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Congresswoman Kuster Receives the Endorsement of the Sierra Club

Kuster Endorsed by Sierra Club

Kuster Endorsed by Sierra ClubLebanon, NH – This afternoon, Congresswoman Annie Kuster was proud to accept the endorsement of the New Hampshire Sierra Club, which offered its support because of Kuster’s work to protect the Granite State environment and conserve our natural resources.

“As a life-long Granite Stater and an avid outdoorswoman, I recognize that our natural resources are among New Hampshire’s most valuable assets,” Kuster said. “I’m honored to have the support of the Sierra Club and their many members here in the Granite State. In Congress, I have fought to protect our natural resources here in New Hampshire and across the country, and understand the need to address the effects of climate change in order to protect our state’s crucial tourism jobs. Meanwhile, my opponent is funded by billionaire oil magnates, and she continues to deny humanity’s role in global climate change. I look forward to continuing to work with the Sierra Club to protect the environment and conserve our natural resources in New Hampshire and all across the country.”

“The Sierra Club endorses Annie Kuster because she is an environmental champion,” said Jim Allendinger, Chapter Political Committee Co-Chair. “She has supported our outdoor recreation economy, passenger rail, and investments in renewable energy and weatherization that would create local jobs while addressing climate disruption. We are proud to endorse her in her bid for re-election.”

As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Kuster has voted repeatedly to conserve the New Hampshire environment and its natural resources, and help our local farms grow and create more jobs. She’s worked with businesses across New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District to discuss ways to address the harmful effects of climate change, which are already taking a toll on the state’s second largest industry, tourism and recreation.  Kuster has also supported bipartisan energy efficiency legislation to reduce the cost of energy for New Hampshire families.

In contrast, Kuster’s opponent is the hand-picked candidate of the billionaire oil titans the Koch Brothers, does not believe climate change is man-made, and if elected, will push the Koch’s philosophy of climate-denying on the Granite State.

In Case You Don’t Remember: The Republicans Have a “Jobs Plan”

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Haven’t read this morning’s New York Times? Here’s what you’re missing:

WASHINGTON — Anticipating a takeover of Congress, Republicans have assembled an economic agenda that reflects their small-government, antiregulation philosophy… The proposals would mainly benefit energy industries, reduce taxes and regulations for businesses generally, and continue the attack on the Affordable Care Act. It is a mix that leaves many economists, including several conservatives, underwhelmed.

What’s on the list?

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What’s not on the list?

  • Fixing our roads and bridges (even though more than 177,000 bridges around the country are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete)
  • Overhauling immigration laws (maybe Fox News and the Tea Party think xenophobia is good for the country)

Look again, at that last omission from the Republicans’ “Jobs Plan.”

A bipartisan Senate-passed bill on immigration would increase economic growth by 3.3 percent in a decade and save $175 billion by then, the Congressional Budget Office estimated.

Look again, at what could have been… if only the GOP hadn’t been so determined to stop anything and everything President Obama proposed.

When Mr. Obama sent Congress his jobs package three years ago, several forecasting firms estimated that it could add up to 150,000 jobs a month in the first year.

(Read about the Senate GOP filibuster here.)

Then, remember that the GOP’s opposition started on the first day of Obama’s first term.

WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama was celebrating his inauguration at various balls, top Republican lawmakers and strategists were conjuring up ways to submarine his presidency at a private dinner in Washington.

And then, think about what this “GOP Jobs Plan” is really all about.

GOP Jobs Plan

Jeanne Shaheen Releases New TV Ad and Three New Digital Ads

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New Shaheen Campaign TV Ad Highlights Clear Choice For New Hampshire

Latest Ad Highlights Shaheen Record Working For NH Small Businesses,
Brown Record Siding With Big Oil, Big Banks and Out-of-State Corporate Interests, Not New Hampshire’s

Today, the Shaheen campaign released a new television ad titled Clear Choice,” which highlights the contrast  between Senator Shaheen’s work making a difference for New Hampshire small businesses and Scott Brown’s record of delivering for corporate special interests like Big Oil, Wall Street and companies that outsource jobs.

