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Saturday
Oct092010

NRSC - America Loses Another 95,000 Jobs In Wake Of Paul Hodes Failed $787 Stimulus

WASHINGTON – With just 25 days until Election Day, the non-partisan Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today that the American economy lost 95,000 more jobs in September and national unemployment remained at 9.6 percent as liberal Representative Paul Hodes’ (D-NH) $787 billion stimulus continued to fail to create the much-needed jobs he promised.

The Associated Press reports:

A wave of government layoffs in September outpaced weak hiring in the private sector, pushing down the nation's payrolls by a net total of 95,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate held at 9.6 percent last month, the Labor Department said Friday. The jobless rate has now topped 9.5 percent for 14 straight months, the longest stretch since the 1930s.

Upon ramming the bill into law, Hodes promised his costly stimulus would “reduce soaring unemployment.” But since then, the nation’s unemployment rate has skyrocketed from 8.2 percent to 9.6 percent.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that Hodes’ stimulus debacle sent more than 89,000 payments worth millions of dollars to deceased individuals and prisoners, and a recent government report revealed that the bill spent taxpayer money on a number of non-job related projects, including a study to determine how monkeys react to cocaine; $2 million to examine exotic ants; a system to purchase cell phones for smokers trying to quit, and $760,000 for a computerized choreography program, among other wasteful endeavors.

“Today’s report is yet another reminder that Paul Hodes’ reckless spending in Washington has failed to create much-needed jobs for New Hampshire voters, while driving our national debt past $13.6 trillion,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand.  “As the people of New Hampshire struggle with the longest stretch of high unemployment since the Great Depression, there’s no doubt they are ready for a change, which is why they will elect Kelly Ayotte as their next U.S. Senator.”

Background Information:

Today, BLS Announced That The Unemployment Rate Remains Stagnant At 9.6 Percent.  (U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 10/8/10)

Since The Stimulus Was Passed, Over 2.6 Million Jobs Have Been Lost.  (U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 10/8/10)

  • Obama Promised That His Stimulus Plan Would Create Or Save 3.5 Million Jobs Over Two Years. Obama: "Now, what makes this recovery plan so important is not just that it will create or save 3.5 million jobs over the next two years ..." (President Barack Obama, Remarks At The Signing Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act, Press Release, Denver, CO, 2/17/09)

Hodes Voted For The $787 Billion “Stimulus” Bill. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote # 70: Adopted 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Hodes Voted Yea)

Hodes Said The “Stimulus” Would “Reduce Soaring Unemployment.” (Travis Andersen, “Hodes Says Stimulus Will Help,”The Nashua [NH] Telegraph, 1/27/09)

In October 2009, Hodes Claimed That Voting For The Stimulus “Was The Right Thing To Do.” “Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes, who backed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act early this year, acknowledged, ‘There is more work to be done.’ But, he said, ‘I thought then it was the right thing to do,’ and he still does.” (John DiStaso, “Stimulus Sentiment Follows Party Lines,” The [Manchester, NH] Union Leader, 10/25/09)

  • Hodes Continued To Claim The Stimulus Was Working, Despite A Report Claiming Only 116 New Hampshire Jobs Came From Infrastructure Spending In The Stimulus. “[A]ccording to Fitch’s report, only 116 full-time jobs were created as a result of highway infrastructure investment in New Hampshire as of Sept. 30, compared to 2,041 in education and 745 in government services. Still, Hodes said, the stimulus is working. ‘It delivered the biggest middle-class tax cut in history,’ he said in an interview. ‘It has saved the jobs of teachers and firefighters and cops, and created jobs, and the program isn’t done.’” (John DiStaso, “Stimulus Sentiment Follows Party Lines,” The [Manchester, NH] Union Leader, 10/25/09)

