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American Principles In Action - RNC Takes Major Steps for Life This Week, APIA in the News

American Principles Project

The Republican National Committee made unprecedented strides this week to promote the dignity of human life, which shows great promise for the future of the Republican party and for America.
On Wednesday January 22nd, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and his fellow RNC delegates joined hundreds of thousands of Americans in Washington, D.C., in an unprecedented move to participate in the March for Life.
Yesterday, the RNC took another step in the right direction, and voted to pass a resolution that seeks to encourage Republican candidates to fight back against the Democrats' 'War on Women' attacks. The resolution also states that the RNC will not support a “strategy of silence” when it comes to Republican candidates and the life issues.
This resolution was put forth by RNC Committeewoman and APIA board member Ellen Barrosse, and comes on the heels of the American Principles in Action’s report “Building a Winning GOP Coalition,” which was released back in October 2013. APIA’s report recommended that the Republican party speak out on the social issues, including life issues, instead of using their current ‘strategy of silence’ on the social issues. This report is available online and can be read in full here.
You can also read the entire RNC pro-life resolution at the bottom of this CNN story:

Major news clips on the RNC’s Resolution, that you don’t want to miss:
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer – CNN
Ellen Barrosse, RNC Chairwoman and Board Member of the American Principles in Action, discusses the "Resolution on Republican Pro-Life Strategy" with CNN correspondent Tom Foreman on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on January 21st, 2014.

The Lead with Jake Tapper – CNN
CNN national political reporter Peter Hamby and CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash discuss the "Resolution on Republican Pro-Life Strategy" with Jake Tapper on The Lead on January 22nd, 2014. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is also interviewed during the segment.

Inside the Beltway: GOP Advised to Battle ‘War on Women’ Rhetoric The Washington Times
“Some Republican candidates have adopted a strategy of deflection and silence when attacked with ‘War on Women’ rhetoric, and we’ve now seen that silence is a losing strategy,” says delegate Ellen Barrosse, who authored the resolution and is a board member of American Principles in Action, a nonprofit group.

“If Republican candidates want to connect with key voters, such as women, Hispanics, and young people. They need to fight back on the life issue when attacked,” she adds.”
Read the full article here.
GOP Readies for 2014 with New Tactics, Familiar Messages – CBS
“RNC delegate Ellen Barrosse, also a board member of American Principles in Action and the author of the resolution, told CBS News that GOP candidates like 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Virginia’s 2013 Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli lost their respective races after inadequately answering charges that they were insensitive to women’s issues. Democrat Terry McAuliffe only narrowly beat Cuccinelli in November after pro-abortion rights groups poured money into the campaign.

“Our polling shows that in a situation where Democrats attack Republicans with ‘war on women’ rhetoric and Republicans then attack Democrats for their extremism on abortion, both candidates suffer...  but the Democrat suffers more, and he won’t [use that attack] again,” she said.”
Read the full article here.
GOP to Push Candidates to Defend Anti-Abortion Stances – The Hill
“RNC delegate Ellen Barrosse of Delaware is sponsoring the "Resolution on Republican Pro-Life Strategy” and will introduce it at the committee’s winter meeting in Washington this week.
“Candidates who stay silent on pro-life issues do not identify with key voters, fail to alert voters to Democrats’ extreme pro-abortion stances, and have lost their elections,” the resolution says. 
Barrosse and her co-sponsors say the GOP needs to take on the Democrats’ “deceptive ‘War on Women’ rhetoric.” The resolution says the Republican Party will support anti-abortion-rights candidates who overcome a strategy of silence on the issue.”
Read the full article here.

NHDP - ICYMI: The sleeper issue that could help Democrats in 2014 

Key Point:  "This [Medicaid Expansion] presents the GOP with two interconnected problems.  First, it undermines part of the party's "repeal" crusade, since nixing ObamaCare would mean ending a popular policy that has already extended benefits to millions of Americans, many of them previously uninsured... On another level, the GOP may have shot itself in the foot by broadly opposing Medicaid expansion at the state level from the get-go."

  The Week: The sleeper issue that could help Democrats in 2014

The midterm elections are starting to look a lot less favorable to the GOP
By Jon Terbush

The GOP has made opposition to ObamaCare a central pillar of its 2014 campaign strategy. And even though the health care law has begun to turn around, that may not be such a bad idea given lingering public skepticism over the law.

However, there is one crucial piece of ObamaCare that may well become a big winner for Democrats by the end of the year: The dramatic expansion of Medicaid.

Unlike the overall law, the expansion of Medicaid is actually quite popular with voters of all political stripes. Even in the Deep South, more than six in ten support expanding Medicaid, according to one survey last year; conservatives split almost evenly on the issue.

This presents the GOP with two interconnected problems.

First, it undermines part of the party's "repeal" crusade, since nixing ObamaCare would mean ending a popular policy that has already extended benefits to millions of Americans, many of them previously uninsured.

