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Rubens For US Senate - Jim Rubens on Immigration, Career Politicians  

This week featured a tour of Laconia, including a town hall meeting with local citizens and press. The Laconia Citizen and Laconia Daily Sun covered the event.

The Laconia Daily Sun remarked: "Rubens repeatedly hearkened to the "very serious problems" facing the country and echoed the apocalyptic vision common amongst more populist Republicans. He referred to the "constitutional meltdown" and the "economy gone haywire" and warned against the overreach of the federal government reflected by the introduction of Obamacare and machinations of the Federal Reserve System."

Jim Rubens also weighed in on the immigration crisis this week, releasing his immigration reform policy The Concord Monitor covered Jim Rubens' stance in a comprehensive piece this week. You can read the full plan by clicking here. As your US Senator, Jim Rubens will apply the pressure necessary to secure the border and enforce our laws.

Finally, the campaign released a web video calling for an end to Washington career politics. The video shows New Hampshire voters speaking candidly about what they see wrong with Washington, DC and a general distrust of politicians.

In the video, Rubens makes three pledges to:

- Serve only two terms
- Send his pension back to the taxpayers
- See to it that all laws passed by Congress also apply to members of Congress

The video will be run as a web ad targeting Republican primary voters and can be viewed on This is in addition to our radio ad that is still running across the state. All donations that come in from this e-mail will be used to keep these ads running. Please donate as much as you can, even a donation of $25 will help keep this ad going.


NHDP - Scott Brown Spends Week Hiding and Misrepresenting His Record to NH Voters 

Manchester, NH—Scott Brown spent his week misrepresenting, exaggerating, and hiding his positions on issues as important as an increase in the minimum wage, veterans’ legislation, and access to quality, affordable health care for New Hampshire families.
“Scott Brown took credit for Senator Shaheen’s veterans legislation after previously refusing to take a position on it. He tried to make excuses for his opposition to an increase in the minimum wage. And he dishonestly bemoaned a court decision that was contradicted in a different court decision just an hour later,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “It’s incredible what Scott Brown will do and say to promote Scott Brown and hide from tough questions. If this is what New Hampshire can expect from a candidate for the United States Senate, then families across the state are in trouble.”
Scott Brown Takes Credit for Provision Shaheen Championed—Only a Less Helpful Version of It
Senators Shaheen and Ayotte have been championing legislation that would allow veterans living more than 20 miles from a full-serve VA facility to obtain health services at certain local non-VA facilities. But this week, in a Fosters op-ed, Scott Brown dishonestly tried to deceive readers by passing off that provision as his own idea, after previously refusing to take a position. The only catch is that his version is not as helpful for veterans. Brown’s version only applies to veterans living 30 miles away from a VA facility. Otherwise, it’s exactly the same.
Scott Brown Makes Excuses For His Opposition to An Increase in The Minimum Wage
On the 5th anniversary of the last increase in the minimum wage, Scott Brown could only offer New Hampshire workers more excuses for his opposition to increasing the minimum wage. While on Fox News, Brown said he opposed increasing the minimum wage until we “bring business leaders to the table.” But business leaders in New Hampshire and across the country have already called for increasing in the minimum wage. If Brown has his way, families that depend on the minimum wage will continue to struggle—and that’s another reason Scott Brown is wrong for New Hampshire.
Scott Brown Issues Dishonest Statement on D.C. Court Health Care Decision 
Scott Brown responded quickly and dishonestly to the Halbig decision made in the D.C. Circuit Court with a formal statement and through social media. He claimed the decision was a "devastating blow to Obamacare" in an attempt to scare New Hampshire voters into believing that their premiums would immediately go up. What he failed to acknowledge, however, was that a Fourth Circuit court decision, came down just an hour later, taking the opposing stance. And two other courts also upheld the state subsidies that the Fourth Circuit did. Brown's fear-mongering was dishonest and misrepresented the effect of this court decision. Plus, if Brown had hisway, he'd repeal Obamacare entirely.
Brown Campaign Takes Heat For Authoring Ridiculous Memo That Presumes Its Readers are “Idiots”
Noted political commentator Stuart Rothenberg penned a piece in Roll Call slamming Scott Brown’s campaign for writing a “Pathway to Success” memo that presumes “the readers of this memo are idiots,” by drawing false equivalencies and underestimating Senator Shaheen’s popularity. It’s a blistering critique and is worth a thorough read.
NHDP Releases List of 7 Places Scott Brown Could Have Hidden (Other Than A Bathroom) To Avoid Hobby Lobby Questions
We have a few thoughts on where Scott Brown can hide next time he takes a position that endangers the ability for women to make their own health care choices without consulting their employers.


