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Boutin Attacks Cavanaugh In New Mailer, Mistakenly Shows Support For Voting By Mail

The election in Senate District 16, formerly held by the late Sen Scott McGilvray, is heating up and former Senator David Boutin is already slinging mud with his new mailer.  The most ironic part of Boutin’s mailers is that he is now pushing to have people “vote by mail.”

Last week Sen. Boutin sent out this mailer attacking Alderman Kevin Cavanaugh highlighting a variety of different issues that Cavanaugh has voted for in the last year. My favorite is the one where he highlights that Cavanaugh has “40%” of his campaign funding from “Special Interests.”

Because campaign finances are public record, it is easy to see who has supported Sen. Boutin in previous elections.  According to FollowTheMoney.Org,  Boutin’s 2014 campaign received 712 total donations from totaling $223,377.  Boutin had 312 donations totaling $70,876 from individuals and 387 donations totaling $151,908 from corporations and PACs.

If my math is correct that means that 55% of his campaign funding came from “special interests,” funding more than two-thirds of his entire campaign. So it seems funny that Boutin would attempt to attack Cavanaugh for campaign donations, when the overwhelming majority of his campaign cash came from special interests.

The irony comes as Boutin is encouraging people to “vote by mail,” as the Republicans have continually voted down measures to allow more people to vote by mail.  New Hampshire does not officially have “vote by mail” like Oregon but voters can always vote by absentee ballot, provided they provide an viable excuse for not being able to vote in person, which would allow them to mail in their ballot.

The absentee ballot process is somewhat restrictive as there are only certain “excuses” that can be offered to obtain an absentee ballot. NHPR explains:

Under the state’s current absentee voting law, those reasons include being out of town on the day of the election, or being prevented from getting to the polls because of a disability, a religious commitment or work.

Over the last few years there has been an effort to eliminate the excuses for absentee ballots and try to move New Hampshire to a vote by mail state.  All of those efforts have failed.

However as NHPR reports this new push by Boutin to encourage absentee ballots may indicate that the NH GOP is ready to support expanding voting by mail.

The NHGOP, New Hampshire Democratic Party and the Cavanaugh campaign all said they support a move toward “no-excuse” absentee voting, which is an option in more than two dozen other states.

The Boutin campaign didn’t immediately respond to a follow-up question about his stance on the issue.

On his campaign website, Cavanaugh lists as one of his priorities, “ensuring access to the ballot box.”

“Kevin believes that all eligible voters should have full access to the ballot box and that New Hampshire must pass modern, common-sense voting laws that have been implemented and successful in a majority of other states.”

Cavanaugh wants to implement “no-excuse” absentee ballots, in-person early voting, and online voter registration.

Since winning the Democratic Primary, Cavanaugh has garnered some strong support from the local community, labor organizations, and elected officials. (Click here for a full list of endorsements.)

“We need leaders like Kevin Cavanaugh with fresh, new ideas who are focused on fighting the opioid crisis, supporting our schools, growing our small businesses and being a champion for working families,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who helped Cavanaugh kick off his campaign over the weekend.

“I’m excited to announce my support for Kevin Cavanaugh for state Senate,” said Senator Maggie Hassan in her endorsement yesterday. “As a former state Senator and Governor, I know how crucial Kevin’s voice will be to standing up for Granite Staters and fighting for equal opportunity for families, workers, and students.”

“Throughout his career as a union worker, Kevin has shown that he understands the importance of protecting workers’ rights across the state. And as a Little League coach and father of three, he knows how critical it is that we support educational opportunities for all of our people. When Kevin sees a problem, he dives right in, and that’s exactly the kind of hands-on leadership we need in Concord,” added Hassan.

“Kevin Cavanaugh is clear in his commitment to advocate for the interests of New Hampshire’s working families. Whether it be providing affordable health care, ensuring equal pay for equal work, or maintaining NH’s commitment to providing and funding quality public education available to all, Kevin Cavanaugh will always prioritize the interests of ordinary New Hampshire citizens. AFT-NH shares that commitment with Kevin Cavanaugh, and we are proud to add our name to those who endorse and support his election to the NH Senate,” said AFT-NH President Doug Ley in their endorsement last week.

Trump’s Sham Committee On Voter Fraud Brings In The Secretary’s of State From NH And KS

The NH Young Democrats and The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law speak out against Trump’s new executive order to investigate unfounded claims of voter fraud.