In red West Virginia, some 75,000 people have already enrolled in Medicaid, far higher than expected, according to The New York Times. As a result, the number of uninsured people in the state has plummeted by about a third.

>From the Times:

Waitresses, fast food workers, security guards, and cleaners described feeling intense relief that they are now protected from the punishing medical bills that have punched holes in their family budgets. They spoke in interviews of reclaiming the dignity they had lost over years of being turned away from doctors' offices because they did not have insurance. [New York Times]

That's a perfect 2014 Democratic ad campaign right there: People are happy now that they're covered by Medicaid, and Republicans want to take it away.

Though voters are generally leery of ObamaCare as a whole, they like the Medicaid expansion because they support the idea of extending coverage to the needy. As the Washington Post's Greg Sargent notes, this gives Democratic candidates in red states some wiggle room.

They are not embracing ObamaCare. But they oppose repeal, and they are standing behind the general goal of expanding coverage to those who can't afford it. This is true of Michelle Nunn in Georgia (where 57 percent support the Medicaid expansion) and Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, who wants the law fixed and supports making coverage available to hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians, rather than throwing "the baby out with the bathwater."

None of these Dems were in Congress to vote for ObamaCare, so they are free not to embrace the law overall while supporting a part that's providing more and more coverage and security to people who lacked it. [Washington Post]

On another level, the GOP may have shot itself in the foot by broadly opposing Medicaid expansion at the state level from the get-go.

Thanks to a Supreme Court ruling, states are able to opt out of the Medicaid expansion. So even though the federal government will cover 100 percent of the added costs for the next three years, and 90 percent of the costs after that, 24 mostly GOP-controlled states have decided not to participate.

Virginia, under then-Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), is one of the states that opted out. However, McDonnell's would-be GOP successor, Ken Cuccinelli, lost last November's gubernatorial election after vowing to continue that policy. While Cuccinelli was a uniquely terrible candidate who lost for a host of reasons, it's likely that his position on Medicaid played a role, too. A recent Roanoke poll of Virginia voters shows that only one-quarter think Medicaid should not be expanded.

The refusal of some states to expand Medicaid has left an estimated eight million people with no access to affordable health care, all of whom would otherwise have been eligible under the program. Republicans have almost gone out of their way in fulfilling the Democrats' caricature of the GOP as a heartless "party of no."

Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that several GOP-led states are already beginning to reconsider accepting the expansion after all.

If Republicans continue to staunchly oppose the Medicaid expansion on principle, they'll be rejecting a widely popular policy and effectively advocating to push people off their new health care coverage. As we saw last year with Obama's broken "you can keep it" promise, stripping people of their existing health insurance doesn't go over so well.


Sen. Martha Fuller Clark to R eceive “Champion of Choice” Award from NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire 

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Pro-choice leaders will confer award during dinner at Capitol Center for the Arts

(Concord) – Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) will be honored by New Hampshire’s pro-choice community tonight at a celebration marking the anniversary of the landmark case Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion throughout the US.

WHO:              Sen. Martha Fuller Clark and NARAL Pro- Choice NH

WHAT:            Presentation of the 2014 Champion of Choice award

WHEN:            5:00-7:30PM   January 22nd, 2014

WHERE:          Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, New Hampshire


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NHDP - Witch Hunt 

During his failed tenure as Speaker, Bill O’Brien unsuccessfully tried to defund Planned Parenthood, restrict access to birth control, and make it harder for women to receive affordable healthcare. 
But just yesterday, we saw Bill O’Brien at his worst.
Radical social conservatives, under Bill O’Brien’s guidance, launched a petty and vicious witch hunt against a dedicated public servant just because she happened to work at Planned Parenthood at one point during her career.
New Hampshire Republicans couldn’t permanently defund Planned Parenthood, so now they are trying to root out people who once worked there.  This McCarthy style witch hunt has no place in our 'live free or die state.'
The simple truth is that New Hampshire Republicans and their far right allies are obsessed with blocking access to affordable and critical health services for New Hampshire women.  So much so that they are now singling out individual women who worked at with the state largest provider of women's preventive health services no matter how long ago.
This irresponsible attack is not only a reminder of the dangerous O'Brien-Bradley legislature's backwards 2012 agenda, but also a grave warning of what is to come if Republicans are able to retake control in 2014.  
We have to go all-in now to win and protect women's health in the Granite State.
Kathy Sullivan



NHDP - Wacko Bird 

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Tonight, Tea Party leader and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul brings his extreme agenda to New Hampshire to raise money for the NHGOP.   In addition to headlining their dinner, Rand Paul is bringing a $10,000 check to the NHGOP to support his friends, Kelly Ayotte, Bill O’Brien, and Jeb Bradley. 


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Since joining the US Senate, Rand Paul has stood at the extreme of the Republican Party:

  • Voting against Equal Pay for Equal Work
  • Supporting the Blunt Amendment allowing employers to deny health coverage on moral grounds
  • Opposing the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey amendment
  • Calling for the TSA to racially profile Middle Eastern students


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