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MANCHESTER Today, Scott Brown called on Jeanne Shaheen to stop her despicable "smear campaign" and take down her false and negative attack ad against Brown's record on women's health care.

Scott Brown
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October 7, 2014

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SCOTT BROWN: Before we start our foreign policy event, I would like to take a minute to talk to you about Jeanne Shaheen’s smear against me and my campaign and the insensitive attack ad that she started running today. It’s not only insensitive, but it’s inaccurate. I’m going to read a statement and then I’m happy to take as many questions as you have.
What Jeanne Shaheen is doing is despicable.
Her lies and scare tactics are, quite frankly, disappointing.
I have always been a pro-choice, independent Republican and have a strong record of supporting women’s health care.
I always have been, and that is how I have always voted.
Some of you know I have been protecting women since my mom was being beaten, at 5 years old, when I came to her rescue. One of the reasons I chose to go to college close to home, is so I could be there to respond to my mom and sister’s calls on a constant basis to help with an abusive stepfather.
Since Senator Shaheen does not want to talk about her record of voting with the President over 99 percent of the time, she wants to talk about my record, so I think that’s a good idea, so here are the facts:
As Senator, I was the lead Republican sponsor and advocate, as a result of not only my upbringing and personal experiences, but recognizing the need for women to have protections, so I voted and supported the Violence Against Women Act.
I stood up to my party to oppose language that would take away a woman’s right to choose. I voted to protect funding for Planned Parenthood so women could have health care services that they needed and deserved. I voted for health care providers to cover the cost of contraception.
As a Colonel in the Army, working in the Pentagon, me and my team rewrote the sexual assault prevention regulations to make sure women who are raped or assaulted had a recourse. Those are in full force and effect, and working. 

The very sad thing about it is Senator Shaheen knows all this. She remembers that I was one a just a handful of Republicans to support her amendment to protect female service members who are raped and allow them to get the care and services they needed.
For her to lie and say that I’m opposed to women’s health care is not only insensitive, but it is also deeply offensive. Let’s be clear, this bill that she’s referring to, that by the way was filed over nine years ago and was never even voted on, and shown in her ad, did not force women to do anything. I would never force women to do anything. I would never support a bill that would do such a thing.
The goal of this bill was to give adoption a chance, simply as an alternative, and I thought that Senator Shaheen and I agreed on that very important topic to promote more adoptions, but apparently that is not the case.
In this ad, Senator Shaheen lies about the bill, she lies about my position on adoption, and she should absolutely take it off the air immediately.
Let me be crystal clear: the choice to have an abortion comes down to a decision that is best made between a woman and her doctor. As you know, I live in a house full of women, and have been advocating and fighting for women’s safety my entire life.
For Sen. Shaheen and her allies to suggest otherwise in the way that she has is just shameful. It reminds me of what Martha Coakley tried to do when she said I would not allow women who are raped to be able to have the care and services they needed. Just as shameful.
Sadly, the National Democratic Party is resorting to these scare tactics not only here, but across the country because that’s all they have left. Now you all know, we’re helping obviously fund the stations, but there’s been a lot of negative ads, but this one absolutely crosses the line, and it’s from her. She’s standing behind this ad, just as I stand behind my ads.
And I’m focusing on the issues that people are talking about and you’re writing and reporting about. Because we are, right now, talking about a sensitive and tender topic. Shame on Senator Shaheen, for playing politics with women. I will continue to talk about the issues that affect all voters, both men and women that have to do with our national security, our economic security.
I will continue to talk about jobs and a way to strengthen the economy, and strengthen our country at home. I will continue to draw those distinctions between us on the issues that affect everybody in New Hampshire and throughout this country. And I trust, absolutely trust, that the people of New Hampshire that they will see through these lies, these offensive and insensitive attacks, not only on me, but every women in this state.
So, I’m happy to take your questions, so fire away.

