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Fact-Checking Walt Havenstein

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walt havensteinFACT CHECK: New Hampshire ALREADY has one of the BEST “Business Tax Climates” in the Nation

Fact: Despite Walt Havenstein’s misleading claims, the very study his campaign has cited – the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index – shows that New Hampshire’s business tax climate ranks 7th best in the country (and number one in New England).

The Council on State Taxation (COST) also tallied “all of the taxes paid by businesses in a given state, not just corporate income taxes, but property, sales, and personal income taxes as well” and found “that figure was 4.2 percent in FY 2012, markedly lower than the national average of 4.8 percent and less than 38 other states.” [NHFPI, 8/6/14]

FACT CHECK: So-Called “Right to Work”

Fact: Despite Havenstein’s claims, so-called “right to work” really means “right to work for less.”

The Economic Policy Institute’s report, “’Right-to-Work’ Wrong for New Hampshire,” explains that “Contrary to what RTW backers have claimed, the scientific analysis of right-to-work laws shows that they lower wages and benefits for both union and nonunion workers alike without exhibiting any positive impact on job growth.”

(Read NHLN coverage of Right to Work (for Less) here and here.)

FACT CHECK: Havenstein’s Misleading and Dishonest Budget Attacks

Fact: Governor Hassan has repeatedly pledged that she would veto an income or sales tax if one were to reach her desk.

Walt Havenstein’s false attack ignores that agencies are required by law “to submit both a maintenance budget that includes the cost of existing services going forward and a budget that incorporates new costs such as additional personnel or new legislatively mandated programs or technology.” [Union Leader, 10/14/14]

Havenstein’s misleading attack also ignores that Governor Hassan told state agencies their budget requests are non-starters, and already instructed agencies to submit lower proposals. [Union Leader, 8/7/14]

FACT CHECK: Havenstein’s Highway Fund Plan Cuts Troopers, Ignores Constitution

Fact: Walt Havenstein’s plan to cut the Department of Safety’s funding would take troopers off the road and make New Hampshire’s highways less safe.

The New Hampshire Constitution says that the highway funds shall be used for “the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of public highways within this state, including the supervision of traffic thereon.”  [NH Constitution, Part Second, Article 6-a]  The reference to the “supervision of traffic” allows highway funds to be given to the Department of Safety to fund state troopers.

In her bipartisan budget, Governor Hassan worked to maintain New Hampshire’s status as one of the safest states in the nation by putting more troopers on the road. By cutting the Department of Safety’s highway funding, Havenstein would reverse this effort and pull troopers off New Hampshire’s highways.

FACT CHECK: Havenstein’s Failed Record as CEO of SAIC

Fact: Failed CEO Walt Havenstein drove SAIC into the ground, the company lost millions, shed thousands of jobs, and saw its stock value nose-dive.

Despite Havenstein’s attempts to duck responsibility for the company’s performance during his disastrous tenure, the Nashua Telegraph pointed out that, “there’s little to dispute the company’s stock and job loss performance.”

Speaking of the strategy Havenstein put in place at SAIC to push for big government contracts, the Washington Post added, “The company struggled under the strategy, watching its profit and revenue decline.”

FACT CHECK: Over a Year Into Havenstein’s Tenure as CEO, SAIC Gave a 5% Raise to Consultants at Heart of Massive CityTime Fraud Scandal

Fact: During Walt Havenstein’s time as CEO of SAIC, the U.S. Department of Justice discovered that his company was involved in a massive, $500 million fraud scheme against taxpayers.

Despite Havenstein’s claims that he took action and held people accountable, the New York Daily News reported that, “In early December 2010, only weeks before federal agents launched the first arrests in the scandal, the city’s Office of Payroll Administration permitted SAIC to give 5% across-the-board pay increases to all consultants supplied by Technodyne.” [NY Daily News, 11/21/13]

The employees and owners of the TechnoDyne consulting firm were at the heart of the massive CityTime fraud scheme. Before the U.S. Department of Justice discovered the scheme, SAIC employees funneled $400 million in taxpayer dollars to TechnoDyne. [US DOJ Press Release, 6/20/11]

The across-the-board pay increase for all TechnoDyne consultants came over a year after Havenstein became CEO of SAIC on September 21, 2009. At the time of the raise, the CityTime project was already hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. [NY Times, 12/15/10]

See here for public documents showing that SAIC gave a five-percent raise to the TechnoDyne consultants on December 9, 2010, just six days before the U.S. Department of Justice’s first round of arrests in the case.

