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DNC - Rand Paul hits New Hampshire with a bang! 


During his first foray into New Hampshire of 2015, the self-proclaimed Republican champion of outreach and broadening the GOP’s appeal Rand Paul said:


“You know the thing is that all of these programs – there’s always somebody who is deserving. 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. Who doesn’t get up a little anxious for work every day and their back hurts? Everybody over 40 has a back pain.”


Just take a look at the damage Paul did in just one day in New Hampshire. Imagine an entire campaign! Or four entire years in the White House! Yikes.

Union-Leader: Rand Paul raises interest, ire during visit to NH

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's first visit to New Hampshire this year as a likely presidential hopeful drew a rebuke from Democrats for a comment he made about people on disability benefits. Paul, during a breakfast meeting with legislators Wednesday, made a remark about certain people "gaming the system." The Democratic National Committee circulated a video clip of Paul's comments and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley called it insulting to people with disabilities.          


NH Journal: Buckley, Dems say Paul’s disability comments sound like Romney

Just a few hours into his first presidential campaign-style visit to New Hampshire Wednesday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was taken to task by Democrats for saying that “over half the people on disability” do not deserve to receive federal assistance. Leading the criticism was New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Raymond Buckley, who is also a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. He called Paul’s comments “ridiculously reminiscent” of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s comments that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on the government and would never vote for him.


AP: Paul: Some game system to get undeserved disability payments

Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that some people "game the system" to receive disability payments they don't deserve and later criticized the federal government for not doing an adequate job policing a system he says needs reform.


WMUR: Paul draws criticism for comments about disabled

Potential presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was in New Hampshire on Wednesday, and he's making headlines for a controversial comment he made about people with disabilities. Paul insinuated that a significant number of people are gaming the system. Democrats pounced immediately in a manner similar to what might be seen in a general election campaign.


CNN: Democrats hit Rand Paul for disability comments

Democrats blasted Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday for arguing that a majority of people collecting Social Security disability benefits are taking advantage of the system.


Louisville Courier-Journal: Hours into N.H. trip, Paul disability comment attacked

Hours into his New Hampshire trip Wednesday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul quickly came under attack by the Democratic National Committee for comments he allegedly made about people who file disability claims.


Lexington Herald-Leader: Democrats pounce on Rand Paul's comments about disability fraud

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's first day on the presidential campaign trail this year had Democrats comparing him unfavorably to 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Paul, making his first major campaign swing of the year with a series of meetings in New Hampshire, said Wednesday morning that "over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts. ... "


And lest we forget…


Real Clear Politics: Paul Says He'd Be "Happy" to Dissolve the U.N.

Speaking to a room full of gun rights advocates at the Londonderry Fish & Game Club, Paul said that while the concept of having a multinational body to "discuss diplomacy" isn't necessarily a bad one, he objects to the current structure, in which the United States has to foot "a huge chunk" of the U.N.'s bill. “I dislike paying for something that two-bit Third World countries with no freedom attack us and complain about the United States,” Paul said. “There’s a lot of reasons why I don’t like the U.N., and I think I’d be happy to dissolve it.”


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New Hampshire Democratic Party Officers Unopposed for Election


Concord, NH – As of 5PM today the filing to become an officer of the New Hampshire Democratic Party for the 2016 election cycle closed. All current officers filed for re-election and face no filed challengers. Officers will be officially elected by the State Committee on Saturday, March 7th.

“Two years ago the members of the State Committee put their trust in this group of officers to ensure we had a successful 2014. The officers of the NHDP worked tirelessly with our candidates and local committees to make sure we had the best grassroots organization possible. The results of this past election are a testament to the fact that we have strong and vibrant local committees all across the state that played a critical role in re-electing Governor Maggie Hassan, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Annie Kuster. We look forward to growing our Party even more as we look ahead to 2016.” said NHDP Chair Raymond Buckley.

New Hampshire Democrats bucked national trends this past November while many states suffered Democratic losses. We re-elected our Governor, making this the 9th win out of the last 10 races, we re-elected our U.S. Senator, the first time we’ve re-elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1972, we held onto the 2nd Congressional District and came closer to holding the 1st District than we did in 2010. Our losses down ballot were far less than that of 2010, creating great opportunities for us to regain our Majorities in 2016.

Buckley of Manchester is seeking reelection to his fifth term as State Chair. He has been active in Democratic Politics since he was eight years old when he volunteered on his first campaign. Prior to his election as State Chair, he served four terms as a NHDP Vice Chair and served in the NH House of Representatives for 18 years. Buckley held several staff positions at the NHDP office, including four years as Executive Director and two cycles as NH Coordinated Campaign Director. He is also currently President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs and Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Running unopposed for a fifth term is First Vice-Chair Senator Martha Fuller Clark of Portsmouth. Senator Fuller Clark is currently serving as the Assistant Democratic Leader in her fifth term in the NH Senate following six terms in the New Hampshire House. Senator Fuller Clark is a member of the Democratic National Committee, serving on the resolutions committee. 

