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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.

Nominate A Skilled Trade Worker And Help Mike Rowe and Yourself!

A while back the NH Labor News posted a message about Mike Rowe and his campaign “Mike Rowe Works”.  The post was titled Mike Rowe Believes In American Skilled Labor.

Mike Rowe, from the the show “Dirty Jobs” also understands this.  If you have not seen his show,  you should check it out.  He works with people who do the jobs that some would never do.  One thing about the show is that in all the episodes, I have never seen one person say I hate this job.  They may come home messy, dirty, and probably smelly, but they work hard and feel good about the work they do.  That is what Dirty Jobs is all about.

In 2008 as our economy was declining Mr Rowe identified one of the problems with America’s workforce. Ms White explained that “Mike wanted to focus our country on the declining interest in skilled trades and the fact that we marginalize good jobs most of which many people consider “dirty” or not as worthwhile as those “white collar” or college jobs”. As part of his campaign he launched a website called mikeroweWORKS.com.

Now it is Mike Rowe who needs our help.  Viva Towels, Wal-Mart, and Mike Rowe Work have joined forces to create a new contest.  The contest is called “The Wall Of Tough Jobs.” All you have to do is submit the name and photograph of a skilled trade worker and they will add it to the wall.  By submitting someone you both are entered into a contest where you can win a daily $50 gift card, a weekly $100 gift card, or a grand prize $5000 gift card.

That is all you have to do.  By submitting your friends, Mike Rowe Works will also benefit.  Viva Towels will donate $5 to the Mike Rowe Works Foundation for every entry.

Submit your friends here now. There is only 36 hours left in the contest.

As a reminder about the what Mike Rowe Works is all about I have embeded the video of Mike Rowe talking to the Senate Commerce Committee about the need for skilled workers in America.

H/T To Tina White VP of Operations at MikeRoweWorks.com 

Will You Be Effected By The New Voter ID Laws In NH?

This year the NH Legislature passed sweeping reforms in order to vote.  Even though we fought back against Voter ID laws the misguided leadership in the NH House pushed it through.  Now we need to work together to ensure that everyone know what they need to vote.

America Votes, an ally of the AFL-CIO  is working to protect our rights to vote and ensure every votes in this crucial election.  They are looking to find and help anyone who would not be able to vote because of these changes.    .

From America Votes:
This year the NH Legislature passed a bill, HB 1354, that will require a voter to show a photo ID at the polls when they go to vote. This year if a voter doesn’t have an ID they will be allowed to sign an affidavit that will allow them to vote.  We want to hear from you about how this legislation will impact you and your family.  Did a grandparent give up their driver’s license?  Does your 18 year old not have ID yet because they don’t drive?  Are you an out of state student worried about the impact? Send your story to jclark@americavotes.org.

America Votes will help to answer your questions about the new Voter ID laws.  All you need to do is tell them why you may not be able to vote under these new election laws.  They can and will help you.  It is your Constitutional Right to vote, don’t let anyone try to take that away. Know your rights and be prepared when the time comes!

NH Labor 2012 Election News 7/24/12: NH GOV Speaker Series, Cilley Interview w/ Nashua Telegraph, Romney Ad Problems, and more

Five Things You Need To Know Today: July 24 – Salem, NH Patch: “Former state Sen. Maggie Hassan of Exeter, a Democratic candidate for governor, will be the next to appear at Rockingham Park for the 2012 N.H. Gubernatorial Speaker Series. She’ll be speaking at 7 p.m. tonight.

Fellow candidates Jackie Cilley and Kevin Smith have previously appeared during the series.”

Cilley says signing anti-tax pledge would limit options for state government – NashuaTelegraph.com [Video]: ““(Pledges) make decisions in advance of even being able to diagnose a problem fully,” she said. “They are not leadership, and they don’t allow for governing.”
Instead, Cilley vows to evaluate those revenue options, including expanded gambling, that are reasonable, sustainable and in line with New Hampshire’s values.
“I favor a government that has adequate resources to do the job right, not one dime more and not one dime less,” she said. “When you come from that premise, you say everything’s on the table. We’re going to look at what the most logical, pragmatic way is to bring our state into the 21st century to face the challenges of the 21st century marketplace and to attract the kinds of businesses that we want here.””

