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Pack A Union Card? Beware The Trump Con Job

By BERRY CRAIG
AFT Local 1360

Start by taking this three question quiz


1. Who of the following presidential candidates supports “right to work?”

A. presidential candidate Donald Trump

B. newly ex-presidential candidate Ted Cruz

C. both


2. Who said, We hear terrible things about outsourcing jobs—how sending work outside of our companies is contributing to the demise of American businesses. But in this instance I have to take the unpopular stance that it is not always a terrible thing.”

A. Donald Trump

B. Ted Cruz


3. True or false, Donald Trump said, “But I think having a low minimum wage is not a bad thing for this country.”


Jeff Wiggins

Jeff Wiggins

Steelworker Jeff Wiggins of Reidland, Ky., knows the answers are “C” for question 1, “A,” for 2 and “true” for 3.

“Donald Trump is a liar and a con artist,” said Wiggins, president of United Steelworkers of America Local 9447 in Calvert City and president of the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council. “He’ll say anything to get elected, but he is no friend of organized labor.”

Cruz, a tea party-tilting Texas Republican senator, is so blatantly anti-labor that his presidential bid had almost zero support among union members. Bilionaire tycoon Trump is trying to sucker union members into voting for him by demonizing outsourcing, a business practice that unions vehemently oppose.

It looks like a lot of Americans who pack union cards also see Trump for the union-busting grifter that he is. “He preaches hatred of minorities to divide us,” Wiggins said. “He’s also doing everything he can to keep workers at his hotel in Las Vegas from organizing a union.”

Like Wiggins, Mother Jones magazine is on to Trump’s shell game. Before he became a politician, Trump defended oustourcing, the magazine recently pointed out.

Writer Russ Choma quoted a Trump blog from 2005. MJ even provided a screen shot of the blog, which includes the quote in question 2.

“Losing jobs is never a good thing, but we have to look at the bigger picture,” Trump posted.

“Last year, Nobel Prize-winning economist Dr. Lawrence R. Klein, the founder of Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates, co-authored a study that showed how global outsourcing actually creates more jobs and increases wages, at least for IT workers. The study found that outsourcing helped companies be more competitive and more productive. That means they make more money, which means they funnel more into the economy, thereby, creating more jobs.”

Trump also parroted the corporate spin that outsourcing was often necessary for a company to survive or thrive, Wren wrote.

“I know that doesn’t make it any easier for people whose jobs have been outsourced overseas, but if a company’s only means of survival is by farming jobs outside its walls, then sometimes it’s a necessary step,” Trump blogged. “The other option might be to close its doors for good.”

Choma noted out that 11 years ago, “there was no fist-pounding about corporations that sent jobs overseas and the politicians who did nothing about it. By the way, at that time, Trump was selling ties and clothing under his Trump Collection line that were manufactured overseas.

“These days, Trump routinely rails against companies that ship jobs to other countries. He says he will no longer buy Carrier equipment or eat Nabisco’s Oreos. And he has blasted Apple for manufacturing its products in China. When did he change his tune on outsourcing? The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.”

Trump put Carrier Corp., front and center in his victorious Hoosier State presidential primary campaign. He never missed a chance to castigate the company for announcing that by next year it would outsource 1,400 jobs from its Indianapolis plant to a Mexican factory, leaving behind only 200 non-union research and development positions, Adam Wren wrote in Politico.

Wren covered a recent March and Rally for Good Jobs at the Indiana capitol building. The scribe reported that the gathering attracted hundreds of Carrier workers from USW Local 1999 who cheered for their presidential choice—Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running as a Democrat.

Wren waded into the crowd, interviewing a dozen workers. None of them supported Trump. All of them characterized him as a phony and they didn’t mince words.

“In all reality, I see Trump as an opportunist,” declared 57-year-old Carrier forklift driver Robert James.

Tay Walker, 52. replied with Trump-like bluntness.  “He’s full of shit,” the Steelworker said of The Donald.

“I don’t think he’s for the people,” said Ron Terry, 60, a 17-year employee in the shipping and receiving department. “He’s for his pockets.”

“He’s a loudmouthed fraud,” maintained Frank Staples, 37, who has worked at Carrier for 11 years.

