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From WIKIPediaFor working Americans, the choice for president couldn’t be clearer – and last night brought that home decisively. President Obama’s vision for America begins with shared prosperity for all. He has demonstrated repeatedly that he’s committed to creating good jobs, rebuilding our middle class, investing in manufacturing, enforcing our trade laws and keeping our nation safe.

Governor Romney’s record, in contrast, shows that he can’t be trusted to act in our national interest in any number of areas, especially in trade and manufacturing. This is a man who built his fortune outsourcing jobs and getting tax breaks for sending jobs offshore. When Bain Capital took over Sensata Technologies in Freeport, Illinois, management announced it would shut down the factory and move the jobs to China.  Management took down the American flag and required employees to train the Chinese workers who would eventually get their jobs. Only when the Chinese workers left did management raise the American flag again. This is Romney’s world.

If Mitt Romney had been president in 2009, he would have let Detroit and the U.S. auto industry go bankrupt, jeopardizing 2 million jobs. And when President Obama took decisive action in 2009 to enforce our trade laws, imposing tariffs on Chinese tires to protect American jobs, Mitt Romney leaped in to criticize him. Expecting Mitt Romney to get tough on China is like asking his left hand to slap his right hand. We need a president who makes job creation his number one priority – and we need those jobs in the United States of America, not in other countries.

NH Alliance For Retired American President Charles Balban Comments On Ryan As VP Selection

In the same week that we celebrated the 77th anniversary of Social Security, GOP Candidate Mitt Romney selected Paul Ryan as his VP.  Ryan who is well known for his budget which would drastically change social security and medicare.  Charles Balban, President of the New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans issued the following statement on Romney’s pick.

“When Mitt Romney chose Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate, he locked in place the most anti-senior ticket ever. Paul Ryan is a poor spokesperson for the many seniors in Wisconsin and New Hampshire alike who count on Social Security and Medicare to make ends meet. The Ryan-Romney presidential team poses unmatched threats to Social Security and Medicare, not to mention the middle class.

“On Tuesday, August 14, Social Security celebrates its 77th birthday. Before Social Security, seniors worked until the day they died because they could never afford to retire. This week, retirees across the country celebrate the program that they contribute to in their working years and can rely on for modest benefits when they need it most. The program is more important than ever with the decline of defined-benefit pensions, plummeting 401ks and scanty savings.

“Even though the self-funded Social Security program has not added one dime to the deficit, Ryan and Romney would like to cut it. Paul Ryan has wanted to privatize it since at least 2005. The Ryan-Romney plan would turn Social Security over to Wall Street, cut benefits, and raise the retirement age. Not to mention, it would end Medicare as we know it, turning it to a voucher program that would have seniors paying more money for less medical coverage.

“While the Romney-Ryan team is a match made in heaven for billionaires, big banks and insurance companies, it could spell disaster for most New Hampshire seniors. Members of the New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans will do all they can the next three months to educate seniors and make sure they understand where this new Romney-Ryan team stands on the issues.”

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Romney-Ryan administration would bring devastating cuts to vital federal programs, union say

One thousand federal workers and union activists from the American Federation of Government Employees and the AFL-CIO gathered outside a GOP fundraiser attended by Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan last night to draw attention to the devastating budget cuts that the congressman has proposed.

AFGE members, who are in Las Vegas for the union’s National Convention, joined with the Nevada AFL-CIO to protest outside the Venetian Hotel where Ryan attended a fundraiser sponsored by casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who has already donated $10 million to a political action committee supporting the Romney campaign.

As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Ryan authored a budget plan endorsed by former Gov. Mitt Romney that delivers more tax breaks to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans while slashing vital federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

Outgoing AFGE National President John Gage led the protesters in a chant denouncing the Romney-Ryan economic plan, shouting “Romney Hood, Ryan Hood, not in our neighborhood.” Union activists held signs reading “Paul Ryan: Hustling for the 1%,” “Romney/Ryan Road to Ruin,” and others.

“Governor Romney’s selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate indicates just how much contempt this ticket will have for the federal workforce and the vital programs we deliver to the American public each and every day,” Gage said.

