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National Federation Of Independent Business Endorses Chris Pappas For Executive Council

Manchester – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB-NH), the state’s largest small business advocacy organization, today endorsed Executive Councilor Chris Pappas for re-election. 

“The National Federation of Independent Business and its 1500+ members in New Hampshire are proud to endorse Councilor Chris Pappas for Executive Council in the fourth district,” said NFIB New Hampshire state director, Bruce Berke.

“As a public servant and a local business owner, employing hundreds of Granite State residents, Chris Pappas understands how to find practical solutions that spur economic innovation and job growth across our state. Chris is well-known for working across the aisle to deliver results for the people of New Hampshire — and his business experience, keen grasp of economic policy, and his commitment to hardworking families make him the best prepared candidate to tackle the challenges we face across New Hampshire.”

“I welcome the support of NFIB. As a business owner and an Executive Councilor, I’ve consistently fought for practical, bipartisan solutions that support New Hampshire’s business community and strengthen our economic future,” said Executive Councilor Chris Pappas.

“We’ve made great progress improving the state’s infrastructure, making government more user-friendly, and expanding access to life-saving health care. But there’s still more work to do, and I hope to continue fighting for working families, building a stronger economy, and delivering real results for the people of New Hampshire.”

Chris Pappas is running for re-election to the Executive Council in District 4 on November 8th. To find out more visit chrispappas.org.

Planned Parenthood Votes Makes Six Figure Investment in New Hampshire’s Down Ballot Races

pappas-vanostern-ppnhafCONCORD, NH— Today, Planned Parenthood Votes went up with a robust, six-figure ad buy that targets the Governor’s race and Executive Council races in New Hampshire. The digital buy includes both video and social ads that highlight candidates records on women’s health and on Planned Parenthood.

The digital ads focus on Democratic Governor candidate Colin Van Ostern and Executive Councilor candidates Chris Pappas and Dan Weeks, and their strong records of protecting women’s access to health care in New Hampshire and their support for Planned Parenthood health centers. They also highlight how dangerous Republican Governor Candidate Chris Sununu, and Executive Councilor candidates Joe Kelly Levasseur, and David Wheeler are for Granite State women. These candidates have all voted to block access to birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers.

“Over the past two years, women’s health has been under attack in New Hampshire. Nearly 20 legislative proposals were aimed at restricting access for women’s reproductive health and the state’s Executive Council voted to defund Planned Parenthood health centers for over ten months –– with the GOP gubernatorial nominee Chris Sununu casting the deciding vote to defund in 2015. With so many extreme candidates running, Planned Parenthood Votes has made a historic investment in New Hampshire, in order to inform voters about what’s at stake for women’s health,” said Victoria Bonney, Communications Manager for Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund.

Van Ostern and Chris Pappas ad (Watch here)

“Don’t Trust Chris Sununu” ad, Watch here

Dan Weeks for Executive Council, Watch here

The 2016 election cycle marks the largest investment Planned Parenthood Votes has ever made in New Hampshire. In the face of attacks on women’s health care access at the state and federal levels, Planned Parenthood Votes has honed in on New Hampshire as one of only six states to receive millions of dollars to support candidates up and down the ballot who will safeguard health care access for the women and families served by Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood Votes has already gone up with TV ad buys twice in the New Hampshire U.S. Senate race, including a $1.7M joint ad buy with Emily’s List Women Vote!. The ad, titled “Wrong,” details how both Kelly Ayotte and Donald Trump want to defund Planned Parenthood and oppose access to safe, legal abortion.

With just days left until the general election on November 8, the United We Can coalition — a partnership of Planned Parenthood Votes, SEIU and NextGen –– plans to knock on 200,000 doors in New Hampshire to inform voters about what’s at stake for women’s health care access and grow support for endorsed candidates.

