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NH Democratic Party Launches New Web Video: Dysfunction v. Results

New Video Contrasts Kelly Ayotte’s Ineffectual Senate With Governor Maggie Hassan’s Record of Delivering Results

Concord, N.H. — As Kelly Ayotte starts her two month paid vacation from the Senate, leaving critical work undone, the New Hampshire Democratic Party has released a new web video entitled “Dysfunction Versus Results” to highlight the contrasts between Kelly Ayotte’s ineffectual Senate and Governor Maggie Hassan’s record of working across the aisle to deliver results for hard working Granite State families.

While Kelly Ayotte’s Republican Senate, which is on pace this year to work the fewest days of any Senate in 60 years, is taking a seven week paid vacation without addressing Zika, passing appropriations measures to keep the government open, or filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court, Maggie Hassan has a record of working across party lines and delivering results for the people of New Hampshire. Some of the items included in this new video are the Governor’s work to: establish drug courts statewide, reauthorize the state’s Medicaid expansion, sign a ten-year transportation plan to improve New Hampshire’s infrastructure, help launch an initiative to curb veterans’ homelessness, strengthen penalties for human trafficking, and cut small business taxes.

“When it comes to Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan, the choice facing New Hampshire voters is clear: dysfunction versus results, special interests versus hard working families, and gridlock versus progress,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “This web video is the next step in our efforts to hold Kelly Ayotte accountable for her record of failing to do her job get results for New Hampshire while highlighting the great work that Maggie Hassan has done as Governor and will continue in the U.S. Senate.”

Highlighting Good Works As NH Governor, Maggie Hassan Releases New TV Ad, “SPARK”

New TV Ad Highlights Maggie Hassan’s Focus on Innovation, Higher Education and How She Will Take That Approach to the U.S. Senate 

Maggie Hassan SPARK AD

Screenshot of ad. Video of ad below.

CONCORD – Maggie for New Hampshire today announced its second television ad of the campaign, “Spark,” highlighting how Governor Maggie Hassan will take the same approach to encouraging innovation and job creation that’s working in New Hampshire to the United States Senate.

As Governor, Maggie Hassan has been a strong advocate for hard-working New Hampshire families and innovative businesses. Working with legislators from both parties, she froze in-state tuition at state universities for the first time in 25 years and lowered tuition at community colleges. The Governor also worked across party lines to double and make permanent the R&D tax credit, cut taxes for small businesses while protecting critical economic priorities and launch the award-winning “Live Free and Start” initiative to support start-ups and help them access capital. 

“Innovation starts by expanding opportunity. That’s why we froze tuition at our state universities, lowered community college tuition and created ‘Live Free and Start’ – an award-winning effort to help launch small businesses,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “When it comes to innovation and job creation, we need to spark something in Washington the way we have here in New Hampshire.”

Governor Hassan recently announced her Innovate NH 2.0 economic plan, which outlines the policies she will focus on as a United States Senator to foster innovation, support job-creating businesses and expand opportunity for hard-working families. In the Senate, Maggie will fight to make college more affordable by increasing support for student aid like Pell Grants and making it easier for students to refinance their loans. Maggie will also work to build on New Hampshire’s successful “Live Free & Start” initiative, taking the same approach to Washington and helping to cut red tape, expand R&D tax credits and support job-creating businesses.  

The six-figure ad buy will run on New Hampshire and Boston broadcast stations as well as on cable and online.

Click here for the 30 second TV ad.

Granite Staters Rejoice As Planned Parenthood Funding Is Restored.

Image courtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Image courtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Thousands of Granite Staters are rejoicing today as the New Hampshire Executive Council voted 3-2 to restore funding to Planned Parenthood.

Going into the vote, Councilors Colin Van Ostern and Chris Pappas were firmly supporting restoring the funding as they also voted against defunding Planned Parenthood last year. On the other side, Councilors David Wheeler and Joe Kenny were staunchly against it.

