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Frank Guinta Says He Wants To Make Cuts To Social Security, Repeal ACA And Block Student Loan Refinancing Legislation

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Former Congressman Frank Guinta affirmed that he still plans to cut seniors’ benefits in an interview with the Concord Monitor last week, saying that “Republicans are going to want” to adopt a benefit-cutting measure, Chained CPI, in the next Congress.

“New Hampshire seniors beware: Frank Guinta has a plan to cut your earned benefits,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly. “Instead of ending tax breaks for Big Oil and huge corporations, Guinta would balance the budget on the backs of our seniors. His extreme Tea Party platform would not only punish seniors, but also the hardworking Granite Staters who pay into this system with the expectation that their earned benefits will be there when they need them.”

Disturbing facts about Guinta’s benefit-cutting proposal to adopt Chained CPI:

  • Guinta’s proposal would hit beneficiaries harder as they age.
  •  Since women live longer than men and the cuts accelerate over time, women would be hit especially hard.
  •  Under Guinta’s proposal, a senior who retires at 65 would lose almost $14,000 by age 85, and $28,000 by age 95.
  •  By the time retirees reach 85, their benefits would be cut by an average of $1,147 per year.
  • A 92-year-old would lose an entire month’s income from his or her annual benefits.
  •  Guinta’s proposal would cut almost 14 weeks’ worth of food from a 75-year-old’s budget, and almost 24 weeks of food from an 85-year-old’s budget.
  •  Even Guinta’s hyper-conservative pal Grover Norquist opposes the proposal, saying that it’s “a very large tax hike over time.”

Unlike Guinta, Carol Shea-Porter opposes the benefit-cutting chained CPI proposal, and successfully fought to eliminate it from President Obama’s budget proposal.

But wait there is more!

In the interview with the Concord Monitor Guinta stated  “he’d oppose any measure to eliminate student loan debt and saddle taxpayers with that cost instead.”  The current proposal by Senator Warren and co-sponsored by Sen. Shaheen would allow students to refinance their federal student loans.  This does not shift the burden to the taxpayers, it stops the government from collecting over $60 billion in profits off the backs of our college students.

Guinta is still denying climate change science that has the support of 97% of the scientific community. “I’m not sure the science is accurate or complete on this issue.”  As a politician who has received major funding from the Big Oil and the Koch Brothers he would know better than 97% of the scientific community.

Guinta also wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “Guinta said he would vote to repeal it, but he does support the provisions that protect people with pre-existing conditions and that allow people to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26.” Of course he wants to keep the part that has unmatched support by both sides.  Even though Frank Guinta wants to repeal part of the law, and keep part of the law, the Republicans in the House have not submitted any legislation to do that. They continue to waste our taxpayer dollars voting for a repeal that will never get passed the Senate or the President who signed the bill.

The ACA is working. It is saving the government money, including the $600 million in savings from Medicare alone.  The NH Department of Insurance just announced that over 20,000 people have signed up for healthcare who did not previously have any coverage.  So again the ACA is not perfect but it is working. We need to make it better not destroy it completely.  If Congressman Guinta wants to repeal it so bad, he should be the one to tell the 20,000+ people who got healthcare for the first time, that he is taking that away from them to ensure that millionaires and billionaires continue to pay less in taxes than average Americans.

Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association Endorse Maggie Hassan

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DSC_0236Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association Endorses Governor Maggie Hassan for Her Record of Supporting Public Safety in the Queen City

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

Manchester—Praising her strong leadership and record of fighting for the priorities that help keep New Hampshire’s largest city safe, the Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association endorsed Maggie Hassan for re-election.

“Governor Hassan’s strong leadership and proven record of protecting our communities make her the clear choice on public safety in this election,” said MPPA President Ken Chamberlain. “We are proud to endorse Governor Hassan for re-election and know that she will always work to bring DSC_0229together members of both parties to get things done to strengthen public safety and ensure that our law enforcement officials have the support we need to protect the people of Manchester.”

