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NHLN Election News: Ovide Lamontagne’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

MANCHESTER – Despite this being his fourth run for major public office, the past week has been extremely tough for Ovide Lamontagne, especially when it comes to issues important to middle-class families. From opposing equal pay laws to dropping in the polls to being forced to address his radical ideas on women’s health care and more, Ovide Lamontagne had what can only be described as a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.

In contrast, Maggie Hassan continued building strong momentum for her vision to create jobs and keep the economy moving forward, taking a six-point lead in the latest UNH poll and receiving endorsements from the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association, the New Hampshire Association of Police, and the Keene Sentinel.

The choice for New Hampshire voters was clear on a daily basis:

Sunday, October 21:

Ovide’s week got off to a rough start when, at a Manchester debate, the very first question – submitted by a member of the audience – asked about a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, forcing Ovide to once again avoid his radical ideas that would restrict health care choices for women and make basic services like birth control, cancer screenings, and breast exams more expensive. Ovide responded by saying, “I’m disappointed that Maggie and her supporters continue to raise an issue that is not central to this election.” Unfortunately for Ovide, that very same day, a front-page Concord Monitor story reported[i] that Lamontagne would defund Planned Parenthood, supports a constitutional amendment to make all abortions a crime, and opposes a woman’s right to choose even in cases of rape or incest, and that he has been courting national anti-choice groups like the Susan B. Anthony List, which endorsed Lamontagne’s campaign last week.

At the very same time the debate was taking place, Ovide’s taped interview on WMUR’s Close Up program was causing him more problems, as he once again tried to mislead voters and hide his radical opposition to accepting federal funds for critical New Hampshire projects. When Lamontagne was asked if he would have accepted federal stimulus funds for the Manchester Airport access road project, Ovide again tried to mislead voters by stating, “Well I sure would have if I were governor of the state of NH. If I were in Congress, I would take a different position.” [WMUR, 10/21/12] Lamontagne is on record dozens of times opposing the federal stimulus and has even gone as far as attacking former Attorney General and current U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte for using stimulus funds to help start a NH Cold Case Unit.[ii]

Monday, October 22:

Monday would be no better for Ovide, as a national website reported that Lamontagne voiced opposition to laws that require equal pay in the workplace for men and women, stating “I don’t know that it’s appropriate for the government to continue to micromanage the workplace.” Ovide went on to indicate that he was unaware of a New Hampshire law intended to require pay equity between men and women. The remarks again demonstrated how far out of touch Lamontagne is with the issues that matter to New Hampshire women and how much his radical ideas would hurt middle-class families. [ThinkProgress.org, 10/22/12]

Tuesday, October 23:

Ovide’s radical comments on equal pay continued to make waves, with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen commenting “Pay discrimination doesn’t just hurt employees.  It endangers the families who depend on the women who are working. This is not about micromanaging business. It’s about what’s fair for families in New Hampshire and across this country.” [Union Leader, 10/23/12] But the news got even worse for Lamontagne when the latest poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll showed a six-point lead for Hassan– and 13-point lead among women –indicating significant momentum behind Maggie’s campaign.

Additionally, it appears that the misleading personal attack on Maggie Hassan’s family might be causing a backlash, as WBIN interviewed a group of women Republicans who were highly upset about the ad, with one saying “I think think it’s ridiculous. Whoever started that ad didn’t look into the whole idea.” [WBIN, 10/23/12]

Wednesday, October 24:

Things continued to spiral for Lamontagne on Wednesday, as New Hampshire news outlets reported on his campaign’s tortured attempts to walk back Ovide’s radical opposition to equal pay laws.  As the Union Leader reported, a Lamontagne campaign spokesman claimed, “Is it the government’s role to come in and say, ‘You will be paid X dollar amount in relation to another employee making X dollar amount? That’s what he means by micro-managing,” reinforcing Ovide’s initial statement opposing common-sense pay equity protections.

But Ovide had just what he was looking for to change the subject: an event featuring a who’s who of failed governors, including Chris Christie, the governor of the 47th ranked state in economic growth; former Governor Craig Benson, who was plagued by ethical problems during his one term in office; John H. Sununu, who increased state general fund spending in each of his budgets by more than 20 percent; and Steve Merrill, father of the Business Enterprise Tax.

