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NHDP - Tea Party Candidates Lambert and Garcia Show True Colors in Race to the Right

Tea Party Candidates Marilinda Garcia and Gary Lambert Leave Doors Open to Government Shutdown, Cutting Social Security and Medicare, and Phasing Out Higher Education Assistance

Manchester, NH – Last night's NH-02 GOP primary debate featured Tea Party candidates Gary Lambert and Marilinda Garcia running to the right leaving the doors wide open to shutting down the government, cutting Social Security and Medicare, and phasing out higher education assistance.

“In last night's GOP debate, Marilinda Garcia and Gary Lambert showed their true colors by embracing Tea Party policies that would hurt middle class New Hampshire families. Both candidates said they would consider using the threat of a government shutdown to push their extreme agendas, cutting Social Security and Medicare, and Garcia remained open to phasing out funding for special education and higher education assistance,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “Cutting these vital programs would devastate Granite State families, students, and seniors. As far-right conservative Gary Lambert and Bill O'Brien protege Marilinda Garcia continue to pander to their right-wing, ultraconservative base in the final stretch of the primary, they're making it very clear that their priorities are dead wrong for New Hampshire.”

Background on Last Night's Debate

On Social Security: Garcia openly supported measures that would lead to cuts in Social Security, including raising the retirement age and limiting benefits.

On Medicare: Garcia backed the Bill O'Brien agenda to turn Medicare into block grants that would effectively end the program. Lambert noted that “we have to come up with new reforms.”

On whether shutting down the government is a good tool for negotiations: Lambert said, “everything should be on the table in terms of negotiations and options,” while Marilinda Garcia conceded, “shutting down the government is never the goal, but look at the reality of our situation.”

On funding for special education and higher education assistance: Garcia notably dodged a direct question on whether the federal government should have a role in providing for special education and higher education assistance, like Pell Grants. 


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Rubens For US Senate - Nashua Telegraph Lauds Jim Rubens' "Well-Reasoned, Conservative Positions" 

Takes Issue with his advocacy of 2nd Amendment and armed good guys in schools


On Friday, June 13, 2014, the Nashua Telegraph editorial opened with:


"His former colleagues in the New Hampshire Legislature held former state Sen. Jim Rubens in highregard. He was known for taking the time to research issues and reaching well-reasoned, conservative position on issues. He almost never shot from the hip.


"He played an instrumental, if not crucial, role in some important pieces of legislation – including Senate Bill 2, which fundamentally altered the nature of town meetings, and a bill to allow charter schools."


The Telegraph's kind words turned critical when it came to Jim Rubens' unwavering support for 2nd Amendment rights.


Jim Rubens stands absolutely behind his suggestion that schools and other public places consider having trained, armed citizens on premises to defend against killing rampages. Solid research shows that 14 people die in shooting rampages where no armed good guy is present, and an average only 2 die where no such armed good guy is present. The Telegraph found fault that Rubens had cited an 18 to 2.5 ratio in an earlier version of the same research using a smaller dataset.


"Having an armed good guy in schools and public places saves lives. Taking guns from law-abiding citizens, as advocated by Senators Brown and Shaheen, would leave only criminals armed and do nothing to save lives," said Jim Rubens.


According to The Oregonian newspaper, one person was killed on June 10, 2014, in a  shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon killing one student, wounding a teacher and later took his own life after armed guards responded in less than 60 seconds.


On December 13, 2013, a school shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado was ended in 80 seconds when the school resource officer responded to engage the shooter.  One innocent victim -- and one too many -- died at the hands of the shooter before he took his own life when confronted by the approaching armed good guy.


On December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, there was no armed security and the shooter had four unimpeded minutes to kill 20 children and six adults.


American Principles In Action - How should Conservatives respond to President Obama's State of the Union attacks?

American Principles Project

Dear Fellow Conservative,

In a speech last week, Senator Chuck Schumer sent a strong message to Democrats across the country – start talking about declining wages, pinched family budgets, and the explosive cost of going to college:
“We must focus, this year, on four or five simple but compelling examples of where government can help the average family, like: raising the minimum wage, making college more affordable, renewing our commitment to revitalizing our national infrastructure, and ensuring equal pay for women.”

It looks as though President Obama got the message.

According to the Washington Post, “Democrats consider President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, a launching point for a year of sustained assault on Republicans over a populist economic agenda, part of an effort to focus more on bread-and-butter issues, including minimum wage, unemployment and access to college.”