Additional ads running: 

Joe Kelly Levasseur:  Wrong for New Hampshire

David Wheeler: Too Extreme for New Hampshire

Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund Announces Endorsements In NH Executive Council Races

Planned_Parenthood_logo.svgAdvocacy Arm of State’s Largest Women’s Health Organization Cites Critical Role Executive Council Plays in Health and Safety of all Granite Staters 

CONCORD—With New Hampshire’s Executive Council playing an essential role in decisions that impact the health and safety of all Granite Staters, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund (PPNHAF) PAC today endorsed five candidates for executive council who will safeguard health care access for women and low-income families and support judicial and commissioner candidates who are also committed to women’s health. These candidates include: 

  • Mike Cryans, Candidate for Executive Councilor, District 1
  • Andru Volinsky, Candidate for Executive Councilor, District 2
  • Beth Roth, Candidate for Executive Councilor, District 3
  • Chris Pappas, Incumbent Executive Councilor, District 4
  • Dan Weeks, Candidate for Executive Councilor, District 5

“In the past two years, votes taken by the Executive Council have influenced the health of more than 60,000 Granite Staters who rely on expanded Medicaid and Planned Parenthood health centers for their care. With so many recent threats to health care access, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC has endorsed five candidates whose statements and actions demonstrate that they will not put politics before the health of New Hampshire’s women and families,” said Jennifer Frizzell, Chair of Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC.

The New Hampshire Executive Council is a five-member body whose responsibilities include reviewing and approving contracts, confirming the appointments of judges and commissioners, and working closely with the Governor to oversee the affairs of the state. In recent years, some anti-women’s health members of the Executive Council have voted to reject contracts awarding state and federal funds for preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers in New Hampshire –risking patient access to critical services such as cancer screenings, breast exams and birth control. Given the significant impact decisions made by NH’s Executive Council have on women’s health care access, Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund PAC has evaluated each of the candidate’s positions on women’s health care access and support for funding Planned Parenthood health centers, conducted interviews and endorsed candidates who will protect women’s health.


Granite State Teamsters Endorse Chris Pappas

Teamsters LogoManchester – Today, the Granite State Teamsters, Local 633, endorsed Manchester business owner and Executive Councilor Chris Pappas for a third term.

“We’re proud to endorse Chris Pappas for Executive Council,” said David Laughton, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 633. 

“Over his previous two terms, Chris has consistently fought for working families. His record demonstrates a desire to focus on issues instead of ideology – and he has brought people together to find practical solutions that expanded economic security and opportunity for working families across the Granite State,” continued Laughton. 

“Chris Pappas is the only candidate in this race who will continue to move New Hampshire forward towards a future where every hard working family has a chance to succeed.” 

“It’s an honor to receive the endorsement of Teamsters Local 633,” said Executive Councilor Chris Pappas.  

“We’ve made great progress in building a brighter future for New Hampshire – like modernizing the state’s transportation system, improving our infrastructure, and expanding access to life-saving health care. But working men and women across our state know there’s still more work to do – that’s why I’m proud to have their support as we continue the fight to build the future working families deserve.”

Teamsters Local 633 includes thousands of members working for Anheuser-Busch breweries, soft drink production and delivery, beer distribution, bakeries, laundry facilities, power plants, municipalities, public works, airport maintenance, sheriffs, police departments, librarians, school principals and race track employees.

NEA-NH Recommends Chris Pappas For Executive Council

Manchester, NH – Today, Manchester business owner and Executive Councilor Chris Pappas received the recommendation of the National Education Association of New Hampshire (NEA-NH).

“Over his two terms on the Executive Council, Chris Pappas has been a tireless champion for students, educators, and working families across New Hampshire,” said NEA New Hampshire President Scott McGilvray. “Chris believes every child has a right to a high-quality public education, and that investing in educators means investing in our children’s futures. He will continue the fight to make sure every child has the opportunity to reach his or her potential. NEA-NH is proud to recommend Chris Pappas to another term on the Executive Council.”