 

At Manchester Small Business, Shaheen Highlights Her Record Of Putting New Hampshire Jobs First

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Shaheen Continues ‘GOTV-New Hampshire Tour”, Contrasting Her Record With Scott Brown’s Pro-Outsourcing Agenda

Shaheen-021109-18432- 0009Manchester – Senator Jeanne Shaheen continued her “GOTV-New Hampshire Tour” this morning at Dyn in Manchester, where she discussed how her record of supporting New Hampshire small businesses stands in stark contrast to Scott Brown’s record supporting out-of-state corporate interests, including companies that outsource American jobs. The Senator also held a Q and A with Dyn employees.

“New Hampshire deserves a Senator who is going to stand up for our small businesses, not someone who fights for corporate interests at the expense of the middle class,” said Shaheen. “I’ve fought to close special tax loopholes for companies that outsource American jobs and instead led the fight to pass legislation that cut taxes for our small businesses because I know that’s how we ought to be supporting our economy here in New Hampshire.”

“Scott Brown’s record is clear. He championed billions in tax giveaways to Big Oil companies, special breaks for Wall Street banks, and even voted for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. That’s just further proof that he’s not for New Hampshire,” Shaheen added.

Jeanne Shaheen has been a champion for New Hampshire small businesses. She led the fight to pass the Small Business Jobs Act, which cut taxes for small businesses, increased businesses’ access to credit, and helped companies export their products overseas. That legislation has helped countless New Hampshire businesses grow and create jobs but as a Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown voted against it.

Meanwhile, Scott Brown supported special breaks for Big Oil, Wall Street and companies that offshore American jobs. Since losing in Massachusetts, Brown has made over a quarter million dollars as a board member of a company that touts outsourcing American jobs to China and Mexico as part of its business plan. Legal documents dated just two days before Brown entered the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire bear Brown’s signature endorsing the company’s outsourcing strategy.

Shea-Porter Endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

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Organization Chooses Shea-Porter Over Guinta for November 4th Election

MANCHESTER—The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), a nonpartisan organization representing millions of members nationwide, has endorsed Carol Shea-Porter for re-election to Congress in New Hampshire’s First District.

ARA -Carol Shea Porter Endorsement 4“As a former social worker, senior center director, and a caregiver to her parents, Carol knows how vital seniors’ earned benefits are, and she’s fighting to protect them. She will keep working to strengthen and defend these programs, and will always oppose Frank Guinta’s reckless plans to voucherize Medicare and cut Social Security,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly.

NCPSSM President Max Richtman said, “Our nation needs your continued leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans. You earned the endorsement of the National Committee because you understand and support the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation’s older citizens and their families.”

During the 2014 election cycle, Shea-Porter has earned endorsements from a number of senior advocacy groups, including the Alliance for Retired Americans and Senior Votes Count.

Full text of the NCPSSM Endorsement Letter:

Dear Congresswoman Shea-Porter:

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, on behalf of its millions of members and supporters, enthusiastically endorses your candidacy for re-election to the United States House of Representatives.

Our nation needs your continued leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans. You earned the endorsement of the National Committee because you understand and support the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation’s older citizens and their families. You are well-prepared to serve the needs of seniors and their families and will continue to make the preservation of Social Security and Medicare a priority in office.

You understand that renewed calls to privatize Social Security would undermine the nation’s most successful social insurance program. You appreciate that Social Security has not contributed to the nation’s debt and that its modest benefits are earned and should not be cut in order to reduce spending. You recognize fully that Medicare is crucial to the health of older Americans, many of whom cannot afford higher out-of-pocket costs that some in Congress are calling for as a way of reducing federal spending while doing nothing to restrain general health care inflation. You appreciate that steps already have been taken to extend the viability of Medicare, to close the prescription drug “donut hole,” to provide preventive services without copays and deductibles, and that these noteworthy improvements should not be repealed. National Committee members and supporters want you to protect and enhance Social Security and Medicare – the twin pillars necessary to a good qualify of life for Americans of all ages – in the United States House of Representatives.

