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Rachel Maddow

Our ad exposing Republicans for their vote to end Medicare isn't just making waves with scared Republican leaders and Rep. Charlie Bass. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow called the National Republican Campaign Committee's failure to get the TV ad pulled from the air "The Full Belly Flop!" She pretty much sums it up with some simple advice for the NRCC: "Here's the thing: Just because you don't like how your position sounds when it is described out loud does not mean you get to prevent people from describing it." Check out the full clip of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow covering the controversy right now. We have now raised more than $100,000 to keep this ad on the air. Contribute right now and keep the momentum going.
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Charlie Bass Ad Release

NH woman says, "When Congressman Charlie Bass voted to end Medicare that was an attack on families just like mine." Watch the ad here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaMsWnM242M Starting today, Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee released a new ad in New Hampshire featuring Jane Brickett, from Lancaster, NH. In the ad, Jane states that she voted for Republican Charlie Bass five times, but she believes he has changed since her last vote for him. "When Charlie Bass voted to end Medicare, that was an attack on families just like mine," Brickett says. The ad will begin running today and the organizations will ask members to give contributions to keep the ads on the air in the coming weeks. DFA and PCCC previously raised over one million dollars to fund ads in Wisconsin to fight back against the Republican war on working families. "Medicare is a lifeline for so many people in New Hampshire, and Charlie Bass wants to cut that lifeline to make news in Washington. New Hampshire deserves better than Charlie Bass." -- Charles Chamberlain, Political Director, Democracy for America Relevant details: - The opening ad buy amount is $25,000 - DFA has 14,860 members in NH, and PCCC has 4,000 members AD TRANSCRIPT: Jane Brickett, Lancaster NH As a social worker here in the North Country, Ive spent my life helping people with disabilities. Now, I have a disability. If I didnt have Medicare, doctors bills could wipe me out and burden my 5 kids. When Congressman Charlie Bass voted to end Medicare, that was an attack on New Hampshire families like mine. My father worked with Charlie and respected him. I voted for him 5 times. But Charlie Bass has changed. Paid for by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America. CITATIONS: Jane Brickett, Lancaster NH As a social worker here in the North Country, Ive spent my life helping people with disabilities. Jane worked as Rehabilitation Counselor/Regional Office Supervisor for the NH Division of Vocational Rehabilitation from 1986 to 1994, as Service Coordinator for Common Ground, an organization that services those with developmental disabilities, from 1994 to 2002, and as Family Support Coordinator for Partners In Health/Ammonoosuc Community Health Services from 2002 to 2007. Now, I have a disability. She was diagnosed in 2006 with fibromyalgia, a chronic rheumatic condition characterized by inflammation of the muscles around the joints and widespread musculoskeletal pain and stiffness. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, fibromyalgia affects as many as 5 million Americans ages 18 and older.http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Fibromyalgia/default.asp If I didnt have Medicare, doctors bills could wipe me out and burden my 5 kids. According to a study published by the American College of Rheumatology in 1997, Compared with patients with other rheumatic disorders, those with fibromyalgia were more likely to have lifetime surgical interventions, including back or neck surgery, appendectomy, carpal tunnel surgery, gynecologic surgery, abdominal surgery, and tonsillectomy, and were more likely than other rheumatic disease patients to report comorbid or associated conditions. This number has only increased since the time of this study, with the rising costs of prescription medications.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.1780400904/abstract When Congressman Charlie Bass voted to end Medicare, that was an attack on New Hampshire families like mine. On May 16, 2011, Paul Krugman (Nobel winner for economics) wrote in the New York Times, I know that serious people are supposed to be shocked, shocked at the Democrats calling the Ryan plan a plan to dismantle Medicare but thats just what it is. If you replace a system that actually pays seniors medical bills with an entirely different system, one that gives seniors vouchers that wont be enough to buy adequate insurance, youve ended Medicare. Calling the new program Medicare doesnt change that fact.http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/whats-in-a-name-4/ On May 26, 2011, Paul Krugman added in the New York Times, And, by the way, the claim that the plan would keep Medicare as we know it intact for Americans currently 55 or older is highly dubious.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/opinion/27krugman.html?_r=2 On May 19, 2011, national TalkingPointsMemo reporter Brian Beutler, reported, House Republicans, facing tough questions in their districts for voting to phase out Medicare and replace it with a subsidized private insurance system, are fond of pointing out that the plan they support wouldn't touch benefits for existing beneficiaries, or for people who will reach eligibility within 10 years. There are a number of problems with that plan, but top Democrats are finally pointing out the biggest one: it's simply not true.http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/dems-to-gop-stop-lying-to-seniors-that-republican-budget-wont-impact-current-medicare-beneficiaries.php On May 19, 2011, Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius described Medicare cuts that would take affect immediately under the Paul Ryan plan, Seniors now qualify for screenings -- cancer screenings, mammograms, a variety of preventive care without copays out of pocket. That would disappear. A lot of new anti-fraud rules going after people who would steal out of the Medicare trust fund. All of that would go away this year. She added that closing the donut hole a measure that saves seniors thousands in drug costs would go away under the Ryan plan.http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/dems-to-gop-stop-lying-to-seniors-that-republican-budget-wont-impact-current-medicare-beneficiaries.php My father worked with Charlie and respected him. I voted for him 5 times. But Charlie Bass has changed. Janes father, Ralph Brickett, worked for the state government beginning in 1952. He served as a budget consultant on the staffs of Govs. Sununu (83-89), Gregg (89-93), Merrill (93-97), Shaheen (97-03) and Benson (03-05) for their entire terms. He also worked in various other capacities in state government, including as Commissioner of Dept. of Resources and Economic Development, and in several positions in the state Controllers Office. Charlie Bass and Mr. Brickett worked together when Mr. Brickett presented his budget analysis to the state legislature, in which Bass served from 1982 to 1992, while Mr. Brickett worked with Govs. Sununu and Gregg. Paid for by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America. ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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The NRCC is trying to stop us