NHDP - ICYMI: "New Hampshire GOP House candidate [Marilinda Garcia]: 'Most women are emotional roller coasters'"

The Hill: New Hampshire GOP House candidate [Marilinda Garcia]: 'Most women are emotional roller coasters'

New Hampshire Republican House candidate Marilinda Garcia on Tuesday decried Democrats for what she called an “insulting” focus on women’s issues like abortion and paycheck fairness, arguing their emphasis on the subject distracts from the real issues she said women are concerned about, like jobs, energy and national security.

But Garcia may face distractions from her own preferred message. She once called women “emotional rollercoasters” during a floor speech on an abortion bill in the New Hampshire legislature — a remark that Democrats are likely to use against her as Election Day nears.

During a Tuesday interview with local radio station WGIR, Garcia was asked why Democrats were using “the women’s rights issue” to attack her in her race with Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.). 

“Frankly, I think it’s insulting, because they’re preying upon what they see as a vulnerable group, one that can be swayed with scare tactics,” Garcia said during the interview.

She accused Democrats of “continually harp[ing] upon these social-issue scare tactics” to try to get at voters like herself — young single women. Garcia is 31, and her profile as a young female Hispanic candidate has made her a rising star within the GOP even before she won a hard-fought primary fight last month.

Garcia said women are more focused on other topics.

“In reality, the women I talk to, I would say maybe 2 percent of all of the voters I’ve talked to in the 2nd district and my peers — What do we talk about? We worry about the job market, we worry about our energy independence, we worry about our debt, we worry about entitlement reform, we worry about national security,” she said.

“These are the issues we want to talk about and women are concerned about, but the Democrats don’t have a record to run on.”

Those comments are similar to ones made by Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown during a Tuesday interview with Fox News, when he was asked about attacks from Democrats on his record on women's issues and he said "I'm talking about issues people care about."

In both of New Hampshire's House races and the state's Senate race, Democrats have focused heavily on women's issues in hopes of taking advantage of the advantage Democrats typically enjoy among female voters.

Kuster and groups backing her have hammered Garcia on paycheck fairness, the Violence Against Women Act and abortion, all of which Garcia has opposed in public statements and during her time in the state legislature.

And those attacks are likely to draw further fuel from her comments, during a 2007 floor speech in the New Hampshire House in support of a law requiring parental notification for abortion, calling women “emotional rollercoasters.

In a clip obtained by The Hill, Garcia declares, “a pregnant teen — I mean, most women are emotional roller coasters — but a pregnant teen is an emotional roller coaster going at warp-speed.”

New Hampshire Democratic Party spokeswoman Julie McClain said the comments were evidence Garcia “is hopelessly out of touch with women and families in New Hampshire.”

“She has insulted women by calling us 'emotional roller coasters’ — belittling our decision-making abilities and suggesting that we cannot be trusted with our own health care decisions. Then, she unilaterally decided that 98 percent of voters don't care about issues like paycheck fairness and reproductive freedom,” McClain said in an email. 

“As the families of the second congressional district seek to elect a congresswoman who will move us forward, Marilinda Garcia is promising to send us backwards.”


NHDP - Frank Guinta’s New Ad A Desperate Attempt to Fool Granite State Women Voters 

Deceptive Ad at Odds with Guinta’s Anti-Woman Agenda

Manchester, NH —Frank Guinta’s new ad distorts his disastrous record on women’s health and economic priorities in an attempt to reverse his poor polling performance among New Hampshire women.

“Frank Guinta’s new ad is a desperate attempt to reverse his miserable polling numbers with women and cover up his record in Congress of voting against women’s health priorities, women’s safety against domestic violence, and a woman’s right to choose, even in cases of rape or when the mother’s life is in danger,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Guinta’s sudden claim to care about fair pay and childcare is laughable in the face of his anti-woman, Tea Party voting record, and New Hampshire women and families will not be fooled.”

In the ad, Guinta claims—without citation—to support fair pay and childcare. In fact, Guinta skipped the 112th Congress’s single vote on fair pay and never supported a single policy or bill to address the wage gap. In addition, he voted for the destructive sequester cuts that took away childcare options for New Hampshire families and closed Newmarket’s Head Start program.