See the NH Labor News full coverage of the Interview of Jackie Cilley on 7/23/12.

Report: Subject of Romney commercial received federal help in small business – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs: “A man who starred in a television ad for Mitt Romney’s campaign received government help while building his family’s small business, despite implying in the commercial that he did so without assistance, according to a report Monday by the Union Leader in New Hampshire.

Jack Gilchrist of Gilchrist Metal Fabricating said in the ad that he and his father created the company.

But the Union Leader reports that in 1999, Gilchrist Metal received $800,000 in tax-exempt revenue bonds issued by the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority to set up a manufacturing plant and buy new equipment.”

John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Romney-backer’s NH business received government-assisted loans; Kevin Smith to air new TV spot this week | New Hampshire NEWS0602: “HE GOT HELP. In the Mitt Romney campaign web and television ads that received national attention last week, a blunt Jack Gilchrist of Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson tells President Barack Obama that he, his father and his son _ and not the government _ built his company.

But as it turns out, Gilchrist did receive some government help for his business, albeit a long time ago.”

John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Romney-backer’s NH business received government-assisted loans; Kevin Smith to air new TV spot this week | New Hampshire NEWS0602: “SMITH’S NEW ADS, CLINTON FOR MAGGIE. Republican candidate for governor Kevin Smith will release his second television ad of the campaign later this week, the Granite Status has learned.

The ad continues to focus on his pro-business message and economic plan.

The 30-second spot, which will air on cable television targeting Republican primary voters, begins with an announcer saying, “Politicians give us empty rhetoric, while New Hampshire’s economy continues to struggle. Kevin Smith, conservative Republican for governor, has a real plan to put us on the right track.”

How super PACs are saving Mitt Romney – The Washington Post: “Roughly 80 percent of all ad spending by Republicans on the general election has come from these super PACs, as Romney has expended a relatively meager $35 million to date on ads in swing states, according to ad buy figures provided to the Fix by a GOP media buyer.
By contrast, the $20 million that Democratic super PACs have spent on ads so far in the general election accounts for just 19 percent of total ad spending on the Democratic side.
Of the 10 biggest spenders on TV ads among outside groups, eight of them are Republican affiliated. Here’s a chart that details total ad spending in the general election by those groups as well as by Obama and Romney:”

From Washington Post

Americans for Prosperity hosts Bedford barbecue | New Hampshire NEWS06: ““I think (AFP) are great supporters of liberty,” O’Brien said. They support “low taxes, smart regulation, and the free market so it will bring back prosperity to our country generally,” he said.

O’Brien said the top state issues going into the new legislative session include voter ID initiatives, the prevention of nepotism, welfare eligibility reform, affordable government and continuing to bring back jobs — many of the projects currently underway in the Republican-led legislature.”

AdWatch: Barack Obama emphasizes election’s high stakes in new TV ad | masslive.com: “The president’s facts are mostly correct. Romney has said a key part of his economic plan would be to cut taxes for everyone, including the wealthy, and make tax cuts first implemented by President George W. Bush permanent. It’s debatable whether, as Obama says, the policies Romney supports “caused this in the first place.” Obama is clearly trying to portray Romney as a continuation of Bush’s economic policies, policies that polls show voters still largely blame for the country’s slow recovery.
Obama’s ad implicitly maintains that the only way to pay for things like education, manufacturing and energy production is by taxing the rich. Romney and his campaign maintain that is a false choice.”

President Obama’s New Ad

The Battle for Romney’s Backyard – Robert Costa – National Review Online: “Tom Rath, a Romney adviser and a former New Hampshire attorney general, thinks Romney’s fiscal conservatism and suburban appeal will play as well this year as it did for Bush more than a decade ago. “Romney’s temperament and views make him the kind of Republican who wins here,” Rath says.

