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NH Climate Advocacy Groups Deliver Petitions In Support Of Energy Saving Programs

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CONCORD, NH — A coalition of New Hampshire groups delivered 992 petitions to the governor’s office on Tuesday, calling on the state to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). As RGGI undergoes a policy review, environmental advocates are calling on the state to double the strength of the program by lowering the cap on carbon emissions by 5% instead of 2.5% every year.

The coalition includes Environment New Hampshire, League of Conservation Voters, National Wildlife Federation, Mom’s Clean Air Force, Toxics Action Center, Union of Concerned Scientists, and New Hampshire Sierra Club.

“Strengthening the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is the best way for New Hampshire to do its part in cutting dangerous carbon emissions and investing in a clean energy economy,” said Michelle McCarthy, a campaign organizer for Environment New Hampshire.

“The RGGI program has been very effective in reducing carbon emissions, creating jobs and sparking investments in renewable energy sources” said Rob Werner, State Director of the League of Conservation Voters. “New Hampshire should follow the lead of other RGGI states and allow RGGI proceeds to be used more effectively to support a variety of  approaches to continue to move from a high carbon economy to a low carbon economy.”

“People in New Hampshire want to be part of the solution and want more tools to act on climate,” Catherine Corkery, NH Sierra Club. “The RGGI program has been a great first step for the last 8 years. Now New Hampshire needs to go farther and faster with more energy efficiency, more renewables and more financial tools. We need our leaders to hear us and act on climate with us.” 

The coalition will be hosting a People’s Hearing to focus on supporting and strengthening RGGI at UNH School of Law in Concord on Wednesday, September 28th. The coalition plans to deliver testimony from the hearing to the Governor at a later date.

Petition language below.


To: Honorable Governor Hassan, NHDES Commissioner Thomas Burack, and NHPUC Commissioner Bob Scott,

The connection between climate and energy use is critical because power plants are some of the leading contributors to climate disruption and unhealthy air pollution. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is New Hampshire’s program to reduce carbon pollution from those dirty energy sources, helping businesses and families save money on energy bills, improving the local economy, and protecting our climate and health. Currently, there is a review of the regional energy savings program.

For New Hampshire, I support three improvements:

  1. Reducing the amount of carbon pollution power plants are allowed to emit by at least 5% annually from 2020 levels through 2030;
  2. Closing or reforming loopholes in the program including the cost containment reserve and credit banking program; and,
  3. Eliminating the corporate rebate program and instead directing more of the funds to the Energy Efficiency Programs to benefit taxpayers, low income households, and residents.

By improving our climate protections you can make sure New Hampshire is in the driver’s seat when it comes to meeting the goals of the Clean Power Plan, helping consumers save money, reducing pollution, improving the local economy, and protecting our climate and public health.

Dan Weeks Calls On David Wheeler To Follow The Law And Disclose His Campaign Finances

Weeks condemns Wheeler’s refusal to debate or disclose campaign finances 

Nashua, NH – Today, Dan Weeks (D-Nashua), the Democratic nominee for New Hampshire Executive Council in District 5, called on his opponent, incumbent Councilor David Wheeler (R-Milford), to publicly disclose his campaign finances, in accordance with state law. Weeks also reiterated his call for Wheeler to agree to public debates. 

“Mr. Wheeler has gone out of his way to applaud Donald Trump, yet even Trump is now debating his opponent,” said Weeks. “Public servants must be accountable to the people. But after two months of asking, Mr. Wheeler still refuses to even acknowledge my debate request. Worse yet, he is the only high-level candidate for state office to ignore all three state financial disclosure deadlines, which means he has either not paid for his many visible campaign expenditures or is in outright violation of state law.”

“In this campaign, I have visited every town in District 5,” said Weeks. “Countless voters have told me that Mr. Wheeler refused to respond to their phone calls, emails, or address their legitimate concerns. Many doubt that my opponent has ever even been to their towns. If I am elected to the Executive Council, I will always listen to my constituents and practice full transparency.”

