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The NH State Association Of Letter Carriers Played Big Role In Helping To Win Three of the Four Major Races

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election-results-clipart-300x300It was a difficult election cycle for all involved in Labor 2014 as we constantly battled a very apathetic electorate. Though I am quite sure more than 7 out of 10 NH Letter Carriers voted for labor friendly candidates the level of enthusiasm did not come close to the more recent elections. Considering how the high the stakes are for our union this apathy is troubling.

The good news in NH is that we reelected Senator Jeanne Shaheen as well as Congresswoman Anne Kuster and Governor Maggie Hassan all allies of ours. The bad news was seeing quite possibly our unions strongest supporter in DC, Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter lose in a close race. The late avalanche of negative ads paid for by out of state anti worker groups no doubt led to her defeat.

I was honored to be one of four NHSALC releases in this election cycle. I would like to sincerely thank NALC Regional Field Director Ross Medico for his outstanding work in coordinating our efforts in NH. Having him join us certainly energized our efforts and resulted in the campaigns highlight when over 50 Letter Carriers from New England teamed up for a GOTV Labor Walk in Manchester just days before the election.

I also wish to express my thanks to the other NHSALC release staff: President Wayne Alteresio, CDL Jim Fucella and SLL Steve Phillips.  They all sacrificed a ridiculous amount of their time and energy in fighting for candidates to help save our postal service. They all put their lives on hold as the campaign became a blur in the final weeks. The actual work on this campaign was close to two years in the making and the dedication of the NHSALC Legislative Team is indeed a model for the rest of the country. Our state association is extremely fortunate to have a release staff willing to sacrifice so much for job security for us all.

The NH AFL CIO headed by President Mark MacKenzie worked tirelessly to coordinate the Labor 2014 effort and much of the success labor candidates had in 2014 has to be attributed to its work. This was a challenging campaign on countless levels.

Postal Unions APWU and NPMHU played a strong role in this campaign and they must be commended. As is often the case the NH Postal Unions political teams work far more effectively together than in other states. Former NHSALC officers Lew Henry and Terry Gesel formed an effective alliance with political allies throughout the state and should be applauded for their efforts as well.  It’s a group effort to win elections and this group in NH won 3 out of 4 for the NALC.

This Labor 2014 campaign coincided with a workers battle on another front. The bitter strike in NH/Maine at Fairpoint by IBEW and CWA workers posed a dramatic back drop to workers struggle against union busting management tactics. Fairpoint is owned by Wall Street hedge funds and is trying to decimate their unions and out source middle class jobs. Does that sound familiar?  Many IBEW-CWA workers left the picket line after their shifts and went to the NH AFL CIO to participate in Phone Banks and Labor Walks. Considering the turmoil in their lives to take time out their personal chaos to make calls and knock on doors in support of all unions including the NALC was truly inspiring.  Please join them on their picket line and contribute to their relief fund at Fairnessatfairpoint.com .  That’s what unionism is all about.

AFL-CIO Releases An Election Night Survey Of What Union Members Were Voting On

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AFL-CIO Survey CoverFROM HART RESEARCH ASSOCIATES Election Night Voter Survey of 803 general election voters in  11 Senate battleground states. The 11 States surveyed are as follows: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire  For a link to survey highlights visit: http://bit.ly/1s5rhMa

  • This election was about the economy: Asked to choose one or two priorities from a broad list, economic issues such as “the economy and jobs (42),” “Healthcare” (29), “Social Security” (18), and “Government spending and the deficit” trumped “Terrorism and national security” (17) and Taxes (11).
  • Raising wages is good for workers and the economy:  68% of voters said that “raising wages and salaries is good because it improves people’s standard of living and boosts the economy by putting money in people’s pockets.” Voters supported “raising the federal minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents per hour” by 62-34%.
  • Congress and the president must invest in key economic priorities: The electorate’s economic focus is underscored by the answer to this question: “Which one of the following do you think should be the higher priority for the president and Congress right now–(A) reducing taxes on businesses and individuals or (B) investing in key priorities like education, healthcare, and job creation?” “Investing in key priorities” (67%) dominated “Reducing taxes.” (29%)
  • The 2014 electorate remains deeply pessimistic about Republicans in Congress and whether they can fix the economy: Asked “Do you think that Republicans in Congress have a clear plan for strengthening the economy and creating jobs?,” only 29% of the electorate said yes, while 62% said no.
  • The electorate is struggling economically: 54% say their income is falling behind the cost of living while only 8% say that there income is going up faster than cost of living.  33% say their income is staying about even with the cost of living.
  • Voters “feel that corporations had too much influence over this year’s elections” (62%): whereas only 5% said corporate influence was “too little.”

