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Statement of Rep. Jackie Cilley on the vote on HB 684 (Minimum Wage) 

(Barrington, NH ) While I am disappointed by the votes in the House and Senate today, I see reasons for optimism going forward. At the beginning of this session, everyone predicted that legislation as far-reaching didn’t have a chance and that any serious effort to permanently fix New Hampshire’s minimum wage wouldn’t win over everyone. Today’s result demonstrates that, with a well-researched and bipartisan approach, people in Concord will listen and judge a proposal on its merits.  Next time, we’ll get the 27 more votes necessary to give our hardest working neighbors a long-overdue raise.  

But make no mistake; this represents a missed opportunity and more fall-out from the disastrous reign of Speaker O’Brien. We had a chance to return control of our minimum wage from Washington DC to our citizens legislature in Concord and we didn’t. We had a chance to insert more money into our recovering economy and increase its momentum and we didn’t. And most importantly, we had a chance to stabilize the finances of thousands of our neighbors while allowing them to move off of food stamps and other forms of public support and we didn’t. 

I have learned a good deal in this, my first term back after a six-year absence, that I will take with me when I introduce this again. And I promise both my supporters and my critics, I will reintroduce legislation to raise our minimum wage to a livable level and get it signed into law. 

About Jackie CilleyBorn in Berlin, New Hampshire, Jackie Cilley was raised with four siblings in a third-floor walk-up tenement before graduating from Berlin High School. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNH and has served as an adjunct professor at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics since matriculating from there in 1985. In 2004 she ran for a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and won, serving one term in the House before being elected twice to the  New Hampshire Senate, representing the 6th District from 2006 – 2010. In 2012, she ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination for Governor, losing to Gov. Hassan. She was re-elected to the New Hampshire House in 2014 where she serves on the Committee on Executive Departments and Administration. Rep. Cilley was recently named by veteran NH political reporter John DiStaso as one of the “‘Most wanted’ NH Democrats for the 2016 presidential campaign.

Maggie Hassan for Governor Announces Four Campaign Co-Chairs

Senator Jackie Cilley, Bill Shaheen, Kathy Sullivan and Sean O’Kane to Co-Chair Hassan for Governor

MANCHESTER – Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan announced that Senator Jackie Cilley, Bill Shaheen, Kathy Sullivan and businessman Sean O’Kane will serve as co-chairs of her campaign for Governor.


Former gubernatorial candidate, Senator Jackie Cilley, announced her endorsement of Senator Maggie Hassan on Thursday and agreed to round out the Hassan team of four Campaign Co-Chairs. Senator Cilley’s background experience in business and as an adjunct professor of the Whittemore School of Business at UNH, coupled with her growing up in the north country, brings a different perspective to the team. At the Democratic Unity Breakfast last week, Senator Cilley remarked that “We must bring all our energy, our passion and our drive to support Maggie Hassan and to stop Ovide Lamontagne from getting to the Governor’s office.”


O’Kane is the former commissioner of the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development, appointed by Republican Governor Craig Benson, and a political independent. He is now an executive at Schneider Electric.


“Many issues facing our state are extremely complex.  Full, open and thoughtful discussion is critical beyond simple political ideology to reach good decisions,” O’Kane, said. “I think this is a crucial quality of a good political leader, who is ultimately accountable to all the citizens of the state and not just a sliver of the population.  Maggie more than meets this standard.”


As a state Senator, Hassan worked with Governor Lynch and Republicans and Democrats on important efforts, including creating the research-and-development tax credit; creating a job training fund that has served 14,000 people at hundreds of companies; and cutting the state’s dropout rate.


“There is a clear choice in this election, and so much at stake for the people of New Hampshire.  As Governor, Maggie will move New Hampshire forward with an innovation plan that will help our businesses grow so that our families can succeed – and she will do it without a sales or income tax,” said Bill Shaheen. “In the State Senate, Maggie worked with Governor Lynch to get things done for the people of New Hampshire, and that is exactly what she will do as Governor.”


“We can continue in the direction of Gov. John Lynch, bringing people together to move New Hampshire forward, or we can go in the direction of Speaker Bill O’Brien and the current legislature, where the needs of middle-class families take a backseat to an extreme social agenda,” said Kathy Sullivan. “In Ovide Lamontagne’s New Hampshire, abortion would be illegal, even for victims of rape and incest, and doctors and women would be criminals. Creationism could be taught in our schools. And the state would get to prevent loving couples from marrying.”


“I am honored to have Senator Jackie Cilley, Bill Shaheen, Kathy Sullivan and Sean O’Kane serve as Co-Chairs of my campaign for Governor. I look forward to working with them during my campaign for Governor,” said Hassan.

NHLN Election News Coverage 9/8/12: OBAMA In NH, Romney In NH, LTE for Jackie Cilley, Kuster Tops Bass in Fundraising, Candidate Profiles, and more

Great images from Paul Shea at Strawbery Banke of President Obama, Joe Biden, Sen Shaheen, Ann Kuster, and more.

