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Thursday
Oct302014

DNC Response to Polito’s (R-MA) Support for Voter ID Laws that Needlessly Make Voting Harder

Washington, DC - Last night in the Lt. Governors debate in Newton, Republican Karyn Polito reaffirmed her support for controversial Republican voter ID laws that needlessly make voting harder and suppress voter turnout.

 

In response to Polito’s comments, Pratt Wiley, the Democratic National Committee’s Director of Voter Expansion, released the following statement:

 

“In Massachusetts this year, Gov. Patrick signed one of the most expansive and modern voting laws in the entire nation – bringing early voting, online voter registration and pre-registration to the Commonwealth.  These improvements are going to bring more citizens into the process, because in Massachusetts we know we solve problems with more democracy, not less. The choice is clear, while Steve Kerrigan is committed to expanding opportunity for all, Karyn Polito is pulling a page from the same cynical Republican playbook that believes that when fewer people vote, they win more elections.”

Wednesday
Oct082014

DNC - Rubio & Brown – not ready for primetime  

 

Today, Marco Rubio will travel to New Hampshire where he will endorse Scott Brown for Senate.

 

It’s a duo that just can’t seem to get anything right. From immigration reform, to their anti-choice records, to just not showing up for work, Scott Brown and Marco Rubio are members of a gang that can’t shoot straight.

 

And people are noticing.

 

Just last week, Lindsey Graham, a onetime ally of Rubio criticized him as, “another young guy not quite ready” to be President.

 

Ouch.

 

And Scott Brown has been ridiculed for attacking Senator Shaheen’s foreign policy record while utterly refusing – or just failing to – articulate his own foreign policy views. The Boston Globe, Scott Brown’s real hometown paper recently ran a brutal piece, entitled “Still looking for Scott Brown’s worldview” chronicling one reporter’s futile efforts to get a straight answer from Brown.

 

When Rubio and Brown hold their event today, one thing will be abundantly clear – they’re both not ready for primetime and they’re not ready to lead.

 

View this post on our Factivist site here.

Wednesday
Sep242014

DNC - #GOPRebrand on display in New Hampshire 

New Hampshire Republican Party adds 'personhood' to official platform

Washington examiner // REBECCA BERG | SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 | 6:20 PM 

 

The New Hampshire Republican Party amended its platform this weekend with stricter abortion provisions, including support for "personhood," which defines life as beginning at conception.

Personhood has become a hot-button issue in Senate races across the country this year, such as Colorado, where Democrats have successfully attacked Rep. Cory Gardner for having supported such a measure in the past.

Now, the issue could spread to New Hampshire, following the state party's decision at its convention.

The platform now states: "Support the unborn child's fundamental right to life and establish that, in NH law, personhood begins at conception."

It adds: “Support a Life at Conception Act guaranteeing the protections of Life and Personhood to the pre-born under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”

The platform previously supported "implement(ing) all possible legal protections" and acknowledged the "unborn child's fundamental right to life."

The new wording was proposed by Walt Stapleton, a New Hampshire small business owner, and approved by a voice vote with little discussion. Stapleton confirmed to theWashington Examiner that he proposed the amendment.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who is running for re-election against Republican Scott Brown, indicated in a statement Monday that she now plans to make personhood, and its place in the state GOP's platform, an issue in the campaign.

"The message from Scott Brown and his Republican Party is disturbing, alarming and clear: they believe they should make the decisions about birth control and health care for women in New Hampshire and around the country," Shaheen said. "They are dangerously wrong, and by signing on with Tea Party extremists, they're showing just how irresponsibly out of touch they are with the needs and rights of women."

Brown's campaign and the state Republican party did not respond to requests for comment. Brown has described himself in the past as "pro-choice" on abortions.

Steve Duprey, who has run many Republican campaigns in New Hampshire, predicted Republicans, including Brown, would not be greatly hindered by the new platform. "I know very few Republicans that support every plank of the platform," Duprey said.

But personhood, which would ban all abortions without exception and limit access to birth control, has already become an issue in other races this year. In Colorado, Gardner has attempted to distance himself from his past support for the provision, but Democrats have nevertheless spent millions of dollars on advertisements emphasizing the opposite.

Thursday
Sep182014

DNC - MEMO: Brown and Havenstein Want to Bring Christie's Failed Leadership to NH 

From: DNC Regional Press Secretary Ian Sams and NHDP Communications Director Julie McClain

To: Interested Parties

Date: September 17, 2014

Re: Brown and Havenstein Want to Bring Christie’s Failed Leadership to New Hampshire

 

Today, Republican candidates in New Hampshire are welcoming failed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to the Granite State. As Maryland’s Walt Havenstein and Massachusetts’s Scott Brown campaign with New Jersey’s Christie, one thing is abundantly clear – all three of these Republicans stand at odds with New Hampshire’s values and priorities.

 

Granite Staters want leaders who support equal pay for women, would push for raising the minimum wage and stand up for middle class families over special interests including Wall Street and the Koch brothers. On all three counts, Republicans strike out. And what’s worse perhaps is that Brown and Havenstein are seeking to emulate Chris Christie’s disastrous economic record if they’re elected.

