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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.

NHLN Labor 2012 Election News 7/27: Maggie Told To Drop Over Jokes From Crowd, State Districts Changed, DNC Chair in NH, and more

GOP candidates shun calls for Sen. Maggie Hassan to drop out of gubernatorial race | New Hampshire NEWS06:“I think it was clear that Maggie was kidding, at least I took it that way,” Smith said in a statement provided to the New Hampshire Union Leader. “I fully expect her to remain in the race as she deserves the chance to compete for her party’s nomination, and I’m confident that as a Republican I will defeat whichever Democrat I face in the general election based on the quality of my ideas, my message, and hard work.”

Lamontagne’s campaign likewise downplayed the incident and also said Lamontagne does not believe Hassan should withdraw.

“No, Ovide does not agree that Senator Hassan should drop out of the race because of a ill-conceived, off-hand comment,” said Tom Cronin, Lamontagne’s communications director. “Ovide is campaigning every day on the issues that matter most to voters — jobs, health care, energy prices, and the strength of our economy. If he is chosen as our party’s nominee, he looks forward to debating the stark contrast that exists between himself and both Senator Hassan and Senator Cilley on those issues, leaving it to the voters to decide who has the right experience, temperament, and vision to lead this state.”

Pay attention to state races | SeacoastOnline.com:It’s not too early for Democrats to begin researching the differences between their two Democratic candidates, former state Sen. Jackie Cilley of Rochester and former state Sen. Maggie Hassan of Exeter.

Cilley has landed the endorsement of many of the state’s labor unions, while Hassan got a nice boost Wednesday when President Bill Clinton stumped for her and endorsed her candidacy.

It appears the two have similar voting records and the one main difference at this point is Hassan says she will take a pledge not to implement a broad-based sales or income tax, while Cilley has rejected the pledge. We’ll have an in-depth look at this race in Seacoast Sunday.

On the Republican side, Manchester lawyer Ovide Lamontagne is contending with Kevin Smith, former president of the conservative Cornerstone Action. Both are social conservatives who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage. Both also say they are fiscal conservatives. As in the Democratic race, the candidates seem to have more similarities than differences, and Republican voters will need to spend some time getting to know each candidate to make an informed choice. We’ll have an in-depth look at these two candidates in the Aug. 5 edition of Seacoast Sunday.

DNC chair Wasserman Schultz rips Romney’s health care plans – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Romney endorsed the federal budget outline that passed the U.S. House last year that would convert Medicare into a voucher program.
“This is simply unacceptable for Mitt Romney to ask of seniors here in the Granite State and across the country who have spent a lifetime working for these benefits,” Wasserman Schultz said.
“Telling them that they should pay more or get less isn’t just counterintuitive. It is disrespectful, it is irresponsible and it is wrong.””

Patten Endorses Underdog Kennedy – Concord, NH Patch: “State Rep. Dick Patten, D-Concord, has endorsed and signed on to help political underdog Bill Kennedy in his race for the governor’s office.

Patten, who is also a Ward 8 Concord City Councilor, said he decided to back the political underdog after getting to talk to him and finding out that he was a genuine person. He said he was interested in booking Kennedy for his “Around Town” cable show on ConcordTV to find out what he was all about and couldn’t reach him. But after meeting him, he knew he had to back Kennedy and help him out.”

First Lady Michelle Obama to visit NH – Boston.com: “First Lady Michelle Obama is planning a series of campaign stops in New Hampshire next week. She’ll make a swing on through Holderness, Laconia and Manchester.

The events on Thursday include an early afternoon fundraiser in Holderness.

That will be followed by grassroots events designed to boost on-the-ground support in Laconia and Manchester later in the day.

The First Lady’s events in Laconia and Manchester are free and open to the public. Tickets are required due to limited space, and will be available to the public starting on a first come, first serve basis.

They’re available from Obama for America and Organizing for America offices around the state.”

