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NHLN Election News Coverage 8/28/12: Kuster To Attend Three Debates, New Cilley Endorsement, Maggie Talks Medicare, CD1 News, and more

KUSTER TO ATTEND THREE DEBATES AND FORUMS IN GENERAL ELECTION

CONCORD, N.H. – Congressional candidate Annie Kuster will attend three debates and candidate forums in the coming months leading up to the general election on November 6th.

“Annie looks forward to participating in each of these debates and forums to talk about her vision for moving out country forward and the critical issues at stake in this election,” said Rob Friedlander, Communications Director for Annie Kuster. “We hope Congressman Bass will participate in these important debates, especially since he has held virtually no official public events or town halls since returning to the district for his five week, taxpayer-funded vacation.”

NHBIA Candidate Forum
September 18th, 9:00 AM

WBIN Debate
October 10th, 8:00 PM

WMUR Debate
October 30th, 7:00 PM

The great debate debate | Concord Monitor: “Before Republican Charlie Bass and Democrat Annie Kuster debate in the 2nd District congressional race, their campaigns are going to debate the debates.

Last week, Kuster’s campaign announced that she would participate in a total of three debates and forums: one in September moderated by New Hampshire Public Radio and two in October hosted by WBIN and WMUR.”


Claremont attorney Andru Volinsky to endorse Cilley

(Manchester) “Widely respected attorney and lead counsel in the historic Claremont School District v Governor of New Hampshire case, Andru Volinsky will tomorrow join Jackie Cilley in Manchester’s history Millyard to endorse Cilley’s candidacy for governor. Volinsky is currently managing attorney in New Hampshire for the 100 lawyer regional law firm Bernstein, Shur. Andy is adding his voice to growing list of Granite Staters supporting the former state senator and representative’s run.”


Press Statement from Maggie Hassan

Will Romney, Ryan and Ovide be clear with New Hampshire seniors about their plans to dismantle Medicare?

MANCHESTER – Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan asked Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Ovide Lamontagne to be clear with New Hampshire’s seniors about their shared plan to drastically dismantle Medicare while campaigning in the state today.

“Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Ovide Lamontange are committed to drastically dismantling Medicare and putting the Bill O’Brien Tea Party legislature in charge of administering a program which is critically important to New Hampshire’s seniors,” said Hassan. “As Governor, I will protect Medicare and always fight for New Hampshire’s seniors.”

“We all agree that health care costs too much, but the question facing voters in this election is whether we should work within the existing Medicare system to reduce costs or whether we should accept the Romney, Ryan, and Lamontagne plan, which places the heavy burden of those costs on seniors and tells them if they don’t like it they can call the insurance company and try to get a better deal themselves,” said Hassan.

“In Ryan, Romney and Lamontagne found a man who shares their hostility towards this critical program and the necessary health care services it provides for thousands of New Hampshire seniors,” said Hassan. “Over the past two years, Lamontagne has consistently supported the reckless agenda of the Bill O’Brien Tea Party legislature as they attempted to takeover the administration of Medicare. It’s hard to believe that Lamontagne actually thinks the same radical Tea Party legislature that cut health care for people with disabilities, children and seniors in nursing homes should be given control over Medicare.”

“Romney, Ryan and Lamontagne should be clear and tell our seniors and every citizen who is concerned about health care that they plan to dismantle the basic programs upon which tens of thousands of New Hampshire citizens depend,” said Hassan. “As governor, I will stand up to anyone who tries to restrict access to health care for New Hampshire citizens.


New Hampshire deserves better than Guinta | SeacoastOnline.com: It’s getting hard to believe in Congressman Frank Guinta. This month, Guinta wrote an editorial in Foster’s stating that Congress should not vote to adjourn for summer recess, but should stay to work on unfinished legislation. But in Washington, D.C. on that very same day, he actually voted to adjourn Congress. In Washington, Guinta voted to cut funds from the Meals on Wheels program, but then showed up in New Hampshire for a photo op delivering “Meals on Wheels.” In 2010, candidate Guinta accused his opponent of using free Congressional postage to send campaign ads. Since 2011, however, Congressman Guinta spent more tax dollars than nearly every member of Congress, over $300,000, mailing glossy “newsletters” that are thinly veiled campaign ads.


LETTER: Why Frank Guinta Lost My Vote – Bedford, NH Patch: “I’ve been watching Guinta’s campaign and congressional websites this month for any publicly-advertised town hall meetings, and haven’t found any. But Guinta has apparently had plenty of time for private fundraisers and appearances with big-time Republicans like Kelly Ayotte, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Even as a conservative, I’m disgusted with Guinta and his lack of backbone, and unwillingness to meet with the people he allegedly represents.

