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Emily’s List And Planned Parenthood Target Kelly Ayotte With New Ad

pp-trump-ayotte Seven figure ad buy hits Ayotte and Trump  for defunding Planned Parenthood, opposition to safe, legal abortion 

CONCORD–– Today, Planned Parenthood Votes and EMILY’s List’s WOMEN VOTE! announced a collective $1.7 million TV ad buy hitting both Kelly Ayotte and Donald Trump for their dangerous positions on women’s health. The ad, “Wrong,” details how both Kelly Ayotte and Donald Trump want to defund Planned Parenthood and oppose access to safe, legal abortion. The ad will run starting today and will air through September 20 in the Boston media market. Planned Parenthood Votes will also be going up with digital ads as part of the buy.

Kelly Ayotte’s terrible voting record on women’s health is deeply unpopular in New Hampshire. Her six votes to defund Planned Parenthood and block women from accessing birth control and cancer screenings are opposed by sixty-six percent of New Hampshire voters, who support Planned Parenthood. And her opposition to safe, legal abortion is rejected by 73 percent of Granite Staters who support access to abortion—the highest rate of support in the nation. Even the Republican-controlled Executive Council and the Republican-controlled House and Senate in New Hampshire have recognized this and rejected attempts to defund Planned Parenthood. 

“Every time Kelly Ayotte votes to defund Planned Parenthood, she ignores New Hampshire voters,” said Deirdre Schifeling, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Votes. “Kelly Ayotte has prioritized blocking access to women’s health for her entire political career. And now, she’s firmly on the Trump train. Granite Staters have spoken loud and clear –– they want women to have access to reproductive health. That’s why Kelly Ayotte is going to get voted out in November. 

“Time and again, Kelly Ayotte has proven herself to be in lockstep with Donald Trump when it comes to her disastrous policies concerning women’s health,” said EMILY’s List Executive Director Jessica O’Connell. “Ayotte wants to have Roe v. Wade overturned and supports a national abortion ban. She repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood and cosponsored a measure to allow employers to deny women access to birth control. Her refusal to distance herself from a candidate who has said  that women should face ‘some form of punishment’ for having an abortion speaks louder than words – and New Hampshire voters are taking notice.”

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New Hampshire voters are powerful. According to 538, New Hampshire is high  on the voter power index — meaning voters here have more of a chance of influencing their state’s electoral votes than anywhere else in the country.

This ad buy with EMILY’s List WOMEN VOTE! is part of Planned Parenthood Votes’ unprecedented investment in New Hampshire. Last week, Planned Parenthood Votes announced a $2 million joint campaign with NextGen and SEIU that will reach hundreds of thousands of doors in New Hampshire. The ground program will target the voters who will decide this election – voters who haven’t made up their minds yet.

NFL Gameday: Brought to You by America’s Unions

Written by Kenneth Quinnell on the AFL-CIO Blog

If you’re like me and millions of other Americans, the beginning of the National Football League season is one of the more fun times of the year. Week 1 means that all of our teams are still in contention (at least for one more day). In contention all season, though, are the working people who bring you Game Day. Nearly every aspect of the NFL experience, in the stadium or at home, is brought to you by union members.

For starters, the players themselves are members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA). The referees are members of the NFL Referees Association. The footballs themselves are made by members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

As the video above shows, Electrical Workers (IBEW) members build and maintain stadiums. Stadiums are big complex structures that require the expertise of many different professionals. Unions that participate in the construction and maintenance of NFL stadiums include: Boilermaker (IBB), Bricklayers (BAC), Carpenters (UBC), Elevator Constructors (IUEC), Ironworkers, Laborers (LIUNA), Operating Engineers (IUOE), Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA), International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) and United Steelworkers (USW).

Stadiums are packed with people, from players, coaches and referees to fans, cheerleaders and workers. Getting them to and from the stadium safely and on time is the work of Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), Air Traffic Controllers (NATCA), Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), Machinists (IAM), Amalgamated Transit Workers (ATU), Transport Workers (TWU) and Teamsters.

Inside the stadium, it’s important to keep fans and workers safe and to keep the facilities clean. Those jobs are done by Fire Fighters (IAFF), first responders (AFSCME), police officers (IUPA) and custodial workers and security (SEIU).