Since announcing his candidacy in March, Weeks has toured all 33 towns in District 5 and attended countless events. He officially filed to run for Executive Council by obtaining signed petitions from each town in the district, rather than by paying a fee as Mr. Wheeler did. 

“Your Councilor should be transparent. That is why I’ve challenged my opponent to a public debate and voluntarily released financial information about my campaign, even before the state filing deadlines. I am proud that our campaign has received over 1,200 contributions from people from all walks of life.”  

New Hampshire campaign finance law requires candidates to file financial reports starting August 24th when at least $500.00 is expended. In keeping with Dan Weeks’ long history advocating for campaign finance reform and greater government transparency, Weeks believes candidates should file sooner than the August deadline and should be prohibited from accepting donations over $1,000 from individuals or any corporate donations. He has voluntarily modeled those reforms in his campaign.

“I find it incredibly hard to believe that my opponent has not surpassed the $500 expenditure threshold that would require a financial disclosure,” said Weeks. “Mr. Wheeler needs to disclose his campaign finance reports and debate, to prove that he isn’t wheeling and dealing with the public’s trust.”


Dan is a 12th generation Granite Stater, a community leader in Nashua, and a proven advocate for good-government reform. Raised on a small community farm in Temple, Dan left home at age 18 to serve with AmeriCorps, attend Yale and Oxford on scholarships, and work on democratic development abroad. He returned to New Hampshire to start a family and continue his public service.

Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire endorses Scott McGilvray for State Senate

 

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MANCHESTER, NH – Today, the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire (PFFNH) endorsed Scott McGilvray to represent State Senate District 16 in Concord, representing the towns of Bow, Dunbarton, Hooksett, Candia and the City of Manchester’s Wards 1, 2 and 12.

“Scott will bring the type of leadership to Concord that New Hampshire needs,” said David Lang, President of PFFNH. “Scott is committed to working across party lines to address the problems of working families and supporting coordinated leadership in the opioid epidemic. We believe that Scott is the right choice in this election and will fight to better the lives of all Granite Staters.”

“Scott stands up for working families every day, as a former teacher in Manchester’s public schools to now representing teachers across the state. We are proud to put our weight behind a tried and tested voice for working families,” stated Jeff Duval, President of Manchester Local #856.

“Our state is at a turning point,” said McGilvray. “Firefighters and paramedics are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, and I intend to listen to their expertise and bring action as we take this problem head-on in Concord. I am proud to receive the endorsement and support of the PFFNH, and look forward to building a stronger, safer New Hampshire by their side.”

The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, headquartered in Concord, NH, is a state association chartered by the 43 locals of the International Association of Fire Fighters across the Granite State, representing more than 2,000 active and retired firefighters and paramedics.

Maggie Hassan’s New TV Ad Highlights Approach to Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development

CONCORD – Maggie for NH today announced a new television ad, “Working,” highlighting how Governor Maggie Hassan’s approach to fiscal responsibility and economic development is moving New Hampshire’s economy forward.

As Governor, Maggie Hassan worked across party lines to enact two fiscally responsible, balanced budgets without an income or sales tax. 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 help start-up companies launch and grow. And she has taken a comprehensive approach to the heroin and opioid crisis, focused on prevention, treatment and recovery. 

“By working across party lines and focusing on fiscal responsibility, we’ve been able to get things done for hard-working Granite Staters and CNBC recently ranked New Hampshire the most business friendly state in the nation,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “I will take this same fiscally responsible approach to the United States Senate to foster innovation, support job-creating businesses, and ensure that all Granite Staters who work hard have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead.”

Governor Hassan announced her Innovate NH 2.0 economic plan, which outlines the key priorities she will take to the United States Senate to build on New Hampshire’s economic progress and ensure that all Granite Staters are equipped to succeed in the changing American economy. Innovate NH 2.0 includes specific proposals in five key areas to ensure that hard-working families and small businesses have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead: encouraging business innovation and growth; developing a 21st century workforce; helping middle class families make ends meet; building a cleaner, more affordable energy future; and fixing our roads, bridges and other infrastructure systems. 

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

Click here for the 30 second ad.