Thursday, October 25:

Just when Ovide thought he had seen the worst of it, the Keene Sentinel released their endorsement of Maggie Hassan, touting her as “a respectful voice of reason and conscience.” Conversely, the Sentinel blasted Lamontagne for his radical ideas saying his “insistence that his staunchly conservative views on abortion, gay marriage and other social issues are simply not important in this election. The issues are there, whether simmering quietly or boiling over as they did recently under the current Legislature. For Lamontagne to say they shouldn’t matter to voters, while at the same time signing conservative social advocacy group pledges, attending earlier this year an anti-gay marriage rally and saying he’ll sign conservative social legislation if it crosses his desk, is disingenuous at best. The past two years have put New Hampshire’s long tradition of personal freedom in jeopardy, and Hassan stands as an antidote to those who would further chip it away.”

Friday, October 26:

Finally, Ovide has decided to cap his anti-women themed week by campaigning with Mark Steyn, a radically right-wing, anti-women media personality. Steyn has repeatedly issued attacks on women’s rights and prominent women in politics, including Elizabeth Warren, Sandra Fluke and Michelle Obama, and who has called woman’s right to choose “frivolous,” reinforcing Ovide Lamontagne’s own extreme views on women’s issues.

“You would think by the fourth time through Ovide would be better at this, but it seems there is no way for him to escape his radical ideas that would hurt middle class families and New Hampshire’s economy,” said Matt Burgess, Maggie Hassan’s campaign manager. “Maggie will keep New Hampshire moving forward, with an innovation plan to create jobs and help businesses grow, while Ovide Lamontagne’s agenda will take New Hampshire radically backwards.”

Ovide Lamontagne has said he would be a “radically different” governor than Governor Lynch[iii], with extreme positions like rejecting federal funds for local schools[iv] and ignoring rising tuition costs caused by cuts to higher education.[v] He supports plans to dismantle Medicare[vi], criminalize abortion and limit insurance coverage for birth control[vii], and defund Planned Parenthood, increasing costs for critical health care services for New Hampshire women and families.[viii]

 

[i] Social Issues Simmer, Concord Monitor, 10/21/12
[ii] Federal grant may fund cold case unit, Eagle Tribune, 5/24/09; Lamontagne takes aim at rival Ayotte, Union Leader, 7/22/0
[iii] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkr_WSOovsk&feature=relmfu
[iv] Ovide rejected federal money to help K-12 NH public schools raise educational standards [Concord Monitor, 8/9/2010] and has said he would do it again [WGIR, 7/24/2012]
[v] Ovide has said tuition increases were not of “utmost concern” [WMUR, 9/6/2012]
[vi] Ovide believes state legislature should opt-out of Medicare and run program itself [Ovide2012.com, Union Leader, 2/10/2012]; supports Paul Ryan’s voucher program to end Medicare as we know it [NH Farm Bureau, 8/2012];
[vii] Supports a “Human Life Amendment” that outlaws all abortion, and even some forms of birth control and fertility treatments [Cornerstone debate, 6/5/2010]
[viii] Ovide supports Bill O’Brien’s decision to completely eliminate Planned Parenthood funding [NHPTV, 2012]

 

Why We Must Return Carol Shea-Porter To Congress

NHLN Note: Carol Shea-Porter is a long time advocate for the middle class and the hard working men and women of New Hampshire.  She worked hard for us in Congress and with your help she can work hard for us again.  Carol lays out in her own words some of the great things she did for New Hampshire in this weeks column.  Legislation like Pell Grants,  Equal Pay, Campaign Finance Reform, and many more.  Listen to what she has to say then you will agree we need to vote for Carol Shea-Porter for Congress on Nov. 6th.

For The Rest Of Us
By Carol Shea-Porter

The 2012 campaign season is rapidly coming to a close. The commercials are as thick and dark and biting as black flies, and mailers warn voters to beware of Candidate X or Y. Just this week, one special interest group bought $2 million dollars of ads against me, which is more than I will spend for my whole campaign. Voters will have to wade through it all and make a decision. I hope they will vote for me for Congress because I care deeply about our state and our country and I will serve the good people of New Hampshire, not special interests.

