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American Nurses Association Endorses Gov. Maggie Hassan In Senate Race

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SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) and its Political Action Committee (ANA-PAC) announced today the endorsement of Gov. Maggie Hassan in her race to represent the residents of New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate. Each election cycle, ANA-PAC endorses candidates who have demonstrated strong support for nursing and health care issues and will best serve the interests of nurses and their patients.

Elected in 2012, Gov. Hassan has worked across party lines to successfully pass New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan, which is already providing quality, affordable coverage to nearly 50,000 residents of the Granite State, and reducing uncompensated care that shifts costs to individuals and businesses.

“I am honored to accept the endorsement of the American Nurses Association, which represents our country’s 3.6 million registered nurses,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan. “Ensuring that our citizens can live healthy, productive lives is essential to their freedom and well-being, and critical to our economy. As governor, I have worked to make health care more accessible and affordable for all of our people and businesses, including successfully passing and reauthorizing our bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan. I have worked with nurses and others on the front lines to combat the heroin and opioid crisis. And I have also worked to address our state’s health care workforce challenges. In the Senate, I will continue to fight to increase access to affordable health care and strengthen our health care workforce.”

“Gov. Hassan believes we need to move toward a system that rewards health outcomes and puts quality over the quantity of services that nurses provide. She is also an advocate of children’s health and safety. We know she will continue to support the work of nurses and patient safety in the Senate,” said Judith Joy, PhD, RN, executive director of the New Hampshire Nurses Association. “We applaud her leadership as governor and look forward to continuing to work with her to ensure nurses’ voices are heard on Capitol Hill.”

ANA-PAC works to ensure that nursing’s perspective is considered in policy decisions made on Capitol Hill. Endorsement decisions are based on several criteria including, but not limited to, candidate interviews, communication with ANA’s constituent and state nurses associations, campaign information, and the candidate’s voting record on ANA’s priority issues.

For more information, please visit ANA-PAC.

Teamsters Announce Endorsement Of Hillary Clinton For President

Teamsters: Clinton Will Be a Strong Voice for Working Families

Teamsters LogoToday, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president. The Teamsters General Executive Board unanimously voted to endorse the former senator and secretary of state.

“We are proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States,” said Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa. “She is the right candidate for the middle class and working men and women across the country. She will stand strong for the workers of America by fighting to reject job-killing trade deals, enforcing labor laws and working to provide retirement security for millions of people who have sacrificed so much for the chance to retire with dignity.

“The Oval Office needs to be occupied by a serious candidate who understands what it means to govern responsibly,” Hoffa said. “Donald Trump supports national right-to-work laws that are proven to weaken the middle class and has a long track record of shipping jobs out of the country as a businessman. He is no friend to working Americans.”

Since announcing her campaign, Clinton has received the endorsement of 40 national unions, the AFL-CIO, and the North American Building Trades Unions, collectively representing 18.8 million members

Today, after receiving the endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, an international union with 1.4 million members in the U.S. and Canada, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

“Unions like the International Brotherhood of Teamsters built the American middle class, and they make our economy run today. Teamsters keep our planes in the air, they put food on our shelves, and they get packages to our doors. In fighting for better wages and safer conditions on the job, the Teamsters are fighting for all America’s workers.  

“I have always been proud to stand with organized labor to create good jobs with good benefits and wages that make it possible to build a middle-class life. As President, I will stand with organized labor and I will always fight for workers’ rights to retire with dignity and security, and to receive the benefits they have earned after years of hard work.

“The stakes in this election couldn’t be higher. The Republican candidate for President is a man who has said wages are ‘too high’ in this country. Donald Trump personally signed a contract to hire a union-busting firm to try to stop his workers from organizing in his Las Vegas hotel. His running mate is a man who consistently supported efforts to undermine Social Security and who repealed Indiana’s 80-year-old prevailing wage law. Workers deserve better. And both of them support so-called ‘right to work’ laws that make it harder for workers to organize. I am proud to stand with organized labor against these laws, because ‘right to work’ is wrong for workers and wrong for America.

