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NH Voter’s Prove That NH Is Not Ready For Voter ID

Since the 2010 election, there has been an emergence of the Voter ID laws throughout the nation.  Many of these laws were popping up in many Republican controlled legislatures and New Hampshire was no exception. This occurred in part due to the model legislation written by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), that was then (mainly) introduced by conservative legislators across the country.

 

The Voter ID Law in NH was worked by both the House and Senate over the past session, before being vetoed – twice – by Governor Lynch.  With more than a three to one majority in the NH Legislature, this year’s veto was overridden and the new Voter ID became law.

 

The most important part of NH’s Voter ID law is that no voter can be turned away – this year.   This means even if you do not have an ID you can still vote and your vote will count.  In order for this to happen you must sign an affidavit that states you are who you say you are.

 

The news about the Voter ID’s Primary Day trial run failure is coming in so fast that it may be hard to keep track.  First there was a report from America Votes, that voters were being turned away.  “New Photo ID Law Wreaks Havoc During State Primary

 

The majority of the problems surrounding the Primary Day debacle was that voters were being turned away.  According to America Votes,  “a Manchester voter had been turned away without a ballot because they didn’t have their ID with them”.  This is exactly what legislators said would not happen in NH.

 

America Votes quickly blamed the state for rushing the implementation of this new law saying: “New Hampshire clearly isn’t prepared to implement this law without further disenfranchising Granite State voters.”

 

Remember this was only the Primary.  New Hampshire had approximately 190,000 people vote in the primary election.  That is a fraction of the 1.3 million who current live here.  I can only image what will happen on November 6th. In 2008 New Hampshire cast over 700,000 votes in the Presidential Election.  If this election is anything like last year there will be massive lines just to vote.  Now add in the confusion of the people who do not have ID’s and still want to vote. Or worse are told to ‘go get your ID then get back in line’.  Many people would not come back.

 

To add insult to injury many voters were given misinformation about the new Voter ID law.  Telling people that if they did not have an ID they could not vote in November.

 

Why is this happening?  Why are election workers telling people the wrong information?  My guess is that because they do not know the truth, and they have not been properly trained on how to implement this new law.  It is important to note that New Hampshire has NO funding designated to train election workers on the proper way to administer the new laws.

 

Since there is no money to train workers, you can be darn sure there is no money to explain to the people of New Hampshire how these new laws work.  But isn’t that what they want?  They want people who do not have ID’s to stay home and not vote.  These people could be college students who are living in New Hampshire and attending one our outstanding Universities, or an elderly person who no longer drives and has no need for a state drivers license.

 

The story does not end there.  The League of Women Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union are going after the state for changes to the law the specifically target students.  “There’s been a number of attempts over the last few years to keep certain qualified citizens from voting in New Hampshire, and students have been the particular topics of most of those attempts,” said Joan Ashwell, a voting law expert with the League.[1]

 

These are the same voters that NH House Speaker Bill O’Brien famously said ‘kids are coming out of the school….foolish voting as a liberal(s)’.

 

New Hampshire is clearly not ready to institute these new voting laws.  If they continue with this plan countless numbers of Granite Stater’s will more than likely be turned away from the polls and therefore refused their Constitutional Right to vote.  I though this was the ‘Live Free or Die’ state not the ‘I make the rules and you don’t get a vote anymore’.



[1] http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/354537/nhclu-suit-challenges-election-law?SESSc0c2960ca57638755588b9471ee79d0f=google&page=full

NH Labor News 9/2/12: PFF-NH Ride in Honor of Sarah Fox, New Jobs in NH, Unions Have Been Fighting For Workers For Many Years, Northern Pass Protests, and more

Remembering Sarah: Riders honor former Portsmouth firefighter’s fight with cancer – Fosters: “ringing awareness and support together in one huge effort, bikers, firefighters, friends and law enforcement came out to remember late Portsmouth firefighter Sarah Fox, who passed away last December after battling cancer.

“It was easy to get involved with this,” Al Coutois, owner of Seacoast Harley-Davidson, said. Riders came from the stores three locations including North Hampton, Rochester and Everett, Mass., entering the parking lot in one massive parade of bikes around 12:30 p.m.

“The how and why was easy. We got to know Sarah when she was here,” Coutois said. Fox had attended the event herself just last year.”


N.H. future bright for job seekers: State officials see promise in manufacturing, health care, tourism within next several years – Fosters: “DOVER — For job seekers in New Hampshire, advanced manufacturing, health care and tourism are among the industries that hold promise within the next several years, according to state officials.

