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NHDP - ICYMI: Nashua Telegraph Op-Ed: "Republican platform a disaster" 

Manchester, NH - This morning, the Nashua Telegraph published an op-ed from New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley denouncing the NHGOP's candidates for refusing to stand up to their own party's newly amended anti-women, anti-equality platform. 

See here or below for the full op-ed by New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley:

Nashua Telegraph: "Republican platform a disaster"
Ray Buckley, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman
October 19, 2014

It’s telling that the New Hampshire Republican Party continues to hide its extremist platform nearly a month since it passed – incredibly, it’s still not posted on its website. Fortunately, last week, the Concord Monitor finally obtained a copy of it.

If I were Jennifer Horn, the Republican Party chair, I’d also do everything I could to hide that platform from the public. The NHGOP has adopted a number of draconian stances, including fetal personhood (which the voters of conservative Mississippi overwhelmingly defeated by referendum) and strictly defining marriage as between one man and one woman (despite a nearly two-thirds consensus for marriage equality), proving just how wrong the Republican Party is for the families of New Hampshire.

The candidates who were present and voted on this disaster of a party platform had a responsibility to speak up, but instead did nothing to counterbalance the extremists in their own party. And who sat in the front row while the NHGOP adopted this frighteningly restrictive values statement? Former Massachusetts senator turned New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown. He endorsed the fact that if the NHGOP had its way, New Hampshire would turn its back on freedom of choice and equality. Scott Brown and the NHGOP do not share Granite State values – they are trying to bring us backward.

We have watched Scott Brown bounce around the state trying to paint himself as one of us. However, what he cannot do is whitewash his abysmal record. He can say what he wants and erroneously claim to be “pro-choice,” but his voting history proves he’s just as bad as the rest of the NHGOP. The guy who co-sponsored (twice!) a bill to force women to look at photographs of fetuses before choosing to end a pregnancy is now the poster boy of a party that wants to define life as beginning at conception, outlawing in-vitro fertilization, all abortion – even in cases of rape and incest – and many common forms of birth control. Brown was complicit in his party’s adoption of this extreme policy that is out-of-step with New Hampshire values.

But the NHGOP did not stop at the curtailing of women’s rights. It also took aim at what a majority of Granite Staters believe is settled law: marriage equality. Back in 2009, New Hampshire passed marriage equality with a bipartisan vote, showing the country that our state believes in equality. But not Scott Brown’s NHGOP! They would bring our state backward, repealing marriage equality despite its popularity. What we see from Scott Brown, Walt Havenstein, Frank Guinta and Marilinda Garcia is a ticket of people who are wrong for our state. While the Democratic Party looks forward and empowers our citizenry, the GOP candidates are fixated on an extreme alternative, in which women and LGBT families are treated like second-class citizens.

The fact that Scott Brown sat silently as the GOP voted on the adoption of a platform that takes choice away from the women of our state and denies loving couples the right to marry is no surprise – but it is wrong for the people of New Hampshire. We have again and again rejected this type of discrimination and the politicians who promise to embody it. While Scott Brown has attempted to distance himself from his party’s extreme positions, the reality is that he did not stand up to it. He’s not a leader who will put New Hampshire first – and his past proves it. Luckily, we have Jeanne Shaheen, who has championed LGBT rights and fiercely defended a woman’s right to make the health care decisions that are best for her, without input from her boss and without harsh restrictions on her right to choose. She represents the beliefs and ideals of a true Granite Stater and will always put New Hampshire first – always.


Concord - Endangered North Carolina Senator Kay Hagen (D-NC) today flip-flopped her position on a travel ban on Ebola "hot zone" countries, announcing her support for it only two days after she opposed it.  Senator Jeanne Shaheen continues to stand with President Obama and oppose a commonsense travel ban.


"Senator Shaheen continues to stand with President Obama and oppose a travel ban from countries afflicted by the Ebola virus. Her blind allegiance to the President's failed policies is shameful and proves that she is unwilling to provide independent leadership for New Hampshire," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "It's time for Jeanne Shaheen and President Obama to impose Ebola travel restrictions to keep Americans safe from disease."

