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AUL - Ads Target 12 Congressional Races




WASHINGTON, D.C. – (10-05-10) – AUL Action’s $600,000 “Life Counts” campaign – which combines online grassroots organizing, a radio ad campaign, and email blasts to twelve districts – will reach out to voters in the closing weeks of the 2010 election cycle, holding politicians responsible for their support of taxpayer-funded abortion established in President Obama’s new health care law. “Life Counts” is a targeted effort to remind voters in key battleground districts where their candidates stand on this critical issue.

“Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to taxpayer-funded abortion,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of AUL Action. “Candidates who supported the largest expansion of federal funding of abortion ever are going to find out that in this election, Life Counts.”




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Baron Hill             



Chris Carney           



John Boccieri           



Tom Perriello     



John Spratt             



Bob Etheridge         



Paul Kanjorski  



Alan Grayson         



Kathy Dahlkemper  



Joyce Elliot (OPEN)



John Salazar



Joe Donnelly           


For more information on how President Obama’s health care reform funds abortion, despite claims to the contrary, please see the analysis by AUL’s  legal team here. To learn more about “Life Counts” and hear the radio spots – click here.


NRSC - Too Little, Too Late 

NRSC Calls On Granite Staters To Fire Paul Hodes As He Launches New “Turn Up The Heat On Washington” Tour

WASHINGTON – As liberal U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) launches his desperate tour to “turn up the heat on Washington,” the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) asks: Where was this so-called “heat” while Hodes was rubberstamping his party’s reckless spending agenda during two terms in Congress?

Hodes, who has trailed fiscally responsible Republican nominee Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) in more than 20 public surveys since June 2009, is vying for a promotion to the U.S. Senate after eagerly rubberstamping his party’s out-of-control economic policies in Congress. Hodes voted for the failed $787 billion stimulus debacle, which a new poll found over two-thirds of Americans rightfully believe was a waste. And Hodes championed his party’s massive health spending bill, which a new report found will force 22,000 seniors in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine out of their Medicare advantage insurance plans at the end of this year.

In more bad news for Hodes, a new WMUR Granite State survey today found, “half of New Hampshire residents don't approve of President Barack Obama’s job performance… The poll found that approval among independents dropped from 47 percent in July to 42 percent last month… The poll found fewer people approve of Obama's handling of the economy and health care.”

 “Evidently it took more than 20 consecutive public surveys to make Paul Hodes realize that Granite State voters disapprove of his job performance in Congress, but his lip service about ‘turning up the heat on Washington’ is simply too little, too late,” said NRSC Press Secretary Amber Marchand. “Voters will have a chance to turn up the heat on Paul Hodes this November when they elect Kelly Ayotte to the U.S. Senate.”

NRSC Website



Daily News from the Veterans Today Network

Chuck Palazzo
Sen. Harkin Hails VA Decision to Review Previously Denied Agent Orange Benefits for Vietnam Veterans With "Brown Water" Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) applauded the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for its decision this week to review the cases of 17,000 "Brown Water" and other Vietnam-era veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange. "Brown Water" vets are those who served in the inlets and inland waterways of Vietnam, where the use of Agent Orange was prevalent, while a "Blue Water" classification denotes service outside of affected areas. Senator Harkin, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, is a cosponsor of S. 1939, the Agent Orange Equity Act, which was designed to address cases of veterans who served in inland waterways and other areas of Vietnam who were denied benefits despite evidence of Agent Orange exposure.

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SEIA® Statement on First Permits for Utility Scale-Solar on Public Lands


DOI Clears Way for Construction of Imperial Valley and Lucerne Valley Solar Projects

Announcements show yet again that solar is working for America

Washington, DC – Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) president and CEO Rhone Resch today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Interior gave its "Record of Decision" and "Notice to Proceed" for Tessera Solar's Imperial Valley Solar Project (709 megawatt dish-engine) and Chevron Energy Solutions' Lucerne Valley Solar Project (45 megawatt PV) to begin construction:

"Today marks a major milestone in advancing utility-scale solar power on public lands. These decisions by the Department of the Interior are supported by the vast majority of Americans, who want the federal government to use our public lands for generating clean, reliable solar energy.

"These projects will create hundreds of new construction jobs in areas of the country that have record unemployment. Solar is showing there is a better, cleaner and more reliable way to meet our energy needs that creates economic opportunity while protecting our environment. Solar is indeed working for America."


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Tip: We expect more announcements like this in the coming weeks. See SEIA's tip sheet for more info. Utility-Scale Solar Press Tip Sheet:

BLM Permitting Fact Sheet:

3 out of 4 Americans support utility-scale solar on public lands:

SEIA® Major Solar Projects List:

Department of Interior Statement:

Imperial Valley Project Fact Sheet:

Lucerne Valley Project Fact Sheet:

About SEIA®:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is working to build a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA® works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Learn more at

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SEIA® President & CEO Rhone Resch is on Twitter. SEIA® is on YouTube and Facebook.


SEIA Statement on Obama's Decision to Install Solar on White House


Solar Energy Industries Association Statement on
Return of Cost-saving Solar Energy to the White House
SEIA® president Rhone Resch appealed directly to President Obama earlier in year
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®), released the following statement about today’s announcement that the Obama Administration plans to install photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House:
“Putting solar on the roof of the nation’s most important home is a powerful symbol calling on all Americans to rethink how we create energy. It’s an example of how each one of us can improve energy security, employ Americans and cut energy costs. I can speak from personal experience that taxpayers will benefit. In the four years since I’ve had solar on my house, I’ve gotten a better return on my solar system than on my 401(k).”

® has been working with the Obama Administration to install money-saving solar energy on government buildings across the country.
“Earlier this year, in a meeting with President Obama in the Rose Garden, I had the opportunity to point out to the President the large amount of available roof space on top of the White House, baking in the sun,” Resch notes about his direct appeal to President Obama to put solar back on the White House at an Earth Day ceremony in April. This appeal has been echoed by thousands of Americans across the country.
The Obama family joins the Resch family and hundreds of thousands of Americans who have already gone solar, including dozens of members of Congress, former presidential advisors like Reagan Secretary of State George Shulz and former CIA director James Woolsey.
“Right now, solar energy is being manufactured in the United States. It is being installed on tens of thousands of homes each year across the nation in all 50 states. And it is creating jobs for hundreds of thousands of Americans. Obama’s decision to install solar on the White House is a prominent example of how solar is working for America today.”