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Thursday
Aug142014

Rubens For US Senate - Helping NH Students Prepare for the Future  

 Quality schools are critical to our nation's long-term strength and prosperity. The one-size fits all, big government approach of Senator Shaheen and President Obama is not working. Despite spending more money than most countries, America continues to fall behind our global counterparts. In fact, according to a recent study, the United States has slipped to 30th in math and 23rd in science, (from 24 and 19 respectively in 2009). Another study suggested that "countries with a greater choice of schools provided better educational outcomes than those that offered fewer choices of schools."

Jim Rubens has a long win record on two key education policy goals: school choice and teacher quality - without federal control.

As State Senator, Jim Rubens wrote and lead passage of New Hampshire's charter school law. As Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Jim Rubens worked to make community college course credits transferable to four-year colleges to help reduce higher education costs. He protected home schoolers from increased regulation. He helped pass state-level student privacy protections consistent with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Jim Rubens sat down with two recent charter school graduates and the principal of North Country Charter Academy. They discuss why a charter school experience benefits a students' educational background and improves personal well being. Please view and share the video below:



Now is the perfect time for you to get involved with the campaign. We have a great group of volunteers who are helping us right now, and we could use your help to do even more.

Can you spare an hour to make phone calls at campaign headquarters? Can you knock on doors with us this weekend? Can you participate in a sign wave? Do you have a good sign location or want to host an event? Please reply to this e-mail or go here.

Thursday
Aug142014

NRSC - DiCaprio, Streisand and Friends Pouring Money Into Senate Democrat Campaigns

Hollywood is pouring money into the midterm elections.
 
These limousine liberals know that Senate Democrats are in trouble; that’s why they’re doing everything they can to try and save them – including donating thousands of dollars each to protect Harry Reid and his allies. They’re spending unprecedented sums of money to ensure your voice, the true voice of the American heartland, isn’t heard in government.
 
Leonardo DiCaprio.  Gwyneth Paltrow.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  Barbra Streisand.  J.J. Abrams.  Ben Affleck.  Jack Black.  James Cameron.  Nicolas Cage. Danny DeVito.  Cameron Diaz.  Jennifer Garner.  Steven Spielberg.  Tom Hanks.  Jerry Seinfeld.  Mike Myers.  Jon Hamm.  Jeffrey Katzenberg.  Woody Allen. Ted Dansen. Aaron Sorkin.  Ben Stiller. Chris Rock.  According to media reports, they’ve all given thousands to support Senate Democrats.
 
It’s an unprecedented level of Hollywood support for a midterm election.  If we don’t respond, our campaigns will be outraised – it’s that simple.
 
The best class of Republican Senate candidates in a generation has stepped up to run for office; war veterans, entrepreneurs, community leaders – people who truly represent the values and understand the struggles of the communities they seek to represent.  Leaders who will end Washington’s dysfunctional and incompetent governance, and put our country back on the right track.  Are we going to stand with them, or are we going to allow them to be overwhelmed by a barrage of Hollywood money? 
 
It’s up to us. There is no mystery donor coming to the rescue – there is no last minute miracle check that will solve this problem.  There’s just us – you and me – what we decide will determine who controls the United States Senate, it’s that simple.
 
If you want to bring conservative leadership to the United States Senate, now is the time – please contribute $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford – every dollar makes a difference.


Wednesday
Aug132014

Rubens For US Senate - Jim Rubens Campaign Schedule for Wednesday 

Below is Jim Rubens' campaign schedule for Wednesday, August 13, 2014:

 

11:00am- Record interview with New Hampshire Public Radio

                 2 Pillsbury St., 6th Floor, Concord

 

1:00pm- Tour Moonlight Meadery

               23 Londonderry Rd., Londonderry

 

2:30pm- Visit Mr. Steer Marketplace

                27 Buttrick Rd., #2, Londonderry

 

4:00pm- Tour Henniker Brewery

               129 Centervale Rd., Henniker

 

6:30pm- Speak at Souhegan Valley Tea Party meeting

               Wadleigh Memorial Library

               49 Nashua St., Milford

Tuesday
Aug122014

NHDP - ICYMI: Scott Brown's NH Senate Bid Marred By Frequent Missteps 

Huffington Post: Scott Brown's New Hampshire Senate Bid Marred By Frequent Missteps
 

WASHINGTON -- It has been a long summer for New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown.

