LETTER: Combat Veterans Are Furious Because Scott Brown Is Disingenuous About Afghanistan Service

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Boston, MA—As Scott Brown launches a “Veterans for Brown” group, Massachusetts veterans are reaching out to New Hampshire veterans to inform them that Brown continues to exaggerate and misrepresent his “service” in Afghanistan.  Since Brown declared that he “served in Afghanistan” while debating Elizabeth Warren in 2012, the truth has come out regarding Brown’s actual military record—that he never served in combat in Afghanistan, as his statement suggests.

“Scott Brown’s shameless self-promotion of his ‘service’ overseas is offensive to veterans everywhere. He alleges that he served in combat, but the truth is, he avoided it entirely,” said Bill Dooling. “Scott Brown only requested to perform his two week National Guard training in Afghanistan so he could use it to score political points to help his campaign. In reality, Brown’s trip to Afghanistan was nothing more than a publicity stunt – that’s why he leaked it to the press himself. It’s an insult to combat veterans that Brown keeps trying to paint himself with the same brush and uses his alleged ‘service’ in the way he has.”

“There is nothing that Scott Brown won’t do or say for Scott Brown—even if it means passing off his ‘service in Afghanistan’ as something that it most definitely was not,” said John Hurley. “Brown could not have been more ostentatious the way he turned a normal two-week training period into a complete media circus. He simply did not serve in combat, and the way he explains his service is meant to mislead voters and veterans. Even the Boston Globe editorialized against Brown, saying he was wrong to state that he ‘served in Afghanistan.’ It makes me sick.”

“I don’t know a single non-combat veteran who would try and pass himself off as a combat vet the way that Scott Brown does on a regular basis,” said Doug Clifford. “The guy requested to go to Afghanistan for training—which is highly irregular. Then he leaked it to the press. He’s made a mockery of the seriousness of entering a combat zone so that he could gain a political advantage in Massachusetts. He needs to be called out, so that New Hampshire veterans know exactly who they are dealing with if they choose to support Scott Brown.”

Signed,

Bill Dooling Vietnam Veteran ( Pleiku,1968-69) 1Lt. US Army (Ret)

Doug Clifford, Sgt. U.S. Air Force, Vietnam service, September, 1968 – September, 1969

John Hurley, 1LT, U.S. Army, Vietnam veteran (Mekong Delta, 1967-1968)

The NH State Employee’s Association (SEIU 1984) Announce The Endorsement Of Jennifer Daler For NH Executive Council District 5

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Jennifer DalerThe SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors announced its endorsement of Jennifer Daler in the race for the open Executive Council seat in District 5. Daler lives in Temple and is running to represent Executive Council District 5, which includes 33 communities, extending along the state’s southern border, from Richmond and Swanzey in the west to Nashua and Hudson in the east, and as far north as Hillsborough and Dunbarton.  The Executive Council seat opened up when Debora Pignatelli announced she would not be seeking re-election.

After interviewing and reviewing records of the candidates, the organization’s Political Education Committee selected Daler, a former state representative, as the candidate who will best represent the district’s constituents and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members.  Originally elected to the state House of Representatives in 2006, Daler’s special election win in 2011 became a pivotal point in helping turn the tide against the attacks on working families of the Bill O’Brien-led legislature.

“We believe Jen’s experience in the House will serve her well on the Executive Council, as she understands the value of civility and the importance of working together,” said Ken Roos, chair of the committee. “In addition, we know she is committed to making the best use of our tax dollars and keeping our economy moving in the right direction.”

While serving in the House, Daler worked hard for our most vulnerable citizens, serving on the Health and Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee.  Daler fought for working people across the state by voting against the right to work for less bill, which drives wages and benefits lower for those families that work hard and struggle to keep their homes.

“In 2011, at a critical time for our state, Jen prevailed in a tough House district despite facing crushing attacks for her stand against right to work for less,” Roos said. “She’s not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, and we’re confident she’ll always put our families ahead of partisan politics.”

The five-member Executive Council is a critical body for SEA members and their families.  The council votes on all state expenditures over $10,000, approves all appointments of civil commissions, judges and commissioners and directors in state government. Each council district represents around 250,000 voters and is elected every two years.