Staples conceded that “a few people out there” favor Trump. But Wren wrote that by and large, the workers “see in Trump the same kind of corporate greed that led Carrier executives to outsource their own jobs.”

Staples also told Wren: “His own clothes come from China. He’s talking about American workers. There’s 1,400 people losing their jobs at Carrier. He could employ 1,000 people making his clothes. Bring his company to Indiana. Bring something that’s not going to fail to Indiana. Everything he’s ever ran has [fallen]. His airline fell. He got kicked out of his own Miss America pageant. I mean, come on. The Apprentice fell. He’s a reality star.”

Staples can’t imagine any union member wanting to vote for Trump. “You can’t have it both ways,” Wren also quoted him. “He has foreign interests himself, in China, and things of that nature. A few months ago, he made the statement that union workers make too much money. Then all of the sudden, you got an interest in Carrier?”

Staples ridiculed Trump for vowing not to buy Carrier air conditioners, pointing out that Carrier’s Indianapolis factory makes furnaces. 

Wiggins echoes Staples’ charge that Trump is a faker. “If Trump is such a patriot, loves America and cares so much about American jobs, why doesn’t he start making his clothes here instead of in communist China?”

The pro-RTW Trump, who likes a low minimum wage and  is fighting tooth-and-nail against a union at his hotel, figures to split the union vote with his new-found opposition to outsourcing. It’s the same divide-and-conquer strategy the Republicans have been using on organized labor since 1980 when Ronald Reagan trotted out the so-called social issues.

Reagan won votes in 45 percent of union households on his way to becoming the most anti-union president since Herbert Hoover.

“A union member voting for Ronald Reagan would be like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders,” said a sign in a Paducah union hall in 1980. That’s ditto for casting a ballot for The Donald.

Democracy for America Endorses Colin Van Ostern For New Hampshire Governor

Colin Van Ostern announces his run for Governor of New Hampshire in Manchester, New Hampshire on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Copyright 2015 Rob Strong

Colin Van Ostern announces his run for Governor of New Hampshire in Manchester, New Hampshire on Thursday, October 8, 2015.
Copyright 2015 Rob Strong

Progressive grassroots organization with over 17,000 members in New Hampshire announce their support of Van Ostern 

BURLINGTON, VT – This morning, Democracy for America (DFA) announced its endorsement of Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern for Governor of New Hampshire during a press conference call featuring DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain and Van Ostern.

This is DFA’s very first gubernatorial endorsement of the 2016 election cycle and the grassroots PAC’s second endorsement of Van Ostern. DFA previously supported Van Ostern in his successful 2012 race for New Hampshire’s Executive Council.

“Colin Van Ostern has the deeply rooted progressive values, the backbone of steel, and the proven track record of working with the grassroots to fight for the big, bold, populist progressive ideas that our country needs in its leaders and Granite Staters deserve in their Governor,” said Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

“With Donald Trump now the presumptive Republican nominee for president, today’s endorsement of our campaign for Governor by one of New Hampshire’s biggest grassroots progressive organizations comes at a critical time in this race,” said Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern after the announcement.

“Together we can build a stronger economy where everyone has the chance to succeed, not just those at the top,” added Van Ostern.

“I’m honored that Democracy for America will be marshaling their 18,000 New Hampshire members to stand with me in making sure we keep New Hampshire moving forward in this fall’s election for Governor,” Van Ostern concluded.  

In citing Colin’s record of progressive accomplishments, DFA praised Colin for his record of fighting to restore funding for Planned Parenthood, expand Medicaid to 50,000 Granite Staters, his advocacy for debt-free college and standing up for consumers and workers to help resolve the Fairpoint strike.

Democracy for America joins six local labor affiliates, the mayors of four of New Hampshire’s four largest cities, New Hampshire’s lone democratic member of U.S. House of Representatives, Annie Kuster, 75 state representatives and thousands of New Hampshire activists.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism.

In the 2016 cycle, DFA has already endorsed Carol Shea-Porter in her bid for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.  Previously, DFA led grassroots efforts in the Granite State to encourage Senator Warren to run for President in 2015, helped efforts to flip the State Senate to Democratic control in 2014, and supported Rep. Ann McLane Kuster’s bids for Congress in 2012 and 2010. 