On September 11th, I’m voting for Rick Parent in the Republican primary, as is former NH GOP chairman Jack Kimball and several other lifelong Republicans in my community. We’re all equally disappointed in our Congressman for refusing to give time to anyone who isn’t giving him money. And if Parent loses, I’m voting for Carol Shea-Porter in November. At least she’s willing to meet Granite Staters face to face and answer tough questions, which can hardly be said for a slug like Guinta.”


Congressman Guinta is Hiding (statement from Carol Shea-Porters campaign office)

Congressman Frank Guinta has refused to debate Carol Shea-Porter anywhere along the seacoast. He has informed willing, non-partisan and well-respected sponsors that if he wins his Republican primary, he will not give seacoast voters the opportunity to see or hear a debate near home. Congressman Frank Guinta was recently criticized by national and local press for trying to confuse voters by calling them and pretending he was not in Congress, and he continues to duck and hide.

Naomi Andrews, Campaign Manager for Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, released the following statement: “Congressman Guinta was a no-show at his own Republican primary forum with Rick Parent and other challengers. He has refused to hold town halls, even though he has been off all month, and is afraid to debate Carol Shea-Porter in some of the District’s largest communities. Congressman Guinta needs to honor our New Hampshire traditions and debate his Republican challengers, and then debate Carol Shea-Porter around the District if he wins his primary.”


Kennedy supports legalizing pot, income tax; against casino gambling – NashuaTelegraph.com: ““I think there is a marriage of the two. This has polarized both sides, Republicans being the advocates for Right to Work, Democrats being pro-unions,” Kennedy said, though not offering details of a grand compromise. “I am not an advocate for Right to Work as written.”
He agreed with the House-passed move to convert state and local government pensions for new public employees into a system that doesn’t guarantee them an amount but is more like a 401(k)-style retirement based on profits from their investments.”


Democrats should choose Van Ostern | Concord Monitor: “Concord-area Democrats and undeclared voters who are hoping for a significant change of direction for New Hampshire state government have an important opportunity Sept. 11: The local race for Executive Council offers the chance for big improvement.

In the Democratic primary, voters will choose between former councilor John Shea of Nelson, former state representative Shawn Mickelonis of Rochester and Stonyfield Farm business manager Colin Van Ostern of Concord.”


Image to share…From the American Center For Progress.

NH Labor News 8/28/12: Private Prison: The Public’s Problem, LGC Battle Continues, NH DES Says Economy Slightly Worse, and more..

Private Prisons: The Public’s Problem – A Talk by Caroline Isaacs – Nashua, NH Patch: “The three companies that run for-profit prisons in Arizona have all submitted bids to take over New Hampshire’s prison system. Caroline Isaacs, who directs the AFSC’s Arizona Program in Tucson, has thoroughly investigated their performance and found it lacking.  Her report, published in Feburary, revealed widespread and persistent problems in the areas of safety, accountability, and cost.

She will share her findings during a three-day speaking tour in New Hampshire, whicih will come to Nashua’s Unitarian Universalist Church on Wednesday, September 5, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Secretary of state in Dover about LGC ruling: ‘This is not a simple matter’ – Fosters: “DOVER — A public forum Monday night held to help area residents better understand the ruling against the Local Government Center left many questions unanswered and people still wondering when and how they will get their money back.

The LGC, a nonprofit organization that manages health insurance pools for public workers and retirees in New Hampshire, was found to have improperly collect and retain surplus funds for health and property liability funds it maintained for state and local employees and retirees. ”


Sec. of State Holds Public Forum On LGC Ruling | New Hampshire Public Radio: ““The public was very concerned about their money, where it’s parked right now, what’s going to happen to it.  I think those all  legitimate concerns.”

Lang, himself at one time was a board member of the LGC and researched the center’s finances.  His research resulted in a court order to refund $52 million dollars to public employees, retirees and municipal members who bought health and other insurance coverage from the non-profit.  LGC has already said it will appeal the ruling.”


Once again the media is blaming the teachers in the MHT School district for budget problem….

Manchester Begins The School Year After $8 Million Budget Shortfall and Teacher Union Impasse | New Hampshire Public Radio: “Manchester School District Superintendent Thomas Brennan says the teacher layoffs and program cuts came because Manchester schools faced the worst budget shortfall in recent memory.

