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NH Senate Unanimously Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

2015-03-26 Senate Passes SB136 3The New Hampshire Senate just passed a bill supporting the amendment of the US Constitution to overturn Citizens United. The voice vote was apparently unanimous. The bill, SB 136, establishes a study committee to review the various proposed constitutional amendments, and issue a report by November 1st regarding which approach should be supported by the New Hampshire congressional delegation.

“Fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy and the consequences of the Citizens United ruling on our elections must be addressed,” said Senator Martha Fuller Clark.​ “The issue of such large amounts of money influencing our elections is not a partisan one; it affects all of us. That’s why 67 of our municipalities have passed warrant articles calling for action on this very serious issue which threatens our democracy.”

“In 2014 alone, over $49 million was spent on NH Congressional races from outside groups, drowning out the voices of ordinary citizens,” she said. “I’m pleased that my Senate colleagues have finally agreed that it is time to do something about the corrupting influence of such large amounts of out-of-state money on our elections. I urge the House to agree as well.”

2015-03-26 Senate Passes SB136“The Senate’s action today is a huge step forward in the grassroots effort to make New Hampshire the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United,” said Paul Brochu, the Stamp Stampede’s Lead Organizer in New Hampshire.

“We’re very hopeful that the House will also pass this bill.  The House called for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United in 2013 and 2014; and earlier this year the House passed a resolution seeking an Article V Constitutional Convention to overturn Citizens United,” he said. “I think we’re all tired of out-of-state special interests trying to buy our elections.  It’s time for some common-sense limits – and that common sense starts by telling the Supreme Court that no, corporations are not ‘people.’ ”

“Today, thanks to the bipartisan leadership of Senators Russell Prescott (R-23) and Martha Fuller Clark (D-21), the Senate at last voted to pass a version of SB 136 that includes language specifically calling for a constitutional amendment,” said Jonah Minkoff-Zern, Co-Director of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign.  “This reflects what the people of New Hampshire have been urging their elected officials to do in response to the surge of outside money being spent on state and federal elections.”

2015-03-26 Senate Passes SB136 2 (2)“The pressing question before the nation today is whether it is ‘we the people’ or ‘we the corporations and big money interests.’ This not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. This is a deeply American issue. Whatever our political differences may be, we all share the common vision of government of, by, and for the people,” said John Bonifaz, President of Free Speech for People.

“This victory also demonstrates that a sustained people-powered movement can win,” he added. “New Hampshire citizens from throughout the state have repeatedly called on their legislators to take this action. They have rallied. They have marched. They have traveled to their state capitol to stand up and be heard. And, today, the people were heard. When the history of the 28th Amendment is written, it will include the story of New Hampshire citizens demanding their democracy back.”

“All across New Hampshire, people from both parties are saying they’ve had enough of Big Money in politics,” Brochu said.  “In town after town, Town Meeting after Town Meeting, Granite State voters have said ‘no more!’  It’s been amazing to watch all these people – many of whom have never been politically active before in their lives – suddenly step forward and lead their hometowns to take a stand and say the Constitution should be amended.”

“Many of the people who have stepped forward on this issue had never before called or written to or met with their elected officials.  They’re acting as ‘citizen lobbyists’ for the very first time, trying to take back their government from the special interests and Big Money donors,” Brochu added.  “This is what democracy is supposed to be about – and it is beautiful to see.”

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Stamp_StampedeThe Stamp Stampede is tens of thousands of Americans legally stamping messages on our nation’s currency to #GetMoneyOut of Politics. As more and more stamped money spreads, so will the movement to amend the Constitution and overturn Citizens United.

You can get your own stamp online at www.stampstampede.org. Or, if you’re a member of CWA, you can get a stamp from your LPAT coordinator. The average stamped bill is seen by 875 people – which makes stamping a highly-effective way to get the message out about how money in politics is corrupting our government.

It’s time to #GetMoneyOut of politics and take back our government.

At the State House: Trying to get Money Out of Politics

2015-03-18 Senate Rules CommitteeEarlier this week, while the House Finance Committee was proposing cuts to state programs and services, the Senate Rules Committee was discussing a bill to help get Big Money out of politics.