The grand economic recovery plan offered by Romney and Ryan is to deliver more tax breaks to the millionaires and billionaires, oil companies and Wall Street firms who continue to score record profits while the rest of the country struggles to recover, AFGE officials said. American companies would receive lucrative new tax incentives to move jobs overseas, worsening the employment prospects of the millions of Americans who remain out of work. And programs like Medicare and Medicaid, food inspections, veterans health care and so many others would see their funding slashed.

“We think the choice of Ryan, with his extremely specific anti-federal employee budget proposals, makes it crystal clear that the Ryan budget will be the plan for the Romney Administration,” AFGE Legislative and Political Director Beth Moten said.

NH Election News 8/11: Romney Picks RYAN – NH Candidates Reactions to Selection, Cilley Cites Differences, and more

Annie Kuster released the following statement in response to Mitt Romney selecting Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate:

When Mitt Romney announced Congressman Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate this morning, he not only endorsed Congressman Bass’ agenda of drastically cutting Medicare while giving massive tax breaks to millionaires – he also cemented the fact that this will be the focus of our debate through November.

Congressman Bass’ support for Paul Ryan’s budget plan has drawn sharp criticism from New Hampshire voters – and for good reason. His budget would end Medicare as we know it and make devastating cuts to education, research, and infrastructure while at the same time giving more tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, oil companies, and outsourcers. That’s a plan to move our country backward, not forward.

Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement.

“While voting for all of the Bush era big spending, Congressman Paul Ryan tried to privatize Social Security. This Congress, he proposed to privatize Medicare, give huge tax cuts to the wealthiest, and to cut programs such as Meals on Wheels and student aid. Congressman Frank Guinta voted along with him on all the drastic budget cuts that targeted the middle class, and New Hampshire voters will reject their agenda in November.”

The Romney, Ryan and Lamontagne Plan to Dismantle Medicare for New Hampshire’s Citizens (Maggie Hassan Statement) 

MANCHESTER – Responding to Mitt Romney’s choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan said that with Paul Ryan on the ticket, Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith have a new partner in their attempts to dismantle Medicare for New Hampshire’s seniors.

“Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and Paul Ryan all share the same goal of dismantling Medicare, a program which is critically important to New Hampshire’s seniors,” said Hassan. “They want to let the legislature take over Medicare and strongly support Ryan’s plan to dismantle the program.”

“Medicare provides access to critical health care for tens of thousands of New Hampshire citizens,” said Hassan. “I will stand up to the Romney, Ryan and Lamontagne Plan to dismantle Medicare and always fight to protect our seniors and all citizens from any attempts to restrict access to health care.”

Ovide Lamontagne has stood with Bill O’Brien and the reckless Tea Party legislature in calling for the state to takeover Medicare. Under the Ovide-O’Brien plan, the legislature would be permitted to increase health care costs on seniors by $6,000 or more a year, change eligibility rules and deny access to services. Our seniors can’t afford the Ovide-O’Brien plan for Medicare.

Ovide Lamontagne has said that one of his top priorities as Governor will be to push to get the federal government to “block grant” Medicare and allow the legislature to run it. The House has already passed a bill called for Congress to create an “Interstate Health Compact,” which would allow the legislature to run Medicare.

“This legislature has already cut health care for people with disabilities, children and seniors in nursing homes, while Ovide stood by.   New Hampshire citizens cannot afford to stand by while Ovide Lamontagne, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan try to dismantle Medicare,” said Hassan. “I will stand up to anyone who tries to restrict access to health care for New Hampshire seniors.”

In a February op-ed, Ovide Lamontagne said the takeover of Medicare would be one of his top priorities as governor.  Lamontagne has also expressed support for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget, which would make seniors pay more for health care and put private for-profit health insurers in charge of their care. Other advocates have deemed this proposal “revolutionary” – and that’s exactly what it is: a revolutionary change that would take away health care for New Hampshire seniors.