“I’m honored to have received the recommendation of NEA-NH and to stand with them to strengthen public education for children in New Hampshire,” said Executive Councilor Chris Pappas. “As a proud product of Manchester public schools, I know public education opens the doors of opportunity and gives everyone a shot at life-long success. I will continue to fight for New Hampshire’s students and teachers so we can build a brighter future for working families and communities across our state.”

Chris Pappas Receives Endorsement of AFT New Hampshire

 Manchester, NH—Today, Manchester business owner and Executive Councilor Chris Pappas received the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers of New Hampshire.

“There’s only one candidate in the race for Executive Council in District 4 with the proven record, the unwavering commitment, and the steady leadership to stand up and fight for working families across New Hampshire,” said American Federation of Teachers Local 4796 President and Manchester resident Ryan Richman. “As a proud product of Manchester Public Schools, Chris Pappas understands that a strong educational foundation creates greater opportunities to build a better, more secure future for families and communities across our state. Chris believes every child has a right to a high-quality public education and that every worker deserves the right to a fair shake — and he will continue the fight to make that a reality. AFT-NH is proud to endorse Chris Pappas to another term on the Executive Council.”

“I’m honored to be endorsed by the AFT-NH and to have the support of New Hampshire teachers and the education community,” said Executive Councilor Chris Pappas. “High-quality public education is the foundation upon which we’ll build a brighter future for working families and communities across our state. I’m proud to be standing alongside AFT-NH as we keep fighting for policies that help kids learn, help educators teach, and help New Hampshire thrive.”

AFT-NH is the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers. The AFT has over one million members with nearly 4,000 members here in New Hampshire. These members are teachers, school support staff, police, higher education faculty and town employees. AFT-NH is a member of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO which represents over 45,000 working men and women.

Granite Staters Rejoice As Planned Parenthood Funding Is Restored.

Image courtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Image courtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Thousands of Granite Staters are rejoicing today as the New Hampshire Executive Council voted 3-2 to restore funding to Planned Parenthood.

Going into the vote, Councilors Colin Van Ostern and Chris Pappas were firmly supporting restoring the funding as they also voted against defunding Planned Parenthood last year. On the other side, Councilors David Wheeler and Joe Kenny were staunchly against it.

This left Councilor Chris Sununu to cast the truly deciding vote.

Ahead of the vote, more than 1,500 voters signed a petition urging the Executive Council to fund Planned Parenthood and a crowd of Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund supporters watched as the vote took place.

To the surprise of many, Chris Sununu voted “yes” to approving the contract, restoring funding to Planned Parenthood.

Sununu said in a statement after the vote that he originally voted against funding of Planned Parenthood last year because they “under investigation.” He said that now that Planned Parenthood has been cleared of any wrongdoing, “they should be treated like any other organization that comes before the council.”

Image curtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Image curtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

“Today’s vote is a victory for women in New Hampshire,” said Jennifer Frizzell, Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund. “Restored funding to PPNNE will increase Granite Staters’ access to birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment. We are pleased that a bipartisan majority of the Council listened to their constituents and the majority of New Hampshire voters and chose to reverse course from last year’s vote. Blocking access to health care at Planned Parenthood threatened the wellbeing of Granite State citizens.”

“Finally, after nearly a year of New Hampshire women having less access to birth control, cancer screenings, and annual exams, today’s vote was a big win for the people of our state,” said Executive Councilor and Democratic candidate for Governor, Colin Van Ostern. “I’m proud of the thousands across New Hampshire who brought the grassroots pressure needed to flip this vote, and I promise to keep fighting — and to keep winning — for better access to health care for women and families every day.”

“Today’s vote was a victory for the thousands of women and men who receive care at Planned Parenthood health centers across the state,” said Executive Councilor Chris Pappas. “I’m hopeful we’ve put the divisive politics of the past behind us and will keep ideology out of the Council chamber on women’s health.”

“We must always promote health and economic security in our communities, and I will continue to speak up for the thousands Granite Staters who depend on basic access to life-saving health care,” added Pappas.