To watch the ad, click here

“The choice for Granite Staters is clear: while Jeanne Shaheen has helped countless New Hampshire businesses grow and create jobs, Scott Brown has spent his career delivering for Big Oil, Wall Street and companies that outsource jobs. Scott Brown is not for New Hampshire,” said Shaheen Campaign Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.

The ad discusses how the bipartisan Small Business Jobs Act Shaheen championed and the Small Business Innovation Research Program she fought to expand have both helped New Hampshire businesses grow and create jobs.

“Her Small Business Jobs Act cut our taxes,” says Aaron Bagshaw, Owner of WH Bagshaw, in the ad.

“Jeanne Shaheen championed innovation grants; we’ve hired 50 new people,” says Jenny Houston, Owner of Warwick Mills.

The Small Business Jobs Act cut taxes for small businesses, increased business’ access to credit and helped New Hampshire companies export their products. The Small Business Innovation Research program gives funding to small businesses to invest in research and development.

In contrast, Scott Brown voted against the Small Business Jobs Act, instead supporting billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil and companies that ship jobs overseas. Scott Brown also secured billions in special breaks for Wall Street when he watered down new regulations on behalf of the big banks.

At a debate on Tuesday, a Concord audience laughed at Scott Brown when he tried to run from his long and well-documented support for companies that outsource jobs; in the Senate, Brown voted to protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and he’s now personally profiting as a board member of a company that sent jobs to China and Mexico.

Shaheen Campaign Also Releases Three Digital Ads Ahead of Thursday Debate

Ads Highlight Choice Between Shaheen Record Fighting for New Hampshire and Brown Record Proving NH Families Can’t Trust Him

Also today, the Shaheen campaign released three digital pre-roll ads that are running online on websites like Hulu, Youtube, and Pandora, which all highlight the choice voters face in the November election. The ads contrast Jeanne Shaheen’s record fighting for New Hampshire and Scott Brown’s positions that show he can’t be trusted to stand up for our state’s women or middle class families.

“With less than two weeks until the election, New Hampshire voters continue to see a very clear choice between a Senator who has spent decades fighting to make a difference for the people of this state and someone who has shown time and time again that he can’t be trusted to stand up for women or middle class families here in New Hampshire,” said Shaheen Campaign Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.

“Whether it’s his votes against equal pay for equal work, his support for legislation that would allow employers to deny women access to contraception or his involvement with shady corporate interests, Scott Brown’s record is clear.  He’s not for New Hampshire,” Kirstein added.

The first ad, titled, Workforce,” discusses the pay gap working women face in today’s economy, the work Senator Shaheen has done to combat pay discrimination, and the Senator’s work to ensure that women should always have the right to make their own healthcare decisions. The ad goes on to discuss Scott Brown’s vote against the Paycheck Fairness Act and co-sponsorship of the Blunt Amendment, which would allow employers to deny women coverage for birth control.

The second, titled Equal Rights,” highlights Scott Brown’s support for legislation that would deny women access to contraception and his opposition to the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen equal pay protections for women. The ad also discusses Scott Brown’s backward positions on marriage equality, including his past votes to ban gay marriage.

The third ad, titled, Resigned,” highlight’s Scott Brown’s actions following his failed reelection bid for the Senate in Massachusetts that include getting paid $1.3 million in stock from a Florida company called Global Digital Solutions (GDSI), a controversial cosmetics company turned arms manufacturer whose executives have been sued for fraud.

