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Thursday
Oct022014

NHDP - ICYMI: "Scott Brown: Birth Control and Equal Pay Are Not 'Issues That People Care About'"

"Once again Scott Brown has made it painfully obvious that New Hampshire women can't count on him to recognize issues that matter to them, let alone stand up for them," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "The message women across New Hampshire are hearing is loud and clear: Scott Brown isn't on our side." 

 

Huffington Post: Scott Brown: Birth Control and Equal Pay Are Not 'Issues That People Care About'

New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown avoided talking about his record on reproductive rights and equal pay in a Tuesday appearance on Fox News by suggesting that nobody cares about those issues.

Fox News host Gretchen Carlson asked Brown to address comments from his opponent, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), about his voting record.

"He doesn’t stand up for women’s reproductive rights and economic security," Carlson quoted Shaheen as saying. "He co-sponsored legislation to let employers deny women coverage for birth control or even mammograms. He had two opportunities to vote for equal pay laws and both times he voted no."

"So Senator, how do you respond to her claims?" Carlson asked.

"Well unfortunately, I’m talking about issues that people care about," Brown fired back.

A spokesperson for EMILY's List, a progressive women's PAC that is supporting Shaheen, challenged the premise that voters don't care about these issues.

"The research in 2014 shows really clearly that voters care about women's economic security, and their access to birth control and abortion - which are hardly two separate issues," said Jess McIntosh, communications director for EMILY's List. "It seems like dismissing the top concerns of swing voters 34 days before the election is a bad electoral strategy, but it looks like the one Republican candidates are going with."

An August poll by American Women found that women's health and economic security are top motivating issues for swing and drop-off voters this cycle.

When Brown was in the Senate representing Massachusetts, he co-sponsored a billwith Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) that would have allowed employers to opt out of providing any aspect of health care coverage to which they morally object, including birth control. Brown also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would require employers to prove that any discrepancies in pay between male and female employees are based on experience or performance, not gender.

But now, in his New Hampshire Senate race, Brown has avoided addressing those issues. He punted a question about equal pay in a September interview with New Hampshire Public Radio. Asked why he thinks the gender wage gap persists and how he and other Republican candidates would try to close it, Brown replied, "Well, I’ll leave that to the political pundits."

"I know that I have a house full of women," he said. "Three overachieving, hard-charging, accomplished women, two of which are independent and obviously following their career paths, of which I have supported along with Gail.

"That being said, we need to do everything and anything we can to make sure that they and others have opportunities to achieve that balance, being a mom — having it all — and obviously, having a career," he added.

Brown is not the only Republican candidate in New Hampshire to suggest that people don't care about reproductive rights. State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, who is running for Congress in New Hampshire's 2nd District, said in a radio interview this week that only "two percent" of voters in her district care about social issues like abortion, birth control and equal pay, and that Democrats are using those issues as "scare tactics" to sway women.

Garcia opposes legal abortion and wrote on her 2012 campaign site that she supports "clarifying the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections as applicable to unborn children." The site has since been taken down.

Wednesday
Sep242014

NHDP - NHGOP Platform: Make Abortion and Contraception Illegal, Support “Personhood,”

Manchester, NH—The platform of the New Hampshire Republican Party, approved this weekend, would make abortion—with no exceptions even for rape, incest, or the life of the mother — and many common forms of  birth control illegal, and roll back marriage equality. 
 
“New Hampshire Republicans would make abortion illegal, and make illegal many common forms of birth control.  The NHGOP thinks they should make the decisions for women about birth control and abortion,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “They’re endorsing the most extreme, most restrictive, most offensive views of right-wing Tea Party fanatics.  It’s an outrageous attack that New Hampshire women will remember on Election Day.
 
“But that’s not all. The Republican platform also would end marriage equality, making same-sex couples second-class citizens. It’s wrong, and a step backward that the people of New Hampshire will not tolerate."
 
The new NHGOP platform reads, "Support the pre-born child’s fundamental right to life and personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment, and implement all Constitutional and legal protections.” 
 
It continues, “Recognize marriage as the legal and sacred union between one man and one woman as ordained by God, encouraged by the State, traditional to humankind, and the core of the Family.”

Wednesday
Sep242014

DNC - #GOPRebrand on display in New Hampshire 

New Hampshire Republican Party adds 'personhood' to official platform

Washington examiner // REBECCA BERG | SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 | 6:20 PM 

 

The New Hampshire Republican Party amended its platform this weekend with stricter abortion provisions, including support for "personhood," which defines life as beginning at conception.

Personhood has become a hot-button issue in Senate races across the country this year, such as Colorado, where Democrats have successfully attacked Rep. Cory Gardner for having supported such a measure in the past.

Now, the issue could spread to New Hampshire, following the state party's decision at its convention.

The platform now states: "Support the unborn child's fundamental right to life and establish that, in NH law, personhood begins at conception."

