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AFT-NH: Maggie Hassan Is Deeply Committed To Students, Teachers And Their Families

Hassan’s commitment to students, teachers and their families has earned the American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire

aft sqaureCONCORD – Today, the American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire (AFT-NH) announced its endorsement of Governor Maggie Hassan for United States Senate. AFT-NH represents over 3,600 Granite Staters, including teachers, school support staff, police, higher education faculty, and town employees.

“I’m honored to have earned the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire as we work to ensure that students have a strong education at all levels. Coming from a family of educators where a commitment to students runs deep, I understand how important it is to support students, teachers, and their families,”  said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Unfortunately, Senator Kelly Ayotte has stood with her party leaders and special interest backers like the Koch Brothers in supporting reckless policies that would cut funding for K-12 education and make college more expensive for Granite State students. Education is essential to expanding economic opportunity and ensuring that all of our young people are equipped to compete in our changing global economy, and in the United States Senate I will fight to ensure that all students have access to a high quality education.” 

“Throughout her time in office, Governor Maggie Hassan has demonstrated a deep commitment to fighting for students, teachers, and their families. Time and again, Governor Hassan has shown she can bring people together to get results for Granite State students, from K-12 all the way through higher education, and that is exactly the approach that she will take in the Senate,” said AFT-NH President Doug Ley. “Governor Hassan’s strong record in supporting our students stands in sharp contrast with Senator Kelly Ayotte, who has voted for policies that would slash school funding and make college more expensive. AFT-NH is proud to stand with Maggie, because we know that she will always stand with students and teachers in the Senate.”

At the K-12 level, Governor Maggie Hassan has fought to protect funding levels for New Hampshire’s public schools, launched a Science Technology Engineering and Math Task Force to modernize STEM education, developed a new program to partner manufacturing companies with local schools and led efforts to reduce standardized testing in favor of more locally managed assessments – a model that is expanding nationally based on New Hampshire’s success. Governor Hassan has also fought to make college more affordable for students and families while building a 21st century workforce pipeline for our businesses. Under Maggie’s leadership, New Hampshire froze in-state tuition at our universities for the first time in 25 years and reduced tuition at community colleges.

In the Senate, Governor Hassan will fight to expand early childhood education, focus on STEM and encourage more participation by girls and young women, give New Hampshire schools the flexibility to put federal dollars to the best possible use and continue the Granite State’s leadership in empowering local school districts, students and teachers. Maggie will also fight to expand Pell Grants, lower interest rates on student loans, allow borrowers to refinance at today’s lower rates and work toward the goal of debt-free public college for all. She will also work to expand apprenticeship opportunities and make federal higher education grants and loans more flexible to support adult workers who are learning new skills. 

Meanwhile, Senator Kelly Ayotte has put her party leaders and special interests backers ahead of Granite State students. Senator Ayotte has said she would eliminate or drastically cut the Department of Education, and has sided with the Koch Brothers in supporting reckless budgets that included steep cuts to K-12 education and slashed funding for Pell Grants. Ayotte is also pushing a student loan bill that has been called a “sweetheart deal” for Wall Street.

NEA-NH Endorses Maggie Hassan For US Senate Over Kelly Ayotte

CONCORD – Today, National Education Association-New Hampshire (NEA-NH), the state’s largest educator and public employee union, announced its backing of Governor Maggie Hassan for United States Senate.

“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the National Education Association-New Hampshire and to stand with them as we continue working to advance educational opportunities for all of our students,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “When our young people are equipped with a strong education, we are able to expand opportunity and ensure that our workforce can to compete in our changing global economy. And it is unacceptable that politicians in Washington like Senator Kelly Ayotte have put their special interest backers ahead of our students. Every student, no matter their zip code, deserves to have access to a quality education, and in the United States Senate, I will continue fighting to support all of our students and educators.”

