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Maggie Hassan’s New TV Ad Highlights Approach to Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development

CONCORD – Maggie for NH today announced a new television ad, “Working,” highlighting how Governor Maggie Hassan’s approach to fiscal responsibility and economic development is moving New Hampshire’s economy forward.

As Governor, Maggie Hassan worked across party lines to enact two fiscally responsible, balanced budgets without an income or sales tax. She froze in-state tuition at New Hampshire universities for the first time in 25 years and reduced tuition at community colleges, cut taxes for research & development and small businesses and developed the award-winning “Live Free and Start” initiative to help start-up companies launch and grow. And she has taken a comprehensive approach to the heroin and opioid crisis, focused on prevention, treatment and recovery. 

“By working across party lines and focusing on fiscal responsibility, we’ve been able to get things done for hard-working Granite Staters and CNBC recently ranked New Hampshire the most business friendly state in the nation,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “I will take this same fiscally responsible approach to the United States Senate to foster innovation, support job-creating businesses, and ensure that all Granite Staters who work hard have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead.”

Governor Hassan announced her Innovate NH 2.0 economic plan, which outlines the key priorities she will take to the United States Senate to build on New Hampshire’s economic progress and ensure that all Granite Staters are equipped to succeed in the changing American economy. Innovate NH 2.0 includes specific proposals in five key areas to ensure that hard-working families and small businesses have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead: encouraging business innovation and growth; developing a 21st century workforce; helping middle class families make ends meet; building a cleaner, more affordable energy future; and fixing our roads, bridges and other infrastructure systems. 

The six figure ad buy will run on New Hampshire and Boston broadcast stations as well as on cable and online.

Click here for the 30 second ad.

More False Attacks From Kelly Ayotte’s Special Interest Backers

Kelly Ayotte’s Discredited Washington Special Interest Backers Launch More Desperate and Completely Baseless Attacks

CONCORD – Kelly Ayotte’s discredited Washington special interest backers launched two new baseless attack ads, continuing their vile and false efforts to politicize the heroin and opioid epidemic while also misleading Granite Staters about Governor Hassan’s record of leading the fight to strengthen mental health services in New Hampshire.    

The National Republican Senatorial Committee – which Kelly Ayotte continues to fundraise with as recently as this week – has previously come under fire in New Hampshire for its false attacks politicizing the heroin and opioid crisis. NHPR reported that “the [NRSC’s] ad generated concerns in drug-treatment and recovery circles,” while the Concord Monitor reported that New Hampshire’s recovery community was “disturbed” by the ad, with one substance misuse advocate saying “Frankly, I’m horrified by it.” 

And when it comes to the false attacks regarding New Hampshire Hospital, the contract was approved in a unanimous vote by the bipartisan Executive Council and the Concord Monitor reported, “Riverbend Community Mental Health CEO Peter Evers said he met with state officials Wednesday and was assured there are no empty beds at New Hampshire Hospital. ‘I absolutely take them at their word that they have adequate staff.’”   

“Kelly Ayotte’s discredited Washington special interest backers will do anything to try to protect their reliable vote in the Senate, including launching false attacks politicizing the heroin and opioid crisis that have been called ‘disgusting,’ ‘trash,’ and ‘exactly what is wrong with politics,’ said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “The fact that Kelly Ayotte would continue to fundraise with a group that has launched ads that have ‘horrified’ substance misuse advocates on the front lines of combating the heroin and opioid crisis speaks volumes about Ayotte’s record of putting her special interest backers before the people of New Hampshire.”

The facts about Governor Maggie Hassan’s bipartisan leadership to combat the heroin and opioid crisis:

When Kelly Ayotte’s special interest backers previously ran false ads politicizing the heroin and opioid crisis, The Nashua Telegraph called the attacks “trash” and “the worst kind of electioneering,” and pointed out that Ayotte’s special interest backers don’t care “a whit about New Hampshire or its people.” Substance misuse recovery advocates and law enforcement decried the NRSC’s previous attack ads on the crisis, highlighting Governor Hassan’s strong leadership while calling the ad “despicable” and saying they were “appalled.”    