NH’s Ayotte supports Ryan as Romney’s choice – News – Boston.com: “Ayotte said Saturday that Romney and Ryan will put America back on a path of prosperity by reforming government, enacting real deficit reduction, and overhauling the tax code to spur economic growth.

She said nothing about the possibility that she could have been Romney’s pick.

Ayotte has developed a warm relationship with Romney and is often at his side when he visits New Hampshire,”

Ryan Boosts Romney’s Conservative Credentials, But Also Mobilizes Opponents | New Hampshire Public Radio: “Ryan’s “no-holds barred record of attacking seniors, children, and working men and women is frightening for the 99 percent of Americans who are not rich,” Henry says.

Jim Messina, Obama for America campaign manager, characterized Ryan as “the architect of the radical House budget” who supports “new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy.””

Balanced approach to environmental issues – Fosters: “Our communities will face challenges in adapting to climate change, such as increased storm water runoff and rising sea levels. I will lead efforts to craft legislation to ensure communities can work with state agencies, such as the Department of Transportation and DES, to meet changing conditions. Let’s put politics aside so that we don’t saddle future generations with costs because we failed to plan wisely.

As your state senator, I will work diligently for a balanced approach to the environment so our children and grandchildren can enjoy these summer days in our beautiful communities for years to come.

State Rep. David Watters”

Cilley cites differences with rival in gubernatorial race | SeacoastOnline.com: “In response to Hassan’s pledge to reverse the 50-percent reduction in state funding for the university system if it freezes tuition rates, Cilley said it would be an attempt to solve a problem by creating another problem.

“Freezing tuition, if that were out there only by itself, sure isn’t going to help the University of New Hampshire offset one of the biggest blows in the history of this country, never mind the history of New Hampshire,” Cilley said. “There is no other state that hit any of their public educational institutions the way ours got hit this time.””

EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE – SentinelSource.com: Local News: “Hassan also said she wanted to “make it possible for more New Hampshire students to actually stay in the state and go to school here, have more slots for them at the university system and at the state college system.”
For public schools, Hassan said she wants to target state education funding, but to do so would require a constitutional amendment. This Legislature’s attempt at a similarly-aimed amendment failed to achieve the necessary three-fifth’s majority due to fighting over whether it might actually lead to underfunding schools. Hassan, who opposed this session’s amendment, said she would have to see what the Legislature’s makeup was after elections to see what she might be able to get through as governor.”

House Republicans Face Vulnerabilities in Some Districts – WSJ.com: “The fight is playing out in New Hampshire’s Second District, where Rep. Charlie Bass, a Republican, is trying to fend off a challenge from Ann McLane Kuster, a Democratic attorney whom he narrowly defeated in 2010. Mr. Obama won 56.5% of the vote in the district in 2008.

Mr. Bass’s story shows the changing currents that many Republicans must navigate. First elected to Congress on the Republican wave of 1994, Mr. Bass was a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a coalition of centrists that generally don’t emphasize social issues and advocate what they call a “pragmatic” fiscal conservatism. After Mr. Bass lost in 2006, he stayed with the centrist group as president.”

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NH Labor News 2012 Elections: NH Dems Blast O’Brien for Answers, Bettencourt Leave Ovide Campaign, and NH Gov Debate Tonight

LETTER: Democrats Ask O’Brien For Answers – Salem, NH Patch: “Dear Mr. Speaker:

As you know, the image of the New Hampshire House has been tarnished by recent events.  Our legislative ethics guidelines state that legislators should treat their office as a public trust, acting “openly, equitably and honorably in a manner that permits the citizenry… to hold government officials accountable.”  Furthermore, as you wrote to the Republican caucus, you insisted on “honesty, integrity and ethical behavior” from your leadership team and said you would have “no tolerance for any leader who departs from that foundational standard.””

John DiStaso’s Granite Status: D.J. Bettencourt withdraws from Ovide Lamontagne’s campaign steering committee | New Hampshire NEWS0602: ““D.J. has withdrawn from his involvement with Ovide’s campaign, including from his service on Ovide’s steering committee,” Merrill told the Granite Status. “The charges in this matter are serious and disappointing, and accordingly, we have accepted D.J.’s withdrawal.”