Romney plan would force seniors out of nursing homes, says DNC leader | SeacoastOnline.com:
In a statement released in advance of Schultz’s visit, Wayne MacDonald, chairman of the N.H. Republican State Committee, said, “Debbie talks a good game, but her rhetoric ignores reality.

“To help pay for Obamacare, the Democrats cut Medicare benefits by $500 billion, a plan supported by (Democratic Congressional candidates) Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter,” MacDonald said. “At a time when seniors face increasing costs, it’s outrageous that Democrats not only cut this important program, but they also have no plan to prevent it from going bankrupt. If Shea-Porter and Kuster really support seniors and Medicare, they’ll use this visit by their party leadership to explain to voters why they supported cutting $500 billion from Medicare.”

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NH Labor News 7/28/12: Legislators Say Do More With Less, Shaheen Goes “Green”, and other National Labor News

Legislature returns $1.6 million to general fund | New Hampshire NEWS06: “Senate President Peter Bragdon thanked employees for their sacrifices to enable the savings through fewer staff members, a salary freeze and “making do with less.””

NHLN Note: I laugh at how the “legislators” are talking about shared sacrifices, when it is not their pay that is being frozen and their cost of benefits going up.  Lets see these lawmakers give back all the money they used for gas ans tolls and then we will talk about shared sacrifice.

Shaheen pitches energy bill during green energy solutions company visit in Hudson | New Hampshire NEWS02: “Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. D-N.H., touted her energy bill Friday while touring a company known for green energy solutions.

“There is a broad coalition of support for energy efficiency and its ability to strengthen our economy and address our nation’s energy needs,” Shaheen said. “Companies like EnerTrac are a terrific example of why. They are creating jobs here in the Granite State by making innovative products that will save consumers and businesses money.””

Obama’s Weekly Address: Urging the House to Do ‘What’s Right’ for the Middle Class – ABC News: “President Obama is using his weekly address to once again urge House Republicans to do “what’s right” and pass middle-class tax cuts, saying their insistence on tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans shows what’s at stake in the election.
“It comes down to this,” Obama said. “If 218 members of the House vote the right way, 98% of American families and 97% of small business owners will have the certainty of knowing that that their income taxes will not go up next year.”
The president said lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree with his plan to extend the Bush-era tax rate for families earning less than $250,000 a year.”

National Labor News
25 highest paid CEOs in Massachusetts – News – Boston.com: “Just how much do the highest paid chief executives earn each year in financial compensation? See the compensation as reported by companies to the Securities and Exchange Commission in annual reports for 2011. Companies listed were a part of an AFL-CIO survey of the country’s largest 3,000 companies. Boston.com updated AFL-CIO data when newer information was available.

Data listed is for 2011 compensation, which includes, in many instances, salary and stock options, among other payments”

Flight Attendant Union Reaches Tentative Agreement At American Eagle Despite Difficult Bankruptcy Conditions – PR Newswire – The Sacramento Bee: “WASHINGTON, July 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — American Eagle Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), announced a tentative agreement today after months of negotiations between AFA and American Eagle management. Once approved by union leadership, the agreement will provide Flight Attendants with the opportunity to vote on whether to ratify the agreement instead of being subject to the bankruptcy court’s imposition of terms dictated by management.

“Our AFA negotiations team has worked tirelessly to mitigate very onerous concessionary demands by management. Over the past four months, we have been able to stave off drastic concessions which would have decimated the pay and work rules of American Eagle Flight Attendants,” said Robert Barrow, AFA American Eagle President. “This is certainly not the agreement we were negotiating prior to the bankruptcy, nor does it accurately reflect the vast contributions American Eagle Flight Attendants make to our carrier each day. However, this agreement blunts management’s most onerous demands, gives us the opportunity to decide for ourselves how to move forward, and provides a foundation for the future…

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for over 65 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants at 21 airlines come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.”