“If elected, American workers will always have a seat at the table and a champion in the White House–because when unions are strong, America is strong.”

Dan Weeks Reports Record Small Donations and Total Fundraising for NH Executive Council

NASHUA, NH – Executive Council candidate and good-government reformer Dan Weeks (D-Nashua) announced Thursday that his campaign raised a record 1,035 individual donations totaling $154,173 from March to August, while rejecting corporate special interest support and voluntarily capping contributions far below the legal limit of $7,000.

According to the report – the first official filing of the 2016 election cycle – more than half of Weeks’ campaign contributions came in amounts of $50 or less and nearly 80% in amounts of $100 or less. Both the number of individual donations and total amount raised are records up to this point in a NH Executive Council campaign, according to past reports filed with the NH Secretary of State. The report followed an earlier voluntary filing at the end of June (the only such filing by an Executive Council candidate), in keeping with Weeks’ longstanding advocacy for transparent and accountable campaigns. Weeks’ opponent, incumbent Councilor David Wheeler, refused to follow suit.

Report Summary, March-August 2016 (campaign to-date)

Donation Size

Donations Count

Percent of Donations

$50 or less

577

55.7%

$100 or less

813

78.5%

$250 or less

911

88%

$500 or less

978

94.4%

Total Donations

1,035

100%

Total Amount

$154,173

100%

“When I announced my candidacy in March, I asked the voters of District 5 to join me in practicing a different kind of politics, free from the undue influence of big money contributors,” Weeks said. “I am honored that thousands of fellow citizens have stepped forward already – as small donors, ballot petition signers, or volunteers – to make this a people-powered campaign. I believe today’s official fundraising report, showing record individual donations and not a dime in corporate support, is evidence that voters value democracy and want candidates who practice it in their campaigns.”

Weeks, who stepped down in March as Executive Director of the nonpartisan government watchdog group Open Democracy, has long advocated for increased transparency and campaign finance reform. Among his reform proposals, reiterated in a letter to Secretary of State Bill Gardner in July, are capping contributions to state candidates at $1,000 for the primary and general elections by removing the political committee loophole (whereby candidates may accept up to $5,000 per contributor prior to filing their candidacy); prohibiting direct corporate contributions to campaigns; requiring all state candidates with receipts over $500 to file their fundraising reports online on a minimum quarterly basis; and enacting citizen-funded elections via voucher or matching funds for qualifying candidates who voluntarily accept only small donations. Weeks has sought to voluntarily model these reforms in his campaign.

“Strengthening democracy and stopping big money politics has been the central focus of my professional life since attending ConVal high school here in District 5 and meeting Granny D,” Weeks said. “Although more work needs to be done at the legislative level to increase disclosure and implement citizen-funded elections, I believe that candidates can and must ‘walk the talk’ by voluntarily capping and disclosing their donations, and saying no to corporate support. That’s what I have done, and will continue to do, throughout my campaign. I urge my opponent to do the same.”

THIS WEEKEND: John Kasich Returns to Granite State to Bolster Anti-Women’s Health Candidates

Chris Sununu, Kelly Ayotte to Receive Support from Governor
Who Made Life a
“Living Hell” for Women in Ohio

Governor John Kasich Caricature  (Image by DonkeyHotey)

Governor John Kasich Caricature
(Image by DonkeyHotey)

CONCORD—This weekend, defeated Republican Presidential candidate and Ohio Governor, John Kasich is coming back to New Hampshire to throw his support behind fellow anti-women’s health candidates, Chris Sununu and Kelly Ayotte.

“What do John Kasich, Chris Sununu, and Kelly Ayotte have in common? All three have used their power to defund Planned Parenthood and obstruct access to health care for thousands of women,” said Victoria Bonney, Communications Manager of Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund. “Support for defunding Planned Parenthood may be a shared crusade for John Kasich, Kelly Ayotte, and Chris Sununu, but it’s a losing issue with New Hampshire voters who overwhelmingly believe low-income women and families should have access to lifesaving preventive and reproductive health care.”

