November 4th is almost here and we at the NH Labor News want you to be as informed as possible when you go out to vote. (NH residents can find Polling Place here.)
We want you to know who you are voting for and who has the support of working family advocates in New Hampshire. Below are links to the NH AFL-CIO, SEIU 1984, and the NEA of NH endorsed candidates from the top of the ticket all the way down. Be sure to vote all the way down the ticket (both sides if needed).
Your vote for local candidates is vitally important. We need to make sure that New Hampshire does not fall back into the anti-worker hands of Bill O’Brien. We need to elect Representatives at every level who are committed to supporting working families, and our rights as workers.
Below is a list reasons New Hampshire families should support or oppose candidates for each of the major races in New Hampshire.
Maggie Hassan vs. Walt Havenstein
Governor Hassan wants to keep New Hampshire moving forward by continuing to ensure that all Granite Staters have access to quality healthcare through the Healthcare exchange and the Medicaid Expansion. Gov. Hassan is also pushing to raise the minimum wage, and protect a women’s right to choose.
Walt Havenstein is pushing for tax cuts for the Business Profits Tax that would create a $90 million dollar hole in the state budget that he has yet to explain where those cuts would come from in order to balance the budget. His tax plan would mostly benefit large corporations and out of state businesses. Havenstein want to sign the NH Right To Work law. Havenstein has also vowed to repeal the Medicaid Expansion and adamantly opposes increasing the minimum wage.
|Governor Maggie Hassan||Walt Havenstein|
|Signed a balanced NH budget with no sales or income tax.||Has a business plan that would blow a $90 million dollar hole in the budget with tax cuts to big business and out-of-state corporations.
Refuses to specify where budget cuts would come from, to balance the budget as required by NH law.
|Worked with Legislature to pass a Medicaid expansion that provided healthcare access to more than 50,000 Granite Staters.||Said he would support repeal of Medicaid expansion when it comes up again next term.|
|Opposes “Right To Work” legislation.||Fully supports “Right To Work” legislation.|
|Supports raising the NH Minimum Wage to $9.00 (as written by the NH House in 2013).
“Restoring and increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage will help our economy by putting more money in the pockets of hard-working people of all ages to spend at businesses across the state,” Governor Hassan wrote. “Individuals working full-time in New Hampshire should be able to earn enough to pull themselves above the federal-poverty threshold and support their families.”
|Opposes any increase in the minimum wage.|
|Was the former CEO of BAE systems, a federal defense contractor.|
|Was the CEO of SAIC, a defense contractor that worked with the NSA and local governments to spy on Americans. As CEO of SAIC, Walt made $20 million dollars in the few years he was employed there, while their stock value lost 30%, forcing SAIC to lay off thousands of workers. (More details)|
|As CEO of SIAC, Havenstein oversaw the “TRICARE” data breach that jeopardized the privacy of over 11,000 NH Veterans and their families.
The Washington Post called the incident “One of the Largest Health-Data Breaches Ever Reported”
|Had to go to court to determine whether or not he was a “resident” of NH, in order to run for Governor. (While living in Maryland, he applied for and took a special tax exemption for residents of that state. Then he claimed that — while he was living and working in MD — he was still a resident of NH.)|
|New Hampshire’s economy has shown signs of growth, creating over 10,000 jobs in the last two years.||Said his “jobs plan” (reduce taxes on businesses, and pass right to work legislation) would create 25,000 new jobs in the next two years. (This plan has repeatedly been torn apart, with analysts calling it “nothing more than a fancy slogan” like Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan. There is no evidence to back up his jobs plan. Kansas Gov. Brownbeck did cut KS taxes — and the state is now running a deficit and has had its credit rating downgraded multiple times. The same thing has happened in NJ with Gov. Chris Christie.)|
|Havenstein got caught trying to blame Gov. Hassan for a 15 year trend of NH jobs being “offshored.”|
|Worked with NH Legislature to pass a NH Paycheck Fairness act.|
|Endorsed by Women’s rights and advocacy groups, Planned Parenthood and NARAL NH|
Jeanne Shaheen vs. Scott Brown
Senator Shaheen has used her time in the Senate to push for increasing the minimum wage, expanding access to healthcare, universal background checks on all gun sales, rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, opposing the “internet tax” and repeal the mandatory budget cuts force on the government by the Sequester.