“This year we’re talking about an 8 million dollar gap. And there’s no way that we’re going to make up 8 million dollars. In the past it might have been 1 or 2 million. It sounds a lot in some cases, it doesn’t sound a lot in others. So we always made it work. We’re not going to make it work this year.””


Goffstown selectmen deny firefighters’ retroactive raise | New Hampshire NEWS07: “electmen have denied a grievance filed by the Professional Firefighters of Goffstown that sought pay increases for three firefighters in 2011. At its regular meeting Monday night, Vice Chairman Scott Gross moved to “respectfully decline” the request of the firefighters.

Attorneys for both the town and the firefighters’ union presented their cases to the Board of Selectmen at its meeting on Aug. 20, with the union claiming that three firefighters were due a step increase pay raise in 2011, from $16 an hour to $17.28, an 8-percent increase.”


“ROCHESTER — The latest statistics released by New Hampshire Employment Security shows that the state’s economy is in slightly worse shape than a year ago. It is estimated that there were 629,000 private sector and government jobs in the Granite State in July, which is 2,100 fewer than 12 months ago, with the private sector accounting for all of this decline.

This assessment ties in with the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate for July. According to NHES, the July 2012 unemployment rate for New Hampshire was 5.7 percent, an increase of 0.3 percentage points from the June rate, which remained at 5.4 percent after revision. The July 2011 unadjusted rate was 5.5 percent.

The national unadjusted rate for July 2012 was 8.6 percent, an increase of 0.2 percentage points from the June rate and a decrease of 0.7 percentage points from the July 2011 rate.”


Lang’s battle with LGC results in state order for $52M refund | SeacoastOnline.com: “A firefighter’s nine-year effort to open the Local Government Center’s books to the public has directly resulted in an order that $52 million be refunded to public employees, retirees and municipal members who bought the LGC’s health and/or property liability insurance.

While the LGC announced Thursday it will appeal, much credit for the $52 million order can go to David Lang, a retired Hampton firefighter and president of the New Hampshire Professional Fire Fighters Association. Related agreements that the SchoolCare risk-management pool will refund municipal members $8.5 million and the Primex pool will refund between $16 million and $21 million can also be linked to Lang’s tenacity.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner said Friday that without Lang’s series of Right To Know requests for LGC information, “none of this would be happening right now.””


Sequestration budget cuts bad for New Hampshire | SeacoastOnline.com: As staff writer Aaron Sanborn reported (Ayotte: cuts reach ‘too far,’ Aug. 23, Portsmouth Herald), federal budget sequestration has dangerously real consequences for New Hampshire.

But only half of sequestration’s impact is on defense.

Non-defense cuts will also hit hard, costing more than 2,700 New Hampshire jobs. Why? Because sequestration makes deep cuts to investments that matter for New Hampshire kids and families.

More than 17,000 New Hampshire families would lose health services through the federal Maternal & Child Health Block Grant, and 1,400 would lose quality nutrition through WIC. More than 3,600 New Hampshire children would lose educational help, including nearly 2,300 with disabilities.

NHLN Election News Coverage 8/27: Hassan Celebrates Women’s Equality Day, Shaheen Hosts Town Hall, Two Faces Of Guinta, and more

Maggie Hassan Commemorates Women’s Equality Day
Recent comments by Republican Candidates demonstrates importance of letting women make own health care decisions

MANCHESTER – Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan released a statement commemorating Women’s Equality Day and the 92nd anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

“On the 92nd anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, I am extraordinarily grateful, as both a candidate for Governor of New Hampshire and as the mother of a strong 19 year-old daughter, to the generations of women who came before me and who struggled for the full recognition and equal treatment of women under the law,” said Hassan.

“Recent comments by Republican Congressman Todd Akin and Republican candidate for Hillsborough County Sheriff Frank Szabo demonstrate why it is so important to have elected officials who believe that women are competent and able to make their own very personal health care choices. Women across New Hampshire deserve to know whether their next governor will stand up and protect their rights, including her right to make her own personal and private health care decisions,” said Hassan.


