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NH Elections: Felicia Augevich (State Rep District 10) Will Work To Protect Women, Children, and Workers Rights

It is my pleasure to share some exciting news with you.  After serious consideration, I have filed to run for State Representative.  This decision was prompted by my desire and the absolute need to change the defunding of public education, the sabotaging of women and children’s equality, rights, and safety, the constant attacks on workers’ rights, plus job security and availability.

The NH House passed a law that allows your tax dollars to be redirected to private and religious schools. They attempted to pass a bill that would lower the dropout age and also voted to repeal public Kindergarten.  The Children In Need of Services, CHINS, program has been restricted to funding for only 50 cases.  This program helps keep kids in school. Now, local property taxpayers are footing the bill.  They defunded Planned Parenthood and passed a bill that allows employers to deny contraception coverage for the employees.  The budget was cut by 50% for Victims of Domestic Violence which is a safe program for primarily women and children.  Cuts in the budget have affected snow plow operators, small businesses, road projects, transportation, and maintenance.  Concord has made changes that will put fiscal burden on our local community.  This will result in higher property taxes.  In December of 2011, Communication Workers of America, CWA, along with Rep. Tim Bishop (D NY-1) and Rep. David McKinley (R WV- 1) introduced a bill that gives incentive to return off-shored jobs back to the United States.  We will continue to support this legislation.

With all these reckless decisions that have been made in the NH House, it is time for a change.  I ask you to support me with your VOTE and if possible, with a contribution.  Your contribution of $500 would buy my lawn signs.   A contribution of $250 will assist with postcards and direct mail to get my important message out.  Contributing $100 would buy flyers for door to door actions.  A contribution of $25-50 would help purchase an advertisement in the local newspaper.  Any amount would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you for your generosity and support.  Let us return common sense to New Hampshire.


Felicia C Augevich

Candidate for District 10 State Representative

For more and donation information go to Felicia’s FB Page


NH Labor News Sunday Edition 7/15: NH Politics, I-93 Widening Approved, (Guinta) Talking Loud, Saying Nothing, and more

Intrigue behind departure of Employment Security commissioner – NashuaTelegraph.com:
Widening I-93

It sure went under the radar, but the state is preparing for construction of the next mega-phase to the widening of Interstate 93.
The Executive Council approved a $40.9 million contract with George R. Cains and Sons of Windham for new bridges and long stretches of new roadway at Exit 2 in Salem.
The firm came in more than $1.5 million over the state estimate, which officials said could be understood given the size and scope of the work.
Here’s where sharpening the pencil does make a difference.
The bid was won by less than $70,000, as big highway contractor R.S. Audley of Bow just missed grabbing the brass ring.
State officials are moving ahead quickly now that a federal highway bill has been cleared that gives New Hampshire the freedom to float more Garvee bonds to do this next stage of the widening from the Massachusetts border to Manchester.”

Garry Rayno’s State House Dome: Haunted by a bill that died in 2007 | New Hampshire NEWS0604: “House Speaker William O’Brien has appointed two special committees to work over the summer and fall.

The Special House Committee on Defined Contribution Retirement Plans for Public Employees is one.

The majority of the House backed a plan this year that would have converted the current defined benefit plan into a defined contribution plan.

O’Brien decided the House should move forward on its own, and he appointed the committee.

The speaker picked Rep. William Smith, R-New Castle, to chair the committee. The other members are: Reps. Neal Kurk, R-Weare; David Hess, R-Hooksett; Carol McGuire, R-Epsom; Spec Bowers, R-Sunapee; Gregory Hill, R-Northfield; Thomas Keane, R-Bow; Steven Winter, R-Newbury; David Campbell, D-Nashua; Robert Foose, D-New London; and Stephen Shurtleff, D-Concord.

The Republicans on the committee are certainly weighted heavily in favor of a defined contribution plan.”

Speaker O’Brien Keeps ‘Em Laughing – Merrimack, NH Patch: “Dems take aim at Lamontagne
The New Hampshire Democratic party launched a new web ad last week entitled “College vs. Smokes,” to highlight what they say are the “wrong priorities of Ovide Lamontagne and the GOP majority legislature.”

The ad, a clever take on the popular iPhone/Siri ads, highlights legislation the Republican-led Legislature pushed for, noting that Lamontagne has promised to be a governor who will work closely with Speaker O’Brien.

It’s just the latest attempt by the Democrats to tie Lamontagne to O’Brien given some of the negative publicity the Speaker has received in recent months.

