Hard Working Granite Staters Stand Firmly Behind Senator Dan Feltes

Dan FeltesConcord, N.H. – Following enthusiastic endorsements from numerous organizations who represent thousands of working families across New Hampshire and District 15 , State Senator Dan Feltes released the following statement:

“I’m honored to partner with the working men and women of the Granite State as we all work to build a stronger New Hampshire economy with opportunity for everyone, not just the wealthy or well-connected few. When it comes to quality of life and to growing a business, New Hampshire is second to none, and that’s a big credit to our Granite State workers and families.”

See below for excerpts from workers’ advocates supporting Senator Feltes’ re-election:

“Dan is a fighter, he gets things done, and he gets up each day to stand up for everyday people.” -Tony Manning, President of Concord Officers Local #3195, on the endorsement of the Professional Firefighters of NH.

“Dan understands what it takes for working families across this state to thrive, and has been a strong supporter of public safety for all Granite Staters” -Jim Duckworth, President of Concord Officers Local #1045.

“Dan Feltes has a proven track record of creating and maintaining an environment where all individuals and working families are able to thrive. He has demonstrated that through his work in the senate, he is someone who will always fight to make sure all workers earn a living wage, and will work to create educational opportunities that allow our businesses and communities to thrive,” said Richard Gulla President of SEA/SEIU Local 1984.

“AFT-NH is proud to endorse Dan Feltes for re-election to the NH Senate.  A staunch advocate for working people across New Hampshire, Dan has also promoted equal access to high quality public education and advocated for improved workplace protections and an increased minimum wage.  In sum, he embodies AFT’s commitment to fairness, democracy, and economic opportunity.”  – President Douglas Ley, AFT-NH.                                               

“The New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council is proud to endorse Dan Feltes in his race for State Senate. Dan is a tireless advocate for working men and women, and New Hampshire’s working families are better off with Dan in the Senate. Dan supports raising wages for New Hampshire workers, ensuring all workers have access to health insurance and pensions, and making sure New Hampshire taxpayer dollars stay in the local economy and in the pockets of local workers. Dan spent his career as a legal aid attorney standing up for people who were left behind by the system, and he has spent the last two years in the Senate as a passionate champion for workers and families.” -President Steve Burk,  New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades.

State Senate Candidate Joe Duarte Questioned Whether a Female Applicant for a Town Committee Could Fulfill Responsibilities Because She is a Mother

In 2007, Duarte participated in a discussion about whether a woman – who was the only candidate for a Zoning Board of Adjustments alternate position – could dedicate the necessary time because she is a mother

Joe Duarte

Joe Duarte

Concord, NH – During a Candia Selectman meeting on April 23, 2007, several selectmen – including Senate District 16 candidate Joe Duarte – debated whether an applicant for a vacant zoning board of adjustments alternate position could dedicate the necessary time to the position because she was the mother of a young child.

The applicant, Amanda Soares, was the only person to apply for the position. While some public officials in the room stated that the applicant’s personal family commitments weren’t up to the board to comment on – and that the question would likely not come up for a male applicant – Duarte persisted:

“Selectman Lazott stated he did not want to stretch her too thin. Selectman Duarte stated he was not on with the ZBA appointment because she was just appointed to the Planning Board as an alternate. Selectman Brennan stated he did not think the appointment was a big deal pointing out that he holds a full-time job and serves on many Boards and Committees. One Selectman noted that Selectman Brennan did not have a family and this requestor does.

Selectman Giffen reiterated that Mrs. Soares was extremely capable and that the ZBA meetings were typically short. Selectman Giffen advised he would not want to turn any volunteers down. Tax Collector Sanders mentioned she was aware that Mrs. Soares no longer had a daily commute to Massachusetts. Road Agent Lewis stated some months the ZBA does not meet. Selectman Giffen motioned to appoint Amanda Soares to the Zoning Board as an alternate member. Seconded by Selectman Brennan. Chairman Kelley stated he was still deciding because he was not sure about her time considering she has a small child. Selectman Brennan said the Board should let her make her own decisions regarding her time. Selectman Duarte stated attendance for two alternates for the Planning Board last year was poor and both had families. Ingrid Byrd of Depot Road wondered if the Board would be having the family discussion if the applicant was a man … Selectman Giffen mentioned that Mrs. Soares had perfect attendance when she was on the Solid Waste Committee and Conservation Commission. (Candia Selectmen, Approved Candia Selectmen’s Public Meeting Minutes, April 23, 2007)

The vote was postponed, but during the same meeting Duarte seconded a motion to approve two men for a town committee with no discussion of whether they have domestic responsibilities at home.

