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Jeb Bush Calls For Overturning Citizens United To Stop Super PAC Spending

When asked about the NED pipeline at the VFW Town Hall in Hudson, Bush responded:  "There's a trade-off in this, which is how public policy works. The trade-off is how do you balance the economic interests of working-class families with environmental considerations? And those are best sorted out at the state level, not in Washington, DC," said Bush. After the town hall, Bush told News 9 that he won't be taking sides. "Governor of Florida Jeb Bush at VFW in Hudson, New Hampshire, July 8th, 2015 by Michael Vadon a 09" by Michael Vadon - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

“Governor of Florida Jeb Bush at VFW in Hudson, New Hampshire, July 8th, 2015 by Michael Vadon a 09” by Michael Vadon – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

NH Rebellion claims a victory as more candidates adopt #FightBigMoney agenda before First-in-the-Nation Primary

In New Hampshire campaign stops today, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush added his voice to the national movement to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, a victory for the anti-big money grassroots group NH Rebellion.  In an interview with CNN, later repeated at other events, Bush said “I would turn that [ruling] on its head if I could.”

NH RebellionNH Rebellion Executive Director Dan Weeks welcomed Bush’s shift, even after the former governor raised over $100 million in unlimited contributions to his affiliated Super PACs.  “I am glad Governor Bush has come to agree with the majority of Americans that Citizens United needs to be overturned to end the disgrace of unlimited Super PAC spending in campaigns,” Weeks said.  “Ironic though it is coming from the #1 beneficiary of Super PAC money, Bush’s evolution shows that voters in both parties are finally being heard when they say, overwhelmingly, that our current campaign finance system is corrupt.”

In addition to overturning Citizens United, Bush has called for complete disclosure of campaign donations and for eliminating the dollar-limit restrictions on contributions to candidates’ campaigns.

“Full transparency would certainly be better than the current system, which allows high-dollar political spenders to hide their identities through shady c4 organizations,” Weeks said. “But disclosure doesn’t fix the real problem:  Americans aren’t just angry that we don’t know who is buying our politicians, we’re angry that our politicians are being bought, period.

Weeks noted that, during the course of the New Hampshire primary, several Republican and Democratic candidates have shifted their positions on campaign finance reform.  “There has been a lot of movement in the right direction, as candidates have seen thousands of Granite Staters take to the streets as part of the NH Rebellion, and answered countless questions in diners and town halls,” he said. “Last month, we issued a preliminary candidates scorecard showing how far the candidates have come since we began the marches and birddogging, and it’s encouraging to see the continued movement since.”

Weeks noted that the leading GOP candidate in New Hampshire, Donald Trump, had already endorsed a ban on Super PACs and expressed support for small donor citizen-funded elections, although he had yet to release specifics. “Trump has been speaking about the problem since day one of his campaign – easy enough for a billionaire who doesn’t need outside support.  But just talking about the need for campaign finance reform isn’t enough.  Voters deserve to have some idea of how he plans to fix the system,” Weeks said.

Just yesterday, the NH Rebellion concluded its We the People Convention to #FightBigMoney bringing together over 700 activists from across the political spectrum to hear from issue experts, elected officials and celebrities including actor Sam Waterston, comedian Jimmy Tingle and best-selling author Marianne Williamson.  The Convention included presentations by conservative political consultant John Pudner and former Bush administration official Richard Painter, as well as remarks by GOP presidential candidate Gov. Jim Gilmore and surrogates for the Kasich, Trump, Clinton, and Sanders campaigns.

In the press release sent earlier today, Weeks predicted that the outcome of tomorrow’s First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary will be driven largely by citizens’ concerns about campaign finance corruption and the candidates’ positions on the issue.  

“Big money in politics has been the ‘silent story’ of this presidential election – and it’s becoming less silent by the day,” Weeks said. “The American people are way ahead of the political establishment in their condemnation of how our government is being corrupted by the political spending of billionaires and special interest groups.”  