As Late As December 2009, Hodes Claimed He Was “Comfortable” With His Vote On The “Stimulus” Bill. “Hodes said he ‘remains comfortable’ with his vote on the earlier bill. ‘The first American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was obviously a much broader and larger act that gave the middle class the largest tax cuts in history, made sure that firefighters, teachers and cops stayed on beat and had considerable stabilization and recovery provisions for infrastructure,’ Hodes said.” (Shira Schoenberg, “Jobs Bill Splits House Delegation,” The Concord [NH] Monitor, 12/18/09)

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Saturday
Oct092010

Ayotte For US Senate - Kelly's Campaign Bulletin - October 7, 2010

Let’s Keep the Momentum Going

With just 25 days left until the election, Kelly needs your help - right now!

Visit our website and link up with one of your local Ayotte campaign leaders to help reach out to supporters in your area.

We can’t afford to waste one moment between now and November 2! Please sign up TODAY to help Kelly!

MONDAY – Cheer For Kelly

Please join us this Monday, October 11 at New England College in Henniker as we cheer on Kelly prior to her debate with Congressman Hodes.

Email RSVP@ayotteforsenate.com if you are able to join us

Show your support for Kelly!

Monday, October 11 at 10:30 AM
New England College
The Simon Center
98 Bridge Street
Henniker

*The debate will take place at noon at the Simon Center.  If you are interested in attending the debate please send an email to civicengagement@nec.edu*

Kelly’s New Ad – “Humor”


We’re getting rave reviews for Kelly’s latest television ad, which we’re calling “Humor.” If you haven’t seen it on TV, click here to take a look:


 
Kelly On Sean Hannity, Campaigning With John McCain

Last Friday night Kelly was a guest with Sean Hannity on FOX. She appeared alongside Senator John McCain, who said Kelly will be an “instant star” in the U.S. Senate. The following day, Kelly and Senator McCain spoke to hundreds of supporters at rallies in Nashua and North Hampton.

Watch Kelly’s interview on Hannity:




Kelly on The Trail


Saturday, October 9th


NH Snowmobile Association Grass Drags
9:30 AM
Peterson’s Farm
152 Martin Road in Fremont

 
Pinkerton Football Game
12:15 PM
Pinkerton Academy in Derry

Rochester Octoberfest
2:30 PM
Main Street in Rochester

New Hampshire Fall Festival
4:00 PM
Prescott Park in Portsmouth

Sunday, October 10th

Nashua Apple Fest
10:00 AM
Sullivan Farm in Nashua

Warner Parade
12:30 PM
Near Telephone Museum in Warner


 
 



 

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Friday
Oct082010

NRSC - Cook Report: Ayotte Solidifies Frontrunner Status

NOTE: Hodes’ struggle stems largely from the fact that he is a member of the Democratic majority in an unpopular Congress running in a year in which the political environment is tilted against his party. New Hampshire voters seem to want change this year… But, another part of Hodes’ problem seems to be that he just isn’t connecting with voters in a state where residents take some pride in meeting their candidates. The Democrat has had ample time to make inroads here and if it hasn’t happened by now, there is little reason to believe that it will happen in the next four weeks. Ayotte has sustained her share of blows from every corner and yet is still standing with a net positive rating. It is very unlikely that this race will change course and it moves to the Lean Republican column.

 

http://www.cookpolitical.com/node/8677

 

New Hampshire Senate: Ayotte Solidifies Frontrunner Status

Cook Political Report

By Jennifer Duffy

October 7, 2010

 

Republican former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte has been a target from the moment she got into the race. First, some establishment Republicans wondered why national Republicans recruited her into the race ahead of other, more experienced candidates. Then, conservatives argued that Ayotte is not one of them. Ayotte was the target of three primary opponents, who attacked her from every angle, only to see her win the nomination. Finally, there is Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes, who has had Ayotte in his sights since last spring. He used his first television ad in the campaign – aired well before the Republican primary – to attack Ayotte.

 

While Ayotte was battling for the nomination in the September 14th primary, Hodes had a clear field. In fact, he had a nearly clear path for the better part of 18 months. Still, he hasn’t been able to establish himself as the frontrunner or demonstrate that he is closing in on Ayotte.