How should Conservatives respond?
On the economy, Republicans need a new message.
The great temptation for the GOP is to go into reactionary defensive mode – to argue ‘not the minimum wage,’ for example. But on economic issues, as well as social issues, the best defense is a good offense.
Conservatives must respond to Obama’s and Schumer's challenge, by coming up with 4 or 5 ways in which electing the GOP will help the average struggling middle class family put food on the table, pay for college, and cope with the outrageous hit that Obamacare is taking on struggling families paychecks. 
The GOP’s women, youth and Hispanic gap are not about social issues, as Maggie Gallagher, Rich Danker and I pointed out in our report, “Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012”.
When asked “will electing a Republican or Democrat will help the economy?,” women chose the Democrats 49% to 31%; young voters choose the Democrats 51% to 27%, and Hispanics preferred the Democrats by a whopping 57% to 21%.
Conservative and Republican leaders must use this opportunity to connect with average working families’ present economic suffering and concern about the declining standard of living, not just jobs. When we speak of rising government spending and debt, we have to connect those costs to voters' current experience of rising prices.
The greatest indictment of the Obama administration is that after 5 years in office, the only demographic group experiencing increases in the standard of living are people over the age of 65.
What do GOP leaders need to do?
Focus on the declining standard of living. The GOP needs to recognize that it’s not just jobs, and it’s not just minimum wage workers that are being affected – the sagging economy now is eating into the middle-class family budgets, big time.
Tie Obamacare to the shrinking paycheck of the average American worker and promise to protect young workers, who are prioritizing bread-and-butter and repaying college debt over expensive Obamacare plans.
Remove special protections for banks that prevent American workers from using bankruptcy laws, when they cannot afford to repay their tuition. Permit families to deduct at least the first 2 years of college tuition from their taxes. And laud the GOP Governor’s in Texas and Florida, who are challenging state schools to come up with $10,000 degree programs for high-demand majors. 
Support a monetary reform commission and look at how Fed policy is causing families’ budgets to shrink.
Propose substantial tax protections for struggling middle-class families, by doubling the child tax credit for families with children under the age of 6.
As Margaret Thatcher taught us – first you win the argument then you win the election. 
Conservatives need to win the argument over who can help rebuild the middle class in order to retake the Senate in 2014.
For America,
Frank Cannon
American Principles in Action

HotAir Daily Express 10/01/2013 

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Videos: ObamaCare rollout performance … “lower than projected”
10/1/2013 10:01:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
“Lower than projected” was, of course, the Orwellian description from HHS of skyrocketing premiums last week, approved for today’s rollout of ObamaCare.  It’s also a good way to describe today’s rollout of ObamaCare itself,

DC worries: Will shutdown mean we’re finally going to feel the recession?
10/1/2013 9:21:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Washington Post ran this as a straight news story, which tells you all you need to know about irony in DC. We’ll start with the story itself.  Here’s Washington DC today: Washington, a company town unlike any other in America, was on the

Christie: This shutdown is a failure of executive leadership
10/1/2013 8:41:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
Chris Christie isn’t terribly impressed with leadership on either side of the aisle on Capitol Hill in the shutdown, but he’s even less impressed with leadership on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue.  Appearing in a panel discussion at an

10/1/2013 8:01:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last night, the federal government shut down for the first time in over seventeen years. At the last moment, John Boehner pushed through a conference rule, but Harry Reid rejected it, demanding a six-week clean CR before agreeing to negotiate any further

The Fed Just Guaranteed $9 Gas and $3800 Gold

The Scary Truth Behind Washington Budget Fights

Obamacare Projected to Spike Gold Prices

Entitled federal workers tell Washington Post they’re totally essential
9/30/2013 10:41:16 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
In an impressive display of Beltway mentality, the Washington Post invited federal workers to sing the blues about their possible furloughs, should the government shut down. These federal workers already have better pay and benefits than most of the

Federal judge to DOJ: No, you may not dismiss this Fast & Furious case just because you feel like it
9/30/2013 10:01:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
The last time we checked in on Operation Fast and Furious, the bloody and not-”botched” gunrunning scandal in which the ATF pressed American gun dealers into funneling at least 2,000 weapons to cartels across the Mexican border with no

Maryland ringing up record gun sales as deadline approaches
9/30/2013 9:21:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
ObamaCare isn’t the only deadline that arrives tomorrow.  Maryland residents face new restrictions on the purchase — but not ownership — of firearms starting tomorrow, thanks to Governor Martin O’Malley’s push on gun control

China cracking down on newsy mobile apps for impeding progress, or something
9/30/2013 8:41:49 PM  Erika Johnsen
If the the prospect of a potential government shutdown later this evening has got you feeling down, or if perhaps you find yourself lamenting the degree of so-called “dysfunction” that the present budgetary climate has inspired on Capitol

Game over: After CNN documentary on Hillary is canceled, NBC drops Hillary miniseries
9/30/2013 8:01:14 PM  Allahpundit
Too bad. There were rich dramatic possibilities in the story of a wronged spouse who became a passable U.S. senator and then a subpar presidential candidate before rising above it all to achieve mediocrity as secretary of state. They can always revisit