Along the same lines, 55% strongly agree with the statement that “politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties do too much to support Wall Street financial interests and not enough to help average Americans, while 25% somewhat agree, and only 13% disagree (only 4% strongly).

  • Empowered union members supported working family candidates: While the non-union electorate voted 6% more for Republicans than Democrats, union voters preferred Democrats by 26%. That difference continued over key demographic groups: while non-union seniors (65+) voted 21% more for Republicans than Democrats, union seniors voted Democratic by a margin of 35%. Similarly, Republicans won non-union white women voted by 25%, and union member white women voted for Democrats by that same margin – 25%.  Non-union voters who make less than $50,000 per year voted for Democrats 1% more than Republicans, while their union counterparts voted for Democrats 35% more than Republicans.
  • Corporations should pay their fair share of taxes: 66% supported using tax revenue from closing corporate loopholes to reduce the budget deficit and make public investments while only 22% were in favor of reducing tax rates on corporations.

That’s consistent with the finding that 73% of voters support “increasing taxes on the profits that American corporations make overseas, to ensure they pay as much on foreign profits as they do on profits made in the United States,” while only 21% oppose such a plan.

  • More funding is needed for public schools and higher education:“Increasing funding for public schools from preschool through college was supported 75-21%,” while “raising taxes on the wealthy and large corporations to fund priorities like education, job training, and deficit reduction” was ahead 62-32%.
  • No fast-track authority for NAFTA style trade agreements: By 49% to 36% voters oppose having Congress give the president fast-track authority for a new Pacific trade agreement.
  • Social Security benefits should be increased rather than cut: Increasing Social Security benefits, paid for by having high-income people pay Social Security taxes on all of their wages was supported 61-30%, whereas raising the Social Security retirement age won only 27% support, with 66% opposed.

    Along similar lines, voters are opposed 76-18% to the idea of raising the age at which seniors are eligible for Medicare and oppose “Cutting the Medicaid health program” by a similarly overwhelming margin of 76-17.

 

Sad News For New Hampshire Working Families, Carol Shea-Porter Loses Election. (Shea-Porter’s Statement Included)

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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter  (image by MARCN Creative Commons On Flickr)

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter
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It is with a heavy heart that I must share this press release with you.  Congresswoman Shea-Porter is my Congresswoman, and I did everything I could to help her stay in office.  Her service and dedication to New Hampshire is unmatched.

I know I will see Carol around at different events throughout the state and I know that she will never stop working for working families.

Shea-Porter Election Night Remarks

PORTSMOUTH—Carol Shea-Porter, surrounded by family, friends, staffers, and supporters, delivered the following remarks on Tuesday night at the Portsmouth Harbor Events Center:

Thank you. I just called Frank Guinta and I wished him well, and said that I would help him in any way that I could as we transition, again. This is a swing district, as we all know, and I am very grateful for all the people that came out and voted for me. And I think that we know this is a tough district, we did the best we can, I just want to thank everybody who helped here. I have my family on stage, and wonderful people that have been there, so I thank you all. I’m very, very grateful.

“I also want to congratulate our wonderful governor, Maggie Hassan. And my colleague Annie Kuster who’s done such a great job and I’m absolutely delighted she’ll be there serving us and Jeanie Shaheen one of the most wonderful senators we’ve ever had. We have a lot of work to do, we know that country needs more jobs. This country needs an agenda that focuses on the middle class. I’ve talked for a long time about fairness and how important that is, so I certainly hope we’ll be focusing on the people that need this government to do that. So again I congratulate Frank and his team. It was a very hard fought election. I thank everyone that worked so hard with me and for me and I expect that I will be active in public service because you can serve your country and serve the people of New Hampshire inside and outside of government. So thank you everybody and I just love you all.”

