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Thursday
Oct142010

NRSC - New Non-Partisan Report: Hodes Massive Health Care Overhaul Slams New Hampshire Seniors With Higher Costs

Granite State Seniors Face Higher Costs, Lost Coverage Thanks To Liberal Paul Hodes’ Costly, Partisan Health Spending Bill

WASHINGTON – With just 20 days until Election Day, a new report by the non-partisan Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reveals that President Obama and liberal U.S. Representative Paul Hodes’ (D-NH) costly, unpopular health care overhaul will cut Medicare benefits for New Hampshire seniors and endanger seniors’ health coveragebreaking a key promise made to voters as Democrats attempted to sell their massive health spending bill.

As Politico reports:

A Medicare official concedes that seniors may have to dig deeper into their wallets next year thanks to the health care law. The new analysis obtained by POLITICO finds the health care overhaul will result in increased out-of-pocket costs for seniors on Medicare Advantage plans. Richard Foster, the actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, also tells Senate Republicans that the overhaul will result in “less generous benefit packages” for Medicare Advantage plans next year. Foster is independent from the administration and non-partisanRepublicans say dramatic changes to the program mean some seniors won’t be able to keep their plans – a promise President Barack Obama made during the reform debate – and the GOP has made the issue part of its attempt to roll back the health law.

In addition to cutting Medicare by $500 billion, reducing benefits and raising costs for seniors, Hodes’ costly, unpopular overhaul endangers jobs and could strip more than one million other Americans of their health coverage.

This non-partisan report confirms that liberal Paul Hodes’ costly, unpopular health care overhaul will hurt New Hampshire seniors—so why won’t Hodes just admit that he was wrong to ram it into law?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “As his health spending bill slams Granite State families with higher costs and puts their coverage at risk, voters are reminded once again that Hodes has consistently put his own reckless, partisan agenda ahead of their best interests in Washington.”

Background Information:

Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) Voted For The Democrats’ Massive Health Care Overhaul. (H.R. 3590, CQ Vote # 165: Motion agreed to 219-212: R 0-178; D 219-34, 3/21/10, Hodes Voted Yea; H.R. 4872, CQ Vote # 167: Passed 220-211: R 0-178; D 220-33, 3/21/10, Hodes Voted Yea)

Hodes Claimed The Health Care Reform Bill Would Lower Costs. (Albert McKeon, “Questions On Care Shift Jobs Focus,” The [Nashua, NH] Telegraph, 4/7/10

NRSC Website

Wednesday
Oct132010

NRSC - Union Leader - Hidin' Hodes: A man afraid of the people

NOTE: Hidin' Hodes doesn't show up for the work we've hired him to do in Congress, won't tell us where he was or why he was absent, won't honestly debate his opponent and won't hold town hall meetings back home for fear we'll yell at him. Yet he has the nerve to ask us to trust him with one of our two votes in the U.S. Senate? How dumb does he think the people of New Hampshire are?

 

http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Hidin'+Hodes:+A+man+afraid+of+the+people&articleId=fa25d2ce-5e6a-4e54-ae94-5f84f916c618

 

Hidin' Hodes: A man afraid of the people

Union Leader

Editorial

October 13, 2010

 

There are a lot of things Rep. Paul Hodes doesn't want you to know. For starters, where he was on July 22.

 

At a debate on Monday, Hodes' Republican opponent for U.S. Senate, Kelly Ayotte, asked him where he was during the July 22 House vote on unemployment benefits, which he missed. He refused to answer. The day after the vote, there was a conference of left-wing bloggers in Las Vegas. Some who were there blogged of their encounters with Hodes. But he still won't tell the voters of his own state where he was during the vote.

 

Hodes also wants to hide from the voters the actual person he's running against. At Monday's debate, he was asked a great question: What's the worst thing that would happen if your opponent were to be elected? He couldn't come up with an answer. So he started talking about Republican U.S. Senate candidates in other states. He rambled on about Rand Paul of Kentucky and Christine O'Donnell of Delaware. Having nothing he could pin on Kelly Ayotte, his real-life opponent right here in New Hampshire, he tried guilt by association.

 

He does the same thing when he goes on and on and on in speeches, debates and ads about "special interests" and "big corporations." Granite Staters might think from listening to Hodes that his opponent is some hoofed beast called SpecialinterestsAndbigcorporations.

 

Hidin' Hodes doesn't show up for the work we've hired him to do in Congress, won't tell us where he was or why he was absent, won't honestly debate his opponent and won't hold town hall meetings back home for fear we'll yell at him. Yet he has the nerve to ask us to trust him with one of our two votes in the U.S. Senate? How dumb does he think the people of New Hampshire are?