Bush’s 2000 victory, however, was narrow, as was Democrat John Kerry’s New Hampshire win in 2004. Veteran Republican consultants expect the Obama–Romney race to resemble those two tight contests more than Obama’s 2008 sweep, when the Illinois Democrat won all ten counties.”

Ryan May Offer Romney Risk, Reward : NPR: “Among those on Mitt Romney’s list of potential running mates, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has youth and experience, he’s a conservative from a swing state, and he has big ideas and the policy chops to back them up.

But the chairman of the House Budget Committee would not be the safest of choices.

Back in February, when the Republican primary was still in full swing and the party’s right wing was conspicuously unhappy with the idea of Romney, tax hawk Grover Norquist spoke to the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“We are not auditioning for fearless leader,” said Norquist. “We don’t need a president to tell us what direction to go. We know what direction we want to go. We want the Paul Ryan budget, which cuts spending $6 trillion.””

NH Labor News 7/24/12: Voter ID Laws, Prison Safety or Prison Cost, MHT School Layoffs Hurt NH Families, and more

Community meeting in Manchester aims to explain voter IDs | New Hampshire NEWS06: “Rule No. 1 is bring a photo ID. Rule No. 2 is, if you don’t have photo identification, you will most likely still be allowed to vote, at least in the 2012 elections; more stringent identification requirements take effect in 2013.

For this election, there are seven types of acceptable ID: A driver’s license from any state, which can be expired; a state-issued non-driver’s ID; a U.S. Armed Services ID; a U.S. passport, which can be expired; a valid state, county or municipal photo ID; a valid student ID; voter checklist supervisors also have the discretion to approve other forms of photo ID, such as one issued by an employer, and the clerk may also waive the ID requirement if he or she can personally verify the voter’s identity.”

Lawmakers weigh prison safety against cost concerns | New Hampshire NEWS07: “Republican House Speaker William O’Brien said the focus of corrections reform now should be on privatizing the state prison.

“The speaker fully supports this effort and will continue these plans in the next budget,” said O’Brien’s spokesman, Shannon Bettencourt.

O’Brien and the Legislature knew passing SB 52 would mean the prison population would increase, she said in an email….
Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams, an early opponent of SB 500 who also opposes privatizing prisons, said studies show some prison programs work, but they cost money.

“Michigan is the only state that has successfully reduced the prison population without a corresponding explosion in crime,” Reams said. “They did it by investing money in probation and parole and took the longer view.””

Merrimack Valley Snapshot: Layoffs At Manchester School District Fit National Trend | StateImpact New Hampshire: “As unemployment across the country has slowly abated, one sector has been a consistent drag: state and local government. Unlike the federal government, states and cities can’t borrow their way out of a fiscal crisis. So when the recession battered state and local revenues, many agencies had no choice but to lay off workers.

It’s a familiar story in New Hampshire, nowhere more so than in the Merrimack Valley. The region is home to Concord, the seat of state government, as well as Manchester and Nashua, the state’s largest cities. When the recession hit and the legislature began cutting the state budget, dozens of state workers at agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services and  the Department of Corrections received pink slips. Municipalities saw state contributions to their coffers shrink.  And these communities, in turn, found themselves having to trim their budgets and cut public jobs.”

Manchester school committee begins strategic planning this week | New Hampshire NEWS06: “The long-term vision and goals of the school district are up for discussion as the Strategic Planning Committee starts its work this week. The committee meets Tuesday night with Dr. Mark McQuillan, dean of the Southern New Hampshire University School of Education, to discuss how to start on the strategic planning, said Kathy Staub.

Staub, an at-large member of the school board, is heading up the committee. She hopes the work done now will help guide the district for years to come.”

Pension system returns lag off | Concord Monitor: “The New Hampshire Retirement System saw a 0.7 percent return on its investments in fiscal 2012, far short of its 7.75 percent target.

The estimate released Friday for the fiscal year that ended June 30 is a preliminary figure. System spokesman Marty Karlon said final numbers should be available in early November, but “we don’t expect them to change very much.”

