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Saturday
Apr252009

DNC Announces“100 Days Of No” Website

DNC Announces“100 Days Of No” Website Pointing To Nearly 100 Days of "No" Votes, No New Ideas and No New Leadership From The Republican Party

Website Features Videos, Headlines, Quotes and Votes From The Party Of No

Visit “100 Days Of No” Website: http://www.democrats.org/page/content/100daysofno

 

 

Washington, D.C. – The Democratic National Committee announced a new website today detailing the just say no approach of the Republican Party over the last 100 days to the President's efforts to jump start the economy, create jobs and make important reforms to and investments in energy, health care and education. The “100 Days of No” website features statements and videos of various Republican leaders, including Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Eric Cantor, their strategy of saying No, as well as recent polls showing that the American people have unequivocally rejected the Republicans’ ‘just say no’ approach.

“Instead of spending the first 100 days of the Obama administration working with Democrats to secure a more stable future for our country, the Republicans have chosen to follow the likes of Dick Cheney and Karl Rove and to demonstrate a style of reflexive partisanship and obstruction that does not serve anyone well, including themselves,” said DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse. “Lacking a clear message and devoid of new ideas, the GOP has not only become the ‘Party of No,’ but also the 'Party of No New Ideas' and No New Leaders."

Yesterday, the DNC released its latest in a series of Party of No web videos entitled "100 Days of No" chronicling 100 days of GOP obstruction and the party's failure to offer constructive alternatives to the President's plans. In that time:

* Republicans voted en masse against the President's economic recovery package, his ground breaking budget and against legislation to provide health care to four million children and ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.

* Republican leader Eric Cantor said that the GOP strategy on the President's economic recovery package was "just saying no"

* Republican leader John Boehner said his members should get it out of their heads that they are legislators

* A prominent Republican Senator, Judd Gregg, said that Republicans had no responsibility to offer plans of their own but to instead criticize the President's

* Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said that Republicans would not offer their own budget plan but instead would only offer "amendments"

The Party of No may have enjoyed it most infamous moment when it unveiled what it referred to as a budget with no numbers and no revenue or spending estimates (see the DNC web video "The Number Zero")

As a result of Republicans saying “no” for “no’s” sake, public support for Republicans has plummeted:

AP Poll: 65% Of Americans Think That Republicans In Congress Are not Doing Enough To Cooperate With President Obama To Solve The Country’s Economic Problems. According to an AP Poll, 65% of Americans think that Republicans in Congress are not doing enough to cooperate with President Obama to solve the country’s economic problems. [AP Poll, 4/23/09, http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/AP-GfK_Poll_Topline_April_2009.pdf]

AP Poll: 65% Of Americans Disapprove Of The Way Republicans In Congress Are Handling The Economy. According to an AP Poll, only 29% of Americans approve of the way Republicans in Congress are handling the economy and 65% of Americans disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are handling the economy. In February, the same AP poll found 33% approval and 59% disapproval for the same question. [AP Poll, 4/23/09, http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/AP-GfK_Poll_Topline_April_2009.pdf]

Pew Poll: 70 Percent Say They Have Confidence In Obama on the Economy, But only 38 Percent Say the Same about the Congressional GOP. A Pew Poll found that, “When it comes to economic policy, Obama inspires substantially more confidence than do congressional leaders of either party. Seven-in-ten (70%) say they have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in Obama when it comes to fixing the economy...And Republican leaders in Congress fare even worse – just 38% say they are confident in the Republicans when it comes to fixing the economy, while most (57%) say they have not too much confidence or no confidence at all in their abilities.” [Pew Poll, 4/8/09]


ABC News Poll: Obama Has a 33 Point Advantage In Trust Over Republicans in Congress to Handle the Economy. “Obama retains a broad 58-25 percent advantage in trust over the Republicans in Congress to handle the economy. That’s numerically the lowest preference for the out-party vs. the incumbent president in ABC/Post polls since 1991.” [ABC News/Washington Post poll, 3/31/09]

New York Times Poll: Obama Has a 43 Point Advantage Over Congressional Republicans on Trust to Guide the Country’s Economy. According to a CBS New/New York Times poll, “by more than three to one, most trust the President (63%), not Republicans in Congress (20%) to guide the country’s economy.” [CBS New/New York Times Poll, 4/6/09]

CNN Poll: 61% Of Americans Believe That Republicans In Congress Are Not Doing Enough To Cooperate With President Obama. According to a CNN Poll, 61% of Americans believe that Republicans in Congress are not doing enough to cooperate with President Obama versus 37% that do. [CNN, 4/3/09-4/5/09, http://www.pollster.com/blogs/CNN090405.pdf]

NBC/WSJ Poll: 56% Believe Republicans Opposed President Obama’s Economic Agenda To Gain Political Advantage. “Polls show that a majority of voters like Obama’s attempts to establish bipartisan cooperation and say McConnell’s Republicans are playing politics. In a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, 56 percent said Republicans were opposing Obama to gain political advantage; just 30 percent thought they were standing on principle.” [Bloomberg, 3/11/09]

 

Saturday
Apr252009

SEIU - NH Taxpayers to Demonstrate at Bank of America

 

Granite Staters to Call on Senator Judd Gregg to

Demand Accountability from Bank of America

 

CONCORD, NH - On Tuesday, April 28, thousands of taxpayers will take part in actions at Bank of America branches across the country to collect and deliver “Taxpayer Proxies” demanding the bank fire CEO Ken Lewis and commit to financial reform that puts consumers and workers ahead of profits.