Opposing The Kinder-Morgan Pipeline Does Not Make Me Anti-Union

"Kinder Morgan Building Houston" by WhisperToMe - Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Commons -

“Kinder Morgan Building Houston” by WhisperToMe – Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Commons –

Richard Kinder, CEO of Kinder-Morgan, has a history of
supporting anti-union politicians

Recently I have been taking a lot of flak from some of my union brothers for my staunch opposition to the Kinder-Morgan Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline. People have accused me – a union member, labor activist, and the creator and managing editor of the New Hampshire Labor News – of somehow being anti-union because I will not support the pipeline, even though it is backed by some unions.

Let me be very clear: it is not anti-union to oppose a construction project just because a union worker would be hired to complete the job. I support union workers and I have built the NH Labor News to help promote the positive message of labor. I have been against the NED pipeline since its inception, just as I was against the Keystone XL pipeline. The newly-signed agreement to use union labor to construct the NED pipeline is not going to sway my opposition.

It is my belief that we should be moving away from fossil fuels and rebuilding our energy infrastructure with new, more efficient, renewable energy. Look around your neighborhood and see how many people are installing solar panels on their roofs, easing the burden of coal and gas power plants in our area – improving air quality and our children’s health.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers regularly promotes the fact that their union members are out there installing solar arrays. The IBEW recently finished construction on the largest rooftop solar array in the country that is estimated to generate 6.5 Megawatts (million watts) of clean energy. That would power approximately 6,500 homes and businesses.

So yes, I can be for union jobs and green energy at the same time. New Hampshire is peppered with large solar arrays like the one in Peterborough that produces 947 Kilowatts annually.

Then there is the issue of eminent domain. I am against the government using its police powers to take private land rights and give them to a for-profit corporation. Eminent domain should only be used to better the community, not for boosting the profit margins of a billion-dollar corporation. Cities and towns use eminent domain to widen roads or install sewers, as they provide a direct benefit to the local community; but using eminent domain to improve profit margins is just plain wrong.

When asked about the NED pipeline at the VFW Town Hall in Hudson, Bush responded:  "There's a trade-off in this, which is how public policy works. The trade-off is how do you balance the economic interests of working-class families with environmental considerations? And those are best sorted out at the state level, not in Washington, DC," said Bush. After the town hall, Bush told News 9 that he won't be taking sides. "Governor of Florida Jeb Bush at VFW in Hudson, New Hampshire, July 8th, 2015 by Michael Vadon a 09" by Michael Vadon - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

When asked about the NED pipeline at the VFW Town Hall in Hudson, Bush responded:
“There’s a trade-off in this, which is how public policy works. The trade-off is how do you balance the economic interests of working-class families with environmental considerations? And those are best sorted out at the state level, not in Washington, DC.”.
After the town hall, Bush told News 9 that he won’t be taking sides.
“Governor of Florida Jeb Bush at VFW in Hudson, New Hampshire, July 8th, 2015 by Michael Vadon a 09” by Michael Vadon – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons 

Proponents of the pipeline say it will reduce our energy costs but fail to provide any hard evidence as to how much we will actually save. Do those saving show up immediately, or after Kinder-Morgan has recouped enough money to pay for the construction of the new pipeline? Remember the lessons we learned from Seabrook, about who ends up paying the costs of construction?

Kinder Morgan has been trying to buy elected politicians in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for the past five years, spending over $2.5 million dollars in lobbying and campaign donations in the past two years alone. Would Kinder-Morgan really spend millions of dollars lobbying to get this pipeline approved out of the goodness of their heart? Or is it because they are expecting to make millions more in profits after it is completed?

Richard Kinder, November 2012. (Photo credit: Matt Hawthorne)

Richard Kinder, November 2012. (Photo credit: Matt Hawthorne)

The CEO of Kinder-Morgan, Richard Kinder, was also cited as “the top conservative CEO donor” in America and has deep ties to the Bush family from Kinder’s days as an executive of the ENRON Corporation. You remember ENRON, the company that went belly up, the CEO went to jail, the workers lost their jobs and their pensions, and the executives received multi-million dollar golden parachutes.