The 0.7 percent return comes a year after the public-employee pension fund posted a 23 percent return, its best showing since 1986. The year-to-year swing reflects the roller-coaster ride for markets since last summer, retirement system officials said.”

Maintaining roads, bridges will take more hard work | Concord Monitor: “Congress recently passed a two-year highway bill. While this represents a major step forward for hundreds of New Hampshire businesses and thousands of working families, more must be done to ensure the long-term stability to the federal highway fund.

The successful bipartisan effort to enact a multi-year highway bill was important for New Hampshire for several reasons.”

Right-to-work laws hurt all workers and the economy | NMPolitics.net: “The Rio Grande Foundation’s “study” about the impact of so-called “right-to-work” laws is purely speculative and not based on real economics or real world experience. We can all try to manipulate numbers to prove what is or isn’t likely to happen with legislative changes, but one of the many beautiful things about the United States is that we have 50 real-world laboratories to prove what actually does happen when laws like right-to-work (RTW) are implemented.

The truth is that workers in RTW states make far less than workers in workplace fairness states. As of 2010, RTW state workers make an average of $5,538 a year less than workplace fairness states’ workers. Well, maybe it’s a fluke, right? Or maybe workplace fairness states had an historical advantage that is trending in favor of RTW states?”

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Now It Is Your Turn To Talk To People About The Importance Of This Election

We have told you about how Mitt Romney wants to shut down the postal service and about his anti-union agenda.  We have told you about Frank Guinta and his votes against the USPS and Project Labor Agreements.  We have talked about our Congressmen trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, 33 times, and yet they have not passed the American Jobs Act, The Call Center Bill, The Bring Jobs Home Act.

These people have had their chance and now we need to work together to put those people who will work to raise the middle class.  Now it is your turn to help.   The NH AFL-CIO has started their Labor 2012 Campaign with a series of walks throughout the state.  These walks are a chance you to get out there and tell other union members why it this election is the most important.  From the NH AFL-CIO Website:

This year, the outcome of these races could decide the future of the labor movement. The leaders we elect as governor and state legislators will determine whether to New Hamsphire continues or rejects House Speaker O’Brien’s anti-worker agenda. With our congressional candidates, we have a choice between those who will continue the partisan gridlock in Washington and those who will work together to create jobs and strengthen our middle class.

We are kicking off our political program with a round of labor walks every Saturday in August where we will be holding our elected representatives accountable for their votes this past legislative session. You can check locations and sign up for walks below.

Saturday, August 4th 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
New Hampshire AFL-CIO/UA 131 Hall
161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH
Click here to sign up for this walk.

Saturday, August 11th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
LIUNA 976 Hall
155 West Road, Portsmouth
Click here to sign up for this walk.

Saturday, August 18th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
New Hampshire AFL-CIO/UA 131 Hall
161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett
Click here to sign up for this walk.

Saturday, August 25th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Nashua Teachers Union, AFT 1044
7C Taggart Drive, Nashua
Click here to sign up for this walk.

NH Labor 2012 Election News 7/23/12: Cilley Is Right On Taxes, Candidate Bios, Look At Voting Records, and more

PolitiFactNH: Cilley’s right, NH has some of the highest property taxes in the country – NashuaTelegraph.com: “New Hampshire typically ranks among the wealthiest and healthiest states in the country, but, according to gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley, the Granite State boasts one distinction that isn’t as complimentary.
In a candidate forum last week in Nashua, Cilley, a former state senator, took aim at New Hampshire’s tax structure and, specifically, the property tax, which she claimed ranks among the nation’s highest.
“We have the third highest (property tax) in the country,” Cilley, a Barrington Democrat, told the audience gathered Monday, July 16, 2012 at Nashua City Hall.”

Candidate Bio: David E. Cote, Democratic State Rep – Nashua, NH Patch: “Why are you running?

“To serve the people of my district, firstly, and of Nashua, and to assist them with their problems to the extent that they involve the workings of state government. In addition, the last few years have shown that the people of NH suffer when the narrowest possible ideological interests hold sway. This was never the case before, no matter who made up the majority, and in what proportion, and should not be again. I run because I fervently believe that those priorities need to be reversed and common sense, courtesy, and comity returned to the House.””

