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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on Frank Guinta's victory in tonight's NH1 News Debate:


"Tonight, Frank Guinta clearly demonstrated why he is the right choice to represent New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. He will work hard to cut taxes, balance budgets and fight the big government regulations that are hurting middle class families in New Hampshire. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter cannot defend the fact that she has marched in lockstep with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, blindly supporting their failed agenda that is hurting New Hampshire families. The 1st District deserves better than a Congresswoman who hides from her constituents, choosing to spend her time instead with Washington's liberal elite, and voters will choose Frank Guinta to represent them on November 4."



Jeanne Shaheen's actions don't back up her rhetoric on energy

New Hampshire Union Leader

Marshall Cobleigh

July 3, 2008


AS IS USUAL with poll-driven politicians, Jeanne Shaheen is running television commercials and writing op-ed pieces addressing the dominant problem facing America -- skyrocketing gasoline prices -- but providing no real solutions. Even worse, anyone who knows her history also knows that during her entire career she has been a big part of the problem.


Long-time New Hampshire residents know that she and I were weekly regulars on Channel 9's "Close Up" program for 10 years (and I have many of the tapes of those programs). Those tapes show Shaheen fighting fiercely to hamstring nuclear licensing regulations. They also show her fighting against building an oil refinery in Rochester after the Durham location failed.


In today's world, China is scheduled to build 50 nuclear reactors by the year 2020; Russia is scheduled to build 26 nuclear reactors; and India is scheduled to build enough nuclear reactors to meet one fourth of the electricity needs of its one billion people.


Meanwhile, thanks to the opposition of Shaheen and others, the United States has not built a nuclear plant in 31 years. Europe gets 35 percent of its electricity from nuclear power: France gets 78 percent, Lithuania gets 70 percent, and Slovakia gets 56 percent.


It's the same story when it comes to building new, efficient refineries. Because Shaheen and others fought to hamstring refinery licensing, America last built a new refinery when Jerry Ford was President.


Jeanne Shaheen and the Democrats propose tighter regulation of illegal oil price manipulation, ending some speculation on oil futures, and imposing a windfall profits tax on oil companies. Doesn't Jeanne Shaheen remember that when Democratic President Jimmy Carter tried a windfall profits tax it was a miserable failure? Domestic oil production plunged by 795 million barrels. Carter and the Democrats predicted tax revenue from their windfall profits tax of $393 billion. It brought in $80 billion. The non-partisan Tax Foundation states that the oil industry since 1981 has had a cumulative $1.12 trillion in profits, but paid $1.65 trillion in taxes.


Shaheen, like a stopped clock, is often correct once or twice a day, and her call for an investigation of possible oil price manipulation makes some sense. However, her position on futures trading could penalize homeowners, farmers and all kinds of traders, as well as cripple our economy.


We do not need another Democrat in Washington. Lets look at the figures Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri put together. They clearly tell us who caused gasoline prices to skyrocket:


  • Increased refinery capacity: 97 percent of House Republicans supported; 96 percent of Democrats opposed.
  • Oil shale exploration: 90 percent of Republicans supported; 86 percent of Democrats opposed.
  • Coal to liquid: 97 percent of Republicans supported; 78 percent of Democrats opposed.
  • Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) exploration: 81 percent of Republicans supported; 83 percent of Democrats opposed.
  • ANWR exploration: 91 percent of Republicans supported: 86 percent of Democrats opposed.


A few facts about these issues that Shaheen and the Democrats oppose:


ANWR is larger than the area of five states: Massachusetts, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey. The drilling would be done in an area one-sixth the size of Dulles Airport.


Drilling is now being done 60 miles off of Florida, but that drilling is being done by Cuba. Meanwhile, Congress has a moratorium on offshore drilling, and we are at the mercy of the Mideast sheiks.


Louisiana has 3,200 oil rigs offshore and a flourishing fishing industry.


Does this record make you want to send Jeanne Shaheen to the Senate so that she can make it tougher to drill and refine oil and make gasoline prices continue to rise?


Yes, Jeanne Shaheen always addresses the big issues that her political polls show the American people care about, but her voting record clearly shows that she is part of the problem and not part of the solution.


When Jeanne Shaheen started in politics, we imported one third of our oil. Now we import two-thirds of our oil. Since she and other Democrats started fighting for tougher regulations on energy production, America's domestic oil production has decreased from 9 billion barrels a day to 5 million barrels a day.


Jeanne Shaheen talks a good game about high gas prices and alternative energy sources. But her record shows clearly that she has done nothing constructive to solve the problem. Her television ad is a fraud. It's what you do, not what you say, that pays off at the gas pump.


Marshall Cobleigh is a former speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and the former state energy chief.



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on Senator Jeanne Shaheen flip-flopping an Ebola travel ban. NECN reports that she finally announced her support for a ban today after opposing it. Scott Brown sent a letter to Shaheen on Saturday asking her to reconsider her position:


"Jeanne Shaheen must have just taken a poll and realized that she was out of step with the vast majority of Americans who favor a travel ban. Scott Brown doesn't need to take a poll to do what's right for the people of New Hampshire. What's revealing about Jeanne Shaheen's flip flop on this issue is that her first instinct was to go along with President Obama in his opposition to a travel ban."



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman released the following statement on Marilinda Garcia's victory in tonight's NH1 News debate:


"Marilinda Garcia was the clear winner of tonight's debate. Unlike Congresswoman Annie Kuster, who dubbed herself Barack Obama's "biggest supporter" in Congress, Marilinda Garcia has proven that she is ready to be an independent voice for New Hampshire in Washington. Congresswoman Kuster has been hiding from her constituents by refusing to hold town halls because she fully embraces Barack Obama and his failed agenda, and voters in the second district will replace her with Marilinda Garcia in November."


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.