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Statement By NHDP Chair Ray Buckley on the Passing of Beau Biden 

Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on the passing of Beau Biden:
"All New Hampshire Democrats are saddened by the tragic news of Beau Biden's passing. Throughout Beau's dozens of visits to New Hampshire over the decades, we got to see firsthand a remarkable leader who was in every way devoted to his state, his country, and, of course, his family. We offer our deepest condolences to Vice President Joe Biden and the entire Biden family during this incredibly painful time."


NHDP - MEMO: The Clown Car Chronicles, Jeb Edition 


To: Interested Parties

From: Chairman Ray Buckley


The clown car of GOP hopefuls in New Hampshire continues:

Next up, Jeb Bush


The clown car of GOP hopefuls descending upon every corner of New Hampshire continues this week. Jeb Bush is back in the state, peddling failed policies that prioritize corporations and the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. He’s also attempting to sell voters on ideas that are entirely out-of-step with Granite Staters.


Jeb’s been in the news quite a bit over the past couple of weeks, fumbling important policy issues and proving how backward and out-of-touch his agenda really is. Here’s a quick re-cap:



Over the course of a few days, Jeb Bush changed his answer on whether he would have gone into Iraq approximately six times. This is nothing new - he’s been on every side of this issue.

Jeb Bush’s fumbles and stumbles on this issue make it clear he’s not ready to be our Commander-in-Chief… or even to answer questions on the critically important issues to Granite Staters.



Last weekend, Jeb Bush spoke out in support of business owners who want to discriminate against potential customers based on their sexual orientation. This isn’t completely out of left field for Jeb, given the fact that he opposes marriage equality and has even claimed that the fight for gay rights was a “modern victim movement.”


Unfortunately for Jeb, New Hampshire not only supports marriage equality by a strong majority (two thirds of likely general election voters), but we even passed anti-discrimination legislation back in the 90s. Sorry Jeb, but your positions are just as out-of-touch and backward as the rest of the GOP pack. But thanks for playing.



Jeb Bush’s record falls right in line with the other GOP presidential hopefuls - prioritizing the wealthy and corporations over the middle class. Jeb’s support for the Ryan Budget does just that - gives tax break to the highest earners while shifting the tax burden onto everyday Americans. He also supported his brother’s plan to privatize Social Security and even endorses a budget that would gut Medicare. As Governor, he took aim at public education, attacking classroom size reductions and supporting a budget that would gut education funding - including Pell Grants that help Granite State families afford college.


Bush can say he’s different from the other candidates, but we know that’s not true. We know what to expect from a Bush presidency because we’ve already seen it - policies that wreck the economy, prioritize the wealthy and corporations rather than investing in and supporting the middle class.


P.S. In case you missed it, Jeb also likes to read Charles Murray, an author classified as a white nationalist by the Southern Poverty Law Center and known for his theories on racial differences in I.Q. Unreal.


NHDP Statement on Bill O'Brien Floor Amendment to Empty State's Rainy Day Fund 

Concord, N.H. -- New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Bill O'Brien's floor amendment emptying the state's rainy day fund:

"From raiding dedicated funds to downshifting costs onto local communities, the O'Brien-Jasper budget proves once again that New Hampshire Republicans can't be taken seriously on fiscal responsibility. Possibly the most fiscally irresponsible action in the O'Brien-Jasper budget deal -- and that's saying something -- is O'Brien's floor amendment to empty the state's rainy day fund." 
"As lawmakers entered the State House, today they were greeted by hundreds of protesters decrying the O'Brien-Jasper budget's drastic cuts. But instead of listening to the outcry from every corner of the state, O'Brien and Jasper decided to wipe out the state's rainy day fund and threaten a credit downgrade to make even deeper cuts, including cutting funding for community colleges, further cutting our already strained corrections system, and laying off nurses at New Hampshire hospital." 

New Hampshire Democratic Party Officers Unanimously Re-Elected 

Concord, N.H. -- Today, the New Hampshire Democratic Party's officers were unanimously re-elected. All current officers filed for re-election and were unopposed. The State Committee meeting was held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester. 

"I am grateful to the members of the New Hampshire Democratic State Committee for once again placing their trust in me and our dedicated group of officers as we prepare for victory in 2016," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. "2016 is shaping up to be a great year for New Hampshire Democrats, and today's turnout was a clear sign that New Hampshire Democrats are ready to work hard together this year so we can celebrate great victories next November."

Ray Buckley of Manchester was re-elected 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.

First Vice-Chair Senator Martha Fuller Clark of Portsmouth was also re-elected for a fifth term. 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 was re-elected to 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 was re-elected 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 was re-elected 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 was re-elected 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.


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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