More False Attacks From Kelly Ayotte’s Special Interest Backers

Kelly Ayotte’s Discredited Washington Special Interest Backers Launch More Desperate and Completely Baseless Attacks

CONCORD – Kelly Ayotte’s discredited Washington special interest backers launched two new baseless attack ads, continuing their vile and false efforts to politicize the heroin and opioid epidemic while also misleading Granite Staters about Governor Hassan’s record of leading the fight to strengthen mental health services in New Hampshire.    

The National Republican Senatorial Committee – which Kelly Ayotte continues to fundraise with as recently as this week – has previously come under fire in New Hampshire for its false attacks politicizing the heroin and opioid crisis. NHPR reported that “the [NRSC’s] ad generated concerns in drug-treatment and recovery circles,” while the Concord Monitor reported that New Hampshire’s recovery community was “disturbed” by the ad, with one substance misuse advocate saying “Frankly, I’m horrified by it.” 

And when it comes to the false attacks regarding New Hampshire Hospital, the contract was approved in a unanimous vote by the bipartisan Executive Council and the Concord Monitor reported, “Riverbend Community Mental Health CEO Peter Evers said he met with state officials Wednesday and was assured there are no empty beds at New Hampshire Hospital. ‘I absolutely take them at their word that they have adequate staff.’”   

“Kelly Ayotte’s discredited Washington special interest backers will do anything to try to protect their reliable vote in the Senate, including launching false attacks politicizing the heroin and opioid crisis that have been called ‘disgusting,’ ‘trash,’ and ‘exactly what is wrong with politics,’ said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “The fact that Kelly Ayotte would continue to fundraise with a group that has launched ads that have ‘horrified’ substance misuse advocates on the front lines of combating the heroin and opioid crisis speaks volumes about Ayotte’s record of putting her special interest backers before the people of New Hampshire.”

The facts about Governor Maggie Hassan’s bipartisan leadership to combat the heroin and opioid crisis:

When Kelly Ayotte’s special interest backers previously ran false ads politicizing the heroin and opioid crisis, The Nashua Telegraph called the attacks “trash” and “the worst kind of electioneering,” and pointed out that Ayotte’s special interest backers don’t care “a whit about New Hampshire or its people.” Substance misuse recovery advocates and law enforcement decried the NRSC’s previous attack ads on the crisis, highlighting Governor Hassan’s strong leadership while calling the ad “despicable” and saying they were “appalled.”    

The truth is, Governor Hassan has worked to ensure that those on the front lines have the tools they need to combat the heroin and opioid crisis since she entered office. She’s implementing a comprehensive state strategy that includes supporting law enforcement and expanding drug courts. She’s also secured millions of dollars in additional funding for treatment, recovery and prevention and re-authorized the state’s Medicaid expansion plan, which is critical to providing access to treatment. And New Hampshire has seen a 25% increase in state-funded treatment beds.

The facts about the Governor’s bipartisan record of leading the fight to strengthen mental health services in New Hampshire: 

The state’s contract with Dartmouth-Hitchcock was unanimously approved by the bipartisan Executive Council and went through the procurement process mandated by state law. Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been clear that the announced upcoming layoffs will not affect their legal obligation and responsibility to meet the critical personnel needs of the contract, and the state will ensure that Dartmouth-Hitchcock is held accountable to their responsibilities under this contract. 

Governor Hassan has focused on mental health treatment throughout her time in office, including significantly increasing funding to revitalize the state’s community-based mental health care system and passing and reauthorizing New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion that is already providing mental health care to thousands of Granite Staters. 

Meanwhile, Kelly Ayotte has a long record of votes that would hurt New Hampshire’s mental health system. Ayotte has repeatedly voted to repeal New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion that provides coverage – including for mental health services – to over 50,000 Granite Staters. Ayotte has also sided with the Koch Brothers and voted for funding measures that would have slashed funding for mental health services, including support for a 2011 CR that would have cut $200 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.