There is no membership in the nation more aware or active politically than the men and women who proudly are associated with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. National Committee members know they can count on you!

Sincerely,

Max Richtman
President/CEO
Chairman, NCPSSM-PAC Board of Directors

Concord Police Patrolmen’s Association Endorses Governor Maggie Hassan for Her Strong Bipartisan Leadership to Keep Our Cities Safe

Fifth Public Safety Organization to Endorse Governor Hassan for Re-Election

Maggie HassanConcord—Citing her strong bipartisan leadership to solve problems and help keep our cities safe, the Concord Police Patrolmen’s Association endorsed Governor Maggie Hassan for re-election.

“Governor Hassan is the strong bipartisan leader our public safety officials need, and she has never wavered in her commitment to strengthening public safety in the City of Concord and throughout the state,” said CPPA President Brian Cook. “We’re proud to endorse Governor Hassan for re-election because she has proven that she not only understands the support we need to keep our communities safe, but she also knows how to work across party lines to get results.

“As Governor, I’ve seen on nearly a daily basis how hard our police officers work to protect our communities while treating the public with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Ensuring the safety of our citizens is the most important responsibility of state government, and it’s a great honor to have earned the support of the Concord Police Patrolmen’s Association again this year. Through our bipartisan budget, we’ve made critical investments in public safety, without a sales or income tax, and I will continue working to bring people together across party lines to help keep our communities safe.”

“Together, we’ve maintained drug task force teams, restored the CHINS program, and expanded access to substance and alcohol treatment coverage, and we can’t afford to let my opponent pull us backward. My opponent has proposed a ‘plan’ that would blow a $90 million hole in the budget to give more tax giveaways to big businesses, undermining our bipartisan progress to provide our public safety officials with the resources they need to keep our citizens safe,” added Governor Hassan.

Through her bipartisan budget, Governor Hassan fought to protect critical investments in public safety – without a sales or income tax. The Governor restored the CHINS program, invested in drug task force teams, funded the cold case unit, and launched Media Power Youth, a public-private initiative to increase media literacy and reduce and prevent youth violence.

The Governor also worked across party lines to strengthen community-based mental health services and pass a bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan that is providing coverage for mental health and substance use treatment to thousands of hard-working Granite Staters, strengthening the safety and well being of our communities.

The CPPA is the fifth public safety organization to endorse Governor Hassan for re-election, joining the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association, Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Police Association, and Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association.

NH Sierra Club Endorses 84 Candidates for State Office

2014 NH Sierra Club Environmental Champions

Environmental Champions Praised

2014 NH Sierra Club Environmental ChampionsCONCORD, NH—The New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club has released its list of carefully selected candidates running for Executive Council, State Senate and State House of Representatives. The Chapter endorsements include 70 NH State Representatives, 11 State Senators, and 3 Executive Councilors. Of the total 84 endorsed candidates, each has expressed concern for the New Hampshire environment, protecting our beautiful landscapes, and the impact of pollution on human health.

“We are very pleased to announce today that the New Hampshire Sierra Club officially endorses for election these Environmental Champions,” said Jim Allmendinger, the Political Committee Co-Chair for the New Hampshire Sierra Club.

“These candidates are our best hope for preserving clean air and clean water; protecting the wild places of New Hampshire; and all of the local businesses that benefit from our abundant environmental wealth,” continued Allmendinger. “The incumbents worked hard to un-do former House Speaker O’Brien’s radical conservative agenda that dismantled smart, popular energy programs and threatened other successful state programs. The new candidates showed their support for key environmental issues facing the state, using creative problem solving techniques, not business as usual political games.”

“New Hampshire Sierra Club endorsed these candidates based on responses to an in-depth questionnaire, voting record, and history of environmental involvement. The New Hampshire Sierra Club endorsement list will be distributed to the members in the state online and in the mail. Members will be encouraged to volunteer and support the various campaigns in a vigorous state-wide member to member outreach program.”