Statement by New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on the End of the Con Ed Lockout

ALBANY, NY (07/26/2012)(readMedia)–

This was one of the toughest contract fights New York has seen in recent memory, and I could not be prouder of the way the Labor Movement responded. Up against Con Ed’s billions, union members from across New York City and State joined together to support the 8,500 workers and their families that were forced to the street. Public sector, private sector, and building trades, our unions wholeheartedly embraced Local 1-2 workers as their own, walking picket lines, rallying in Union Square, and reaching out to our communities.

This fight was never about just the workers of Con Ed; it was about all New Yorkers whose wellbeing was jeopardized by the lockout. It was about all workers who’ve ever been pushed around. It was about standing up for what’s right.

I commend Local 1-2 President Harry Farrell and his members for remaining strong and united to protect the rights and dignity of workers. I also thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership in bringing about a settlement, as well as all elected leaders who voiced their support for the locked out workers.

NH Labor 2012 Election News 7/27: Dems Tout Medicare, Candidate Bios, Cilley Featured in Monitor, and more

Democrats tout success of Medicare | SeacoastOnline.com: Bev Hollingworth and Carol Croteau, Democratic candidates for state Senate in New Hampshire, visited Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood on Thursday.

The candidates brought a cake to the residents in honor of Medicare’s 47th birthday.

Cake and ice cream were offered to the residents who took time to listen to Croteau, of Kingston, and Hollingworth, a Hampton resident.

Hollingworth, a candidate in District 24 who is taking on Republican incumbent Nancy Stiles, started off by thanking her long-time friend and nursing home resident, Lea Downer. Downer and Hollingworth have known each other since Hollingworth was 12.

Candidate Profile: Dee Lewis – Salem, NH Patch: “On another note, I am running for State Representative because I care about the future of our state. I believe this legislature has the wrong priorities and their policies have hurt middle class families. My first priority is to fight for middle class families.

• Vibrant public education

• Jobs in New Hampshire

• Advocate for Women’s Rights

We must ensure that New Hampshire continues to grow and create an economic environment conducive to business and jobs.”

CANDIDATE BIO: Jo Ann Rotast, Democrat for State Rep – Merrimack, NH Patch: “Priorities:
Assure fiscal responsibility while living up to our moral obligations. Protect New Hampshire’s middle class. Invest in infrastructure and education.

Why are you running?
I am running because I think that NH is moving in the wrong direction.  In business, companies never shrink their way to prosperity.  They grow their business by investing in it and by investing in their employees.  NH has lost their advantage and we to  need to restore it by returning balance, civility and plain common sense to the legislature”

Cilley: ‘Every tool is on the table’ | Concord Monitor: “”The goal is to provide world-class education in state of New Hampshire,” Cilley said. “The goal is to have a sound economy. The goal is to have a very healthy environment. I don’t think I’m breaking news to anybody when I say those cost money.”

Cilley continued. “But I think every family knows that if they want to make an investment in a child, you send them to college. If you invest properly, then the returns will be so much higher.””

John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Sununu in line to chair powerful Republican National Convention rules committee | New Hampshire NEWS0602: “THURSDAY, JULY 26, UPDATE: BIG POST FOR JHS. Former Gov. John H. Sununu is in line to chair the powerful Republican National Convention rules committee, a GOP source tells the Granite Status.

If it becomes official, Sununu, a top surrogate for nominee Mitt Romney, will be in a key position to help ensure that New Hampshire’s presidential primary retain its first-in-the-nation status in 2016 and possibly beyond.”

New Hampshire Union Leader: Mitt Romney Should Release More Of His Tax Returns: “The Union Leader editors join the National Review, Bill Kristol, George Will and David Frum in arguing in favor of the candidate releasing more of his tax returns. Numerous Republican politicians have also called on him to release more years.

The paper has been critical of Romney, endorsing Newt Gingrich in the primaries. Back in November, editorial page editor Andrew Cline called Romney a “very play-it-safe candidate,” adding, “perhaps in the late 19th century, perfect.”

Romney reiterated Wednesday to NBC News that he would only release two years of returns. He has thus far released his 2010 return, showing a 13.9 percent rate on $21.7 million in income — much lower than most middle-class filers because of investment income.”