“Today’s vote is a critically important step forward for the health and economic well-being of thousands of Granite Staters,” said Governor Maggie Hassan.

“The fundamental right of women to access health care is essential to the economic security and vitality of our families, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England provides critical primary and preventive health care services to thousands of New Hampshire women, including cancer screenings, birth control and STD testing. This contract reflects our bipartisan agreement with the legislature to fund these critical family planning services through the budget this biennium, and I am pleased by today’s vote to support access to these critical health services for women and families across the state,” added Hassan.

Image courtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Image courtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

“It’s troubling that women’s access to reproductive health care is still the subject of ideological and political attacks, and we must not let up in our fight to ensure that women and families have access to the important health services that are essential to the economic security and vitality of our families,” Hassan concluded.

“This is an important victory for the women and families of New Hampshire,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “Despite threats and intimidation, Planned Parenthood of New England provides critical health care services to almost 13,000 women in the Granite State. Many of these women rely on the full range of health services offered at Planned Parenthood to get the care they need. Women in every part of our state deserve access to affordable reproductive health services and vital preventive care. After last year’s destructive vote to defund Planned Parenthood, I’m very relieved that the New Hampshire Executive Council has voted to right a wrong and prioritize women’s health.”

Some of the Democratic candidates for Executive Council used this opportunity to highlight the differences between themselves and their Executive Councilor opponents.

“Quality, affordable health care is the building block of a successful life and should never be subject to partisan politics,” said Dan Weeks, former Executive Director of Open Democracy and Democratic candidate for Executive Council in District 5. “I congratulate Republican Councilor Chris Sununu on joining Democratic Councilors Chris Pappas and Colin Van Ostern to return our state to its longstanding bipartisan tradition of investing in women’s health, even as my opponent Councilor Wheeler decided to again prioritize his personal ideology over the needs and wishes of his constituents. If I am elected Councilor in District 5, I will ensure that New Hampshire continues the vital tradition of supporting women’s health.”

“If our goal is protecting women’s health, reducing abortions and teenage pregnancies, and saving taxpayer money, this contract is a no-brainer,” Weeks said. “My opponent espouses a ‘pro-life’ and ‘fiscally-conservative’ position but his actions do not appear to bear it out, nor do they represent the wishes of his constituents. I urge Councilor Wheeler to stop playing politics with women’s health through his rejection of routine Planned Parenthood contracts and other gender-equity reforms.”

“Women shouldn’t have to beg those in power to place their needs before partisan political considerations,” said Beth Roth, candidate for Executive Council in District 3 seeking to succeed Chris Sununu. “Councilor Sununu made a reckless, foolish choice last year in voting down the Planned Parenthood contract. He made critical health care services inaccessible to thousands of women in New Hampshire.”

“Now that he’s felt political pressure from people in his district and around the state, he made the political calculation it is expedient to approve the contract. I applaud the fact he found it in his heart to reinstate these services, but NH women have the right to expect better from their Councilor. This kind of power politics has no place in a body such as the Executive Council, and underscores the reason I chose to seek the seat Councilor Sununu is vacating. We need people on the Executive Council who are serious about governance and understand what real New Hampshire women and families are going through,” Roth concluded.

Local Community Groups Host Women’s Economic Roundtable January 12th

African American waitress serving lunch --- Image by © Matt Hess/Golden Pixels LLC/Corbis

African American waitress serving lunch — Image by © Matt Hess/Golden Pixels LLC/Corbis

ROC (Restaurant Opportunities Centers) United, along with Granite State Progress Education Fund, New Hampshire Citizens Alliance and other national and local allies, invite you to join us for a roundtable discussion on economic security for women and their families. This discussion will particularly focus on key issues that women in the restaurant industry face, including: low wages, lack of paid family leave and earned sick time policies, and virtually no access to affordable childcare. 