Kinder and his wife have already personally donated $2 million dollars to Jeb Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise. Richard Kinder also gave out over $98,000 dollars to conservatives in the 2014 elections and over $68,000 in the 2012 elections with a majority of it going to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Ted Cruz for Senate campaign.

Both Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz are vigorously anti-labor. Bush made national headlines when he told the Union Leader that, “people need to work longer hours.” Bush also praised Governor Rick Snyder’s underhanded political coup that made Michigan a “Right to Work” state. (Read how “Right to Work” worked out in Wisconsin here.)

As a sitting Senator, Cruz attempted to override vetoed legislation that would make it harder for workers to form unions. The TEA Party Republican was instrumental in forcing a government shutdown.

If we build this pipeline, how much more money will Kinder-Morgan and Richard Kinder funnel into the campaigns of anti-worker politicians like Bush and Cruz?

How much damage will Kinder-Morgan do to our environment as the pipeline goes through local nature preserves and watersheds? How much more damage will be done to our children’s health, while our politicians keep promoting Big Oil rather than Green Energy?

Is that worth the potential of a few hundred jobs for a year?

I believe that costs of this pipeline outweigh the potential benefits, and I am not alone. The Massachusetts Attorney General opposes the construction of the pipeline stating, “A new pipeline is not the best solution to New England’s energy needs.”

I guess the real question is: why are some of New Hampshire’s elected labor leaders helping to force through this pipeline, so that the same corporation can turn around and give money to politicians who are attacking unionized workers?

Jeb Bush’s Policies: Downright Scary For The Middle Class

Image by Peter Kudlacz FLIKR

Image by Peter Kudlacz FLIKR

CONCORD, N.H. – Jeb Bush is back in the Granite State right before the scariest day of the year. And it’s fitting, too, because his policies for Granite State families? They’re down right scary for middle class Americans.

“Jeb Bush’s policies are more than scary – they would be a nightmare for Granite State families,” said Lizzy Price, New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director. “From his zombie tax plan, resurrected from the last Bush presidency, that would give massive cuts to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class to his illusionist trick to vanish the Affordable Care Act, hurting over 90,000 Granite Staters that have gained coverage, it’s fitting that Jeb Bush is in the Granite State this time of year – his policies are downright spooky.” 

The Undead: Jeb Bush’s Resurrected Tax Plan

Jeb Bush’s tax plan is straight out of the graveyard. It’s a resurrection of his brother’s massive tax cuts for the uber-wealthy and corporations at the expense of the middle class, but with even more tax breaks for the wealthy.  Watching the rich get more tax breaks while Granite State families are just trying to get by is straight out of an episode of Walking Dead. 

The Illusionist: Jeb Bush would make the ACA Disappear

Jeb Bush wants to vanish the Affordable Care Act into thin air, which would vanish coverage for 90,000 Granite Staters. His plan to take us back to the days of skyrocketing costs and lower quality patient care, all while taking away coverage from thousands and increasing the deficit is worse than a nightmare.

The House of Mirrors: Under Jeb Bush, Women would be Stuck with Fewer Places to Turn for Health Care

Jeb Bush has made it clear – his policies would roll back women’s health services. He has boasted about cutting funding in Florida for Planned Parenthood and he’d cut funding for critical preventative services leaving women stuck in a metaphorical House of Mirrors, with fewer places to turn for basic health care. 

The Marionette: Jeb Bush’s Energy Plan

Jeb Bush’s energy plan sounds like it was written by oil companies, but like he did in Florida, Bush has embraced a disastrous economic agenda that benefits himself and people like him, while considerations for tourism, public safety, clean water, clean air, and the environment have taken a backseat entirely. He just can’t seem to cut the puppet-master’s strings.

