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Debate Exchange of the Night

2014-10-30 Scott Brown

SCOTT BROWN HAS NO IDEA
WHERE SULLIVAN COUNTY IS LOCATED


WATCH:
Scott Brown Cluelessly Fumbles New Hampshire Specific Question
Jeanne Shaheen Takes Him to School On Her Record of Putting New Hampshire First

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXDK8nQF0xw

Shaheen Campaign Responds to More Attacks from Scott Brown’s Wall Street Allies

Scott Brown in 2010
Image by Wiki Commons
Scott Brown in 2010 Image by Wiki Commons

Scott Brown in 2010
Image by Wiki Commons

Manchester – The Shaheen Campaign today released the following statement responding to the latest attacks from “Ending Spending,” a Wall Street front group that has funneled millions of dollars into New Hampshire in an attempt to buy Scott Brown a Senate seat:

“Jeanne Shaheen is the only candidate in this race with a record of making a difference for New Hampshire families. Scott Brown’s out-of-state Wall Street allies are trying to buy him a Senate seat with more attack ads so he can get back to protecting special interests, just like he did when he lived in Massachusetts. This ad is just more proof that Scott Brown is for the big corporations and Wall Street, not New Hampshire.”

Earlier attack ads from “Ending Spending” were widely discredited because of their dishonest claims that were labeled “false” and “scandalous.”

One attack ad was so false that a television station in Boston pulled it off the air.

Want to know more about this group that calls itself “Ending Spending”?  Read the USA Today analysis “Mega-influence: These 42 dominate super PAC donations” here.

Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Must Come Clean with Granite Staters

Cash Bribe Politician Money

Did He Let SAIC Give a 5% Raise to Consultants at Heart of Massive $500 Million Fraud Scandal?

Either Havenstein Was Deliberately Dishonest in WMUR Debate or He Didn’t Realize His Company Gave a Raise to The Fraudsters at Heart of CityTime Scandal with Project Already $500 Million Over Budget — Either Way, It Proves Again Why He Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Run New Hampshire

Cash Bribe Politician MoneyManchester, NH – In last night’s WMUR debate, failed CEO Walt Havenstein tried to deny the fact that SAIC gave a five-percent across-the-board raise to those at the center of the massive CityTime fraud scandal more than a year into his tenure as CEO. But with public documents confirming the facts, Havenstein must level with Granite Staters about whether he was deliberately dishonest in WMUR’s debate or he didn’t realize his company gave a raise to the fraudsters at the heart of the CityTime scandal with the project already $500 million over budget.

“Failed CEO Walt Havenstein must immediately come clean with Granite Staters about why SAIC gave the consultants at the heart of the massive CityTime fraud scandal a 5% across-the-board raise more than a year into his tenure,” said Hassan Campaign Press Secretary Aaron Jacobs. “Either Havenstein was deliberately dishonest with Granite Staters during last night’s debate, or he was completely clueless about his company giving an across-the-board raise to the fraudsters at the heart of the CityTime scandal. But either way, it simply proves once again why New Hampshire can’t afford to let him mismanage the state.”

“Even if Havenstein was unaware of the massive fraud scheme that took place under his watch as CEO, it’s still beyond belief that he would allow his company to hand out raises to those responsible for a project going $500 million over budget on the taxpayers’ dime. What’s worse, his refusal to take responsibility shows he puts his own interests first, no matter who gets hurt,” added Jacobs.

BACKGROUND

During Walt Havenstein’s time as CEO of SAIC, the U.S. Department of Justice discovered that his company was involved in a massive, $500 million fraud scheme against taxpayers.

