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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.

Wednesday
Sep102014

DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz¹s Statement on Tonight¹s Primary Results 

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on tonight’s primary results:

 

“The next eight weeks will provide a stark contrast between the priorities of the Democratic and Republican parties. Democrats have nominated candidates who will fight to ensure opportunity for all Americans, while Republicans remain beholden to special interests and an extreme Tea Party agenda.

 

“Massachusetts Democrats have nominated Martha Coakley, who has demonstrated her ability and willingness to fight for the people of Massachusetts as a District Attorney and as the Commonwealth’s first female Attorney General. She will face Charlie Baker, who slashed jobs and put personal profit ahead of what was best for the people of Massachusetts as a health insurance executive. Baker also faces troubling ethical questions surrounding his connection to a possible pay-to-play scandal involving Chris Christie’s administration in New Jersey.

 

“And next door in New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown’s treatment of New Hampshire's Senate seat as a consolation prize is confirmation that he doesn’t care which state’s voters elect him as long as he can continue to represent Big Oil and Wall Street special interests. Jeanne Shaheen is New Hampshire through and through, and veterans, students, and women and their families know that she will continue to represent their voices in the Senate.

 

“I would also like to congratulate all the Democrats nominated tonight who will fight for middle-class families, including Governor Andrew Cuomo and Gina Raimondo, who is poised to become the first female governor of Rhode Island. Come Election Day, voters will have a clear choice of which party is on their side.”

 

Monday
Sep082014

DNC - MEMO: NH Republicans Welcoming the GOP's Shutdown Champions to Granite State 

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

To: Interested Parties

Date: September 5, 2014

Re: New Hampshire Republicans Welcoming the GOP’s Shutdown Champions to the Granite State

 

Today, New Hampshire Republicans welcomed RNC Chair Reince Priebus to the Granite State, while this weekend Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will descend on New Hampshire to support GOP candidates and promote their likely 2016 presidential bids.

 

It’s fitting that these three ringleaders are supporting New Hampshire Republicans, since GOP candidates in the Granite State are promising to echo the brinksmanship and toxic shutdown politics pushed by Cruz, Jindal and Priebus.

 

While Cruz was the architect of the 2013 government shutdown, Priebus and Jindal were two of its top cheerleaders. With New Hampshire Republicans bringing in the GOP’s shutdown champions to support their candidates, we see a stark reminder that New Hampshire Republicans aren’t running on ideas to boost the middle class, improve health care or ease the rising costs of education. Instead, they’re running bringing in tea party icons like Cruz and Jindal with close ties to Big Oil billionaires because they don’t understand New Hampshire.

 

Ted Cruz – the Model for NH Republicans

 

Ted Cruz led the charge to shut down the federal government in 2013 over a plan to “defund Obamacare” – a strategy straight out of the GOP playbook to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. The position to repeal ACA, and thereby repealing bipartisan Medicaid Expansion, is shared by Scott Brown, Jim Rubens, Bob Smith, Marilinda Garcia, Gary Lambert, Frank Guinta, and Dan Innis.

 

So let’s be clear: there is no daylight between any Republican candidate in New Hampshire and Ted Cruz.

 

To this day, Cruz has expressed no regret over shutting down the federal government – and maybe that’s why candidates like Marilinda Garcia, who Cruz will rally for this weekend, just this week said she would consider using the threat of a government shutdown to push an extreme agenda.

 

Bobby Jindal – the Shutdown’s Top Cheerleader

 

As Republicans planned their shutdown theatrics, Jindal was one of the top cheerleaders for shutting down the government – saying “we absolutely should use whatever opportunity and tactic we can to repeal and replace Obamacare.” Jindal supported this disastrous plan, despite the fact that many employees in Louisiana were affected by the shutdown. On the shutdown, Jindal showed once again that he puts extreme, tea party ideology over doing what’s best for the people of his state.

 

As Vice Chair of the RGA, we imagine Jindal would love to see New Hampshire with a Republican governor like Walt Havenstein, who would rather play base politics – like his recent pretzel-twisting on whether he would repeal Medicaid expansion – than just do what’s best for Granite Staters.

 

Reince Priebus – Leading the GOP to the Right

 

During Cruz’s shutdown, while Jindal was cheering it on, RNC Chair Reince Priebus was right there with them. Priebus and the RNC launched a “Stand with Ted” campaign to support Cruz’s shutdown efforts and told House Republicans to hold the line in the shutdown fight.

 

Instead of expanding his party’s footprint to new and diverse constituencies, Priebus – like Jennifer Horn at the NHGOP – has doubled down on appealing to the same tea party base that voters rejected in 2012. Instead of taking his own advice in the RNC’s post-2012 “Autopsy Report,” Priebus and the GOP have continued to oppose immigration reform, oppose commonsense measures like raising the minimum wage and ensuring equal pay, and oppose reforms to ease the costs of higher education for students. This is the model for the NHGOP and the blueprint New Hampshire Republicans will follow if elected in November.