Professional Firefighters of NH President David Lang voices his support for Jackie Cilley in yesterdays editorial. Click Here


Jeanne Shaheen Town Hall: How to Grow NH Economy | Nashua Government Events on Patch – Nashua, NH Patch:
Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St, Nashua, NH |Get Directions »

FREE

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will host a Town Hall Forum on “How to Grow New Hampshire’s Economy through Innovation and Training” at Nashua Community College on Monday, August 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Nashua.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m


The two faces of Rep. Frank Guinta | SeacoastOnline.com:Congressman Guinta is afraid to be honest, even when he sends pre-recorded “robo” phone calls to voters. He identifies himself as “candidate” Frank Guinta, running against Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. The message is doubly dishonest. First, it is he, Frank Guinta, who is the current member of Congress, not Shea-Porter. Second, he is really running against Rick Parent in the Republican Party primary this September. Rick Parent has called the congressman out on the lingering Federal Election Commission investigation of Guinta’s 2010 loan to his campaign of $355,000 — an amount that he failed to note in his campaign finance disclosure forms.

Congressman Frank Guinta’s words and actions meet the definition of hypocrisy, which is “the condition of a person pretending to be something he is not; a false presentation of belief or feeling.” Congressman Guinta has shown himself to be just another two-faced Washington politician who claims to be “working for New Hampshire.”


Protesters Picket Paul Ryan Fundraiser in Manchester, N.H. – Manchester Elections 2012 | Examiner.com: “MANCHESTER, N.H., August 25th — A fundraiser for Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s presumptive vice presidential candidate, attracted a group of about 50 protesters who stood their ground along Elm St. in front of the Radisson Hotel. Ryan was making his second trip to Manchester in one week to attend a $10,000 per plate fundraiser.

The numbers of protesters seemed to be evenly matched by the number of Republican donors attending the fundraiser, which consisted of a photo session (at $2,500 per picture taken with Ryan); a pre-dinner reception (priced at $500); and a private dinner with Ryan that brought in $20,000 per couple to Republican coffers.”


Gov. Candidate Kevin Smith Sees Big Benefit From Campaign Finance Loophole | StateImpact New Hampshire: “No candidate in the  2012 gubernatorial race benefited more from a major loophole in New Hampshire’s political-finance regulations than Republican Kevin Smith.

State election law limits corporate campaign contributions to $7,000 per election cycle, the same as individual donors. But nothing in the law prohibits multiple limited-liability companies controlled by the same individual to donate on behalf of each LLC, making it easy for wealthy donors to exceed the statutory limits.”


Democratic candidates seek to replace Lynch – Fosters: “Two Democrats who served in the New Hampshire Senate and a political outsider with a lengthy military career are on the hunt to be the state’s next governor.

With less than one month remaining before the state’s primary election, Exeter attorney Maggie Hassan, a former Senate Majority Leader, and Barrington lawmaker Jackie Cilley, who served in both the House and Senate, have emerged as the two major Democratic candidates in the governor’s race. Also on the ballot this year is Danbury resident Bill Pearce Kennedy, a self-described moderate with libertarian leanings.

Hassan has outpaced her opponents in both fundraising and campaign spending during the past several months, according to the latest records available from the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office.”


Obama campaign to release list GOP supporters – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Granvyl Hulse, former Republican town chairman of Colebrook, said he was proud to promote the party’s ticket in other presidential elections, but not this one.
“As the Colebrook Republican town chairman I fought like hell to elect Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, but when I look at today’s Republican Party, I’m ashamed to say I used to support it,’’ Hulse said.”


NH Politics from Gary Rayno “Garry Rayno’s State House Dome: Lamontagne’s campaign coffers dwarf those of rivals in race for governor | New Hampshire NEWS0604


See Kevin Landgridan’s Sunday edition “Cashing in on campaign donations – NashuaTelegraph.com”


Ovide Talks To Concord Monitor “Campaign 2012: Lamontagne touts leadership | Concord Monitor”


OP/ED: What Happened to ‘Compassionate Conservatism’? – Hampton-North Hampton, NH Patch: “By putting Congressman Paul Ryan on his ticket, Mitt Romney has dropped all pretense about what he plans to do if elected. Ryan is the ideal surrogate for the growing Ayn Rand/Social Darwinist philosophy within the Republican Party.
Their mantra of “reward the rich, penalize the poor and everyone else is on
their own” manifests itself throughout the Ryan budget.

The new “Capitalist Conservatism” puts tax cuts for the top tiers and
Defense spending above all else. I think of Eisenhower, “Beware the
military-industrial complex.””


Obama mostly on target about Romney’s taxes – NashuaTelegraph.com: “More than $20 million of Romney’s $21.6 million income that year came from interest, dividends and capital gains – items that would no longer be taxed under Ryan’s plan. Factor in a reduction in the top marginal tax rate and the elimination of the Alternative Minimum Tax, and Romney’s tax rate would have fallen dramatically, almost surely reaching below 1 percent, according to media reports and tax analyses.
We rate this claim Mostly True.”