Committee members said Daler is the candidate that best represents the organization’s electoral vision for the state – the Granite Strong Vision. This vision is comprised of ten points SEA/SEIU 1984 has identified as essential for the success of the state’s working families. The points are:

  • Good full-time jobs
  • Robust small and large business environment
  • Quality, affordable and accessible health care
  • Quality, affordable public education from early childhood through post-secondary
  • Clean air and water
  • Public safety
  • Strong infrastructure
  • Strong consumer protections
  • Worker rights and protections
  • Strong safety net for our most vulnerable

Senator Shaheen’s New Ad BURDEN: Fighting For Student Loan Refinancing

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New TV Ad: Jeanne Shaheen Is Fighting Rising College Costs, Working To Make A Difference For New Hampshire Students And Their Parents

Manchester, NH – A new television ad from Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign highlights how Shaheen is working to lower college costs for New Hampshire students and their parents by giving them the freedom to refinance their college loans, just like they can with a home mortgage or car loan.  The ad, running 30 seconds, began airing Sunday on televisions stations in New Hampshire.

“Jeanne Shaheen has deep roots in New Hampshire. She raised her family here and her record proves she shares our values. She understands the importance of education to our kids and their future,” said Campaign Manager Mike Vlacich.  “That’s why as Governor she expanded public kindergarten and created a tax free tuition savings program, and why as Senator she’s introduced new legislation to lower the cost of college loans.  New Hampshire comes first for Jeanne Shaheen and always has.”

In the Senate, Jeanne Shaheen was an original cosponsor of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinance Act that would allow students in New Hampshire and across the country to refinance their loans at lower interest rates.  While the legislation was blocked by congressional gridlock and a Republican filibuster, it would have helped 25 million borrowers across the country save thousands of dollars on their loan payments.  Individuals with older loans at higher interest rates would be able to refinance at rates below 4 percent.

New Hampshire college graduates leave school with $33,000 in student loan debt on average.  It is the second highest rate of debt in the country.  Over half of the more than 200,000 Granite Staters with federally backed student loans would benefit from Senator Shaheen’s legislation.

Independent economists point to the relatively low share of first-time home buyers in today’s market compared with historical levels as a result of increasing levels of student loan debt.  Graduates with high monthly student loan payments are less likely to qualify for a mortgage or have been able to save money for a down payment on a home.

“New Hampshire students leave college on average with $33,000 in debt. It can slow them down for years. But right now, our students can’t refinance their loans the way you can refinance a car loan or a mortgage,” says Senator Shaheen in the new television ad.  “I want to change that.  I am fighting for a bill to allow students to refinance their loans. It will lower rates and save families thousands of dollars.”

Watch the new television ad here http://jeanneshaheen.org/burden

With Scott Brown Struggling, Big Oil is Buying Even More Desperate, Dishonest Attacks

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Manchester – While Scott Brown hides in the bathroom to avoid questions about women’s access to health care, Big Oil is again attacking New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen, this time with more than $600,000 in new desperate and dishonest attack ads aimed at getting Brown back in the Senate to vote for Big Oil, not New Hampshire. This attack from Americans for Prosperity, funded by the Big Oil Koch Brothers, brings the total spending by outside groups supporting Brown’s flailing campaign to more than $3.4 million, more twice what’s been spent by Democratic groups.

“With Scott Brown hiding in the bathroom and his campaign struggling, Big Oil is spending big bucks because they want Brown back in the Senate, voting them billions in tax breaks.  That’s what he did when he was the Senator from Massachusetts.  Oil companies even gave Brown tens of thousands of dollars right after he voted to protect their special tax breaks,” said Shaheen for Senate Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.

“Scott Brown and the Big Oil Koch Brothers backing his campaign want to refight the heath care battles of the past,” continued Kirstein.  “They would repeal the Affordable Care Act but have no plan to replace it, taking access to affordable health insurance away from nearly 100,000 Granite Staters and returning us to the days when insurance companies could drop people when they got sick, let employers deny women coverage for contraception, or people with pre-existing conditions could be denied insurance.”

New Hampshire doesn’t want to go back to a broken system.  Jeanne Shaheen is working to improve the law by expanding the small business tax credit and increasing competition with new insurers on the Marketplace next year.