Senator Kelly Ayotte, Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown and even liberal Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter support travel restrictions on Ebola affected countries. 



Concord - Senator Jeanne Shaheen and President Obama continue to oppose an Ebola travel ban, but such a temporary measure is needed to keep Americans safe from unnecessary risk of exposure to the deadly virus.


Yesterday, Shaheen told New England Cable News in an interview: "I don't think at this stage that a travel ban makes sense." Yet, it is precisely at the early stage of an outbreak that a travel ban makes the most sense.


"Senator Shaheen and President Obama are wrong to oppose a travel ban from countries afflicted by the Ebola virus. Many African countries have successfully imposed a ban to stop the spread of Ebola, and we must do the same. What is happening in Texas started with one infected patient who came here from Liberia," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "It's time for Jeanne Shaheen and President Obama to impose Ebola travel restrictions to keep Americans safe from disease."




Shaheen Retreats, Removes 'War On Women' Ad Against Scott Brown From Airwaves


Matthew Boyle

October 15, 2014


Incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) withdrew from television false ads attacking former Sen. Scott Brown in the vein of the infamous 2012 "war on women" theme. 


"Shaheen unveiled a commercial Monday that said Republican Scott Brown wants to take away insurance coverage for birth control and force women to look at color photographs of fetuses before they can get abortions," Politico's James Hohmann wrote on Wednesday, adding though that just a couple days later now Shaheen has abandoned the strategy.


"Her campaign has decided to sub that out on Thursday for a new spot that's called 'For You,' shared first with POLITICO, that shows the senator talking straight to camera," Hohmann wrote. "It will be the only Shaheen ad running on WMUR-TV and New Hampshire cable as of Thursday, according to a source tracking the air war."


The ad that Shaheen pulled included a false statement that Brown, as a Massachusetts state senator, backed legislation that would "force" women to look at photographs of fetuses before getting abortions.


"On issues important to women, what's Scott Brown's record?" a narrator said in that Shaheen campaign ad. "In Massachusetts, Scott Brown pushed for a law to force women considering abortion-force them-to look at color photographs of developing fetuses. Scott Brown wants the government to tell women how to make this decision. Anti-choice groups in Massachusetts endorsed Scott Brown and women there voted him out. Scott Brown: not for New Hampshire."


Local New Hampshire news outlet WMUR, which obtained a copy of the legislation, found that the bill did not contain language that would "force" women to do things Shaheen said it would.


"The referring physician, the physician performing the abortion, or either the physician's agent must provide ... color photographs or ... realistic drawings of the developing unborn child," the text of the bill, as reported by WMUR, reads.

WMUR noted that Brown's campaign "points out that nowhere in the legislation is there any language requiring women to actually view those pictures."


At the same, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) launched a bizarre attack on Brown, twisting his words to say he was "sexually active at 18."


Brown hammered Shaheen and the Democrats at a press conference last week right before an event focused on foreign policy-an issue, alongside immigration, that Brown has campaigned on to enormous success-for hurting women with her false attack ads.


"For Sen. Shaheen and her allies to suggest otherwise in the way that she has is just shameful," Brown said about his support for women. "It reminds me of what Martha Coakley tried to do when she said I would not allow women who are raped to be able to have the care and services they needed. Just as shameful. Sadly, the National Democratic Party is resorting to these scare tactics not only here, but across the country because that's all they have left. Now you all know, we're helping obviously fund the stations, but there's been a lot of negative ads, but this one absolutely crosses the line, and it's from her. She's standing behind this ad, just as I stand behind my ads."


Brown said then she should pull the ad, which she wouldn't-until now, when she's seen a negative hit in the polls.


"And I'm focusing on the issues that people are talking about and you're writing and reporting about," Brown said then.


"Because we are, right now, talking about a sensitive and tender topic. Shame on Senator Shaheen, for playing politics with women. I will continue to talk about the issues that affect all voters, both men and women that have to do with our national security, our economic security."


New Hampshire GOP chairwoman Jennifer Horn said that Shaheen pulling the ad is akin to "waving the white flag" of surrender-an admission she was being dishonest, and paid the political price for it.


