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NHDP - ICYMI: Students, community members protest Scott Brown in Durham 

ICYMI: The New Hampshire: Students, community members protest Scott Brown in Durham


SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

By Cole Caviston, Staff Writer

A small protest against visiting Republican senatorial nominee Scott Brown took place near Huddleston Hall on early Friday afternoon.

The protesters’ issues ranged from women’s right to health care, climate change to corporate influence in Washington to marriage equality.

Brown was attending a political rally in Huddleston Hall alongside Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who endorsed him there in Brown’s campaign against incumbent Democrat senator Jeanne Shaheen.

The protests were a collaboration between student organizations and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Student groups that took part included: Voices for Planned Parenthood (VOX), the Peace and Justice League (PJL) and the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC).

A few non-student volunteers from Planned Parenthood were also in attendance.

The protests began around 1:30 p.m., almost half an hour before Brown was scheduled to speak. The protestors first began their demonstration on the sidewalk of Main Street just in front of Huddleston Hall before moving to Quad Way near the Memorial Union Building.

“We are a green campus and I want them to be aware that we stand behind climate issues, such as climate change.” – Eric Peterson, UNH sophomore

Emily Dickman, a UNH senior, is a VOX member who was responsible for setting up a Facebook page that announced the protests. She said that the event was a collaboration with other student groups and Planned Parenthood, and that is was organized at the last minute after the announcement that Brown would visit UNH.

According to Dickman, the protest was aimed at the former Massachusetts senator’s voting record, and his position on women’s right to choose and access to health care initiatives.

“Scott Brown doesn’t really stand for women or women’s choices, so we’re holding up some signs for not taking away my breast exams, birth control and a lot of other issues Scott Brown stands for,” Dickman said.

“We’re here to just show that we don’t want him, he’s not right for New Hampshire and we want to make that apparent,” said Jessica Wojenski, a UNH senior and VOX member. “We’re just trying to spread awareness and make a physical stand.”

A volunteer from Planned Parenthood, who did not wish to be named, said that she and the other volunteers brought along signs to the protest at the request of Dickman. She was deeply critical of that Brown’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

“He voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which provides over millions of people with health care services, including many preventative services such as breast cancer screenings and cervical cancer screenings” she said.

Griffin Sinclair-Wingate, a sophomore with the Peace and Justice League, said his group was opposed to Brown’s ties with Exxon Mobil, Goldman Sachs, and the Koch brothers.

“Scott Brown has $50,000 invested in Exxon Mobil Stock and that could very much produce a conflict of interests between the benefits of the people and the benefits of corporations,” Sinclair-Wingate said.

Eric Peterson, a UNH sophomore, who demonstrated with two other members of SEAC, said that his group did not officially support a particular candidate, but are in favor of those who take environmental concerns into account.

“One of the issues we have with this particular candidate is that he’s got a lot of money invested in oil companies,” Peterson said. “We support candidates who take environmental concerns into account.”

More importantly, Peterson highlighted the fact that the university’s customs.

“We are a green campus and I want them to be aware that we stand behind climate issues, such as climate change,” Peterson said.

A group of four men with a young boy held their own demonstration opposite the protesters in support of Brown. According to ‘Moose’, a demonstrator who was dressed in a moose costume to represent the Granite State, they had arrived earlier to attend the Brown rally.

“We didn’t know that [the protestors] were here,” ‘Moose’ said. “ We just came here to support Scott.”

“I’m here for myself and my personal beliefs and to express how much and how deeply I support Scott Brown,” ‘Moose’ said.

The protesters were eventually approached by a campus policeman and were told that they had to move back to the Main Street sidewalk, as they lacked a permit to demonstrate on-campus. The group then moved back to Main Street, where they continued to demonstrate until 3:16 PM.

As the protestors held out signs to the crowded downtown, a group of UNH students wearing Scott Brown campaign shirts​, walked by and poised for a picture with the Brown supporters.

One of them, Nathan Marsolais, a freshman, said he was sympathetic to the demonstrators but was not supportive of the protesters’ purpose.

“I don’t not support them,” said Marsolais. “However, I don’t think it’s one of the biggest issues we have going on right now.”


Rubens For US Senate - Thank You!  

 Our sixteen month campaign to replace Jeanne Shaheen and to restore American greatness has been a tremendous honor, an irreplaceable life experience that has caused me to love this wonderful state of New Hampshire and its people even more.

Whether you joined our campaign last May or over the past few weeks, thank you. Thank you for making calls, hosting house parties, marching in parades, standing at the polls, talking to your neighbors, and writing checks. We were outspent by almost ten times in this race, but because of your evangelism, 27,116 people went to the polls and voted for me. For that, I am forever humbled and appreciative.

The Republican Party is the essential party if America is to protect liberty and to restore fiscal sanity. But to consistently win elections and earn the votes to govern and to lead, we must expand and bring back the independent voters and disaffected Republicans we have lost over the years. Repackaged rhetoric will not work. We must offer substantial, credible solutions to the nation's several pressing challenges.

I am proud that my campaign has shown the way forward on several issues:

• We grabbed the third rail of American politics and laid out specific proposals to preserve Social Security and Medicare for the long term without tax increases. There will be no means to restore long term budget balance and to avoid hyperinflation or currency collapse without tackling the gargantuan fiscal imbalance in these programs.

• We offered a specific plan to replace Obamacare and one that addressed the need to reduce America's highest in the world healthcare costs and to increase quality and access.