Jeb’s Plan To Repeal Obamacare Would Have “Severe Consequences To Working Families”

In typical Republican fashion, Jeb Bush announced his plan to (wait for it) Repeal the Affordable Care Act!

Like a broken record, repealing the ACA has been a GOP staple since the 2010 elections, despite the facts that the ACA is actually helping people.

Repealing the ACA would have “severe consequences to working families in New Hampshire and across the country,” said State Representative Cindy Rosenwald of Nashua.

Dr. Tom Sherman, a practicing physician and NH State Representative,  told reporters today that because of the ACA, he is “seeing patients who have not been to the doctor in a decade.” Dr. Sherman noted that because of the ACA, preventative care is provided at no additional cost.

In New Hampshire alone over 41,000 get healthcare through the states expanded Medicaid program and another 50,000 through the ACA exchange.

Dr. Sherman noted that there are 5 things that people look at when they are evaluating insurance plans.

  • Quality of care
  • Availability or Accessibility to care
  • Cost of premiums (annual costs)
  • Cost sharing (how much you have to pay out of pocket)
  • Cost of prescriptions

The ACA has improved every single one of these categories.

People are actually going to their own doctor now for routine visits instead of going to the Emergency Room for a one time fix. The quality of care goes up dramatically when you see the same doctor regularly over whichever doctor is “on call.”

The ACA put limitation on the amount of money that insurance companies can take in profits, reducing premiums and slowing the rate of premium increases. Families saw an average of $162 refund through profit limitations enacted by the ACA.

The ACA also closed the “donut hole” in Medicare part D reducing the cost of prescriptions for millions of seniors.

Dr. Sherman admits that the ACA is not perfect, but when you institute a program of this size there are going to be bumps in the road and improvements need to be made. “We need revisions, not repeal,” added Sherman.

So what would Jeb Bush’s plan of repealing the ACA do?

“Jeb’s plan would take us back to the days of skyrocketing healthcare costs,” said Rosenwald. “Jeb’s plan would take us back to the days when insurance companies could drop you when you get sick, or charge you more just for being a women.”

Jeb’s plan is take the federal government out and give control back to the states, because that worked so well before the ACA. Even under the ACA only 31 states have chosen to expand Medicaid and provide healthcare to millions of people in their states.

“Jeb’s record on healthcare was a disaster in Florida,” said Rosenwald. “He gave more control to the insurance companies and took away consumer protections.”

In Florida alone there are over 1.2 million people who would benefit from the Medicaid expansion, if they actually enacted the program. That is over million people, who without the expansion, do not currently have, and probably will never get healthcare.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, repealing the ACA would “add $353 billion dollars to the deficit over the next 10 years,” and kick 24 million people off of their existing healthcare plans.

The Affordable Care Act is working and it is saving working families money and making people healthier. Jeb Bush, and all the Republicans, want to take us backwards and kick millions of people off of their current healthcare plans. This is just unacceptable.

The Jeb! Uncertainty Principle

Jeb Bush (Gage Skidmore FLIKR)

Written by Keith McCrea

Conventional wisdom has long held that when the dust clears, the Trump fever breaks, and the collective intelligence (ahem) of the Republican primary voter kicks in, support will more than likely coalesce around former Florida governor Jeb Bush. In addition to being informed by history – his damnfool brother and charisma-free dad had, after all, been elected president – it also seemed intuitively correct because Republican primary voters have historically been amenable to heirs-apparent. It represents lazy thinking, but lazy thinking runs like a carcinogenic thru election prognostications throughout political history.

Largely because I find it hard to care yet about the state of the GOP primary, I have fallen victim to this lazy thinking when it comes to Jeb! myself. Last weak, I glibly suggested that Jeb was little threat because, unlike his war pig brother, no one – and I mean no one – wants to have a beer with John Ellis Bush. While I was quick to congratulate myself on my witticism, it led me to spend some time doing actual thinking about how this Bush is faring in the polls. Not surprisingly, the conventional wisdom quickly seemed inadequate.