The Senate amended SB 136 and then unanimously recommended that the bill Ought To Pass.  A full Senate vote on the bill is expected next week — and it is possible that the bill will be amended again on the floor, before the Senate votes.

SB 136 was one of a pair of bills filed this year regarding Citizens United and the effect of Big Money on our electoral system.  The House version called for a statewide “Listening Tour” — but last month, the House voted that bill down, largely along party lines.

Since then, 11 New Hampshire towns have passed local resolutions endorsing a Constitutional amendment to get Big Money out of politics.  During their 2015 Town Meetings, voters in Bedford, Canterbury, Gilmanton, Greenville, Madbury, Mason, Plainfield, Rye, Sandown, Walpole, and Westmoreland all approved warrant articles to overturn Citizens United.  So far, 68 Granite State municipalities have passed resolutions asking for a Constitutional amendment.

As the grassroots level, there is bipartisan agreement on getting money out of politics: 61% of New Hampshire Republicans support a Constitutional amendment to limit campaign contributions; 80% believe that Congress is more interested in special interests than its constituents.

2012_NH_State_LegMoney in politics isn’t just a federal-level issue. Corporations, lobbyists, professional associations and other groups pour hundreds of millions of dollars into state-level legislative races every two years.

Money in politics is influencing every level of our government.   The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been so successful that now they’re drilling even deeper.  The American City County Exchange (ACCE) is bringing ALEC-style political influence to our local governments, too.

That’s why The Stamp Stampede has been following SB 136 so closely.  We are working to #GetMoneyOut of politics and #TakeBackOurGovernment.

  • Read “Is the NH Legislature Listening to Voters’ Anger when it comes to Money In Politics?” here.
  • Read “NH House Votes Down ‘Listening Tour’ on Citizens Unitedhere.
  • Read “Another Public Hearing on Citizens United in NH – Will it be the Last One this Year?” here.
  • Read “Senator Lou D’Allesandro: We Must Pass SB 136 To Overturn Citizens Unitedhere.

Stamp_StampedeThe Stampede is tens of thousands of Americans legally stamping messages on our nation’s currency to #GetMoneyOut of Politics. As more and more stamped money spreads, so will the movement to amend the Constitution and overturn Citizens United.

You can get your own stamp online at www.stampstampede.org.  Or, if you’re a member of CWA, you can get a stamp from your LPAT coordinator. The average stamped bill is seen by 875 people – which makes stamping a highly-effective way to get the message out about how money in politics is corrupting our government.

Get involved in New Hampshire’s movement to #StampMoneyOut of politics.  Join our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/NHStampede or Follow us at @NHStampede.

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The Rest of the Story on Scott Walker’s Visit to Concord

By Paul Brochu, Lead Organizer, New Hampshire for The Stamp Stampede

According to someone who was there Saturday morning:

2015-03-14 Walker protest 1More people were outside protesting against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker than were inside the building, attending the event.

Inside, what was billed as the NH-GOP’s “2016 Kickoff Grassroots Training” quickly devolved into an exercise in political fundraising.  Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn kept reminding the “Grassroots” participants to donate, donate, donate.  She also encouraged them to volunteer for Americans For Prosperity. (Which is somewhat odd… wouldn’t the Party want its “Grassroots” volunteers to support Republican candidates, not a 501(c)(4) “social welfare organization” founded by the Koch brothers ??)

Inside, party officials were touting Scott Walker as “the only candidate willing to fight the special interests.” (Which is an odd characterization, while there’s an ongoing investigation into “whether Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and conservative groups illegally worked together in recall elections” including “the involvement of Walker’s campaign in raising money” for the Wisconsin Club for Growth.)

Inside, party officials were discussing who would – and wouldn’t – be allowed into the event.  Among those left outside in the cold?  Any and all Republicans from Massachusetts.   Apparently, NH GOP officials thought Massachusetts Republicans had struck some sort of “deal” with labor unions… and because of that, any Republican from Massachusetts was turned away at the door.  Among those left outside the event?  A gray-suited man who described himself as a “Lifetime Member of the National Republican Inner Circle” who happened to be from Massachusetts.

2015-03-14 Walker protest 2(And, yes, there were Republican union members outside the event, too.  Party officials keep forgetting that, in New Hampshire, a large chunk of union members are registered Republicans.  And Republican union members weren’t any happier with Scott Walker than Democratic union members were.)