Manufacturing, in particular, has become a major focus in the state, which is poised to add hundreds of new jobs in the field of advanced manufacturing in coming years.

However, securing those jobs will likely require a higher degree of training and education than the manufacturing jobs of the past, according to Michael Power, of the state’s Office of Workforce Opportunity.

“That’s our key,” Power said. “That’s our economic strength. Manufacturing pays the highest wage … and it’s huge. It’s a career path.””


For many in NH,1 job is not enough | New Hampshire NEWS02: “New Hampshire has averaged 84,500 residents considered underemployed monthly — including 35,300 working part time but wanting full-time work, according to federal figures for the year ending in June.

“That’s a sign of how difficult this economic downturn has been for everybody,” said Dennis Delay, an economist at the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies in Concord.

“Frankly, employers are still somewhat reluctant in certain sectors of the economy to hire people,” Delay said. “If someone is working for you part time, as an employer, you’re not obligated to pay for their health care.””


Erica Bryant: Brave local workers fought for your rights | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com: “I can’t tell you the names of the men wearing the gas masks in this 1933 photograph. Or the men who joined them unprotected, even though their demonstration of support for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America was likely to be met with chemical weapons.

The photo was taken toward the end of that union’s long war against sweatshop conditions and starvation wages in Rochester’s garment factories. By that time, just two factories were holding out against recognizing the union and its demands for a 40-hour work week and increased wages.”


Hundreds protest Northern Pass | New Hampshire NEWS06: “More than 200 demonstrators gathered in the park across from Colebrook Town Hall to sing protest songs, listen to political speakers and make their views known.

The $1.1 billion project, being proposed by Northeast Utilities and Hydro-Quebec, would run a high-power transmission line across 180 miles of land from Pittsburg to Deerfield. It would use 140 miles of existing rights of way owned by Public Service of New Hampshire and 40 miles of new rights of way. ”


Garry Rayno’s State House Dome: Bill eyed to prevent failures that led to hepatitis C spread | New Hampshire NEWS0604: “COMMUTER RAIL: The Business and Industry Association will host a forum on commuter rail Sept. 17 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

In partnership with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Nashua Regional Planning Commission and the New Hampshire Economic Development Association, the forum is titled “Commuter Rail in New Hampshire — Economic Catalyst or Multi-Million Dollar Mistake?”


Voter ID won’t stop your vote | SeacoastOnline.com: “As Rep. Donna Schlachman, D-Exeter, said: “If just one person does not show up to vote due to confusion over Voter ID requirements, this law has done harm. In a country noted for low voter turnout, the last thing we need is the perception that it will be harder to cast a ballot in 2012.””


Annual NH Labor Day breakfast features Lynch, national union official: “New Hampshire’s AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast will feature Gov. John Lynch and the organization’s national secretary-treasurer.

National AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler will be the keynote speaker at Monday’s breakfast. She will recognize contributions by New Hampshire workers and emphasize the labor movement’s commitment to creating good jobs. She also will discuss the choices posed by the upcoming election.

Besides Lynch and Shuler, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and congressional candidates Ann Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter are scheduled to attend.

The breakfast is at 9 a.m. at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester.”


Remember the Bread and Roses

NH Labor News 8/22/12: Prison Privatization Update, Voter ID, Medicare, RTW for Less, and Minimum Wage

Pension Privatization Update: House Committee Scopes Out Financial Services Firms | StateImpact New Hampshire: “Today, a legislative committee investigating pension privatization issued a request for information from companies that manage retirement funds.

After pension reform legislation failed to pass last term, House Speaker O’Brien requested that a committee convene over the summer to craft new legislation for next term. The committee will likely propose to move all new public employees to private, defined contribution plans — like a 401(k).”


Combat voter ID law with education | Concord Monitor: “Jack Saunders has the right idea. Saunders, who lives in Holderness, is the author of a letter to the editor published in the Sunday Monitor. He suggested that one good way to combat the cynical intent behind New Hampshire’s new voter ID law is to educate people about it so they’re not surprised or frustrated on Election Day.”


Feds still reviewing N.H. Medicaid care management plan – Fosters: “Federal health care regulators are still evaluating New Hampshire’s proposal to implement a new care management system for Medicaid beneficiaries.

Launching the new system will require a waiver from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).”


Success of Indiana’s right-to-work law disputed » Evansville Courier & Press: “Officials at 20 companies have said Indiana’s passage of a right-to-work law earlier this year was a factor in their decisions to bring more jobs to the state, according to Daniel Hasler, who leads the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

However, Nancy Guyott, a union leader and the state’s biggest right-to-work opponent, questioned the numbers.

