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The New Hampshire Labor News is a group of NH Workers who believe that we need to protect ourselves against the attacks on workers. We are proud union members who are working to preserve the middle class. The NHLN talks mostly about news and politics from NH. We also talk about national issues that effect working men and women here in the Granite State.

The NH AFL-CIO Announces Candidate Endorsements

Local unions have been endorsing candidates for the last few months.  With over 400 house races alone it is very hard to keep up with who has endorsed who.  Or maybe you are just looking to see what organizations support which candidates.

Almost all of the major organization in NH have come out in support of President Barack Obama, Carol Shea Porter, and Ann Kuster.

In the state races you may be surprised as some of the candidates that have been endorsed.  There are many Republicans and many Democrats who have been endorsed by labor this year.  Most of this comes from where they stood on Right To Work for less and a few other key bills in the last session.

The NH AFL-CIO has posted their list of endorsed candidates here. Here is a list of some of the people they have endorsed.

FOR GOVERNOR:

MAGGIE HASSAN DEM Exeter

 

FOR EXECUTIVE COUNCIL:

Executive Council District 3 CHRIS PAPPAS DEM Manchester

Executive Council District 4 DEB PIGNATELLI DEM Nashua

 

STATE SENATE DISTRICT ENDORSEMENTS:

SD01 Jeff Woodburn DEM Dalton

SD04 David Watters DEM Dover Membership: AAUP

SD05 David Pierce DEM Etna

SD06 Richard Leonard DEM New Durham

SD07 Andrew Hosmer DEM Laconia

SD08 Christopher Wallenstien DEM Bennington

SD09 Lee Nyquist DEM New Boston

SD12 Peggy Gilmour DEM Hollis

SD13 Bette Lasky DEM Nashua

SD17 Nancy Fraher DEM Chichester

SD18 Donna Soucy DEM Manchester Membership: Former SEIU 1984

SD20 Lou D’Allesandro DEM Manchester

SD21 Martha Fuller Clark

SD23 Carol Croteau DEM Kingston

SD24 Bev Hollingworth DEM Hampton

Follow the link to see all the House Candidates that the NH AFL-CIO have officially endorsed.

90 Year Old Member Canvasses For Obama, Why Aren’t You?

This is a short video from AFGE National talking about 90 year old Augusta Thomas who is out walking for Obama.

 

With only a few days left to help re-elect President Obama here are some chances for you to help with the NH AFLCIO Labor 2012 Campaign
Sunday, November 4th, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
GOTV canvass in Manchester
New Hampshire AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett

Monday, November 5th, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
GOTV canvasses and phone banks
New Hampshire AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett

Tuesday, November 6th, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
GOTV phone banks
New Hampshire AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett

At Granite State Debate, Kuster Stands Out As Moderate Voice for Middle Class, Seniors

Manchester, N.H. – Annie Kuster once again stood out as a moderate voice for New Hampshire families and seniors at tonight’s Granite State Debate, while Congressman Bass struggled to justify his record of voting against the interests of middle class families.

As she has done throughout this campaign, Annie demonstrated that she is willing to put politics aside and work with both parties to do what’s right for New Hampshire’s seniors, middle class families, and small businesses.

“Annie once again proved that she has the right priorities and the right approach to help move our state and country forward,” said Rob Friedlander, Communications Director for Annie Kuster. “In Congress, she will bring Republicans and Democrats together to pass policies that will create jobs, grow the economy, and protect seniors and the middle class.”

“That stood in stark contrast to Congressman Bass, who reminded voters that he has the wrong priorities for New Hampshire. Congressman Bass failed to defend his record of voting for tax breaks for big oil and gas companies, tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and the radical Ryan budget that ends Medicare as we know it. Congressman Bass struggled in tonight’s debate for the same reason he’s struggled throughout this campaign: he is out of touch with lives and needs of New Hampshire’s middle class families and seniors.”

Congressman Guinta says, “I don’t need the FDA”; takes tobacco money

Congressman Frank Guinta has accepted $2,000 from Big Tobacco in 2012.  Altria, formerly known as Phillip Morris, has given Congressman Guinta multiple donations in this election cycle through their PAC.

Altria is still the largest tobacco conglomerate in the world, and they are the makers of Marlboro cigarettes.  Altria has lobbied on numerous issues since Congressman Guinta was elected, but most notably against Health Care Reform.  The company is particularly opposed to the implementation of funding for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

As of 2009, the FDA also has direct regulatory authority over cigarettes.  Congressman Guinta recently said, “I don’t need the FDA,” so it is no wonder he has won the admiration of Big Tobacco.  Altria supports Congressman Guinta because he wants to eliminate the FDA, and repeal Health Care Reform.

