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Will GOP Leaders in Congress Really Negotiate? Or are they Aiming for Impasse?


Less than 18 hours after Tuesday’s election results were in, House Speaker John Boehner started drawing lines in the sand.  He said Congressional Republicans would “negotiate” – as long as he got to dictate the terms of the compromise.

Those of us in the labor movement know this dynamic all too well.  We have tried to negotiate contracts with employers who draw lines in the sand.  They won’t increase wages; or they insist that employees pay more for health insurance; or they’re going to end job-security provisions, no matter what it takes.

But it’s not a “negotiation” if one side insists on setting the terms.  And what we’ve been hearing from Congressional Republicans the past week isn’t “negotiation.”

Right now, our country is facing what experts call “the fiscal cliff.”  On December 31st, tax rates are scheduled to rise automatically.  Then a series of automatic spending cuts will be triggered.  And not long after that, the federal government will hit the debt limit.

Economists agree: if these things happen as scheduled, America will fall off the fiscal cliff.  On Thursday, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reiterated that, if Congress does not act, the economy will be plunged back into recession; and unemployment rates are expected to soar.

It’s a political crisis like our nation has never seen before.  We are watching the clock tick down on an economic crash.  And the worst part about it is: the coming crash was intentionally designed by Congress

The “fiscal cliff” has its roots in two packages of tax cuts that Congress passed while George W. Bush was President.  At the time Congress passed the tax cuts, everybody knew the country couldn’t afford them.  That’s why they were passed as “temporary” provisions, rather than permanent changes.

The Bush-era tax cuts were originally scheduled to expire in 2010.  Why then? Through 2010, the Social Security system would be running an annual surplus – taking in more money in payroll taxes than it paid out in benefits – and the way Congress set things up, the only place “excess” Social Security revenues can be “invested” is in special US Treasury securities.   At this point, about 20% of our nation’s debt is owed to the Social Security Trust Fund.

When Congress passed the Bush-era tax cuts, it was clear that once 2010 rolled around, the Social Security system would have to stop loaning the federal government money.  Enough Baby Boomers would have retired that the Social Security Trust Fund would need to get its money back from the US Treasury.  And that’s why the tax cuts were scheduled to end two years ago.

Instead, when 2010 rolled around, our nation was mired in one of the worst economic downturns of our history.  Millions of Americans were unemployed; millions of families depended on emergency unemployment benefits.

How did you view the situation, two years ago?  As a crisis?  A time to pull together as a nation?  A time we should be feeding the hungry, as so many of our religions hold?  Senate Republicans saw the economic crisis as a political opportunity.  The Senate was debating a one-year extension of unemployment benefits when Republicans drew a line in the sand.  A minority of Senate members blocked the legislation; and they kept up their filibuster until tax cuts for the wealthy were extended for twice as long as the unemployment benefits.

Is it really a “compromise”, if one side gets almost all the pie?  In the end, when that Senate filibuster was finally over, that legislation cost $900 billion – and the extension of unemployment benefits was only 6% of the total cost.

Again, Congress knew the country couldn’t really afford it – that’s why the tax cuts were only extended for two years.  Just until after the 2012 election, when the Republicans would have an opportunity to take back the Oval Office.  And radically “reform” Social Security.  (Think about that: a Romney/Ryan administration would have “reformed” the single-largest “investor” in the national debt.  Got Social Security?  Aren’t you glad you voted last Tuesday?)

In that December 2010 “compromise” legislation, millions of American families got a financial lifeline; and the wealthy and the corporations got their tax cuts.  But almost all of the cost was put on the country’s credit card… and the result of that was predictable, too.  Five months later, the federal government hit the debt limit.

For decades, hitting the debt limit has been more ceremonial than meaningful.  It has been an opportunity to make speeches, a sort of “speed bump” reminding Congress that spending needs to be balanced by revenue.  For decades, every time the government came close to the debt limit, Congress raised the limit.

But not in the summer of 2011.  Again, Congressional Republicans saw the debt limit as a political opportunity.  Drawing a line in the sand over the debt limit gave them an opportunity to “negotiate”; and as one participant described  those negotiations, Republicans insisted that any deal would have to “protect taxpayer subsidies for big oil companies, tax breaks for corporate jets, and tax breaks for millionaires.”  In other words, Republicans viewed the debt limit as an opportunity to make the Bush-era tax cuts permanent – even though Congress has known from Day One that our country couldn’t afford them.

