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New Poll Shows Gun Violence Prevention is Key Issue for NH Voters; Most State House Candidates Have a Record on Background Checks

On Friday, the Center for American Progress Action Fund released new polling, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), of voters in Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In the six battleground states, voters across the aisle expressed strong support for commonsense gun safety legislation, finding that candidates who endorse these policies are set to perform well on Election Day.

nh-ayotte-background-checks-pollIn New Hampshire, 42% of likely voters were LESS likely to vote for Kelly Ayotte because of her opposition to comprehensive background checks on gun sales. Only 14% were more likely to vote for Ayotte because of her position. Additionally, the poll found strong support from Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike for a number of gun violence prevention policies, and also that voters are more likely to vote for state legislators who support expanded background checks.

Of the 705 State House candidates on the ballot tomorrow, 307 of them already have a vote record on background checks. Granite State Progress compiled those votes from the past two legislative sessions and matched them with this year’s State House candidate list — take a look and see whether your State House candidates side with the gun lobby like U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, or with the overwhelming majority of Granite Staters who support common sense gun violence prevention.

GSP Brief: NH State House Candidates on Background Checks, 2016

GSP Brief: NH State House Candidates on Background Checks, 2016

 

 

Granite State Progress Releases List of 30+ Free State Project Candidates Running for State Legislature

Free State Project members running for political office often hide or deny their FSP affiliation; Granite State Progress’ Free State Project Watch exposes those connections

Concord, NH – Granite State Progress released a list of more than 30 Free State Project members running for the New Hampshire state legislature, including two State Senate candidates and dozens of House candidates.

“Granite State Progress has been tracking the Free State Project and its influence since 2008, paying particular attention to Free Stater activity in elections and legislation,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress. “Free State Project members running for political office often hide or deny their FSP affiliation from voters and downplay their extreme beliefs when asked. To challenge this, Granite State Progress researches and compiles a list of Free State Project candidates running for office so voters know about the extreme affiliation of those candidates.”

New Hampshire’s role started more than a decade ago when the ultra-extreme Free State Project voted on a state to move 20,000 libertarians to with the stated purpose to take over state government and dismantle it, and New Hampshire was the unlucky recipient of that vote. The Free State Project seeks to create a libertarian “utopia” void of public infrastructure and common laws, and to use their numbers to dramatically change New Hampshire. The Free State Project even threatens to secede from the rest of the country once it meets its initial goals:

“Once we’ve taken over the state government, we can slash state and local budgets, which make up a sizeable proportion of the tax and regulatory burden we face every day. Furthermore, we can eliminate substantial federal interference by refusing to take highway funds and the strings attached to them. Once we’ve accomplished these things, we can bargain with the national government over reducing the role of the national government in our state. We can use the threat of secession as leverage to do this.” – Announcement:
The Free State Project by Founder Jason Sorens

To date, the Free State Project has recruited more than 20,000 people to sign the pledge to move to New Hampshire, hitting their goal to “Trigger the Move” – all those who signed up are supposed to start moving once the agreed upon goal was met. More than 2,015 people have already moved.

“Free State Project members sign a pledge to move to New Hampshire and work to change the way of life in our state. They do not move here for a job, or for family, or even because they like what New Hampshire has to offer. Instead, they move here because a political group they are affiliated with voted on a state to move to and take over, and New Hampshire is the unlucky recipient of that vote,” Rice Hawkins said. “It is not surprising that so many Free Staters run for public office. Free State Project members uproot their families and move to New Hampshire purely to enact a political agenda, and running for office only further helps them reach that goal. Local communities who have dealt with them first-hand know how extreme their ideology can be, and that’s why we’ve seen push back from both Republicans and Democrats to expose them.”

The Free State Project candidate list is part of the Free State Project Watch of Granite State Progress, and can be found online at https://freestateprojectwatch.org/. The website includes the candidate list as well as individual candidate profiles.

Granite State Progress released similar candidate lists in 2012 and 2014. Members of the media and public are encouraged to ask FSP candidates whether they disclose their Free State Project affiliation in campaign materials and if not, why.