I am a proud direct descendent of General John Stark, whose words “Live Free or Die” are frequently quoted. My roots are deep, and I know, love, and respect this great little state of ours. I grew up in a Republican family and I remember how New Hampshire Republicans and Democrats could disagree about policy but still come together to serve our communities. I believe we must do that again—walk away from the tea party agenda that divides us and join together with a renewed sense of purpose and unity to tackle our problems. During my four years in Congress, I was known for my advocacy for the middle class, for small businesses, and for the American dream. As the Seacoast Media Group and the Portsmouth Herald said, “Our interests were her interests.” I never accepted corporate PAC or DC lobbyist money. I cosponsored the Fair Elections Now Act and the DISCLOSE Act, because without campaign finance reform, we cannot tame the extraordinary influences of special interests that hurt ordinary Americans. I want to continue my efforts for campaign finance reform in Congress.

I served our military and veterans on the Armed Services Committee. As a former military spouse and proud wife of a veteran, I was especially happy to pass the new GI Bill of Rights that thanks our combat veterans with great education benefits. I introduced the bill to get a full-service VA Hospital or equal access to in-state care, and succeeded in getting more clinics and an acute care contract with Concord Hospital. Right now, New Hampshire does not have a Representative on the House Armed Services Committee, which is especially unfortunate because the current Congress’ vote for the Sequester has put New Hampshire defense jobs and jobs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in jeopardy. I want to return to the House Armed Services Committee to advocate for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, its defense mission, and their incredible workforce.

Serving on the Education and Labor Committee, I cosponsored legislation that cut student loan interest rates in half and increased Pell grants for students. I cosponsored the minimum wage increase, which became law, and cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restores a woman’s right to challenge unfair pay, also now the law of the land. I want to serve New Hampshire workers, small businesses, and families again in Congress.
I stood up for the New Hampshire environment. From the Ossipee Pine Barrens to land preservation around Great Bay, from the Presidential Range to clean water, I worked for funding to study and protect our environment.

I held seminars and workshops to help small businesses, including one in Manchester in 2010 to help small defense contractors compete for federal contracts that drew more than 150 people. I voted for the Small Business Jobs Act and eight small-business tax cuts. The Seacoast Media Group and the Portsmouth Herald wrote in their endorsement, “Voters who value bipartisanship will remember Shea-Porter’s outstanding work with her Republican colleagues from Maine and New Hampshire to safeguard funding for the new Memorial Bridge and much needed upgrades at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.”

We passed the health care law, saved the American auto industry and all of its jobs, and prevented a Depression. All of these were great accomplishments. But now we need to grow the economy, reduce the debt, protect Medicare from being changed to a voucher program, and help young people get an education and their piece of the American dream. I know we can do it—it is in the American DNA to tackle problems and succeed. I want to work on these issues for the rest of us.  I would be honored to receive your vote on November 6th.

Maggie Hassan Endorsed by the New Hampshire Police Association

New Hampshire’s Police Officers Say Hassan Has Right Priorities for Public Safety  

MANCHESTER – Citing her strong record on issues important to law enforcement and her commitment to public safety, the New Hampshire Police Association endorsed Maggie Hassan for Governor today.

“After listening to and evaluating the records of both candidates for governor, in addition to what the New Hampshire Police Association feels is best not only for the members of its association, but NH’s Law Enforcement community in general, the New Hampshire Police Association is proud to endorse Maggie Hassan for Governor because we know that she has the right priorities and is committed to working with law enforcement to keep New Hampshire safe for our families,” said Sergeant David Young, President of the New Hampshire Police Association.

“Maggie Hassan has a strong record of working to keep New Hampshire the safest state in the nation and fighting to pass legislation that helps protect all of our families,” Young said.

“It is an honor to receive the endorsement of the New Hampshire Police Association,” said Hassan.  “As governor, I will continue working closely with New Hampshire law enforcement to keep our communities safe and keep our state moving forward.”