Fact Check: More Dishonest Attacks From Scott Brown’s Big Oil Backers

AFP Misleads On New Hampshire Hospitals: After Just Its First Year, New Hampshires’s ACA Marketplace Will See More Choices & Competition, With An Additional 4 Providers Entering The 2015 Marketplace

  • NH Insurance Commissioner: In 2015, Granite Staters “Will Have Five Insurance Companies To Choose From, As Well As A Variety Of Plans And Networks. It’s All About Choice – Choice Of Carriers, Choice Of Plans, And Choice Of Provider Networks. Choice Is Good For Consumers And Good For Competition.” [NH Department Of Insurance Release, 6/2/14]
  • Five Insurers Will Participate In The New Hampshire Marketplace In 2015, Providing Consumers With “More Choices” And “Potentially Lower Prices.” [Business Insider, 6/4/14]
  • Increased Competition Through More Provider Participation Will Lead To Lower Prices In The NH Marketplace.  [Business Insider, 6/4/14]

New ACA Providers In New Hampshire Will Offer Even More Choices, Offer Broader Hospital Networks

  • One New NH Provider Had Already Signed Agreement With At Least One Hospital Not Currently In Anthem’s Network, Same Hospital Was In Negotiations With Another New Provider. [New Hampshire Union Leader, 3/25/14]
  • Headline: Minuteman Health plans to offer broad N.H. network on marketplace in 2015 [Concord Monitor, 3/20/14]
  • Harvard Pilgrim Planned To Allow Any NH Hospital To Join Its Network. [New Hampshire Business Review, 12/27/13]

AFP Ignores The The Fact That The ACA Has Slowed The Growth Of Healthcare Costs For The First Time In Decades…

  • Report Showed Healthcare Spending Grew At Slowest Rate Ever Under The ACA. [The Hill, Healthwatch, 11/20/13]
  • Healthcare Costs Fell For First Time In Nearly 4 Decades.
    [Wall Street Journal, Real Time Economics, 6/18/13]
  • PolitiFact: The Period Since 2009 Has Experienced “The Smallest [Healthcare Premium] Rate Increases Of The Last 14 Years. [PolitiFact, 3/20/14]

…And The Fact That The ACA Has Meant Healthcare Coverage For Nearly 100k Granite Staters…

  • More Than 40,000 Granite Staters Have Secured Healthcare Through the ACA In New Hampshire.” [Valley News, 5/01/14]
  • NH’s Bipartisan Medicaid Expansion Meant An Estimated 50,000 Granite Staters Would Be Able To Obtain Health Care Through Private Insurers.  [New Hampshire Union Leader, 3/27/14]

…And That It Is Helping Granite Staters Save Money On Care & Ensuring That Those With A Preexisting Condition Cannot Be Denied Coverage

  • Nearly 600k Granite Staters, Including Nearly 70k Children, With A Preexisting Condition Will No Longer Face Increased Premiums Or Denial Of Coverage. [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]
  • 12,400 NH Medicare Recipients Had Saved Over $8m On Prescription Drugs Because Of The ACA.  [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]
  • Over 150k Granite State Medicare Enrollees Received Free Preventive Health Services.  [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]
  • Over 250k Women In NH Gained Access To Women’s Preventative Health Services Without Cost-Sharing Because Of The ACA. [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]

Here’s What Independent Fact Checkers Are Saying About AFP Ads

  • PolitiFact: Americans For Prosperity Has Received 0 “True” Or “Mostly True” Ratings. [PolitiFact, Accessed 7/17/14]
  • FactCheck.org On An Anti-Obamacare Americans For Prosperity Ad: “Don’t Expect Honest Answers From A Partisan Anti-Obamacare Campaign.” [FactCheck.org, 7/11/13]
  • Factcheck: Americans For Prosperity’s Attack Ad “Doesn’t Tell The Whole Story, And Viewers Who Don’t Seek More Information Could Be Misled.” [WRAL, 11/22/13]
  • New York Times Editorial: AFP Ad On Canceled Insurance Policies “Full Of Distortions And Lies.”  [New York Times, Editorial, 1/25/14]

AFP Ignores That SB 711 Did Not Lead To Price Increases And The Fact That Healthcare Market Consolidation Was Happening Across The Country