Despite Havenstein’s claims that he took action and held people accountable, the New York Daily News reported that, “In early December 2010, only weeks before federal agents launched the first arrests in the scandal, the city’s Office of Payroll Administration permitted SAIC to give 5% across-the-board pay increases to all consultants supplied by Technodyne.” [NY Daily News, 11/21/13]

The employees and owners of the TechnoDyne consulting firm were at the heart of the massive CityTime fraud scheme. Before the U.S. Department of Justice discovered the scheme, SAIC employees funneled $400 million in taxpayer dollars to TechnoDyne. [US DOJ Press Release, 6/20/11]

The across-the-board pay increase for all TechnoDyne consultants came over a year after Havenstein became CEO of SAIC on September 21, 2009. At the time of the raise, the CityTime project was already hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. [NY Times, 12/15/10]

See here for public documents showing that SAIC gave a five-percent raise to the TechnoDyne consultants on December 9, 2010, just six days before the U.S. Department of Justice’s first round of arrests in the case.

Fact-Checking Walt Havenstein

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walt havensteinFACT CHECK: New Hampshire ALREADY has one of the BEST “Business Tax Climates” in the Nation

Fact: Despite Walt Havenstein’s misleading claims, the very study his campaign has cited – the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index – shows that New Hampshire’s business tax climate ranks 7th best in the country (and number one in New England).

The Council on State Taxation (COST) also tallied “all of the taxes paid by businesses in a given state, not just corporate income taxes, but property, sales, and personal income taxes as well” and found “that figure was 4.2 percent in FY 2012, markedly lower than the national average of 4.8 percent and less than 38 other states.” [NHFPI, 8/6/14]

FACT CHECK: So-Called “Right to Work”

Fact: Despite Havenstein’s claims, so-called “right to work” really means “right to work for less.”

The Economic Policy Institute’s report, “’Right-to-Work’ Wrong for New Hampshire,” explains that “Contrary to what RTW backers have claimed, the scientific analysis of right-to-work laws shows that they lower wages and benefits for both union and nonunion workers alike without exhibiting any positive impact on job growth.”

(Read NHLN coverage of Right to Work (for Less) here and here.)

FACT CHECK: Havenstein’s Misleading and Dishonest Budget Attacks

Fact: Governor Hassan has repeatedly pledged that she would veto an income or sales tax if one were to reach her desk.

Walt Havenstein’s false attack ignores that agencies are required by law “to submit both a maintenance budget that includes the cost of existing services going forward and a budget that incorporates new costs such as additional personnel or new legislatively mandated programs or technology.” [Union Leader, 10/14/14]

Havenstein’s misleading attack also ignores that Governor Hassan told state agencies their budget requests are non-starters, and already instructed agencies to submit lower proposals. [Union Leader, 8/7/14]

FACT CHECK: Havenstein’s Highway Fund Plan Cuts Troopers, Ignores Constitution

Fact: Walt Havenstein’s plan to cut the Department of Safety’s funding would take troopers off the road and make New Hampshire’s highways less safe.

The New Hampshire Constitution says that the highway funds shall be used for “the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of public highways within this state, including the supervision of traffic thereon.”  [NH Constitution, Part Second, Article 6-a]  The reference to the “supervision of traffic” allows highway funds to be given to the Department of Safety to fund state troopers.

In her bipartisan budget, Governor Hassan worked to maintain New Hampshire’s status as one of the safest states in the nation by putting more troopers on the road. By cutting the Department of Safety’s highway funding, Havenstein would reverse this effort and pull troopers off New Hampshire’s highways.

FACT CHECK: Havenstein’s Failed Record as CEO of SAIC

Fact: Failed CEO Walt Havenstein drove SAIC into the ground, the company lost millions, shed thousands of jobs, and saw its stock value nose-dive.

Despite Havenstein’s attempts to duck responsibility for the company’s performance during his disastrous tenure, the Nashua Telegraph pointed out that, “there’s little to dispute the company’s stock and job loss performance.”

Speaking of the strategy Havenstein put in place at SAIC to push for big government contracts, the Washington Post added, “The company struggled under the strategy, watching its profit and revenue decline.”

FACT CHECK: Over a Year Into Havenstein’s Tenure as CEO, SAIC Gave a 5% Raise to Consultants at Heart of Massive CityTime Fraud Scandal

Fact: During Walt Havenstein’s time as CEO of SAIC, the U.S. Department of Justice discovered that his company was involved in a massive, $500 million fraud scheme against taxpayers.