New Hampshire Wants Paid Family And Medical Leave Yet Only One Gubernatorial Candidate Openly Supports It

Eighty-Two percent (82%):
The percent of Granite Staters who support paid family and medical leave.

In August, the UNH Survey Center and Kristin Smith released a report showing overwhelming support for paid family and medical leave in New Hampshire. The poll showed that eighty-two percent (82%) support paid family and medical leave.  Among Democrats polls showed over ninety-six percent (96%) support the paid leave initiative.  The poll also showed that over sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republicans support paid family and medical leave as well.

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As with any type of legislation there is always a cost aspect.  Kristin Smith and UNH asked workers directly if they would be willing to pay up to $5 a week to have access to paid family and medical leave, the answer was shocking. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of respondents said they would pay $5 a week to have a family and medical leave insurance program.

Not only do the people of New Hampshire want paid family and medical leave, they are willing to pay for it themselves.

Earlier this year, State Rep Mary Stuart Gile and State Senator Dan Feltes filed legislation to make paid family leave a reality in New Hampshire. Rep. Gile has worked on this issue for almost two decades, including a number of study committees.

“After years of study, it’s time to finally move forward with paid family and medical leave insurance, and Granite Staters of all backgrounds and political affiliations agree – in fact, eighty percent (80%) of Granite Staters agree…. Insuring some short-term wage replacement will allow workers to care for an aging family member, care for a new child, and care for themselves, including getting needed substance misuse treatment,” Rep Gile and Sen Feltes said in a joint statement.

So who is against this type of legislation? You probably already guessed it, the corporate “business community.” The same business community that fights against raising the minimum wage and pushes workers down in the never-ending race to the bottom, to maximize their personal profits.

Nationally, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the Chamber of Commerce, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) have all come out against paid family and medical leave but could not say what is bad about the program.

The NFIB tried to confuse people by telling a reporter at The Hill, “You’re paying twice for the same labor.” NFIB is implying that the employer must pay a temp worker to replace the worker they are also paying on medical leave. In reality, the worker is paying into an insurance plan. The insurance plan then pays them when they take extended leave. The employer pays nothing for the worker who is out on leave, so their costs would remain exactly the same.

SHRM spokesperson Lisa Horn told USA Today that “Her organization supports companies offering paid leave generally, but prefers incentives for employers to offer it, rather than require it.”

That sounds great but the fact is, as Fortune Magazine points out, “Only 11 percent of American workers get paid family leave through their employers or state programs.”  This is the same tired “free market” garbage that lobbyists use to convince politicians to vote against raising the minimum wage.

Fortune also pointed out that many of the arguments against providing a paid family and medical leave insurance program are completely bogus.  In California and New Jersey, the insurance program costs workers no more than $30 dollar a year for up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave.  Forbes noted that in those states with paid leave, ninety-one percent (91%) said “the program has had a positive or no negative effect on profitability and performance.”

It is important to know who is fighting against the will of the people on paid family and medical leave.  This becomes very important when we start looking at the New Hampshire Gubernatorial race.

Colin Van Ostern, the Democratic candidate for Governor, has been outspoken in his support for paid family and medical leave. As an Executive Councilor Van Ostern voted to commission a study to identify “the costs, benefits, alternative models, and public support for family leave policies in New Hampshire, with a goal of identifying the barriers that hold Granite Staters back from fully participating in our economy.”

Van Ostern continued, “As Governor, Colin will work with stakeholders to incorporate the best ideas recommended by this study to advance policies that will help remove existing barriers to workforce participation.”

Chris Sununu has yet to identify his position on paid family and medical leave yet but recently praised his endorsement by the National Federation of Independent Business.

As reported by NHPR: “Bruce Berke, the state director for the business group, cited Sununu’s familiarity with the state’s business climate as a factor in the endorsement.  ‘He knows these issues, he understands their impact, and he has lived these issues as a business owner,’ Berke said.”

In the NHPR article, Casey McDermott specifically cited Sununu’s opposition to raising the minimum wage, another issue supported by eighty-seven (87%) of Americans and seventy-six (76%) of Granite Staters, as one of the policies that NFIB also supports.

