Given that this year's election is a rematch between Shaheen and Sununu and that the validity of Sununu's "victory" in 2002 is questionable at best, Shaheen seems to be the stronger candidate in the New Hampshire Senate Race. Her support for middle class tax cuts, a stronger, more robust public education system, and her goal to lower the cost of health care are all major issues that have left the majority of New Hampshire citizens (if not quite a few Americans) skeptical of any Republican platform.
Phone Scandal (en.wikipedia.org)
Side: Shaheen for Senate
Government's only purpose is to protect our rights and liberties. It should not be responsible for what happens in the economy, health care, or education, which are better left in the hands of individuals. Otherwise, the taxes we pay are spent unwisely. Shaheen is unlikely to favor repealing the 16th amendment or abolishing the IRS or the Federal Reserve.
A complete lack of government influence on the conditions of our health care, education, and economic systems will only increase the amount of families who can't afford health insurance, education (especially college), and will continue the investment practices that have driven so many corporations to increase profit margins overseas.
While I can sympathize with (what I sense is) the libertarian streak of your arguments, I am also aware of the dangers that can result if the health and education of our youth and the conditions and security of our jobs is left completely within the hands of the private sector.
Sununu may stand apart from the "Bush" Republicans on certain issues, but he has consistently stood beside decisions that have left thousands if not millions of children with no access to (at least some) health care and allowed them to persist in under-funded educational systems.
Sununu on Education (www.stopsununu.com)
Side: Sununu on Education
Shaheen is for taxes, she created the first NH property tax and proposed a sales tax. As for education in 2002 NH received a D rating from "Education Week"magazine . Also the High School drop out rate was 25% under her governance.
Side: Shaheen's Failures
There is exactly 0 pieces of evidence that Sununu had any knowledge of the phone jamming scandal. It was perpetrated by a few bad apples who ultimately got what they deserved. Trying to use this against Sununu simply reiterates that lack of arguments Shaheen supporters have when it come to talking about real issues. When it comes down to the issues, Sununu will stand toe-to-toe against Shaheen and cruch her.
Side: Phone Jamming Had No Effect on Race
To some extent I agree with you. Yes, the phone tapping scandal is a typical weapon used by New Hampshire Democrats to attack the Senate seat of John Sununu. Yet, I can't agree with the implication that unethical election practices (whether they determined the winner or not) in our democratic system are not to be considered "real" issues facing the voters of America.
The fairness, efficiency, and integrity of how these elections are executed with ALL votes being considered is a paramount issue facing our political process in American in the 21st Century. Granted, Sununu has not yet proven and (I'll agree) was probably not ever involved in the phone scandal that has shadowed his last campaign against Shaheen, but the issue is still an issue and is a very "real" issue facing our political process.
Side: Voting Process an Issue
You may be right there. However, Sununu has to be aware of the fact that having a shadow like that in his past (even if he wasn't "directly" involved) still affects voters' perception as it will likely find its way into the campaign ads of Jeanne Shaheen.
And, although its a sad state of affairs, a large percentage of how this country votes is based on perception rather than a critical analysis of the issues. I'm crossing my fingers and typing on this site every living day hoping that that fact changes this year, but I'm not naive to think that a Republican incumbent in this year's election, who has been through and through the Bush era, won't be harmed politically by a stain in his record such as a phone tapping scandal.
The way to sift through the dross, as you said, is to get these folks under the same roof and hash out the real issues face-to-face. And it's our responsibility to tune in.
So, October 21, 2008. We'll be tuning in...
Sununu Shaheen Debate (www.derrynews.com)
Side: Sununu Shaheen Debate
Senator John Sununu won a clear and "valid" victory over Jeanne Shaheen in the 2002 U.S. Senate race. Even though some Republican Party operatives made some 800 phone calls that jammed some Shaheen GOTV (get out the vote) phones in the Manchester area for two hours, Sununu still won the race by more than 20,000 votes. "Phone-gate" had little effect.
Phone-Jamming Did Not Change Outcome (en.wikipedia.org)
Side: Phone Jamming Had No Effect on Race
Whether or not the phone-jamming incident in the 2002 New Hampshire Senate race did or did not affect the outcome (which, as has been pointed out, it didn't,) the issue is the ethical standards to which we hold our democratic process and the government officials we vote for to insure its effeciency.
I've searched for substantial evidence or a statement clarifying Sununu's or his campaign's response to or knowledge of the implementation of the phone jamming to no avail. If you could find something on Sununu's comments regarding the arrests of Tobin and McGee, please let me know.
Side: Sununu's Comments
That is a very heavy "If" in regards to Sununu's being convinced to vote in favor of beginning to withdraw our troops from Iraq. Granted, while Sununu's opposition to the Patriot Act and his support for clean energy are strong (and refreshing) stands by a Republican Senator, the impact of our continued involvement in Iraq is and will continue to have a dramatic impact on our economic ability to pursue clean energy and improve our current domestic economic crisis. Jeanne Shaheen supports the efforts towards Clean Energy and she is also against a prolonged U.S. military presence in Iraq.
Iraq Withdrawal (www.jeanneshaheen.org)
Side: Shaheen on Iraq
Shaheen was the national chairperson for John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004. But Mr. Kerry voted to authorize the war and is now endorsing Obama, who despite his rhetoric has been supportive of the war by his votes to fund it. This just goes to show that most Democrats by practice are pro-war and have been for many years.
