Aid crowd, but I doubt most intelligent New Hampshire voters, whatever their political leanings, spend much time complaining about how Jeanne Shaheen is taking away their freedom.
 
According to a newspaper up in Coos County, Brown was visiting the home of GOP state Rep. Herb Richardson, railing about Obamacare being a horrific "monstrosity," when Richardson — a Republican, mind you — responded that the controversial law had been a "financial lifesaver" for him and his wife.
 
Now candidate Brown must be scrambling to figure out his position on New Hampshire's likely move to use governmental action to expand health coverage for lower-income residents. That's a big no-no for the folks most likely to pour millions into his campaign war chest, and for those looking to fund anti-Shaheen attack ads as Republicans try to reclaim a majority in the Senate.
 
But you can't fault Mr. Brown for putting most of his eggs in the "Obamacare is evil" basket.
 
After all, Obamacare has the word "Obama" in it. And in our current sickly dysfunctional political climate, all Republicans must vigorously oppose all things connected to Obama as anti-American, or risk being "primaried" by more conservative opponents.
 
At least that scheme tops the one he used the last time he tried to beat a woman for a Senate seat. Running in 2012 against Warren — a brilliant and passionate fighter for regular Americans in a system now rigged to benefit only the rich — his main strategy was to mock her for claiming she was part Native American. (Retroactive spoiler alert: She scalped him.)
 
In that race, Brown challenged Warren, and she agreed, to take a "People's Pledge" promising to limit the outsized, some say insidious, influence of corporate cash that has transformed modern-day politics.
 
When Shaheen challenged him take the same pledge in 2014 — stop the presses — he declined. In the old days that was called flip-flopping. As in, he was for limiting the influence of deep-pocketed special interests launching attack ads before he was against it.
 
Perhaps Scott Brown will pick up his game. He's trying to score a few Brownie points — reminding local folk that he was born at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Given his propensity for gaffes, I half expect him to share a heart-warming anecdote about going with his grandfather to open his first savings account at Strawberry Bank.
 
However, he still has a track record of odd statements that raise doubts about his honesty and intelligence, such as boasting that his experience in the Senate included "secret meetings" with "kings and queens."
 
Now, I don't want to be accused of stereotyping people who've posed for sexy pictures in national magazines. And perhaps it is not my place to suggest that in Mr. Brown's case, the emperor — I mean, former Massachusetts senator — has no clothes.
 
But I definitely don't want a senator who, when asked by The Associated Press whether his Bay State baggage might be a problem for Granite State voters, responded, "Do I have the best credentials? Probably not. Cause, you know, whatever."
 
My senator doesn't have to be an Einstein, but I do want representation in Washington from someone I believe is both smart and sincere.
 
Scott Brown seems like a very nice man with a very nice family. Nice pickup truck. Nice barn jacket. Nice smile. Nice carpet bag stuffed with tattered talking points and odd remnants.
 
But for me, perhaps the biggest question about Scott Brown — that rare politician to successfully transition from stripping for Cosmo to posing for Politico — is this.
 
How did he get those chiseled, super PAC abs?
 
Herald columnist and copy editor John Breneman can be reached at jbreneman@seacoastonline.com(Twitter: @MrBreneman).

 

Tuesday
Apr152014

Brown For US Senate - MEMO: Jeanne Shaheen’s Obamacare Tax Hikes 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: Colin Reed, Campaign Manager, Scott Brown For Senate

Re: Jeanne Shaheen’s Obamacare Tax Hikes

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014

With tomorrow's tax filing deadline looming, the burden of paying for bigger and bigger government becomes front and center on the minds of all Americans.  In 2013, New Hampshire taxpayers worked until April 15 to pay off their total tax bill for the year, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation. That means up to this point, every dollar earned by the people of New Hampshire has gone to pay for government. Only on April 16 do they start working for themselves.
 
How has Senator Jeanne Shaheen responded to this rising tax burden? She has voted to raise taxes even higher.
 
When Senator Shaheen cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, she not only imposed a flawed health care system on New Hampshire, she also imposed $500 billion in new or higher taxes that will affect individuals and businesses, hurting jobs and the economy.  Among the Obamacare tax hikes are higher Medicare and investment income taxes, a new medical device tax, and higher taxes on brand name drugs and premium health care plans. Jeanne Shaheen even voted to impose a new tax on tanning salons. 
 
