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The NH AFL-CIO Endorses Kevin Cavanaugh For NH Senate

New Hampshire AFL-CIO President, Glenn Brackett, released the following statement on the organization’s endorsement of Kevin Cavanaugh in the District 16 State Senate Special Election scheduled for July 25.

“I am proud to announce the New Hampshire AFL-CIO’s endorsement of Kevin Cavanaugh in his effort to become the next New Hampshire State Senator from District 16. Having known Kevin for 30 years, I know he will bring a fresh perspective to the Senate and will work for common-sense solutions that benefit hard working families. He has shown this kind of leadership as an Alderman in Manchester where he has focused on combating his city’s opioid crisis, supporting workers, and improving public schools.

We were all stunned and saddened by the loss of State Senator Scott McGilvray earlier this year. Scott was a fellow union member and a steadfast champion of New Hampshire working families. The New Hampshire AFL-CIO knows that Kevin will take up Senator McGilvray’s mantle, and bring the concerns of middle-class Granite Staters to Concord. As a career union worker, Kevin understands the importance of protecting workers’ rights and providing opportunities for our working families to get ahead. The New Hampshire labor community has a true ally in Kevin Cavanaugh.

No one in this race understands the struggles of working families more personally than Kevin Cavanaugh, and no one will work harder for them. Kevin is, without question, the best choice for the working people of Senate District 16.”

Congresswoman Kuster Leads Heroin Task Force To A Bold Agenda For Next Two Years

Bipartisan Heroin Task Force Releases
Legislative Agenda for the 115th Congress

(Washington, DC) – Today, the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force led by Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) released its legislative agenda for the 115th Congress. The agenda includes commonsense, bipartisan legislation to address the opioid epidemic from the perspective of law enforcement, prevention, treatment, and recovery.

The bills included in the agenda include Jessie’s Law, the STOP OD Act, the Addiction Recovery Through Family Health Accounts Act, Road to Recovery Act, the INTERDICT Act, the Synthetic Drug Awareness Act, the CRIB Act, and the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act.

Full details of the legislative agenda are available here.

“The opioid addiction epidemic is a crisis that transcends politics,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “We know that tackling substance use requires a comprehensive approach that takes into account law enforcement, prevention, treatment, and recovery. The legislative agenda we released today represents the commonsense approach that the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force is committed to pursuing. I’m proud to stand with my colleagues on the Task Force to announce this agenda and look forward to working across the aisle to make progress in addressing the opioid epidemic.”

“The opioid crisis has touched so many families and communities across the United States,” said Congressman MacArthur.  “It has always been my belief that we must find a balance between showing compassion for those suffering with substance abuse, while stopping the flow of drugs into our communities and those who profit from other people’s misery.  I believe our legislative agenda represents this balance and I’m grateful members from both sides of the aisle could come together on this critical issue.  The agenda released today is a crucial step in our fight against drug abuse.”

“Drug overdoses involving prescription opioids and heroin have nearly quadrupled since 1999 and are now the leading cause of accidental death. In my home state of Pennsylvania, drug-related deaths and opioid addiction rates were among the highest in the country – rising 20 percent in one year, including a 50-percent increase in my district alone. It’s clear this epidemic is destroying precious lives and costing us resources,” said Congressman Fitzpatrick. “Fighting back against this addiction crisis requires a multi-faceted approach and the bold, bipartisan legislative agenda laid out by the Task Force responds to the real-world concerns expressed by local lawmakers, community leaders and healthcare professionals across the county who endeavor to tackle this epidemic each day. Together, we can win this fight.”

“In Williamstown, NJ – a town in my district – the heroin death rate is nearly 25 times the national average. It’s tragic and unacceptable. We need to take collaborative, bipartisan action to help the people in Williamstown and every town around the country,” said Congressman Norcross. “Last year we saw the largest annual jump in overdose deaths ever recorded in our country – it’s clear we must cross party lines to curb the opioid epidemic. The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force is standing together to offer commonsense legislative solutions because one preventable death is too many.”

The co-chairs of the Task Force were joined in today’s announcement by Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Evan Jenkins (R-WV), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Keith Rothfus (R-PA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Tim Walberg (R-MI), Peter Welch (D-VT), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Tom Suozzi (D-NY), and John Sarbanes (D-MD).

Full details below.