Following the shocking news that President Trump signed an executive order establishing the “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity” and that Secretary of State William Gardner will participate on the commission, House Election Law Committee member Representative Isaac Epstein released the following statement on behalf of the NHYD:

“Every voter in New Hampshire should be alarmed that President Trump has cooked up this sham commission. This is a clumsy distraction to justify the President’s ridiculous lies about fake voter fraud here in our own state. Serious leaders on both sides of the aisle, including Secretary of State Gardner, have all dismissed these absurd allegations.

We appreciate Secretary Gardner’s many years of service to the State of New Hampshire, but we have real concerns about his participation in this commission. Specifically, we are concerned by his outspoken support for Senate Bill 3 which was introduced to address the very perceptions of voter fraud that President Trump and Governor Sununu have fabricated.

If Secretary Gardner participates on this commission, we implore him to stand up for every Granite State voter and to reject the Trump administration’s lies about massive voter fraud. Further, we beg him to only support conclusions that are based in fact and reality. As a public servant, Secretary Gardner’s top priority should be to protect the most fundamental right of every American – the right to vote.”

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, released the following statement Thursday in response to alarming reports that President Trump will launch a commission to review his unfounded claims of voter suppression.

According to reports, the commission will be co-led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a partisan advocate for voter suppression laws:

“In no uncertain terms we condemn the launch of this so-called Presidential Commission on Election Integrity.  President Trump is trying to create a distraction from actual threats to our democracy, such as ongoing voter suppression and Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

“When Attorney General Jeff Sessions led a similar effort as a former prosecutor in Alabama, it had a chilling effect on the black vote.  Now, President Trump is seeking the counsel of Kansas Secretary of State Kobach, who has a proven record of advocating for discriminatory and burdensome policies that prevent members of minority communities from exercising their right to vote.”

Report after report has shown that there is no voter fraud in New Hampshire and that Trump’s accusations of voter fraud are completely unfounded.  What is real is the partisan attack on voting rights and access to the ballot as Republicans say they are “tightening up the laws.”  These new restrictions will block assess to the ballot and suppress the vote.

Maggie Hassan In New Ad: The Choice Is Clear

Maggie for NH Announces New TV Ad, Lays Out The Clear Choice Granite Staters Face in This Election

CONCORD – Today, Maggie for New Hampshire announced a new television ad, “The Choice,” in which Governor Maggie Hassan lays out the clear choice Granite Staters face on November 8th.

“New Hampshire has a very clear choice,” says Governor Hassan in the new ad. “Do we keep going with a Senator who repeatedly votes with the corporate special interests? Or a new Senator who sides with the people of New Hampshire?”

“My focus has always been on creating opportunity for working families, making college and job training more affordable, lowering prescription drug costs, and always protecting a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions,” the Governor adds. “These are my priorities, why I approve this message, and why I respectfully ask for your vote.”

The 30 second ad will run on New Hampshire and Boston broadcast stations as well as on cable and online as part of our ongoing seven-figure ad buy.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte Needs To Explain To Voters Her Opposition To Raising The Minimum Wage

Guest Editorial By Jeff Kramer

Senator Kelly Ayotte and her challenger Maggie Hassan are scheduled to go toe-to-toe on November 2nd, their last debate before Election Day.  As someone who has spent much of my adult life working in a low-wage jobs, I urge the moderators ask the candidates to answer one of the most important questions for working households like mine: whether they will vote to raise the minimum wage.

Working people in New Hampshire deserve to know why, during her time in the U.S. Senate, Kelly Ayotte has voted against every effort to raise the minimum wage. Her opposition to raising the federal minimum wage has kept it frozen at a poverty-level of $7.25 an hour since 2009. The low federal minimum wage is even more significant in New Hampshire because it is the only New England state that ties its state minimum wage to the federal level. Sen. Ayotte’s role in keeping the federal minimum wage low is therefore doubly hurting New Hampshire’s working families, keeping pay low in this increasingly expensive state.