  • SB 711 Reforms Did Not Lead To Market Wide Price Increases. [Second Generation Small Group Health Insurance Market Reforms, 1993 to 1997, “Inquiry” Vol. 38, Winter 2001-2002, Rand Corporation]
  • Market Consolidation Was Happening Across The Country In The 90s Regardless Of Rating Restrictions. In the 1990s, states across the country, including those that adopted rating bands – which are considered less restrictive than community ratings – and states that did not adopt any restrictions on rates, have seen a drop in the number of health insurance companies offering small group coverage. For example, the number of small group carriers dropped from 92 in 1997 to 52 in 2002 in Tennessee; from 78 to 45 in Wisconsin; from 41 to 26 in South Carolina; from 32 in 1996 to 12 in 2002 in Wyoming; and from 42 in 2000 to 31 in 2002 in Nevada. Tennessee, South Carolina, Nevada and Wyoming adopted the National Association of State Insurance Commissioner’s recommended rating bands, considered the least restrictive of premium rating requirements. [Competition in Health Insurance: A Comprehensive Study of Markets, American Medical Society, November 2001; Tennessee Department of Insurance, July 2002; Wisconsin Department of Insurance, July 2002; South Carolina Department of Insurance, July 2002; Wyoming Department of Insurance, July 2002; Nevada Department of Insurance, July 2002]

Kuster Helps Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Reform Campaign Finance System

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Democracy for All Amendment would restore state and federal authority to limit money in political campaigns

Ann kuster head shot LGWASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), has helped introduce a constitutional amendment that would reform the campaign finance system by giving Congress and state governments the right to pass legislation to limit the influence of money in federal elections. H. J. Res. 119, the Democracy for All Amendment, would largely overturn the controversial Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC., which ruled that corporations and Super PACs can spend unlimited amounts of money to benefit political campaigns.

“The Citizens United and McCutcheon Supreme court decisions made a bad situation much worse by opening the floodgates for even more outside spending and undue influence on our elections,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “For our democratic government to be truly accountable and responsive to the American people, we must reform our electoral system so that every American can play an active and equal role in our elections. This amendment will go a long way towards restoring the voices of everyday people in our democracy.”

“I additionally urge Congress to pass the Government by the People Act, which would help return the power to the people by implementing a number of initiatives to boost the voices of small, grassroots donors. Together, this bill and the Democracy for All Amendment would help return us to the days when individuals, not corporations, had the greatest sway over our election results,” Kuster continued.

The Democracy for All Amendment is the House companion to S. J. Res. 19, an amendment that passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 10, 2014, and is scheduled for a vote in the U.S. Senate later this year.

In January, 2014, Congresswoman Kuster helped introduce the Government by the People Act, legislation that would amplify the voices of individuals by creating a number of public financing alternatives for grassroots donors and candidates. As part of her commitment to curbing special interests in the electoral system, Congresswoman Kuster also hosted a roundtable earlier this year with Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-03) and other stakeholders to discuss the importance of campaign finance reform.

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NH’s Largest Public Labor Union Endorses Dan Feltes for State Senate

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SEIU 1984 LogoConcord – The SEA/ SEIU Local 1984 Executive Board endorsed Dan Feltes (Democrat/Concord) for the New Hampshire State Senate.  Feltes is running for the District 15 seat that has been held by long-time Senator Sylvia Larsen who announced her retirement earlier this year.

Late last month, Feltes met with the union’s Political Education Committee where he clearly described his reason for running and his vision for a state legislature that is responsive to the needs of the hard working men and women in his district.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members were impressed by Feltes’ commitment to moving all working families forward in New Hampshire.  “Dan’s passion and selfless dedication to helping others is demonstrated by his work with New Hampshire Legal Assistance,” said Ken Roos 1st Vice President of the labor union and chair of the Political Education committee.   “We appreciate his work ethic and we are confident he will bring progressive ideas to ongoing challenges facing so many families across the state.”

The labor organization’s leaders also believe Feltes is postured to be a positive contributing member of the NH Senate because of his work to help bring the reality of affordable housing to workers who are struggling to make their paychecks stretch from month to month.  Diana Lacey, President said “Dan Feltes is prepared to lead beginning day one in the senate and will work each and every day to make a real difference for New Hampshire.”  Lacey also cited Feltes’ history of working well with members of both political parties to get things done.

His support for early education, expanding opportunities for working families to do more than just keep their head above water, and his commitment to face every challenge with the energy and intensity to actually fix problems rather than kick the can down the road, make Dan Feltes the right candidate in both the primary and general election.  “Through our lengthy conversation with Feltes,” said Roos, “it was crystal clear to us that he sees there is much more work to do and we believe Dan Feltes is the best candidate to represent the voters in Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner.

With the need to find solutions to state infrastructure deficiencies, the next election will present voters with critical decisions to either move forward or continue pushing off problems until they become more expensive and unfixable.  With today’s endorsement of Dan Feltes, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is saying fix the problems today.

