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Why Acela Primary Voters Can't Trust Clinton

- April 25, 2016

Key Issues Facing Voters In Today's Primary States Highlight Why The Democrat Frontrunner Can't Be Trusted

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TOP TAKEAWAYS​

  • On issues like fracking, criminal justice reform, taxes and health care, Pennsylvanians can't trust Hillary Clinton.
  • From gun control, to taxes to health care, Connecticut voters can't trust Hillary Clinton.
  • With her recent, politically-convenient shift left on issues, Maryland voters can't trust Hillary Clinton.
  • In true Clintonian fashion, Clinton makes tax-friendly places like Delaware a political punching bag on the campaign trail while benefiting from their pro-business policies.
  • Despite pledging to raise incomes, Clinton's tax plans will do the opposite for Rhode Island.

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PENNSYLVANIA: FROM FRACKING, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, AND TAXES, CLINTON CAN'T BE TRUSTED

While Clinton Has Been All Over The Map On Fracking, Pennsylvania Democrats Are Using The Primary Election As A "Mini-Referendum" On The Fracking Industry

For Democrat Voters In Pennsylvania, The Primary Election "Will Be A Mini-Referendum On The Future Of The State's" Fracking Industry. "For some Democratic voters in Pennsylvania, Tuesday's primary election will be more than just a chance to pick preferred candidates for public office - it will be a mini-referendum on the future of the state's downtrodden fracking industry. … A debate over fracking emerged between Sanders and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton over the last month, with Sanders calling for a nationwide ban and Clinton pushing a middle-of-the road approach that would allow it with caveats - a stance that has been criticized by more progressive democrats." (Valerie Volcovici, "Pennsylvania Voters Torn Over Calls For A Fracking Ban," Reuters, 4/24/16)

In March, Clinton Said Fracking Was "Not Sufficiently Regulated," And Under A Clinton Presidency, There Wouldn't "Be Many Places In America Where Fracking Will Continue To Take Place." CLINTON: "So by the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place. And I think that's the best approach, because right now, there are places where fracking is going on that are not sufficiently regulated. So first, we've got to regulate everything that is currently underway, and we have to have a system in place that prevents further fracking unless conditions like the ones that I just mentioned are met." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Primary Debate, Flint, MI, 3/6/16)

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  • Clinton Also Told Climate Activists In February That She Supported Imposing A Moratorium Of Fossil Fuel Development On Federal Lands, Including On Fracking, Calling It "A Done Deal." "Griffin Sinclair-Wingate, a 350 Action organizer, approached Clinton after the New Hampshire debate on Thursday night and asked her, 'Would you ban extraction on public lands?' 'Yeah, that's a done deal,' Clinton said, as though her position were obvious. Afterward, she told another 350 activist that she agrees with 'where the president is moving. No future extraction.' Adam Greenberg asked her in a third video on Friday while campaigning in New Hampshire, 'Would you end all oil, coal, and gas leases on federal lands?' Clinton said, 'I want to impose a moratorium ... because there are legal issues you have to go through, you know all of that, but I would support a moratorium.'" (Rebecca Leber, "Hillary Clinton's Leftward Shift On Climate," New Republic, 2/6/16)

But At Harry Reid's 2014 Energy Summit , Clinton Said That "The Boom In Domestic Natural Gas Production Is An Example Of American Innovation Changing The Game." CLINTON: "There are challenges here to be sure. But the boom in domestic gas production is an example of American innovation changing the game, and if we do it right, it can be good for both the environment and our economy." (Daryl Elliot, "NCES 7.0 Summary Report: Full Speech From Hillary Clinton," Clean Technica, 9/8/14)

In Hard Choices, Clinton Lauded Natural Gas Development For Creating "Tens Of Thousands Of New Jobs" And Giving The U.S. A Competitive Advantage Over Other Economies. "The boom in domestic energy production, especially in natural gas, created major economic and strategic opportunities for our country. Expanded energy production created tens of thousands of new jobs, from oil rigs in North Dakota to wind turbine factories in South Carolina. Cheap and plentiful natural gas is helping drive down costs for energy-intensive manufacturers and giving the United States a big competitive advantage over places like Japan and Europe, where energy prices remain much higher." (Hillary Clinton, Hard Choices, 2014, p. 522)

In 2010, Clinton's State Department Founded The Global Shale Gas Initiative, Which "Has Been Advising Many Foreign Countries On Fracking." "The State Department's Global Shale Gas Initiative, begun in 2010, has been advising many foreign countries on fracking. It has organized a half-dozen trips this year for foreign officials to meet with American energy experts and to visit drilling sites in the United States." (Ian Urbina, "Hunt For Gas Hits Fragile Soil, And South Africans Fear Risks," The New York Times, 12/30/11)

