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Thursday
Aug282014

NHDP - SHOCKING: Brown on Controversial Outsourcing Company: “Very Proud, Good Company" 

During Republican Debate, Brown Doubles Down on Serial Outsourcing Company that Pays Him $270K, Says He Won't Resign 
 
Manchester, NH— In his first comments after days of public pressure and scrutiny on his ties to a controversial outsourcing company, Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown shockingly scoffed at Kadant’s proven outsourcing practices, instead doubling down on his support for anti-jobs policies and saying he would not resign from the Board of Directors of this “good” company.  No wonder--Brown voted to reward companies that outsource jobs, protecting their tax breaks and loopholes. 

Brown's comments came during a debate with his fellow Republicans this morning, and his out of touch sentiments further prove what we've known about Brown all along: Brown cares more about his bank account than jobs. 


Brown also confirmed that he would not resign from the company’s Board, instead continuing to profit off of the company that outsourced jobs ​and relies on low cost manufacturing bases in China and Mexico ​to pad its bottom line. When pressed further, Brown referred questions to the Board - ironic considering he in fact still serves on Kadant​'s​ board.  
 
“It’s an insult to American workers that Brown would shower praise on a company that so callously shipped jobs to China and Mexico to make a bigger buck, just because they're paying Scott Brown more than a quarter of a million dollars,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Now that he’s doubling down on his extremely lucrative gig, refusing to resign, and defending himself by referring questions to the Board, it's obvious that when faced with a choice between jobs here at home or his own bank account, Scott Brown's bank account wins.  That's exactly what New Hampshire can't afford.”

Scott Brown has previously refused to answer questions about his role with this company and others that are similarly controversial, including why he accepted $1.3 million in stock to become an ​advisor​ for ​a​ shady beauty supply company turned weapons manufacturer,​ GDSI. He still has refused to answer questions about his pre-election California paid speaking gig—including how much he is personally getting paid and who is paying him.
 

A transcript of Brown's remarks during this morning's debate are included below: 
 
“What Kadant did five years ago before I was even on the board, I would suggest that anyone who's interested should refer those questions to the Board.”
 
“With regard to my activities over the last year, sitting on a very proud and good company, no I'm not going to resign, obviously, until I get re-elected."
Thursday
Aug282014

Martin For US Senate - U.S. Senate candidate Andy Martin congratulates Market Basket workers on victory 

Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin celebrates the victory of Market Basket workers

 

Andy says his TV ads supporting Market Basket employees will continue to run as the transition to “Arthur T” ownership proceeds

 

(Manchester, NH) (August 28, 2014) 

 

Dear Granite Stater:

 

As you know, over the past six weeks I have stood shoulder to shoulder with Market Basket associates and former MB management. You can see a short video, as well as my TV commercial, on my campaign web site (see link below to my campaign web site).

 

Being a political leader means standing out front and standing with ordinary citizens when they need you. Being a leader also means standing up for the public interest.

 

There were equities on both sides of the Demoulas Family battle. If I have time, I will write my interpretation of the conflict.

 

But at the end of the day, the public interest mandated reopening the stores with the lives and families twenty-five thousand New Hampshire and Massachusetts workers at stake. Hundreds of thousands of customers were also part of the public interest calculation.

 

Ironically, the settlement came just as we as a nation stand down for a weekend to celebrate Labor Day.

 

I hope all of you will have a happy holiday. I pray, of course, for good weather. In New Hampshire we will welcome half a million guests over the next few days. Let’s take good care of them. Our economy depends on visitors.

 

God bless all of you, and God bless the associates of Market Basket. Finally, God bless America and God bless our men and women in uniform who keep us free and give life to the very constitutional liberties we cherish.

 

Loyally,

 

Andy

 

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LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

 

http://www.andymartin2014.com/

 

ABOUT ANDY:

 

Andy is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He has forty-five years of background in radio and television. He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and he produced the Internet film "Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” www.ContrarianCommentary.com. He comments on New Hampshire, national and international events with more than four decades of investigative and analytical experience both in the USA and around the world. For more, go to: www.AndyMartin.com

 

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over forty-five years and he is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. He is currently sponsoring www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.EnglishforAmerica.org

 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

Thursday
Aug282014

Rubens For US Senate - Jim Rubens Campaign Schedule for Thursday 

Below is Jim Rubens' campaign schedule for Thursday, August 28, 2014:

 

3:00pm- Jim visits Lancaster Fair

               Lancaster Fairgrounds

               516 Main Street, Lancaster

 

6:30pm- Jim speaks at Coos County Republican Committee Night with the Candidates

               Lancaster Town Hall

               25 Main St., Lancaster

Wednesday
Aug272014

NHDP - HuffPost: Scott Brown Denies That Man-Made Climate Change Is Scientifically Proven 

HuffPost: Scott Brown Denies That Man-Made Climate Change Is Scientifically Proven
 
The Huffington Post     | By Sabrina Siddiqui

 
New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown has added his name to the list of Republicans who have dismissed the science behind climate change, despite previously stating that global warming is real.