During the game, announcing, commentary, advertising, broadcasting and music (and related services) are provided by unions, including: American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), IBEW, NABET-CWA, The News Guild-CWA and SAG-AFTRA.

If you are watching the game in the stadium, concessions are run by UNITE HERE. If you are watching the game at home, you can complete your union football experience by making sure that your gametime snacks and drinks are union-made with this handy guide from Labor 411.

So many people go into making an NFL game happen that it’s possible even our research on everything might miss something, so if there are any unions missing from this post, e-mail me at kquinnell@aflcio.org and we’ll fix that as quick as possible.

 

This post was originally published on the AFL-CIO Now blog and republished with permission. 

“Moral Day of Action” in Concord Monday, September 12

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – On the day before the state primary election, faith leaders and social justice advocates will rally by the State House at 11 am to call for a “moral economy” that pays living wages, supports family-friendly workplaces, and respects human and civil rights.

The rally at City Plaza on North Main Street will feature a reading of the “Higher Ground Moral Declaration” and speakers who will highlight the call for a $15 an hour minimum wage.

Similar rallies will take place at 25 other state capitols, all at 11 am local time.

The “Moral Day of Action” is a part of “The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values,” a national multi-state tour to redefine morality in American politics. The tour challenges leaders of faith and moral courage to be more vocally opposed to harmful policies that disproportionately impact vulnerable communities.

Local sponsors include the NH Voices of Faith, a group which has conducted prayer vigils inside the State House in support of workers’ rights, health care, and living wages.

The “Higher Ground Moral Declaration” (currently signed by over 10,000 people of faith and 1,500 clergy) calls on elected officials and candidates for office to advance a moral public policy agenda that responds to the urgent needs of the poor, people who are ill, children, immigrants, communities of color, and religious minorities.

The “Higher Ground Moral Declaration” was delivered to both the Republican National Convention and Democratic Convention in July, prior to each party’s 2016 presidential conventions. 

“The Revival” is co-led by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, and architect of the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina; and the Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., senior minister emeritus of The Riverside Church, president of Healing of the Nations Ministries, and national minister for the Drum Major Institute. 

At House Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing, Kuster Highlights Efforts to Improve Health Care for Veterans

Kuster discussed legislation to reduce opioid use among veterans, increase hiring of veterans in VA medical facilitieskuster

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the lead Democrat on the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, took part in a hearing to discuss healthcare for veterans at the VA and how to improve access to care. The hearing focused on “The Commission on Care and the Future of the VA Healthcare System” a report mandated by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act (VACAA) of 2014. 

During her statement, Kuster highlighted two pieces of legislation that would advance improvements to access to healthcare and treatment for veterans. Kuster discussed the Helping Our Veterans With Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction Actwhich would establish pilot programs to facilitate the coordination of care and case management to veterans in need of chronic pain management, including veterans suffering from opioid dependency. Kuster specifically pointed out that past reliance on certain metrics for addressing pain had led to increased prescribing of opioids and that her legislation would encourage alternative methods of pain treatment.

Kuster also highlighted the Grow Our Own Directive: Physician Assistant Employment and Education Act of 2015 which would create a pilot program within the VA to provide educational assistance to former medics and corpsmen for education and training as physician assistants in the VA. 

You can watch Congresswoman Kuster’s full remarks here.

 

Gun Violence Prevention Advocate Barred From Senator Ayotte’s Town Hall

Kelly Ayotte’s Staff Also Barred A Constituent From Attending “Town Hall” Meeting Advertised on Government Website  

Concord, N.H. — Kelly Ayotte held a “town hall” meeting today that was advertised on the town of Amherst’s government website, but her staff barred a New Hampshire resident from attending.

Despite both the Amherst town website making no mention of this event requiring a ticket and the event’s location in a public building, Ayotte’s staff made excuses to bar her constituent from attending this publicly advertised “town hall.”

You can watch video of the citizen being removed from this public event HERE.