The conflict occurred Monday after Hasler presented the information to the General Assembly’s Interim Study Committee on Economic Development. Hasler said companies have told the agency that right to work “does matter.””


» STUDY: States with Higher Minimum Wage Have Had Less Employment Loss During the Great Recession: “Because attempts to increase the minimum wage are being met head on by the GOP talking point that doing so would cause employers to cut jobs and hours, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center looked at two decades of data in their recent report, The Minimum Wage and Job Creation.

The study found that minimum wage increases have not had a negative effect on employment in New England.

In Massachusetts alone, the minimum wage has increased six times since 1995. During this period, growth in industries with concentrations of high minimum wage earners has been higher than total employment.”


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Labor and Civil Liberties Organizations Come Together To Fight Against NH Voter ID Law

Organizations from across New Hampshire have come together to urge the Justice Department to reject the new Voter ID law.

A coalition including League of Women Voters, N.H. Civil Liberties Union, America Votes, American Friends Service Committee, Credo SuperPAC, Demos, Fair Election Legal Network, Granite State Independent Living, Latinos Unidos, NAACP Branch 2070, NH AFL-CIO, NH Citizens Alliance, NH Young Democrats, NEA-NH, SEIU Local 1984,  Service Employees International Union and Working Families Win submitted letters today to the U.S. Department of Justice asking the Department to deny pre-clearance of the state’s new voter photo identification law (Chapter 284) and new voter registration law (Chapter 285).

New Hampshire is required to submit all changes in voting laws to the U.S. Department of Justice for pre-clearance before the laws can go into effect. Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires the department to deny pre-clearance of state laws that have either a discriminatory purpose or the effect of suppressing the right to vote on account of race or color or membership in a language minority.

“There’s no legitimate reason for the radical changes the photo ID law makes to the way we vote in New Hampshire,” said Joan Flood Ashwell, election law specialist for the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire. “Years of investigations by the Attorney General’s office have confirmed that we don’t have a problem with voter impersonation fraud. That’s not surprising since that kind of voter fraud is virtually unheard of anywhere in the United States. We believe the real intent of this photo ID law is to make it more difficult for certain groups of people to vote, including students, the elderly, minorities and the disabled.

“Members of the House and Senate heard testimony that thousands of New Hampshire citizens don’t have a photo ID 25,000 to 50,000 according to the Secretary of State,” Ashwell said. “In this presidential election, students will be able to use their student IDs but that will change in 2013 when the law becomes the strictest in the United States. It will be unnecessarily more difficult for students to vote, especially those who come here from other states and are much more likely to be minorities.”

Jessica Clark, political and field director of America Votes, said the ever-changing requirements of the photo ID law and the lack of an education program seemed designed to discourage people from even trying to vote.

“We’ve already seen incorrect headlines in the papers saying that a photo ID will be needed to vote this November,” Clark said. “This is an overly complex law that requires a statewide education campaign using newspapers, TV and radio in addition to brochures and handouts. Some members of the House Election Law Committee tried to include an education campaign in the law but that was rejected by the sponsors of the legislation and by the House and Senate leadership. Voters need to know that they can sign an affidavit and obtain a ballot. In 2013, they’ll have to have a photo taken as well. America Votes believes the affidavit and photo are offensive and unnecessary but we also believe people should know there’s an option that is better than no vote at all.”

The second law, Chapter 285, changes the voter registration form to include a statement requiring people to agree that they must register their car in New Hampshire and obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license within 60 days of registering to vote. The wording of the new voter registration form contradicts New Hampshire motor vehicle laws which make it illegal for those who intend to leave New Hampshire at a specific point in time to register a car or obtain a driver’s license in New Hampshire.

“Chapter 285 is an attempt to change the definition of ‘domicile’ in Part 1, Article 11 of the New Hampshire Constitution,” said Claire Ebel, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union. “A 1984 New Hampshire Supreme Court decision – George J. Every v. Supervisors of the Madison Checklist  – defined ‘domicile’ as distinct from residence. According to Ebel, “There is no question that Chapter 285  is meant to keep out-of-state college students from being able to register and vote in New Hampshire However, that question was decided by a federal district court decision in 1972 in Newberger v. Peterson, which established the right of students to vote where they attend school.  Students, visiting faculty, members of the military and others who know that they will leave New Hampshire at some definite point in the future have the right to register and to vote here while they live here.”