What I have discovered is something kind of surprising. In order for Jeb! to fulfill the prophesies of the Halperin/Scarborough set, voters would have to migrate from an ever-dwindling field of Establishment candidates to their logical home supporting the Bush Dynasty. While we have only lost two Establishment candidates (Walker and Perry) so far, many others have already been effectively sidelined by their complete lack of support. Sen. Graham and Gov. Jindal never actually had supporters so, by definition, their none-existent supporters couldn’t migrate anywhere anymore than passenger pigeons could flock to Bush. Gov. Christie’s campaign has gone one way (down) since he announced. His support, however, actually did exist. From March thru May of this year, his support hovered between the mid-teens and low twenties. As he’s slid down to the MoE range of 2-3%, one would expect the serious-minded, Establishment voters attracted by Gov. Christie would, naturally, turn to Jeb Bush.

Except they didn’t and no other Establishment candidates’ voters have either. Bush has, in fact, also slid from the teens and low twenties to his current sevenish percent during that same time window. Walker, whose campaign saw a similar slide (albeit over a longer time horizon, from February to July), also apparently offered no voters to Bush. Kasich, who has never risen above mid-single digits nationally, is doing better here in NH and thus a non-analogous case while Sen. Rubio has stayed between 5%-10% since the beginning of the race.

Let me cite an example. In a 4/26 – 4/30 WSJ/NBC poll, the combined Walker/Christie/Bush vote amounts to 42%. It now amounts to 11.4%, slightly more than a third of the vote it commanded in April. While I grant you it is very, very early in the process, one can be forgiven for thinking that maybe, just maybe, the people voting in the GOP primaries this year are less serious-minded, sober, Establishment Republicans and more the lunatics who have, at long last, taken over the GOP asylum.


The polls cited above were found here. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/2016_republican_presidential_nomination-3823.html#polls

Ahead Of Labor Day, NH AFL-CIO And NH Democrats Blast GOP Candidates Anti-Worker Agenda

RAND PAUL (Stump Source FLIKR CC)

RAND PAUL (Stump Source FLIKR CC)

Ahead of the holiday weekend dedicated to honoring the sacrifices made by workers, the NH AFL-CIO and the NH Democratic Party, blast Republicans over their failed and out of touch policies that harm working families.

Labor Day is the annual holiday to “celebrate the progress of American workers,” said NH AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett. “American workers are what make our country great.”

Labor Day honors the decades of progress gained through the blood, sweat and tears of American workers who fought for policies like weekends, paid time off, sick days, maternity leave, social security, on the job safety programs like OSHA, and dozens of other policies that would never have been without American workers standing up for them.

Earlier this summer, Jeb Bush told the Union Leader that people just need to “work longer hours” showing just how out of touch he really is.

Americans are still suffering the effects of the Great Recession that stemmed from the failed policies of the George W Bush presidency and the deregulation of Wall Street.

Not to be outdone, Senator Rand Paul recently said, “Income inequality is from people not working hard enough,” and also said, “if you work all day long, you don’t have time to do heroin.”

American workers have pushed their productivity to the highest levels in history, yet all of those gains have gone to the wealthy instead of working families.

Many Americans have been forced to work two or even three jobs just to pay the bills as wages have declined over the last thirty years (adjusted for inflation). I highly doubt Jeb Bush has ever had to take on a second or third job to pay his bills.

NH Democratic Party Chair, Raymond Buckley, said that it is “Democrats who are fighting for working families.” Democrats are pushing for a higher minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, and protecting Social Security to ensure that workers can retire with dignity.

“Jeb Bush wants to “phase out” Medicare and John Kasich wants to change Social Security for those close to retirement age, jeopardizing their future. Not to mention failed Republican policies of the past that favor the wealthiest few and leave the middle class behind,” said Buckley.

In New Hampshire it is Republicans who blocked a minimum wage increase and now are holding the state hostage with their draconian budget that would repeal healthcare for 50,000 hard working Granite Staters, to preserve tax breaks from wealthy corporations.

