Shea-Porter Receives Endorsement From President Obama And LBGTQ Gun Violence Prevention PAC

Today, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter received to major endorsements in her election campaign in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.  Shea-Porter received the endorsement of President Barack Obama and the nationwide LGBTQ organization, Pride Fund To End Gun Violence.

Obama called Carol Shea-Porter a “fighter for the middle class,” and cited her work making the country “stronger, safer, and fairer for Granite State families.” 

“I’m proud to endorse Carol Shea-Porter for the United States House of Representatives,” said Obama. “Carol is a fighter for Granite State working families, and will be the kind of independent leader we need to build on all of the progress we’ve made over the last eight years to create a stronger, safer, fairer country for our children. In Congress, I know that Carol will push to make sure veterans get the care they deserve, secure equal pay for equal work for women, and fight for affordable childcare and paid family leave. All Granite State families know that Carol will stand up for them.”

“I’m deeply humbled to have earned Barack Obama’s support,” said Shea-Porter. “In Congress, I’ll continue working to protect Social Security and Medicare, make sure veterans get the care they deserve, and focus on keeping jobs here in New Hampshire.”

Ending gun violence in our communities is a pilar of Shea-Porter’s campaign.  She has already received the endorsement from Gabby Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Gun Solutions, for her commitment to “stand against the Washington gun lobby.”

Today, the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC, America’s only LGBTQ organization focused solely on gun violence prevention, announced its endorsement of Carol Shea-Porter, Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Senate, and 15 House candidates. 

“We support these candidates because of their demonstrated commitment to support equality and safety for all, and for their commitment to acting on common sense gun reforms,” said Jason Lindsay, founder and Executive Director of Pride Fund. “We need elected officials who will stand up for people – not for the profits of the corporate gun manufacturers.” 

With this election, we have an opportunity to reclaim our communities from the threat of gun violence. Pride Fund is turning anger into action by working to elect candidates who have committed to making our cities, our states, and our country safer for everyone.  

Pride Fund’s endorsed candidates have demonstrated a commitment to LGBTQ equality during their service in office, in their communities, or in their personal lives. All Pride Fund endorsed candidates have pledged to support the following key issues:

  • Expanding background checks to cover all gun sales
  • Prohibiting suspected terrorists from purchasing guns
  • Restricting access to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
  • Supporting federally funded research on gun violence
  • Preventing individuals convicted of committing hate crimes from purchasing guns

In the House, Pride Fund endorses Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Terri Bonoff (MN-03), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Bill Foster (IL-11), Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Sander Levin (MI-09), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Jerry Nadler (NY-10), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Carol Shea Porter (NH-01), Adam Smith (WA-09), and Brady Walkinshaw (WA-07). 

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is a political action committee organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect pro-LGBTQ candidates who support sensible gun reforms. Pride Fund is America’s only LGBTQ organization solely focused on gun policy reform to ensure safety for all.

BUSTED: Chris Sununu Caught Lying About Creating Jobs

Sununu’s new ad says he created ‘hundreds of jobs’ but NHPR reports ‘the overall number of jobs at Waterville Valley has actually decreased over the last five years’ 

Concord, N.H. – In a devastating article, NHPR reports that Chris Sununu lied when he claimed in his new ad that he created “hundreds of good-paying jobs.” Rather than creating jobs, during Sununu’s tenure as Waterville Valley CEO “the overall number of jobs at Waterville Valley has actually decreased over the last five years.” 

“Chris Sununu lied about his business record,” said NHDP Press Secretary Evan Lukaske. “Not only did Chris Sununu not create ‘hundreds of jobs,’ but Waterville Valley actually lost jobs under his failed leadership. Chris Sununu has run Waterville Valley into the ground and he can’t be allowed to do the same to New Hampshire.”

NHPR released information directly refuting that his false claim that he created “hundreds of good-paying jobs.”


Screenshot of Sununu Ad

 From the article: 

“But, according to information provided by Sununu’s campaign to NHPR earlier this year, the overall number of jobs at Waterville Valley has actually decreased over the last five years. There were 872 employees at the resort in 2011 and, after several years of fluctuation, 809 employees in 2015.”

5c54244c-1771-4f7d-8ca5-3a67e7fdd1abLukaske concluded, “No matter how you slice it, Chris Sununu’s claims that he created ‘hundreds’ of jobs is ludicrous. He should apologize to New Hampshire voters for lying to them.”

Hassan Launches New Ad Highlighting Her Strong Leadership And Always Putting People First

New TV Ad Highlights Governor Maggie Hassan’s Focus on Families, Innovation and Education

CONCORD – Today, Maggie for NH released a new TV ad, “Difference,” highlighting the difference Governor Hassan has made in New Hampshire by focusing on families, innovation and education, and how she will bring this same focus to the United States Senate to continue making progress for New Hampshire.