State Of The NH 01 Race: Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter Maintains A Slight Edge

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Carol Shea-Porter enters the final countdown to Tuesday’s election with the wind at her back as she campaigns to keep representing New Hampshire’s First District. Shea-Porter enjoys a consistent lead over Tea Party Republican Frank Guinta in the polls, with independents and undeclared voters steadily swinging her way over the past weeks. The polls show her personal popularity remains high with New Hampshire voters, despite the millions spent in attack ads during the final weeks of the campaign.

  • Shea-Porter goes into the final days of the race maintaining an edge in the polls [WMUR]
  • Voters continue to view Shea-Porter favorably, while Frank Guinta’s favorability is underwater [WMUR]

The fact that Shea-Porter doesn’t accept corporate PAC or DC lobbyist money resonates with voters in an environment where public disapproval of special interests and outside-money attacks has reached record highs. Meanwhile, the Guinta campaign has made the strategically disastrous decision to close its campaign by bringing up his campaign finance controversy, which Shea-Porter had not mentioned in her TV ads, by airing his own misleading ad that tries and fails to whitewash his ongoing FEC investigation.

As former New Hampshire GOP Executive Director Fergus Cullen said: “Guinta is a deeply flawed candidate. I don’t believe his vague and shifting explanations about the origins of the $355,000 he lent his campaign… He’s not being honest. The Republican Party cannot afford to risk nominating a candidate who is one subpoena away from a full-blown scandal.”

Guinta’s extreme positions are hurting him in key voting blocs: seniors are disturbed by his support for Medicare vouchers and chained CPI; women are turned off by his hard-right agenda that includes support for limiting access to contraception; and active duty service members and veterans are disturbed by his support for drastic sequester cuts to the military budget.

Shea-Porter supporters on the ground are energized by the knowledge that the race has now reached the stage where the get-out-the-vote ground game and grassroots support is key. The Shea-Porter team is confident that the same grassroots organization that propelled Shea-Porter to a stunning victory in 2006 will again secure a victory for Carol, their true grassroots candidate.

“Although Frank Guinta and his corporate supporters can litter the airwaves with misleading, mudslinging ads, one thing they can’t do is buy support at the grassroots level — and that is something Carol doesn’t have to buy, because she earns it every day by being a public servant of unquestioned integrity and an effective, independent voice for the people of New Hampshire’s First District,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly.

In Portsmouth, Jeanne Shaheen Continues “GOTV-New Hampshire Tour” With Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin

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HRC LogoPortsmouth – This afternoon, Senator Jeanne Shaheen continued her “Get Out The Vote New Hampshire Tour” in Portsmouth, where she campaigned with Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign. Shaheen and Griffin attended a canvass kick off and addressed grassroots organizers and volunteers about what is at stake in this Tuesday’s election, including protecting equal rights for all Americans.

“The government has no place preventing two people who love each other from getting married and I am proud to have fought for marriage equality throughout my first term in the Senate,” said Shaheen. “When Scott Brown was in the Senate representing Massachusetts, he stood on the wrong side of history and voted against repealing the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. Here in New Hampshire, we value equal rights for all, and Scott Brown’s record is just further proof that he is not for us.”

“I couldn’t be more proud to have the support of Chad Griffin and the Human Rights Campaign,” Shaheen added. “There are serious differences between my record and Scott Brown’s, and with their help, we’re going to make sure voters across the state now know what’s at stake when it comes to equal rights for LGBT Americans.”

Jeanne Shaheen has been a champion for LGBT equality. In the Senate, she cosponsored legislation to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented same-sex couples from having their marriages recognized by the federal government. She was the first U.S. Senator to call on the Democratic Party to include a freedom-to-marry plank in its 2012 party platform. Scott Brown opposes repealing DOMA, proving he can’t be trusted to stand up for equal rights for LGBT Americans.