“Selectman Giffen to make recommendations on members for a Town of Candia Website Committee: Selectman Giffen advised public notice was placed in the paper for Public Meeting held on 4/19/07 for the purpose of establishing a website Committee. Selectman Giffen stated only two individuals showed up to volunteer. Selectman Giffen motioned to appoint Joe Miele and Larry Twitchell as members of the Town’s website committee with one-year terms, term to expire 4/23/08 effective today’s date. Seconded by Selectman Duarte. All in favor. Motion carried.” (Candia Selectmen, Approved Candia Selectmen’s Public Meeting Minutes, April 23, 2007)

In a follow-up meeting about the appointment, Duarte directly questioned the female applicant about her “full agenda” including other time commitments. Soares responded by saying her husband could be home to run the household in the evenings.

Selectman Duarte noted Mrs. Soares had a full agenda and asked her if she had enough time to devote to another Board. Mrs. Soares stated most of the meetings were held in the evenings when her husband is home and able to maintain the household … ZBA Chair Boyd Chivers pointed out that Mrs. Soares was the only person who expressed interest and did not know how the Board could turn her down. Secretary Chabot verified an advertisement was run for the position and Mrs. Soares was the only interested party. Selectman Giffen moved to accept the recommendation of the ZBA for the appointment of Amanda Soares as an alternate member with a term to expire on 10/28/08. Selectmen Lazott and Duarte indicated they were opposed. ZBA Chair Chivers noted the ZBA unanimously recommended her appointment.” (Candia Selectmen, Approved Candia Selectmen’s Public Meeting Minutes, May 14, 2007)

Statement from Granite State Progress Executive Director Zandra Rice Hawkins:

“It appears Joe Duarte judges women based on his own personal opinion of what her domestic roles and responsibilities should be, rather than letting a woman decide for herself. While other public officials pushed back, Duarte persisted in making this an issue of a woman’s assumed role in a household and at no time raised concerns about the sexist nature of the conversation. In fact, he asserted that it was relevant despite the candidate’s demonstrated commitment to other town committees and the fact that she was the only applicant for the position. Duarte, himself, was serving on multiple committees at the time.”

This is not the only time Duarte has stood in the way of women. In 2014 Duarte voted against the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act, an act to ensure women receive equal pay for an equal day’s work; and in 2012 he voted to allow any employer to deny coverage for contraception based on the employer’s own personal beliefs. (SB207, Roll Call #235, 5/14/2014; HB1546, Roll Call #117, 3/7/2012) Duarte also endorsed Donald Trump for President.

Note: Soares later went on to successfully complete 5 years of service on the Candia Board of Selectmen. She resigned in early 2015 when her family moved out of the area. (Candia Selectman, Candia’s Selectmen’s Public Meeting Minutes, 1.12.15)

Granite State Progress is a progressive advocacy organization that addresses issues of immediate state and local concern. Granite State Progress works as a communications hub for the progressive community to provide a strong, credible voice in advancing progressive solutions to critical community problems.

Social Security COLA Falls Short for Seniors

social securty 1Small cost-of-living increase triggers huge Medicare Part B premium hike for many retirees

American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. is calling on Congress to pass emergency legislation to prevent massive increases in Medicare Part B premiums for millions of retirees next year.

The government today announced a 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for federal retirees and Social Security recipients. The COLA is based on the year-over-year change in the prices for goods and services purchased by hourly and clerical workers.

This small COLA has inadvertently triggered a massive increase in Medicare Part B premiums for the 30 percent of beneficiaries who do not currently receive Social Security benefits.

