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Thursday
Oct302014

NHDP - Rand Paul's Endorsement Just Further Proves Scott Brown is Not For New Hampshire 

Manchester, NH—The pro-outsourcing and Republican-aligned U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spending more money to try and buy New Hampshire’s Senate seat for Scott Brown, this time using Tea Party leader Rand Paul to vouch for Brown. To say the least, Rand Paul's record is radical and out of the mainstream, and the fact that he has become a top surrogate for Scott Brown just further proves how wrong Scott Brown is for New Hampshire.
 
“Rand Paul's record is extreme - he voted for a federal personhood amendment that would criminalize all abortion, voted against the Violence Against Women Act and paycheck fairness, and championed the government shutdown. His decision to support Scott Brown only further proves that Scott Brown is not for New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain

 
THE FACTS ON RAND PAUL'S RECORD AND AGENDA:

RAND PAUL SPONSORED FEDERAL PERSONHOOD LEGISLATION
 
2011: Rand Paul Co-Sponsored The Life At Conception Act. [S. 91, 112th Congress, 1/25/11]
 
·         Rand Paul Co-Sponsored The Life At Conception Act, Which Declared Protection Under The 14th Amendment Of The Constitution From The Moment Of Conception. “This week, Senator Rand Paul will join Senator Roger Wicker as an original sponsor of the Life at Conception Act. This legislation declares that the unborn are persons, as prescribed in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.” [Press Release, Office of Senator Rand Paul, 01/24/11]
 
·         Rand Paul’s Office Issued A Press Release That Said The Life At Conception Act “Would Reverse Roe V. Wade Without The Need For A Constitutional Amendment.” “This week, Senator Rand Paul will join Senator Roger Wicker as an original sponsor of the Life at Conception Act. This legislation declares that the unborn are persons, as prescribed in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution…By following the powers offered to Congress in the Constitution, passage of the Life at Conception Act would reverse Roe v. Wade without the need for a constitutional amendment.” [Press Release, Office of Senator Rand Paul, 01/24/11]
 
Rand Paul Introduced Senate Bill 583, A Bill That Would Implement Equal Protection Under The 14thAmendment For The Right To Life For Each Born And Unborn Human. “On Thursday, Sen. Paul introduced S.583, a bill that would implement equal protection under the 14th Amendment for the right to life of each born and unborn human. This legislation does not amend or interpret the Constitution, but simply relies on the 14th Amendment, which specifically authorizes Congress to enforce its provisions.” [Press Release, Office of Rand Paul, 3/15/13]
 
·         Rand Paul Introduced Personhood Legislation That Would Ban All Abortions In America Federally And Likely Ban Some Forms Of Hormonal Birth Control, Like The Pill. RACHEL MADDOW: “Rand Paul has introduced personhood legislation that would ban all abortions in America federally. It would also likely ban some forms of hormonal birth control, like the pill and even in vitro fertilization.” [Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, 3/21/13]
 

RAND PAUL VOTED AGAINST THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT
 
Rand Paul Voted Against Reauthorizing The Violence Against Women Act.  22 Senate Republicans voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.  [S. 47, Passage, Vote #113, 2/12/13]
 
Rand Paul Said He Opposed The Violence Against Women Act Because It Required “Borrowing Money From China.”  “Paul was asked why he was one of 22 GOP male senators to vote against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act last week.  According to Paul, his opposition to the bill was rooted in VAWA requiring ‘borrowing money from China,’ adding that he thinks such domestic violence efforts should be handled and funded completely at the state level and by private charities, not the federal government. Paul dodged LEO’s question on whether he thought the bill was unconstitutional.”  [LEO Weekly, 2/21/13]
 
RAND PAUL VOTED AGAINST EQUAL PAY LEGISLATION
 
2014: Rand Paul Voted To Block The Paycheck Fairness Act. “On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on S. 2199).” [S.2199, Vote #262, 113th Congress, 9/15/14]
 
2014: Rand Paul Voted Against The Paycheck Fairness Act.  “On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2199).” [S. 2199, Vote #103, 113th Congress,4/9/14]
 