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Democratic Senators Demand Answers To Policy Changes To Civil Rights Protections In The Dept of Education

Shaheen, Hassan Join Senate Democrats to Call Out Secretary DeVos for Harmful Actions on Civil Rights Protections, Enforcement 

Betsy DeVos
Image by Gage Skidmore Feb 2017

Senators highlight numerous steps taken by Secretary DeVos to roll back civil rights enforcement and protections for students 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined 33 Senators today in sending a letter to Secretary DeVos citing major concerns with steps the U.S. Department of Education has taken under her leadership to diminish civil rights enforcement for students across the country. The Senators highlight a number of alarming steps Secretary DeVos has taken, including hosting events with anti-LGBTQ hate groups, proposing to slash the budget of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and scaling back OCR’s civil rights enforcements, among others.

Your testimony in front of Congress, your continued association with groups with records of supporting discrimination, and two memos written by the Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, have reemphasized longstanding concerns about your dedication to the idea that all students, no matter their race, religion, disability, country of origin, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, have a right to receive an education free from discrimination,” wrote the Senators.

In the letter the Senators continued to press DeVos on her failure to protect transgender students.

“We are also extremely disappointed in the Department’s failure to take actions to protect transgender students.  More than a third of transgender students report being the subject of harassment or bullying in school,[5] sixty percent of transgender youth report being forced to use bathrooms inconsistent with their gender identity,[6] and half of transgender children have seriously contemplated suicide.[7] Despite these shocking statistics, on February 22, 2017, the Department withdrew joint guidance on transgender students’ rights under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”).

On March 10, six Senators wrote you expressing outrage at that decision and asking how you intend to enforce civil rights protections for transgender students. While you have not yet answered that letter, recent steps by the Department suggest you will not act to protect transgender students. In fact, the Department has already abandoned its defense of some students who have experienced discrimination or harassment by dismissing or closing at least two cases involving transgender students and withdrawing previous findings of discrimination against the school districts.[8] ” 

The Senators are also demanding answers to open cases and policy changes within the Department of Education.

In order to fully understand the impact of recent policy and civil rights investigatory and enforcement changes at the Department and the Office of Civil Rights, please provide the following information and documents by July 11, 2017:

  • A list of all open OCR cases involving a transgender student as of January 30, 2017, disaggregated by the nature of the complaint, and the current status of each of these cases.
  • A list of all open OCR cases involving sexual assault or sexual harassment as of January 30, 2017 and the current status of those cases.
  • A list of all cases OCR has closed or dismissed between January 1, 2017, and today, and the specific reason each case was closed.
  • A complete, un-redacted copy of the manual used by investigators.
  • An explanation of how the Department intends to ensure that OCR investigators are making determinations about transgender students’ rights based on binding legal precedent in their region. 
  • An answer as to whether the Department will continue to post all resolution agreements online.
  • Any and all memoranda, analyses, or other communications discussing the rationale for, and impact of, policy changes affecting civil rights enforcement by the Department.
  • Any and all memoranda, analyses, or other communications discussing the rationale for, and impact of, proposed budget cuts in OCR.
  • A list of all metrics that will be used by the Department to assess effectiveness of civil rights enforcement.

There is no more serious responsibility of the Department than to ensure consistent, vigorous enforcement of civil rights laws and protections for all students.”

Due to the disturbing actions of the U.S. Department of Education and other agencies, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has opened a multi-agency investigation into whether the Trump Administration’s proposed budgets, staffing cuts, and policy priorities have increased the risk of discrimination.

The full letter is attached below.

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Shea-Porter Introduces Two Bills To Protect National Security, Taxpayers, And Civilian Workers

Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) introduced two bills relating to the military, our national security, and American workers.

The first bill introduced directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate how outsourcing manufacturing jobs to countries like China harms the United States defense industrial base and our national security.

“America’s military readiness relies on the strength of our domestic manufacturing capacity,” said Shea-Porter. “This much-needed report will examine how shipping jobs overseas to countries like China negatively impacts our national security.”

The GAO report would detail the national security implications of a diminished domestic industrial base and examine whether job outsourcing has weakened U.S. military supply chains or reduced our capability to manufacture state-of-the-art military systems and equipment.

Specifically, Shea-Porter’s bill requires the report to include:

  • An assessment of the material effects of outsourcing on the U.S. defense industrial base;
  • An assessment of the national security risks to the U.S. defense industrial base of outsourcing, including the integrity of the Department of Defense acquisition system, logistics network, and supply chains;
  • An assessment of the risks posed by outsourcing to the readiness of U.S. military forces to field a full spectrum of military capabilities; and
  • The risks posed by outsourcing and its effects on the U.S. defense industrial base to the capacity of the United States to sustain a protracted conflict against a near-peer adversary.