Premiums for Medicare Part B are expected to increase 23 percent next year, from $121 a month to $149 a month. A so-called “hold harmless” provision prevents Medicare Part B premiums from increasing by more than the dollar increase in an individual’s Social Security payment. But for the 16 million retirees who don’t receive Social Security, including 1.6 million federal retirees under the Civil Service Retirement System, the full increase must be paid unless Congress acts.

“Congress must act now to prevent a massive increase in Medicare Part B premiums for this group of retirees,” Cox said. “Although most seniors would be protected, this group will have to pay more solely because of the uniqueness of their pension system.”

Congress last year extended the hold harmless provision to cover all Medicare Part B beneficiaries when there is no cost-of-living adjustment. However, this provision does not apply when there is a small COLA, as there will be in 2017.

Even without the increase in Medicare Part B premiums, retirees will have to tighten their belts to account for next year’s miniscule cost-of-living adjustment. Retirees already are facing a 6.2% increase in their health insurance premiums next year.

“Prices for many items that seniors must purchase are rising faster than the overall inflation rate,” Cox said. “Forcing this group of retirees to shoulder such a huge cost burden will have a devastating impact on their already modest living standards.”

The Alliance for Retired Americans have been pushing to increase Social Security benefits and change the way cost of living is calculated.

“The Alliance for Retired Americans is deeply disappointed by the announcement today that there will be a miniscule 0.3% benefit increase for millions of Social Security beneficiaries in 2017,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. “For the average retiree, that means just a $5.00 per month increase, not enough to keep up with the cost of their prescription medications. This follows a 0% COLA in 2016. Most retirees are going to continue to have a hard time paying for basic necessities.”

“That’s why Congress must expand earned Social Security benefits and change the formula used to calculate future COLAs to the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E).  The CPI-E would base the calculation on what seniors actually spend their money on. That list includes items such as health care and housing, which account for most retirees’ spending,” Fiesta added. 

The AFL-CIO was “disappointed” with this COLA announcement.

“A weak increase that amounts to a mere $5.00 more a month for the average retired worker is a disappointment for the millions who rely on Social Security to stay afloat during retirement,” said Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO. “Protecting our seniors against inflation is one of the many obligations we have to retired Americans. The 2017 adjustment falls short of that goal because it fails to reflect seniors’ extraordinary expenses.”

 “The 2017 COLA not only fails to keep pace with seniors’ high health care and prescription drug costs, it also means millions of retirees, including many retired public employees, will be hit hard because the law fails to protect them against large Medicare Part B premium increases when inflation is low. State Medicaid budgets that cover Medicare premiums for low-income seniors similarly will be affected. We urge Congress to step in and limit the coming financial blow to thousands of vulnerable retirees and state budgets,” Trumka added.

Hazardous Child Labor Is Still Legal In The U.S. And President Obama Needs To End It

Tobacco, Image by Steve Snodgrass

Tobacco, Image by Steve Snodgrass

Nearly 50 members of Congress ask President Obama to ban child labor in U.S. tobacco before leaving Oval Office 

Washington, DC—Nearly 50 Members of Congress asked President Obama to ban child labor in U.S. tobacco fields in a letter sent to the White House today. U.S. child labor law allows children as young as 12 to work unlimited hours in tobacco fields as long as they are not missing school. “Voluntary policies among tobacco companies have attempted to get children under 16 out of the fields, but it isn’t clear those policies are effective or why they permit 16- and 17-year-old children to do work that is hazardous and makes them ill,” said Sally Greenberg, co-chair of the Child Labor Coalition (CLC) and executive director of the National Consumers League.

“We believe that this work is too dangerous for workers under 18,” said Greenberg. “Children working in tobacco fields suffer regular bouts of nicotine poisoning, otherwise known as Green Tobacco Sickness. They are also subjected to dangerous pesticide residues and use razor-sharp tools. We believe tobacco work should be conducted by adults who are better able to deal with the risks, and kids who have to work or who want to work should be re-directed into safer jobs.”