 

The Bottom Line

 

The Republican candidates in New Hampshire continue to welcome scandal-plagued governors like Rick Perry and Chris Christie, while embracing shutdown champions like Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and Reince Priebus. The more of these failed leaders they bring to New Hampshire, the more New Hampshire voters see just how out of touch the Republican Party is with the needs of working families in the Granite State. 

 

Democrats remain committed to expanding opportunity – through a higher minimum wage, equal pay for women, greater access to health care, support for students and veterans – while the GOP doubles down on a failed, tea party agenda that puts extreme ideology over the interests of voters.

**View this memo on our Factivists site here.**

Saturday
Sep062014

NHDP - MEMO: NH Republicans Welcoming the GOP’s Shutdown Champions

From: DNC Regional Press Secretary Ian Sams and NHDP Communications Director Julie McClain
To: Interested Parties
Date: September 5, 2014
Re: New Hampshire Republicans Welcoming the GOP’s Shutdown Champions to the Granite State


Today, New Hampshire Republicans welcomed RNC Chair Reince Priebus to the Granite State, while this weekend Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will descend on New Hampshire to support GOP candidates and promote their likely 2016 presidential bids.
 
It’s fitting that these three ringleaders are supporting New Hampshire Republicans, since GOP candidates in the Granite State are promising to echo the brinksmanship and toxic shutdown politics pushed by Cruz, Jindal and Priebus.
 
While Cruz was the architect of the 2013 government shutdown, Priebus and Jindal were two of its top cheerleaders. With New Hampshire Republicans bringing in the GOP’s shutdown champions to support their candidates, we see a stark reminder that New Hampshire Republicans aren’t running on ideas to boost the middle class, improve health care or ease the rising costs of education. Instead, they’re running bringing in tea party icons like Cruz and Jindal with close ties to Big Oil billionaires because they don’t understand New Hampshire.
 
Ted Cruz – the Model for NH Republicans
 
Ted Cruz led the charge to shut down the federal government in 2013 over a plan to “defund Obamacare” – a strategy straight out of the GOP playbook to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. The position to repeal ACA, and thereby repealing bipartisan Medicaid Expansion, is shared by Scott Brown, Jim Rubens, Bob Smith, Marilinda Garcia, Gary Lambert, Frank Guinta, and Dan Innis.
 
So let’s be clear: there is no daylight between any Republican candidate in New Hampshire and Ted Cruz.
 
To this day, Cruz has expressed no regret over shutting down the federal government – and maybe that’s why candidates like Marilinda Garcia, who Cruz will rally for this weekend, just this week said she would consider using the threat of a government shutdown to push an extreme agenda.
 
Bobby Jindal – the Shutdown’s Top Cheerleader
 
As Republicans planned their shutdown theatrics, Jindal was one of the top cheerleaders for shutting down the government –saying “we absolutely should use whatever opportunity and tactic we can to repeal and replace Obamacare.” Jindal supported this disastrous plan, despite the fact that many employees in Louisiana were affected by the shutdown. On the shutdown, Jindal showed once again that he puts extreme, tea party ideology over doing what’s best for the people of his state.
 
As Vice Chair of the RGA, we imagine Jindal would love to see New Hampshire with a Republican governor like Walt Havenstein, who would rather play base politics – like his recent pretzel-twisting on whether he would repeal Medicaid expansion – than just do what’s best for Granite Staters.
 
Reince Priebus – Leading the GOP to the Right
 
During Cruz’s shutdown, while Jindal was cheering it on, RNC Chair Reince Priebus was right there with them. Priebus and the RNC launched a “Stand with Ted” campaign to support Cruz’sshutdown efforts and told House Republicans to hold the line in the shutdown fight.
 
Instead of expanding his party’s footprint to new and diverse constituencies, Priebus – like Jennifer Horn at the NHGOP – has doubled down on appealing to the same tea party base that voters rejected in 2012. Instead of taking his own advice in the RNC’s post-2012 “Autopsy Report,” Priebus and the GOP have continued to oppose immigration reform, oppose commonsense measures like raising the minimum wage and ensuring equal pay, and oppose reforms to ease the costs of higher education for students. This is the model for the NHGOP and the blueprint New Hampshire Republicans will follow if elected in November.
 
The Bottom Line
 
The Republican candidates in New Hampshire continue to welcome scandal-plagued governors like Rick Perry and Chris Christie, while embracing shutdown champions like Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and Reince Priebus. The more of these failed leaders they bring to New Hampshire, the more New Hampshire voters see just how out of touch the Republican Party is with the needs of working families in the Granite State. 
 
Democrats remain committed to expanding opportunity – through a higher minimum wage, equal pay for women, greater access to health care, support for students and veterans – while the GOP doubles down on a failed, tea party agenda that puts extreme ideology over the interests of voters.