The Massachusetts Republican, who lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts 2012, is now attempting to unseat incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). Though he faces long odds in his campaign -- only two senators have ever represented more than one state in the Senate -- Republican strategists have pointed to Brown's experience and his nimble victory over Democrat Martha Coakley in 2010 as reasons why he could ultimately prevail.

Yet a series of recent missteps -- including Brown's handling of the Affordable Care Act, his apparent effort to dodge an interview on the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, and his remarks on immigration reform -- have left the candidate's campaign on the defensive. A CBS/NYT/YouGov survey in July actually showed Shaheenmaintaining her lead over the Republican challenger.

The latest setback came earlier this week, when Brown criticized Shaheen and President Barack Obama for failing to present an adequate solution to the crisis on the border. Recent months have seen a surge of minors from Central America crossing into the U.S. via Mexico. In an op-ed in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Brown blasted "in-state tuition for illegals" as a policy that has contributed to the influx of undocumented minors coming to the country illegally. 
 
There was just one problem, however. As a state senator in 2004, Brown voted for legislation granting undocumented immigrants in-state tuition. His campaign later explained that he was "duped" into voting for a late-night budget amendment that was ultimately vetoed by then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).

The op-ed comes on the heels of Brown's remarks on immigration in July, when heaccidentally let slip the word "Massachusetts" while on campaign in New Hampshire, the new state he is battling to represent. The "big difference between Sen. Shaheen and me, and many other people in the Massachusetts delegation," Brown said, is that he is "not for amnesty." Unfortunately, it's not the first time this has happened.

Also in July, Brown drew criticism after he ducked inside a bathroom to avoid a reporter who wanted to know the senator's opinion on the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision. In a 5-4, all-male opinion, the court held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage for their employees under the Affordable Care Act. Democrats warned the decision would severely limit access to birth control, an important issue for many women voters.

Before that, Brown walked into an awkward encounter when he railed against the "monstrosity" of Obamacare at the home of a Republican state representative earlier this year. State Rep. Herb Richardson chimed in by explaining that the Affordable Care Act had actually been a "financial lifesaver" for him and his family. As his wife put it, "Thank God for Obamacare!"

But it's not just Brown who has been having trouble lately. It's his campaign, too.

A man Brown's team touted as a supporter in a July press release subsequently sent a letter to the New Hampshire Democratic office that was laced with profanity and misogyny toward Shaheen, Gov. Maggie W. Hassan, and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster, according to BuzzFeed. Brown's campaign was forced to "disassociate" itself from the supporter. And then there's the matter of several campaign ads that feature Brown speaking in front of a green screen with stock video footage, giving the appearance he is out on location in New Hampshire when in fact he was likely in a studio.

Despite the missteps, polling shows that Brown still has room to improve. Only 17 percent of likely voters said they have definitely decided whom to support in the race, according to a recent WHMU poll. A whopping 69 percent are still trying to decide.

HuffPost Pollster, which averages polling data, currently shows Shaheen toppingBrown 49.6 percent to 41.1 percent.

Tuesday
Aug122014

NRSC - VIDEO: Latest Example of Democrats' Stunning Lack of Awareness 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new web video was released today to coincide with Barack Obama and Harry Reid's luxurious fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidates in Martha's Vineyard. The Democratic event takes place in the midst of escalating military tension, airstrikes, and political turmoil in Iraq as well as a time of domestic and international unrest and crisis. 

At a time when America faces one crisis after another, the Obama Administration and Senate Democrats have proven to be inept at their job, instead prioritizing fundraisers at multimillion-dollar vacation homes and yachts in Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in lieu of their constituents. Their gross incompetence reveals a stunning lack of awareness that leaves independent voters shaking their heads. 

President Obama and Harry Reid are hardly alone. Candidates from Bruce Braley (D-IA) to Mark Begich (D-AK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to Mark Udall (D-CO) have put a priority on raising cash for their own struggling campaigns instead of their official duties.  The Martha's Vineyard fundraiser today should be cancelled, or at least delayed, and a priority put on the issues at hand.

"Bruce Braley misses veterans' hearings to raise cash, Jeanne Shaheen skips out on her official duties to raise cash, and Mark Begich gets caught secretly raising cash in Hawaii instead of focusing on unemployment; it's all part of a larger pattern of incompetence,said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "President Obama and Senate Democratic candidates should cancel or at the very least postpone tonight's luxurious Martha's Vineyard fundraiser, but if history is our guide, they will continue to abandon their official responsibilities to save their precious Senate majority." 

Click here to watch an NRSC production: "Priorities"