After Taking Pains To Distance Herself From Her Husband's 1994 Crime Bill, Bill Clinton's Sparring With Protesters In Philadelphia Brought Her Inconsistencies On Criminal Justice Reform To The Forefront

Clinton Has Tried To Distance Herself From Her Husband's 1994 Crime Bill And "Is Not Eagar" To Help In His Defense. "But his focus on his own accomplishments has intensified as Bill Clinton faces growing criticism on the trail from Black Lives Matter protesters and Bernie Sanders over his record on criminal justice issues - and his wife's campaign, which has distanced itself from the 1994 crime bill, is not eager to help in his defense." (Annie Karni, "Bill Clinton Can't Stop Talking About Himself," Politico, 4/12/16)

  • The Huffington Post Headline: "Hillary Clinton Continues To Distance Herself From Her Husband's Crime Policies" (Samantha Lachman, "Hillary Clinton Continues To Distance Herself From Her Husband's Crime Policies," The Huffington Post , 8/19/15)

At A Philadelphia Campaign Rally For His Wife, Bill Clinton Angrily Unloaded On Black Lives Matters Protestors Questioning His 1994 Crime Bill, Yelling That By Protesting They Were Defending Drug Dealers And Murderers. BILL CLINTON: "Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait, wait. I want to be able to -- come on. No. Come on. Wait, wait, wait. Wait. You need to understand, this is what's the matter. I don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out onto the street to murder other African-American children. Maybe you thought they were good citizens. She didn't. She didn't. You are defending the people who killed the lives, who you say matter. Tell the truth. You are defending the people who caused young people to go out and take guns. There was a 13-year-old girl in Washington, D.C. planning her own funeral, how would you do it? Look at these other ones. Look at this. That's not true!" (Bill Clinton, Remarks, Philadelphia, PA, 4/7/16)

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Bill Clinton Went Off-Message And Defended The Legislation, Arguing That It Benefitted The Black Community. "Bill Clinton pushed back against the criticism by pivoting away from his typical stump speech and launching into a series of arguments about ways the crime bill did help the black community and times when Hillary Clinton worked on civil rights reform. 'I talked to a bunch of African-American groups [in 1994], they think black lives matter. [The groups said] to take this bill because people are being shot in the street by gangs. We had 13-year-old kids planning their own funerals,' Bill Clinton said at the Philadelphia rally." (Ben Kamisar, "Bill Clinton Clashes With Protesters Over His Crime Bill,"The Hill , 4/7/16)

  • The Comments Invoked "Some Of The Same Tough-On-Crime Rhetoric Of The 90's That Protestors Criticized." "So Bill's comments fail to get at the actual criticism of policies both he and Hillary supported, and actually invoke some of the same tough-on-crime rhetoric of the 90's that protesters criticized. For justice reformers, this seems to validate one of the biggest concerns they have about a President Hillary Clinton." (German Lopez, "Bill Clinton Just Gave Criminal Justice Reformers Another Reason To Be Cautious Of Hillary," Vox, 4/8/16)

His Comments "Make The Clintons' Apologies Feel All The Weaker." "But these apologies are widely seen as insufficient for many racial justice advocates and criminal justice reformers, who worry that the politically opportunistic Clintons would simply fall back on the same kind of rhetoric if crime were to rise once again in America. And with this view already out there, comments like Bill's make the Clinton's apologies feel all the weaker." (German Lopez, "Bill Clinton Just Gave Criminal Justice Reformers Another Reason To Be Cautious Of Hillary," Vox, 4/8/16)

Despite Pledging Not To Raise Taxes On The Middle Class, Clinton Supports The Philadelphia Mayor's Proposal For The "Highest Soda Tax Proposed Anywhere In The Country"

Clinton Has Pledged Not To Raise Taxes On Anybody That Earns $250,000 Or Less A Year. CBS'S SCOTT PELLEY: "What's your tax plan? Who gets a tax increase? Who gets a tax cut?" CLINTON: "Well first, I am not raising taxes on the middle class, period. I'm going after incomes $5 million or more that I think have too many opportunities to game the system and escape paying the taxes that they should. I'm going after corporations that are 'gaming' the system. I want to have a sensible corporate tax policy." PELLEY: "Senator Sanders said that he would raise taxes on any family that made $250,000 and above. Is that your level, $250,000?" CLINTON: "Well I said I will not raise taxeson anybody $250 or below. But, here's the problem with Senator Sander's plan-- his numbers don't add up. There is no way for him to fulfill the promises he is making without raising taxes on the middle class."(CBS Evening News, 2/18/16)