Granite State Republicans Continue To Vow Support Trump Even Though It Will Cost Them The Election

Donald Trump (Image by Gage Skidmore CC FLIKR)

Donald Trump (Image by Gage Skidmore CC FLIKR)

Republicans worst nightmare has come true. Donald Trump has won their nomination for President.

Former New Hampshire Republican leaders have been warning that a Trump led ticket would be disaster for Republicans all the way down the ticket.

“Here in New Hampshire, if Donald Trump is the nominee, we will not get a Republican governor. We will lose the New Hampshire state Senate, and we could lose the New Hampshire state House… and we could lose Sen. [Kelly] Ayotte.”
Former GOP Gov. John H Sununu

“I think they’re very concerned if they’re up for reelection . . . Clearly Trump at this time is not going to carry swing states. I’m thinking of New Hampshire, for example.”
Former New Hampshire Republican Senator Judd Gregg

“If Donald Trump is the nominee, Kelly Ayotte might as well resign because it’s all over.”
Former NHGOP Chair Fergus Cullen

Even with strong warnings from former party leaders, Republican candidates are still refusing to reject Trump and his racist, fascist, misogynistic rhetoric.

Senator Kelly Ayotte says she will support Trump’s nomination by voting for him but will not endorse him. Pledging to vote for him is in the eyes of everyday voters, the same as endorsing him.

Aaron Jacobs, Communications Director from Maggie for NH blasted Ayotte in a recent statement for her vowing to vote in support of Trump.

“While Kelly Ayotte just today made her support for Donald Trump official, they’ve long been in agreement when it comes to critical issues such as their desire to defund Planned Parenthood, undermine Roe v. Wade, and obstruct the Supreme Court confirmation process. And all Granite Staters should be concerned that Ayotte has announced her support for Trump despite national security experts and members of both parties have condemned his foreign policy positions as dangerous to our country’s vital interests. The people of New Hampshire will soundly reject the Trump-Ayotte ticket in November.”

Women’s health and equal pay are on the forefront of the minds of many women voters in the Granite State. Both Ayotte and Trump oppose equal pay for women and want to nominate a Supreme Court Justice to overturn the forty-year decision of Roe v. Wade.

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National women’s rights advocacy group EMILY’s List has routinely highlighted the connections between Trump and Ayotte.

“Kelly Ayotte stepped even further away from New Hampshire women and families today with her confirmed support for Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. She chose her extreme party over the women she was elected to represent by pledging to support a nominee who has called women ‘fat pigs’ and ‘slobs’ and who spews hateful rhetoric every chance he gets,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock.

“Although really, it should come as no surprise to anyone that she’s lining up behind Donald Trump — they both share a radical agenda of wanting to defund Planned Parenthood, opposing meaningful efforts to end gender discrimination in pay, and wanting to take away women’s rights to make their own health care decisions. If New Hampshire women can’t even count on Kelly Ayotte to stand up to Donald Trump, they definitely can’t count on her to stand up for them in the Senate,” added Schriock.

It is not just Ayotte who is vowing to support Trump. Congressman Frank Guinta and Rich Ashooh, who are both vying for the GOP nomination in NH’s 1st Congressional District, have also said they will support the Republican nominee, even if it is Trump.

Ashooh recently told NH1 last month that he wouldn’t commit until Trump had the nomination. With Ted Cruz and John Kasish leaving the race, Ashooh is left with little choice.

Guinta told NHPR in March that he will support the eventual nominee. Carol Shea-Porter, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District, has already called on Frank Guinta to denounce Trump’s deeply offensive statements.

Shea-Porter additionally called on Guinta to return a personal contribution Trump made to Guinta’s re-election campaign earlier last year. Frank Guinta refused to comment to WMUR on whether he’d return the contribution.

“Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee, Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta need to admit to Granite State voters that they pledged to blindly support their nominee, including Donald Trump and his ignorant and dangerous views. We already know where Frank Guinta’s loyalties lie, as he refused to condemn Donald Trump for his hateful and divisive remarks, and he has also refused to return the campaign money he took from Trump earlier last year,” said Shea-Porter. “Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta have already said that they will commit to supporting the eventual nominee, so now Granite Staters will see whether Ashooh and Guinta will follow through on their promise to Republican voters.”

Trump Sununu Campaign SignTrump’s Presidential campaign is already having an impact on the NH Gubernatorial election.