Shaheen also cosponsored legislation to expand federal hate crimes law to include crimes motivated by gender or sexual orientation. She led the fight to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect Americans from losing their jobs based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and cosponsored a bill to protect students from bullying and harassment because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Shaheen campaign’s robust grassroots organization is paving the way to victory on Tuesday. Thousands of volunteers have been knocking on doors and making phone calls. Since early this summer, the campaign has been busy building the infrastructure needed to turn out voters on November 4th, including a seven-figure investment in the field operation that has opened 20 field offices in critical communities across the state.

Your Vote Matters! A Detailed Look At The NH Top Tier Races And Union Endorsed Candidates

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November 4th is almost here and we at the NH Labor News want you to be as informed as possible when you go out to vote.  (NH residents can find Polling Place here.)

We want you to know who you are voting for and who has the support of working family advocates in New Hampshire. Below are links to the NH AFL-CIO, SEIU 1984, and the NEA of NH endorsed candidates from the top of the ticket all the way down. Be sure to vote all the way down the ticket (both sides if needed).

Your vote for local candidates is vitally important. We need to make sure that New Hampshire does not fall back into the anti-worker hands of Bill O’Brien. We need to elect Representatives at every level who are committed to supporting working families, and our rights as workers.

The AFL-CIO list of endorsed candidates.

The State Employees Association (SEIU 1984) list of endorsed candidates.

The NEA-NH list of endorsed candidates, and the list of endorsed NH House candidates.

Below is a list reasons New Hampshire families should support or oppose candidates for each of the major races in New Hampshire.

Maggie Hassan vs. Walt Havenstein

Major points:

Governor Hassan wants to keep New Hampshire moving forward by continuing to ensure that all Granite Staters have access to quality healthcare through the Healthcare exchange and the Medicaid Expansion. Gov. Hassan is also pushing to raise the minimum wage, and protect a women’s right to choose.

Walt Havenstein is pushing for tax cuts for the Business Profits Tax that would create a $90 million dollar hole in the state budget that he has yet to explain where those cuts would come from in order to balance the budget. His tax plan would mostly benefit large corporations and out of state businesses. Havenstein want to sign the NH Right To Work law. Havenstein has also vowed to repeal the Medicaid Expansion and adamantly opposes increasing the minimum wage.

Governor Maggie Hassan Walt Havenstein
Signed a balanced NH budget with no sales or income tax. Has a business plan that would blow a $90 million dollar hole in the budget with tax cuts to big business and out-of-state corporations.

Refuses to specify where budget cuts would come from, to balance the budget as required by NH law.

Worked with Legislature to pass a Medicaid expansion that provided healthcare access to more than 50,000 Granite Staters. Said he would support repeal of Medicaid expansion when it comes up again next term.
Opposes “Right To Work” legislation. Fully supports “Right To Work” legislation.
Supports raising the NH Minimum Wage to $9.00 (as written by the NH House in 2013).

“Restoring and increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage will help our economy by putting more money in the pockets of hard-working people of all ages to spend at businesses across the state,” Governor Hassan wrote. “Individuals working full-time in New Hampshire should be able to earn enough to pull themselves above the federal-poverty threshold and support their families.”

Opposes any increase in the minimum wage.
Was the former CEO of BAE systems, a federal defense contractor.
Was the CEO of SAIC, a defense contractor that worked with the NSA and local governments to spy on Americans. As CEO of SAIC, Walt made $20 million dollars in the few years he was employed there, while their stock value lost 30%, forcing SAIC to lay off thousands of workers.   (More details)
As CEO of SIAC, Havenstein oversaw the “TRICARE” data breach that jeopardized the privacy of over 11,000 NH Veterans and their families.
The Washington Post called the incident “One of the Largest Health-Data Breaches Ever Reported
Had to go to court to determine whether or not he was a “resident” of NH, in order to run for Governor. (While living in Maryland, he applied for and took a special tax exemption for residents of that state. Then he claimed that — while he was living and working in MD — he was still a resident of NH.)
New Hampshire’s economy has shown signs of growth, creating over 10,000 jobs in the last two years. Said his “jobs plan” (reduce taxes on businesses, and pass right to work legislation) would create 25,000 new jobs in the next two years. (This plan has repeatedly been torn apart, with analysts calling it “nothing more than a fancy slogan” like Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan. There is no evidence to back up his jobs plan. Kansas Gov. Brownbeck did cut KS taxes — and the state is now running a deficit and has had its credit rating downgraded multiple times. The same thing has happened in NJ with Gov. Chris Christie.)
Havenstein got caught trying to blame Gov. Hassan for a 15 year trend of NH jobs being “offshored.”
Worked with NH Legislature to pass a NH Paycheck Fairness act.
Endorsed by Women’s rights and advocacy groups, Planned Parenthood and NARAL NH