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) authored the letter, which asks the President to designate tobacco work for children as “hazardous child labor” and by doing so, render it illegal. Cicilline has been a persistent advocate of protecting U.S. child tobacco workers since a Human Rights Watch report, “Tobacco’s Hidden Children—Hazardous Child Labor in United States Tobacco Farming,” found that nearly three out of four child tobacco workers interviewed suffered symptoms that correlated with nicotine poisoning.

“Laws that allow children to risk nicotine exposure while working in tobacco fields are hopelessly out of date and put children’s health in jeopardy. President Obama should act immediately to prohibit this hazardous work for children,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocacy director for Human Rights Watch (HRW).

In August, the CLC sent a letter signed by 110 groups, representing tens of millions of Americans, to President Obama urging him to ban child labor in U.S. tobacco before he leaves office. The Administration has not responded to the request.

In 2012, under strong pressure from the farm lobby, the Obama Administration withdrew long-overdue occupational protections for child farmworkers that would have banned child labor in tobacco while providing several other life-saving protections.

“We call on President Obama to rectify this decision and protect child tobacco workers from the dangers of nicotine poisoning before another child farmworker becomes ill at work,” said Norma Flores López, chair of the CLC’s Domestic Issues Committee. “Children who work in tobacco fields often wear black plastic garbage bags on their torsos to try to avoid contact with nicotine-laden tobacco leafs. Imagine the heat they experience in broiling sun wearing those bags? How can we subject them to those conditions?”

Both the Washington Post and the New York Times have urged the Obama Administration to issue federal rules to ban child labor in U.S. tobacco.  

On May 5, the Federal Drug Administration announced new regulations prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to children. “We’ve agreed for many years that nicotine does not belong in the hands of children,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell. 

“Despite this concern, the Obama Administration has not yet taken appropriate steps to protect child tobacco workers from nicotine poisoning in the fields,” said HRW’s Becker.

In September, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, a global leader of the movement to end child labor and child slavery tweeted a plea for the President “as a fellow Nobel Prize laureate” to ban child labor in U.S. tobacco.

“The United State has adopted the global sustainable development goal of ending child labor in the next nine years, but refuses to take the important first step of ending hazardous child labor in our tobacco fields,” said Reid Maki, director of child labor advocacy for the National Consumers League and coordinator of the CLC. “How sincerely are we embracing this vital goal if we won’t ban hazardous work that most Americans would agree is too dangerous for children—work that has been already banned in India and Brazil?” 

About the Child Labor Coalition

The Child Labor Coalition, which has 38 member organizations, represents consumers, labor unions, educators, human rights and labor rights groups, child advocacy groups, and religious and women’s groups. It was established in 1989, and is co-chaired by the National Consumers League and the American Federation of Teachers. Its mission is to protect working youth and to promote legislation, programs, and initiatives to end child labor exploitation in the United States and abroad. The CLC’s website and membership list can be found at www.stopchildlabor.org.

The Alliance For Retired Americans Endorse Maggie Hassan For US Senate

Alliance For Retired AmericansMembers of the Alliance for Retired Americans proudly announced their endorsement of Maggie Hassan for election to the U.S. Senate from New Hampshire on Monday. 

“As Governor, Maggie Hassan has been a leader on retiree issues for New Hampshire’s seniors,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. “As a senator, she can be trusted to work to strengthen and expand our earned Social Security benefits. She will protect Medicare for today’s seniors and preserve it for future generations.”

“It is an honor to receive the endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “As Governor, I have always fought to support our seniors and ensure that they can live with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, Senator Kelly Ayotte has put special interests like the Koch Brothers ahead of Granite State seniors, supporting efforts to undermine Medicare and Social Security. In the Senate, I will always fight to strengthen Medicare and Social Security and ensure that our seniors have access to the benefits they have earned.”

The activist organization cited Governor Hassan’s strong commitment to improve the quality of life for older Americans, her strong record on health care issues, and her experience in improving seniors’ and workers’ retirement security. 

In contrast, her opponent Senator Kelly Ayotte has supported measures that would force cuts to Social Security, end Medicare’s guaranteed benefits with vouchers and shift health care costs to seniors. She has earned a lifetime pro-retiree score of just 4% on the Alliance for Retired Americans Congressional Voting Record.