Obamacare is not only bad for New Hampshire's health care system; its slew of tax hikes are also a major drag on the state's economy.  Among the barrage of tax increases Jeanne Shaheen supported as part of Obamacare are (courtesy of Americans For Tax Reform):


$123 Billion: Surtax on Investment Income: A new 3.8 percent surtax on investment income earned in households making at least $250,000 ($200,000 single). This would result in the following top tax rates on investment income:

 

  Capital Gains Dividends Other
2012 15% 15% 35%
2013+ 23.8% 43.4% 43.4%

 
$86 Billion: Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax: Current law and changes:

 
  First $200,000
($250,000 Married)
Employer/Employee

 
All Remaining Wages
Employer/Employee

 
Current Law

1.45%/1.45%
2.9% self-employed

 


1.45%/1.45%
2.9% self-employed

 
Obamacare Tax Hike 1.45%/1.45%
2.9% self-employed
1.45%/2.35%
3.8% self-employed

 
 
$60.1 Billion: Tax on Health Insurers: Annual tax on the industry imposed relative to health insurance premiums collected that year.  Phases in gradually until 2018.  Fully-imposed on firms with $50 million in profits.

$32 Billion: Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans: Starting in 2018, new 40 percent excise tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans ($10,200 single/$27,500 family).  Higher threshold ($11,500 single/$29,450 family) for early retirees and high-risk professions.  CPI +1 percentage point indexed.
 
$23.6 Billion: “Black liquor” tax hike: This is a tax increase on a type of bio-fuel. 
 
$22.2 Billion: Tax on Innovator Drug Companies: $2.3 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to share of sales made that year. 
 
$20 Billion: Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers: Medical device manufacturers employ 360,000 people in 6,000 plants across the country. This law imposes a new 2.3% excise tax.  Exempts items retailing for <$100. 
 
$15.2 Billion: High Medical Bills Tax: Currently, those facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction for medical expenses to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI).  The new provision imposes a threshold of 10 percent of AGI. Waived for 65+ taxpayers in 2013-2016 only. 
 
$13.2 Billion: Flexible Spending Account Cap – aka “Special Needs Kids Tax”: Imposes cap on FSAs of $2500 (now unlimited).  Indexed to inflation after 2013. There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children.  There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education.  Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education

$5 Billion: Medicine Cabinet Tax: Americans no longer able to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin). 
 
$4.5 Billion: Elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D 

$4.5 Billion: Codification of the “economic substance doctrine”: This provision allows the IRS to disallow completely-legal tax deductions and other legal tax-minimizing plans just because the IRS deems that the action lacks “substance” and is merely intended to reduce taxes owed.
 
$2.7 Billion: Tax on Indoor Tanning Services: New 10 percent excise tax on Americans using indoor tanning salons. 
 
$1.4 Billion: HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike: Increases additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent. 
 
$0.6 Billion: $500,000 Annual Executive Compensation Limit for Health Insurance Executives        

Tuesday
Apr152014

Brown For US Senate - PROMINENT CONSERVATIVE ACTIVIST MAUREEN MOONEY ENDORSES SCOTT BROWN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maureen Mooney: Scott Brown Endorsement
Editorial, Merrimack Patch
April 14, 2014

MERRIMACK - 2012 was a difficult year for New Hampshire. The two-party system evaporated and gains made in 2010 were erased.  Our state returned to where we were after defeats in 2006 and 2008 (i.e., bigger government all at the direct expense of our small business-based economy). I think that 2014 can be different, and Scott Brown is the reason why I still believe we can turn things around. I’m pleased to endorse him in the 2014 Republican Primary for U.S. Senate.  

It is no exaggeration to say that Senator Shaheen’s voting record since taking office in 2008 has dispelled the myth that she is (or ever was) a thoughtful moderate who votes based on the issues and what is best for New Hampshire. Instead, her votes are partisan and consistently in line with Harry Reid and President Obama 99% of the time. Without doing the slightest bit of independent research or critical thought, on October 15, 2009, Senator Shaheen took to the Senate floor to echo the President that Obamacare would not require insured people to change plans or doctors, and that Obamacare would increase competition and lower costs. In 2010, when it became clear that the President’s promises of 2008 and 2009 were false, she again toed the party line and voted against sensible, moderate legislation which would have prevented the disruptions that 20,000 of her constituents recently experienced as Obamacare was implemented. Scott Brown knew better in 2010, and he knows better now.

Independent, common sense leadership requires standing up for your constituents when your party bosses are in the wrong. Senator Shaheen failed that test when she blindly repeated lies in 2009, and refused to be part of the solution in 2010, and had no explanation in 2013-2014. When Scott sees a problem, his first instinct is and always has been to use all of his skills to do the best he can for the people he represents, not his party leaders. Candidly, as a long-term Republican activist and a former elected official, there are votes he made as a U.S. Senator which I would have made differently. However, in that case and every other case, he will talk with any constituent, any time, for as long as it takes, and fully explain what he did, why he did it, and admit it if he made a mistake. Can we say the same for Senator Shaheen?   