Letter: I’m running for state Senate | Concord Monitor: “My experiences as a lifelong citizen of this district and as a professional educator, in addition to my belief that the people of New Hampshire ought to be represented by a respectful and responsible political body, have inspired my decision to run for state Senate. If elected, I bring a voice for the fair funding of public schools. I will fight for collective bargaining rights for our workers and I will defend the medical rights of women from the radical Republican agenda.

First and foremost, I believe in the sovereignty of the people of New Hampshire! Your support and vote will be greatly appreciated in November.


A look at the voting records of Exeter, No. Hampton reps | SeacoastOnline.com: “HB 1607 allowed corporations to take credits against their Business Profits Tax liability for donations made to private and parochial schools. Opponents said the bill diverted taxpayer money from public schools, while supporters claimed this simply leveled the playing field for non-public institutions and did not diminish the amount the state contributed to public schools. Lynch also vetoed this bill.

Both the Quandts voted in favor of the passage of the bill and to override Lynch’s veto. Schlachman was equally consistent in voting against the bill and against the override. While the House was successful in overriding the veto, the Senate could not muster the necessary votes and the bill was killed.

A Senate version of this bill, SB 372, became law after the House and Senate overrode Lynch’s veto of it. The Quandts and Schlachman mirrored their votes on HB 1607, on this bill.

Making New Hampshire a right-to-work state was the subject of House Bill 1677. Supporters said that by not requiring workers hired in union shops to become members of the union, more jobs would be created. Opponents said there was no evidence that would be the impact of the bill’s passage.

All three of these incumbents voted against the so-called “right-to-work” bill. The Quandts broke with their party on this and Marshall even spoke against it on the House floor. While the House passed the bill, it was tabled in the Senate and died there.”

Frank Guinta has shown no respect for women | SeacoastOnline.com: “Women in New Hampshire deserve a member of Congress who listens to their concerns and does everything within their power to protect women and girls. That’s why I’m looking forward to voting Frank Guinta out of office on Nov. 6.”

Candidate Bio: Jack Rothman, Democratic State Rep – Merrimack, NH Patch: “The Republicans believe, and have for some time, that if we reduce taxes on the wealthy they will use that money to create more jobs and expand the economy. If we de-regulate corporations and businesses, the Free Market will boom and create jobs and expand the economy.  This is the “trickle down” theory.  This was tried in some manner since Reagan, but specifically under George W. Bush. He passed the largest tax cut in history for the wealthiest people and reduced or eliminated most regulations on business. The result was that the Bush years created the fewest jobs of any administration in the last 60 years and this country went through a massive financial meltdown, rivaling the 1930s depression. No thanks.”

NH Labor News 7/23/12: Teachers Seek New Contract, CACR Is Bad For 99%, HYATT HURTS, and more

Gilmanton: Teachers seek new contract approval | Concord Monitor: “Clairmont said the school board and Gilmanton Education Association went back to the negotiating table to develop the contract going before voters in September.

“The new agreement respects the wishes of the voting body present at the March annual meeting in that there will be no raises, a zero percent increase in year one of the new contract,” the school board and teachers union said in a joint press release.”

OP/ED: CACR is a Bad Deal for the 99% – Windham, NH Patch: “”Every member of the community has a right to be protected by it, in the enjoyment of his life, liberty, and property; he is therefore bound to contribute his share in the expense of such protection.”

In 1784 our Legislature enacted a tax law that included this statement of purpose:

“It is necessary there should be an Equitable Rule . . . so that every person may be Compelled to pay in proportion to his Income.

CACR 13 is the Pledge on steroids. It is an attempt to keep taxes in New Hampshire exactly as they are now, forever, by prohibiting an alternative to the property tax. Before we enshrine this into our Constitution, let’s see if everyone is paying “his share.””

4 Biggest Government Spending Myths Debunked | Mother Jones: “We’re at the edge of the cliff of deficit disaster! National security spending is being, or will soon be, slashed to the bone! Obamacare will sink the ship of state!