Any reasonable person would also expect that Sununu would oppose paid family and medical leave as do his NFIB endorsers.

Again, “Van Ostern says he’d work to raise the minimum wage and promote paid family leave.” Sununu said, “I oppose establishing a state minimum wage” and praises his endorsement from one of the biggest opponents of paid family and medical leave.

Governor Maggie Hassan Accepts Sierra Club’s Endorsement

 CONCORD – Today, Governor Maggie Hassan accepted the Sierra Club’s endorsement at an event at Carter Hill Orchard. The Sierra Club is the nation’s largest grassroots conservation organization, with over 10,000 members and supporters in New Hampshire.

“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of the Sierra Club as we continue working together to protect our land, air and water,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Throughout my time in office, I have worked with members of both parties to take stronger action to protect our environment, combat climate change and support clean energy alternatives to help our citizens, businesses and economy thrive. Unfortunately, Senator Kelly Ayotte has shown time and again that she puts her corporate special interest backers such as the Koch Brothers first at the expense of our natural resources and the health of our citizens. In the Senate, I will work across the aisle to build a stronger, clean energy future for our families and businesses.”

“Governor Maggie Hassan has been a climate champion for New Hampshire and understands that protecting our environment is more than just an election year issue,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. “The Governor’s strong record stands in stark contrast with climate disaster Senator Kelly Ayotte, who has repeatedly voted to protect tax breaks for Big Oil, voted against clean water protections, and has said that the role of the Environmental Protection Agency needs to be reined in. The Sierra Club is proud to endorse Maggie Hassan for Senate because we know that she will always fight for our environment.”

As a State Senator, Governor Hassan sponsored the legislation that allowed the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to reduce harmful emissions and energy costs, create jobs and encourage innovation in New Hampshire’s clean energy economy. She also helped pass the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to maintain and grow our clean, renewable energy sector.

As Governor, she has built on these efforts by signing bipartisan legislation to update RGGI and New Hampshire’s RPS, establishing a long-term New Hampshire Energy Strategy that focuses on clean, renewable energy, fully funding New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), and raising the net metering cap to help New Hampshire’s clean energy industry continue to grow and thrive. She was also proud to sign the Under 2 MOU, a global compact among cities, states and provinces worldwide to limit the increase in global average temperature to below two degrees Celsius.

In the Senate, Maggie will fight to build on New Hampshire’s progress and work to achieve a cleaner environment and stronger energy future that will help our citizens, businesses and economy thrive. Maggie supports policies such as setting a strong national target of 50 percent clean and carbon-free electricity by 2030 and expanding RGGI’s reach by encouraging more states to join. She will also work to build on New Hampshire’s leadership in boosting clean energy efforts by creating a strong national net metering model rule and extending clean energy tax incentives, while ending special tax breaks for Big Oil companies.

Meanwhile, Senator Kelly Ayotte has shown time and again that she sides with corporate special interests at the expense of our natural resources. Ayotte has voted multiple times to protect tax breaks for Big Oil, was the only New England Senator to vote against critical clean water protections and has an environmental record that is worse than former Senator Scott Brown’s.

Legislative Committee Fails To Act On Governor Hassan’s “Gateway To Work” Program

Republicans Block The Proposal That Is Strongly Supported by New Hampshire’s Business Community 

CONCORD –Today, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee failed to act on Governor Hassan’s Gateway to Work proposal, which would have strengthened workforce development in our state and has strong support from the NH Business and Industry Association. An attempt to remove the proposal from the table was defeated by the Republican majority on the Fiscal Committee.

Announced in Governor Hassan’s State of the State Address earlier this year, Gateway to Work will use repurposed existing federal funds to help New Hampshire’s citizens succeed in the workforce through strengthening job training, creating new apprenticeship opportunities, helping remove the barriers that cause too many citizens to fail in the workplace, and helping young people in the Granite State get a leg up on their futures.