“For Kelly Ayotte to bar a constituent from this public event shows a contempt for New Hampshire citizens that’s only matched by her voting record in Washington,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Melissa Miller. “This is just the latest example of Ayotte refusing to do her job and be accountable to the people who elected her to office and pay her salary with their hard-earned tax dollars.”

At another “Town Hall” event in Kingston, Senator Ayotte’s staff refused to allow Deb Howard to enter because she was wearing a “Moms Demand Action” T-shirt.

Granite State Progress and other gun violence prevention advocates having been calling on Senator Ayotte to hold a town hall specifically on gun violence prevention.

Ayotte continues to ignore their requests and now is blocking constituents from attending local town halls.

Progressive Change Campaign Committee Endorses Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1) For Congress

With Warren Wing Rising, Shea-Porter to Continue Championing Campaign Finance Reform, Debt-Free College, and Expanding Social Security

Today, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is announcing its endorsement of Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1) for Congress. Shea-Porter is in a rematch with her 2014 challenger — in a district that Democrats must carry to win a progressive mandate in 2017. PCCC also endorsed two other bold, progressive congressional candidates Rep. Rick Nolan (MN-8) and Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17).

“Carol Shea-Porter has fought tirelessly against corporate interests on the behalf of working families as one of the earliest supporters of debt-free college. We’re committed to marshalling progressive resources to send Shea-Porter and other Elizabeth Warren wing Democrats back to Congress to represent the bold, economic populist views that resonate with most Americans. We need their leadership in Congress in 2017 and beyond,” said PCCC co-founder Stephanie Taylor.

After hearing the news Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement:

“Stephanie, Adam, and the entire team at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee have been at the forefront of progressive change across this country, and I have been very honored to receive their endorsement each cycle. My staff and I and our grassroots volunteers are excited and grateful to have the support of the PCCC grassroots activists community, who carry our progressive message to so many more voters! Thank you so much for the help!”

Shea-Porter is running again for the seat she won in 2006, 2008 and 2012. Her time in Congress was marked by her strong support for progressive priorities like the Affordable Care Act and clean energy, and her opposition to fast-tracking trade deals like TPP.

Latest polls show Shea-Porter beating incumbent Republican Rep. Frank Guinta, 48-29 percent. Guinta, one of the top 10 most vulnerable incumbents, was the subject of probably the shortest editorial in the history of the New Hampshire Union Leader paper: “Frank Guinta is a damned liar.”

The PCCC will support the candidates with fundraising, volunteers, and staff support. The grassroots organization has raised over $7 million for progressive candidates and committees since its founding in 2009. The PCCC has over 1 million members nationwide, including over 20,000 in Minnesota, over 7,000 in New Hampshire, and over 143,000 in California.

Other candidates PCCC has endorsed this cycle include: Russ Feingold (WI-Sen), Zephyr Teachout (NY-19), Pramila Jayapal, (WA-7), Angie Craig (MN-2), Jamie Raskin (MD-8), and Colin Van Ostern (NH-Gov).

Nashua Teachers Contract Stalls, Union Calls For Collaboration

Nashua Teachers Union calls on the Nashua Board of Education to work together and create a fair agreement that is best for the students, teachers and the entire community.

ntu-logoNASHUA, N.H.– The President of the Nashua Teachers’ Union called on the Board of Education today to choose collaboration and cooperation over contentiousness, saying swift completion of a new, fair agreement would help stabilize the teaching force and enable the district to better attract and retain teachers – and serve students.

“We are at a crossroads,” said NTU President Adam Marcoux of the agreement that expired on August 31. “We can choose to go in the direction of collaboration and cooperation, and working together on a fair agreement that reflects the challenges and demands of our profession.  Or, we can go the other way. The NTU believes it’s better for parents and students – and our entire community – to work together than to have a bitter, divisive fight. We invite the board to join with us and move forward.”

Marcoux noted the district filled about 100 teaching vacancies since the end of June. The vast majority of teachers leaving, he said, chose not to return to Nashua because salaries and benefits lag behind what other education professionals are paid in neighboring communities.