The second bill creates a comprehensive anticorruption plan to prevent foreign nations that host American military operations from siphoning U.S. taxpayer money.

“When our military conducts operations in countries with high corruption, American taxpayers shouldn’t be left holding a fraudulent bill,” said Shea-Porter. “This bill will create the first comprehensive interagency strategy to stop our military from getting swindled overseas.”

Shea-Porter’s bill would require the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the United States Agency for International Development to jointly develop an interagency anticorruption strategy that includes clear, measurable, and enforceable benchmarks for countries with overseas military operations.

The legislation incorporates recommendations from a 2016 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) report that found that limited oversight of military and aid community reconstruction projects in that country led to abuses like bribery, fraud, extortion, and nepotism, while empowering warlords and their militias and fueling the insurgency. This lack of oversight eroded trust in the US-led intervention and wasted estimated millions or even billions of taxpayer dollars.

During her four terms as a member of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness, Shea-Porter has consistently promoted strong oversight to ensure U.S. military readiness across a broad range of contingencies.

Republicans Force Through Substantive Changes To “Fetal Homicide” Bill

Legislators and Civil Rights Group Call on Governor Sununu to Veto the Bill.

Yesterday morning the New Hampshire House and Senate voted to adopt an Enrolled Bills Committee Amendment to SB 66 – a fetal personhood measure recognizing a fetus as an independent victim of a crime for the first time in New Hampshire law. The amended bill now makes its way to Governor Chris Sununu’s desk.

During yesterday’s floor debate, House Speaker Shawn Jasper confirmed the enrolled bill amendment was put forth because SB 66, as passed by both chambers, would have allowed pregnant women to commit murder with impunity. Enrolled bill amendments are rarely voted on by the full House and Senate because they are normally restricted to typographical or technical errors.

Yesterday, the House and Senate voted to adopt a substantive enrolled bill amendment significantly changing the structure of the exceptions to SB 66’s expansion of New Hampshire’s homicide laws.

“This bill, which makes major changes to New Hampshire’s homicide laws, deserved a full vetting by the legislature.  It is our duty to write the state’s laws through an open, transparent process, and making substantive changes to our state’s murder laws in the way that we did today is a disservice to New Hampshire,” said Representative Renny Cushing (D-Hampton).  “What the House did today was legislative malpractice, and I am concerned about the long term implications this will have on our democracy.”

“We urge Governor Sununu to veto this legislation,” said Devon Chaffee, Executive Director of the ACLU of New Hampshire. “The fact that this last minute amendment was needed to avoid some of SB 66’s outrageous unintended consequences demonstrates that the bill was not fully vetted. The amendment adopted today is also extremely confusing, jeopardizing critical exemptions intended to protect pregnant women and their physicians from unjust murder and other homicide charges.”

Additional unintended consequences of SB 66 not addressed in the enrolled bills amendment includes the bill’s medically inaccurate definition of a fetus, which would be the only definition of a fetus in New Hampshire law. Judges could reasonably look to this medically inaccurate definition when interpreting the term “fetus” as it appears in other statutes including: the assault statute; the vital records statute; or the statute governing organ donation.

“This Republican bill has been plagued with issues from the outset. If as much effort was invested into writing the bill as was invested into eroding women’s reproductive rights, perhaps our Republican colleagues wouldn’t need to break Senate procedure to fix their mistakes,” said Senator Donna Soucy (D-Manchester), Deputy Democratic Leader in the Senate.

“Not only were medical experts never consulted during the construction of this bill, but Republicans were so careless as to include language that provides immunity for pregnant women in homicide cases. Now, they’re scrambling after-the-fact to use a legislative process normally used to correct spelling errors to make major policy changes about women’s reproductive health. And to demonstrate how desperate Republicans are, when a Senate colleague stepped forward in standard Senate procedure to voice her opposition to this process, she was interrupted and shut down by her Republican colleagues. This legislation is an exercise in poor craftsmanship on top of bad policy, and I’m concerned with the precedent this creates,” added Soucy.

“It is extraordinarily disheartening to me that the body would choose to make substantive changes to the entire homicide statute at a point in the process designed to ‘correct any error or omission in the references to statutes, or other technical or clerical errors.’  Today’s actions set an extremely disturbing precedent,” stated Representative Shannon Chandley (D-Amherst).