Obama supporters brim with optimism at Strawbery Banke | SeacoastOnline.com: ““He needs to finish the job he began on turning around the economy,” he said. “I also agree on his principals of allowing people to make choices on marriage and other things. I feel safe with him. The other side is scary to me.”

Elizabeth said she would vote for Obama if she could. She and her brother said missing school for the day was worth it.

“We definitely need to go forward with the president’s plans,” said Pat Dunnell of Manchester who was accompanied by her husband Bud.”

Obama keeps up push to get voters on board | New Hampshire NEWS06: “President Barack Obama brought his “Moving Forward” message to Strawbery Banke Museum Friday, less than 24 hours after accepting the Democratic nomination for President in North Carolina.

The campaign speech given by Obama in New Hampshire and heard by about 6,000 people at the museum was not much different from the one heard by millions of Americans during the Democratic National Convention Thursday night. It included a plea to New Hampshire voters for their support.”

Obama, Biden rally in Portsmouth the day after DNC – NashuaTelegraph.com: ““I am not just asking for your vote,” Obama said. “I am asking the entire country to rally around a set of goals for our country.”
Obama cited the August report that found private-sectors job had grown for the 30th straight month, but at a mild rate.
“That’s not good enough; we know it’s not good enough,” Obama said. “We need to fill good jobs faster. We need to come out of this crisis stronger than when we went in.””

An Open Letter to Democratic and Undeclared Voters: “Ten reasons to support Jackie Cilley for Governor on September 11.

Jackie Cilley and her Democratic primary opponent both have strong records on equality, women’s and children’s issues and the environment. Their differences are the reason I am supporting Jackie.”

Kuster tops Bass in fundraising | Concord Monitor: “”Annie is grateful for the thousands of Granite Staters who have poured their time and resources into this campaign because they know we need a commonsense approach in Congress that’s focused on creating jobs, growing the economy, and protecting seniors and the middle class rather than big corporate interests,” Kuster spokesman Rob Friedlander said in a statement.”

Political Standing For Sept. 7, 2012 » WMUR Political Scoop: “Sunday, 10 a.m., CloseUP: Are you sitting down, because get this,  for the first time in at least a decade, the Union Leader’s John DiStaso joins a special CloseUP post-gubernatorial debate panel. Joining DiStaso and host Josh McElveen are the other debate panelists for the week, NHPR’s Josh Rogers and the Nashua Telegraph’s Kevin Landrigan. Then, in a different segment, I come on to talk about the national political conventions and primary day predictions.

Monday, 7pm, WMUR, Primary Election Preview: A special 30-minute show will go over the candidates running on primary day and discuss the dynamics of the races.

Tuesday, 10pm, Primary Election Night: Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with cut-ins at the top of every hour and a crawl on the bottom of the screen when results begin coming in. Candidate speeches and major news will be aired on WMUR.com LIVE. Then, from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. we’ll have full coverage of the results, along with a look toward the general election.”

Candidate Profile: Lee C. Nyquist – Bedford, NH Patch: “I have served as the president of the Manchester Bar Association and the New Hampshire Association for Justice. Additionally, I have brought representatives of business and labor together in my role as the chair of the New Hampshire Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council, to which Governor Lynch appointed me in 2005. I have also been a member of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Advisory Board since 2008.”

Letter: I’d like to change tone in the House | Concord Monitor: “As a Democrat, I support collective-bargaining rights for public as well as private employees. I oppose “right-to-work” laws aimed at lowering wages. In a knowledge-and-skills-based economy, education is the key to economic growth and good jobs – so it is incomprehensible to me that the House tried to eliminate public kindergarten altogether and cut funding for the state university system by 50 percent.

As an attorney representing New Hampshire businesses, I support incentives for innovation, more targeted workforce training and more starter housing for working families. If elected, I will not vote for an income or sales tax in the coming session, because it’s not clear to me that we need one. But neither will I take “the Pledge” to vote against any broad-based tax forever and regardless of circumstances, because I just can’t see that far down the road. For more, please visit Moffett4StateRep.com.”

Letter: Here’s where I stand, voters | Concord Monitor: ” applaud the Monitor for its Meet the Candidates series. As a candidate for the House from Merrimack County District 6 (Bradford and Henniker), I’d like to expand on some of my responses.

Right-to-work legislation as it has been discussed is thinly disguised union-busting. As a contract negotiator, I have seen how school boards and teachers can arrive at responsible solutions that are sensitive to the needs of students, parents, teachers and voters. I have also realized that the costs of that process must be shared by those who benefit.”

Letter: Let me represent you, Concord | Concord Monitor: “Jane J. Hunt, Concord”
Wants to help the students and families who are struggling to get by and trying to get an education at the same time.

NHLN Note: The Romney Plan still lacks any real substance. No real plans just vague statements.

Romney Victory Rally Under the Friday Night Lights – Nashua, NH Patch: “Romney outlined an abbreviated five-point plan for economic recovery if elected, which he urged his supporters to share with their friends if they ask why they’re voting for Romney in November:

1. Take advantage of US  energy resource including  coal, oil, and gas, and double the federal licensing and permitting on federal lands and waters, something the president “cut in half,” Romney said.