Without action to raise the minimum wage, the adjusted median wage in New Hampshire has declined by almost 7 percent since the recession, a sharper decline than virtually all other states in the nation.  As a result, over 35 percent of working New Hampshirites (225,300 workers) today earn less than $15 per hour, and 155,000 are paid less than $12. The vast majority of these low-wage workers are adults 25 and older, including over 15 percent who are 55 years or older. Most of these workers are women, many raising children – New Hampshire’s future – on low wages. The low federal minimum wage forces hundreds of thousands of working families to seek food stamps and other forms of public assistance each year, costing New Hampshire taxpayers $104 million annually.

As an adult working low wage jobs, I have been struggling to get by. When I went back to college full time to finish my degree, I worked at a fast food restaurant up to 40 hours a week during closing shift, and over 30 hours a week at a retail store to support myself. Even while working both of these jobs, I could not fully support myself. I couldn’t afford an apartment and was still living with my parents at the age of 29. I couldn’t afford health insurance and it was not offered to me through either job. Last year I became injured and I was working at a retail store where I was only offered 5-8 hours a week of work. I was paid $7.25 even though I had a college degree, management experience, and a beautiful resume. I had to rely on government assistance and food pantries to get by until I found new work. I now work for an organization that pays me $15.00. I have an apartment, a car, and am able to independently financially support myself for the first time in my life. Raising the minimum wage to $15.00 would do so much for struggling families. I know earning a livable wage has been life changing for me.  

Contrary to the claims we hear from opponents, raising the minimum wage increases the income of low-wage workers without hurting jobs . The most recent and most rigorous studies to date have shown that any employment effects from an increase in the wage floor are very small. As Goldman Sachs analysts summarized recently, “the economic literature has typically found no effect on employment” from U.S. minimum wage increases.

New Hampshire workers of all ages deserve fair pay and a shot at a decent life. They are frustrated by Sen. Ayotte and the Republican Congress’s blocking any action to raise the minimum wage. Gov. Maggie Hassan, by contrast, has called for giving working families in New Hampshire the long overdue  minimum wage increase they need.  Recent polling shows that nearly three-quarters of New Hampshire voters want a minimum wage increase, and that when voters learn of Sen. Ayotte’s track record on the minimum wage, Gov. Hassan’s lead widens.

With voters demanding action on the minimum wage, other Republican incumbents are reassessing their opposition to raising wages.  Last week, Senators Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ron Johnson (Wisconsin) backtracked on their previous opposition to raising the minimum wage, and Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen backed a $15 minimum wage for Florida.  As she seeks another term in the U.S. Senate, Kelly Ayotte’s should do the same.

Jeff Kramer lives in Manchester and is now a field organizer with Rights & Democracy, a grassroots member organization which is part of the Raise Up New Hampshire Coalition.  

Hassan Launches New Ad Highlighting Her Strong Leadership And Always Putting People First

New TV Ad Highlights Governor Maggie Hassan’s Focus on Families, Innovation and Education

CONCORD – Today, Maggie for NH released a new TV ad, “Difference,” highlighting the difference Governor Hassan has made in New Hampshire by focusing on families, innovation and education, and how she will bring this same focus to the United States Senate to continue making progress for New Hampshire.

As Governor, Maggie froze in-state tuition at New Hampshire universities for the first time in 25 years and lowered it at community colleges. Governor Hassan also cut taxes for research & development and small businesses and developed the award-winning “Live Free and Start” initiative to support start-up companies and help them launch and grow. And she has supported job training programs to help ensure New Hampshire workers can thrive in the changing American economy.

“In the United States Senate, I will always put New Hampshire families and small businesses before corporate special interests – just as I have as Governor,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “I know that by rolling up our sleeves and working together across party lines, we can make progress for all Granite Staters and build a future where everyone who works hard can get ahead and stay ahead.”

Governor Hassan announced her Innovate NH 2.0 economic plan, which outlines the policies she will focus on as a United States Senator to foster innovation, support job-creating businesses and expand opportunity for hard-working families. This plan includes proposals to make college more affordable, including working to expand Pell Grant and fighting to achieve debt-free public college for all families. The Governor will also work to lower the cost of prescription drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and allowing Americans to buy drugs from Canada, which will increase competition. 

Kuster Receives Endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans

Alliance For Retired Americans(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) has received the endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans, a group that represents more than 4.3 million retirees nationwide, including 11,220 members in New Hampshire. The group endorsed Kuster for reelection to New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District because of her strong commitment to preserving Social Security and Medicare and her dedication to improving the lives of older and retired Americans.