About The State Employees’ Association/ SEIU Local 1984

The State Employees’ Association of New Hampshire represents about 11,500 public and private-sector employees across the Granite State.  First formed in 1940 as a social organization, the SEA won passage of New Hampshire’s Public Employee Labor Relations Law in 1975.  Since then, the union has negotiated hundreds of contracts with state, county, municipal and private-sector employers.  The SEA affiliated with the Service Employees’ International Union in 1984.  With 2.1 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas.

Over 100 Veterans Come Out To Endorse Sen. Shaheen

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More Than 100 New Hampshire Veterans Endorse Jeanne Shaheen As She Calls For Passage Of Bipartisan Veterans’ Access to Care Act

CONCORD — Today, more than 100 New Hampshire Veterans, both Democrats and Republicans, came together to endorse New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s re-election and discuss the difference she makes for veterans here, as she calls for passage of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act.  Language Senator Shaheen had included in the legislation would allow veterans in New Hampshire – because it doesn’t have a full service VA hospital – to receive healthcare services from certain non-VA medical facilities if they live more than twenty miles from a full service VA provider.

“The first bill I introduced when I was elected to represent New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate was the Veterans Health Equity Act.  It had bipartisan support and would require the VA to open a full-service medical center in New Hampshire or provide New Hampshire’s veterans with an equivalent level of health services,” said Jeanne Shaheen.  “We have continued that fight and I am proud that the bipartisan Sanders-McCain bill the Senate passed last month included language to provide New Hampshire veterans greater access to health care.”

The veterans endorsing Senator Shaheen will be leading outreach to fellow New Hampshire veterans and military families between now and November, talking to them about how Jeanne Shaheen makes a difference for Granite State veterans, and also about what is at stake in this election.

“Our nation owes a deep debt to all service men and women who have answered the call of duty and served our country in uniform, and I am deeply honored to have the support of so many New Hampshire veterans,” said Shaheen.

“I fully support the re-election of Senator Jeanne Shaheen, our former governor, who I was privileged to work under when I was on the State Board of Education, and who has been a great U.S. Senator to date,” said Jim Steiner of Concord, Captain, US Army Special Forces and a registered Republican.  “It is time for voters to stop worrying about the party label and focus on actual leadership we see demonstrated.  Senator Shaheen thank you so much.”

“When one of our residents at the New Hampshire Veterans Home approached me about Senator Shaheen and he said ‘you know, Mr. Conway I really like her, she’s the real deal’ – I’ll never forget that.  I am happy to endorse the real deal for New Hampshire veterans, Senator Shaheen,” said Barry Conway of Hampton, Airman First Class, US Air Force, Commandant New Hampshire Veterans Home and Chair Emeritus State Veterans Advisory Committee.

“What impresses me most about Senator Shaheen is that because of her history here in New Hampshire, she knows who to reach out to in the state to get the New Hampshire position, the people’s position.  So when she goes back to Washington she’s properly representing us because she knows us,” said Gail Prince of Bedford, Colonel, US Air Force, and former Commander of the Sweeney Post in Manchester.

“This is my very first time standing up at a political event and saying I’m going to be behind somebody. I spent a career making sure no one could paint me with a brush, but it is time to come out and take a stance because what is going on here is too important.  We need Senator Shaheen,” said Ken Clark of Stratham, Major General, US Air Force (Ret.), and Former Adjutant General of the New Hampshire National Guard

From a family with a strong tradition of military service, Jeanne Shaheen is a tireless advocate for keeping our commitment to veterans. She has introduced legislation to encourage companies to hire vets and supported 2011 legislation that provided tax credits to businesses that hired unemployed veterans.  She broke through years of red tape to get veterans clinics and health centers in Manchester, Keene, Berlin, and Colebrook.

Earlier this spring, the Shaheen campaign released a 30 second television ad entitled ‘Open’ featuring Vietnam Veteran Dwight Clark who worked with Shaheen to cut 30 years of red tape and bring a new Veterans Clinic to Keene.  Click here to see the ad.

The full list of the more than one hundred veterans endorsing Senator Shaheen is below.