A fun image to share as the RNC opens up this week.


Also a fun video from the OFA campaign about the RNC

Robert Reich Explains the Romney Ryan Plan….

The Romney Ryan Plan To Destroy Rebuild America

Many of you have seen some of Robert Reich’s other videos.  Robert Reich is a world-famous economist and former Secretary of Labor.  Mr Reich has been very quick to judge both President Obama for the way he has handled the economic crisis.  Now Mr Reich and Move On are working to spread the word about the Romney Ryan Economic Plan.

The Romney Ryan plan will destroy our economy in five easy steps.  Without giving away too much from the video here are the five points that Mr Reich explains.

  1. The R/R plan will Raise Unemployment
  2. The R/R plan will Raise Taxes on the low-income to Reduce Taxes on the wealthy
  3. The R/R plan will turn Medicare into a Voucher Plan….
  4. The R/R plan adds money to Defense fund while cutting funds to Education, infrastructure,  and other low-income programs.
  5. The R/R plan it will not reduce the budget.


NH Labor News 8/27/12: Budget Cuts Put 39 Kids Per Class in MHT, Anti-Tax Amendment, Tuition Hikes, and more

Budget cuts mean bigger class sizes in Manchester schools | New Hampshire NEWS04: “Teaching staff reductions linked to budget cuts could mean placing 41 students in a math class at Central High School, 39 kids in an English class at Memorial and 39 students in one geometry class at West High School, according to preliminary figures for this school year.

Administrators and staffers, meanwhile, are in the process of arranging desks at more than 20 city schools to see whether they can accommodate projected larger classes, according to Superintendent Tom Brennan.”


GOP’s income tax amendment weakens anti-tax pledge | SeacoastOnline.com: “”Although I remain opposed to an income tax, I don’t think it’s wise to close the door on legitimate discussion. I think this could come back to haunt Republicans,” said Republican state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt of Manchester.

And if it fails, Democrats could try to argue voters don’t oppose the tax, he said.

“I don’t think it will pass,” said Pamela Walsh, senior adviser to the state Democratic Party. “The people of New Hampshire don’t want to mess with the constitution. But if it did pass, it would not be in the best long-term political strategy for Republicans because that is essentially the issue they run on.””


As support from state wanes, tuitions rise – SentinelSource.com: Local News: “The price of attending Keene State College for students from New Hampshire has grown more than 60 percent in the last seven years.
This year alone students will pay about $1,000 more in tuition and fees than they did last year.”


More funds needed for new bridge | SeacoastOnline.com: We learned this week that the Maine Department of Transportation has started the first phase of the design process for the replacement of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge. While it is certainly the correct decision to make, it can’t be a very comfortable one for the MDOT.

On the one hand, MDOT officials know that the process has to begin now in order for construction to get under way by 2015. That’s not just an arbitrary date, either. The Long Bridge, built in 1940, will end its useful life by then. Just as Memorial Bridge before it, it is now the No. 1 red-listed bridge in the state of New Hampshire, which co-owns it.


Officials looking to September primary as practice run for new voter ID law – NashuaTelegraph.com: “New Hampshire’s voter ID law in a nutshell

Do I need one?

You don’t need any kind of ID for the primary election on Sept. 11.

You don’t need any kind of ID for the general election on Nov. 13. Without one, you’ll have to fill out a “challenged voter affidavit,” providing contact information so the state can check that it was actually you who voted. Assuming no changes are made by the new Legislature after the election, this will also be the system for Town Meeting ballot elections in March.

For the general election in November 2013, a voter ID will be required with some exceptions. For example, no ID is needed to obtain and send in an absentee ballot.”

GRANITE STATERS KICK OFF MASSIVE GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN AHEAD OF THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION

Highlighting Romney/Ryan Agenda to Outsource Jobs, Raise Taxes on Middle Class Families to Benefit Millionaires, and Slash State Funding for Healthcare, Education and Public Safety.

NASHUA- On the weekend before the Republican National Convention, New Hampshire working families kicked off the AFL-CIO national 2012 grassroots canvasses by talking to their friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers in Nashua about the radical Romney/Ryan agenda that will outsource jobs, raise taxes on New Hampshire’s middle class families to give tax cuts to millionaires, and slash state funding for healthcare, education and public safety. In anticipation of the convention, canvassers distributed the 2012 Republican National Convention Viewer’s Guide telling union members what to expect during the convention. A copy of the flier can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/Sp1guf. 