Bettencourt resigned from the House during the weekend after admitting he falsified information about the amount of work he did as an intern in the law office of another state representative as he pursued a law degree.”

NH ex-GOP leader apologizes in resignation letter, admits ‘lapse in judgment and integrity’ | The Republic: “”It is among my many regrets that through my own fault, I cannot express my thanks and say farewell to you all in person,” Bettencourt wrote. “I want the House to know that I am sorry for inexcusable lapse in judgment and integrity. We are citizen legislators. Our obligations as legislators never relieve us of our obligations as citizens. I have breached those citizen obligations and I stand ready for the consequences.”

House Speaker William O’Brien, right, tells reporters Tuesday May 29, 2012 from his office at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H. that Rep. Peter Silva, R-Nashua, left, will become the new House Majority Leader. The former New Hampshire Republican Leader, D.J. Bettencourt resigned over the weekend after admitting he falsified law school reports. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Bettencourt, 28, also apologized to the law school, saying it had offered him the opportunity to learn and be part of an honorable profession.

“But that profession comes with high expectations that my actions demonstrate I am not yet ready to meet. I can only hope that one day I will be worthy of it,” he said.”

Democratic candidates for NH governor to debate – Boston.com: “HENNIKER, N.H.—New Hampshire’s Democratic candidates for governor are meeting for a debate at New England College.

The primary debate is scheduled for Thursday at noon and is organized by WMUR-TV.

The candidates are Maggie Hassan of Exeter, Jackie Cilley of Barrington and Bill Kennedy of Danbury. Hassan and Cilley have served in the state Legislature. Kennedy had a career in the military.

They are seeking to replace Democratic Gov. John Lynch, who is not seeking re-election to a fifth, two-year term.

Republican candidates for governor include Ovide LaMontagne and Kevin Smith.”

Ayotte: I’m Focused on Senate, Not VP Nod [VIDEO] – Bedford, NH Patch: “Right now, Kelly Ayotte says she’s not even thinking about rumors that she may be a potential running mate for likely GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The junior U.S. senator, who today met with roughly 100 local business leaders at a New England Council breakfast at the Bedford Village Inn, said her primary focus right now is representing New Hampshire and doing her part to improve the country’s current economic state.”

NH Labor News Elections Update 5/24/12: Romney and Obama start to battle it out, State Rep Retires, and more

Romney makes a push against public education and public teachers unions.

Romney: President Obama Has Not Stood Up to Teachers’ Unions – US News and World Report: “Romney vowed to empower parents with “school choice,” a popular GOP education buzzword, and reward states that improved teacher effectiveness.

“For the first time in history, federal education funds will be linked to a student, so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school, or to a private school, where permitted,” he said. “States will be rewarded if they regularly evaluate teachers for their effectiveness and compensate the best teachers for their success.”

The former Massachusetts governor also said states would be required to “provide provide a simple-to-read and widely available public report card that evaluates each school.””

Romney goes after Teachers unions

First Read – Romney assails unions in speech detailing education plans: “Romney assailed President Obama as beholden to powerful organized labor groups during a speech to the Latino Coalition here in the nation’s capital.
In his speech, the former Massachusetts governor called improving public education “the civil rights issue of our era,” saying that unions favor teachers’ well being over students’, leading to an education system that Romney said was “third-world” in nature.
“The teachers unions are the clearest example of a group that has lost its way. Whenever anyone dares to offer a new idea, the unions protest the loudest,” Romney said, quoting a former leader of the American Federation of Teachers. “He said, and I quote, ‘When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of children. The teachers unions don’t fight for our children. That’s our job.'””

VP Biden brings Gov. Romney’s business record into the election.

Biden dismisses Romney’s experience in business – CBS News: “KEENE, N.H. — The presidential campaign debate over Republican Mitt Romney’s tenure at a private equity firm is going down the drain.

Vice President Joe Biden argued Tuesday that Romney’s experience doesn’t make him any more qualified to be president than it does to make him a plumber.