2. Open new trade markets and “crack down on cheaters when they cheat.”

3. “Fix our schools, and put our kids first,” Romney said.

4. Cut spending, balance the budget “and get America back on track.”

5. Be a champion of small business.””

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Still waiting for a reason to get involved in this year’s voter canvasses?

According to the most recent UNH Granite State Poll:

The NH House of Representatives is up for grabs. Right now, 35% of poll respondents expect to vote for Republican House candidates; 39% expect to vote for Democrats.  Another 21% are undecided.

Voters still do not know much about the gubernatorial candidates.

·         47% of poll respondents don’t know enough about Ovide Lamontagne to say whether their opinion of him is “favorable”, “unfavorable” or “neutral”.

·         73% of poll respondents don’t know enough about Kevin Smith to have an opinion.

·         72% of respondents don’t know enough about Maggie Hassan.

·         74% don’t know enough about Jackie Cilley.

·         83% don’t know enough about Bill Kennedy.


This knowledge gap persists even among union households.

·         25% of union households don’t know enough about Ovide Lamontagne to have an opinion (and more than a third of union households view Lamontagne favorably).

·         62% of union families don’t know enough about Kevin Smith to have an opinion.

·         56% don’t know enough about Maggie Hassan to say whether they view her favorably or not.

·         58% don’t know enough about Jackie Cilley.

·         77% of union households don’t know enough about Bill Kennedy to have an opinion.


By November, voters may have forgotten this Legislature’s chicanery.   The summer break has been good for the Legislature’s favorability ratings.

·         In April, only 40% of NH residents believed that the State Legislature was doing a good job. Now that the Legislature has been in recess for a couple of months, their favorability rating is up to 45%.

·         The recess has been good for Speaker O’Brien’s reputation, too.  In April, his favorability rating was 15%; now it is 18%.

Read the poll results here and here.


The New Hampshire AFL-CIO is conducting “Labor Walks” throughout the state.  Here are the dates and times of the their local canvasses. 

Sat. October 6                        Labor to Labor Walk – Rochester

9a.m.- 1 p.m.                           IBEW 104 Hall, 312 U.S. Route 4, Barrington, NH 03825

October 9,10,11                      Phone Banks
5p.m. – 8:30p.m.                   NH AFL-CIO 161 Londonderry Tnpk, Hooksett, NH

TEAMSTERS 633 Office          53 Goffstown Road, Manchester, NH 03105
9am -1pm

October 16, 17, 18                   Phone Banks
5p.m- 8:30p.m.                       NH AFL-CIO 161 Londonderry Trnpk, Hooksett, NH

Sat. October 20                       Labor to Labor Walks — Nashua
9am-1pm                                   Nashua Teachers Union 7C Taggart Dr. Nashua, NH

*October 23,24,25,26            GOTV PHONE BANKS
5-8:30p.m.                               NH AFL-CIO 161 Londonderry Tnpk, Hooksett, NH

Sat. October 27                       Get Out The Vote Walks – Manchester
9a.m. – 1 p.m.                          NH AFL-CIO 161 Londonderry Tnpk, Hooksett, NH

Sun. October 28                      Get Out The Vote Walk —  Nashua
1p.m. – 4 p.m.                          TBA

*Oct 29, 30, 31  Nov. 1 and 2        Get Out The Vote Phone Banks
5p.m. – 8:30pm                       NH AFL-CIO 161 Londonderry Tnpk, Hooksett, NH

For more information or to volunteer call: 603-623-7302

If these times do not work for you, consider walking for the Obama for American campaign.  They are walking all the time.  More details here 

NHLN #Election Coverage 9/6/12: NHGOV Dems Duke It Out, Donna Soucy Hosts Mahlon Mitchell to NH, DNC, and more

Manchester: Democrats drill down | Concord Monitor: “They also joined in casting this primary as a referendum on the sitting Legislature.

“This is the most extreme Legislature the state of New Hampshire has ever seen,” said former state senator Jackie Cilley of Barrington. “My hope is . . . that folks go out there and actually look at who they are voting for and that we have a different Legislature.””

Taxes create a sharp divide in Democratic gubernatorial candidates’ debate | New Hampshire NEWS06: “Hassan, who also lost her Senate seat in 2010, said state lawmakers have focused on a divisive agenda.

“I think 2010 was a time of great anger across the country. I think a number of incumbents felt that,” Hassan said. “I don’t think that’s what the people of New Hampshire have in mind.””

3 Democrats for NH governor in televised debate – Boston.com: “Jobs, the death penalty and New Hampshire’s traditional pledge to veto personal income and sales taxes dominated an hour-long, televised debate Wednesday night by three Democrats running for governor.

Maggie Hassan and Jackie Cilley — two former state senators — and businessman Bill Kennedy tried to persuade voters in Tuesday’s primary they deserved to replace retiring, four-term Democratic Gov. John Lynch.

Hassan emphasized the need for the state to support education to foster job growth. She touted her plan to restore state aid to the university system cut by Republicans. In exchange, she would ask that student tuition be frozen and more slots opened for resident students.

