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Earth Day 2016: An In Depth Look At Climate Change And NH’s Congressional Delegation

Happy Earth Day

Where New Hampshire’s Elected Representatives Stand On Combating Climate Change 

Today we celebrate the “46th anniversary of the 1st Earth Day, in which 20 million Americans–Democrats and Republicans–took to the streets to rally for a healthy, sustainable future and demonstrated against the deterioration of the environment” said Catherine Corkery, Executive Director of the NH Sierra Club.

“Unfortunately, today the bipartisan spirit of the original Earth Day has been lost, even as the evidence mounts that not only is our planet experiencing Climate Change on an unprecedented scale, but that everyday Americans care deeply about laying the foundation for a sustainable future for their children and grandchildren,” continued Corkery.

Across the nation Democrats have been pushing for better regulations to protect our natural resources and reverse the effects of Climate Change on our planet.

On the other side of the aisle, Republicans have rejected scientific proof of the effects of Climate Change and have pushed legislation to further strip away our natural resources.

“In 2014 Politifact looked at the 278 Republicans in Congress and found that only 8 had publicly accepted climate change science” state Corkery.

“As a professor emeritus at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, I’ve spent years studying climate change’s impact on the Granite State and I can tell you this without a doubt: climate change is the gravest threat facing our state, country and planet today” said UNH Environmental Science Professor Barrett Rock.

“Persistently high temperatures are causing the massive ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica to melt at an accelerated pace, causing rising sea levels on the Seacoast and presenting a major threat to New Hampshire’s economy,” added Rock.

What are we to do? Is there anything that can stop this global trend that will eventually eradicate life on Earth as we know it?

“We need to invest in renewable energy sources like solar and wind, implement energy efficiency measures and start weaning ourselves off high carbon use. We need to use treaties like the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Rock advised. “We need to elect public servants who not only recognize that climate change is a clear and pressing danger, but who are willing to actually do something about it.”

Currently New Hampshire has two Democrats and two Republicans representing us in Washington D.C. The two groups could not be further apart on climate issues.


Senator Kelly Ayotte

Ayotte3This week, Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) wrote an op-ed for the Nashua Telegraph claiming, “Earth Day should be every day.”

Ayotte tries to make the case that because she likes hiking and running through Mines Falls Park that she is hero to the environment. The truth is that she has been working to repeal environmental protections since she took office in 2011.

In 2011, Ayotte voted for legislation the League of Conservation Voters called at the time “the greatest legislative assault ever on the environment” after the Koch Brothers political arm urged senators to do so. The bill included the “virtual elimination of the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” the premier fund dedicated to preserving land and water sites across the United States for both conservation and recreation.

And when it comes to air pollution, Ayotte voted for an amendment that would “repeal the scientific finding by the EPA that greenhouse gases endanger human health and the environment,” and permanently block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, again after the Koch Brothers’ political arm urged senators to do so. During her first 4 years in Washington, Ayotte voted with the Koch Brothers nearly 90% of the time.

“Kelly Ayotte’s political spin is out of line with the reality of her true environmental voting record and not fooling anyone,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “New Hampshire voters know that Ayotte has consistently stood with special interest backers like the Koch Brothers against protecting our planet and conserving New Hampshire’s natural resources. Her attempts to pretend otherwise fly in the face of reality.”

Ayotte is facing fierce competition from New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan for her seat in the Senate. Hassan is a strong proponent of green energy and taking immediate action to combat Climate Change.

As a State Senator, and now as Governor, Hassan has pushed for New Hampshire to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to lower carbon pollution.

“From sponsoring New Hampshire’s original Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and helping pass the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard in the State Senate, to signing legislation to strengthen those efforts and establish a long-term Energy Strategy as Governor, Maggie Hassan has always been a strong champion for New Hampshire’s environment,” said Campaign Communications Director Aaron Jacobs.

“Under Governor Hassan, New Hampshire was ranked among the top 5 states for renewable energy,” said NH State Senator David Watters.


Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Shaheen-021109-18432- 0009This week, Senator Shaheen (D-NH) celebrated a significant environmental win as the Senate finally passed the Shaheen-Portman Comprehensive Energy Efficiency bill, which was introduced in the Senate over five year ago. The bill pushes for expanded use of green energy solutions to address our growing energy problems and works to reverse the effects of Climate Change.

The Clean Distributed Energy Grid Integration Act, identifies and addresses obstacles limiting the use of clean energy technologies, thereby reducing energy costs and improving the power quality and resiliency of the electric grid. Specifically, the legislation directs the Department of Energy to identify the technical and regulatory barriers to integrating clean distributed energy sources on the grid, and to strive to overcome these barriers through research, stakeholder working groups and demonstrations.

Shaheen has put Climate Change and protecting the environment at the top of her legislative agenda. She recently praised the Paris Summit to address Climate Change.

“This agreement is an unprecedented achievement and affirms New Hampshire’s leadership reducing carbon emissions,” said Shaheen. “‎The United States must capitalize on this success and continue to lead by supporting stronger policies that speed the transition to a clean energy economy.‎ We owe it to our children and grandchildren to start today so we can avoid the worst impacts of climate change, while building strong communities resilient to the changes already underway.”


Congressman Frank Guinta

Frank Guinta (Image by Mark Nassal)

Frank Guinta (Image by Mark Nassal)

In the US House, Congressman Frank Guinta (R-01) is one of the many climate deniers in the US House. Guinta denies Climate Change science that has the support of 97% of the scientific community. “I’m not sure the science is accurate or complete on this issue,” Guinta said.  As a politician who has received major funding from the Big Oil and the Koch Brothers he would know better than 97% of the scientific community.

During the 2014 GOP Primary Congressman Guinta was videotaped saying “No” to the question, “Do you believe that the theory of man-made climate change has been scientifically proven?”

During Guinta’s time in office he voted to expand drilling rights on the outer continental shelf, block the EPA from regulating Greenhouse Gases, license new nuclear plants, and supported the Keystone Pipeline.

Guinta even went as far to oppose any legislation relating to Climate Change.


Congresswoman Annie Kuster

Ann kuster head shot LGNot everyone in Washington believes that Climate Change is a hoax.

In 2013, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) took a bold stance to push for more action addressing Climate Change.

“We have a fundamental responsibility to confront the challenge of climate change head on – for the health of our environment, the strength of our economy, and the future of our children. I am eager to partner with members of both parties to take responsible, common sense steps that will reduce carbon emissions, make America more energy independent, and advance the development of renewable energy sources. Inaction on these fronts is simply not an option.”

Kuster continues to push back against proposals that will harm our environment like the Northeast Energy Direct (Kinder-Morgan NED) pipeline.

Yesterday, Kinder-Morgan announced they would no longer pursue the construction of the NED pipeline.

Kuster was overjoyed to hear the news.

“I was proud to lead the fight against the Kinder Morgan pipeline project, which, after countless site visits, forums, and meetings with constituents, I deemed a poor deal for New Hampshire – both for our natural environment and the safety of our neighborhoods.  While we must pursue smart energy policies that lower energy costs for New Hampshire, this particular project would have taken advantage of our natural resources without providing sufficient benefits for our state,” said Kuster.

Earth Day 2016

Earth Day - No YearThis Earth Day we need to look at who is representing us in Washington and what they are doing to reverse the effects of Climate Change. We need local and national policy changes that work to clean our air and reserve all of our natural resources for generations to come. As the 2016 elections are quickly approaching we must use our voices by electing representative who will make positive change in Washington, not work to repeal all of the environmental gains we have made in the last 46 years since the first Earth Day.