As Governor of Ohio, John Kasich has put restrictions on women’s health care that are some of the harshest in the country. His war on women’s health has a long list of offenses. Like Chris Sununu and Kelly Ayotte who have both voted to defund Planned Parenthood, John Kasich is no moderate. Since taking office, he has: 

  • Enacted 18 measures to restrict access to reproductive health care and nearly half of the abortion providers in the state have shuttered.
  • Prohibited rape crisis counselors from telling women that they had the option to access abortion services.
  • Prohibited almost all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, mandate ultrasounds before a woman can get an abortion, and require medically unnecessary and burdensome requirements that have shut down health centers.
  • Signed legislation which defunded Planned Parenthood and slashed Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies  a Planned Parenthood program that specifically helped prevent infant mortality — the largest infant mortality prevention program in the state, having served hundreds of  new or expectant mothers in the last year alone. This in spite of the fact that the State of Ohio has the sixth highest infant mortality rate for African Americans in the country and has been ranked the sixth worst state in the country to raise an African-American child.
  • Placed the blame for high rates of infant mortality on black women, saying “the [minority] community itself is going to have to have a better partnership with all of us to begin to solve that
    problem with infant mortality in the minority community, because we’re making gains in the majority community.”
  • Targeted funding for programs for domestic violence prevention, HIV testing, and breast cancer screenings, simply because they were administered through Planned Parenthood health centers.
  • Defunded health care services at Planned Parenthood jeopardizing access to care for  thousands of Ohio patients. 80,000 Ohioans come to Planned Parenthood annually for birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing, and other preventive reproductive health care and Kasich’s policies put them at risk. 

And it wasn’t just policy. John Kasich was insulting to women on the campaign trail too:

  • John Kasich insulted women across America by thanking them for leaving “their kitchens” to help knock on doors for his campaign.
  • Earlier on his Presidential campaign, Kasich had a blatantly offensive exchange with a young University of Richmond student who was exercising her civic duty by asking Kasich a question about his policies.  When calling on her, Kasich said, “I’m sorry, I don’t have any tickets for Taylor Swift or anything.” 
  • At another campaign stop in Iowa, Mic reported that, while discussing the fiscal responsibilities of elected officials, Kasich singled out a woman in the audience and asked her, “Have you ever been on a diet?”
  • When asked what he would do as president to protect women from domestic violence, John Kasich advised that women should not “go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol.”

With statements like these it is no wonder women were drawn to his Presidential campaign.  

NH Military Vets, Residents Ramp Up Pressure on Senator Kelly Ayotte to Disavow Donald Trump

Vets Petition Delivery 2More than 113,000 Nationwide Call on Sen. Kelly Ayotte and GOP Leaders to Denounce Trump over Attacks on Gold Star Families, Military Veterans, Active Duty Servicemembers and the Constitution

Nashua, New Hampshire — On Friday, August 26th, U.S. military veterans Will Hopkins, Andrea Goldstein, Art Desmarais and Will Thomas, joined by New Hampshire residents, will deliver more than 113,000 signatures to New Hampshire GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte, urging her to denounce and revoke her support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over his relentless attacks against the Gold Star family of Humayun Khan, a U.S. soldier who died in Iraq.  

Vets Petition Delivery 1Hopkins, Goldstein, Desmarais, Thomas and other New Hampshire residents argue that Ayotte’s failure to denounce and withdraw her overall support for Trump over his attacks on veterans, the Constitution, and the women and men currently serving in the U.S. military are a continued endorsement of the Republican presidential nominee. The event is a partnership between MoveOn.org Political Action and Common Defense PAC.

Will Hopkins is a lifelong New Hampshire resident who served for six years in the New Hampshire National Guard. He was decorated for valor during a year-long tour in Iraq as an Infantryman, including the fall 2004 Fallujah offensive. Hopkins also served in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  He was honorably discharged upon completion of his six year term in the National Guard.