·         Rand Paul Said That The Paycheck Fairness Act That Failed In The Senate Would Interfere With The Free Market. “Many in the GOP see laws like the paycheck fairness measure as an effort to help trial lawyers mount cases. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said it would interfere with the free market.” [CNN New Source, 4/9/14]
 
2012: Rand Paul Voted To Block The Paycheck Fairness Act Saying It Was Harmful. "Kentucky's two Republican senators yesterday helped their party block the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have given women new tools to combat pay discrimination in the workforce. Kentucky women make just seventy seven cents to every dollar a man makes. The same holds true nationally… But Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul says the legislation would do more harm than good." [WKMS, 6/6/12]
 
·         HEADLINE: "Rand Paul Compares Paycheck Fairness To Soviet Politburo" [Huffington Post, 6/5/12]

RAND PAUL WAS A LEADER IN THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN

NBC Politics: Rand Paul Was An “Early Signatory” To The Strategy Linking Continued Government Funding To Defunding Obamacare. “If the consequences of the 2011 debt ceiling standoff rippled through the 2012 election, then this shutdown is almost certain to reverberate through the 2016 presidential election. Among Republicans, three possible presidential candidates — led by Cruz and joined by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — were early signatories to the strategy linking continued government funding to defunding Obamacare, a central factor contributing to the shutdown.” [NBC Politics,10/17/13]
 
Rand Paul On Whether He Would Surrender Plans To Gut Obamacare By Threatening A Government Shutdown: “I Was Elected To Fight To Stop Obamacare And I Will Do Everything Possible To Stop Obamacare.” Asked about the possibility of Republicans surrendering their fight to defund Obamacare though the budget process, Rand Paul: “I was elected to fight to stop Obamacare and I will do everything possible to stop Obamacare.” [Hannity, Fox News, 8/29/13]
 
Rand Paul On The Government Shutdown Fight: “It Isn’t My Job To Guess How This Ends… It Is My Job To Stand Up Against Obamacare.” “As for an outcome of what will happen in terms of which ‘impasse’ he said the House and Senate will end up at, he said he does not know. ‘I can’t tell you the outcome but I can tell you A or B,’ meaning that either there is a filibuster of the House bill to prevent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from stripping Obamacare defunding language from the House CR, or the Senate succeeds in stripping the defund language and the House holds strong by going to a conference and negotiating further takedowns of Obamacare. ‘It isn’t my job to guess how this ends,’ Paul said in the email, adding that his job is to fight against Obamacare. ‘It is my job to stand up against Obamacare,’ Paul said.”  [Breitbart, 9/21/13]
 
Rand Paul: “Cruz Has Done Has Been Masterful. He And Mike Lee Have United The Grassroots Against Obamacare And They’ve Done A Tremendous Job. And I Support Them. I Won’t Vote For, No Matter What Happens, I’m Not Voting To Fund A Penny Of Obamacare.” Rand Paul on using the possibility of a government shutdown to defund Obamacare: “I think what Sen. Cruz has done has been masterful. He and Mike Lee have united the grassroots against Obamacare and they’ve done a tremendous job. And I support them. I won’t vote for, no matter what happens, I’m not voting to fund a penny of Obamacare.” [Hannity Radio, 9/25/13]
Friday
Jun132014

Gardner Goldsmith For US Senate - Goldsmith Files for US Senate Run!

By Gardner Goldsmith on Jun 11, 2014 11:29 pm

Goldsmith for US Senate

The Libertarian Campaign to Stress Principles

14 Spring St, Nashua, NH03060

Press: Gard4Senate

For Release: June 12, 2014

Gardner Goldsmith Files for US Senate Run

Today, author, television scriptwriter and public speaker P. Gardner Goldsmith arrived in Concord from his childhood home in Amherst to file as the Libertarian candidate for the 2014 US Senate against Jeanne Shaheen, and the prospective GOP candidate.

Goldsmith’s reasons are numerous, and center on principles.

“The courageous men and women of the Revolutionary Era understood ideals that are not popular among establishment politicians like Jeanne Shaheen and the GOP’s likely choice, Scott Brown,” he said.