Ayotte Skipped Nearly Half Of Her Committee Meetings On Substance Abuse And Homeland Security

Ayotte Confirms She Skipped Hearings on Substance Abuse & National Security While Making Time for Campaign Fundraiser, Other Unspecified “Conflicts” 

Ayotte Pressed on Missing 47% of Homeland Security Committee Meetings, Including 45% on Border Security, Two-Thirds on Drug Trafficking 

Concord, N.H. – WMUR reported today on Kelly Ayotte’s skipped hearings, noting that Ayotte confirmed that while she skipped several hearings on national security and substance abuse, she made time for campaign fundraisers and other unknown “scheduling conflicts.” 

WMUR reported: “Ayotte missed a hearing that focused on ‘curbing prescription drug abuse’ on June 24, 2013 before her campaign held a fundraiser for the telecommunications industry…. a month earlier, on May 13, 2013, Ayotte missed a hearing on the nomination of a new deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. Ayotte was listed as a co-host earlier that day for a National Republican Senatorial Committee fundraiser lunch in New York City.”

Two other missed hearings mentioned by the WMUR report include a May 14, 2014 Homeland Security Hearing related to chemical facilities anti-terrorism standards and another Homeland Security Committee Hearing on October 28, 2015 to assess the state of America’s biodefense. Ayotte’s campaign failed to disclose what “scheduling conflicts” kept the Senator from these hearings on the United States’ national security. 

This report comes on the heels of a story in Politico that revealed that Ayotte missed 47% of Homeland Security Committee Meetings, including 45% of those on border security and two-thirds on drug trafficking.

“Skipping hearings while making time to attend fundraisers shows just how much Kelly Ayotte is willing to put her special interest backers and party leaders before the people of New Hampshire who elected her to do her job,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “It’s troubling that Ayotte found time to fundraise for her reelection campaign while skipping hearings focused on protecting public health and safety. The people of the Granite State deserve better.”

The Ayotte-Trump Agenda: Criminalizing Abortion Edition

Ayotte-Trump Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday Donald Trump announced that women in this country should be “punished” if they get an abortion — before recanting, using the same language anti-choice groups have been using for years to whitewash their true agenda, which is taking away a woman’s right to make her own reproductive health care decisions and control her own body. But the truth is that Donald Trump’s comments only pulled back the curtain on what the GOP has already been doing for years: punishing women through draconian laws and restrictions on their right to have an abortion. Republicans can try to spin that reality any way they want, but they can’t deny the truth. Punishing women is and always has been the point of their extreme policies. Despite all of this, vulnerable Republican Kelly Ayotte still refuses to denounce Trump or say she won’t support him as the Republican nominee putting the extreme anti-woman agenda they both share into the spotlight.

“Donald Trump is leading the GOP charge to prevent women from making their own health care decisions,” said EMILY’s List Communications Director Marcy Stech. “First Ayotte and Trump supported an unconstitutional abortion ban that would criminalize doctors, and now she’s standing by the Republican frontrunner who said he wants to ‘punish’ women who get abortions. Elections matter, and Kelly Ayotte is linking arms with Donald Trump at the expense of New Hampshire women and families.” 

The Ayotte-Trump Agenda

Both Trump and Ayotte Supported An Abortion Ban. Trump supported a national abortion ban and said pro-choice policies “goes against our core values.” In September 2015, Ayotte voted for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that “would have banned abortion nationwide after 20 weeks ‘post-fertilization,’ or about 22 weeks’ gestation […] Opponents of HR 36 attacked the bill on the grounds that it is unconstitutional; violates the rights of women in desperate situations, including rape and incest victims; and threatens doctors with criminal penalties for trying to do what’s best for their patients […] Opponents of HR 36 attacked the bill on the grounds that it is unconstitutional; violates the rights of women in desperate situations, including rape and incest victims; and threatens doctors with criminal penalties for trying to do what’s best for their patients […] Under the GOP-backed bill, rape and incest victims would have to further delay abortion care by seeking counseling from doctors who do not perform abortions, or who do not even share an office with a doctor who does. Incest victims under the age of 18 would also have to file a police report.” The bill failed in the Senate 54-42 with 51 GOP voting for it. [HR 36, Vote #268, 9/22/15; RH Reality Check, 9/22/15; CBN News, 7/22/15]