Cilley said business wants good roads, bridges and an educated workforce. New Hampshire isn’t making investments in those areas, she said.

“There is no magic formula to job creation,” said the 61-year-old Cilley, of Barrington.”

Granite State Debate: Democrats closing statements,

Other videos on WMUR YouTube
Opening Statements
The econonmy
Debate on Northern Pass
Tax Pledge

Maggie gets Nashua Telegraph endorsement.

Hassan the clear choice for Dems – NashuaTelegraph.com: “For 14 of the past 16 years, a Democrat has been governor of New Hampshire. If the party wants to continue its recent dominance of the corner office, it will select Exeter’s Maggie Hassan as its gubernatorial nominee Tuesday. The former Senate majority leader offers the most electable package of experience, perspective and temperament of the three Democratic candidates seeking to succeed four-term Gov. John Lynch.”

Human Rights Campaign Endorses Maggie Hassan for Governor

Calls Hassan a “Champion” for Equality and Fairness

MANCHESTER – Today the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – announced the endorsement of Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan.

“We are proud to endorse Maggie Hassan for Governor of New Hampshire. Maggie has been a champion for fairness, and a leader in the fight for marriage equality here in New Hampshire,” said Marty Rouse, HRC’s national field director. “Anti-equality forces are at work to try and turn back the clock on New Hampshire’s historic marriage equality law. The stakes in this election couldn’t be higher, and we know that Maggie Hassan is the strong leader New Hampshire needs to protect the rights of all families,” added Rouse.

Lamontagne talks education with Herald editors | SeacoastOnline.com: “When asked about the recent 50 percent funding cut for the state university system, Lamontagne said he would like to restore that funding if elected governor, but would not want to see it used to pay for infrastructure. Rather, the funding should be placed in a scholarship support system, he said.”

Don’t turn the clock back on kindergarten | Concord Monitor: “The evidence is clear. Children who attend kindergarten are less likely to need special education or repeat a grade, more likely to graduate from high school and less likely to get in trouble with the law. Students who attend kindergarten, particularly if they have a good teacher, also receive benefits like better social skills and higher earning power that last a lifetime. Despite that, Republican gubernatorial candidates Ovide La-montagne and Kevin Smith oppose the state’s mandate that every school district offer public kindergarten. Their opposition is ideological, not educational, and voters should take note of it.”

Big Budget Dreams: GOP Candidates on Top Priorities | New Hampshire Public Radio: “Lamontagne would lower the Business Profits Tax resulting in an estimated $20 – $30 million dollar shortfall in the first two years of the biennium.

Some of those spending reductions could possibly come from the state’s largest agency – the Department of Health and Human Services.

Lamontagne says he’s heard from voters around the state who are concerned about the integrity of the social safety net.”

Primary Crash Course: How GOP Gov. Candidates Say They Would Jump-Start The Economy | StateImpact New Hampshire: “Next week, New Hampshire voters will decide who gets to run for governor this November.  And despite the fact that most states would envy our 5.4 percent unemployment rate, jobs and the economy are the issues driving the primary elections. StateImpact lays out the similarities–and differences–between the plans of the leading GOP candidates.”

State Senate Canidate Donna Soucy invites everyone to hear Mahlon Mitchell, President of the Wisconsin Professional Firefighters.

Donna Soucy is also citing sponsors: APWU Local #230, IATSE Local #195, IBEW Local #2320, Ironworkers Local #7, IUPAT District Council #35, Laborers Local #668 & Local #976, Manchester IAFF Locals #856 & #3820, Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association,NEA-NH, Professional Fire Fighters of NH, Teamsters Joint Council 10 of New England, UA Local #131, and United Steelworkers Local #8938

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NHLN Election News Coverage 9/4/12: Maggie Gets Berlin Mayor Endorsement, NH GOV Debate, NH Executive Council is Vital and more

Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier Endorses Maggie Hassan for Governor Will Co-Chair Maggie’s North Country Steering Committee

MANCHESTER – Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier endorsed Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan today.

“I am supporting Maggie because I know that she is the only candidate who can stand up to Ovide Lamontagne and Speaker O’Brien’s extreme Tea Party agenda and win this fall,” said Grenier. “Our state faces a choice this November. We can move forward with a proven leader who has a record of standing up for working families or we can let this extreme Tea Party legislature with a rubber stamp Republican Governor take us backwards. I’ve made my choice, and I hope that all of you will join me in voting for Maggie Hassan for Governor in the Democratic primary election on September 11th,” said Grenier.

“I am honored to have earned the support of Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier,” said Hassan. “Paul Grenier has spent his life, as a union member, businessman, Berlin City Counselor and now as Mayor of Berlin, standing up for the people of the North Country,” said Hassan. “Paul shares my belief that what is good for the North Country is good for all of New Hampshire and I look forward to working with him to ensure that we keep New Hampshire moving forward,” said Hassan.

Mayor Grenier will serve as a co-chair of Maggie’s North Country Steering Committee along with State Senate candidate and veteran Jeff Ballard of Brookfield and former State Representative Tom Buco of Conway.