Any of this starting to feel familiar?  Starting to remind you of when corporate negotiators insist on cutting wages, even though the CEO just got a $2 million “performance bonus”?

When the debt limit dust finally settled, in August 2011, the end result was lose-lose.   The legislation raised the debt limit by $900 billion in the short term (which covered the cost of the December 2010 “compromise” over unemployment benefits).  It cut $1 trillion in federal spending.  And it required Congress to come up with another $1.2 trillion in debt reduction before the end of this year, either new revenues or specified spending cuts; otherwise, that $1.2 trillion would be automatically cut from the government budget.  In Congressional lingo, that’s called “sequestration”.  (Want to know what sequestration looks like?  You can read all the details here.)

Guess where Congressional Republicans drew their next line in the sand?  So far, there has been no “compromise” on that $1.2 trillion in additional debt reduction.

So piece by piece, tax cut by tax cut, Congressional Republicans have actually built this fiscal cliff we’re facing.  

But if they do a ”Thelma and Louise” thing and drive the nation’s economy off the cliff…  Well, maybe the 1% figure they’ll survive just fine.  People living in gated communities, who keep extra money in offshore accounts;  people whose net worth has actually grown since the Bush recession; maybe folks like Karl Rove figure they’ll survive just fine.  But another economic crash would destroy millions upon millions of families who work (or want to work) for a living.

Yes, Congressional Republicans built the fiscal cliff; and now they’re making their stand on it.  Since the election, Republican leaders have drawn line after line: no increased tax rates; protect the wealthy; no deal without “entitlement reform”.  (Hello, Social Security?)

They’re like the employer who comes to the table with obstacle after obstacle – because the company’s owners don’t really want to negotiate.  They’ve already decided to close the factory; they’re just looking for someone else to take the blame.

“Let me put it very clearly,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told the Wall Street Journal last week. “I am not willing to raise taxes to turn off the sequester. Period.”

Buckle your seatbelts.  Looks like it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

 

Voters Vote To Overturn Citizens United

Did you get enough of the political ad, flyers, mailers, and radio spots this election? I did (see post), and I do not think I was alone.  Everyone is complaining that money, especially the corporate money, involved in this years election process.   Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has been leading the charge against the Citizens United ruling.  Sen. Sanders is the sponsor of the Saving American Democracy Amendment.

“Amazingly enough, we withstood the assault. We withstood the hundreds of millions of dollars that came in from these billionaires,” Sanders said after the election. The money spent by billionaires to influence the election was not enough to topple President Obama. Others in Congress survived the financial onslaught too. But he said a constitutional amendment still is needed.” Sen Bernie Sanders

This year voters voiced their agreement with Sen Sanders in elections across the country.  The two biggest amendments were:

  • Montana’s Initiative 166Stand with Montanans, establishes an official Montana policy that corporations are not people with constitutional rights and charges Montana’s elected officials with supporting a constitutional amendment to create a level playing field in campaign spending.
  • Colorado Amendment 65 instructs Colorado’s congressional delegation to propose and support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that allows congress and the states to limit campaign contributions and spending that allow all citizens, regardless of wealth, to express their views to one another on a level playing field.

Both of these amendments were aimed at limiting campaign contributions and ‘corporate personhood’. While this is good for the people in these states, we need more.  We need to craft legislation to overturn Citizens United ruling.  Sen Sanders fears that Congress will not have the strength to stand up to the corporate money.

“I worry very much what it does on the floor of the House and the Senate. How many people are going to have the guts to stand up to big money when they know that the airwaves in their states are going to be flooded with negative ads if they vote against Wall Street or vote against coal or oil? So I would say that one of the major issues that we’ve got to deal with is Citizens United. I think we need a constitutional amendment to overturn it. I think it would be a wonderful rallying point for folks all over this country.”

I completely agree with Senator Sanders. We need to reverse Citizens United and remove the corporate money in our political system.  We need all of elected representatives to stand up for the ‘real’ people and reject the ‘corporate’ people.

Watch Senator Bernie Sanders as he proposes his Constitutional Amendment to reverse Citizens United. Then take one minute to sign his petition. 

The ‘Grand Bargain’ Would Hurt Middle Class Working Families

I am happy the elections are over, because now we can get back to work on resolving the issues that have dominated the campaigns over the last nine months.  Everyone agrees that we need to do something about the National Debt.  The debt issue and the looming ‘sequestration’ budget cuts are now all people seem to be talking about.