Tuesday, January 12th
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
to be held at|
Puritan Conference Center, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester 

Background: The restaurant industry is the fastest growing industry in the nation. Nearly 70% of tipped restaurant workers are women. Not only does the industry reflect the same antiquated and limited workplace policies we see across low-wage industries, but the restaurant industry presents particularly egregious challenges when it comes to earning a living wage because of the tiered wage system that denies tipped workers the same right to minimum wage that other workers receive. Because these workers are paid only $2-3/hour, tipped workers are often forced to live off tips from their customers rather than wages from the employer. In this industry, like elsewhere in the service sector, the customer is always right. Therefore, without one fair wage for all workers, many tipped employees must endure disrespect and mistreatment from customers in order just to make a living.

The roundtable discussion will follow short presentations from Presidential candidate surrogates on what they plan to do to address fair wages, antiquated leave policies and affordable childcare in order to advance gender equity.  Following the candidate presentations and the moderated roundtable discussion attendees will participate in a lunch discussion. 

Speakers for the event include Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director of ROC United; Ellen Bravo, Executive Director of Family Values at Work; State Representative Jackie Cilley, sponsor of the One Fair Wage bill in New Hampshire; State Representative and childcare provider Mary Jane Wallner; Nina Mujakovic, owner of Old Europe in Concord; and Executive Councilman and small business owner Chris Pappas.

Please RSVP to Sheila Vargas at sheila@granitestateprogress.org or (603) 848-3229.

Republicans In The NH Executive Council Put Politics Over People By Defunding Planned Parenthood


Today the Republican led Executive Council in New Hampshire upped their attacks on women and working families. In a 3-2 vote the Executive Council voted to defund Planned Parenthood in the NH.

Jenifer Horn, the NH GOP Chair cited the false and misleading video as justification for defunding an organization that provides many low-income families with much needed healthcare services. Horn wants the Governor to investigate the potential illegal activities by Planned Parenthood.

“This isn’t a matter of being pro-choice or pro-life. It’s about ensuring that public dollars are not being given to a company that may be engaged in criminal activity”

What a bunch of hogwash! This is just another example of the evangelical right pushing their anti-abortion agenda on the rest of us!

First, Planned Parenthood does not use tax money for any abortions services, it is already against the law. Second, fetal tissue is donated, not sold, for life saving research that could lead to the end of Diabetes, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s, Polio, and countless other chronic diseases. Third, and most importantly, fetal tissue donation does not occur in New Hampshire at all!

These baseless attacks on women’s reproductive rights are just another attempt by the GOP to roll back women’s right to choose.

Governor Maggie Hassan responded to the outrageous demands from the NH GOP in here statement saying, “It is clear that today’s vote is the result of an ideological and political attack against Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, as there have been no allegations or evidence that Planned Parenthood of Northern New England has done anything but follow New Hampshire law and help thousands of women and families access health care.”

“Today the Executive Council put politics before people when they rejected Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s family planning contracts,” said Jennifer Frizzell, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund. “It’s shameful that three Republican Executive Councilors would perpetuate erroneous, politically-motivated national attacks at the expense of the healthcare needs of their constituents. The vote comes after a relentless, coordinated smear campaign by anti-abortion extremists to dismantle, by any means necessary, Planned Parenthood and the lifesaving services we provide.

“Today’s decision will have a direct impact on New Hampshire women and their families. Without these funds, PPNNE will be forced to cut direct program costs, which could mean shortening health center hours, eliminating staff positions, and reducing patient access to affordable care,” continued Frizzell.

“The three Councilors who voted against PPNNE’s contracts—David Wheeler, Joseph Kenney, and Chris Sununu—are on the wrong side of public opinion, the wrong side of public health, and the wrong side of history,” stated Frizzell.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Lizzy Price blasted Executive Councilor Chris Sununu for risking the health of the women in his own district for political gains.

“By voting to attack women’s health, Chris Sununu proved that he is more concerned with his own political interests and trying to win a primary for higher office than he is with the health and economic wellbeing of New Hampshire women and families,” said Price.

