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NRSC - Keystone XL Pipeline Passes! 


We did it, Friend.

In a great bipartisan victory, we passed the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate with a vote of 62-36, including the support of 9 Democrats who joined us to pass this pro-growth piece of legislation.

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This new pipeline will create hundreds of new jobs and new economic opportunities for many Americans and greatly expand our energy security. 

Our fight is not over yet – President Obama has vowed to veto the Keystone XL pipeline bill as soon as it reaches his desk. We must not allow this to happen. We’ve fought long and hard for this pipeline and the opportunities it will create. The American people are counting on it.

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Thank you,

Senate Republicans



Citizens For A Strong NH - BOMBSHELL: We Know Why Shaheen's Hiding From Us 


Reports that Jeanne Shaheen Conspired with White House Insiders on IRS Targeting Scandal



(November 4, 2014) - Last evening, The Daily Caller broke a bombshell memo pointing to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen conspiring with White House insiders on the IRS targeting scandal.

The article yields breaking news that Jeanne Shaheen was principally involved in a plot with Lois Lerner and President Barack Obama's political appointee at the IRS to lead a program of harassment against conservative nonprofit groups during the 2012 election, according to letters exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller.

Breitbart also wrote on the story, which can be viewed here.

This past Thursday, the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) filed a federal lawsuit in New Hampshire against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on behalf of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, claiming the IRS is unlawfully delaying the release of records between the IRS and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) who demanded the IRS investigate conservative organizations for engaging in "political activities."

The lawsuit requests the federal court to order the IRS to release the records. 
Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law & Justice is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Michael Biundo, one of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's general consultants, released the following statement on the election-even bombshell memo: 

"Despite Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's FOIA request, the IRS has continued to stall and illegally ignore deadline after deadline for the past several months in order to delay the release of correspondence between their office and Senator Shaheen and now we know why. 


"On the eve of the midterm elections, a plot between Senator Shaheen, Lois Lerner and President Barack Obama's political appointee at the IRS to lead a program of harassment against conservative groups aimed to trample free speech came to light. This abuse of government power should not be tolerated. Senator Shaheen should immediately release all correspondence with the IRS. Granite Staters deserve transparency and honesty from their elected officials but unfortunately, the Senator continues to hide."

On Thursday, in response to filing the lawsuit with the ACLJ, Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:

"Senator Shaheen and Congresswoman Shea-Porter have made a career out of hiding from Granite State families. While their constituents are well aware of their refusal to hold town hall meetings, in order to further isolate themselves, these two elected officials have also called on the IRS to target organizations like ours to hinder our ability to highlight their failed records in Washington. 

"For months, the IRS has been stalling and surpassing deadline after deadline in order to delay the release of correspondences between their office and Senator Shaheen and Congresswoman Shea-Porter. Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has been more than patient waiting for a response, but at this point, we believe that the only means to gain these documents is through litigation. We look forward to working with the American Center for Law & Justice and appreciate their willingness to represent our organization in such an important case."


The full release from the ACLJ from Thursday, as well as a quote from Jay Sekulow, can also be seen here.


NHDP - "‘Anyplace Past Concord’: Scott Brown, and What Not to Say In the Final Days of a Close Campaign" ‘Anyplace Past Concord’: Scott Brown, and What Not to Say In the Final Days of a Close Campaign

By Hilary Sargent Staff
October 31, 2014 12:20 PM

With a history mix-upsmisspellingspocket tweets, and misunderstandings, Scott Brown did exactly what you don’t want to do in the final days of an increasingly tight U.S. Senate race.

On Thursday, Brown faced off against the state’s incumbent U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

WMUR reporter James Pindell told Brown he wanted to move away from the “big picture conversation” and “drill down to main street here in New Hampshire.” Pindell asked Brown to speak about specific economic issues facing Sullivan County.

Brown then spoke about issues “up north.” Pindell stopped him to suggest that it sounded as though Brown was discussing the state’s “north country” and not Sullivan County. Brown responded by saying he was referencing “anyplace past Concord.” Pindell gave Brown a public geography scolding: “Sullivan County is west of Concord. It’s not north of Concord, Senator Brown.”


Pindell: “Let’s go to the western part of the state, and lets talk about Sullivan County. Senator brown, what do you see going right in the economy in Sullivan County, and what’s going wrong? And please be specific.”

Brown: “Well, you’re absolutely right. Geography plays a role. Along the southern border we have more jobs. We have more opportunity. Infrastructure and other opportunities up north are more difficult. One of the biggest opportunities is tourism, and one of the biggest opportunities are our ski areas and trails for snowmobiles. And I support those efforts.”

Pindell: “We’re talking about Sullivan County. I think you’re talking about the north country. So what do you see as going well in Sullivan County, or not?”

Brown: “I’m talking about anyplace past Concord, and the challenges of our state. So I’m referring to the challenges, including the high corporate tax rate, Obamacare coming in after the election. We also have—uh—the challenges of high electric costs. If you go to any business, in any county in our state, those are the very real challenges.”