Shaheen's role in John Kerry's presidential campaign (en.wikipedia.org)
Fair enough. However, a decision to vote for financial measures that insure the stability and safety of our troops currently in Iraq that is founded on a declared commitment to a planned withdrawal (and, therefore, an specified point of ending the increase of funding) is completely different than making the same decision with no clear commitment or agreement that our troops should or will ever be withdrawn from Iraq (and, thus, an open-ended extension of increasing our financial obligations there.)
I won't argue that Democrats (or Shaheen) "by practice" aren't pro-war (I think it's irresponsible and dangerous to be completely "anti-war" in this day in age.) The issue is the wisdom of with whom, how, and why we should go to war and the Iraq War was a poor decision both economically and for our foreign relations (and Shaheen is aligned with a stronger emphasis on diplomacy rather than the aggressive, impulsive use of military force.)
(Obama on supporting Iraq funding) (www.boston.com)
Side: Iraq Funding
Both candidates in the tight U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire have ties to the Middle East. Incumbent Senator John E. Sununu has Lebanese and Palestinian heritage from his father's side, former three-term governor John H. Sununu, who was also White House Chief of Staff for President George H.W. Bush. Former Gov. Sununu was the only U.S. governor to oppose a resolution among governors to repeal an anti-Israeli United Nations resolution that "Zionism Equals Racism." He later reversed himself.
Bill Shaheen, husband of former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen and a former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire, also has Lebanese heritage and family ties to the Middle East. A former state chairman for the campaigns of Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and Hillary Clinton, Mr. Shaheen has expressed interest in being part of a negotiating team to bring peace to the Middle East if Democrats win the White House.
Lebanese-Americans Run For Senate (www.iht.com)
The scandal involving the jamming of Shaheen 2002 Seante Campaign's phone lines in the Manchester area continues to damage the New Hampshire Republican Party (see link). Caught playing dirty on Election Day 2002, the state GOP lost two Congressinal seats in the 2004 election and two men went to federal prison. The ironic point about the phone jamming of Shaheen's get-out-the-vote effort is that Sununu won that election by 20,000 votes, while the two-hours of phone jamming prevented 800 phone calls. Sununu still would have won by more than 19,000 votes. Voters still angry over this illegal behavior, both Repulican and Democrat, may give Shaheen the edge in this rematch, even though there is no evidence that Sununu was involved.
Phone-Gate Helps Shaheen (en.wikipedia.org)
Side: Honest and Fair Campaigns Matter
On Monday of this week (August 11th), both Shaheen and Sununu released statements in support of tax incentives for energy developers and users of clean energy in hopes that these breaks will help to invigorate our economy and eventually lower gas and oil prices.
Although both of the candidates are very closely aligned in regards to clean energy policies and initiatives, Sununu is strongly in favor of lifting the ban on offshore drilling while Shaheen claims that the oil companies need to continue drilling on the lands they have already leased.
She opposes the congressional trend of resorting to the oil industries to determine effective legislation on energy policies and is firmly committed to investing more in efforts to develop alternative and renewable resources apart from oil. A commitment to unchaining our economic dependence on the oil industry will provide long-term opportunities and benefits to our economic stability and progress, our national security, and the preservation of the environment.
Tax Incentives (www.boston.com)
Side: Tax Incentives
In a rematch from 2002, former Democratic Governor Jeanne Shaheen again challenges Republican John E. Sununu to represent New Hampshire in the United States Senate. Sununu, the youngest U.S. Senator at age 44, is a close ally of the Republican nominee for president, Senator John McCain. Polling has consistently shown Shaheen in the lead, with the current Rasmussen poll showing a tightening race, 51% to 45% for Sununu.
rasmussen poll (www.rasmussenreports.com)
Shaheen supported removing Saddam Hussein from power. This was no different than the Republican platform before the war started. Even if Hussein had been a real threat, the Iraqi people should have been allowed to take care of him themselves. Bush illegally intervened and broke his promise of no nation-building.
Shaheen's previous stance on Iraq (en.wikipedia.org)
What we need in office is someone who will stand up for what is right to do scientifically. Sununu could have overturned the vote for President Bush's veto of embryonic stem cell research, but accepted the Presidents decision instead.
This country frequently has an abundance of money, life, and know how, and losing 7 years of ingenuity in any one scientific field is a travesty. We should be moving forward on many planes, and be discovering new technologies to utilize. Shaheen has come out to say she will.
Shaheen outlines plan for scientific leadership (www.boston.com)
Side: Shaheen on Science
Jeanne Shaheen has had the experience of working as an Governor. Does the experience within the executive branch translate into success in a bipartisian matter. She claims to have developed a biparitisian energy policy. With the Senator not expected to reach a 60 vote majority for either party will she prove able to partner in bipartisian solution to problems
Sen. Sununu's Campaign manager has admitted to receiving illicit funds for their running in the election, but has only agreed to donate a portion of it to charity. Former Governor Shaheen has called for the entirety of the illicit contributions to be returned to the correct people or donated. I tend to agree with her.
Article from the unionleader.com (www.unionleader.com)
Side: Illicit Campaign Funds
Governor's typically make better Presidential bids than Senators. If Shaheen can do a cleaner job than Sunnunu and exercise better fiscal judgement about things like, the war -you are looking at a very close race. The two are virtually the same on many issues. While Sunnunu grabbed his chance to call for Alberto Gonzalez's resignation, he can't quite get Abramoff's stink off. Scandal has nipped at Sunnunu's heels during his current tour in the U.S. senate. While Sunnunu's stance on civil liberties has been on the progressive side -I think Shaheen should have a shot at representing what she knows is on New Hampshire's radar. Civil liberties is considered a given for the Live Free or Die State.