(Featured image by Gage Skidmore, FLIKR) 

Van Ostern Pushes For Renewable Energy At Peterborough Solar Array

Van Ostern Contrasts His Record Of Supporting Solar And Renewable Energy Projects With Chris Sununu’s Steadfast Opposition 

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. – Today, Colin Van Ostern, Democratic nominee for Governor, toured the Peterborough Solar Array, where he discussed his plans to create solar and renewable energy jobs and protect New Hampshire’s natural resources as Governor. On the Executive Council, Van Ostern successfully fought to secure funding for the largest solar array in New Hampshire that’s now powering the town of Peterborough’s municipal buildings. Van Ostern’s opponent, Chris Sununu voted against this project and has consistently opposed other renewable energy projects across New Hampshire. 

“Solar and renewable energy projects are critical to boosting our clean tech economy, lowering energy costs, protecting our natural resources, and creating good-paying jobs,” said Colin Van Ostern, Democratic nominee for Governor. “I’m proud to have helped lead the charge to expand renewable energy projects in communities across New Hampshire. Chris Sununu’s repeated opposition to solar and renewable energy projects throughout New Hampshire is threatening to hold our economy back.” 

Van Ostern is committed to supporting renewable energy technologies that have strong local support, create good paying jobs, lower energy costs for New Hampshire residents, and make the state less dependent on fossil fuels. Working on the state Executive Council, he has successfully championed energy efficiency initiatives and solar and renewable energy projects in Manchester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Durham, and Berlin, all of which had the support of local communities. 

Chris Sununu has consistently opposed solar and renewable energy projects on the Executive Council while taking thousands of dollars in contributions from the oil and gas industry. Despite the scientific consensus that climate change is a real, Sununu continues to deny its existence.

Between 2013 and 2016, Sununu voted ten times against solar and wind projects in New Hampshire—six times, he was the only councilor to vote no.

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  • In October 2014, Sununu was the only councilor to oppose $4.1 million in financing for a five-turbine wind farm project in Berlin.
  • In January 2014, Sununu voted against $1.2 million in funding for a solar project in Peterborough—and was again the lone dissenting vote.
  • In December 2013, Sununu was the only councilor to vote against a $1 million grant to install and operate a wind energy project on Jericho Mountain.
  • In July 2015, Sununu successfully killed $998k in funding which would have helped Manchester Solar LLC to install, own, and operate a solar photovoltaic electric generation system.
  • In July 2015, Sununu voted no on authorization of $581k in funding to Milton Town Solar LLC, to Install a Solar Photovoltaic System at the Closed Milton Town Landfill.
  • In June 2015, Sununu voted against awarding $502k in funding for Durham Solar P2 to continue their Innovation Research Center.
  • In March 2014, Sununu was the only councilor to vote no on retroactively amending funding for the City of Manchester to realign the Solar Photovoltaic Facilities, by increasing the amount by $501k.
  • In January 2016, Sununu voted against $450k in funding for two solar projects in Portsmouth.
  • In December 2013, Sununu was the only councilor to vote against $318k in funding to install a solar photovoltaic system at Plymouth Village Water and Sewer.
  • In December 2013, Sununu was the only councilor to vote against $175k in funding to install, operate, and monitor a Solar Photovoltaic System at Franklin Pierce University.

Furthermore, on multiple occasions, Chris Sununu has denied climate change and has stated his belief that if climate change is real, that it is not man-made.

  • In an interview with Concord News Radio earlier this year, Sununu said that “the jury is still out” on climate change.
  • After speaking with Sununu ahead of the Republican presidential primary, New York Times editorial writer Lawrence Downes noted Sununu’s “baffling, classically Republican insistence that there is no scientific consensus about the reality of human-caused climate change.”
  • Less than two weeks ago, Sununu said “no one knows for sure” if climate change is man-made.

“What state is this?” asked NHDP Press Secretary Evan Lukaske. “The Republican nominee for governor, Chris Sununu, doesn’t believe in climate change and has waged a crusade against renewable energy projects that would create good-paying jobs and help protect New Hampshire’s natural resources. His Republican ideology fits Mississippi better than it does New Hampshire.”

Governor Maggie Hassan Endorsed By National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

CONCORD – Today, Governor Maggie Hassan was endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare at an event at Havenwood Heritage Heights Senior Living Center.

