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VIDEO: At Tonight’s Debate Scott Brown Falsely Claims He Never Voted To Outsource Jobs

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FACT CHECK: Brown Voted to Protect Tax Breaks for Companies That Outsource, Now Personally Profiting from Company that Sent Jobs to China and Mexico

Concord – This evening Scott Brown falsely claimed he never voted to protect tax breaks for companies that outsource. The truth: he did, and is now personally profiting from a company that sent jobs to China and Mexico. In fact, just two days before entering the race for the Senate in New Hampshire, Brown even signed legal documents endorsing that company’s use of “low cost manufacturing bases, such as China and Mexico” to increase its bottom line.

To watch the video of Scott Brown’s false claim, click here: http://youtu.be/7bQdNEsM8vQ

THE FACTS: Scott Brown Voted To Protect Tax Breaks For Companies That Ship U.S. Jobs Overseas And Is Now Profiting from a Company that Sent Jobs to China and Mexico

  • Brown Voted Against A Bill To Close Tax Loopholes That Reward Companies For Shipping U.S. Jobs Overseas And To Provide Incentives To Businesses Hiring American Workers For Jobs Performed Overseas.   [Vote 242, 9/28/10]
  • CNNMoney: Bill Would Have Given Companies Break on Payroll Taxes for New U.S. jobs That Replace Positions Based Overseas, Would Have “Reined In Tax Incentives for Moving Jobs Outside the United States.” [CNNMoney, 9/28/10]
  • CNNMoney: Bill Aimed to Discourage Companies That Ship Jobs Abroad by Eliminating Favorable Tax Rates. [CNNMoney, 9/28/10]

Cashing In With An Outsourcing Company

  • Feb. 2013: Kadant Appointed Brown To Its Board Of Directors And Pointed To Brown’s Massachusetts Roots. [Westford Eagle, 2/21/13]
  • Brown Earned $270,000 Since Joining Kadant’s Board. [Nashua Telegraph, 8/22/14]

Kadant Is An Unabashed Outsourcer With A “Penchant For Exporting Jobs To Cheap Foreign Labor Alternatives” To Pad Its Bottom Line

  • Kadant Was A Company With A “Penchant For Exporting Jobs To Cheap Foreign Labor Alternatives Such As China.  [Nashua Telegraph, 8/22/14]
  •  Kadant CEO: Move to Chinese “Sourcing” Provided Kadant with a “Nice Margin Opportunity.” [Fair Disclosure Wire, Kadant Inc. Annual Shareholders Meeting, 5/24/07]
  • In 2005, Kadant Closed A U.S. Manufacturing Facility “For Outsourcing;” CEO Called The Move “Necessary” As Kadant Shifted “Toward Lower Cost Regions Such As China.” [Nashua Telegraph, 8/22/14]
  • In 2009, Kadant CFO Said Company Decided to “Source” More Products from China for Mexican Operations. [Fair Disclosure Wire, Kadant Inc. Q1 2009 Earnings Conference Call, 5/07/09]

As A Member Of The Board, Brown Signed Off On Kadant’s Decision To “Concentrate Its Efforts” In “Low Cost Manufacturing Bases” Like China & Mexico

  • Kadant 2013 Annual Report Said The Company Utilized “Low Cost Manufacturing Bases, Such As China And Mexico” To “Improve” The Company’s “Internal Growth.” [Kadant 2013 Annual Report, 3/12/14]
  •  As A Member Of The Board Of Directors, Brown Signed This Annual Report Two Days Before He Launched His Exploratory Committee For Senate In New Hampshire. [Kadant 2013 Annual Report, 3/12/14; CNN, 3/14/14]

Shea-Porter Cleans Up at NH1 Debate; Guinta Runs From Extreme Record

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CONCORD—Carol Shea-Porter emerged the clear winner at tonight’s NH1 debate, discussing the work she is doing to create jobs around the District, including the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and offering solutions for middle class families that left Frank Guinta fumbling to defend his extreme Tea Party record.

“While Carol highlighted her work for New Hampshire’s middle class, Frank Guinta refused to explain his anti-middle-class budgets that would hurt seniors, came out in opposition to our state’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion, and wouldn’t tell voters why he voted against Planned Parenthood and why he opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly. “First District voters have a clear choice on November 4th between Tea Partier Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter, who’s working for the ‘Rest of Us.’”