 

Jeanne Shaheen vs. Scott Brown

Major Points:

Senator Shaheen has used her time in the Senate to push for increasing the minimum wage, expanding access to healthcare, universal background checks on all gun sales, rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, opposing the “internet tax” and repeal the mandatory budget cuts force on the government by the Sequester.

Sen. Shaheen proposed a bipartisan bill with Sen. Portman (R-OH) to lower our energy costs, lowering our dependence on coal based energy and expanding alternative sources of energy.

Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown moved to New Hampshire after loosing his Senate seat to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He currently opposes raising the minimum wage even though he supported a minimum wage increase when he was in the MA Legislature. Sen. Brown claims to be “pro-choice” however he voted for the “Blunt Amendment” and supports the Hobby Lobby decision that would allow employers to deny women access to contraceptives.

Sen. Brown is also on the Board of Directors of Kadant Inc., a company that outsources American jobs. As a board member, Brown is paid over $270,000 a year from Kadant while they continue to move our jobs overseas.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown
Supports raising the minimum wage. Said “I have supported a minimum wage increase in the past” but refuses to state a position on raising the minimum wage now.
Supports “Paycheck Fairness” legislation. Voted against the “Paycheck Fairness Act” twice: 2010 and 2012.
Supported legislation to help small businesses get financial support to grow their business.   (Small Business Jobs Act) Voted against the Small Business Jobs Act.
Supports a women’s right to choose, and has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL of New Hampshire. Co-sponsored and voted for the Blunt Amendment while in the Senate and this year, spoke out in support of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.
Pushes for more American manufacturing, particularly “Made in NH.” Is on the board of directors of Kadant Inc. which outsources US jobs to China and Mexico.
Endorsed by labor unions and advocates for working families. Endorsed by the Big Oil, AFP, and the Koch Brothers.

 

Carol Shea-Porter vs. Frank Guinta

Major Points:

Congresswoman Shea-Porter is a strong advocate for working families pushing to raise the minimum wage, working to close the wage gap and worked with health insurance companies to allow for more healthcare options available to Granite Staters on the ACA Exchange. Strongly opposes any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and vehemently opposes the Ryan Plan which would force more draconian cuts to Granite State families.

Congressman Frank Guinta supports the Ryan Plan and the Republican Study Committee Budget commonly referred to as the “Ryan Plan on steroids.” Guinta has strong support from anti-worker organizations like the Americans For Prosperity and the Associated Builders and Contractor who blocked the construction of the Manchester Jobs Corps center in Manchester over a labor agreement to protect workers and ensure fair wages. Congressman Guinta also supports cutting benefits from Social Security and increasing the retirement age for eligibility. Wants to return to Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Congressman Guinta was also named one of CREW’s most corrupt members of Congress in his first year of office. He has still yet to clear up the issue raised during his 2010 campaign where he mysteriously came up with $355,000 dollars in a bank account that he “forgot about.”

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter Former Rep. Frank Guinta
Supports an increase to the Federal Minimum Wage. Opposes any increase to the minimum wage.
Opposed the Ryan Plan and the forced budget cuts known as the “Sequester” that caused furloughs for federal workers. Supports the Ryan Plan and the Republican Study Committee Budget (“the Ryan Plan on steroids”) that includes cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and dozens of other government programs.
Opposes any cuts to Social Security or Medicare benefits for seniors.

Strongly endorsed by the NH Alliance for Retired Americans.

Said we need to cut “entitlement programs” and hopes his children do not even know what Social Security is. Supports privatizing Social Security and allowing Wall Street gamblers to oversee Social Security funds.
Strong supporter of workers rights and has been endorsed by almost every labor union in the state. Has been endorsed by the Koch funded Americans for Prosperity and the Associated Builders and Contractors (an anti-union lobbying group).

