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NHLN Election News 8/9/12: RomneyHood? Hassan Roles Out New Plan and Endorsements, Cilley In Hampton, and more

NEA-NH Endorse Maggie Hassan
From The NH Labor News; Endorsement and Jobs Plan
From Concord Patch with VIDEO

Concord Monitor “You can’t talk about New Hampshire politics without looking at how taking the pledge or not taking the pledge affects the November vote,” Trombly said. “I think both the (government relations) committee and (executive) board both felt it would be a much more difficult path for the candidate who did not take the pledge.”

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You Tube Video from NEA-NH

United Steel Workers Endorse Maggie Hassan

USW Director John Shinn of the New England regional district confirmed the union’s enthused support for the gubernatorial candidate. “Hassan has listened to New Hampshire workers and has laid out a vision to create jobs and prosperity. We will be mobilizing our members for her primary election Sept. 11 and she’ll be the strongest candidate in the November general election,” he said.

Gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley in Hampton Friday night | SeacoastOnline.com: “Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley will be in Hampton at 3 Heritage Drive on Friday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. to meet voters and answer questions.

Cilley said she understands the financial issues facing our state and many New Hampshire families. She has refused to take “The Pledge,” insisting that it is time to put all revenue options on the table.

Cilley was born and raised in Berlin and was the first in her family to go to college. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in business administration from UNH’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics. Professionally, Cilley has owned and operated a marketing consulting firm, and taught for 20 years at the Whittemore School. She and her husband Bruce have raised five sons, four of whom live in N.H. with their families.”

Rep. Guinta votes against tax cuts for middle class | SeacoastOnline.com: “What is wrong with Congressman Guinta? Why does he frequently vote against the interests of his constituents? He is not genuinely concerned with the needs of New Hampshire’s families. Instead, he is self-interested and sides again and again with those who still believe in “trickle-down economics” — the idea that investing in the richest individuals will eventually benefit all of us. Frank Guinta’s vote last week tells us once more that he cannot be counted on by working families and middle-class folks.

Guinta is not up to the task of representing our small businesses in New Hampshire or Granite State families. Fairness is not a Guinta consideration!

I am enthusiastically working to return Carol Shea-Porter to Congress because she intuitively understands the needs of regular voters in New Hampshire. Her record demonstrates that she gets the needs of our small-business people and our families. Guinta represents the rich — his vote proves this yet again.”

Naomi Andrews, Campaign Manager for Carol Shea-Porter, released the following statement. “Congressman Frank Guinta’s unethical behavior has embarrassed New Hampshire citizens and drawn the attention of the state and national press. Carol Shea-Porter will restore integrity and the New Hampshire work ethic to the NH-01 seat.”

Frank Guinta’s breathtaking hypocrisy: “It’s become increasingly apparent that truth and honesty just don’t factor into Frank Guinta’s agenda. But it’s especially staggering to think he would put so much fire into his phony tirade about “kicking the can,” only to vote to give himself a vacation the very same day. He must think his constituents are suckers. The mailings, the Super PACs, the robo-calls—it’s hard to believe these are anything other than deliberate acts of deception aimed at the very people who elected Guinta to serve them.
The vast majority of adults in our country don’t get a month-long summer vacation, at all. That is, unless you count the 12.8 million people who don’t have jobs. But don’t worry about them, Frank. Enjoy your time off. ”

Democrats Add to List of Top House Candidates – ABC News: “On Wednesday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) unveiled new additions to its list of “Red to Blue” candidates — its top tier of House challengers who, it believes, are poised to win mostly Republican districts in November, bringing Democrats back toward relevance in the House of Representatives after a two-year stint of drastic minority.”
Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter makes the list.

Lamontagne would seek to eliminate waiting list for disability services – NashuaTelegraph.com: “He declined to say if it’s feasible to reduce spending by another $400 million over the next two years as House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, has proposed.
Lamontagne says applying zero-based budgeting would make agency managers defend the status quo.