Wednesday
Oct132010

DSCC - Politico - Hodes zeroes in on Ayotte e-mails 

Politico - Hodes zeroes in on Ayotte e-mails

By: David Catanese

October 12, 2010

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43466.html

 

With polls showing him finally closing within single digits in the New Hampshire Senate contest, Rep. Paul Hodes is returning to a familiar target in his race against Republican Kelly Ayotte: her e-mail account.

 

Hodes is seizing on an e-mail exchange between Ayotte and her political adviser Rob Varsalone four years ago that he says shows their politicization of a murder case as they discussed her Senate ambitions.

 

In an initial e-mail with the subject line, “Get Ready to Run,” Varsalone explains to Ayotte the political landscape in the Granite State’s 2nd Congressional District, predicting that Rep. Charlie Bass would likely lose to Hodes.

 

“Have you been following the last 2 weeks?,” Ayotte responded to Varsalone on Oct. 27, 2006. “A police officer was killed and I announced that I would seek the death penalty?”

 

Replying the next morning to Ayotte’s state e-mail account, Varsalone wrote, “I know, I read about it. Where does AG Ayotte stand on the Death Penalty? BY THE SWITCH.”

 

Hodes brought up the e-mail exchange in a debate with Ayotte Monday, and asked whether she thought it was wrong to discuss the death of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs in a political context.

 

Ayotte said she handled the case with the “utmost integrity” and explained that deciding whether to seek the death penalty in the case of a police officer was one of the most serious decisions she ever made as attorney general.

 

“E-mails that were sent back and forth from someone who I have known for a long time, who is a friend, who I don’t necessarily agree with everything he wrote in the e-mail, but I can tell you that to me, the 30,000 e-mails that were produced of the time that I have served as attorney general, I’m proud of my record as attorney general,” she said. “I take my duties very seriously, and only base my decisions on the facts of the case, and feel that the appropriate thing to do in that case was how that case was pursued.”

 

In a post-debate appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Hodes said it was “stunning” that Ayotte would attempt to use the case of a fallen police officer to further her political ambitions.

 

“She wasn’t above using a murder case and a death penalty case as a springboard for her personal, political ambitions,” he said. “This is cold, this is ruthless, this is a politician who’s planning to run for years and wants the people of New Hampshire to believe she’s something else.”

 

The Hodes campaign, which is calling on Ayotte to remove Varsalone from her campaign and plans to continue to hammer the issue, contends the e-mails are even more relevant because Ayotte uses the death penalty case in her television ads to promote her candidacy.

 

“Justice was done. And Kelly’s the one who did it,” says Briggs’s mother, Maryann Briggs, in an ad that ran in August.

 

Earlier this summer, the Hodes campaign attempted to make an issue out of other Ayotte e-mails related to Financial Resources Mortgage (FRM), accusing her of failing to detect large-scale fraud involving the company. An open records request for Ayotte’s e-mails and calendars related to the case proved unsuccessful because much of the records were deleted. The legality of deleting e-mails in the state attorney general’s office is now the subject of a state lawsuit.

 

A Rasmussen Reports survey of 750 likely voters released Monday showed Ayotte holding a 7-point lead over Hodes.

Wednesday
Oct132010

Len Britton for US Senate VT - John McCain to Campaign with Britton 

Please Join

Senator John McCain

 And

 Len Britton

Republican U.S. Senate Nominee

Tuesday, October 19th

for a Private Reception

&

Veterans Rally

 

 We welcome you to invite friends and family to these exciting events!

 

  Private Reception                                 Britton for Vermont Veterans Rally
  Time: 11:45 – 1:00 PM                            Time: 1:30 – 2:45 PM
  Holiday Inn                                               Atlantic Aviation Hangar
  1068 Williston Road                                 1130 Airport Drive
  Burlington, VT 05401                               Burlington, VT 05403

  *Tickets $125.00 per person includes      * Admission is Free  
   light refreshments                                      Doors will open at 12:45 p.m.
  Doors will open at 11:00 a.m.

 

Please RSVP by Sunday, October 17th to lisa@lenbritton.com 802-772-7094

Additional Information or questions, please call 802-282-9517



Tuesday
Oct122010

NRSC - NEW POLL: Ayotte 51%, Hodes 44%

www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/new_hampshire/election_2010_new_hampshire_senate

New Hampshire Senate: Ayotte (R) Holds Steady Lead Over Hodes (D)

Rasmussen Reports

October 11, 2010

Republican Kelly Ayotte for the third month in a row earns more than 50% of the vote against Democratic Congressman Paul Hodes in New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in New Hampshire shows Ayotte with 51% support to Hodes’ 44%, unchanged from a month ago. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and two percent (2%) are undecided.

The race remains Leans GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Ayotte has posted 51% support since August and, in five surveys prior to that back to February, earned 46% to 50% of the vote. Hodes’ support has ranged from 35% to 44% since February.

This statewide telephone survey of 750 Likely Voters in New Hampshire was conducted on October 10, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.