In 2012, Guinta Skipped Vote on Fair Pay (H.Res. 667)
“ ... to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.” (roll call 5/31/12, amendment to H.Res. 667

Sequestration Cuts Guinta Voted for Caused Closure of Newmarket Head Start Program
“The closing of Newmarket’s nearly 20-year-old Head Start Program in June — caused by the federal sequestration — has forced the parents of more than a dozen children to either drive to a nearby community for the program or to just stay home.” (roll call on S. 365, Foster's 7/13/13)


SNHU - It's Not Too Late! 


There Is Still Time! 


It's not too late to join us and AAPR NH for the Encore Entrepreneur Event to learn how to put your business dream into action. 

The forum will feature five well-seasoned business professionals presenting on different topics regarding business owning for entrepreneurs over 50. 

Meet our presenters: 

  • Huge Curly: Huge joined the Concord office of the SBA in 2009 with over twenty years experience in the area of Economic and Business Development. He serves as an Economic Development Specialist and is involved in marketing SBA products and services to business owners, lenders, and economic development officials throughout the state. 
  • MaryAnn Manoogian: MaryAnn comes to the CWBA with over 25 years of leadership and nonprofit management experience. She spent eight of those years in state government where she served as a policy advisor and represented the interests of three New Hampshire governors. 
  • Kerry Pfrimmer: Kerry serves as the New Hampshire District Director for SCORE. He is an award-winning senior executive advancing from the ranks of sales and marketing into general and executive management. His 30+ year career has spanned small businesses into specialty retail, automotive and recreational product segments and senior executive roles at startup, middle-market and Fortune 500 companies, including DuPont and GE. 
  • Pattie Hayes: Pattie launched Compass Care Family Solutions in 2013 to coach families on negotiating the complex maze of senior care options and resources. She earned a B.S.. from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and has shared her experience and talents with many community organizations. 
  • Jamie Bulen: Jamie is the Associate Director for Communications and has guided AARP New Hampshire's communications and public relations since 2002. She also manages AAPR's multi-year campaigns related to Work@50+, wise use of medicine, and frauds/scams. 

If owning or growing a small business is going to be the next chapter in your life, you do not want to miss this event.

When: Tuesday, September 30th 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Where: SNHU Hospitality Center 2500 N River Rd Manchester NH 03106

This is a free event but we ask that you register. (Space is limited).

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SEIA Webinars: Solar in U.S. Schools and Women in Solar 



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Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools 

This Webinar is Public: FREE to SEIA members and non-members

Date: Monday, September 29, 2014

Time: 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. EDT


Over the past year, The Solar Foundation and its research partner, SEIA, have been actively building the most comprehensive database known of K-12 schools with solar installations. With data on thousands of schools, the research team has used this database to learn about the characteristics of these systems and trends in this market segment over time. This webinar will present the results of the data collection and analysis effort, discussing changes in why schools are going solar, where these systems are being installed, how they are being financed, as well as other information relevant to nonprofits, solar companies, and individuals interested in supporting solar on K-12 schools. In addition, this webinar will cover the results of an original analysis looking at the potential for schools currently without solar to pursue their own projects cost-effectively.


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Philip Haddix, Program Director, The Solar Foundation

Shawn Rumery , Research Manager, SEIA


Women in Solar Energy

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Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Time: 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. EST


Women in Solar Energy is a newly formed non-profit resource and membership organization for women in the solar industry. This webinar will educate listeners on the state of women in the industry and you will learn what you can do to get involved.

Attendees will learn:

  • The state of Women in Solar Energy in the industry
  • About the non-profit Women in Solar Energy
  • SEIA/WISE Founding Member partnership


Carrie Cullen Hitt, Advisor, Women in Solar Energy

Kristen Nicole, Executive Director, Women in Solar Energy

Sara Rafalson, Vice President, Women in Solar Energy (Sol Systems)

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