“Throughout her time in office, Maggie Hassan has consistently stood up for students, educators, and their families,” said NEA-NH President Scott McGilvray. “As our Governor, Maggie has fought to protect funding in our K-12 schools and has worked tirelessly to make college more affordable, and we know she’ll continue fighting for us in the Senate. Unlike Senator Kelly Ayotte, who has consistently put her political party and special interest backers before Granite State students, Governor Hassan will always put New Hampshire first. Governor Hassan understands that our state and nation are better off when students have access to a quality education, and we are proud to recommend her to be our next United States Senator.”

At the K-12 level, Governor Maggie Hassan has fought to protect funding levels for New Hampshire’s public schools, launched a Science Technology Engineering and Math Task Force to modernize STEM education, developed a new program to partner manufacturing companies with local schools and led efforts to reduce standardized testing in favor of more locally managed assessments – a model that is expanding nationally based on New Hampshire’s success. Governor Hassan has also fought to make college more affordable for students and families while building a 21st century workforce pipeline for our businesses. Under Maggie’s leadership, New Hampshire froze in-state tuition at our universities for the first time in 25 years and reduced tuition at community colleges.

In the Senate, Governor Hassan will fight to expand early childhood education, focus on STEM and encourage more participation by girls and young women, give New Hampshire schools the flexibility to put federal dollars to the best possible use and continue the Granite State’s leadership in empowering local school districts, students and teachers. Maggie will also fight to expand Pell Grants, lower interest rates on student loans, allow borrowers to refinance at today’s lower rates and work toward the goal of debt-free public college for all. She will also work to expand apprenticeship opportunities and make federal higher education grants and loans more flexible to support adult workers who are learning new skills.

Meanwhile, Senator Kelly Ayotte has put her party leaders and special interests backers ahead of Granite State students. Senator Ayotte has said she would eliminate or drastically cut the Department of Education, and has supported reckless Paul Ryan budgets that included steep cuts to K-12 education. Ayotte has also voted for deep cuts to Pell Grants while voting against allowing students to refinance their student loans

Gov Hassan Ceremonially Signs Net-Metering Increase

Governor Hassan shows national leadership as state studies clean energy future

CONCORD, NH – Governor Maggie Hassan joined local businesses and solar advocates today for a ceremonial signing of New Hampshire’s net metering bill, HB 1116, and to continue pushing for energy choice and clean energy job growth to help make the Granite State a national leader.

The event took place at the Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, where ReVision Energy recently installed a 48-kilowatt rooftop array, making it New Hampshire’s largest solar-powered brewery. Governor Hassan demonstrated tremendous leadership by officially signing HB 1116 into law earlier this year and doubling the state’s net metering cap — net metering is a policy that enables the right to self-generation and fair credit for power sent to neighbors. The bill also initiated a 10-month study by the state’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) to explore the future of clean energy policy in New Hampshire.

“I am proud of our bipartisan work this year to raise the cap on net metering, which will help our clean energy industry continue to grow and thrive,” Governor Hassan said. “Solar and other small scale clean energy resources are creating good-paying, high-quality jobs, spurring economic development and helping combat climate change, which we see firsthand here in the state’s largest solar-powered brewery. I am confident that the PUC process will result in a fair net metering tariff that will encourage energy diversification and clean energy job growth, and I look forward to continuing to work with members from both parties and the business community to support our growing clean energy economy.”

Recent statewide polling shows that New Hampshire voters–both Republicans and Democrats–favor solar as an energy source, and a clear majority support net metering. Moreover, national polls have found solar energy to be an issue that could sway independent voters in key swing states like New Hampshire.

Solar energy is an exciting and growing sector that can help accelerate the state’s economy. Local businesses like ReVision Energy depend on strong, stable energy policy to allow them to create jobs throughout the state.