“They understood that you have natural rights to your life, your liberty, and the fruits of your labor. They understood that you have a right to defend all those things with arms, without ANY interference from politicians and bureaucrats. They understood that you have a right to privacy, and formulated rules in the Constitution to protect against precisely the kinds of unwarranted searches that happen on phone and internet systems, in private homes, in airports, and in cars every oppressive day in contemporary America.”

“They wrote rules for the operation of the US government and clearly enumerated the powers granted to it.

“But today’s politicians pay no heed. They send the US military on aggressive missions without a legal Declaration of War in order to torture captives contrary to the Geneva Accords. They kill people without trial – men, women and children — by hitting them with drones, then tell us those who seek retribution hate America for our supposed freedoms.

“They take not only our money, but the money of people not even born, forcing servitude on them — to labor without personal consent. And they give us childish excuses. They say that ‘America has spoken’, or they are ‘defending freedom’, or they are ‘investing in America.’

“The last time I looked, theft and redistribution of wealth weren’t ‘investments’.”

Goldsmith concluded with this warning.

“This observation is one of not only Democrats and the current occupant of the White House, but of the establishment GOP. Scott Brown voted for the indefinite detention of Americans under the National Defense Authorization Act… And so did Jeanne Shaheen. Brown recently told radio host Howie Carr that he would ‘never sponsor a bill to further restrict the right to keep and bear arms’ but he did not say he would never vote for one if it were sponsored by someone ELSE. Meanwhile, Jeanne Shaheen sees fit to invade your medical privacy via her outrageous support for the so-called ‘Affordable Care Act’.

“They are shells lacking principle. Avatars without spines. They are dangerous to you, your earnings, and the futures of your children. They make nebulous statements about their love of home and country while burning the document that gives them their seats in power.

“They spit in your faces and call it rain. It’s time to stop the abuse and vote libertarian. Show them you are an individual. Show them your worth. You still have a chance to stand up for principle.”

Saturday
Apr052014

Rubens For US Senate - Liberty Activists Endorse Jim Rubens 

Grassroots supporters continue to rally behind candidate with bold ideas

The Jim Rubens for U.S. Senate campaign today announced another large group of grassroots supporters who have officially endorsed Jim Rubens' candidacy. These endorsements -- combined with his earlier State Representative, Second Amendment and leadership endorsements -- demonstrate diverse, rapidly growing, and broad-based support for Jim Rubens.

These endorsements effectively turn the GOP primary into a two-person race.

Jim Rubens reacts to this latest round of public supporters:

"These endorsements show that New Hampshire voters want a committed conservative who will advance liberty and bring thoughtful solutions to Washington. Voters want a candidate with a proven track record of showing how liberty can improve lives and increase prosperity. My charter school law provides choice for parents, diversity of education opportunities, higher academic performance for children, and lower costs for taxpayers. I launched debate over electricity choice and competition that has saved New Hampshire ratepayers millions.

"These distinguished activists recognize that the federal government has become a threat to freedom, spying on our emails and telling us which doctors and hospitals we can use.

"It's time to replace business as usual Washington career politicians like Jeanne Shaheen. She voted for Dodd-Frank, leaving the too-big-to-fail banks bigger than ever and the taxpayer once again on the hook for their failure. She voted for Obamacare that will drive up US healthcare costs and result in eventual government takeover of one-sixth of the US economy. She voted to increase national debt by over $7 trillion. She supports NSA spying on millions of innocent citizens. Her vote for a Syria bombing war would have sucked us into yet another Mideast military quagmire with no benefit to US national security."

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Friday
Mar282014

OurAmericanInitiative - Liberty must be debated 

Friends,
 

Please visit OUR America's Debate Challenge today!

 

Tomorrow, I’m headed to Colorado for a weekend of events with great liberty activists. And just like their counterparts all across the country, one of the questions that will come up is: What do we need to do to be heard -- to put liberty front and center as the politicians and policy-makers make decisions that impact our freedoms and rights as individuals?

 

There is much we can do, but I remain convinced that one of the single most important -- and doable -- steps we can take is to break the stranglehold the Democrats and Republicans have on the nationally-televised presidential debates. Allowing an advocate for real liberty on the debate stage to challenge those who offer only different shades of big government will, in fact, make us heard.