 

According to the HuffPollster.com trend line of all general election polls, Ayotte has a nine-point advantage on Hodes, 48 percent to 39 percent. Of the last 10 surveys, Hodes has only cracked 40 percent in four of them. His high mark has been 44 percent while his low point was 32 percent. Ayotte’s low point in the same 10 surveys was 45 percent, while she’s been at or above 50 percent in four polls.

 

A University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll (September 23-29 of 472 likely voters) gave Ayotte a 15-point advantage over Hodes, 50 percent to 35 percent. Ayotte’s favorable/unfavorable ratings were 41 percent to 29 percent, while Hodes’ were 29 percent to 39 percent. We are also aware of Republican polling that has Ayotte ahead by a margin in the low teens.

 

It’s notable that Ayotte has been able to keep some distance with Hodes, despite the fact that she only recently went back on television; her campaign was dark for 10 days after the primary while Ayotte worked to replenish her war chest. Now, both candidates are back on the air.

 

Ayotte’s first general election ad went on the air last week and features her standing at a fork where a tree-lined trail splits. In the spot she says, “America's future can go down two different paths -- we can stay on the path of more spending, higher taxes and more government control over our lives. That's Paul Hodes' path. But I think we know where that leads. Or we can change direction and go forward with core principles, don't spend more money than we have. Small businesses create jobs better than the government does and taxes are too high already.”

 

In Hodes’ latest ad, he says, “Here in New Hampshire, even in tough times, we don't forget what's important. I'm Paul Hodes and we live life and live within our means. So should government. Starting with a 10 percent pay cut for Congress and the President, too. A hiring freeze. And stop the deficit spending. Kelly Ayotte and I just disagree. She'd double the deficit with more tax cuts for the wealthy and tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas. I approved this message because we're in this together. I hope you agree.”

 

While Ayotte hasn’t been on the air, she’s gotten some help from American Crossroads which launched a spot a week after the primary. According to the script, an announcer says, “In New Hampshire, Congressman Hodes claims...”


HODES: “You deserve a senator who's a real fiscal conservative and who gets rid of the pork.”


ANNOUNCER: “But Hodes voted for the pork-filled stimulus bill -- 1.9 million dollars to study ants in Africa, 39 million dollars for office upgrades for politicians, billions wasted and unemployment still higher. No wonder the Union-Leader says... The guy just can't tell the truth.”

 

Hodes’ struggle stems largely from the fact that he is a member of the Democratic majority in an unpopular Congress running in a year in which the political environment is tilted against his party. New Hampshire voters seem to want change this year, which explains why even popular Democratic Gov. John Lynch finds himself locked in a tough race. Both congressional seats, which are currently held by Democrats, are also in play. But, another part of Hodes’ problem seems to be that he just isn’t connecting with voters in a state where residents take some pride in meeting their candidates.

 

The Democrat has had ample time to make inroads here and if it hasn’t happened by now, there is little reason to believe that it will happen in the next four weeks. Ayotte has sustained her share of blows from every corner and yet is still standing with a net positive rating. It is very unlikely that this race will change course and it moves to the Lean Republican column.

Friday
Oct082010

NRSC - WSJ: GOP Candidates Predicted To Win Senate Seats in N.H., Fla. 

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/10/07/gop-candidates-predicted-to-win-senate-seats-in-nh-fla/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+wsj/washwire/feed+(WSJ.com:+Washington+Wire)

 

GOP Candidates Predicted To Win Senate Seats in N.H., Fla.

Wall Street Journal

By Danny Yadron

October 7, 2010

Republicans are poised to hold onto their high-profile Senate seats in open races in New Hampshire and Florida, according to new predictions from the Cook Political Report, one of Washington’s premiere readers of political tea leaves.