“As we educate our young people and build the highly skilled workforce of the future, innovative businesses looking to grow here in New Hampshire need more workers now,” Governor Hassan said at the Gateway to Work kickoff event in March. “We have an opportunity to better use the talent of our own people right here in New Hampshire, helping our businesses thrive while closing the opportunity gap for New Hampshire’s children and families.”

“Through Gateway to Work, we can provide more of the workers our businesses need to thrive,” Governor Hassan said. “We can help give more of our families the opportunity to work their way to self-sufficiency and into the middle class. And we will do so using only existing federal funds, while achieving long-term savings for taxpayers by moving people off of public assistance,” added Hassan.  

The New Hampshire business community has continued to say that New Hampshire does not have enough skilled workers to fill the open jobs currently available now.  Recently the Washington Post highlighted New Hampshire’s growing need for skilled manufacturing workers as the majority of the workforce heads into retirement.

“While New Hampshire’s 2.8 percent unemployment rate is largely a good thing — it’s one of the nation’s lowest — it also means the labor pool is shallow. It’s created a squeeze for manufacturing companies in particular for two reasons: The industry’s workforce is aging at a faster than average rate, while fewer young workers have the proper skills — or interest — to fill the void of retiring workers,” wrote the Washington Post.

Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee failed to act on Governor Hassan’s Gateway to Work proposal:

“New Hampshire’s continued economic growth depends on our ability to meet the workforce needs of our businesses. As we work to retain existing businesses and attract new ones, the number one concern that I consistently hear from employers is their need for skilled workers.

“Gateway to Work has strong support from the business community because it would move people off of public assistance into sustainable careers, saving taxpayer dollars and providing innovative businesses with the workers they need to grow and thrive. With a strengthening economy and an unemployment rate that is among the lowest in the nation, the business community is desperate for workers. I am disappointed by the Fiscal Committee’s repeated delays with transferring the existing federal funds to launch Gateway to Work, and I am concerned that Republicans on the committee are allowing politics to prevent us from moving forward with this common-sense initiative to fill jobs at growing companies and help close the opportunity gap for New Hampshire’s children and families.”

After the vote, Sen. Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester), member of the Fiscal Committee, released the following statement: 

“I am frustrated and disappointed that the Joint Fiscal Committee played politics with our state’s economy today by voting against transferring TANF dollars to fund the innovative Gateway to Work program.  This program that has strong support from New Hampshire’s business community would have gone a long way towards strengthening our economy by providing potential employees with the skills and services they need to successfully gain employment.”  

“We hear constantly that with an improving economy, the most significant challenge our employers face today is finding skilled workers who are able to take jobs when offered. Gateway to Work targets potential employees who have barriers to employment such as reliable child care and transportation and helps lower those barriers to get them into the workforce. Every day that we delay implementation of this program, we leave both our unemployed constituents and our businesses behind.  We should be doing all we can to help Granite Staters escape poverty and move off of public assistance and towards self-sufficiency, and the vote by the Fiscal Committee today is a step in the wrong direction.” 

“Today’s action by the Republican majority forces our unemployed constituents to stay on public assistance programs instead of finding good employment and leaves our businesses without the workers they need to thrive and expand our economy.”

Representative Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord) issued the following statement after the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee failed to act on Governor Hassan’s Gateway to Work proposal:

“I am extremely disappointed that Republicans continue to obstruct the implementation of the Gateway to Work initiative. It is a common sense program critical to New Hampshire’s future and should be approved as quickly as possible.

The Gateway to Work initiative would help workers, businesses, and the economy as a whole by investing in job training, apprenticeship opportunities and other supports for hard-working Granite Staters. There is no reason to delay an initiative that benefits everyone: Gateway to Work would help workers to get good-paying jobs, help businesses utilize a skilled workforce, and reduce government spending by moving people off public assistance and into stable careers. Republicans need to stop playing politics with our state’s future and approve Gateway to Work.”

By continuing to block programs like the “Gateway to Work,”  Republicans in Concord are showing that they are less interested in doing what is best for working people and businesses in New Hampshire and more interested in chasing wild conspiracy theories from doctored videos and sticking to their partisan opposition to Governor Hassan.

