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Attempting To Rally TEA Party Base, Ayotte Is Endorsed By Ovide Lamontagne

Ayotte Campaign Lurches Rightward With Endorsement From Anti-Women’s Health Extremist, Failed Candidate Ovide Lamontagne

Lamontagne Also Opposes Public Kindergarten, Believes New Hampshire Should Opt Out of Medicare

Concord, N.H. – Today, Kelly Ayotte’s turbulent campaign made another lurch to the extreme right by securing the endorsement of failed perennial candidate and anti-women’s health extremist Ovide Lamontagne.

Not only does Lamontagne believe that women should not have the right to make their own healthcare decisions, even in cases of rape or when a pregnant woman’s life is at risk, but he actually advised the organization behind the misleading video smear campaign against Planned Parenthood. 

And women’s health isn’t the only issue on which Lamontagne’s views are far out-of-step with New Hampshire voters. He opposed bringing public kindergarten statewide and believes New Hampshire should opt out of Medicare and it should be turned into a block grant system. 

“Kelly Ayotte’s receiving endorsements from extremists like Ovide Lamontagne is a sure sign that her campaign turbulence has her playing defense—and a very shaky defense at that,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Melissa Miller. “There’s a reason Lamontagne has lost every office he’s run for, and that should have Ayotte very concerned for her chances in November—New Hampshire voters don’t take kindly to anti-women’s health extremists playing politics with access to needed care.”

Labor History 12-17: The Fight For Equal Pay

The Willmar Eight

December 17, 1977

Thirty-five years ago, the nation’s first bank strike began in Willmar, Minnesota. The wind-chill was 70 degrees below zero when eight female employees walked out of Citizens’ National Bank, protesting discriminatory pay scales.

At the time of the strike, the starting salary for women was 75% less than for men.  The Bank President told the women that it was only fair that men were better paid. After all, he said, they had to pay to take women on dates.  “We’re not all equal, you know.”

The women’s lawyer was County Chairman of the Republican Party.  The strike lasted almost two years.

December 17, 2012

Women are still fighting for equal pay – particularly here in New Hampshire, where the state GOP is leading the charge against pay equity.

Last year, it became a campaign issue when gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne refused to embrace the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  State Republican Party spokesman Tory Mazolla called the bill a “handout to trial lawyers because it expands the areas that people can sue their employers unnecessarily.”

Maybe GOP politicians aren’t bothered by wage disparities between men and women – it’s still a real problem.  Here in the Granite State, on average, women earn only 65 cents for every dollar that men earn.  (In Rockingham County, it’s 59 cents on the dollar; in Coos, it’s 62 cents.)

The wage gap is evident even when comparing equivalent jobs: in New Hampshire, women are paid 77 cents for every dollar than men earn doing the same type of job.

Thirty-five years after “The Willmar 8” strike, the National Partnership for Women and Families is asking Congress to pass the “Paycheck Fairness Act”, which would: prohibit employers from retaliating against workers who discuss salaries with colleagues;  put gender-based discrimination on equal footing with other forms of wage discrimination; and increase the ability of the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to enforce pay discrimination laws.

Isn’t it about time?

 

Gov Rick Scott A Preview Of Ovide’s Tea Party Leadership

“Live Free or Die” – the slogan that New Hampshire has on its license plate and lives by.

If Ovide Lamontagne is elected, you will have to drop the “Live Free” from the plate.  I will soon be moving to New Hampshire from Florida; we have bought a house in Milton. After reading some of Lamontagne’s views, I want to tell you what it is like living in a state run by a Tea Party Governor and controlled by a right wing neo-conservative Tea Party legislature.

FL Gov Rick Scott

Rick Scott was elected Governor of Florida after digging into his own pocket to the tune of $62 million for his campaign. He had the money; he had received a 350 million dollar golden parachute after resigning from Columbia/HCA hospital system under a cloud (before the corporation was purchased by Bain Capital).

While Scott was CEO, the corporation was charged with the largest Medicare fraud – and given the largest fine – in U.S. history. With the blessing of the Tea Party, Scott brought his guiding principle of “corporate profit first” to Florida’s state government.