League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, Sierra Club Endorse Jeanne Shaheen

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LCV and Sierra Club Leaders Cite Shaheen’s Record of Supporting Clean Energy Investments and Working to Combat Climate Change

Energy and Environmental Advocates: Scott Brown’s Energy Agenda is Wrong for New Hampshire 

Exeter – Today, the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and the Sierra Club endorsed Senator Jeanne Shaheen at a press conference in Exeter. The event featured New Hampshire State Director of the League of Conservation Voters, Rob Werner, New Hampshire Chapter Director of the Sierra Club, Cathy Corkery, and Phil Coupe, President of Revision Energy, a local small business. The speakers discussed how Senator Shaheen’s record of working to combat climate change and reduce energy costs stands in stark contrast to Scott Brown’s record of fighting for Big Oil companies at the expense of New Hampshire families.

“I’ve worked hard throughout my career to lower energy costs and combat climate change for people here in New Hampshire because I know that’s what’s best for our environment and our economy,” said Shaheen. “Scott Brown’s record tells a different story. His energy agenda would result in fewer jobs and higher prices for people in New Hampshire while Big Oil would get billions more in tax breaks. That’s just further proof that Scott Brown is not for New Hampshire.”

“Senator Jeanne Shaheen has a strong record of support for action on climate change, energy, and environmental issues that are consistent with New Hampshire values,” said Rob Werner, New Hampshire State Director of the League of Conservation Voters. “The League of Conservation Voters is proud to stand with Senator Shaheen and we urge New Hampshire voters to send her back to the US Senate.”

“The Sierra Club is endorsing Jeanne Shaheen because we know we can count on her to best represent our values to find smart solutions to our generation’s most critical environmental problems,” said Cathy Corkery, New Hampshire Chapter Director of the Sierra Club. “When Scott Brown represented Massachusetts in the Senate, he voted multiple times to protect more than $20 billion in special tax payer subsidies to the world’s biggest oil companies. Big Oil paid for his campaign to send him to the Senate in Massachusetts, and now that he’s in New Hampshire, they’re trying to do the exact same thing.”

Jeanne Shaheen has a long record of working to reduce energy costs and combat climate change, which is already impacting New Hampshire’s economy. As Governor, Jeanne Shaheen took on the big utility companies to lower rates for New Hampshire consumers. In the Senate, she is promoting bipartisan energy efficiency legislation which would cut pollution by the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road, create nearly 200,000 new jobs by 2030, and save consumers more than $16 billion a year. Instead of supporting this commonsense bill, Scott Brown personally lobbied against it.

Scott Brown has not only denied the existence of man-made climate change, but also voted repeatedly to give special tax breaks to the world’s richest oil companies, which just last year made over $90 billion in profits. He’s now pushing an energy agenda that could result in higher costs and fewer jobs for people in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Jeanne Shaheen has fought to close those taxpayer subsidies to Big Oil companies and instead has sought to increase investments in renewable energy that will create good jobs here in New Hampshire.

Labor Movement Mobilizes Latino Working Families Ahead of Midterm Elections

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Latinos in key battleground states rally around worker-friendly candidates

(Washington, DC) – With the 2014 midterm elections around the corner, the AFL-CIO is increasing its mobilization efforts to reach out to Latinos voters in key states across the country. The AFL-CIO is urging voters to support candidates who stand up for the issues that matter the most to working families, not just wealthy CEOs.

Through phone banks, canvassing and community organizations, volunteers are reaching out to Latino voters in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Last week the AFL-CIO circulated fact sheets detailing the significance of the Latino vote in deciding important races in each of these states.

“Latino voters are vital to ensuring that worker-friendly candidates are elected to represent their communities,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “So much is at stake this year – from keeping higher education affordable to implementing a roadmap to citizenship. It is clear that Latinos cannot afford to sit on the sidelines. The labor movement is committed to making sure that the voice of this important community is heard loud and clear on November 4th.”

America’s Latinos are an ever-increasing voting population. According to the Pew Research Center, a record 25.2 million Latinos are eligible to vote in the 2014 midterm elections, making up 11% of eligible voters nationwide. However, the turnout rate of eligible Latino voters has historically lagged that of whites and blacks by substantial margins. The efforts of the AFL-CIO seek to close this turnout gap and support the election of politicians that stand up for middle class families.