Ken Clark of Stratham, Major General, US Air Force (Ret.), Former Adjutant General of the New Hampshire National Guard

Jim Smith of Salem, Brigadier General, US Air Force (Ret.), former U.S. Ambassador

Jim Steiner of Concord, Captain, US Army Special Forces

Barry Conway of Hampton, Airman First Class, US Air Force , Commandant New Hampshire State Veterans Home, Chair Emeritus State Veterans Advisory Committee

Ned Helms of Concord, Infantry Lieutenant, US Army

Wayne Alterisio of Manchester, Specialist, US Army

Paul Martineau of Manchester, Captain, US Army

Gail Prince of Bedford, Colonel, US Air Force (Ret.)

Dwight Clark of Keene, Staff Sergeant, US Air Force

Billy Shaheen of Madbury, Captain, US Army

Bob Hannan of Dover, Captain, US Air Force

Jack Scarborough of Plymouth, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.)

Val Scarborough of Plymouth, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.)

Terry Shumaker of Concord, Captain US Army, former US Ambassador

Pat Duffy of Manchester, Colonel, US Air Force (Ret.)

Bill Hatch of Gorham, Staff Sergeant (Medic), US Air Force

Judy Atwood Bell of Hudson, Sergeant First Class, US Army

Bill Duncan of New Castle, Lieutenant, US Navy

Mike Lopez of Manchester, Master Sergeant, US Army

Scott Baetz of Windham, USMC

Dave Bamford of Dover, US Army

Michael Bannan of Bristol, US Air Force

Thomas Barry of Nashua, US Army

Francis Bartula of Manchester, US Navy

Joe Bellabona of Lee, US Air Force

Ryan Bellabona of Madbury, US Air Force

Joseph Bennett of Manchester, US Army

Rene Bisson of Berlin, US Army

Roger Bleau of Manchester, US Army

Alfred Bouchard of Nashua, US Army

Janice Bouchard of Nashua, US Air Force

Jerry Burt of Plainfield, US Army

Patricia Bushway of Hampton, US Army

Bill Caldwell of Dover, USMC

Peter Casey of Gilmanton, US Army

William Cashin of Manchester, US Army

Skip Clark of Portsmouth, US Army

Pat Clark of Tilton, USMC

Lou D’Allesandro of Manchester, USMC Reserve

Jay Dean of Dover, US Air Force

Josh Denton of Portsmouth, US Army

Jerry DiGrezio of Dover, US Army

Raymond Dionne of Hudson, US Navy

Len Disesa of Dover, US Army

Roland Dubois of Rochester, US Navy

John Dunn of Hollis, US Navy

Nancy Ehrig of Lancaster, US Army

Karen Fesler of Bath, US Navy

George Fleming of Barrington, USMC

Rene Flurey of Manchester, USMC

Louis Foskin of Manchester, US Air Force

Richard Goulet of Goffstown, US Air Force

Paul Hackel of Nashua, US Army

Lou Henry of Gilmanton, US Army

Arthur Hilson of Portsmouth, US Air Force

Roland Hofemann of Dover, US Air Force

Elroy Hume of Somersworth, US Army

Lionel Ingram of Exeter, US Army

Sherwood Jackson of Stoddard, US Army

Nicholas Kalipolites of Manchester, US Navy

Harvey Keye of Nashua, US Army

Merton King of Hooksett, US Army

Burton Knight of Amherst, US Air Force

Charles Kokkinos of Manchester, US Army

Dennis Kounas of Candia, US Air Force

Antonia Laflamme of Littleton, US Army

Raymond Lakeman of Gilford, US Navy

Linda Lauer of Bath, US Navy

Robert LeBlanc of Meredith, USMC

Irving Legeti of Lebanon, US Air Force

Doug Micklon of Salem, US Navy

Gordon Miller of Orford, US Air Force

Terence O’Rourke of Alton, US Army

Gerald Olsen of Nashua, US Army

Bertrand Ouellette of Auburn, US Air Force

Norman Page of Derry, US Army

Frank Pizzutillo of Manchester, US Army

Joe Plaia of Portsmouth, USMC

Paul Proulx of Manchester, US Air Force

Dan Proulx of Nashua, USMC

Leonard Pufahl of Portsmouth, US Air Force

Ken Putney of Derry, US Navy

Richard Querze of Manchester, US Air Force

Gerald Reilly of Manchester, US Army

Denis Roy of Milan, US Army National Guard

Kevin Rutledge of New Ispwich, US Navy

Louis Ryan of Middleton, US Army

Joel Saren of East Hampstead, USMC

Lonn Sattler of Barrington, US Navy

Dan Shaheen of Dover, US Army Reserve

Steve Shurtleff of Penacook, US Army

Tim Siekmann of Londonderry, USMC

Lincoln Soldati of Exeter, US Army

Stan Soloman of Albany, US Army

Pete Stearns of Amherst, US Army (Ret.)