Governor Scott started by cutting a four-person board that had been tasked with addressing the prescription drug abuse problem in this state. Florida was under siege, because lax laws had made it into a drug abusers paradise.  “Pain clinics” run by corrupt doctors had opened in strip malls.  Cars and box trucks full of people from all over the nation jammed the parking lots.  The nightly news showed box trucks pulling up, and 10 to 20 people getting out, setting up barbeques, because there actual waiting lines to get into the clinics.   On Interstate 95, the first two signs south of the state line were a “Welcome to Florida” sign and a billboard advertising a “pain clinic” – giving only the phone number and the price to see the doctor.

This was the situation when Governor Scott decided the $500,000 funding the board would be better used on tax cuts for businesses. Only a threat to be hauled before Congress made him relent.

That’s what you can expect, living in a state run by a Tea Party Governor and controlled by a right wing neo-conservative Tea Party legislature.

These governors will refuse federal money – not because they do not want it – but because accepting it would place them under federal scrutiny.  Governor Scott has refused $2 billion dollars for a high-speed rail system, which would have added 20,000 construction jobs to the state’s economy.  He refused $35 million in Bush-era funding for winter heating fuel subsidies for senior citizens.

But when federal money will benefit their political base – then it’s a different story.  After Hurricane Isaac’s appearance during the Republican National Convention, Scott was quick to ask for FEMA money for those counties that represent his political base.

Public Education?  Governor Scott has cut $1.3 billion, causing massive teacher lay-offs and the end of programs such as music, art education and phys ed.  He expanded the use of public money for charter schools and religious schools. This year, they held a school tour with meetings on education: meetings that were invitation-only, behind closed doors and no press was allowed. They came out with recommendations that restored some funding – but with some conditions.  Apparently, to get the funding needed for our public school students, the “political bargain” requires expanding charter schools and including creationism-based teaching.

Governor Scott’s approval rating has been in the 30’s since he started making decisions.

The Tea Party and its governors operate in secret, cutting voting rights and early voting hours in an effort to gain complete control of the state.  They constantly cut taxes on big business and the rich while shifting this burden to the most vulnerable, the middle and lower class wage earners. It’s a constant push to privatize prisons and education. They treat the public sector worker as an enemy of the state and start attacking them as soon as they get into office. Their job creation record is dismal. When Governor Scott holds press conferences to announce new jobs in the state, they are almost always minimum-wage jobs, not the high-paying jobs promised during his campaign.

Coming from Florida, I only have to see that Ovide Lamontagne has the Tea Party endorsement to know what devastation he will bring to New Hampshire and its way of life.

The Tea Party is a big-business-funded subsidiary whose only purpose is to turn the state into an arm of the corporate monopoly, bringing a better bottom line to the private large corporations while indoctrinating the state’s children through a religion-based education that eliminates critical thinking skills.  Women will lose health and workplace wage rights; your courts will become a transit point for people with even minor offenses to feed the private prison system.  Residents will lose all say in governmental affairs.   A vote for Lamontagne is a vote to shackle your state with unfair burdens on the citizens, while allowing large corporations to plunder the state.

I hope that when we close on our Florida house to move to New Hampshire, we will be moving to a state with a Governor who has common sense and works for the people, not big business.

Either way we close on the 16th.  If Lamontagne is elected Governor, and you need a body to man the lines in the fight against his policies, I volunteer.

Steve Kloppenburg

Retired IUPAT

 

Want to learn more about Florida under Governor Scott? 

 

 

Oh, Ovide: Video from 2010 Contrasts Ovide’s “Agnostic” Views on Climate Change

Ovide Lamontagne tells Granite State Debate viewers he’s “agnostic” on climate change; Video from 2010 US Senate race says otherwise

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Ovide Lamontagne has spent most of his campaign trying to hide his extreme record as a tobacco lobbyist, deny his support to block grant Medicare and put our seniors at risk, and downplay his position of putting politicians between a woman and her doctor. Tonight he added climate change denial to his long list of shifting and hidden policies. 1

Ovide told Granite State Debate viewers that he’s “agnostic” on whether climate change exists. Granite State Progress released a video tonight entitled “Ovide Lamontagne: Climate Change Denier” showing the candidate at an August 2010 US Senate Primary debate expressing strong opinions on the matter.