Each of these claims has grabbed national attention in a big way, sucking up years’ worth of precious airtime. That’s a serious bummer, since each of them is a spending myth of the first order. Let’s pop them, one by one, and move on to the truly urgent business of a nation that is indeed on the edge.”

For all these reasons and more workers at HYATT and the members of UNITE HERE are asking for our help.

New Campaign To Vote Hyatt Worst :
“First, Vote HYATT as worst employer in the country.   If you are still unsure if they deserve it, read the story of Bertha Castro and then you will know!

Secondly, Boycott HYATT!  Here are four reasons you should boycott HYATT.  Stop supporting a company who abuses employees.  There is even a story of managers turning heat lamps on the employees durning a heat wave.  The employees were striking because of the abusive treatment from managers.”

Profitable Caterpillar Pushes Workers for Concessions – NYTimes.com: “JOLIET, Ill. — When it comes to dealing with labor unions, Caterpillar has long taken a stance as tough as the bulldozers and backhoes that have burnished its global reputation. Be it two-tier wage scales or higher worker contributions for health insurance, the company has been a leader in devising new ways to cut labor costs, with other manufacturers often imitating its strategies.

Now, in what has become a test case in American labor relations, Caterpillar is trying to pioneer new territory, seeking steep concessions from its workers even when business is booming.

Despite earning a record $4.9 billion profit last year and projecting even better results for 2012, the company is insisting on a six-year wage freeze and a pension freeze for most of the 780 production workers at its factory here. Caterpillar says it needs to keep its labor costs down to ensure its future competitiveness.”

NH Labor News 7/22/12: Jackie Cilley a “Tough, Hard Worker”, Pension Issues, Misplaced Priorities, NH Politics, and more

Former sen. described as candid, tough, hard worker – NashuaTelegraph.com: ““I am from very much a working-class background,” Cilley, a former state Representative and state senator, told an audience last week during a candidate forum at Nashua City Hall.
“It has shaped who I am as a human being, but it also has taught me some lessons about the full functioning of government,” she said proudly. “It’s time that we look at every region in this state and say, ‘It’s time you have the opportunity to participate in a robust economy.’ ””

Ask questions of Cilley on Monday – NashuaTelegraph.com: “This is the first in a series of in-depth stories on New Hampshire’s gubernatorial candidates, and you are invited to participate.
We will profile one of the six candidates for six consecutive Sundays. In the days after the story runs, each candidate will meet with The Telegraph editorial board.
These interviews will be broadcast live at www.
nashuatelegraph.com and readers will be able to pose questions of the candidates in real time.
For example, Jackie Cilley’s profile in The Sunday Telegraph will be followed by her live interview at 10 a.m. Monday.”

The schedule for these live question-and-answer interviews is as follows:
July 23: Democrat Jackie Cilley at 10 a.m.
Aug. 2: Republican Kevin Smith at 10 a.m.
Aug. 8: Republican Ovide Lamontagne at 10:30 a.m.
Aug. 14: Republican Robert Tarr at 10 a.m.
Aug. 23: Democrat Maggie Hassan at 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 27: Democrat Bill Kennedy at 10 a.m.

Garry Rayno’s State House Dome: Bad blood evident at judge’s big day | New Hampshire NEWS0604: “New Hampshire Retirement System returns for the recently completed fiscal year are not looking very good. The investments returned .7 percent, based on preliminary figures, while the assumed rate of return is 7.75 percent.

With the system’s nearly $4 billion unfunded liability hanging over the heads of state, county and local governments, one bum year is going to make a big difference.”

My Turn: Misplaced priorities hurt our economy | Concord Monitor: “Before Republicans took control of the Legislature, New Hampshire had an economic strategy that was working. Democrats worked with Gov. John Lynch throughout the recession to keep job losses at a minimum, and heading into the 2010 election New Hampshire held the lowest unemployment rate east of the Mississippi River.