“Senator Ayotte supports raising the retirement age and replacing guaranteed, earned Social Security benefits with private, risk-based accounts. Governor Hassan knows that Social Security needs to be strengthened and expanded, not cut or privatized. The typical benefit received by a retired worker in New Hampshire was $16,859 in 2015. We must fight any efforts to cut our earned benefits by electing the right leaders,” added Fiesta.

The Alliance for Retired Americans represents over 4.4 million retirees and community activists, including more than 11,000 members in New Hampshire.

[Leo W Gerard] Donald Trump: Valueless

Warren Buffett threw down the gauntlet to Donald Trump again last week. It happened after Trump lied about Buffett’s federal income tax payments on national TV.

During the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, Trump said Buffett “took a massive deduction,” suggesting it was the kind that the Republican nominee used for years to dodge income taxes.

The next morning, Buffett reported to the world that he paid federal taxes every year since 1944 when he was 13. He owed $7 then. Last year, he paid $1.8 million, about 16 percent of his $11.6 million income. He gave $2.858 billion to charity that year. Yes, that’s billion with a b.

By contrast, Trump’s “charitable” foundation is under investigation for self-dealing, and he is the first presidential candidate in 40 years to refuse to disclose any federal income tax information.

In August, Buffett, who is six times richer than Trump, challenged the Republican nominee to a tax throw down. The point of honor in that duel would be revealing their returns. Buffet pointed out that both men are under audit, so that would be no excuse to chicken out. Still, Trump begged off.

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Image By DonkeyHotey on FLIKR

It’s not enough for a presidential candidate to boast before adoring crowds. It’s crucial that candidates both embody and demonstrate American values. Those standards don’t include lying or shirking taxes or bragging about sexual assault or creating a charity to pay a candidate’s own bills. Buffett demonstrates American values in both words and actions. Trump displays utter obliviousness to those values.

Trump claims he’s going to be the law-and-order president. But in the second presidential debate, he admitted he used a nearly $1 billion business loss to avoid paying federal income taxes for years.

That means he didn’t contribute to uniforms or cars or guns for FBI agents or offices for federal prosecutors or salaries for federal judges. He’s a $10 billionaire. But he didn’t participate. He didn’t help pay for law and order. Or for veterans’ hospitals or protective gear for military personnel, for that matter. Or border patrols. He’s all bluster, but no action when the dollars count.

Trump said “that’s smart,” when confronted with his tax shirking. To mill workers and waitresses and school teachers, whose federal taxes are deducted from every paycheck, it’s not smart. It’s cheating. It’s dishonorable. It’s unethical.

Like virtually all wealthy people, Warren Buffett paid less than half the highest marginal rate of 39.6 percent. His was lower because of deductions for charitable contributions and state income taxes.

Buffett has said repeatedly, however, that such a low rate for the wealthy is inappropriate. He thinks it should be 30 percent, no matter the deductions, for anyone earning more than $5 million. That’s called the Buffett Rule because he has so strongly espoused it.

By contrast, Trump wants to lower taxes on the wealthy.

Despite Buffett’s billions, he believes in a very basic American value, the meritocracy. He plans to give 99 percent of his $65 billion fortune to philanthropic causes during his lifetime. That means his three children will inherit precious little. He explained the philosophy behind that to Fortune magazine, saying he would give them, “enough money so that they would feel they could do anything but not so much that they could do nothing.”

Giving any child, as he put it, “a lifetime supply of food stamps just because they came out of the right womb” was harmful and an antisocial act. That is a man who opposes aristocracy.

By contrast, Trump would slash the current inheritance tax by more than half, an act that would sustain aristocracy in America, like the one Trump’s own fortune arose from.

Buffett started giving his money away in 2006. He pledged most of it to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Not long afterward, the three billionaires asked other wealthy Americans to pledge at least half of their fortunes to charity.

In a letter making that request, Buffett wrote, “The asset I most value, aside from health, is interesting, diverse, and long-standing friends.”