• We offered a detailed six point plan to bring jobs back to American soil and to bring back middle class prosperity.

• I was the single Republican candidate to offer a solution to the corrupt special interest campaign money system that is the root cause of Washington dysfunction, career politics, endless budget deficits, and our anti-jobs tax code, riddled as it is with special interest loopholes that drive up rates and drive jobs offshore.

• We took an early position against NSA's unconstitutional dragnet spying on hundreds of millions of innocent Americans, pointing out that this spying did not stop even a single instance of domestic terrorism.

• I showed that it is possible for Republicans to be both Second Amendment champions and to offer a concrete plan to reduce gun violence.

• As to another war in the Middle East, I stood alone (at least to date) in pointing out that, until just a few months ago, the US was arming, training, and funding ISIS. We must replace our haphazard, knee-jerk approach to Middle East with a long term strategy to protect Americans from terrorism. To date, I am alone in demanding that our sometime ally Saudi Arabia and its princes cease funding terrorism around the world.

• I'm most proud of my sounding the alarm on the abuses occurring in the Veterans Administration. I was first to address this and first to call for a health care card to be granted to Veterans. We must never shirk on our responsibility to our veterans.

• I certainly hurt myself politically by openly acknowledging my view that humans are the cause of observed global warming. I did this because candidates and politicians should be honest and direct about their views.

• I took the risks of offering detailed and specific proposals on most major issues and thoughtful answers to all questions posed by the media and by voters. Political handlers always advise against this. New Hampshire voters, including those who differed with me on some issues, found this refreshing and voted for me anyway.

I could not be more proud of the campaign that we ran.

While our campaign may have come to an end, our work on these issues must not. I look forward to working with many of you to continue this work. To that end, please find my personal contact information below. I hope you will use it to keep in touch with me going forward.

>From the bottom of my heart, thank you!


Jim Rubens
(603) 359-3300

P.S. If you placed a sign at your home, business, or in your community, please reuse the wickets and wires for the candidate of your choice and recycle the bags. We also have some U-stakes and H-stakes still in inventory. If you could use them for your signs please send us an e-mail. We would love to see them used.


Rubens For US Senate - Jim Rubens Endorses Scott Brown 

Former candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Rubens today endorsed Scott Brown.  Rubens released the following statement:


"Primary contests are grueling and often necessary to debate the future path of the Republican party.  But in the end it is vital that Republicans unite behind our nominee. It is essential that we replace Jeanne Shaheen and restore control of the U.S. Senate to Republicans.  Scott Brown and I had a productive and cordial meeting yesterday and together determined the ways I could help. This morning,I attended the Unity Breakfast and was accompanied by Senator Gordon Humphrey who was one of the first to endorse Senator Brown after the results of the primary were known.  I appreciate all the support I have received before and after Primary Day.  I am truly humbled."


NHDP - ICYMI: Scott Brown Taken to Task by National Media for “Phony” Introduction

Opposing Equal Pay While Giving Out Meaningless Awards to Women

Manchester, NH—What a way to kick off a general election. Scott Brown’s hollow, meaningless attempts to connect with New Hampshire women, and the fact that even Republicans think he’s a phony, has left national mocking his campaign in the early days of his general election. Following two stories—one in Time and one in the Washington Post—revealing a series of Brown missteps that ranged from bizarre to insulting, Rachel Maddow, Stephen Colbert, and Chris Matthews rightfully called him out. 
On Monday night, Rachel Maddow concentrated on Brown’s attempt to “win over the lady voters of New Hampshire one trophy at a time.”

On Tuesday night, Colbert dedicated a lengthy segment of his show to the fact that Brown opposes equal pay protections for women, opting to give them meaningless and condescending plaques instead.

Then, both Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow latched on to what the Washington Post called “the worst introduction ever” by Chris Sununu—confirming that even Brown’s political allies think he is a complete phony.



NHDP - GENERAL ELECTION WATCH: The Real Scott Brown Is Not for NH

Manchester, NH—As the general election season begins, people in New Hampshire need to know the real Scott Brown—how he’s voted and where he stands on important issues.  In Massachusetts, Scott Brown looked out for himself and the Big Oil and Wall Street special interests that fund his campaigns, not the people he was supposed to represent.  Here are all the reasons Scott Brown can't be trusted to stand up for New Hampshire:

The Facts On The Real Scott Brown:
  • Scott Brown "delivered for Wall Street” – that’s how the Boston Globe described his work getting a $19,000,000,000 break for big banks.
  • Scott Brown supports the Hobby Lobby decision and cosponsored the Blunt amendment, a controversial plan that could allow employers to block access to women's birth control.
  • Scott Brown opposes equal pay protections for women. 
  • Scott Brown opposes an increase in the minimum wage.
  • Scott Brown opposes Senator Shaheen's plan to refinance student loans.
  • Scott Brown sides with the Big Oil Koch Brothers in denying the widely accepted fact that climate change is real.
  • Scott Brown said he would not create a single job for New Hampshire if he were elected to the Senate.
“Scott Brown's record is proof that he is wrong for New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “New Hampshire women can't trust Scott Brown because of his opposition to equal pay for equal work, and support for a plan that could block access to coverage for basic health services.  New Hampshire workers can't afford his opposition to increasing the minimum wage and support for Wall Street's special breaks. And New Hampshire residents can't trust his record of putting the Big Oil companies that fund his campaigns first.  Scott Brown is out for Scott Brown, and that's wrong for New Hampshire."