Ovide Lamontagne: Climate Change Denier

http://youtu.be/bLxsbWwPVXQ

Transcript: Debate moderator Nancy Stiles: “Ovide, do you believe that man-made global warming has been proven without a doubt?” Ovide Lamontagne: “No.”

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“Ovide has spent most of his campaign trying to hide his extreme record as a tobacco lobbyist despite public evidence to the contrary, deny his desire to block grant Medicare and put our seniors at risk even though it’s on his own website, and downplay his position of putting politicians between a woman and her doctor while receiving endorsements from groups that support that very position,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Director of Granite State Progress. “Tonight he added running from his own record as a climate change denier. Ovide also tried to tell voters that he doesn’t support teaching creationism at the same time he said he would allow creationism to be taught in public schools. Ovide Lamontagne is fast becoming a Mitt Romney flip-flopper replica in his constant quest for higher office.”

“Ovide Lamontagne’s extreme policies would take New Hampshire in a radically different direction.”

 

1 The Lobby NH 10/18/2012; New England College Debate 10/4/2012; Ovide 2012, http://www.ovide2012.com/news/entry/new-hampshire-needs-to-invest-in-its-own-exceptionalism; Keene Sentinel 10/22/2012

In Granite State Debate, Hassan the Clear Choice to Keep New Hampshire Moving Forward

 

Lamontagne Makes Desperate Last-Ditch Effort

to Hide His Radical Agenda

Maggie Hassan offered a clear vision for growing New Hampshire’s economy and creating jobs during tonight’s Granite State Debate, while Ovide Lamontagne made a last-ditch effort to mislead voters about his radical agenda, including not telling the truth about his opposition to statewide kindergarten, his support for teaching creationism in public schools, and his ideas for restricting a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.[Opposes kindergarten; supporting creationism; radical on women’s health]

Hassan’s innovation plan will provide technical assistance, tax credits and workforce training to help businesses grow and create jobs. As Governor, Hassan – who has been endorsed by Governor John Lynch – will balance the budget without a sales or an income tax.

“Maggie Hassan offered a clear and forward-looking vision for New Hampshire in tonight’s debate. She has a plan that moves New Hampshire forward by helping our businesses grow  and helping our families succeed,” said Matt Burgess, campaign manager for Hassan for Governor.

“The choice was as clear tonight as it has been in every debate: as governor, Maggie Hassan will keep New Hampshire moving forward, while Ovide Lamontagne’s radical agenda will take our state backwards,” Burgess said. “Ovide Lamontagne was clearly desperate tonight in his attempts to mislead voters about his radical agenda, but he can’t hide the fact that he truly believes in extreme ideas that will hurt middle-class families and New Hampshire’s economy.”

Hassan outlined her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs.  Hassan worked closely with Governor Lynch to balance the state budget, without an income or a sales tax, by making the tough decisions necessary to cut state spending during the height of the recession, leading to a surplus. As Governor, Hassan will veto an income or a sales tax.

Hassan’s forward-looking vision stood in stark contrast to Ovide Lamontagne, who desperately tried to mislead voters again and again about his radical ideas to eliminate the guarantee of statewide kindergarten, reject federal funding for public schools, pull the state out of Medicare, and restrict a women’s right to make her own health care decisions. And Lamontagne continued to repeat untrue attacks against Maggie’s fiscally responsible record of balancing the state’s budget. Ovide’s claim about the state deficit has been deemed “false” by PolitiFact NH[i] and his statements about spending increases under Maggie Hassan’s leadership have also been debunked by fact checkers.[ii]

During her time in the State Senate, Maggie Hassan worked with Governor Lynch to keep the unemployment rate low, maintain one of the lowest tax burdens in the nation, and cut the high school drop rate in half while making the hard choices to cut spending, balancing the budget and leaving a surplus without an income or sales tax.