But At A Campaign Event In Pennsylvania Last Week, Clinton Said She Was "Very Supportive" Of Philadelphia's Democrat Mayor Jim Kenney's Proposed Soda Tax. CLINTON: "We obviously have to do a whole lot more to avoid what they call the 'school to prison pipeline' and replace it with a 'cradle to college pipeline' and that really starts early, and it starts early with working with families, working with kids, building up community resources. I'm very supportive of the mayor's proposal to tax soda to get universal preschool for kids. I mean I don't, you know, we need universal preschool, and if that's a way to do it, that's how we should do it." (Hillary Clinton, Roundtable In Philadelphia, PA, 4/20/16)

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As A Part Of Mayor Kenney's April Budget Proposal, He Has Proposed "Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages At 3 Cents An Ounce. "Mayor Jim Kenney was elected in Philadelphia last year after promising to bring the city universal prekindergarten, but he needed a way to pay for it. Enter the soda tax. As part of his budget, introduced this month, Mr. Kenney has proposed taxing sugar-sweetened beverages at 3 cents an ounce, the highest soda tax proposed anywhere in the country." (Margot Sanger-Katz, "Making A Soda Tax More Politically Palatable," The New York Times, 4/3/16)

  • The Tax Would Be The "Highest Soda Tax Proposed Anywhere In The Country." "As part of his budget, introduced this month, Mr. Kenney has proposed taxing sugar-sweetened beverages at 3 cents an ounce, the highest soda tax proposed anywhere in the country." (Margot Sanger-Katz, "Making A Soda Tax More Politically Palatable,"The New York Times, 4/3/16)

Kenney's Proposed Tax Would Add $0.60 To A 20-Ounce Bottle Of Soda. "The policy would make a 20-ounce bottle of soda $0.60 more expensive for distributors, much of which could be passed on to consumers in the form of significantly higher prices." (Zeeshan Aleem, "Philadelphia's Mayor Just Proposed The Highest Soda Tax In The US - And Not To Improve Health," Business Insider, 4/4/16)

And Pennsylvanians Can't Trust Clinton With Their Health Care, As The Law She Champions Leaves Them With Less Insurance Options

Clinton: "Before It Was Called ObamaCare, It Was Called HillaryCare, As You Remember." CLINTON: "Before it was called ObamaCare, it was called HillaryCare, as you remember. I fought really hard. The insurance companies and the drug companies spent millions against me." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall, 3/4/16)

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Last Week, UnitedHealth Announced It Would No Longer Be Offering Plans On Pennsylvania's ObamaCare Exchange. "More than 12 state regulators have said UnitedHealth's main insurance arm will stop offering ACA exchange plans in their states next year. Tuesday, insurance regulators in Alabama, Texas, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado and Nebraska said they had been informed the company would withdraw in 2017, added to earlier disclosures by Oklahoma, Louisiana, Michigan, Georgia and Arkansas. A few states have also disclosed that UnitedHealth will remain in their exchanges next year-so far, this includes Nevada and Virginia." (Anna Mathews, "UnitedHealth Tops Expectations, To Leave Some Affordable Care Act Markets," The Wall Street Journal, 4/19/16)

UnitedHealth Group, The Country's Biggest Health Insurer, Will "Pull Out Of Nearly All Of The Affordable Care Act's Exchanges." "The nation's largest health insurer said it would pull out of nearly all of the Affordable Care Act's exchanges, signaling continued instability in the law's signature marketplaces as they head toward their fourth year." (Anna Mathews, "UnitedHealth Tops Expectations, To Leave Some Affordable Care Act Markets," The Wall Street Journal, 4/19/16)

  • Kaiser Family Foundation: More Than Half Of The Counties Where UnitedHealth Participates Would See Their Insurance Options Drop To One Or Two If They Exited The Marketplace. "However, the significance of United leaving the exchange market would vary substantially by state and could have a significant effect in some markets. In more than half of the counties where it participates - and 34% of counties overall - a United withdrawal would have an appreciable effect on the number of insurers competing on the exchange. More than one in four counties where United participates would see a drop from two insurers to one if the company were to exit and not be replaced by a new entrant, and a similar number would go from having three insurers to two. In total, 1.8 million enrollees would go from having a choice of three insurers to two, and another 1.1 million would go from having a choice of two insurers to one." (Cynthia Cox and Ashley Semanskee, "Analysis of UnitedHealth Group's Premiums and Participation in ACA Marketplaces," Kaiser Family Foundation , 4/18/16)