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement after tonight’s New Hampshire 1st Congressional debate:

“Tonight’s debate featured Tea Party former congressman Frank Guinta reiterate his extreme Koch Brothers agenda that includes cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans and big oil companies at the expense of middle-class families, cutting Social Security and privatizing Medicare, and opposing a woman’s right to choose even to save the life of the mother.”

“Granite State voters will reject Frank Guinta’s out-of-touch Tea Party views and his mystery-money scandals, and continue to support Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s proven record of standing up for middle-class priorities and supporting economic growth here in New Hampshire.”

Unions Respond to Company Claims of Intimidation and Call Jamming

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Company Makes Accusations Without Evidence Leaders Say

Augusta, ME—Union leaders responded to FairPoint’s public statement suggesting that some unnamed individuals are engaged in “phone jamming activity,” saying that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America are absolutely unaware of any persons or organizations intentionally jamming FairPoint call center lines through automated means. Union leaders have asked FairPoint to provide any specific information or evidence regarding these allegations so that they may investigate the Company’s claims.

As to the allegations regarding the unions’ picketing activities, the company has similarly failed to provide any information or evidence as to when and where any union member has engaged in any unlawful conduct. The law provides that unions may lawfully and peacefully picket at company facilities and any other work site where union work is being performed. The goal of such picketing is to send a message regarding the company’s unfair labor practices to the managers and out-of-state replacement workers who have come into our communities to take local workers’ jobs. The unions deeply regret any inconvenience this picketing activity may cause to FairPoint customers. The suggestion that the unions would seek to intimidate our neighbors and friends in the communities where we live and work is outrageous and unfounded.

Prior to the strike action, the unions carefully trained our members about their federally-protected rights to engage in peaceful picketing activity. We will continue to work hard to ensure that our labor action is safe and respectful to our neighbors and friends throughout Northern New England, but we will not let FairPoint use these spurious and unfounded allegations to take the spotlight off of the company’s unfair practices and unwillingness to provide appropriate working conditions for the hard-working men and women who have served these communities for many years.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) System Council T9 includes local unions in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and represents nearly 1,700 employees at FairPoint Communications. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1400 represents nearly 300 FairPoint employees in the three states. For more information, visit www.fairnessatfairpoint.com.

Strike Against FairPoint Continues as Nor’easter Approaches

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Strikers fear replacement workers can’t handle complications of looming storm

Manchester, NH—Tuesday marks the fifth day of a strike against FairPoint Communications by nearly 2,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The strike began last Friday after FairPoint walked out of negotiations and unilaterally imposed contract terms that cut retiree health care, froze pensions, and increased health care costs.

Hundreds of FairPoint employees continue to picket 12 hours a day at dozens of sites across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. They have been joined by supporters from other unions in the region and by elected leaders, including New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan.

With the arrival of the season’s first nor’easter this week, experienced technicians are expressing concern that FairPoint’s replacement workers will be unable to handle the challenges that come with high winds and heavy rain.

Steve Soule, a Manchester, New Hampshire, service technician who has been on the job for 17 years, explains, “Normally, with a storm like this, me and my fellow techs would be preparing generators and staging our materials to respond to weather-related outages. We would be preparing for possible flooding which can knock out systems that provide 911 and other essential communications. I’m concerned that FairPoint doesn’t have enough staff with the expertise to deal with a widespread service interruption.”

Soule went on to talk about the local knowledge that’s vital to keeping people connected and the public safe. “Because many of us have been working in these communities for decades, we know where the vulnerabilities are. We know where back-up batteries might be weak and where phone and DSL lines are most likely to go down,” said Soule. “Some inexperienced replacement worker from out-of-state couldn’t possibly anticipate those problems. I worry that if this storm is as bad as some of the nor’easters we’ve experienced in the recent past, our communities could see lengthy service interruptions made longer because of this replacement workforce. It’s not just about convenience, it’s about public safety.”

Workers on the picket lines stress that they are on the same side as their customers. They want Northern New England to have the best possible phone and Internet service. To provide 21st-century technology to businesses, schools, and families requires well-trained, experienced, local workers who know the system.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) System Council T9 includes local unions in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and represents nearly 1,700 employees at FairPoint Communications. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1400 represents nearly 300 FairPoint employees in the three states. For more information, visit www.fairnessatfairpoint.com.