Hassan will continue moving New Hampshire forward on the path that Governor Lynch has set, and she has been endorsed by numerous organizations including the New Hampshire Police Association, New Hampshire Troopers’ Association, National Education Association New Hampshire, American Federation of Teachers New Hampshire, and many more.  She has also been endorsed by newspapers across the state, including the Concord Monitor, Keene Sentinel, Portsmouth Herald, and Nashua Telegraph, which also endorsed Republicans Mitt Romney and Charlie Bass.  The Telegraph praised Hassan’s “well-reasoned and bipartisan leadership” and expressed concern about Lamontagne’s “worrisome statements” on education, noting that his radical idea to end statewide kindergarten would mean “local school districts would be on the hook to pick up [the] costs, and that means higher property taxes.”[iii]

Ovide Lamontagne has said he would be a “radically different” governor than Gov. Lynch[iv], with extreme ideas that would eliminate statewide kindergarten[v], reject federal funds for local schools[vi] and ignore rising tuition costs caused by cuts to higher education.[vii] He supports plans to dismantle Medicare[viii], criminalize abortion and limit insurance coverage for birth control[ix], and defund Planned Parenthood, increasing costs for critical health care services for New Hampshire women and families.[x]


[i] http://www.politifact.com/new-hampshire/statements/2012/jul/29/new-boston-republican-committee/new-boston-gop-says-dems-left-deficit/
[ii] http://www.politifact.com/new-hampshire/statements/2012/oct/12/ovide-lamontagne/republican-lamontagne-paints-opponent-hassan-tax-a/
[iii] Maggie Hassan for Governor, Nashua Telegraph, 10/29/12
[iv] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkr_WSOovsk&feature=relmfu
[v] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxH9OfqFO2s&feature=player_embedded#
[vi] Ovide rejected federal money to help K-12 NH public schools raise educational standards [Concord Monitor, 8/9/2010] and has said he would do it again [WGIR, 7/24/2012]
[vii] Ovide has said tuition increases were not of “utmost concern” [WMUR, 9/6/2012]
[viii] Ovide supports Paul Ryan’s voucher program to end Medicare as we know it [NH Farm Bureau, 8/2012]; believes state legislature should opt-out of Medicare and run program itself [Union Leader, 2/10/2012]
[ix] Supports a “Human Life Amendment” that outlaws all abortion, and even some forms of birth control and fertility treatments [Cornerstone debate, 6/5/2010]
[x] Ovide supports Bill O’Brien’s decision to completely eliminate Planned Parenthood

Hassan Addresses Voters on Plan to Move NH Forward

Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan’s campaign released its final television advertisement today.  The new ad, “Pathfinder,” highlights Hassan’s plan to grow the economy, spur job creation, and keep New Hampshire moving forward.

Addressing voters directly, Hassan lays out the clear choice in this election, saying she will move New Hampshire “forward, on the path Governor Lynch has set,” while promising that she “won’t let anyone’s radical ideas drag us backwards.”  Hassan focuses on the economy, pledging to “balance the budget and veto a sales or income tax,” and noting that her jobs plan will “help businesses innovate and create jobs.”

The ad also highlights several important endorsements from around the state, including Governor John Lynch, the Nashua Telegraph, and the Portsmouth Herald.

The full ad can be found on Hassan’s YouTube page:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GMd8GmXJ6k&feature=plcp

Maggie Hassan’s Plan for North Country Economy

At Debate, Hassan Outlines Plan to Move North Country Economy Forward

Lamontagne’s Radical Ideas Would Take North Country Backwards

Maggie Hassan was the clear choice for moving the North Country’s economy forward during a debate hosted by the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council today. Hassan outlined how her “Innovate NH” jobs plan and her focus on renewable energy and tourism promotion would help North Country businesses.

During her time in the State Senate, Hassan was a leader in promoting clean energy jobs for the North Country, helping enact New Hampshire’s renewable portfolio standards, which has spurred the development of new job-creating biomass and wind energy plants.

“North Country’s natural beauty is one New Hampshire’s greatest treasures and tourist attractions, and by encouraging new clean energy technologies we can create jobs and protect our natural resources,” said Hassan.  “My plan will support innovative businesses in fields like renewable energy by doubling the research and development tax credit, providing technical assistance, and focusing on worker retraining in order to bring new jobs to the North Country. I will continue the work begun by Governor Lynch to keep the North Country and all of New Hampshire moving forward.”