On Wednesday, members of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO held a visibility outside the GOP gubernatorial debate in Manchester, again seeking to tie Lamontagne to O’Brien by asking whether Lamontagne beleives in the freedom of the press in the wake of the aforementioned Concord Monitor episode.”

Meet the candidates: From advocacy to State House | Concord Monitor: “”I am absolutely committed to the platform that every family needs to succeed,” Hassan said over coffee. “What we’ve learned as Ben’s family is that when you work together and you stick together and you work with your community, you can overcome whatever challenges you have, no matter how daunting they are. And to make sure everybody has that opportunity (to succeed), everybody has to have a voice at the table. And that’s one of the things that has been lost with the current (Republican) legislative majority.””

A look at the voting record of Hampton Reps | SeacoastOnline.com: “Anyone who has been following New Hampshire Statehouse politics over the past several months is well aware of the contentious and partisan nature of the 162nd Legislature, as well as the lack of action on the really important issues that face the state.

Many of those who held seats in the House of Representatives during this last session have chosen not to campaign for another term. However, there are a number of incumbents who have thrown their hats back into the political ring this year. Given what happened during the last session, it is particularly important that Seacoast voters be aware of the voting records of those who have chosen to run for re-election.

In order to present a fair picture of an incumbent’s voting record, eight bills on which 12 votes by each candidate were cast were looked at. It should be noted that with almost 2,000 bills addressed by the House and Senate last session, the selected legislation offers only a snapshot of the work by these incumbents and by no means offers a complete analysis of their political views on all issues.”

OP/ED: Talking Loud, and Saying Nothing – Merrimack, NH Patch: “US Rep. Frank Guinta (NH-1) talks a good game, but mere words are meaningless when they don’t turn into action. The Congressman’s recent “Frankly Speaking” column in the Merrimack Patch, OP/ED: Fixing a Broken Washington, was full of half-truths that misled readers on his voting record. Guinta is right in that the 112th Congress is derelict in its duty to represent the interests of their constituents. However, representatives like Guinta are the reason Congress is so dysfunctional and so deserving of not only a pay freeze, but a pink slip this Nov. 6.”

VIDEO: ‘Romney Doesn’t Work With Anybody’ – Nashua, NH Patch: “Joan Menard did not mince words when recalling Mitt Romney’s approach to education spending during his tenure as governor.

“Education was consistently cut, and cut, and cut, and cut in his budgets,” said Menard,” a longtime senator who served as Massachusetts Senate Majority Whip under Romney.

She said Romney slashed education spending across the board, cutting 14,000 civil servant jobs, including teachers, and who consistently believes smaller class size has no bearing on how students perform.”

PolitiFactNH: Is the ability to do business in the U.S. slipping? – NashuaTelegraph.com: ““America used to be the third easiest country to get established in a business. It’s now number 17.”
– U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass, R-N.H., in a speech after he filed to run for re-election at the Secretary of State’s Office at the Statehouse on June 11

Our ruling

Bass said America took a 14-spot hit from 2006 to 2012 in its ranking in the ease of starting a business when compared with other countries – and blamed it on the administration.

He was four off from the actual Doing Business ranking for the United States – it was ranked 13th in 2012, not 17th – and took credit for his error. And if he had been comparing apples to apples, that might have been a reasonable conclusion.
But it turns out he was off on the logic.

The team behind the report says Doing Business rankings should be examined independently of each other. Countries go up or down on the Starting a Business leaderboard if other countries have improved, if data has changed, if other countries are added to the list and other factors – not necessarily because the United States’ own situation has become worse. And the process to start a business in the U.S. has hardly changed at all.

For getting the ranking wrong and misinterpreting the data, we give Bass a Mostly False.”

NH Labor 2012 Election News 7/12/12: PFF-NH Endorse Cilley, NH GOV GOP Debate, and more

The Professional Fire Fighters of NH Endorse Jackie Cilley for NH Governor. Read the NHLN Report

State firefighters union backs Cilley | Concord Monitor: “Dave Lang, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, said Cilley is “a candidate who understands the importance of a strong and secure middle class.”

“Jackie Cilley came from a working family and knows what is important in the fight for a strong economy,” Lang said in a statement. “She will fight for our members, our families, and New Hampshire’s way of life. Jackie’s priorities in governing are the issues that are most important to the working men and women of this state.””

NH governor’s race gets crowded: “””We need to have a conversation about what our priorities are and how we fund them. We can’t do this on wishful thinking. We can’t do this on ten cents a pack cigarettes and gambling,” said Cilley.

Our working families have gone several years without a raise while their costs are still going up and neither they nor our economy can afford a new income or sales tax,” said Hassan.