“It’s a tremendous honor to have earned the support of the Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association again this year as we work to keep Manchester safe and solve problems the New Hampshire Way,” said Governor Hassan. “Maintaining the safety of our communities and citizens is the most important job of state government, and through our bipartisan budget, we’ve made critical investments in protecting our communities, without a sales or income tax. We maintained drug task force teams, funded the cold case unit, restored the CHINS program, and through our bipartisan health care expansion plan, thousands of people will have access to substance and alcohol treatment coverage for the first time.”

“But my opponent is pushing a so-called ‘plan’ that’s straight out of the Bill O’Brien playbook and would blow a $90 million hole in our state budget, placing critical investments in public safety at risk. We have come too far to let my opponent take us backward, and together we’ll continue to keep New Hampshire safe and move our state in the right direction,” 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 MPPA is the fourth public safety organization to endorse Governor Hassan for re-election, joining the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association, Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Police Association.

NH CD01: A Clear Choice For Granite Staters

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Carol Shea Porter - Frank GuintaThis election, voters in New Hampshire’s in the First Congressional District once again have a choice between two candidates that we know very well: Carol Shea-Porter and Frank Guinta.

The two candidates have faced each other in the same race for the last three election cycles.

Carol is a true fighter for the middle class: pushing for stronger labor laws, a higher minimum wage, and access to healthcare for all Americans.

Frank is a self proclaimed “Tea Partier” who opposes any increase in the minimum wage, wants to “reduce government regulations” that help protect our environment, and would take away a woman’s right to choose.

Carol has the endorsement of workers organizations like the NH AFL-CIO, the State Employees Association, The American Federation of Teachers -NH, and the National Education Association of New Hampshire. Carol has also been endorsed by Planned Parenthood for her opposition to the attacks on women’s rights, the Human Rights Campaign for protecting the rights of the LBGT community, and the Sierra Club for her work protecting the environment.

On the other hand, Frank has been endorsed by the Koch brothers funded Americans For Prosperity and the Association of Builders and Contractors. Frank and the ABC held up construction of the Manchester Jobs Corps building because they were opposed to a federal agreement that would have protected construction workers and ensured that they were paid a fair wage.

Carol has voted time and time against proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare – programs that Americans have paid in to, their entire working lives. Vote after vote, Carol has defended the promises of retirement security that Americans have relied on since 1935. Protecting Social Security is one of the cornerstones of Carol’s service in Congress, and that’s why she has been endorsed by the New Hampshire Alliance For Retired Americans.

Frank, on the other hand, supports Paul Ryan’s plan to make cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Carol has defended the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from threats to close it. She was also very vocal in her opposition to last October’s 16-day government shutdown.

There is no doubt that Frank would have voted with the extremists in Congress to shut our government down. And Frank has already promised he would join the faction that keeps forcing the House to waste resources voting on Obamacare (at least 60 times so far).

Once again, Granite Staters in the First District have a very clear choice between candidates.

  • If you want a fighter for the middle class who opposes corporate PAC money, vote for Carol Shea-Porter.
  • If you want someone in Washington who will vote for his corporate funders and against the middle class, then Frank Guinta fits the bill.

Myself, I will be voting to re-elect Congresswoman Shea-Porter.

Hassan Campaign Launches New TV Ad Highlighting Failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s Record of Bad Management

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Screen shot 2014-10-17 at 8.29.17 PMUnder Havenstein’s Watch, SAIC Overcharged Taxpayers for a Project Meant to Train First Responders; On Another Taxpayer-Funded Project, SAIC Went $500 Million Over Budget Due to Massive Fraud

MANCHESTER—Governor Maggie Hassan’s re-election campaign launched a new television ad, “Massive,” highlighting failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s record of bad management. Under Havenstein’s watch, SAIC overcharged taxpayers for a project meant to train first responders, and on another taxpayer-funded project, SAIC went $500 million over budget due to massive fraud.