Norman Talbot of Rochester, USMC

David Taylor of Derry, US Army

Eugene Tillock of Durham, US Army

Andrew Tuttle of Bridgewater, US Army

Gareth Vincent of Hudson, Army of the United States

William Watts of Manchester, US Army

Lon Weston of Bethlehem, US Army

Bradford Whipple of Sugar Hill, US Air Force

Jeanne Shaheen Is Making A Difference For New Hampshire Women

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“Women deserve the right to make decisions about their health care.  These decisions should not be made by an employer, they shouldn’t be made by the government – they should be made by women.”
– Senator Jeanne Shaheen

For more than two decades, Jeanne Shaheen has worked to make a difference for women in New Hampshire.  She stands up for what she believes in, like equal pay for equal work and a woman’s right to make health care decisions independent of her employer or the government.

Jeanne is the first and only woman in the country elected to serve as both a Governor and U.S. Senator.

As our Governor, Jeanne Shaheen signed bipartisan legislation to protect women’s access to basic preventive health care.  In the Senate, Shaheen won bipartisan passage of the “Shaheen Amendment” to provide health care coverage for abortion to women in the military who are victims of rape, cosponsored and was a leader in reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, and fought to protect funding for Planned Parenthood including access to birth control and cancer screenings.

ADVOCATING FOR WORKING WOMEN AND FAMILIES

Jeanne co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a historic step toward workplace equality for women and signed pay equity legislation into law as Governor.  She has championed the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.  Existing pay inequities mean a woman and her family can lose more than $400,000 over the course of her career.  That is money that doesn’t go toward her owning a home, helping her children afford a college education, or providing economic security for her retirement.

Continuing on her work as Governor, Jeanne Shaheen is fighting to make childcare more affordable for working mothers.  In 1998, she established the Governor’s Business Commission on Child Care and Early Education.  In the Senate, she introduced the Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act to increase the amount of eligible child care expenses used to calculate the tax credit that helps make child care more affordable.

Jeanne Shaheen understands the economic challenges New Hampshire families face as they struggle with the rising cost of childcare.  It can cost a New Hampshire family more than $11,000 per year for infant and toddler care.

PROTECTING WOMEN’S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

For more than two decades, Jeanne Shaheen has been fighting to expand affordable access to health services for New Hampshire women.  As New Hampshire’s Governor, she signed into law bipartisan legislation requiring insurance coverage for contraceptive services.  In the Senate, she has been an outspoken advocate for women’s reproductive rights and expanded access to basic contraception and family planning care with no out of pocket costs to 253,000 women in New Hampshire.

When the Executive Council waged a war on women’s access to health care, Jeanne Shaheen fought back. She urged the federal Health and Human Services Department to provide a direct federal contract with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to restore these critical health services.

Jeanne Shaheen makes a difference for the more than 17,000 women in New Hampshire who count on Planned Parenthood for affordable access to basic health services like breast exams, birth control, and cancer screenings.

Jeanne Shaheen’s leadership gained passage of history-making legislation, known as the Shaheen Amendment. It ended more than 30 years of unequal treatment of women in the military and provides health insurance coverage for abortion for women serving in the military who are victims of rape or incest.

SUPPORTING WOMEN SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

As a former owner and manager of small business, a governor, and a mother, Jeanne Shaheen knows the challenges New Hampshire’s small business owners face in balancing their budgets and meeting payroll.  This is why she is working hard to support women who own and operate New Hampshire small businesses.

Small business make up for more than 96% of all New Hampshire employers, and more than 25% of them are owned by women.  As member of the Senate Small Business Committee, Jeanne Shaheen authored bipartisan legislation so women owned small businesses would have a fair shot at federal contracts.  And she worked with the Small Business Administration to open the Center for Women’s Business Advancement at Southern New Hampshire University to help women in business.

A SENATOR NEW HAMPSHIRE WOMEN CAN COUNT ON

In Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire women have a Senator they can trust to fight for equal pay, champion the Violence Against Women Act, and protect their access to critical health services like preventive care and mammograms.  Her commonsense leadership makes a difference for Granite State women.