“That doesn’t mean that private equity guys are bad guys — they’re not,” Biden said at New Hampshire’s Keene State College. “But that no more qualifies you to be president than being a plumber. And, by the way, there’re an awful lot of smart plumbers. All kidding aside, it’s not the same job requirement.”

Romney argues that his business experience with the Boston-based firm Bain Capital makes him best suited to fix the economy and create jobs.

Biden’s fourth trip to New Hampshire this year was an acknowledgment of the state’s battleground status in the upcoming election.”

Romney attempts to make his time at Bain Capitol sound better than reality.

The Associated Press: THE RACE: Romney talks up his private-sector days: “Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney likes to portray himself as a better job creator than President Barack Obama, but he may have a hard time backing up those boasts.
“We were able to create over 100,000 jobs,” Romney said recently, recycling an old unsubstantiated claim. It is a debatable figure since many of those jobs were created long after Romney left Bain Capital, the Boston private equity firm he co-founded.
Romney’s central theme is that his years at Bain better prepared him “to help fix the economy” than Obama, whose economic performance he calls lackluster.
Obama dismissed Romney’s basic premise earlier this week when he told reporters in Chicago that a president’s job “is not simply to maximize profits.” The president claims Romney would bring back old Republican policies that didn’t work in the past in solving the nation’s economic problems.”

Who will be Romney’s Vice Presidential nominee?

First Read – Veepstakes: Jindal’s awkward pause: “AYOTTE: The Boston Herald interviewed New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte: “In a sneak peek at a potential fall showdown, New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said tangling with Vice President Joe Biden on a debate stage ‘would be quite enjoyable’ and poked fun at Biden’s foot-in-mouth malady. ‘The vice president does have a way with words,’” she said. Of being veep, she said: “It’s certainly an honor to be mentioned for consideration as vice president, but serving New Hampshire in the Senate is the greatest honor I could ask for.”
And: “I think Gov. Romney is going to pick who he thinks is best and he will do that not worried about the gender of the person or what their particular background is, except for when it comes to qualifications,” she said. “I think that anyone who is nominated to serve as vice president will expect there will be tremendous media scrutiny on them.””

President Obama tell the true story of Bain Capitol.

It’s all about Bain as presidential battle heats up – USATODAY.com: “DES MOINES, Iowa – Voters are getting mixed messages about whether Mitt Romneywas a corporate raider who put profits ahead of jobs or a turnaround artist who truly understands the economy.

Expect to hear much more of both arguments Thursday — when President Obama visits Iowa — and in coming weeks.

Obama and his strategists will say it’s clear that Romney was most concerned as a businessman with making huge profits for the private equity firm he co-founded, that any jobs he created were a happy side effect — and that his philosophy would be ruinous for middle-class workers if he were elected president.”

Other Congressmen visit NH to push for OFA-NH
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland hopes to swing N.H. for Obama – Fosters: “PORTSMOUTH — Calling GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney “a guy who seems to lack a core,” former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland urged local Democrats to get behind the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama Sunday in Portsmouth.

Two new polls show Obama holding a lead over Romney in the Granite State, but with the election still six months away, Strickland didn’t lower his enthusiasm or volume of his keynote speech to Rockingham County Democrats at their annual clambake, held at the Portsmouth Elks Lodge.

Strickland called Obama a “bold and courageous” leader, who has worked to improve the economy, make college more affordable, help improve conditions for small businesses, create domestic jobs and simultaneously rebuild the country’s transportation infrastructure.”

NH Governor Race is very close right now.

Polls show tight races in New Hampshire: “According to a pair of recent polls from Public Policy Polling, New Hampshire’s upcoming elections for governor and Congress will be close. The polls, released on May 16 and 17, showed tight races in the gubernatorial primaries and general election, as well as in both of the state’s congressional districts.
Democratic gubernatorial candidates Maggie Hassan of Exeter and Jackie Cilley of Barrington, both former state senate members, are in a virtual tie in the primary, according to the poll. Hassan has a slight edge of 23-20 percent, but 57 percent are still undecided and there is a 3 percent margin of error.”