Despite Havenstein’s claims that he took action and held people accountable, the New York Daily News reported that, “In early December 2010, only weeks before federal agents launched the first arrests in the scandal, the city’s Office of Payroll Administration permitted SAIC to give 5% across-the-board pay increases to all consultants supplied by Technodyne.” [NY Daily News, 11/21/13]

The employees and owners of the TechnoDyne consulting firm were at the heart of the massive CityTime fraud scheme. Before the U.S. Department of Justice discovered the scheme, SAIC employees funneled $400 million in taxpayer dollars to TechnoDyne. [US DOJ Press Release, 6/20/11]

The across-the-board pay increase for all TechnoDyne consultants came over a year after Havenstein became CEO of SAIC on September 21, 2009. At the time of the raise, the CityTime project was already hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. [NY Times, 12/15/10]

See here for public documents showing that SAIC gave a five-percent raise to the TechnoDyne consultants on December 9, 2010, just six days before the U.S. Department of Justice’s first round of arrests in the case.

 

At Manchester Small Business, Shaheen Highlights Her Record Of Putting New Hampshire Jobs First

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Shaheen Continues ‘GOTV-New Hampshire Tour”, Contrasting Her Record With Scott Brown’s Pro-Outsourcing Agenda

Shaheen-021109-18432- 0009Manchester – Senator Jeanne Shaheen continued her “GOTV-New Hampshire Tour” this morning at Dyn in Manchester, where she discussed how her record of supporting New Hampshire small businesses stands in stark contrast to Scott Brown’s record supporting out-of-state corporate interests, including companies that outsource American jobs. The Senator also held a Q and A with Dyn employees.

“New Hampshire deserves a Senator who is going to stand up for our small businesses, not someone who fights for corporate interests at the expense of the middle class,” said Shaheen. “I’ve fought to close special tax loopholes for companies that outsource American jobs and instead led the fight to pass legislation that cut taxes for our small businesses because I know that’s how we ought to be supporting our economy here in New Hampshire.”

“Scott Brown’s record is clear. He championed billions in tax giveaways to Big Oil companies, special breaks for Wall Street banks, and even voted for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. That’s just further proof that he’s not for New Hampshire,” Shaheen added.

Jeanne Shaheen has been a champion for New Hampshire small businesses. She led the fight to pass the Small Business Jobs Act, which cut taxes for small businesses, increased businesses’ access to credit, and helped companies export their products overseas. That legislation has helped countless New Hampshire businesses grow and create jobs but as a Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown voted against it.

Meanwhile, Scott Brown supported special breaks for Big Oil, Wall Street and companies that offshore American jobs. Since losing in Massachusetts, Brown has made over a quarter million dollars as a board member of a company that touts outsourcing American jobs to China and Mexico as part of its business plan. Legal documents dated just two days before Brown entered the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire bear Brown’s signature endorsing the company’s outsourcing strategy.

Shea-Porter Endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

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Organization Chooses Shea-Porter Over Guinta for November 4th Election

MANCHESTER—The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), a nonpartisan organization representing millions of members nationwide, has endorsed Carol Shea-Porter for re-election to Congress in New Hampshire’s First District.

ARA -Carol Shea Porter Endorsement 4“As a former social worker, senior center director, and a caregiver to her parents, Carol knows how vital seniors’ earned benefits are, and she’s fighting to protect them. She will keep working to strengthen and defend these programs, and will always oppose Frank Guinta’s reckless plans to voucherize Medicare and cut Social Security,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly.

NCPSSM President Max Richtman said, “Our nation needs your continued leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans. You earned the endorsement of the National Committee because you understand and support the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation’s older citizens and their families.”

During the 2014 election cycle, Shea-Porter has earned endorsements from a number of senior advocacy groups, including the Alliance for Retired Americans and Senior Votes Count.