“When I’m out talking to folks, I’m out talking about my economic plan for the state on how we’re gonna create more high paying, sustainable jobs right here in the Granite State,” said Republican Kevin Smith, who wants to accomplish that through lower business taxes.

Smith is the perceived underdog to Ovide Lamontagne and launched his first TV ad this week. The better known opponent, who ran for Senate in 2010, says his campaign is also focused on jobs.

“Health care is one of the major obstacles to job creation,” said Lamontagne. “We need a New Hampshire-based solution, not a DC-based mandate or a DC-orchestrated take over of health care.””

City parents say school budget deserves an F | New Hampshire NEWS06: “Public school parents blasted the Mayor and Board of School Committee at a hearing Wednesday for approving a budget that, in the words of one parent, will prove to be an “unmitigated disaster” for the district.

The committee scheduled the hearing two days earlier after being informed that, under the city charter, the public had to have a chance to comment on the final $154 million budget for the 2013 school year. ”

Letter: King Billy | Concord Monitor: “I am appalled by the fact that King Billy O’Brien has decided that the First Amendment is an option. The New Hampshire Constitution predates the federal Constitution as a model of democratic governance. Part I, Article 22 states: “Free speech and liberty of the press are essential to the security of freedom in a state: They ought, therefore, to be inviolably preserved.”

This is ironic as King Billy is a Free Stater, and I thought he was in favor of freedom.

Who is King Billy to decide when the press is allowed or not allowed to cover governmental matters? When the government decides who can write about it we will be well on our way to totalitarism. Nazi Germany had Goebbles, we have King Billy.”

Mitt Romney’s Financial Black Hole – NYTimes.com: “Paying taxes forthrightly has long been a matter of civic pride for most American politicians, a demonstration of honesty and of a willingness to share in society’s burdens. Since the Watergate era, presidential candidates have released several years of tax returns, allowing voters to peer at their financial choices and discern their entanglements.

Mitt Romney has upended that tradition this year. He has released only one complete tax return, for 2010, along with an unfinished estimate of his 2011 taxes. What information he did release provides a fuzzy glimpse at a concerted effort to park much of his wealth in overseas tax shelters, suggesting a widespread pattern of tax avoidance unlike that of any previous candidate.”

Barack Obama | | Nashua Round Table on the President’s Commitment to Community Colleges: “Join us for a round table discussion on the President’s commitment to revitalizing community colleges and his strong support of higher education, with New Hampshire State Senator Lou D’Allesandro, Joan Menard, former Massachusetts State Senator and Vice President of Bristol Community College, and Emily Poe, a student at Nashua Community College.
Friday, July 13, 2012 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Amy Kennedy
Contact Phone:
Nashua Community College (Nashua, NH)
Wellness Center Conference Room
505 Amherst Street
Nashua, NH 03063”

Lawsuit accusing Bass of illicit ‘push polls’ will stay in Superior Court – NashuaTelegraph.com: “A lawsuit waged against U.S. Rep. Charles Bass, R-N.H., over alleged campaign infractions will remain in state Superior Court following a federal court ruling released this week.
This spring, the Attorney General’s Office filed suit against Bass’ 2010 campaign for allegedly leaving the congressman’s name off automated phone calls, known as “push polls,” placed to voters before the election.”

Embed America: Voters question if this election matters – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs: “”Bottom line? It doesn’t really affect me that much,” said Mike Thomas, an unemployed construction and medical worker in Lewiston, Maine, who is precisely the American both President Obama and Mitt Romney say they care about most. But Thomas doesn’t think either man can make that much of a difference in his life.”

Jackie Cilley Thanks The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire For The Endorsement

For Immediate Release

(Manchester) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley was proud to accept the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire today at their bi-monthly meeting at Manchester’s Puritan Backroom in Manchester. The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire includes 42 local chapters and represents over 2,000 active and retired firefighters and paramedics from fire districts across the state.

“New Hampshire stands for a strong middle class. That is the real New Hampshire advantage – Jackie Cilley typifies that advantage and the American dream,” said PFFNH President Dave Lang. “Jackie comes from a working class family. She was a single mom who worked her way up and was the first in her family to get a college degree.”

Lang added, addressing the crowd of fire fighters packing the room, “I’ve talked to every one of you here and I’ve heard the same thing again and again: ‘Jackie gets it, Jackie understands what we need, and Jackie will support us.'”

Thanking Lang for a ‘Firefighters for Cilley’ tee-shirt, Jackie observed that the color scheme was familiar.

“My husband will love this – it’s the same colors as the 1st Air Cavalry he served with in Viet Nam.”