Dorothy Solomon of Albany is running unopposed for her fourth term as 2nd Vice-Chair of the NHDP. Solomon is a former County Commissioner representing Carroll County. As Commissioner, she has been an advocate for working families in the district and was instrumental in bringing a new county nursing home to the region. Solomon was previously elected the NHDP Secretary and served for many years as the Carroll County Democratic Chair.

Senator Bette Lasky of Nashua is running for her 3rd term as NHDP Secretary. Senator Lasky was elected in November to her third term as State Senator, following five terms in the New Hampshire House. Active in local and state politics for many years, Senator Lasky has been the Chairman of the Nashua City Planning Board, a Nashua City Selectman, and Vice Chair of the Nashua Democratic City Committee. She has served her community on the Board of Directors for Girls Inc., the Disabilities Rights Center, and the NH Association for the Blind. Senator Lasky also serves as the Democratic Whip in the senate.

Brian Rapp of Claremont is running for his second term as Treasurer. Rapp currently serves on the School Board in Claremont. Rapp lives with his wife and two children in Claremont where he works as a professional firefighter. He is an active member of the NH Professional Firefighters Association.

Attorney Dan McKenna of Derry is running for his second term as Legal Counsel for the NHDP. McKenna is an attorney at the firm of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC. He formerly served one term in the New Hampshire House, currently serves as a member of the Derry School board and is on the Board of Directors for Southern New Hampshire Services. McKenna was a member of the 2012 and 2014 Democratic Voter Protection Legal Team.

Our members of the Democratic National Committee, Kathy Sullivan and William Shaheen serve as officers of the NHDP; they will be up for re-election in 2016. DNC Member At-Large Joanne and Governor Maggie Hassan, who serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, serve as officers of the NHDP as well.    


NHDP - NH Republicans Double Down on Opposition to Strengthening Wages for Hard-Working Granite Staters 

Republicans Use Debunked Claims About Effect of Minimum Wage on Job Creation; Data Shows 2014 Job Creation Grew Faster in States that Raised the Minimum Wage 
Concord, NH – Following Governor Hassan’s impassioned call for legislators to come together to finally restore and increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage, Republican leaders doubled down on their opposition to strengthening wages for tens of thousands of hard-working Granite Staters.
A WMUR Granite State Poll found that 76% of Granite Staters support raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage – including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents.
“As Governor Hassan argued passionately in her Inaugural Address, it is long past time for members of both parties to come together to finally restore and increase our state’s minimum wage,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Instead of recycling debunked talking points, Republican leaders need to listen to the voices of the people of New Hampshire and finally join with Governor Hassan to strengthen wages and move our economy forward.”       
In her Inaugural Address, Governor Hassan stressed the importance of expanding opportunity and strengthening wages for New Hampshire families. But just moments after the Governor’s address concluded, Senator Jeb Bradley was already recycling the same old debunked Republican talking points, calling the minimum wage “a job-killer.”
The problem with such claims is that they’ve repeatedly been shown to be untrue. 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.”
Even more mind-boggling was the argument from Deputy Speaker Gene Chandler, who told NHPR that New Hampshire should not increase the minimum wage because doing so “also raises the wage levels of everyone else up the line because if the minimum wage is raised, then other people are going to expect to get more money.”
“It’s ludicrous and just another sign of how completely backwards today's New Hampshire Republican Party is that party leaders could argue that raising the minimum wage is a bad idea because it would help too many people,” added Buckley.


NHDP - Frank Guinta Needs to Demand that Rep. Scalise Resign his GOP House Leadership Post 

Concord - After Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.), the majority whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, acknowledged yesterday that he spoke at a gathering of a hate group affiliated with racist and neo-Nazi leaders, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley called on Frank Guinta to immediately demand Scalise resign his Republican leadership post. 
Scalise was elected to the position of majority whip by his House Republican colleagues, making him the third-highest ranking Republican leader in the House. 
"It's deeply disturbing that Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who serves as a member of the House Republican leadership team, admitted that he spoke at a gathering of a hate group founded by Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. "Frank Guinta's silence on the alarming revelations about House Republican leader Steve Scalise is even more troubling given Guinta's own ethical lapses, for which he was named one of the most corrupt members of congress." 
"Granite Staters deserve to know whether Frank Guinta condones Congressman Scalise's outrageous behavior, and Guinta needs to immediately demand that Scalise resign his position in the House Republican leadership," added Buckley
"House Majority Whip Scalise confirms he spoke to white nationalists in 2002"
"Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, acknowledged Monday that he spoke at a gathering hosted by white-supremacist leaders while serving as a state representative in 2002 [...] The organization, founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, has been called a hate group by several civil rights organizations." [Washington Post, 12/30/14]
In 1999 Interview, Scalise Said that He Shared Many of Duke's "Conservative" Views 
"Another potential candidate, state Rep. Steve Scalise (R), said he embraces many of the same 'conservative' views as Duke, but is far more viable. 'The novelty of David Duke has worn off,' said Scalise. 'The voters in this district are smart enough to realize that they need to get behind someone who not only believes in the issues they care about, but also can get elected. Duke has proven that he can't get elected, and that's the first and most important thing.'" [Roll Call, 12/29/14]
In Interview Yesterday with the Huffington Post, David Duke Called Scalise a “Fine Family Man”
Following revelations that Scalise spoke at a 2002 gathering of David Duke’s hate group, Duke told the Huffington Post yesterday that Scalise is “a fine family man” with whom Duke often agrees. [Huffington Post, 12/29/14]


