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Friday
Jul112014

Smith For US Senate - Sign the Petition! We Can't Afford to Pay More at the Gas Pump! 

Sign the Petition!
We Can’t Afford to Pay More at the Pump!

Bedford (July 10, 2014)- Join Senator Smith in Calling on Jeanne Shaheen & Scott Brown to renounce their support for a federal gas tax hike.

On June 9th, the Portsmouth Herald reported that Senator Jeanne Shaheen expressed her support for a federal gas tax hike at a June 8th meeting with transportation officials in Portsmouth.

A Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Massachusetts) article dated September 15, 2012 reports that then-Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) said that he would be "open to discussion of a gas tax hike..."

Granite Staters cannot afford to pay more at the pump!

Sign the petition and join with me in calling on Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown to renounce their support of a gas tax hike! The petition may be found here:

Petition Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown to Join Senator Bob Smith in Opposing Federal Tax Hike on Gasoline

Sincerely,

Senator Bob

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Thursday
Jul102014

Rubens For US Senate - Condemns NSA Storing Americans’ Private and Intimate Conversations 

Washington Post finds: "The population under scrutiny in the PRISM and Upstream programs is far larger than the government has suggested"

 

Jim Rubens, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, issued the following statement regarding a recent story in the Washington Post which states "ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the NSA from U.S. digital networks.":

 

"The material reviewed by the Post spans President Obama’s first term, from 2009 to 2012, a period of exponential growth in NSA’s domestic spying operation. Jeanne Shaheen’s baseless assurances have proven flagrantly misleading:  'the [NSA] oversight that is involved ... will be helpful in providing some reassurance … about how the program is operated.' (Valley News 8/8/13)

 

“With Jeanne Shaheen acquiescence, the President and NSA have trampled on our 4th Amendment protections. We cannot trust that our private emails and phone conversations are not being abused, given that NSA grants access by tens of thousands of government employees and poorly supervised private contractors. In March 2013, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified falsely to Congress that the content of American citizens’ private messages could not be obtained without a court order. True to form as President Obama’s rubber stamp, Jeanne Shaheen has failed to demand protection of our constitutional privacy rights. As your next U.S. Senator, I will speak out unabashedly against and work to defund and bar such constitutional breaches."

 

More information about Jim Rubens' position on NSA spying can be found at:

http://jimrubens.com/issues/nsa

 

Thursday
Jul102014

Rubens For US Senate - Campaign Schedule for Thursday 

Below is Jim Rubens' campaign schedule for Thursday, July 10, 2014.  All stops are open press (unless business owner/management states otherwise):

 

8:15am- Visit Young's General Store

               2972 N. Main St., Pittsburg

            

9:20am- Visit First Clarksville Store

                54 U.S. Route 3, Clarksville

 

10:00am- Visit Towles Mini Mart

                 846 Washington St., West Stewartstown

                 

10:20am- Visit Solomon's Store

                 32 Main St. West Stewartstown

 

10:45am- Visit LaPerle's IGA

                 64 Main St., Colebrook

 

11:05am- Interview with Colebrook News & Sentinel

                 6 Bridge St., Colebrook

 

11:20am- Walk Downtown Colebrook

                 Visits to retail shops and eateries

 

12:30pm- Visit Blue Mountain Variety Store

                 892 U.S. Route 3, North Stratford

 

1:00pm- Visit Northwoods Trading Post

               U.S. Route 3, North Stratford (near intersection of Route 105)

 

1:30pm- Visit North Country Shop & Save (formerly Groveton Village Store)

               25 State St., Groveton

 

1:45pm- VisitNorth Country Family Restaurant

               12 Main St., Groveton

 

2:30pm- Question & Answer Session with Veterans and General Public

               John W. Weeks VFW Post 3041

               259 Main St., Lancaster

 

3:45pm- Visit Downtown Lancaster

               Main St. businesses

 

4:15pm- Visit Village Gun Store

               4 King Square, Whitefield

 

4:30pm- Visit Whitefield businesses

 

5:30pm- Attend NHPR "Exchange on the Road"

               Colonial Theatre

               2050 Main St., Bethlehem

Thursday
Jul102014

Rubens For US Senate - Bring American Jobs Back: Jim Rubens Releases Six Point Jobs Plan 

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Jim Rubens today released his six point jobs plan to bring good-paying jobs back on American soil.

 

"The recession has not yet ended for far too many Americans," Rubens said.  "Seven trillion dollars in new federal debt under the Shaheen/Obama debt-fueled “recovery” has fattened up Wall Street, but has left American families stuck between stagnant wages and the rising cost of living. One-in-eight adults are unemployed, underemployed, or have given up looking for work. The percentage of Americans working in the civilian labor force is at a 36 year low and continues to drop like a stone.  Inflation-adjusted incomes for the typical household have dropped by six percent since Shaheen/Obama took their offices in January, 2009."

 

The full plan can be read at www.jimrubens.com/jobs   ###  

Jim Rubens Jobs Plan

 

Jim Rubens’ number one economic priority is to bring the good-paying jobs back to American soil.

 

The recession has not yet ended for far too many Americans.  Seven trillion dollars in new federal debt under the Shaheen/Obama debt-fueled “recovery” has fattened up Wall Street, but has left American families stuck between stagnant wages and the rising cost of living. One-in-eight adults are unemployed, underemployed, or have given up looking for work. The percentage of Americans working in the civilian labor force is at a 36 year low and continues to drop like a stone.  Inflation-adjusted incomes for the typical household have dropped by six percent since Shaheen/Obama took their offices in January, 2009.