Andrea Goldstein served on active duty 2009-2016 as a naval officer, primarily with expeditionary forces. She is master’s degree candidate in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is a regular contributor to veterans’ news and culture blog Task & Purpose.

Vets Petition Delivery 3Art Desmarais served 14 years in the Army Reserves from 1976 to 1990 including a tour in Honduras as a combat engineer. He has been in construction most of his life as a laborer, foremen, superintendent, union rep, and most recently as a business owner. He is married with two children, is now retired, and enjoys riding his motorcycle as often as possible.

Will Thomas served in the United States Navy including serving on the USS Okinawa during the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962). He taught U.S. history at Manchester Central High School.

View the petition herehttp://pac.petitions.moveon.org/sign/join-fellow-veterans

“Senator Ayotte wants us to believe she cares about our military, but her plan to vote for Donald Trump suggests otherwise,” said Will Hopkins, the U.S. military veteran and MoveOn member spearheading the petition delivery to Senator Ayotte’s office. “As someone who served in combat in Iraq, I know that it is impulsive, reckless, over-confident people like Donald Trump who get people killed. If Senator Ayotte cares about the people of New Hampshire, she needs to stop putting her political party before our lives, our families, and our Constitution, all of which have been attacked by Donald Trump. She can’t have it both ways. Senator Ayotte must completely reject Donald Trump.”

Vets Petition Delivery 4“I am a military veteran and the granddaughter of refugees who came to America fleeing religious persecution, seeking the freedom of religion protected by the Constitution,” said Andrea Goldstein. “Donald Trump’s disrespect for our Constitution goes against everything that truly makes our country great.”

“As a Navy veteran who was on the USS Okinawa during the 1962 blockade and Cuban missile crisis, I would not want someone like Donald Trump with his finger on the nuclear trigger,” said Will Thomas.  “I was 19 years old, and if cooler heads had not prevailed I would not have made it to my twentieth birthday. Trump has not shown himself to have a temperament that can be trusted with nuclear weapons.”

“Senator Ayotte must realize the damage that Donald Trump is doing to our communities with his language of hate and fear,” said Art Desmarais.

Video from the petition delivery was posted on Facebook by MoveOn.Org here and can be seen below.

 

NEA-NH Recommends Lee Nyquist In Senate District 9 Primary

CONCORD – Community leader, town moderator, and attorney Lee Nyquist received the recommendation of the National Education Association of New Hampshire (NEA-NH), New Hampshire’s largest public sector union. 

“Lee Nyquist knows first-hand how a high quality public education can change a student’s life for the better,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President. “That’s one of the many reasons why we are excited to recommend him. We know that as a state senator, Lee will work tirelessly to ensure that our educators and support staff have the resources they need to help every child reach their full potential.” 

“As the first in my family to attend a four year college, thanks in very large part to dedicated public school teachers, the recommendation of NEA-NH is an honor I am very grateful to have,” said Lee Nyquist. “As a state senator I look forward to working to build partnerships between school districts and employers for vocational training programs, continuing the tuition freeze in the UNH system, and to working to ensure that our educators and support staff have the resources they need to help so many children have brighter futures.” 

Nyquist and other candidates go through a vetting process that includes a education and labor questionnaire that is then reviewed by the Government Relations Committee. The committee is made up of  “teachers, education support professionals and retired members appointed by the NEA-NH president and approved by the Executive Board,” explained NEA-NH spokesman George Strout.  

A recommendation is the fullest and most complete level of support NEA-NH can give a candidate.  

“The process is designed to find out, face-to-face, where candidates stand on our issues, and then recommend to our members the candidate who the Committee believes would best serve our students, our members and public education.  The Committee does not look at issues beyond public education and public sector collective bargaining rights,” Strout added.

Nyquist is currently in a contested primary against businesswoman Jeanne Dietsch who recently made headlines on the NHLN for burning the AFP’s Right to Work Pledge.

The winner of the primary with then go on to face Senator Andy Sanborn who referred to raising the minimum wage as a “war on employers,” voted against the medicaid expansion and is a strong proponent of Right to Work legislation.