 

The proxy actions take place on the eve of Bank of America’s annual shareholder meeting in Charlotte. After receiving $45 billion in bailout funds from politicians like Senator Gregg, taxpayers have become the largest shareholders of Bank of America and are demanding that their voices be heard.

 

Working families in Manchester, Nashua, Hanover, and Exeter will join together to demand that Bank of America act to fire CEO Ken Lewis and put an end to his failed policies which have hurt workers and consumers alike. Protesters will call on Senator Judd Gregg, the only sitting member of New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation who voted for the bailouts, to join them in holding Bank of America accountable.

 

WHO: New Hampshire working families

 

WHAT: “Taxpayer Proxy” action to call on Senator Judd Gregg to hold Bank of America accountable: fire Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis and end failed policies that enrich CEOs at everyone else’s expense.

 

WHERE: Bank of America Locations

1155 Elm Street, Manchester

63 S. Main Street, Hanover

157 Main Street, Nashua

60 Portsmouth Avenue, Exeter

 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 12pm

 

For more information on actions happening across the country, please visit www.TakeBackTheEconomy.org

 

Friday
Apr242009

NH Commonsense - NH Senate Committee Passes Medical Marijuana Bill, 4-1 

Bill Heads to Full Senate with Committee's Recommendation to Pass

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — The New Hampshire Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 4-1 today to recommend passage of a bill that would protect seriously ill patients from arrest for using medical marijuana with their doctor's recommendation.

Last month, the bill, HB 648, passed in the full House in a bipartisan 234-138 vote that included 45 Republicans. Today's vote came after the committee heard hours of testimony last week from patients, lawmakers and members of the law enforcement community who favored the bill.

"This vote shows that the committee listened to patients like me and understood that we aren’t criminals," said Clayton Holton, a Somersworth resident who uses medical marijuana to treat symptoms of muscular dystrophy. "I can only hope the full Senate takes the committee's lead and passes this bill."

Thirteen states already have similar laws allowing patients with certain life-threatening or debilitating conditions to use medical marijuana if their doctor recommends it. Michigan became the latest last November when 63 percent of the state's voters passed a medical marijuana ballot initiative. In the 11 states that have had medical marijuana laws long enough to collect data on youth marijuana use rates, all have seen those rates decline since establishing such a law. In some, including California – whose law is far looser than the bill under consideration in the New Hampshire Senate – that decline has been dramatic.

"When the full Senate takes up this bill, they can be sure they're considering one of the most tightly written, carefully controlled medical marijuana laws in the nation," said Matt Simon, executive director of NH Common Sense. "There is absolutely no reason we can't protect our most vulnerable, suffering citizens who rely on doctor-recommended medical marijuana. If the full Senate considers the same evidence that was heard by this committee, we trust that it will also decide that these seriously ill patients aren’t criminals."

The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) and Sen. John Gallus (R-Berlin). A 2008 Mason-Dixon poll showed that 71 percent of state voters support such a law, including the majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

Friday
Apr242009

Cornerstone Policy Research - Breaking News on Marriage and Bathroom Bills

***Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted by a vote of 3-2 to NOTrecommendtheGenderless Marriage Bill***

***The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-0 to NOT recommend the 'Bathroom Bill'***

The Senators voting AGAINST Same-sex marriage were:
Senator Letourneau - 271-2118
Senator Roberge - 472-8391
Senator Reynolds - 536-5553

The Senators Voting for Same-sex Marriage were:
Senator Lasky - 888-5557
Senator Houde - 504-2744

Please call and THANK the Senators who votedTO PROTECT MARRAIGEfor listening to the MAJORITY of NH Citizens!

The next step is that the FULL SENATE will vote on the recommendations of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

IT IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO CONTACT YOUR SENATOR TODAY AND ASK THEM TO UPHOLD THE COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATIONS!!

Write Your Senator HERE

Call you Senator by looking up their number HERE

We're almost there - don't let up now!!!

Friday
Apr242009

Bradley For State Senate - Thank You 

What a great victory we had on Tuesday. It was obvious from the election results that people have had enough of what is going on in Concord -- the taxes, the spending, and the passage of legislation on social issues that do not reflect our New Hampshire values.

Yesterday I went to the statehouse to join my new colleagues and to roll up my sleeves and get to work! I am hoping that the official swearing in will happen in the next few days but I'll keep you posted.

Most importantly, I want to thank you for all the support you have given me to make this campaign successful. The many volunteer hours you spent phone banking, going door to door, poll standing, and the financial help made this a true grassroots victory, and for that I am truly grateful. Together, we made a strong statement -- that we didn't like the direction the state was going in and we wanted to change it!

As I begin my work in the state senate, I will keep you posted on what is happening. The website, JebforStateSenate.com will remain up and active, and as we move forward, please give me your thoughts and comments so I can represent your concerns in the Senate.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you again for your friendship and support.

Best,

Jeb

P.S. There is another opportunity to make a difference and help put a stop to the radical social and tax agenda of the Democrats, there is another special election on Tuesday April 28th for the State Legislature in Rockingham County District 4 representing Salem and Windham. Our Republican Candidate Marilinda Garcia needs your help. I am going to do everything I can to help send Marilinda to Concord because I know we can count on her to be a str ong voice in the NH House for lower taxes, lower spending and traditional family values. Please join me in supporting Marilinda for the State Legislature. Please visit her website here and consider making a contribution to her campaign, or contact BJ Perry at (603)225-9341 to volunteer. Marilinda needs help going door to door and phone banking, another Republican victory will send a clear signal to the Democrats that enough is enough and bring us one step closer to regaining a Republican majority in Concord!