NH gov candidate TV debates Wednesday, Thursday – News – Boston.com: “New Hampshire’s gubernatorial candidates will get a chance to make their pitches to the public in televised debates Wednesday and Thursday.

Democratic candidates face off at 7 p.m. Wednesday with the GOP candidates taking their turn Thursday night.

Maggie Hassan, Jackie Cilley and Bill Kennedy are seeking the Democratic Party nomination.

Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and Robert Tarr are competing for the Republican Party nomination.

The primary is Sept. 11. WMUR is televising the debates at Saint Anselm College. The Union Leader is also a sponsor”

N.H. Executive Council plays vital role in state | SeacoastOnline.com: “In America, the period leading up to elections is often described as the “silly season,” so it’s not surprising to read uninformed political speech during the waning weeks of every other summer. Occasionally, however, policies are suggested that are so antithetical to the fabric of a transparent and accountable government that they can’t be dismissed as silly, but rather can only be described as irresponsible. That’s how I would characterize the proposal made by a recent Concord Monitor editorial, in which they call for the elimination of New Hampshire’s Executive Council.

The Executive Council is the state’s premier checks and balances system that was intentionally designed to slow down traditional government. As America’s best remaining example of effective gubernatorial oversight, the Executive Council’s entire purpose is to ensure the fairness, transparency and accountability of decisions made within the executive branch. It is the Council’s job to minimize the resulting inefficiency while maintaining oversight of the core executive functions of government.”

3 Democrats, 2 frontrunners, vie in NH gubernatorial race » New Hampshire » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: “There’s a big difference over tax policy among the leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor in New Hampshire.

Maggie Hassan has taken the pledge against a broadbased sales or income tax. Jackie Cilley has lampooned those taking the pledge — a staple of Granite State campaigns for four decades — as “pledge zombies” in a colorful campaign ad.

“I don’t believe we should have an income or sales tax,” said Hassan, 54, a former state Senate leader from Exeter.

“I’m not taking any pledge,” said Cilley, 56, a former Senate colleague of Hassan from Barrington.”

UNH News: New Hampshire Residents Strongly Believe State Tax Dollars Should Help Keep Public Colleges Affordable, New UNH Poll Finds: “Sixty-four percent of Granite State residents did not agree with the state legislature’s decision to cut funding by 50 percent for public colleges and universities in New Hampshire, according to the latest Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

Five hundred eighty one (581) randomly selected New Hampshire adults were interviewed by telephone between Aug. 1 and 12, 2012. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.1 percent.

The survey also found that eighty-four percent of those polled believe keeping public colleges affordable is worth an investment in state tax dollars, and 71 percent favor restoring the state funding if in-state tuition rates are frozen at current levels. That number jumps to 81 percent if additional funds are made available for financial aid for lower income students.”

NHLN Election Coverage 9/2/12: NH Delegates Fired Up For DNC, Monitor Endorses Cilley, Keene Sentinel Endorse Van Oster, NH Gov Candidates Info, Kuster Leads in Campaign Funding, and more

NH Delegates to the DNC Say They’re Still ‘Fired Up’ – Nashua, NH Patch: “Raymond Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, said the convention holds great value for voters, both to get a better sense of the candidate, and to counter Mitt Romney’s claims at the GOP convention.

“It is important to set the record straight,” said Buckley. “It was an amazing laundry list of misstatements.”

Part of the overriding DNC message will be 29 consecutive months of private sector growth, according to Buckley.

“We are continuing to move the country forward,” he said. “It’s not as fast as we would wish, but it is improving.””

Democrats should choose Jackie Cilley | Concord Monitor: “Nonetheless, two contrasts are telling and tip the scales in favor of Cilley.

First, while Cilley is not specifically advocating any new tax, she will not limit debate over state spending and revenue by taking any options off the table. Hassan has chosen to take the traditional pledge to veto a broad-based sales or income tax – a tired and damaging tradition that keeps New Hampshire from facing its most vexing problems fairly and rationally.

Second, Cilley rejects the notion of amending the New Hampshire Constitution to weaken the requirement that the state pay the basic cost of educating every child. Under the right circumstances, Hassan would be willing to support an amendment that permits targeting education aid in a manner not currently permitted.”

The Medicare Killers – NYTimes.com: “Paul Ryan’s speech Wednesday night may have accomplished one good thing: It finally may have dispelled the myth that he is a Serious, Honest Conservative. Indeed, Mr. Ryan’s brazen dishonesty left even his critics breathless.”

In NH governor race, Cilley outfunded but remains threat – NashuaTelegraph.com: “This Democratic race for governor unexpectedly has turned into a competitive race between the populist and the pragmatist.
Maggie Hassan, of Exeter, and Jackie Cilley, of Barrington, are both former state senators who served six years in the Legislature under the popular retiring incumbent they want to replace, Gov. John Lynch.”

Agenda 2013: Life after Gov. John Lynch | SeacoastOnline.com: “I was there on Jan. 6, 2005, when John Lynch was sworn in as our governor. After a two-year stint by a now mostly forgotten Republican, New Hampshire was coming alive again with a freshness that was in the cold snowy air outside the Statehouse, and a feeling of renewal inside.

