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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Business Leaders Praise Governor Maggie Hassan’s Innovate NH 2.0 Economic Plan

Image from Hassan Campaign (All Rights Reserved)

Image from Hassan Campaign (All Rights Reserved)

CONCORD – Business leaders across New Hampshire praised Governor Maggie Hassan’s 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:

“As both an Executive Councilor and a small business owner, I have seen first-hand Governor Maggie Hassan’s commitment to ensuring that all Granite Staters who work hard can get ahead and stay ahead. As Governor, Maggie has worked across the aisle to increase and make permanent the R&D tax credit and launch the award-winning Live Free & Start initiative, helping small businesses in our state to start up and grow. Her Innovate NH 2.0 plan lays out a framework that will cut through red tape in Washington and allow all of New Hampshire’s families and small businesses to thrive. I’m proud to support Maggie Hassan for Senate, because I know that she will always fight for our priorities.” – Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, Owner of The Puritan Backroom

“During her time in office, Governor Hassan has amplified our state’s economic momentum, focused on working with members of both parties to empower small businesses to grow here in the Granite State. Her leadership and support of programs like Live Free and Start and K-12 STEM initiatives have opened additional opportunities to become involved and see positive growth in our local communities. We need Washington to take the same approach. That’s why I’m proud to support her Senate run and was pleased to host the unveiling of her bold plan for New Hampshire’s economic future, Innovate NH 2.0.” – Derek Barka, Senior Director of Technology at SilverTech

“Governor Hassan’s Innovate NH 2.0 plan rightly identifies innovation as the seed of New Hampshire’s economic growth that will increase the number of high-paying jobs, not just for desk workers, but for advanced manufacturing. It will reduce disparity, it will attract back our young people and it will provide opportunities that will encourage people to a better life. Maggie has identified the 5 needs that will let our economy reach its potential. I’m proud to support Maggie’s bold economic vision in her bid for the US Senate.” – Jeanne Dietsch, Founder at MobileRobots, Inc.

“Governor Maggie Hassan knows that when small businesses have the support they need to get ahead, it benefits not just their owners, but our entire economy. As Governor, she’s worked with members of both parties on priorities that have made a real difference for New Hampshire’s small businesses, including cutting taxes for small businesses and launching Live Free and Start to help new companies start up and grow. Governor Hassan’s Innovate NH 2.0 plan shows the bold vision she will take to Washington to build on our progress here in New Hampshire and help small businesses thrive and grow. I am proud to support Maggie’s run for Senate and the strong leadership and bold ideas she will take to Washington.” – Mary Collins, Former Director of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center

“Governor Hassan understands that investing in policies that support the middle class will create ripple effects throughout our economy and spur a new wave of innovation and growth across the Granite State. I applaud her Innovate NH 2.0 plan for its bold framework and strong focus on helping hardworking families make ends meet and succeed. Her proposed $1,000 tax cut for middle class families will go a long way to improve our economic security, as will her plans to close the gender wage gap and protect Social Security and Medicare. Her plan is just the sort of forward-thinking pragmatic approach we need in Washington, and I’m proud to support Maggie for Senate.” – Will Kanteres, Owner at Kanteres Real Estate

Governor Hassan Releases Innovate NH 2.0 Economic Plan

Governor Hassan Unveils Innovate NH 2.0 Economic Plan, A Granite State Roadmap for Fostering Business Innovation & Expanding Middle Class Opportunity

Innovate NH 2.0 Outlines Key Priorities Maggie Will Take to the Senate to Build on New Hampshire’s Economic Progress and Ensure that All Granite Staters Are Equipped to Succeed in the Changing American Economy 

MANCHESTER – Today at SilverTech Headquarters in Manchester, Governor Maggie Hassan announced her Innovate NH 2.0 economic plan, outlining 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.

Innovate NH 2.0 builds on the innovation plan that Governor Hassan first laid out during her 2012 gubernatorial campaign and has worked with members of both parties to achieve during her time in office. Under her leadership, New Hampshire froze tuition at state universities and lowered it at community colleges, increased and made permanent the R&D tax credit to help innovative businesses succeed and provided technical assistance to support growing companies. Maggie focused on these priorities as Governor while responsibly balancing the budget – without a sales or income tax – and managing the budget to a surplus.

“In New Hampshire, not only do we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, but we have shown that it is possible to bring people together across party lines to lay the foundation for a new generation of innovative economic growth, help companies create jobs and support a thriving middle class,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “It’s about time we see that same approach from Washington. This fiscally responsible economic plan outlines how we can build on the bipartisan steps we have taken in New Hampshire to solve problems, foster innovation and expand opportunity for hard-working Granite State families and small businesses.”