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(Governor Hassan and NCPSSM President and CEO Max Richtman)

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Here in New Hampshire we know that our seniors deserve a high quality of life with access to the full benefits that they have earned, and as Governor, I have made it a priority to support seniors in our state. That approach is in stark contrast to Senator Ayotte’s Washington record of standing with special interests like the Koch Brothers and voting to undermine Medicare and Social Security. In the Senate, I will always fight for Granite State seniors and protect Social Security and Medicare for years to come.”

“The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is proud to endorse Governor Maggie Hassan for Senate, because we know she will fight to protect benefits for seniors,” said Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. “While Maggie Hassan stands with New Hampshire’s seniors, Kelly Ayotte has supported a special interest agenda in Washington that would cut the benefits that seniors earned throughout their careers. Governor Hassan will bring her bipartisan approach and commitment to problem solving to the Senate, and she will always fight to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare.”

Governor Maggie Hassan has a proven record of supporting seniors in New Hampshire. As Governor, Maggie signed a law that strengthened protections for seniors by making financial exploitation of elderly, disabled or impaired adults a criminal offense and another law requiring the state to develop an educational program on Alzheimer’s disease and provide training to law enforcement on Alzheimer’s. She also signed into law a seniors bill of rights, and required it to be posted in housing establishments for the elderly. And Governor Hassan signed the CARE Act, which improves patient care and supports caregivers who help make it possible for seniors to live independently at home. In 2015 the AARP honored Maggie as a Capitol Caregiver for her efforts.

As Senator, Maggie Hassan will fight to protect Social Security and Medicare, and strengthen these programs for years to come. She will stand up to those trying to turn Medicare into a voucher program, and she will fight any attempt to privatize or cut Social Security. She will also work to enhance Social Security by ensuring that caregivers can get credit toward their Social Security benefits when they take time off or reduce working hours to care for family members.

In Washington, Senator Kelly Ayotte has stood with her corporate special interest backers like the Koch Brothers – who she voted with nearly 90% of the time her first four years in office – in working to undermine Social Security and Medicare. Senator Ayotte cosponsored a bill opposed by AARP that would have cut $859 billion from Medicare and $1.3 trillion from Social Security, increasing out of pocket costs for those on Medicare and slashing Social Security benefits by nearly 20%. Senator Ayotte has voted to cut Medicare by turning it into a private voucher system, while also voting against protecting Social Security from benefit cuts. And Ayotte has voted to increase the retirement age for Medicare, and has signaled her openness to doing the same for Social Security.

Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund Announces Endorsements In NH Executive Council Races

Planned_Parenthood_logo.svgAdvocacy Arm of State’s Largest Women’s Health Organization Cites Critical Role Executive Council Plays in Health and Safety of all Granite Staters 

CONCORD—With New Hampshire’s Executive Council playing an essential role in decisions that impact the health and safety of all Granite Staters, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund (PPNHAF) PAC today endorsed five candidates for executive council who will safeguard health care access for women and low-income families and support judicial and commissioner candidates who are also committed to women’s health. These candidates include: 

  • Mike Cryans, Candidate for Executive Councilor, District 1
  • Andru Volinsky, Candidate for Executive Councilor, District 2
  • Beth Roth, Candidate for Executive Councilor, District 3
  • Chris Pappas, Incumbent Executive Councilor, District 4
  • Dan Weeks, Candidate for Executive Councilor, District 5

“In the past two years, votes taken by the Executive Council have influenced the health of more than 60,000 Granite Staters who rely on expanded Medicaid and Planned Parenthood health centers for their care. With so many recent threats to health care access, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC has endorsed five candidates whose statements and actions demonstrate that they will not put politics before the health of New Hampshire’s women and families,” said Jennifer Frizzell, Chair of Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC.