Republicans routinely complain about having too many people “living off the system” on public assistance and yet oppose one of the strongest proposals to help people “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” by providing them with the skills necessary to find a lasting career that will help lift them out of poverty.

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.

Colin Van Ostern Files For Governor Of NH, Focused On Building A Stronger Economy

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“I’m looking forward to working incredibly hard to be a Governor that wakes up every single day focused on building a stronger economy where everyone has a chance to succeed, not just those at the top,” said Van Ostern.

CONCORD, N.H. – Today, Democrat Colin Van Ostern filed his candidacy for Governor of New Hampshire with the Secretary of State. Walking through the State House, flanked by a hallway full of grassroots supporters, Colin and his family formally submitted paperwork to seek the Democratic nomination for Governor.

Afterward, Colin addressed more than 75 activists that showed up to support him and then fielded questions from reporters. Below is a transcript of some his remarks to reporters:

“I look at this race like a hiring process like any other and most of my time here in New Hampshire has been in the private sector. I’ve been on both sides of the hiring table, many times and when you hire someone for a job you want to see both what they have to say but also what they’ve done.

In this race, I’m very proud to have been part of the large team effort to expand Medicaid so that now 50,000 people have health care coverage that didn’t have it when I was elected to the Council. I’ve been a leader in restoring Planned Parenthood funding three out of the last four years – though it’s shut off right now – and whether or not we get that funding restored, depends on whether or not we win this race. I’ve been a leader in building support for solar energy projects across this state – in Plymouth, in Peterborough, Durham and Portsmouth – and I’ve had a chance to work at some great employers – places like Stonyfield and Southern New Hampshire University, which I think is the largest fastest growing employer in the state right now and I think we need more employers like those. I think that when voters look at my record and that of the other candidates running, they’ll see one candidate who’s been part of the progress we’re making.”

Asked about whether he’ll appeal to Democratic primary voters, Colin said:

“I’m proud to have been endorsed by the majority of Bernie Sanders’ steering committee in the state and the majority of the grassroots leadership team of state Representatives that endorsed Hillary. In fact, more than 80 state Representatives in New Hampshire have now endorsed me in this race. The mayors of most of our largest cities – like Concord, Keene, Nashua and Rochester, not just Democrats but Republicans, too. I’m proud to bring a broad, diverse, grassroots coalition to this race and I think that’s what we’ll need in order to win.”

“Voters will judge me based on what I’ve fought for and achieved in office – Medicaid expansion, solar energy, passenger rail, restoring Planned Parenthood funding – these are things that have affected thousands of lives here in New Hampshire. Ultimately, talk is cheap in politics, and a lot depends not on what you say, but the actions you take and the progress you’ve made and that’s how I want to be judged.”

Asked whether Colin sees himself as the most progressive candidate in the race, he said:

“I think that’s up to voters to choose, not politicians to label themselves. I’m proud that Democracy for America – the largest grassroots organization in the state – the bold progressives at Progressive Change Campaign Committee have looked at the field and chosen to endorse me as well. I think it’s because they care less about what the candidates say but what they’ve done and three of the four years I served on the Executive Council.

If you think New Hampshire is moving in the right direction – and I do – and if you want to keep it moving in the right direction, than I hope you’ll consider hiring a candidate who’s been the one in the field who’s been part of making that progress.”

Democrats file for New Hampshire State Senate

An impressive roster of 25 Democrats filed for their candidacies at the Secretary of State’s Office

CONCORD – Twenty-five Democratic State Senate candidates filed their candidacies with the Secretary of State this afternoon.

“This year’s exceptionally strong roster of candidates has us all very optimistic about this November’s elections,” said Senator Jeff Woodburn, the Senate’s Democratic Leader. “Our candidates represent all Granite Staters. They are small business owners, educators, community advocates, and highly-accomplished legislators who want to get things done for Granite Staters. Increased excitement on the Democratic side of the aisle, combined with several Republican retirements this cycle, points to common-sense returning to Concord come November.”