He did not commit to spending any more on higher education after cuts of 45 percent in state aid to four-year colleges and 35 percent to the two-year college system.
“I would like to not have to cut monies to higher education; it was probably where they had to look,” Lamontagne said. “Let’s look at the delivery system in higher education. Do we need to pay money for some of the things happening at the chancellor’s office?””

PolitiFact | Mitt Romney says Barack Obama’s plan for welfare reform: “They just send you your check.”: “Our ruling

Romney’s ad says, “Under Obama’s plan (for welfare), you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check.”

That’s a drastic distortion of the planned changes to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. By granting waivers to states, the Obama administration is seeking to make welfare-to-work efforts more successful, not end them. What’s more, the waivers would apply to individually evaluated pilot programs — HHS is not proposing a blanket, national change to welfare law.

The ad tries to connect the dots to reach this zinger: “They just send you your welfare check.” The HHS memo in no way advocates that practice. In fact, it says the new policy is “designed to improve employment outcomes for needy families.”

The ad’s claim is not accurate, and it inflames old resentments about able-bodied adults sitting around collecting public assistance. Pants on Fire!”

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Romney and his fictional Obama – The Washington Post: “And here’s a challenge to Mitt Romney: You are running a deceitful ad about waivers the Obama administration has yet to issue based on rules allowing governors to operate their welfare-to-work programs more effectively. Will you please stop talking about your devotion to states’ rights?”

What is President Obama’s take on Mitt Romney’s tax plan? “It’s like Robin Hood in reverse. It’s Romney Hood.”

Mitt would force the middle class to pay higher taxes so that he can hand the super-wealthy another tax break. He’d let a handful of wealthy folks like Sheldon Adelson, the Koch Brothers, and himself get richer and richer while everyone else pays more.

Oppose Romney Hood here: https://dscc.org/romneyhood

NH Labor News 8/9/12: Privatize the Post Office? Expanding Medicare, UNH Profs Get New Contract, and more

Michael Hiltzik: Be wary of talk about privatizing post office – latimes.com: “It’s right there, at Article I, Section 8. Yet, in some quarters, talk of privatizing the post office never seems to ebb. That talk is experiencing another surge just now, because theU.S. Postal Service is in the process of defaulting on a payment of more than $5 billion owed to the Treasury.

The default has conservatives and libertarians chattering again about how the Postal Service long ago outlived its usefulness. Almost nobody uses the mail anymore down our way (goes the argument), and universal flat-rate service, the governing principle of theU.S. mailfor some two centuries, is a relic of the past and should be put to sleep. The post office, it’s said, should be privatized.”

Pantries have less food, greater demand – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Cowette said more than 12 percent of people in Coos County don’t know where their next meal is coming from; in Hillsborough County, it’s more than 9 percent.

She said the “more shocking” figure is that one in four children in Manchester don’t know where their next meal is coming from – a situation social service agencies refer to as “food insecure.” Cowette said that description fits 143,000 New Hampshire residents – or one in nine.”

It makes sense to expand Medicaid, by Mark Fernald – SentinelSource.com: Guest: “Many New Hampshire Republicans, including gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith, and House Speaker William O’Brien, have lined up to oppose any expansion of Medicaid.
If this becomes the law in New Hampshire, it will be the triumph of ideology over common sense, and New Hampshire will have lost an opportunity to improve the health of its citizens, lower the cost of private health insurance, and boost the state’s economy.”

New contract in place for UNH professors – Boston.com: “DURHAM, N.H.—University of New Hampshire professors are heading back to school with a new contract.

Salaries will increase through a combination of across-the-board increases and merit and equity-based pay hikes. That averages out to an annual salary increase of 2.4 percent between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2015.