CONNECTICUT: ON GUNS, TAXES, AND HEALTH CARE, NUTMEG STATE VOTERS CAN'T TRUST CLINTON

While Clinton "Storms Connecticut With Gun-Control" Campaign Rhetoric, She Fails To Mention Her Fundraiser With An NRA Lobbyist And Anti-Gun Control Rhetoric From Her Last Presidential Run

Ahead Of The Connecticut Primary, "Clinton Is Accentuating Her Support For Gun Control." "Hillary Clinton is accentuating her support for gun control in the run-up to Tuesday's Democratic primary in Connecticut, the site of one of the worst school shootings in American history. The former secretary of State met last week in Hartford, Conn., with the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and has launched ads in the state featuring victims of gun violence." (Jessie Hellmann, "Clinton Storms Connecticut With Gun-Control Message," The Hill, 4/24/16)

  • The Hill Headline: "Clinton Storms Connecticut With Gun-Control Message" (Jessie Hellmann, "Clinton Storms Connecticut With Gun-Control Message," The Hill, 4/24/16)

But In March, Jeff Forbes Hosted A Fundraiser For Clinton In Washington, D.C. "Lunch with John Podesta, Campaign Chair, Official Event, Washington, District of Columbia, Hosted By Susan Brophy, Ann Castagnetti, David Castagnetti, Steve Elmendorff, Jeff Forbes, And Joel Johnson." ("Lunch With John Podesta," The Sunlight Foundation's Political Party Time, Accessed 3/1/16)

  • Forbes Was A Lobbyist For The NRA From 2009 Until The End Of 2015. "Forbes, a former chief of staff to former Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), was registered as a lobbyist for the NRA Institute from 2009 until the end of 2015 on issues such as protecting Second Amendment rights, and regulation and gun control, according to lobbying disclosures." (Paul Blumenthal, "Hillary Clinton To Raise Money From Ex-NRA Lobbyist," The Huffington Post, 3/1/16)
  • Forbes Contributed $2,700 To Clinton's Campaign When He Was Still Lobbying Against Gun Control. "He donated $2,700 to the Clinton campaign in April when he was still registered to lobby against gun control. In addition, a colleague at his Forbes-Tate lobbying shop, Elizabeth Greer, also donated $2,700 while registered to lobby for the NRA." (Paul Blumenthal, "Hillary Clinton To Raise Money From Ex-NRA Lobbyist,"The Huffington Post , 2/1/16)

In 2008, Clinton Defended The Second Amendment As A Part Of America's "Culture." " 'You know, my dad took me out behind the cottage that my grandfather built on a little lake called Lake Winola outside of Scranton and taught me how to shoot when I was a little girl,' she said. 'You know, some people now continue to teach their children and their grandchildren. It's part of culture. It's part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it's an important part of who they are. Not because they are bitter.'" (Peter Hamby, "Clinton Touts Her Experience With Guns," CNN's Political Ticker, 4/12/08)

In 2008, Clinton Sent Out A Mailer That "Attacked Obama For First Coming Out In Favor Of A Ban On Handguns" And For Saying That Small Town People "Cling To Guns." "The mailer attacked Obama for first coming out in favor of a ban on handguns while speaking in Chicago, then for telling an Idaho crowd that he supported the Second Amendment, and finally for a comment he made about 'small towns in Pennsylvania' who 'cling to guns or religion.' The campaign sent out the mailer in May, a month after Clinton called Obama's 'cling to guns' remark 'elitist,' saying that guns were 'part of culture,' and telling the story of how her father taught her to shoot in her childhood."(Christopher Massie, "That Time Hillary Clinton's Campaign Attacked Obama In 2008 For Flip-Flopping On Guns," BuzzFeed, 10/12/15)

  • "Obama Shot Back, Accusing Her Of 'Talking Like She's Annie Oakley.'" (Christopher Massie, "That Time Hillary Clinton's Campaign Attacked Obama In 2008 For Flip-Flopping On Guns," BuzzFeed , 10/12/15)

Despite Pledging To Raise Middle Class Incomes, Clinton Proposes A Tax Plan That Will Kill Jobs, Lower Wages And Slow Economic Growth In A State Already Struggling From Failed Liberal Policies

Clinton Has Campaigned On A Pledge Of Raising Middle Class Incomes. CLINTON: "I'm the only candidate in this race on either side who has said my goal is to raise your incomes, not your taxes, and that is a pledge." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks In Davenport, IA, 1/4/16)