This left Councilor Chris Sununu to cast the truly deciding vote.

Ahead of the vote, more than 1,500 voters signed a petition urging the Executive Council to fund Planned Parenthood and a crowd of Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund supporters watched as the vote took place.

To the surprise of many, Chris Sununu voted “yes” to approving the contract, restoring funding to Planned Parenthood.

Sununu said in a statement after the vote that he originally voted against funding of Planned Parenthood last year because they “under investigation.” He said that now that Planned Parenthood has been cleared of any wrongdoing, “they should be treated like any other organization that comes before the council.”

Image curtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Image curtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

“Today’s vote is a victory for women in New Hampshire,” said Jennifer Frizzell, Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund. “Restored funding to PPNNE will increase Granite Staters’ access to birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment. We are pleased that a bipartisan majority of the Council listened to their constituents and the majority of New Hampshire voters and chose to reverse course from last year’s vote. Blocking access to health care at Planned Parenthood threatened the wellbeing of Granite State citizens.”

“Finally, after nearly a year of New Hampshire women having less access to birth control, cancer screenings, and annual exams, today’s vote was a big win for the people of our state,” said Executive Councilor and Democratic candidate for Governor, Colin Van Ostern. “I’m proud of the thousands across New Hampshire who brought the grassroots pressure needed to flip this vote, and I promise to keep fighting — and to keep winning — for better access to health care for women and families every day.”

“Today’s vote was a victory for the thousands of women and men who receive care at Planned Parenthood health centers across the state,” said Executive Councilor Chris Pappas. “I’m hopeful we’ve put the divisive politics of the past behind us and will keep ideology out of the Council chamber on women’s health.”

“We must always promote health and economic security in our communities, and I will continue to speak up for the thousands Granite Staters who depend on basic access to life-saving health care,” added Pappas.

“Today’s vote is a critically important step forward for the health and economic well-being of thousands of Granite Staters,” said Governor Maggie Hassan.

“The fundamental right of women to access health care is essential to the economic security and vitality of our families, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England provides critical primary and preventive health care services to thousands of New Hampshire women, including cancer screenings, birth control and STD testing. This contract reflects our bipartisan agreement with the legislature to fund these critical family planning services through the budget this biennium, and I am pleased by today’s vote to support access to these critical health services for women and families across the state,” added Hassan.

Image courtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Image courtesy of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

“It’s troubling that women’s access to reproductive health care is still the subject of ideological and political attacks, and we must not let up in our fight to ensure that women and families have access to the important health services that are essential to the economic security and vitality of our families,” Hassan concluded.

“This is an important victory for the women and families of New Hampshire,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “Despite threats and intimidation, Planned Parenthood of New England provides critical health care services to almost 13,000 women in the Granite State. Many of these women rely on the full range of health services offered at Planned Parenthood to get the care they need. Women in every part of our state deserve access to affordable reproductive health services and vital preventive care. After last year’s destructive vote to defund Planned Parenthood, I’m very relieved that the New Hampshire Executive Council has voted to right a wrong and prioritize women’s health.”

Some of the Democratic candidates for Executive Council used this opportunity to highlight the differences between themselves and their Executive Councilor opponents.

“Quality, affordable health care is the building block of a successful life and should never be subject to partisan politics,” said Dan Weeks, former Executive Director of Open Democracy and Democratic candidate for Executive Council in District 5. “I congratulate Republican Councilor Chris Sununu on joining Democratic Councilors Chris Pappas and Colin Van Ostern to return our state to its longstanding bipartisan tradition of investing in women’s health, even as my opponent Councilor Wheeler decided to again prioritize his personal ideology over the needs and wishes of his constituents. If I am elected Councilor in District 5, I will ensure that New Hampshire continues the vital tradition of supporting women’s health.”