The truth is, Governor Hassan has worked to ensure that those on the front lines have the tools they need to combat the heroin and opioid crisis since she entered office. She’s implementing a comprehensive state strategy that includes supporting law enforcement and expanding drug courts. She’s also secured millions of dollars in additional funding for treatment, recovery and prevention and re-authorized the state’s Medicaid expansion plan, which is critical to providing access to treatment. And New Hampshire has seen a 25% increase in state-funded treatment beds.

The facts about the Governor’s bipartisan record of leading the fight to strengthen mental health services in New Hampshire: 

The state’s contract with Dartmouth-Hitchcock was unanimously approved by the bipartisan Executive Council and went through the procurement process mandated by state law. Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been clear that the announced upcoming layoffs will not affect their legal obligation and responsibility to meet the critical personnel needs of the contract, and the state will ensure that Dartmouth-Hitchcock is held accountable to their responsibilities under this contract. 

Governor Hassan has focused on mental health treatment throughout her time in office, including significantly increasing funding to revitalize the state’s community-based mental health care system and passing and reauthorizing New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion that is already providing mental health care to thousands of Granite Staters. 

Meanwhile, Kelly Ayotte has a long record of votes that would hurt New Hampshire’s mental health system. Ayotte has repeatedly voted to repeal New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion that provides coverage – including for mental health services – to over 50,000 Granite Staters. Ayotte has also sided with the Koch Brothers and voted for funding measures that would have slashed funding for mental health services, including support for a 2011 CR that would have cut $200 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.

(Featured image by Gage Skidmore, FLIKR) 

Van Ostern Pushes For Renewable Energy At Peterborough Solar Array

Van Ostern Contrasts His Record Of Supporting Solar And Renewable Energy Projects With Chris Sununu’s Steadfast Opposition 

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. – Today, Colin Van Ostern, Democratic nominee for Governor, toured the Peterborough Solar Array, where he discussed his plans to create solar and renewable energy jobs and protect New Hampshire’s natural resources as Governor. On the Executive Council, Van Ostern successfully fought to secure funding for the largest solar array in New Hampshire that’s now powering the town of Peterborough’s municipal buildings. Van Ostern’s opponent, Chris Sununu voted against this project and has consistently opposed other renewable energy projects across New Hampshire. 

“Solar and renewable energy projects are critical to boosting our clean tech economy, lowering energy costs, protecting our natural resources, and creating good-paying jobs,” said Colin Van Ostern, Democratic nominee for Governor. “I’m proud to have helped lead the charge to expand renewable energy projects in communities across New Hampshire. Chris Sununu’s repeated opposition to solar and renewable energy projects throughout New Hampshire is threatening to hold our economy back.” 

Van Ostern is committed to supporting renewable energy technologies that have strong local support, create good paying jobs, lower energy costs for New Hampshire residents, and make the state less dependent on fossil fuels. Working on the state Executive Council, he has successfully championed energy efficiency initiatives and solar and renewable energy projects in Manchester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Durham, and Berlin, all of which had the support of local communities. 

Chris Sununu has consistently opposed solar and renewable energy projects on the Executive Council while taking thousands of dollars in contributions from the oil and gas industry. Despite the scientific consensus that climate change is a real, Sununu continues to deny its existence.

Between 2013 and 2016, Sununu voted ten times against solar and wind projects in New Hampshire—six times, he was the only councilor to vote no.