Pindell: “Sullivan County is west of Concord. It’s not north of Concord, Senator Brown.”


Democrats quickly seized on the moment, calling it a “clueless fumble” and saying it showed Brown’s lack of knowledge of New Hampshire geography. The Shaheen campaign emailed a press release, conveniently announcing her plans for Saturday stops in the very county Brown seemed unable to identify.

With less than a week until election day, polls suggest the race is “too close to call.”

James Neilsen, the mayor of Claremont (located in Sullivan County), said Brown’s comment went “far beyond an awkward moment in a debate.”

“It’s about the next six years, and whether people in Sullivan and every other corner of this state will have a senator who knows and cares about their lives and their communities,” Neilsen said. “Tonight Scott Brown proved that not only can he not find us on a map but also that he doesn’t care about us at all.”

Brown conceded to reporters that he “should have been more specific,” but claimed the whole thing was a misunderstanding: “Obviously it is north of Concord. I’ve visited every county and I’m going to continue to take that message of independence to every county.”

Meanwhile, Pindell apologized: “We were talking about the location of Sullivan County. I said Sullivan County was west of Concord, not north of Concord. The truth is, it’s both. On this point, Scott Brown was right. I was wrong.”

The key here isn’t that he misclassified Sullivan County as being “up north” when it is, in fact, in the “western central” part of the state.

Parents may have favorite children, but part of parenting is convincing your children—the voters—that you love each of them equally. And part of campaigning for statewide office is convincing voters that you love the state as a whole, and that every county matters, none more than any other. They all face unique challenges! They’re all special! They’re all important!

Brown lives in Rye, on New Hampshire’s sea coast and within commuting distance of New Hampshire’s main economic centers.

The key is that Brown said what he—and probably a lot of other people—think: that “anyplace past Concord” faces the exact same set of issues.

People who live in Manhattan think of traveling abroad as going anywhere requiring a bridge or tunnel. Maine, to many, is just a beautiful stretch of coastline. There’s no shortage of Bostonians who consider anything outside of Route 128 to be “western Mass.” And even in Boston, there’s the tendency to think of the city as stretching only from Fenway Park to the Seaport District.

Brown let slip the cold, hard truth that off the campaign trail, people living in the most populated part of any state often think of vast regions of the rest of the state as one lump. Up there. West of here. Down there. Over there.

You know, “anyplace past Concord.”


NHDP Statement on WMUR-Union Leader Senate Debate 

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement on tonight’s New Hampshire Senate debate at Saint Anselm College:
“It is embarrassing and insulting that Scott Brown had no idea where Sullivan County is located. The good people of Claremont, Plainfield, Cornish, Grantham, and the rest of Sullivan County deservea Senator who not only understands their priorities, but will work for them--not the Wall Street baks and Big Oil companies. 
"That moment showed Granite Staters exactly what they need to know about Scott Brown: he's not for New Hampshire. He only cares about being a Senator. He was wrong for Massachusetts and he is not for working families here in New Hampshire."



NHDP - Rand Paul's Endorsement Just Further Proves Scott Brown is Not For New Hampshire 

Manchester, NH—The pro-outsourcing and Republican-aligned U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spending more money to try and buy New Hampshire’s Senate seat for Scott Brown, this time using Tea Party leader Rand Paul to vouch for Brown. To say the least, Rand Paul's record is radical and out of the mainstream, and the fact that he has become a top surrogate for Scott Brown just further proves how wrong Scott Brown is for New Hampshire.
“Rand Paul's record is extreme - he voted for a federal personhood amendment that would criminalize all abortion, voted against the Violence Against Women Act and paycheck fairness, and championed the government shutdown. His decision to support Scott Brown only further proves that Scott Brown is not for New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain


2011: Rand Paul Co-Sponsored The Life At Conception Act. [S. 91, 112th Congress, 1/25/11]
·         Rand Paul Co-Sponsored The Life At Conception Act, Which Declared Protection Under The 14th Amendment Of The Constitution From The Moment Of Conception. “This week, Senator Rand Paul will join Senator Roger Wicker as an original sponsor of the Life at Conception Act. This legislation declares that the unborn are persons, as prescribed in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.” [Press Release, Office of Senator Rand Paul, 01/24/11]
·         Rand Paul’s Office Issued A Press Release That Said The Life At Conception Act “Would Reverse Roe V. Wade Without The Need For A Constitutional Amendment.” “This week, Senator Rand Paul will join Senator Roger Wicker as an original sponsor of the Life at Conception Act. This legislation declares that the unborn are persons, as prescribed in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution…By following the powers offered to Congress in the Constitution, passage of the Life at Conception Act would reverse Roe v. Wade without the need for a constitutional amendment.” [Press Release, Office of Senator Rand Paul, 01/24/11]
Rand Paul Introduced Senate Bill 583, A Bill That Would Implement Equal Protection Under The 14thAmendment For The Right To Life For Each Born And Unborn Human. “On Thursday, Sen. Paul introduced S.583, a bill that would implement equal protection under the 14th Amendment for the right to life of each born and unborn human. This legislation does not amend or interpret the Constitution, but simply relies on the 14th Amendment, which specifically authorizes Congress to enforce its provisions.” [Press Release, Office of Rand Paul, 3/15/13]
·         Rand Paul Introduced Personhood Legislation That Would Ban All Abortions In America Federally And Likely Ban Some Forms Of Hormonal Birth Control, Like The Pill. RACHEL MADDOW: “Rand Paul has introduced personhood legislation that would ban all abortions in America federally. It would also likely ban some forms of hormonal birth control, like the pill and even in vitro fertilization.” [Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, 3/21/13]