“Today New Hampshire has the second highest per capita fossil fuel consumption and carbon pollution in New England,” said Phil Coupe, Co-Founder of ReVision Energy. “We are honored to stand beside strong clean energy leaders like Governor Hassan who is taking decisive action to unleash the powerful job creation opportunity represented by the transition to solar energy. But to maximize the creation of solar jobs and to bring solar savings to more individuals and businesses, we need certainty and a well-defined time horizon on clean energy policy so that we can invest with confidence in a sustainable energy future for New Hampshire.”

What’s Next

The PUC has already kicked off their study process that will determine New Hampshire’s future around renewable energy and advancing clean jobs throughout the state. It’s critical that smart energy policies — like net metering — are upheld by the Commission to encourage energy choice and clean energy job growth across the state.

“Governor Hassan demonstrated great leadership by taking action to protect energy choice in New Hampshire, and we are hopeful regulators will do the same going forward,” said Chris Rauscher, Director of Public Policy for Sunrun and spokesperson for TASC. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Commission and collaborate with other stakeholders to find customer-focused policy solutions that will protect the ability of energy consumers to generate and use affordable solar power from their rooftops.

American Nurses Association Endorses Gov. Maggie Hassan In Senate Race

Image from Hassan Campaign (All Rights Reserved)

Image from Hassan Campaign (All Rights Reserved)

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) and its Political Action Committee (ANA-PAC) announced today the endorsement of Gov. Maggie Hassan in her race to represent the residents of New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate. Each election cycle, ANA-PAC endorses candidates who have demonstrated strong support for nursing and health care issues and will best serve the interests of nurses and their patients.

Elected in 2012, Gov. Hassan has worked across party lines to successfully pass New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan, which is already providing quality, affordable coverage to nearly 50,000 residents of the Granite State, and reducing uncompensated care that shifts costs to individuals and businesses.

“I am honored to accept the endorsement of the American Nurses Association, which represents our country’s 3.6 million registered nurses,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan. “Ensuring that our citizens can live healthy, productive lives is essential to their freedom and well-being, and critical to our economy. As governor, I have worked to make health care more accessible and affordable for all of our people and businesses, including successfully passing and reauthorizing our bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan. I have worked with nurses and others on the front lines to combat the heroin and opioid crisis. And I have also worked to address our state’s health care workforce challenges. In the Senate, I will continue to fight to increase access to affordable health care and strengthen our health care workforce.”

“Gov. Hassan believes we need to move toward a system that rewards health outcomes and puts quality over the quantity of services that nurses provide. She is also an advocate of children’s health and safety. We know she will continue to support the work of nurses and patient safety in the Senate,” said Judith Joy, PhD, RN, executive director of the New Hampshire Nurses Association. “We applaud her leadership as governor and look forward to continuing to work with her to ensure nurses’ voices are heard on Capitol Hill.”

ANA-PAC works to ensure that nursing’s perspective is considered in policy decisions made on Capitol Hill. Endorsement decisions are based on several criteria including, but not limited to, candidate interviews, communication with ANA’s constituent and state nurses associations, campaign information, and the candidate’s voting record on ANA’s priority issues.

For more information, please visit ANA-PAC.

Governor Maggie Hassan Celebrates Women’s Equality Day with Women Business Leader Roundtable

Maggie Hassan Business Roundtable

PORTSMOUTH – Today, Governor Maggie Hassan celebrated Women’s Equality Day with a roundtable discussion at Brown & Company Design on the importance of expanding economic opportunity for Granite State women and families. Women’s Equality Day commemorates the 19th Amendment taking effect and calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. 

“We know that when we include more people in our shared economic success, we all do better – and that includes ensuring that our women and families have the opportunity to thrive,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “In New Hampshire, we have worked together to ensure that women have the same opportunities as their male counterparts, and I will continue this critical work in the United States Senate.”

Governor Hassan has always fought to expand economic opportunity for women and families. As Governor, she was proud to sign New Hamsphire’s Paycheck Fairness Act to help ensure that women receive equal pay for an equal day’s work. And she has laid out her priorities for supporting New Hampshire’s women and families in her Innovate NH 2.0 economic plan, including passing the federal Paycheck Fairness Act, expanding paid family leave to ensure that workers are able to support their families during times of need at home and supporting women-owned businesses.