As Governor, Maggie froze in-state tuition at New Hampshire universities for the first time in 25 years and lowered it at community colleges. Governor Hassan also cut taxes for research & development and small businesses and developed the award-winning “Live Free and Start” initiative to support start-up companies and help them launch and grow. And she has supported job training programs to help ensure New Hampshire workers can thrive in the changing American economy.

“In the United States Senate, I will always put New Hampshire families and small businesses before corporate special interests – just as I have as Governor,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “I know that by rolling up our sleeves and working together across party lines, we can make progress for all Granite Staters and build a future where everyone who works hard can get ahead and stay ahead.”

Governor Hassan announced her Innovate NH 2.0 economic plan, which outlines the policies she will focus on as a United States Senator to foster innovation, support job-creating businesses and expand opportunity for hard-working families. This plan includes proposals to make college more affordable, including working to expand Pell Grant and fighting to achieve debt-free public college for all families. The Governor will also work to lower the cost of prescription drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and allowing Americans to buy drugs from Canada, which will increase competition. 

One Of The Most Powerful Clinton Ads Yet

In New Ad, Khizr Khan Asks Donald Trump: ‘Would My Son Have a Place in Your America?’

Hillary for America is airing a powerful testimonial ad from Khizr Khan, a Virginia Gold Star father, who recounts the story of his son Captain Humayun Khan, who tragically lost his life in Iraq while saving every member of his unit. Captain Khan ordered his unit to back away from an oncoming suicide bomber while he moved towards it to protect and defend them.

On the debate stage Wednesday night, Clinton responded to questions about Trump’s recent attacks on women by outlining his long pattern of attacking a variety of Americans, including disabled Americans, veterans, Latinos, African-Americans and Muslim Americans like the Khan family.

The ad ends with Khizr saying, “I want to ask Mr. Trump, would my son have a place in your America?”

Watch Captain Khan

Not only has Trump repeatedly attacked Muslim Americans in this campaign, he has also insulted our men and women in uniform by arguing he knows more than the generals and repeatedly denigrating our veterans and military families. Khizr Khan, joined by his wife Ghazala, delivered one of the most powerful speeches at the Democratic National Convention this summer and were subsequently attacked repeatedly by Donald Trump.

FACT CHECK: Guinta Misleads Voters About His Record Combating The Opioid Crisis

Without Congressional Appropriations Opioid Funding Sits In Limbo

Rochester, NH— Last night, Congressman Frank Guinta misled NHPR listeners about federal actions and funding for the heroin and opioid crisis, and he should acknowledge it, because facts matter. Congress has only appropriated $7 million to combat the opioid crisis—for the entire nation. This is ridiculously insufficient. It’s dangerous to pretend that Congress has funded this crisis when it hasn’t.

When NHPR pointed out that Senator Shaheen asked for $600 million in emergency funding, Frank Guinta responded by saying, “We had passed $500 million last year in the Omnibus and this is $192 million a year for the next five years, so we’re on track to exceed that number.”

Here are the facts:

  • Congressman Frank Guinta voted against the $500 million last year. He actually voted against the whole budget and if he he had had his way, the government would have shut down, shutting off essential programs to treat addiction.
  • The $192 million in authorizations has not been funded. The funding isn’t real until it’s been appropriated.
  • Congress has only provided $7 million for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, roughly $140,000 per state. So we are not on track to exceed that number; we are not even close.

“Instead of taking 52 days off this summer, Speaker Ryan and Congressional Republicans should have done their job and passed legislation to actually fund a bill to help families and communities who are struggling with addiction issues,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Naomi Andrews.


(Featured image by Bbsrock via Wikimedia Commons)

Kuster Receives Endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans

Alliance For Retired Americans(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) has received the endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans, a group that represents more than 4.3 million retirees nationwide, including 11,220 members in New Hampshire. The group endorsed Kuster for reelection to New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District because of her strong commitment to preserving Social Security and Medicare and her dedication to improving the lives of older and retired Americans.

“It’s an honor receive the endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “Having cared for my mother, who had Alzheimer’s, I understand the importance of ensuring older Americans are able to retire and live their later years in dignity and with security. That’s why I’ll always fight to protect Social Security and Medicare, two of the most successful safety net programs in our nation’s history. As a member of Congress, I’m committed to strengthening these programs and working to increase access to healthcare and improve retirement for seniors in New Hampshire and across the country.” 