Local Economy PAC Announces “All About Andy” Campaign to Introduce Voters to the Real Andy Sanborn

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Campaign will educate Senate District 9 voters about Sanborn’s extreme voting record, money ties, and business dealings 

Peterborough, NH – A new campaign dubbed “All About Andy” will use mail, paid advertising, direct voter contact, and online activities to introduce voters across Senate District 9 to the real Andy Sanborn in the run-up to the November 4 election. The campaign and a related microsite, www.allaboutandy.org, were announced this morning by Strong Local Economies NH, a state political committee formed by New Hampshire residents to advance a proactive local economy agenda for New Hampshire.

“Andy Sanborn wants District 9 voters to believe he’s a bipartisan compromiser. But based on his voting record, he’s the most extreme member of the New Hampshire Senate – and votes don’t lie,” said Molly Cowan, chair of Strong Local Economies NH. “When we scored and graded every senator on local economy votes in our Local Economy Report Card, Sanborn earned an F grade and a score of just 27% – far below every other senator, Republican or Democrat.”

The Local Economy Report Card, released in September, found Sanborn voted against helping unemployed people start small businesses, against expanding access to affordable health coverage for 50,000 uninsured New Hampshire residents, and against multiple bills aimed at combating the corruption of the political process by big money that stacks the deck in favor of out-of-state big business interests at the expense of local, home-grown small businesses, among other things. The full report card is available online at: http://bit.ly/NHLocalEconomyReportCard

“Republicans and Democrats across District 9 are joining in opposition to Sanborn not only because of his failing grades on local economy issues, but also because of serious questions about his values and his judgment raised by his financial ties and business dealings,” Cowan said. “The ‘All About Andy’ campaign will highlight these questions and bring a reality check to Sanborn’s claims about bipartisanship. Because in reality, the only thing that’s bipartisan about Andy Sanborn is his opposition.”

Follow the “All About Andy” campaign sponsored by Strong Local Economies NH here:

Website: www.allaboutandy.org

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LocalEconomyNH

Facebook: www.facebook.com/StrongLocalEconomiesNH

New Hampshire Citizen Outlines Personal Outsourcing Experience, Slams Scott Brown’s Outsourcing Agenda

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In Open Letter to Granite Staters, Ed Cunningham Explains
How “Scott Brown Only Cares About Himself”  

Manchester – Today, the Shaheen campaign released an open letter to voters from New Hampshire native Ed Cunningham, who has lived in New Hampshire his whole life but saw his life turned upside down after his job was shipped overseas. The letter slams Scott Brown for voting for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and for cashing in on the board of a company that outsourced American jobs.

“Scott Brown outsourcing policies have real consequences,” said Shaheen Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. “Ed Cunningham’s story shows firsthand why Scott Brown is fundamentally not for New Hampshire.”

See the open letter below:

My name is Ed Cunningham and I’ve lived in New Hampshire my entire life.  I was born and raised in Danville, and now live in Kensington with my wife Ginger. I’ve worked hard my entire life to provide for my family, and I never expected any sort of hand out. I always thought that if I worked hard and played by the rules I would be OK. I wanted to retire with dignity, and maybe help my kids start off on their own here in New Hampshire.

I almost lost everything in 2007 when my job was outsourced to another country. I was working at Lucent Technologies in Massachusetts when they decided that outsourcing jobs to increase their bottom line was more important than participating in maintaining a middle class here in the United States.

I can’t begin to describe how it feels to lose your job in the way I did. The range of emotions you go through – from sheer anger, to sadness, to frankly a terrible sense of fear and helplessness – is something I would never wish on my worst enemy. I didn’t know what I was going to do.

I was lucky. Eventually I found another job. But others weren’t as lucky and many of my friends struggled to find a job.