Hassan is the clear choice for New Hampshire public safety, having also been endorsed by the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association, the Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association, the Concord Police Patrolmen’s Association, and the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire. As a leader in the State Senate, Hassan worked to pass the toughest law in the nation to protect children from sexual predators; to increase the number of state troopers; and to establish a Reverse 911 system that allows law enforcement to notify citizens of an emergency.

Ovide Lamontagne has said New Hampshire needs a governor who will work with Speaker Bill O’Brien. Under Bill O’Brien’s leadership the House has cut funding for the Children in Need of Services Program, which helps keep young people from landing in prison; allowed guns in the State House; and passed – over Gov. John Lynch’s veto – a bill that allows people to open fire in public, even if there are safer options. They have also proposed to end all gun licensing and even to allow guns in courthouses and college dorm rooms.

The NH AFL-CIO Labor 2012 Create A New Music Video Called ‘Romnesia’

If fun, its campy, and it is all true.

The NH AFL-CIO and union members from many organizations throughout the state have been working out of the NH AFL-CIO office.  They have been stuffing envelopes and making phone calls to ensure that union members what a ‘President Romney’ would be like.

While Mitt Romney’s flip-flops are becoming more and more widely known, the people working on the Labor 2012 campaign in New Hampshire, took a break to have a little fun with ‘Romnesia’.

The song written and sung by local musician and union member Chris Howe.   You can see Howe’s band The Paulies all around southern New Hampshire.  Check them out on Facebook as well.

(the video was uploaded by Chris Howe and no official endorsement has come from the NH AFL-CIO office)

Cecile Richards (Planned Parenthood) Calls Maggie Hassan a Champion for Women’s Health

Blasts Ovide Lamontagne’s Radical Ideas That Will Increase Health Care Costs for Women and Families

CONCORD – Cecile Richards, the President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund*, praised Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan as a “longtime champion of women’s right to control their own health care” at a Women for Maggie press conference today.  Richards and Hassan were joined by Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen, House Democratic Leader Terie Norelli, and numerous Women for Maggie members who came out to show their support for Maggie Hassan’s vision to keep New Hampshire’s economy moving forward by including everyone as equals.

“The stakes for women’s health and rights are higher than ever in this election, and I am proud to support Maggie Hassan for governor of New Hampshire,” said Richards.  “Access to affordable health care, including birth control, is a basic economic issue for women and families. Ovide Lamontagne is far outside the mainstream on women’s health, and New Hampshire can’t afford his extreme agenda. Maggie Hassan will stand up to the Tea Party agenda and she has the right plan to keep New Hampshire moving forward.”

Ovide Lamontagne has tried to dismiss issues related to “reproductive rights … whatever those are.” In response to questions from voters, he has said, it is not “topical” and not “central” to the campaign, and criticized people for raising the issue. He has even tried to suggest that a Governor couldn’t impact access to birth control or abortion, although his allies have already filed legislation that would ban abortion in the first six weeks.

“We face a clear choice in this election. ” said Hassan.  “My ‘Innovate NH’ jobs plan focuses on making sure all of our citizens can participate equally in our economy.  Ovide thinks women should sacrifice their freedom, their economic security and control over their health care to his radical agenda. I believe that we can have a strong economy, create jobs and still protect the freedom and liberty of all of our citizens. In this election, we can either move forward, building on the foundation established by Governor Lynch, to help our businesses and families succeed, or we can go radically backward in the direction proposed by Ovide Lamontagne and the Tea Party legislature.”

Like Ovide Lamontagne, the current legislature claimed that it was focused on “jobs and the economy,” and then pushed numerous bills aimed at restricting access to abortion; defunding Planned Parenthood; and letting insurance companies drop coverage for birth control.

“The only thing slowing down some of these bills was the promise of a veto from Governor John Lynch. Just like this legislature, Ovide Lamontagne is not being straight with us about what he would do as Governor,” said House Democratic Leader Terie Norelli. “While he has repeatedly said women’s health care issues don’t matter, Ovide Lamontagne has confessed that he will sign any anti-choice legislation that comes to his desk – even if it banned abortion for victims of rape and incest.”

Ovide Lamontagne has been endorsed by the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List, and has long supported an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would ban abortion, even for the victims of rape and incest. He has said he would sign legislation defunding Planned Parenthood and bills restricting access to abortion.