In their endorsement, the Alliance for Retired Americans wrote, “Your positions demonstrate a strong commitment to improve the quality of life for older Americans. Your leadership on issues such as preserving and protecting Social Security and Medicare from privatization and benefits cuts ensures these programs will be around for current and future generations. In addition, our members support your candidacy because of your belief in the need to provide more affordable health care for older Americans, as well as the need for stronger retirement and pension security, and quality long term care.”

Berry Craig: The Skunk Sprayed The Stink

800px-striped_skunkBy BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Melinda, my wife of nearly 38 years, suggested that debating Donald Trump is like facing a skunk.

You know the cantankerous critter is bound to spray the stink. You just don’t know when.

In the third– and mercifully final—presidential debate, Trump managed to keep the stage fairly odor free for about half an hour. Then came the stench.

Hillary Clinton called Trump Vladimir Putin’s “puppet.” His goat gotten, Trump started talking over her: “No puppet, no puppet. You’re the puppet. No, you’re the puppet!”

Melinda almost fell off a kitchen table chair laughing. She wondered if Trump might resort to that old grade school standby: “Oh, yeah? I’m rubber, and you’re glue–everything bounces off me and sticks on you!”

Predictably, Trump, his dander up, kept squirting the smelly stuff. Rapid-fire, he called Clinton a liar. Melinda anticipated “pants on fire!”

Trump dissed her as “such a nasty woman.” He glowered. He grimaced. He smirked. He bent down and intoned “wrong!” into the mike and did his best Alec Baldwin impersonation.

But, substantively, he was nowhere more skunk-like than when he refused to say flat out he’d accept the election results.

“I will look at it at the time,” Trump hedged. “I’ll keep you in suspense.” 

So Trump hinted that he might not go along with who the body politic wants to be our next president. I could almost hear the cheering from the fever swamps and sloughs of tea party Trump land.

Stay tuned until Nov. 8, says The Donald. 

The last time a big chunk of the American electorate refused to accept how an election turned out was 1860.

The white South, scared that Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans would end slavery, threatened to exit the Union if he won. When he did, Dixie departed—after insisting “Crooked Abe’s” win wasn’t legit. (Okay, the Confederates actually slammed Lincoln as “a Baboon Despot,” “the Illinois Ape,” “King Abraham I” and worse.)

The South—big time Trump country today—brought on the most lethal war in our history.

I’m not for a minute predicting a second Civil War. But check out this video of a Trump “patriot” and this one and this story and this story.  

After characterizing Trump’s election dodge “horrible,” Clinton reminded him that we are “a country based on laws.”

Doesn’t Trump say he’s a “law and order” guy?

Anyway, Trump’s a Republican like Abraham Lincoln. Okay, definitely not one like Lincoln.    

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt,” Lincoln supposedly said.  

If the Great Emancipator did say it, the Great Groper proved him right. Melinda and I can’t wait for Saturday Night Live.

Hard Working Granite Staters Stand Firmly Behind Senator Dan Feltes

Dan FeltesConcord, N.H. – Following enthusiastic endorsements from numerous organizations who represent thousands of working families across New Hampshire and District 15 , State Senator Dan Feltes released the following statement:

“I’m honored to partner with the working men and women of the Granite State as we all work to build a stronger New Hampshire economy with opportunity for everyone, not just the wealthy or well-connected few. When it comes to quality of life and to growing a business, New Hampshire is second to none, and that’s a big credit to our Granite State workers and families.”

See below for excerpts from workers’ advocates supporting Senator Feltes’ re-election:

“Dan is a fighter, he gets things done, and he gets up each day to stand up for everyday people.” -Tony Manning, President of Concord Officers Local #3195, on the endorsement of the Professional Firefighters of NH.

“Dan understands what it takes for working families across this state to thrive, and has been a strong supporter of public safety for all Granite Staters” -Jim Duckworth, President of Concord Officers Local #1045.

“Dan Feltes has a proven track record of creating and maintaining an environment where all individuals and working families are able to thrive. He has demonstrated that through his work in the senate, he is someone who will always fight to make sure all workers earn a living wage, and will work to create educational opportunities that allow our businesses and communities to thrive,” said Richard Gulla President of SEA/SEIU Local 1984.

