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NHDP - Granite State Democrats Complete Successful Statewide Series of Grassroots Summits 

Over 500 Total People Turned Out for 12 Summits Across State

Concord, NH-- The New Hampshire Democratic Party completed its statewide grassroots training program with it's 12th and final summit last night in Meredith. Each summit united volunteers, activists, and community members dedicated to electing strong, Democratic leaders this coming November. Over the past two months, Democrats from all ten counties, Manchester and Nashua met to partake in training sessions ranging from persuasive neighbor-to-neighbor communication strategies, tactics to maximize a social media presence, and effective fundraising methods.

"Over the course of 12 summits, over 500 New Hampshire grassroots Democrats showed their enthusiasm for the reelection of Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen, Congresswomen Shea-Porter and Kuster and our entire Democratic team. There are less than six months until Election Day, and New Hampshire Democrats are highly energized and organized. At every summit, this was clear: Granite State Democrats won't let a single day go to waste," said State Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. "We are making sure we continue to have the best grassroots team to spread our message across the state and get out the vote in November."

At each summit, the trainings, discussions, and presentations were led by staff representatives from the State Party's communications, political, and finance offices. Attendees of each summit were provided with materials and contact information to ensure all local grassroots organizations have access to the resources they need to build and develop winning campaigns.


NH GOP - Chairman Jennifer Horn: War on Women is a Democratic Myth 


This weekend, NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn published an op-ed in the Concord Monitor that set the record straight on the war that Republicans are fighting in New Hampshire - we're fighting to replace elected officials who aren't working for the Granite State.

Concord Monitor: My Turn: Republicans's war on women is a Democratic myth

By Jennifer Horn


In 2012, President Obama won re-election in part by driving a false narrative that Republicans are waging a war on women. It seems that not much has changed in the Democrats' political playbooks in these last two years, because Democrats nationwide and especially right here in New Hampshire are once again claiming that Republicans are at odds with women.


No one can blame Democrats for trying to repeat past success. But here's the problem - 2014 is not 2012. Democrats have broken their promises time and time again, and this year Granite State residents are ready to make a change and vote Republicans into office.


One stark contrast between 2012 and 2014? Obamacare. In 2012, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was still promising New Hampshire residents that if they liked their doctor, they could keep their doctor. But in 2014, we know that's not the case. Obamacare is now a disastrous reality for the Granite State, due largely to Shaheen's deciding vote for the law.


Because of Shaheen, many New Hampshire residents have lost access to their family doctor, the person who they have trusted to take care of their family for years. Because of Shaheen, many New Hampshire residents have seen their hours reduced at work because their employer can no longer afford to keep them on staff full time due to the regulations required of employers by Obamacare. Because of Shaheen, 22,000 Granite State families have received health insurance cancellation letters because their plans no longer fit the requirements of Obamacare, and their employers can no longer afford to provide the kind of insurance plans that meet Obamacare mandates. Plans that in many cases have coverage requirements that many people simply don't need or want.


Shaheen alone is not responsible for the failures and burdens of Obamacare. While she was the deciding vote for the legislation in 2009, her colleagues in the House of Representatives, Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster also share the blame. We all want affordable, accessible health care coverage, but New Hampshire families simply cannot afford the cost of this failed policy and Reps. Shea-Porter and Kuster have turned a deaf ear to the people they are supposed to represent, refusing to even hold town halls to answer the questions of families who have lost their coverage altogether.


Granite State families are, unfortunately, facing many economic difficulties today in addition to the burdensome cost of Obamacare. Economic stagnation leaves us with 38,000 unemployed neighbors, a gallon of milk at $3.65, gas at over $3.50 a gallon and the only answer offered by our governor is more government spending, which always leads to the same outcome: higher taxes for all.


Recently Gov. Maggie Hassan led the charge in passing an increase in the gas tax and will sign it into law. This law means one thing for all of us - less money in our pockets.


Under the leadership of Hassan our state's Rainy Day Fund has dwindled to perilously low levels and our credit rating has been lowered from "stable" to "negative." The answer is not more taxes and more spending, it is reduced government spending, tax cuts, balanced budgets and sensible contributions to our Rainy Day Fund.


In a country where women start more small businesses than men, and women make the majority of consumer purchase decisions and the majority of health care decisions for their families, it is hard to make the argument that a party that fights for limited, efficient government, lower taxes and free- market health insurance reform is somehow against women. These are the principles that, when translated into policy, lift up the entire community and protect the America of unlimited opportunity that we all hold so dear.


It's easy to understand how and why New Hampshire Democrats are pursing this narrative - many of the elected officials we are working to replace this year are indeed women. But here's the truth: We are fighting to elect Republicans to office who will bring about real change that will make the lives to New Hampshire residents better. That Shaheen, Shea-Porter, Kuster and Hassan are women is a non sequitur. They could just as easily be men - our argument would be the same. They aren't working for New Hampshire, and it's time for them to go.




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NHDP - In Case You Missed It: Is This The Price Of Leadership?

NH Business Leader Condemns NHGOP, Scott Brown Campaign Tactics: "Rude," "No regard for our staff," "Had to be escorted out by security," "Left me feeling dirty," "Is this what NH politics is coming to?" 