“The good news is that women don’t have to choose between their health care and the economy. Maggie Hassan has a plan to build our economy and support the efforts of our businesses to create jobs – without sacrificing the health care or equality of women,” said Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen.

Maggie Hassan has a strong record of standing up for a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, and strongly opposes the legislature’s recent attacks on women’s health care, such as measures to restrict the right to choose and to defund Planned Parenthood, making services like cancer screenings, fertility treatments, and access to birth control more expensive and less available.

Hassan’s “Innovate NH” jobs plan will help businesses grow and keep New Hampshire’s economy moving forward by focusing on education to build the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs.

Ovide Lamontagne has said he would be a “radically different” governor than Governor Lynch, with extreme positions like repealing the guarantee of public kindergarten; rejecting federal funds for local schools;  and ignoring rising tuition costs caused by cuts to higher education. He supports plans to dismantle Medicare, criminalize abortion – even in the case of rape or incest – and limit insurance coverage for birth control, and defund Planned Parenthood, increasing costs for critical health care services for New Hampshire women and families.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On The Final Presidential Debate

 

From WIKIPediaFor working Americans, the choice for president couldn’t be clearer – and last night brought that home decisively. President Obama’s vision for America begins with shared prosperity for all. He has demonstrated repeatedly that he’s committed to creating good jobs, rebuilding our middle class, investing in manufacturing, enforcing our trade laws and keeping our nation safe.

Governor Romney’s record, in contrast, shows that he can’t be trusted to act in our national interest in any number of areas, especially in trade and manufacturing. This is a man who built his fortune outsourcing jobs and getting tax breaks for sending jobs offshore. When Bain Capital took over Sensata Technologies in Freeport, Illinois, management announced it would shut down the factory and move the jobs to China.  Management took down the American flag and required employees to train the Chinese workers who would eventually get their jobs. Only when the Chinese workers left did management raise the American flag again. This is Romney’s world.

If Mitt Romney had been president in 2009, he would have let Detroit and the U.S. auto industry go bankrupt, jeopardizing 2 million jobs. And when President Obama took decisive action in 2009 to enforce our trade laws, imposing tariffs on Chinese tires to protect American jobs, Mitt Romney leaped in to criticize him. Expecting Mitt Romney to get tough on China is like asking his left hand to slap his right hand. We need a president who makes job creation his number one priority – and we need those jobs in the United States of America, not in other countries.

New Hampshire Troopers Association Endorse MAGGIE HASSAN for NH GOV

Via Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/NHTroopers

Hassan the Troopers  Choice for Improving Public Safety

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Troopers’ Association Endorsed Maggie Hassan for governor today, calling her the only choice for governor when it comes to improving the safety of New Hampshire’s communities.

“Maggie Hassan has the trust of law enforcement because she has a record of standing up for public safety and supporting policies that help us protect New Hampshire’s communities,” said Seth Cooper, President of the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association.  “Maggie is our choice for improving public safety and the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association is proud to endorse her for governor.”

Hassan has also been endorsed by the Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association, the Concord Police Patrolmen’s Association, and the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire. As a leader in the State Senate, Hassan worked with public safety officials on critical priorities, including creating a death benefit for first responders killed in the line of duty, directing the Department of Safety to develop a reverse 911 system so that first responders can reach citizens in an emergency, strengthening domestic violence laws, and working with Governor John Lynch to pass one of the toughest laws in the nation to protect children from sexual predators.

“There is no more important job for a governor than ensuring the safety of New Hampshire residents, and it is an honor to receive the endorsement of the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association,” said Hassan. “As governor, I will build on the foundation set by Governor Lynch, working closely with law enforcement to improve public safety and keep New Hampshire moving forward.”

In contrast, Ovide Lamontagne has been a vocal supporter of the current legislature and its policies, which are making it harder for law enforcement to keep New Hampshire safe, including passing an “Open Fire” law that allows people to open fire on public streets, even when there are safer options and decimating funding for the Children in Need of Services program that allows parents and law enforcement to intervene and help a child before they begin engaging in criminal activities. They have also proposed eliminating all gun licensing, and even allowing guns in college dorm rooms.

