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Saturday
Oct042014

NHGOP STATEMENT ON HILLARY CLINTON PROPPING UP SHAHEEN'S FLAILING CAMPAIGN

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee spokesman Lauren Zelt today issued the following statement regarding the news that Hillary Clinton will campaign with Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire:

 

"Hillary Clinton still owes the Shaheens a political favor for their efforts to smear Barack Obama as a drug dealer during the 2008 New Hampshire Primary. It's obvious that Secretary Clinton's effort to prop up Senator Shaheen's flailing campaign is an effort to repay her and her husband for their role in this sordid chapter in New Hampshire political history."

 

As reported by the Washington Post, Jeanne Shaheen's husband, Bill Shaheen, called Barack Obama a drug dealer while serving as Hillary Clinton's 2008 New Hampshire campaign co-chairman during the 2008 New Hampshire Primary. Mr. Shaheen was forced to resign and issue an apology following the incident.

 

BACKGROUND

 

"Sen. Hillary Clinton today accepted the resignation of her New Hampshire campaign co-chair a day after he suggested that Barack Obama's candor about his past drug use would open the door to Republican attacks." (Alec MacGillis, Clinton N.H. Official Resigns After Comments on Obama, Washington Post, 12/13/2007)

Thursday
Oct022014

NHDP - ICYMI: "Scott Brown: Birth Control and Equal Pay Are Not 'Issues That People Care About'"

"Once again Scott Brown has made it painfully obvious that New Hampshire women can't count on him to recognize issues that matter to them, let alone stand up for them," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "The message women across New Hampshire are hearing is loud and clear: Scott Brown isn't on our side." 

 

Huffington Post: Scott Brown: Birth Control and Equal Pay Are Not 'Issues That People Care About'

New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown avoided talking about his record on reproductive rights and equal pay in a Tuesday appearance on Fox News by suggesting that nobody cares about those issues.

Fox News host Gretchen Carlson asked Brown to address comments from his opponent, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), about his voting record.

"He doesn’t stand up for women’s reproductive rights and economic security," Carlson quoted Shaheen as saying. "He co-sponsored legislation to let employers deny women coverage for birth control or even mammograms. He had two opportunities to vote for equal pay laws and both times he voted no."

"So Senator, how do you respond to her claims?" Carlson asked.

"Well unfortunately, I’m talking about issues that people care about," Brown fired back.

A spokesperson for EMILY's List, a progressive women's PAC that is supporting Shaheen, challenged the premise that voters don't care about these issues.

"The research in 2014 shows really clearly that voters care about women's economic security, and their access to birth control and abortion - which are hardly two separate issues," said Jess McIntosh, communications director for EMILY's List. "It seems like dismissing the top concerns of swing voters 34 days before the election is a bad electoral strategy, but it looks like the one Republican candidates are going with."

An August poll by American Women found that women's health and economic security are top motivating issues for swing and drop-off voters this cycle.

When Brown was in the Senate representing Massachusetts, he co-sponsored a billwith Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) that would have allowed employers to opt out of providing any aspect of health care coverage to which they morally object, including birth control. Brown also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would require employers to prove that any discrepancies in pay between male and female employees are based on experience or performance, not gender.

But now, in his New Hampshire Senate race, Brown has avoided addressing those issues. He punted a question about equal pay in a September interview with New Hampshire Public Radio. Asked why he thinks the gender wage gap persists and how he and other Republican candidates would try to close it, Brown replied, "Well, I’ll leave that to the political pundits."

"I know that I have a house full of women," he said. "Three overachieving, hard-charging, accomplished women, two of which are independent and obviously following their career paths, of which I have supported along with Gail.

"That being said, we need to do everything and anything we can to make sure that they and others have opportunities to achieve that balance, being a mom — having it all — and obviously, having a career," he added.

Brown is not the only Republican candidate in New Hampshire to suggest that people don't care about reproductive rights. State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, who is running for Congress in New Hampshire's 2nd District, said in a radio interview this week that only "two percent" of voters in her district care about social issues like abortion, birth control and equal pay, and that Democrats are using those issues as "scare tactics" to sway women.