Full text of the NCPSSM Endorsement Letter:

Dear Congresswoman Shea-Porter:

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, on behalf of its millions of members and supporters, enthusiastically endorses your candidacy for re-election to the United States House of Representatives.

Our nation needs your continued leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans. You earned the endorsement of the National Committee because you understand and support the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation’s older citizens and their families. You are well-prepared to serve the needs of seniors and their families and will continue to make the preservation of Social Security and Medicare a priority in office.

You understand that renewed calls to privatize Social Security would undermine the nation’s most successful social insurance program. You appreciate that Social Security has not contributed to the nation’s debt and that its modest benefits are earned and should not be cut in order to reduce spending. You recognize fully that Medicare is crucial to the health of older Americans, many of whom cannot afford higher out-of-pocket costs that some in Congress are calling for as a way of reducing federal spending while doing nothing to restrain general health care inflation. You appreciate that steps already have been taken to extend the viability of Medicare, to close the prescription drug “donut hole,” to provide preventive services without copays and deductibles, and that these noteworthy improvements should not be repealed. National Committee members and supporters want you to protect and enhance Social Security and Medicare – the twin pillars necessary to a good qualify of life for Americans of all ages – in the United States House of Representatives.

There is no membership in the nation more aware or active politically than the men and women who proudly are associated with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. National Committee members know they can count on you!

Sincerely,

Max Richtman
President/CEO
Chairman, NCPSSM-PAC Board of Directors

Concord Police Patrolmen’s Association Endorses Governor Maggie Hassan for Her Strong Bipartisan Leadership to Keep Our Cities Safe

Fifth Public Safety Organization to Endorse Governor Hassan for Re-Election

Maggie HassanConcord—Citing her strong bipartisan leadership to solve problems and help keep our cities safe, the Concord Police Patrolmen’s Association endorsed Governor Maggie Hassan for re-election.

“Governor Hassan is the strong bipartisan leader our public safety officials need, and she has never wavered in her commitment to strengthening public safety in the City of Concord and throughout the state,” said CPPA President Brian Cook. “We’re proud to endorse Governor Hassan for re-election because she has proven that she not only understands the support we need to keep our communities safe, but she also knows how to work across party lines to get results.

“As Governor, I’ve seen on nearly a daily basis how hard our police officers work to protect our communities while treating the public with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Ensuring the safety of our citizens is the most important responsibility of state government, and it’s a great honor to have earned the support of the Concord Police Patrolmen’s Association again this year. Through our bipartisan budget, we’ve made critical investments in public safety, without a sales or income tax, and I will continue working to bring people together across party lines to help keep our communities safe.”

“Together, we’ve maintained drug task force teams, restored the CHINS program, and expanded access to substance and alcohol treatment coverage, and we can’t afford to let my opponent pull us backward. My opponent has proposed a ‘plan’ that would blow a $90 million hole in the budget to give more tax giveaways to big businesses, undermining our bipartisan progress to provide our public safety officials with the resources they need to keep our citizens safe,” added Governor Hassan.

Through her bipartisan budget, Governor Hassan fought to protect critical investments in public safety – without a sales or income tax. The Governor restored the CHINS program, invested in drug task force teams, funded the cold case unit, and launched Media Power Youth, a public-private initiative to increase media literacy and reduce and prevent youth violence.

The Governor also worked across party lines to strengthen community-based mental health services and pass a bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan that is providing coverage for mental health and substance use treatment to thousands of hard-working Granite Staters, strengthening the safety and well being of our communities.

The CPPA is the fifth public safety organization to endorse Governor Hassan for re-election, joining the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association, Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Police Association, and Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association.

NH Sierra Club Endorses 84 Candidates for State Office

2014 NH Sierra Club Environmental Champions

Environmental Champions Praised

2014 NH Sierra Club Environmental ChampionsCONCORD, NH—The New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club has released its list of carefully selected candidates running for Executive Council, State Senate and State House of Representatives. The Chapter endorsements include 70 NH State Representatives, 11 State Senators, and 3 Executive Councilors. Of the total 84 endorsed candidates, each has expressed concern for the New Hampshire environment, protecting our beautiful landscapes, and the impact of pollution on human health.