Executive Council Candidates

District 3: Robin McLane, New Castle

District 4: Chris Pappas, Manchester

District 5: Diane Sheehan, Nashua

State Senate Candidates

District 1: Jeff Woodburn, Dalton

District 2: Carolyn Mello, Holderness

District 3: John White, Wolfeboro Falls

District 4: David Watters, Dover

District 6: Richard Leonard, New Durham

District 8: Linda Tanner, Georges Mills

District 10: Molly Kelly, Keene

District 12: Peggy Gilmore, Hollis

District 15: Dan Feltes, Concord

District 17: Nancy Fraher, Chichester

District 21: Martha Fuller Clark, Portsmouth

State House Candidates

Belknap  District 3 — Thomas W. Dawson (Laconia)

Carroll District 7 — Edward A. Butler (Hart’s Location)

Cheshire District 1 — Paul Berch (Westmoreland)

Cheshire District 9 — Douglas Ley (Jaffrey)

Cheshire District 14 — Patricia Martin (Rindge)

Cheshire District 15 — Dick Thackston (Troy)

Coos District 5 — John E. Tholl, Jr. (Whitefield)

Grafton District 8 — Suzanne Smith (Hebron)

Grafton District 9 — Judy Wallick (Grafton)

Grafton District 11 — Chuck Townsend (Canaan)

Grafton District 13 — Richard Abel (Lebanon)

Grafton District 15 — Terri Mertz (Piermont)

Hillsborough District 4 — Carol R. Roberts (Wilton)

Hillsborough District 7 — Brendon S. Browne (Bedford)

Hillsborough District 16 — David McCloskey (Manchester)

Hillsborough District 17 — Timothy J. Smith (Manchester)

Hillsborough District 19 — Bob Backus (Manchester)

Hillsborough District 21 — Dick Bean (Merrimack)

Hillsborough District 21 — Brenda E. Grady (Merrimack)

Hillsborough District 21 — Jo Ann Rotast (Merrimack)

Hillsborough District 26 — Melanie Levesque (Brookline)

Hillsborough District 26 — Gale Taylor (Brookline)

Hillsborough District 28 — Sylvia E. Gale (Nashua)

Hillsborough District 28 — Jan Schmidt (Nashua)

Hillsborough District 28 — Thomas D. Woodward (Nashua)

Hillsborough District 29 — Suzanne Harvey (Nashua)

Hillsborough District 29 — Suzanne M. Vail (Nashua)

Hillsborough District 31 — David E. Cote (Nashua)

Hillsborough District 37 — Jeremy Muller (Hudson)

Hillsborough District 37 — Kevin P. Riley (Hudson)

Hillsborough District 37 — Eric P. Estevez (Pelham)

Hillsborough District 38 — Richard D. McNamara (Hillsborough)

Hillsborough District 45 — Sean M. Burns (Manchester)

Merrimack District 2 — Scott A. Burns (Franklin)

Merrimack District 3 — Leigh A. Webb (Franklin)

Merrimack District 3 — Deborah H. Wheeler (Northfield)

Merrimack District 6 — Barbara C. French (Henniker)

Merrimack District 10 — Mel Myler (Hopkinton)

Merrimack District 20 — Richard W. DeBold (Chichester)

Merrimack District 25 — David Karrick (Warner)

Merrimack District 26 — Lorrie J. Carey (Boscawen)

Merrimack District 28 — Katherine D. Rogers (Concord)

Merrimack District 29 — Nancy L. Heath (Epsom)

Rockingham District 2 — Hal Rafter (Nottingham)

Rockingham District 6 — Mary L. Till (Derry)

Rockingham District 8 — Camron Iannalfo (Salem)

Rockingham District 8 — Dennis Iannalfo (Salem)

Rockingham District 9 — Barbara S. Helmstetter (Epping)

Rockingham District 14 — Harlan Cheney (Atkinson)

Rockingham District 14 — Jean Sanders (Atkinson)

Rockingham District 19 — C. David London (Stratham)

Rockingham District 21 — Robert R. Cushing (Hampton)

Rockingham District 30 — Jackie Cali-Pitts (Portsmouth)

Rockingham District 31 — Tamara Le (North Hampton)

Rockingham District 32 — Maureen R. Mann (Deerfield)

Rockingham District 33 — George Manos (Danville)

Rockingham District 33 — Steven J. Woitkun (Danville)

Strafford District 1 — Larry Brown (Milton)

Strafford District 1 — Candace Cole-McCrea (Milton)

Strafford District 2 — Martin G. Laferte (Farmington)