Gov. Lynch’s eight years are coming to an end, but what about the many causes he, and Democrats and Republicans, fought over while he was in office? Jan. 1, 2013, is 121 days from today. During the first week in January, a new governor will be sworn in and is likely to be Republican Ovide Lamontagne, or Democrat Jackie Cilley or Maggie Hassan. A surprise at the September primaries could see Kevin Smith or Bill Kennedy pull it off, and in politics anything can happen.”

Man with the plan battles man with the cash in NH governor primary – NashuaTelegraph.com: “House Ways and Means Chairman Steve Stepanek, a close adviser to Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, said dreaming big was what led to historic victories two years ago, and it can happen again, with Smith as the party standard bearer this November.
“New Hampshire needs a governor who can hit the ground running and has a plan for moving the state forward. Kevin Smith is that person, hands down,” Stepanek said. “Others in the race are long on rhetoric but short on ideas for making a real impact for our state’s small businesses and improving our economic climate.””

N.H. election may shape debate over Medicaid expansion | SeacoastOnline.com: “When the New Hampshire Legislature reconvenes next year with a new governor, one of the most controversial political fights will be over whether the state will take part in the Medicaid expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act.

The state Department of Health and Human Services is preparing a report to be delivered to lawmakers in October laying out an analysis of the pros and cons of expanding a health insurance program that already serves more than 120,000 Granite State residents. The legislative Joint Health Reform Oversight Committee will make recommendations to lawmakers next year. Such a change in Medicaid policy for the state would require enabling legislation”

Kuster blows everyone away in campaign fundraising efforts – NashuaTelegraph.com: “The latest federal campaign finance reports on the two competitive U.S. House races in New Hampshire reveal plenty about the state of both.
Democrats’ 2nd District priority: Sure, national Democrats would love to see former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter return to the 1st District seat, but Democrat Annie Kuster’s rematch with Congressman Charles Bass remains job No. 1.
Kuster outraised Bass again by better than 2-1 in the latest pre-primary report and has already raised $2.1 million for the campaign, blowing away all New Hampshire records for any challenger to Congress.”

John DiStaso’s Granite Status: VP Biden, First Lady and Jill Biden to join Obama in NH next Friday | New Hampshire NEWS0602: “President Barack Obama will not be alone when he comes to New Hampshire the day after giving his acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention.

When he arrives on Sept. 7, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden will be with him, a campaign official told the Granite Status today.”

Letters: Romney-Ryan Plan Offers Hollow Promises – Nashua, NH Patch: “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have claimed that their Medicare policies will not impact individuals 55 and older.  This is highly unlikely.

To begin with, Romney and Ryan have promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, which extends the life of the Medicare Part A Trust Fund from 2016 to 2024.  Obama’s plan also begins closing the notorious prescription drug “doughnut” hole and provides Medicare beneficiaries with free preventive care.”

Financial Firms Face Subpoenas on Tax Strategy – NYTimes.com: “Among the firms to receive subpoenas are Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company, TPG Capital, Sun Capital Partners, Apollo Global Management, Silver Lake Partners and Bain Capital, which was founded by Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president. Representatives for the firms declined to comment on the inquiry.

Mr. Schneiderman’s investigation will intensify scrutiny of an industry already bruised by the campaign season, as President Obama and the Democrats have sought to depict Mr. Romney through his long career in private equity as a businessman who dismantled companies and laid off workers while amassing a personal fortune estimated at $250 million.”

The PFFNH Have endorsed Jackie Cilley for NH, read more here

NHLN Election News Coverage 9/1/12: Bass Violates FCC Regs, Cilley will Tackle Hard Choices, Hassan Gains Momentum, Ryan Lies About Janesville Plant, and more

Ann Kuster Campaign highlights Charlie Bass’s Campaign is violating FCC Regulations
CONCORD, N.H. – The Kuster campaign today sent a formal letter to WMUR stating that as a result of FCC violations, the Bass Victory Committee is no longer entitled to lowest unit charge for the station. The Communications Act of 1934 stipulates that candidate campaigns are allowed to place their advertisements at what is called a lowest unit charge, a rate that is generally much lower than the rate charged to non-candidate commercials. In order to qualify for the lowest unit charge rate, candidate campaigns are required to follow certain rules laid out in the law. In this case, Congressman Bass’s campaign is in violation of a rule which states that within 45 days of the Primary Election, candidates must include “a clearly identifiable photographic or similar image of the candidate” for a period of no less than four seconds at the end of advertisements. Congressman Bass’s ad, “Not Working for Us,” fails to meet this basic requirement and includes no photograph or other image of the candidate for any duration at the end of the advertisement. According to the law, if a campaign fails to follow the rules, they are no longer entitled to the lowest unit charge. “Congressman Bass’s unwillingness to abide by these basic guidelines once again demonstrates his belief that he plays by a different set of rules than everyone else,” said Rob Friedlander, Communications Director for Annie Kuster. Kuster_Letter WMUR (PDF)

Cilley willing to tackle hard N.H. challenges | SeacoastOnline.com: “For years, we have extolled the “New Hampshire Way” as being low taxes. Even mentioning the subject of a broad-based tax has been the “third rail” for anyone of either party running for office. Everyone “takes the pledge.” A recent letter to the editor by Dave Lang, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, prompted me to add my voice to his. It is time that we have every option on the table, that we do not tie the hands of our elected representatives before they even have a chance to tackle the issues we face.