Garcia opposes legal abortion and wrote on her 2012 campaign site that she supports "clarifying the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections as applicable to unborn children." The site has since been taken down.

Tuesday
Sep302014

NHDP - Energy and Environmental Leaders: Scott Brown Can’t Paper Over His Big Oil Record 

Manchester, NH—Following Scott Brown’s completely misleading speech at the New Hampshire Energy Summit today, energy and environmental leaders spoke out and joined NHDP Chair Ray Buckley on a call to discuss Brown’s real record of voting to protect Wall Street and doing what was best for his political future over what is best for New Hampshire’s families and energy future.
 
“Brown has abandoned any semblance of moderation and sided with obstructionist and Tea Party climate-deniers,” said Jameson French, registered Republican and President and CEO of Northland Forest Products. “In May, we saw Brown ignore New Hampshire interests and lobby his Republican colleagues to kill truly bipartisan energy efficiency legislation because he did not want to see Shaheen pass job-creating legislation in an election year. Brown has put himself before Granite State families, and that’s why he is the wrong choice this November.”
 
“In the Senate, just days after one of Scott Brown’s votes to protect billions in tax breaks for Big Oil, Brown received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from oil companies,” said Joseph Keefe, President and Chief Executive Officer of sustainable investment company Pax World Management. “Brown is protecting those who line his campaign coffers—and New Hampshire will pay the price. He’s even changed his stance on climate change being man-made because he is in the pocket of Big Oil and the Koch brothers. He’s wrong for businesses and he’s wrong for families in New Hampshire.”
 
“At today’s energy event, Brown tried to paper over his past and explain away the fact that he has consistently done whatever the Big Oil companies wanted him to do. Why? Because they were donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign,” added Ray Buckley, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “He’s voted twice to protect ​more than $20 billion in special tax breaks​ for the nation's five biggest oil companies​, denied climate change is man-made, and lobbied to kill bipartisan energy efficiency legislation. If he is elected in New Hampshire, we know what would happen: he would continue his unabashed devotion to Big Oil.”
 
In May, Brown was caught lobbying against bipartisan energy efficiency legislation even though it could have created nearly 200,000 jobs and saved consumers billions of dollars.  Scott Brown selfishly opposed the legislation backed by Senator Shaheen and Senator Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, because he did not want her to pass strong job creating legislation during an election year.  
 
And last month, Brown joined the ranks of Tea Party climate deniers, telling a debate moderator that he didn't believe in man made climate change.  Once again, Scott Brown has sided with the Big Oil special interests, like the Koch Brothers, trying to buy him New Hampshire's Senate seat instead of the people of the Granite State. 

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Tuesday
Sep302014

NH GOP - SHAHEEN REFUSES TO APPEAR ON STAGE WITH BROWN AT MANCHESTER AND NASHUA CHAMBER DEBATE

Desperate Senator Refusing To Participate In Debate Moderated By Respected Journalist Mark Halperin

 

Concord -Senator Jeanne Shaheen has informed the Manchester and Nashua Chambers of Commerce that she will not participate in a debate with U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown. Shaheen's staff told organizers that the senator is refusing to appear on stage with Brown to discuss the important issues facing New Hampshire and will only participate in a "forum" with separate appearances. The debate was to be co-sponsored moderated by respected journalist Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Media.

 

"Senator Shaheen is refusing to appear on stage on with Scott Brown at this criticaldebate because she is unable to defend her record of voting with President Obama 99% of the time. At a time when Senator Shaheen is on a phony 'jobs tour,' it is outrageous that she would try to skip a debate about jobs with two of New Hampshire's largest and most respected chambers of commerce," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Senator Shaheen has avoided town hall meetings in New Hampshire, skipped critical committee hearings about national security in Washington, and now she is trying to duck debates. Her disgraceful behaviorreminds Granite Staters that Washington has changed Jeanne Shaheen, and it's time to change Senators in November."