Side: Sununu's Senate Experience
Shaheen is most definitely a progressive when it comes to federal programs and medical research. She openly supports a new policy in Washington for stem cell research and hopes that New Hampshire will benefit from new medical breakthroughs in progressive science. She is unabashedly and passionately for a positive turnabout in the medical community to assist cancer patients without much hope in an area where money and time has been long diverted in the name of morality and religious ethics.
Shaheen: "These lines of research could hold the key to cures for diabetes, Parkinson's, spinal cord injuries – they could impact the lives of families like ours all across the country. We have already lost seven years in the development of potential treatments and cures – we can't afford to lose any more time. But we're not going to see a change in stem cell research policy until we change Senators. "
Shaheen supports cancer research (www.jeanneshaheen.org)
Side: Stem cell
There's a lot of media spculation going around as to whether or not Jeanne Shaheen supports unionization or the Employee Free Choice Act which would allow union members of NH organizations to vote on issues separate from their company. Sununu's campaign supporters are trying very hard to paint a black picture of Sheehan by misusing the legislation to cover all workers' rights in the ballot box. But how can they even think this to be possible when the head of the Letter Carrier Union in New Hampshire, Wayne Alteriso, calmly affirms her good intentions and union support?
Does this sound like muddy politics to anyone else, or is it just another example of a disgruntled candidate trying to confuse Joe-Voter?
Union support for Shaheen (video.google.com)
Side: Woman for the working man
In a recent independent poll conducted last week, Democratic Jeanne Shaheen has widened her lead over the incumbent Senator John Sununu to a margin of 51% over 40%.
The increase of support for Shaheen in one of the more conservative states in the New England region reflects a noticeable trend in New Hampshire voters leaning towards Obama. The latest Rasmussen Report has Obama's previous 11-point lead over McCain in the state declining to a mere 1 percentage point over John McCain.
New Hampshire, as has been already stated, has a crucial independent vote that (some argue) will most likely be favoring the Democrats this year. If this is in fact the case, it will be very interesting to see how this all pans out in the Senate race where Sununu finds himself facing a possible upset as his seat has been deemed "the most endangered" on Capital Hill.
Lead in the Polls (www.nashuatelegraph.com)
Side: Lead in the Polls
The biggest difference between Shaheen and Sununu are the issues of taxes and education. In the face of educational crisis, Shaheen went against her previous commitment to not create any new taxes in order to help schools.
Shaheen's work as a state senator and governor provide ample experience for the Senate. She also worked well in a bi-partisan atmosphere, when she served as Democratic governor to a Republican majority.
Shaheen would be good a addition to the Senate Health and Education committees. Jeanne Shaheen would have a different approach than John Sununu, without lacking legislative background.
Shaheen breaks tax promise (www.stateline.org)
Side: Jeanne Shaheen
In 2007, Sen. Sununu voted against a proposition to have our troops removed from Iraq more expediently (Levin Amdt. No. 2898) Former Governor Shaheen, while she did support sending the troops over in the first place, feels that they should be removed expediently, and while still protecting their security. These are issues she brings up on her own personal website.
Sununu, however, has gone on the record saying he does not even want to setup a timetable for troop removal, and wants to continue the war effort currently.
How the Iraq conflict is affecting the candidates (www.boston.com)
Side: Iraq Funding
Former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen is likely to benefit from the greater passion Democrats feel for their candidates this election year than the lukewarm enthusiasm that Republican voters feel for their candidates. During the New Hampshire Primary earlier this year, nearly 50,000 more voters participated in the Democratic Primary than in the Republican Primary for President. In a state with just a half-million regular voters in national elections, those numbers are a big advantage for Senate challenger Shaheen and Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama. Since New Hampshire's famous independents seem to be favoring Democrats this year, and the presidential race drives voter turnout, Senator John Sununu has a huge gap to close.
Electoral Math Favor Shaheen (www.cnn.com)
Side: Shaheen Holds Slight Advantage
The New York Times suggests the New Hampshire Senate race between incumbent Republican John Sununu (R) and his Democratic rival Jeanne Shaheen (D) "a near-perfect petri dish for how the issues, and the dynamics of the presidential contest, are shifting in ways that give Republicans hope."
Shaheen has led in the polls in New Hampshire for the better part of the past year and she is aiming to capitalize on Sununu's ties to the Bush Administration as well as his endorsement of it's tax policies to hold that lead all the way to the ballot boxes in November.
Both candidates are picking up the pace with television ads this past week and don't expect them slow down. Sununu has a reported $5 million campaign purse that he has only begun to delve into and Shaheen is likely receiving ample contributions from the Democratic Party who realize that her victory in New Hampshire will mark a significant extension of their current 51 to 49 vote majority in the Senate.
Sununu is banking on the energy issue to build himself a substantial talking point advantage over Shaheen whom he claims, "won't do nuclear...won't lift the ban on offshore drilling...won't pursue oil shale..." and "that's wrong."
Nonetheless, the Republican senator's attack is a stretch as Shaheen has stated that she is not wholly against some additional drilling.
Look for the energy issue to climb it's way higher and higher in the New Hampshire Senate race (as with all the other New England races) as voters' concerns increase as they face high fuel prices and devastating heating costs in their homes.
Sununu is pushing offshore drilling and Shaheen has urged for more federal spending to help put a cap on the escalating oil prices.