Daniel Weeks Speaks At Rivier University About Poverty And Democracy (10-21-14)

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Daniel Weeks’ Atlantic and UNH publications based on poverty-line research across USA

NASHUA, NH – To understand poverty and its complex relationship to American democracy, New Hampshire political reformer Daniel Weeks traveled some 10,000 miles through 30 states by Greyhound bus interviewing citizens in poverty and maintaining a poverty-line budget of $16 per day. On Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 4pm, Weeks will present his findings at Rivier University’s Benoit Educational Center in a public lecture (details here).

Weeks completed his research as a fellow of the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and with support from the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH. His research was published as a 2014 series for The Atlantic, in Business NH Magazine, and featured on NHPR’s “The Exchange” and other programs.

The “Poor (in) Democracy” project explores the complex relationship between institutional poverty and political power, including how economic inequalities enter the political sphere and undermine political equality; how political arrangements deepen and entrench poverty; and what it means in real life to be poor and (seek to) participate in democratic life. The work concludes with a menu of cross-partisan governmental reforms aimed at combatting poverty by strengthening American democracy.

In an effort to deepen his experience of American poverty, Weeks maintained a poverty-line budget, eating a restricted diet and spending nights in public parks and homeless shelters, on buses or bus stations, and in home-stays over his six weeks on the road. From benches on Capitol Hill to the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, from the desert colonias of New Mexico to Skid Row in L.A., Weeks’ profiles and careful analysis help put a human face on poverty and political inequality in the age of Obama.

Since completing his travels, Weeks now serves as Executive Director of Open Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit working to reduce the influence of private money in politics and expand political voice and participation for under-represented people in New Hampshire.

For more information, please visit: www.PoorInDemocracy.org.

School Bus Crushed By Falling Roadway

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Liuna BusBreaking news, a large piece of road has fallen down and smashed into a local school bus full of children on their way home from school today. 

Do I have your attention now?

The headline above is false.  How horrible would it be if the headline above were actually true?  Can you imagine the real terror you would feel if this news came out of your town?

Just the though of this is horrible, so horrible that we never want to see it happen. That is why the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) is taking this broken bus all around the country. LiUNA wants everyone to know and understand the real dangers of not doing our part to ensure that our roads and bridges are repaired.

“Over 30% of our nations bridges have exceeded their 50 year design life.”

“25% of our nations bridges are deficient or obsolete.”

“Potholes cost US drivers $80 billion in auto repairs last year.” (FixOurbridges.org)

In spite of the dangerous conditions these bridges are used some “250 million times a day.”

That is 250 million opportunities for a bridge to collapse and a bus to fall into a river or a car to be crushed by a large section of the overpass.

We must do something to ensure that our roadways are as safe as they can be. We must invest in repairing our roads and bridges before they completely fall apart injuring or killing countless innocent Americans.

See the video below or on YouTube here.

(Special thank to LiUNA for creating this amazing campaign to highlight the dangers on our roadways. Go to FixOurbridges.org for more information.)

Put The Middle Class First Bus Tour

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The bus tour stops in Manchester at 10:00am, at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Manchester speakers will include NH Alliance for Retired Americans President Lucy Edwards and Pastor Gail Kinney.

The Nashua stop will be at 1:00pm outside the Nashua Public Library.

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The political narrative around bread and butter economic issues that won the day for progressives and Democrats in 2012 is no less important today.  And, at a time when Republicans are doubling down on policies that hurt the middle class while benefiting the likes of the Koch brothers and the richest one percent, having a vehicle (pun intended) to advance the “who’s on your side” narrative that has worked so well for our side in the past is absolutely critical to our success.

Americans United has a rich and successful history of using bus tours for progressive campaigns that have generated significant benefits with respect to earned media and grassroots and grass-tops organizing.  Americans United’s most famous bus tour occurred in 2008 around the Presidency of George W. Bush and the failure of his and the GOP’s domestic and foreign policies during his tenure.  The Bush Legacy Bus was on the road for nearly five months, visiting 42 states and generating thousands of media hits with an estimated value of $2.5 million paid television airtime alone.  The tour contributed to the effort of Democrats to win the presidency, in part, by making a strong argument against putting another Republican in the White House for essentially a third Bush term.

More recently, Americans United ran a month-long national “Raise the Wage” bus tour advocating for raising the federal minimum wage, which appeared in key states ahead of a vote on the issue in the U.S. Senate.  The “Raise the Wage” bus tour held 35 events in 22 states resulting in 265 television clips valued at $301,846 in equivalent paid media time and 170 pages in newspaper clips.