“Last weekend, I saw a presidential candidate’s $50,000 a head fundraiser, but I was reminded of a dinner I’d had a couple weeks ago,” said Cilley, a Berlin native. “It was in a building with a cement floor and was pretty good – lasagna, garlic bread – but I wouldn’t trade that meal for any $50,000 fundraiser because I was eating with Berlin firefighters.”

“I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of this endorsement because you’re all leaders and you all go out and serve your fellow citizens every single day,” said Cilley.  We have a state to make right, We have to make sure we offer a quality education, provide quality infrastructure, a clean environment, and that everyone feels safe in New Hampshire.”

“Finally, your families participate in this economy and you and your families to contribute to rebuilding this economy. And you deserve the recognition and respect that your service merits. You are on the front lines and will always have a place at the table ”

The last two months have seen the Cilley campaign building support at an ever-increasing rate. A standing ovation speech to the New Hampshire Democratic Convention and strong debate performances have left her tied with leading Democratic and Republican candidates. With this endorsement, the New England Police Benevolent Association joins the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Local No. 3,  the New Hampshire Association of Letter Carriers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 490 and 2320 and the 11,000 members of the New Hampshire State Employees Association/SEIU Local 1984.

NH Labor 2012 Elections News: $800 Million Dollar Budget Myth, PFF NH Endorsement, Guinta Gets Super Pac Money, and more

New Hampshire Labor News | The Professional Fire Fighters of NH Endorse JACKIE CILLEY For NH GOV: ““Jackie Cilley came from a working family and knows what is important in the fight for a strong economy. She will fight for our members, our families, and New Hampshire’s way of life. Jackie’s priorities in governing are the issues that are most important to the working men and women of this state. We are proud to stand with her in this campaign for Governor,” stated President David Lang.  “That is why, the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire endorse Jackie Cilley for New Hampshire Governor”.”

Op/Ed: Saying Goodbye to the $800 Million Budget Deficit Myth – Nashua, NH Patch: “Republicans love their sacred story, and I am sure many of them believe it. The problem is, this story is not a sacred truth; it is a myth. The actual truth is much more pedestrian: biennial budgets are always balanced, and there never was a Democratic deficit of any size. In fact, if one looks at the numbers, Democrats left the state with a surplus at the end of the most recent biennium.

Let’s look at this budget deficit story a bit more closely. The Democratic budget, which ended June 30, 2011, was balanced. Not only did the Democratic majority not leave a deficit during the worst recession in most people’s memory, we actually left a net surplus of $11 million, which the House wanted to put in the Rainy Day Fund this year.  Leaving a small surplus at the end of a difficult budget period looks like good fiscal management, doesn’t it?”

Cilley gets Fire Fighters’ endorsement in bid to be NH governor | New Hampshire NEWS06: ““With the challenges that are currently facing New Hampshire, and there are plenty, we have to come to the table together and everything has to be put on the table,” Lang said.

“I don’t think New Hampshire can go through two more years of what it’s gone through and it’s going to take somebody special to put all the stakeholders at the table and have a conversation with them,” he said.

Lang said the PPFNH has never taken a position on a broadbased tax but has supported of “the concept of expanded gambling.”

“If we don’t have a discussion of how we fund state government, it has a really negative impact on local services, such as police and fire. In the last two years, there has been incredible downshifting of the cost of state government to local communities,” said Lang.”

Guinta Will Not Sign Statement, But Fundraises off Super PACs – Merrimack, NH Patch: “Congressman Frank Guinta has been trying to raise money by telling supporters that Super PACs will be attacking him. Mr. Guinta’s opponent, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, has been urging him to co-sign a statement with her asking Super PACs to stay out of their race. He has refused. After seeing Frank Guinta’s newest appeal for money, Ms. Shea-Porter released the following statement.

“Congressman Guinta refuses to ask Super PACs to stay out of New Hampshire, but then says he is being victimized by them. If he is sincere about his fears, he can call my office and we will sign a statement together this very weekend, asking Super PACs to stay out of our race. “”

Gubernatorial candidates to visit Nashua area – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Local voters will get the opportunity to see New Hampshire’s next governor over the coming weeks as the state’s five leading gubernatorial candidates tour the region.”

“Cilley, Hassan and Kennedy – will take part in a candidate forum at Nashua City Hall. The event, hosted by the Nashua Democratic City Committee, will run from 7-8:30 p.m. in the City Hall Auditorium at 229 Main St. It is free and open to the public. The five candidates are competing to replace sitting Gov. John Lynch, who is retiring the position after four terms in office.”

