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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 And in Anchorage, Alaska, voters repealed a law limiting public employees’ collective bargaining rights.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)

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!

New Poll Shows Supporting Progressive Issues Leads To Advances In Public Polling

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Washington, D.C. — A new poll commissioned for the Center for American Progress Action Fund and conducted by Public Policy Polling, or PPP, shows tight races for U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire. The poll shows incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen leading Republican challenger Scott Brown by 2 percentage points. The poll suggest Sen. Shaheen’s strong support for issues such as equal pay, a minimum-wage increase, women’s health and economic security, and common-sense gun laws is helping her run for Senate.

Some of the key findings of the survey include:

  • When informed that Scott Brown opposes the Paycheck Fairness Act on equal pay for women, which Sen. Shaheen supports, the gap between Sen. Shaheen and Brown increases to 6 percentage points.
  • Scott Brown voted for an amendment that would allow employers to deny contraception to their employees, which makes New Hampshire voters less likely to support him by a 20-percentage-point margin.
  • Sen. Shaheen’s voted for the Manchin-Toomey gun background check bill, which makes 49 percent of New Hampshire voters more likely to support her, against 28 percent who are less likely.

“When politics meets the day-to-day kitchen table issues facing American families, voters move toward candidates who support policies that help grow the economy by investing in the middle class,” said Gov. Ted Strickland, President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “While Republican candidates have tried to shift their focus to fear mongering and attacks on the president, these surveys suggest that when voters focus on issues, such as paying wages sufficient to support a family or equal pay for women, those issues favor more progressive candidates.”

This Public Policy Poll of 679 likely voters was conducted on October 30-31 2014 with a margin of error of +/-3.8 percent.

Please find the full poll here.

A Video Reminder Of Why We Must Get Out And Vote From Pres. Obama and Labor Leaders

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Do you need a little inspiration to get out and vote this year?  Are you tired of all the negative ads flooding the airwaves and our computer screens?

This election has been full of people blaming each other for the failures in Washington and the majority of those attacks have been at President Obama.  I will be the first to admit that President Obama has not come through on his campaign promises to raise the minimum wage, pass immigration reform, and pass a universal background check on all gun sales, YET.  I will also be the first to admit that I proudly voted for President Obama, and I would vote for him again today because I remember what the other guys wanted to do to my union, my government, and my future.

Sometimes you just need a little reminder of why it is important to get out and vote, and why it is important to get your family and your friends out to vote as well.   I plan on being out at my local poll from 11 to close holding signs for the candidates that support me and my union.

Just in case you forgot why we devote so much time and energy into ensuring that people get out and vote, here is a little memory jogger from the United Auto Workers.

Shaheen Releases New Video “Momentum” After Visit From Hillary Clinton


Today, the Shaheen campaign released a new video highlighting the excitement and energy surrounding Senator Shaheen going into Election Day. Following the Get Out the Vote Event with Hillary Clinton yesterday, voters were fired up because they know that Senator Jeanne Shaheen fights for working families and always puts New Hampshire first.

To watch the video on YouTube click here

“The momentum and excitement is undoubtedly behind Senator Shaheen going into Election Day,” said Shaheen Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. “As Hillary Clinton said, there are two types of Senators: there are showhorses and there are workhorses. Senator Shaheen is a workhorse who always puts New Hampshire first. New Hampshire families know that and they are fired up to get to the polls tomorrow to cast their ballot and reelect Jeanne Shaheen to the United States Senate.”

Hillary Clinton cited Shaheen’s commitment to protecting jobs in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, widening I-93, expanding and growing small businesses, and making higher education more affordable as just a few of the reasons why New Hampshire voters will vote to send Jeanne Shaheen back to the U.S. Senate.

