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Thursday
Oct232014

NHGOP BLASTS SHAHEEN FOR STANDING WITH NATIONAL ENERGY TAX SUPPORTERS 

Concord - Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen will proudly accept the endorsement of the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters, two environmental extremist groups that proudly support the national energy tax championed by Senator Shaheen. New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement in response:


 

"The Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters support a new national energy tax that could kill as many as 10,000 New Hampshire jobs, increase the price of gas by 20 centers per gallon and raise the already skyrocketing utility costs for middle class families. In Washington, Senator Shaheen has marched in lock step with the radical environmental groups funding her campaign by voting to pave the way for a new national every tax on working families," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Senator Shaheen continues to prove that she is wrong on the issues and incapable of providing the type of independent leadership that Granite Staters expect from their elected officials."


 

BACKGROUND


 

The Sierra Club supports a national energy tax. "Regardless Of Where You Live, Push For A Carbon Tax... Fossil-fuel burning imposes severe health and environmental costs that aren't factored into the cost of producing electricity. A tax on all energy sources that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere would correct this failure by reflecting the real cost of CO2 emissions--and make cleaner energy more financially viable." (Marilyn Berlin Snell, "Can Coal Be Clean?" Sierra Magazine, January/February 2007)


 

The League of Conservation Voters supports a national energy tax and has funneled more than $225,000 into Jeanne Shaheen's campaign in 2014.


 

The League Of Conservation Voters Scored Voting No On The Blunt Amendment As A "Pro-Environment Vote" - The Amendment Would Prevent Congress From Enacting Legislation That Would Place A Tax Or Fee On Carbon.  "Pricing Carbon Pollution Senate Roll Call Vote 59 Issue: Climate Change Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) sponsored an amendment to S. Con. Res. 8, the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Resolution, which would prevent Congress from enacting legislation that would place a federal tax or fee on carbon emissions. This amendment would limit Congress's ability to address climate change, which poses a severe threat to our economy, health, and environment, and would rule out a promising source of revenue for the government. On March 22, the Senate rejected-by a vote of 53-46-a procedural motion that would allow a vote on the Blunt amendment (60 votes were needed for passage; Senate roll call vote 59). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE."  (League Of Conservation Voters National Environmental Scorecard, Accessed 7/7/14) 


 

In 2007, LCV Applauded Chris Dodd's Energy Plan, Which Called For A Carbon Tax. "Senator Dodd was also the first presidential candidate to call for a carbon tax. A cap on carbon pollution provides certainty that we will achieve the necessary reductions in emissions. In that context, a carbon tax is a welcome addition to the debate. The challenge before us is significant and America needs our next president to carefully explore all options that reduce global warming pollution." (League Of Conservation Voters, "League Of Conservation Voters Applauds Senator Chris Dodd's Energy Plan," Press Release, 4/20/07)

LCV Victory Fund Has Raised $225,935.22 for Senator Shaheen through it's "Give Green" Program. Senator Shaheen is featured on LCV Action Fund's GiveGreen website, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates. Total Raised: $225,935.22 (League of Conservation Voters Give Green Initiative, Accessed 10/22/14)

Thursday
Oct232014

NHDP - Failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s Baseless Attacks Against Governor Hassan’s Bipartisan Accomplishments Fall Flat at Nashua Chamber Forum 

Manchester, NH – Earlier today, failed CEO Walt Havenstein's baseless attacks against Governor Hassan's bipartisan accomplishments and leadership were swiftly refuted at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce forum. Havenstein stumbled when faced with the reality of Governor Hassan's bipartisan accomplishments.  

“This morning's painful exchange reinforces how desperate failed CEO Walt Havenstein has become with his false attacks on Governor Hassan's bipartisan leadership," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. "The Governor's record of bipartisan accomplishments speaks for itself: she passed the most bipartisan budget in over a decade with no sales or income tax, worked with both parties and the business community to pass a bipartisan transportation bill to fix New Hampshire's roads and bridges, including finishing the completion of I-93, and reached a bipartisan compromise to expand health care to 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters." 