UNH’s board of trustees voted to accept the new contract in June, as did the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Union President Deanna Wood told Foster’s Daily Democrat (http://bit.ly/O6oZvc) it had taken 2 1/2 years to arrive at the contract and each side felt it had reached the point where two fact finder reports had come in with very similar recommendations, and it was time to settle.”

Labor department visits Lilac City center today – Fosters: “The Deputy Secretary of Labor is scheduled to tour the Rochester Training and Academic Center facility at the Lilac City Mall affiliated with Great Bay Community College Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

The site is currently under lease to Great Bay with plans to renovate and create labs for advanced composite manufacturing and other related coursework there.

Lisa Proulx, public information officer for the college, wrote in an email the site is also involved with Workready NH, a HR State Council of New Hampshire program that works to improve job-seekers skills and help companies foster a skilled workforce.”

» NYT: “American workers should have paid sick leave, and New York City could set a standard for the rest of the nation.”: “36 of 50 New York City Council members currently support a proposed law to provide sick leave for 1.2 million city workers. However, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, perhaps pandering to the city’s business interests before her 2013 mayoral campaign, refuses to bring the bill to the floor.

In 145 countries, national laws require employers to provide paid sick days. America is not among those as nearly 40 million American workers have no paid sick days at all. This leads to situations in which workers are risking their health and that of their co-workers by coming to work ill, finding themselves in financial hardship due to illness, or worse — being fired.”

USW Endorses Maggie Hassan for Governor of New Hampshire

She stands up for worker rights, advocates education, jobs & security

Manchester, NH  (Aug. 9) – The United Steelworkers (USW) District 4 political education committee has announced endorsement support of Maggie Hassan for Governor of New Hampshire, joined by activist leaders who are mobilizing in their neighborhoods at manufacturing and service units across the state for her election this fall.


Alan Browning, Jr., a USW Local 12012 activist employed at Liberty Utilities and a Manchester resident declared: “Maggie’s proven history as the Majority Leader in the State Senate and her ability to forge bipartisan support for issues that affect working families, gubernatorial Democratic candidate Hassan is just what New Hampshire needs to lead us forward to grow the state economy and sustain good jobs.”


He adds, “With the viability of our state’s working class families among her top priorities and her innovative plans to enrich all levels of education,  job growth and security, Maggie will do what is best for the citizens of New Hampshire.”


USW Director John Shinn of the New England regional district confirmed the union’s enthused support for the gubernatorial candidate. “Hassan has listened to New Hampshire workers and has laid out a vision to create jobs and prosperity. We will be mobilizing our members for her primary election Sept. 11 and she’ll be the strongest candidate in the November general election,” he said.


“Maggie stands up for working people in the state by opposing ‘right to work for less’ and instead supports the right of all New Hampshire workers to collective bargaining with their employers.”


As a union for workers in the manufacturing, energy and health care service sector in New Hampshire, Shinn said the USW represents a diverse workforce of hundreds of workers employed in the natural gas service, water utilities, box board and paper mills, nursing homes and the state’s largest granite stone quarry.


“I am appreciative of the USW statewide mobilization for my campaign,” Hassan said. “Workers are the backbone to keep New Hampshire moving forward. As Governor, my focus will be on building an innovative economy that gives middle class families the opportunity to succeed.”


For more on gubernatorial candidate Hassan:  http://www.maggiehassan.com/.


Maggie Hassan Releases New Jobs Plan

There has been a lot of activity surrounding Maggie Hassan.  First she was endorsed by NEA-NH.  In a written endorsement Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President said “Maggie shares our belief that good public schools are the foundation for strong communities and a vibrant economy and that for our students and schools to thrive, we all need to be held accountable – teachers, parents, students and elected officials.  She knows that continuing to slash school funding risks losing an entire generation of students who won’t get a second chance.”

Now Maggie Hassan is unveiling her new “Innovate NH” Jobs Plan.  The plan starts with investing in our public schools and state universities to build a better NH.  “Our public schools are and should be drivers of economic growth for our state,” Hassan said.

