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Sunday
Oct122014

NHDP - Portsmouth Herald: GOP Senator Says Brown Called Him Unelectable After Gay Marriage Vote 

In Case You Missed It: Portsmouth Herald: GOP Senator Says Brown Called Him Unelectable After Gay Marriage Vote

By Jason Kolnos and Anne Brennan
news@seacoastonline.com 
Posted Oct. 11, 2014 @ 2:01 pm 

Editor’s note: This article was published by Seacoast Media Group’s sister newspaper, The Cape Cod Times, on Friday, Oct. 11.

State Sen. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, said this week that then-state Sen. Scott Brown called him unelectable after Ross voted to keep a proposed anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment off the ballot, according to The Sun Chronicle newspaper.

Ross told The Sun Chronicle editorial board on Thursday that Brown said “you’re through” in a telephone call shortly after the June 2007 vote. Brown voted in favor of putting the proposal on the ballot.

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The action preserved gay marriage rights in the only state where it was legal at the time. At the time, Ross was a state representative.

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The Human Rights Campaign, a national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, condemned Brown in a statement Friday.

“Scott Brown’s despicable threat against a fellow Massachusetts Republican may become a reality for his own political career,” said Marty Rouse, HRC’s national field director, according to the statement. “When he loses in November to New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, he’ll have lost in two different states, two elections in a row, to two different women. The people of New Hampshire will be telling Scott Brown, ‘you’re through.’”
Friday
Oct102014

ALG's Daily Grind - A Republican rout in the Senate?  

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Oct. 9, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

A Republican rout in the Senate?
An unpopular president in his sixth year in office typically does not do well in the midterms, anyway, but 2014 on paper has all the makings of a rout. A look into some of the key races.

Cartoon: Obola

Predicted failure of Obamacare co-ops
The first shoe to drop in an impending Obamacare funding grant scandal was heard in New York this week, where the Freelancers Union, which received a $340 million health insurance co-op grant from the Administration in 2012, announced that they were no longer going to provide health insurance.

Karlgaard: America's missing wealth
Study: "[I]t's been runaway federal regulation that's crimped U.S. growth by the year and utterly smashed it over two generations."

Friday
Oct102014

NHDP, NARAL Hosting Day Long Visibility Outside of Scott Brown's Manchester Office

4'x8' with Bill Text Parked In Front Of Brown's Office with Specific Legislative Language Requiring  Women To Look at Photographs of Fetuses Before Terminating a Pregnancy 
 
New Hampshire Women Gather For Day-Long Protest at Brown’s Office, Demand He Be Truthful About His Record of Limiting Reproductive Choices for Women
 
Manchester, NH—Continuing efforts to highlight Scott Brown’s support for controversial legislation he twice co-sponsored to require women to view photographs of developing fetuses before they could exercise their right to terminate a pregnancy, the New Hampshire Democratic Party is hosting a day long visibility effort outside of his Manchester office to remind New Hampshire women that Brown can't be trusted to protect reproductive rights. The NHDP, along with members of NARAL and concerned New Hampshire women, also unveiled a 4'x8' sized copy of the legislation Brown cosponsored outside his office, so he is reminded of just how wrong his legislation is for New Hampshire.  

"There is a very clear choice in this election when it comes to protecting women's reproductive rights, and Scott Brown's record proves that New Hampshire women simply can't trust him," said Laura Thibault, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire. "The facts are indisputable: Scott Brown has repeatedly backed legislation to roll back women's reproductive rights, and he's shown time and again that he can't be trusted to stand up to his party when those rights are under attack. When he was serving in the Massachusetts legislature, he twice supported legislation that would force women to look at pictures of fetuses before they had an abortion. That's absolutely unacceptable. While Scott Brown can say he's pro-choice all he wants, his record is anything but pro-choice."

“Scott Brown can't be trusted to protect reproductive rights for New Hampshire women," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “There's no denying the facts: Brown sponsored legislation not once but twice that would require women to look at pictures of developing fetuses before terminating a pregnancy.  The proof is right there in the text of the bill that he put his name on, and we're going to make sure voters know the truth about his record." 

To read the full text of the bill that Scott Brown co-sponsored to force women to view photographs of developing fetuses before ending a pregnancy, please click here.
 