 

My six point plan to restore economic growth, domestic manufacturing and good-paying jobs:

 

1.       Tax reform. Reform our absurdly complex corporate and personal tax codes, making them simpler, fairer, and flatter, removing crony-capitalist loopholes to reduce rates. We must reduce our highest in the world corporate tax rate and reduce tax rates on offshore corporate earnings so that American companies are encouraged to invest, create jobs and pay dividends in the USA. The wave of reverse-mergers of American with Irish companies exemplifies the problem with our high corporate tax rates.

2.       Reduce regulation. Reduce stifling, hyper-complex regulatory burdens such as those under Obamacare and Dodd-Frank which are hurting New Hampshire’s small business economy. One approach is to require that all regulations be reviewed by Congress every ten years to assure that any regulation needed to protect public health and safety is consistent with statutory purpose, measurably cost-effective, and not redundant. Between the years 2000 and 2011, economic freedom in the United States has dropped from 3rd to 17th in the world, leaving us less free than Finland, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Denmark.

3.       Affordable, abundant, clean energy. Eliminate all federal energy subsidies and mandates so that entrepreneurs focus on inventing and commercializing low-cost energy sources and technologies, rather than on market-distorting subsidies, tax loopholes and supply mandates.

4.       Reduce healthcare costs. America’s highest in the world healthcare costs drive jobs offshore. We must repeal Obamacare and replace it with solutions allowing healthcare innovation, consumer choice, and market reforms to reduce costs, improve quality, health outcomes, and patient access.

5.       Protect the American dollar. Spiraling government debt and deficit spending risk a collapse in the value of our currency or replacement of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. A stable dollar encourages domestic capital investment. Since 1971, when President Nixon ended convertibility of the dollar to gold, the dollar has lost 83 percent of its value, discouraging prudent saving and investment in low-risk, domestic assets.

6.       Jobs for American citizens. Build a fence along the entire US-Mexico border. No amnesty. Jobs should be reserved for American citizens and those legally eligible to work here.

Tuesday
Jul082014

Rubens For US Senate - Latest Example of Shaheen Corporate Cronyism 

Rubens Statement on Shaheen/Steyer Climate Hypocrisy

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Rubens today called out Jeanne Shaheen for her career record collecting direct and indirect campaign cash for doing political favors for big energy interests, her latest infusion from hedge fund billionaire and climate hypocrite Tom Steyer.

Steyer, founder and partner of Farallon Capital Management, is highlighted in a July 4 New York Times article for having simultaneously pledged to spend $100 million to defeat candidates opposed to action on climate change and for personally profiting from investments in coal mines and coal-fired power plants in South Asia and Australia.

Rubens issued the following statement:
"Jeanne Shaheen's lifetime political career is built on corporate cronyism with big energy interests. She has used her powers in elected office to enrich and protect the reputations of her corporate benefactors. Case in point being her constant catering to powerful energy interests to the detriment of energy consumers and the people of New Hampshire.

"Now, Jeanne Shaheen has cozied up to hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer in a calculated act of mutual greenwashing. Steyer gets cover for his coal profits. Shaheen gets Super PAC support from coal money. They are both using climate change as a partisan wedge issue to benefit Democrats and have frozen potential political progress on the issue."

Shaheen On Carbon
Both Steyer and Shaheen back President Obama's proposed EPA power plant carbon rule, which protects coal states and punishes New Hampshire. To reach the national goal of a 30 percent reduction in power plant carbon emissions by 2030, coal states West Virginia, Wyoming, and Kentucky are required to cut emissions by only 18-19 percent, with New Hampshire's mandated reductions at 46 percent.

Shaheen was a champion of the Kerry-Boxer cap & trade bill of 2009, a 1,758-page monster, written by industry lobbyists, chock-a-block full with special interest carve-outs and payoffs, and hyper-complex energy market distortions.

For the record, Jim Rubens is the single Republican candidate for U.S. Senate who accepts published climate science. He has proposed ending crony capitalism and Washington rent seeking by energy interests and instead allowing market forces to replace high-cost carbon based energy sources with lower cost, abundant and clean energy sources.

Shaheen on Northern Pass
Jeanne Shaheen has accepted campaign contributions from Northeast Utilities executives (see below), has straddled the Northern Pass transmission line issue and has failed to force a fair and open EIS scoping process so that all electricity supply alternatives are considered. Her failure to lead threatens the economy of the North Country, property values and, most importantly, property rights.

In contrast, Jim Rubens has taken an unambiguous position on Northern Pass. If it is to be built, it must be buried, preferably on state-owed rights of way with the ROW rental revenue benefiting New Hampshire taxpayers, not Northeast Utilities in Connecticut.

Shaheen on the PSNH Stranded Cost Bailout
As Governor, Jeanne Shaheen supported the PSNH stranded cost bailout of 2001, resulting in her electricity tax still being paid by PSNH ratepayers.

In contrast, Jim Rubens led the fight against this bailout while serving in the state senate.

Gregory B. Butler
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Northeast Utilities

Thomas J. May
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
Northeast Utilities

Leon J. Olivier
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Northeast Utilities

Joseph R. Nolan
Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations
Northeast Utilities

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