“We are very pleased to announce today that the New Hampshire Sierra Club officially endorses for election these Environmental Champions,” said Jim Allmendinger, the Political Committee Co-Chair for the New Hampshire Sierra Club.

“These candidates are our best hope for preserving clean air and clean water; protecting the wild places of New Hampshire; and all of the local businesses that benefit from our abundant environmental wealth,” continued Allmendinger. “The incumbents worked hard to un-do former House Speaker O’Brien’s radical conservative agenda that dismantled smart, popular energy programs and threatened other successful state programs. The new candidates showed their support for key environmental issues facing the state, using creative problem solving techniques, not business as usual political games.”

“New Hampshire Sierra Club endorsed these candidates based on responses to an in-depth questionnaire, voting record, and history of environmental involvement. The New Hampshire Sierra Club endorsement list will be distributed to the members in the state online and in the mail. Members will be encouraged to volunteer and support the various campaigns in a vigorous state-wide member to member outreach program.”

Executive Council Candidates

District 3: Robin McLane, New Castle

District 4: Chris Pappas, Manchester

District 5: Diane Sheehan, Nashua

State Senate Candidates

District 1: Jeff Woodburn, Dalton

District 2: Carolyn Mello, Holderness

District 3: John White, Wolfeboro Falls

District 4: David Watters, Dover

District 6: Richard Leonard, New Durham

District 8: Linda Tanner, Georges Mills

District 10: Molly Kelly, Keene

District 12: Peggy Gilmore, Hollis

District 15: Dan Feltes, Concord

District 17: Nancy Fraher, Chichester

District 21: Martha Fuller Clark, Portsmouth

State House Candidates

Belknap  District 3 — Thomas W. Dawson (Laconia)

Carroll District 7 — Edward A. Butler (Hart’s Location)

Cheshire District 1 — Paul Berch (Westmoreland)

Cheshire District 9 — Douglas Ley (Jaffrey)

Cheshire District 14 — Patricia Martin (Rindge)

Cheshire District 15 — Dick Thackston (Troy)

Coos District 5 — John E. Tholl, Jr. (Whitefield)

Grafton District 8 — Suzanne Smith (Hebron)

Grafton District 9 — Judy Wallick (Grafton)

Grafton District 11 — Chuck Townsend (Canaan)

Grafton District 13 — Richard Abel (Lebanon)

Grafton District 15 — Terri Mertz (Piermont)

Hillsborough District 4 — Carol R. Roberts (Wilton)

Hillsborough District 7 — Brendon S. Browne (Bedford)

Hillsborough District 16 — David McCloskey (Manchester)

Hillsborough District 17 — Timothy J. Smith (Manchester)

Hillsborough District 19 — Bob Backus (Manchester)

Hillsborough District 21 — Dick Bean (Merrimack)

Hillsborough District 21 — Brenda E. Grady (Merrimack)

Hillsborough District 21 — Jo Ann Rotast (Merrimack)

Hillsborough District 26 — Melanie Levesque (Brookline)

Hillsborough District 26 — Gale Taylor (Brookline)

Hillsborough District 28 — Sylvia E. Gale (Nashua)

Hillsborough District 28 — Jan Schmidt (Nashua)

Hillsborough District 28 — Thomas D. Woodward (Nashua)

Hillsborough District 29 — Suzanne Harvey (Nashua)

Hillsborough District 29 — Suzanne M. Vail (Nashua)

Hillsborough District 31 — David E. Cote (Nashua)

Hillsborough District 37 — Jeremy Muller (Hudson)

Hillsborough District 37 — Kevin P. Riley (Hudson)

Hillsborough District 37 — Eric P. Estevez (Pelham)

Hillsborough District 38 — Richard D. McNamara (Hillsborough)

Hillsborough District 45 — Sean M. Burns (Manchester)