Because of what happened to me, it’s very hard to put into words just how angry I was when I found out that Scott Brown not only voted for tax breaks for companies to ship jobs overseas, but is now personally profiting from a company that outsources American jobs.  It infuriates me – especially because he flat out lied to people during last night’s debate about his record.

Anyone who works for a living needs to know that Scott Brown only cares about himself and his own self interests. There is no other explanation for why he voted the way he did in 2010;  voting against a bill to help small business to create jobs in America. He then turned around and accepted a job from Kadent corporation, a company that plans to outsource even more American jobs. It’s impossible for me to take a word he says about “jobs” seriously. It’s obvious he doesn’t care about our jobs, he only cares about making money for corporations and himself.

Scott Brown symbolizes everything that is wrong with politicians who support the corporate greed that is ruining our country and the lives of our workers because it benefits their own bottom line. I am sending this letter to every newspaper in New Hampshire because I think this is that important. We can’t let him fool voters into thinking he actually cares about us.

Ed Cunningham
Kensington, NH

WBIN First Congressional District Debate Video Links, Recap And Shea-Porter Statement

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Last night Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and Congressman Frank Guinta went back and forth for the umpteenth time.  Both candidates pushed their own message points.

Congresswoman Shea-Porter focused on her work to help middle class families by expanding access to healthcare, raising the minimum wage, and reversing the draconian cuts forced on the government by the Sequester.

Congressman Guinta focused on his work to repeal the Affordable Care Act, stating the 20,000 people had their policies canceled by the Affordable Care Act.  Congressman Guinta is correct that some people did have their policies canceled but it was Anthem who canceled their policy, not Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  Anthem was forced to provide a minimum level of coverage and instead of updating their previous plan, they canceled it and told people to buy their new policy through the ACA Exchange.  In 2015, Granite Staters will have a real choice on the ACA exchange as more insurance companies will be offering policies on the Exchange.

Congressman Guinta also attempted to attack Shea-Porter on her voting against a resolution to block Congress from using tax payer money to purchase First Class airfare.  Shea-Porter quickly pointed out that the resolution in the GOP budget.  Her vote was against the proposed budget, not the resolution about First Class travel.  Guinta has been running an attack ad on the First Class travel that earned Four Pinocchios from the Washington Post. 

Congressman Guinta also made false claims about three bills he supposedly had signed into law during the 112th Congress. The Congressional record disagrees.

A closer look at his record shows that none of the nine bills he introduced came up for a vote, much less became law. Two of Guinta’s nine 112th Congress bills, H.R.1863 and H.R.4968, were re-introductions of legislation Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter introduced in the 111th Congress.

“Frank Guinta is resorting to inventing accomplishments to cover-up his do-nothing record while in Congress,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “Granite State voters won’t be fooled by Guinta’s latest desperate attempts to distract voters from his extreme Tea Party agenda that would devastate New Hampshire’s middle-class families.”

NH News 1 has posted the full debate in three parts.

Part 1                 Part 2                 Part 3

After the debate Congresswoman Shea-Porter released the following statement:

Shea-Porter Cleans Up at NH1 Debate;
Guinta Runs From Extreme Record

Carol Shea-Porter emerged the clear winner at tonight’s NH1 debate, discussing the work she is doing to create jobs around the District, including the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and offering solutions for middle class families that left Frank Guinta fumbling to defend his extreme Tea Party record.

“While Carol highlighted her work for New Hampshire’s middle class, Frank Guinta refused to explain his anti-middle-class budgets that would hurt seniors, came out in opposition to our state’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion, and wouldn’t tell voters why he voted against Planned Parenthood and why he opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly. “First District voters have a clear choice on November 4th between Tea Partier Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter, who’s working for the ‘Rest of Us.’”

What do you think? Who do you think won the debate? Leave us a comment here or on our Facebook Page with your opinions.

WBIN Second Congressional Debate Video Links And Kuster’s Statement

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Did you miss the Second Congressional District debate?  If you did not see the debate live, NH News 1 has posted the full debate in three parts.

