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Friday
Jan242014

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
http://theweek.com/article/index/255337/the-sleeper-issue-that-could-help-democrats-in-2014
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.

Thursday
Jan232014

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

 

For more info: https://www.prochoicenh.org/get-involved/ticketorder-roevwade.shtml

Friday
Jul122013

NHDP - Witch Hunt 

Friend:
 
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.
 
Sincerely,
Kathy Sullivan

 

Tuesday
May212013

NHDP - Wacko Bird 

Dear Friend:

 

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. 

 

We have a donor who has pledged to match up to $5,000 we raise.  Will you help us reach our goal today?  Act now against Rand Paul’s extreme agenda:  Support our efforts with $50, $25, or $10 right now!

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

 

Even his fellow Republicans think Rand Paul is out of touch with two time New Hampshire Primary winner, John McCain calling him a “wacko bird.” 

 

Helpus stop Rand Paul’s out-of-touch and extreme agenda today:  Contribute $50, $25, or $10 right now! 

 

Thank you for your support,



P.S. - Act now and help us with a $50, $25, or $10 contribution now to combat Rand Paul's Tea Party agenda!

Tuesday
May212013

NHDP Statement on NHGOP Event with Rand Paul

NHGOP Doubles Down on Tea Party Extremism Rejected in 2012 with Paul's Backward Agenda for Granite State Women

 

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Republican Senator Rand Paul's fundraiser in Concord this evening. 

 

"If any Republicans are still wondering tonight what went wrong in 2012, they need look no further than their keynote speaker.  Rand Paul has compared equal pay for equal work laws to the Soviet Politburo, co-sponsored the Blunt amendment allowing employers to deny women preventive health care and contraception, wants to defund Planned Parenthood, and defended Republican Todd Akin after his offensive rape comments.

 

"There can no longer be any doubt that the New Hampshire Republican Party has turned its back on traditional Granite State values, in a desperate attempt to become the face and voice of the irresponsible Tea Party and radical social conservatives.  There is no other explanation for honoring Rand Paul, someone so extreme even fellow Republican Senator John McCain called him a 'wacko bird.'"

 

 

RAND PAUL OPPOSES EQUAL PAY

Rand Paul Voted To Block The Paycheck Fairness Act Saying It Be Harmful. "Kentucky's two Republican senators yesterday helped their party block the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have given women new tools to combat pay discrimination in the workforce. Kentucky women make just seventy seven cents to every dollar a man makes. The same holds true nationally. To shrink that gap Democrats offered the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is intended to protect women who want to compare their salaries with the men they work with in order to see if there's a disparity. And it forces employers to prove any salary differences are job-related - not gender based. But Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul says the legislation would do more harm than good." [WKMS, 6/6/12]

 

Headline: "Rand Paul Compares Paycheck Fairness To Soviet Politburo" [Huffington Post, 6/5/12]

  • Rand Paul Compared Paycheck Fairness To The Soviet Politburo Saying Americans Would Be Ceding Freedom If Judges Had Say Over Pay. "Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested Tuesday that a bill designed to bring women's pay up to the level of men's wages would have created some sort of paycheck Politburo... But Paul, a staunch libertarian, said passing a law that would have given judges more leeway to determine if a woman had been paid unfairly would be a step toward reviving the Soviet Union's notorious central governing body here. The United States' free market, he argued, works much better at setting wages at the appropriate level. 'Three hundred million people get to vote everyday on what you should be paid or what the price of goods are,' Paul told reporters on Capitol Hill. 'In the Soviet Union, the Politburo decided the price of bread, and they either had no bread or too much bread. So setting prices or wages by the government is always a bad idea.' Asked specifically about the lingering pay gap between men and women, the Kentucky senator did not back down, insisting that Americans would be ceding freedom if judges had more say over pay." [Huffington Post, 6/5/12]
 

PAUL WAS A SUPPORTER AND CO-SPONSOR THE OF BLUNT AMENDMENT

Rand Paul Co-Sponsored The Blunt Amendment. On 9/14/11 Rand Paul co-sponsored the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011.  [S.1467, 112th Congress, 9/14/11]

 

Rand Paul Said He Would Vote For The Blunt Amendment Saying "You Should Not Be Forced To Buy Insurance That Goes Against Your Religious Principles." Rand Paul said of the Blunt amendment: "I think many Democrats are going to also vote with Republicans. I will vote to say that, yeah, this is a freedom of religion issue. You should not be forced to buy insurance that goes against your religious principles." [America's Newsroom, Fox News, 2/15/12]

 

Rand Paul: "If You Have A Moral Objection To Either Birth Control Or Abortion That You Shouldn't Be Forced To Buy Insurance That Has And Pays For Things." Rand Paul said of the Blunt amendment: "Yeah, I see it as a religious freedom issue and that if you have a moral objection to either birth control or abortion that you shouldn't be forced to buy insurance that has and pays for things." [America's Newsroom, Fox News, 2/15/12]

 

PAUL WOULD DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Rand Paul Would Defund Planned Parenthood. "It is unconscionable that government would facilitate the taking of innocent life. I strongly oppose any federal funding for abortion and will stop the flow of tax dollars to groups like Planned Parenthood, who perform or advocate abortions." [Issues: Sanctity Of Life, Rand Paul's Official Senate Office Website, accessed 5/20/13]

 

Rand Paul Signed A Fundraising Letter For Americans For Life Calling For The Defunding Of "The Corrupt Planned Parenthood." "Americans for Life is leading a rapidly growing number of pro-life Americans like you who are fed up with their dollars funding the corrupt Planned Parenthood! And momentum is building quickly. Unfortunately, this is going to be a tough fight. You see, a stubborn Congress stands in the way. It will take every ounce of strength you have to break through the barriers in place designed to eradicate any legislation aimed at saving babies. You see, many of my colleagues in the Senate and House are beholden to Planned Parenthood and cowed by the pro-abortion propaganda hurled by the mainstream media. But that's not going to stop me. I hope it won't stop you. Will you take a stand now against the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood?" [Rand Paul, Americans For Life Fundraising Letter, accessed 5/20/13]

 

PAUL STEPPED IN TO SUPPORT REPUBLICANS WHO MADE OUTRAGEOUS COMMENTS ABOUT RAPE

Rand Paul Stepped In To Defend Indiana Republican Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock Who Said Pregnancies Caused By Rape Were Something "God Intended To Happen." "Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is stepping in to the Indiana Senate race to defend Republican Richard Mourdock, who ignited a firestorm Tuesday when he said that pregnancies caused by rape are 'something God intended to happen.'  A top Paul advisor told Business Insider that the Senator's political action committee, RAND PAC, is making a 'six-figure' media buy in Indiana and plans to go on air Friday with an ad attacking Mourdock's Democratic opponent Joe Donnelly for voting against a bill that would have blocked foreign aid to Pakistan."  [Business Insider, 10/24/12]

 

Rand Paul Supported Missouri Republican Senate Candidate Todd Akin With An Ad Buy After His Infamous "Legitimate Rape" Comments. "According to the advisor, the ad will be similar to one that RAND PAC ran in Missouri earlier this month to support Republican Todd Akin, another embattled Senate candidate who was ostracized by the party for his now-infamous 'legitimate rape' comments." [Business Insider, 10/24/12]

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