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Concord - The Union Leader today reports that the Portsmouth Herald is standing by its story that highlights Jeanne Shaheen's support for a federal gas tax hike and is rejecting a request by the Shaheen campaign to change it. In a June 9th story, the Herald reported that Shaheen told a group of transportation officials in Portsmouth that she supported raising the federal gas tax.

"We stand by our reporter and our story," Portsmouth Herald executive editor Howard Altschiller told the Union Leader.

Mr. Altschiller also said the Herald rejected requests this month from the Shaheen campaign to change their story. The requests came nearly a month after the story ran and only after Shaheen began to try to hide her support for a gas tax hike.

"Jeanne Shaheen is desperately trying to cover up her support for a federal gas tax hike that will hurt working families and small businesses. Her dishonest attempt to walk back her comments on this disastrous tax increase reminds Granite Staters that she is a hypocritical Washington politician who will do and say anything to get elected." said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "When it comes to taxes, Jeanne Shaheen is a proven liar who has a long history of making false promises and breaking her word. It's time to replace her with a fiscally responsible Republican senator who will hold the line on taxes."

The Concord Monitor reported that the Shaheen campaign refused to deny the accuracy of the Portsmouth Herald story on her support for a gas tax hike.

Shaheen has been a longtime advocate of a gas tax hike. According the Union Leader, Shaheen supported an increase in New Hampshire's gas tax as a state senator in 1995.

Shaheen also a history of hiding her position on tax increases during election years. As a state senator she was open to a broad-based tax. As a candidate for governor, she took The Pledge against a sales or income tax, then broke her word and proposed a disastrous sales tax.

BACKGROUND:

In June 2014, Shaheen Suggested Raising The Federal Gas Tax As A Solution To Funding For Infrastructure Investment: "Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., told a group of East Coast transportation officials that the United States is woefully behind other nations in adequately funding infrastructure, and it has to make a commitment to catch up. ... Shaheen said she believes the solution is going to involve 'a whole variety' of moves, including raising the gas tax, which hasn't been increased since 1993, asking states to pay more of the burden and turning to the private sector for support."(Deborah McDermott, "Sen. Shaheen Calls For Investment In Infrastructure," Portsmouth Herald, 6/9/14)

The Shaheen Campaign Won't Deny The Accuracy Of The Portsmouth Herald Story On Her Support For A Gas Tax Hike: "The campaign could not confirm or deny whether the Herald article, which did not quote Shaheen directly, accurately portrayed her comments. The Herald reporter who wrote the article could not be reached for comment, but there is no correction accompanying the story." (Kathleen Ronayne, Campaigns use gas tax increase as latest talking point, Concord Monitor, 7/6/14)

As A State Senator, Jeanne Shaheen Supported Raising The State Gas Tax: "Co-sponsor Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-Madbury, who has participated in four previous bills studying the turnpikes, said many motorists ''want to know why they pay a toll to use a highway in their area when motorists elsewhere in the state do not.'' She wants the state to look at raising the gas tax toease the burden on those who use toll roads." (Donn Tibbetts, "Additional NH Toll Road Study Could Examine Gasoline Tax," Union Leader, 1/26/95)
 
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CONCORD - One month after clearly stating her support for an increase in the federal gas tax, Senator Jeanne Shaheen is now trying to conceal her support for the disastrous tax hike.

On June 8th, 2014, Senator Shaheen met with transportation officials in Portsmouth and said she would support a gas tax hike according to the Portsmouth HeraldPortsmouth Herald columnist Douglas Rooks even congratulated Shaheen on supporting the unpopular tax hike.

"The idea of a gas tax increase has even won support from such cautious lawmakers as Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who's advocating an immediate increase for bridge projects," wrote Rooks.

Facing a difficult reelection campaign, Shaheen is trying to shift her position and hide her support for a gas tax hike. The Concord Monitor reports that the Shaheen campaign is dishonestly trying to claim she opposes a gas tax increase while refusing to deny the accuracy of the Portsmouth Herald story on her support for it.