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  • In October 2014, Sununu was the only councilor to oppose $4.1 million in financing for a five-turbine wind farm project in Berlin.
  • In January 2014, Sununu voted against $1.2 million in funding for a solar project in Peterborough—and was again the lone dissenting vote.
  • In December 2013, Sununu was the only councilor to vote against a $1 million grant to install and operate a wind energy project on Jericho Mountain.
  • In July 2015, Sununu successfully killed $998k in funding which would have helped Manchester Solar LLC to install, own, and operate a solar photovoltaic electric generation system.
  • In July 2015, Sununu voted no on authorization of $581k in funding to Milton Town Solar LLC, to Install a Solar Photovoltaic System at the Closed Milton Town Landfill.
  • In June 2015, Sununu voted against awarding $502k in funding for Durham Solar P2 to continue their Innovation Research Center.
  • In March 2014, Sununu was the only councilor to vote no on retroactively amending funding for the City of Manchester to realign the Solar Photovoltaic Facilities, by increasing the amount by $501k.
  • In January 2016, Sununu voted against $450k in funding for two solar projects in Portsmouth.
  • In December 2013, Sununu was the only councilor to vote against $318k in funding to install a solar photovoltaic system at Plymouth Village Water and Sewer.
  • In December 2013, Sununu was the only councilor to vote against $175k in funding to install, operate, and monitor a Solar Photovoltaic System at Franklin Pierce University.

Furthermore, on multiple occasions, Chris Sununu has denied climate change and has stated his belief that if climate change is real, that it is not man-made.

  • In an interview with Concord News Radio earlier this year, Sununu said that “the jury is still out” on climate change.
  • After speaking with Sununu ahead of the Republican presidential primary, New York Times editorial writer Lawrence Downes noted Sununu’s “baffling, classically Republican insistence that there is no scientific consensus about the reality of human-caused climate change.”
  • Less than two weeks ago, Sununu said “no one knows for sure” if climate change is man-made.

“What state is this?” asked NHDP Press Secretary Evan Lukaske. “The Republican nominee for governor, Chris Sununu, doesn’t believe in climate change and has waged a crusade against renewable energy projects that would create good-paying jobs and help protect New Hampshire’s natural resources. His Republican ideology fits Mississippi better than it does New Hampshire.”

Van Ostern Commits To 13 Debates And Forums

MANCHESTER, N.H. — After two successful debates where Colin Van Ostern, Democratic nominee for Governor, contrasted his vision to keep New Hampshire moving forward with Chris Sununu’s pledge to take New Hampshire backwards, the Van Ostern for New Hampshire campaign has committed to eleven additional candidate debates and forums. These thirteen events will give New Hampshire voters the opportunity to learn about Colin’s record of accomplishment, fighting to reduce the cost of tuition, expanding solar and renewable energy projects, keeping taxes low and cutting government red tape.

“This week alone, Colin attended two debates with Chris Sununu and the contrast couldn’t have been clearer: Colin offered a positive vision to keep New Hampshire moving forward, while Chris Sununu would take our state backwards,” said Pat Devney, campaign manager for Colin Van Ostern. “We look forward to continuing to contrast Colin’s record of accomplishment – keeping taxes low and cutting government red tape, fighting to restore funding for Planned Parenthood, helping expand health coverage to 50,000 Granite Staters, and working to create good paying clean energy jobs – with Chris Sununu’s record of opposing progress.”

Below are the scheduled candidate debates and forums the Van Ostern campaign has committed to:

  • September 21 – NHPR & Business and Industry Association
  • September 22 – AARP & Concord Chamber of Commerce
  • September 26 – Nashua Chamber of Commerce
  • October 3 – Bi-State Primary Care
  • October 5 – NECN
  • October 6 – No Labels Foundation
  • October 12 – New Hampshire High Tech Council
  • October 13 – Law Enforcement Town Hall
  • October 14 – Mt Washington Economic Council
  • October 19 – North Country Candidates Night
  • October 26 – NH1 News Televised Debate
  • October 30 – Temple Adath Yeshurun
  • November 1 – WMUR Televised Debate

Shea-Porter Garners Endorsement From Americans For Responsible Gun Solutions PAC

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ Organization, Americans for Responsible Gun Solutions, Endorses Carol Shea-Porter for Congress

Rochester, NH— Today, Americans for Responsible Solutions, the organization founded by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, endorsed Carol Shea-Porter.  Americans for Responsible Solutions advocates for common sense solutions to reduce gun violence while protecting responsible gun ownership.