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NH Labor News 7/27/12: Sen. Shaheen Pushes For Jobs, USPS News, Voter ID, Minimum Wage, and more

Take a minute to read and sign this petition from Senator Shaheen.

Petitions | Jeanne Shaheen – United States Senator for New Hampshire: “Energy efficiency is within our grasp. It uses proven technology that we can manufacture here at home to lower energy costs across all sectors of our economy.

Simply put, the Shaheen-Portman Act will mean jobs for Americans and a more efficient economy for our businesses. It will mean moving forward on a modern energy economy that produces fewer carbon emissions. We urge you to find a bipartisan agreement that will bring this bill to the Senate floor for debate and a vote. We can’t afford to wait.”

Go Tell Him You Want To See The American Jobs Act On The Floor of the US House.

Bass Rep to Hold Office Hours at Senior Center – Nashua, NH Patch: “NASHUA – Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) announced today that a member of his staff will hold public office hours at the Nashua Senior Center on Wednesday, August 1, 2012.

Jane Bosse, Constituent Services Director for Bass, will be available at the Senior Center, located at 70 Temple Street in Nashua, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 1.  Constituents with questions, comments, or those in need of assistance with a federal agency are welcome to attend.  For more information, please call Bass’ Concord office at (603) 226-0064.”

USPS Bankrupt: GOP Sets Postal Service On Fire and Demand They Put Themselves Out: “Fast forward to December 2006 H.R. 6407; The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act was passed in the Republican-controlled Senate two days after it was introduced in the Republican-controlled House. It was subsequently signed into law by Republican George W. Bush. One of the provisions in this hastily passed law requires the USPS to prefund ALL of it’s retirees health benefits 75 years into the future. That’s right. The USPS is supposed to set aside money for the future health benefits for people that haven’t even been born yet. The USPS has $11.5 billion due in two payments on August 1 and September 30. On August 1 the Postmaster General will announce that USPS cannot make its payment.”

Study: New Medicaid expansion could be a lifesaver: “States that expand their Medicaid programs under President Barack Obama’s health care law may end up saving thousands of lives, a medical journal report released Wednesday indicates.

Until now, the Medicaid debate has been about budgets and states’ rights. But a statistical study by Harvard researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine found a 6 percent drop in the adult death rate in Arizona, Maine and New York, three states that have recently expanded coverage for low-income residents along the general lines of the federal health care law.”

Meyerson: New voter ID laws could tilt election – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Numerous states under Republican control have passed voter identification laws, including New Hampshire. Pennsylvania, Texas, Indiana, Kansas, Tennessee and Georgia require specific kinds of ID; the laws in Michigan, Florida, South Dakota, Idaho and Louisiana are only slightly more flexible. Wisconsin’s law was struck down by a state court.”

Don’t be fooled by Voter ID law | Concord Monitor: “”We’re concerned that people will believe that they can’t vote if they don’t have a photo ID,” Liz Tentarelli, co-president of the New Hampshire League, said is a statement. “That is not the case, even with the new law. Every New Hampshire citizen, 18 or over, has the right to vote and will be able to vote” in the Sept. 11 primary and Nov. 6 general election.

Under the new law, ballot clerks will ask for a photo ID during the primary election, but it will not be required. In November, voters will again be asked to show a photo ID, but if they don’t have one, they will be asked to sign an affidavit. “The bottom line is that every New Hampshire citizen over 18 can vote this fall,” Tentarelli said.”

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NHLN Election News 7/26/12: Clinton in Nashua for Maggie, Candidate Bio, Ayotte and McCain to Visit, and more

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Candidate Bio: Jan Schmidt for Democratic State Rep – Nashua, NH Patch: “Priorities for Nashua and NH: To help rebuild New Hampshire’s middle class, the economic engine of our society, while balancing NH’s responsibilities to all our citizens.

Why are you running? Our current legislature, while elected to work on getting our economy moving again, has instead spent their time and our money on social issues having little and often nothing to do with Nashua and New Hampshire. Instead of wasting time on out-of-state bills written by outsiders, its time we bring the focus back home to Nashua, and NH.

