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NHDP - NH Democrats continue to fight for mothers, GOP would leave them behind 

As we celebrate our Mothers today – whether they’re still with us or not – it’s important to note our commitment to support mothers of all kinds. Here in New Hampshire, Democrats continue to support working mothers and work to strengthen middle class families. We’d like to celebrate Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Annie Kuster for their leadership supporting working families, as well as being incredible mothers themselves. Happy Mother’s Day!
As we look ahead to 2016, Democrats are committed to fighting for mothers while the GOP makes it clear they are wrong on equal pay and a minimum wage increase – that will help mothers and their children get ahead.
Equal Pay for Women

  • Jeb Bush stated that he did not know what the Paycheck Fairness Act was when asked about it. 
  • Marco Rubio said the Paycheck Fairness Act was about “scoring political points,” “wasting time,” and a “show vote.”
  • Scott Walker repealed an equal pay law saying it was a “bogus issue.”
  • Rand Paul compared the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Soviet Politburo.
  • Chris Christie vetoed equal pay legislation calling it “senseless bureaucracy.”
  • Ted Cruz voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act and derided it as a “show vote.”

Raising the Minimum Wage


NHDP - NHGOP Renews Extreme Position on Women’s Health 

Forces Apology from Party Official for Supporting Planned Parenthood
Concord, N.H. – The New Hampshire Republican Party doubled down on its extreme position on women’s health this week, forcing RNC Committeeman Steve Duprey to issue an apology and admit he made a mistake for supporting Planned Parenthood.
NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn issued a statement saying, “we appreciate that Steve admitted that he made a mistake,” but even after forcing an apology, some NHGOP executive committee members are still “raising questions,” and suggested they could take further action at the NHGOP’s next executive meeting.
This latest anti-choice episode from the NHGOP follows the party’s decision to amend its official platform last September to include support for fetal “personhood” rights. Similar measures have been defeated in a number of states, including Mississippi, because they “could ban some forms of contraception and in vitro fertilization.”
“It’s astonishing but not surprising that the New Hampshire Republican Party believes that support for women’s health is a ‘mistake’ that requires an apology,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Lizzy Price. “Planned Parenthood provides critical health services for New Hampshire women and families including cancer screenings, breast exams and birth control, and Granite Staters will hold New Hampshire Republican Party leader Kelly Ayotte and GOP presidential hopefuls accountable for their party’s out-of-touch position on women’s health.”

NH House Republicn Alliance - NH takes another step to protecting unborn children 

House Republican Majority Caucus (HRMC) comments passage of SB40
The House Republican Majority Caucus released a statement today on the passage of SB40. As amended, this is a bill that would allow justice to be served in the death of an unborn child.  The passage of SB40 as amended brings the bill in line with the house bill  passed earlier this year.  The language updates New Hampshire laws to that of 38 other states who have passed similar bills to protect unborn children.
"Bills such as this one have been on the books for years in other states across the nation beginning the early 1970's in California.  Our laws are long outdated in protecting unborn children and this bill brings us into the 21st century for protecting all of our citizens." stated Rep. Leon Rideout- Lancaster.  " The faulty claims from the left have zero foundation in truth.  Keeping our laws antiquated and violating the 14th amendment of equal protection for all people is unacceptable.
With all the new technology we have developed during the past 30 years to understand the life cycle of a preborn child, it's about time we started protecting them and providing justice for the families of New Hampshire's most innocent victims." 

NHDP - Rand Paul Doesn’t Want New Hampshire To “Live Free”… Thank Goodness He’s Gone 

MANCHESTER – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Rand Paul’s visit to New Hampshire yesterday:

"When Washington Republicans swing through New Hampshire, they really like to hone in on our beloved state motto: Live Free or Die. Rand Paul did that yesterday and tried to fool Granite Staters into thinking he’s 'different' from other Republicans because he’ll 'fight for your right to be left alone' and live free. That’s about as ridiculous and hypocritical as it gets. If Rand Paul really believed in our right to 'live free,' he wouldn’t oppose a woman’s right to preventive health care coverage or to make her own health care decisions. He wouldn’t oppose an LGBT couple’s right to get married or, frankly, have rights at all. And he sure wouldn’t make it harder for people to carry out their right to vote. We hear from a lot of typical Republicans in New Hampshire and Rand Paul is one of them. Just like the rest of them, he’s not going to fight for our right to 'live free or die' – it’s time for him to drop the act."

Granite Staters Blast Rand Paul's Failed Record and Policies In Advance of His Visit 

NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, in advance of Rand Paul’s first trip to New Hampshire as a candidate for President of the United States, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley, former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan, and Jake Wagner, former New Hampshire College Republican Chair who has become a member of the Democratic Party after realizing that Republicans like Rand Paul have failed to present solutions for his generation, held a press conference call to discuss the damaging impact a Rand Paul presidency would have on LGBT Granite Staters, young people, women and middle class families across the state. No matter how desperate Rand Paul is to appeal to Granite Staters, it will be impossible for him to hide from his extreme, outdated views during his inaugural stop today, or at any point during the campaign.  

Here’s what they said:

Chairman Ray Buckley: We know that Rand Paul isn’t any different than the rest of the GOP 2016ers – pushing policies that will weaken the middle class and our basic rights just like the rest of them. Rand Paul isn’t going to unleash the American dream – he’s an American nightmare.  Instead of supporting the middle class, he’s siding with America’s richest individuals. His proposal to institute a “flat tax” doesn’t flatten, or level the playing field – it could actually raise taxes on working Americans and would slash taxes for the wealthy. New Hampshire’s middle class families need a candidate who will help them thrive, not leave them in the dust.


Kathy Sullivan: Rand Paul says he is a different kind of Republican, that he believes in liberty and limited government. He is not being honest. The fact is, Rand Paul, like every other Republican candidate, believes that government should come between a doctor and a patient when it comes to women’s health issues. For Rand Paul, liberty for women stops at the door to the doctor’s office. He even thinks it is okay for an employer to tell a woman that she can’t have insurance coverage for birth control – so much for freedom and liberty. He would go so far as to defund Planned Parenthood, a position that we have rejected here in New Hampshire. This is the same, unoriginal, anti-personal privacy Republican Party rhetoric when it comes to women’s health. New Hampshire women know Rand Paul is not telling the truth when he says he is a “new kind of Republican” – he’s the same old type of Republican who would turn back the clock on women’s rights. It’s time for Rand Paul to stop pretending to be something he is not.


Jake Wagner: I used to be a big fan of Rand Paul for a time--I even have the Facebook profile picture to prove it. He seemed like he was something different from your run of the mill republican. But then, as I went along, I started to hear his positions on things like gay rights, and perhaps even worse, student loans, and I realized he was one and the same as the rest of them. Now, when I realized that what passed for "new and interesting" in the GOP was actually just more of the same stuff I couldn't stand about the party I was part of, I made a decision to cut ties with the Republican party and instead, I proudly now support Democrats in New Hampshire and across the country. Raul Paul tries to confuse millennials every single day by claiming he understands us and what we want from our president. He even started selling Beats headphones and Macbook skins on his website yesterday. But it’s going to take more than a few pairs of headphone covers to convince New Hampshire millennials that he’s the guy for the job. With his extreme policies, more young people aren’t going to Stand with Rand – they’re going to run in the opposite direction.