The coalition’s submissions describe the two new election laws as retrogressive and discriminatory and said they will reduce minority voting across the state. They criticize the Legislature for not presenting data to determine the impact of the laws, especially since these issues were brought to their attention repeatedly in hearings and in letters. The coalition said the laws are unnecessary, and the Justice Department should deny preclearance because the state failed to meet its burden under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

 

 

Prosperity For All part Three: Saving Our Democracy

This is the third part in a three-part series taking an in-depth look at the Prosperity For All recommendations.

To refresh, Prosperity for All is a list of recommended policy changes that would help bring our nation out of financial ruin, lifting up the middle class and restoring the American Dream to everyone.  The Prosperity for All campaign is broken into three main parts: Growth, Security, and Democracy. In this section we will look at the Democracy recommendations.

Democratic voice, inclusively and accountability – “in Washington and the workplace Democracy means we have a strong system of checks and balances both in our government and in the private sector that empowers citizens, guarantees more inclusive decision making and creates strong mechanisms of accountability“.

Most Americans would agree that we live in the greatest Democracy.  The problem is that currently forces are trying to break down our democracy.  This is happening in many ways and on many levels.  In our voting rights, in our workplace, and even in our banks.

Prosperity for All recommends

1. “Protect the right to vote to ensure every voice is heard in the political process. Repeal disenfranchisement and voter ID laws and adopt same‐day voter registration, provisional voting and other measures to maximize voter participation and access“.

VOTER ID has been one of the most contested issues in our State Houses in the last five years.  The radical right has been telling everyone that there is ‘fraud’ being committed in the voting booth and Voter ID will fix that.  The problem is that by instituting a policy like Voter ID you are making it harder or almost impossible for some people to vote.  Voting is a fundamental right and which should be working to make it easier to vote not harder.  “Studies show that as many as 11 percent of eligible voters do not have government-issued photo ID“.  This means one out of every ten voters would be turned away from voting because they do not have a valid ID.

While other states are still battling the Voter ID in court (PA – Voter ID Law Goes To Trial)  New Hampshire has already started to enact policies around our new law.  The big thing is that this year you will not be turned away from voting as in other states.   NH will allow you to vote, but those restrictions get tighter next year and for future elections.  Just like in the workplace everyone needs to have a voice in what policy is effecting them.  Their ability to vote it that voice.

2.  “Guarantee every worker has a voice in the workplace, including a quick, fair process for workers to choose union representation and have the power to bargain collectively. Enforce stronger penalties on companies that violate labor laws.

Just as in part one of this series, the collective bargaining process vital to a healthy workforce, the ability to choose your representation is just as important.  Over the last year there have been many cases of employers violating labor laws and deterring the union election process.  One good example of this the fight to unionize the service agents at American Airlines (see also Judge blocks CWA election).  The Communication Workers of America have been working to help unionize the service agents for many years and now they are being blocked changes to legislation.  We need to have a more streamline process to elect for union representation.  To me this also means severely harsh punishments to companies who try to interfere with the election process.

3.  & 4. “Free government from corporate interests by reinstating the firewalls between investment and banking” and “Improve consumer protections against unfair credit card fees and practices, predatory lending and bankruptcy rules biased in favor of creditors“.

The collapse of the stock market in 2007 had disastrous effects that we are still trying to overcome.  Some of this was caused by repealing the Glass Steagall Act. Even the former president of CitiGroup blamed the financial crisis on the repeal. He said: “To some extent what we saw in the 2007, 2008 crash was the result of the throwing off of Glass-Steagall“.   The financial crisis has also led more people to rely on credit cards to pay their bills.  These cards then began raising the interest rates on people who were trying to stay a float in the tumultuous economy.  These fees would end up adding more costs, like throwing an anchor to a drowning man.   We need to work to help these people get out from these high interest credit cards and shady mortgages that they could never have really afforded.

5. “Rein in the power of corporations and the rich by empowering shareholders through greater corporate disclosure and transparency and input in setting executive pay. Corporate power is not reigned in simply by empowering shareholders. Democracy also requires a counterweight to corporate power:  Strong unions and community organizations are needed to ensure that workers, and the public more broadly, have an organized voice in our political process“.

This is really a well worded way of saying we must overturn the Citizens United ruling or place new legislation to counter balance the effects of the Citizens United decision.  Our democracy is being bought and paid for by corporations pushing millions of dollars into election campaigns.  The Koch Brothers and corporate funded organizations like ALEC are using their money as power to make sweeping changes in legislation that in turn boosts their profits.   There is also legislation that would make it mandatory for corporations to get shareholder approval before they donate to political campaigns.  This seemingly simple change could have dramatic effects on our election process.  Without a fair election process what would be left of our Democracy.