I’m running to help restore the civility and focus the State House must maintain so that, instead of being fodder for nationwide mockery, our state’s government can once again function for the good of it’s citizens.”

Clinton ‘Preaches to the Saved’ for Hassan [VIDEO] – Nashua, NH Patch: “Although Clinton only managed to fill the ballroom to about half its 700 capacity, many of those who did come out to hear their favorite former U.S. president went away with a new resolve to support Hassan for governor.

“I came to hear Bill Clinton, not to hear Maggie. However having done that, I will definitely vote for Maggie,” said Suze Scholl of Nashua.

Her friend, Diane Blake of Londonderry, said she, too, will be voting for Hassan.”

Clinton back in NH to support Hassan – NashuaTelegraph.com [Video]: ““There’s a great plan for the future of the state of New Hampshire: Smoke more, learn less,” Clinton said.
Clinton drew parallels between the “tea party Congress” that took over control of the U.S. House after the 2010 elections and Republicans who won super-majorities at all levels of N.H. government except the governor’s office the same year.”

Clinton visits NH, stumps for Hassan | New Hampshire NEWS06: “Former President Bill Clinton campaigned on behalf of Maggie Hassan on Wednesday, highlighting the contrast between the former N.H. Senate Majority leader and her Republican opponents for the governor’s seat.

“She has the leadership ability, the knowledge, the skills and the pure grit to keep leading this state in the right direction,” Clinton said to a 300-plus crowd at the Radisson Hotel.”

John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Sens. Ayotte, McCain, Graham to visit Merrimack to warn about defense sequestration | New Hampshire NEWS0602: “The campaign says Wasserman Schultz will talk about on Mitt Romney as well as U.S. Reps. Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass and the two GOP candidate for governor, all of them, the campaign says, support replacing the current Medicare system with a “voucher” program or a state-run system.

Wasserman Schultz, who owns a vacation home in Newbury, will hold a news conference in Concord at 11:45 a.m. and grassroots events at the Obama campaign offices in Portsmouth at 9:45 a.m., in Laconia at 1:45 p.m. and in Plymouth at 3 p.m.

Separately from the Obama campaign, she will wrap up her visit at a fund-raiser for the New Hampshire Democratic Party at the home of Bill and Kathy Gillett in Manchester.”

President Obama leads Mitt Romney as both candidates’ negative ratings climb, poll shows – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: “President Obama leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 6 percentage points, but both men face growing unfavorable ratings in the midst of a largely negative campaign, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The survey showed Obama leading Romney, 49 percent to 43 percent, among registered voters — a slight change from last month’s poll, which put the president’s lead at 47-44.”

Romney’s taxes: Why do they matter? | New Hampshire OPINION01: “If Romney intends to win, he is going to have to make the tax forms public. This storm won’t go away. It will distract from his policy debate with Obama — and it will distract from Obama’s failures, providing the incumbent with the smokescreen he is attempting to create.

Romney needs to end this. He needs to end this by revealing the tax documents, explaining them, explaining the legality behind his actions, and then he needs to move on. “

I Am Just A Bill, The New ALEC Version

I’m just a bill. Everyone sing along.  I’m just a bill.  This is a classic cartoon from the 70s-80s talking about how a bill becomes a law.  Now the people at the Center for Media and Democracy have put out a new version of this video.

The brilliant Putlizer-prize winning cartoonist, Mark Fiore, does it again with another cartoon video skewering the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The video focuses on how a bill becomes a law ALEC-style. Warning: this is not School House Rock. This is Fiore’s second video on ALEC. Previously he shined a light on the NRA’s Stand Your Ground” legislation implicated in the Trayvon Martin slaying that ALEC deemed a model bill and helped get it passed in over two dozen states.