Senate Bill 66 establishes a basis for discrimination against pregnant women by codifying a medically unsound definition of a fetus as a separate person capable of being a victim of a crime. While the law is said to be an attempt to win justice for parents who lose a child during pregnancy due to criminal action, laws like SB 66 are used in other states to punish pregnant women for “risky” behaviors that are not criminal for others and has created legal argument to attack women’s reproductive health services.

Existing New Hampshire law currently provides for severe enhanced penalties for violent crimes resulting in the loss of pregnancy, without the outrageous unintended consequences that exist within SB 66. Under that existing New Hampshire law, a person may be prosecuted for First Degree Assault if they purposely or knowingly cause injury to another resulting in miscarriage or stillbirth—a class A Felony carrying a sentence of up to 15 years.

Boutin Attacks Cavanaugh In New Mailer, Mistakenly Shows Support For Voting By Mail

The election in Senate District 16, formerly held by the late Sen Scott McGilvray, is heating up and former Senator David Boutin is already slinging mud with his new mailer.  The most ironic part of Boutin’s mailers is that he is now pushing to have people “vote by mail.”

Last week Sen. Boutin sent out this mailer attacking Alderman Kevin Cavanaugh highlighting a variety of different issues that Cavanaugh has voted for in the last year. My favorite is the one where he highlights that Cavanaugh has “40%” of his campaign funding from “Special Interests.”

Because campaign finances are public record, it is easy to see who has supported Sen. Boutin in previous elections.  According to FollowTheMoney.Org,  Boutin’s 2014 campaign received 712 total donations from totaling $223,377.  Boutin had 312 donations totaling $70,876 from individuals and 387 donations totaling $151,908 from corporations and PACs.

If my math is correct that means that 55% of his campaign funding came from “special interests,” funding more than two-thirds of his entire campaign. So it seems funny that Boutin would attempt to attack Cavanaugh for campaign donations, when the overwhelming majority of his campaign cash came from special interests.

The irony comes as Boutin is encouraging people to “vote by mail,” as the Republicans have continually voted down measures to allow more people to vote by mail.  New Hampshire does not officially have “vote by mail” like Oregon but voters can always vote by absentee ballot, provided they provide an viable excuse for not being able to vote in person, which would allow them to mail in their ballot.

The absentee ballot process is somewhat restrictive as there are only certain “excuses” that can be offered to obtain an absentee ballot. NHPR explains:

Under the state’s current absentee voting law, those reasons include being out of town on the day of the election, or being prevented from getting to the polls because of a disability, a religious commitment or work.

Over the last few years there has been an effort to eliminate the excuses for absentee ballots and try to move New Hampshire to a vote by mail state.  All of those efforts have failed.

However as NHPR reports this new push by Boutin to encourage absentee ballots may indicate that the NH GOP is ready to support expanding voting by mail.

The NHGOP, New Hampshire Democratic Party and the Cavanaugh campaign all said they support a move toward “no-excuse” absentee voting, which is an option in more than two dozen other states.

The Boutin campaign didn’t immediately respond to a follow-up question about his stance on the issue.

On his campaign website, Cavanaugh lists as one of his priorities, “ensuring access to the ballot box.”

“Kevin believes that all eligible voters should have full access to the ballot box and that New Hampshire must pass modern, common-sense voting laws that have been implemented and successful in a majority of other states.”

Cavanaugh wants to implement “no-excuse” absentee ballots, in-person early voting, and online voter registration.

Since winning the Democratic Primary, Cavanaugh has garnered some strong support from the local community, labor organizations, and elected officials. (Click here for a full list of endorsements.)

“We need leaders like Kevin Cavanaugh with fresh, new ideas who are focused on fighting the opioid crisis, supporting our schools, growing our small businesses and being a champion for working families,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who helped Cavanaugh kick off his campaign over the weekend.

“I’m excited to announce my support for Kevin Cavanaugh for state Senate,” said Senator Maggie Hassan in her endorsement yesterday. “As a former state Senator and Governor, I know how crucial Kevin’s voice will be to standing up for Granite Staters and fighting for equal opportunity for families, workers, and students.”

“Throughout his career as a union worker, Kevin has shown that he understands the importance of protecting workers’ rights across the state. And as a Little League coach and father of three, he knows how critical it is that we support educational opportunities for all of our people. When Kevin sees a problem, he dives right in, and that’s exactly the kind of hands-on leadership we need in Concord,” added Hassan.