Sen. Shaheen proposed a bipartisan bill with Sen. Portman (R-OH) to lower our energy costs, lowering our dependence on coal based energy and expanding alternative sources of energy.
Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown moved to New Hampshire after loosing his Senate seat to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He currently opposes raising the minimum wage even though he supported a minimum wage increase when he was in the MA Legislature. Sen. Brown claims to be “pro-choice” however he voted for the “Blunt Amendment” and supports the Hobby Lobby decision that would allow employers to deny women access to contraceptives.
Sen. Brown is also on the Board of Directors of Kadant Inc., a company that outsources American jobs. As a board member, Brown is paid over $270,000 a year from Kadant while they continue to move our jobs overseas.
|Sen. Jeanne Shaheen||Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown|
|Supports raising the minimum wage.||Said “I have supported a minimum wage increase in the past” but refuses to state a position on raising the minimum wage now.|
|Supports “Paycheck Fairness” legislation.||Voted against the “Paycheck Fairness Act” twice: 2010 and 2012.|
|Supported legislation to help small businesses get financial support to grow their business. (Small Business Jobs Act)||Voted against the Small Business Jobs Act.|
|Supports a women’s right to choose, and has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL of New Hampshire.||Co-sponsored and voted for the Blunt Amendment while in the Senate and this year, spoke out in support of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.|
|Pushes for more American manufacturing, particularly “Made in NH.”||Is on the board of directors of Kadant Inc. which outsources US jobs to China and Mexico.|
|Endorsed by labor unions and advocates for working families.||Endorsed by the Big Oil, AFP, and the Koch Brothers.|
Carol Shea-Porter vs. Frank Guinta
Congresswoman Shea-Porter is a strong advocate for working families pushing to raise the minimum wage, working to close the wage gap and worked with health insurance companies to allow for more healthcare options available to Granite Staters on the ACA Exchange. Strongly opposes any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and vehemently opposes the Ryan Plan which would force more draconian cuts to Granite State families.
Congressman Frank Guinta supports the Ryan Plan and the Republican Study Committee Budget commonly referred to as the “Ryan Plan on steroids.” Guinta has strong support from anti-worker organizations like the Americans For Prosperity and the Associated Builders and Contractor who blocked the construction of the Manchester Jobs Corps center in Manchester over a labor agreement to protect workers and ensure fair wages. Congressman Guinta also supports cutting benefits from Social Security and increasing the retirement age for eligibility. Wants to return to Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Congressman Guinta was also named one of CREW’s most corrupt members of Congress in his first year of office. He has still yet to clear up the issue raised during his 2010 campaign where he mysteriously came up with $355,000 dollars in a bank account that he “forgot about.”
|Rep. Carol Shea-Porter||Former Rep. Frank Guinta|
|Supports an increase to the Federal Minimum Wage.||Opposes any increase to the minimum wage.|
|Opposed the Ryan Plan and the forced budget cuts known as the “Sequester” that caused furloughs for federal workers.||Supports the Ryan Plan and the Republican Study Committee Budget (“the Ryan Plan on steroids”) that includes cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and dozens of other government programs.|
|Opposes any cuts to Social Security or Medicare benefits for seniors.
Strongly endorsed by the NH Alliance for Retired Americans.
|Said we need to cut “entitlement programs” and hopes his children do not even know what Social Security is. Supports privatizing Social Security and allowing Wall Street gamblers to oversee Social Security funds.|
|Strong supporter of workers rights and has been endorsed by almost every labor union in the state.||Has been endorsed by the Koch funded Americans for Prosperity and the Associated Builders and Contractors (an anti-union lobbying group).
Guinta held up the construction of the Manchester Jobs Corps building, at the request of the ABC, over a labor agreement that would have ensured fair pay, workplace safety regulations, workman’s compensation insurance, and other paid benefits.
|Supports Paycheck Fairness.||Had the chance in 2012 to vote on an bill that would strengthen “fair pay” laws. Skipped the vote.|
|Voted to protect our Civil Liberties by stopping the NSA from collecting data from American’s cell phones, emails, and other personal information.||When questioned on the violations of privacy and Civil Liberties from the Patriot Act, Guinta responded, “You either stand with terrorists or you stand with freedom and protecting Americans.”|
|Endorsed by the Sierra Club for advocating for protection of our environment.||Does not believe climate change is scientifically proven. (Video)|
|Voted to oppose stronger regulations on oil companies drilling.