 

Nashua Chamber of Commerce President J. Christopher Williams told New Hampshire Journal that Shaheen's arrogant campaign staff made it clear they do not believe that Granite Staters deserve any additional debates between the candidates.

 

"The Shaheen campaign made it clear to the Nashua and Manchester Chambers last week that they had already committed to three televised debates involving both candidates sharing a stage, and therefore felt adding a fourth debate involving a joint appearance would not be ideal," said Williams.

 

Senator Shaheen has also declined to participate in debates hosted by WGIR-AM radio and Franklin Pierce University. Meanwhile, Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein and Governor Maggie Hassan have agreed to seven debates. 

Saturday
Sep272014

NHDP - ICYMI: Former NH tourism leaders question Brown vote 

ICYMI: Union Leader: Former NH tourism leaders question Brown vote


Key Point: "Two former state leaders who oversaw travel and tourism development in New Hampshire question why Republican Senate hopeful Scott Brown cast a vote against federal legislation promoting travel to the U.S.
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"Shaheen, as well as Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), are among the co-sponsors of the Senate version of the 'Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act.' Supporters say Brand USA generated 1.1 million additional international visitors who spent an estimated $3.4 billion in 2013, and they cite Congressional Budget Office data that the act would reduce the deficit by $231 million over 10 years."


Former NH tourism leaders question Brown vote
dtuohy@unionleader.com
 
Two former state leaders who oversaw travel and tourism development in New Hampshire question why Republican Senate hopeful Scott Brown cast a vote against federal legislation promoting travel to the U.S.
 
George Bald and Sean O’Kane, who both served as commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, criticized Brown's vote on a bill that led to the establishment of the Travel Promotion Act. President Obama signed it into law on March 4, 2010.
 
The act established the Corporation for Travel Promotion, a non-profit public-private entity known as Brand USA, which is dedicated to promoting travel to the U.S. It assesses a $10 fee on international tourists entering the country.
 
The former DRED commissioners, in separate interviews, emphasized the importance of travel and tourism to New Hampshire’s economy.
 
"It is hard to understand because most countries have some kind of promotion for tourism," Bald said of Brown's vote. "It’s important to all of New England, but especially to New Hampshire, where tourism is the second largest industry."
 
Bald has participated in campaign events for U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to criticize Brown earlier this year. He was first nominated commissioner of DRED, which includes the Office of Travel and Tourism Development, in 1998. Shaheen, then governor, nominated him.
 
O’Kane recalled that he applauded the Travel Promotion Act when it was introduced because he believed it put the U.S. on a more level playing field with international travel and tourism interests.
 
O’Kane is a former manager of the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester and a past chairman of the state’s Lodging & Restaurant Association. He succeeded Bald as DRED chief in 2004. He was nominated by Gov. Craig Benson, a Republican.
 
The travel promotion makes sense to public and private partners in tourism development, he said. "I could never understand what the objection was," he said.
 
The Travel Promotion Act was passed as an amendment to H.R. 1299, which involved administrative technical corrections pertaining to the U.S. Capitol Police. The roll call was 78-18. Brown, then a new senator from Massachusetts, voted nay, as did U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH). Was this part of a procedural fight? Were the two opposing another part of the legislation, unrelated to the Travel Promotion Act? 
 
The Brown campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
That session, Shaheen co-sponsored a similar bill, which had 53 co-sponsors, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA).
 
The Travel Promotion Act is up for reauthorization this year. Shaheen, as well as Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), are among the co-sponsors of the Senate version of the "Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act." Supporters say Brand USA generated 1.1 million additional international visitors who spent an estimated $3.4 billion in 2013, and they cite Congressional Budget Office data that the act would reduce the deficit by $231 million over 10 years.
 
The conservative Club for Growth has criticized the Travel Promotion Act and opposes its reauthorization.
 
In a "vote alert" on its website, Club for Growth described it as follows: “This bill reauthorizes the Corporation for Travel Promotion (a.k.a. BrandUSA), a slush fund promoted and administered by companies in the tourism industry that are wrongly using the taxing authority of the federal government to help finance their profits."

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