The two issues are one in the same.  Sequestration is the result of the super committee failing to reach agreement on budget cuts to balance the budget and reduce the debt.  Their failure triggers an automatic budget cut of one trillion dollars.

Right now there are two very different trains of thought on how to resolve this looming destruction. President Obama wants to raise taxes on the ultra-wealthy and continue to reduce the burdon on students and middle class families. (Watch the full video here. )

I’m committed to solving our fiscal challenges,” he said. “But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced. I am not going to ask students and seniors and middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me, making over $250,000, aren’t asked to pay a dime more in taxes. I’m not going to do that.”

Contrary, the Speaker of the House John Boehner, wants to extend the ‘Bush Era Tax Cuts’ and make deep cuts to the Federal Budget. Boehner says he would be willing to compromise to stop the sequestration cuts but held firm on his stance not to raise taxes.

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Labor organizations are getting ahead of the lame duck session calling for action not cuts to entitlement programs.

“The American Federation of Government Employees strongly opposes any legislative action that reduces Social Security or Medicare benefits, reduces federal jobs or lowers the living standards of the middle-class men and women who comprise the federal workforce.”

Congresses so-called “Grand Bargain” would be an unmitigated disaster for all middle-class and working class Americans, including the men and women who make up the federal workforce. Their plan:

  • Cuts Social Security benefits by raising the retirement age, changing the benefit formula, and reducing cost of living adjustments (COLAs) by using an inferior measure of inflation.
  • Voucherizes Medicare, adjusting it by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rather than the rise in health care costs. This saves the government money solely by shifting health care costs to seniors who, inevitably, will not be able to afford the care they need.
  • Adds three years to the two-year federal employee pay freeze, for a total of five years with no raise. In the meantime, the price of everything else goes up: health care premiums, rent, child care, gas and electricity.
  • Voucherizes the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), adjusting it by the CPI rather than the rate of premium increases, so that they pay far more for already unaffordable health care.
  • Cuts 10% of jobs in every federal agency. Such reductions would force VA nursing assistants to take care of 30% more veterans with 30% less support and would throw 200,000 more Americans out of work.
  • Slashes retirement benefits by charging workers more and reducing the amount they receive. Benefits would be cut by between a third and a half, leading to old age poverty for people who worked and faithfully contributed to a fully-funded system for 30 years.
These two very different ideas have two very different outcomes for middle class families.  

“No cuts to Social Security, Medicare or federal employee jobs or compensation are justified now or in the future, and no amount of deception, misrepresentation or hyperbole regarding the budget can change that fact.”
— AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr.

Beware of Lame Ducks

Politico’s like myself toss around the term “lame duck session” like everyone know what that means.  Do you know what a ‘lame duck’ session means? Just in case you do not know let me explain it very quickly.  A ‘lame duck’ session is the time between an election and the when newly elected representatives are inaugurated and seated.

Lame duck sessions are some politicians last chance to get something done before they leave office.  This could also be the chance to change their opinion on a bill because they have already lost the election and they will not be held to that vote.

This is why we must be very cautious with this upcoming lame duck session.  There will no doubt be changes in the U.S. House and possibly in the U.S. Senate.  America is at a crossroads.  When our current Legislators go back to Congress they have a monumental task in front of them and that is the Budget Control Act of 2011.  Now it is commonly called Sequestration.  These force budget cuts could have huge impact on the national economy and will hit New Hampshire hard.

Senator Shaheen called for bipartisan support to fix the sequestration issue.

“It’s not a deficit reduction plan. We need to see some action in Congress, and we need to see it this year. When we get back, I hope people will be focused on this in a way that will help us make progress.”

Senator Ayotte agrees,

“From the Pentagon to New Hampshire’s defense suppliers, there is broad agreement that sequestration would be devastating to our military, our national security, and our economy.”

So while the Senate is working to find real bipartisan solutions the US House is stuck in gridlock.  Both Congressional Houses are blaming each other for locking up legislation.  Congressman Guinta stated in his ‘Frankly Speaking’ editorial (8-2-12)

“Instead of waiting until November, Congress needs to act now. Liberals, conservatives and independents alike agree these matters all carry profound consequences for our economy.”

Here is an idea, quit blaming each other and start blaming yourselves. There are more issues on the horizon than just the budget control act.  The livelihood of the US Postal Service is at risk as well. Yet we do not hear Congressman Guinta talking about the bill that has stalled in the House to correct their overfunding problem.