(The new regulations would require contingency plans for oil spills.)
|Named one of CREW’s most corrupt politicians in Washington, in his first term in D.C.|
|Mysteriously came up with $355,000 in a bank account he forgot he had in the 2010 election. Has yet to explain where the money came from.|
|Refuses to take money from corporate special interest PACs. Supports campaign finance reform to overturn Citizens United.||Gladly takes PAC money from Big Oil lobbyists, the Koch Brothers, Tobacco Lobbyists, and union-busting lobbying groups.|
|Working to ensure that all Americans have access to good quality healthcare they can afford.||Vows to go back to Congress and waste taxpayer dollars on more attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Threatens to shut down the government if we do not repeal the ACA. Repealing the ACA would result in a 74% increase in premiums for the majority of Granite Staters.|
Annie Kuster vs. Marilinda Garcia
Congresswoman Annie Kuster supports raising the minimum wage to help struggling New Hampshire families work to lift themselves out of poverty. Worked to reduce regulations of local farmers and is sponsoring legislation to increase US manufacturing. Congresswoman Kuster is Pro-Choice and a strong defender of a women’s right to choose earning her endorsements from several women’s rights advocacy groups.
State Rep Marilinda Garcia opposes Marriage Equality, opposes increasing the minimum wage, and voted to abolish abortions even in cases of rape and incest. Garcia was a part of former NH Speaker Bill O’Brien’s leadership team, and voted lock step with her Tea Party leaders. Garcia was caught for plagiarizing twice in the last two weeks.
Garcia, age 32, still lives at home with her parents and is a career politician. Her only income is from teaching student how to play the Harp, and the $100 dollars a year she makes as State Rep. As a State Rep, Garcia was a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
|Rep. Annie Kuster||Marilinda Garcia|
|Family law attorney, specializing in family adoptions. Long history of political and social activism.||Tea Party Conservative who made a name for herself while part of Bill O’Brien’s “Leadership” of the NH House.|
|At the age of 32, Garcia still lives at home with her parents and her sister Bianca.|
|Professional career politician. Also employed as a part time harp instructor. No other major employment aside from State Representative ($100 a year).
Pays herself $3,300 a month in salary out of her campaign funds (yes, this is legal).
Made a total of $6,000 last year.
|Supports increasing the Minimum Wage.||Voted to repeal the NH Minimum Wage law in 2011.|
|Has been endorsed by the NH AFL-CIO, NEA, AFT, SEIU, and almost every other union in the state.||Supported Right To Work legislation that would hurt NH families.|
|Supports marriage equality and praised the Supreme Court in their repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.||Opposes marriage equality legislation.
Garcia also said, marriage equality is not an issue millennial voters care about. “… it doesn’t really come up, you know, in elections and campaigns anymore because it’s just not an issue that they’re fighting about in the legislature anymore.”
In a speech on the NH House floor Garcia said, “[Same-sex marriage is] illogical and invasive, while completely missing the biologically specific point of marriage in the first place.” Garcia also calls marriage “an institution that makes no sense for them.”
|As a state legislator, Garcia was a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where corporations sponsor legislators to take luxurious junkets to five-star hotels and provide them with pre-written legislation to submit in their home states. Garcia said “there was nothing wrong with lobbyist taking legislators out for dinner”|
|Has been working with Congressional members to push legislation that would help small businesses in New Hampshire gain access to much-needed capital to grow their companies.|
|Co-sponsored legislation that would force the government to spend more of the budget on products Made In The USA. Also has been working to expand the US and NH manufacturing base.|
|Working to ensure that all Americans have access to good quality healthcare they can afford.||Vows to go to Congress and waste taxpayer dollars on more attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Threatens to shut down the government if we do not repeal the ACA.
Refuses to say where she buys her healthcare from, but swears it is not from the ACA Healthcare exchange.
Repealing the ACA would result in a 74% increase in premiums for the majority of Granite Staters.
|Pro-Choice candidate endorsed by NARAL and Planned Parenthood.||Pro-Life anti-abortion candidate who voted to defund Planned Parenthood, outlaw abortions, and throw physicians in jail for helping a woman to have an abortion – even in the case of rape#NHp or incest.|
|Congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia (NH-02) plagiarized one of the few speeches she’s given in New Hampshire politics. Garcia’s House floor statement to repeal marriage equality in 2012 plagiarizes numerous passages from a 2010 editorial against marriage equality by the National Review.
Also caught plagiarizing a second speech in 2014.