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Carol Shea-Porter
There are three things that make a race worth focusing on: a winnable seat, a strong progressive Democrat and an especially villainous opponent. The House race in New Hampshire's first district has all three. Democrat Carol Shea-Porter held the seat from 2007 to 2011, having been maybe the biggest surprise victory in the Democratic wave year of 2006. In the Republican wave year of 2010, she lost to Republican Frank Guinta. She's back trying to reclaim the seat in 2012, and despite her 12-point loss in 2010, polling shows she has a real shot. In May, PPP gave her a four-point lead over Guinta.

Shea-Porter won in 2006 with a grassroots, people-powered campaign, not drawing very much attention outside New Hampshire—even in the netroots—until her surprise win. She's one of those candidates who inspires fierce devotion from her district's hardcore progressive activists, and that, much more than money, is what fueled her campaigns. In fact, she's never been a very strong fundraiser, which is one reason our help can make a difference in this race.

Carol Shea-Porter legislated as a progressive and that's how she's running today—you can see her answers to our Orange to Blue questionnaire below the fold. She didn't just cast the right votes on the big issues, she pushed for provisions limiting open air burn pits in the National Defense Authorization Act, she was one of those fighting to close the Medicare donut hole in the Affordable Care Act, and she was pushing to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell in 2009.

Rep. Frank Guinta stands out among Republicans mostly as a corrupt weasel. He's a Republican who votes with his party, which means we could pick out dozens of terrible votes he's taken—he voted to pass the Ryan budget out of committee, for instance, and for the horrendous Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act. He's also engaged in your typical Republican hypocrisy, showing up to cut the ribbon on projects he voted against funding, ranking as one of the most extravagant users of his congressional franking privilege after having campaigned against Shea-Porter in 2010 for supposedly abusing franking.

But what makes Guinta special are things like this: In 2010, he loaned his campaign $355,000 out of a bank account he had never disclosed in his time as an elected local official. Since he'd been earning around $75,000 a year and had student loans he had yet to pay off, it was pretty damn clear he hadn't had $355,000 sitting around in a bank account for years, undisclosed and unused until he was in a tough race for House. The source of that money has remained a mystery—family members or a rich supporter getting around campaign finance laws? Goal ThermometerWe don't know, but what we do know is that if the money was really Guinta's, he could have easily proven it. But he hasn't, and while in office, he's been involved in a weird mini-scandal involving fundraising calls to the Republican Governors Association.

When Carol Shea-Porter was elected in 2006, she was the first woman to be elected to federal office from New Hampshire. Today, both the state's senators are women (Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Kelly Ayotte); if Shea-Porter and her fellow Orange to Blue candidate, Annie Kuster, both win, New Hampshire could have an all-woman congressional delegation. But the most important thing is getting corrupt, extremist Republicans like Frank Guinta out of office, especially when the alternative is someone as honorable and progressive as Carol Shea-Porter.

Please, give $4 to help bring Carol Shea-Porter back to Congress.

1. Do you support:

     a) A public health insurance option, offered by the federal government and tied to Medicare reimbursement rates plus 5% (H.R. 3200, Subtitle B, including § 223(b)(1)(A), as introduced in the House, 111th Congress)?  Yes.

     b) The Medicare You Can Buy Into Act (H.R. 4789, 111th Congress), which would allow all citizens or permanent residents to buy into Medicare?  

Yes, I co-sponsored H.R. 4789 when I was in Congress.

2. Do you agree that any immigration reform bill should:

     a) Contain a meaningful path to citizenship — one that does not include overly-punitive fines or a touchback requirement — for law-abiding undocumented immigrants currently in the United States;

     b) Ensure that expanded legal permanent immigration, rather than expansion of temporary worker programs, serves as the United States' primary external answer to workforce shortages; and

     c) Ensure that any non-agricultural temporary worker programs maintain current caps on the total number of non-agricultural temporary worker visas issued, and also include a meaningful prevailing wage requirement keyed to the Service Contract Act and the Davis-Bacon Act?

Yes.

3. Do you oppose each of the following changes to Social Security and Medicare:

     a) Raising the retirement age;

     b) Eliminating or reducing the cost of living adjustment;

     c) Directly reducing benefits;

     d) Means-testing recipients; and

     e) Privatization, so-called "personal accounts," and vouchers?

Yes.

4. Do you support the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 1409/S. 560, 111th Congress), including the provision known as "card check"?  

Yes, I voted for this bill when I served in Congress.  

5. Do you pledge to vote against any efforts to extend the temporary tax cuts for income over $250,000 (Public Law 111-312)?

I am against extending the tax cuts for higher incomes, and I voted against extending them in December,2010. However, due to the increasing pressure of higher education costs on middle class families, I prefer to see the level set at $300,000.