Governor Hassan’s Innovate NH 2.0 plan includes specific proposals in five key areas to ensure that hard-working families and small businesses have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead: encouraging business innovation and growth; developing a 21st century workforce; helping middle class families make ends meet; building a cleaner, more affordable energy future; and fixing our roads, bridges and other infrastructure systems. The plan ensures fiscal responsibility by eliminating special tax breaks for Wall Street and Big Oil, ending tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share and holding accountable corporations and wealthy individuals who aren’t paying their taxes.

Washington has fallen short on these priorities in recent years as corporate special interests have rigged the system for themselves and against the middle class. In the United States Senate, Maggie will fight for the priorities outlined in her Innovate NH 2.0 plan in order to take on corporate special interests and get results for hard-working families and small businesses.

“These are common-sense, fiscally responsible steps that we can take together to continue strengthening New Hampshire’s economy, and I will roll up my sleeves and work with members of both parties in the U.S. Senate to build a future where all hard-working Granite Staters are included in our economic success and where parents can once again feel confident that each generation will have a brighter future than the last,” added Governor Hassan.

Read the full plan here.

Maggie Hassan Pushes First Campaign Ad Highlighting Her Draw To Public Service

First Maggie for NH TV Ad Highlights Governor’s Family Story That Helped Draw Her to Public Service

CONCORD – Maggie for New Hampshire today announced its first television ad of the campaign, “Got Involved,” highlighting how the challenges and opportunities that Governor Maggie Hassan’s family has experienced helped inspire her to enter public service.

Maggie Hassan was drawn to public service as an advocate fighting to ensure that children like her son Ben, who experiences severe disabilities, would be fully included in their communities and have the same opportunities that all parents want for their children. And she has continued working ever since to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire where all of our citizens are included in our economic success and prosperity.

“All families have challenges, what’s really important is that they also have community,” said Maggie. “That’s one of the reasons I got involved in public service. Because it made it so clear to me how much you can accomplish when you work together. “ 

Working across party lines, Maggie froze tuition at the university system for the first time in 25 years while lowering it at community colleges, strengthened job training programs, expanded health coverage to nearly 50,000 Granite Staters, and fought for women’s access to safe and affordable health care. In the Senate, Maggie will stand up to corporate special interests who have rigged the system in Washington and keep fighting for bipartisan solutions to help ensure that all Granite Staters have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead. 

The six-figure ad buy will run on New Hampshire and Boston broadcast stations as well as on cable and online.

 

Click here to WATCH the 60 second TV ad.

On Small Business Week, NH Small Business Leaders Call Maggie Hassan The Best Choice For Senate

Image from Hassan Campaign (All Rights Reserved)

Image from Hassan Campaign (All Rights Reserved)

Maggie Will Continue Working to Support Job-Creating Small Businesses, Encourage Innovation, and Expand Economic Opportunity for all Granite Staters

CONCORD – During small business week, New Hampshire small business leaders say Governor Maggie Hassan’s bipartisan leadership to support job-creating small businesses and encourage innovation makes her the best choice to represent New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate.  

“Small businesses are the backbone of our state’s economy, and as Governor, I have always fought to support job-creating small businesses, encourage innovation, and expand opportunity for all Granite Staters,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Unfortunately, Washington has given in to corporate special interests that rig the system for themselves and against the middle class, and I’m running for United States Senate to fight to ensure that Washington does better for all of New Hampshire’s families and small businesses.”

As Governor, Maggie fought to enact two fiscally responsible, bipartisan budgets that protected critical economic priorities while holding the line against an income or sales tax, and she has made the tough choices to consistently manage the state budget to a surplus. She froze in-state tuition at New Hampshire universities for the first time in 25 years and reduced tuition at community colleges, cut taxes for research & development and small businesses and developed the award-winning “Live Free and Start” initiative to support start-up companies and help them access capital, enabling them to launch and grow. She signed a bipartisan transportation funding bill that invests in road and bridge projects across the state, including finishing the expansion of I-93, and she has also supported job training programs to help ensure that our workers are ready for good jobs in the changing global economy.

In the Senate, Maggie will continue fighting for the priorities that will support small businesses, encourage innovation, and expand opportunity for working families: fixing our roads and bridges; making college more affordable so all hard-working Granite Staters have the skills they need to get ahead and stay ahead; and eliminating tax breaks for Big Oil and outsourcers so we can provide tax credits for small businesses that create jobs here and cut taxes for middle class families.