Heating the Campaign and Homes (www.nytimes.com)
Side: Heating the Campaign and Homes
After defeating her Democratic challenger, Ray Stebbins, in Tuesday's primaries, Jeanne Shaheen (D) continued right back into her main arsenal against her rival John Sununu (R) (who defeated Rep. Tom Alciere the same day) by drawing the tightest parallels possible between Sununu and the Bush Administration.
She claimed, "If folks want to continue the status quo, then they want to support John Sununu, because he has voted with George Bush 90 percent of the time," Shaheen said in a phone interview. "He has supported the policies that have gotten us to where we are today."
Sununu responded by backing his record, which he argued still shows effective legislation passed despite the well-known fact that Washington "is broken." He pointed to his opposition of the Patriot Act (a proposal of the Bush Administration) and also criticized that Shaheen's stance against offshore drilling will "resign ourselves to permanently higher energy prices."
Back on the Campaign Trail (www.boston.com)
Side: Back on the Campaign Trail
Jeanne Shaheen (D) wrote and published a statement in the Union Leader yesterday detailing her economic vision if elected to the United States Senate.
She cites the unemployment rise to 6.1% and that the U.S. economy has lost up to 600,000 jobs since January. She reiterates that wages are at a standstill and that the conditions will continue to worsen if we persist with our current economic direction.
As predicted, Shaheen is proposing a "new economic direction in this country [...] one where working families' interests - not the special interests - come first."
She proceeds to characterize incumbent Republican Sen. John Sununu as a stalwart Bush support, even going so far as to label the Republican's term in the Senate "the Bush-Sununu era" during our federal government has engaged in "reckless, irresponsible spending that has doubled our national debt to $9 trillion and exploded the deficit."
She vows to break from the current administration's fiscal approach and "demand real accountability and a return to balanced budgets through pay-as-you-go budgeting. I will fight to put an end to the no-bid contracts that shower billions of dollars on companies that fail to perform. And I will work to ensure the Iraqis pay their own bills with the billions they earn in oil revenue rather than relying on billions of our taxpayer dollars."
She echoes the "Manhattan-style project" catch phrase that is gaining traction amongst politicians on both sides of the partisan line when discussing the specifics of how they are planning to improve the economy when she states, "We need a Manhattan-style project that brings together the public and private sectors to move us toward energy independence and addresses both the short-term high prices and our long-term energy needs."
She is still persistent against offshore drilling and opts for drilling on pre-leased land already available to oil companies.
She plans to cut the tax breaks that are currently being enjoyed by the oil companies and redirect the money to "make an unwavering commitment to the development of alternative and renewable energy sources."
The message here from Shaheen is a typical one from a Democratic candidate at this point in the race. Yet, I think it's worth noting that she has yet to bend on her opposition to offshore drilling (a move a lot of Democrats are now making or are leaning towards as more and more polls show voters' support of lifting the ban.)
While (like most political platforms) it boils down to competing theories on how to achieve the same goal, Shaheen's article in the Union Leader is a great snapshot of her stances on our economy and how it relates to the energy crisis, health care, and education.
Recent Statement (www.unionleader.com)
Side: Recent Statement
The polling season has picked up speed as we embark on the final six weeks before the elections. The New Hampshire campaigns between Jeanne Shaheen (D) and John Sununu (R) are favorite targets of the pollsters as many consider this Senate election a microcosm of the national political environment.
The latest poll released by the American Research Group showed Shaheen with a commanding 12 point lead over John Sununu (at 52 to 40 percent and an undecided margin of 8 percent.)
The poll surveyed 600 potential voters, 42% of which were independents, 30% Republicans, and 28% Democrats. The people surveyed were surveyed twice and to ensure they were potential voters. Once this was established, they were asked on a scale of 1 to 10 how likely they were to vote in November. If they answered between 7 and 10, they were included in the poll's results to guarantee an efficient conclusion as to the nature of the voting climate in New Hampshire.
While Shaheen's lead is demanding, it is not an insurmountable advantage for Sununu to surpass. According to Dick Bennett of the ARG, ""If Sununu captured the same number of independents that McCain has, the race would be almost tied. Sununu may have stood against the Republican Party a few times, but he still isn't known as someone who pokes George Bush and the Republican Party in the eye."
Shaheen ARG Poll Lead (www.unionleader.com)
Side: Shaheen ARG Poll Lead
Whatever "demanding" (or rather, commanding) lead Shaheen was enjoying the polls according to my last post has been whittled down to a 4 -point margin where the Democratic challenger to Sen. John Sununu (R) is now holding only 48 to 44 percent lead (with a margin of error plus or minus 4.2 percent.)
The race has significantly tightened up, which I find especially interesting given the fact that today marked a significant lift for Obama over McCain in the polls.
Nonetheless, the race in New Hampshire is one that demands attention as it is perhaps the closest, most consequential races in the nation.
As the week progresses, it will be interesting to see how Shaheen's support for tighter federal regulation on Wall Street plays to her benefit as voter's grow more skeptical of the economic decisions of Republican officials or (for that matter) anyone who has been in Washington the past few years.
Shaheens tight lead (blogs.courant.com)
Side: Shaheens tight lead
I can't say that Shaheen was the best governor in NH, but she did get the tough on crime when there was a police officer killed in NH. And although her campaign ads bug me--the walking back and forth of Sununu with Bush--the Democrat ads push the fact that Sununu is not doing a thing for the people of NH. That is pretty graphic stuff.