Return Bev Hollingworth to New Hampshire Senate | SeacoastOnline.com: “The candidacy of Bev Hollingworth for state Senate from Hampton is a wonderful opportunity for the citizenry to return the seat to its proper perspective. Bev can work across party lines and bring people together to break the “log jam” currently in Concord.

Bev has a plethora of past experience to draw upon, most recently as a member of the Executive Council. She can shift voters to the public good as in the current impasse of unions versus people under the Statehouse dome. Bev will restore funding of education away from the Legislature and its 0 percent revenue sharing philosophy.”

O’Brien’s arrogance knows no bounds – Fosters: “Republican House Speaker William O’Brien left no doubt last week that he is a Grade A bully, more interested in himself than the office.

Past references by the editorial board here at Foster’s Daily Democrat to the Speaker’s bullying tactics have been repeatedly rebuked by a handful of readers.”

NH Legislators Need To Focus On The Needs Of Granite Staters, Not The Needs Of The 1%

For the last three years all we have talked about is how we need to create jobs.  We need to get Granite Staters back to work.  Many people campaigned around the state saying we need to reduce taxes and relieve the pressure on the “job creators”.   Yet here we are in July of 2012 and we are still talking about the same thing Jobs.  Why is that?  It is because our elected leaders are failing us.  I am not alone. Many Americans have the same feeling. That feeling that the Republican controlled legislature has failed to create jobs and focus on ideological issues.

These are not the priorities that New Hampshire should be focusing on.  We need to invest in our schools to provide a strong and educated workforce.  We need to invest in our infrastructure. This means we need to rebuild roads, and bridges.  These are the investments in our future that our current legislative leadership does not seem to understand.   This was evident when they slashed funding to our colleges, public schools, and failed to make repairs to the Memorial Bridge until it nearly fell down.

Our elected officials are supposed to be there for us.  Yet that is not the case right now.  They are making it harder for people in the Granite State.   I found this video on YouTube that pretty much sums it all up.   It talks about a New Hampshire voter asking “Siri” about paying for college and other issues.   This is a little tongue and cheek, but the facts are still there.

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NH Labor 2012 Elections News: POTUS on WMUR, Petition Against O’Brien, Cilley Endorsements, and more

Maggie Hassan pushes a petition against Bill O’Brien to allow the Concord Monitor Press back in.
Petition: What about Freedom of the Press? by Maggie Hassan | Campaign, News | Innovate New Hampshire – A Community Project by Maggie Hassan for Governor: “Freedom of the press is a first amendment right.

But apparently, Speaker Bill O’Brien believes that our founding principles don’t apply to him. On Friday, he banned the Concord Monitor from covering a press conference held in the Speaker’s office in the State House.

That’s right. The Speaker of the New Hampshire House – the Live Free or Die state – banned the Concord Monitor because he does not like its coverage of him.

This is part of a disturbing pattern.

Last year, Speaker O’Brien refused to let regular New Hampshire citizens watch the House of Representatives debate the state’s budget, literally closing the doors of the public gallery — until we took him to court.

Speaker O’Brien and the extremists who support him need to be stopped – again.  Will you help us?

Sign the Petition – Demand that Speaker O’Brien grant access to the Concord Monitor to official media events”

Bass visits electronics firm, shares frustrations over budget bill | New Hampshire NEWS02: “Bass also said the new health care law, provisions of which were found Constitutional recently by the Supreme Court, needs to be repealed by Congress. Though he said he didn’t feel the health care system was working properly before the law was enacted, Bass said the new law is going to be hurtful to businesses like Cirtronics.

“This new law puts a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices like the ones you make here,” said Bass. “What this amounts to is a sales tax on medical devices just because Congress needs money to pay for this new law.””

At Risk: America’s Democratic Heritage: “In the 2010 election hundreds of millions of dollars were spent across the nation without the public knowing the source of these campaign funds. In the waning weeks of the 2010 campaign the people of New Hampshire were bombarded by a reported $1.5 million from anonymous donors in television advertisements by the group Revere America, which smeared Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, Democratic candidates for Congress. Revere America is a deceptively designated 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization that’s exactly like Karl Rove’s group, Crossroads GPS.

Rove credits Citizens United with enabling him to raise a projected $240 million to defeat Obama and other Democrats. Rove is infamous for running dishonest campaign commercials as he did in 2010 against Democratic Senate candidate Paul Hodes.”

Cilley, Lamontagne pick up more endorsements Monday – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Democratic candidate for governor Jackie Cilley, of Barrington, won the endorsement of a major police union Monday, representing 1,000 members across the state.
The New England Police Benevolent Association’s Executive Committee made its recommendation last month after meeting with Cilley, a former state senator. Union executive Steve Arnold confirmed Cilley was the only candidate the group met with.”