Bipartisanship is alive and well in the Senate“, Shaheen said, “which managed to pass many significant pieces of legislation that have since languished in the House of Representatives, including reform of the U.S. Postal Service and an overhaul of the farm bill.”

We need Congressman Bass and Congressman Guinta to get back to the US House and help move some of this legislation.  We also need them to understand that there are also programs we need their help to protect from sequestration, like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  Take three minutes to send a letter to your Congressman not to sacrifice these programs in the upcoming lame duck session.  Help to ensure these cuts will not effect the economic growth we have gained over the last three years.

 

What happened on Wall Street Today?

Many of us with 401(k)s were watching today’s stock market slide.  Today’s drop was the biggest one-day loss in more than a year.

What happened?  Here’s how the Wall Street Journal explains it:

“With the two houses of Congress split between Democrats and Republicans, investors are fearful of a contentious battle over taxes and the deficit that could take the U.S. government to the brink of another crisis. Political brinkmanship on deficit reduction helped trigger a downgrade of the U.S. government’s credit rating by Standard & Poor’s in August 2011.”

“This time, the concern is the ‘fiscal cliff,’ scheduled tax increases and spending cuts set to take place on Jan. 1 unless Congress reaches a compromise to avert the policy changes. The split houses of Congress, and continued partisan rancor, have fueled worries that legislators may not reach a compromise until the last minute, if at all.”

Read the full article here.

“Partisan rancor”?!?  Wait. Wasn’t that the one thing voters of all stripes complained about, in yesterday’s exit polls?

It didn’t take long for the gridlock to resume — not even 18 hours!  House Speaker John Boehner has already ruled out any compromise that includes tax increases on the rich.  Read “Republicans lay down battle lines over fiscal cliff” here.

Why can’t the national GOP take a clue from California, where the just-passed Proposition 30 will increase taxes on the wealthy for the next seven years?  The ballot measure prevents $6 billion in cuts to the state budget, mostly in public school funding.

New Hampshire still has a Republican Senator, Kelly Ayotte.  If you have a 401(k) and you’re concerned about what’s happening to your retirement savings, you can call her and suggest the Republican Party should become something other than “The Party of ‘No’.”  (Or, rather, “The Party of ‘No Tax Hikes on The Wealthy’.”)

Sen. Ayotte has offices in Manchester (603-622-7979), Nashua (603-880-3335), Berlin (603-752-7702) and Portsmouth (603-436-7161).

 

A Statement From Massachusetts Building Trades President Frank Callahan

Post Election Thank You Letter to the 75,000 Men and Women of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO

Last night was a great one for the members of Massachusetts’ Building Trades unions and all working families in our state and nation.

We re-elected President Obama, we elected a true champion of working families, Elizabeth Warren, to the United States Senate and we elected nine US Representatives who will stand with us in the Congress.

And it was all thanks to you and thousands of your fellow union members who knocked on thousands of doors, handed out thousands of jobsite leaflets, made thousands of phone calls, held signs, worked the polls and performed a myriad of other tasks to get our message out. That message was heard, loud and clear, by your fellow union members and the electorate at large. The middle class will no longer be ignored. We will no longer be shouted down, lied to and taken for granted by politicians who dress like us, act like us, and pretend to be on our side but vote against our interests when they get to Washington. We will be paying attention to how our elected officials vote, not what they say, and certainly not how they dress. If they stand with us we will stand with them.

Yesterday you showed what we can accomplish when we work together. Your hard work, your determination and your unwillingness to quit enabled us to overcome the tens of millions of dollars in misleading ads and the relentless attacks of the right wing media. You took the direct route. You talked with your co-workers, your fellow union members, your family members and your neighbors. Those one-on-one conversations at work, in your neighborhoods and at the kitchen table prove that real grassroots efforts can beat big money every day.

Together we achieved a great victory yesterday. Savor it, enjoy it and be proud of it, but not for too long. Our work is not done and there is much to do. In the weeks and months ahead we need your help to convert these electoral victories into meaningful change. We will be asking you to call, write, leaflet and meet with your elected officials to achieve our goals. We will be insisting that our elected representatives invest in and rebuild our roads and bridges, our schools and transit systems, to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure and get our economy moving again. We will persist in our demands that they reign in Wall Street, ensure that those at the very top contribute their fair share, invest in education, care for our seniors, care for our veterans and much more.

In his victory speech President Obama said, “more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of you.” 

Last night we, as working people, won the right to determine our own destiny. But, we cannot move forward without you. Tomorrow, next week, next month and next year we must take on the task of perfecting our union. To restore America to its full potential by rebuilding America’s middle class. 