Both Trump and Ayotte Opposed Raising the Minimum Wage. During the fourth Republican presidential debate, Trump insisted that wages were “too high,” and he was opposed to raising the minimum wage. In 2014 and 2015 Ayotte voted against increasing the federal minimum wage. [New York Times, 11/11/15; S. 2223, Vote 117, 4/30/14; S.Con.Res.11, Vote 93, 3/26/15]

Both Trump and Ayotte Would Deny Women Equal Pay At an October 2015 convention in New Hampshire, Trump said of equal pay, “You’re gonna make the same if you do as good a job.” Ayotte has voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act four times. In June 2012, Ayotte voted against a procedural vote to move forward with S. 3220, Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (also known as the Equal Pay Act), “to revise remedies for, enforcement of, and exceptions to prohibitions against sex discrimination in the payment of wages.” The Paycheck Fairness Act would require a clarification in reasons for differences in wages paid to men and women doing the same work. The motion was rejected 52-47. In April 2014, Ayotte voted against a motion to address the Paycheck Fairness Act. According to Congressional Quarterly the vote was a “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed to the bill that would require employers to demonstrate that wage gaps between men and women with similar qualifications and in similar jobs have a business justification. It would prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information and authorize the Labor secretary to seek additional compensatory or punitive damages in a sex discrimination action. The bill also would require the Labor Department to provide training and collect wage information.” The motion was rejected by a vote of 53-44. In September 2014, Ayotte voted against a bill to strengthen federal equal pay laws for women. In March 2015, Ayotte voted against Senator Mikulski’s proposal to “establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to amending the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to allow for punitive damages, limit the any factor ‘other than sex’ exception, and prohibit retaliation against employees who share salary information.” The amendment failed 45-54. [S. 3220Vote #115, 6/05/12; S 2199Vote #103, 4/09/14; S. 2199, Vote #262, 9/15/14; S. Con. Res. 11, Vote #82, 3/24/15]

On Sixth Anniversary, Affordable Care Act Providing Granite Staters with Access to Vital Care

obamacare ApprovedAyotte, Guinta, Washington Republicans Working to Repeal Life-Saving Law, Kick 50,000+ Granite Staters off Their Healthcare

Concord, N.H. –Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law six years ago today, hundreds of thousands of Granite Staters have been helped by quality, affordable health insurance and countless others have benefitted from other provisions of the law.

From making sure that people with pre-existing conditions are able to get care and preventing women from being charged more for their insurance, to allowing young people to stay on their parents’ plans, delivering preventative care coverage, and expanding Medicaid for almost 50,000 people in New Hampshire, the Affordable Care Act has made a real difference in the lives of families across the Granite State.

Despite all of these important improvements in access to care for New Hampshire families, Kelly Ayotte, Frank Guinta, and Washington Republicans remain committed to repealing the Affordable Care Act, a move that would also end New Hampshire’s successful bipartisan Medicaid Expansion, kicking almost 50,000 Granite Staters out of their insurance. Experts say that this expansion is a vital tool in the fight against the deadly substance abuse epidemic ravaging the state.

Some key numbers about the Affordable Care Act’s impact in New Hampshire:

·      Under the Affordable Care Act, New Hampshire’s uninsured rate has fallen 5 points to 8.8%.

·      As many as 597,050 Granite Staters with preexisting conditions are now prohibited from being denied coverage—this includes 68,589 Granite State children.

·      545,000 New Hampshire residents benefit from the elimination of lifetime and annual caps on coverage.

·      58,876 more people in New Hampshire are covered under Medicaid or CHIP since the start of the Health Insurance Marketplace first open enrollment.

·      54,519 Granite Staters received rebates from their insurance companies last year because under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are required to provide rebates if the amount they spend on health benefits is too low as opposed to marketing.