He said living in America, luck and compound interest had brought him wealth, and he and his family felt gratitude for that. If they were to spend more than 1 percent of their fortune on themselves, he said, their happiness and well-being would not be enhanced. “In contrast, that remaining 99 percent can have a huge effect on the health and welfare of others. That reality sets an obvious course for me and my family. Keep all we can conceivably need and distribute the rest to society, for its needs.”

That is an American value: help others pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

Donald Trump did not pledge 50 percent of his fortune to charity. In fact, his relationship with charity is truly suspect. His namesake foundation is under investigation. A new report by the New York Daily News raises doubts about whether Trump ever paid the $10,000 he pledged to 9/11 funds. And it took public badgering on Twitter late in May by Washington Post investigative reporter David A. Fahrenthold to get Trump to finally pay to veterans’ groups the $1 million Trump had promised at a Jan. 28 nationally televised fundraiser.

Fahrenthold also found that what appears on its face to be Trump’s charitable group, the Donald Trump Foundation, may not really be much of a charity. It gave money improperly to a political candidate, then lied about it on an IRS document. It may have violated laws against self-dealing by using $258,000 in foundation money to settle lawsuits against Trump and to purchase two massive portraits of Trump and a Tim Tebow football helmet. And Trump failed to properly register the foundation after he stopped giving his own money to it in 2008 and used other people’s money to fund it.

That’s not very charitable.

After Trump boasted during the campaign that he donated millions, the Washington Post made a concerted effort to track down those gifts. It couldn’t find millions. It discovered that between 2006 and May of 2016 Trump gave less than $800,000. That would be less than $80,000 a year. From a guy who claims to be a billionaire.

That does not appear to be much of an effort to help Americans who were born with no spoon in their mouths.

Buffett urged the wealthy to join him in giving to charity to aid those who drew short straws in life. Donald Trump urged the wealthy to give to his charity to aid his ability to buy portraits of himself.

America expects more in its presidents.

NH Democrats Launch New Ad Of Sununu Continuing To Support Trump After Video Release

New Web Ad Shows Chris Sununu Defending Trump and Discrediting Trump’s Victims 

As Republicans across the country are scurrying from Donald Trump as he takes his role as their Presidential nominee.  As news over the last week unfolded about Trump’s lewd comments discussing his first hand account of sexually assaulting women. Trump told Billy Bush, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

After the Access Hollywood video hit with a thud, even Senator Ayotte could no longer support Donald Trump.  However, Chris Sununu still stands behind his man, Donald Trump.

Today, the New Hampshire Democratic Party is launching their new web ad highlighting that Chris Sununu spent the past week defending Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault and casting doubt on Trump’s alleged victims. 

Watch the ad here

“Not only has Sununu defended Trump bragging about sexual assaulting women, but he’s cast doubt on the ‘validity’ of Trump’s victims,” said NHDP Press Secretary Evan Lukaske. “That Chris Sununu stands with Donald Trump shows he lacks the leadership and judgement to be governor. This new web ad will hold him accountable.” 

Sununu has long supported and endorsed Donald Trump, but the video of Trump bragging about sexual assault has brought the issue new attention.

Colin Van Ostern, citing Trump’s vile attacks on veterans, women and the disabled, challenged Sununu to disavow Trump at the NECN debate, and said Sununu’s continued support for Trump shows he is “failing a leadership test every single day.”

“It’s too late to disavow Donald Trump now,” said Colin Van Ostern, Democratic nominee for Governor on October 8th. “When Chris Sununu stood with Donald Trump long after we learned that Trump called women ‘dogs’ and ‘pigs,’ it made it clear that politics was Councilor Sununu’s first priority. We need to disavow politicians like Chris Sununu who didn’t have the guts to stand up to Donald Trump when they could have stopped him.”

Hassan Releases Blistering New Ad On Ayotte’s “Political Calculation” In Dumping Trump

Maggie for NH Releases New TV Ad on How Ayotte’s Political Calculation on Trump Is Just Another Example of Her Putting Her Political Interests First

CONCORD – Maggie for NH released a new television ad today, “Political Calculation,” on how Kelly Ayotte’s craven political maneuvering on Donald Trump is just the latest example of how Ayotte always puts her own political interests first, even when it costs New Hampshire.