By working with the governor to enact the Research and Development Tax Credit and to implement new jobs programs such as NH Working and the Job Training Fund, Democrats created a business-friendly environment that led national economists to credit New Hampshire as a leading state in the economic recovery”

Teens climb the ladder to success – SentinelSource.com: Local News: “The three-year program is open to young men and women ages 14 to 21 (after their completion of 8th grade) with an interest in pursuing a career in fire and emergency services.
The program was created in 1991 with only a few students attending during a weekend. As interest increased, the program became a week-long summer academy.
Senerchia said the academy was “about respecting others, teamwork, being able to control your actions and bettering yourself.””

Interesting article about the battle between Occupy and Free-Staters.
Occupy New Hampshire, Free Staters clash | Concord Monitor: “Provost said the purpose of establishing the corporation was to “raise awareness about inequality, corporate power and economic greed.” The paperwork went on to say the new, nonpartisan group will focused on education, outreach and community building.

Occupy New Hampshire will continue to partner with other nonprofits, including “labor unions.””
Obama’s Lead Over Romney in NH is Narrowing – Portsmouth, NH Patch: “The race for New Hampshire’s four electoral votes is getting closer, according to a University of New Hampshire/WMUR poll released last week.

The poll showed that Barack Obama holds a 49 percent to 45 percent lead over Mitt Romney here in the Granite State, with 4 percent favoring another candidate and 3 percent undecided. A similar poll conducted by UNH back in April had Obama with a 9 percent lead over Romney.”

With only 4 electoral votes, N.H. emerges as battleground in presidential race – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “”All of a sudden, people started to realize those four electoral votes, in a very close election, can be the deciding four electorals,” said Jim Demers, a member of Mr. Obama’s New Hampshire steering committee and co-chairman of his 2008 campaign in the state. “That was the beginning. There is no doubt in my mind that if the Gore campaign had had an aggressive effort and targeted New Hampshire, most of those Ralph Nader votes would have gone to Al Gore, and it would have made the difference. He would have been the president.””

N.H.’s Kelly Ayotte reported among ‘serious contenders’ for Romney’s running mate — Politics — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine: “U.S. Sen. Kelly A. Ayotte is among the “serious contenders” to be Gov. Mitt Romney’s running mate, according to the Boston Globe.

Ryan Williams, a national spokesman for Romney’s campaign, however, declined to comment, saying the campaign does not make statements about the vice presidential selection process.

“We don’t comment on who we are looking at or not looking at,” he said. However, he described Ayotte as a “rising star in the Republican Party and an outstanding representative in Washington for the people of New Hampshire. Gov. Romney is proud to have her support and looks forward to campaigning with her in New Hampshire over the course of this campaign.””

NH Labor 2012 Election News 7/21/12: Release The Tax Returns, Romney Pauses For CO Victims, NH GOV Race, and more

From Truth Out and OFA

Letters: ‘I Must Choose Obama’ – Nashua, NH Patch: “We’ve all seen reckless greed and competition take jobs out of the country and ruin our economy. Healthcare benefits are cut to increase corporate profits. Public programs are cut because taxes don’t provide needed funding. We are not in balance. The chosen candidate(s) must use their office to regulate those that won’t do it voluntarily.

We are all responsible for our community. The person seeking election has a much greater responsibility to the group. They cannot have hidden loyalties or use their position to profit themselves or their friends. We must know who they associate with, their finances and personal views. It is the same when interviewing a person for a job opening, or deciding who to date. Trust is earned.”

In NH, Romney pauses campaign to decry ‘hateful act’ | New Hampshire NEWS0605: “BOW – Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney set aside political rhetoric at a lumberyard here on Friday afternoon to focus on the tragic shooting in Colorado, decrying the “hateful act” and asking Americans to comfort the families of the victims.

Romney stopped at Coastal Forest Products in Bow on his way to spending the weekend at his home in Wolfeboro, as he prepares for a trip overseas next week.”

Hassan Has Strongest Ground Game – Merrimack, NH Patch: “Those who chose Hassan cited her education, experience and ability to bring people together.

“Maggie is the most moderate, balanced candidate in the race from either party,” said one Democrat.