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But According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Clinton's Tax Proposals Would "Reduce The Economy's Size By 1 Percent." "According to the Tax Foundation's Taxes and Growth Model, Hillary Clinton's tax plan would reduce the economy's size by 1 percent in the long run." (Kyle Pomerleau and Michael Schuyler, "Details And Analysis Of Hillary Clinton's Tax Proposals,"Tax Foundation, 1/26/16)

According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Clinton's Tax Proposals Would Result In "311,000 Fewer Full-Time Equivalent Jobs." "According to the Tax Foundation's Taxes and Growth Model, Hillary Clinton's tax plan would reduce the economy's size by 1 percent in the long run. The plan would lead to 0.8 percent lower wages, a 2.8 percent smaller capital stock, and 311,000 fewer full-time equivalent jobs. The smaller economy results from somewhat higher marginal tax rates on capital and labor income." (Kyle Pomerleau and Michael Schuyler, "Details And Analysis Of Hillary Clinton's Tax Proposals," Tax Foundation, 1/26/16)

According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Clinton's Tax Proposals Would "Lead To 0.8 Percent Lower Wages. "The plan would lead to 0.8 percent lower wages, a 2.8 percent smaller capital stock, and 311,000 fewer full-time equivalent jobs. The smaller economy results from somewhat higher marginal tax rates on capital and labor income." (Kyle Pomerleau and Michael Schuyler, "Details And Analysis Of Hillary Clinton's Tax Proposals," Tax Foundation, 1/26/16)

According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Connecticut Is Ranked 44 In State Business Tax Climate. (Jared Walczak, Scott Drenkard, and Joseph Henchman, "2016 State Business Tax Climate Index," Tax Foundation, 11/17/15)

According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Connecticut Is Ranked 36 In Individual Income Tax Rank. (Jared Walczak, Scott Drenkard, Joseph Henchman, "2016 State Business Tax Climate Index," Tax Foundation, 11/17/15)

According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Connecticut Is Ranked 49 In Property Tax Rank. (Jared Walczak, Scott Drenkard, Joseph Henchman, "2016 State Business Tax Climate Index," Tax Foundation, 11/17/15)

According To Analysis By CNBC, Connecticut Is Ranked 47 In Cost Of Doing Business. ("America's Top States For Business 2015," CNBC, Accessed 4/21/16)

And Connecticut Voters Can't Trust Clinton With Their Health Care, As The Law She Champions Leaves Them With Less Insurance Options

Clinton: "Before It Was Called ObamaCare, It Was Called HillaryCare, As You Remember." CLINTON: "Before it was called ObamaCare, it was called HillaryCare, as you remember. I fought really hard. The insurance companies and the drug companies spent millions against me." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall, 3/4/16)

Connecticut's Exchange Will Lose UnitedHealth Plans In 2017. "UnitedHealthcare will stop offering plans through Connecticut's health insurance exchange after this year, continuing the company's departure from the state-level marketplaces created by the federal health law." (Arielle Becker, "UnitedHealthcare Will Leave CT Exchange In 2017," The Associated Press, 4/19/16)

MARYLAND: ON CERTAIN ISSUES, HILLARY CLINTON HAS PLAYED POLITICS AND BEEN A JOHNNY COME LATELY, FUELING LIBERALS' DOUBTS

As Clinton Tries To Distance Herself From The Clinton Administration's 1994 Crime Bill, A Look At History Shows That Not Only Did Her Husband Campaign On Being Tough On Crime, But Clinton Herself Actively Lobbied For Crime Laws That Saw A Massive Increase In The Number Of Prisoners

At A Recent Rally In Baltimore, "Clinton Was Repeatedly Interrupted By Protestors Who Carried Signs Questioning Her Husband's Criminal Justice Policies." Clinton was repeatedly interrupted by protesters who carried signs questioning her husband's criminal justice policies." (John Fritze, "Hillary Clinton Makes Case For Cities In Baltimore," The Baltimore Sun, 4/10/16)

  • The New York Times 's Lawrence Downes Noted That Clinton Misses The Mark On Criminal Justice Reform In Baltimore And Needs To Address The Rampant Violence That Plagues The City. "When Mrs. Clinton demanded 'fresh thinking and bold action' to mend the justice system and repair shattered lives and communities of color, she was about half right. The country needs bold action, for sure. But fresh thinking? Not really…That's because while Mrs. Clinton spoke to these issues with bracing (for her) bluntness and energy on Wednesday, and seems to have evolved from the more conventionally tough-on-crime politician she was in the 1990s and in her 2008 presidential campaign, the solutions she was listing have been known for years. For decades. …And when she proposes these solutions, let's hope they are fresh and bold. But it's past time for 'national conversations.' Sympathy and speeches are not enough. Our elected officials at every level need to pass the right laws and spend enough money to truly address the underlying reality of endemic racism in our country 50 years after the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act." (Lawrence Downes, Op-Ed, "On Baltimore, Hillary Clinton Is Half Right," The New York Times, 4/30/15)