Proposed “Put the Middle Class First” Bus Tour:  In contrast with the Right, Democrats have a detailed set of proposals that put the middle class first, giving more Americans a fair shot at getting into the middle class and achieving the American Dream.  Any one of these provides significant material for a bus tour, as Americans United proved with this spring’s “Raise the Wage” bus tour.  However, because these commonsense, popular policies can be combined together to draw a stark picture of what we are for and what the other side is against – and because the resonance of some of these issues varies some from state to state and even district to district – we are launching a bus tour to promote ways to “Put the Middle Class First” that will provide a platform to promote a range of progressive economic policies that are popular with the American people.

The issues we will highlight are those that would give Americans a fair shot, including:

·         Raising the minimum wage

·         Equal pay for equal work

·         Making college affordable

·         Creating jobs by investing in infrastructure

·         Protecting Social Security and Medicare

The bus’s art and rhetoric will make it adaptable as a platform to discuss any or all of these policies and to target, and hold accountable, lawmakers who are on the wrong side of these issues.  With “Put the Middle Class First” as the topline, the bus will serve as a platform for other issues in states, districts or communities where they make sense.

Duration, States: The Middle Class First bus tour will start Monday, October 6th and run until the weekend before the election.

Stops will include:

Monday, October 6

Manchester, NH

Nashua, NH

Tuesday, October 7

Portland, ME

Bangor, ME

Wednesday, October 8

Hartford, CT

Syracuse, NY

Thursday, October 9

Philadelphia, PA

Harrisburg, PA

Pittsburg, PA

Friday, October 10

Columbus, OH

Lansing/East Lansing, MI

Monday, October 13

Detroit (Southfield), MI

Chicago, IL

Tuesday, October 14

Milwaukee, WI

Madison, WI

Wednesday, October 15

Davenport, IA

Des Moines, IA

Red Oak, IA

Thursday, October 16

Omaha, NE

Friday, October 17

Denver, CO

Ft. Collins, CO

Monday, October 20

Dallas, TX

Texarkana, AR

Tuesday, October 21

Little Rock, AR

West Memphis, AR

Thursday, October 23

Tampa, FL

Orlando, FL

Friday, October 24

Tallahassee, FL

Atlanta, GA

Monday, October 27

Lexington, KY

Louisville, KY

Tuesday, October 28

Charleston, WV

Wednesday, October 29

Charlotte, NC

Greensboro, NC

Raleigh, NC

Thursday, October 30

Norfolk/Hampton Roads, VA

Richmond, VA

Friday, October 31

McLean, VA

NH’s Midterm Primaries Are Tomorrow, Do You “Know Your Candidates?”

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Editor’s Note: This years elections are very important and there is a lot of competition for spots on the party tickets.  It is very important to get a full picture of who is running. Susan Bruce originally wrote this editorial for the Conway Sun Times, and she has granted us permission to republish it here. If you like this post, you can also follow Susan on here own blog “SUSAN THE BRUCE,” which is very straight forward and edgy.   

Most of all, do not forget to Vote tomorrow!

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Know Your Candidates

By Susan Bruce.

The midterm primary elections are coming up on September 9. In a state where most of the media skews to the right, getting an accurate picture of candidates can be challenging. One must go beyond the conventional (newspaper and TV) sources and dig a little deeper. Candidate research is crucial in order to avoid electing people who will be a huge embarrassment right out of the gate. With a 400 member House, there will be others who will require more time to maximize their embarrassment potential.

The highest profile primary contest is for the GOP nominee for US Senate. The winner will go on to face popular Senator Jeanne Shaheen in November. The three top candidates are Scott Brown, Jim Rubens, and Bob Smith. Brown and Smith are both former US Senators, Smith from NH and Brown from MA. Brown’s campaign has been strange. In Colebrook he knocked on the doors of supporters and called that “campaigning.” In N. Conway he ran away from a reporter and hid in the bathroom. Days ago on the radio in Massachusetts, he urged folks to come to NH and use our same day registration policy to vote for him. He has a lot of money, the party establishment has lined up behind him, and he looks pretty. Will that carry the day?

Rubens is a Dartmouth grad who has made a boatload of money. He once had a public blog called oversuccess.com. When some of the content from that blog went public, the blog went private. No longer can we peons read about the perils of being wealthy: “I have bathed in camera light during press conferences, political opponents skulking in the rear of ballrooms, forced to tolerate my applause lines, sycophants and well-wishers beaming and waiting in line to shake my hand or offer their help.” Rubens also ran afoul on that same blog by suggesting that the increasing number of women in the workplace has resulted in mass shootings. The implication being, of course, that those women are taking men’s jobs away from them. Rubens signed on to the campaign finance reform bandwagon and won the support of Lawrence Lessig and his MayDay PAC. He’s also jumped on the libertea bandwagon, and has attempted to be photographed in every gun store in NH.