“There is apparently no corporate interest Congressman Guinta isn’t willing to shill for, and he seems to have no shame in doing the bidding of Big Tobacco,” said Campaign Manager Naomi Andrews.  “New Hampshire voters support Carol Shea-Porter, because she refuses to take donations from corporate PACs, and she stands up for middle class families.”

Background:

 

Guinta Campaign Struggling, Shea-Porter Talking Solutions for New Hampshire

A quick scan of this morning’s headlines reveals the hard truth about New Hampshire’s First District Congressional race: Congressman Guinta’s campaign is struggling and desperate, while Carol Shea-Porter is talking with voters about solutions to move New Hampshire forward.

Yesterday, it was revealed that the National Republican Congressional Committee sent a desperate and blunt memo to its top donors, on behalf of incumbents who are “most in need”.  Congressman Guinta was listed as one of those struggling campaigns.  Despite thousands of dollars in donations from Wall Street and Big Tobacco, Congressman Guinta is still unable to keep his campaign afloat.

This poor performance demonstrates the profound lack of enthusiasm for his candidacy here in New Hampshire.  The National Journal also noted Guinta’s poor polling numbers in the state.

Meanwhile, Carol Shea-Porter has been touring the state talking with voters about small business and the middle class, presenting new ideas.  Yesterday, she had a productive meeting with employees of Fidelity Investments in Merrimack, to discuss the economy and her plan to create more jobs.  She also met with students in the Lakes Region Community College Energy Training Program.  Their labs and classrooms were built with assistance from funding that Congresswoman Shea-Porter secured. Carol Shea-Porter actually follows a pro-growth economic model.

HEADLINES:

Shea-Porter gets first-hand look at Energy Services program at LRCC
Laconia Daily Sun
http://www.laconiadailysun.com/index.php/newsx/local-news/63320-a-511-w-cut-slugged-carolshea-2-shea-porter-says-climate-change-is-real-praises-lrcc-s-energy-programs

House Race Rankings: House of Cards
Scott Bland, National Journal
http://www.nationaljournal.com/hotline/house-race-rankings-house-of-cards-20121102

House GOP names incumbents in need
Alex Isenstadt, Politico
http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/11/house-gop-names-incumbents-in-need-147996.html?hp=r7

ICYMI: New NEC Poll Shows Kuster Ahead By Six

New England College released new polling today showing Annie Kuster leading New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District race by six points:

In New Hampshire’s second district, the poll shows signs of a potential change.  Incumbent Charlie Bass trails democratic challenger Annie Kuster.  The NEC poll of 511 respondents indicates Kuster has 47% support, with Congressman Bass collecting 41% support. 1% of those polled chose another candidate and 11% say they remain undecided.  The margin of error in the second district poll is 4.33%.

“Although the number of undecided voters remains high going into the campaign’s final weekend, this poll shows Annie Kuster is in a strong position to win the race over Congressman Bass,” says Tafoya.  “With the enthusiasm we see among democrats and among women, and given the lead Kuster has among independents, this poll shows it will be tough for Congressman Bass to be re-elected next week.”

Full article is available here.

Oh, Ovide: Video from 2010 Contrasts Ovide’s “Agnostic” Views on Climate Change

Ovide Lamontagne tells Granite State Debate viewers he’s “agnostic” on climate change; Video from 2010 US Senate race says otherwise

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Ovide Lamontagne has spent most of his campaign trying to hide his extreme record as a tobacco lobbyist, deny his support to block grant Medicare and put our seniors at risk, and downplay his position of putting politicians between a woman and her doctor. Tonight he added climate change denial to his long list of shifting and hidden policies. 1

Ovide told Granite State Debate viewers that he’s “agnostic” on whether climate change exists. Granite State Progress released a video tonight entitled “Ovide Lamontagne: Climate Change Denier” showing the candidate at an August 2010 US Senate Primary debate expressing strong opinions on the matter.

Ovide Lamontagne: Climate Change Denier

http://youtu.be/bLxsbWwPVXQ

Transcript: Debate moderator Nancy Stiles: “Ovide, do you believe that man-made global warming has been proven without a doubt?” Ovide Lamontagne: “No.”