Last month, Democrats led by New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley unveiled a new campaign sign for the Trump/Sununu ticket, highlighting their shared far-right policies of defunding Planned Parenthood, opposing Medicaid expansion and denying climate change.

“The fact is that Donald Trump’s out of touch views are shared by Chris Sununu and the whole Republican gubernatorial field,” said NHDP Chair Ray Buckley. “Some Republicans are lining up to denounce Trump because they know how devastating his selection would be for down ballot Republicans. But not Chris Sununu, who said he’ll absolutely support whoever the Republican nominee is, even if it is Trump. I guess we’re not surprised since their policies line up so well.”

With Trump at the top of the ticket this means disaster for the GOP all the way down the ticket. This means that we, as Democrats, have a strong chance of retaining the Governor’s seat and taking back the state House and Senate.

“The Republican party has spoken and chosen the dangerous and offensive Donald Trump to carry their banner into the general election; unfortunately for New Hampshire Republicans, the general electorate won’t make the same mistake,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “That’s why Republican leaders in the Granite State have been warning against his candidacy for months. They know that Trump as their party’s nominee means disaster for Kelly Ayotte, Chris Sununu, Ted Gatsas, Jeanie Forrester, Frank Guinta, and the rest of the New Hampshire Republican ticket who have refused to condemn Trump and his destructive policies.”

Filmmakers Release Sneak Peak Of “Bern” – The Bernie Sanders Documentary

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Screen Shot BernFilm Includes Rare Footage and Interviews of
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AUSTIN, Texas – Featuring rarely-seen archival footage of Bernie Sanders, The Bernie Sanders Documentary “Bern” examines the people, places and events that shaped the man who has inspired such widespread grassroots support in the 2016 presidential election.  The film traces Sanders’ personal and political evolution from a student activist at the University of Chicago to his four terms as mayor of Burlington, VT and on through his careers in the U.S. House and Senate, and gives viewers a chance to get to know Bernie Sanders the man, so they can learn about Bernie Sanders, the candidate.  The website for the film is: https://www.BernTheMovie.com.

“We started this project simply as voters wanting to learn more about a candidate, but it quickly became something much larger.  The more we investigated, the more we realized a very interesting story was taking shape and that the only way to tell it right was to take a closer look at Bernie’s history and figure out why he has connected so strongly with so many people,” says Executive Producer Jay Matthew.

The project was created by Matthew along with Executive Producer Chris Blankenship and Director/Producer Miriam Paredes to capture what they see as a pivotal time in this country’s history, one that touches on issues of economic disenfranchisement, class conflict, social inequity and the shifting value we place on community and individual freedom.

In keeping with the project’s mission to highlight the power of community, the film will be distributed free online.  The first installment will premiere on May 27, 2016, ten days before the California, Montana, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and Washington DC primaries.  The second installment, which will document the run-up to the election in November and its aftermath, is scheduled to premiere February 27, 2017, regardless of the outcome of the election because, as EP Matthew explained, “We believe that what Bernie Sanders is doing for the political and social landscape of America will go far beyond the 2016 race.”

The sneak peek is available at https://www.BernTheMovie.com

Why The Passage Of The Net Metering Increase Is Important Today And In The Gubernatorial Election

Rooftop Solar Panels (Elliott Brown FLIKR)

Rooftop Solar Panels (Elliott Brown FLIKR)

In the past year we have seen an explosion in home solar panel leasing companies who provide panels at little to no cost. They promise to save you 5-10 cents per kilowatt-hour on your electricity bill. They do this by collecting energy from your rooftop panels and selling it to the electric company.

Think of this like backfeeding the electricity grid with clean solar energy so the electricity company can reduce the amount on energy they need to produce from coal power plants.

The solar company then subsidizes the cost of the electricity coming into your home saving you hundreds of dollars a year.

The process of selling solar to the electric company is called “net metering.” The net metering cap is simply how much an individual could sell their solar energy to the electric company. On Monday, Governor Maggie Hassan signed HB 1116 into law doubling the net metering cap.

“Solar and other small scale clean energy resources are critical to New Hampshire’s growing clean energy economy, which is creating good-paying, high-quality jobs, spurring economic development and helping combat climate change,” said Governor Hassan. Clean energy resources such as solar are also helping businesses and families across the state lower their energy bills and increase their energy independence, helping to build a more diverse and reliable energy supply that will lead to a more affordable and more innovative energy future for our state.”