Strafford District 6 — Timothy Horrigan (Durham)

Strafford District 6 — Marjorie K. Smith( Durham)

Strafford District 6 — Janet G. Wall (Madbury)

Strafford District 14 — Bill Baber (Dover)

Strafford District 16 — Len DiSesa (Dover)

Strafford District 17 — Peter Bixby (Dover)

Sullivan District 1 — Lee W. Oxenham (Plainfield)

Sullivan District 4 — Larry Converse (Claremont)

Sullivan District 9 — Virginia O’Brien-Irwin (Newport)

Sullivan District 10 — John R. Cloutier (Claremont)

Sullivan District 11 — Linda Wooddell (Charlestown)

Fact-Checking Marilinda Garcia

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FACT CHECK:  Marilinda Garcia Missing in Action in Legislature

Fact: Marilinda Garcia wants to represent New Hampshire in Washington, but as a state representative she failed to show up to vote in Concord on behalf of her Salem constituents.

Tea Party candidate Marilinda Garcia has been taken to task by New Hampshire reporters for failing to show up and vote in the New Hampshire state legislature.  In fact, Garcia has missed votes on major issues facing the state, like Medicaid expansion and casino gambling.  Over the course of her career, Garcia missed over 20 percent of roll call votes, and over 50% of votes in 2010 alone. [New Hampshire General Court Voting Record]

Annie Kuster, on the other hand, has one of the best voting records in Congress and has been present for 98.9 percent of the votes that took place during her time in Congress.

FACT CHECK:  Marilinda Garcia Misleads Voters on Medicare

Fact: Annie Kuster has never voted to cut Medicare.

In an effort to distract voters from her extreme record, Tea Party candidate Marilinda Garcia falsely claimed that Annie Kuster supports cutting billions from Medicare in order to fund the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  This false attack been consistently debunked by independent fact checkers. In fact, the ACA reduces future overpayments to private health care providers and strengthens Medicare by reducing prescription drug costs for seniors.

Kuster is the only candidate in this race with a record of protecting programs important to New Hampshire seniors, including Medicare and Social Security.  Garcia, on the other hand, voted to “privatize all aspects of Social Security.” [New Hampshire General Court, HCR39, Vote 190, 3/21/12]

FACT CHECK:  Marilinda Garcia Voted Against Fully Funding Veterans Benefits

Fact: Marilinda Garcia has a troubling record of opposing full funding for veterans programs.

In 2007, Tea Party candidate Marilinda Garcia voted against a resolution urging Congress to fully fund veterans’ benefits.  [New Hampshire General Court, HR10, Vote 71, 3/28/07]. And when asked at a recent candidates forum where she would cut the federal budget, Garcia spoke out against requests for increased funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs, despite the fact that Republicans and Democrats in the House overwhelmingly approved a recent funding increase by a vote of 420 to 5.

As a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Kuster has advocated for newly enacted reforms to increase VA resources, hold corrupt officials accountable, and ensure New Hampshire veterans can access medical care faster and closer to home.

FACT CHECK:  Marilinda Garcia Opposes Paycheck Fairness Act

Fact: Marilinda Garcia opposes the Paycheck Fairness Act, and other efforts to support equal pay for equal work.

State representative Marilinda Garcia says she opposes the Paycheck Fairness Act, to help eliminate wage discrimination based on gender. Congresswoman Kuster has a strong record of fighting to level the playing field for Granite State women, and she is a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

FACT CHECK:  Marilinda Garcia Wants to Send Doctors to Jail for Performing Medical Procedures to Save a Mother’s Life

Fact: Marilinda Garcia would send doctors to jail for performing abortions – even if the procedure is necessary to save a mother’s life.

In 2008, Garcia voted to make it illegal for doctors to perform an abortion even if the life of the mother is at risk. NH1 actually did a fact check on Garcia’s position, and found that Garcia does indeed support criminalizing doctors who perform abortions, regardless of whether the mother’s life is at risk.

This position is far outside of the mainstream of New Hampshire, and would be devastating for Granite State women and their families. No doctor should ever be sent to jail for attempting to save the life of a mother. But Garcia wants to ban abortions with no exceptions – even in the cases of rape, incest, and saving the life of the mother. She is simply too extreme for New Hampshire.