Guinta held up the construction of the Manchester Jobs Corps building, at the request of the ABC, over a labor agreement that would have ensured fair pay, workplace safety regulations, workman’s compensation insurance, and other paid benefits.
His opposition to Project Labor Agreements and supporting legislation to repeal the federal mandate to have a PLA on all federal projects earned Guinta an award from the ABC.

Supports Paycheck Fairness. Had the chance in 2012 to vote on an bill that would strengthen “fair pay” laws. Skipped the vote.
Voted to protect our Civil Liberties by stopping the NSA from collecting data from American’s cell phones, emails, and other personal information. When questioned on the violations of privacy and Civil Liberties from the Patriot Act, Guinta responded, “You either stand with terrorists or you stand with freedom and protecting Americans.”
Endorsed by the Sierra Club for advocating for protection of our environment. Does not believe climate change is scientifically proven. (Video)
Voted to oppose stronger regulations on oil companies drilling.
(The new regulations would require contingency plans for oil spills.)
Named one of CREW’s most corrupt politicians in Washington, in his first term in D.C.
Mysteriously came up with $355,000 in a bank account he forgot he had in the 2010 election.   Has yet to explain where the money came from.
Refuses to take money from corporate special interest PACs. Supports campaign finance reform to overturn Citizens United. Gladly takes PAC money from Big Oil lobbyists, the Koch Brothers, Tobacco Lobbyists, and union-busting lobbying groups.
Working to ensure that all Americans have access to good quality healthcare they can afford. Vows to go back to Congress and waste taxpayer dollars on more attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Threatens to shut down the government if we do not repeal the ACA. Repealing the ACA would result in a 74% increase in premiums for the majority of Granite Staters.

 

Annie Kuster vs. Marilinda Garcia

Major Points:

Congresswoman Annie Kuster supports raising the minimum wage to help struggling New Hampshire families work to lift themselves out of poverty. Worked to reduce regulations of local farmers and is sponsoring legislation to increase US manufacturing. Congresswoman Kuster is Pro-Choice and a strong defender of a women’s right to choose earning her endorsements from several women’s rights advocacy groups.

State Rep Marilinda Garcia opposes Marriage Equality, opposes increasing the minimum wage, and voted to abolish abortions even in cases of rape and incest. Garcia was a part of former NH Speaker Bill O’Brien’s leadership team, and voted lock step with her Tea Party leaders. Garcia was caught for plagiarizing twice in the last two weeks.

Garcia, age 32, still lives at home with her parents and is a career politician. Her only income is from teaching student how to play the Harp, and the $100 dollars a year she makes as State Rep. As a State Rep, Garcia was a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Rep. Annie Kuster Marilinda Garcia
Family law attorney, specializing in family adoptions. Long history of political and social activism. Tea Party Conservative who made a name for herself while part of Bill O’Brien’s “Leadership” of the NH House.
At the age of 32, Garcia still lives at home with her parents and her sister Bianca.
Professional career politician. Also employed as a part time harp instructor. No other major employment aside from State Representative ($100 a year).

Pays herself $3,300 a month in salary out of her campaign funds (yes, this is legal).

Made a total of $6,000 last year.

Supports increasing the Minimum Wage. Voted to repeal the NH Minimum Wage law in 2011.
Has been endorsed by the NH AFL-CIO, NEA, AFT, SEIU, and almost every other union in the state. Supported Right To Work legislation that would hurt NH families.
Supports marriage equality and praised the Supreme Court in their repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Opposes marriage equality legislation.

Garcia also said, marriage equality is not an issue millennial voters care about. “… it doesn’t really come up, you know, in elections and campaigns anymore because it’s just not an issue that they’re fighting about in the legislature anymore.”

In a speech on the NH House floor Garcia said, “[Same-sex marriage is] illogical and invasive, while completely missing the biologically specific point of marriage in the first place.” Garcia also calls marriage “an institution that makes no sense for them.”