·      191,570 Medicare beneficiaries in New Hampshire benefit from access to preventative care like cancer screenings without any out-of-pocket cost.

·      Approximately 1,700 Granite Staters accessed substance abuse treatment in 2015 through New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion, made possible through the Affordable Care Act. 

“Six years ago today, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, literally saving lives and dramatically improving access to health care for countless Granite Staters,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Yet Washington Republicans like Kelly Ayotte and Frank Guinta want to pull the rug out from under vulnerable people by repealing this law and taking away their access to affordable health care. I thank our Democratic elected officials for their leadership in making this law a reality and their continued efforts to improve healthcare access and delivery for all.” 

ICYMI: Outrage Continues Over Kelly Ayotte’s Obstruction of Supreme Court Nomination

CONCORD – As outrage continues over Kelly Ayotte’s obstruction of a Supreme Court nomination, Dartmouth College Professor Randall Balmer asked this weekend in a Valley News op-ed, “What part of the Constitution does Ayotte not understand?” 

Meanwhile, conservative columnist George Will wrote, “The Republican Party’s incoherent response to the Supreme Court vacancy is a partisan reflex in search of a justifying principle.”

From Professor Balmer’s Valley News Op-Ed:

…Grassley, Ayotte and their colleagues should care about the judgment of history — if not for themselves, for the sake of the nation.

…Ayotte, a lawyer and former attorney general of New Hampshire, presumably has at least a passing acquaintance with the Constitution, yet she has so far cast her lot with Republican obstructionists. “We’re in the midst of a consequential presidential election year, and Americans deserve an opportunity to weigh in given the significant implications this nomination could have for the Supreme Court and our country for decades to come,” Ayotte said shortly after Antonin Scalia’s death. “I believe the Senate should not move forward with the confirmation process until the American people have spoken by electing a new president.”

If I’m not mistaken, voters have already spoken, twice — in 2008 and again in 2012. What part of the Constitution does Ayotte not understand?

Once again, let’s imagine a different approach. Suppose New Hampshire had a senator willing to stand against the stubborn culture of obstruction. Suppose Ayotte were willing to reject McConnell’s culture of No!

…The people of New Hampshire are not asking their senator for heroism on that scale, just a willingness to stand up to obstructionism and discharge her constitutional responsibilities.

That does not mean, of course, that Ayotte would be obligated to support President Obama’s nominee. Not at all. It means only that she would fulfill her duties regardless of the political rancor she might incur from fellow Republicans. Even such a modest effort in these fraught political times counts as an act of courage.

Like Chuck Grassley, Kelly Ayotte’s rendezvous with history has arrived. She can be remembered as simply another political hack, like Mitch McConnell or Harry Reid, or she can be remembered as a leader, one who faced down the rabid partisans in Congress and said, “Enough! I intend to lead, not stumble blindly along the pathway of political obstruction in the name of party loyalty.”

New Hampshire and the nation await her decision.

From Conservative Commentator George Will’s Washington Post Column:

The Republican Party’s incoherent response to the Supreme Court vacancy is a partisan reflex in search of a justifying principle. The multiplicity of Republican rationalizations for their refusal to even consider Merrick B. Garland radiates insincerity.

…In their tossed salad of situational ethics, the Republicans’ most contradictory and least conservative self-justification is: The court’s supposedly fragile legitimacy is endangered unless the electorate speaks before a vacancy is filled. The preposterous premise is that the court will be “politicized” unless vacancies are left vacant until a political campaign registers public opinion about, say, “Chevron deference.”

…Republicans who vow to deny Garland a hearing and who pledge to support Donald Trump if he is their party’s nominee are saying: Democracy somehow requires that this vacancy on a non-majoritarian institution must be filled only after voters have had their say through the election of the next president. And constitutional values will be served if the vacancy is filled not by Garland but by someone chosen by President Trump, a stupendously uninformed dilettante who thinks judges “sign” what he refers to as “bills.” There is every reason to think that Trump understands none of the issues pertinent to the Supreme Court’s role in the American regime, and there is no reason to doubt that he would bring to the selection of justices what he brings to all matters — arrogance leavened by frivolousness.