“Granite Staters face a clear choice between Governor Hassan’s record of bipartisan leadership that’s building an innovation economy for the future, and failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s record of bad management that ran SAIC into a ditch,” said Hassan Campaign Press Secretary Aaron Jacobs. “Voters deserve to know the facts about what happened under failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s watch at SAIC, and that includes wasteful spending and massive fraud that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Not to mention that Havenstein implemented a failed strategy, the company shed thousands of jobs, and it’s stock value plummeted over 30 percent.”

“Governor Hassan has worked across party lines to responsibly balance the budget without a sales or income tax and put New Hampshire’s economy back on the right track. Granite Staters can’t afford to let Havenstein do to the state what he did to SAIC,” said Jacobs.

Havenstein’s record of bad management includes failing to stop “systemic fraud” that “cheated the government out of millions of dollars” in taxpayer money for a project meant to train emergency personnel to respond to a terrorist attack. The AP reported that the scheme was “well-known among high-level executives.”

On another taxpayer-funded project, the company went $500 million over budget due to massive fraud that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Havenstein has attempted to duck responsibility for his bad management, even though he waited until after federal prosecutors announced charges before holding anyone at SAIC accountable.

To watch the ad, click HERE.

Governor Hassan Highlights the Clear Choice on Expanding Opportunity and Building a Stronger Workforce at NHTI in Concord

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The Governor Restored Funding that Allowed Community Colleges to Reduce Tuition, Havenstein Would Take Us Back to the Bill O’Brien Cuts that Undermined Higher Education

CONCORD—Governor Maggie Hassan visited NHTI, Concord’s Community College, to highlight the clear choice between her bipartisan leadership to expand opportunity and build a stronger workforce, and failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s Koch agenda that would take the state back to the Bill O’Brien cuts that undermined higher education and critical economic priorities.

The Governor was joined by State Senate candidate Dan Feltes and ClassCo Co-Founder and President David Luneau, to highlight her work to restore funding for higher education that allowed community colleges to reduce tuition. ClassCo is a technology, product design and development, and marketing company focused on the needs of the public safety and telecommunications communities.

“As the founder of a high-tech company right here in Concord, I know firsthand the importance of a strong workforce,” said ClassCo Co-Founder and President David Luneau. “My business relies on people being able to afford tuition so they can develop the skills and innovative thinking they need to succeed in the 21st century economy. Governor Hassan understands the needs of small businesses like mine, and that’s why she made freezing college tuition such a key priority.”

“It’s great to be at NHTI as we discuss our efforts to expand opportunity and build a stronger workforce that can fill the jobs that our innovative businesses are creating here in New Hampshire,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Our community colleges are developing innovative programs to provide our citizens with the skills they need to secure high-quality jobs, and that’s why I fought to restore funding that allowed our community colleges to reduce tuition. But my opponent’s Koch Brothers agenda and fiscally irresponsible ‘plan’ could make costs rise again at our community colleges, reversing our efforts to strengthen our workforce and putting a strain on students and families.”

Governor Hassan is fighting to expand opportunity and build a stronger workforce by freezing in-state tuition at our universities and reducing tuition at community colleges, working to modernize STEM education in our public schools, and promoting innovative options for higher education across the state.

Walt Havenstein, on the other hand, is pushing a Koch Brothers “plan” that would blow a $90 million hole in our budget, taking us back to the devastating Bill O’Brien cuts that undermined higher education and critical economic priorities.

NH Jackson Jefferson Celebration: President Clinton Rallies NH Democrats Ahead Of Elections

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Are you ready? Are you ready to vote?

These words covered signs throughout the Center of New Hampshire conference center last night as the New Hampshire Democrats hosted their annual Jackson Jefferson Celebration.

NH Democratic Committee Chair Ray Buckley opened the night with a simple question, “Are you ready to vote?” Buckley continued, “Are you ready to reelect Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter? Are you ready to reelect Congresswoman Annie Kuster? Are you ready to reelect Governor Maggie Hassan? Are you ready to reelect Senator Jeanne Shaheen?”