In 2015, Clinton Said "I'm Not Sure I Agree" When Asked By Black Lives Matter Protesters If The Tough-On-Crime Policies Of The 1990s Didn't Work Before Conceding That "A Lot Of What Was Tried" Failed. CLINTON: "Now, I'm not sure I agree with you. I'm not sure I disagree that any kind of government action often has consequences. And certainly, the War on Drugs, which was started back in the '80s, has had consequences. Increasing penalties for crime and 'three strikes and you're out,' and all of those kinds of actions have consequences… Now, I do think that a lot of what was tried and how it was implemented has not produced the kinds of outcomes that any of us would want." (Darren Sands, "#BlackLivesMatter Boston Releases First Videos Of Exchange With Clinton," BuzzFeed, 8/18/15)

  • Before Officially Declaring Her Candidacy, Clinton Began To Try And Create Distance From Her Own Legacy Building The Current Criminal Justice System. "'Each of us has to grapple with some hard truths about race and justice in America. Because despite all the progress we've made together, African-Americans, and most particularly, African-American men, are still more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charge with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms,' she said." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Hillary Clinton Takes On 'Hard Truths About Race And Justice,'" MSNBC, 12/4/14)

Clinton Was A Prominent Supporter Of Her Husband's Omnibus Crime Bill, Calling It A "Well-Thought Out Crime Bill That Is Both Smart And Tough." "As first lady, Clinton helped push the omnibus crime bill in public, calling it a "well-thought out crime bill that is both smart and tough" in a 1994 interview." (Jeremy Diamond, "Bill Clinton Concedes Role In Mass Incarceration," CNN, 5/7/15)

  • At A 1994 Annual Women In Policing Event, Clinton Said Advocated For "More Prisons," Three-Strikes Sentencing, And "More Police." CLINTON: ""We need more police, we need more and tougher prison sentences for repeat offenders. The 'three-strikes-and-you're-out' for violent offenders has to be part of the plan. We need more prisons to keep violent offenders for as long as it takes to keep them off the streets." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Annual Women In Policing, New York, NY, 8/10/94)

Under Bill Clinton, The Federal And State Prison Population Increased More Than Under Any Other President In History, More Than The Previous Two Presidents Combined. "The federal and state prison populations rose more under former President Bill Clinton than under any other president, according to a report from a criminal justice institute to be released today. In fact, the analysis of U.S. Justice Department statistics by the left-leaning Justice Policy Institute, a project of a San Francisco-based justice center, found that more federal inmates were added to prisons under Clinton than under presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan combined." (Greg Krikorian, "Federal And State Prison Populations Soared Under Clinton, Report Finds," Los Angeles Times, 2/19/01)

On Several Other Key Issues, Clinton Has Been A Johnny Come Lately To Her Current Liberal Positions

In 2012 Maryland Residents Voted To Legalize Same Sex Marriage. "In a ballot initiative Tuesday, Maryland residents voted to legalize same-sex marriage starting next year. The vote on Maryland's Question Six marked the first time voters decided by referendum to approve gay marriage. Other states that have legalized gay marriage have done so through state legislatures and the courts. In March, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed a gay marriage law, but it was put on hold after opponents gathered enough signatures to force a public vote." (Allen McDuffee, "Maryland Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage," The Washington Post, 11/7/12)

  • In 2013, Clinton Came Out In Support Of Same Sex Marriage. "Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton has come out in support of gay marriage, making her announcement in a video released by Human Rights Campaign." (Rachel Weiner, "Hillary Clinton Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage," The Washington Post , 3/18/13)

Maryland Has "Second-Tier Licenses," Which Allows "Immigrants Who Do Not Have Full Legal Documentation To Drive." "Thousands of immigrants living here without legal permission will start the new year demonstrating skills in parallel parking and two-point turns in hopes of becoming licensed drivers in Maryland. Maryland joins a handful of states on Jan. 1 that issue so-called 'second-tier' licenses that allow immigrants who do not have full legal documentation to drive on Maryland roads, register cars and obtain insurance. The licenses will not suffice as federal identification." (Pamela Wood, "Thousands Of Immigrants Seek Drivers Licenses," Baltimore Sun, 12/31/13)