WMUR/UNH Poll Shows Shaheen’s Net Favorability And Lead Have Doubled

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Shaheen Lead Grows To 12, Favorability Go +28

Public Poll Shows Brown Losing Ground, Still Deeply Unpopular, and His Campaign Struggling 

Manchester — The latest WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll shows Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s lead has doubled from six to 12 points over Scott Brown and her favorability is up to 57%, while millions in ad spending on his behalf have left Brown in a weaker position than when he started the race. Brown’s unfavorability is at 40%, 9 points higher than his favorability.

Jeanne Shaheen’s strong favorable rating in tonight’s WMUR/UNH poll is proof that Granite Staters trust Jeanne Shaheen and know that she puts New Hampshire first and works hard to make a difference for people here.  Senator Shaheen is popular with voters, 57% of whom have a favorable opinion of the job she is doing, and her net favorable rating is a strong 28 points. She leads all of her potential Republican challengers – each of whom is deeply unpopular with New Hampshire voters – by double digits, and receives at least 50% support in every match-up.

“This poll shows what Granite Staters know: Jeanne Shaheen puts New Hampshire first and her common sense leadership makes a difference for people here. She’s got deep roots in New Hampshire, raised her family here and her record proves she shares our values,” said campaign manager Mike Vlacich.

Big Oil and Republican special interests have outspent Democratic groups to attack Jeanne Shaheen, and Scott Brown has spent big on his own positive advertising.  But Scott Brown is losing by a larger margin and is less popular now than he was when he got in the race. The poll also shows Bob Smith right at Brown’s heels. Since the last WMUR/UNH poll Republican groups have spent nearly a million dollars on dishonest and negative attacks against New Hampshire’s Senator, Jeanne Shaheen.

“The Big Oil Koch Brothers are desperate to get Scott Brown back into the Senate to protect their interests, not New Hampshire’s,” continued Vlacich.  “But what they are finding out is that New Hampshire is not for sale.  We are committed to running the type of grassroots people-powered campaign that New Hampshire deserves, and correcting every one of Big Oil’s dishonest attacks.”

The Party Of “NO” Continues With Dan Innis

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It is becoming increasingly clear that the New Hampshire Republican Party is lost. They keep recycling the same broken rhetoric and failed policies.

Take, for example, Dan Innis who spoke to the Union Leader this week.

In an effort to distance himself from his opponents, mainly former Congressman Frank Guinta, he touted his business experience and the fact that he has never run for office before.

“People I know and respect have told me this is a good thing for me to do because of my background and experience, and the fact that I haven’t been a politician,” Innis said.

I respect the outsider approach, but if you have no experience in politics why would anyone support you? Would you hire a plumber who has never sweat pipes, or vented a sewer line? I think a business owner would know that.

Innis believes his success as a business owner and administrator of a large institution would play well in the general election.”

Secondly, I am of the opinion that running a profitable business does not make someone a good person to lead government. The government is not a business; government agencies are not trying to make a profit. The function of government is to provide services to the community – not to return a profit to stockholders. Government helps people; it provides roads and bridges to facilitate commerce; it ensures public safety; it protects the environment, which protects our children and our tourism industries. Government doesn’t make widgets, and it’s not supposed to be a profit-making enterprise.

Other than those two things, Dan Innis is just like CREW’s most corrupt politician, Frank Guinta.

“His positions on issues like Obamacare, the economy, deficits, taxes, regulation and immigration are consistent with the Republican Party platform. He would vote to repeal Obamacare, cut taxes, reduce regulation, and bar any path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.”

The party of “No” continues:

  • No on Obamacare (even though it is working, and saving people lots of money)
  • No roadmap to citizenship (sorry, you 11,000,000 people: your decades of waiting were for nothing, we hope your employers don’t mind)
  • No new taxes, aka “cut taxes” (its ok, those poor kids don’t need to eat)
  • Cut regulations (so my friends the Koch brothers can pollute as much as they want – then we can be just like China)

Reading his statements makes me believe that Innis is in favor of the “Sequester,” because it forced Congress to take the “hard votes.”

“I like the idea of a five- to 10-year plan that sits on top of the annual budget process and forces Congress’ hand. Congress would have to hit the targets that are laid out.”

The blueprint would function much like the so-called “sequestration” that led to the fiscal cliff budget cuts. “Sequestration was a way that Congress could hide and not take hard votes on the cuts,” he said.

So far it looks like the NH GOP is offering up

Neither of these choices look at all appealing.