During a GOP primary debate on Saturday, Brown was asked if he believed that "the theory of man-made climate change has been scientifically proven." The former Massachusetts senator, who hopes to challenge Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), responded, "Uh, no."

Watch Brown's answer in the video above.

Brown's response, posted in a video Monday by the Democratic opposition research firm American Bridge, is at odds with the position he held while defending his seat in the 2012 Massachusetts Senate race. Back then, Brown said he did believe in climate change during a debate with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat who eventually defeated him.

"Yes, yes I do," he said. "I absolutely believe that climate change is real and I believe there's a combination between man-made and natural."

When asked for comment Monday, Brown's campaign offered a response that more closely resembled his remarks in 2012.

"Scott Brown believes that the climate is changing by a combination of natural and manmade causes," Elizabeth Guyton, a spokeswoman for the campaign, told The Huffington Post. "The real issue is whether we are going to impose a new national energy tax on carbon. Scott Brown says no and Jeanne Shaheen says yes."

Though Brown is expected to win the primary on Sept. 9, he has adopted a more conservative stance on some issues to garner support from the right. He has recently pounded Shaheen's record on immigration, despite voting, while serving as a state senator in Massachusetts, for one of the same reforms he criticized her for backing.

Shaheen hit Brown for his comments on climate change, calling them "disappointing" and an effort to "appease the Big Oil special interests who fund his campaigns."

"Scott Brown is wrong," Shaheen said. "Climate change is very real and here in New Hampshire we are already seeing consequences. In order to protect the people and environment in New Hampshire, we’ve got to take action now to reduce pollution, reduce our reliance on foreign oil, and encourage clean energy investments that create jobs and lower energy costs."

NextGen Climate, a group backed by billionaire financier and climate activist Tom Steyer working to elect Democrats, said Brown "can’t make up his mind about what he believes" on climate change, immigration, health care or women's rights.

"New Hampshire voters see Scott Brown for what he is: someone more interested in his own political career than in the issues that matter to Granite State voters," said Pete Kavanaugh, the New Hampshire director for NextGen.

HuffPost Pollster's model, which averages all of the publicly available polling in the race, currently shows Shaheen leading Brown by about 6 percentage points.
Wednesday
Aug272014

Martin For US Senate - U.S. Senate candidate asks FCC to investigate Hearst Television monopoly at WMUR 

Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin is asking the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the monopoly practices of WMUR-TV

 

Andy says Hearst Television, which owns WMUR, is giving Scott Brown and his two “debating dummies” free air time at 7:00 P.M. while refusing to sell Andy time at 7:00 P.M. on a different day

 

Andy says Hearst Television is using its monopoly power to decide the outcome U. S. Senate primary

 

(Manchester, NH) (August 25, 2014) 

 

Dear Granite Stater:

 

See if this sounds fair to you: the Hearst Television company that owns WMUR-TV is giving free time for a staged “debate” between Scott Brown and his two “debating dummies.” Hearst Television is refusing to sell me a similar time slot to advertise my campaign. So Brown gets free time, and Hearst will not even sell me the same time they are giving away for free. Is that fair?

 

Federal law protects the right of access of federal candidates to the air waves. If Hearst gives Brown and the dummies free time at 7:00 P.M., and won’t sell me time at 7:00 P.M., instead offering me time on Sunday afternoon or after 11:00 P.M. when the audience is comparatively infinitesimal, doesn’t that New York-based media dictatorship effective control the outcome of elections in our state?

 

If a legitimate candidate is denied his right to purchase comparable time, while the station is giving away near-prime time to its favored candidate, democracy is a joke. You don’t have to support me or my candidacy to realize that when strong-arm tactics are used against one candidate they can also be used in the future against other candidates.

 

I have asked the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to investigative the monopolistic corporate behavior of Hearst Television and the efforts of the company to rig the U. S. Senate election with biased coverage (seen enough of Scott Brown yet?) and refusal to obey federal law by selling me a comparable time slot to that being given away to my opponents.