"Senator Jeanne Shaheen clearly announced her support for a burdensome federal gas tax increase that will hurt working families and damage small businesses. In the wake of Governor Maggie Hassan's disastrous state gas tax increase, Senator Shaheen is trying to walk back her comments and hide her obvious support for more taxes," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Fortunately, Granite Staters are able to see through her dishonest election year stunt and realize that a vote for Jeanne Shaheen is a vote for higher taxes."

Shaheen has been a longtime advocate of a gas tax hike. According the Union Leader, Shaheen supported an increase in New Hampshire's gas tax as a state senator in 1995.

Shaheen also a history of hiding her position on tax increases during election years. As a state senator she was open to a broad-based tax. As a candidate for governor, she took The Pledge against a sales or income tax, then broke her word and proposed a disastrous sales tax.

"When it comes to taxes, Jeanne Shaheen is a proven liar. She is willing to do and say anything to get elected, break her word, and then saddle working families with higher taxes once in office," said Horn. "Jeanne Shaheen has proved that she is a two-faced Washington politician who cannot be trusted to hold the line on taxes."

BACKGROUND:

In June 2014, Shaheen Suggested Raising The Federal Gas Tax As A Solution To Funding For Infrastructure Investment: "Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., told a group of East Coast transportation officials that the United States is woefully behind other nations in adequately funding infrastructure, and it has to make a commitment to catch up. ... Shaheen said she believes the solution is going to involve 'a whole variety' of moves, including raising the gas tax, which hasn't been increased since 1993, asking states to pay more of the burden and turning to the private sector for support."(Deborah McDermott, "Sen. Shaheen Calls For Investment In Infrastructure," Portsmouth Herald, 6/9/14)

The Shaheen Campaign Won't Deny The Accuracy Of The Portsmouth Herald Story On Her Support For A Gas Tax Hike: "The campaign could not confirm or deny whether the Herald article, which did not quote Shaheen directly, accurately portrayed her comments. The Herald reporter who wrote the article could not be reached for comment, but there is no correction accompanying the story." (Kathleen Ronayne, Campaigns use gas tax increase as latest talking point, Concord Monitor, 7/6/14)

As A State Senator, Jeanne Shaheen Supported Raising The State Gas Tax: "Co-sponsor Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-Madbury, who has participated in four previous bills studying the turnpikes, said many motorists ''want to know why they pay a toll to use a highway in their area when motorists elsewhere in the state do not.'' She wants the state to look at raising the gas tax to ease the burden on those who use toll roads." (Donn Tibbetts, "Additional NH Toll Road Study Could Examine Gasoline Tax," Union Leader, 1/26/95)

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CONCORD - One day after Granite Staters were hit with Governor Hassan's newly enacted 23% state gas tax hike, Senator Shaheen will appear in Hampton this morning to push for a higher federal gas tax. Shaheen has called for imposing another gas tax hike on working families as a way to fund the federal Highway Trust Fund.

"Senator Shaheen's call for an increase in the federal gas tax shows that she has little sympathy for Granite Staters who have been hurt by Governor Hassan's state gas tax hike. Instead of finding ways to eliminate waste and better manage our existing funds, Senator Shaheen is focused on taking even more money out of the pockets of working families who cannot afford another gas tax hike," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Senator Shaheen's call for a high federal gas tax reminds her constituents that she doesn't understand the struggles facing small business owners and that she is out of touch with New Hampshire's fiscally responsible values."

proposal making its way through the United States Senate would nearly double the federal gas tax, raising it from 18.4 cents a gallon to 30.4 cents a gallon.

Moderate Democrats including former Governor John Lynch have opposed increases in the gas tax.

"Before we consider the need for additional revenue - which I don't think is there - we need to manage the funds that we have today, which we are not doing well," Lynch told the editors of Foster's Daily Democrat.

In addition to supporting the gas tax, Shaheen also voted against an effort to block a national energy tax, which would increase gas prices by 20 cents a gallon and cost 10,000 jobs across New Hampshire, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.