“It was an honor to host Governor Hassan at Brown & Company Design and hear more about her priorities for expanding economic opportunity for Granite State women and families in the United States Senate,” said Mary Jo Brown of Brown & Company Design. “We have made real progress in New Hampshire toward ensuring that all women earn equal pay for equal work and encouraging women-owned businesses, but unfortunately there is still more to do on the federal level. I know that in Washington, Governor Hassan will continue fighting for us and work to make progress on crucial priorities like expanding paid family leave.” 

“Governor Hassan has been a strong advocate for New Hampshire’s women and families, and we need her common-sense problem solving in the United States Senate,” said former New Hampshire Speaker Terie Norelli. “As Speaker of the House, I saw Governor Hassan’s bipartisan leadership firsthand as we got things done to expand economic opportunity for Granite Staters, including signing New Hampshire’s Paycheck Fairness Act and expanding health coverage to nearly 50,000 Granite Staters. And that’s exactly the kind of leadership we need in the United States Senate.”

Kelly Ayotte Strikes Out for Working Families

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Image by Gage Skidmore

CONCORD – As Kelly Ayotte launches a new ad today attempting to mislead Granite Staters, it’s clear she can’t rewrite her record of going to bat for her party leaders and special interest backers, rather than New Hampshire families and small businesses.

Senator Ayotte has voted multiple times to protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. Ayotte has sided with the Koch Brothers in voting to turn Medicare into a voucher program, and voted against protecting Social Security from privatization and benefit cuts. And Ayotte has consistently worked against New Hampshire’s students, voting for deep cuts to Pell Grants while voting against allowing students to refinance their student loans.

Ayotte has also voted against a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United, and has already benefited from over $24 million in outside spending this election cycle.

“Time and again, Kelly Ayotte has put her party leaders and special interest backers ahead of Granite State families and small businesses, voting for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, working to undermine Medicare and Social Security and voting to make college more expensive for students,” said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “And Ayotte’s special interest backers know that she goes to bat for them, which is why they have spent over $24 million to prop up her struggling campaign. As she tries to mislead Granite Staters, Kelly Ayotte can’t rewrite her record of striking out for working families.”

In Two Interviews, Ayotte Refuses Multiple Times to Say Whether She Trusts Trump with Nuclear Arsenal

Ayotte Repeatedly Vows She’s Pulling the Lever to Vote for Trump, While Repeatedly Ducking Whether She Trusts Trump’s Finger on the Nuclear Button

CONCORD – Despite the fact that Kelly Ayotte has made clear that she continues to support Donald Trump for President, she has repeatedly refused to answer whether she trusts him with the nuclear launch codes. Instead, Ayotte cited congressional oversight of the Oval Office, apparently unaware that the President can launch nuclear weapons unilaterally. 

“Kelly Ayotte either isn’t aware that the President can launch nuclear weapons unilaterally or is intentionally misleading voters, but either way she’s made it clear that she continues to support Donald Trump for President, putting the nuclear codes into the hands of someone who national security and military experts have said represents a clear and present danger to our national security,” said Governor Maggie Hassan.  

The AP reported this morning that Ayotte “would not say whether she trusted Trump with the codes to the nation’s nuclear arsenal. Instead, she noted Congress’ oversight role.”

And in an interview with CNNAyotte “refused to say twice if she trusted Trump having his finger on the nuclear codes, launching into a criticism of President Barack Obama and saying Congress would be able to stand up to a President Trump.”

But experts have pointed out there is no Congressional check on the President’s power to launch nuclear weapons:

Franklin C. Miller, a nuclear specialist who served in the White House and Department of Defense for 31 years, said, “There’s no veto once the president has ordered a strike… The president and only the president has the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons.”

Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, explained, “In short: A president could push the button all by himself or herself, legally- and constitutionally-speaking.”

