As Grimes Stays Mum, Anti-Keystone Allies Come To Her Rescue

A Super PAC Intent On Destroying The Keystone XL Pipeline Is “Pledging Support” For Alison Lundergan Grimes. “Alison Lundergan Grimes’ lack of specificity in the Keystone XL Pipeline debate is not stopping an anti-Keystone Super PAC from pledging support for her Kentucky U.S. Senate campaign and other Democratic candidates in four other key states.” (Joe Arnold, “Anti-Keystone Super PAC To Mobilize For Grimes Vs. McConnell,” WHAS, 4/23/14)

“CREDO Super PAC Hopes To Spend $2.5 Million This Year To Help Democrats Keep The Senate.” (Jaime Fuller, “Progressive Super PAC To Help Dems In Five Close Senate Races – But Not Pryor And Landrieu,” The Washington Post¸4/23/14)

  • “Environmental Issues Are A Main Focus For CREDO Super PAC, Especially Fighting The Keystone XL Pipeline.” (Jaime Fuller, “Progressive Super PAC To Help Dems In Five Close Senate Races – But Not Pryor And Landrieu,” The Washington Post¸4/23/14)

CREDO SUPERPAC Is Based In San Francisco, CA. (Federal Election Commission, Accessed 4/23/14)

ALISON LUNDERGAN GRIMES REFUSES TO TELL KENTUCKIANS WHERE SHE STANDS ON THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE

Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY) “Has Avoided Taking A Position” On Keystone.” “Similarly, Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is running to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has avoided taking a position on the project.” (Andrew Restuccia, “Keystone Non-Decision Keeps Some Democrats On The Hot Seat,” Politico, 4/18/14)

FLASHBACK: Before A Susie Tompkins Buell Fundraiser,Grimes Met With San Francisco Bay Area Activists Last November And Discussed A Host Of Issues Including Keystone XL And Climate Change. “Grimes held court with more than a dozen San Francisco Bay Area activists prior to a Buell fundraiser on topics ranging from women’s issues, immigration and filibuster reform to Keystone XL and climate change, according to one attendee. And her views on issues outside of environment and energy policy may be what attracted backers like Buell — as well as an endorsement from EMILY’s List, which supports Democratic female candidates who favor abortion rights.” (Darren Goode, “Election 2013: Greens Face Dilemma On Backing Alison Lundergan Grimes,” Politico, 11/11/13)

  • Buell Is “An Outspoken Opponent Of Keystone XL.” “Buell, who has been an outspoken opponent of Keystone XL, didn’t offer any details about the Grimes’s fundraiser, including the amount of money raised.” (Darren Goode, “Election 2013: Greens Face Dilemma On Backing Alison Lundergan Grimes,” Politico, 11/11/13)

Keystone Isn’t The Only Energy Issue Grimes Won’t Discuss

Earlier This Year, Grimes Refused To Say Where She Stands On Coal-Fired Power Plants And Whether She Supports Cap-And-Trade Legislation.  “In an interview that the campaign limited to less than nine minutes, Grimes declined three times to say whether she opposes new federal emission regulations on coal-fired power plants, instead raising more general concerns about burdensome restrictions on Kentucky’s coal sector. She wouldn’t explicitly say whether she opposes cap-and-trade legislation to control global warming, saying instead there are ‘too many regulations’ on businesses. [A spokeswoman later said that Grimes does, in fact, oppose cap-and-trade.]” (Manu Raju, “Bluegrass Bravado: Untested Alison Lundergan Grimes Takes On Mitch McConnell,” Politico, 1/23/14)

  • Grimes Declined To State Her Positions On A Host Of Issues Including Drilling In ANWR And Taxes. “In the interview, Grimes wouldn’t say whether she’d back oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (when pressed, she said she’d ‘consider’ it). She brushed aside a question about raising taxes for families who earn more than $250,000 — saying only that the budget shouldn’t be balanced on the ‘backs of hard-working Kentuckians’ and attacking McConnell for ‘looking out for the top 1 percent.’” (Manu Raju, “Bluegrass Bravado: Untested Alison Lundergan Grimes Takes On Mitch McConnell,” Politico, 1/23/14)

Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Support Of ObamaCare Could Cost Jobs And Revenue

The Union Leader: “Among ObamaCare’s Myriad Negative Effects On Small Businesses Could Be This: Shorter Ski Seasons In New Hampshire.” (Editorial, “Downhill: ObamaCare Vs. Ski Areas,” New Hampshire Union Leader, 4/21/14)