As a state legislator, Garcia was a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where corporations sponsor legislators to take luxurious junkets to five-star hotels and provide them with pre-written legislation to submit in their home states. Garcia said “there was nothing wrong with lobbyist taking legislators out for dinner”
Has been working with Congressional members to push legislation that would help small businesses in New Hampshire gain access to much-needed capital to grow their companies.
Co-sponsored legislation that would force the government to spend more of the budget on products Made In The USA. Also has been working to expand the US and NH manufacturing base.
Working to ensure that all Americans have access to good quality healthcare they can afford. Vows to go to Congress and waste taxpayer dollars on more attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Threatens to shut down the government if we do not repeal the ACA.
Refuses to say where she buys her healthcare from, but swears it is not from the ACA Healthcare exchange.
Repealing the ACA would result in a 74% increase in premiums for the majority of Granite Staters.
Pro-Choice candidate endorsed by NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Pro-Life anti-abortion candidate who voted to defund Planned Parenthood, outlaw abortions, and throw physicians in jail for helping a woman to have an abortion – even in the case of rape#NHp or incest.
Congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia (NH-02) plagiarized one of the few speeches she’s given in New Hampshire politics. Garcia’s House floor statement to repeal marriage equality in 2012 plagiarizes numerous passages from a 2010 editorial against marriage equality by the National Review.

Also caught plagiarizing a second speech in 2014.

 

Shaheen Campaign Releases New Two-Minute TV Ad For GOTV Weekend

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Ad Highlights the Impact of Outsourcing in New Hampshire, Tells Personal Stories of NH Citizens Whose Jobs Were Sent Overseas

NH Citizens Slam Scott Brown for Supporting Tax Breaks for Companies that Ship Jobs Overseas and Cashing In on Board of Company that Outsourced Jobs

Manchester – Today, the Shaheen campaign released a new, two-minute long TV ad featuring New Hampshire natives Ed and Ginger Cunningham who have lived in New Hampshire their whole lives but saw their lives turned upside down after their jobs were shipped overseas. In the new ad, which will air this weekend, Ed and Ginger tell their personal stories and call out Scott Brown for both voting for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and for cashing in on the board of a company that outsourced American jobs. Earlier this week, the Shaheen campaign released a similar online ad featuring Ed and Ginger’s story.

To view the ad click here: http://jeanneshaheen.org/cunninghams-broadcast/

“There were 8000 people who worked at Lucent and one out of four of them were New Hampshire residents,” Ed Cunningham says in the ad. “A community of 8000 people was basically dissolved under my eyes.

“It was devastating to see it happening, watching the people leave little by little, just seeing the jobs go away, wondering what everybody was going to do,” Ginger Cunningham says.

“Scott Brown took our tax dollars and used them to ship our jobs overseas,” Ed Cunningham adds. “Scott Brown is stabbing us in the back and selling us out right now, he’s working for that company that’s exporting the jobs.”

“Using government money to send jobs overseas, which to me is just completely greed,” Ginger Cunningham adds. “I don’t think Scott Brown is going to take care of me. I don’t think he’s going to take care of the people of New Hampshire any more than he did before.”

“Scott Brown’s outsourcing policies have had very real consequences for middle class families here in New Hampshire,” said Shaheen Campaign Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. “Ed and Ginger’s personal stories show firsthand why Scott Brown is not for New Hampshire but for the corporate special interests that line his pockets and campaign coffers.”

As a Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown voted to protect tax breaks for companies that outsource American jobs. Since losing in Massachusetts, Brown has made more than a quarter million dollars as a board member of a company that touts outsourcing American jobs to China and Mexico as part of its business plan. Legal documents dated just two days before Brown entered the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire bear Brown’s signature endorsing the company’s outsourcing strategy. Meanwhile, New Hampshire has lost the highest percentage of jobs to China than any other state in the nation.

When You Vote, Support Down Ticket Candidates Like Bill Barry For Sheriff

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Over the last few weeks the NH Labor News has been focusing on the top of the ticket candidate but I want wanted to take a minute to talk about the importance of supporting candidates down the ticket as well.  Take for example, Bill Barry, a Manchester Alderman and candidate for Hillsborough County Sheriff.