This would be a complete ‘180’ from the direction of the current legislature.  They have been pushing budget cuts and school voucher programs, and forcing the towns to pick up even more costs.  They even tried to push a constitutional amendment that would allow the TEA Party extremists in the NH House to control funding allotments to the schools.  In the State Budget they cut funding to the UNH Schools by almost half forcing drastic tuition increases.  “This legislature told our young people: ‘smoke more, study less.’ As Governor, I will tell our students that if they study and work hard, they can afford to go to college,” Hassan said. “I will end the drastic dismantling of our public schools and make them a centerpiece our efforts to build a 21st century workforce and to support the efforts of our businesses to grow, innovate and create new jobs.”

Part of Hassan’s new ‘Innovate NH’ plan includes increasing funding to the NH colleges and universities and mandating a freeze on tuition for two full years.  She also wants to devote more to promote education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.  Hassan would bring business leaders and educators to the table to revise and strengthen New Hampshire’s science and math standards for elementary and high school students, and to devise a curriculum that encourages more young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.   With that she hopes to see double the number of graduates from NH schools pursuing careers in STEM by 2025.

Hassan’s plan would also include doubling the research-and-development tax credit to help support businesses who invest in creating new technologies in New Hampshire, and will work with business leaders and higher education officials to encourage new strategic research partnerships. In addition, Hassan supports efforts to increase the commercialization of the ideas and inventions flowing from New Hampshire’s colleges and universities, and to ensure the technical expertise of New Hampshire’s public higher education community is available to help companies grow and expand.

“In addition to building a strong workforce, our public colleges and universities have the expertise to help launch new companies and to help our existing companies grow,” Hassan said. “As Governor, I want to make sure the immense research power of our public colleges is available to help our companies grow and innovate.”

Here are the details of the full Hassan Plan on her campaign website.

NEA-NH Announces Endorsement of Maggie Hassan for Governor

NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest union, announced their endorsement of Maggie Hassan for Governor today, asking their more than 17,000 members and their families to support Hassan during the campaign and on Election Day.

“Maggie shares our belief that good public schools are the foundation for strong communities and a vibrant economy and that for our students and schools to thrive, we all need to be held accountable – teachers, parents, students and elected officials.  She knows that continuing to slash school funding risks losing an entire generation of students who won’t get a second chance,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President.

“I am thrilled to have earned the support of more than 17,000 of New Hampshire’s teachers and their families. As a leader in the state Senate, I fought to make sure all of our children have the chance to go to great schools that prepare them to succeed. As Governor, I will continue to put education first and stand up to anyone who wants to cut education,” Hassan said. “The message this Tea Party legislature has sent our children is ‘smoke more, study less.’  My Innovate NH Jobs plan recognizes that our education system is the foundation of our economic success, and key to building the 21st century workforce our businesses need to grow, innovate and create new jobs.”

“Imagining what the state of public education and the plight of middle class families would have been if Governor Lynch were not in the corner office these past two years is terrifying,” said McGilvray. “Ovide Lamontagne or Kevin Smith would be a disaster for public education in New Hampshire.”

“As chair of the state Board of Education, Lamontagne blocked local schools from receiving federal funds, opposed expanding public kindergarten and supported local districts teaching creationism. Lamontagne also blocked local schools from receiving federal education dollars, and recently told a radio host that as Governor, “I’d do it again.” Lamontagne would have allies in Bill O’Brien’s legislature, which this year considered legislation to block local schools from receiving more than $60 million in federal funds,” said McGilvery.

Lamontagne and Smith have both supported a constitutional amendment that would allow the legislature to cut aid to local school districts and pushed a law that is diverting millions of dollars in taxpayer money from public schools to private and religious schools.