Concord And Nashua Police Patrolmen’s Associations Endorse Jeanne Shaheen For Senate

Image courtesy of Inventorchris on Flickr
Image courtesy of Inventorchris on Flickr

Image courtesy of Inventorchris on Flickr

Today, the Concord Police Patrolmen’s Association and the Nashua Police Patrolmen’s Association announced their endorsement of Jeanne Shaheen for U.S. Senate, citing her advocacy for the law enforcement community and New Hampshire’s public safety. Jeanne Shaheen has always put New Hampshire first and understands the importance of providing law enforcement with the tools they need to keep people in New Hampshire safe.

“Senator Shaheen has always stood up for public safety and law enforcement in New Hampshire,” said Brian Cook, President of the Concord Police Patrolmen’s Association. “Whether it’s fighting for improved public safety or resources for law enforcement to gel keep our communities safe, Senator Shaheen has made a difference for us. She has been fighting for us for nearly 20 years and we are proud to support her campaign.”

“For decades Senator Shaheen has been a friend to the men and women in the Nashua Police Patrolmen’s Association,” said Dan Archambault, President of the Nashua Police Patrolman’s Association. Now more than ever we need a Senator who makes public safety a top priority and a Senator who will fight for those who put themselves in harms way to protect the people of New Hampshire. Her work has made a real difference for us, and we’re proud to endorse Jeanne Shaheen for U.S. Senate.”

As Governor and now asU.S. Senator, Jeanne Shaheen has strongly supported policies that keep law enforcement safe as they put their lives on the line to defend and protect Granite Staters. During her time in the Senate, Jeanne Shaheen was able to secure major federal grants for the Concord and Nashua Police Departments that allowed them implement new training programs for the police force, as well as purchase new emergency first aid products and radar detection equipment that help keep people safe.

Remarks From Jeanne Shaheen’s GOTV Event With Hillary Clinton


Excerpts of Jeanne Shaheen’s Remarks for Today’s “Get Out the Vote New Hampshire” Event with Hillary Rodham Clinton

Nashua – Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen will speak at a “Get Out the Vote New Hampshire” event with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Governor Maggie Hassan.


Image from Jeanne Shaheen Facebook

Excerpts of her prepared remarks are below:

 Thank you!  It’s wonderful to be here in Nashua. Unlike my opponent, I didn’t need a GPS to find my way here!

I’m proud to be a part of the first ever all-female delegation.  And, there is nobody better in this country to come here for our final push than a woman who’s been a role model to so many women across the country, Hillary Clinton.

Scott Brown and I have very different views of the future and how to grow our economy. Scott Brown wants to give more and more to the people at the top while everyone else falls behind. I want a future where middle class families are strong and everyone has a fair shot at success.

We need to make sure young people can get a college education without drowning in debt. I have a bill to do allow students to refinance their student loans. The government shouldn’t be profiting on the backs of students and graduates.

We need to invest in small businesses that are the heart of New Hampshire’s economy — to make sure they have the capital to grow and create jobs.

We need to help our middle class families by making sure that women finally get equal pay for equal work! Scott Brown voted against equal pay, not once, but twice.

And, Scott Brown can call himself whatever he wants, but voting to allow employers to deny women birth control is NOT pro-choice!

In the Senate he voted to protect $20 billion in taxpayer subsidies for big oil. Think about that. The five biggest oil companies made $94 billion in profits last year. And, Scott Brown thinks they need taxpayer subsidies? That’s just wrong. We need to end subsidies to big oil.

Do you think out of state oil billionaires give a hoot about New Hampshire?

When he’s not working for big oil, he’s working for big banks. After the financial collapse, Scott Brown withheld his support for financial reform until he got a back room deal for a $19 billion giveaway to big banks.

When Scott Brown’s not working for big oil or Wall Street, he’s voting to protect special tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. Well, we don’t need to import a Senator who will export our jobs.

Now to our very special guest!  She travelled 956,000 miles as Secretary of the State. That’s nearly as many miles as Scott Brown travelled looking for a Senate seat to buy!