Jackie Cilley has had the courage to resist “the pledge” and I salute her for it. We need to rethink running this state on property taxes. It isn’t working.”

Hassan Gaining Momentum, NH Dems Say – Bedford, NH Patch: “Forty-three responses were collected.

Nearly two thirds (66 percent) of those responding to the survey said Hassan is best poised to win the general election. Twenty-nine percent picked Cilley, and 5 percent chose Kennedy.

When we asked that same question of our Democratic influentials in late July, Hassan received only 51 percent of the vote, compared to Cilley’s 42 percent.”

How to Fix Election ‘Buyer’s Remorse’ [VIDEO] – Hampton-North Hampton, NH Patch: “Frank Guinta is part of the problem in Washington, not the solution. His votes against women’s rights, against job programs, against the popular Affordable Care Act even after it became the law of the land, against middle class tax cuts and for tax breaks for the super wealthy show that the shrinking middle class are of little concern to him. ”

Ex-Janesville GM plant employee: Paul Ryan ‘ought to be ashamed of himself’ – Lean Forward: “Unique in their unanimity, for once, mainstream and more opinionated media outlets have been calling out Paul Ryan for the multiple distortions in his speech to the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. One assertion has received a little more attention than the rest: Ryan’s charge that Obama is to blame for the closing of the GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin. One problem: the plant closed all but a few last operations on December 23, 2008 – and Obama was inaugurated as President in January 2009.” Video from the ED Show

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Political Standing For Aug. 31, 2012 » WMUR Political Scoop: “Sunday, 10 a.m., CloseUP: As we head into the final week of campaigning ahead of the state primary, WMUR’s Josh McElveen hosts a reporter roundtable with the Nashua Telegraph’s Kevin Landrigan, NHPR’s Josh Rogers and myself. Then, he runs interviews this week with Kelly Ayotte and Ann Romney that the station conducted via satellite from the RNC.”

A MUST READ: FactCheck.org : Ryan’s VP Spin: “Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention contained several false claims and misleading statements. Delegates cheered as the vice presidential nominee:”

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NHLN Election News Coverage 8/28/12: Kuster To Attend Three Debates, New Cilley Endorsement, Maggie Talks Medicare, CD1 News, and more


CONCORD, N.H. – Congressional candidate Annie Kuster will attend three debates and candidate forums in the coming months leading up to the general election on November 6th.

“Annie looks forward to participating in each of these debates and forums to talk about her vision for moving out country forward and the critical issues at stake in this election,” said Rob Friedlander, Communications Director for Annie Kuster. “We hope Congressman Bass will participate in these important debates, especially since he has held virtually no official public events or town halls since returning to the district for his five week, taxpayer-funded vacation.”

NHBIA Candidate Forum
September 18th, 9:00 AM

WBIN Debate
October 10th, 8:00 PM

WMUR Debate
October 30th, 7:00 PM

The great debate debate | Concord Monitor: “Before Republican Charlie Bass and Democrat Annie Kuster debate in the 2nd District congressional race, their campaigns are going to debate the debates.

Last week, Kuster’s campaign announced that she would participate in a total of three debates and forums: one in September moderated by New Hampshire Public Radio and two in October hosted by WBIN and WMUR.”

Claremont attorney Andru Volinsky to endorse Cilley

(Manchester) “Widely respected attorney and lead counsel in the historic Claremont School District v Governor of New Hampshire case, Andru Volinsky will tomorrow join Jackie Cilley in Manchester’s history Millyard to endorse Cilley’s candidacy for governor. Volinsky is currently managing attorney in New Hampshire for the 100 lawyer regional law firm Bernstein, Shur. Andy is adding his voice to growing list of Granite Staters supporting the former state senator and representative’s run.”

Press Statement from Maggie Hassan

Will Romney, Ryan and Ovide be clear with New Hampshire seniors about their plans to dismantle Medicare?

MANCHESTER – Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan asked Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Ovide Lamontagne to be clear with New Hampshire’s seniors about their shared plan to drastically dismantle Medicare while campaigning in the state today.

“Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Ovide Lamontange are committed to drastically dismantling Medicare and putting the Bill O’Brien Tea Party legislature in charge of administering a program which is critically important to New Hampshire’s seniors,” said Hassan. “As Governor, I will protect Medicare and always fight for New Hampshire’s seniors.”

“We all agree that health care costs too much, but the question facing voters in this election is whether we should work within the existing Medicare system to reduce costs or whether we should accept the Romney, Ryan, and Lamontagne plan, which places the heavy burden of those costs on seniors and tells them if they don’t like it they can call the insurance company and try to get a better deal themselves,” said Hassan.