**View this memo on DNC's Factivists site here.**
Friday
Sep052014

DNC - CDA Statement on NH College Republicans Chair Party Switch 

Today, Jake Wagner, Chair of the New Hampshire Federation of College Republicans from 2012-2014, announced in an op-ed that he is switching parties to become a Democrat. In response, College Democrats of America President Natasha McKenzie released the following statement:

 

"On behalf of the College Democrats of America, I'd like to offer Jake a hearty ‘welcome aboard.’ This year's election offers a clear choice for young Americans. It's a choice between Democrats, who are working to make sure that everyone can access a quality, affordable education, and Republicans, who continue to stand in the way of progress. The recent trend of College Republican state leaders switching parties reinforces the fact that Democrats are fighting for our generation's values. We look forward to working with Jake to elect a congress that fights for them, too."

 

In case you missed it, the op-ed can be found below. 

 

The Concord Monitor: My Turn: The issue of student debt causes a young Republican to lose faith in the party

By JAKE WAGNER 

 

Thursday, September 4, 2014 

For the last two years, it has been my mission to recruit millennials into the fold of the Republican Party. Talking to young voters, educating my classmates and motivating them to get involved was an incredibly rewarding experience as chairman of the New Hampshire Federation of College Republicans. However, if these same students and recent graduates desire to have their voices heard and their interests fought for, they would be well-advised to vote Democrat this November.

After many months of reflection, I have come to realize that the Republican Party has failed to see the big picture on issues that matter most to my generation, particularly in regards to the crushing student loan debt that burdens our lives. The dire consequences of this crisis are felt far more personally than most issues today, and as such, I am compelled to advocate for leaders and policies that will address this problem head-on.

As a recent undergraduate student in New Hampshire, I know firsthand just how difficult it is to succeed as a young American, especially when it is estimated that a whopping 74 percent of New Hampshire students – myself included – leave college with an average student loan debt of $33,000 – the second-highest average in the nation.

As a result, we are putting major life decisions on hold, and struggle every day to have faith in the dreams that led us to pursue higher education in the first place. Even for those of us who have found work, our ability to contribute to the economy is crippled, and for many of us, the financial stability of our own families is at risk.

This kind of oppression must not be tolerated. Millennials and middle-class families deserve immediate and effective solutions to this crisis.

The Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, is a prime example of how leaders from the Democratic Party are leading the way on this issue. If passed, the bill would allow students and families to refinance their student loans at lower interest rates, ultimately saving them thousands of dollars along the way.

Refinancing homes and cars has long been a successful way for middle-class families to improve their economic conditions and alleviate the financial difficulties they face. Granting recent graduates this chance would likewise give young Americans the opportunity they need to thrive.

In fact, more than 125,000 students in New Hampshire alone would be affected by this legislation. With more money in their pockets and more control over their lives, this positive change would help ignite our state’s economy.

Unfortunately for us, however, Republicans in the U.S. Senate recently blocked the Bank on Students bill. Their approach to this issue is one that simply fails to address the immediate and pressing nature of this crisis.

In the past, GOP leaders have advocated for the government to play a lesser role, if any, in regards to higher education, often pointing instead to the problematic rising cost of tuition.

To be sure, the high cost of college has indeed helped to produce the staggering student loan debt we see today.

But when it comes to actually combatting this trend in New Hampshire, Democratic leadership is once again leading the way.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and our Democratic representatives in Concord restored funding to New Hampshire’s higher education system, resulting in the first in-state tuition freeze in 25 years.

In addition, low-income students are now receiving scholarships to attend college.

Just recently, the Community College System of New Hampshire announced that tuition rates at all seven of their colleges would be lowered for this coming school year.

Today, a college education in the Granite State is more affordable and more accessible to all who desire a fair chance to succeed.

Leaders like Shaheen and Hassan continually prove that they are deeply invested in the future of millennials. Their investment in students is ultimately an investment in the future of our state and our country.

Funding public higher education, supporting Pell Grants and advocating for legislation like the Bank on Students bill are just a few of many ways in which their actions have improved the lives of countless young Americans. The debate over student loan debt in this country has made one thing abundantly clear: when millennials speak, Democrats listen. Even as my generation reels from crushing debt, their resolve to find solutions to this crisis only continues to grow.

After all, it has been said that millennials are in fact optimistic and upbeat about their future. Therefore, we owe it to ourselves to support leaders who are dedicated to solving the problems that restrain our true and full potential.

As students begin another school year, it is my hope that young voters across New Hampshire will judge candidates not just for the ads they run or the words they say, but for the actions each candidate has taken to positively and directly impact their lives.

Once they do, they’ll find that supporting Democrats this November is by far the right choice to make.

(Jake Wagner attended St. Anselm College and was chairman of the New Hampshire Federation of College Republicans from 2012 to 2014. He lives in Manchester.)