Brackett highlighted that under President Obama’s leadership “America has had 64 straight months of private sector growth.’

“The GOP economic plan seems to be demanding that middle class workers work even longer, while refusing to do anything to help middle class workers and their families get ahead. If they keep this up, it won’t be difficult for hard-working Granite State families to see that putting the White House back in GOP hands would be a disaster for our middle class,” concluded Brackett.

Following a Day of Attacks by GOP in the Granite State, Teachers Fight Back on Behalf of Students

KEENE, N.H. – Today, Jeb Bush held a Town Hall in Keene, New Hampshire, just a day after he bashed teachers at an Education Summit in Londonderry and said he wanted to voucherize education, a concept that would drain resources from our public education system and from programs that support low-income kids. 

President of the Keene Education Association, Maureen Meyer made the following statement, in response:

“One by one, the Republican Presidential candidates have attacked teachers for being the problem, not part of the solution. When Jeb Bush admitted yesterday that he wanted to dismantle and voucherize our education system, it’s clear that he isn’t putting kids first or respecting the positive impact our public schools and teachers have on vulnerable, low-income children here in New Hampshire.”

“If the candidates really wanted comprehensive education plans that put students first, they should have invited the experts to talk to them – the members of their teacher associations.”

But Jeb Bush wasn’t the only one bashing teachers yesterday. Here’s a sampling of what some of the candidates said:

Jeb Bush: Blamed unions for problems in schools and even ‘bragged’ about his fights with teachers in Florida all while suggesting we voucherize education to the detriment of students across New Hampshire.

John Kasich: Instead of explaining his harmful $1.8 billion cut to public schools, he said this:  “If I were king in America, I would abolish all teachers’ lounges, where they sit together and worry about, ‘Woe is us.'”

Chris Christie: Doubled down on previous comments that teachers deserve “a punch in the facewhile saying nothing of the over $1 billion in damaging cuts he made to education funding in New Jersey.

Scott Walker: Said unions were a “barrier” to quality education and touted his union-busting credentials. Not discussed? His massive cuts to education funding in Wisconsin.

Carly Fiorina: Said teachers unions were partially responsible for crippling innovation in schools”

The Concord Monitor reported that “one voice conspicuously absent from the list of panelists at Wednesday’s education summit of Republican presidential candidates was that of a teacher.” Read more about the attacks on teachers and response below or click here for the full article:

Inside and outside, candidates and teacher union members trade barbs at education summit

Concord Monitor // Ella Nilsen

One voice conspicuously absent from the list of panelists at Wednesday’s education summit of Republican presidential candidates was that of a teacher.

Outside the education summit at Londonderry High School, it was a different story.

They “have openly come out against public schools and really would like to dismantle public schools,” said NEA-NH president Scott McGilvray. “We can’t let it go without pushing back against it.”…

The animosity between the teachers’ union members outside and the Republican candidates inside was palpable.

As each of the six candidates took the stage, they often blamed unions for country’s struggle with education. Many said the organizations exist only “to collectively bargain” and protect the interest of their members…

Carly Fiorina called teachers unions “pretty universally on the wrong side of these issues.”

Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker called unions a “barrier” to good education and talked at length about his own highly publicized fight against them in his home state of Wisconsin.

“The NEA went after me,” Walker said. “I threaten them; I threaten them because I care about getting things done.”…

McGilvray and other teachers union leaders from Maine denied the way candidates were characterizing them and said their organizations are there to support teachers and students, saying that without fair pay and benefits, fewer teachers will want to join the profession.

“We’re not the villains,” said Strout.

McGilvray said he was concerned the 2016 Republican candidates were taking their stances on education to the extreme.

“I believe among the top candidates are the most anti-public education, anti-working class group we have ever seen,” he said.

NEA NH officials said they have invited each Republican presidential candidate to talk about education issues and potentially receive the union’s endorsement… This election cycle, no Republican candidate has yet responded, Strout said.