“Kevin Cavanaugh is clear in his commitment to advocate for the interests of New Hampshire’s working families. Whether it be providing affordable health care, ensuring equal pay for equal work, or maintaining NH’s commitment to providing and funding quality public education available to all, Kevin Cavanaugh will always prioritize the interests of ordinary New Hampshire citizens. AFT-NH shares that commitment with Kevin Cavanaugh, and we are proud to add our name to those who endorse and support his election to the NH Senate,” said AFT-NH President Doug Ley in their endorsement last week.

Male Senators Are Deciding Women’s Healthcare Behind Closed Doors

On Senate Floor, Senator Hassan Says “Trumpcare is a Disaster for Women”

Senator Shaheen Takes To The Senate Floor Calling On Republicans To Work With Democrats To Improve The ACA

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan delivered remarks on the Senate floor, highlighting that “Trumpcare is a disaster for women” in New Hampshire and across America. Senator Hassan also noted how Senate Republicans are working on the Trumpcare proposal behind closed doors – without any women Senators.

“To compete economically – on a level playing field – women must be able to make their own health care decisions,” said Senator Hassan. “They shouldn’t have to pay more than men do for their health care. They should be able to visit providers of their own choice who understand and have expertise in the woman’s health care needs. The health insurance that is available to women should be equal to that of their male colleagues – that means it should cover their basic health care needs. And to fully participate not only in our economy, but also in our democracy, women have to be recognized for their capacity to make their own health care decisions – just as men are.”

Senator Hassan highlighted the story of Carla from Newfields, New Hampshire, who depends on Planned Parenthood for birth control to treat her ovarian cysts. Senator Hassan described how Trumpcare would completely defund Planned Parenthood, leaving Carla and millions of women across the country without essential health care.

“Defunding Planned Parenthood would leave many women in the Granite State and throughout the country without access to care – plain and simple,” Senator Hassanstated. “There just aren’t enough other providers – as I heard from medical providers throughout my state when I was Governor there – to absorb all of the patients that Planned Parenthood cares for now.”

Senator Hassan also stressed how under Trumpcare, for a mother, giving birth could be considered a pre-existing condition, giving insurance companies the ability to charge them more. Additionally, Trumpcare would increase the cost to women for maternity care in other ways, including undermining the Essential Health Benefits.

“The Congressional Budget Office says that the House-passed Trumpcare bill would increase out-of-pocket spending for maternity care for women… by thousands of dollars per year,” Senator Hassan explained.

“Any cut to Medicaid would disproportionately affect Granite State women – as 62 percent of Medicaid recipients in New Hampshire are women,” Senator Hassan added.

Senator Hassan concluded her remarks urging all Granite Staters and Americans to continue speaking about how Trumpcare would impact their lives.

“It is critical that people in New Hampshire and across our nation continue to speak out and share their stories about how Trumpcare would impact their lives,” Senator Hassan concluded. “And I am going to continue to work with my colleagues to defeat this bill.”

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) also spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to President Trump and the Republican leadership’s healthcare repeal bill and the devastating impact it would have on women’s healthcare. “The Republican bill would take us back to the days before the Affordable Care Act, when insurers could charge women more just for being women, with no other reason needed,” Shaheen said. “It would take away the federal protection against discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. Bear in mind that many of these ‘conditions’ apply mostly or exclusively to women.”

Shaheen went on to read stories from Maura Fay of Exeter and Samantha Fox of Bow, both of whom wrote to Sen. Shaheen about why the Affordable Care Act is vital to protecting their health.

Shaheen urged her Senate colleagues to “put ideology and partisanship aside. Let’s work together to strengthen elements of the Affordable Care Act that are working in the real world, including Medicaid expansion, and fix what’s not working.  This is what the great majority of the American people what us to do.  It’s time, now, to respect their wishes.”

Congresswoman Shea-Porter Wants To Support People With Alzheimer’s And Their Families

Shea-Porter Co-Introduces Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Confront the Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today co-introduced the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act and the Alzheimer’s Research Semipostal Stamp Act in recognition of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.  These two bipartisan bills have more than 50 original cosponsors and were endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

“Alzheimer’s disease is a heartbreaking and growing crisis in New Hampshire. I’m co-introducing these bills because we must act now to support people with Alzheimer’s and their families, as well as to invest in research to find a cure,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter.