Open thread: The obligatory “late-night shutdown drama in the House” post
9/30/2013 7:06:25 PM  Allahpundit
A traditional “Quotes of the Day” post won’t cut it today with a shutdown looming at midnight and Boehner trying to find a way between the RINO/tea party Scylla and Charybdis, so here’s your evening thread to banter about

House re-couples, staggers “farm bill” as the clock winds down
9/30/2013 6:41:01 PM  Erika Johnsen
Not unpredictably, it looks like the mid-summer drama that was the House’s legislative divorce of the traditional omnibus “farm bill” into its two parent issues of food stamps and ‘agricultural’ policy was all for naught, at

Video: Reason’s Nanny of the Month is …
9/30/2013 6:01:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s the fourth birthday for Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month, and they have an interesting range of choices today.  Banning paparazzi and curtailing party buses take a back seat (groan) to the latest effort to watch for zero-tolerance

Jindal to Obama admin: By all means, come tell Louisiana parents why their children should be stuck in failing schools
9/30/2013 5:21:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
About a month ago, the Department of Justice made the bizarre and by almost all accounts counterproductive decision to sue the state of Louisiana for working to turn around the state’s low-performing public school system and allowing low-income

Open thread: Obama to make undoubtedly helpful statement about shutdown at 4:45 p.m. ET; Update: “You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job”
9/30/2013 4:30:01 PM  Allahpundit
Two ways he could go with this. One: Something conciliatory designed to make it easier for Boehner to agree to an eleventh-hour face-saving compromise. Two: Tough talk designed to show Republicans he intends to use the bully pulpit every day during a

House Dems to Boehner: If you drop the ObamaCare demands and pass a clean CR, we’ll accept sequestration spending levels; Update: Could next House CR fail?
9/30/2013 4:01:51 PM  Allahpundit
I’m surprised they’d even offer. A little while ago, I tweeted out a question: Since there are surely more than 30 Republicans who’d vote for Reid’s clean CR, why doesn’t Pelosi bring a discharge petition forcing Boehner to

Video: CNN anchor not handling this shutdown thing very well
9/30/2013 3:21:34 PM  Allahpundit
You know the coverage is likely to be especially fragrant, shall we say, when they’re warning you in advance to hold your nose. A vignette from “Morning Joe” via Newsbusters: WILLIE GEIST: Mark, at this point then, what is President

The Ed Morrissey Show: Jim Geraghty, Kevin McCullough
9/30/2013 2:51:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Jim Geraghty returns to discuss the impending shutdown showdown in Washington DC. Kevin McCullough joins us again to discuss the intersection of faith and politics. Kevin and I will talk about the Steelers and

Mitch McConnell offers Plan C: How about funding the government for one week while we continue negotiating?
9/30/2013 2:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
As expected, in the past hour Reid and the Senate Democrats killed the House’s Plan B bill calling for a one-year delay in ObamaCare. And so, inevitably, the one-week stopgap option appears. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is floating a

AP fact check: No, you can’t keep your plan, and other things we should have already reported
9/30/2013 2:01:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
With just one day left to go before the federal government makes health insurance mandatory through its glitchy and unsecured exchanges, the Associated Press decided to do a fact check on recent claims by politicians on both sides of the issue. Among the

Hollywood, women’s magazines pulling hard for ObamaCare
9/30/2013 1:21:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
ObamaCare and its exchanges finally open for business tomorrow, and the ensuing six-month enrollment period is going to mean a concerted effort from the Obama administration and its many progressive allies to persuade the young and healthy people they

Boehner: If this shutdown standoff is an emergency, why didn’t the Senate meet yesterday?
9/30/2013 12:41:31 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Corner, something to keep you occupied while we wait for shutdown fee-vah to resume at 2 p.m. ET. That’s when Reid will — finally — call the Senate into session to reject the House’s new CR demanding a one-year delay to

CNN poll: Republicans will get more blame than Democrats in a shutdown, you know
9/30/2013 12:01:34 PM  Ed Morrissey
Color me shocked, shocked by this finding from CNN’s latest poll on the possible shutdown.  Also, color me shocked by the rather strange questions in the poll itself: If the federal government shuts down starting Tuesday because of a bitter

U.S. intel: Official’s leak to media about Al Qaeda’s terror plot may have hurt us more than Snowden’s leaks
9/30/2013 11:21:49 AM  Allahpundit
To refresh your memory, the terror threat that forced the closing of 19 U.S. diplomatic outposts abroad in early August was treated as unusually dire by U.S. counterterrorism because of the people involved in the communications about it. They

Producer of CNN’s Hillary documentary throws in the towel
9/30/2013 10:41:26 AM  Ed Morrissey
The last word on the two attempts to make Hillary Clinton into broadcast-network entertainment had NBC rethinking its determination to make a Diane Lane-starring miniseries, but CNN on track to make a documentary in time for a 2016 release.  Now,