Ovide Lamontagne has said he would be a “radically different” governor than Governor Lynch[i], and would repeal renewable energy programs that have helped bring jobs to the North Country. He supports radical ideas like rejecting federal funds for local schools[ii] and ignoring rising tuition costs caused by cuts to higher education.[iii] He supports plans to dismantle Medicare[iv], criminalize abortion and limit insurance coverage for birth control[v], and defund Planned Parenthood, increasing costs for critical health care services for New Hampshire women and families.[vi]

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[i]  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkr_WSOovsk&feature=relmfu

[ii]  Ovide rejected federal money to help K-12 NH public schools raise educational standards back in 2010 — and has said he would do it again [WGIR, 7/24/2012]

[iii]  Ovide has said tuition increases were not of “utmost concern” [WMUR, 9/6/2012]

[iv]  Ovide supports Paul Ryan’s voucher program to end Medicare as we know it [NH Farm Bureau, 8/2012]; believes state legislature should opt-out of Medicare and run program itself [Union Leader, 2/10/2012]

[v]  Supports a “Human Life Amendment” that outlaws all abortion, and even some forms of birth control and fertility treatments [Cornerstone debate, 6/5/2010]

[vi]Ovide supports Bill O’Brien’s decision to completely eliminate Planned Parenthood funding [NHPTV, 2012]

Remember What Happened after Katrina

Remember this mobile billboard, used in protests after Hurricane Katrina?

Grover Norquist and his allies are still trying to “shrink government.”

  • Ovide LaMontagne wants to “shrink government.”
  • House Speaker William O’Brien wants to “shrink government.”
  • Charlie Bass wants to “shrink government.”
  • Frank Guinta wants to “shrink government.”
  • Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to “shrink government.”

But where would we be now – a year after Hurricane Irene – without a government that could repair roads and replace bridges?

How long would it have taken to get electricity restored, after Irene, without all the state employees and municipal workers who worked 12-hour shifts every single day for weeks, to get the roads open so the linemen could do their jobs?

Those residents trapped by the rising Saco River – what might have happened to them, if there had been no emergency workers to rescue them?

Our government is supposed to be “of the people, by the people, for the people.”

When President Lincoln was speaking at Gettysburg, he wasn’t talking about just the top 1%.  He wasn’t talking about the 53% of people that Mitt Romney believes are worthy of his attention.  (Remember the $50,000-a-head fundraiser video?  The full transcript is available here.)

President Lincoln was talking about all the people.  A government for all the people.

That’s your choice, this election year.  Candidates who want to “shrink government” versus candidates who –like President Lincoln – believe in a government for all people.

As Hurricane Sandy’s winds swirl across the eastern United States, think about the difference between our government’s response to Hurricane Katrina and to Hurricane Irene.

Think about what type of government you want to have, the next time a hurricane hits.

 

Photo by Rob Goodspeed

 

 

NHLN Election News: Ovide Lamontagne’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

MANCHESTER – Despite this being his fourth run for major public office, the past week has been extremely tough for Ovide Lamontagne, especially when it comes to issues important to middle-class families. From opposing equal pay laws to dropping in the polls to being forced to address his radical ideas on women’s health care and more, Ovide Lamontagne had what can only be described as a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.

In contrast, Maggie Hassan continued building strong momentum for her vision to create jobs and keep the economy moving forward, taking a six-point lead in the latest UNH poll and receiving endorsements from the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association, the New Hampshire Association of Police, and the Keene Sentinel.

The choice for New Hampshire voters was clear on a daily basis:

Sunday, October 21:

Ovide’s week got off to a rough start when, at a Manchester debate, the very first question – submitted by a member of the audience – asked about a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, forcing Ovide to once again avoid his radical ideas that would restrict health care choices for women and make basic services like birth control, cancer screenings, and breast exams more expensive. Ovide responded by saying, “I’m disappointed that Maggie and her supporters continue to raise an issue that is not central to this election.” Unfortunately for Ovide, that very same day, a front-page Concord Monitor story reported[i] that Lamontagne would defund Planned Parenthood, supports a constitutional amendment to make all abortions a crime, and opposes a woman’s right to choose even in cases of rape or incest, and that he has been courting national anti-choice groups like the Susan B. Anthony List, which endorsed Lamontagne’s campaign last week.