“Not one of them said thank you for the invitation,” he said. “It says they don’t want to engage with people who know what’s going on in schools.”…

“We need to stop the attacks on public education by uniting behind policies that are right for our children and right for our schools,” McGilvray said.

ICYMI: NH Democrats accuse Bush, other Republicans of not caring about women’s health

Simpson charged that Bush, as governor “prevented state Medicaid funds from covering women’s health services. He vetoed $2 million for the Breast Cancer Institute at the University of Miami. He vetoed funding for the Cervical Cancer Task Force. And he vetoed over $300,000 in Planned Parenthood funding, making it harder for Florida women, many of whom had no health insurance nor eligibility for Medicaid, from getting the care and services they need.”

Sullivan said she has been “outraged with how some of the GOP candidates are so flippantly dismissing critical issues to women and families in New Hampshire” and elsewhere…

Sullivan said Bush’s comment earlier this week questioning the need to spend “a half billion dollars for women’s health issues” – comments he later walked back – show “he simply doesn’t think women’s health is a priority.” She said she does not believe Bush when he said he “misspoke.”

“When women have access to health care, families are healthier and stronger. Period,” Sullivan said. She said access to health care has improved since the Affordable Care Act became law, “but Jeb Bush and every single other GOP presidential candidate want to repeal that, too.”…

[See below for excerpts or click here for full story]

 

New Hampshire Democrats accuse Bush, other Republicans of not caring about ‘women’s health’

WMUR // John DiStaso 

MANCHESTER, N.H. —Two key New Hampshire Democrats charged Friday that the Fox News Republican debate showed the candidates are taking pride in belittling women and denying them access to health services.

In a conference call organized by the New Hampshire Democratic Party, state Rep. Alexis Simpson, D-Exeter, and Democratic National Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan took particular aim at Jeb Bush, who is in New Hampshire Friday.

The Bush campaign countered that the former Florida governor has a strong record of providing health services to women while vetoing funding for the Planned Parenthood organization.

Simpson said that as a mother, “I believe politics should never interfere with a woman’s ability to obtain quality health care,” but she said Republicans “are more interested in putting politics ahead of women’s access to health care.”

Simpson charged that Bush, as governor “prevented state Medicaid funds from covering women’s health services. He vetoed $2 million for the Breast Cancer Institute at the University of Miami. He vetoed funding for the Cervical Cancer Task Force. And he vetoed over $300,000 in Planned Parenthood funding, making it harder for Florida women, many of whom had no health insurance nor eligibility for Medicaid, from getting the care and services they need.”

Sullivan said she has been “outraged with how some of the GOP candidates are so flippantly dismissing critical issues to women and families in New Hampshire” and elsewhere.

She said that at the Thursday night debate, businessman Donald Trump “made misogynistic and offensive comments and received applause.” She said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on a Friday morning talk show “failed to condemn Trump’s comments.”

She noted that Walker and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said during the debate they support a ban on abortions with no exceptions.

Sullivan said Bush’s comment earlier this week questioning the need to spend “a half billion dollars for women’s health issues” – comments he later walked back – show “he simply doesn’t think women’s health is a priority.” She said she does not believe Bush when he said he “misspoke.”

“When women have access to health care, families are healthier and stronger. Period,” Sullivan said. She said access to health care has improved since the Affordable Care Act became law, “but Jeb Bush and every single other GOP presidential candidate want to repeal that, too.”…

“Jeb Bush is falling in line with all the other Republican candidates for president, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, and (Executive Councilor) Chris Sununu and other state Republicans who continue to spout ideas that are not only out-of-touch with Granite Staters, they’re just wrong,” Sullivan said…

 

Excerpts from NHDP Call ahead of Jeb Bush visit on GOP’s outrageous policies for women

CONCORD, N.H. – During last night’s GOP Presidential Debate, the GOP presidential candidates’ backwards policies toward women were on full display. From Walker and Rubio pushing to ban all abortions without exceptions to Jeb Bush boasting about his record of defunding women’s health care, GOP candidates continue to put forth out of touch and out of date policies that would roll back women’s health services. In response, the NHDP put together a press conference call – excerpts below.