  • Clinton's Current Support For Driver's Licenses For Illegal Immigrants "Is The Latest Example Of Clinton's Efforts To Avoid The Pitfalls That Doomed Her 2008 Bid For The Democratic Nomination." "The statement -- simple and straightforward as it is -- is the latest example of Clinton's effort to avoid the pitfalls that doomed her 2008 bid for the Democratic nomination. During that election, she came under fire from her opponents for giving a vague and contradictory answer about her position during a primary debate." (Jose DelReal, "This Time, Hillary Clinton Supports Giving Driver's Licenses To Undocumented Immigrants," The Washington Post , 4/16/15)
  • In 2007 Clinton Bluntly Stated That She Opposed Driver's Licenses For Illegal Immigrants. "Senator Hillary Clinton has come out firmly against giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, one day before a debate against her fellow Democrats, who have put her on the defensive on the issue. Her campaign issued a statement saying that she supported Gov. Eliot Spitzer's decision today to drop his plan for such licenses. 'I support Governor Spitzer's decision today to withdraw his proposal,' she said in the statement. 'As president, I will not support driver's licenses for undocumented people and will press for comprehensive immigration reform that deals with all of the issues around illegal immigration, including border security and fixing our broken system.'" (Katharine Q. Seelye, "Clinton Now Against Licenses For Illegal Immigrants,"The New York Times , 11/14/07)

And Marylanders Can't Trust Clinton With Their Health Care, As The Law She Champions Leaves Them With Less Insurance Options

Clinton: "Before It Was Called ObamaCare, It Was Called HillaryCare, As You Remember." CLINTON: "Before it was called ObamaCare, it was called HillaryCare, as you remember. I fought really hard. The insurance companies and the drug companies spent millions against me." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall, 3/4/16)

Maryland Will Lose UnitedHealth's Participation In Their Marketplace For 2017. "UnitedHealth hasn't listed the markets it's leaving, and confirmations of the withdrawals have been trickling in from regulators in the 34 states where the company sold plans for this year. Florida, Kansas and Massachusetts said Wednesday that the insurer will leave their exchanges for 2017, joining states including Texas, North Carolina and Maryland (see table below)." (Zachary Tracer, "UnitedHealth To Exit Obamacare In 22 States To Stem Losses," Bloomberg , 4/20/16)

DELAWARE: IN TRUE CLINTONIAN FASHION, CLINTON MAKES TAX FRIENDLY STATES LIKE DELAWARE A POLITICAL PUNCHING BAG WHILE BENEFITING FROM ITS PRO-BUSINESS POLICIES

While Clinton Has Spoken Out Against Companies Utilizing Tax Loopholes To Avoid Paying What They Owe, She And Her Husband Have Several Companies Listed At A Delaware Address That Is Home To More Than 250,000 Businesses That Utilize Delaware's Business-Friendly Laws

Clinton Has Spoken Out Against Tax Havens, Saying "You Should Pay What You Owe, Just Like Everybody Else." "'Fundamentally, this is not only about fairness, this is about patriotism,' Clinton said. 'If you became successful in America .... you have benefited from American tax dollars and flourished because of all the things that make America great, you should pay what you owe, just like everybody else.'" (Samantha Lachman, "Hillary Clinton Promises Crackdown On Tax-Dodging U.S. Companies," The Huffington Post, 12/9/15)

1209 North Orange Street In Wilmington "Has Served As The Registered Address For More Than 250,000 Businesses" Utilizing Delaware's Business-Friendly Laws. "The single-story brick building at 1209 North Orange St. in downtown Wilmington, Del., looks bland and innocuous. But the building, home to the Corporation Trust Company, has an intriguing claim to fame. In the last few years, it has served as the registered address for more than 250,000 businesses, giving companies around the world access to Delaware's business-friendly laws." (Ana Swanson, "How The U.S. Became One Of The World's Biggest Tax Havens," The Washington Post, 4/5/16)

The Clintons Set Up Two Companies At This Address And Have Received Income Through Them. "Hillary and Bill Clinton quietly set up two shell companies listed at '1209 North Orange Street' in 2008 and 2013, the Washington Free Beacon has found. The names of the companies, but not their location, were first made public in tax filings released by Hillary Clinton last year. According to records, one of the Clintons' '1209 North Orange Street' companies is WJC, LLC, which was set up by Bill Clinton in 2008 as a pass-through for his consulting fees. Another company at the same location, ZFS Holdings, LLC, was set up in February 2013, one week after Hillary Clinton left the State Department. Hillary Clinton received $5.5 million from her book publisher, Simon & Schuster, through the company." (Alana Goodman, "This Delaware Address Is Home To 200,000 Shell Companies - Including Hillary Clinton's," The Washington Free Beacon, 4/11/16)