Side: Jeanne Shaheen
John Sununu's (R) best chance of maintaining his seat against Jeanne Shaheen (D) in November is (I'd argue) contingent on exactly how well the Senator can distance himself from the Bush Administration between now and November. And last weeks market failures combined with the bailout to be decided upon (hopefully) this weekend, Sununu has quite the gamut laid out for him.
It also doesn't help that he "Voted Four Times Against a Commission to Investigate How Federal Contracts in Iraq Were Awarded...[Senate Vote #228, 9/14/05; Senate Vote #259, 10/19/05; Senate Vote #316, 11/10/05; Senate Vote #176, 6/20/06]", according to Alex Reese, press secretary for the NHDP's Coordinated Campaign.
Moreover, as a Senator, Sununu never addressed or questioned the millions of mismanaged relief funds after Hurricane Katrina, the $1 trillion in unaccounted military spending by the Pentagon, or the billions of dollars in no-bid contracts endorsed by the Bush Administration.
With the economy at the top of voters' concerns and no sign of that fact changing in the near future, Sununu needs to hit the trail hard explaining how he will be "different" in regards to fiscal policy this time around in a way that can convince his base much less undecided voters to cast their ballots his way.
Sununu's Big Problem (www.politickernh.com)
Side: Sununu's big problem
Jeanne Shaheen (D) is drawing a hard line against the bailout plan while at the same time admitting that the economic circumstances demand a plan to put a check on the decline we are seeing in our markets.
She said today, "Well you know I was hopeful that we were going to see congress act in a bipartisan way to address additional oversight for the Treasury secretary and for financial institutions and more taxpayer protection. But what we saw is that they added on things like help for Puerto Rican rum makers and for kid’s arrows --millions of dollars. And I think that’s what people are upset about Washington.”
The talking heads of her Republican opponent have taken issue with the fact that Shaheen (who is running her campaign on the coattails of Barack Obama) is vehemently criticizing Sununu's vote in support of the bailout while Barack Obama and Joe Biden also voted in favor of the bailout.
Their word against Shaheen, "For her to sit there and say she’d vote against the alternative minimum tax fix, which 93 senators voted for just the other day, this is retarded. She’s is running for United State Senator, she’s a former Governor. She cannot get away with this dodge and weave which a challenger probably has the luxury of doing."
Shaheen's Bailout Issues (www.nhpr.org)
Side: Shaheen's Bailout Issue
Two of the more recent poll results are showing Shaheen's lead over Republican Sen. John Sununu holding fast if not increasing.
A poll conducted for the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College by Abt SRBI in New York City has Shaheen leading 49 percent to Sununu's 35 percent.
The latest Rasmussen results have her up 50 percent to 45 percent.
The stability and/or increase of support behind Shaheen illustrates the mounting problems Republicans are having gaining voter support subsequent to the market fallouts of the past few weeks.
Holding the Lead (www.theunionleader.com)
Side: Holding the Lead
Although the topic has been somewhat overplayed (most significantly in the bare-knuckled brawl and marathon that was the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary), experience is also a pivotal issue in the New Hampshire Election along with taxes.
Sununu has served in the House of Representatives (from 1996 to 2002) and in the Senate (from 2002 to 2008). His voting record exhibits a strong principle that, at times, exhibits a reluctance to comply with legislation proposed by many of his Republican affiliates in the Senate (most notably, his opposition to the Patriot Act and the Energy Bill of 2003).
In addition to his experiential advantage over Shaheen as to the legislative process of the Senate, Sununu also shows more potential to bridge the bipartisan divide that has handicapped our Congress according to the evidence of his voting record.
Sununu's Experience (en.wikipedia.org)
Side: Sununu's Senate Experience
In addition to the advantage Sununu holds over Shaheen with regards to his legislative experience in the Senate and the House, he also has firsthand experience on the ground in Iraq.
Although his favor among voters in New Hampshire has lessened as a result of his voting record against withdrawing our troops and his alignment with the foreign policy decisions of the Bush administration, the time he spent and the observations he made during his trip to Iraq in the spring of 2007 are important to consider in the context of his arguments in favor of a sustained military effort in Iraq.
Sununu in Iraq (www.concordmonitor.com)
Side: Sununu in Iraq
A huge issue in the Senate rematch between between Senator John Sununu and former Governor Jeanne Shaheen concerns taxes. New Hampshire is the only state with both no state sales tax and no state income tax in the United States. With New Hampshire, like many states in the country, suffering both job losses and inflation, this issue could decide who wins the race. Mrs. Shaheen has shown a willingness to raise local taxes as governor, and she has not taken a pledge to not raise federal taxes as a Senator. Mr. Sununu, other the hand, has been consistently anti-tax, even as state revenues fell short. Recently, Sununu confirmed his position against any taxes on the Internet.
Will organizations like the Envioronmental Defense Fund help Sununu support his environmental and energy policy with the citizens of New Hampshire. See the attached thank you note published.
Sunnunu has been able to raise close to 7 Million and has not had to spend more than a third of his funds on hand in comparision to Governor Shaheen's 4 million and has had to spend half her funds on hand. Will fundraising have an impact on this election and which is more important fundrising or advertising. What is the impact on fundraising on this election.
Sen. Sununu is for keeping the prices down at the pump. I don't think there is anywhere in America that isn't seeing a spike in fuel prices, and Sen. Sununu wants to put into affect an energy policy that will lower prices, and concentrate on developing fuel types at home. If this comes to pass, we won't be so concerned with foreign oil.
National Energy Policy (www.politickernh.com)
Side: Fuel and Conservation
I think it's fair to say that ALL politicians are going to say that they are "for keeping the prices down at the pump." The issue is how and for how long and at what expense.