“It’s an honor receive the endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “Having cared for my mother, who had Alzheimer’s, I understand the importance of ensuring older Americans are able to retire and live their later years in dignity and with security. That’s why I’ll always fight to protect Social Security and Medicare, two of the most successful safety net programs in our nation’s history. As a member of Congress, I’m committed to strengthening these programs and working to increase access to healthcare and improve retirement for seniors in New Hampshire and across the country.” 

In their endorsement, the Alliance for Retired Americans wrote, “Your positions demonstrate a strong commitment to improve the quality of life for older Americans. Your leadership on issues such as preserving and protecting Social Security and Medicare from privatization and benefits cuts ensures these programs will be around for current and future generations. In addition, our members support your candidacy because of your belief in the need to provide more affordable health care for older Americans, as well as the need for stronger retirement and pension security, and quality long term care.”

New Hampshire Educators Decry “Trump Effect”

Image by Michael Vardon FLIKR CC

Image by Michael Vardon FLIKR CC

Educators Share Accounts of How Trump’s Hate-Filled
Campaign is Harming Their Students

CONCORD, NH – To mark the beginning of National Bullying Prevention Month, educators in New Hampshire joined colleagues across the country to discuss Donald Trump’s dangerous and hateful rhetoric, the negative effect they are witnessing in classrooms, and the terrible example that Trump is setting for children.

A recent report by the non-partisan Southern Poverty Law Center, titled “The Trump Effect,” offers hard data about the widespread trickle-down effect Donald Trump’s campaign is having in schools:

  • More than two-third of teachers in the survey reported students – typically immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have spoken about fears of what this election could mean to their lives and their family’s lives.
  • More than a third reported increased anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment in schools.

New Hampshire educators explained the dire need for the next President to be someone kids can look up to, not a bully.

“Our children watch everything and what they have learned from Donald Trump is appalling. Trump has based his campaign on dividing America with every sort of bigotry that’s out there and it is showing up in our schools,” said NEA-New Hampshire President, Scott McGilvray. “Our President needs to know the power they have to shape our children’s lives for years to come and that we are stronger together. Hillary Clinton understands this.” 

Manchester’s Anne McQuade explains that since Donald Trump officially became the Republican nominee for President, many of her refugee and immigrant students have come to her to ask questions that revolve around “what if’s”. 

“These honest conversations were sobering and sad,” said McQuade. “My students fear they will be deported, separated from family members, and sent back to the war torn countries they left because their loved ones were in danger.”

Anne McQuade has been an ELL teacher in the city of Manchester, NH, a federally mandated refugee relocation center, for several years. She has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels and works closely with refugee and immigrant students who have traveled to New Hampshire from all over the globe. 

Each time a student brought up their fear of a Trump presidency, she tried to reassure them by saying that they were safe here in America and that the United States will protect them and their families.

“I went on to add that I would protect them when they were in school because it was my job to ensure equity and to fight discrimination and racism. These conversations turned into very teachable moments as I went on to define democracy and the fact that American public schools are the purest form of democracy since everyone is ensured an equitable education, free of bias and ridicule.”

“It is my students who have referred to Donald Trump as a bully, not me. Children are perceptive and smart. We also discussed George Washington’s statement: ‘To bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.’ How apropos for the current political arena,” continued McQuade.

When asked to recall specific conversations and questions her concerned students have asked, McQude provided the following examples: 

  • A student from Mexico stood in front of my desk with watery eyes and asked, “Miss, is it true if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States, my family will be kicked out of America?” and “Do you think they will take my Dad away? He brings food home and I don’t know what we will do without him.” 
  • An Iraqi student, who is Muslim, told me that when she got off her bus, a man yelled, “Go home terrorist. You shouldn’t be in this country.”
  • A Somalian student said, “Why does Donald Trump hate all refugees and immigrants? Does he even know what is happening in my country right now?!”
  • A girl from the Dominican Republic and a girl from Mexico were talking in my class and the girl from the Dominican Republic said, “I wonder if Donald Trump will kick Dominicans out?” The young lady from Mexico replied, “No, you’re safe, he doesn’t want to build a wall in your country, only mine. My abuela (grandmother) won’t be able to visit me. I’m sad!”