  • “Similar Problems Could Hit Summer Resorts.” (Editorial, “Downhill: ObamaCare Vs. Ski Areas,” New Hampshire Union Leader, 4/21/14)

Greg Goddard, GM Of Gunstock Ski Resort In New Hampshire, Is Considering Shortening The Ski Season Because Of ObamaCare’s Requirement To Provide Health Coverage To Employees Who Work 120 Days. “At a forum on the Affordable Care Act held last week, Greg Goddard, general manager of Gunstock Ski Resort, said the resort might shorten its season because it cannot afford to offer health insurance to its full-time seasonal employees who work for more than 120 consecutive days, as the law requires.” (Editorial, “Downhill: ObamaCare Vs. Ski Areas,” New Hampshire Union Leader, 4/21/14)

  • Goddard: “We May Not Be Able To Open Beyond 120 Days.” “‘We may not be able to open beyond 120 days; it may be Christmas to the middle of March … the summer season may be the fourth of July until Labor Day,’ he said.” (Editorial, “Downhill: ObamaCare Vs. Ski Areas,” New Hampshire Union Leader, 4/21/14)

A Shortened Ski Season Could Cost New Hampshire Jobs And Revenues

According To An Economic Impact Survey By The State’s Ski Association (Ski NH), The Ski Industry Rang Up “$1.15 Billion In Direct And Secondary Sales.”  “New Hampshire’s ski industry last year added a record $1.15 billion in direct and secondary sales to the state, according to an economic impact study released Thursday. Ski NH, the statewide association representing 33 downhill and cross country resorts and more than 200 lodging properties in New Hampshire, officially released its 2012-13 economic impact study.” (Paula Tracy, “New Hampshire Ski Industry Adds Record Sales To State Tourist Market,” WMUR, 2/22/14)

  • New Hampshire’s Ski Industry Made Up 45.3 Percent Of Total Traveler Spending In The Northern And Western Regions Of The State. “During the five-month winter skiing season, skier spending made up nearly half of total traveler spending in the northern and western travel regions at 45.3 percent.” (Paula Tracy, “New Hampshire Ski Industry Adds Record Sales To State Tourist Market,” WMUR, 2/22/14)

Consumer Spending On Skiing Supported An Average Of 11,067 New Hampshire Jobs. “Direct and secondary spending at and away from ski areas during the period between May 2012 and April 2013 supported an annual average employment of 11,067 jobs.” (Paula Tracy, “New Hampshire Ski Industry Adds Record Sales To State Tourist Market,” WMUR, 2/22/14)

Clinton Library Docs: When Hillary Clinton Was Warned The Employer Mandate Would Cause Companies To Halt Expansion

In An April 1998 Memo, Hillary Clinton Was Warned That A Mandate On Employers With 50 Or More Employees Would “Accelerate The Trend” For Businesses “To Split Or Subcontract Out To Avoid Providing Health Benefits.” “As you will recall, however, the hardest to reach and most disproportionately represented uninsured do not work or have families who work in these larger firms. As such, at least 20 million uninsured Americans would not be covered by Senator Kennedy’s bill. Moreover, because his approach does not cover all employers or employees, it might well accelerate the trend for medium sized businesses to split or subcontract out to avoid providing health benefits. In addition, because it does not provide for any subsidies or cost containment provisions, some of the workers who would be required to pay 25 percent of the premiums might well find the insurance to be unaffordable.” (Chris Jennings, Memorandum To Hillary Rodham Clinton, 4/17/98)

Clinton Didn’t Listen: Her 2008 Health Care Plan Included A Similar Employer Mandate

Under Clinton’s 2008 Health Plan, Small Businesses That Employed More Than 25 Workers Would Be Subjected To The Employer Mandate. “Highlights of Clinton’s Health Plan … Require large employers to either cover their workers or else contribute to the costs of those coverage costs. Tax credits would be provided to encourage small businesses (those with fewer than 25 workers) to provide health insurance, but they would not be required to do so. Tax credits would also be provided to large employers with high retiree health care costs.” (“Clinton Sees Better Chances For Health Overhaul,” NPR, 9/18/07)

  • Health Industry Analyst Bob Laszewski: “So All Employers With, Presumably, More Than 25 Employees Will Have To ‘Play Or Pay.’” “The employer mandate has been much more carefully crafted this time. It is not clear where the small employer versus large employer break comes but comments from her campaign indicate that it is at 25 employees. So, all employers with, presumably, more than 25 employees will have to ‘play or pay.’” (Bob Laszewski, “An Analysis Of Senator Hillary Clinton’s Health Plan Proposal,” Health Care Policy And Marketplace Review,” 1/15/08)