Ayotte’s political maneuvering has been front and center over the past two weeks, as she swung from saying Trump is “absolutely” a role model for children to trying to distance herself from his candidacy in a political calculation to try to get re-elected. And Ayotte’s Trump troubles represent just the latest in her long record of putting her own political interests before New Hampshire. Ayotte has voted with the Koch Brothers nearly 90% of the time in her first four years in Washington and corporate special interests like the Koch Brothers spend millions to re-elect her. 

“From voting with the Koch Brothers nearly 90% of the time in her first four years in office to her political maneuvering on Donald Trump, Kelly Ayotte has spent her Washington career looking out for her own political interests while the people and small businesses of New Hampshire paid the price,” said Maggie for NH Press Secretary Meira Bernstein. “Granite Staters know they can’t trust Ayotte to do what’s right for them if it doesn’t fit into her political strategy, and voters across the political spectrum will see right through Ayotte’s finger-to-the-wind efforts to save her own seat.”

NHGOP State Senate Candidates Double Down On Support For Donald Trump

Concord, N.H. — With an impending visit from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to New Hampshire this weekend, Granite State voters are reminded of their GOP State Senate candidates’ support for the man recently implicated bragging about sexually predatory behavior.

“It’s a sad state of affairs when candidates from the self-appointed party of family values fail to withdraw support from a confirmed sexual predator,” said NHDP spokesperson Zach McNamara.

By all accounts, Bob Giuda (District 2), Ruth Ward (District 8), Senator Kevin Avard (District 12), Joe Duarte (District 16), Bill Gannon (District 23), and Dan Innis (District 24) continue to support Trump after these comments, but also after over a year of offensive and dangerous rhetoric from the GOP hopeful. In fact, Ruth Ward doubled down on her support for Trump just Wednesday at a candidate forum and Senate President Chuck Morse confirmed he will still vote for Trump. Senator Andy Sanborn of District 9 attempted to claim he had never endorsed Trump. This was just a week after he spoke at a New Hampshire rally for Trump, urging voters to cast their ballots for him.

“The amazing thing here is that this is nothing new,” continued McNamara. “Donald Trump has repeatedly disqualified himself from holding office so many times, we’ve all lost count. That candidates for any office, even on the state level, continue to support him reveals a jack of good judgment.

“The bottom line is that we need office-holders who have good judgment and are solutions-oriented, from the presidency on down. This year, Democratic Party candidates offer that in spades, and Granite State voters will put them to work on November 8th.”

NEA-NH Recommends Beth Roth For Executive Council District 3

Concord, NH – Today, NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest public sector union, announced their recommendation of Beth Roth in the race for Executive Council District 3.

“Beth Roth has a long history of supporting public education,” said NEA-NH President Scott McGilvray. “Beth serves as an adjunct professor with the University Systems of New Hampshire and is a UNH alumni. Her background gives her a unique perspective on the wide range of issues facing students and their families, and we know Beth will be a tireless advocate for educators in New Hampshire”

“I am incredibly honored to receive the recommendation of NEA-NH,” said Roth. “I understand how important accessible and quality public education is for working families and communities, and the integral role educators play. As an Executive Councilor, I will support NH teachers and students to make sure all Granite Staters have the opportunity to receive a good education.”

A recommendation is the fullest and most complete level of support NEA-NH can give a candidate.

NEA-New Hampshire is the largest union of public employees in the state. Founded in 1854, the New Hampshire State Teachers Association became one of the “founding ten” state education associations that formed the National Education Association in 1857. Known today as NEA-NH, and comprised of more than 17,000 members, our mission to advocate for the children of New Hampshire and public school employees, and to promote lifelong learning, remains true after more than 150 years. Our members are public school employees in all stages of their careers, including classroom teachers and other certified professionals, staff and instructors at public higher education institutions, students preparing for a teaching career, education support personnel and those retired from the profession

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