“AFT-NH is proud to endorse Dan Feltes for re-election to the NH Senate.  A staunch advocate for working people across New Hampshire, Dan has also promoted equal access to high quality public education and advocated for improved workplace protections and an increased minimum wage.  In sum, he embodies AFT’s commitment to fairness, democracy, and economic opportunity.”  – President Douglas Ley, AFT-NH.                                               

“The New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council is proud to endorse Dan Feltes in his race for State Senate. Dan is a tireless advocate for working men and women, and New Hampshire’s working families are better off with Dan in the Senate. Dan supports raising wages for New Hampshire workers, ensuring all workers have access to health insurance and pensions, and making sure New Hampshire taxpayer dollars stay in the local economy and in the pockets of local workers. Dan spent his career as a legal aid attorney standing up for people who were left behind by the system, and he has spent the last two years in the Senate as a passionate champion for workers and families.” -President Steve Burk,  New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades.

Ayotte Office Pays Women 63 Cents On The Dollar

Kelly Ayotte’s Washington Allies Caught Lying to Cover Up Her Record of Paying Women 63 Cents on the Dollar 

Concord, N.H. — Kelly Ayotte’s Washington allies attempted earlier this week to push false data to attack Governor Hassan, and a new report shows that not only were they incorrect but that they were trying to cover up Kelly Ayotte’s actual abysmal record on equal pay for the women in her office. New analysis shows that Ayotte paid women in her Senate office only 63% of what she paid men in fiscal year 2015. 

Share Blue crunched the numbers for both Senate candidates’ offices. Please see below for excerpts from their analysis, or read the full story online HERE:

Maggie Hassan, the Democratic governor of New Hampshire, has made equal pay for women a focus of both her governorship and her campaign for the U.S. Senate. She signed into law the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act, and has pledged to push for the federal version of the law if elected to the Senate.

But the conservative Washington Free Beacon has insinuated hypocrisy, claiming that their research shows Hassan pays women in her administration only 80 cents on the dollar that her male staffers earn.

…And contrary to the claims they made based on this inaccurate mode of analysis, public records tell a different story.

In Fiscal Year 2015, the mean average salary of female employees in Ayotte’s office was $50,137. The mean average salary for male employees was $80,141.01 — over $30,000 higher than their female coworkers. This translates to female staffers making only 63 cents for every dollar a male staffer made.

For the same time period, the mean average salary of female employees in Hassan’s office was $54,840, while the mean average salary earned by male employees was $56,946 — a difference of only $2,106, which works out to female staffers earning 96 cents on the dollar compared to male staffers.

It is dishonest enough to make supposedly factual claims based on faulty methodology; it is even more mendacious to do so in order to discredit a politician on an issue that she has been fighting for throughout her career, and that conservatives often refuse to admit even exists.

Van Ostern Discusses Ways To Modernize State Government, Cutting Red Tape

SALEM, N.H. – Today, Democratic nominee for Governor, Colin Van Ostern met with New Hampshire business leaders to discuss ways to modernize state government and cut red tape. Joined by leading voices in the business community at Motivis Learning, an education technology firm in Salem, Colin offered examples of how to modernize state government functions, cut red tape and inefficient spending, and improve customer service.  

“To strengthen New Hampshire’s economy, we must take the next step forward in modernizing state government and make it work more efficiently for New Hampshire people and businesses,” said Colin Van Ostern, Democratic nominee for Governor. “I’ll bring that fiscal responsibility to the Governor’s office and I’ll cut inefficient spending, get rid of red tape, and use innovative solutions to save money with no broad-base income or sales tax. And I’ll invest those savings in our future, creating clean energy jobs, protecting affordable healthcare, strengthening our workforce, and ensuring our children can go to college without being crushed by debt.”

Colin offered five examples of ways New Hampshire can modernize state government functions, cut red tape, cut inefficient spending, and improve customer service – with no sales tax and no income tax:

  1. Move more business creation services online so business owners don’t need to be forced to stand in line – often in Concord – to obtain state business certificates, trade names, trademarks, or other professional licenses and certifications.
  2.  Digitize and streamline the state contracting process for routine contracts. Allow small businesses and nonprofits to work more efficiently with the state by moving to digital contracting options and avoiding redundant filings.
  3. Expand digital payments to replace more snail-mail check processing  and mailed communications. The state currently spends millions of dollars on snail-mail check processing and other printed and mailed communication that can be saved by moving to digital payments and electronic communications as the default mode of correspondence, where allowed by law.
  4. Incentive state agencies and employees to find new efficiency and savings. New Hampshire can modernize existing employee incentive programs so that employees and agencies who identify cost-savings can keep a small portion of the savings, with the balance of cost savings returned to the general fund or taxpayers.
  5. End the cap on solar & renewable energy development. Right now the state has a cap on the number of solar panels we can have in New Hampshire. As Governor, Colin will work to eliminate that cap holding back private investment in renewable energy and move to a sustainable model that is fair to all consumers.

To learn more about Colin’s plans to grow New Hampshire’s economy, visit:

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