Rand Paul Voted Against Reauthorizing The Violence Against Women Act.  22 Senate Republicans voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.  [S. 47, Passage, Vote #113, 2/12/13]
Rand Paul Said He Opposed The Violence Against Women Act Because It Required “Borrowing Money From China.”  “Paul was asked why he was one of 22 GOP male senators to vote against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act last week.  According to Paul, his opposition to the bill was rooted in VAWA requiring ‘borrowing money from China,’ adding that he thinks such domestic violence efforts should be handled and funded completely at the state level and by private charities, not the federal government. Paul dodged LEO’s question on whether he thought the bill was unconstitutional.”  [LEO Weekly, 2/21/13]
2014: Rand Paul Voted To Block The Paycheck Fairness Act. “On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on S. 2199).” [S.2199, Vote #262, 113th Congress, 9/15/14]
2014: Rand Paul Voted Against The Paycheck Fairness Act.  “On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2199).” [S. 2199, Vote #103, 113th Congress,4/9/14]
·         Rand Paul Said That The Paycheck Fairness Act That Failed In The Senate Would Interfere With The Free Market. “Many in the GOP see laws like the paycheck fairness measure as an effort to help trial lawyers mount cases. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said it would interfere with the free market.” [CNN New Source, 4/9/14]
2012: Rand Paul Voted To Block The Paycheck Fairness Act Saying It Was Harmful. "Kentucky's two Republican senators yesterday helped their party block the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have given women new tools to combat pay discrimination in the workforce. Kentucky women make just seventy seven cents to every dollar a man makes. The same holds true nationally… But Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul says the legislation would do more harm than good." [WKMS, 6/6/12]
·         HEADLINE: "Rand Paul Compares Paycheck Fairness To Soviet Politburo" [Huffington Post, 6/5/12]


NBC Politics: Rand Paul Was An “Early Signatory” To The Strategy Linking Continued Government Funding To Defunding Obamacare. “If the consequences of the 2011 debt ceiling standoff rippled through the 2012 election, then this shutdown is almost certain to reverberate through the 2016 presidential election. Among Republicans, three possible presidential candidates — led by Cruz and joined by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — were early signatories to the strategy linking continued government funding to defunding Obamacare, a central factor contributing to the shutdown.” [NBC Politics,10/17/13]
Rand Paul On Whether He Would Surrender Plans To Gut Obamacare By Threatening A Government Shutdown: “I Was Elected To Fight To Stop Obamacare And I Will Do Everything Possible To Stop Obamacare.” Asked about the possibility of Republicans surrendering their fight to defund Obamacare though the budget process, Rand Paul: “I was elected to fight to stop Obamacare and I will do everything possible to stop Obamacare.” [Hannity, Fox News, 8/29/13]
Rand Paul On The Government Shutdown Fight: “It Isn’t My Job To Guess How This Ends… It Is My Job To Stand Up Against Obamacare.” “As for an outcome of what will happen in terms of which ‘impasse’ he said the House and Senate will end up at, he said he does not know. ‘I can’t tell you the outcome but I can tell you A or B,’ meaning that either there is a filibuster of the House bill to prevent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from stripping Obamacare defunding language from the House CR, or the Senate succeeds in stripping the defund language and the House holds strong by going to a conference and negotiating further takedowns of Obamacare. ‘It isn’t my job to guess how this ends,’ Paul said in the email, adding that his job is to fight against Obamacare. ‘It is my job to stand up against Obamacare,’ Paul said.”  [Breitbart, 9/21/13]
Rand Paul: “Cruz Has Done Has Been Masterful. He And Mike Lee Have United The Grassroots Against Obamacare And They’ve Done A Tremendous Job. And I Support Them. I Won’t Vote For, No Matter What Happens, I’m Not Voting To Fund A Penny Of Obamacare.” Rand Paul on using the possibility of a government shutdown to defund Obamacare: “I think what Sen. Cruz has done has been masterful. He and Mike Lee have united the grassroots against Obamacare and they’ve done a tremendous job. And I support them. I won’t vote for, no matter what happens, I’m not voting to fund a penny of Obamacare.” [Hannity Radio, 9/25/13]