“Losing the Governor’s office in the 2012 elections would give politicians and outside special interest groups who have never spent much time in a classroom, unchecked power to slash funding, weaken curriculum, and gut public education.  For the sake of our students and their parents, we need to be sure that the Governor’s office remains in the hands of a champion of public education, and to that end, NEA-NH believes that Maggie Hassan can prevail in November, safeguarding the dream of a quality public education for every child in New Hampshire,” concluded McGilvray.

About NEA-New Hampshire

Founded in 1854, the New Hampshire State Teachers Association became one of the “founding ten” state education associations that formed the National Education Association in 1857.  Known today as NEA-NH, and comprised of more than 17,000 members, our mission to advocate for the children of New Hampshire and public school employees and to promote lifelong learning remains true after more than 150 years. Our members are public school educators in all stages of their careers, including classroom teachers and other certified professionals, instructors at public higher education institutions, students preparing for a teaching career, education support personnel and those retired from the profession. 

NHLN Election News 8/8: (Guinta) Bought And Paid For, Hassan says Colleges Are Key, and more

Maggie Hassan receives endorsement from 17,000 member NEA-NH

State colleges, universities key in Hassan’s new jobs plan | Concord Monitor: ““Our public schools are and should be drivers of economic growth for our state,” Hassan said in a written statement. “Our colleges and universities are inventing new ideas and new technologies that could launch new companies and new jobs.”

Hassan, a Democrat, is running for governor.

“New Hampshire’s public schools have been drastically dismantled by the current leadership of the Legislature, which cut state support for higher education in half and passed a law diverting millions of dollars of taxpayer money from public schools to private schools,” she said. “At the same time, the Legislature sacrificed millions in revenues when it cut the tobacco tax.””

Petraeus VP talk bubbles to surface | New Hampshire NEWS0605: “The White House and Central Intelligence Agency moved quickly Tuesday to deny reports that President Barack Obama told a supporter that he believed his presidential campaign opponent, Republican Mitt Romney, had selected CIA Director David Petraeus as his running mate.”

Monitor editorial: No need for deception, Congressman | Concord Monitor: “Guinta and Shea-Porter offer a clear choice to voters. They disagree on nearly everything. She voted for the Affordable Care Act, he voted to repeal it. Their ideas on the federal budget, taxes, women’s health, labor issues and more are in stark contrast to each other. Both candidates have a voting record. Both have a record of constituent service for voters to weigh.

With no primary challengers, Guinta can spend the next three months explaining to voters how he differs from his opponent and why they should give him another shot. If he’s proud of his record, there’s no need to resort to trickery. Here’s hoping the 1st District’s sitting member of Congress (that’s Guinta!) takes his campaign to a slightly higher level.”

Letter: Bought and paid for | Concord Monitor: “The U.S. Chamber is a lobbying front for its big corporate donors, and its agenda harms middle-class Americans. In 2008 only 45 corporations donated almost half of its $140 million in contributions, and many of those contributions coincided with lobbying that endangers us all. For example, Dow Chemical’s $1.7 million contribution included funding for the chamber’s fight against legislation to protect chemical plants from attack.

Congressman Guinta, I wouldn’t boast about U.S. Chamber support. It’s like being stamped “bought and paid for” by multi-national corporations.”

NH Labor News 8/8/12: We Must Invest More In Infrastructure, North Country Investment In NH Future, and more

Dollars lacking for repairs of NH bridges | New Hampshire NEWS07: “According to LePatner, in China 9 percent of their G.D.P. is spend on infrastructure, in Europe 5 percent is spent on infrastructure. “In the United States we’re slightly above 2 percent and we’re the United States. That’s a sorry state of affairs and nothing good comes of it.”

Too little is being spent repairing America’s bridges, he said.

“We just can’t afford to keep waiting and passing the buck down the line because along the way we’re going to have more tragedies,” LePatner said. “And New Hampshire is no different than any other state. We’re all in this together. That’s what the map shows. What are we waiting for?””