Eight candidates are current Senators running for re-election, four are current State Representatives, and one is a former Senator. The balance of the field is made up of several more prominent and respected citizens who have made an impact on their communities over the years. There are two expected primaries in the field; in District 9, Jeanne Dietsch and Lee Nyquist will seek the nomination, and in District 10, Jay Kahn and Rep. Kris Roberts will seek the nomination. All look forward to serving their friends and neighbors as their Senators in Concord.

“With Donald Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party and the Republican Senate’s inability to effectively tackle the problems facing New Hampshire, voters are increasingly aligning with the middle class-oriented, practical approach to governance that Democrats will provide,” added Raymond Buckley, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “This Republican majority has dragged its feet on additional funding to end the opioid crisis, rejected federal funds for expanding rail infrastructure for southern New Hampshire, and can’t even get itself together to ban the barbaric practice of conversion therapy for minors. Our Senate candidates stand with the people of New Hampshire in saying that enough is enough; we’re ready to make progress.”

The candidates who filed today include:

●      District 1: Sen. Jeff Woodburn of Whitefield is the current Democratic leader in the Senate and is seeking his third term.

●      District 2: Charlie Chandler is a retired attorney, selectman, and former State Representative who lives in Warren.

●      District 3: John White is a retired Boston Globe reporter. He is very active in his hometown of Wolfeboro.

●      District 4: Sen. David Watters is a former two-term member of the House and a professor at UNH for over 30 years. He and his wife Jan Alberghene live in Dover.

●      District 5: Rep. Martha Hennessey is finishing her second year in the New Hampshire House where she is a dedicated member of the Children and Family Law Committee. She and her husband Steve Severson live in Hanover.

●      District 6: Joe Casey is a longtime advocate for working families and a community leader in Rochester.

●      District 7: Sen. Andrew Hosmer is seeking his third term in the Senate. He runs a family-owned automotive business and lives in Laconia with his wife Donna and their four children.

●      District 8: John Garvey is the John is a Navy veteran, attorney, mediator, author, and educator. John is currently a nationally recognized professor at UNH School of Law, where he directs the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program.

●      District 9: Jeanne Dietsch is a successful entrepreneur who has run several start-up tech companies, and lives with her husband Bill in Peterborough.

●      District 9: Lee Nyquist is an attorney and Town Moderator in New Boston, where he has lived with his wife Leslie for 25 years.

●      District 10: Jay Kahn is a Keene councilor-at-large and and former vice president for finance and planning at Keene State College.

●      District 10: Rep. Kris Roberts has served six terms in the New Hampshire House representing Keene, and is a former Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps.

●      District 11: Roger Tilton is an investment manager from Milford and the father of two daughters.

●      District 12: Former Sen. Peggy Gilmour served as Senator from District 12 from 2009-2011 and again from 2013-2015. She has lived in Hollis for over 40 years, where she worked in community-based health care and established the first hospice in southern New Hampshire.

●      District 13: Sen. Bette Lasky has served the people of Nashua in the Senate for three terms, and previously for five terms in the New Hampshire House where she was Assistant Majority Leader. She lives in Nashua with her husband Elliot.

●      District 14: Tammy Siekmann is a longtime community leader in Londonderry, and was a coach for the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team.

●      District 15: Sen. Dan Feltes is an attorney who is finishing his first term in the Senate. He lives in Concord with his wife Erin.

●      District 16: Scott McGilvray is an experienced educator, who taught social studies for over 20 years while coaching football at Manchester Memorial High School. Currently serving as President of New Hampshire’s NEA, he lives in Manchester with his wife Patricia.

●      District 17: Nancy Fraher of Chichester, is a retired public school teacher. She is a former chair of the Chichester and SAU 53 School Boards.

●      District 18: Sen. Donna Soucy is serving her second term in the Senate, and is a former Manchester School Board member, Alderman, and State Representative.

●      District 19: Kristi St. Laurent is serving her fourth term as Chair of the Windham Democratic Committee and serves on the Windham Planning Board.

