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NHDP - Welcome to New Hampshire, Sen. Cruz! 






Ted Cruz Touts his “Conservative Credentials” in the Granite State, but the Truth is They’re All the Same


CONCORD, N.H. - Sen. Cruz has been touting his “conservative credentials” in the Granite State today, but don’t let him fool you. His positions are right in line with the other Republican candidates - and out-of-line with New Hampshire voters.


“Welcome to New Hampshire, Sen. Cruz! While you spend your day trying to convince others that you are different from your fellow Republicans, let’s face it - that clown car may be full, but your out-dated, backwards positions that keep hard-working Granite State families from getting ahead are one in the same, and are completely out of touch with New Hampshire voters,” said Lizzy Price, New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director.


Planned Parenthood


While 60% of Granite Staters have a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood and health care providers   agree that Planned Parenthood provides much-needed health care in New Hampshire that other providers couldn’t meet, Republicans continue their backwards fight against women’s health. Just look at their positions:



Climate Change


While 60% of Granite State voters support policies that encourage increased production of energy using renewable sources, Cruz and his Republican colleagues can’t even accept the fact that human activity contributes to climate change. Take a look:




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. 


VIDEO: Why are thousands of people volunteering with AFP?

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Now more than ever, America needs men and women to step up and make a positive impact in their communities.

Here's why: People are getting crushed by dangerous policies being forced on them by out-of-touch politicians and bureaucrats who are more concerned with legacy-building and playing politics than what's best for the American people -- policies like ObamaCare, costly EPA regulations, and high taxes.

If you're interested in being a part of our efforts to stop these harmful policies, be a part of Americans for Prosperity's next National Day of Action on Saturday, August 2nd.
WHEN: Saturday, August 2nd

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WHERE: Across the country









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Americans for Prosperity 


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