Merrimack District 2 — Scott A. Burns (Franklin)

Merrimack District 3 — Leigh A. Webb (Franklin)

Merrimack District 3 — Deborah H. Wheeler (Northfield)

Merrimack District 6 — Barbara C. French (Henniker)

Merrimack District 10 — Mel Myler (Hopkinton)

Merrimack District 20 — Richard W. DeBold (Chichester)

Merrimack District 25 — David Karrick (Warner)

Merrimack District 26 — Lorrie J. Carey (Boscawen)

Merrimack District 28 — Katherine D. Rogers (Concord)

Merrimack District 29 — Nancy L. Heath (Epsom)

Rockingham District 2 — Hal Rafter (Nottingham)

Rockingham District 6 — Mary L. Till (Derry)

Rockingham District 8 — Camron Iannalfo (Salem)

Rockingham District 8 — Dennis Iannalfo (Salem)

Rockingham District 9 — Barbara S. Helmstetter (Epping)

Rockingham District 14 — Harlan Cheney (Atkinson)

Rockingham District 14 — Jean Sanders (Atkinson)

Rockingham District 19 — C. David London (Stratham)

Rockingham District 21 — Robert R. Cushing (Hampton)

Rockingham District 30 — Jackie Cali-Pitts (Portsmouth)

Rockingham District 31 — Tamara Le (North Hampton)

Rockingham District 32 — Maureen R. Mann (Deerfield)

Rockingham District 33 — George Manos (Danville)

Rockingham District 33 — Steven J. Woitkun (Danville)

Strafford District 1 — Larry Brown (Milton)

Strafford District 1 — Candace Cole-McCrea (Milton)

Strafford District 2 — Martin G. Laferte (Farmington)

Strafford District 6 — Timothy Horrigan (Durham)

Strafford District 6 — Marjorie K. Smith( Durham)

Strafford District 6 — Janet G. Wall (Madbury)

Strafford District 14 — Bill Baber (Dover)

Strafford District 16 — Len DiSesa (Dover)

Strafford District 17 — Peter Bixby (Dover)

Sullivan District 1 — Lee W. Oxenham (Plainfield)

Sullivan District 4 — Larry Converse (Claremont)

Sullivan District 9 — Virginia O’Brien-Irwin (Newport)

Sullivan District 10 — John R. Cloutier (Claremont)

Sullivan District 11 — Linda Wooddell (Charlestown)

Fact-Checking Marilinda Garcia

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FACT CHECK:  Marilinda Garcia Missing in Action in Legislature

Fact: Marilinda Garcia wants to represent New Hampshire in Washington, but as a state representative she failed to show up to vote in Concord on behalf of her Salem constituents.

Tea Party candidate Marilinda Garcia has been taken to task by New Hampshire reporters for failing to show up and vote in the New Hampshire state legislature.  In fact, Garcia has missed votes on major issues facing the state, like Medicaid expansion and casino gambling.  Over the course of her career, Garcia missed over 20 percent of roll call votes, and over 50% of votes in 2010 alone. [New Hampshire General Court Voting Record]

Annie Kuster, on the other hand, has one of the best voting records in Congress and has been present for 98.9 percent of the votes that took place during her time in Congress.

FACT CHECK:  Marilinda Garcia Misleads Voters on Medicare

Fact: Annie Kuster has never voted to cut Medicare.

In an effort to distract voters from her extreme record, Tea Party candidate Marilinda Garcia falsely claimed that Annie Kuster supports cutting billions from Medicare in order to fund the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  This false attack been consistently debunked by independent fact checkers. In fact, the ACA reduces future overpayments to private health care providers and strengthens Medicare by reducing prescription drug costs for seniors.

Kuster is the only candidate in this race with a record of protecting programs important to New Hampshire seniors, including Medicare and Social Security.  Garcia, on the other hand, voted to “privatize all aspects of Social Security.” [New Hampshire General Court, HCR39, Vote 190, 3/21/12]

FACT CHECK:  Marilinda Garcia Voted Against Fully Funding Veterans Benefits

Fact: Marilinda Garcia has a troubling record of opposing full funding for veterans programs.