In Case You Missed It

Fox News: Special Report With Bret Baier
July 24, 2014

Last night, Scott Brown sat down with Fox News anchor Bret Baier for a wide ranging interview on the state of the New Hampshire Senate race. Specifically, Brown highlighted a clear contrast with Senator Shaheen on the issues of Obamacare and immigration. 

Click here to see Brown's answer on Obamacare and click here to see his answer on immigration. See a complete transcript of the answers below.

Scott Brown: Obamacare Is A Real Problem In New Hampshire

SCOTT BROWN: It’s the number one issue, but not only that the business mandate coming in after the election. You're finding with businesses and individuals that their rates have gone up, their coverages have gone down, their lines have gone longer, and their ability to get to their doctors and hospitals, their time to get there has gone longer. I can tell you countless families and businesses who are dramatically hurt by this, Obamacare, so it’s a real problem.
BAIER: In New Hampshire specifically is it more of an issue
BROWN: Yeah we only have one insurance carrier. When she was a governor, she actually changed the law, went from about 26 down to 1. So there's no competition, competition's an issue. And then also, 10 out of the 26 hopsitals are actually outside the network. So yeah, it's a huge issue, people are very very upset about it and they want the ability to hold those responsible accountable.

Scott Brown: Senator Shaheen Is Wrong On Immigration

JACK HEATH: Would you have liked to see the president gone to the border to get update and sort of firsthand on the ground see what’s going on?
SEN. SHAHEEN: You know, Jack, I'm not going to weigh into that. That's a partisan political debate that's happening right now. But I think what's important is that we have a humanitarian crisis on the border with children and families who are fleeing violence in primarily three Central American countries.
HEATH: Right.
SEN. SHAHEEN: And its Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. And that's based on activity that's happening down there, gang activity, drugs activity. So we have immediate problem in trying to address that humanitarian crisis and trying to make sure that those children are taken care of and that we can reintegrate them back into the country where they came from because they have to comply with the law here.
HEATH: Do you think they should be returned then at some point?
SEN. SHAHEEN: I think unless there are -- unless they can show they are refugees from, in danger of immediate threat that, yes, they should be returned. But long-term, we need to fix our immigration system.
BROWN: She’s wrong on immigration. She wants these kids to stay. She’s in favor of the DREAM act, in favor of amnesty. Remember it’s the live free or die state. They want independent leadership where someone is not going to continue to chip away and tear away at our rights and freedoms.
BAIER: You said she wants them to stay?
BROWN: She absolutely wants them to stay.
BAIER: And what do you want?
BROWN: I believe they should be obviously cared for, secure, and they should be put back to their country of origin. We have a system, a mechanism if people are being persecuted that they can go through those channels. But here’s where the problem was, when the president said, oh, by the way, taking these DREAM act kids and putting them ahead of the millions of people who are following our laws and doing the right thing and basically said to the rest of the world, don't worry, just get your kids here and once they get here, they'll be okay. Sending that message out, she supported that effort.

NHDP - Scott Brown Makes Excuses for Opposing Increase in Minimum Wage 

On 5th Anniversary of Last Time Congress Voted To Raise the Minimum Wage, Brown Makes Excuses
110,000 Granite State Workers Hurt by Brown’s Opposition to Minimum Wage Increase


Manchester, NH—On the 5th anniversary of the last increase in the minimum wage, Scott Brown is offering New Hampshire workers more excuses for his opposition to increasing the minimum wage. On Fox News yesterday, Brown said he opposes increasing the minimum wage until we “bring business leaders to the table.” But business leaders in New Hampshire and across the country have already called for increasing in the minimum wage.
“It seems Scott Brown was too busy advising a shady cosmetics company turned weapons maker, and collecting $1.3 million in stock, to notice all the business leaders supporting increasing the minimum wage,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain.

In March, a Small Business Majority poll showed that a majority of small business owners supported raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10. Big companies like Costco and Gap have already raised the minimum wage on their own. And business leaders across the country have signed an online petition, because they agree that it’s time to raise the minimum wage. Yet that’s not enough for former Massachusetts Senator and Wall Street favorite Scott Brown.
“Scott Brown is running out of excuses for his outright opposition to raising the federal minimum wage, which would give 110,000 Granite Staters a much-needed raise,” said McClain. “It has now been five years since the last time Congress raised the minimum wage, and New Hampshire families can’t wait any longer. If Brown has his way, they will continue to struggle—and that’s another reason Scott Brown is wrong for New Hampshire.”


In the wake of yesterday's Obamacare ruling, an analysis from Avalere Health showed that Americans who signed up for the Affordable Care Act could see dramatic increases in their health care premiums. Specifically:
  • In New Hampshire, premiums for those who have subsidies could jump 70-74%.
  • According to the project director for Covering New Hampshire, 77% of Granite Staters who signed up for the Affordable Care Act received subsidies. 
  • That's over 31,000 people that would see their health care costs increase by over 70 percent.