“Lifting the cap on net metering is essential to the continued success of New Hampshire’s solar industry, and I am proud to sign this bipartisan bill so that our clean energy industry can continue to grow and thrive,” added Hassan.

In order to lower our dependence on fossil fuels, we as a state, must begin to shift to more renewable energy sources. Continuing to expand our renewable energy production will be a major issue for the next Governor.

“Fixing the barrier that was holding back solar development in NH is a huge win for everyone who cares about good jobs and a clean energy future.   It’s one more sign NH is moving in the right direction, and we need to keep it moving forward,” said Executive Councilor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern.

“Thanks to Governor Maggie Hassan’s leadership and the state legislature’s efforts, New Hampshire’s net metering cap has officially been raised—to double what it was. This is an exciting step in the right direction for renewable power and a great boost to our state’s growing clean-energy industry. And it’s exactly the kind of innovative, job-creating public policy I’m excited to build upon as Governor,” said Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mark Connolly.

However not everyone is so eager to lift the metering cap or to expand our state’s solar energy production.

The law, HB 1116, had broad bipartisan support in the Senate, with “yea” votes coming from 9 Republicans and 10 Democrats.

State Senator and Republican Gubernatorial candidate Jeanie Forrester voted “nay.”  Forrester was one of only four senators who voted against the bipartisan bill boosting economic development and helping to fight climate change.

Unfortunately for the Granite State, she’s not the first GOP gubernatorial candidate to try to kill renewable energy investment. She’s merely the latest.

Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, unlike Executive Councilor Van Ostern, has consistently opposed renewable energy projects, voting against $4.1million in funding for a wind farm, $1.2million for a solar project in Peterborough and$450k for the city of Portsmouth for two solar projects. Sununu is also a climate change denier, telling Concord News Radiothe jury is still out” on climate change.

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas shares Forrester and Sununu’s opposition to renewable energy. Last year, Gatsas opposed a Manchester Solar Project and lobbied two executive councilors, including Sununu, to vote against the project.

“It’s sad but not surprising that the Republican candidates for governor have much more in common with the Koch Brothers than with everyday Granite Staters,” said NHDP Chair Ray Buckley. “We need a governor who will continue investing in our future.”

Maggie Hassan Pushes First Campaign Ad Highlighting Her Draw To Public Service

First Maggie for NH TV Ad Highlights Governor’s Family Story That Helped Draw Her to Public Service

CONCORD – Maggie for New Hampshire today announced its first television ad of the campaign, “Got Involved,” highlighting how the challenges and opportunities that Governor Maggie Hassan’s family has experienced helped inspire her to enter public service.

Maggie Hassan was drawn to public service as an advocate fighting to ensure that children like her son Ben, who experiences severe disabilities, would be fully included in their communities and have the same opportunities that all parents want for their children. And she has continued working ever since to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire where all of our citizens are included in our economic success and prosperity.

“All families have challenges, what’s really important is that they also have community,” said Maggie. “That’s one of the reasons I got involved in public service. Because it made it so clear to me how much you can accomplish when you work together. “ 

Working across party lines, Maggie froze tuition at the university system for the first time in 25 years while lowering it at community colleges, strengthened job training programs, expanded health coverage to nearly 50,000 Granite Staters, and fought for women’s access to safe and affordable health care. In the Senate, Maggie will stand up to corporate special interests who have rigged the system in Washington and keep fighting for bipartisan solutions to help ensure that all Granite Staters have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead. 

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

 

Click here to WATCH the 60 second TV ad.

On Small Business Week, NH Small Business Leaders Call Maggie Hassan The Best Choice For Senate

Image from Hassan Campaign (All Rights Reserved)

Image from Hassan Campaign (All Rights Reserved)

Maggie Will Continue Working to Support Job-Creating Small Businesses, Encourage Innovation, and Expand Economic Opportunity for all Granite Staters

CONCORD – During small business week, New Hampshire small business leaders say Governor Maggie Hassan’s bipartisan leadership to support job-creating small businesses and encourage innovation makes her the best choice to represent New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate.  