"The Clinton Foundation Also Has Three Shell Companies In Delaware." "The Clinton Foundation also has three shell companies in Delaware, according to its amended financial disclosures released last year. One is the Acceso Fund, LLC, which was registered by the Corporation Trust Company at 1209 North Orange Street in 2009. The Clinton Foundation has used the company to channel money to its Colombia-based private equity fund, Fondo Acceso. The private equity fund, which is run out of the Clinton Foundation's Bogota office, has invested in telecom and food processing companies in Colombia, the Free Beacon reported last November. Another Clinton Foundation company, Acceso Worldwide Fund, Inc., was registered in 2013 by the Corporation Services Company, located in Wilmington, Delaware. A third company, the Haiti Development Fund, LLC, was registered in 2010 by National Corporate Research, Ltd, located in Dover." (Alana Goodman, "This Delaware Address Is Home To 200,000 Shell Companies - Including Hillary Clinton's," The Washington Free Beacon, 4/11/16)

RHODE ISLAND: DESPITE PLEDGING TO RAISE INCOME, CLINTON'S TAX PLANS WILL DO THE OPPOSITE FOR RHODE ISLAND

Despite Pledging To Raise Middle Class Incomes, Clinton Proposes A Tax Plan That Will Kill Jobs, Lower Wages And Slow Economic Growth In A State Already Struggling From Failed Liberal Policies

Clinton Has Campaigned On A Pledge Of Raising Middle Class Incomes. CLINTON: "I'm the only candidate in this race on either side who has said my goal is to raise your incomes, not your taxes, and that is a pledge." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks In Davenport, IA, 1/4/16)

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But According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Clinton’s Tax Proposals Would “Reduce The Economy’s Size By 1 Percent.” “According to the Tax Foundation’s Taxes and Growth Model, Hillary Clinton’s tax plan would reduce the economy’s size by 1 percent in the long run.” (Kyle Pomerleau and Michael Schuyler, “Details And Analysis Of Hillary Clinton’s Tax Proposals,” Tax Foundation, 1/26/16)

Rhode Island Is Not A Business-Friendly State, And Thus Has Little Potential For Economic Growth

According To Analysis By CNBC, Rhode Island Is Ranked 48 In Best States For Business. ("America's Top States For Business 2015," CNBC, Accessed 4/21/16)

According To Analysis By CNBC, Rhode Island Is Ranked 44 In Cost Of Doing Business. ("America's Top States For Business 2015," CNBC, Accessed 4/21/16)

According To Analysis By CNBC, Rhode Island Is Ranked 45 In Business Friendliness. ("America's Top States For Business 2015," CNBC, Accessed 4/21/16)

According To Analysis By CNBC, Rhode Island Is Ranked 45 In Access To Capital. ("America's Top States For Business 2015," CNBC, Accessed 4/21/16)

According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Rhode Island Is Ranked 45 In State Business Tax Climate. (Jared Walczak, Scott Drenkard, Joseph Henchman, "2016 State Business Tax Climate Index," Tax Foundation, 11/17/15)

According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Rhode Island Is Ranked 45 In Corporate Tax Rank. (Jared Walczak, Scott Drenkard, Joseph Henchman, "2016 State Business Tax Climate Index," Tax Foundation, 11/17/15)

According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Rhode Island Is Ranked 44 In Property Tax Rank. (Jared Walczak, Scott Drenkard, Joseph Henchman, "2016 State Business Tax Climate Index," Tax Foundation, 11/17/15)

And Rhode Islanders Can't Trust Clinton With Their Health Care, As The Law She Champions Leaves Them With Less Insurance Options

Clinton: "Before It Was Called ObamaCare, It Was Called HillaryCare, As You Remember." CLINTON: "Before it was called ObamaCare, it was called HillaryCare, as you remember. I fought really hard. The insurance companies and the drug companies spent millions against me." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall, 3/4/16)

UnitedHealth Will Depart From The Rhode Island Exchange. "UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, said Tuesday that in 2017 it will exit most of the 34 states where it offers plans on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges. Rhode Island's health insurance exchange, HealthSource RI, is among public health exchanges that UnitedHealth will withdraw from, according to a spokeswoman for the exchange Maria Tocco." (Carolyn Johnson, "UnitedHealth Pulling Out Of R.I. Health Exchange And Others Nationally," Providence Journal, 4/19/16)


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