The New Hampshire Executive Council is a five-member body whose responsibilities include reviewing and approving contracts, confirming the appointments of judges and commissioners, and working closely with the Governor to oversee the affairs of the state. In recent years, some anti-women’s health members of the Executive Council have voted to reject contracts awarding state and federal funds for preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers in New Hampshire –risking patient access to critical services such as cancer screenings, breast exams and birth control. Given the significant impact decisions made by NH’s Executive Council have on women’s health care access, Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund PAC has evaluated each of the candidate’s positions on women’s health care access and support for funding Planned Parenthood health centers, conducted interviews and endorsed candidates who will protect women’s health.

 

Senator Ayotte’s War On Women’s Health And Reproductive Rights

Senator Kelly Ayotte claims to be standing up for Granite State women but her votes on the “Blunt Amendment”, the Affordable Care Act, and Planned Parenthood tell a very different tale.

Over the last five years in Washington, Sen. Ayotte voted six times to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides critical health care services to thousands of New Hampshire women, including preventative care, birth control and cancer screenings.

She even submitted her own “women’s health” bill that women’s health experts called a “sham and an insult to women.” The bill would hurt women by making birth control more expensive–up to $600 more in out of pocket costs each year.

Increasing the cost of birth control does nothing to help women. When women are forced to pay more money out of pocket for their prescriptions, women lose while pharmaceutical companies line their pockets with their hard earned money.

So it comes as no surprise that Senator Ayotte has collected more than $200,000 dollars in campaign contributions from Big Pharma.

She also voted against allowing Americans to access safe and less expensive prescription drugs from Canada. She also blocked a measure that would help get more affordable generic drugs to market sooner.

“Kelly Ayotte has put her big pharma campaign backers ahead of the health of the people of New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “We deserve a Senator who will put New Hampshire first, stand up to predatory pharmaceutical companies, and help increase access to affordable medications and health care overall.”

In addition to voting to defund Planned Parenthood six times, Ayotte has also voted to cut all funding to the Title X Family Planning Program, which helps fund 4,200 Family Planning Centers that provide access to breast and cervical cancer screenings and other preventive health care to many low-income women.

And Ayotte opposes a woman’s right to choose. She said, “I certainly believe that Roe [v. Wade] should be overturned,” and cosponsored a plan which would have allowed employers to deny women insurance coverage for birth control.

Some have speculated that Ayotte’s failure to do her job and confirm a new Supreme Court Justice is because she is waiting for Donald Trump to nominate a justice who will overturn Roe v Wade.

Kelly Tries To Deceive Voters About Her Support Of Women’s Health On The Campaign Trail

Kelly Ayotte’s campaign continues to perpetuate the myth that she supports women’s health care. When confronted about her six votes to defund Planned Parenthood, Kelly Ayotte has the same pivot –– that she’d redirect money to community health centers. But there are a few major problems with her canned response.

First, Ayotte has repeatedly voted against federal funds to support community health centers. She repeatedly voted against the Affordable Care Act that provided $11B over five years to support Community Health Centers across the nation.

Second, Planned Parenthood health centers serve an outsized role in meeting the family planning needs for those who rely on federally-funded health programs.

A recent report found that in the 491 counties served by a Planned Parenthood clinic, “Planned Parenthood serves at least half of all American women who receive birth control from safety-net clinics. In one-fifth of these counties, a Planned Parenthood site is the only family planning center for clients who rely on subsidized help.”

The report also found that, “Although Planned Parenthood health centers comprise 10% of publicly supported safety-net family planning centers, they serve 36% of clients who obtain publicly supported contraceptive services from such centers.”

“Kelly Ayotte has spent six years voting to restrict access to women’s health care. Now that she’s up for reelection, she’s trying to moderate. The fact is that Ayotte’s votes against Title X funding and the ACA, have not only jeopardized care at Planned Parenthood health centers, they also aimed to restrict access to care for women and low-income families at the very Community Health Centers she claims to support. Granite Staters can see right through Kelly Ayotte’s election year politics,” said Victoria Bonney, Communications Manager for Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund.

This week, Maggie for NH released a new ad, “Six Times,” highlighting the six times Ayotte has voted against Granite State women by voting against Planned Parenthood.