"Havenstein, on the other hand, is a failed CEO who drove defense contractor SAIC into a ditch. Now, Havenstein is pushing a Koch Brothers 'plan' that would do to New Hamsphire what he did to SAIC. No matter how many false and misleading attacks Havenstein launches, he won't be able to hide his disastrous record as CEO of SAIC and his Koch Brothers agenda that would hurt New Hampshire's families, businesses and economy," added Lesswing.

See here for footage of the exchange at this morning's candidate forum

See below for a transcription of the exchange:
 
Moderator: But I'm going to push on that a little bit more. She had Medicaid Expansion...

Havenstein: Medicaid Expansion...
 
Moderator: ... which was bipartisan in it's passage from the... it was absolutely bipartisan when it came out.

Havenstein: You have... everything has to be bipartisan if it gets signed. Right? At some point. But be very careful...

Moderator: But what you're saying is that toxic partisanship means that she doesn't work at all with Republicans. That's how I define 'toxic partisanship'. It's that she will not work with Republicans. She passed Medicaid Expansion. She got the gas tax increase, which was actually led by a Republican State Senator.  When you look at these state Supreme Court decisions against the hospital, or in favor of the hospitals...

Havenstein: You mean the MET? 

Moderator: Yep, on the MET. She was able to bring all but one hospital in the state together, and many of the CEOs of those hospitals are ardent Republicans themselves. I think there are some good examples where she can credibly say, 'I have been bipartisan in my leadership'."

Havenstein: Okay... 

Moderator: Alright [laughs]. 

Havenstein: We'll just have to agree to disagree.

Thursday
Oct232014

NHDP - ICYMI: Shaheen Leads Brown in Latest Poll

Brown’s Favorability Still Underwater
 

Manchester, NH— Despite millions in negative and false attacks from his Wall Street and Big Oil allies, Jeanne Shaheen is still leading Scott Brown 49-45% in a Public Policy Polling poll released today. The poll also showed more people still view Scott Brown unfavorably than favorably by four percentage points. 

This is the third poll in recent days that shows Senator Shaheen leading Brown. To view a pdf version of the poll, click here.


TALKING POINTS MEMO: Poll: Shaheen Maintains Modest Lead Over Brown In New Hampshire
By CAITLIN MACNEAL
OCTOBER 22, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

Incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) still leads former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MS) in the New Hampshire Senate race, according to a Public Policy Polling poll sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters released on Wednesday.

Among likely voters, 49 percent said they supported Shaheen and 45 percent said they supported Brown.

Shaheen has held at least a small lead in most polls since the beginning of the race, though her lead has narrowed since June. In the last PPP poll released in September found Shaheen with a 6-point lead.

According to TPM's Polltracker average, Shaheen leads Brown by 3.4 points.
Thursday
Oct232014

NHGOP STATEMENT ON TONIGHT'S GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE 

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

 

"Tonight, Maggie Hassan demonstrated why she does not deserve a second term. Because of her reckless, budget-busting spending habits, New Hampshire is in the red and her only choice forward will be an income tax. She has repeatedly lied to her constituents about her failure to grow the economy in our state, and has demonstrated no leadership on the important issues facing New Hampshire families like the upcoming utility rate hikes, who are already hurting because of the gas tax she signed into law earlier this year. Walt Havenstein will bring real solutions to Concord and create good paying jobs for New Hampshire's middle class, and that's why voters will choose him on Election Day."

Thursday
Oct232014

NHDP Statement on Tonight's Gubernatorial Debate 

Manchester, NH – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement after tonight’s New Hampshire gubernatorial debate:

“Tonight's gubernatorial debate featured failed CEO Walt Havenstein once again pushing his so-called economic 'plan' that would blow a $90 million hole in the state’s budget to give more tax giveaways to big businesses and take New Hampshire back to the Bill O’Brien era of devastating cuts to higher education, public safety and infrastructure. Havenstein also repeatedly dodged questions about signing the Koch Brothers pledge that would take away health care from 50,000 Granite Staters and repeal the bipartisan transportation plan that's fixing New Hampshire’s roads and bridges, including finishing the completion of I-93.”

“Time and time again Havenstein has proven that he puts his own interests first, no matter who gets hurt, which is why Granite Staters will continue to stand with Governor Hassan who is solving problems the New Hampshire way and keeping our state moving in the right direction.”