The race handicapper today moved both contests to the “lean Republican” column from the “toss-up” one, after weeks of polling have shown a sustained GOP lead. The Rothenberg Political Report moved both races to the “Republican-favored” category from the “lean Republican” category Friday.

In New Hampshire, Democratic attorney Paul Hodes “has had ample time to make inroads” against former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, the folks at Cook write. “If it hasn’t happened by now, there is little reason to believe that it will happen in the next four weeks.”

In the Sunshine State, repeated surveys have shown Republican Marco Rubio leading both GOP Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running as an independent, as well as Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek.

In another battleground state, a new, admittedly, Republican poll has Washington state’s GOP Senate nominee Dino Rossi up 48% to 42% over Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. The survey of likely voters was conducted by Fabrizio, McLaughlin and Associates for the conservative American Action Forum, and the margin of error was 4.5 percentage points.

Public polls show the race much closer. A Sept. 28 Rasmussen Reports had Rossi up by just 48% to 47 % The margin of error was 4 percentage points. Other surveys late last month gave a small lead to Murray.

 



Friday
Oct082010

AUFC - Does Kelly Ayotte Welcome the Likely Foreign Money Polluting New Hampshire's Airwaves on Her Behalf?

www.americansunitedforchange.org

 

MEMO: Does Kelly Ayotte Repudiate or Welcome the Likely Foreign Money Polluting New Hampshire’s Airwaves on Her Behalf?

 

DATE: October 7, 2010

 

TO: Interested Parties

 

FROM: Americans United for Change

 

A disturbing new report is raising serious questions today about whether the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an organization that Kelly Ayotte has publicly embraced, is actively soliciting and spending untold sums of money from foreign countries to influence U.S. elections – money from countries including China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia that is likely being used to pollute the airwaves in New Hampshire as we speak.

 

From the Oct. 5 New York Times editorial, “Clean and Open American Elections” :

 

For at least 44 years, it has been illegal for foreign corporations, countries and individuals to make political contributions in the United States for any election, either directly or indirectly. It is even against the law to solicit such contributions. But in this Wild West year of political money, that longstanding ban is being set aside. The United States Chamber of Commerce — one of the biggest advertisers in midterm races around the country — is actively soliciting foreign money, and government enforcers seem to be doing nothing to stop it.

According to a report issued Tuesday by the Center for American Progress, a liberal policy group in Washington, the chamber is getting “dues” payments of tens of thousands of dollars from foreign companies in countries such as Bahrain, India and Egypt, and then mingling the money with its fund to advocate for or against candidates in the midterm races The chamber has vowed to spend more than $75 million before the November election, and it has already run 8,000 ads, most of which support Republican candidates.

It’s reported yesterday that Congressman Paul Hodes (D-NH-24) is one of the targets of the U.S. Chamber’s $75 million, likely foreign-funded television smear campaign.  Why? 

 

As CAP Action Fund/ThinkProgress notes in the report, “The Chamber has repeatedly sent out issue alerts attacking Democratic efforts to encourage businesses to hire locally rather than outsource to foreign counties.”

 

Congressman Hodes is top target of the Corporate special interests because he has fought hard to create jobs here at home by closing tax loopholes, embraced by the U.S. Chamber, that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas.  The Chamber is clearly willing to do whatever it takes to stand in the way of officials like Paul Hodes who put middle-class families ahead of Corporate America’s bottom line. 

 

The question is: does Kelly Ayotte welcome these ads - as she welcomes the Chamber’s endorsement - attacking Congressman Hodes on her behalf that aren’t just from out-of-state, but likely from out-of-country?  Will she repudiate this wholly Un-American, Un-Democratic, and possibly illegal foreign intrusion into New Hampshire’s political process? 

 

For Kelly Ayotte to look the other way and say nothing as more and more foreign money likely pours into New Hampshire on her behalf would be tantamount to an endorsement of it.  Her silence would send a clear message to the U.S. Chamber: “Keep it up, boys – keep it up.”