“If our goal is protecting women’s health, reducing abortions and teenage pregnancies, and saving taxpayer money, this contract is a no-brainer,” Weeks said. “My opponent espouses a ‘pro-life’ and ‘fiscally-conservative’ position but his actions do not appear to bear it out, nor do they represent the wishes of his constituents. I urge Councilor Wheeler to stop playing politics with women’s health through his rejection of routine Planned Parenthood contracts and other gender-equity reforms.”

“Women shouldn’t have to beg those in power to place their needs before partisan political considerations,” said Beth Roth, candidate for Executive Council in District 3 seeking to succeed Chris Sununu. “Councilor Sununu made a reckless, foolish choice last year in voting down the Planned Parenthood contract. He made critical health care services inaccessible to thousands of women in New Hampshire.”

“Now that he’s felt political pressure from people in his district and around the state, he made the political calculation it is expedient to approve the contract. I applaud the fact he found it in his heart to reinstate these services, but NH women have the right to expect better from their Councilor. This kind of power politics has no place in a body such as the Executive Council, and underscores the reason I chose to seek the seat Councilor Sununu is vacating. We need people on the Executive Council who are serious about governance and understand what real New Hampshire women and families are going through,” Roth concluded.

Disappointment Over SCOTUS Immigration Tie Highlights Call For Senate To “Do Your Job”

Supreme Court of the US (Image Mark Fischer Flickr)

Supreme Court of the US (Image Mark Fischer Flickr)

The Supreme Court splits on DACA and DAPA, highlighting the urgent need to confirm a ninth Supreme Court Justice.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas, the case challenging expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). This means that the Fifth Circuit’s decision upholding the preliminary injunction against these initiatives will stand.

This ruling does not impact the original DACA program launched in 2012.

“One of the reasons why America is such a diverse and inclusive nation is because we’re a nation of immigrants,” said President Barack Obama. “Our Founders conceived of this country as a refuge for the world. And for more than two centuries, welcoming wave after wave of immigrants has kept us youthful and dynamic and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character, and it has made us stronger.”

“But for more than two decades now, our immigration system, everybody acknowledges, has been broken. And the fact that the Supreme Court wasn’t able to issue a decision today doesn’t just set the system back even further, it takes us further from the country that we aspire to be,” Obama added.

Confirming that this ruled does not affect the original DACA program and in an attempt to ease people’s minds, Obama continued:

“I know a lot of people are going to be disappointed today, but it is important to understand what today means. The deferred action policy that has been in place for the last four years is not affected by this ruling. Enforcement priorities developed by my administration are not affected by this ruling. This means that the people who might have benefitted from the expanded deferred action policies — long-term residents raising children who are Americans or legal residents — they will remain low priorities for enforcement. As long as you have not committed a crime, our limited immigration enforcement resources are not focused on you.”

“The decision is a huge disappointment for immigrant families and their defenders. It’s bad for American communities, workers and the economy,” wrote the Immigration Policy Council. “We will continue to explore all available legal avenues and will urge the government to do the same. Ultimately, the nation needs a permanent solution to our outdated immigration system, and that must come from Congress. The fight will continue.”

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a setback for all those who have fought for more humane and rational enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “While we are deeply disappointed by the Court’s failure to reach a decision, we will redouble our organizing efforts to defeat the obstructionist, anti-immigrant forces behind this lawsuit and ensure that all working people can assert their rights on the job and in the community without fear of deportation.”

“This decision will further motivate a resilient community that is a vibrant and vital part of our labor movement. We continue to urge the Administration to use its discretion to protect those courageous immigrant workers who are exercising their workplace and civil rights,” added Trumka.

Locally, elected leaders and advocates spoke out against this decision.

“Today’s SCOTUS un-decision comes as a hard blow to the millions of immigrants that could have benefited from DAPA and the extension of DACA,” said Eva Castillo, Program Director for the NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees. “We will not stand still, we will continue to push back against anti-immigrant politicians and what they represent.”

“In November our vote will speak loudly against all candidates that stand for hatred, xenophobia and racism. That is our pledge,” Castillo added.