After sitting down with Scott Brown and his wife, I am convinced that he is dedicated to getting this country back on track, and that he can win this election.  His time in the Senate demonstrated his commitment to prohibiting earmarks, reducing taxes, repealing Obamacare, and protecting religious liberty. In my view, he is best situated to defeat Senator Shaheen and return to the U.S. Senate representing New England’s last, best hope for common sense—the state of New Hampshire.
Tuesday
Apr152014

Guinta For Congress - Team Guinta Locks Down More Grassroots Support

From Frank's Desk

As election season begins to pick up steam, so too does Team Guinta's March into April. This morning we are proud to release yet another list of leaders from around the District. This marks the seventh such list.

Frank Guinta released the following statement:

"The foundation of our campaign continues to be strengthened with the addition of local, county and statewide leaders, like the ones released today. The benefit of a grassroots campaign is the buy-in and collaboration that comes from their years of institutional knowledge, and Team Guinta will benefit greatly from this. It is going to take a District wide effort to win this fall, and this is a clear indication that we will have the infrastructure in place to do just that."

Selectman Fred Kelley, Candia
Representative Bob Fesh, Derry
School Board Member, Kent Nolan, Goffstown
Representative Kevin St. James, Kingston
Former State Senate Candidate Christian Callahan, Portsmouth
Selectman David Canada, Stratham
Small Business Owner, Gail Harrington, South Hampton
Fire Chief, Louis Brunelle, Sandwich
Police Chief, Daniel Poirier, Tamworth
Former Town Councilor, Marty Bove, Londonderry
Honorable Laurie Pettengill, Bartlett
Former Selectman, Brenda Copp, Sandown
Conservative Activist Bernie McKay, Rochester
School Board Member, UNH Wrestling Coach Henry Marsh, North Hampton
Zoning Board Member, Craig Niiler, Freedom
City Councilor Ralph Torr, Rochester
Selectman Matt Scruton, Farmington
Selectman Amanda Soares, Candia
Selectman Stephen Landau, Chester
Former Alderman,Tom Robert, Manchester
NHGOP Committee Member, Elena Ball, Center Barnstead
Selectman Mark Carpenter, Nottingham
Selectman Arthur Capello, Rochester
Selectman Bob Freeman, Ossipee
Road Agent, Fred Clough, Wakefield



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Tuesday
Apr152014

CEI - Bogus science claims from White House prompt CEI request for correction

The White House got it wrong. But the good news is they have a chance to set the record straight.

The trouble started when the White House put out a two-minute video that included claims that recent cold spells in the U.S. are linked to global warming. CEI attorneys Sam Kazman and Hans Bader today filed a formal request under the Information Quality Act for the White House to correct the erroneous claims in question:

"In reality, as we explain below, the evidence (including the conclusions of peer-reviewed scholarly articles) indicates that the kind of extreme cold experienced in the United States this past winter is not linked to global warming."

For example: "[White House Science Advisor John] Holdren’s claim of 'a growing body of evidence' is contradicted by recent peer-reviewed studies. These studies find that that global warming is not leading to increased atmospheric winter blocking, much less causing an increase in winter cold waves or cold weather."

View a write up of the matter on Globalwarming.org and posted below, along with a link to the request letter. Let me know if you would like to speak to one of the attorneys about this issue, or perhaps forward to a colleague?

Best,
Christine
CEI Communications Director
202.331.2258


Globalwarming.org

Will Cherry Blossoms Get Sucked into the Polar Vortex?
By Sam Kazman


DC’s cherry trees hit their official peak blossom date last Thursday, April 10th.  That’s the latest in the year that the Capital has experienced peak blossoming in over two decades.  (For you botanical historians, the last time that peak blossoming occurred this late or later was in 1993, when the event fell on April 11.)

In 2013 the blossoms were almost as late, hitting their peak on April 9.  That was a pretty dramatic change from 2012, when the date fell on March 20. This change was most disconcerting to two groups: tourists trying to plan their trips to DC in advance, and global warming alarmists who trumpeted every earlier-than-expected cherry blossom as yet further proof of global warming.  In fact, in a sizzling multi-part blog post series last year, followed by dozens of readers, we charted peak blossom dates against global warming data.  We even had graphs.  (See Adam Sandberg, Peak Bloom Is Here – DC’s Global Warming Canary Lands with Frost on its Feet, April 15, 2013.)

The past two years of unusually late blooms largely resulted from unusually cold weather.  But unusually cold weather, in the view of White House Science Advisor John Holdren, is actually yet another sign of global warming.  Holdren explained this to a freezing yet grateful nation in a two-minute video last January entitled The Polar Vortex Explained in 2 Minutes.

We suspect that Holdren’s agency, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), may now have a second video in the works in this Blame-Everything-On-Global-Warming series.  Perhaps they’ll call it Delayed Peak Blossoming Explained in 2 Minutes.

Regardless, we think Holdren’s first video is scientifically bogus, and so today we’re filing a formal Information Quality Act Correction Request with OSTP on that very issue.  Who knows—we may yet nip this video series in the bud.