NH Labor News 7/26/12: Teachers In Middle Of MHT Budgets, VoterID Law Does Not Prove Fraud, and more

Mark Hayward’s City Matters: In political tug-of-war, young teachers were the rope | New Hampshire LOCALVOICES08: “Actually, he was just a strand in that rope, one of 143 teachers clinging to their jobs in uncertain economic times. After some compromise and some extra money was found, between 50 and 60 teachers will see their jobs saved, school officials estimate.

Still, 105 jobs were lost. (The math doesn’t add up neatly because of retirements, discharges and unfilled vacancies.) In all likelihood, one of those lost jobs is Croteau’s.

“It was my first job (after college), and my first pink slip,” said Croteau, who was hired a year ago to teach eighth-grade mathematics at Hillside Middle School.”

Voter ID passage didn’t prove fraud – NashuaTelegraph.com: “The real reason for voter ID is to compile a statewide voter ID database for the police agencies and to create an environment that can be used to intimidate voters who might not vote the “correct” way.

New Hampshire residents can express their opinions on this law, which must be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice, by writing to:

T. Christian Herren

Chief, Voting Section

Civil Rights Division

U.S. Department of Justice”

New Hampshire House Minority Leader Terie Norelli | New Hampshire Public Radio: “Democratic Representative Terie Norelli just completed perhaps her most difficult session ever…outnumbered three-to-one by Republicans, a massive defeat that called into question her party’s approach and agenda for the state.  We’ll look at the session from the Democrats’ perspective, after we spoke yesterday with House Speaker Bill O’Brien.”

Social Security alone isn’t enough | Concord Monitor: “”Seventy-five percent of Americans nearing retirement age in 2010 had less than $30,000 in their retirement accounts. The specter of downward mobility in retirement is a looming reality for both middle- and higher-income workers. Almost half of middle-class workers, 49 percent, will be poor or near poor in retirement, living on a food budget of about $5 a day.”

The are 76 million baby boomers. For the past year or so they have been retiring at the rate of 10,000 per day. Roughly 47 million Americans are current considered poor. What will happen when, over the next decade or two, the ranks of the poor are swollen by millions of seniors whose only income, once they’ve exhausted their meager savings, is a Social Security payment?”

Biden tells firefighters GOP doesn’t get you but avoids firefighter dispute with Dem mayor – Daily Journal: “PHILADELPHIA — Vice President Joe Biden told a national firefighters’ union Wednesday that Republicans don’t understand them and that government should be helping cities and states maintain fire services — not threatening to cut funding.

Firefighters face a “perfect storm,” he told more than 3,000 firefighters at the annual meeting of the International Association of Fire Fighters. He cited the effects of the recession, budgetary policies in Congress and efforts to dismantle the collective-bargaining rights of firefighters and other public employees around the country.

“We should be cutting your taxes and helping cities and states maintain their fire service,” Biden said.”

McCain Joins Ayotte to Fight Defense Cuts – Merrimack, NH Patch: “U.S. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham will join Sen. Kelly Ayotte at BAE Systems facility in Merrimack next week to warn about possible deep defense cuts, the Union Leader’s John DiStaso reports this afternoon.

The three Republicans will be talking about so-called sequestration cuts that are slated to begin in January.”

NH Labor 2012 Election News 7/25/12: Hassan Speaks At The Rock, Voter ID Info, Candidate Bios, and more

VIDEO: Hassan Speaks at Rockingham Park – Windham, NH Patch: “”We need to work as hard as we can to stop the Tea Party from getting the keys to the corner office,” Hassan said.

Speaking to an issue on the minds of Salem voters, Hassan said she would support “a highly-regulated, high-end casino that can truly compete with those that will be built in Massachusetts,” but said she wanted to see one that would “protect New Hampshire’s brand.””

NHLN Note:This may be a sign that we have too many legislators in Concord when we have a 19 year old who worked at a pool supply store who thinks he knows what it takes to be a legislator. I think the GOP is really reaching with this one.

Candidate Profile: Joe Sweeney – Salem, NH Patch: “EXPERIENCE/OCCUPATION: I have worked retail the past two summers at Leslie’s Pool Supplies and Services.”