And, we’re so glad to have her back. She’s been a wonderful friend to this state and great public servant for this country and I’m very proud to introduce to you former First Lady, former Senator, former Secretary of State, and newly minted grandmother, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Kuster, Hassan and Shaheen Hold GOTV Rally In Nashua With Congresswoman Clark and Emily’s List

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Kuster Nashua GOTV 11-01-14

This afternoon, Congresswoman Annie Kuster joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-05), EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock, and others to rally supporters and encourage grassroots participation in Nashua and Hanover leading up to Tuesday’s election.

Kuster appeared in Nashua with Governor Hassan, Congresswoman Clark and EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock at a canvass kick-off event. She then traveled to Hanover for a student rally at Dartmouth College with Senator Shaheen.

“This election is vitally important to the future of our state and our country,” Kuster said during the canvass kick-off rally. “Our opponents want to adopt an extreme Tea Party agenda that will hurt women, seniors, students and middle class families. That’s why we need you out there with us, making calls, knocking on doors, and getting out the vote. With your help, we can achieve victory up and down the ticket. We will fight back against the Tea Party agenda, and join together to move New Hampshire forward.”

During her time in Congress, Kuster has made creating jobs and opportunity for middle class families her top priority. She was recently endorsed by the Nashua Telegraph, Concord Monitor, Keene Sentinel, Valley News, and other New Hampshire newspapers for her efforts to work across the aisle to end partisan gridlock and bolster the economy.

In contrast, Kuster’s opponent is the hand-picked candidate of the billionaire oil titans the Koch Brothers. Kuster’s opponent has voted against raising the minimum wage and opposes equal pay for equal work, and if elected, she will push the Koch’s extreme Tea Party agenda in Washington over the best interests of our hardworking Granite State families.

State Of The NH 01 Race: Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter Maintains A Slight Edge

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Carol Shea-Porter enters the final countdown to Tuesday’s election with the wind at her back as she campaigns to keep representing New Hampshire’s First District. Shea-Porter enjoys a consistent lead over Tea Party Republican Frank Guinta in the polls, with independents and undeclared voters steadily swinging her way over the past weeks. The polls show her personal popularity remains high with New Hampshire voters, despite the millions spent in attack ads during the final weeks of the campaign.

  • Shea-Porter goes into the final days of the race maintaining an edge in the polls [WMUR]
  • Voters continue to view Shea-Porter favorably, while Frank Guinta’s favorability is underwater [WMUR]

The fact that Shea-Porter doesn’t accept corporate PAC or DC lobbyist money resonates with voters in an environment where public disapproval of special interests and outside-money attacks has reached record highs. Meanwhile, the Guinta campaign has made the strategically disastrous decision to close its campaign by bringing up his campaign finance controversy, which Shea-Porter had not mentioned in her TV ads, by airing his own misleading ad that tries and fails to whitewash his ongoing FEC investigation.

As former New Hampshire GOP Executive Director Fergus Cullen said: “Guinta is a deeply flawed candidate. I don’t believe his vague and shifting explanations about the origins of the $355,000 he lent his campaign… He’s not being honest. The Republican Party cannot afford to risk nominating a candidate who is one subpoena away from a full-blown scandal.”

Guinta’s extreme positions are hurting him in key voting blocs: seniors are disturbed by his support for Medicare vouchers and chained CPI; women are turned off by his hard-right agenda that includes support for limiting access to contraception; and active duty service members and veterans are disturbed by his support for drastic sequester cuts to the military budget.

Shea-Porter supporters on the ground are energized by the knowledge that the race has now reached the stage where the get-out-the-vote ground game and grassroots support is key. The Shea-Porter team is confident that the same grassroots organization that propelled Shea-Porter to a stunning victory in 2006 will again secure a victory for Carol, their true grassroots candidate.

“Although Frank Guinta and his corporate supporters can litter the airwaves with misleading, mudslinging ads, one thing they can’t do is buy support at the grassroots level — and that is something Carol doesn’t have to buy, because she earns it every day by being a public servant of unquestioned integrity and an effective, independent voice for the people of New Hampshire’s First District,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly.

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