In 2015, Senator Shaheen joined more than 30 Senators and 180 Members of the House of Representatives, in an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court before the case went to trial.

“Families shouldn’t live in fear that at a moment’s notice a father, mother or child could be separated from their loved ones,” said Shaheen. “The Supreme Court’s order today is extremely disappointing and demonstrates why having only eight justices on our nation’s highest court hurts our country.”

“This order ignores the clear intent of Congress to grant the executive branch the discretion to establish and enforce immigration policy. Our country is at its strongest when we are open, inclusive and embrace all people. DAPA and expanded DACA would be good for families, our communities, and our economy and I am deeply disappointed that partisan opposition has prevented these initiatives from going forward.”

“It’s now up to us in Congress to work together to advance immigration policies that will keep families together and strengthen our nation,” Shaheen concluded.

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This split decision only further highlights the need for the US Senate to hold confirmation hearings on a new Supreme Court Justice.

President Obama nominated Merrick Garland 100 days ago and some Senators, including New Hampshire’s own Kelly Ayotte, are refusing to hold confirmation hearings on Garland.

“Kelly Ayotte’s refusal to do her job has now hit the 100 day mark as she keeps a Supreme Court seat open for Donald Trump to fill with an anti-choice justice,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Melissa Miller. “100 days later, New Hampshire voters still want Ayotte to do her job and give the President’s nominee fair consideration.”

“Granite Staters have had enough of Kelly Ayotte’s political obstruction and reckless support for a misogynist presidential candidate who would appoint judges to the Supreme Court to turn back the clock on women’s rights,” Miller added.

“Today’s decision is a shattering blow to millions of families and a painfully clear illustration of why we need a fully staffed Supreme Court in order to address the most important issues we face as a country,” said Marge Baker, Executive Vice President of the People for the American Way. “Without issuing a real opinion or providing any reasoning, our hobbled Supreme Court has allowed a single district court judge to implement a twisted ruling that will have a profound impact on the lives of families all across the country. The Court has provided no guidance to lower courts while simultaneously impacting millions of people’s lives.”

The People for the American Way have been leading the charge for the Senate to confirm a new Justice. Baker continued by blasting Ayotte for failing to uphold her Constitutional duty to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice.

“This isn’t how our system of justice is supposed to work. Yet Republicans including Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who are eager to force their ideology into law by any means necessary, have refused to perform their most basic responsibilities and give fair consideration to a pending Supreme Court nominee. This is the result of a broken system of government, and make no mistake, Republicans have broken it on purpose.”

Governor Maggie Hassan, who is running against Ayotte, highlighted Ayotte’s failure to do her job and confirm a new Justice.

“Earlier this week, the American Bar Association affirmed what members of both parties have said to be true: Judge Merrick Garland is exceptionally qualified to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States and his nomination deserves fair consideration,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Unfortunately, Senator Kelly Ayotte continues to side with her party leadership in obstructing the Supreme Court confirmation process – despite the fact that a majority of Granite Staters support considering Garland’s confirmation now.”

“As this irresponsible blockade of the Supreme Court confirmation process marks 100 days, I call on Senator Ayotte to drop the partisan politics, do her job and stop putting her political party before justice for Granite Staters,” Hassan concluded.

The Supreme Court has shown twice now that they cannot function properly with only eight Justices. The Senate must do their Constitutional duty and confirm a new Justice.