 

New Hampshire state representative Alexis Simpson: 

“As a Democrat, and as a mother, I strongly believe that politics should never interfere with a woman’s ability to access quality, reliable health care. Unfortunately, we’ve recently seen women’s health care become a partisan hot potato again. When Senator Kelly Ayotte voted to defund Planned Parenthood, when the Executive Council here in New Hampshire voted to defund Planned Parenthood two days ago, and when Jeb Bush proclaimed earlier this week that he’s not sure about funding women’s health care – it’s clear that Republicans across the board are more interested in putting politics ahead of access to health care. 

“Here’s what I know: Women’s health is a fundamental issues that we should care about in our state. When women are healthy, families are healthy, and that’s good for our economy, for our children, and for our entire country…

“But we knew even before his completely out-of-touch comments that Jeb Bush didn’t prioritize women’s health care. In fact, his policies would only put women’s health care in jeopardy. As governor, Jeb Bush prevented state Medicaid funds from covering women’s health services. He vetoed $2 million for the Breast Cancer Institute at the University of Miami. He vetoed funding for the Cervical Cancer Task Force. And he vetoed over $300,000 in Planned Parenthood funding –making it harder for Florida women, many of whom had no health insurance nor eligibility for Medicaid, from getting the care and services they need.

“So Jeb Bush can try to walk back his comments all he wants, but he can’t walk back his dangerous, uninformed, and out-of-touch policies that would make it harder for women in New Hampshire and across the nation to lead healthy lives.”

 

Kathy Sullivan, NHDP National Committeewoman and Former NHDP Chair: 

“I’ve been outraged with how some of the GOP candidates are so flippantly dismissing critical issues to women and families in New Hampshire. Actually not just to women and families in New Hampshire – to everyone. No more was this more clear than during last night’s debate. Trump made misogynistic and offensive comments and received applause. Walker failed to condemn Trump’s comments this morning. Walker and Rubio pushed to ban all abortions – without exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother. And Jeb Bush boasted about his record of defunding women’s health care.  

“Earlier this week, Jeb Bush said, quote, ‘I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.’ So Jeb Bush doesn’t think funding women’s health care is important. Or he just favors putting a price tag on it. However he tries to backtrack his remarks, one thing is clear – he simply doesn’t think women’s health is a priority. 

“Granite Staters care about these issues. And they’re watching these debates. When women have access to health care, families are healthier and stronger. Period. We know access to health care has improved by the Affordable Care Act, but Jeb Bush – and every single other GOP presidential candidate – want to repeal that too.”

Stand Up for Workers at Voters First Forum

Pro-Worker Visibility at NH Voters First Forum

This coming Monday, August 3rd, the New Hampshire Union Leader will be hosting the first Republican Primary (debate) Forum.  All the major players in the GOP Primary are scheduled to attend including Governor Scott Walker, Governor John Kasich, Governor Chris Christie, Senator Rand Paul, Governor Jeb Bush, and the list goes on.  Reportedly there could be as many as 16 candidates on the stage for this forum on Aug. 3rd, just days before the big official Fox News debate.

We want to show that in New Hampshire, workers matter! Many of these politicians are trying to make their career by attacking working families.  Slashing our rights, stealing our pensions, and gutting the programs we have paid into all of our lives.

Come join us for a pro-worker visibility and tell the world that attacking working families is not the road to the White House.

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New Hampshire AFL-CIO members and community allies will join the gathering of pro-labor & progressive voices outside the New Hampshire Union Leader Voters First Forum at St. Anselm College on Monday, August 3. The forum will feature comments by 14 GOP presidential primary candidates, including anti-worker Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Monday, August 3, 2015 | 5:30pm

St. Anselm College, Manchester NH

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