Local Massachusetts Union Shirt Manufacturer Featured In New Clinton Campaign Ad

New England Shirt Company ShirtIn New Ad, U.S. Shirtmaker Criticizes
Trump for Outsourcing Jobs, Making Products Overseas

Small Business Owner: ‘Trump Says He’ll Make America Great Again
While He’s Taking the Shirts Right Off Our Backs’

new Hillary for America television ad set to air this week features a Massachusetts shirt manufacturer who employs more than 60 people criticizing Donald Trump for outsourcing jobs to make his products, including shirts, abroad. In the ad, Robert Kidder, the owner of New England Shirt Company in Fall River, says, “This factory has been here since 1883. We have over 60 people here making shirts labeled ‘Made in America,’ but Donald Trump’s brand of shirts come from China, his suits from Mexico, his coats from India.”

Going back to the colonial era, Fall River, Mass., has been central to America’s textile industry, and the New England Shirt Company remains the oldest operating ready-to-wear shirt manufacturer in America. Not only has New England Shirt Company been making shirts in Fall River for over 130 years, but they are also proudly union. Workers are represented by The New England Joint Board, a region group of UNITE HERE locals and “is one of the largest unions in the region representing manufacturing workers.”

Textile manufacturing unions in New England were some of the first and strongest unions in the country in the late 1800 and early 1900s.  Women and children slaved in the mills from Manchester, New Hampshire, through Lawrence, Massachusetts, through Lowell, Massachusetts, and all the way down to New York City.

Unions like the The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) fought for workplace safety, shorter workdays, and for two full days of rest a week.  Workers banded together and pushed the Massachusetts legislature to pass strong labor like and to be the first to pass child labor laws that prevented children from working in the mills.  Laws that were later passed nationally as part of the National Labor Relations Act.

In 1976,  The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America merged to form UNITE who in 1996 merged with HERE, the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, becoming UNITE HERE.

The ad, ‘Shirts,’ joins a previously released ad, “Some Place,” in spotlighting Trump’s long history of making Trump-branded products outside of America as part of a concerted effort over the past month to contrast Trump’s hypocritical business record with Hillary Clinton’s agenda to make the economy work for everyone, not just those at the top. The new ad follows Clinton’s announcement Tuesday of new plans to jumpstart small business startups and strengthen small business growthKidder, the small business owner, closes the new ad, “Donald Trump says he’ll ‘make America great again’ while he’s taking the shirts right off our backs.”

Watch ‘Shirts’

The 30-second ad is a part of and ad buy in Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

Clinton has pledged make the largest investment in job creation since World War II in her first 100 days in office and has proposed a comprehensive “Make It In America” strategy to boost U.S. manufacturing and crack down on corporations that ship jobs overseas.

Top Small Business Democrats in Congress Back Clinton’s New Plan

Woman Working Business

The two top Democrats on the House and Senate Small Business Committees both released statements praising Hillary Clinton’s newly released small business plan. Hillary Clinton is proposing a comprehensive, job-creating package of reforms and innovations to make it easier to start, grow and sustain a small business. 

“Supporting small businesses is fundamental to growing the economy and creating good paying jobs,” Senate Small Business Committee Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said. “As a former small business owner and the current ranking Democrat on the Senate Small Business Committee, I’m pleased to see Secretary Clinton’s comprehensive plan to strengthen and grow small businesses by simplifying the tax code, providing access to credit and unshackling the next generation of entrepreneurs from student debt. Hillary Clinton’s plan shows she will be a true Small Business President.” 

“Hillary Clinton has been a fighter for all Americans and this extends to Main Street small business owners,” House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Nydia M. Valazquez (D-NY) said. “She knows entrepreneurship is the cornerstone of our economy. Her small business plan will empower more Americans to pursue dreams of launching their own business, while creating good jobs locally and ensuring our nation remains globally competitive. By contrast, Donald Trump has a history in the private sector of repeatedly shortchanging small firms that did work for his company.  The choice in this election could not be clearer: Hillary Clinton has the experience and vision to strengthen our small business sector and boost entrepreneurship.”