Business Leaders Praise Governor Maggie Hassan’s Innovate NH 2.0 Economic Plan

Image from Hassan Campaign (All Rights Reserved)

Image from Hassan Campaign (All Rights Reserved)

CONCORD – Business leaders across New Hampshire praised Governor Maggie Hassan’s Innovate NH 2.0 economic plan, which outlines the policies she will focus on as a United States Senator to foster innovation, support job-creating businesses and expand opportunity for hard-working families:

“As both an Executive Councilor and a small business owner, I have seen first-hand Governor Maggie Hassan’s commitment to ensuring that all Granite Staters who work hard can get ahead and stay ahead. As Governor, Maggie has worked across the aisle to increase and make permanent the R&D tax credit and launch the award-winning Live Free & Start initiative, helping small businesses in our state to start up and grow. Her Innovate NH 2.0 plan lays out a framework that will cut through red tape in Washington and allow all of New Hampshire’s families and small businesses to thrive. I’m proud to support Maggie Hassan for Senate, because I know that she will always fight for our priorities.” – Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, Owner of The Puritan Backroom

“During her time in office, Governor Hassan has amplified our state’s economic momentum, focused on working with members of both parties to empower small businesses to grow here in the Granite State. Her leadership and support of programs like Live Free and Start and K-12 STEM initiatives have opened additional opportunities to become involved and see positive growth in our local communities. We need Washington to take the same approach. That’s why I’m proud to support her Senate run and was pleased to host the unveiling of her bold plan for New Hampshire’s economic future, Innovate NH 2.0.” – Derek Barka, Senior Director of Technology at SilverTech

“Governor Hassan’s Innovate NH 2.0 plan rightly identifies innovation as the seed of New Hampshire’s economic growth that will increase the number of high-paying jobs, not just for desk workers, but for advanced manufacturing. It will reduce disparity, it will attract back our young people and it will provide opportunities that will encourage people to a better life. Maggie has identified the 5 needs that will let our economy reach its potential. I’m proud to support Maggie’s bold economic vision in her bid for the US Senate.” – Jeanne Dietsch, Founder at MobileRobots, Inc.

“Governor Maggie Hassan knows that when small businesses have the support they need to get ahead, it benefits not just their owners, but our entire economy. As Governor, she’s worked with members of both parties on priorities that have made a real difference for New Hampshire’s small businesses, including cutting taxes for small businesses and launching Live Free and Start to help new companies start up and grow. Governor Hassan’s Innovate NH 2.0 plan shows the bold vision she will take to Washington to build on our progress here in New Hampshire and help small businesses thrive and grow. I am proud to support Maggie’s run for Senate and the strong leadership and bold ideas she will take to Washington.” – Mary Collins, Former Director of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center

“Governor Hassan understands that investing in policies that support the middle class will create ripple effects throughout our economy and spur a new wave of innovation and growth across the Granite State. I applaud her Innovate NH 2.0 plan for its bold framework and strong focus on helping hardworking families make ends meet and succeed. Her proposed $1,000 tax cut for middle class families will go a long way to improve our economic security, as will her plans to close the gender wage gap and protect Social Security and Medicare. Her plan is just the sort of forward-thinking pragmatic approach we need in Washington, and I’m proud to support Maggie for Senate.” – Will Kanteres, Owner at Kanteres Real Estate

Hassan And Ayotte Both Talk About Repairing Our Infrastructure But Only One Has Done It

Maggie Hassan Has Taken Action To Fix Our Highways, Roads & Bridges,
Ayotte Has Voted Against Critical Funding for Infrastructure Projects

CONCORD – This Infrastructure Week, Granite Staters are reminded that Governor Maggie Hassan has worked across party lines to fix our highways, roads and bridges, while Kelly Ayotte voted with the Koch Brothers and against critical funding for New Hampshire projects including the Memorial Bridge and I-93 expansion. 

Since becoming Governor, Maggie Hassan has focused on making sure that we have a solid and modern transportation infrastructure to support inclusive economic growth. During her first term, Governor Hassan signed a bipartisan, business-backed transportation plan to begin fixing our highways, roads and bridges and to finish the long-overdue expansion of I-93 – the most significant state-level investment in 23 years. 

In January, Governor Hassan built on this success by submitting a 10-year transportation plan that focused on critical investments such as accelerating construction of Exit 4A in Londonderry and Derry, resurfacing an additional 200 miles of roads per year and replacing or rehabilitating an additional 23 red-listed bridges. The Governor has also consistently fought to bring high-speed rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester.