Part 1,            Part 2,          Part 3

After the debate the Kuster campaign released the following statement.

Kuster Clear Winner of NH1 Debate;
Garcia Reveals True Tea Party Colors

This evening, Congresswoman Annie Kuster emerged as the clear winner of the first NH1 debate of the season. Throughout the debate, Kuster highlighted her work to fight for the priorities Granite Staters care about – creating more jobs and opportunities for our workers, making college more affordable for our students, and fighting for our nation’s veterans. Garcia, on the other hand, was put on the defensive during the entire debate as she stuck to her Tea Party playbook, and continuously demonstrated support for shockingly extreme policies that would hurt Granite State families.

“During tonight’s debate, Garcia revealed her support for extreme, Tea Party policies that would hurt Granite State families across the board,” said Kuster campaign spokeswoman Rosie Hilmer. “From doubling-down on her wish to repeal the Violence Against Women Act, dismissing it as ‘only a catchy title’ and a waste of resources – and showing an alarming lack of knowledge about what repeal would actually mean for victims of domestic abuse – to outright lying about her plans to abolish the Department of Education and eliminate federal student loans, to her commitment to banning abortions even in the cases of rape, incest, and saving the life of the mother, Garcia’s policies would be devastating for Granite State families.”

Be sure to leave a comment on our facebook page with who you think won this debate?

Did this debate highlight anything you did not already know?  Did it change your opinion of either candidate?

Nashua Chamber Of Commerce Explains To Walt Havenstein How Governor Hassan Is Truly Bipartisan

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Failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s Baseless Attacks Against Governor Hassan’s Bipartisan Accomplishments Fall Flat at Nashua Chamber Forum

Manchester, NH – Earlier today, failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s baseless attacks against Governor Hassan’s bipartisan accomplishments and leadership were swiftly refuted at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce forum. Havenstein stumbled when faced with the reality of Governor Hassan’s bipartisan accomplishments.

“This morning’s painful exchange reinforces how desperate failed CEO Walt Havenstein has become with his false attacks on Governor Hassan’s bipartisan leadership,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “The Governor’s record of bipartisan accomplishments speaks for itself: she passed the most bipartisan budget in over a decade with no sales or income tax, worked with both parties and the business community to pass a bipartisan transportation bill to fix New Hampshire’s roads and bridges, including finishing the completion of I-93, and reached a bipartisan compromise to expand health care to 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters.”

“Havenstein, on the other hand, is a failed CEO who drove defense contractor SAIC into a ditch. Now, Havenstein is pushing a Koch Brothers ‘plan’ that would do to New Hamsphire what he did to SAIC. No matter how many false and misleading attacks Havenstein launches, he won’t be able to hide his disastrous record as CEO of SAIC and his Koch Brothers agenda that would hurt New Hampshire’s families, businesses and economy,” added Lesswing.

See below for a transcription of the exchange:

Moderator: But I’m going to push on that a little bit more. She had Medicaid Expansion…

Havenstein: Medicaid Expansion…

Moderator: … which was bipartisan in it’s passage from the… it was absolutely bipartisan when it came out.

Havenstein: You have… everything has to be bipartisan if it gets signed. Right? At some point. But be very careful…

Moderator: But what you’re saying is that toxic partisanship means that she doesn’t work at all with Republicans. That’s how I define ‘toxic partisanship’. It’s that she will not work with Republicans. She passed Medicaid Expansion. She got the gas tax increase, which was actually led by a Republican State Senator.  When you look at these state Supreme Court decisions against the hospital, or in favor of the hospitals…

Havenstein: You mean the MET?

Moderator: Yep, on the MET. She was able to bring all but one hospital in the state together, and many of the CEOs of those hospitals are ardent Republicans themselves. I think there are some good examples where she can credibly say, ‘I have been bipartisan in my leadership’.”

Havenstein: Okay…

Moderator: Alright [laughs].

Havenstein: We’ll just have to agree to disagree.

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