BACKGROUND:

In June 2014, Shaheen Suggested Raising The Federal Gas Tax As A Solution To Funding For Infrastructure Investment. "Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., told a group of East Coast transportation officialsthat the United States is woefully behind other nations in adequately funding infrastructure, and it has to make a commitment to catch up. ... Shaheen said she believes the solution is going to involve 'a whole variety' of moves, including raising the gas tax, which hasn't been increased since 1993, asking states to pay more of the burden and turning to the private sector for support."(Deborah McDermott, "Sen. Shaheen Calls For Investment In Infrastructure," Portsmouth Herald, 6/9/14)

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Concord - On the heels of last week's botched attempt to hide her meeting with some of Boston's top lobbyists at O'Neil Associates, today Senator Jeanne Shaheen is holding another closed door fundraiser in Massachusetts.  However Shaheen still refuses to hold a town hall meeting to discuss ObamaCare with her constituents in New Hampshire.

The breakfast fundraiser with liberal Senator Elizabeth Warren, first reported by the Boston Globe, was held at Foley & Lardner LLP this morning, a Boston law firm that lobbies for health care industry clients on their issues.

"Voters in New Hampshire could be forgiven for wondering if Senator Shaheen cares more about the interests of Boston lobbyists than her constituents," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "For the second time in two weeks, Senator Shaheen is holding a fundraiser behind closed doors with top industry lobbyists, but she still refuses to appear in New Hampshire to discuss ObamaCare's catastrophic consequences on the people she was elected to represent. Today, the New Hampshire Republican Party is challenging Senator Shaheen to appear publicly in the Granite State for an open and honest dialogue about the health care bill that she cast the deciding vote for."

Last week, Shaheen's fundraiser at O'Neil Associates came under heavy criticism in the media when the firm tweeted out, then deleted pictures of Shaheen at the swanky downtown Boston lobbying firm.

"The fact that Senator Shaheen is standing with Elizabeth Warren reminds her constituents that she is more in line with the far-left agenda of President Obama and his congressional enablers than she is with the people of New Hampshire," Horn concluded.
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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Congresswomen Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter voting against commonsense, bipartisan legislation that lowers gas prices for working families. With gas prices at a six-year high, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act will provide relief at the pump and help create jobs:

"Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter are wildly out of touch with the needs of New Hampshire, and their vote lowering gas prices during the busiest driving season of theyear hurts the working class families who are already struggling. Instead of standing up for their constituents, Rep Kuster and Rep Shea-Porter are taking orders from the liberal specials interests that are bankrolling their campaigns. It's time to replace both of them with responsible Republicans who will put New Hampshire residents first."

BACKGROUND

Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter vote no on H R 4899 Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act (On Passage: H R 4899 Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act, Open Congress, Accessed 6/27/2014)

The Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel and America That Works Act (H.R. 4899) would open new areas to energy exploration and development on our vast onshore and offshore federal lands.  The bill reverses the Obama Administration's policies that have driven federal oil production down six percent and federal natural gas down 28 percent since the president took office.  Currently, the U.S. is experiencing an energy boom on state and private lands - where natural gas production is up 33 percent and oil is up 61 percent since 2009. This is a testament to broken federal lands policy, part of which this bill seeks to fix.

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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today after Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced that she would amend her personal financial disclosure form to correct errors regarding her shady stock deal. After facing pressure to explain her inconsistent story, a Shaheen spokesman told the Concord Monitor that the information on the form was incorrect and would be altered.  

"It's clear that Senator Shaheen provided inaccurate information to the Senate Ethics Committee on her personal financial disclosure form. This error raises questions about a potential conflict of interest involving the Shaheens and their involvement with a company that received federal stimulus funds," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "It's also troubling that these discrepancies were only revealed after the Shaheens faced media security about their questionable finances. "

BACKGROUND:

On November 16, 2009, Billy Shaheen Purchased Stock Options In Ultrawave Labs. (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, 2009 Financial Disclosure Report, 5/13/13)

The Campaign Claims The Stock Options Have Expired. "The campaign said that they recently learned that Shaheen's stock options have since expired, so he did not wind up profiting from the transaction. The campaign would not disclose when the stock options expired." (Noah Bierman and Todd Wallace, "Similarity In Shaheen Cause, Family Interests," Boston Globe6/24/14)

But Shaheen's Most Recent Personal Financial Disclosure States The Stock Options Expire September 1, 2019. (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, 2013 Financial Disclosure Report, 5/15/14)

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