Trump’s multiplying Republican apologists do not deny the self-evident — that he is as clueless regarding everything as he is about the nuclear triad. These invertebrate Republicans assume that as president he would surround himself with people unlike himself — wise and temperate advisers. So, we should wager everything on the hope that the man who says his “number one” foreign policy adviser is “myself” (because “I have a very good brain”) will succumb to humility and rely on people who actually know things. If Republicans really think that either their front-runner or the Democrats’ would nominate someone superior to Garland, it would be amusing to hear them try to explain why they do.

Kelly Ayotte’s Performance Review: “New Hampshire Deserves Better”

Concord, N.H. – Not only have editorial boards had scathing words for Kelly Ayotte’s partisan blockade of the Supreme Court (see the Concord MonitorNashua TelegraphPortsmouth HeraldKeene SentinelValley News, and Coos County Democrat), but recent letters to the editor have strongly condemned her obstructionism and refusal to do her constitutional duty. 

See below for a few highlights:  

 “By Kelly Ayotte announcing that she will back Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz in their plan to refuse to confirm President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, she has been clear that she places party leadership ahead of the people of New Hampshire, and ahead of her constitutional duty as our senator.” – Ann Heffernon, North Swanzey

 “I’m glad Sen. Ayotte has shown her true colors and made clear to all N.H. voters that she will align with her party even though this position is clearly unethical and unprecedented. She has helped us to see the real stakes in the upcoming presidential and senate elections.” – Scott Marion, Rye

It seems that she feels what is important to the Republican party is more important than what is important to our country.” – Richard Friedman, Bedford

“Where the heck do Kelly Ayotte and other Republican senators, and even presidential candidates, get off saying that they won’t even consider any nominations put forward by a sitting president for a Supreme Court justice. That’s part of their job! Where I come from, if an employee refuses to perform one of the requirements set forward in a written job description, they are fired.” – Lucy Natkiel, Hill

 “I hope that Sen. Ayotte will remember her pledge to preserve and protect the constitution and reconsider her position that she refuses to carry out her responsibility as a United States senator. New Hampshire deserves better and Justice Scalia deserves better.” – Marjorie Smith, Durham

 “Once again, Sen. Kelly Ayotte has demonstrated her total disregard for the will of the New Hampshire electorate.” – Rich DiPentima, Portsmouth

“Kelly Ayotte has once again demonstrated her membership in the ‘my way or the highway gang’ by joining Mitch McConnell and the other obstructionist Republicans in pandering to their base rather than respecting the majority of voters, the founding fathers and the Constitution. We won’t forget that in November.” – Cynthia Muse, Rye

The dysfunction in Washington now is much worse than in 1988, and Republicans like McConnell and Kelly Ayotte continue to fight in lockstep against the opposition party without regard to all the people they represent… the total absence of a compromising tone in the rhetoric we have heard so far from McConnell, Republican presidential candidates and others is extremely disappointing.” – Richard Foss, Webster


I am very disappointed that Kelly Ayotte has fallen into the obstructionist camp, refusing to honor and act on President Obama’s constitutional duty to appoint a Supreme Court nominee.” – Judi Garfinkle, Lancaster


“Ayotte, not satisfied with obstructing the government, the Senate, and the president’s foreign policy, now wants to obstruct the Supreme Court. She has now decided to extend her obstruction by not even allowing a hearing on the president’s Supreme Court nominee.” – Bob Bettilyon, Hollis


“She has meekly lined up with the radical Republicans in the Senate stating that the Senate will not even hold a hearing on any Supreme Court nominee that President Obama sends to them for consideration. It is the president’s duty to nominate someone to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court when one occurs. It is the Senate’s duty to receive that nomination, hold hearings on the nominee’s qualifications to hold that office, and to vote on that nomination. To do otherwise is to shirk their responsibilities, something this Senate has shown a remarkable penchant for doing.” – Dick de Seve, Gilmanton