The standing ovations for each of the candidates proved that the crowd is ready. Ready to get out and vote for Democrats this election. Ensuring that New Hampshire Democrats get out and vote is vitally important.

“Four years ago New Hampshire Democrats stayed home and New Hampshire elected Bill O’Brien as Speaker of the House,” said Buckley.

In 2010, Bill O’Brien was elected Speaker after the Tea Party wave overcame the New Hampshire House. As Speaker, O’Brien slashed the New Hampshire budget, cutting funding to Children In Needs programs, defunded Planned Parenthood and attempted to push through a complete repeal of collective bargaining. “Bill O’Brien is counting on NH Democrats staying home,” said Buckley. If NH Democrats stay home this year Bill O’Brien will become Speaker of the House again.

The President of the Professional Firefighters of New Hampshire, Dave Lang, was honored with the Kathy Sullivan Courage Award for his decade long fight against the Local Government Center. Lang fought the LGC who were found to be misusing public healthcare funds and taking millions of dollars from taxpayers.

“I accept this award on behalf of the 2000 professional firefighters and paramedics who are out there every day working to make all the bad stuff go away,” said Lang. Referring to the massive budget cuts and anti-worker legislation pushed by the NH GOP in the Legislature Lang said, “This November it is up to you to stop the bad things from happening.”

After the awards were given, the candidates got their chance to speak.

Congresswoman Annie Kuster was first to take the stage. She opened by saying, “You all look beautiful.” Kuster focused on her work in Washington to protect small business, veteran’s benefits, expanding Social Security, and protecting women’s reproductive rights. She highlighted how her opponent, Marilinda Garcia, opposes many of these principles.

“(Garcia) opposes equal pay for equal work,” said Kuster. “(Garcia) voted to repeal the Violence Against Women Act. Marilinda is just a Michelle Bachmann – Sarah Palin wannabe. Marilinda Garcia is too extreme for New Hampshire.”

Prior to her current term as US Congresswomen, Annie Kuster spent twenty-five years as an adoption attorney. She talked about how important it is protect a women’s right to choose. Marilinda Garcia boasted in her support of the recent Hobby Lobby decision that allows your employer to choose what contraceptives are covered by their company health plan. Garcia voted to defund Planned Parenthood, voted to ban abortions — even cases of rape or incest — and even went as far as to criminalize any physician who performs an abortion.

“This is personal and private,” said Kuster. “We cannot let the government or our employers decide when we want to bear children.”

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter kicked off her speech by saying, “Practice self-defense and vote for Democrats.”

Shea-Porter has been a champion for middle class families through her three terms in Congress. She has worked to protect the 5,000 workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and opposes the draconian cuts proposed by the Republican leadership in the US House. She mentions how the GOP cut research for the CDC. “Clearly a bad move,” said Shea-Porter.

Shea-Porter is also pushing to get the dark money out of politics opposing the Citizens United. Shea-Porter clearly stated, “New Hampshire is not for sale.”

IMG_4798Governor Hassan rallied the crowd with one of the best speeches I have ever seen her deliver. She showed her passion for protecting Granite Staters and growing our economy. Hassan said, “We must restore opportunity by restoring and improving the New Hampshire Minimum Wage.”

Hassan criticized her opponent Walt Havenstien’s proposed plan for New Hampshire, “Walt Havenstien’s plan would blow a $90 million dollar hole in the state budget to give tax breaks to big business.”

Governor Hassan introduced Senator Shaheen by saying, “Senator Shaheen did not just move here, and she always puts New Hampshire first.”

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Senator Shaheen wanted everyone to know what is at stake this election. “What kind of future do we want?” asked Shaheen.

In the Senate, Shaheen has pushed for Equal Pay for equal work, allowing students to refinance their student loans and raising the minimum wage. “Students should be able to get a college education without drowning in debt,” said Shaheen.

Senator Shaheen took the golden opportunity to highlight a few of the flaws in her opponent, Scott Brown.