Thank you again for your hard work and dedication. I look forward to working with each and every one of you in the weeks and months ahead.

                                                                                    Sincerely,

                                                                        

                                                                                    Francis X. Callahan Jr

                                                                                    President

The Massachusetts Building Trades Council is a 91-year-old organization dedicated to helping working people improve their quality of life. The Council is comprised of 74 member local unions representing over 75,000 working men and women across the state.

Iron Workers President Wise Sends Post Election Message To Members

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Once again, our faith in democracy and the American people has stood up to the unlimited dollars and fraudulent campaign of the radical right and re-elected President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to a second term.  Carrying the battle as the only organization truly representing the middle class was the AFL-CIO, and leading the way was the Iron Workers through your hard work and efforts.

I wish to thank every member, their family and friends who voted, your Local Union leadership and volunteers across this nation who made sure that the truth was in the hands and minds of our members.  The cause was just, the battle fierce and your commitment carried the day for Ironworkers throughout North America.  Your voice at the ballot box has given us the tools, and we will use them to expand work opportunities, grow our Union and create a better standard of living for you and your family.

Your support of our Union and the Ironworkers Political Action League proved invaluable during this election.  That intensity, activism and support must continue now through the halls of Congress.  After surviving the obstructionist politics of our enemies during the last four years, we must continue to carry the battle to every Congressman on every piece of legislation to make sure our voice is not stifled.

Ironworkers sticking together gave us this great victory, and Ironworkers sticking together will give us a better future.

Thank you for helping to build our great Union.

 

Walter W. Wise

General President

Iron Workers

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Protect NH’s Constitution PAC Celebrates Defeat Of Questions One, Two, and Three

CONCORD – The Protect New Hampshire’s Constitution PAC, a coalition of local groups opposed to ballot QuestionS 1, 2 and 3 today thanked New Hampshire voters for preventing major changes to the constitution that would have permanently banned an income tax and given the legislature power over the courts.

On Question 1:

“Voters made the right decision,” said Peg Fargo, president of Protect New Hampshire’s Constitution and vice-president of the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire. “This vote allows our children and grandchildren to make their own decisions about tax policy in the future.”

“This ensures when policy makers consider changes to our tax structure, they don’t face arbitrary constraints. We at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute look forward to working with the incoming legislature to make New Hampshire’s tax system more sound and balanced,” said Jeff McLynch, executive director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute.

On Questions 1, 2 and 3:

“With these votes, New Hampshire signaled its opposition to embedding tax policy in the constitution and giving the legislature power over the courts. These results are a testimony to the common sense values and priorities of Granite Staters,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress.

The Protect New Hampshire’s Constitution coalition includes America Votes, the N.H. Children’s Alliance, New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, Granite State Progress, Granite State Priorities, the N.H. Citizen’s Alliance, faith-based groups and labor groups, including NEA-NH.

Ann Kuster’s Remarks After Being Elected To US House Of Representatives

Annie Kuster Elected to the United States House of Representatives

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CONCORD, N.H. – Tonight, Annie Kuster was elected to the United States House of Representatives. Following her victory, Annie addressed supporters at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. Her full remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below:

*****

Thank you!

Tonight, New Hampshire proved our independence once again!

I want to start by congratulating Congressman Bass on a strong campaign.

He and I don’t see eye-to-eye on most issues, but I respect him a great deal and wish him and his family all the best.

The truth is, this campaign wasn’t about him and it wasn’t about me.

It was about you – the people of the Second District – and the kind of future we want for our families, for our state, and for our country.

And tonight, with your votes, you said loud and clear that New Hampshire wants to move forward!

You proved that in the Granite State, we’re ready to put politics aside and do what’s right for the middle class and small businesses; for students and seniors; for veterans and hardworking families all across this district.

You proved that there are thousands of voters who are looking for leaders who can bring people together to get things done.

And you proved that a grassroots, people-powered campaign can overcome the special interests, overcome the status quo, and overcome the odds!

To our tireless volunteers who poured their hearts and souls into this campaign – tonight is your night.

You made the calls, you knocked the doors, you wrote the letters – you made this all possible.

I can’t thank you enough for the incredible campaign you built, but I can promise you this: I will bring the same grit and passion to Congress that you brought to this campaign.

So many people have given so much to this effort, but I want to acknowledge a few who have traveled this road with me for the past several years.