We can’t wait a year – the Senate needs to do its job and act on Obama’s nomination now. Please write to Sen. Kelly Ayotte and ask her to support a vote on the Supreme Court vacancy.” – Joe O’Neill, Amherst   

“Sen. Kelly Ayotte: You and the GOP congressional leadership insult the memory of Justice Scalia and his respect for the Constitution.” — Ken Williams, Canterbury

“Senator, you were elected to do a job just as President Barack Obama was elected to do a job. Moreover, as a United States senator elected by the people of the State of New Hampshire, you have a constitutional obligation to do that job.”  — Patrick Wood, Laconia

“Refusing to consider a nominee for no good reason – just because of party politics – is irresponsible. By taking the stance that no nominee from the sitting president will be given any consideration at all, those taking that stand are really saying that their political party comes before the best interests of the country.” – Jay Diener, Hampton

“By blindly following other obstructionist colleagues in the Senate, Ayotte is not the new voice she once promised to be, but one of the rabid-dog types who try to stop any positive movement in Washington.” – J. Larry Brown, Lancaster

Hassan Goes On The Offense Against Ayotte On Protecting Women’s Rights

WMUR: Hassan Says Ayotte Has ‘Consistently Voted To Undermine’ Women’s Right To Choose

CONCORD — While Kelly Ayotte has repeatedly voted against the health and economic well-being of New Hampshire’s women and families, Governor Maggie Hassan has always fought to expand opportunity for New Hampshire families and to protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions — and Maggie will continue to fight tirelessly for these critical priorities in the United States Senate.

Click here for the full WMUR story or see excerpts below:

WMUR: New Hampshire Primary Source: Hassan says Ayotte has ‘consistently voted to undermine’ women’s right to choose

Gov. Maggie Hassan on Friday reiterated her support for Roe V. Wade on the 43rd anniversary of the landmark decision affirming the legality of a woman’s right to choose. At the same time, Hassan sharply criticized U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte for her opposition to the decision and for her support for defunding Planned Parenthood.

… In a statement provided first to WMUR.com, Hassan said Ayotte has “consistently voted to undermine” a women’s right to choose.

“As we celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, it’s critical that we redouble our efforts to ensure that women and families can make their own choices and stand up against attacks on women’s health care,” Hassan said.

“A woman’s right to make her own health care decisions is a matter of freedom, and it’s also a matter of economics. When women have to pay more for their health care, including paying out of pocket for contraception, or aren’t given the freedom to decide when to start a family, it creates a significant economic strain.”

“And that is why it’s so troubling that Kelly Ayotte has consistently voted to undermine a woman’s right to make her own health decisions.”

Hassan continued, “From her belief that Roe v. Wade ‘should be overturned’ to her six votes to defund Planned Parenthood and her support for allowing employers to deny women coverage for birth control, Sen. Ayotte has repeatedly voted against the health and economic well-being of New Hampshire’s women and families.”

“As governor, I have always fought to expand opportunity for New Hampshire families and to protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, and I will continue to fight tirelessly for these critical priorities in the United States Senate.”

Hassan’s campaign pointed out that while campaigning for the Senate in 2010, Ayotte said she Roe V. Wade “should be overturned,” and that she voted six times to defund Planned Parenthood between 2011 and late 2015.

The Hassan campaign also pointed out that Ayotte in 2012 voted for the Blunt Amendment, which would have expanded exemptions to the Obama administration’s rule requiring birth control coverage to allow not only religious groups but employers with moral objections to opt out.