See below for what a few New Hampshire small business owners have to say about why they support Maggie for Senate:

Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, Puritan Backroom, Manchester – “As both an Executive Councilor and a small business owner, I know Governor Hassan has a deep commitment to helping small businesses thrive. Governor Hassan understands that small businesses are essential to a flourishing economy throughout New Hampshire, and she has fought to ensure that businesses owners have the support we need to innovate and grow. I know that Governor Hassan will continue to be a strong advocate for our small businesses in the United States Senate, and I am proud to support her.”

Mark Kelley, White Mountain Lumber, Berlin – “A strong economy in the North Country is critical for our people and our entire state, and Governor Hassan has worked tirelessly to ensure our small businesses are getting ahead. Governor Hassan has made critical investments in businesses development, infrastructure, and transportation which have helped spur our economy and create jobs. The Governor has been committed to fighting for small businesses and economic development in the North Country and across our entire state, and I know she will continue to make our voices heard and get results in the United States Senate.”

Adria Bagshaw, The WH Bagshaw Company, Nashua – “I’m proud to support Maggie Hassan for U.S. Senate because she understands the issues that are important to small businesses like mine. Washington could use her common-sense, collaborative approach, and New Hampshire could use a Senator like Maggie Hassan who understands the importance of investing in business priorities like our infrastructure and education system while holding the line against a sales or income tax.”

Mary Collins, former State Director of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, of Wolfeboro – “Maggie Hassan knows what it takes to help our small businesses thrive and grow, and even more importantly, she has a proven record of delivering results. From strengthening investments in higher education and job training programs, to passing legislation to fix highways, roads and bridges, to making it easier for start-up companies to launch and grow, Maggie has shown that she can work across party lines to get results for small businesses. Now, we need her to take her bipartisan approach to the U.S. Senate where she will always fight to support small businesses and get things done.”

Mary Jo Brown, Brown & Company Design, Portsmouth – “Governor Hassan’s record of supporting higher education shows she understands the needs of small businesses here in New Hampshire. She’s also committed to ensuring equal pay for equal work which would give working families, and our economy as a whole, a much-needed boost. That’s why I’m proud to join her campaign for Senate. I know she’ll bring her Granite State priorities and collaborative approach to Washington to deliver real results.”

Leo W Gerard: Senate GOP Disses American Voters

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Image by Gage Skidmore (CC-Flikr)

Senate Republicans are flipping off the President of the United States by refusing to conduct a confirmation hearing for his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

By doing this, the majority party in the Senate is saying it doesn’t acknowledge that Barack Obama is the legitimate, twice-elected U.S. President with the right and duty under the U.S. Constitution to nominate justices to fill vacancies on the high court.

Just as significantly, by doing this, Republicans are refusing to accept the decision of 65 million Americans who went to the polls in November of 2012 and re-elected Barack Obama as U.S. President. President Obama is the first commander in chief since 1956 to win 51 percent of the vote twice. Republicans are thumbing their noses at those citizens, the majority, who voted for President Obama. The GOP is expressing deep derision for the American democratic process by obstructing the duly elected President of the United States from fulfilling his Constitutional obligations.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ~ Image by DonkeyHotey/Flickr

Before the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s body was cold, truly, less than an hour after his death was announced, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell placed self-serving politics above grace, sympathy and constitutionality. Forsaking public expression of condolence to Scalia’s widow and nine children, McConnell announced instead that Republicans would prevent the sitting President, who at that point still had a year minus three weeks and three days left to serve in office, from naming a replacement for Scalia.

Rather than “I wish to send my deepest sympathies,” McConnell said:

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

That’s because Republicans don’t like the guy the American people used their voice to choose to be the current president. So Republicans want to give the American people another chance to do what Republicans want them to do.

Ignoring McConnell’s attempt at power-usurping, President Obama last week nominated Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Merrick B. Garland to fill Scalia’s vacancy.

Part of the reason for President Obama’s choice is that he knows some Republicans like Garland. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, voted to confirm Garland’s appointment to the appeals court in 1997 and said in 2010 that Judge Garland would be a “consensus nominee” to the Supreme Court who would be confirmed with bipartisan support. Earlier this month, Sen. Hatch said that if President Obama wanted a real moderate, he would nominate Judge Garland, but predicted, wrongly as it turns out, that the President wouldn’t do it.

Despite Hatch’s prior support for Garland, the Senator has not called on McConnell to schedule the confirmation hearings that are the next step in a normal nomination process. No, like McConnell, Hatch wants to wait to see if he likes the voice of the American people in November better than when they spoke in 2008 and 2012.

The assertion from McConnell and fellow Republicans that the “American people should have a voice” is doubly duplicitous coming from the party that has spent the past five years trying every trick in the book to deny large swaths of Americans their right to express their voice at the ballot box with all manner of voter-suppression legislation.