FACT CHECK:  Marilinda Garcia Misleads Voters on Record on Rail Infrastructure

Fact: Marilinda Garcia claimed she wanted to know whether the proposed commuter rail project was “feasible,” yet voted to repeal the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority when it was conducting the feasibility study for the project. [New Hampshire General Court, HB218, Vote 105, 3/17/11]

Teachers throw support behind Martha Fuller Clark

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NEA-NH and AFT-NH show solidarity and stand united behind the candidacy of Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth)

martha fuller clark campaign(Portsmouth, NH) The state’s largest teachers’ unions are in solidarity behind Sen. Martha Fuller Clark’s re-election campaign, said Clark’s campaign in a statement released today.

“I’m very grateful to New Hampshire’s teachers for their continued support,” Clark said. “We need to continue to fund and support our public education system until New Hampshire’s schools are the envy of the nation and the world. The surest way to build a durable economy for our future is to educate the workforce that our employers need at all education levels.”

Senator Fuller Clark, whose political career has been marked by a consistent commitment to primary and secondary public education, has long enjoyed the support of New Hampshire’s teachers. In the last legislative session, Clark championed renewed funding for school building aid and introduced the first legislation designed to restore funding to the state’s university and community college systems – efforts that drove the new funding that allowed for tuition freezes and cuts across New Hampshire’s higher education system.

Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Dist. 21) is currently serving her eighth year in the Senate after serving in the state’s House of Representatives from 1990 through 2002. Clark was the Democratic nominee for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district in 2000 and again in 2002. Today, Sen. Clark serves as Vice-Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and, as a member of Democratic National Committee; Clark serves on the Resolutions Committee. In 2008 and 2012, she was a co-chair of the NH Committee to elect Barack Obama, a superdelegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, and was a member of the United States Electoral College in 2008, when she cast one of New Hampshire’s four electoral votes for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Since 1973, she and her husband, Dr. Geoffrey Clark, have lived in the Portsmouth where they raised their three children, Caleb, Nathaniel, and Anna.

Granite State Rumblings: Election Day is one week from today.

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Tuesday, November 4th.

How To Exercise Your Right To Vote:

WHERE Do I Register to Vote?:

  • At the polling place on Election Day.

The registration form asks for your name, age, place of birth, local residence, previous voting address if you were registered somewhere else, and a driver’s license ID number or the last four digits of your social security number. You’ll be asked to read and sign a statement saying you understand voting fraud is a crime. You’ll be asked to show proof of identity, age, citizenship, and domicile. If you can, bring a driver’s license, passport, student ID or other photo ID, or mail, such as a utility bill, addressed to you when you go to register.

If you don’t have those kinds of documents, you may sign a statement attesting to your identity, age, citizenship, or domicile.

WHERE Do I Go to Vote?:

  • You can find your polling place by clicking here and entering the information into the form on the page.

HOW Do I Get a Ballot on Election Day?:

You will be asked to show a photo ID or to sign a simple affidavit.
Acceptable photo ID: You need only one ID from the list below.

Federal and state photo IDs:
The IDs must be current or expired no more than five years ago. For voters over 65 years old, no expiration restriction applies.

  • A driver’s license from any state
  • A non-driver’s photo ID from any state
  • A United States armed services photo ID
  • A United States passport or passcard
  • A New Hampshire photo ID issued by the DMV for voting purposes only

Student photo IDs:
No date is required on student IDs.

  • New Hampshire schools including public and private colleges and universities, community colleges and licensed career schools
  • Public high schools and private high schools that are approved by the N.H. Department of Education

Other acceptable means of identification:

  • A photo ID deemed acceptable by a Supervisor of the Checklist, Moderator or Town or City Clerk
  • Verification of a person’s identity by a Supervisor of the Checklist, Moderator or Town or City Clerk
  • An affidavit filled out and signed by the voter and an authorized election officer

Voter ID from the DMV

  • If you don’t have a driver’s license or a non-driver’s ID from the New Hampshire Dept of Motor Vehicles, you may get a voucher from your Town Clerk that will allow you to get a free Voter ID for Voting Purposes Only from the DMV.

WHAT If I Won’t Be in NH on Nov. 4th?