Republicans are scared and angry. Scared that voters will know the truth about their plan to end Medicare. Angry that you and I are exposing it. They aren't just sitting back and complaining about it, they are threatening legal action and demanding TV stations take the ad off the air. Comcast's response: We're not pulling it. Our ad is working! Please contribute $5 right now so we can INCREASE our ad buy and keep Republicans on defense. WATCH MSNBC'S RACHEL MADDOW COVER OUR AD AND CONTRIBUTE $5 TO STAY ON OFFENSE! Here's a snippet of the letter the National Republican Congressional Committee and Charlie Bass sent to TV stations running our new ad in New Hampshire: The Advertisement states, in pertinent part, that "Charlie Bass voted to END Medicare." This is completely false... a vote in favor of the [Paul Ryan] Budget Resolution was a vote to protect Medicare for future seniors. We urge you not to ascent to this political ploy... broadcasting stations are not protected from legal liability for airing a false and misleading advertisement... So is the ad true? Of course it is. Help keep it on the air. But don't just take it from me or our partners at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Here's the New York Times' Paul Krugman on our ad: What's In A Name? A lot, or at least that's what Republicans think. Greg Sargent reports that they're demanding that a TV station stop running ads saying that the GOP wants to end Medicare; the claim is that this is a lie, because the new program the GOP wants to impose in place of Medicare is still Medicare. As Greg says, this is important -- because if they can get away with this, it will amount to a serious infringement of free speech, preventing people from running truthful ads. Because the fact is that Republicans are trying to end Medicare. The program we now call Medicare is one in which the government acts as your insurer, paying your major medical bills; coverage is guaranteed to all seniors. The program Republicans want gives you vouchers and tells you to go buy your own insurance, if you can. That's not at all the same thing. ...So you can call the new thing Medicare; you could also call an onion a rose. But a non-rose by the same name does not smell as sweet. Paul Krugman is right and we must make sure every single voter knows what the Republicans are trying to do. If we can raise $50,000 by Monday morning we can increase our ad buy to run all week. Contribute now to make it happen. Thank you for everything you do.
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Democracy for America Takes on T. Boone Pickens: Prove It!

Burlington, VT In a recent email to members, Democracy for America (DFA) takes on T. Boone Pickens claim that hydrofracking is safe for the environment. The email asks, If T. Boone is certain fracking is safe, why won't he disclose the chemicals used in the process? The campaign encourages DFA members to call T. Boone Pickens and ask him to voluntarily comply with the FRAC Act which would require that all fracking operations disclose the chemicals used in the process. Energy independence cannot come at the expense of clean water and Americans' health, says Kaili Lambe, Campaign Manager for DFA. Vice President Dick Cheney exempted fracking from the Safe Water Drinking Act in the 2005 Energy Bill and since then the natural gas industry unleashed a massive 34-state drilling campaign. Now, six years later, the facts are stacking up how fracking is poisoning drinking water and contributing to climate change. In response, Representatives Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, and Maurice Hinchey have introduced the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act in the U.S. House. Senators Bob Casey and Chuck Schumer have introduced the companion bill in the U.S. Senate. These Members of Congress are standing up to close the loophole and hold the oil and gas production industry to the same standards as any other industry to ensure the safe protection of America's drinking water. Democracy for America is building a coalition of grassroots activists and environmental organizations to work together with leaders in Congress to pass the FRAC Act this year. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up.
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