“These are just a few of the many statements my students have made. Students should not be thinking about being deported or discriminated against. They should be thinking about their math homework and essays,” said McQuade. 

“As educators, we teach our kids that kindness, collaboration, and cooperation are important in school and in life; the same qualities that Hillary Clinton has demonstrated throughout her career,” said Karen Ladd, Sanborn Regional High School Art Teacher. “Donald Trump is teaching our children the wrong lessons: he has consistently denigrated women, wants to ban Muslims from coming to the country, and mocks people with disabilities. His hate-filled rhetoric is setting a dangerous example for our children.”

“New Hampshire’s students have been watching Mr.Trump’s bigotry and hate speech, and they know a bully when they see one,” said Maxine Mosley, Manchester School District Guidance Counselor. “We’ve seen one candidate pit Americans against each other, and the other candidate preach that our country is stronger together. The choice is clear: Hillary Clinton has dedicated her life to fighting for children and families. We need a leader as a President, not someone whose words would land them in the principal’s office.”


Earlier in the campaign season Hillary Clinton released this ad, “Role Models,” highlighting Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric being broadcast on television.  Donald Trump is not a role model.

Hillary Clinton also released this ad, “Mirrors,” highlighting Trump’s derogatory and misogynistic view of women.  Calling women names like “fat ugly pig,” making fun a woman’s weight.  This type of bullying from a Presidential nominee is unacceptable.  Our President and our Presidential nominee’s should be positive role models for our children not bigoted, demeaning bullies.

Congressman Frank Guinta’s Double Speak On Supporting Veterans

“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value,” proclaimed Vice President Joe Biden in a 2012 speech.

Vice President Biden is basically saying is that if you are not willing to pay for something you say you value, then you really don’t value it at all. This type of double speak is common among some politicians.

In New Hampshire, Congressman Frank Guinta talks a good game about his support for veterans, but in Washington, he has a long history of failing our veterans.

“Our nation’s active duty personnel and veterans risk their lives to ensure our country remains safe in the face of ever evolving threats. Our military heroes deserve the very best, and as your representative to Washington, one of my highest priorities is to protect and expand the resources, services and support available to them.

We must keep our promise to provide for those who courageously put their lives on the line to serve and protect our great country. I have always been a strong advocate for our military members and veterans in the Granite State,” wrote Guinta on his website.

We owe our veterans the benefits they’ve earned, but Frank Guinta has consistently voted against increasing funding for veterans programs.

“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.”

Just nine months ago, Guinta voted against the Omnibus Appropriations bill that funds the government. The bill increased funding for the VA by $6.4 billion. The legislation, which fortunately was not tanked by Guinta’s refusal to support it, increased funding for medical care by $4.7 billion and provided funds to hire 770 VA disability claims processors to tackle the claims backlog.   

In one fell swoop, Guinta voted to shut down the government and refused to increase funding for critical veterans programs. He even called these important funding increases “inducements to vote for more federal bloat and debt.”   

While serving on the Budget Committee this year, Guinta rejected an attempt by Congressman Seth Moulton, an Iraq war veteran, to increase funding by $340 million for FY2017 and $1.14 billion for FY2018. These increases would have been paid for raising taxes on the wealthiest and repealing tax breaks for Big Oil and corporations that ship jobs overseas.

“Frank Guinta may claim to fight for our veterans, but his votes prove that he betrays them in Congress.  His votes against increased funding for medical care, VA claims processors, and repairs to crumbling VA facilities show his dishonesty and disrespect for veterans,” said Carol Shea-Porter spokeswoman Naomi Andrews. “His Budget Committee votes place multinational corporations, billionaires, and Big Oil ahead of our obligations to our veterans. Carol Shea-Porter was a military spouse and is proud of her husband and all of America’s veterans. She looks forward to working again for our troops and our veterans in Congress.”

It seems pretty clear that Frank Guinta’s claim to be “a strong advocate for our military members and veterans” is just campaign double speak.

AFL-CIO Report Shows Black Women Voters Are The Key To Electing Hillary Clinton President

AFL-CIO data reveals Black women voters
are pivotal voting bloc in 2016 election

(Washington, DC,) – Yesterday on a press call held in honor of National Voter Registration Day, the AFL-CIO released new data revealing Black women voters as the key to electing Hillary Clinton president in November. The data reveals that Black women turn out to vote in higher numbers than other women and, just as they helped President Obama win in 2008 and 2012, can secure the presidency for Hillary Clinton.