John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Former Sen. Humphrey backs Lamontagne; Smith airs first TV ad | New Hampshire NEWS0602: “HUMPHREY BACKS OVIDE. We’re back after a week away and have learned that former U.S. Sen. Gordon Humphrey today joined fellow former Sens. Judd Gregg and Bob Smith in endorsing Ovide Lamontagne for governor.

Humphrey, though mostly out of the public eye in recent years, is still regarded as a key conservative leader with Tea Party ties.”

KGO 810 San Francisco: “President Obama is personally calling on Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns.

In an interview Monday night with Manchester, N.H., ABC affiliate WMUR, Obama stressed the need for transparency when asked whether Romney’s offshore finances, including a Swiss bank account, disqualified him for office or made him unpatriotic.

“What’s important is if you are running for president is that the American people know who you are and what you’ve done and that you’re an open book. And that’s been true of every presidential candidate dating all the way back to Mitt Romney’s father,” Obama told reporter Josh McElveen.”

(NHLN: Two videos on WMUR with more coverage of the Obama interview.
Video 1, Video 2)

AFSCME | Romney: Betting on Bermuda: “Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland last week said:

“Oh, what a contrast, my friends, between these two men who would be president! President Obama is betting on America and American workers, and Mitt Romney is betting his resources in the Cayman Islands, in Bermuda, in Switzerland and God only knows where else he is putting his resources.”

So the next time Romney tries to say he believes in America, tell him to put his money where his mouth is.”

PolitiFact | Health law puts government in between patients and doctors, Mitt Romney says: “Overall, we found some concerns that government influence over the private insurance market will dictate doctor behavior. But statements like Romney’s overstate the level of government control in the law and ignore state flexibility in setting insurance standards.

Romney’s campaign offered no evidence to back up this claim. We rule this statement False.”

NH Labor 2012 Election News: Jackie Gets Endorsed by NEPBA, Maggie Walks For Veterans, The Pledge, and more

New Hampshire Labor News | Jackie Cilley thanks the New England Police Benevolent Association for their endorsement: “Jackie will be joined by NH State and Legislative Director Stephen J. Arnold, Sr. of the New England Police Benevolent Association and other supporters from law enforcement to announce their endorsement of Jackie’s candidacy for governor. The New England Police Benevolent Association represent nearly 1000 police, corrections, fish and game, probation and parole, liquor enforcement, dispatchers and law enforcement support staff in NH and about 5000 in New England.”

Maggie Hassan Walking in Parade to Honor Veterans. From Maggie Hassan's FB page

Portsmouth tells veterans: Welcome Home … and Thank You | New Hampshire NEWS10: “hundreds of people that lined the streets of downtown on Sunday to show troops returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that their service and sacrifice is appreciated.”

My Turn: Enough, already, with the Pledge | Concord Monitor: “Likewise, the costs of services the state of New Hampshire purchases will not suddenly jump if the method of revenue delivery to the state changes. The cost of services, products and direct labor are independent – and should be – of the source of revenue the state uses to pay its bills. The state employees or vendors have no knowledge, nor any concern, about whether the money used to cover their payments originated as a federal grant or as a surplus from a prior year – or if it was collected through one of many broad-based taxes imposed in New Hampshire. All of those sources of cash are fungible.”

Obama to Push Extension of Middle-Class Tax Cuts – WSJ.com: “President Barack Obama on Monday proposed a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year, an effort to shift the conversation from the sagging economy toward tax fairness.”

Romney is in his element in Wolfeboro | New Hampshire NEWS0605: “So while the week brought bad news and good news for Romney politically — some conservatives criticized his handling of the Supreme Court’s health-care ruling, but he got a boost from a weak jobs report — it may have helped soften his image. It also gave him time to contemplate decisions for the campaign ahead, such as who will be his vice presidential nominee. (If he decided, no clues emerged, aside from Ann Romney’s remark that a woman was under consideration.)

Wolfeboro where the Romneys bought a vacation home in 1997, claims to be the oldest summer resort in America. The grounds for that claim may be a bit shaky (a single home built by a governor in the 18th century), but there is something undeniably timeless about the place, where a mix of mostly Colonial and Victorian-era buildings rise away from a dock on a small bay of Lake Winnipesaukee. The backdrop alone is instantly calming: steel-blue water speckled with dozens of islands and ringed by deep green mountains, the shore crenellated with sturdy clapboard vacation homes.”