BarrysizedBill Barry has been in Law Enforcement for almost 30 years, 26 with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and over 3 years with the Auburn Police Department. Bill  was named the National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2007 by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for the successful recovery of 2 missing children. He was also decorated by the FBI for his role in the capture of one of their 10 Most Wanted Fugitives. He has been endorsed by the Hillsborough County Chiefs of Police Association, Nashua Police Patrolmen and Supervisors, Manchester Police Patrolmen and Supervisors, Hudson Police and the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Employees, AFSCME 3657. Bill is very passionate in protecting our children and seniors. He is committed to visiting our schools to educate our children, teachers, bus drivers and parents of the dangers that our children face daily. He will also visit with our senior centers to educate our seniors of the latest scams that are in our community. He knows that he can’t do this alone. He will partner with our local Police Departments to make sure that our community is safe and protected.

Bill has volunteered his time in the community for the past 35 years. He has worked with organizations such as; Manchester Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Webster House, Big Bothers/Big Sisters as a mentor in the Manchester School District, Special Olympics and the Manchester Challenger League. He has also volunteered his time for over 35 years coaching Baseball, Basketball and Football.

Please join us in supporting Bill Barry for Hillsborough County Sheriff. He needs our vote on November 4!!!

AFT President Randi Weingarten Speaks At AFT-NH’s Working Women Speak Out Event

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AFT President Randi Weingarten (center) with members of the Nashua Teacher Union (AFT-NH)

Yesterday the American Federation of Teachers (NH) organized an event focusing on the importance of this election on the lives of working women.  The event entitled Working Women Speak Out featured propionate labor leaders and Congresswoman Annie Kuster talking about the issues effecting women this election.

Below are two videos from the event featuring American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten.

View video 1 on YouTube

After her rousing speech about the importance of getting out and voting this election, Gary Hoffman, a teacher in the Nashua School District asked Pres. Weingarten about local spending caps and their effects on public schools.  Nashua is currently considering changing the way that the city calculates their spending cap and the city will vote on this Charter Amendment on Nov. 4th.  Below is President Weingarten’s response.

View video 2 on YouTube.

 

Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association Endorse Maggie Hassan

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DSC_0236Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association Endorses Governor Maggie Hassan for Her Record of Supporting Public Safety in the Queen City

Fourth Public Safety Organization to Endorse Governor Hassan for Re-Election

Manchester—Praising her strong leadership and record of fighting for the priorities that help keep New Hampshire’s largest city safe, the Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association endorsed Maggie Hassan for re-election.

“Governor Hassan’s strong leadership and proven record of protecting our communities make her the clear choice on public safety in this election,” said MPPA President Ken Chamberlain. “We are proud to endorse Governor Hassan for re-election and know that she will always work to bring DSC_0229together members of both parties to get things done to strengthen public safety and ensure that our law enforcement officials have the support we need to protect the people of Manchester.”

“It’s a tremendous honor to have earned the support of the Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association again this year as we work to keep Manchester safe and solve problems the New Hampshire Way,” said Governor Hassan. “Maintaining the safety of our communities and citizens is the most important job of state government, and through our bipartisan budget, we’ve made critical investments in protecting our communities, without a sales or income tax. We maintained drug task force teams, funded the cold case unit, restored the CHINS program, and through our bipartisan health care expansion plan, thousands of people will have access to substance and alcohol treatment coverage for the first time.”

“But my opponent is pushing a so-called ‘plan’ that’s straight out of the Bill O’Brien playbook and would blow a $90 million hole in our state budget, placing critical investments in public safety at risk. We have come too far to let my opponent take us backward, and together we’ll continue to keep New Hampshire safe and move our state in the right direction,” added Governor Hassan.

Through her bipartisan budget, Governor Hassan fought to protect critical investments in public safety – without a sales or income tax. The Governor restored the CHINS program, invested in drug task force teams, funded the cold case unit, and launched Media Power Youth, a public-private initiative to increase media literacy and reduce and prevent youth violence.

The Governor also worked across party lines to strengthen community-based mental health services and pass a bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan that is providing coverage for mental health and substance use treatment to thousands of hard-working Granite Staters, strengthening the safety and well being of our communities.

The MPPA is the fourth public safety organization to endorse Governor Hassan for re-election, joining the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association, Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Police Association.

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