Though Councilors Pappas and Van Ostern were on the losing side of the vote today both men will continue to fight and ensure that women have access to the healthcare services that Planned Parenthood provides.

“Today’s vote is a giant step backward for thousands of women and men who access critical health services through Planned Parenthood clinics,” said Executive Councilor Chris Pappas. “It’s a travesty that deceptive political attacks got in the way of life-saving health care. I am disappointed with the Council’s vote, but I remain committed to ensuring better access to family planning services across New Hampshire. Whether it takes months or years, we need to work to restore these funds because they improve the health and economic security of Granite Staters.”

“Today three men restricted nearly 13,000 women and families’ access to basic preventive health care in New Hampshire,” said Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern. “ No excuse can mask the extreme ideology and partisan politics that is now standing between women and their medical professionals in New Hampshire, and I will not rest until funding for this basic, noncontroversial care like birth control and cancer screenings is restored.”

“We are grateful to Councilors Colin Van Ostern and Chris Pappas for standing up for women’s access to reproductive healthcare,” Frizzell added.

Women deserve better representatives in the Executive Council than David Wheeler, Joseph Kenney, and Chris Sununu, who are pushing their partisan ideological views over the health and well being of thousands of Granite Staters.


Strong Support For The Capitol Corridor Rail Project

(Image by Loco Steve FLIKR CC)

(Image by Loco Steve FLIKR CC)

Study confirms the overwhelming
economic benefits of bringing passenger rail to state 

Thursday night members of the Nashua area met to hear the results of the long awaits “Capitol Corridor” study to bring rail service to Nashua and all of Southern New Hampshire.

The results of the study were exactly as many proponents of the rail expansion have been saying for years. The new expansion would bring an estimated 5,600 new permanent jobs and would boost the local housing industry.

The Nashua Telegraph had a great write-up on the two-year study where they reported:

Expanding Boston-bound commuter rail from Lowell, Mass., to Manchester with other stops at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and two others in Nashua – would be an economic boom for the region – bringing an estimated 5,600 new permanent jobs and 3,600 housing units by 2030, a two-year rail and transit study showed.

This Lowell to Manchester line – known as the Manchester regional commuter rail alternative – would draw a projected 668,000 annual riders and would costs a total $256 million in capital costs – about half of which could be eligible for federal grants and bonds, authors of the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor Rail and Transit Study said Thursday.

“This is one of the … biggest economic development opportunities for the state,” Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce President Chris Williams said.

“The issue is about jobs. It’s about moving the economy forward,” Williams added.

Williams urged Executive Councilors and state and local politicians to “have a real conversation about how the public and private sector can make this happen. We can’t do it without you,” he said to applause.

After the results were announced, Executive Councilor Chris Pappas released the following statement:

“The study’s findings prove that developing passenger rail service to Boston would be an incredible economic driver for New Hampshire,” said Councilor Pappas. “The Capitol Corridor would spur business development and help our state attract the well-skilled workforce needed for future economic growth.

“I look forward to working with leaders from both parties in Concord to ensure we seize this unique opportunity and create an exciting future for New Hampshire,” concluded Pappas.

Congresswoman Kuster has been a strong advocate for federal funding for projects to repair and expand New Hampshire’s transportation infrastructure.  She is a cosponsor of the Partnership to Build America Act, bipartisan legislation to leverage private investments to fund an Infrastructure Bank for financing public works projects like the Capitol Corridor project.

“I’m very pleased that the preliminary findings of the Capitol Corridor rail study show a feasible option for expanded rail that could create thousands of jobs for our workers and lead to greater economic development in the state,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster. “After meeting with local stakeholders this morning, I look forward to learning more about the various options for new rail lines, and I remain committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to provide support and funding for expanded transportation options across our communities. We must continue to invest in our public infrastructure in order to support our local businesses and help our economy grow.”

The project does have a hefty price tag, $120 million in capital costs, but this is an investment in our community that will more than pay for itself with fair revenue and a substantial boost to our local economy.

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