 

You can help make that happen.  Go to Our America's Debate Challenge today and contribute what you can to provide the funds the Our America Initiative will use to pay the legal and communications costs of challenging the debate duopoly and giving America real choices.

 

Our legal team is working right now to take this fight to the nation’s highest courts, and frankly, we know we have a strong case.  But Our America will be going up against the bottomless pockets of the national Democrat and Republican parties and their corporate funders -- funders who will spend whatever it takes to preserve a big government system and the special interests it protects.

 

The Our America Initiative only has one special interest: You, and the freedoms you and I want to restore.  It’s up to us, and we need to raise $50,000 in the next very few weeks to complete our legal filings and mobilize the grassroots support we must have to counter the deep pockets of the privately-owned and operated Commission on Presidential Debates and its corporate sponsors.  Your support for Our America's Debate Challenge is critical.

 

Poll after poll shows that a majority of Americans want more choices. Giving them more choices in presidential debates will go a long way toward shaking up the system and breaking the status quo.  That’s why the Democrats and Republicans don’t want anyone else on THEIR debate stage.  It’s up to us to spoil the party.

 

Go to Our America today and join the fight.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.  Thanks!


Gov. Gary Johnson
Honorary Chairman
Friday
Mar212014

OurAmericanInitiative - Nobody will talk about it 

Friends,

 

We who care about liberty often speak about the heavy hand of government -- and the need to remove it from our daily lives.

 

A couple of weeks ago, that heavy hand came down in my own backyard, at the ski area in New Mexico near where I live and where I ski all winter long.  On a normal Saturday -- with families gathered for a fun day on the mountain and activities such as a cancer benefit taking place, the United States Forest Service showed up at the Taos Valley ski area with four uniformed, armed “law enforcement” agents and a drug-sniffing dog.  They proceeded to search the parking lots, “sniff” the cars of guests and employees, and then stop vehicles for such grave offenses as cracked windshields and unbuckled seat belts.

 

You can read about it here: Taos Ski Valley Drug Sweep.

 

I am livid. These Federal Agents didn’t just stop by. They traveled 150 miles, along with their drug-sniffing dog, on a Saturday for the express purpose of raiding a family ski area where, trust me, there were no threats to national security.  I probably shouldn’t share it, but this clip from an Albuquerque TV newscast will give you an idea of what I think about this kind  of government thuggery: "Somebody needs to lose their job."

 

And, my op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal about it: Only Threat Was the USFS.

This kind of Big Government abuse happens every day, all across the country. But who in Washington, DC, is demanding that it stop? In reality, no one. Sure, some politicians talk about reining in federal agencies, but it obviously isn’t happening. It isn’t happening because Big Government = Power, and the politicians don’t really want less power; they want more.

 

I have told you about the Our America Initiative’s effort to break the two-party control of Presidential Debates. This episode, right in my neighborhood, is a perfect example of why the all-important nationally-televised debates must be opened to qualified voices other than just the Republicans and Democrats -- both of whom thrive on the power they get from big government.

 

 

Until someone who truly believes in liberty and freedom from federal overreach is allowed on the stage, there will be no debate about why armed federal agents need to harass ordinary citizens going about their daily lives. There will be no hard questions about spending thousands of tax dollars on a “sweep”  to round up four -- yes, four -- people for minor drug possession and write a couple of tickets for cracked windshields.

 

Our America is fighting to put these issues on the debate stage, both in court and at the grassroots. And you can help.  Go to Open the Debates today and contribute $10, $50, $100 or more to help pay the legal costs of challenging the private Presidential Debate Commission and to help us mobilize millions of Americans to demand an end to control of the debates by the Republicans and Democrats.

 

To win this fight in time for the 2016 election, we must act now. We have a good case -- and a good argument. We just need the resources to take that case to the courts and to the American people.  Your contribution at Open the Debates will make the difference.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.  Thanks!


Gov. Gary Johnson

Honorary Chairman

 

P.S. Our America’s legal team is working hard  right now, and your support is essential!