Jackie Cilley thanks the New England Police Benevolent Association for their endorsement

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley gratefully accepted the endorsement of the the New England Police Benevolent Association today at a press conference at the State House today. Joined by a number of officials from the union,  NH State and Legislative Director Stephen J. Arnold, Sr. spoke on behalf of the organization.

“The decision to endorse Jackie Cilley for governor was not a political decision, it was not a personality decision, it was a public safety decision,” said Arnold. “I’ve seen Jackie work with law enforcement in the Senate and I’ve seen her with law enforcement in the community. We believe she is the best choice.”

“I want to thank the New England Police Benevolent Association, its Executive Board and their members for this endorsement,” Cilley said.  “I am incredibly proud to have earned the NEPBA’s endorsement and confidence.”

“My administration will be focused on assuring the safety of our citizens, our businesses and the visitors to our state,” she went on to say.  “That means our public safety personnel must have the resources needed to do their jobs and do them as safely as possible.  We have repeatedly asked our safety officials to do more with less and they have done so.  We are now at a breaking point in many areas of our state as attested to by Hampton Police Chief Jamie Sullivan’s statement “we are now doing less with less.”

The New England Police Benevolent Association represents nearly 1000 police, corrections, fish and game, probation and parole, liquor enforcement, dispatchers and law enforcement support staff in NH and about 5000 in New England.

The last two months have seen the Cilley campaign building support at an ever-increasing rate. A standing ovation speech to the New Hampshire Democratic Convention and strong debate performances have left her tied with leading Democratic and Republican candidates. With this endorsement, the New England Police Benevolent Association joins the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Local No. 3,  the New Hampshire Association of Letter Carriers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 490 and 2320 and the 11,000 members of the New Hampshire State Employees Association/SEIU Local 1984.

NH Labor Sunday News 7/8/12: O’Brien Not As Strong In Hometown, Voter ID, NH Legislative Session Closes, and more

NHLN: A long post with all your sunday NH politics and news.  Today’s news talks about the final legislative session and more.

Mont Vernon: O’Brien’s hometown voters differ | Concord Monitor: “O’Brien has seemed happy to play that role. He’s been an unequivocal conservative voice on hot-button issues, calling for the repeal of same-sex marriage and constraints on collective bargaining, abortion rights and contraception coverage. He led efforts to drastically cut the state budget last year and says he’d like to reduce it by another $400 million if re-elected.

O’Brien has disciplined members of his own caucus when they’ve disagreed with him. And it was Republicans, not Democrats, who publicly accused O’Brien this year of bullying them.”

NH receives $2 million grant for on-the-job training – Fosters: “U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced that New Hampshire has been awarded a competitive On-the-Job (OJT) Training grant for $2,028,048 from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The award, which will be administered by the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, will support OJT programs that help unemployed workers gain new skills to find and retain employment.”

Garry Rayno’s State House Dome: Medicaid expansion fight on horizon | New Hampshire NEWS0604: “As part of its decision, the Supreme Court said it was up to the states to decide whether to broaden Medicaid insurance coverage to include even more low- to moderate-income people than are already included.

The two Republicans running for their party’s gubernatorial nomination, Manchester attorney Ovide Lamontagne and conservative activist Kevin Smith, have both said they do not support expanding the program to cover an additional 20,000 to 40,000 state residents.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley has said she leans toward expanding the program. Her opponent Maggie Hassan’s spokesman, Matt Burgess, said Hassan “would work with the Legislature and businesses to determine how best to use the federal dollars available to extend affordable health insurance to more of our hard-working citizens.””

N.H., Maine should help implement ‘Obamacare’ | SeacoastOnline.com: “The time has come to start working with federal officials to make the law work efficiently and well for the citizens of both states. If the states continue to simply fight implementation it will become the law of the state anyway, without their valuable input or guidance. In the end, opponents will be seen as mere obstructionists who blocked health-care access to our most vulnerable citizens: seniors, children, people with pre-existing illnesses and the poor.

Does anyone really think our current health-care and health insurance systems are efficient and affordable? If so, they must not be paying for their own health insurance or ever fought for coverage of a serious illness.”

Garry Rayno’s State House Dome: Medicaid expansion fight on horizon | New Hampshire NEWS0604: “OFF THE COMMITTEE: In a related matter, O’Brien has removed the lone Democrat on the six-member Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee, Rep. Kathleen Taylor, D-Franconia. The reason given: She voted with three senators to accept a $330,000 federal grant to help set up a state–based health insurance exchange called for in the Affordable Care Act.”

(also check out the NH Senate Primaries in the State House Dome)

Smith makes media push – NashuaTelegraph.com: “The $41,000 buy for a 30-second commercial will air on Fox News and other cable outlets for the next two weeks.