 


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Friday
Oct102014

NHDP - ICYMI: Scott Brown Says Obama Isn't The Only One To Blame For Border Crisis 

HuffPost: Scott Brown Says Obama Isn't The Only One To Blame For Border Crisis

WASHINGTON -- Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown has spent months hammering President Barack Obama on the issue of border security as part of his effort to unseat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). But last week, Brown went slightly off-script by conceding that it was not, in fact, Obama's fault that the border isn't secure.

"We need to secure the border once and for all," Brown, a former senator from Massachusetts, said during an Oct. 1 panel in Walnut Creek, California.

"And I know it's been going on with other presidents, I'm not going to say it's his fault. It's everybody's fault."

Brown did, however, criticize Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, which allows young undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States.

"The president expanding the definition of refugee, allowing mostly young children and others to come through the border … it sends a very bad message," Brown said, adding that he voted twice to secure the border during his time in the Senate.

"That being said, I know there are other issues affecting immigration," he said. "But until we get to the core problem, which is once and for all truly sending the message, cutting off the border, cutting off the incentives and the green light neon sign, we're going to continue to revisit this over and over and over again."

Watch Brown's comments in the video above.

The noticeably softer remarks marked a shift for Brown, who has made border security a cornerstone of his campaign in recent months. His campaign has run as many as three television spots that directly blame the border crisis on the "pro-amnesty policies" of Obama and Shaheen. In one ad, Brown looks into the camera and asks, "Want to know why there's lawlessness on our border? Ask Senator Shaheen," before flashing an image of Shaheen and Obama standing together. In another, he links border security with the Islamic State and says Obama and Shaheen "seem confused" about the threat posed by the militant group.

Brown also made immigration and national security the focal point of a foreign policy speech at Saint Anselm College last month.

"The Obama-Shaheen agenda of amnesty and no border enforcement is only inviting more chaos and danger," Brown said. "Illegal immigration is, above all, a national security challenge."

The strategy has proved fruitful for Brown, who continues to trail Shaheen but has gained momentum in recent polls. HuffPost's Pollster average, which combines all publicly available polling, shows Shaheen ahead by four percentage points -- down from a lead of more than six points as recently as last month.
Thursday
Oct092014

NHDP - MA Senate President Therese Murray, Women Activists Set Record Straight on Brown

 
Scott Brown’s Bill Is Very Clear: It Would Force Pregnant Women To Look at Pictures of Developing Fetuses Before Being Able To Terminate A Pregnancy
 

Manchester, NH – In response to Scott Brown’s attempt to run away from his own record, Massachusetts State Senate President Therese Murray, along with women’s health advocates, today set the record straight on Scott Brown’s history of failing Massachusetts women. Senator Murray served with Scott Brown and spoke firsthand about Scott Brown’s support for legislation that would force women to view color photographs of fetuses before ending a pregnancy.
 
"New Hampshire women can't trust Scott Brown to stand up for their reproductive rights," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "Brown can try and run from his record all he wants, but the facts are indisputable: he twice cosponsored a bill that would require women to look at photographs of developing fetuses before being able to terminate their pregnancy. His record is just further proof that he's wrong for New Hampshire." 

“Scott claims he’s pro-choice, yet he votes to put women into boxes, stripping them of any choice when it comes to their health and reproductive care,” said Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray. “While in the Massachusetts legislature, Scott Brown co-sponsored the ‘Women’s Right to Know’ bill. This bill says that women must wait 24 hours and be given images and descriptions of developing fetuses before terminating a pregnancy, and that is not something that anyone who comes to that decision should be forced to go through. If people want to learn from Massachusetts’ mistakes, learn the facts about this bill. This is a woman’s body, and it should be her decision, between her and her doctor. No politician, especially not Scott Brown, should insert themselves in that decision.”
 
“Scott Brown is choosing to tout mainstream pro-choice values because he knows it’s popular, but he can't run from his anti-choice record,” said NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire Executive Director Laura Thibault. “Let me ask you this: who is Scott Brown to tell women what they need before making a private decision? When did Scott Brown become an expert on women and their own bodies? Why is Scott Brown deciding what's best for women and their families? The legislation he has supported was nothing more than another effort to place barriers between a woman and her constitutional right to choose.” 

To read the full text of the bill that Scott Brown co-sponsored to force women to view photographs of developing fetuses before ending a pregnancy, please click here.