The Arms Control Assocation’s Kingston Reif told CNN that “the president has supreme authority to decide whether to use America’s nuclear weapons. Period. Full stop.”

Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden told MSNBC that “once the military has been ordered to launch a weapon, service members act immediately…’the system is designed for speed and decisiveness; it’s not designed to debate the decision.'”

And Bruce G. Blair, a nuclear security expert at Princeton, wrote, “With a single phone call, the commander in chief has virtually unlimited power to rain down nuclear weapons on any adversarial regime and country at any time. You might imagine this awesome executive power would be hamstrung with checks and balances, but by law, custom and congressional deference there may be no responsibility where the president has more absolute control.”

Largest Federal Employee Union Endorses Maggie Hassan for U.S. Senate

AFGE: Gov. Hassan will be strong advocate for federal employees, working people

AFGE_Logo_high resWASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees, the nation’s largest federal employee union, is proud to endorse New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan in her race for the U.S. Senate.

Hassan, who was elected governor in 2012 and previously served in the New Hampshire State Senate, will be a strong advocate for federal employees and working people across the country, AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said.

“Maggie Hassan believes in creating good-paying jobs here at home and closing tax loopholes that encourage businesses to outsource jobs,” Cox said.

“She also wants to raise the minimum wage and will oppose cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and other critical federal programs and services. We are proud to support her race for the U.S. Senate.”

Hassan supports the public sector workers who keep us safe at home and abroad, care for our veterans, protect our environment, teach our children, build and maintain our infrastructure, and deliver the services that taxpayers expect and deserve, said Vincent Castellano, AFGE National Vice President for the 2nd District, which includes New Hampshire.

“She believes federal employees deserve a meaningful pay raise after years of frozen wages and cuts to their benefits. And she will fight attempts to make further cuts federal employees’ retirement, health care, and other benefits,” Castellano said.

Supporting Donald Trump Puts Kelly Ayotte’s Reelection In Jeopardy

NHDP Launches New Web Video On The Trump-Ayotte Ticket’s Polling Troubles

Concord, N.H. — Today, the New Hampshire Democratic Party launched a new web video highlighting the struggles of the Trump-Ayotte ticket in the Granite State. Recent poor showings in the polls and off-message outbursts have led to widespread negative media attention that’s sure to only grow in the lead-up to November. This new video highlights a compilation of television coverage of the Trump-Ayotte ticket from the past few days.

The video, which can be viewed HERE, will be promoted aggressively online and via social media in the coming days.

“The Trump-Ayotte ticket is in trouble here in New Hampshire as national media has pointed out repeatedly over the past week,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “Voters oppose Trump and Ayotte’s backward agenda because it’s out of step with the priorities of hardworking Granite State families and voters will reject the Trump-Ayotte ticket once and for all in November.”

Yesterday, Senator Susan Collins of Maine released a blistering op-ed on why she will not be voting for Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President.

My conclusion about Mr. Trump’s unsuitability for office is based on his disregard for the precept of treating others with respect, an idea that should transcend politics. Instead, he opts to mock the vulnerable and inflame prejudices by attacking ethnic and religious minorities.”

…I am also deeply concerned that Mr. Trump’s lack of self-restraint and his barrage of ill-informed comments would make an already perilous world even more so. It is reckless for a presidential candidate to publicly raise doubts about honoring treaty commitments with our allies. Mr. Trump’s tendency to lash out when challenged further escalates the possibility of disputes spinning dangerously out of control.”

Today,  The Boston Globe today called out Kelly Ayotte for her continued support of Donald Trump, noting that “ultimately, a senator who can’t manage to take a public, unequivocal stand against a man like Trump only raises questions about her own judgment.”

Click here to read the full editorial or see below for excerpts:

SENATOR Susan Collins of Maine made the only sensible choice on Monday, announcing that she would not support the Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump, in November. She joins Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, five other Republican senators, and a growing list of GOP congressmen who have repudiated Trump. The lone holdout in the New England Senate delegation is Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and with each passing day her continued support for Trump becomes more inexcusable.