Bass and Ayotte stump in Nashua to raise money for the GOP.

Bass, Ayotte and others appear at GOP fundraiser in Nashua Monday – NashuaTelegraph.com [Video]: ““New Hampshire is ground zero (for the presidential election),” she said. ”Four electoral votes that could make the difference between winning and losing in this election.”
Over recent weeks, Ayotte has drawn attention as one of several contenders on likely presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s shortlist for running mates. But, on Monday, she happily ceded the spotlight to her Republican colleagues who are up for re-election.
U.S. Rep. Charles Bass, for one, used the occasion to formally launch his 2012 re-election campaign.
“We face a really big choice this year,” the Peterborough resident said, referencing the central question of the 2012 campaign. “That is, are you better off now than you were four years ago? … Things can be better, and we as Republicans know that.””

New PAC looking to have an impact on the NH Governor race.

Tea Party activist launches PAC to elect a Republican governor | Concord Monitor: “Tea Party activist Andrew Hemingway has launched a new venture: getting a Republican in the governor’s office.

Hemingway, who ran Newt Gingrich’s campaign in New Hampshire and has toyed in the past with running for congress, filed paperwork yesterday to form a political action committee called “4RG” — For a Republican Governor.

Hemingway will be both chairman and treasurer of the PAC, and will use his social-media savvy to help efforts to retake the governor’s office.”

State Rep hangs it up after many many years in NH House.

Rep. Read won’t seek re-election this fall | SeacoastOnline.com: PORTSMOUTH — State Rep. Robin Read said Tuesday he won’t run for re-election to the N.H. House of Representatives in the fall.

Read, a Democrat from District 16, which includes Portsmouth and Newington, has served four terms in the House. In announcing his decision, Read joins fellow Democrat Rich DiPentima on a growing list of local state representatives who are not seeking re-election this fall.

The longtime Democrat said he considers it a privilege to have worked with members of the local legislative delegation over the years. Read said he plans to stay active in politics, however.

“I’ll continue to be active in state and local Democratic Party organizations and will do all I can to help elect candidates this November who are opposed to the current extreme right-wing agenda of New Hampshire and national Republicans,” Read said.

John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Ovide boots Hikel from campaign for ‘pole dancer’ remark | New Hampshire NEWS0602: “HIKEL FALLOUT. After allegedly calling former state Republican vice chair Pamela Manney a former “pole dancer” and “stripper” in front of a crowd at a GOP event last weekend, state Senate candidate and current Rep. John Hikel has been removed from gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne’s campaign steering committee.

Hikel was on the steering committee since last October, while Manney endorsed Lamontagne about a month ago after leaving the state GOP vice-chair post.

Manney, a Goffstown mother, grandmother and long-time GOP activist, told us yesterday afternoon that Lamontagne, who she said she’s known for 20 years, had just called her to offer support. She said that during the conversation, she “suggested” Hikel be removed from the steering committee.”

Romney Addresses Non-Union Contractors and Bashes President Obama for Supporting Unions – Listen to His Rant about Unions and Tell Others

I saw this floating on facebook from Shawn Cleary of the IronWorkers Local 7.  I wanted to share this with all of you as well.

From the IronWorkers: Romney Addresses Non-Union Contractors and Bashes President Obama for Supporting Unions – Listen to His Rant about Unions and Tell Others: “Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed the 2012 National Meeting of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), held recently in Arizona.
During his address, Governor Romney had this to say, “One of the first things I will do, actually on day one, is I will end the government’s favoritism towards unions and contracting on federal projects. I will fight to repeal Davis-Bacon…and I will fight for right-to-work laws.”
 Please watch the video of Governor Romney’s comments and pass the word to other union members.”

He also uses this speech to push his idea of reducing government in favor of For Profit Companies.  He used the example of “union” Prisons in MA., and he recommended bringing in a for profit company to run the prisons.

 He also talks about removing restrictions on Fracking, Mining, and open the Keystone Pipeline.

He talks about blocking free trade because the “unions” did not want it.  He keeps saying that President Obama is paying back the unions.