 

New Hampshire has a more corrupt media environment than Chicago. Here we have only one TV station licensed to the state. Hearst Television is abusing its monopoly power.

 

Here is what I asked the FCC to investigate: (letter follows without masthead information)

 

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Hon. Tom Wheeler, Chairman

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th Street, SW

Washington, DC 20554

 

I am a ballot-qualified candidate for the United States Senate from New Hampshire in the Republican Party primary on September 9, 2014. Therefore, time is of the essence.

 

Ten (10) years ago I wrote the first report questioning the family history of then-state Senator Barack Obama. I was the first independent investigator to go to Hawai’i to look into then-U. S. Senator Barack Obama’s family history. I wrote a book which is a collection of my columns as well as a Psychological Profile of then-U.S. Senator Obama (copy enclosed with the hard copy of this letter). My research concerning President Obama has been remarkably prescient and remarkably accurate.

 

The State of New Hampshire has only one commercial TV station licensee, WMUR-TV, which is operated by Hearst Television. The fact that Hearst has a local statewide monopoly makes my situation somewhat unique and urgent.

 

WMUR-TV is conducting a bogus “debate” involving the licensee’s preferred candidate for U. S. Senator, Scott Brown, and two additional “sparring partners” for Brown, neither of whom has any recent national exposure or meaningful experience in confronting a media phenomenon such as Mr. Brown. As licensees now do, WMUR-TV has also enlisted a local “patsy,” St. Anselm’s College, to act as a “sponsor” of the debate so the broadcaster can claim that Equal Time rules do not apply. The station has been remarkably crafty in seeking to insulate Brown from any meaningful opposition.

 

I understand Hearst’s motivation. Brown is a cash machine for broadcasters. Brown brings in millions in Wall Street cash to support his candidacy, because his vote in the senate is for sale. Brown also brings in millions in Democratic Party opposition advertising seeking to expose his perfidiousness and defeat him.

 

Well enough.

 

WMUR-TV is broadcasting its “debate” at 7:00 P.M.   

 

I asked the licensee to sell me half an hour at 7:00 P.M. (on a different day) so I can counteract the free time being given to Brown and his sparring partners.

 

WMUR-TV has refused to sell me the same time slot that they are making available for free to my opponents. In substance, WMUR-TV’s position is a corruption and perversion of the Communications Act. To give free time to my opponents and to refuse to sell me the same time slot so I may reach the same audience effectively locks me out of any access to that audience and dooms my campaign.

I do not believe any licensee, Democrat or Republican, should have such monopoly power (Hearst is a Democrat-leaning corporation; they have wined and dined the incumbent senator, Jeanne Shaheen, at their offices in New York City.)

 

The issue presented is not a complex one. Can a licensee which holds a monopoly position in a state give free time to some candidates, and then refuse to sell the same time slot to another excluded candidate, claming the free time slot is not covered by any form of equal access or equal time opportunity? I think not. The drafters of the Communications Act never contemplated such an extortionate position of power for a licensee to exercise.

 

I ask the Commissioners to take immediate action to protect my right as a candidate to purchase the same time slot (local access, a half hour, one time, some time between 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.) that is being made available for free to my opponents.

 

The licensee has offered to sell me time on Sunday afternoon, or late at night, but obviously these alternative time slots are not remotely similar to the audience being made available to my primary opponents at 7:00 P.M.

 

Increasingly we are becoming a feudalistic nation, where corporate might makes right, and where broadcast licensees have contempt for the public interest they are supposed to serve.

 

Most respectfully, I ask that the spirit of the Communications Act, that licensees must operate in the public interest and not solely in the corporate interest, be honored. The spirit of our Constitution should also be respected. The contumacious monopoly attitude of Hearst should be rejected.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

ANDY MARTIN

 

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I hope you will agree with me that New Hampshire should not be a “colony” of Hearst Television in New York, where Hearst executives get to ban candidates from the airwaves and decide who gets free air time and who will be denied his or her federal right to purchase air time. Hearst’s corporate behavior is despicable. Every New Hampshire citizen suffers and our democracy is diminished when the Hearst TV monopoly is allowed to dictate the outcome of elections in our state.

 

Loyally,

 

Andy

 

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News conference details: Manchester, NH August 27, 2014

 

WHO:     

 

New Hampshire U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

 

WHAT:    

 

Andy Martin asks the FCC to investigate WMUR-TV’s refusal to sell him TV time comparable to the time slots being given away to his opponents

 

WHERE:

 

Manchester, NH, Northwest corner of Elm and Webster Streets

           

WHEN:

 

Wednesday, August 27, 1:30 P.M.