●      District 20: Sen. Lou D’Allesandro has represented District 20 in the Senate since first being elected in 1998. He is a former State Representative and Executive Councilor, and lives in Manchester with his wife Pat.

●      District 21: Sen. Martha Fuller Clark is serving her fifth term in the Senate, and previously served six terms in the House. She and her husband Geoff live in Portsmouth.

●      District 23: Rep. Alexis Simpson is a member of the New Hampshire House where she serves on the Environment and Agriculture Committee, and a former pastor. She, her husband, and their two sons live in Exeter.

●      District 24: Rep. Tom Sherman is a two-term member of the New Hampshire House and distinguished gastroenterologist. Sherman recently sat on the opioid epidemic joint task force and brokered the bipartisan medicaid expansion compromise plan. He lives in Rye with his wife and three sons.

Arnie Alpert: The Fight For $15 Comes To Concord

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By Arnie Alpert on the InZane Times

The movement of fast-food workers demanding wages of at least $15 an hour made a spirited visit to Concord, New Hampshire this afternoon.

About 35 workers and allies chanted and marched down Loudon Road from HazenP5050187 Drive to East Side Drive and back again on the other side.  The route took us past Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Wendy’s, and other establishments that currently depend on low-wage workers. 

The Granite State actually abolished its minimum wage in 2011, which means that the base pay for most workers is $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum.  The base pay for tipped workers is even less.  Attempts every year since then to restore the minimum wage and raise it have been unsuccessful, largely due to effective lobbying by trade associations of businesses that pay low wages.

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“You can’t survive on $7.25.  Live free or die!” was one of the chants.

Others included “Hey McDonalds, you can’t hide, we can see your greedy side.”  P5050127(The names of other businesses can be substituted.) 

The marchers went inside at KFC, where they chanted for several minutes before leaving voluntarily.  At McDonalds we were locked out.  Several members of the Concord Police Department met up with us at Burger King, where they explained the rules regarding trespass and disorderly conduct to labor organizers who no doubt were already familiar with the law.   

P5050142 (2)Today’s demonstration was organized by SEIU Local 1984, the Granite State Organizing Project, and the United Valley Interfaith Project.

GSOP and UVIP have been holding monthly “Fight for $15” protests in Concord, Manchester, Nashua,P5050098 and West Lebanon, but typically with smaller groups and a less confrontational approach.  The monthly actions generally take place on the 15th of the month.   

For more information, contact

GSOP at 603-668-8250 orhttp://granitestateorganizing.org/

UVIP at 603-443-3682 or http://www.unitedvalleyinterfaithproject.org

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NHDP Announces the Completion of the NH Delegation to the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Concord, N.H. — Today, the New Hampshire Democratic Party announced the completion of the 41 member New Hampshire Delegation to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. These members were elected on Saturday, April 16th in proportion to the Presidential candidates vote totals in our First in the Nation Primary. Additionally, NHDP Chairman Raymond Buckley was elected Delegation Chair.

The delegates selected on Saturday are below. You can view the entire New Hampshire delegation to the 2016 Democratic National Convention HERE

3 Party Leader & Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates

  • Sanders PLEO Delegate Renny Cushing – Hampton
  • Sanders PLEO Delegate Ronna Hamelin – Newmarket
  • Clinton PLEO Delegate Richard Komi – Manchester

5 At-Large Delegates

  • Sanders At-Large Delegate Kurt Ehrenburg – Rye
  • Clinton At-Large Delegate JoAnn Fenton – Keene
  • Sanders At-Large Delegate Mark MacKenzie – Manchester
  • Clinton At-Large Delegate Ryan Richman – Manchester
  • Sanders At-Large Delegate Andru Volinksy – Concord

2 At-Large Alternate Delegates

  • Clinton At-Large Alternate Delegate Laurie McCray – Portsmouth
  • Sanders At-Large Alternate Delegate Rich Gulla – Hillsborough

Standing Committee Appointments

  • Rules Committee – Germano Martins – Hooksett
  • Platform Committee – Judy Reardon – Manchester
  • Credentials Committee – Tracy Yeung – Manchester

Convention Pages

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