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NHDP - MEMO: NH Students And Parents Can't Trust Brown's Costly Record On Student Loans

To: Interested Parties
From: Ray Buckley, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party
Date: July 21, 2014
Subject: NH Students & Parents Can't Trust Brown's Costly Record On Student Loans

New Hampshire students and their parents can't rely on Scott Brown’s costly record on student loans. Just like with increasing the minimum wage, or providing New Hampshire women with access to coverage for basic health services, Scott Brown is refusing to give people in New Hampshire straight answers on college affordability.  

Scott Brown voted to cut Pell Grants, ignoring the 21,000 New Hampshire students who depended on them.  He voted twice to allow student loan rates to double.  New Hampshire students and their parents deserve answers from Brown. 

Brown would rather hide in the bathroom than talk about how to reduce student loan debt.  New Hampshire students are struggling under a mountain of debt, with the average student owing $33,000 after graduation.

It is a sharp contrast to Jeanne Shaheen, a former teacher, who as our governor and our Senator has worked to make a difference for students and their parents.  She expanded public kindergarten to tens of thousands of New Hampshire students and put in place a tax free tuition savings plan to help families save for their children's education as Governor.  In the Senate, she is leading the charge on a commonsense proposal to let students's refinance their debt just like a mortgage or car loan.

Brown Voted to Slash Pell Grants for New Hampshire Students
In 2011, Brown sided with the corporate special interests that fund his campaign instead of the more than 21,000 New Hampshire students who depended on Pell grants to afford the cost of college. Rather than ask billionaires to pay their fair share or close loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas, Brown tried to slash Pell grants by more than $700 per student. He even doubled-down on his costly approach and told WRKO radio, “I agree with the cuts that we made, I mean, I voted for it.”
Brown Refuses To Give An Answer to Senator Shaheen’s Bank on Students Act

Now Scott Brown is dodging questions about Senator Jeanne Shaheen's Bank on Students Act that would let graduates refinance their student loans just like a mortgage or car loan.   The Concord Monitor reported that, "When asked, Brown’s campaign did not say how Brown would have voted on the legislation."  Scott Brown is in this race for Scott Brown.  He would rather allow this crisis to remain unsolved than support Jeanne Shaheen's commonsense proposal.  

NHDP - Scott Brown in the News 


NHDP - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Hosts Women-to-Women Grassroots Event, New Hampshire Dems Coordinated Campaign Kicks Off Canvassing Push 

Latest Grassroots Push Part of Larger Mobilizing Effort to Elect NH Democrats This Cycle

Manchester, NH – Months ahead of November, the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign, Granite State Forward, is ramping up its grassroots efforts to reach out and connect with voters to talk about the importance of this year’s elections.
In Portsmouth yesterday, Granite State Forward hosted a "coffee and calls" grassroots phone bank event with Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli, and Portsmouth City Councilor Stefany Shaheen at the home of Speaker Norelli.
The phone bank consisted of women contacting other women voters to discuss what is at stake in the upcoming election, like reversing the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision that would allow employers to come between women and their health care choices, pushing for equal pay for women, increasing the minimum wage, protecting access to preventive health care choices, and reducing the costs of higher education.

“The reality is that Democratic candidates are on the right side of the issues that matter most to women,” said Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “When women hear from leaders like Senator Shaheen, Governor Hassan, and Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter, women know that we are fighting for their values and beliefs.”