And also outside the event?  Gov. Walker’s fundraising machine, which reportedly is going full-steam all around the country. Here’s how CNN reported it:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is on an ambitious mission this spring to scoop up major GOP donors ahead of a likely presidential run … Walker’s PAC, Our American Revival, provided CNN with a list of names of reliable Republican donors who have already committed to bundle funds for him or contribute significantly to a Super PAC that would be developed to support him should he run. And Republican fundraisers have told CNN donors are lining up to meet with him as he’s rocketing up in the polls.

New Hampshire used to pride itself on the “First in the Nation” primary.  Only now, we’ve been beaten to the punch by a bunch of billionaires holding their own “interviews” and trying to pre-select which candidates will be able to run for President.

2015-03-14 Walker protest 3That’s why the Stamp Stampede was outside the event, too, Saturday morning.

We remember back in 2011, when Gov. Walker thought he was talking with David Koch. (Frankly, it was kind of embarrassing; governors should be dignified, not fawning.  You can read the transcript here.)

And even before that: the videotape of a billionaire asking him whether he could make Wisconsin a “completely red state, and work on these unions, and become a right-to-work” state.  And Walker replied that his “first step” would be “to divide and conquer” the unions through his “budget-adjustment bill.”

That was after the 2010 elections, in which Walker won the support of Operating Engineers Local 139.

Terry McGowan, the union’s business manager, said the union gave its 2010 endorsement only after getting assurances Walker would not pursue right-to-work legislation. [McGowan said] he was continuing to take Walker at his word given his public statements and conversations he has had with him.  “You don’t hear him say, ‘Yes, I’m going to go after right-to-work legislation,’ ” McGowan said of the video.

But he added that divide and conquer is a phrase that is anathema to those in the labor movement. 

“It means turning worker against worker,” he said.

The billionaire gave Walker a $500,000 donation.

And last week, just before he came to New Hampshire, Scott Walker signed “Right-to-Work.”  Apparently, it’s good for getting donations.  “Even before the Legislature passed the measure on Friday in a fast-track process, Mr. Walker’s political backers were raising money on the issue.”

Let’s be clear: the ability “to scoop up major donors” should not be the #1 qualification to become President.

It’s not something to be proud of.

The willingness to say one thing publicly, and something else to mega-donors – that’s not something to be proud of, either.

Eagerness to embrace divide-and-conquer as a political strategy?  That’s beyond the pale.

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The Stampede is tens of thousands of Americans legally stamping messages on our nation’s currency to #GetMoneyOut of Politics. As more and more stamped money spreads, so will the movement to amend the Constitution and overturn Citizens United.

You can get your own stamp online at www.stampstampede.org. Or, if you’re a member of CWA, you can get a stamp from your LPAT coordinator. The average stamped bill is seen by 875 people – which makes stamping a highly-effective way to get the message out about how money in politics is corrupting our government.

It’s time to #GetMoneyOut of politics and take back our government.

Iron Workers Local 7 Endorse Patrick Arnold for Mayor of Manchester

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MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – This week the Iron Workers Local 7 endorsed former Alderman Patrick Arnold in his bid for mayor of New Hampshire’s largest city.

“We’re proud to endorse Patrick Arnold for Mayor of Manchester,” says Local 7 business agent Steven Burk. “Patrick has a strong record of standing with working families of New Hampshire. As Mayor, he will make job creation and economic growth a priority again in Manchester,” Burk continued.

“I’m proud to have the support of the Iron Workers in our campaign for mayor,” says Arnold. “Like many of us, they know that Manchester deserves better than the status quo. With new leadership, Manchester can again lead in being the best place to live, work and raise a family in New Hampshire,” Arnold continued.

Iron Workers Local 7, which represents nearly 3,000 members, joins the Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 856, and hundreds of former and current elected officials and community activists in endorsing Arnold’s bid for mayor.

Patrick Arnold is a candidate for mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire. Arnold served as a Manchester Alderman from 2009 until 2014. In 2013, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor against Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Republican incumbent. Gatsas held off Arnold’s challenge in 2013 by 943 votes. In March 2014, the Manchester Board of Aldermen unanimously confirmed Arnold’s appointment to the city’s Conduct Committee. An attorney by trade, Arnold earned his law degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Abigail.

Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Endorse Patrick Arnold for Mayor

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, the Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association announced its endorsement of former Alderman Patrick Arnold to be the next Mayor of Manchester.

“The Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association is proud to support Patrick Arnold for Mayor of Manchester in this year’s city election,” says MPFFA President Jeff Duval. “Patrick brings passion, resolve and a forward-looking perspective to his campaign for mayor. He understands that public safety must be a top priority if Manchester is to lead the state in being the best place to live and raise a family,” Duval continued.

“I’m honored to have Manchester fire fighters stand with us as our campaign fights for a stronger future for New Hampshire’s largest city,” says Arnold. An endorsement event will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Patrick Arnold is a candidate for mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire. Arnold served as a Manchester Alderman from 2009 until 2014. In 2013, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor against Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Republican incumbent. Gatsas held off Arnold’s challenge in 2013 by 943 votes. In March 2014, the Manchester Board of Aldermen unanimously confirmed Arnold’s appointment to the city’s Conduct Committee. An attorney by trade, Arnold earned his law degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Abigail.

Arnold For Mayor Campaign Releases First List of Public Supporters

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, the Arnold for Mayor campaign released its first list of public supporters. The announcement comes one week after former Alderman Patrick Arnold announced his candidacy for Mayor of Manchester, along with a 24-member organizing committee of current and former elected officials, and community activists.

“Our campaign is proud to have early support from such a diverse group of supporters,” said Arnold. “In addition to our campaign’s 2015 organizing committee, today’s list includes more than sixty people who have joined our efforts to bring new leadership and a new vision to our city,” Arnold continued.

Patrick Arnold served as a Manchester Alderman from 2009 until 2014. In 2013, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor against Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Republican incumbent. Gatsas held off Arnold’s challenge in 2013 by 943 votes. In March 2014, the Manchester Board of Aldermen unanimously confirmed Arnold’s appointment to the city’s Conduct Committee. An attorney by trade, Arnold earned his law degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Abigail.

Public Supporters – Round 1

Armand Forest, State Representative and former Alderman

Bill Stelling, activist

Tim Smith, State Representative

Tracey Degges, community advocate

Bernard Garrity, Manchester Water Works Commissioner

Keith McCrea, activist

Richard Komi, former State Representative

Jeremy Dobson, State Representative

June Panagopoulos, activist

Marjorie Curran, activist

Melissa Amato

Edward Bailey

Patty Brennan

Ryan Cashin

Paul Caterina

Anne Cavanaugh

Rachel Ciechon

Jacqueline Coffin

Paula Collin

John Connarn

Donald Croteau

Ryan Curran

Renée Duval

Joel Elber, Manchester TV host

Gina Ferretti

Elenore Freedman

Alena & Jean Gregoire

Lorraine Gosselin

Gary & Heidi Hamer

Garry Haworth, activist

Kimberlee Hebert

Constance Hendry

Brian High

Amanda Johnson

Chuck Kalantzis, business owner

Louis Kammer

Eileen Kelley

Zane Knoy

Chris Mansfield

Helene & Yves Marquis

Nicole Marquis

Rebecca McLaughlin

Nora Mendel

Carlos Monzon

Pamela Murphy

Heather Pelletier

Gloria Pilotte, ward moderator

Constance Price

Kristen Robert

Leon Rousselle

John Rumfelt & Becky Barry Rumfelt

Tim Sawyer

Maria Silva

Nancy Skowronek Brome

Robert Sternberg

Renée Thibeault

Don “T” Tibbetts, former educator

Tony Turner

Brandon Vesci

Peter Wallner

Jack Walsh

Daniel Waszkowski

Jim Webber

Peter White, Manchester TV host

Arnold for Mayor – 2015 Organizing Committee

George Bruno, former U.S. Ambassador and NH Democratic Party Chairman

Kathy Staub, at-large School Board member

Bob Bossie, former State Senator and Alderman

Kathy Kelley Arnold, former at-large School Board member

Peter Sullivan, former Alderman and State Representative

Jean Jeudy, State Representative

Bill Clayton, former State Representative

Amy Bradley, School Board member

Chris Herbert, State Representative and former School Board member

John O’Keefe, business owner

Remi Francoeur, former Republican activist

Mary Sysyn, former Alderman

Paul Cote

Carl “CJ” Hebert, veterans advocate and activist

Carol Williams, former State Representative and Manchester Transit Authority Commissioner