 

UPDATED to include picture from Maggie Hassan Facebook Page

NH AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie on Scott Walker’s Re-Endorsement of Ovide Lamontagne for Governor

With his most recent endorsement, emailed to New Hampshire voters today, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is again telling us that Ovide Lamontagne would make New Hampshire more like Walker’s Wisconsin. That is probably a good choice for extremists, but a terrible choice for New Hampshire’s middle class families.

 

Governor Walker made a name for himself stripping teachers, firefighters and nurses of their rights and bankrupting the state in the name of an extreme, right wing agenda. Under Walker, class sizes increased and nearly 23,000 people lost their healthcare because of Medicaid cuts while millionaires alone got a huge tax cut. His economic agenda sent the state into a tailspin, wiping out 12,500 jobs in his first year in office alone.

 

It’s clear that Ovide Lamontagne plans to follow the same extreme path. In fact, he has already said that he would chip away at our rights at work with a right-to-work for less law. He has already pledged to reject federal money for our public schools and raise taxes for the middle class to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy. Lamontagne has made it clear that he would be “radically different” than New Hampshire Governor John Lynch by claiming that he would be “Scott Walker” if elected. His continued reliance on his extremist pal Walker proves the point.

 

We do not need Scott Walker’s policies in New Hampshire. Scott Walker’s endorsement makes it clear that Ovide Lamontagne does not understand New Hampshire priorities and would be a dangerous choice for workers.

NHLN Elections News: Ovide’s Ovoidance: Lamontagne Desperate to Mislead Voters and Hide His Radical Ideas

MANCHESTER – Ovide Lamontagne’s desperation to keep his radical ideas from voters reached new heights during a debate held Sunday morning.  When the very first question – submitted by a member of the audience – asked about a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, Ovide’s Ovoidance kicked into high gear with Lamontagne stating, “I’m disappointed that Maggie and her supporters continue to raise an issue that is not central to this election.”[i]

 

Yet, as the Concord Monitor reported this weekend,[ii] Lamontagne would defund Planned Parenthood, supports a constitutional amendment to make all abortions a crime, and opposes a woman’s right to choose even in cases of rape or incest, and he has been courting national anti-choice groups like the Susan B. Anthony List, which endorsed Lamontagne’s campaign last week.  Additionally, Ovide is trying to avoid discussion of the fact that New Hampshire’s Tea Party legislature wants to defund Planned Parenthood and has already submitted legislation that would outlaw abortion after the first six weeks, before many women even know they are pregnant. Asked whether he would sign or veto such a bill, Ovide did not answer.

 

“Ovide can try to avoid his radical ideas all he wants, but women and families across New Hampshire care about being able to afford services like birth control, cancer screenings and fertility treatments, and they deserve the right to make their own health care decisions,” said Matt Burgess, Maggie Hassan’s campaign manager.  “We’ve seen across the country and right here in New Hampshire that Ovide’s Tea Party allies will stop at nothing to restrict a woman’s right to make her own health care choices, and Ovide refuses to be straightforward with voters about his extreme ideas to criminalize abortion and make basic health services more expensive. Ovide’s ovoidance won’t change the fact that his radical agenda will hurt New Hampshire families and take our state backwards.”

 

Last week, the Associated Press reported that “[i]t’s legal to get an abortion in America, but in many places it is hard and getting harder. Just this year, 17 states set new limits on abortion; 24 did last year.”[iii] Despite attempts by the Tea Party state legislature to criminalize abortion, let insurance plans drop coverage for birth control and defund Planned Parenthood, an action that would make basic services like cancer screenings, fertility treatment and birth control more expensive for women and families, Ovide has claimed that women’s health choices are “not a topical issue.”[iv]

 

Ovide is avoiding these issues because his radical ideas are out of step with New Hampshire voters. He supports the legislature’s extreme agenda, including supporting proposals to de-fund Planned Parenthood and to make all abortions a crime, even for victims of rape and incest.