“When you cast a vote, it's like practicing self-defense--you are stopping attacks against your rights and freedoms. Given the Hobby Lobby decision and other consistent attacks on women's health issues, it's even more imperative that men and women practice self-defense by voting this upcoming November,” urged Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1). “Remember that women's issues are economic and family issues, and they have a tremendous impact on families.”
“Granite State women are fiercely independent,” said NH House Speaker Terie Norelli. “We won’t stand for politicians telling us that we should check our medical decisions with our boss. And we will not stand for candidates who have these types of out-of-touch views of women's health.”
“In your conversations today, remember what's at stake this election,” Portsmouth City Councilor Stefany Shaheen told volunteers at the event. New Hampshire needs women candidates who will fight to protect access to preventative care for women, ensure equal pay, and reduce the costs of child care.”
Coinciding with yesterday’s event, Granite State Forward kicked off its statewide canvassing push to rally support for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. Local volunteers, activists and community leaders went door-to-door to garner support for the re-election of Senator Shaheen, Governor Hassan, Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter, and the rest of the Democratic ticket.
“Our kick-offs mark the beginning of our push to make the case to voters across the Granite State about why the Democratic Party is the clear choice this cycle for stopping Bill O’Brien and Tea Party Republicans from moving the Granite State forward,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “Our volunteers and field organizers will be working day in and day out making calls and knocking on doors across the state, from Portsmouth to Pittsburg and Hanover to Hollis, to spread the word and turn out the vote for our Democratic candidates this November.”

NHDP - NH and Mass. Dem Chairs: Brown and Romney Are Wrong for NH, Side With Wall Street, Big Oil 

Day After Hobby Lobby Decision, Two Enemies of Women's Health Choices From Massachusetts Join Forces in NH
Concord, NH--Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Tom McGee and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley yesterday compared the similar records of two failed Massachusetts politicians — Scott Brown and Mitt Romney— who are now trying to tell Granite Staters what they need.
"I served with Mitt Romney and Scott Brown, and I can tell you--they are more interested in promoting themselves and corporate special interests than fighting for middle class families," said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Thomas McGee, who joined Buckley on a conference call today. "When you get down to it, Scott Brown and Mitt Romney are really just both a couple of failed Massachusetts politicians who own summer homes in New Hampshire, and stand with Wall Street and Big Oil at the expense of working families."
"Scott Brown’s record is clear: he sides with Big Oil, Wall Street, and the corporate special interests who pay for his campaigns. Now, they’re trying to buy him New Hampshire’s Senate seat," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. "Now, Scott Brown is bringing in his Massachusetts buddy, Mitt Romney to vouch for him. Well, Scott, we have news for you: Mitt Romney has no credibility in New Hampshire either. We haven’t forgotten his '47%' comments. And we know that he has never been working for the middle class families that are the backbone of our state."
“Scott Brown and Mitt Romney share more than a summer address and friends on Wall Street, they both supported the Blunt amendment, which would allow restrictions even more extreme than those the Supreme Court allowed in yesterday's Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision. Women in the Granite State cannot trust Scott Brown to protect their interests," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain.

NHDP - ICYMI: Concord Monitor Editorial Calls Out Scott Brown And Walt Havenstein for "Disingenuous" Rhetoric on Women's Health

Key Point: "Contraceptive services are a fundamental and at times life-saving aspect of women’s health care. By ruling the way it did, the Supreme Court has opened the door for religion and politics to control access to those services. Despite their protestations to the contrary, that is exactly what Brown and Havenstein are championing."

Concord Monitor Editorial: Talk is cheap when it comes to women’s health

If you hear the words, “I’m not racist, but . . .” you can be certain you are about to hear something racist.

Likewise, if a Republican candidate in New Hampshire says, “I fully support women’s access to health care, but . . .,” you can bet he or she is about to celebrate a decision that limits a woman’s access to health care.

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that it is a violation of religious freedom to require a family-owned corporation to provide insurance coverage for contraception under Obamacare.


Not only do the words of Brown and Havenstein appear disingenuous, which the candidates seemingly acknowledge with their hands-up defensive posturing, but they do nothing but add to the noise inside the Republican vortex of unceasing cynicism. If the political schadenfreude directed at the Affordable Care Act doesn’t convince voters that candidates like Brown and Havenstein are more interested in destruction than construction, then nothing will.

Contraceptive services are a fundamental and at times life-saving aspect of women’s health care. By ruling the way it did, the Supreme Court has opened the door for religion and politics to control access to those services. Despite their protestations to the contrary, that is exactly what Brown and Havenstein are championing.