Sununu's support for lifting the offshore drilling ban, while it may offer a "quick-fix" to the high price of gas (although this is also up to dispute), is inconsistent with his supposed support for pursuing clean energy initiatives. Perhaps for interests other than those of the American people, he has consistently voted in favor of those policies that will benefit the oil industry.
America stands at a crossroads where we have to make the decision whether or not to persist with an energy source that has, in one way or another, caused massive damages to our economy, our interests abroad, and our environment or to invest in our scientific prowess and imaginations to create new and innovative sources of energy that will not only benefit us, but also subsequent generations to come.
Sununu and Alaska Money (politickernh.com)
Side: Sununu and Alaska Money
Senator Sununu has shown that he supports education, and helping to educate the poor by voting yes on H.R. 1429. This bill provides money to teachers to help compensate them on the costs of paying for their education (listed within the amendments). While this bill could have been more aggressive, it does help encourage future teachers of young children with the drive to have a degree the ability to have peace of mind when they complete it.
Congress record of voting (www.congress.org)
Side: Sununu on Education
Sununu has served this state well over the past years and beleive he deserves another term. I have listened to him argue on the floor and for those that don't know how to do this watch cspan and you will be informed.
One more note some one should confront shaheen about the money her law firm made off lobbyist last year to the tune of 1.5 million dollars tell me shaheen are you really going to washington to represent the people of this great state or the lobbyist in washington.
On domestic issues, Sununu comes closer to following the Constitution by helping restore American sovereignty and keeping government out of individual lives. He has been one of the most outspoken critics of the Real ID Act. If the current effort to pressure him to help end the war in Iraq is successful, this may be a major step in returning the Republican party to the foreign policy of nonintervention that it used to advocate.
Sununu opposes the Real ID Act (www.sununu.senate.gov)
Senator Sununu has also voted to put into place Reid Amdt. No. 4737. This amendment puts forth that the government is suspending purchasing fuel for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This means that the additional 70,000 barrels a day that usually go there will be instead dispersed directly to local companies for processing.
Strategic Petroleum Reserve (en.wikipedia.org)
Side: Fuel and Conservation
Sen. Sununu is also supporting and actively backing legislation to help better the world around us as well. It can be easy to get tunnel visioned into thinking only about "American Issues", but Sununu's support of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is pushing forward the help that these developing countries need. This country has a lot of benefits that developing countries do not, and we need to be on the ball with assistance to those people also. We are all in this together.
Side: Sununu on world issues
Sen. Sununu also voted for putting into place (one of only 6 republicans to do so) an act that removed the "time limit" for people to report discrimination within the workplace. These types of issues can be sensitive, and difficult for someone to talk about. Giving them a time limit to muster the courage to bring up a situation can be unfair.
Workplace discrimination (www.politickernh.com)
Side: Sununu on the Workplace
It is also nice to see that their is a candidate that doesn't believe in launching campaigns that target the other candidate. These campaigns only go to make the voter feel more on edge about their decision. Sen. John Sununu has only spent $335,000 in the 2nd quarter of 2008, while his opponent has spent $1.3 million mostly on advertising. Candidates should come back to the issues at hand instead of concentrating on why you shouldn't vote for the other guy. Tell us why we should vote for you.
Fundraising amounts, and moneys spent. (www.cmonitor.com)
Spending money on campaign ads is not an inherently bad thing. A larger majority of Americans gather their information from visual media than those who gather information from reading up on the issues.
It is only logical that a presiding Senator would initially spend less on campaign ads as opposed to the aspiring challenger to the seat. Shaheen's ad campaign has thus far focused more on the issues of her career as governor and concerns about rising gas prices.
Sununu is already preparing ads that target Shaheen's tax record in hopes of diverting voters' attention from his commitment to a prolonged military commitment in Iraq and the tax cuts of the Bush administration.
As the election date draws closer, it will be interesting to see which candidate takes on the more offensive approach and turns this race into a typical political boxing match.
Campaign Spending (www.concordmonitor.com)
Side: Campaign Spending
Spending money on campaign ads in the 2008 Senate race between Sununu and Shaheen is not going to change many minds. These two "longtime rivals" are well-known to the state's roughly half-million votes, and a barrage of last minute television ads won't change many attitudes. Very few voters actually gather information from ads; Americans are used to seeing advertising and can be immune to messages that do match their political and economic attitudes. New Hampshire voters strongly moved Democratic in the 2006 elections and no amount of advertising can stop this trend from continuing in November.
Political Trends Trump Money (www.politico.com)
Side: Advertising Will Not Matter
Former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen may have lost the 2002 Senate race against then-Congressman John E. Sununu because of her shift on tax issues. Both candidates strongly supported President Bush's 2002 federal tax cuts and the invasion of Iraq, even though as governor in 2001 Shaheen attempted to implement a 2.5% state sales tax, which Sununu and most voters opposed. In 2004, Shaheen criticized the invasion of Iraq and President Bush's handling of the war, another shift from a previous position. Sununu has been consistent in his support of the Iraq War and cutting taxes while the attitudes of some voters in New Hampshire have shifted; Bush won the state in 2000 and lost it to John Kerry in 2004.
Sununu The Consistent One (www.thecrimson.com)
John Sununu has chosen to contribute $10,000 from Senator Stevens PAC since his indictment. Will this cause him any problems to his election and will he be able to distance himself from the Senator's problems. You can compare the other senators who are following his lead at http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/
John Sununu campagin has a strategy to duplicate its come from behind win which he experienced in the last election. The tothenberg Report has compared the polls and how Sununo and others have come from behind.