In addition to the presidential race, canvassers are engaging local residents on critical gubernatorial, Congressional and state legislative races. “Extremists like Mitt Romney, Ovide Lamontagne, Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass are going to try and hide their real agenda at the Republican National Convention,” said Nashua librarian Mark King, who joined the canvass. “That’s why I’m hitting the streets and ensuring that my friends and neighbors know the truth about the radical right wing agenda to outsource jobs and end Medicare.”

The Presidential Canvass Leaflets Highlighted:

§  Outsourcing – The Romney/Ryan plan would send 800,000 jobs a year overseas by giving companies incentives to outsource. Romney is considered a “pioneer” of outsourcing – he sent thousands of jobs overseas as CEO of Bain Capital.

§  Tax Cuts for the Wealthy – The Romney/Ryan plan would raise taxes on the middle class by $2,000 to pay for an average of $250,000 in tax cuts for millionaires.

§  Ending Medicare – The Romney/Ryan plan would gut Medicare, costing families thousands of dollars in additional premiums while lowering the quality of care.

§  Jobs Lost – The Romney/Ryan plan would result in America losing 4.1 million jobs in the next three years.

NHLN Election News Coverage 8/25/12: Maggie Hassan Get Another Endorsement, Bass Co-Host $10,000 Fundraiser for Romney Ryan, NHDP Host Local BBQs, and more

MANCHESTER – Former Merrimack County Attorney and Democratic Party activist Katherine Rogers endorsed Maggie Hassan for Governor today.

“I am supporting Maggie Hassan for Governor because she is a proven leader who will move New Hampshire forward and stand up to the radical Bill O’Brien legislature that wants to take us backwards. Maggie is honest and clear with people about where she stands on the issues that are important to all of us, including protecting a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, protecting our environment, ensuring that all children have a chance to attend good schools that prepare them for the jobs of the 21st century, and standing up to anyone who tries to repeal marriage equality,” said Rogers.

“I am honored to have earned Katherine Rogers’ support. Katherine is respected by members of the law enforcement community and by advocates for women and children for her work as a prosecutor and her commitment to protecting and investing in our young people. She is also an important and thoughtful voice in the Democratic Party, and I look forward to having her on my team as our campaign continues its grassroots outreach to New Hampshire voters.”


CONGRESSMAN BASS TO CO-HOST PRIVATE FUNDRAISER WITH PAUL RYAN, CONTINUES TO AVOID CONSTITUENTS

CONCORD, N.H. – Having already campaigned with Congressman Ryan earlier this week, Congressman Bass is now set to co-host a private, high-dollar fundraiser for Ryan in Manchester on Saturday night.

“While New Hampshire voters continue to wait for a chance to meet with their Congressman at an official town hall, Congressman Bass will be co-hosting a private fundraiser for the architect of the Ryan-Bass Plan to end Medicare as we know it,” said Rob Friedlander, Communications Director for Annie Kuster. “Between fundraising with Paul Ryan and spending next week at the Republican National Convention, Congressman Bass would clearly rather remain behind closed doors with his party’s leadership than defend his record to New Hampshire voters.”


Ryan back for pricey fundraiser | Concord Monitor: “While most reporters and less-moneyed Republicans won’t be attending, that hasn’t stopped Democrats from organizing around the event and using it as chance to blast the Republican ticket.

“The Romney campaign has been pretty quiet about Paul Ryan’s return to New Hampshire on Saturday to meet with big campaign donors, and we can understand why,” read an email yesterday from the Obama campaign’s New Hampshire team. “The Romney-Ryan plan would be disastrous for women, seniors and the economic security of middle class families by raising taxes, turning Medicare into a voucher program, and cutting critical education investments, all to pay for tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. With an agenda like that, it’s no wonder they don’t want Paul Ryan to talk with middle class Granite State families while he is in town.””


$20K per couple for dinner at Ryan fundraiser on Saturday – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Paul Ryan, Republican Mitt Romney’s pick as running mate, will return to New Hampshire on Saturday for a big-ticket fundraiser at which couples will pay $20,000 to dine with the Wisconsin congressman.
The cost to attend a 45-minute reception at which Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, presumably will speak is $500. Photos with Ryan will run attendees $2,500.
The donor who comes up with $50,000 will become a founding member of the Romney Victory Fund, while someone giving $15,000 will be a Battle Ground Fund investor.”


There are many events like this going on around the state this weekend. Check out the NHDP Calendar for more details

Amherst Dems Hosting Labor Day BBQ – Amherst, NH Patch: “The Amherst Democrats will be hosting their BBQ Cookout on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 3-6 p.m. at the Amherst Country Club.