It has become widely known that Scott Brown is a well-paid board member of Kadant INC, a company that is known for outsourcing American jobs. “We do not need to import a senator who will export American jobs,” said Shaheen.

Shaheen also highlighted the massive outpouring of money from Brown’s big oil donors. Last week Brown’s super PAC received a $500,000 donation from an actual Texas oil baron. “Scott Brown has so much big oil money, he should have run for the Senate from Texas,” Shaheen jested.

Scott Brown has been relentless in claiming that Senator Shaheen does want to secure the southern border. To the shock of the crowd Shaheen said, “There is one thing Scott Brown and I agree on.” After a few hems and haws from the crowd Shaheen said, “We need to do more to secure our southern border…with Massachusetts.”

Shaheen closed by saying, “Scott Brown can be the first Senator to run for the Senate in two states and to be defeated by two women.”

The highlight of the night was the keynote address by President William Jefferson Clinton.   He reminisced about running around New Hampshire looking for anyone who wanted to shake is hand. My how times have changed.

As President, Clinton created over 22 million jobs by rejecting trickle down economics. Clinton utilized “demand and growth” economics that expanded the economy from the middle out. His presidency saw a 40% growth throughout the middle class, and a minimum of 21% growth in all other quintiles.

President Clinton praised the work of Gov. Hassan, Sen. Shaheen, Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter. He said, “I am comfortable campaigning for, and taking orders from women…it is just like at home.” It was obvious that President Clinton really enjoys campaigning. He said, “I feel like an old race horse who get brought back to the track every two years, given a smack on the rear just to see if I can win one more race.”

President Clinton focused his speech on how important this election is, and how different this election from previous elections. “This is an unsettled time,” said Clinton. “This is an unsettled time, however this is not 2010. They keep selling the same old ideas. This time the voters are just not buying what they are selling.” Republicans are using negative ad campaigns to win voters. “They want you to cast resentment votes,” said Clinton. “Resentment over the Affordable Care Act and resentment over President Obama. They want you to stop thinking.”

Clinton talked up President Obama’s leadership in the wake of a complete financial disaster. He said that if you look at every major financial crash throughout the world in the last 150 years you will see that it takes on average ten years to recover all the jobs lost. He was proud to say that we regained all the lost jobs from the 2008 financial crash in just over six years. “Since the crash the United States has created more jobs than all of Europe and Japan combined.”

In closing, President Clinton talked about voter turnout, and the importance of getting people to the polls on Election Day. “New Hampshire had the largest percentage drop in voter turnout in 2010 from 2008.” He did not have to say anything else for everyone understand what would happen if Democrats do not vote in this election.

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Blog Action Day 2014 — #Inequality: Overcoming Income Inequality With Progressive Policies

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Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, “We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few; but we can’t have both.”

We as a nation are facing a problem. A same problem we have faced and overcome in the past. Income inequality is once again dividing our great nation from the have’s and have not’s.

Early in the 1900’s the United States had a vast income inequality. Workers slaved for sixteen hours a day in dangerous factories. The majority of a workers income went to paying their employer for room and board, while the factory owners collected absorbent amounts of money.

Former AFL-CIO President Thomas Donahue once said, “The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor.”

As workers fought to get a fair share of the profits, wealthy Americans began using their vast wealth to influence the political system. Using their political influence they blocked legislation that provide workers with better safety regulations, better working conditions and the opportunity to bargain collectively with their employers.

As massive workplace tragedies like the Triangle Shirtwaist fire ripped through the headlines workers had had enough. Workers began to organize and form unions. As workers fought and died, the union movement began to gain traction.

It would still be decades before Congress would pass the National Labor Relations Act that gave workers the legal right to organize. As workers began organizing and negotiating for fair wages the entire country saw the gap between the poor and the wealth slowly start to close.

Unions became a powerhouse against corporate greed by ensuring that all workers were paid fairly, had a voice in their workplace and could retire with dignity.