This Rothenberg Report actually appears to show that Sununu is likely to lose. The report compares Sununu to the defeated conservative Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum; not a positive indicator. Also, recently reported is the fact that Republican Party registration in New Hampshire has decreased while those registering as Democrats has increased, a continuing shift that shows the state is trending Democratic.
Number of N.H. GOP Members Down (www.nytimes.com)
Side: Swimming Against The Tide
The Senate rematch between John Sununu and Jeanne Shaheen is too close to call. New Hampshire's unusual demographics- evenly split between Republicans, Democrats, and independents, are in play again. Senator Sununu has distanced himself from President Bush with votes to limit the reach of the Patriot Act and against Real I.D., and being the first GOP senator to call for the firing of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. In fact, he is highly rated by the A.C.L.U. for his positions on civil liberties. If former Gov. Shaheen is going to beat this incumbent senator, she has to go beyond linking him to President Bush. With New Hampshire Republicans over their 2006 slump, they are likely to turn out in large numbers to support both Johns - McCain and Sununu.
Race For Senate Too Close To Call (www.unionleader.com)
Side: Too Close To Call
Well currently, Shaheen has pulled ahead by four points as of August fourth and is beginning hard-hitting campaigning throughout New Hampshire as the Obama favorite. Shaheen is an open supporter for party unity as a progressive and received some major kudos for her positive work for the Democratic ticket from Michelle Obama last month. Both Shaheen and Michelle Obama are hardcore advocates for women's rights and have united under the same banner for women's upward movement and family support. In such a famously Independent state, as you say, the idea that either candidate, McCain or Obama can gain an exact advantage in a place worth only four electoral votes would be a feat. But here, every little bit helps, and Obama holds a narrow but significant 3 point lead over McCain.
Couldn't it be that edge that puts Shaheen over Sununu? The numbers are creeping decidedly in her favor.
Side: Slight win
John Sununu is a rising national political figure, and has not disappointed his constituency because his actions have been intelligent and have consistently addressed longterm benefits. He has a totally refreshing lack of rhetoric. His opponent was a tax and spend Governor who accomplished very little, and her liberal tendencies are absolutely wrong for the problems that need solutions. Her politics are totally old school, and she panders rather than ponders. Her ties to the Clinton "dynasty" are truly appalling. Despite her unbridled political ambition, she is wrong for both NH and the nation, and is better suited for a return to the liberal bastion of Harvard University.
This week John Sununu joined the bi-partisan effort to repeal the ban on off-shore drilling.
Sununu, who represents Maine's forestry lobby signed on to the bill under the condition that an amendment to provide a tax credit to people buying "energy-efficient wood pellet stoves."
Sununu Joins Effort to Lift Ban (msnbcmedia1.msn.com)
Side: Fuel and Conservation
John Sununu is a responsive Senator. He has replied in writing to evey inquiry or opinion which I have written to him. He is a true conservative and a reliable
supporter of the Second Amendment. He is a fiscal conservative and a person who I have come to appreciate as a reader and analyzer of legislation before
acting on such.
Side: John Sununu
Senator Sununu's time as a junior senator has shown him to be a voice of conservative fiscal and social policy. He has voted with Republicans over 80% of the time.
His policy strengths are technology, defense and finance. Sununu has aligned himself with the New Hampshire tradition of opposing new taxes. He has supported decreased income tax for all income levels.
In his time as a junior senator Mr. Sununu has impressed senior members with his strong stances, intelligence and work on multiple committees and subcommittees.
Key Votes voting record for Sen. Sununu (projects.washingtonpost.com)
Side: John Sununu
It is so good to see Jeanne Shaheen have a positive attitude that she thinks she can do good for America and For New Hampshire. She did so many good things for New Hampshire when she was Governor of our Great State(sarcasm). One of my philosophies is that you are part of the problem or part of the cure, and Shaheen is part of the problem!!!!!!!
Side: Shaheen's Failures
Jeanne Shaheen's failure to do ANYTHING to fix our school funding problem has directly led to the $250M deficit we now have in this state. there is very little debate about that. Democrats have been in the governor's seat for 10 of the last 12 years yet the education funding problem, which resulted in a failed statewide property tax, has yet to be addressed. Our schools will be controlled by the courts until a real governor steps up to tackle the problem. Thanks Jeanne for nothing.
Side: Shaheen's Failures
The New Hampshire Senate race is among six which Republican Senator John Ensign of Nevada characterized as being within the margin of error according to polls for the National Republican Senatorial Committee which is led by the Nevada Senator. The implication is clearly that in a year where Republicans are troubled by the burden of an unpopular outgoing administration, so many "pick 'em" races is "so far, so good" for the Republicans.
Side: John Sununu
Sununu Annouces that New Hampshire a Disaster and Eligible for Aid
The summer months posed ecological havoc on the farms of New Hampshire. Floods, rain, winds and hail caused so much damage to the region that the United Sates Department of Agriculture declared the state a disaster area. After the decision, Sununu with Sen. Gregg stated,
“New Hampshire’s agricultural resources suffered significant losses following this summer’s severe weather...This disaster declaration opens the doors for critical low-interest loans to farmers across the state that is in need of this valuable assistance.”
Farm operators across the state are eligible for low-interest emergency loans.