Absentee voting:

  • If you’re a registered voter but can’t vote in person because of disability, religious beliefs, work hours, military service, or temporary absence, you may ask your city or town clerk for an absentee ballot in advance of the election. You may ask in person or fax or write to the clerk using a form by clicking here or by putting the same information in a written request.

Your ballot must reach the town or city clerk by 5 pm of Election Day.
A marked absentee ballot may NOT be transmitted by fax to a town or city clerk.

BEFORE YOU VOTE:

  • SAMPLE BALLOTS NOW AVAILABLE:

The Secretary of State’s website now has sample ballots for the Nov. 4 election. Go to the Sample Ballots page and click on your town. Give it a minute, then scroll to the bottom and you will see the ballot for your town.

  • KNOW THE CANDIDATES’ POSITIONS:

A great way to find out about the candidates without a lot of searching is by going to Ballotpedia’s New Hampshire Page.

Scroll down just a bit until you come to the Green Box that says, “On the ballot 2014.” There you will find the list and information about each candidate seeking office at the Federal and State Level.

Need more information on voting in New Hampshire? Download our Every Child Matters in New Hampshire Voter Campaign ToolKit!

Sources: League of Women Voters of New Hampshire, NH Secretary of State’s Office, Ballotpedia.com

Tuesday, November 4, 8am – 8pm, General Election, Nationwide

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A national public opinion poll released last week by the Children’s Leadership Council finds strong support for increasing funding for effective programs that improve the lives of children and youth across the age spectrum, from birth to adulthood.

An overwhelming 79 percent of Americans favor investing more in programs that support children’s education, healthcare, nutrition and well-being. A solid majority of Republicans (59 percent) join with overwhelming majorities of independents (82 percent) and Democrats (93 percent) in calling on Congress to make children’s programs and services a higher budget priority.

The Children’s Leadership Council (CLC)—a coalition of more than 50 of the nation’s leading child and youth advocacy organizations, including Every Child Matters —commissioned Hart Research Associates to conduct the poll, which used telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of over 800 Americans age 18 and older. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percent.

Among the results of the nationwide poll:

By a strong margin, Americans say that investing more in children’s health, education and well-being should be a higher priority today than reducing taxes.

  • As we near national mid-term Congressional elections, 52 percent of poll respondents who are registered voters said they would be more likely to support a candidate who favored increasing funding for programs and services to address children’s needs, with only 10 percent saying they would be less likely to favor such a candidate.
  • 61 percent of Americans believe children would be better off if government did more for children rather than “got out of the way.”

When it comes to supporting vulnerable populations, Americans do not see it as an “either or” proposition: 63 percent say that the aging of the baby boom generation means we need to invest more in children today, not cut programs for kids, because “the best way to provide a secure retirement [for seniors] is to ensure that we have productive workers contributing to the economy in the future.”

These findings come as our nation continues to experience a slow recovery marked by stagnant wages, rising costs, inadequate public programs and growing economic inequality. Children and young people shoulder much of the burden: Nearly one in five children and young adults in our country live in poverty, and many are barely above the poverty line and struggle to make ends meet.

The good news: Investments in government services and supports can work. New Census Bureau data show that federal anti- poverty programs like SNAP, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit lifted millions of children out of poverty last year. The new poll results indicate that the majority of Americans also believe these supports are essential in helping families navigate today’s economy.

In the months ahead, Congress will debate the worthiness and effectiveness of federal programs, including those that help children, youth and their families, as lawmakers finish the fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations and begin work on the FY2016 federal budget and appropriations. Poverty, inequality, and economic and social mobility are, and likely will continue to be, prominent topics over the next few years.

Every Child Matters believes that we must do more than just talk or theorize about these critical issues. We must act. Investing in children and their families is investing in America. Improving children’s health, education and well-being is not just the right thing to do—it is one of the smartest investments we can make for our nation’s future.

We join the CLC and the American people in calling for smart, effective investments across the age spectrum from birth to young adulthood, and across the issue spectrum—from children’s health and nutrition to early care and education, violence prevention, supports to youth transitioning out of foster care and juvenile justice, and economic security programs for vulnerable children and families.

Learn More: The full poll results, as well as shareable messages and graphics, are available online at bit.ly/CLCpoll.