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“Ovide has spent most of his campaign trying to hide his extreme record as a tobacco lobbyist despite public evidence to the contrary, deny his desire to block grant Medicare and put our seniors at risk even though it’s on his own website, and downplay his position of putting politicians between a woman and her doctor while receiving endorsements from groups that support that very position,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Director of Granite State Progress. “Tonight he added running from his own record as a climate change denier. Ovide also tried to tell voters that he doesn’t support teaching creationism at the same time he said he would allow creationism to be taught in public schools. Ovide Lamontagne is fast becoming a Mitt Romney flip-flopper replica in his constant quest for higher office.”

“Ovide Lamontagne’s extreme policies would take New Hampshire in a radically different direction.”

 

1 The Lobby NH 10/18/2012; New England College Debate 10/4/2012; Ovide 2012, http://www.ovide2012.com/news/entry/new-hampshire-needs-to-invest-in-its-own-exceptionalism; Keene Sentinel 10/22/2012

In Granite State Debate, Hassan the Clear Choice to Keep New Hampshire Moving Forward

 

Lamontagne Makes Desperate Last-Ditch Effort

to Hide His Radical Agenda

Maggie Hassan offered a clear vision for growing New Hampshire’s economy and creating jobs during tonight’s Granite State Debate, while Ovide Lamontagne made a last-ditch effort to mislead voters about his radical agenda, including not telling the truth about his opposition to statewide kindergarten, his support for teaching creationism in public schools, and his ideas for restricting a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.[Opposes kindergarten; supporting creationism; radical on women’s health]

Hassan’s innovation plan will provide technical assistance, tax credits and workforce training to help businesses grow and create jobs. As Governor, Hassan – who has been endorsed by Governor John Lynch – will balance the budget without a sales or an income tax.

“Maggie Hassan offered a clear and forward-looking vision for New Hampshire in tonight’s debate. She has a plan that moves New Hampshire forward by helping our businesses grow  and helping our families succeed,” said Matt Burgess, campaign manager for Hassan for Governor.

“The choice was as clear tonight as it has been in every debate: as governor, Maggie Hassan will keep New Hampshire moving forward, while Ovide Lamontagne’s radical agenda will take our state backwards,” Burgess said. “Ovide Lamontagne was clearly desperate tonight in his attempts to mislead voters about his radical agenda, but he can’t hide the fact that he truly believes in extreme ideas that will hurt middle-class families and New Hampshire’s economy.”

Hassan outlined her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs.  Hassan worked closely with Governor Lynch to balance the state budget, without an income or a sales tax, by making the tough decisions necessary to cut state spending during the height of the recession, leading to a surplus. As Governor, Hassan will veto an income or a sales tax.

Hassan’s forward-looking vision stood in stark contrast to Ovide Lamontagne, who desperately tried to mislead voters again and again about his radical ideas to eliminate the guarantee of statewide kindergarten, reject federal funding for public schools, pull the state out of Medicare, and restrict a women’s right to make her own health care decisions. And Lamontagne continued to repeat untrue attacks against Maggie’s fiscally responsible record of balancing the state’s budget. Ovide’s claim about the state deficit has been deemed “false” by PolitiFact NH[i] and his statements about spending increases under Maggie Hassan’s leadership have also been debunked by fact checkers.[ii]

During her time in the State Senate, Maggie Hassan worked with Governor Lynch to keep the unemployment rate low, maintain one of the lowest tax burdens in the nation, and cut the high school drop rate in half while making the hard choices to cut spending, balancing the budget and leaving a surplus without an income or sales tax.

Hassan will continue moving New Hampshire forward on the path that Governor Lynch has set, and she has been endorsed by numerous organizations including the New Hampshire Police Association, New Hampshire Troopers’ Association, National Education Association New Hampshire, American Federation of Teachers New Hampshire, and many more.  She has also been endorsed by newspapers across the state, including the Concord Monitor, Keene Sentinel, Portsmouth Herald, and Nashua Telegraph, which also endorsed Republicans Mitt Romney and Charlie Bass.  The Telegraph praised Hassan’s “well-reasoned and bipartisan leadership” and expressed concern about Lamontagne’s “worrisome statements” on education, noting that his radical idea to end statewide kindergarten would mean “local school districts would be on the hook to pick up [the] costs, and that means higher property taxes.”[iii]

Ovide Lamontagne has said he would be a “radically different” governor than Gov. Lynch[iv], with extreme ideas that would eliminate statewide kindergarten[v], reject federal funds for local schools[vi] and ignore rising tuition costs caused by cuts to higher education.[vii] He supports plans to dismantle Medicare[viii], criminalize abortion and limit insurance coverage for birth control[ix], and defund Planned Parenthood, increasing costs for critical health care services for New Hampshire women and families.[x]