Kelly Ayotte, on the other hand, was the only member of the New Hampshire delegation to vote against a bipartisan highway funding bill that included funding to widen I-93. And Ayotte supported a measure that would have cut $20 million in funding to replace the Memorial Bridge. In both cases, Ayotte voted the way that the Koch Brothers’ political arm urged Members of Congress to vote. 

“Throughout her time as Governor, Maggie Hassan has focused on fixing our aging infrastructure to ensure that all New Hampshire citizens and businesses have the reliable highways, roads and bridges that they need to thrive,” said Maggie for NH Press Secretary Meira Bernstein. “Kelly Ayotte, however, has a record of voting with the Koch Brothers’ political arm while New Hampshire’s transportation infrastructure pays the price. New Hampshire needs a Senator who will work to ensure we have an infrastructure system that matches our 21st century economy. Kelly Ayotte is not that Senator.”

Granite State Republicans Continue To Vow Support Trump Even Though It Will Cost Them The Election

Donald Trump (Image by Gage Skidmore CC FLIKR)

Donald Trump (Image by Gage Skidmore CC FLIKR)

Republicans worst nightmare has come true. Donald Trump has won their nomination for President.

Former New Hampshire Republican leaders have been warning that a Trump led ticket would be disaster for Republicans all the way down the ticket.

“Here in New Hampshire, if Donald Trump is the nominee, we will not get a Republican governor. We will lose the New Hampshire state Senate, and we could lose the New Hampshire state House… and we could lose Sen. [Kelly] Ayotte.”
Former GOP Gov. John H Sununu

“I think they’re very concerned if they’re up for reelection . . . Clearly Trump at this time is not going to carry swing states. I’m thinking of New Hampshire, for example.”
Former New Hampshire Republican Senator Judd Gregg

“If Donald Trump is the nominee, Kelly Ayotte might as well resign because it’s all over.”
Former NHGOP Chair Fergus Cullen

Even with strong warnings from former party leaders, Republican candidates are still refusing to reject Trump and his racist, fascist, misogynistic rhetoric.

Senator Kelly Ayotte says she will support Trump’s nomination by voting for him but will not endorse him. Pledging to vote for him is in the eyes of everyday voters, the same as endorsing him.

Aaron Jacobs, Communications Director from Maggie for NH blasted Ayotte in a recent statement for her vowing to vote in support of Trump.

“While Kelly Ayotte just today made her support for Donald Trump official, they’ve long been in agreement when it comes to critical issues such as their desire to defund Planned Parenthood, undermine Roe v. Wade, and obstruct the Supreme Court confirmation process. And all Granite Staters should be concerned that Ayotte has announced her support for Trump despite national security experts and members of both parties have condemned his foreign policy positions as dangerous to our country’s vital interests. The people of New Hampshire will soundly reject the Trump-Ayotte ticket in November.”

Women’s health and equal pay are on the forefront of the minds of many women voters in the Granite State. Both Ayotte and Trump oppose equal pay for women and want to nominate a Supreme Court Justice to overturn the forty-year decision of Roe v. Wade.

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National women’s rights advocacy group EMILY’s List has routinely highlighted the connections between Trump and Ayotte.

“Kelly Ayotte stepped even further away from New Hampshire women and families today with her confirmed support for Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. She chose her extreme party over the women she was elected to represent by pledging to support a nominee who has called women ‘fat pigs’ and ‘slobs’ and who spews hateful rhetoric every chance he gets,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock.

“Although really, it should come as no surprise to anyone that she’s lining up behind Donald Trump — they both share a radical agenda of wanting to defund Planned Parenthood, opposing meaningful efforts to end gender discrimination in pay, and wanting to take away women’s rights to make their own health care decisions. If New Hampshire women can’t even count on Kelly Ayotte to stand up to Donald Trump, they definitely can’t count on her to stand up for them in the Senate,” added Schriock.