“Small businesses are the backbone of our state’s economy, and as Governor, I have always fought to support job-creating small businesses, encourage innovation, and expand opportunity for all Granite Staters,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Unfortunately, Washington has given in to corporate special interests that rig the system for themselves and against the middle class, and I’m running for United States Senate to fight to ensure that Washington does better for all of New Hampshire’s families and small businesses.”

As Governor, Maggie fought to enact two fiscally responsible, bipartisan budgets that protected critical economic priorities while holding the line against an income or sales tax, and she has made the tough choices to consistently manage the state budget to a surplus. 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 support start-up companies and help them access capital, enabling them to launch and grow. She signed a bipartisan transportation funding bill that invests in road and bridge projects across the state, including finishing the expansion of I-93, and she has also supported job training programs to help ensure that our workers are ready for good jobs in the changing global economy.

In the Senate, Maggie will continue fighting for the priorities that will support small businesses, encourage innovation, and expand opportunity for working families: fixing our roads and bridges; making college more affordable so all hard-working Granite Staters have the skills they need to get ahead and stay ahead; and eliminating tax breaks for Big Oil and outsourcers so we can provide tax credits for small businesses that create jobs here and cut taxes for middle class families.

See below for what a few New Hampshire small business owners have to say about why they support Maggie for Senate:

Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, Puritan Backroom, Manchester – “As both an Executive Councilor and a small business owner, I know Governor Hassan has a deep commitment to helping small businesses thrive. Governor Hassan understands that small businesses are essential to a flourishing economy throughout New Hampshire, and she has fought to ensure that businesses owners have the support we need to innovate and grow. I know that Governor Hassan will continue to be a strong advocate for our small businesses in the United States Senate, and I am proud to support her.”

Mark Kelley, White Mountain Lumber, Berlin – “A strong economy in the North Country is critical for our people and our entire state, and Governor Hassan has worked tirelessly to ensure our small businesses are getting ahead. Governor Hassan has made critical investments in businesses development, infrastructure, and transportation which have helped spur our economy and create jobs. The Governor has been committed to fighting for small businesses and economic development in the North Country and across our entire state, and I know she will continue to make our voices heard and get results in the United States Senate.”

Adria Bagshaw, The WH Bagshaw Company, Nashua – “I’m proud to support Maggie Hassan for U.S. Senate because she understands the issues that are important to small businesses like mine. Washington could use her common-sense, collaborative approach, and New Hampshire could use a Senator like Maggie Hassan who understands the importance of investing in business priorities like our infrastructure and education system while holding the line against a sales or income tax.”

Mary Collins, former State Director of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, of Wolfeboro – “Maggie Hassan knows what it takes to help our small businesses thrive and grow, and even more importantly, she has a proven record of delivering results. From strengthening investments in higher education and job training programs, to passing legislation to fix highways, roads and bridges, to making it easier for start-up companies to launch and grow, Maggie has shown that she can work across party lines to get results for small businesses. Now, we need her to take her bipartisan approach to the U.S. Senate where she will always fight to support small businesses and get things done.”

Mary Jo Brown, Brown & Company Design, Portsmouth – “Governor Hassan’s record of supporting higher education shows she understands the needs of small businesses here in New Hampshire. She’s also committed to ensuring equal pay for equal work which would give working families, and our economy as a whole, a much-needed boost. That’s why I’m proud to join her campaign for Senate. I know she’ll bring her Granite State priorities and collaborative approach to Washington to deliver real results.”

What Is The NH Executive Council? Andru Volinsky Explains

What is New Hampshire’s Executive Council?

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Andru Volisky, Candidate for NH’s Executive Council for District 2

Unless you a real NH political wonk, you probably do not know much about what the Executive Council’s role is in the New Hampshire government.

Today, Andru Volinsky, a candidate for Executive Council in district 2, released the first in a series of short videos to help people understand what the Executive Council is and why it is so important to elect Executive Councilors who are intent on keeping New Hampshire moving in the right direction.

“While visiting communities and meeting voters across District Two, I’ve realized the Executive Council is the most powerful governmental body that no one knows about. This video is the first in a series that illustrates the impact the Executive Council’s actions have on Granite Staters’ every day lives, from access to health care, transportation, and the judicial system,” said Andru Volinsky.