My husband Brad has been at my side every step of the way – during this campaign, and for the last 28 years.

Zach, my faithful driver; and Travis – I am so proud of you both. You inspire me to work hard for a better future for all our young people.

And then there’s my campaign family:

Our fearless leader, Garrick; our fundraiser, Emily; our superstars in finance and communications; and the best field team ever – you are amazing!

To our earliest supporters; to our A-Team volunteers and our Angel donors; and to the hosts of hundreds of house parties across this district – you stepped up when your state and country needed you, and I am so grateful for your support.

I also want to thank the many Republicans and Independents who crossed party lines to support our campaign; and who know that we can only solve the challenges we face by working together.

That’s the approach to politics I learned from my parents. And as I stand here tonight, I can’t help but think about my mom and dad. I wish they could be here to celebrate with us.

They spent their lives fighting for liberty, equality, opportunity, and fairness – and I know they would be proud of the campaign we ran.

My great-grandmother was a suffragette. My grandmother didn’t earn the right to vote until she was married with three children. And my mother ran for this seat in 1980, at a time when very few women were running for public office.

That’s why I’m especially proud to join Maggie Hassan, Senator Shaheen, Senator Ayotte, and hopefully Carol Shea-Porter in representing the people of this great state!

I come from a long line of strong women who taught me to chase my dreams. We’ve come an awful long way since my grandmother cast her first ballot, but we still have a lot more work to do.

And so in her memory, I promise that I will work every single day to move this country forward and get our government working for us again!

We all know that’s going to take commonsense and compromise. So here’s my commitment to you:

I will work with anybody, from any party, on any issue if I believe it’s in the best interest of our state.

And I will always stand up for what I believe in.

I will stand up for the hardworking middle class families I’ve met all across this district.

I will stand up for good jobs in our communities, affordable health care for our families, and the best education for our children.

I will stand up for equal rights, civil rights, and a woman’s right to choose.

And I will stand up for a government that reflects the decency, integrity, and generosity of the people in this room, and the people I have met all across New Hampshire.

These are the values we stood up for in this campaign. These are the values we all share. And these are the values I will fight for every single day in Congress.

I am truly humbled by your vote of confidence, and I will do my best to live up to it for as long as I have the privilege of serving New Hampshire.

Thank you so very much.

Get Out There And Vote Today! Then Help GOTV!

Well it if finally NOV 6th 2012! Many of us are so happy that it is finally election day. Before I can rest and move on from all the election politics I want to make one more reminder.

GET OUT AND VOTE!

If you do not know where to go and vote, you can find it here.

Remember that for no reason can you be turned away from voting in New Hampshire.  Even with the new Voter ID Laws you can still register at the poll and vote  with or without an ID.   While I hope there is no problems with the new Voter ID Law there are a few ways you can help ensure this does not happen.  If you see a problem, report it immediately. Call 1-888-939-5932.  You can also review some of the changes at NH Voter Protection.

I hope by now that you have done all your research and know who you are going to vote for.   In case you have not, we hope you will support

  • Barack Obama for President / Joe Biden for Vice President
  • Maggie Hassan for NH Governor
  • Carol Shea-Porter in NH CD01
  • Ann Kuster in NH CD 02

While these are very, very important races the State Races are important too.  Take a few minutes to check your NH Progressive Voting guide.  See who has endorsed who in this election.  You can also see how they voted last year using the Granite State Progress ‘Legislator Report Card’.

Lastly, the NH Constitutional Amendments.  I have talked about these amendments since they were proposals in the house.  We are urging everyone to vote NO on Questions 1, 2, and 3.   For more information on Question 1 (taxes), or Question 2 (Court Reform). Also see Protect NH Constitution.

 The most important thing I can say is GET OUT THERE AND VOTE.  While we may agree on some issues and disagree on others your vote is important.  This election could be the closest in history and New Hampshire is one of the most important states this year.  We need everyone to get out and vote.  We also need your help getting everyone else out to vote.  Start by sharing this message on your social media. Then you can help get out the vote at one of these locations.

  • Manchester – Teamsters Local 633 – 53 Goffstown Road – Manchester, NH
  • Concord – IBEW Local 490 – 48 Airport Road – Concord, NH
  • Nashua – WH Bagshaw Company – 1 Pine Street Extension – Nashua, NH
  • Rochester – OFA Rochester office – 63 Hanson Street, Rochester, NH
  • Hampton – OFA Hampton office – 150 High Street, Hampton, NH

We will be canvassing at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

 

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