Former Senator Bob Smith lost his bad toupee in Florida. He may have updated his hair, but not his ideology. Smith is working overtime to appeal to the farthest right fringe, but they seem more interested in Rubens. He’s unlikely to do well in the primary.

In the GOP primary for governor, the contest comes down to Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway. Havenstein was the CEO at BAE Systems. BAE is a defense contractor. Walt boasts about the jobs he created there. He may have hired people, but those jobs were actually created by US taxpayers. The obscene US military spending is made possible by folks like you and me. Without the public teat to suckle from, Walt wouldn’t have been hiring.

Havenstein also entered the race with some confusion about his residency. He claimed that he’s always lived in NH, but he signed a homestead deduction in Maryland that stipulated he lived there in order to save a few thousand a year. The NH ballot commission ruled that he is a NH resident, and Maryland sent him a bill for the tax money he defrauded them for. He’s “considering” whether or not to pay it, a luxury not available to the rest of us.

Andrew Hemingway is the darling of the libertea crowd. A look at his website reveals he’s promoting the same old “solutions” that have been failing NH for decades. Neither Havenstein nor Hemingway mentions the word “infrastructure” on their campaign websites.

In Congressional District 1, the race comes down to former Congressman Frank Guinta and former Dean of the former Whittemore School of Business at UNH, now renamed the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

Frank Guinta slid into Congress during the red tide of 2010. He stayed for one term. Guinta “found” a bank account that provided his campaign with a $350,000 infusion of cash in 2010. That “find” didn’t match up with his income. The FEC investigation appears to be moving at the speed of the tectonic plates. Frank also distinguished himself by campaigning loudly about Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter’s alleged abuses of the Congressional franking system. In 2011, he spent more on franked mail than any other Congressperson. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) rated him one of the most corrupt legislators.

Dan Innis became the Dean of the business school at UNH in 2007. In 2008, the business school received a big wad of cash ($25 million) from alumnus Peter T. Paul. The school built what his now known as the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. Peter T. Paul amassed a fortune selling subprime mortgages, and later devising ways to package and sell mortgage debt to investors – a practice that has been cited as a key factor in the economic meltdown of 2008. In 2013, Innis stepped down from his position as Dean to explore a run for Congress. In 2014, Peter T. Paul created a Super Pac to help his friend Dan Innis beat Guinta in the primary. If Innis gets to Washington what kind of regulatory oversight will he be providing? Will he protect voters or his benefactor?

This is why it’s important to know the candidates. Do they already have a record of corruption? Where do their loyalties lie? Are they bought and paid for?

On the local level, we’ll also be electing House and Senate candidates, and various county positions. Last biennium, the House and Senate were both filled with rabid ideologues and obstructionists who did their best to subvert the process. Anyone who tells you that cutting taxes and eliminating regulations is the key to job growth in NH is lying. NH has failed for decades to invest in our state and the results of that failure are now hobbling our economy. The GOP inability to be honest about that is a shameful and deliberate failure.

In order for the NH legislature to accomplish anything, there has to be some bipartisan cooperation and compromise. Electing people who claim government is bad and broken leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s up to voters to decide whether they want to elect serious people who are interested in working to fix some of NH’s very real problems, or if they want bellicose obstructionists trumpeting the usual slogans.
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This was written as my regular column in the Conway Daily Sun newspaper, in NH’s First Congressional District, which is why I didn’t include the CD 2 race.

I’ve been encouraged to add in information about the GOP primary in CD 2, to determine who will run against Congresswoman Ann Kuster.

There are 3 Republicans in the race.

Marilinda Garcia is a former state representative. She was one of former Speaker Bill O’Brien’s acolytes. She’s also distinguished herself by being heavily funded by the Koch brothers. A young attractive woman with a Latino surname who espouses the beliefs of the far right libertea fringe doesn’t come along every day for the GOP. She wants to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the same GOP plan that has failed us all for decades – the marketplace! She mentions Bowles Simpson which is a coy way of saying she wants to privatize Social Security. She wants to cut gummint spending.