“In Ryan, Romney and Lamontagne found a man who shares their hostility towards this critical program and the necessary health care services it provides for thousands of New Hampshire seniors,” said Hassan. “Over the past two years, Lamontagne has consistently supported the reckless agenda of the Bill O’Brien Tea Party legislature as they attempted to takeover the administration of Medicare. It’s hard to believe that Lamontagne actually thinks the same radical Tea Party legislature that cut health care for people with disabilities, children and seniors in nursing homes should be given control over Medicare.”

“Romney, Ryan and Lamontagne should be clear and tell our seniors and every citizen who is concerned about health care that they plan to dismantle the basic programs upon which tens of thousands of New Hampshire citizens depend,” said Hassan. “As governor, I will stand up to anyone who tries to restrict access to health care for New Hampshire citizens.

New Hampshire deserves better than Guinta | SeacoastOnline.com: It’s getting hard to believe in Congressman Frank Guinta. This month, Guinta wrote an editorial in Foster’s stating that Congress should not vote to adjourn for summer recess, but should stay to work on unfinished legislation. But in Washington, D.C. on that very same day, he actually voted to adjourn Congress. In Washington, Guinta voted to cut funds from the Meals on Wheels program, but then showed up in New Hampshire for a photo op delivering “Meals on Wheels.” In 2010, candidate Guinta accused his opponent of using free Congressional postage to send campaign ads. Since 2011, however, Congressman Guinta spent more tax dollars than nearly every member of Congress, over $300,000, mailing glossy “newsletters” that are thinly veiled campaign ads.

LETTER: Why Frank Guinta Lost My Vote – Bedford, NH Patch: “I’ve been watching Guinta’s campaign and congressional websites this month for any publicly-advertised town hall meetings, and haven’t found any. But Guinta has apparently had plenty of time for private fundraisers and appearances with big-time Republicans like Kelly Ayotte, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Even as a conservative, I’m disgusted with Guinta and his lack of backbone, and unwillingness to meet with the people he allegedly represents.

On September 11th, I’m voting for Rick Parent in the Republican primary, as is former NH GOP chairman Jack Kimball and several other lifelong Republicans in my community. We’re all equally disappointed in our Congressman for refusing to give time to anyone who isn’t giving him money. And if Parent loses, I’m voting for Carol Shea-Porter in November. At least she’s willing to meet Granite Staters face to face and answer tough questions, which can hardly be said for a slug like Guinta.”

Congressman Guinta is Hiding (statement from Carol Shea-Porters campaign office)

Congressman Frank Guinta has refused to debate Carol Shea-Porter anywhere along the seacoast. He has informed willing, non-partisan and well-respected sponsors that if he wins his Republican primary, he will not give seacoast voters the opportunity to see or hear a debate near home. Congressman Frank Guinta was recently criticized by national and local press for trying to confuse voters by calling them and pretending he was not in Congress, and he continues to duck and hide.

Naomi Andrews, Campaign Manager for Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, released the following statement: “Congressman Guinta was a no-show at his own Republican primary forum with Rick Parent and other challengers. He has refused to hold town halls, even though he has been off all month, and is afraid to debate Carol Shea-Porter in some of the District’s largest communities. Congressman Guinta needs to honor our New Hampshire traditions and debate his Republican challengers, and then debate Carol Shea-Porter around the District if he wins his primary.”

Kennedy supports legalizing pot, income tax; against casino gambling – NashuaTelegraph.com: ““I think there is a marriage of the two. This has polarized both sides, Republicans being the advocates for Right to Work, Democrats being pro-unions,” Kennedy said, though not offering details of a grand compromise. “I am not an advocate for Right to Work as written.”
He agreed with the House-passed move to convert state and local government pensions for new public employees into a system that doesn’t guarantee them an amount but is more like a 401(k)-style retirement based on profits from their investments.”

Democrats should choose Van Ostern | Concord Monitor: “Concord-area Democrats and undeclared voters who are hoping for a significant change of direction for New Hampshire state government have an important opportunity Sept. 11: The local race for Executive Council offers the chance for big improvement.

In the Democratic primary, voters will choose between former councilor John Shea of Nelson, former state representative Shawn Mickelonis of Rochester and Stonyfield Farm business manager Colin Van Ostern of Concord.”

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New Hampshire Workers and Local Candidates Show Their Support At ‘Union Night’ At The Ballpark

Northeast Delta Dental Stadium

It was Union Night at the NH Fischercats game on Monday night. It was a fun night at Fischercats stadium with beautiful weather, strong solidarity and hope for a better future.

The Union Night at the ballpark was organized by members of IBEW in New Hampshire.

The Fiscercats beat the Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox affiliate) 8 to 1 on a great summer night.

NH ALC Members and Annie Kuster

Hope for a better future was brought to us by visits from Carol Shea Porter , Jackie Cilley and Annie Custer. They were warmly received and were generous with their time and enthusiasm.

The solidarity that was shown last night will serve the labor movement well as we head towards some crucial elections.

NH ALC Members and Carol Shea-Porter

Members of the NH Association of Letter Carriers and Jackie Cilley

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