6. If elected to the House, do you pledge not to join the Blue Dog Coalition?  

I did not join in my two terms in Congress and would not join if reelected.

7. If elected to the Senate, do you pledge to restore majority rule to the Senate and work/vote to end the filibuster?  

N/A

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 11:19 AM PDT.

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  •  $20 contributed for me and four other... (9+ / 0-)

    ...Kossacks.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 11:28:08 AM PDT

  •  Excellent news, much like with Ann Kuster (7+ / 0-)

    I'm glad to see Orange to Blue endorsing not just liberal candidates in hopelessly unwinnable districts or safe seats, but liberals who stand a great shot to beat a Republican incumbent in November.

    NC-06/NC-04; -9.00, -8.41; progress through pragmatism

    by sawolf on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 11:28:32 AM PDT

  •  Honorable, yes. And caring. (5+ / 0-)

    At the Blue Hampshire bash in Concord in '09 there were rabid hordes of baggers outside. The gathering moved from the restaurant to a nearby bookstore at one point for Kos' book signing. While another guy or two and I engaged and distracted the baggers during the walk by the rest of the crowd from one venue to another, who walked with my semi-disabled (now-ex) wife?
    Carol Shea-Porter.
    I don't forget things like that.

    "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State ..."- Vermont Constitution Chapter 1, Article 16

    by kestrel9000 on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 11:42:23 AM PDT

  •  "...a bank account he had never disclosed...." (0+ / 0-)

    Citizens United means never having to disclose a damned thing.

    And anything that might have been illegal with regard to any campaign financing regulations will be rendered retroactively moot by both SCOTUS and the MSM.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 11:50:57 AM PDT

  •  Shea-Porter kicking Guinta's ass in polls (6+ / 0-)

    Kuster layin' a whoopin' on Charlie Bass.

    http://www.unh.edu/...

  •  Can someone explain to me (0+ / 0-)

    What is wrong with raising the Social Security retirement age? I thought that was a Democratic proposal, in addition to removing the payroll tax cap.

    Other than that, while I don't live in New Hampshire, I think everty progressive gain in House seats is worth fighting for, and I fully support Carol Shea-Porter.

    Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

    by MrAnon on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 12:00:32 PM PDT

    •  The Social Security retirement age (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      andgarden, Zack from the SFV

      Is now 67. If you're working in a job which requires physical labor, that's already hard enough at 67. Should such people be forced to work until they are 70? Or older?

      Political Director, Daily Kos

      by David Nir on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 12:32:52 PM PDT

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      •  But isn't the idea (0+ / 0-)

        Supposed to be that as medicine increases longevity, people will be fit to work longer, and therefore not need to retire? Surely 67-year-olds were less fit for labor back in the 1930s than they are today. Similarly, 70-year-olds 30 years from now will be much more fit for physical labor than 70-year-olds today.

        Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

        by MrAnon on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 12:51:11 PM PDT

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        •  I guess that's "the idea" (5+ / 0-)

          But if you spend all day pushing a mop or hunched over an assembly line, is that something you really want to be doing at 70?

          What's more, it's not like advances in medicine are felt uniformly across the populace.

          Political Director, Daily Kos

          by David Nir on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 01:03:06 PM PDT

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        •  The average life expectancy has increased (4+ / 0-)

          but that's because it's increased dramatically for the wealthiest, and barely budged at all for the working class. So the people who need the benefits most are forced to do physical labor longer.

          27, Male, MA-08 (hometown MI-06)

          by bumiputera on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 01:29:16 PM PDT

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        •  it's an "idea" (1+ / 0-)
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          bumiputera

          It just isn't a realistic one for people who do physical labor. It's desk jockeys who come up with these "ideas."

          But talk to a nurse, a janitor, a cook, waiter, steelworker, truck driver, or construction worker about how their bodies are holding up - and whether they can do their jobs till they're 70. One of my friends has been a chef for 30 years. He's 55. He's just had hip replacement surgery, but he also has back problems, and a torn rotator cuff. Will his body last till he's 70? My daughter is a cook, and at 37 suffers from tendinitis in both arms. She's 6'4" and has some back problems. Will she last till she's 70?

          Another important part of this thesis is NO, not everyone is going to live longer. People who have health insurance will. Those of us who don't and haven't for some time are not going to live longer, because we aren't being diagnosed or treated for easily treated conditions.

          “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” ~ Confucius

          by susanthe on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 04:49:39 PM PDT

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          •  All interesting responses (0+ / 0-)

            Fair enough. I suppose Social Security doesn't need cuts in the first place. I'm pretty sure most of the problems with paying for it can be fixed by removing the payroll tax cap. Currently the payroll tax is regressive. Even raising the cap slightly will pay off the program for the next 70 years.

            Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

            by MrAnon on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 06:06:13 PM PDT

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    •  it's my opinion (0+ / 0-)

      that it should be raised only for White collar workers, while blue collar ones can retire at 67, just as they do now.

      This reflects the fact that health gains aren't often felt among low income workers, and also that you can do a desk job at 70 but not a farming or construction one.

      Also, it might encourage people to take more farming jobs, etc, when right now we don't have enough people willing to do them.

      19, D, new CA-18 (home) new CA-13 (college). Economic liberal, social libertarian, fiscal conservative. -.5.38, -3.23 Check out my blog at politicohen.com

      by jncca on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 04:55:40 PM PDT

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  •  Ms. Shea-Porter is wonderful, (4+ / 0-)

    and this line about Guinta is classic...

    Rep. Frank Guinta stands out among Republicans mostly as a corrupt weasel.
    Thank you for an excellent summation, Ms. Clawson.
    I will be pleased so see Ms. Shea=Porter back in the House.

    Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

    by Icicle68 on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 12:03:10 PM PDT

  •  This is one of those races (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    David Nir

    where the stars seem to align: we have a credible candidate who polls well and we don't have to compromise on important issues to support her.

    Ok, so I read the polls.

    by andgarden on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 01:09:17 PM PDT

  •  Carol was the first congresswoman (4+ / 0-)
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    boudi08, kleinburger, susanthe, pademocrat

    or man I ever really felt knew my life and my issues.  When she won in 2006, I was there, having worked for her, and when she lost in 2010, I lost my first race for state rep the same day.  Now my town has been redistricted out of her district, but she is still the best congressperson there ever was, for me, and I am still working for her and donating to her, even as I run for the NH House again.  I feel like she and I are swimming in the same river and going the same place, sharing the same values and working for the same goals.  She's a blessing.  

    We believe in prosperity & opportunity, strong communities, healthy families, great schools, investing in our future and leading the world by example.

    by bloomingpol on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 01:49:37 PM PDT

  •  Elisabeth Motsinger (0+ / 0-)

    How can we get you guys to support Elisabeth Motsinger in her fight to unseat Virginia Foxx? NC-5 has gone from 15 point Republican to just 6 points which is doable if we can get the support and money to really go after Foxx.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 02:36:04 PM PDT

    •  no, it's really not doable (0+ / 0-)

      sometimes you need to know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em.  Except in a Dem wave year, this is a race we should be folding.

      Redirect your resources to helping our downballot statewide Dems hold office despite the McCrory likely victory.

      19, D, new CA-18 (home) new CA-13 (college). Economic liberal, social libertarian, fiscal conservative. -.5.38, -3.23 Check out my blog at politicohen.com

      by jncca on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 04:57:49 PM PDT

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      •  YES IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (0+ / 0-)

        Foxx is getting horrible press here in the Winston-Salem area. We can get rid of her if we try and we are trying.

        "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

        by michelewln on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 05:27:26 AM PDT

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  •  The 5th district is still heavily Republican (2+ / 0-)
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    kleinburger, jncca

    it went from a 61-38 McCain win to 57-42.  Even if Democrats ran someone as conservative as Heath Shuler we'd still get blown out here and as batshit insane as you or I might find Foxx, many of the district's Republicans don't agree.

    Foxx might be vulnerable to a great candidate in a 2006 type of wave year like Heath Shuler was in his district, but this is still a very conservative seat.  While it would be nice to see Foxx lose, (y)our money is much better spent on candidates who can actually win and won't be a pain in the ass if they do.

    NC-06/NC-04; -9.00, -8.41; progress through pragmatism

    by sawolf on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 03:07:15 PM PDT

  •  Excellent choice. (0+ / 0-)

    Polls are promising and she could use the fundraising support.

    "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Theodore Seuss Geisel

    by KingofSpades on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 04:36:07 PM PDT

  •  thank you Laura (1+ / 0-)
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    The Caped Composer

    Frank Guinta IS not only a corrupt weasel, but he's voted against the interests of the people in his district on more than one occasion. He voted against federal funds to replace the Memorial Bridge (runs between Portmouth, NH an Kittery, ME). Now the bridge is being dismantled because it's too late to fix it, and too dangerous even for foot traffic.

    Frank also voted against giving FEMA more money to help folks in northern Carroll County rebuild after the devastation wrought by tropical storm Irene. Roads and bridges were washed out, homes and businesses that weren't on the flood plain were flooded - it was an epic disaster. Frank voted against helping these folks. He may have some trouble winning hearts and minds in November.

    Frankly, Frank's a Fraud.

    “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” ~ Confucius

    by susanthe on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 04:58:12 PM PDT

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