There is more but personally my stomach cannot take any more.  We need to stand up to these politicians who are calling us names and telling the rest of the nation that we are causing this economic downturn.

GOV. Romney, Stop Blaming The Workers For The Problems Created By The Corporations And Wall Street!!!!


The WMUR Poll Is Out and Approval Ratings Are Up, But For WHO?

The First In The Nation Primary is well behind us now, but as we know New Hampshire Politics never stop.  Just the other day the University of New Hampshire and WMUR released their latest poll.  This is good news for some. It shows that people are starting to feel that the economy is starting to recover and that the policies enacted by the President are starting to work.  In the WMUR poll some very interesting information came forward.  

For example President Obama’s approval rating is up over 50% for the first time since July of last year. “GENERALLY SPEAKING, do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?”

Also people have started to believe in the Presidents policies on the economy. “GENERALLY SPEAKING, do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling THE ECONOMY?” While nearly 50% of Granite Staters still disapprove of the way Pres. Obama is handling the economy, notice that since Oct 11 his rating jumped nine points.  
 The real fun begins when they start to ask people about how they would vote if the elections were held today. “Suppose the 2012 presidential election was being held today and the candidates were Mitt Romney, the Republican, and Barack Obama, the Democrat, who would you vote for?”

Thats right a TEN POINT lead over the GOP frontrunner Governor Mitt Romney.  It does not stop there. When they compare Pres. Obama to Newt Gingrich the margin gets even wider!
“Suppose the 2012 presidential election was being held today and the candidates were Newt Gingrich, the Republican, and Barack Obama, the Democrat, who would you vote for?” 

So what does this mean? Well it means that people may be fed up with the slash and burn policies of the GOP.  It could mean that people are fed up the partisan bikering in Washington. It could me that people are tired of corporations collecting profits while workers get the shaft. It could just mean the economy is slowly coming around a people are still trying to what it was that caused it.  What ever the reason people are starting to believe in our President once again!

Daily Kos: At a Romney Event Yesterday, I Was Removed and Arrested. I Still Don’t Know Why.

This is a very interesting story of a person who was interested in being a part of the Primary by going and meeting Mitt Romney at one of his Voting Day Campaign.  What actually happened was completely different.  You must read the whole story.  It asks a lot of questions like why are Hudson Police Arresting people because the Romney Campaign does not like the way someone looks?  Read for yourself!

Daily Kos: At a Romney Event Yesterday, I Was Removed and Arrested. I Still Don’t Know Why.: “I’d been in New Hampshire for the past several days to follow the campaign and see some of the candidates in-person. Yesterday morning, I was chatting up a Romney campaign staffer before an event at the Gilchrist Manufacturing Company in Hudson, NH, when a police officer approached. Sir, we have to ask you to leave the premises.

“Sir, is this about my backpack? I’d be happy to show you – there’s nothing dangerous in there.”

“No, sir – we’ll explain it to you outside.””

Read the Full Article

United Auto Worker (UAW) Goes Right After Mitt Romney in Nashua Yesterday

Union member to Romney: ‘I’m not a stooge’: “Mitt Romney got some push-back this morning from organized labor in the wake of his characterization of President Obama’s NLRB appointments as “union stooges.”

At a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Nashua, UAW regional director Julie Kushner jumped into a question and answer session with Romney to ask him why he objected to the Obama administration’s bankruptcy plan for GM, which Kushner said saved a million union jobs that otherwise would have been lost in a conventional bankruptcy.

Romney, who initially hesitated to answer because Kushner hadn’t been called on and didn’t have a microphone — “I’m not the decider here,” he said — told Kushner he favored a “managed bankruptcy” that would not have cost jobs but would have left GM’s senior creditors with ownership “instead of being owned by the UAW. … The market works better than the president stepping in and taking care of his friends.”

Dawn Roy, a Nashua City employee, came to the breakfast with her father Tom, who held up a sign reading “Romney hurts the middle class.”

“I’m not a stooge,” Dawn Roy said. “I’m a person who wants fair pay for a fair day’s work. And I want a say … I’m a union employee and I just take total offense to this.””

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