Kelly Ayotte (Again) Is Only New England Senator To Oppose Clean Water Protections

waves water lake by -jonathan-beanCONCORD – As Kelly Ayotte continues her undisguised attempt to mislead Granite Staters about her record of voting to undermine New Hampshire’s environment and beautiful natural resources, Ayotte voted this morning to oppose efforts to protect clean drinking water for millions of Americans. Ayotte was the only New England Senator to oppose these important clean water protections.

Try as she might to fool voters, Ayotte’s dismal environmental record speaks loud and clear: Ayotte has voted with the Koch Brothers 94% of the time on the environment, including voting multiple times to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and voting to block the Environmental Protection Agency from ever having the ability to reduce greenhouse gases. And Ayotte’s record has earned her a lifetime score of 23% from the League of Conservation Voters – even worse than Scott Brown’s lifetime score of 38%.

“It’s deeply troubling that Kelly Ayotte was the only New England Senator to vote against against important efforts to preserve our beautiful natural resources and protect clean drinking water for millions of Americans,” said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “But siding with corporate special interests over New Hampshire’s environment is nothing new for Ayotte, who has fought to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and votes with the Koch Brothers 94% of the time on environmental issues.” 

“Governor Maggie Hassan has always been a strong champion for New Hampshire’s environment, and in the Senate, she will fight to put the Granite State’s beautiful natural resources first, not special interests,” added Jacobs. 

Trump Takes Page From Kelly Ayotte Playbook With Sarah Palin Endorsement

Concord, N.H. — As Donald Trump works to maintain his status as the New Hampshire Republican frontrunner, he’s taking a familiar page from the Kelly Ayotte playbook: securing Sarah Palin’s endorsement.

Back in the summer of 2010, the Nashua Telegraph reported that Palin endorsed Kelly Ayotte for Senate, posting on Facebook: “It’s my honor to endorse a Granite State “mama grizzly” … “New Hampshire is lucky to have Kelly Ayotte as a candidate for the U.S. Senate this year.”

Kelly Ayotte With Sarah Palin

“Kelly Ayotte owes her 2010 election in no small part to Sarah Palin’s far-right endorsement that helped deliver the Republican primary for Ayotte, and Granite Staters should be deeply concerned that Palin is now seeking to deliver the New Hampshire Republican primary for Trump too,” said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “As Kelly Ayotte repeatedly doubles down on her pledge to support Trump if he’s the nominee and even refuses to criticize Trump for his dangerous and outrageous comments, it’s hardly surprising that Ayotte’s top 2010 campaign surrogate Sarah Palin is now endorsing Trump as well.”

NH Alliance For Retired Americans To Tell Senator Ayotte To Vote No On TPP

Join us on the sidewalk in front of Senator Kelly Ayotte’s Manchester office to tell our NH Congressional Delegation and President Obama to vote NO on the TransPacific Partnership.

Trans-Pacific PartnershipPlease join us at Kelly Ayotte’s Office, 1200 Elm Street, Manchester, NH, Tuesday, January 12th at 12:30 PM 

President Obama is expected to push the TPP in his State of the Union address next Tuesday evening. Help us get a message to him and to our Congressional delegation that TPP is BAD for SENIORS, for the CLIMATE and for the WORKERS!  

BAD for SENIORS:  The TransPacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal will raise drug prices for all Americans, including seniors. It will block patent reform and jeopardize the U.S. government’s ability to negotiate lower prices for drugs. 

More Information Here

BAD for CLIMATE:  Our Alliance has resolved to work for climate justice but the TPP will leave us subject to further rapid decline in our environment as regulations are left to the discretion of non-elected tribunal regulators. 

BAD for WORKERS:  NAFTA promised 200,000 new jobs. The truth is almost 700,000 jobs were lost. The truth is New Hampshire lost 26,192 manufacturing jobs (or 28.2 percent) during the NAFTA-WTO period (1994-2015), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

New Hampshire residents cannot afford another bad trade deal. TPP negotiations were held in secret. Congress tried to keep TPP out of the news. 

Don’t be silent. 

Tell our Senators and President Obama 

NO TPP!!!!

We will have signs or bring your own!


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