Maurice Pilotte, former State Representative

Dr. David George, college professor and activist

Jon Hopwood, writer and activist

Dan Bergeron, former School Board member

Steve Dolman, former Alderman and School Board member

Katie Desrochers, School Board member

Roger Beauchamp, former School Board member and State Representative

Shelly Pratte

Ron Boisvert, State Representative

Alderman Patrick Arnold Running For Mayor Of Manchester, Announces 2015 Organizing Committee

 

patrick-arnold-3MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Former Alderman Patrick Arnold confirmed today that he will again run for mayor of Manchester in 2015.  Arnold, who served as an Alderman from 2009 until 2014, was the Democratic candidate for mayor in 2013 against incumbent Republican, Mayor Ted Gatsas.

“I’m running for Mayor because the residents and taxpayers of New Hampshire’s largest city deserve better than the complacency and failed policies of the status quo,” says Arnold. “Crime continues to rise. Our schools continue to struggle. Our city continues to bleed opportunities and resources under the current administration. Manchester can and should be leading in education, job opportunities and economic development. We can and should be the best place to live and raise a family in New Hampshire. Our campaign will continue efforts to bring new ideas and new leadership to City Hall and a new vision to Manchester by building on the grassroots organization that we developed in 2013.”

The Arnold for Mayor campaign also announced its 2015 organizing committee, which will focus on expanding the campaign’s 2013 voter contact program with special emphasis on new voters from 2014. “I’m proud of the support that our campaign has earned among our community’s strongest advocates and activists,” says Arnold.

“Patrick Arnold will be a hard working mayor of all the people,” says Manchester resident and former U.S. Ambassador George Bruno. “I am pleased Patrick is running to lead our city. He will fix the potholes, get a handle on crime, fix our schools, work harmoniously with others, but also provide a needed vision as to where our city is going,” Bruno continued. Bruno is a former chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and served as a U.S. Ambassador in the Clinton administration.

“The closeness of the 2013 mayor’s race left us not deterred, but rather inspired that Manchester’s best days are ahead. Patrick will bring vision, determination, and truly collaborative leadership needed to move our city forward,” says Kathy Staub, at-large member of the Manchester School Board.

Patrick Arnold served as a Manchester Alderman from 2009 until 2014. In 2013, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor against Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Republican incumbent. Gatsas held off Arnold’s challenge in 2013 by 943 votes. In March 2014, the Manchester Board of Aldermen unanimously confirmed Arnold’s appointment to the city’s Conduct Committee. An attorney by trade, Arnold earned his law degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Abigail.

Arnold for Mayor – 2015 Organizing Committee

George Bruno, former U.S. Ambassador and NH Democratic Party Chairman

Kathy Staub, at-large School Board member

Bob Bossie, former State Senator and Alderman

Kathy Kelley Arnold, former at-large School Board member

Peter Sullivan, former Alderman and State Representative

Jean Jeudy, State Representative

Bill Clayton, former State Representative

Amy Bradley, School Board member

Chris Herbert, State Representative and former School Board member

John O’Keefe, business owner

Remi Francoeur, former Republican activist

Mary Sysyn, former Alderman

Paul Cote

Carl “CJ” Hebert, veterans advocate and activist

Carol Williams, former State Representative and Manchester Transit Authority Commissioner

Maurice Pilotte, former State Representative

Dr. David George, college professor and activist

Jon Hopwood, writer and activist

Dan Bergeron, former School Board member

Steve Dolman, former Alderman and School Board member

Katie Desrochers, School Board member

Roger Beauchamp, former School Board member and State Representative

Shelly Pratte

Ron Boisvert, State Representative

Nationwide, ballot questions showed: voters care about working families

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A quick look at ballot questions, nationwide:

  • Minimum wage hikes won, big-time in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. Voters in those “red” states approved binding ballot questions raising their states’ minimum wages, as did voters in Oakland and San Francisco, California. Voters in Illinois and in several Wisconsin counties approved non-binding ballot questions calling for a hike in their minimum wages.
  • Guaranteed paid sick time won. In Massachusetts, voters approved paid sick time for most employees. Voters in Trenton, New Jersey, Montclair, New Jersey and Oakland, California approved local ballot questions requiring private employers to provide paid sick time.
  • Medicaid expansion won. In Wisconsin, voters who re-elected Governor Scott Walker also told him they wanted the state to join the Affordable Care Act. County after county approved non-binding questions to expand the state’s Medicaid program, “BadgerCare.”
  • Collective bargaining rights won. In Missouri, voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have eliminated teacher tenure and restricted bargaining rights. And in Anchorage, Alaska, voters repealed a law limiting public employees’ collective bargaining rights.

Sad News For New Hampshire Working Families, Carol Shea-Porter Loses Election. (Shea-Porter’s Statement Included)

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter  (image by MARCN Creative Commons On Flickr)

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter
(image by MARCN Creative Commons On Flickr)

It is with a heavy heart that I must share this press release with you.  Congresswoman Shea-Porter is my Congresswoman, and I did everything I could to help her stay in office.  Her service and dedication to New Hampshire is unmatched.

I know I will see Carol around at different events throughout the state and I know that she will never stop working for working families.

Shea-Porter Election Night Remarks

PORTSMOUTH—Carol Shea-Porter, surrounded by family, friends, staffers, and supporters, delivered the following remarks on Tuesday night at the Portsmouth Harbor Events Center:

Thank you. I just called Frank Guinta and I wished him well, and said that I would help him in any way that I could as we transition, again. This is a swing district, as we all know, and I am very grateful for all the people that came out and voted for me. And I think that we know this is a tough district, we did the best we can, I just want to thank everybody who helped here. I have my family on stage, and wonderful people that have been there, so I thank you all. I’m very, very grateful.

“I also want to congratulate our wonderful governor, Maggie Hassan. And my colleague Annie Kuster who’s done such a great job and I’m absolutely delighted she’ll be there serving us and Jeanie Shaheen one of the most wonderful senators we’ve ever had. We have a lot of work to do, we know that country needs more jobs. This country needs an agenda that focuses on the middle class. I’ve talked for a long time about fairness and how important that is, so I certainly hope we’ll be focusing on the people that need this government to do that. So again I congratulate Frank and his team. It was a very hard fought election. I thank everyone that worked so hard with me and for me and I expect that I will be active in public service because you can serve your country and serve the people of New Hampshire inside and outside of government. So thank you everybody and I just love you all.”

Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Election Night Remarks

Manchester – Below are Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Election Night remarks as prepared for delivery:

Thank you New Hampshire! Tonight the people chose to put New Hampshire first.

A few minutes ago Scott Brown called to concede and wish me well. Scott ran a vigorous race, and I wish Gail and the family all the best.

I want to thank the people of New Hampshire for once again placing their trust in me.  I promise you I will continue to get up every day and work hard to put New Hampshire’s working families and small businesses first.

With the new term you have given me, I will fight to make sure students can refinance their college loans!

I will fight for a smart energy policy that focuses on efficiency and new technologies that end our reliance on oil and coal.

I will fight for a minimum wage that ensures no one working 40 hours of week is stuck living in poverty.

I will fight for smart, serious national security policies that keep us safe.

And, as I’ve said many times in the last several months, I will never stop fighting for the right of all Americans to have quality, affordable health care.

Let me take a minute to thank my family. My husband Billy, my daughters Stefany, Stacey and Molly, and my seven grandchildren. This campaign was truly a family affair. When the going got tough, they kept my spirits up. And they are a competitive bunch, fighting every day for the honors of who won over the most votes that day. Thank you, and I love you.

Mike Vlacich, where are you? Thank you, Mike, for running such a clock-work campaign and for leading such a great campaign staff.

To all the volunteers here and watching at home, thank you. Thank you for sacrificing your time to help keep New Hampshire moving forward. Many of you are people I’ve known for 30-plus years. That you have stood by me through thick and thin means more than you will ever know.

On Thursday I return to Washington for a hearing. You, too, will all return to your normal lives. But tonight – let’s celebrate!

Thank you all, and thank you to the great people of the great state of New Hampshire!

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