This is your chance to meet Democratic candidates for upcoming elections and enjoy some great food and music. Speakers will include candidates for U.S. Congress, NH Governor, Governor’s Executive Council and NH State Legislature. Paul Hodes and his 5 piece band, Northern Light, will get folks tapping their feet and singing along to hit tunes from the past.”


Be sure to read James Pindell’s political round up with all the highlights the last week in NH Politics.

Political Standing For Aug. 24, 2012 » WMUR Political Scoop: “Saturday 7:15 a.m., Political Scoop: My guest this week is Jeff Woodburn, who is running in the open State Senate seat in the North Country.

Sunday 10 a.m., CloseUP: Coming up on two weeks to go before the state primary, Republican candidate for governor Kevin Smith stops in to discuss his chances and whether he thinks his primary rival Ovide Lamontagne is qualified to be governor. The Democratic Congressional candidate Annie Kuster discusses whether her electoral fate is just all up to the presidential race.”


House Democrats’ majority hopes rest on several former members: “In the Northeast, a pair of rematches presents Democrats with strong opportunities to turn the clock back to the 111th Congress. In upstate New York, Democrat Dan Maffei, who lost his job by the slimmest of margins in 2010, is hopeful that a more Democratic district will propel him back into office. New Hampshire Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, who was unseated in 2010 by Republican Frank Guinta, holds a small lead in the rematch, according to a recent Democratic poll.”

NH Labor News 8/25/12: Cutting Athletics For Teachers? LGC Forum In Dover Mon, CWA Pushes for Call Center Bill

Report cites cutting city sports program to save $188,812 and keep teaching jobs | New Hampshire NEWS06: “School athletics could be targeted for cuts in an effort to restore teaching jobs in the Manchester School District, with freshman, middle school and junior varsity programs likely to bear the brunt of reductions.

Without making a formal recommendation, School Superintendent Thomas Brennan has identified $188,812 in savings that could be realized through elimination of five of eight middle school sports and some high school JV and freshman programs. ”


State officials holding Dover forum Monday to explain latest LGC ruling – Fosters: “DOVER — The Secretary of State and the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulations will host a public forum in the city on Monday.

The forum will help the city better understand the Local Government Center administrative process and the 81-page final order from Hearings Officer Donald Mitchell, issued on Aug. 16 where he dismissed three out of the five counts against the LGC.

Strafford County Commissioner and Dover City Councilor Catherine Cheney had mentioned the idea of inviting the Secretary of State and the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulations to Dover during a City Council meeting on Wednesday. ”


Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey teams up with former T-Mobile employee Barry Lagler, Jr., to promote call center legislation. (Via CWA-union.org)

Senators Promote Call Center Bill (via CWA)

“Sens. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) used their August recess to advocate keeping good call center jobs in the United States.

Both Senators, who face re-election in November, took the issue to the stump this week, promoting the United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act of 2012, which would make businesses that ship call center jobs overseas ineligible for federal grants or loans. It would require companies to disclose when their calls are being transferred abroad and give consumers the right to talk to a U.S.-based operator. Tell your senators to support the bill by signing this petition.”


An inspiring video about young people interning at the AFL-CIO for a summer to learn about what it means to be union. Why unions are so important. They talk about the impact this summer had on them and how they will continue to use the skills they learned in their communities.

NHLN Election News Coverage 8/24: Cilley and PFF-NH Tour NH (Video), RNC Tries To Protect “First in the Nation” Status, Questions About Smith Donations, and much more

Jackie Cilley and Professional Firefighters of New Hampshire President David Lang tour New Hampshire.

VIDEO: ‘We’ve Got Property Taxpayers Suffering’ – Concord, NH Patch: “Democrat Jackie Cilley, on a tour of the state with professional firefighters who have endorsed her, was asked today in Concord how she differs from rival Maggie Hassan.

It’s not just “The Pledge,” Cilley’s refusal to say she’d oppose a broad-based tax in confronting state challenges. Where else do the leading Democratic candidates differ? Watch the video of her answering voters’ questions.”
Video from Patch


Cilley’s plan: Invest in schools, infrastructure, communication – Fosters: “Facing a primary contest in less than one month, candidate for governor Jackie Cilley on Thursday said her plan to mend the state’s economy and attract businesses to New Hampshire isn’t sexy, but it’s reliable: Invest in schools, roads, bridges, communication infrastructure and “safe and healthy communities.”