NHDP - Newspapers Across NH Scold O’Brien for Destructive Antics


When Will Kelly Ayotte & GOP Leaders End Their Silence? 
Concord, N.H. – Newspapers across the state have repeatedly blasted Bill O’Brien for his childish and harmful behavior, begging the question, when will Kelly Ayotte, Chuck Morse, and Republican Party leaders end their silence and stop endorsing O’Brien as he fights to destroy the New Hampshire House from within.
“Bill O’Brien’s increasingly desperate attempts to grab power for himself and further his own radical anti-middle class agenda are no longer just hurting the Republican Party, they’re threatening the well-being of our middle class families and our economy,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Kelly Ayotte, Chuck Morse, and Republican Party leaders need to act responsibly and finally call on O’Brien to quit his destructive tactics and radical anti-middle class agenda before he’s able to take our economy backwards again.”
See below for a roundup of editorials from across the state blasting O’Brien’s destructive antics.
Nashua Telegraph: Politics: Dignity is not too much to ask
“The state faces too many important issues over the next two years to have Concord turned into a clown show. Politicians on both sides of the aisle need to work together – as they have done the past two years – to solve problems. That means O’Brien and his minions need to demonstrate a little dignity in defeat.”
Click here for full Nashua Telegraph Editorial.
Nashua Telegraph: They can cry if they want to
“Jasper isn’t the real culprit here. The larger problem is a party mind-set that thinks Bill O’Brien could possibly be an answer to any question New Hampshire voters might be asking. […] voters don’t much care about petty party considerations. They expect the jilted to grow up, get over the heartbreak and put the good of the state first.”
Click here for full Nashua Telegraph Editorial.
Concord Monitor: Tantrum is hurting GOP and the state
“Children see the world in black and white. The O’Brien faction and their leader are acting like spoiled children. Their tantrum is hurting their party, and if it continues, it will embarrass a state that is moving closer to the center of the national spotlight.”
Click here for full Concord Monitor Editorial.
Portsmouth Herald: O'Brien will do anything to gain power
“At first, former House Speaker Bill O’Brien and his rabid supporters, including the outspoken Pam Tucker of Greenland and Fred Rice of Hampton, just looked like a bunch of sore losers throwing a temper tantrum. But their efforts on Thursday to change House rules in order to anoint O’Brien as Republican majority leader fly in the face of the New Hampshire Constitution and show the desperate lengths O’Brien and his cronies will go to grab power from legally elected House Speaker Shawn Jasper and his leadership team. […] These latest actions show O’Brien is not simply a former Massachusetts Democrat who has become a far right-wing ideologue, he is a dangerous demagogue who will stop at nothing to get the power he seems to so desperately crave.”
Click here for full Concord Monitor Editorial.
Keene Sentinel: Republican House members need a time out
“At no point have we heard the put-out GOP leaders indicate anything they’re doing is for the good of the state. Rather, nearly every rebuke of the elected speaker has noted his actions as being detrimental to “the party.” Well, that would be a reasonable stance if only the Republican Party mattered — or governed — in New Hampshire. But those days have long since passed. What needs to happen now is to put aside these very petty squabbles in favor of serving the best interests of the state. […]The next two years will be hard enough to navigate. The GOP-led Legislature will need to find common ground with Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. That seems unlikely if its House members can’t even work and play amongst themselves without needing to be sent to the corner.”
Click here for full Keene Sentinel Editorial.
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript: O’Brien denial a coup for voters
“It’s time for O’Brien to let go of the reins of the N.H. House. There is a reason, perhaps many, why he wasn’t elected again to serve as speaker. […] given how our Legislature was run when O’Brien was in charge, Granite Staters should be happy to have someone — anyone — else leading the way for the majority party.”
Click here for full Monadnock Ledger-Transcript Editorial.
Valley News: The O’Brien Rebellion
“In the course of the proceedings, O’Brien demonstrated that this particular leopard had not changed spots, as his backers sought a rule change requiring a roll call vote instead of the traditional secret ballot. […] End of story? No, beginning of GOP civil war.”
Click here for full Valley News Editorial.