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Friday
Jan232015

NHDP - On 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, NH Republicans Seek to Implement Radical, Anti-Woman Agenda

Concord, N.H. – On the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s watershed Roe v. Wade decision granting women the right to make their own health decisions, New Hampshire Republicans took their first steps to try to implement the NHGOP’s radical, anti-woman agenda.
 
Last September, the New Hampshire Republican Party adopted a platform including support for fetal “personhood” rights, and today, the House Judiciary Committee began hearing testimony on a bill to implement this radical, anti-woman plank of the NHGOP platform.
 
“It’s remarkable but fitting that on the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, New Hampshire Republicans would begin work to implement their radical, anti-woman platform,” said former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan. “As the New Hampshire Republican Party works to pass a measure that could criminalize even certain forms of contraception and fertility treatments, anti-choice party leader Kelly Ayotte needs to level with the people of New Hampshire about whether she supports her party’s radical efforts."

As has been reported, fetal personhood measures “are extremely controversial because they would criminalize abortion without exceptions and could ban some forms of contraception and in vitro fertilization.”
 
Efforts to establish fetal personhood rights have been defeated in a number of states, including even Mississippi where voters rejected one such ballot measure.  
 
“If the voters of Mississippi could agree that fetal personhood legislation was too extreme for their state, surely we too can agree that these radical, anti-woman policies have no place in the State of New Hampshire either,” added Sullivan.
 
BACKGROUND
 
The New Hampshire Republican Party platform includes a measure to "Support the pre-born child's fundamental right to life and personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment, and implement all Constitutional and legal protections."

If enacted, HB194 “declares that it is the policy of the state of New Hampshire that human life is deemed to exist from conception,” and vests fertilized eggs with “the right to life guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”  

Wednesday
Jan212015

NHDP - New Hampshire Republicans More Out of Touch on the Minimum Wage than Mitt “47%” Romney 

Concord, N.H. – Even Mitt Romney, who infamously said, “I'm not concerned about the very poor,” and "my job is not to worry about [47% of the American people],” now claims that he supports raising the minimum wage.
 
Yet despite the overwhelming support from Granite Staters for raising the state’s minimum wage, New Hampshire Republican leaders continue to oppose efforts to strengthen wages for tens of thousands of hard-working people.
 
“It is beyond belief that New Hampshire Republican leaders could be more out of touch on the minimum wage than even Mitt ‘47%’ Romney,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “It is long past time for Republican leaders to listen to the voices of the people of New Hampshire and finally join with Governor Hassan and Democrats in the legislature to strengthen wages and move our economy forward.”
 
BACKGROUND
 
Granite Staters Overwhelmingly Support Raising the Minimum Wage
76% of Granite Staters support raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage – including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents. [WMUR Granite State Poll]
 
Senator Bradley Uses Debunked Claims About Minimum Wage; Data Shows 2014 Job Creation Grew Faster in States that Raised the Minimum Wage
Following Governor Hassan’s call to finally raise the minimum wage in her Inaugural Address, Senator Jeb Bradley cited debunked Republican talking points, calling the minimum wage “a job-killer.” However, the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) found that job creation in 2014 was faster in the 13 states that had increased their minimum wage on January 1, 2014 compared with those that had not. Another study from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment found “strong earnings effects and no employment effects of minimum wage increases.”

Wednesday
Jan212015

DNC - Steve King reminding his 2016 visitors what they’re in for this weekend 

Hours before the President’s State of the Union Address, Steve King reminded everyone how he feels about immigrants in America, by calling a young DREAMer “deportable.”

 

 

Link: https://twitter.com/SteveKingIA/status/557673638066135045

 

These Romney-style “self deport” type comments are what we’ve come to expect from Steve King but the important question is: do each and every potential 2016 GOP nominee who is attending his Freedom Summit this weekend in Iowa agree with King’s “deportable” comment?

 

Here is a list of a few Republicans flying to Des Moines to kiss Steve King’s ring on Saturday. 

 

View this post on our Factivst site here: LINK.

Wednesday
Jan212015

NHDP Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address 

 Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address:
 
“The President once again laid out the clear differences between the Democratic vision of strengthening our middle class and expanding opportunity for all and the Republican plan to continue putting the interests of big businesses first while middle class families pay the price.”
 
“Middle class economics have helped put our economy back on the right track over the past six years, and Democrats will keep fighting to build on our progress to ensure that all Americans are included in our shared success.”
 
“We have much more work to do, and Granite Staters know that Senator Shaheen and Congresswoman Kuster will keep working tirelessly to bring our New Hampshire traditions of bipartisan problem solving to Washington in order to move our economy forward.”

Friday
Jan162015

NH Senate Democrats condemn Sen. Paul's Demonization of Disabled Workers 

Woodburn calls on Senator Kelly Ayotte & NH GOP Senate to Join Him
 
CONCORD, NH -- New Hampshire Senate Democrats condemn KY Senator Rand Paul's comments suggesting half of the people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance are cheating the system faking a disability.  
 
"Senator Paul's comments demonize injured workers who are getting only what they paid for through an insurance program," said Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn of Dalton. "I call upon my Republican State Senate colleagues and Senator Paul's colleague Senator Kelly Ayotte to join me in setting the record straight and stand up for working families." 

While up in New Hampshire, yesterday Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, said the following, “Everybody in this room knows somebody who is gaming the system. What I tell people is if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn’t be getting a disability check. Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts, join the club.” 

Senator Rand Paul's comments are eerily similar to ​failed Presidential candidate ​Mitt Romney's 47% comments​ that ​nearly half of Americans back President Obama because they rely on government support. 
 
"Social Security Disability Insurance is public insurance program that can only be accessed by work and payment into the system," said Sen. Woodburn. "The vast majority are hard-working, older people who have paid into the system for decades and receive a small share of what they earned."

"I am sick and tired of Republicans attacking the most vulnerable sector of our population, especially when such attacks have no basis in fact," said Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth).

“For decades, we’ve made progress toward the goal of full societal inclusion for persons with disabilities," added Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord), "Senator Paul’s comments don’t serve that goal.  His comments were divisive and reflect nothing more than the tired assumptions of a bygone era.”