New flyers available to explain changes to state election laws | New Hampshire NEWS06: “CONCORD — State election laws have changed for the upcoming primary and general elections.

The League of Women Voters of New Hampshire has produced two flyers explaining what voters will need to know to vote.

“We’re concerned that people will believe that they can’t vote if they don’t have a photo ID. That is not the case, even with the new law,” said Liz Tentarelli, co-president of the league’s state chapter.”

Local entrepreneurs make pitch for Obama | SeacoastOnline.com: Two local entrepreneurs said Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s policies are best for small business owners.

Nancy Beach, co-owner of Atlantic Media, and Tim Stone, co-owner of StoneHill Environmental, both participated in a conference call with the media to discuss Obama’s support for small businesses and his campaign promise to build the economy from the middle class out.

The conference call served as the launch for Obama for America New Hampshire’s “Out-Innovate” campaign, a week-long effort focused on spreading Obama’s economic vision to Granite State voters.

Obama, Romney continue small business salvos | New Hampshire NEWS0605: “The battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s campaigns over the role of government in private business continued Tuesday, with small business owners who support Obama calling Romney the candidate of big business and the Romney camp saying Obama is the candidate who is attacking small business owners.

Tim Stone, owner of StoneHill Environmental consulting firm, said on an Obama campaign conference call the choice in the election is “supporting middle-class folks like myself and small businesses or continuing to provide tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthiest and big businesses.””

CANDIDATE LETTER: Muns for State Rep. – Hampton-North Hampton, NH Patch: “I am running for state representative because I feel that the challenges we are facing are too great to remain on the sidelines, and because the path our state legislature – particularly the state house of representatives – has taken these past two years has set us back and made it even more difficult for us to address these challenges together….

Provide a solid foundation for long term sustainable growth by investing in our K-12 public schools and our 2 and 4 year colleges and universities. The jobs of the future will go to those who not only have good technical skills and understanding, but also are creative and innovative thinkers. The best way for us to attract those jobs is to prepare our kids for that new reality right here in their hometowns. Without this investment now, we will not only lose the jobs of the future, but a large share of our young population as well.”

Charles Arlinghaus: Annoy the candidates, ask them questions | New Hampshire OPINION02: “Candidates are supposed to avoid being specific during elections. They are regularly told by the bulk of the consulting corps that telling people what you might or might not do as governor only makes people mad, costs you votes and limits your options once you get elected.

Pledges and specific proposals are troublesome and should be avoided at all costs. Instead of telling us what you plan to do, discuss the problem, share your concerns for the future and say quite forcefully that we need to work together to find a solution. Message: You care.”

Dems to Mark 47th B-Day of Medicare – Exeter, NH Patch: “Democratic State Senate candidates Bev Hollingworth and Carol Croteau will visit the Rockingham County Nursing Home to mark Medicare’s 47th birthday and to discuss why they oppose a Republican plan to let the legislature run Medicare.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith both support a plan – which passed the House last year – calling on the federal government to let the state legislature run Medicare. This proposal dovetails with a national Republican plan to increase the Medicare eligibility age to 67 and increase premiums for seniors by more than $6,400.”

Bernie Sanders Exposes the 26 Billionaires who are Buying the 2012 Election: “Sanders explained how the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision put the government up for sale, “What the Supreme Court did in Citizens United is to say to these same billionaires and the corporations they control: ‘You own and control the economy, you own Wall Street, you own the coal companies, you own the oil companies. Now, for a very small percentage of your wealth, we’re going to give you the opportunity to own the United States government.’”

Sen. Sanders also did the last thing the billionaires wanted. He called them out by name. According to the report, America for Sale: A Report on Billionaires Buying the 2012 Election, here are the 26 billionaires who are trying to buy your government: (see link for entire list)

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NH Labor News 7/25/12: Medicare Reform In NH, US Senate Debate Bush Tax Cuts, ALEC In Our Schools, and more

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N.H. Begins To Wrestle With Medicaid Expansion | New Hampshire Public Radio: “A group of New Hampshire lawmakers will meet Wednesday to begin discussing how the state should move forward under the nation’s health care law.  One of the big questions for the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee is whether New Hampshire should expand its Medicaid program.”