“Competitive salaries are essential if Nashua is going to attract the best teachers to serve students – and, once hired, keep teaching here. A revolving door benefits no one.  The NTU is looking to the Board to negotiate a fair agreement that enables the district to move forward, and is not a penny more – nor a penny less – than taxpayers can afford,” Marcoux added. “Salaries across the board must reflect the knowledge, skills and dedication that Nashua’s teachers bring to their classrooms every day, and which enable us to continue to deliver a first-rate public education to all students.” 

Marcoux said he is hopeful that talks, which resume with a mediation session on September 13, will be productive and result in a swift settlement. He said teachers are frustrated at the fourth expired contract in five years, and the lack of progress so far on a new deal.  He said the NTU’s membership voted recently to resign from district committees on September 14 if no deal is struck, but would continue to write letters of recommendations for students; serve as club advisors; and continue volunteering their personal time to help the districts most precious resource – its students.

“There is considerable frustration among the membership with the way this Board is currently handling negotiations, but that frustration won’t impact our work on behalf of students,” Marcoux said. “We hope the board can get itself together and work productively this week to ensure our September 13 mediation session is successful.”

Sen Sanborn Raises Over $100K But Only $1080 Came From Within District 9

 Jeanne Dietsch reports 171 individual donors from District 9 towns,
Sanborn reports 9

Peterborough, NH—State Senate candidate financial filings posted on the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s website Thursday revealed a surprising finding: District 9 incumbent Sen. Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) has reported only 9 individual donors who live in the district. Jeanne Dietsch, seeking the Democratic nomination on September 13 to challenge Sanborn, had 171 in-district donors. Dietsch’s in-district donors outnumbered Sanborn’s by a margin of 19 to 1.

“I’m proud to have the most donors from Senate District 9 of any candidate,” said Dietsch. “It’s a sign that our commitment to reaching voters one-on-one – knocking on the doors of more than 3,300 voters in all 14 towns across the district – is paying off.”

Sanborn’s major corporate donors include: health insurers Cigna ($1,000) and Anthem Blue Cross ($250); pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca ($750), and Merck ($500); and cable and telecom companies Comcast ($1,000), AT&T ($250), and NE Cable and Telecom ($500). His major PAC contributors include the GOPAC Election Fund ($3,000) and the NH Liberty Alliance ($1,000).

Sanborn’s nine individual donors from the district – six from Bedford, one from New Boston, one from Hancock, and one from Peterborough (with none from the remaining 10 towns in the district) – gave a total of $1,080. Sanborn has taken more money from health insurance and drug companies than from residents of District 9.

“Whose side will Sanborn be on when it comes to protecting consumers from insurance rate hikes or prescription price gouging?” Dietsch asked. “I’m out talking every day with the voters I will represent. I’m committed to working for – and being accountable to – the people of District 9.”

NH Senate District 9 includes the towns of Bedford, Dublin, Greenfield, Fitzwilliam, Hancock, Jaffrey, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Richmond, Sharon, Temple and Troy. The primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 13.

Fact Checking Kelly Ayotte’s Claims On College Affordability

FACT CHECK: Ayotte’s Discredited DC Backers Now Trying to Mislead Granite Staters About Governor Hassan’s Record of Making College More Affordable

CONCORD – Senator Ayotte’s Washington special interest backers who launched a discredited and false ad politicizing the heroin crisis are now trying to mislead Granite Staters on Governor Hassan’s record of making college more affordable. The truth is that by working across party lines, Governor Hassan successfully froze college tuition at the university system for the first time in 25 years and lowered tuition at community colleges. 

But don’t just take our word for it, here are the facts from New Hampshire news media:

  • Union Leader: “University board freezes tuition for next two years.” (6/29/13)
  • NHPR: “Community Colleges To Cut Tuition.” (4/16/14)
  • Nashua Telegraph: “New Hampshire students attending one of the four institutions of the University System of New Hampshire won’t pay more for tuition for the next two years… The tuition freeze is the first in 25 years.” (6/29/13)
  • Portsmouth Herald: “The bipartisan balanced budget restored funding to the University System of New Hampshire and in exchange the university agreed to freeze tuition. Tuition will remain frozen this year as well. Gov. Hassan spoke about striking this sort of bargain on the campaign trail in 2012 and we’re impressed that she was able to get it done. With the Community College System of New Hampshire Gov. Hassan has done even better. She restored enough state funding to community colleges to allow them to reduce tuition by five percent.” (10/18/14)

Meanwhile, Senator Ayotte has repeatedly sided with the Koch Brothers and Wall Street special interests that pour millions into her campaigns, even when it means voting to make college more expensive for students and families.   