It adds: “Support a Life at Conception Act guaranteeing the protections of Life and Personhood to the pre-born under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”

The platform previously supported "implement(ing) all possible legal protections" and acknowledged the "unborn child's fundamental right to life."

The new wording was proposed by Walt Stapleton, a New Hampshire small business owner, and approved by a voice vote with little discussion. Stapleton confirmed to theWashington Examiner that he proposed the amendment.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who is running for re-election against Republican Scott Brown, indicated in a statement Monday that she now plans to make personhood, and its place in the state GOP's platform, an issue in the campaign.

"The message from Scott Brown and his Republican Party is disturbing, alarming and clear: they believe they should make the decisions about birth control and health care for women in New Hampshire and around the country," Shaheen said. "They are dangerously wrong, and by signing on with Tea Party extremists, they're showing just how irresponsibly out of touch they are with the needs and rights of women."

Brown's campaign and the state Republican party did not respond to requests for comment. Brown has described himself in the past as "pro-choice" on abortions.

Steve Duprey, who has run many Republican campaigns in New Hampshire, predicted Republicans, including Brown, would not be greatly hindered by the new platform. "I know very few Republicans that support every plank of the platform," Duprey said.

But personhood, which would ban all abortions without exception and limit access to birth control, has already become an issue in other races this year. In Colorado, Gardner has attempted to distance himself from his past support for the provision, but Democrats have nevertheless spent millions of dollars on advertisements emphasizing the opposite.

Sunday
Aug172014

Smith For US Senate - TODAY: Women for Bob Smith Pro-Life Rally in Concord 

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Women for Bob Smith Pro-Life Rally in Concord

 
If you care about the lives of unborn babies, please plan on attending the Pro-Life Candidates Stand for Life Rally TODAY Sunday, August 17 in the plaza outside the New Hampshire State House at 107 N. Main Street, Concord, NH from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
 
Sponsored by Women for Bob Smith, speakers include Darlene Pawlick, Educational Trust Foundation Chair for the NHRTL (New Hampshire Right To Life) organization, Senator Bob Smith, candidate for U.S. Senate, Andrew Hemingway, candidate for NH Governor, Gary Lambert, candidate for U.S. Congressional 2nd District, and, Pro-Life Advocate Karen Testerman.
 
After the shameful Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1973 that allowed children in the womb to be aborted, over 70 million unborn babies have died making this decision to stand as a stain on the moral fabric of America.  THEY NEED OUR HELP!
 
Senator Bob Smith has 18 years in the House and Senate and has a 100 percent voting record in support of the right to life.  If given the opportunity to once again serve the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate, he will continue that record. 
 
Plan to stand with candidates who will represent the unborn in your government on Sunday, August 17 at 2pm in Concord
 
“PLEASE HELP MY CAMPAIGN AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR LIFE TODAY BY FOLLOWING THE LINK BELOW TO MAKE AN IMMEDIATE CONTRIBUTION.  THANK YOU.”  Senator Bob
 
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Saturday
Jul192014

NHDP - Brown’s Campaign Struggles Continue With Another Week of Damaging, Embarrassing Headlines 

Manchester, NH—Scott Brown's campaign continued struggling with another week of damaging headlines and embarrassing gaffes that ended with his own campaign co-chair turning on him.  Brown hid in​ the bathroom to avoid simple questions about contraception coverage, was present when the cops were called on the reporter, had a​ co-​chair of  ​W​omen for Brown say he was out of touch with New Hampshire women, forgot which state he was running in - again, and slighted Kelly Ayotte's record on veterans issues and immigration the day after she officiated his daughter's wedding.


“It is hard to see what else Scott Brown could have done to show that he is out of touch with the people of New Hampshire this week,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “It is clear that Scott Brown is in this race for Scott Brown and the Big Oil special interests that fund his campaign.  Brown and his allies see the people of New Hampshire as a mere obstacle to getting him back in the Senate.”
 
Brown Hides In Bathroom, Calls Police to Avoid Questions on Hobby Lobby

 
The Guardian: Scott Brown: fallout from Hobby Lobby decision puts Senate bid in tight spot
 
I found Brown at a table at a restaurant called Priscilla's, introduced myself as a Guardian reporter and enquired if I could ask him some questions. Brown smiled nervously and replied: "What do you want to ask me about?"
 
"Hobby Lobby? That would be a start," I said.
 
“I’m all set," he replied. "We’re enjoying ourselves right now.”
 
“But you’re standing for Senate. It is routine for journalists to ask you questions and usually the candidates answer.”
 
“Not without notifying my office."
 
Brown stood up, walked to the back of the diner, and took shelter in the bathroom. A campaign aide, Jeremy, looked bewildered. He lingered beside me for a few moments, before politely excusing himself – “Nice to meet you” – and joining his boss in the bathroom.

 

He was not going to answer my questions about Hobby Lobby. "I’m not making any more news," he explained. "You’re being unprofessional and you’re being rude."
 