Rebecca Blank and Tom Vilsack: Federal investment is helping the North Country economy | New Hampshire OPINION02: “And, of course, we know that small investments can go a long way, especially in rural towns and communities — such as those in the North Country. The fact is, we can’t wait to take low-cost actions that have the potential to make a big impact. In other words, we must do everything possible — right now — to make sure that everyone who wants a job can find a job, no matter where they live.

Private Prisons Cost Arizona $3.5 Million More Per Year Than State-Run Prisons | ThinkProgress: “Private prisons, touted as a cost-efficient alternative to state-run penitentiaries, are not living up to their promises in at least one state. A new study of Arizona’s private prisons finds that the state is actually losing money — $3.5 million a year — by turning their inmates over to for-profit corporations.
According to the Tucson Citizen’s analysis of Arizona’s three oldest private prison contracts, the rate to hold one prisoner for one night has increased 13.9% since the contracts were awarded. Compared to the cost of state-run prisons, Arizona overpaid for its private prison beds by $10 million between 2008 and 2010.”

The President, both of us, and everyone in the Obama Administration know that when local communities are getting stronger, our entire nation is getting stronger.

Our commitment is that we will continue to work with Congress to take smart, targeted steps that speed up America’s economic growth. ”

Be sure to check out Arnie Alpert’s Post on Protesting the Private Prisons at the NH Executive Council Meeting this morning.

MIAMI: DCF reviews deaths at GEO-run state hospital – Florida Wires – MiamiHerald.com: “State officials requested a review of the facility “in response to significant events in past several months,” including the deaths. The state also reviewed cases of individuals who had been placed into solitary confinement and restraints multiple times and other incidents at the facility, but the report offered few details of those incidents.

The 335-bed facility, located in Broward County, is operated by The GEO Group Inc., a Boca Raton-based firm that is one of the world’s largest private operators of prisons and detention centers. Many of the patients are mentally ill and admitted against their will because they are considered a threat to themselves or others. Some are admitted because they are not competent to stand trial, but don’t need to be in a high-security facility.”

NHLN Election News 8/7: Barry 4 Sheriff Get Big Endorsement, Going Gets Tough Guinta Gets Going, Made In America, and more

Candidate for sheriff endorse by police, teachers unions – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Bill Barry, Democratic candidate for Hillsborough County sheriff, announced Monday that he has received endorsements from several police unions, as well as a teachers union.
Barry picked up endorsements from the Manchester Police Supervisors and Patrolmen, Nashua Police Supervisors and Patrolmen, Hudson Police Employee Association and National Education Association of New Hampshire.
Barry enters the race for sheriff with 27 years of law enforcement experience and has been involved with the arrest and apprehension of more than 1,500 fugitives. Barry was named the 2007 National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He received the 2009 Service to Youth Award by the Queen City Rotary. For more than 30 years, he has volunteered in his community making sure that seniors and children are safe and protected.”

When going gets tough, Guinta goes on vacation | SeacoastOnline.com: “Congressman Frank Guinta has surpassed himself. Not content to vote (in vain) 33 times to abolish Obamacare and to vote to end social security protection for millions of seniors, he has been ignoring the real work that needs to be done by Congress to create jobs and cut spending. His incompetence and hypocrisy are astounding. Last week, Guinta feigned outrage and disappointment that the House was planning to adjourn without addressing the many problems left unsolved, and then promptly voted to go home for a five-week vacation, leaving the work undone!

Because of his poor record in Congress, Frank Guinta is trying his best to get re-elected by distancing himself from the dysfunctional Congress and pretending that he isn’t really the Congressman, but just a candidate running against Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. Wait a minute. Shea-Porter is not our member of Congress. According to stories in the Concord Monitor, on the Web site www.nhinsider.com and reports of voters throughout the district, Guinta’s campaign has been making robocalls to the voters in his district alleging that she is the incumbent Congressperson and that he is the challenger.”