At the very same time the debate was taking place, Ovide’s taped interview on WMUR’s Close Up program was causing him more problems, as he once again tried to mislead voters and hide his radical opposition to accepting federal funds for critical New Hampshire projects. When Lamontagne was asked if he would have accepted federal stimulus funds for the Manchester Airport access road project, Ovide again tried to mislead voters by stating, “Well I sure would have if I were governor of the state of NH. If I were in Congress, I would take a different position.” [WMUR, 10/21/12] Lamontagne is on record dozens of times opposing the federal stimulus and has even gone as far as attacking former Attorney General and current U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte for using stimulus funds to help start a NH Cold Case Unit.[ii]

Monday, October 22:

Monday would be no better for Ovide, as a national website reported that Lamontagne voiced opposition to laws that require equal pay in the workplace for men and women, stating “I don’t know that it’s appropriate for the government to continue to micromanage the workplace.” Ovide went on to indicate that he was unaware of a New Hampshire law intended to require pay equity between men and women. The remarks again demonstrated how far out of touch Lamontagne is with the issues that matter to New Hampshire women and how much his radical ideas would hurt middle-class families. [ThinkProgress.org, 10/22/12]

Tuesday, October 23:

Ovide’s radical comments on equal pay continued to make waves, with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen commenting “Pay discrimination doesn’t just hurt employees.  It endangers the families who depend on the women who are working. This is not about micromanaging business. It’s about what’s fair for families in New Hampshire and across this country.” [Union Leader, 10/23/12] But the news got even worse for Lamontagne when the latest poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll showed a six-point lead for Hassan– and 13-point lead among women –indicating significant momentum behind Maggie’s campaign.

Additionally, it appears that the misleading personal attack on Maggie Hassan’s family might be causing a backlash, as WBIN interviewed a group of women Republicans who were highly upset about the ad, with one saying “I think think it’s ridiculous. Whoever started that ad didn’t look into the whole idea.” [WBIN, 10/23/12]

Wednesday, October 24:

Things continued to spiral for Lamontagne on Wednesday, as New Hampshire news outlets reported on his campaign’s tortured attempts to walk back Ovide’s radical opposition to equal pay laws.  As the Union Leader reported, a Lamontagne campaign spokesman claimed, “Is it the government’s role to come in and say, ‘You will be paid X dollar amount in relation to another employee making X dollar amount? That’s what he means by micro-managing,” reinforcing Ovide’s initial statement opposing common-sense pay equity protections.

But Ovide had just what he was looking for to change the subject: an event featuring a who’s who of failed governors, including Chris Christie, the governor of the 47th ranked state in economic growth; former Governor Craig Benson, who was plagued by ethical problems during his one term in office; John H. Sununu, who increased state general fund spending in each of his budgets by more than 20 percent; and Steve Merrill, father of the Business Enterprise Tax.

Thursday, October 25:

Just when Ovide thought he had seen the worst of it, the Keene Sentinel released their endorsement of Maggie Hassan, touting her as “a respectful voice of reason and conscience.” Conversely, the Sentinel blasted Lamontagne for his radical ideas saying his “insistence that his staunchly conservative views on abortion, gay marriage and other social issues are simply not important in this election. The issues are there, whether simmering quietly or boiling over as they did recently under the current Legislature. For Lamontagne to say they shouldn’t matter to voters, while at the same time signing conservative social advocacy group pledges, attending earlier this year an anti-gay marriage rally and saying he’ll sign conservative social legislation if it crosses his desk, is disingenuous at best. The past two years have put New Hampshire’s long tradition of personal freedom in jeopardy, and Hassan stands as an antidote to those who would further chip it away.”

