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Wednesday
Sep172014

NHDP - THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: Brown Voted To Protect Tax Breaks for Big Oil Companies…Again

NHDP Launches Facebook Ads on Scott Brown's Big Oil Vote Anniversary
 

Manchester, NH— This week marks four years since Scott Brown voted to protect tax breaks for oil companies rather than help small businesses—and he’s still choosing Big Oil and Wall Street special interests over what’s best for New Hampshire families. Brown sided with the big oil companies making record profits instead of small businesses, and then continued to collect hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions from big oil companies. The New Hampshire Democratic Party is launching a new Facebook ad to spread the word that Scott Brown's Big Oil votes are wrong for New Hampshire.
 
“Bay Staters voted Scott Brown out of office because of votes just like the one he took four years ago to protect tax breaks for Big Oil instead of doing what was best for families in Massachusetts—and he would do the same thing if he got his way in New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Brown has been collecting big money from oil companies and cashing in from companies that engage in outsourcing— so he obviously does not ‘care about New Hampshire.' Scott Brown cares about Scott Brown, his personal bank account, and the out-of-state special interests—like Big Oil—who fund his campaigns while he votes to protect their special breaks.”
 
Scott Brown repeatedly voted to protect special tax breaks for oil and gas companies, even when it meant the middle class would have to pay more. He even voted to protect tax breaks for oil companies when he owned up to $50,000 in Exxon Mobil stock. In return, the oil and gas industry donated nearly half a million dollars to Brown’s campaign for Senate in Massachusetts.
 
“His record clearly shows who Brown was working for in Massachusetts—and it wasn’t Bay State families,” added McClain. “They didn’t trust him in Massachusetts, and we can’t trust him in New Hampshire.”
 
Copy of the ad can be found here.
Wednesday
Sep172014

Citizens For A Strong NH - Latest CSNH poll gives Brown the edge against Shaheen 

 

CSNH's Latest Poll:
Scott Brown leads Senator Jeanne Shaheen by almost 2 points: 45.9% to 44.3%
 

 

(September 15, 2014) - Today, Magellan Strategies BR released the results of a New Hampshire statewide survey conducted September 10-11, 2014. The automated survey of 2,214 likely voters has a margin of error of +/- 2.0%.  The survey was commissioned by Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire. 

WMUR-TV's James Pindell first reported on the poll earlier today.

Download the full summary by clicking HERE.

Download the survey presentation by clicking HERE.


Summary Findings:

  • Scott Brown leads Jeanne Shaheen by almost 2 points (45.9% Brown/44.3% Shaheen/9.8% undecided) in the U.S. Senate race.
  • Terrorism and border security trump Obamacare as most important issues.
  • Obama's job approval drops 3 points.
  • Republicans have a 10 point lead on the generic ballot.
     

Brown's lead is in part the result of solidifying the GOP base.

  • Brown's support among Republicans has grown by 5 points since July. He now leads Shaheen among registered Republicans by 64 points (79% Brown/14% Shaheen/7% undecided). More important for Brown's campaign is the fact that his support among Republican voters has intensified. In July, Brown's overall support among Republicans, 74%, was the sum of 49% definitely Brown and 25% probably Brown. Currently, Brown's overall support among Republican voters is the sum of 68% definitely Brown and 11% probably Brown.

Scott Brown's lead is also the result of his growing support among women, independents and soft Democrats.

  • Shaheen's lead among female voters has declined by 42% since July. In July, Shaheen led among females by 19 points (34% Brown/53% Shaheen/13% undecided). Currently, she leads among female voters by 11 points (39% Brown/50% Shaheen/11% undecided).
  • In July, Shaheen led Brown among independent voters by 11 points (35% Brown/46% Shaheen/19% undecided). Currently, her lead has been cut to 1 point (42% Brown/43% Shaheen/15% undecided).
  • Shaheen's support among soft Democrats has dropped 18 points since July. In July, Shaheen led among soft Democrats by 45 points (22% Brown/68% Shaheen/10% undecided). Currently Shaheen leads by only 19 points (31% Brown/50% Shaheen/18% undecided).

 

The protracted negative political environment is beginning to cut deeper into key swing voting groups' attitudes and opinions, which is shaping a GOP friendly electorate.

  • Republican support on the generic ballot has increased by 4.5 points. The generic Republican candidate now leads by 10 points.
  • Among independent voters, the generic GOP candidate now leads by 10 points (40% GOP candidate/30% Democrat candidate/30% undecided). In July, the generic GOP candidate led by only 3.8 points (32.4% GOP candidate/28.6% Democrat candidate/38.9% undecided).
  • Among female voters, the generic GOP candidate now leads by 1 point (42% GOP candidate/41% Democrat candidate/16% undecided). In July, the generic GOP candidate was down 6 points among female voters (36% GOP candidate/42% Democrat candidate/22% undecided).

 

Among undecided voters, Shaheen will have a steeper hill to climb.

  • % of undecided voter who approve of President Obama's job performance: 11%
  • % of undecided voter who think things in the country are going in the right direction: 19%
  • % of undecided voters who have a favorable opinion of Shaheen: 23%

 

Click HERE to read the full results of CSNH's latest poll.

Click HERE to read more about CSNH's poll from July, 2014.

Monday
Sep152014

NHDP - New Poll Shows Shaheen Leading Brown By 8, 51-43 

To:             Interested Parties
 
From:        Kiley &Company
 
Re:            Results of Survey on New Hampshire Senate Race
 
Date:         September 15, 2014


 
            On Sept. 9, 10 and 11, Kiley & Company interviewed a representative sample of 600 New Hampshire voters likely to cast ballots in the November election. Respondents were randomly selected from a NH voter file and were interviewed on both landlines and cell phones. The party breakdown of the sample is: 30% Repub; 27% Dem; and 43% Ind/Other. The margin of error for these results is +/- 4%.
 
Key Findings
 
Jeanne Shaheen is maintaining her majority-level lead over Scott Brown.
 
–      Shaheen leads Brown, 51% to 43% – the same eight-point lead we saw in our early September survey. (50% to 42%)
–      Shaheen leads by 24 points among women; Brown leads by 10 points among men.
–      Shaheen leads, 91% to 7%, among Democrats and by 50% to 42% among Independents.  Brown leads, 78% to 16%, among Republicans.
 
Shaheen’s ratings are positive, while Brown’s are negative.
 
–      Shaheen’s ratings are 50-45, compared to Brown’s 38-51.
–      Among women, Shaheen’s ratings are +18 and Brown’s are -24.
 
Shaheen’s biggest margins: protecting women; and being committed to NH.
 
–      In direct comparisons on key traits, Shaheen is overwhelmingly seen as the better choice on:  protecting the rights of women (+42) and being committed to New Hampshire (+37).
–      Shaheen is ahead on all other positive attributes, including:  will protect Medicare/SS (+18); really cares about people like me (+18); and is someone I can trust (+15).
–      Brown’s only margin over Shaheen is on a negative dimension: being too close to wealthy special interests (-24).

Monday
Sep152014

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.”

Sunday
Sep142014

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!

Sincerely,



Jim Rubens
(603) 359-3300
Jim@JimRubens.com

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.

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