Republican Senators Face Risks With Tax Cut Plan – NYTimes.com: ““Senator Hatch’s amendment would extend tax breaks for the top 2 percent of Americans,” Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, who leads the Senate’s Democratic majority, said this month. “But it fails to extend a number of tax cuts that help middle-class families get by in a tough economy.”

The tax showdown is set for Wednesday, when the Senate will vote on whether to take up Democratic legislation to extend Bush-era middle-class tax cuts through 2013. The motion will need 60 votes to pass, and only if it gets those votes will Republicans be given a chance to vote on their alternative tax plan. The House will vote next week on a similar Republican plan that also allows the 2009 stimulus cuts to lapse.”

Budget office: Obama’s health law reduces deficit – seattlepi.com: “Republicans have insisted that “Obamacare” will actually raise deficits — by “trillions,” according to presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But that’s not so, the budget office said.

The office gave no updated estimate for total deficit reductions from the law, approved by Congress and signed by Obama in 2010. But it did estimate that Republican legislation to repeal the overhaul — passed recently by the House — would itself boost the deficit by $109 billion from 2013 to 2022.”

The Wall Street Journal Covers Up ALEC Link To Anti-Union School Privatization Law | Blog | Media Matters for America: “The Wall Street Journal this morning failed to report ties between the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and controversial “parent-trigger” legislation that would allow parents to take over and convert public schools to charter schools. They also failed to report that the Journal’s parent company, News Corp, is a member of ALEC. The Journal’s treatment of the legislation also cited no criticism of the proposal, which has been described as an effort “to manipulate parents into letting [the charter school lobby] privatize more public schools.

In the July 23 article, the Wall Street Journal reported on legislation that, according to the article, “empowers parents to take control of a school if enough of them sign petitions” and convert it into a charter school. But the article failed to mention that the proposal is based heavily on model legislation developed by ALEC, a controversial right-wing group that was recently exposed as a significant influence in the pro-charter movement in Georgia.”

Bill Duncan: Defending NH Public Education Founder Wants To Be Your Next Executive Councilor

In the last two years, we’ve all watched in disbelief the radical direction some have tried to take the State of New Hampshire: ending funding for Planned Parenthood; cutting state support for higher education in half; cutting health care for children, seniors and people with disabilities. It’s time to restore balance in our state, and that’s why I’m running for Executive Council.

I need your help to do this.  I hope you can volunteer or contribute to my campaign.

Too often, District 3’s current executive councilor, Chris Sununu, has sided with Bill O’Brien and the Tea Party legislature. Sununu blocked a former Republican mayor of Nashua from reappointment to a state board because the mayor had supported Gov. Lynch in the last election. He blocked federal funding for a health care exchange – ceding state control to the federal government – because he wanted to oppose the Affordable Care Act.

Sununu blocked a study – a federally funded study that civic business leaders asked for – about bringing passenger rail to Southern New Hampshire, and supported cuts to important road projects. He even blocked energy efficiency and renewable energy grants to businesses.

As your executive councilor, I will put the best interests of the people of New Hampshire first, not partisan politics. I will support education, health care and transportation – and family planning.

But I need your help if we are going to take New Hampshire back.

Would you consider hosting a meet-and-greet to introduce me to your friends and neighbors? If you can, please contact Hannah Truslow, 603-502-6600, hftruslow@gmail.com.

As your Executive Councilor, I will fight for New Hampshire’s public schools; to protect women’s access to health care; and to put the needs of New Hampshire before partisan politics. But I need your help.

Would you consider making a contribution of $100, $50, $25 or whatever you can afford today to help ensure we have the resources we need to compete?

I look forward to talking more with you in the coming months. Together, we can return common-sense leadership to the Executive Council.


Bill Duncan

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