With the addition of Social Security and the Minimum Wage people began to lift themselves out of poverty and what emerged was a vibrant middle class that would lead the nation through decades of economic prosperity.

In the late 1960s, corporations were looking for ways to weaken the power of unions to increase their profits. The answer was something they knew all along, to elect politicians who would put the interest of the corporations above the interest of the workers. They began a massive lobbying campaign to change regulations, slash workers rights and elect politicians who would vote for their corporate interests first.

As the power of the corporations began to rise again, unions began to fall. Massive anti-union campaigns blocked workers from organizing. President Reagan fired 15,000 air traffic controllers in the 1981 PATCO strike and that drove a stake right through the heart of organized labor. President Reagan showed the nation that it was acceptable for an employer to ignore the demands laid out by the unions and when the time comes, fire them all and rehire new workers. Corporations began using this principle to break unions thereby hiring new workers are drastically reduced wages.

As workers began to lose their voice, income inequality began to rise again. By the 1980s Wall Street was booming. Corporate profits were skyrocketing. CEOs began making obscene amounts of money while the everyday worker saw their wages stagnate.

ceo-vs-workerBy 1983 the ratio between the average worker and the CEO was 46:1. This is double what it was only ten years earlier (23:1). The more wealth Wall Street and greedy CEOs acquired, the more workers suffered.

Corporations continued to use their power in Washington to change the rules of the game for their own benefit. They changed banking regulations that allowed corporations to file for bankruptcy on their pension obligations. After thirty years with a company workers are left with nothing. All the money they contributed to their retirements, gone. Corporations began closing factories and shipping their jobs overseas. Millions of workers lost their jobs and their retirements as factories were chopped up and sold in shady Wall Street deals that paid executives boatloads of money.

As union membership began to decline inequality between workers and CEOs grew by leaps and bounds. Now the ratio between the average worker and the CEO is over 400:1. This is eight times higher than the next highest country, Venezuela at 50:1. That is obscene.

Now over forty percent of the nations wealth is held by only a select few. Income inequality in America now is worse than it was in the 1920s.

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Now that we have identified the problem, how do we fix it to rebuild the middle class and narrow the gap between the average worker and the ultra-wealthy?

The heart of the problem lies in the myth that if we give more money to the ultra-wealthy — or as the Republicans like to call them — job creators, then that money will trickle down to the rest of us. This failed idea continues to shape the political debate in Washington as millionaires and billionaires use their political lobbying groups, like the Americans For Prosperity, to push legislators to give more tax breaks to high-income earners.

Groups like the Americans For Prosperity continue to say that if we take anymore from the wealthy job creators they will just stop creating jobs. The fact is no matter how much money the job creators are given, they still are not creating any jobs. This feeds into the myth that we must give them more money.

The Americans For Prosperity also work to destroy unions, and fight against any progressive measures like raising the minimum wage. They demonize workers who want a living wage, while greedy corporations rake in more profits than any other time in history.

To begin to close the inequality gap we must rely on proven measures that have worked for previous generations. Policies like increasing the minimum wage, ensuring that the ultra-wealthy are paying their fair share in taxes and expanding Social Security. These three policies pushed America out of the Great Depression and into the most prosperous generation in American history.

It sounds simple, but given that too many of our politicians are bought and paid for by corporations and wealthy hedge fund managers, changing these policies have created the gridlock we are currently experiencing on Capitol Hill. Progressives want to move the country forward, while the Conservative majority who want to take us backwards.

There is one more change that we need to enact if we ever want see real change in America. We must get the corporations out of our political system. We need to get their dirty money out of Washington D.C. Their corruptive influence is blocking any meaningful legislation from moving forward. Politicians vote for what their corporate sponsors tell them to, no matter how much the voters disagree.

Across the country, in nearly every poll, voters overwhelmingly agree that it is time to raise the minimum wage. Despite this overwhelming voter support for raising the minimum wage, conservative politicians still oppose the increase.

As Senator Bernie Sanders says, “our democracy is turning into an oligarchy,” and that will eventually destroy America, as we know it.