"Jeanne Shaheen's smear campaign has backfired and her desperate attempt to deceive voters is an embarrassing failure," Horn said in a statement. "Granite Staters are smart enough to see though Jeanne Shaheen's negative and dishonest political tactics and realize that she is desperate because she knows that she is losing."


The pulling of the ad now is a remarkable and sudden shift by a struggling Shaheen campaign that comes after polling data shows she actually fell behind Brown for the first time in the race overall, and slipped with women, since she went on the offensive.


The new poll, from New England College, of 1,081 likely New Hampshire voters conducted on Oct. 9 found Brown is leading Shaheen 48 percent to 46.9 percent. The 1.1 percent lead is within the 2.98 percent margin of error, but it's the first time in 2014 Brown has been shown to be leading Shaheen in any poll. This new poll shows Brown has actually picked up a point and a half with women voters since the previous New England College poll on Oct. 3. The previous poll showed Brown getting 41.9 percent of female voters-while the new poll shows Brown getting 43.1 percent among female voters.


A Brown campaign adviser told Politico that support Brown picked up among female voters is a direct result of Shaheen's failed "war on women" attack.


"It's clear that Jeanne Shaheen's smear campaign isn't working, and she continues to lose ground and fall behind," the Brown adviser said. "She can't escape the fact she voted with the president 99 percent of the time."


Shaheen's campaign fired back through spokesman Shripal Shah to say, "That's nonsense," and Democrats provided

Politico's Hohmann with internal polling-which is always favorable to the candidate for whom it is done-to argue Shaheen is up six points.


"The most recent internal poll conducted for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, released earlier Wednesday, shows Shaheen up 6 points, 50 percent to 44 percent," Hohmann wrote.


This all comes as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigned for Brown on Wednesday-he's already made other trips to the Granite State for Brown this year-to ride the Brown momentum wave and help him further it.


"Scott Brown knows what it takes to keep the economy growing, while Jeanne Shaheen has voted to open the door for a national energy tax and supports President Obama 99 percent of the time," Romney said at the energy policy focused event for Brown. "We need an independent senator who will fight for New Hampshire and that person is Scott Brown."






Concord - Today, the New Hampshire Republican State Committee launched robocalls and a web campaign regarding Governor Hassan's reckless mismanagement of the New Hampshire budget and highlighting her past support for a disastrous income tax: 


"Governor Hassan has completely failed to properly manage the New Hampshire state budget," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn. "She clearly cannot get her own administration's spending under control and it's clear that new taxes will be the only option given her recklessness. With Governor Hassan's past support for an income tax, New Hampshire's middle class should be gravely concerned about what's in store for a second Hassan term. It's time to replace Maggie Hassan with Walt Havenstein, a responsible Republican who understands how to balance a budget, create jobs and grow our state's economy - and will never support an income tax."


The transcript of the robocall is below:


"Hi, this is Emily. Even though New Hampshire is facing a budget shortfall, Governor Hassan's administration has requested an 18 percent spending increase for the next fiscal year. There's no way to meet Hassan's demands with existing revenues, and the only solution will be to raise taxes. Given her history of repeated support for an income tax in our state, it's clear that she will need an income tax to pay for her lavish spending. Keep New Hampshire income tax free by calling Governor Hassan at 271-2121 to say that the spending must stop! Paid for by the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, Robert Scott, Treasurer."




Hassan refused to support a State Constitutional Amendment to ban an income tax. "National taxpayer groups are being invited to join New Hampshire's debate over a proposed state constitutional ban of an income tax... Hassan is opposed."(John Toole, "NH Debate On Income Tax Heats Up," The Eagle-Tribune, 9/23/12)


"She also opposes a constitutional amendment that would prohibit an income tax In New Hampshire."(Sarah Brubeck, "Health Care Key Issue For N.H. Gov. Candidate Hassan," Valley News, 10/20/12)


Hassan admits that there are circumstances under which she would support an income tax. ""I would only support an income tax if it repeals the statewide property tax" (Lara Bricker, "Hassan takes issue with mailers," Portsmouth Herald, 11/1/02)