Last week, Lamontagne told members of his campaign finance committee that the campaign hit its goal of raising more than $1 million by July 1.

“Lynch had to let the second bill become law without signature adding a statement that maintained the measure still had flaws and could disenfranchise voters.
It will be interesting to see whether the U.S. Justice Department pushes that envelope and tries to block New Hampshire’s version.

I-93 widening gets boost
It didn’t get that much media attention last week, but the passage of a federal highway bill is big news for New Hampshire and for the widening of Interstate 93.”

For Democrats, O’Brien is the issue | Concord Monitor: “In case you weren’t sure: No, Bill O’Brien isn’t running for governor. But that hasn’t stopped Democrats from inserting his name into the race whenever possible this year, trying to tie the Republican gubernatorial candidates to the controversial House speaker.

“Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith have promised their full support to Bill O’Brien,” declared House Democratic Leader Terie Norelli at a press conference last week.

“Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and the Bill O’Brien Legislature have supported drastic cuts to our hospitals and to other institutions that Granite Staters count on,” Democratic candidate Maggie Hassan said in an April press release on the “Lamontagne-Smith-O’Brien Proposal to Take Over Medicare.””

“”It’s time for Mitt Romney to come clean about Romney economics – including his offshore bank accounts, his failed record that exploded the deficit in Massachusetts and sunk Massachusetts to 47th out of 50 in the nation for job creation, and his secretive plan to slash Social Security,” said Holly Shulman, the Obama campaign’s communications director in New Hampshire.”

N.H. Roll Call | SeacoastOnline.com: “Final legislative action for this year included votes on vetoes made by Gov. John Lynch. Under the state Constitution, a two-thirds vote of House and Senate members in attendance is required to pass legislation over objections of the governor. For a complete summary, go to seacoastonline.com.”

SB289 Voter ID:
“Yes: Patrick Abrami, R-Stratham; Joshua Davenport, R-Newmarket; Brian Murphy, R-Rye; Chris Nevins, R-Hampton; Amy Perkins, R-Seabrook; Lawrence Perkins, R-Seabrook; Marshall Quandt, R-Exeter; Matt Quandt, R-Exeter; Glenn Ritter, R-Kensington; Kenneth Sheffert, R-Hampton; William Smith, R-New Castle; Pamela Tucker, R-Greenland; James Waddell, R-Hampton; Joanne Ward, R-Stratham

No: Jacqueline Cali-Pitts, D-Portsmouth; Rich DiPentima, D-Portsmouth; Patricia Lovejoy, D-Stratham; Marcia Moody, D-Newmarket; Terie Norelli, D-Portsmouth; Laura Pantelakos, D-Portsmouth; Robin Read, D-Portsmouth; Donna Schlachman, D-Exeter; Christopher Serlin, D-Portsmouth

Did not vote: Timothy Copeland, R-Stratham; Michelle Peckham, R-North Hampton; Frederick Rice, R-Hampton; Kevin Sullivan, R-Hampton, excused; Kevin Janvrin, R-Seabrook; Adam Schroadter, R-Newmarket, not excused”

SB 372 Education Tax Credit:
“Yes: Abrami, Davenport, Murphy, Nevins, Amy Perkins, Lawrence Perkins, Marshall Quandt, Matt Quandt, Ritter, Schroadter, Sheffert, Smith, Tucker, Ward

No: Cali-Pitts, DiPentima, Lovejoy, Moody, Norelli, Pantelakos, Read, Schlachman, Serlin, Waddell

Did not vote: Copeland, Peckham, Rice, Sullivan, excused; Janvrin, not excused

An almost identical bill, HB 1607, cosponsored by Rep. William Smith, R-New Castle, and Rep. Tucker, also had passed the House and Senate and was vetoed by Gov. Lynch. That veto was overridden in the House 226 to 112, but the Senate voted 23 to 0 in favor of the veto, thus killing that bill, preferring final passage of the Senate version.”

Just another reason public employees need a voice in the workplace….
Scranton’s Public Workers’ Pay Cut to Minimum Wage | New Hampshire Public Radio: “The city of Scranton, Pa., sent out paychecks to its employees Friday, like it does every two weeks. But this time the checks were much smaller than usual. Mayor Chris Doherty has reduced everyone’s pay — including his own — to the state’s minimum wage: $7.25 an hour.

Doherty says his city has run out of money.

Scranton has had financial troubles for a couple of decades — the town has been losing population since the end of World War II. But the budget problems became more serious in recent months as the mayor and the city council fought over how to balance the budget.”

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