Business NH Magazine: Is This The Price Of Leadership?
I recently had a front row seat to the direction political campaigns are taking in NH, and I must admit, it left me feeling dirty. Our company runs the Made in NH Expo, which features locally small business owners.  This offer is always made to whoever is in office, no matter what their political affiliation.  This year Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter took us up on our offer, and while Sen. Kelly Ayotte was not able to join us, she sent a letter of welcome to exhibitors and attendees for our opening ceremony.
However, some uninvited guests crashed the party, led by the new NH GOP Executive Director Matt Mowers.  A former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Mower brought a group of GOP operatives to the expo, no but to shop.  While Mowers would always be welcome to any event we host, his entourage was problematic.  Accompanied by a group who claimed to be outraged citizens or volunteers, Mowers' operatives sought to ambush Sen. Shaheen, TMZ style.  Their goal, with cameras in hand, was to make a scene while filming her reactions.  It was obvious they were have fun with the thrill of the hunt.
Unfortunately, the ambush was a distraction to exhibitors and attendees alike who wanted to meet and talk with the senator.  These operatives had no regard for our staff, to whom they were rude or to the fact that they were not at a politifcal event.  Their singular goal was to make a scene.  When they had to be escorted out by security, they remained undeterred, waiting outside the hall and talking staff members to get information as to the senator's movements.  They planted themselves outside of every exit waiting for Sen. Shaheen to leave. We watched as they swarmed her as she tried to speak with our publisher and, even a few minutes later, as the senator tried to get into her car.
I don't want to be a Pollyanna, shocked that politics get down and dirty (and yes, both side get down in the muck). But is this what NH politics is coming to, taking cues from TMZ?  Haven't we been known for civil conversation because we'll likely be at a board meeting next week with those whom we disagree? Does NH really want to import a New Jersey campaign style that does away with civil discourse?  I don't think so.  Mr. Mowers did return on Saturday with Senate candidate Scott Brown.  Clearly, he had told former Sen. Brown it was the place to be Brown spent several hour with unfettered access to 135 owners of small NH businesses and thousands of attendees.  And no one person tried to ambush him.  
Matt Mowery
Matthew J. Mowery


NHDP - Note to N.H. GOP: Women can be sports fans 

Penny Pitou, former United States Olympic alpine skier who, in 1960, became the first American skier to win a medal in the Olympic downhill event, penned the following Op-Ed that ran in the Concord Monitor, Conway Daily Sun, Laconia Sun, Fosters Daily Democrat, and Seacoastonline.

Note to N.H. GOP: Women can be sports fans

The usually vile N.H. GOP Twitter account hit a new low on Saturday night, when it lashed out at Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for congratulating the Boston Bruins on their recent victory. The @NHGOP tweeted, "You don't know the first thing about hockey."

Why would the New Hampshire Republican Party assume that Sen. Shaheen doesn't know the first thing about hockey? She has celebrated Bruins victories for decades. She was a collegiate basketball player. She coached her daughters' sports teams. She has grandchildren who play hockey. So why, then, would they assume that she doesn't know "the first thing about hockey"? Could it be because she is a woman?

This type of stereotyping is something I've battled as a female athlete.

"You're a girl. You can't be an Olympic skier." "You won an Olympic medal?" "This isn't a sport for girls."

When I was a freshman at Laconia High School, women weren't allowed to join the ski team. So, I tucked my hair into my hat and went by the name Tommy. They told me I couldn't be a female athlete. And now, 61 years later, Jeanne Shaheen — the first woman to be elected as both a governor and a senator in U.S. history — is being told that she can't possibly be a sports fan. Because she's a woman.

The audacity of the N.H. GOP never ceases to shock and disgust me. This is the same party whose former chairman recently compared Shaheen to Betty Crocker cake mix in an op-ed. And it was a N.H. GOPer who, last week, decided that pay discrimination exists because women are less motivated than men.

The string of aggressive tweets that came out of the N.H. GOP were perhaps so unsettling because they came out of nowhere other than from what seemed to be a very angry, bitter place. They were unprovoked and nasty, and made giant presumptions about Sen. Shaheen based on her gender. The Republican Party clearly still has a problem with women and women's issues.

Meanwhile, Scott Brown happily tweeted a congratulatory Bruins tweet from his account with no backlash suggesting that he wasn't a true hockey fan.

Perhaps because his name is Scott, and hers is Jeanne.

Penny Pitou


Editor's note: Penelope Theresa "Penny" Pitou is a former United States Olympic alpine skier who, in 1960, became the first American skier to win a medal in the Olympic downhill event.


NHDP - Scott Brown AGAIN Sides With Koch Brothers, Big Oil, and Wall Street, Against Raising Minimum Wage

Concord, NH— Scott Brown is once again showing that when it comes to important issues for New Hampshire, he'll side with the Koch Brothers, Big Oil, and Wall Street special interests at the expense of Granite Staters.  The latest example comes from Brown's opposition to an increase in the minimum wage, which his fellow Koch Brothers Republicans voted down this afternoon in the U.S. Senate.

The Senate bill would have given more than 110,000 people in New Hampshire a much needed raise, including approximately 67,000 women, by boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Reports also indicate that increasing the minimum wage would help lift more than 10,000 Granite Staters out of poverty. 

The Koch Brothers and their opposition to an increase in the minimum wage has been well documented, and Brown's decision to join their opposition is just the latest example of him supporting their agenda, not ours.
Earlier this year appearing on Fox News, Brown asserted that increasing the minimum wage would lead to “fewer jobs and higher prices.” Brown claimed establishing a more livable wage was “trying to put more people out of business,” and has shown that he is out of step with working families and more concerned with pushing the agenda of his out-of-state special interest backers like the Koch Brothers who would rather protect special breaks for Big Oil and Wall Street at the expense of the middle-class. 
“By opposing an increase in the minimum wage, Scott Brown is once again standing with the Koch Brothers and his Wall Street, Big Oil billionaire backers instead of the people of New Hampshire who need a raise,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Scott Brown is for Scott Brown, the Koch Brothers, and the Big Oil and Wall Street special interests that fund his campaigns, not the people of New Hampshire.”
The Koch Brothers, who vehemently oppose even having a minimum wage altogether, have spent over a million dollars trying to buy Scott Brown a Senate seat.