Pitch for President Obama: Former Ohio gov. brings his Made in America tour to Somersworth – Fosters: “SOMERSWORTH — Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland toured the Airex Corporation at 15 Lilac Lane on Monday afternoon as part of the New Hampshire Obama campaign’s “Made in America” tour.

Strickland, who served as the governor of Ohio from 2007-2011, is currently the national co-chair of the Obama campaign. Strickland’s N.H. tour is intended to address President Obama’s commitment to small businesses and his focus on growing an economy with a strong middle class.

“I’m here because I support the re-election of President Obama and all the good things he’s done for small businesses and manufacturers,” said Strickland.”

VIDEO: Strickland: Romney Fails ‘Trust Test’ Refusing to Release Tax Returns – Concord, NH Patch: “On a swing through New Hampshire to promote President Barack Obama’s domestic manufacturing initiatives, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland delved into the controversy concerning presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s refusal to release a lot of his federal tax returns.”<

Hassan first Democrat with TV ads | Concord Monitor: “Democrat Maggie Hassan is taking her gubernatorial campaign to TV tomorrow with her first television campaign ads.

Hassan is the first Democrat and the second gubernatorial candidate to buy television spots. Republican Kevin Smith was the first with his ads, which ran on cable television only, in early June. Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Jackie Cilley haven’t bought television ads yet.”

NHLN NOTE: You can see more on this from the NHLN including the Ads here.

Lee Quandt for state representative | SeacoastOnline.com: “Affordable health care is important, not only for the individuals; but, also businesses to lower there cost of doing business. One of the biggest factors we have to deal with; but, don’t want to talk about is the greed on the part of the insurance companies and, in some cases, the health care providers.

None of these problems are so big that we cannot solve them if we work together. One of the many advantages we have in N.H. is our sense of community. Anytime we have a problem and ask for help, someone somewhere steps up and works to solve it. Fixing these problems is doable with your help.

I will continue to exercise my independence from the Republican establishment and do what I think is best for my constituents and not the power brokers in Concord.”

NH Labor News 8/7/12: MHT Trying To Keep Cops on the Street, OSHA Violations at New Outlet Mall, and more

City to hire, but mayor fights on | New Hampshire NEWS06: “MANCHESTER — Keeping new police officers and firefighters on the payroll after federal grants run out could cost the city up to $2 million in 2016, according to figures presented by Mayor Ted Gatsas at an aldermen’s committee meeting Monday.

Gatsas presented the information in a last-ditch attempt to dissuade the Committee on Community Improvement from voting to accept and expend the $625,000 COPS grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.”

Merrimack Premium Outlets Contractors Face $173K in Fines – Merrimack, NH Patch: “The general contractor for the Merrimack Premium Outlets and nine subcontractors are facing $173,500 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for alleged violations of workplace safety standards that include exposure to significant falls and exposure to electric shock, among other things.

“Our inspection found workers exposed to a variety of common but avoidable hazards associated with construction work, notably falls and electric shocks,” said Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA’s New Hampshire area director, in a press release sent Monday afternoon. “Both of these hazards can kill or disable workers in seconds. For the safety of their employees, employers must adhere to required safeguards at all times on this and all job sites.””

United Airlines reaches deal with pilots union negotiators

A federal mediator was brought in to help with the negotiations, and a member of the U.S. National Mediation Board also weighed in.

Both the United and former Continental pilots are represented by the Air Line Pilots Assn., but by separate groups within the union.

Two weeks ago, pilots voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike against United, the world’s biggest airline. Although the vote was largely symbolic — federal law makes it difficult for airline workers to strike legally — it indicated the depth of the pilots’ unhappiness over the lack of a deal.

The pilots are still working under contracts approved last decade, when both United and Continental were in much worse financial shape. United went through bankruptcy proceedings, as Continental did in the 1990s.

Wounded cop in Sikh temple shooting motions officers to keep helping victims – U.S. News: “When officers went to check on Murphy, he signaled them to go into the temple to help other victims, Edwards said. “He waved them off … and told them to go into temple to assist those in there,” the police chief said.”