Massachusetts and New Hampshire AFLCIO Presidents Speak Out Against Outsourcers Scott Brown And Mitt Romney

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As Outsourcing Champion Mitt Romney Campaigns With Scott Brown, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Labor Leaders Speak Out on Brown’s Outsourcing Record

Manchester, NH – Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman and New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark Mackenzie spoke out against Scott Brown’s outsourcing record today as he campaigned alongside outsourcing champion Mitt Romney. Like Romney, Scott Brown has a record of profiting off companies that ship American jobs overseas. In the Senate, Brown voted to protect tax breaks for companies that shipped jobs overseas.

“New Hampshire shouldn’t make the same mistake Massachusetts made, because Scott Brown’s record when he went to Washington proves that he’s not for working families. He’s a guy that works to protect his corporate special interest backers, at the cost of the middle class,” said Steven Tolman, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. “Now we know that since losing in Massachusetts, Brown has been making hundreds of thousands of dollars off of a company that made outsourcing part of its business plan. That company, Kadant Inc., even outsourced jobs in Massachusetts, the same state he once served. Scott Brown was wrong for Massachusetts and he’s wrong for New Hampshire.”

“Outsourcing is the type of business practice that lines the pockets of people like Scott Brown and Mitt Romney, but is devastating for communities in a state like New Hampshire,” said Mark Mackenzie, President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO. “When jobs are shipped overseas, families suffer, unemployment rates increase, and entire communities are decimated. The fact that Scott Brown personally profited from this practice is shameful. We can’t trust him and most definitely can’t afford to send his agenda back to the Senate.”

As a Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown voted to protect special tax breaks for companies that offshore American jobs. After leaving the Senate, he made more than a quarter million dollars by serving on the Board of Directors of Kadant, Inc., a company that outsourced American jobs to increase its bottom line. Just two days before he announced his most recent campaign in New Hampshire, Brown signed legal documents endorsing the company’s business strategy, which included establishing cheaper manufacturing facilities in China and Mexico.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party is releasing a new web ad ahead of Scott Brown’s campaign stop with fellow Massachusetts politician and notorious outsourcer, Mitt Romney. During Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, it was revealed that Mitt Romney invested millions of dollars in a company that profited off of U.S. Outsourcing. Similarly, Scott Brown has been making hundreds of thousands of dollars off an outsourcing company, even endorsing their business strategy, which included sending jobs to China and Mexico.

To view the web ad on YouTube, click here:

“Scott Brown and Mitt Romney both cashed in off of outsourcing jobs–and that’s just further proof that both are wrong for our economy and wrong for New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain.

 

 

Eliminating The Department Of Education Would Hurt Middle Class Families In NH

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Raising a family in New Hampshire is very difficult.  Our pay has become stagnant and yet our costs continue to rise.  Thankfully we have some good government programs set up to help middle class families.  One of these programs is the Federal Student Loan program.  Through the Department of Education, millions of young Americans receive loans and grants that allow them to pay the high cost of higher education.

For millions of Americans, higher education would be completely out of reach if it were not for the student loan program.

Today Congresswoman Annie Kuster released a new ad highlighting how Tea Party candidate Marilinda Garcia wants to eliminate the Department of Education.  This would essentially eliminated the student loan program, making a college education completely out of reach for millions of Americans.

The irony is that Marilinda Garcia owes between $15,000-$50,000 dollars to Sallie Mae for her student loans.

I guess what is good for Marilinda, is not good for the rest of us.

 

Marilinda Garcia Says Marriage Equality Does Not Matter to Millennial Voters

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Screen shot 2014-10-14 at 5.51.30 PMSo-Called “Millennial” Candidate Marilinda Garcia Says Marriage Equality Does Not Matter to Millennial Voters Despite Polling, Evidence to the Contrary

Garcia, a 31-year old candidate for Congress, voted against marriage equality, voted to repeal marriage equality, and voted to keep gay couples from adopting

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Concord, NH –Congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia (NH-02) says same-sex marriage and other issues of equality for gay and lesbian couples do not matter to millennial voters, despite widespread polling to the contrary.  On NHPR’s Morning Edition, Garcia recently told host Steve Inskeep that marriage equality is not an important topic for millennial voters, saying that “… it doesn’t really come up, you know, in elections and campaigns anymore because it’s just not an issue that they’re fighting about in the legislature anymore.”