In 2007, Tea Party candidate Marilinda Garcia voted against a resolution urging Congress to fully fund veterans’ benefits.  [New Hampshire General Court, HR10, Vote 71, 3/28/07]. And when asked at a recent candidates forum where she would cut the federal budget, Garcia spoke out against requests for increased funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs, despite the fact that Republicans and Democrats in the House overwhelmingly approved a recent funding increase by a vote of 420 to 5.

As a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Kuster has advocated for newly enacted reforms to increase VA resources, hold corrupt officials accountable, and ensure New Hampshire veterans can access medical care faster and closer to home.

FACT CHECK:  Marilinda Garcia Opposes Paycheck Fairness Act

Fact: Marilinda Garcia opposes the Paycheck Fairness Act, and other efforts to support equal pay for equal work.

State representative Marilinda Garcia says she opposes the Paycheck Fairness Act, to help eliminate wage discrimination based on gender. Congresswoman Kuster has a strong record of fighting to level the playing field for Granite State women, and she is a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

FACT CHECK:  Marilinda Garcia Wants to Send Doctors to Jail for Performing Medical Procedures to Save a Mother’s Life

Fact: Marilinda Garcia would send doctors to jail for performing abortions – even if the procedure is necessary to save a mother’s life.

In 2008, Garcia voted to make it illegal for doctors to perform an abortion even if the life of the mother is at risk. NH1 actually did a fact check on Garcia’s position, and found that Garcia does indeed support criminalizing doctors who perform abortions, regardless of whether the mother’s life is at risk.

This position is far outside of the mainstream of New Hampshire, and would be devastating for Granite State women and their families. No doctor should ever be sent to jail for attempting to save the life of a mother. But Garcia wants to ban abortions with no exceptions – even in the cases of rape, incest, and saving the life of the mother. She is simply too extreme for New Hampshire.

FACT CHECK:  Marilinda Garcia Misleads Voters on Record on Rail Infrastructure

Fact: Marilinda Garcia claimed she wanted to know whether the proposed commuter rail project was “feasible,” yet voted to repeal the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority when it was conducting the feasibility study for the project. [New Hampshire General Court, HB218, Vote 105, 3/17/11]

Teachers throw support behind Martha Fuller Clark

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NEA-NH and AFT-NH show solidarity and stand united behind the candidacy of Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth)

martha fuller clark campaign(Portsmouth, NH) The state’s largest teachers’ unions are in solidarity behind Sen. Martha Fuller Clark’s re-election campaign, said Clark’s campaign in a statement released today.

“I’m very grateful to New Hampshire’s teachers for their continued support,” Clark said. “We need to continue to fund and support our public education system until New Hampshire’s schools are the envy of the nation and the world. The surest way to build a durable economy for our future is to educate the workforce that our employers need at all education levels.”

Senator Fuller Clark, whose political career has been marked by a consistent commitment to primary and secondary public education, has long enjoyed the support of New Hampshire’s teachers. In the last legislative session, Clark championed renewed funding for school building aid and introduced the first legislation designed to restore funding to the state’s university and community college systems – efforts that drove the new funding that allowed for tuition freezes and cuts across New Hampshire’s higher education system.

Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Dist. 21) is currently serving her eighth year in the Senate after serving in the state’s House of Representatives from 1990 through 2002. Clark was the Democratic nominee for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district in 2000 and again in 2002. Today, Sen. Clark serves as Vice-Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and, as a member of Democratic National Committee; Clark serves on the Resolutions Committee. In 2008 and 2012, she was a co-chair of the NH Committee to elect Barack Obama, a superdelegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, and was a member of the United States Electoral College in 2008, when she cast one of New Hampshire’s four electoral votes for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Since 1973, she and her husband, Dr. Geoffrey Clark, have lived in the Portsmouth where they raised their three children, Caleb, Nathaniel, and Anna.

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