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

“Black women cannot afford to sit this election out,” said Carmen Berkley, AFL-CIO Director of Civil, Human and Women’s Rights. “A loss for Secretary Clinton is a loss for the Black family, from the White House to the Supreme Court. We need to let our communities know what’s at stake if we let a divisive fear monger like Donald Trump make decisions that affect everything from our families to our jobs.”

The AFL-CIO plans to do large scale outreach to all women union members across the country this election cycle in the key states of Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  Many of these states are where Black women made the difference in the last presidential election.

“Black women are born organizers,” said Petee Talley, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio AFL-CIO, the first Black woman to hold that position. “We know what our families and communities need to thrive and we vote for candidates who can deliver.”

“Black women do more than vote; they are active in their unions, acting as an engine of organizing and mobilization. A recent survey done by Lake Research Partners (LRP) illustrates that regardless of union affiliation, black people, regardless of gender, are very supportive of unions and collective bargaining,” the report states.

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

The new AFL-CIO data indicates that Black women participate in leadership in America’s unions at a greater percentage than their actual unionization rates. The benefit of this leadership is spread across Black communities, making these women a force and the foundation for political change.

The report continues, “Given the black community’s commitment to unions, it’s no surprise that black women take on leadership roles in their unions. While black women are 7% of all union members, 8% of them are stewards and local leaders.”  On top of taking leadership roles, black women are generally more active in their unions. Over 24% call themselves “very active” in their local unions.

Read the full report here.

Emily’s List And Planned Parenthood Target Kelly Ayotte With New Ad

pp-trump-ayotte Seven figure ad buy hits Ayotte and Trump  for defunding Planned Parenthood, opposition to safe, legal abortion 

CONCORD–– Today, Planned Parenthood Votes and EMILY’s List’s WOMEN VOTE! announced a collective $1.7 million TV ad buy hitting both Kelly Ayotte and Donald Trump for their dangerous positions on women’s health. The ad, “Wrong,” details how both Kelly Ayotte and Donald Trump want to defund Planned Parenthood and oppose access to safe, legal abortion. The ad will run starting today and will air through September 20 in the Boston media market. Planned Parenthood Votes will also be going up with digital ads as part of the buy.

Kelly Ayotte’s terrible voting record on women’s health is deeply unpopular in New Hampshire. Her six votes to defund Planned Parenthood and block women from accessing birth control and cancer screenings are opposed by sixty-six percent of New Hampshire voters, who support Planned Parenthood. And her opposition to safe, legal abortion is rejected by 73 percent of Granite Staters who support access to abortion—the highest rate of support in the nation. Even the Republican-controlled Executive Council and the Republican-controlled House and Senate in New Hampshire have recognized this and rejected attempts to defund Planned Parenthood. 

“Every time Kelly Ayotte votes to defund Planned Parenthood, she ignores New Hampshire voters,” said Deirdre Schifeling, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Votes. “Kelly Ayotte has prioritized blocking access to women’s health for her entire political career. And now, she’s firmly on the Trump train. Granite Staters have spoken loud and clear –– they want women to have access to reproductive health. That’s why Kelly Ayotte is going to get voted out in November. 

“Time and again, Kelly Ayotte has proven herself to be in lockstep with Donald Trump when it comes to her disastrous policies concerning women’s health,” said EMILY’s List Executive Director Jessica O’Connell. “Ayotte wants to have Roe v. Wade overturned and supports a national abortion ban. She repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood and cosponsored a measure to allow employers to deny women access to birth control. Her refusal to distance herself from a candidate who has said  that women should face ‘some form of punishment’ for having an abortion speaks louder than words – and New Hampshire voters are taking notice.”

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New Hampshire voters are powerful. According to 538, New Hampshire is high  on the voter power index — meaning voters here have more of a chance of influencing their state’s electoral votes than anywhere else in the country.

This ad buy with EMILY’s List WOMEN VOTE! is part of Planned Parenthood Votes’ unprecedented investment in New Hampshire. Last week, Planned Parenthood Votes announced a $2 million joint campaign with NextGen and SEIU that will reach hundreds of thousands of doors in New Hampshire. The ground program will target the voters who will decide this election – voters who haven’t made up their minds yet.

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