[i] http://www.politifact.com/new-hampshire/statements/2012/jul/29/new-boston-republican-committee/new-boston-gop-says-dems-left-deficit/
[ii] http://www.politifact.com/new-hampshire/statements/2012/oct/12/ovide-lamontagne/republican-lamontagne-paints-opponent-hassan-tax-a/
[iii] Maggie Hassan for Governor, Nashua Telegraph, 10/29/12
[iv] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkr_WSOovsk&feature=relmfu
[v] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxH9OfqFO2s&feature=player_embedded#
[vi] Ovide rejected federal money to help K-12 NH public schools raise educational standards [Concord Monitor, 8/9/2010] and has said he would do it again [WGIR, 7/24/2012]
[vii] Ovide has said tuition increases were not of “utmost concern” [WMUR, 9/6/2012]
[viii] Ovide supports Paul Ryan’s voucher program to end Medicare as we know it [NH Farm Bureau, 8/2012]; believes state legislature should opt-out of Medicare and run program itself [Union Leader, 2/10/2012]
[ix] Supports a “Human Life Amendment” that outlaws all abortion, and even some forms of birth control and fertility treatments [Cornerstone debate, 6/5/2010]
[x] Ovide supports Bill O’Brien’s decision to completely eliminate Planned Parenthood

Guinta cut FEMA money

Congressman Guinta has decided that it is important for congressional candidates to weigh in on state issues, yet in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, he has dodged questions about why he voted to cut funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Congressman Guinta voted for the Ryan budget which cuts disaster preparation and response, and passed a continuing resolution that provided $3 billion less in disaster funding than requested by the President.

“Congressman Guinta has a heartless record of voting to cut the funding for FEMA, money that  communities depend on for disasters,” said Carol Shea-Porter.  “Now, he needs to explain whether or not he agrees with Mitt Romney that FEMA should be privatized or left to the states.  New Hampshire, which has just received a federal emergency declaration, deserves to know why he voted against protecting the state and its citizens.”

Background:

  • Romney’s budget cuts FEMA, on its face, by 40%.  Romney has vowed to cut federal spending to less than 20 percent of GDP by 2016 without touching entitlements or defense. That means that non-defense discretionary spending–which includes FEMA aid–would have to be reduced by an eye-popping 40 percent. The Romney campaign won’t say whether FEMA would be spared from those cuts but stresses that the necessary funding would be available.” Washington Post.
  • On September 23, 2011, Guinta voted in favor of HR 2608, a continuing resolution meant to fund the federal government through November 18, 2011. The legislation provided $3.65 billion for disaster assistance, roughly $3 billion less than what the Office of Management estimated the federal government needed in funding. [HR 2608, Vote #727, Office of Management and Budget, 9/5/11; The Hill, 9/23/11]
  • Ryan budget could hammer storm aid, critics say:  Mitt Romney says he wants to give states more power to deal with disasters like Sandy. But his running mate’s budget plan would threaten states’ ability to respond to massive storms, some experts say.  Paul Ryan’s House-passed budget would cut non-defense discretionary funding by 22 percent starting in 2014, according to the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which said in an August report that about one-third of that money goes to state aid for a range of needs including disaster response.  [Politico, 10/30/2012]

 

Shaheen, Kuster Host Roundtable In Salem

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen joined Annie Kuster on the campaign trail today for a roundtable discussion in Salem, where the two spoke with voters about issues from education and women’s health to Medicare and job creation.

During the roundtable at Sammy J’s, Senator Shaheen talked about the importance of electing people like Annie who will stand up for the interests of New Hampshire’s middle class families and small businesses.

“This is an absolutely critical election for our state and country,” said Shaheen. “We need more people in Congress who are committed to giving students a chance to get a college education, ensuring that families have access to affordable healthcare, and supporting the small businesses that power New Hampshire’s economy. That’s the kind of person Annie is, and that’s why we need to send her to Washington on November 6th.”

“I’m thrilled to be out on the campaign trail with Senator Shaheen, who has been such a tireless advocate for New Hampshire families in the Senate,” said Kuster. “We both share a commitment to putting politics aside to do what’s right for our state, which is something we need a lot more of in Washington.”

Prior to the roundtable discussion in Salem, Annie greeted employees at UPS and Students First in Nashua.

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