The new proposals reflect what Clinton has heard since one of her first events of the campaign at an Iowa bike shop and across nearly 100 visits to small businesses since. Over a year ago, Hillary Clinton pledged that she would be the “small business president” if elected. Small businesses create around two-thirds of all new American jobs.

Clinton’s plans are aimed at making it easier to start, grow and sustain a small business in America. Her proposals will streamline the process of starting a small business; improve access to financing for small businesses; provide tax relief and simplification for small businesses; incentivize more health care benefits for small businesses and their employees; ensure the federal government is more responsive to small businesses; and, make it easier to fight back when small businesses get cheated.

Clinton and Senator Tim Kaine both grew up in small business-owning families. Clinton’s father ran a small drapery business in suburban Chicago where she grew up, and Kaine’s father ran a small ironworking business in Kansas City where he grew up. Kaine will discuss the new plan during a roundtable with small business owners this morning in Lakewood, Colorado, and Clinton will discuss it on a nationwide conference call with small business owners from all across the country this afternoon.

“Watching my father run a small business in Chicago, and working side by side with small business leaders throughout my career, I’ve seen firsthand how small business owners lift up their communities — but I’ve also seen the daily struggles they face. This is why I am putting forward a plan that will make it easier for people to create a business and for existing business owners to grow and hire,” said Hillary Clinton. “Whether it’s our efforts to streamline regulation and cut red tape so existing small businesses can hire more or our plans for new tax incentives that help new small businesses get off the ground, this plan is a comprehensive look at what small businesses need to succeed.  It’s clear that small businesses are the engine of our economy and strengthening them is key to making an economy that works for every American, not just those at the top.”

Clinton’s new plan would:

  • Streamline the process of starting a small business. It takes longer to start a business in the U.S. than it does in other countries like Canada or Denmark — often because of unnecessary red tape and licensing requirements at the state and local level. Hillary Clinton will offer state and local governments a deal – new federal incentives if they streamline unnecessary licensing and make it less costly to start a small business.
  • Improve access to financing for small businesses. Small business loans comprised just 29 percent of total bank loans in 2012, as compared with 51 percent in 1995. Clinton will work to boost small business lending by streamlining regulation and cutting red tape for community banks and credit unions, which are the backbone of small business lending in America — while also defending the new rules on Wall Street. Clinton’s plan also would allow entrepreneurs to defer student loan payments with no interest while they get their ventures off the ground.
  • Provide new tax relief and simplification for small businesses. Hillary will create a new standard deduction for small businesses—like the one available to individual filers—so they get tax relief without filing as many forms documenting their overhead costs, potentially including transportation, computer and phone use, maintaining an office and more. She will simplify the rules so small businesses can track and file their taxes as easily as filling out a checkbook or printing a bank statement. And the new plan would quadruple the start-up tax deduction to significantly lower the cost of starting a business.
  • Incentivize health care benefits for small businesses and their employees. Clinton would simplify and expand the healthcare tax credit for small employers in the Affordable Care Act, so that even more employers can provide quality, affordable healthcare to their workers. She will make sure that small businesses with up to 50 employees can be eligible for the credit, and she will simplify complex phase-out and eligibility rules so that it’s easier for many more small businesses to get the credit and cover their workers.
  • Ensure the federal government is more responsive to small businesses. Clinton will push the federal agencies to make government more user friendly and treat small businesses like the customer, including by guaranteeing a 24-hour response time to small business with questions about federal regulations and access to capital programs.
  • Make it easier to fight back when small businesses get cheated.  Clinton will stop large companies from using expensive litigation hurdles to deny small businesses their right to a remedy when they’re denied payment for services—and give small businesses recourse to take on predatory behavior.

The full comprehensive proposal is available here.

Kelly Ayotte Strikes Out for Working Families

Image by Gage Skidmore

Image by Gage Skidmore

CONCORD – As Kelly Ayotte launches a new ad today attempting to mislead Granite Staters, it’s clear she can’t rewrite her record of going to bat for her party leaders and special interest backers, rather than New Hampshire families and small businesses.