Ayotte’s special interest backers are also trying to distract from Ayotte’s connections to a “Trump-style” university that targets veterans and her record of missing nearly half of her Homeland Security Committee hearings.

“Kelly Ayotte has consistently sided with her special interest backers like the Koch Brothers and against reducing the debt burden and making college more affordable,” said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “Now, Ayotte’s Washington special interest backers are showing that they will do anything to try to save their Senator, including launching false attack ads to try to cover up Ayotte’s record of voting to cut funding for Pell Grants and backing a sham student loan bill that’s really just a ‘sweetheart deal’ for Wall Street.” 

See below for the facts on Maggie Hassan’s record of freezing college tuition for the first time in 25 years and Kelly Ayotte’s record of siding with her corporate special interest backers to make college more expensive:

FACT: Governor Hassan has led the way in fighting to make college more affordable for students and families. Under the Governor’s leadership, New Hampshire froze in-state tuition at our universities for the first time in 25 years and reduced tuition at community colleges. 

 

FACT: Senator Ayotte took thousands of dollars in campaign donations from Bridgepoint Education, a “Trump-style” university that is backed by a Wall Street investment firm and has a history of predatory practices and taking advantage of veterans. In the Senate, Ayotte voted to weaken a watchdog agency that is currently investigating Bridgepoint.

 

FACT: Senator Ayotte has also repeatedly voted against a measure allowing student borrowers to refinance their loans to take advantage of lower interest rates available to other borrowers.

 

FACT: Senator Ayotte has repeatedly voted for budgets at the urging of the Koch Brothers’ Americans For Prosperity that slash funding for Pell Grants. And just last year she voted for a bill that would have cut Pell Grants by $90 billion

 

FACT: To try to cover up her real record, Senator Ayotte introduced a sham student loan bill that has been called a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Even the conservative American Enterprise Institute said that Ayotte’s bill is a “sweetheart deal” for private sector lenders like those on Wall Street.

Gov. Hassan, Boston Mayor Walsh to Address Merrimack County Democrats’ Harvest Supper

 

Gov. Maggie Hassan and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will highlight the Merrimack County Democrats’ traditional post-primary unity celebration as they look toward New Hampshire’s Nov. 8 general election.

The party’s annual Harvest Supper will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, four days after the state primary, at the Carter Hill Orchard in Concord, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“We plan a family friendly afternoon celebrating our office-holders and candidates in the Sept. 13 primary,” said Jon Bresler, county party chairperson. “Our state party chairman, Ray Buckley, will be the master of ceremonies.”

Among other prominent Democrats invited to speak are U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. Annie Kuster; and State Sens. Andrew Hosmer and Dan Feltes. Among gubernatorial candidates invited to take part are Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, Mark Connolly and Steve Marchand.

Others invited to celebrate with the Democrats are Concord Mayor Jim Bouley; Executive Councilor Christopher Pappas; House Majority Leader Steve Shurtleff; and candidates for Executive Council, State Senate, House of Representatives and County and local offices.

Meanwhile the party’s Coordinated Campaign plans to announce an appearance by a surrogate for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The menu, by chef supreme Jennifer Buck, includes smoked turkey, pulled pork, desserts and a vegetarian table for a suggested donation of $30. The donation is $25 for those who bring a side dish or dessert to share; children under age 12 free. Sponsorships include $100 Red, $250 White and $500 Blue.

“In addition to the usual political fare of speeches by public office holders and seekers, there will be food, BYOB, face painting, wagon rides, raffles, apple picking, cider and music,” Bresler said.

The event coincides with the New Hampshire Audubon Society’s Fall Hawk count from the raptor observatory at Carter Hill Orchard, 73 Carter Hill Road.

You can contribute online. Order tickets at: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/bluemerrimack

Mail checks to: Merrimack County Democrats, P.O. Box 1741, Concord, NH 03302

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