It is Republicans trying to make students and old people and poor people jump through ridiculous and onerous hoops to exercise their sacred right as citizens to vote. Apparently Republicans don’t want to hear these people’s voices, probably because so many are the voices of Democrats.

The truth about this let-the-American-people-have-a-voice gambit slipped out of the mouths of indiscreet Republicans after President Obama nominated the moderate Judge Garland. Hatch and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake are among the GOPers who revealed that they might hold confirmation hearings for Judge Garland after the Presidential election.

Not if a Republican is elected, of course. But if the American people choose Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, either of whom is likely to nominate someone far more liberal than Judge Garland, then the Republicans would immediately go for the moderate Garland.

If the GOP Senators did that, they would be ignoring the voice of the American people – people who had just voted for someone more liberal. That would be the voice of the American people that McConnell proclaimed was so very, very important before Justice Scalia’s body was cold.

The court McConnell is playing with is crucial to working people. Before Justice Scalia died, for example, there was every expectation that his conservative bloc was going to outlaw fair share fees paid by workers in the public sector who choose not to join their union but who benefit from services provided by collective bargaining. This is a case called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.

Private sector unions like mine knew that conservative groups would come after us next. Their intent is to starve workers out. If right wingers and their corporate backers can deprive labor organizations of fees for services provided, then workers won’t have the money they need for good research before collective bargaining or good lawyers to represent them in grievances against employers. Then big corporations win every time. And workers fall further and further behind.

Now, however, Friedrichs will likely end in a 4-4 stalemate, reverting back to the lower court ruling, where the conservatives eagerly agreed to lose in their excessive hurry to get their appeal before their sure-bet Scalia. In the end, they outsmarted themselves.

The U.S. Constitution states that the President “Shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint. . . judges of the Supreme Court.” It doesn’t say, “except when the President is a Democrat and the majority in the Senate is Republican.” It doesn’t say, “except in Presidential election years.”

In fact, the Senate has confirmed six Supreme Court justices in election years since 1912. In the most recent case, when Republican President Ronald Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy, a majority Democrat Senate confirmed him, unanimously, in the Presidential election year of 1988.

Antonin Scalia prided himself in being a strict Constitutionalist. If McConnell wants to stop the late justice from spinning in his grave, then the majority leader needs to order the Senate to perform its Constitutionally-mandated job by conducting a confirmation hearing for Judge Garland followed by a vote on his nomination to the Supreme Court.

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.”

New Poll Shows 66% Of Republicans Oppose The TPP, Spelling Possible Trouble For Ayotte

Former NH State Senator Jim Rubens Challenges
Sen. Ayotte to a debate on American worker wages

A poll released today by the conservative group Americans for Limited Government and independent pollster Pat Caddell shocked the establishment about voters’ attitudes on the 2,000 page Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership agreement.  The shocker: 66% of Republicans oppose the TPP.  Some highlights from the results: 

– 69% of Republicans say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate for U.S. Congress who promises to put a stop to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

– 63% of Republicans oppose an effort to pass TPP in a special session of Congress.

– 85% GOP voters agree that “political leaders are more interested in protecting their power and privilege than doing what is right for the American people.”

– 76% of Republicans say “the same political elite who have been rigging the political process in Washington are the same ones that have been rigging trade deals that hurt Americans, but benefit themselves.” 

-77% of Americans oppose a Republican leadership effort to vote on TPP in a lame-duck session.

– An astoundingly low 4 percent of GOP voters think that free trade deals have been “more of a benefit to the U.S.”.  

Jim Rubens issued the following statement in response to the poll results: 

“Since the first drafts were leaked in 2014, I have publicly opposed the TPP.  I am firmly on the side of American workers.  It’s time for the U.S. Senate to take the side of American workers and against the crony capitalists and their bought-and-paid-for politicians who want to export American jobs and drive down American wages.

“Conservative Republicans are way out front in opposition to the TPP.  It’s unfortunate that Sen. Kelly Ayotte not only supports this crony capitalist agreement, but she voted last May to give President Obama fast-track trade authority to grease it through Congress.  New Hampshire is among the top 10 states most hurt by our trade deficit with China, having lost over 22,000 jobs over the decade ending 2011.  It’s clear that voters think that Washington career politicians are selling them out.

“Many people have referred to the TPP as ‘NAFTA on steroids’ because this deal benefits other countries at the expense of American workers who are being replaced by cheap foreign labor.  85% of GOP voters have lost faith in the Washington political class because of their blatant crony capitalism.  I’m running for senate to give voters a way to stop this wholesale sell out of the American worker.”

In the press conference discussing the poll results, pollster Pat Caddell predicts there will be significant primary losses based on this issue.  

Rubens challenges Sen. Ayotte to a debate on TPP and how to get American wages rising again.

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