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act (H.R. 2972) authorizes grants to public and non-profit organizations to expand training and support services for families, and caregivers, of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Research Semipostal Stamp Act (H.R. 2973) requires the U.S. Postal Service to issue and sell a semipostal stamp, with the proceeds helping to fund Alzheimer’s disease research at the National Institutes of Health.  The bill is modeled on the popular and successful Breast Cancer Research Semipostal Stamp.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease in the year 2013, and this number is expected to almost triple to 14 million by the year 2050.  The Alzheimer’s Association calculated that caregivers provided more than 18 billion hours of unpaid care for people with dementia in 2016, at an estimated value of over $230 billion. Compared with caregivers for people without dementia, twice as many caregivers for people with dementia indicate substantial emotional, financial and physical stress.

As a member of the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, Shea-Porter supports more research to defeat this disease and educating the public about its symptoms and effective management.

Manchester Mayoral Candidate Joyce Craig Launches ‘12 Wards in 12 Days’

Manchester, NH – Today, Joyce Craig, candidate for Mayor of Manchester, announced the launch of her ‘12 Wards in 12 Days’ tour to kick off her grassroots campaign. Joyce will meet voters in their neighborhoods, listen to their concerns, and share her ideas on how to make Manchester a better and safer place to work and live.

From Thursday, June 22 to Tuesday, July 3, Joyce Craig will participate in events and campaign activities in each of the 12 wards.

“I’m excited to work hard for every vote”, said Craig. “I want to reach people where they are; in every ward, to discuss real solutions to Manchester’s challenges. I want voters to know that I’ll work tirelessly to make Manchester a better place to live and work. Manchester has so much potential, but unless we address our struggling schools, the opioid crisis, and our deteriorating infrastructure, we’re not going to be able to move this city forward.”

The Craig campaign will launch ’12 Wards in 12 Days’ with a house party in Ward 6 on Thursday June 22 at 6pm. On Friday, Joyce will make stops in Ward 11 and will make stops and canvass in Wards 5 and 8 over the weekend. For more information or to RSVP please email craig@joycecraig.org.

The campaign will advise public events ahead of each day.

NH Executive Council Awards Contract for HIV Early Intervention/Prevention Services to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

Funding Will Address the Latest Risks of HIV As Exacerbated by Opioid Crisis

Concord, NH –  Earlier today, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) was awarded a contract to provide early-intervention, prevention and treatment services for populations at-risk for HIV across the state. Services will be available at PPNNE health centers in Claremont, Derry, Exeter, Keene and Manchester. The vote by the Executive Council was 4 – 1 and will provide a total of $275,000, over 30-months to deliver a comprehensive set of services to combat the spread of HIV and prevent and treat other sexually transmitted diseases in New Hampshire. Executive Councilors voting to support the measure were Joseph Kenney, Andru Volinsky, Russell Prescott, and Chris Pappas. Councilor David Wheeler, who originally joined with the majority in a voice vote, later described his earlier vote as erroneous and voiced his opposition into the record.

Statement from Jennifer Frizzell, Vice President for Public Policy, PPNNE:
“We welcome the chance to partner with the State of New Hampshire to address the state’s emerging public health needs and to keep our communities healthy. Providing these targeted resources for enhanced outreach, testing, treatment and prevention measures will help reduce transmission of HIV, maintain the health of people currently living with HIV, provide early intervention to people just diagnosed to better manage and treat HIV. These interventions will help mitigate the costs of HIV on patients, families and on communities and ultimately save lives.”

Statement from Richard Wagner, Executive Director of AIDS Response Seacoast:
“I am pleased to see these important health care and outreach funds awarded to treat patients and identify and educate those at risk for HIV throughout the state of New Hampshire and here in the Seacoast region”.

Needle-based drug use is directly linked to increases in HIV infection. New Hampshire is currently experiencing an opioid crisis, which has spiked an increase in hepatitis C diagnoses. Seacoast doctors worry that HIV infections will follow. Today’s Executive Council vote recognized that PPNNE is uniquely prepared to put in place proactive testing, treatment and prevention measures that will help New Hampshire to get ahead of any predictive HIV trending.

The Equality Health Center also received a contract to provide similar services in the greater Concord health service area.


Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) is the largest provider of reproductive and sexual health care for women, men and teens across the State of New Hampshire. We serve New Hampshire residents through 6 health centers in Claremont, Derry, Exeter, Keene, Manchester and White River Junction, VT. Last year we saw more than 11,000 patients at these sites.

Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund (PPNHAF) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in New Hampshire. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.

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