“Carol Shea-Porter knows that with freedom comes responsibility, and that we can do more to keep guns out of the wrong hands while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners like us. I am proud to support Carol, my former colleague and a leader who is committed to standing up to the Washington gun lobby and to bipartisan change that will help prevent gun tragedies. In Congress, Carol will be a tireless champion for the vocal majority of Granite Staters who are calling on their elected leaders to do more to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer,” said Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. 

Unlike Congressman Guinta, Carol Shea-Porter supports universal background checks to make it easier to stop criminals or terrorists from purchasing firearms. She believes that stalkers who have threatened or abused their partners and are under a restraining order shouldn’t be allowed to purchase a firearm. Carol knows that if someone is too dangerous to fly, that person shouldn’t be allowed to purchase a gun. 

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Americans for Responsible Solutions. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly have done incredible work advocating for gun violence prevention measures,” said Carol Shea-Porter. “Sadly, it’s far too easy for criminals, terrorists, and individuals who are a danger to themselves or others to buy guns. Congress needs to pass common sense legislation that protects people’s Second Amendment rights while helping our law enforcement agencies keep illegal weapons off the black market and out of the hands of criminals.”

Governor Maggie Hassan Endorsed By National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

CONCORD – Today, Governor Maggie Hassan was endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare at an event at Havenwood Heritage Heights Senior Living Center.

(Governor Hassan and NCPSSM President and CEO Max Richtman)

(Governor Hassan and NCPSSM President and CEO Max Richtman)

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Here in New Hampshire we know that our seniors deserve a high quality of life with access to the full benefits that they have earned, and as Governor, I have made it a priority to support seniors in our state. That approach is in stark contrast to Senator Ayotte’s Washington record of standing with special interests like the Koch Brothers and voting to undermine Medicare and Social Security. In the Senate, I will always fight for Granite State seniors and protect Social Security and Medicare for years to come.”

“The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is proud to endorse Governor Maggie Hassan for Senate, because we know she will fight to protect benefits for seniors,” said Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. “While Maggie Hassan stands with New Hampshire’s seniors, Kelly Ayotte has supported a special interest agenda in Washington that would cut the benefits that seniors earned throughout their careers. Governor Hassan will bring her bipartisan approach and commitment to problem solving to the Senate, and she will always fight to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare.”

Governor Maggie Hassan has a proven record of supporting seniors in New Hampshire. As Governor, Maggie signed a law that strengthened protections for seniors by making financial exploitation of elderly, disabled or impaired adults a criminal offense and another law requiring the state to develop an educational program on Alzheimer’s disease and provide training to law enforcement on Alzheimer’s. She also signed into law a seniors bill of rights, and required it to be posted in housing establishments for the elderly. And Governor Hassan signed the CARE Act, which improves patient care and supports caregivers who help make it possible for seniors to live independently at home. In 2015 the AARP honored Maggie as a Capitol Caregiver for her efforts.

As Senator, Maggie Hassan will fight to protect Social Security and Medicare, and strengthen these programs for years to come. She will stand up to those trying to turn Medicare into a voucher program, and she will fight any attempt to privatize or cut Social Security. She will also work to enhance Social Security by ensuring that caregivers can get credit toward their Social Security benefits when they take time off or reduce working hours to care for family members.

In Washington, Senator Kelly Ayotte has stood with her corporate special interest backers like the Koch Brothers – who she voted with nearly 90% of the time her first four years in office – in working to undermine Social Security and Medicare. Senator Ayotte cosponsored a bill opposed by AARP that would have cut $859 billion from Medicare and $1.3 trillion from Social Security, increasing out of pocket costs for those on Medicare and slashing Social Security benefits by nearly 20%. Senator Ayotte has voted to cut Medicare by turning it into a private voucher system, while also voting against protecting Social Security from benefit cuts. And Ayotte has voted to increase the retirement age for Medicare, and has signaled her openness to doing the same for Social Security.

Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire endorses Tammy Siekmann for State Senate

CONCORD, NH – The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire (PFFNH) have endorsed Tammy Siekmann (D – Londonderry) in her bid to represent District 14 in the State Senate, which includes the towns of Auburn, Hudson and Londonderry.

“Tammy Siekmann understands the need to have an effective and efficient fire service protecting New Hampshire’s families,” said David Lang, PFFNH President. “Tammy will be a powerful voice for their issues and understands the daily needs of working people. Tammy has proven time and again her dedication to a safer, stronger New Hampshire, and we are proud to support her campaign to bring that leadership to Concord.”

“It is a huge honor, and responsibility, to be endorsed by the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire,” said Ms. Siekmann. “We trust our firefighters and paramedics to protect and safeguard our communities, homes and families on a daily basis. In our local communities, firefighters and paramedics are on the front lines in emergency situations, specifically the rapidly escalating drug epidemic, and work tirelessly to save lives. I look forward to cutting through the noise of national politics with the firefighters’ support in my bid to make New Hampshire a safer, stronger place for our families.”


The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, headquartered in Concord, NH, is a state association chartered by the 43 locals of the International Association of Fire Fighters across the Granite State, representing more than 2,000 active and retired firefighters and paramedics.

Planned Parenthood Helps Van Ostern Win Primary, Now Focused On General Election

ppvvotesvolunteersforcvoCONCORD— From daily canvasses to direct mail, Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund are all in to elect Colin Van Ostern as the Granite State’s next Governor. 

In the weeks leading up to last Tuesday’s primary, Planned Parenthood Votes canvassers knocked on more than 4,000 doors, including 1,048 doors on election day. Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund also sent direct mail in support of Colin Van Ostern, whose unwavering support for women’s health care access earned him Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC’s primary endorsement. Van Ostern locked up the Democratic nomination for governor with 52 percent of the vote. 

With only 50 days left until the general election on November 8th, Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund will continue with plans for a strong grassroots field program to elect Colin Van Ostern that will include direct mail, digital, and canvassing to inform voters about what’s at stake for women’s health care access in New Hampshire.

“Over the past two years, New Hampshire has seen nearly 20 legislative proposals aimed at restricting access for women’s reproductive health. On the Executive Council, Colin Van Ostern did everything he could to fight back against those attacks –– and as Governor he’ll fight to protect and expand access to reproductive health care. That’s why Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund are doing everything we can to elect Colin Van Ostern in New Hampshire,” said Kayla Montgomery, said Advocacy and Organizing Manager for Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund. “Last week, New Hampshire primary voters sent a resounding message that candidates who stand up for women’s health care access win elections in the Granite State.”

At AARP Forum, Hassan Highlights Her Commitment to Protecting Social Security, Unlike Ayotte

MANCHESTER – Yesterday, Governor Maggie Hassan spoke at the AARP New Hampshire U.S. Senate Forum, highlighting her commitment to protecting and strengthening Social Security for years to come and preventing special interests from preying on seniors’ hard earned benefits.

“As Governor, I have always fought to support New Hampshire’s seniors, and in the United States Senate I will always fight to protect Social Security and strengthen the program for years to come,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Unfortunately, Senator Kelly Ayotte has stood with her corporate special interest backers in efforts to undermine Social Security and balance the budget on the backs of our seniors. Granite State seniors deserve better, and as Senator I will always fight for them and the benefits they have earned.”

Governor Maggie Hassan has a proven record of supporting seniors in New Hampshire. As Governor, Maggie signed a law that strengthened protections for seniors by making financial exploitation of elderly, disabled or impaired adults a criminal offense and another law requiring the state to develop an educational program on Alzheimer’s disease and provide training to law enforcement on Alzheimer’s. She also signed into law a seniors bill of rights, and required it to be posted in housing establishments for the elderly. And Governor Hassan signed the CARE Act, which improves patient care and supports caregivers who help make it possible for seniors to live independently at home. In 2015 the AARP honored Maggie as a Capitol Caregiver for her efforts.