“Kelly Ayotte has a long record of standing with her political party at the expense of Granite State families, and her six votes to defund Planned Parenthood and jeopardize access to critical health services including cancer screenings and birth control are yet another example,” said Maggie for NH Press Secretary Meira Bernstein. “Maggie Hassan believes that it’s unacceptable that politicians in Washington are still playing politics with women’s health care, and in the Senate, she will fight to protect a woman’s right to make her own health decisions and to safely and affordably access health care.”

The Trump/Ayotte Ticket

Now Ayotte may not be endorsing Donald Trump for President, though she says she will vote for him, they are walking hand-in-hand attacking women’s health and reproductive rights.

At a campaign event in New Hampshire on Thursday, Trump announced his support for Ayotte’s “sham” contraceptive bill that would force women to pay up to $600 more for their birth control prescriptions.

“Donald Trump’s support for (or is it an endorsement of?) Kelly Ayotte’s plan to make birth control more expensive makes it crystal clear that when it comes to undermining women’s healthcare Ayotte and Trump are in perfect agreement,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Melissa Miller. “New Hampshire women and people of all genders who care about access to affordable healthcare will reject this toxic ticket in the fall and send both Trump and Ayotte packing.”


More facts on Senator Ayotte’s war on women:

FACT: Ayotte has voted repeatedly to repeal the requirement that health insurance cover birth control without a copay.

FACT: At the urging of the Koch Brothers’ political arm, Kelly Ayotte voted to slash $1.3 billion from community health centers nationwide. This same bill would have also eliminated 750 community health center jobs in just New Hampshire.

FACT: The bill Ayotte touts regarding mammograms is dependent on the preventative care protections in the Affordable Care Act which Ayotte has voted five times to repeal. If Kelly Ayotte gets her way, 285,949 New Hampshire women will lose the guarantee that their insurance will cover preventative services like mammograms with no out of pocket costs.

FACT: Ayotte co-sponsored and voted for a measure that would have given employers the right to refuse insurance coverage for their employees of any medical treatments or services they disagree with–including birth control. This bill was opposed by the American Cancer Society because it would allow bosses to deny their employees coverage for important preventive health services.

FACT: On at least three different occasions, Ayotte voted against Paycheck Fairness legislation to ensure that women are paid equally for equal work.

According to the National Women’s Law Center, women make 76 cents for every dollar earned by men in New Hampshire. The numbers are worse for minority women: African American women earn 65 cents and Latinas 70 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men.

“Ayotte voted against Paycheck Fairness a whole bunch of times. And then, just for kitten-heel kicks, she and some of her fellow lady Republicans introduced their own adorable “Equal Pay” bill, which wouldn’t actually strengthen equal pay laws so much as weaken them by creating extra loopholes for employers. It’s like the same thing, only different,” wrote Kaili Joy Gray for Wonkette.

Granite State Teamsters Endorse Chris Pappas

Teamsters LogoManchester – Today, the Granite State Teamsters, Local 633, endorsed Manchester business owner and Executive Councilor Chris Pappas for a third term.

“We’re proud to endorse Chris Pappas for Executive Council,” said David Laughton, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 633. 

“Over his previous two terms, Chris has consistently fought for working families. His record demonstrates a desire to focus on issues instead of ideology – and he has brought people together to find practical solutions that expanded economic security and opportunity for working families across the Granite State,” continued Laughton. 

“Chris Pappas is the only candidate in this race who will continue to move New Hampshire forward towards a future where every hard working family has a chance to succeed.” 

“It’s an honor to receive the endorsement of Teamsters Local 633,” said Executive Councilor Chris Pappas.  

“We’ve made great progress in building a brighter future for New Hampshire – like modernizing the state’s transportation system, improving our infrastructure, and expanding access to life-saving health care. But working men and women across our state know there’s still more work to do – that’s why I’m proud to have their support as we continue the fight to build the future working families deserve.”

Teamsters Local 633 includes thousands of members working for Anheuser-Busch breweries, soft drink production and delivery, beer distribution, bakeries, laundry facilities, power plants, municipalities, public works, airport maintenance, sheriffs, police departments, librarians, school principals and race track employees.

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