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Conway Sun: Vote Shaheen, Shea-Porter and Hassan

Vote Shaheen, Shea-Porter and Hassan

Friday, 31 October 2014 08:44

At the top of the ballot we endorse incumbents Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Gov. Maggie Hassan.

When we endorsed President Obama in 2008 and 2012, we said the Republicans were on the wrong side of history on the major issues of our time, including health care, the war in Iraq, and a host of social issues.

Our view hasn't changed, and, until a new progressive generation of Republicans come along to run for the state’s top offices like the candidates we supported in the primary, Jim Rubens, Dan Innis and Andrew Hemingway, we'll stick with the Democrats.

Despite Obama’s low approval rating, we disagree with the Republicans that the country is going to hell in a hand basket.

Putting it in perspective, Obama's approval rating hovers around 40 percent which compares almost exactly to President Reagan's in his sixth year in office.

Coincidence? Not really. The sixth year is always rough for presidents because a lot happens in six years and the buck stops at the sitting president’s desk.

Obama can’t be blamed for the latest mess in the Middle East or the spread of Ebola in West Africa any more than President Bush can be for the world-wide housing bubble that led to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression or 9/11.

By most major indicators, the country is in pretty good shape and trending the right way.

The deficit remains a top concern for most Americans, yet it has shrunk dramatically and is now 2.8 percent of the GDP, below the 30 year average of 3.1 percent.

The economy has grown and unemployment has shrunk for five straight years and is by far the strongest and most stable of any country in the world. Even locally, the economy has picked up noticeably this summer.

The lynchpin issue of this election is Obamacare, and challengers Scott Brown, Frank Guinta and Walt Havenstein would repeal it, a position we don’t agree with.

Voters should keep in mind that a major piece of Obamacare, Medicaid expansion, passed in New Hampshire this year because of a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Republican sate senator Jeb Bradley.

Because the state has a large population of rural working poor, the number of people enrolled in 2014 not only far exceeded federal estimates but reduced the percentage of uninsured from 14 to 8 percent.

Not only is the expansion providing more health care to people who need it, but it is injecting hundreds of millions into the state's economy and saving the state millions of dollars in reimbursing hospitals for uncompensated care.

None of the challengers, Brown, Guinta or Havenstein, have a credible plan to replace Obamacare, nor a realistic one to deal with the 20,000 newly enrolled in New Hampshire who would find themselves without health insurance.

A theme in yesterday's editorial was the high quality of candidates running for local offices on both sides of the aisle. Not so at the top of ticket.

Cynicism and hypocrisy run deep in politics, but Brown's level of carpetbagging goes beyond the pale in our opinion. Republican or Democrat, no New Hampshire resident should feel good about supporting a candidate who lost a senate race in Massachusetts two years ago, considered running for governor in that state, then chose New Hampshire as a platform to continue his political career. We deserve someone who calls New Hampshire home, not just owns a home in it.

Beyond Guinta's sketchy financial shenanigans from his past candidacies, not only can’t we support his radically conservative Tea Party views, but he speaks in platitudes and rhetoric more than any major candidate we’ve interviewed, and shamelessly tailors his message to what he thinks people want to hear.

When he beat Shea-Porter four years ago, Guinta took a 'no earmarks pledge" and not accept federal money in the form of earmarks until the budget is balanced. That no longer applies apparently, and now he's pledging to make sure New Hampshire gets its fair share.

Havenstein is the shining star among these three. We’re convinced he’s a man of unimpeachable accomplishments and integrity but the governor’s office in New Hampshire has very limited power, and we fail to see how a man who is new to politics, has no experience working with the legislature and few connections to it, will be able to get anything done.

Unlike their Republican opponents, Sheehan, Shea-Porter and Hassan each have dedicated decades of their lives to public service, both in and out of office. They are tough and ambitious politicians who have reached the heights of political power in New Hampshire by working tirelessly for all of us. And they deserve your vote.

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