Striking Palermo’s Workers Ask Costco to Enforce Suppliers Code of Conduct: “Palermo’s Pizza workers are demanding safe working conditions and recognition for their union. They are also seeking reinstatement of workers who they say were terminated for organizing. The National Labor Relations Board  is investigating the company’s conduct. The workers also say Palermo’s is continuing with its intimidation campaign.

You can help the workers—like Laura Torres, a single mother of six who has worked at the Palermo’s plant for 10 years—by asking Costco, Palermo’s biggest customer, to urge the pizza maker to respect workers and improve working conditions at the plant.”

Source: ourtime.org via Sarah on Pinterest

Hassan Launches Statewide TV Advertising on Education and Women’s Health Care Tomorrow

Hassan is the First Gubernatorial Candidate to Advertise on Broadcast and Cable

MANCHESTER – Building on her growing momentum, Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan will launch two television advertisements this week, focusing on her record on education and women’s health care.

Hassan becomes the first gubernatorial candidate to advertise on broadcast and cable television. She was recently endorsed by former President Bill Clinton and over the weekend started her statewide Ice Cream Social Tour, with hundreds of voters turning out to see her.

“These advertisements highlight the important stakes in this election, and the very different approach that Maggie Hassan offers as compared to the extreme agenda of Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and the current legislature,” said Matt Burgess, Hassan’s campaign manager.  “This advertising helps us expand our reach so more voters can get to know Maggie and her plans to move New Hampshire forward.”

Those efforts to reach out to voters will continue with ice cream socials this week in in Manchester at the Puritan Backroom this Thursday August 9th and in Derry at the Marion Gerrish Community Center on Sunday August 12th, Burgess said.   For more dates please see maggiehassan.com/events.

The Hassan campaign will begin airing two television ads titled “School” and “Forward” on WMUR and cable systems across the state on Tuesday.  The ads feature Hassan speaking directly to New Hampshire voters about her record on education, establishing statewide kindergarten and protecting women’s access to basic health care and birth control.

Hassan has been a strong supporter of New Hampshire’s public schools and improving education for all children. As a State Senator and as Senate Majority Leader, Maggie Hassan helped passed laws that increased state funding for local schools, made kindergarten available to every child in New Hampshire, and cut the state’s high school dropout rate in half. Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith have a very different approach. As chairman of the board of education, Lamontagne blocked New Hampshire schools from receiving millions in federal funds and opposed public kindergarten. Both Lamontagne and Smith support a constitutional amendment that would allow the legislature to reduce funding for local schools and supported a new law that is diverting millions of taxpayer dollars from public to private schools.

Hassan supports women’s health care and reproductive choice. As a State Senator, she worked to pass a law that made emergency contraception available without a prescription and opposed legislation that would have limited reproductive choice for women. Ovide Lamontagne supports a Human Life Amendment that would ban all abortions, even in the case of rape and incest, and would even make some forms of birth control and fertility treatments illegal.

The media buy is approximately $70,000.   The ads are available at www.maggiehassan.com/tvads.

The Ads:

“School” – LINK

Maggie Hassan:            My mom was a schoolteacher. My dad fought in World War II.  They told us you study hard and you stand up for what you believe in.  I’ll stand up to anyone who wants to cut education.  As a leader in the Senate, I passed laws to lower dropout rates and to establish statewide kindergarten.  As your Governor, I’ll stand up for what matters to your family, because it matters to my family too.


“Forward” – LINK

Maggie Hassan:            When extremists in the legislature tried to deny women’s access for basic health care and allow insurance plans to drop coverage for birth control, I stood up to them.  As a leader in the Senate, I passed new laws to protect women’s access to health care birth control.  As Governor, I won’t let anyone take away a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.  I’m Maggie Hassan and that’s where I stand.



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