… Ayotte, enmeshed in a reelection fight against Democrat Maggie Hassan, seems more concerned about her electoral fortunes than in doing the right thing for the country. She does not “endorse” Trump but does “support” him, a lawyerly formulation that legitimizes Trump’s candidacy. Instead, she should be joining Collins in choking off political support for a dangerous candidate. She may pay a political price, but there’s also a price for inaction: Ultimately, a senator who can’t manage to take a public, unequivocal stand against a man like Trump only raises questions about her own judgment.

She can try to spin her “non-endorsement” but by not outright rejecting Donald Trump, Senator Kelly Ayotte is showing that she is lock step with Donald. Now she is slowly starting to show her true support of Donald Trump.

Last night, Ayotte sent failed Gubernatorial candidate, Ovide Lamontagne to speak on her behalf at a forum in Derry and he made it very clear that Ayotte supports Trump and they will be working together this election. 

NHPR Reports:

Lamontagne, speaking on her behalf, said it’s time for all Republicans need to get behind their nominee.

“And this is a time of vetting. It’s important to note: who’s with us? We had every candidate in the presidential primary raise a hand give an oath they would support the nominee. Shame on any Republican candidate for president who would not endorse this candidate.”

And Lamontagne made it clear Ayotte is behind Trump.

“We have to work as a team,” Lamontagne said. “At the end of the day, the nominee is who we get behind. And I can assure you Kelly Ayotte will be part of the team.”

Trump has already made it clear that he supports Kelly Ayotte as he endorsed her reelection campaign earlier this week, where Ayotte’s spokesperson stated, “I appreciate his support, and I look forward to defeating Maggie Hassan and Hillary Clinton in November.”

“Donald Trump has now made the Trump-Ayotte ticket official. After Ayotte stood by Trump while he attacked our veterans, Gold Star families, Americans with disabilities and more, Trump has returned the favor. While Ayotte has said she ‘appreciates’ Trump’s support, Granite Staters do not appreciate the backward Trump-Ayotte agenda of defunding Planned Parenthood, overturning Roe v. Wade and obstructing the Supreme Court confirmation process. In November, voters will have a clear choice between Kelly Ayotte, who always puts her political party and special interest backers first, and Maggie Hassan, who consistently fights for the people and small businesses of New Hampshire,” said Meira Bernstein, Maggie for NH Press Secretary.  

The Human Rights Campaign Endorses Gov. Maggie Hassan for U.S. Senate

HRC LogoWASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced its endorsement of New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kelly Ayotte.

Governor Hassan has always fought for the rights of all citizens to participate fully in the civic and economic life of their communities. As a State Senator, she worked tirelessly to achieve marriage equality, helping make New Hampshire one of the first states to pass legislation ensuring access to legal marriage for all. Earlier this year, she took a bold and historic step by issuing an executive order extending vitally important non-discrimination protections to transgender people in New Hampshire with respect to government employment, contracts and programs.

“Maggie Hassan has stood with us and fought with us for years to ensure LGBTQ people are treated equally under the law,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “We’re proud to endorse Maggie Hassan and look forward to working with her to pass the Equality Act so that everyone, including LGBTQ people, can live free from fear of discrimination.”

“I am honored to accept the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign and thank them for their leadership in advocating for LGBTQ equality,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan. “I firmly believe that when we bring people in from the margins and ensure their full inclusion, we help unleash talent and energy that strengthens our democracy, our economy and our communities. I have proudly stood with our LGBTQ community and have worked hard to promote equality and inclusion here in New Hampshire during my time as Governor. While we have made great strides towards equality in recent years, there remains significant work to be done. In the U.S. Senate, I will continue fighting for policies that help ensure that all citizens are fully included in all aspects of our society, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

HRC previously endorsed Hassan in her 2012 campaign for governor based on her proven pro-equality record. 


The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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