As Senator, Maggie will stand up to those trying to turn Medicare into a voucher program, and she will fight any attempt to privatize or cut Social Security. She will also work to enhance Social Security by ensuring that caregivers can get credit toward their Social Security benefits when they take time off or reduce working hours to care for family members.

But in Washington, Senator Kelly Ayotte has stood with her special interest backers like the Koch Brothers in working to undermine Social Security. Ayotte has voted against protecting Social Security from privatization and benefit cuts, and has signaled her support to raise the retirement age for Social Security, even saying just weeks ago she was open to it.

“All the spin in the world won’t fool New Hampshire seniors who know Kelly Ayotte’s record of putting their retirement security on the chopping block to appease her corporate special interest backers,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Melissa Miller. “We need a Senator who will put working families and seniors in New Hampshire first, not the Koch Brothers.”

See below for the facts about Ayotte’s record of siding with special interests to undermine retirement security for New Hampshire seniors:  

  • She stood with the Koch Brothers over New Hampshire seniors by voting for an extreme Republican plan that would have forced deep cuts to Medicare and Social Security. 
  • Ayotte voted against protecting Social Security from privatization and benefit cuts.
  • Ayotte cosponsored a bill opposed by AARP because it would have cut $1.3 trillion from Social Security and $859 billion from Medicare, slashing Social Security benefits by nearly 20% and increasing out of pocket costs for those on Medicare.
  • Ayotte also voted to increase the retirement age for Medicare and has said she’s open to such an increase for Social Security, both of which amount to a benefit cut. 
  • Ayotte sided with the Koch Brothers and voted for a plan to voucherize Medicare, a plan that the AARP has said would “increase costs for beneficiaries while removing Medicare’s promise of secure health coverage—a guarantee that future seniors have contributed to through a lifetime of hard work.” 

Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund Announces Endorsements In NH Executive Council Races

Planned_Parenthood_logo.svgAdvocacy Arm of State’s Largest Women’s Health Organization Cites Critical Role Executive Council Plays in Health and Safety of all Granite Staters 

CONCORD—With New Hampshire’s Executive Council playing an essential role in decisions that impact the health and safety of all Granite Staters, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund (PPNHAF) PAC today endorsed five candidates for executive council who will safeguard health care access for women and low-income families and support judicial and commissioner candidates who are also committed to women’s health. These candidates include: 

  • Mike Cryans, Candidate for Executive Councilor, District 1
  • Andru Volinsky, Candidate for Executive Councilor, District 2
  • Beth Roth, Candidate for Executive Councilor, District 3
  • Chris Pappas, Incumbent Executive Councilor, District 4
  • Dan Weeks, Candidate for Executive Councilor, District 5

“In the past two years, votes taken by the Executive Council have influenced the health of more than 60,000 Granite Staters who rely on expanded Medicaid and Planned Parenthood health centers for their care. With so many recent threats to health care access, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC has endorsed five candidates whose statements and actions demonstrate that they will not put politics before the health of New Hampshire’s women and families,” said Jennifer Frizzell, Chair of Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC.

The New Hampshire Executive Council is a five-member body whose responsibilities include reviewing and approving contracts, confirming the appointments of judges and commissioners, and working closely with the Governor to oversee the affairs of the state. In recent years, some anti-women’s health members of the Executive Council have voted to reject contracts awarding state and federal funds for preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers in New Hampshire –risking patient access to critical services such as cancer screenings, breast exams and birth control. Given the significant impact decisions made by NH’s Executive Council have on women’s health care access, Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund PAC has evaluated each of the candidate’s positions on women’s health care access and support for funding Planned Parenthood health centers, conducted interviews and endorsed candidates who will protect women’s health.

 

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