Another called Hassan “likable, friendly, engaging, enthusiastic and collaborative.” Yet another compared her favorably with former governor and current U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Cilley received high praise as well for her “strong business background” and her ability to relate to a wide range of voters.

“Jackie is tough and unafraid to address issues which need to be (addressed),” said one Democrat. “She does not pander to the room. She is willing to talk about any solution which is in the best interest of the state.””

John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Former Ohio Governor cancels NH event after Colo. shooting | New Hampshire NEWS0602: “Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be in New Hampshire next Friday, July 27, to talk about the July 30 anniversary of Medicare and what Democrats view as Republican efforts to dismantle it.

Wasserman Schultz will be headlining several grassroots events, which have yet to be announced specifically, focusing on the program.

She will wrap up her visit on July 27 at a fund-raiser for the New Hampshire Democratic Party at the home of Bill and Kathy Gillett in Manchester.”

This is not really about the elections but I wanted to share because I am proud of Sen. Shaheen and her attempts to help.
NH senator lobbies for refugee to run in Olympics – Boston.com: “Sen. Jeanne Shaheen sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee appealing for Marial to compete under the Olympic flag.

Marial attended high school in Concord, N.H., after fleeing war-torn Sudan for the United States. He graduated in 2005, earning an athletic scholarship to Iowa State University and becoming an All-American in cross country his junior year.

He qualified for the Olympic marathon while finishing his first-ever 26.2-mile event, the 2011 Twin Cities marathon, with a time of 2 hours, 14 minutes and 32 seconds.”

Candidates: Time to upload information for our Voter Guide – Cabinet.com: “Attention, candidates for all local offices in the Sept. 11 primary and the November election: If you want to be part of the Online Voter Guide run by the Nashua Telegraph, Cabinet and Journal newspapers, it’s time to get to work.

The Voter Guide, which will be part of the papers’ websites, uses a service called e-The-People that allows candidates to upload information about themselves and their positions.

The site will go live within the next two weeks. Candidates who haven’t uploaded information will present a blank face, so to speak.

Each candidate has a unique code that gives access to the site.

To get your code, email David Brooks at dbrooks@nashuatelegraph.com, indicating your name, party and office sought, including district.”

WMUR Political Scoop
Sunday 10 a.m., CloseUP: Host Josh McElveen takes a look at the First Congressional District’s Republican primary. (Yes, there is one.) Congressman Frank Guinta talks about why he wants to come back, and he explains the different factions within his Republican caucus (e.g. the Tea Party freshman.) Then, Guinta’s opponent, Rick Parent, comes on the show to say that people have been dissapointed in Guinta during his first term and he is offering a choice. Lastly, a don’t miss face-off between State Senate District 7 Republican candidates Josh Youssef (R-Laconia) and Bill Grimm (R-Franklin).

President Bill Clinton Coming To NH To Endorse Maggie Hassan

President Bill Clinton to Endorse Maggie Hassan at a Rally in Nashua on Wednesday, July 25

MANCHESTER, NH – Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan today announced that President Bill Clinton will endorse her and join her at a campaign rally in Nashua next week.   The rally will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua on Wednesday, July 25th at 5:30pm.  Additional details will be released closer to the event.

People can RSVP at www.maggiehassan.com/billclinton.  Space is limited so please RSVP early.  

“President Clinton’s record of advocating for the middle class and creating millions of new jobs and opportunity for Americans is second to none,” said Hassan.  “I’m looking forward to campaigning with him and talking about how we keep New Hampshire moving forward and build a strong, innovative economy with the best workforce in the country.”

“I am honored to receive President Clinton’s endorsement and share his commitment to providing every Granite Stater the opportunity to succeed by focusing on constructive and practical solutions.”

WHAT: Campaign Rally for Maggie Hassan with President Bill Clinton

WHERE: Nashua Ballroom, Radisson Hotel

11 Tara Boulevard, Nashua, NH

WHEN: 5:30pm on Wednesday, July 25th

Media Set Up Time TBD.

RSVP at www.maggiehassan.com/billclinton

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