 

The Disastrous Christie Economic Agenda

 

Chris Christie has become the GOP’s poster child for failed economic leadership and complete budget mismanagement. Just take a look at the numbers:

 

  • ·         8
  • ·         48th 
  • ·         20 percent

 

Christie’s failures to lead a “New Jersey Comeback” in the Garden State hasn’t kept desperate Republicans in New Hampshire from welcoming him to the Granite State. And that’s no surprise – Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown would emulate Christie’s failed leadership if they’re elected.

 

Walt Havenstein and Chris Christie Have a Lot in Common

 

Walt Havenstein’s past gives us good insight into how he’d run New Hampshire as governor – and it looks a lot like Chris Christie’s New Jersey. Under Christie’s watch, New Jersey’s credit rating has been downgraded eight times, while during Havenstein’s tenure as CEO of defense contractor SAIC, the company lost millions of dollars in revenue and its stock value plummeted. On jobs – New Jersey has regained less than half the jobs it lost in the recession, while SAIC shed thousands of jobs during Havenstein’s disastrous time as CEO.

 

This is the record Chris Christie brought to New Jersey and that Walt Havenstein would bring to Concord – and it’s one that would drive the Granite State’s economy into the ground.

 

Chris Christie & Scott Brown – Big Money’s Favorite Footsoldiers

 

Not only is Christie here to campaign with Havenstein and Brown, but he’s here to lay the groundwork for his potential presidential bid – trying to boost his optics for the same kind of big-money, out-of-state donor network that is bankrolling Scott Brown’s campaign. As Christie endorses Brown, it’s worth noting that Big Oil, Wall Street and other special interests are spending millions to try to buy New Hampshire’s Senate seat for their reliable footsoldier Scott Brown. Christie knows a thing or two about putting the interests of big money and big corporations ahead of creating jobs or helping working families. As we pointed out above, New Jersey has significantly increased corporate tax breaks under Christie, but his $4 billion giveaway has been unsuccessful in creating jobs. And on issues from equal pay to raising the minimum wage, Christie and Brown stand at odds with working women and families.

 

Like Christie, if Scott Brown is elected, he would be a reliable voice for special interests and Big Money – not for New Hampshire’s middle class families.

 

The Bottom Line

 

On issue after issue, the leadership offered by Chris Christie, Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown would further hurt the economy, wreck budgets, and leave working families out to dry. New Hampshire deserves leaders like Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan who put the interests of the middle class first – from pushing to raise the minimum wage to ensuring equal pay to easing the financial burden on students. Whether it’s Governor Hassan expanding Medicaid or Senator Shaheen supporting our veterans and voting for paycheck fairness, they bring commonsense leadership to work for Granite Staters every day and will continue to do so long after November.

 

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Friday
Sep122014

DNC Chair, Former NH College Republicans Chair Slam Out-of-Touch Rand Paul, Scott Brown, NHGOP 

As Paul Visits NH for Events with Koch Brothers’ Misleading Youth Organization, Extreme NHGOP and Big Oil-Backed Scott Brown, DNC highlights Paul and GOP’s Disastrous Agenda

                                                                                                                   

WASHINGTON – Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former New Hampshire College Republicans Chair Jake Wagner held a press conference call highlighting the out-of-touch, extreme agenda pushed by Rand Paul, Scott Brown and the New Hampshire GOP’s candidates ahead of Rand Paul’s visit Thursday and Friday to the Granite State. On key issues – from student loans to equal pay to social issues – Republicans like Paul are out of touch with young people, women and families in New Hampshire and across the country.

 

“It’s no surprise that Rand Paul would endorse Scott Brown while he’s in New Hampshire,” said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). “Both have shown a troubling pattern of having a position, getting questioned about how unpopular that position is, and then changing their positions – even denying they ever held the original one in the first place! On Election Night, Scott Brown said he was running for the Senate to be a change agent – but the only things he’s ever changed are his positions and his home state.”

 

“Rand Paul and Scott Brown will do anything they can to try to pull the wool over the eyes of voters in New Hampshire and across the country. But voters are smarter than that,” Wasserman Schultz continued. “Voters know when one party stands with the Koch Brothers and the special interests in protecting corporate tax breaks for companies who ship American jobs overseas. Voters know when one party blocks commonsense measures to raise the minimum wage or ensure equal pay or lower costs for young people who have student loans. Voters know when phony candidates change their positions with the shifting political winds, and they have even less respect when those politicians deny their actions. So Rand Paul may be in New Hampshire to show Republican “unity” – but voters are well aware of what the GOP is united behind: an agenda that hurts the middle class, hurts young people, hurts seniors and hurts women and their families.”

 

On Rand Paul, former New Hampshire College Republicans Chair Jake Wagner added, “He voted against Bank on Students, a common sense piece of legislation that would have helped millions of young borrowers refinance their student loans. In New Hampshire alone, this would have helped 129,000 young people reduce the burden of student loan interest. Why'd he vote no? Probably because it would have been funded by a tax on millionaires and billionaires. Given the choice between students and the uber wealthy, he made his choice resoundingly clear. He talks a big game about innovation and liberty, but here's the honest truth: Rand Paul’s policies are bad for young people. End of story.”

 

For more information or to obtain audio of the press conference call, please contact DNC Regional Press Secretary Ian Sams at samsi@dnc.org.