But marriage equality and equal rights have been a topic of conversation, both in New Hampshire and nationally, and Garcia knows it. She voted against protecting or expanding LGBT rights as long ago as 2007 and as recently as 2014. In 2009, Garcia voted against passing marriage equality, and in 2010 and 2012 she voted to repeal it. National polls indicate that marriage equality is a priority for millennial voters. A Pew Research Center report in September 2014 found nearly 70% of millennial voters support same-sex marriage; a March 2014 report found 61% of young Republicans favor same-sex marriage. 

“Marilinda Garcia may be a young candidate but she is by no means a voice for the values of millennial voters,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress, and a millennial voter. “Garcia opposes same-sex marriage and voted to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples seeking to adopt. Nearly 70 percent of millennial voters nationwide support marriage equality and see equal rights as an important foundation, but if elected Marilinda Garcia will vote to discriminate against gay and lesbian individuals.”

“Garcia also defines marriage as solely about procreation, a belief that is out of touch with many young couples today who are waiting to start families or who have chosen not to have children at all,” Rice Hawkins said.

GSP Video: Marilinda Garcia’s House Floor Statement Against Marriage Equality

http://youtu.be/4ZqDnPFPB6E 

(includes statements regarding Garcia’s definition of marriage)

Excerpt: “Thank you Mr. Speaker, honorable colleagues. I rise in support of this amendment merely to voice support for the traditional definition of marriage. The case for marriage is based on the facts of biology and sociology. Marriage was not established to validate emotional and romantic love, sexual attraction, and the promise of commitment in heterosexual relationships. That conception of it is a modern luxury. Instead, marriage exists to solve a problem. That problem is a societal problem that rises from sex between men and women, but not from sex between partners of the same gender. That problem is what to do about its generativity.”

Other choice lines: “Your concern, as a state and a society, is with my gender-based reproductive capability when men are involved.” and “[Same-sex marriage is] illogical and invasive, while completely missing the biologically specific point of marriage in the first place.” Garcia also calls marriage “an institution that makes no sense for them.” [NH State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, NH House Floor Speech Against Marriage Equality, 3/21/2012]

Background: Garcia’s Record on Marriage Equality, LGBT Rights

  • In March 2007, Garcia voted against allowing unmarried adults – including gay and lesbian couples – to adopt children. While New Hampshire law at the time already allowed gay individuals to adopt, same-sex couples faced discrimination in adoption due to different interpretations of the law across the state. [HB 51, Roll Call #37, 3/21/2007; Portsmouth Herald, Gay adoption passes House, 3/22/2007]
  • In May 2009, Garcia voted against the historic passage of marriage equality in New Hampshire. [HB 436, Roll Call #148, 5/6/2009]
  • In February 2010, Garcia voted to repeal marriage equality. [HB 1590, Roll Call #82, 2/17/2010]
  • In March 2012, Garcia again voted to repeal marriage equality in New Hampshire. Garcia argued at the time that repealing marriage equality would strengthen New Hampshire families. [HB437, Roll Call #188, 3/21/2012]
  • In April 2014, Garcia voted against a New Hampshire bill to clarify New Hampshire’s marriage equality law to ensure that all married couples in New Hampshire receive the fair and equal treatment under the law that they deserve. [SB 394, Roll Call #217, 4/30/2014]

Additionally, in September 2014, the NH GOP revised platform strongly called on New Hampshire to only “recognize marriage as the legal and sacred union between one man and one woman as ordained by God, encouraged by the State, traditional to humankind, and the core of the Family.”

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