A large man with chest hair poking out of his shirt put it more bluntly. “You have to go,” he said. “We can either do this the right way, or we can do this the wrong way.”
 
“What is the wrong way?” I asked. “I don’t want you to find out," he said.
 
I left the campaign event in the company of the tavern's owner. He and I were talking on the porch, several minutes later, when a police car pulled up.
 
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon:
 

 

 
Further reading:

Huffington Post: Police Summoned After Reporter Crashes Scott Brown Campaign Event
The Daily Beast: Scott Brown Flees Hobby Lobby Questions
MSNBC:  Brown ‘took shelter in the bathroom’ to avoid contraception questions (Video)
MSNBC: Brown ‘took shelter in the bathroom’ to avoid contraception questions
 
Jim OBrien ‏@jim_obrienNH 
My party needs to expect more from a candidate for US Senate. http://tinyurl.com/ns847lf . If it wasn't so serious, it would be funny.
 
Chris Cillizza @TheFix 
Scott Brown, call your office. And come out of the bathroom. http://ow.ly/zf2xX 
 
Paul Lewis @PaulLewis 
My bizarre experience on the campaign trail with Scott Brown, the elusive Senate candidate in New Hampshire: http://gu.com/p/4v2ck 
 
Taegan Goddard @politicalwire 
Pro tip: When you're hiding in the bathroom, you're losing http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/07/17/brown_not_talking_about_birth_control.html …
  
 

Brown Campaign Co-Chair Says He's Wrong on Hobby Lobby Decisions

Julie Brown, a senior Republican figure in the state who the candidate chose as the co-chair of his Women for Brown leadership team, believes he is wrong about religious exemptions to contraceptive coverage.
 

"A woman chooses what she decides to do with her body – it is between the woman, her doctor and her God," she told me.
 
Her view was shared by “many, many” women in the state, she said, adding that she planned to discuss the contraception issue with Brown in the coming days.
 
I asked if she thought he needed to change his policy. "I think he should, yes," she replied.
 
Kathleen Ronayne @kronayne 
A co-chair of 'Women for Brown' tells @PaulLewis Scott Brown should change his stance on Hobby Lobby http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/16/scott-brown-republican-senate-campaign-hobby-lobby-women … #nhsen
 
 

Brown Again Forgetting New Hampshire

 
Boston.com: Did Scott Brown Just Forget What State He’s Running In Again?
 
Scott Brown should probably just take Massachusetts out of his vocabulary entirely. In an interview on Boston Herald Radio, Brown, the former Massachusetts senator turned New Hampshire candidate, seemed to mention his disagreements with the “Massachusetts delegation.”
 
About a minute and a half into the video, Brown gets to talking about his immigration policies. “That’s a big difference between [N.H.] Senator Shaheen and me and many other people – the Massachusetts delegation and Senator Shaheen in particular and the President,” he said. Only one issue: Brown is running for the Senate in New Hampshire after moving there last year.
 
Further reading:
 
The Hill: Did Brown misspeak on state?
Politics USA: Scott Brown Forgets Which State He Is Running For Senate In During Radio Interview
Los Angeles Times: Another 'oops' moment for Scott Brown in New Hampshire Senate race?
Washington Post: Brown, repeat to yourself three times ‘New Hampshire, New Hampshire, New Hampshire’
The Week: Scott Brown refers to the 'Massachusetts delegation' while running for Senate in New Hampshire

 

Embarrassing: Brown Bashes Kelly Ayotte’s Positions, the Day After She Officiates His Daughter’s Wedding

Despite presenting a cozy public image, Republicans Scott Brown and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) are once again at odds over key issues... Ayotte endorsed Brown, but by attacking Shaheen's positions on immigration and veterans' affairs he is effectively disparaging Ayotte's record as well. That's because Ayotte's positions on these issues resemble Shaheen's.
 
 

Brown Campaign Continues to Struggle
 
Boston.com: Scott Brown’s Senate Bid Is Going About As Well As His Last One
 
Scott Brown’s Senate bid in New Hampshire is going about as well as his last Senate bid in Massachusetts. That is to say, he’s likely to remain known as a former senator.
  

Further Reading:

MSNBC: Dead Heat in Iowa Senate Race; Democrat Leads in New Hampshire Battle
National Journal : The 2014 Against the Grain Awards - Grading the best and worst of the campaigns at the election cycle's halfway point.
The Washington Post: Poll: Braley tied with Ernst in Iowa, Shaheen leads Brown in New Hampshire

Mark Murray @mmurraypolitics
Jeanne Shaheen is popular in NH (52%-39% fav/unfav), while Scott Brown is less so (40%-39% fav/unfav) nbcnews.com/politics/first…
 
Steve Kornacki @SteveKornacki 
It's very possible that Scott Brown will learn 2 things at the same time on 11/4: (1) He lost; and (2) Coakley won.