Cilley, a Barrington Democrat, has repeatedly said on the campaign trail that she will consider all options to fund those investments if she’s elected governor, including an income tax or sales tax.”


RNC could adopt rules at convention to keep NH’s first-in-the-nation primary status intact | New Hampshire NEWS0605: “The convention’s rules committee has already approved an amendment that would protect the delegates for the early primary and caucus states. A so-called “super penalty” would cause all the states that broke the rule of jumping ahead of one of the four carve-out states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada — to lose all but nine of their delegates, Meg Stone, spokeswoman for the New Hampshire GOP, said in a statement.”


Kevin Smith has multiple campaign donations from one address????

Small biz at same addresses contribute to Smith – News – Boston.com: “Dozens of small businesses at the same addresses account for almost half of the money raised by Republican Kevin Smith for his campaign for New Hampshire governor.

Campaign finance reports submitted by Smith show he raised more than $93,000 from limited liability companies, commonly referred to as LLCs, with similar names from one Westborough, Mass., address. LLCs in other locations, many sharing an address, account for more than $50,000 in additional contributions to Smith’s campaign.”


Hassan would support reinstating higher ed cuts in exchange for tuition freeze – NashuaTelegraph.com: “On the Affordable Care Act, she would lobby the White House in 2013 for the federal budget to cover additional costs that may come from expanding the rolls of those eligible for health insurance under Medicaid.
For states that agree to do it, the national health care law offers 100 percent financing for Medicaid expansion during the first three years and 90 percent grants through 2020.”


AFSCME Asks you to join with others to say NO To raising taxes on the middle class. 

When Mitt Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate, he doubled-down on his out of touch, anti-worker and anti-public services policies. Ryan’s infamous budget proposal is the “the most extreme budget plan passed by a House of Congress in modern times” according to the New York Times, though Mitt Romney said that it was “marvelous.” Why?

Because it would raise taxes on the middle class while cutting them for the wealthy. Because it would end Medicare as we know it. And because it would privatize Social Security.

The distinctions between Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan couldn’t be any clearer. President Obama and Vice President Biden are fighting for everyone to have a fair shot at the American Dream. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are plotting a nightmare for middle-class families.

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New Ad from President Bill Clinton talking about why he is supporting President Obama in this election.


From United Steel Workers National President Leo Gerard:

Daily Kos: Romney, Ryan Don’t Get the Average Joe: “GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney foolishly revived the dust up about his income tax secrecy last week. He claimed he paid at least 13 percent, an assertion easy enough for him to prove by releasing his tax documents.

But he’s refusing to do that. He called the concern about his tax rate “small minded.” Much more important issues overshadow it, he contended.

Maybe so. But the American people, the Average Jane and Joe, do care whether Romney used tricks and loopholes and offshore accounts to manipulate the tax system and pay nothing. And they’re not “small minded,” as Romney accused them of being, for wanting to know.”


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Young workers, seniors tell Charlie Bass: “Stop trashing the middle class”

What’s in New Hampshire Congressman Charlie Bass’s trash?

Social Security, Medicare, and affordable education, as it turns out. The contents of the New Hampshire Congressman’s garbage can came to light yesterday as young workers and seniors from the Granite State questioned his commitment to his constituents after he voted for Paul Ryan’s extreme budget.

“I’m not sure who Charlie Bass works for anymore. He is so out of touch with what the average American needs that he’ll trash anything just to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires like him,” said Terri Lochhead, an organizer for the Alliance for Retired Americans.

“Under his “Do It Yourself” retirement plan, Granite Staters would see their healthcare costs go up by $6,350 a year and receive fewer services under Ryan’s Medicare voucher plan. It isn’t right that we sent Bass to Congress and all we got were these lousy vouchers,” said Lochhead.

Paul Brochu, a young worker from Manchester who is currently unemployed, agreed. “Charlie Bass says he wants to create jobs, but under the Ryan budget he’d make it harder for people like me to succeed in this economy. I wouldn’t have been able to pay for college without Stafford loans – which Charlie voted to cut when he voted for the Ryan budget.”

Before dropping off Charlie Bass’s “trash” at his office, Portsmouth resident Judy Stadtman passed around a retirement security kit for Granite Staters impacted by the Ryan budget.

The kit contained a $6000 bill for increased medical costs, a roll of duct tape for seniors trying to hold body and soul together and a copy of the report “Seeking Employment in Your Golden years: A guide to finding a job in your 70s, 80s and beyond”.

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