It is not just Ayotte who is vowing to support Trump. Congressman Frank Guinta and Rich Ashooh, who are both vying for the GOP nomination in NH’s 1st Congressional District, have also said they will support the Republican nominee, even if it is Trump.

Ashooh recently told NH1 last month that he wouldn’t commit until Trump had the nomination. With Ted Cruz and John Kasish leaving the race, Ashooh is left with little choice.

Guinta told NHPR in March that he will support the eventual nominee. Carol Shea-Porter, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District, has already called on Frank Guinta to denounce Trump’s deeply offensive statements.

Shea-Porter additionally called on Guinta to return a personal contribution Trump made to Guinta’s re-election campaign earlier last year. Frank Guinta refused to comment to WMUR on whether he’d return the contribution.

“Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee, Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta need to admit to Granite State voters that they pledged to blindly support their nominee, including Donald Trump and his ignorant and dangerous views. We already know where Frank Guinta’s loyalties lie, as he refused to condemn Donald Trump for his hateful and divisive remarks, and he has also refused to return the campaign money he took from Trump earlier last year,” said Shea-Porter. “Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta have already said that they will commit to supporting the eventual nominee, so now Granite Staters will see whether Ashooh and Guinta will follow through on their promise to Republican voters.”

Trump Sununu Campaign SignTrump’s Presidential campaign is already having an impact on the NH Gubernatorial election.

Last month, Democrats led by New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley unveiled a new campaign sign for the Trump/Sununu ticket, highlighting their shared far-right policies of defunding Planned Parenthood, opposing Medicaid expansion and denying climate change.

“The fact is that Donald Trump’s out of touch views are shared by Chris Sununu and the whole Republican gubernatorial field,” said NHDP Chair Ray Buckley. “Some Republicans are lining up to denounce Trump because they know how devastating his selection would be for down ballot Republicans. But not Chris Sununu, who said he’ll absolutely support whoever the Republican nominee is, even if it is Trump. I guess we’re not surprised since their policies line up so well.”

With Trump at the top of the ticket this means disaster for the GOP all the way down the ticket. This means that we, as Democrats, have a strong chance of retaining the Governor’s seat and taking back the state House and Senate.

“The Republican party has spoken and chosen the dangerous and offensive Donald Trump to carry their banner into the general election; unfortunately for New Hampshire Republicans, the general electorate won’t make the same mistake,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “That’s why Republican leaders in the Granite State have been warning against his candidacy for months. They know that Trump as their party’s nominee means disaster for Kelly Ayotte, Chris Sununu, Ted Gatsas, Jeanie Forrester, Frank Guinta, and the rest of the New Hampshire Republican ticket who have refused to condemn Trump and his destructive policies.”

Maggie Hassan Pushes First Campaign Ad Highlighting Her Draw To Public Service

First Maggie for NH TV Ad Highlights Governor’s Family Story That Helped Draw Her to Public Service

CONCORD – Maggie for New Hampshire today announced its first television ad of the campaign, “Got Involved,” highlighting how the challenges and opportunities that Governor Maggie Hassan’s family has experienced helped inspire her to enter public service.

Maggie Hassan was drawn to public service as an advocate fighting to ensure that children like her son Ben, who experiences severe disabilities, would be fully included in their communities and have the same opportunities that all parents want for their children. And she has continued working ever since to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire where all of our citizens are included in our economic success and prosperity.

“All families have challenges, what’s really important is that they also have community,” said Maggie. “That’s one of the reasons I got involved in public service. Because it made it so clear to me how much you can accomplish when you work together. “ 

Working across party lines, Maggie froze tuition at the university system for the first time in 25 years while lowering it at community colleges, strengthened job training programs, expanded health coverage to nearly 50,000 Granite Staters, and fought for women’s access to safe and affordable health care. In the Senate, Maggie will stand up to corporate special interests who have rigged the system in Washington and keep fighting for bipartisan solutions to help ensure that all Granite Staters have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead. 