MaryLou Beaver
New Hampshire Director
Every Child Matters Education Fund

Shaheen Visits Republican-Owned Small Business, Highlights Her Record Of Putting New Hampshire First

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Shaheen Continues ‘GOTV-New Hampshire Tour”, Contrasting Her Record With Scott Brown’s Pro-Outsourcing Agenda

SenJeanneShaheenAmherst – Senator Jeanne Shaheen continued her “GOTV-New Hampshire Tour” this morning at LaBelle Winery in Amherst where she discussed how her record of supporting New Hampshire small businesses stands in stark contrast to Scott Brown’s record of supporting out-of-state corporate interests, including companies that outsource American jobs. At the event, Shaheen was endorsed by LaBelle Winery owner Amy LaBelle, a registered Republican, who cited Shaheen’s record of working to help New Hampshire small businesses grow and create jobs.

“Throughout my career I’ve worked to support New Hampshire small businesses and middle class families,” said Shaheen. “That’s why I fought to close tax loopholes for companies that outsource American jobs and instead led the fight to pass legislation that cut taxes for our small businesses, which create jobs and support our economy here in New Hampshire. Scott Brown didn’t just oppose that legislation; he championed special tax giveaways to Big Oil companies, Wall Street banks, and even companies that ship jobs overseas.”

“I’m a registered Republican but I know that when it comes to who will fight for New Hampshire and its small businesses, Senator Shaheen is the clear choice,” said Amy LaBelle, owner of LaBelle Winery. “Senator Shaheen has fought for small businesses throughout her career, while she was New Hampshire’s governor and now as our US Senator. She has been focused on the policies that help business owners like me create jobs.”

“Scott Brown’s record shows that he’s only interested in himself and in the big money corporate donors, who fund his campaign,” LaBelle added. “He’s voted against commonsense bills like the Small Business Jobs Act that help New Hampshire businesses. And what’s more is that while he was a Massachusetts Senator, he voted for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas to places like China and Mexico. He’s not voting for companies that are creating jobs here.”

Jeanne Shaheen has been a champion for New Hampshire small businesses. She led the fight to pass the Small Business Jobs Act, which cut taxes for small businesses, increased businesses’ access to credit, and helped companies export their products overseas. That legislation has helped countless New Hampshire businesses grow and create jobs but as a Senator from Massachusetts Scott Brown voted against it.

Meanwhile, Scott Brown voted to support special tax breaks for Big Oil, Wall Street and companies that offshore American jobs. Since losing in Massachusetts, Brown has made over a quarter million dollars as a board member of a company that touts outsourcing American jobs to China and Mexico as part of its business plan. Legal documents dated just two days before Brown entered the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire bear Brown’s signature endorsing the company’s outsourcing strategy.

At each of her events this week, Jeanne Shaheen is meeting with voters about what is at stake this November. She has deep roots in New Hampshire, raised her family here, and has a record of making a difference for New Hampshire families both as Governor and Senator.

Garcia pledges unshakable support for former Speaker Bill O’Brien’s extreme Tea Party policies

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Bill O'BrienConcord, NH – During last week’s live NH1 debate, Tea Party candidate Marilinda Garcia reasserted her unyielding support for the polarizing former New Hampshire House Speaker, Bill O’Brien.

When asked if she ever opposed Tea Party House Speaker O’Brien’s extreme policies, Garcia evaded the question and could not name even one issue on which they differed. Garcia even went so far as to say that she ‘appreciated his work’ on the budget passed by the New Hampshire state legislature in 2011. This notorious budget was devastating for Granite State families; it cut funding for the state university system by half, slashed funding for domestic violence prevention programs, and eliminated millions of dollars in funding for hospitals in New Hampshire. Despite this, in a recent profile piece in the Union Leader, O’Brien was identified as Garcia’s “friend and political mentor.”

Bill O’Brien’s legislature was out of touch and too extreme for New Hampshire. If Garcia claims she is going to take what she learned in the New Hampshire legislature to Washington, as she stated in a recent Concord News Radio interview, then New Hampshire voters should know she will bring to Washington an agenda that works against our New Hampshire values— she would eliminate programs like federal student loans that allow Granite State students to access higher education, cut critical services for victims of domestic violence, and take away a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. We simply cannot allow her to push her extreme agenda on our Granite State families,” said Kuster campaign spokeswoman Rosie Hilmer.

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