Sununu Sees Timber as a Renewable Industry
Few people, if pressed, would first think of wood as a renewable energy. Sununu argues, however, that the timber industry deserves rewards for its purported environmentalist efforts. He states,
“[N]ew federal renewable energy tax incentives, including my 10 percent tax credit for the purchase of energy-efficient wood pellet stoves, will foster job growth in our state’s biomass industries, making it even more important to preserve access to timber.
Combatting environmentalist criticism, Sununu holds that Henniker’s HHP, Inc. is a model sustainable industry that is mindful of conservation. According to Sununu,
"Because the mill purchases timber from the White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire’s long-standing ‘multiple use’ approach to forest and timber management, which balances production and conservation, is essential to its operation."
Side: Fuel and Conservation
Sununu Warms Up the Senior Vote
On Friday, Sununu met with members of the New Hampshire Association of Senior Centers and explained how the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps low-income seniors pay their heating bills.
“The colder weather is already here, and this historic level of heating aid will give low-income seniors and families across the state added security in knowing that help is available to pay expensive heating bills."
Sununu also attempted to cull together senior votes by touting his long support of the program. According to Sununu,
"Since coming to Congress in 1997, I have strongly backed LIHEAP and citizens across New Hampshire can be assured that I remain committed to helping them.”
Side: Heating the Campaign and Homes
John Sununu (R) has expressed confidence that the $700 billion bailout being negotiated for America's major financial players "will include what he considers key taxpayer protections," according to a report in the Forbes magazine website.
He has declared that the financial rescue should include consumer loan protections, greater oversight, and should be considered only a temporary measure.
"When you have a package that's this important and this large, you need to be very thoughtful about weighing all the components, and that's exactly what I'm going to do. I do feel confident that there will be additional provisions for oversight, I do feel confident there will be clarity on the timing of the program ... and I think there will probably will be other provisions that deal with the issue of the taxpayer."
The Republican Senator, who is in a heated race to protect his seat against Jeanne Shaheen (D), has boasted his record in legislating on behalf of extensive regulatory initiatives over the financial markets. Nevertheless, the record can only speak as far as the damage that has already been done. And, while Senators and congressmen and women across the nation may attempt to take the "I told you so" route, focusing on the past is probably not as effective in garnering votes as detailing real solutions to our present problems.
Sununu on the Bailout (www.forbes.com)
Side: Sununu on the Bailout
Jeanne Shaheen (D) and John Sununu (R) took their campaigns face-to-face in the first debate of New Hampshire's Senate race.
The debate took its form in the two candidates' critiquing each other's past records. Shaheen took issue with Sununu's support of Bush's tax cuts, which she claims have landed our economy in the crisis it's in at the moment. She also pointed out Sununu's legislation in favor of the oil industry and his vote against a bill that would have required Iraq to pay back the loans issued for reconstruction.
Sununu, in response, attacked Shaheen's record as governor and her failure to make any improvements to the state education system.
"The fiscal reality is clear: she tried to raise taxes. The leadership failure is real: she did nothing about the education funding crisis."
He then moved beyond the partisan mudslinging to tout his own economic efforts to tighten regulations against the mortgage giants, which he has been apart of for the past five years.
"No one has provided the leadership, strength and commitment to fixing the mortgage system ... that I have."
First Debate (www.seacoastonline.com)
Side: First Debate
Sununu Supports Bailout
Calling the bailout a means to economic recovery, Sununu voted for the legislation. Despite voter criticism, the incumbent held that the credit crisis has already affected lending on Main Street,
“The dramatic fall in home prices across America has triggered the greatest financial crisis in decades. We have already begun to see new restrictions on access to student loans, mortgages, and car loans that families and small businesses in New Hampshire depend on every day,” said Sununu. “This bill is far from perfect, but it is necessary, and necessary now to protect all Americans.”
Tax incentives included in the bill helped Sununu make his decision.
Supports Bailout (www.sununu.senate.gov)
At a business forum held this week, Republican Senator John Sununu and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen took issue with each other's positions on the $700 billion bailout of the financial markets.
The criticism of both candidates was the lack of leadership exhibited by the other. Jeanne Shaheen pointed out that Sununu spent the days leading up to, the day before, and the morning of the final Senate vote on the bailout campaigning in New Hampshire.
She said, "If I had been in the United States Senate, I would've stayed in Washington and I would've worked on that bill and done everything I could to get it right."
Sununu's critique of Shaheen aimed at her inability to decide for or against the bailout. He defended his own decision against her argument by offering an explanation for his support of the bailout:
"Those provisions were added through hard work and leadership in a bipartisan way. Is it a perfect bill? No. But it is necessary. And to simply say, 'I wish Congress had kept working on it to get it right, but then not really have any suggestions for how to improve it other than vaguely referring to taxpayer protection, that isn't leadership."
Sununu went on to detail his continued support for the partial privatization of Social Security despite the economic crisis:
"I think allowing workers the option of taking some of their Social Security taxes into an IRA or 401k plan - with oversight, with regulation - in the long-term is better for them because they know they control those resources, they know they'll be there for them when they retire."
Bailout Leadership Questions (www.forbes.com)
Side: Bailout Leadership Questions
Sununu Supports Bipartisan Student Health Care Law
In 2005, Michelle Morse, a then Plymouth State full-time college student lost her battle with colon cancer in part because her health insurance provider would not cover serious illnesses. With the signing of Michelle's Law, the policy under these circumstances is no longer permissible under federal law.
In Sununu's own words, Michelle's Law “allows full-time college students covered by federally regulated health plans to keep their coverage during a serious illness."
Side: Health care
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