The six-figure ad buy will run on New Hampshire and Boston broadcast stations as well as on cable and online.

 

Click here to WATCH the 60 second TV ad.

NARAL Endorses Hassan, Releases New Ad Calling On Ayotte To #DoYourJob

NARAL Launches Ad Campaign Questioning Sen. Ayotte’s Misplaced Priorities, Failure to Do Her Job

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Screen shot from ad

Group Announces Endorsement Of Maggie Hassan for U.S. Senate

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC today announced a TV and digital ad buy targeting incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte for failing to do the job she was elected to do. Even though 75 percent of New Hampshire voters oppose restricting access to legal abortion, Sen. Ayotte has focused her energy on restricting reproductive freedom and defunding Planned Parenthood. Now, she’s even refusing to do her job to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, proving yet again that she doesn’t share the priorities of Granite State families.

NARAL today also announced its endorsement of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan in her race for U.S. Senate. As only the second woman to hold the office of Governor in New Hampshire, Maggie Hassan has always put women and families first and has stood firm against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood or make it harder for women to access reproductive care.

“In her six years in the Senate, Sen. Ayotte has time and again proven that she doesn’t share the same priorities as the hardworking people of New Hampshire,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “She promised to go to Washington and makes things easier for people in the Granite State. Instead of doing that job, she has been obsessed with restricting access to abortion even for survivors of sex trafficking, making it harder to get birth control, and shutting down Planned Parenthood. Now, she’s refusing to do her job and fill the vacancy on our nation’s highest court.”

“Maggie Hassan is an unwavering defender of our reproductive freedom,” added Hogue. “As Governor, Maggie Hassan has always stood with women and families across the Granite State. She fought back against attempts to shut down Planned Parenthood and led the successful bipartisan effort to protect the safety of women who seek reproductive care. We are proud to stand with Governor Maggie Hassan in her campaign for U.S. Senate because she has always stood up for us. In this election, the choice in New Hampshire is clear.”

The ad features Deb, a working mother, long time New Hampshire resident, and NARAL member from North Hampton. In the ad, Deb explains how she shows up to do her job every day and that she expects no less for her senator. Unfortunately, Sen. Ayotte is not doing the job she was elected to do. In the direct-to-camera spot, Deb calls out Sen. Ayotte for being obsessed with rolling back access to abortion and birth control instead of doing her job on important issues like filling the vacancy on our nation’s highest court.

To see NARAL’s ad questioning Sen. Ayotte’s priorities, click here.

WMUR/UNH Poll Shows Ayotte’s Supreme Court Obstruction Hurting Her Standing in New Hampshire

UNH Survey Center: “Ayotte’s Popularity Takes Hit, Remains in a Dead Heat with Hassan for US Senate Seat” 

CONCORD — WMUR/UNH released a new Granite State Poll today that shows the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire is a virtual dead heat, with Governor Hassan within one point of Senator Ayotte. Senator Ayotte’s net favorability has dropped 13 points since the last Granite State Poll, and WMUR reports that “Ayotte’s support for the Senate Republican leadership’s refusal to hold a hearing on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland appears to have hurt her in the eyes of voters.”

“It’s clear that Granite Staters strongly support Maggie Hassan’s efforts to take her bipartisan problem-solving approach that’s working in New Hampshire to the United State Senate,” said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “This poll reinforces what the people of New Hampshire have been telling Kelly Ayotte for weeks in letters to the editors, protests outside her office and public appearances across the state: it’s long past time for Ayotte to do her job and stop obstructing the Supreme Court confirmation process.”

60% of New Hampshire likely voters believe the Senate should vote on Judge Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court, including 55% of Independents. 40% of New Hampshire likely voters also said Ayotte’s position on the Supreme Court appointment makes them less likely to vote for her.

“Granite Staters deserve better than a Senator who sides with her far-right party leadership and special interest backers over justice for millions of Americans,” added Jacobs.

You can read the full poll here.

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