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Friday
Oct312014

NHDP Statement on WMUR-Union Leader Senate Debate 

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement on tonight’s New Hampshire Senate debate at Saint Anselm College:
 
“It is embarrassing and insulting that Scott Brown had no idea where Sullivan County is located. The good people of Claremont, Plainfield, Cornish, Grantham, and the rest of Sullivan County deservea Senator who not only understands their priorities, but will work for them--not the Wall Street baks and Big Oil companies. 
 
"That moment showed Granite Staters exactly what they need to know about Scott Brown: he's not for New Hampshire. He only cares about being a Senator. He was wrong for Massachusetts and he is not for working families here in New Hampshire."

 

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]
Thursday
Oct302014

NHGOP STATEMENT ON TONIGHT'S WMUR/UNION LEADER GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE

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


 "Maggie Hassan is New Hampshire's Barack Obama, and she demonstrated yet again tonight that she has failed miserably as governor and has not earned a second term. She has failed to grow the economy, create jobs and manage the Granite State budget. She lied about repeated support for an income tax in our state and mislead voters about her disastrous LLC tax, which she slipped into the budget as Senate majority leader in 2009. Maggie Hassan is simply using the corner office in Concord to plan her 2016 Senate campaign, and her reckless tenure as governor has been a disaster. Our state deserves a governor who will put New Hampshire first, and voters will choose a new direction for our state by electing Walt Havenstein on November 4."

Thursday
Oct302014

NHDP Statement on Tonight’s Gubernatorial Granite State Debate 

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

“In tonight's gubernatorial debate, failed CEO Walt Havenstein continued to duck responsibility for his disastrous record of mismanagement at SAIC, when under his watch the company overcharged taxpayers by millions of dollars on a government project and went $500 million over budget on another taxpayer-funded project due to massive fraud. Havenstein even tried to deny the fact that SAIC gave a five percent raise to those at the center of the massive CityTime fraud scandal more than a year into his tenure as CEO."

"Now, Havenstein wants to push his so-called ‘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."

"New Hampshire just can't afford to let Walt Havenstein do to our state what he did to SAIC, which is why Granite Staters will continue to stand with Governor Hassan because her bipartisan leadership on innovation, education and fiscal responsibility is moving our state in the right direction."

Wednesday
Oct292014

NHDP - Brown Voted to Cut Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Support for Women Owned Businesses 

Manchester, NH—With the election a week away, the choice between Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen couldn’t be clearer when it comes to support for women-owned businesses. As Jeanne Shaheen is today highlighting her commitment to supporting New Hampshire jobs and women-owned small businesses, Scott Brown’s record further proves that he’s wrong for New Hampshire.  When in the Massachusetts State Senate in 2006, Brown voted in support of then-Governor Romney’s deep cut to the Affirmative Market Program, which promoted equality by ensuring that women-owned businesses had a fair shot to participate in state contracts.
“The difference between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown is stark: Shaheen is the kind of leader who stands up for women-owned businesses and fights for opportunities for them to succeed, but Scott Brown champions cuts to programs that offer these businesses important support,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Scott Brown’s loyalty is with the big corporate special interests groups that fund his campaigns and line his pockets, not small businesses here in New Hampshire. His record and his economic agenda is just further proof that he’s not for New Hampshire.” 

Background:

Brown Voted to Cut $224,588 From Program Supporting Women-Owned Businesses. In 2006, Brown voted to uphold “Gov. Romney’s $224,588 veto reduction (from $299,588 to $75,000) in funding for the Affirmative Market Program (AMP). Supporters of the $224,588 said that AMP promotes equality by ensuring that minority and women-owned businesses participate in and receive state contracts in many areas including construction and the delivery of goods and services.” [Sun Chronicle, 8/7/06]