Friday, October 26:

Finally, Ovide has decided to cap his anti-women themed week by campaigning with Mark Steyn, a radically right-wing, anti-women media personality. Steyn has repeatedly issued attacks on women’s rights and prominent women in politics, including Elizabeth Warren, Sandra Fluke and Michelle Obama, and who has called woman’s right to choose “frivolous,” reinforcing Ovide Lamontagne’s own extreme views on women’s issues.

“You would think by the fourth time through Ovide would be better at this, but it seems there is no way for him to escape his radical ideas that would hurt middle class families and New Hampshire’s economy,” said Matt Burgess, Maggie Hassan’s campaign manager. “Maggie will keep New Hampshire moving forward, with an innovation plan to create jobs and help businesses grow, while Ovide Lamontagne’s agenda will take New Hampshire radically backwards.”

Ovide Lamontagne has said he would be a “radically different” governor than Governor Lynch[iii], with extreme positions like rejecting federal funds for local schools[iv] and ignoring rising tuition costs caused by cuts to higher education.[v] He supports plans to dismantle Medicare[vi], criminalize abortion and limit insurance coverage for birth control[vii], and defund Planned Parenthood, increasing costs for critical health care services for New Hampshire women and families.[viii]

 

[i] Social Issues Simmer, Concord Monitor, 10/21/12
[ii] Federal grant may fund cold case unit, Eagle Tribune, 5/24/09; Lamontagne takes aim at rival Ayotte, Union Leader, 7/22/0
[iii] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkr_WSOovsk&feature=relmfu
[iv] Ovide rejected federal money to help K-12 NH public schools raise educational standards [Concord Monitor, 8/9/2010] and has said he would do it again [WGIR, 7/24/2012]
[v] Ovide has said tuition increases were not of “utmost concern” [WMUR, 9/6/2012]
[vi] Ovide believes state legislature should opt-out of Medicare and run program itself [Ovide2012.com, Union Leader, 2/10/2012]; supports Paul Ryan’s voucher program to end Medicare as we know it [NH Farm Bureau, 8/2012];
[vii] Supports a “Human Life Amendment” that outlaws all abortion, and even some forms of birth control and fertility treatments [Cornerstone debate, 6/5/2010]
[viii] Ovide supports Bill O’Brien’s decision to completely eliminate Planned Parenthood funding [NHPTV, 2012]

 

New Hampshire Troopers Association Endorse MAGGIE HASSAN for NH GOV

Via Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/NHTroopers

Hassan the Troopers  Choice for Improving Public Safety

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Troopers’ Association Endorsed Maggie Hassan for governor today, calling her the only choice for governor when it comes to improving the safety of New Hampshire’s communities.

“Maggie Hassan has the trust of law enforcement because she has a record of standing up for public safety and supporting policies that help us protect New Hampshire’s communities,” said Seth Cooper, President of the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association.  “Maggie is our choice for improving public safety and the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association is proud to endorse her for governor.”

Hassan has also been endorsed by the Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association, the Concord Police Patrolmen’s Association, and the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire. As a leader in the State Senate, Hassan worked with public safety officials on critical priorities, including creating a death benefit for first responders killed in the line of duty, directing the Department of Safety to develop a reverse 911 system so that first responders can reach citizens in an emergency, strengthening domestic violence laws, and working with Governor John Lynch to pass one of the toughest laws in the nation to protect children from sexual predators.

“There is no more important job for a governor than ensuring the safety of New Hampshire residents, and it is an honor to receive the endorsement of the New Hampshire Troopers’ Association,” said Hassan. “As governor, I will build on the foundation set by Governor Lynch, working closely with law enforcement to improve public safety and keep New Hampshire moving forward.”

In contrast, Ovide Lamontagne has been a vocal supporter of the current legislature and its policies, which are making it harder for law enforcement to keep New Hampshire safe, including passing an “Open Fire” law that allows people to open fire on public streets, even when there are safer options and decimating funding for the Children in Need of Services program that allows parents and law enforcement to intervene and help a child before they begin engaging in criminal activities. They have also proposed eliminating all gun licensing, and even allowing guns in college dorm rooms.

 

UPDATED to include picture from Maggie Hassan Facebook Page

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