Senator Ayotte has voted multiple times to protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. Ayotte has sided with the Koch Brothers in voting to turn Medicare into a voucher program, and voted against protecting Social Security from privatization and benefit cuts. And Ayotte has consistently worked against New Hampshire’s students, voting for deep cuts to Pell Grants while voting against allowing students to refinance their student loans.

Ayotte has also voted against a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United, and has already benefited from over $24 million in outside spending this election cycle.

“Time and again, Kelly Ayotte has put her party leaders and special interest backers ahead of Granite State families and small businesses, voting for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, working to undermine Medicare and Social Security and voting to make college more expensive for students,” said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “And Ayotte’s special interest backers know that she goes to bat for them, which is why they have spent over $24 million to prop up her struggling campaign. As she tries to mislead Granite Staters, Kelly Ayotte can’t rewrite her record of striking out for working families.”

New Hampshire Women Are Speaking Out Against Kelly Ayotte

Women across New Hampshire are speaking out against Kelly Ayotte and her long record of voting to restrict their health care access. From her votes to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act to her lack of her support for equal pay legislation, multiple women have written letters to the editor to denounce Kelly Ayotte and her terrible record of not standing up for women in the Granite State.

Letter: Ayotte doesn’t represent me–– Keene Sentinel

From her time as attorney general of New Hampshire and throughout her term in the U.S. Senate, Kelly Ayotte has systematically worked to restrict the reproductive rights of American citizens.

She has voted six times to defund Planned Parenthood in an attempt to block the people of New Hampshire from accessing STD testing, cancer screenings, contraception and abortion services.

Recent polling indicates that 66 percentage of Granite Staters are opposed to this agenda. Yet, Sen. Ayotte continues to pursue legislation that is out of step with the majority of New Hampshire voters.

Women deserve the right to make their own decisions about their bodies, their health care and their families. Sen. Ayotte has actively pushed for policies that would take that right away. Is this who you want representing you?

-Inga Hansen, Keene

Letter: Not Happy With Representation- Nashua Telegraph 

I will not be voting for Kelly Ayotte because since she was elected to U.S. Senate, she has not had my interests in mind.

Kelly Ayotte has brought the DC Republican leadership’s anti-abortion agenda to New Hampshire. She defied Granite Staters to vote six times to defund Planned Parenthood and block millions of women from getting birth control, cancer screenings and STI testing at Planned Parenthood health centers.

In New Hampshire, Ayotte is alone in this fight. 66 percent of Granite Staters are opposed to this — including New Hampshire Republicans. Even the Republican-controlled Executive Council and the Republican-controlled legislature opposed Ayotte’s defunding agenda. Yet she keeps going.

It’s important for women and families in New Hampshire to know this. It’s why I’m voting for Maggie Hassan. She’ll truly represent Granite Staters in the Senate.

-Sabrina Straub

Letter: Sen. Ayotte is no advocate for women, Seacoast Online

To the Editor:

Kelly Ayotte claims that she is an advocate for women, but the truth is she’s completely out of touch with the everyday lives of women in New Hampshire.

Here in the real world, outside of the D.C. beltway, we rely on Planned Parenthood for low-cost preventative health care; we continue to make 79 cents for every dollar men earn; and we appreciate that for the first time in history our health insurance doesn’t cost more than a man’s just because of our gender — thank you, Affordable Care Act.

As senator, Kelly Ayotte has ignored the voices of New Hampshire’s women by voting to restrict access to family planning, keep our wages unequal, and return to a time when insurance companies could claim being a woman is a preexisting condition.

Kelly Ayotte’s misguided priorities are clear. She’d rather cozy up Mike Pence and keep her D.C. pals happy than serve the needs of the women who live in her community and elected her to be their champion. She had her chance to prove she’s an advocate and failed us all miserably. We deserve a senator who will listen to us over her Washington party bosses.

-Denisha Dobbs, Portsmouth

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