 

Maggie Hassan has a strong record of standing up for a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, and strongly opposes the legislature’s recent attacks on women’s health care, such as measures to restrict the right to choose and to defund Planned Parenthood, making services like cancer screenings, fertility treatments, and access to birth control more expensive and less available.

 

Hassan’s “Innovate NH” jobs plan will help businesses grow and keep New Hampshire’s economy moving forward by focusing on education to build the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs.

 

Earlier this month Hassan was endorsed by Governor John Lynch, with whom Hassan worked closely to balance the state budget, without an income or a sales tax, by making the tough decisions necessary to cut state spending during the recession. As Governor, Hassan will veto an income or a sales tax.

 

Ovide Lamontagne has said he would be a “radically different” governor than Governor Lynch[v], with extreme positions like rejecting federal funds for local schools[vi] and ignoring rising tuition costs caused by cuts to higher education.[vii] He supports plans to dismantle Medicare[viii], criminalize abortion and limit insurance coverage for birth control[ix], and defund Planned Parenthood, increasing costs for critical health care services for New Hampshire women and families.[x]

 

References

[i] Temple Adath Yeshurun Debate, 10/21/12

[ii] Social Issues Simmer, Concord Monitor, 10/21/12

[iii]Dozens of states make it hard to get abortions, Associated Press, 10/20/12

[iv] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdnXJvpni-Y&feature=player_embedded

[v] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkr_WSOovsk&feature=relmfu

[vi] Ovide rejected federal money to help K-12 NH public schools raise educational standards [Concord Monitor, 8/9/2010] and has said he would do it again [WGIR, 7/24/2012]

[vii] Ovide has said tuition increases were not of “utmost concern” [WMUR, 9/6/2012]

[viii] Ovide believes state legislature should opt-out of Medicare and run program itself [Ovide2012.com, Union Leader, 2/10/2012]; supports Paul Ryan’s voucher program to end Medicare as we know it [NH Farm Bureau, 8/2012];

[ix] Supports a “Human Life Amendment” that outlaws all abortion, and even some forms of birth control and fertility treatments [Cornerstone debate, 6/5/2010]

[x] Ovide supports Bill O’Brien’s decision to completely eliminate Planned Parenthood funding [NHPTV, 2012]

Could Anyone Be Worse For Education Than Pres. Bush? Yes and His Name Is Mitt Romney

The election is coming down to to the wire and everyone is trying their best to win.  The problem is that Mitt Romney has been telling people something different durning the last few weeks and we need to make sure people know the truth.

For public employees and public education Mitt Romney would be even worse than President Bush (if that were even possible).

“He [Obama] says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of  Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
—Mitt Romney, Campaign Event, June 8, 2012

This week the Obama For America campaign started airing new ads highlighting Mitt Romney’s real positions on Teachers, Education, and Public Employees.

Digging a little deeper we find out how truly bad Mitt Romney will be for education.

  1. As Governor, Mitt cut funding to early childhood education. (Boston Globe, 6/9/07; Telegram and Gazette, 2/2/07)
  2. Mitt believe that teachers unions are advocating for smaller class size to increase union membership. (Romney, No Apology, p. 208)
  3. Supported the attacks in Ohio and Wisconsin on the rights of union members. As governor, he tried to eliminate collective bargaining rights for thousands of state employees. He has pledged to use the U.S. Department of Education to assail unions formed by educators and school staff. (Huffington Post, 4/17/12.)
  4. Wants to cut funding for police officers, firefighters and teachers. (New York Times, 6/12/12.)
  5. Romney also wants to make it harder for children to get a college degree. He wants to cut Pell Grants for millions of students (Huffington Post, 3/27/12.). He even went on to say that if you could not afford the school to take out a loan or “borrow money from your parents”.

What we do not need is a nation wide attack on our public employees and our public education like we have seen in Wisconsin.  We need to ensure that Barack Obama remains our President.  We need to continue his policies for expanding education, like more funding for early learning programs, expanded Pell Grants for an additional 3 Million people, and advocates against “teaching to the test”.  

Our future depends on the quality of the education we provide. The first step to moving out of poverty and into the middle class is a solid education.  Barack Obama knows that.

(For more information on Mitt Romney and Barack Obama’s positions on Education go to AFT.Org/Election2012/)

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