Over the past couple of years the Executive Council has voted to defund Planned Parenthood, worked to block the Medicaid Expansion, and block efforts to expand rail service to New Hampshire.  These are just of few of the many things the Executive Council deals with.

It is imperative that people understand the power that the Executive Council hold over the state and that we must elect strong leaders to the Council.

The next, full-length Volinsky for Executive Council campaign video will be released live at a Meet and Greet at True Brew Barista & Café in Bicentennial Square on Thursday, May 5th at 5 p.m.

Watch the full video here.

NARAL Endorses Hassan, Releases New Ad Calling On Ayotte To #DoYourJob

NARAL Launches Ad Campaign Questioning Sen. Ayotte’s Misplaced Priorities, Failure to Do Her Job

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Group Announces Endorsement Of Maggie Hassan for U.S. Senate

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC today announced a TV and digital ad buy targeting incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte for failing to do the job she was elected to do. Even though 75 percent of New Hampshire voters oppose restricting access to legal abortion, Sen. Ayotte has focused her energy on restricting reproductive freedom and defunding Planned Parenthood. Now, she’s even refusing to do her job to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, proving yet again that she doesn’t share the priorities of Granite State families.

NARAL today also announced its endorsement of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan in her race for U.S. Senate. As only the second woman to hold the office of Governor in New Hampshire, Maggie Hassan has always put women and families first and has stood firm against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood or make it harder for women to access reproductive care.

“In her six years in the Senate, Sen. Ayotte has time and again proven that she doesn’t share the same priorities as the hardworking people of New Hampshire,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “She promised to go to Washington and makes things easier for people in the Granite State. Instead of doing that job, she has been obsessed with restricting access to abortion even for survivors of sex trafficking, making it harder to get birth control, and shutting down Planned Parenthood. Now, she’s refusing to do her job and fill the vacancy on our nation’s highest court.”

“Maggie Hassan is an unwavering defender of our reproductive freedom,” added Hogue. “As Governor, Maggie Hassan has always stood with women and families across the Granite State. She fought back against attempts to shut down Planned Parenthood and led the successful bipartisan effort to protect the safety of women who seek reproductive care. We are proud to stand with Governor Maggie Hassan in her campaign for U.S. Senate because she has always stood up for us. In this election, the choice in New Hampshire is clear.”

The ad features Deb, a working mother, long time New Hampshire resident, and NARAL member from North Hampton. In the ad, Deb explains how she shows up to do her job every day and that she expects no less for her senator. Unfortunately, Sen. Ayotte is not doing the job she was elected to do. In the direct-to-camera spot, Deb calls out Sen. Ayotte for being obsessed with rolling back access to abortion and birth control instead of doing her job on important issues like filling the vacancy on our nation’s highest court.

To see NARAL’s ad questioning Sen. Ayotte’s priorities, click here.

Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier Endorses Mark Connolly For NH Governor

 BERLIN — Today, four-term Mayor Paul Grenier of Berlin endorsed Mark Connolly for Governor: 

“Today, I’m announcing my support for Mark Connolly for Governor. I believe that Mark’s broad experience in both public service and the private sector and his history of fighting to level the playing field for New Hampshire families make him the ideal candidate,” Grenier said. “Like Governors Shaheen, Lynch, and Hassan, Mark has shown a strong commitment to continuing to bring economic development to the North Country, and I look forward to working with him in the coming years.” 

“Paul’s work as Mayor has exemplified how a truly collaborative approach can bring jobs back to his city and build it anew,” Connolly said. “He’s a master of municipal management, and he’s earned his popularity through his tireless commitment not only to Berlin but also to Coös County as a whole. I’m proud to have his endorsement, and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and work with him as Governor to build on his good efforts and keep Berlin, and the North Country as a whole, moving forward.”

Mayor Paul Grenier first took office in 2010 and was re-elected last year with nearly 70 percent of the vote. A champion of the North Country and the Vice Chair of the Coös County Commissioners, Grenier has led the economic redevelopment of Berlin, creating jobs, rehabilitating housing, and more. 

Mark Connolly is a New Hampshire native and a former State Representative and Deputy Secretary of State. He has served over 30 years as a business and community leader. From 2002–2010, he was New Hampshire’s top financial regulator. Mark currently owns a business and resides in New Castle. 

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