Garcia’s inexperience showed at the debate last week when she refused to shake opponent Gary Lambert’s hand, because he “lied about her positions.” Time to toughen up Buttercup. This isn’t the 400 member NH House, this is hardball.

She’s also made the classic rookie mistake of airing all this on her campaign blog. Repeating what he’s said in his ads is giving him double the advertisement space. Former Rep. Garcia is not ready for prime time.

Gary Lambert wants to force women to serve as involuntary incubators, secure our borders, repeal Obama care, and give us MOAR GUNZ! He has a Wake Up Washington Pledge on his campaign website, full of promises of term limits and not taking a pension or a pay raise! Funny how these guys who claim to hate career politicians are desperate to become career politicians.

Jim Lawrence promises to Win Back NH for NH. He’s going to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the same old market “solutions.” He’s going to secure our border! He’s going to fix the IRS! He’s going to give us a strong foreign policy! He’s going to prevent NH from having wind turbines! He’s going to eliminate regulations and give everyone MOAR GUNZ!

Three far right fringe candidates with no new ideas. Welcome to today’s GOP.

© sbruce 2014

published as an op-ed in the Conway Daily Sun newspaper, Sept. 5, 2014

republished with permission

Shaheen, Hassan Announce Grant To Boost NH Small Business Exports

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Program will help New Hampshire small businesses reach new markets, expand trade opportunities

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan today announced the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) as the recipient of a $159,725 grant through the third round of the State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) grant program. The STEP program, which Shaheen helped create, is an export initiative that helps states assist small businesses to enter and succeed in the international marketplace.

“Increasing exports is a common-sense way to strengthen our economy and create jobs right here in New Hampshire,” Senator Shaheen said. “Exporting is a tremendous opportunity for small businesses and the STEP grant program has a proven record of success. Today’s announcement is great news for New Hampshire jobs and the economy.”

“New Hampshire’s small businesses are leaders in manufacturing high-quality, competitive products that help spur economic development and job creation across the state,” Governor Hassan said. “The STEP program has returned millions in export sales to New Hampshire businesses over the past two years, and today’s exciting announcement will help continue that success and strengthen our efforts to revitalize international trade and keep our economy moving in the right direction.”

Shaheen and Hassan have both consistently worked to aid small companies in reaching customers outside of New Hampshire and expand export opportunities. With the receipt of the STEP grant, New Hampshire DRED will administer programs through a public-private partnership with the Granite State District Export Council and the private sector New Hampshire Export Expansion Fund. The grant will help small businesses in New Hampshire prepare for new markets, access export financing and attend trade missions as well overcome obstacles that stand in the way of accessing foreign markets, such as a lack of expertise or resources.

The STEP program has a demonstrated track record of helping small businesses reach new markets. In FY 2012, recipients of grants reported a return on investments of more than 19-1.

National Writers Union Statement On The Death Of Steven J Sotloff

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National Writers UnionThe National Writers Union joins the rest of the world in our grief and anger over the brutal murder of Steven J. Sotloff by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He was just 31 years old. Our sadness is compounded by the fact that his death follows so closely that of fellow freelance journalist James Foley just two weeks ago. Steven, James and many others have risked their lives to work a beat that major news sources have abandoned as too dangerous.

Steven had lived in Yemen and learned Arabic there. He covered the Arab Spring, reporting for Time, The Christian Science Monitor, The National Interest, Media Line, World Affairs, and Foreign Policy, from Egypt, Turkey, Libya, and Bahrain. He was abducted in Syria on August 4, 2013.

At least 20 journalists are still missing in Syria, where the three-year old civil war has taken the lives of more than 191,000 and created more than 3 million refugees. Thirteen Palestinian journalists were killed and more than three dozen wounded in the recent Israeli assault on Gaza. Last month, Russian journalist Andrei Stenin became the seventh journalist murdered in Ukraine, his car recently recovered on a road close to Donetsk. The vehicle was burned and riddled with bullet holes. Like Foley and Sotloff, these journalists were all targeted for execution.

The world is an ever more dangerous place. As we write this, war rages in Afghanistan, the Middle East, Ukraine and across Africa. US drone strikes occur regularly in Yemen, Pakistan, and now Somalia. And US troop levels in Iraq will soon once again top 1,100. The shocking videos of the Foley and Sotloffmurders may not be what a previous administration had in mind when they launched their “Shock and Awe” invasion of Iraq. But it is what we have reaped, and there is no end in sight.

RIP Steven J. Sotloff.And to those in the field, be strong, be brave and be safe.

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