So as you can see we are not that far away from taking our country back from the corporations.  We need to work together to make policy changes that will lead to Prosperity For All.

Read the full report and learn more about how you can join the growing Prosperity for All movement at www.prosperityforamerica.org.

Part 1: Economic Growth

Part 2: Economic Security

Will You Be Effected By The New Voter ID Laws In NH?

This year the NH Legislature passed sweeping reforms in order to vote.  Even though we fought back against Voter ID laws the misguided leadership in the NH House pushed it through.  Now we need to work together to ensure that everyone know what they need to vote.

America Votes, an ally of the AFL-CIO  is working to protect our rights to vote and ensure every votes in this crucial election.  They are looking to find and help anyone who would not be able to vote because of these changes.    .

From America Votes:
This year the NH Legislature passed a bill, HB 1354, that will require a voter to show a photo ID at the polls when they go to vote. This year if a voter doesn’t have an ID they will be allowed to sign an affidavit that will allow them to vote.  We want to hear from you about how this legislation will impact you and your family.  Did a grandparent give up their driver’s license?  Does your 18 year old not have ID yet because they don’t drive?  Are you an out of state student worried about the impact? Send your story to jclark@americavotes.org.

America Votes will help to answer your questions about the new Voter ID laws.  All you need to do is tell them why you may not be able to vote under these new election laws.  They can and will help you.  It is your Constitutional Right to vote, don’t let anyone try to take that away. Know your rights and be prepared when the time comes!

Why We Must Act To Stop Voter ID Laws

Many Granite Staters are waiting for the Department of Justice review of the new Voter ID Law passed by the NH Legislature this year.  Many other states are talking about new Voter ID laws and how this is movement to restrict voters in a false claim of voter fraud.

Even Lynn Christensen, town moderator in Merrimack said, ” I don’t believe there’s widespread voter fraud. I don’t believe there’s fraud in this town”.  She continued  “There is not voter fraud however Voter ID laws will prevent good people from voting.”

According to the AFGE research:

  • 25% of African Americans do not have a state issued id.
  • 15% of people making less than $35,000 last year do not have a state issued id.
  • 18% of people between 18-24 do not have a state issued id with the correct address.
  • 18% of seniors do not have a valid state issued id.

These Voter ID could effect as many as 21 Million people nation wide.

We need to protect these people and their Constitutional right to vote.  If we do not then it will give the 1% more opportunity to push anti-worker legislation

 

For more information of AFGE and Protecting People’s Rights to Vote click here.

Video Link: AFGE Defends Democracy

NH Labor Sunday News 7/8/12: O’Brien Not As Strong In Hometown, Voter ID, NH Legislative Session Closes, and more

NHLN: A long post with all your sunday NH politics and news.  Today’s news talks about the final legislative session and more.

Mont Vernon: O’Brien’s hometown voters differ | Concord Monitor: “O’Brien has seemed happy to play that role. He’s been an unequivocal conservative voice on hot-button issues, calling for the repeal of same-sex marriage and constraints on collective bargaining, abortion rights and contraception coverage. He led efforts to drastically cut the state budget last year and says he’d like to reduce it by another $400 million if re-elected.

O’Brien has disciplined members of his own caucus when they’ve disagreed with him. And it was Republicans, not Democrats, who publicly accused O’Brien this year of bullying them.”


NH receives $2 million grant for on-the-job training – Fosters: “U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced that New Hampshire has been awarded a competitive On-the-Job (OJT) Training grant for $2,028,048 from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The award, which will be administered by the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, will support OJT programs that help unemployed workers gain new skills to find and retain employment.”


Garry Rayno’s State House Dome: Medicaid expansion fight on horizon | New Hampshire NEWS0604: “As part of its decision, the Supreme Court said it was up to the states to decide whether to broaden Medicaid insurance coverage to include even more low- to moderate-income people than are already included.

The two Republicans running for their party’s gubernatorial nomination, Manchester attorney Ovide Lamontagne and conservative activist Kevin Smith, have both said they do not support expanding the program to cover an additional 20,000 to 40,000 state residents.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley has said she leans toward expanding the program. Her opponent Maggie Hassan’s spokesman, Matt Burgess, said Hassan “would work with the Legislature and businesses to determine how best to use the federal dollars available to extend affordable health insurance to more of our hard-working citizens.””


N.H., Maine should help implement ‘Obamacare’ | SeacoastOnline.com: “The time has come to start working with federal officials to make the law work efficiently and well for the citizens of both states. If the states continue to simply fight implementation it will become the law of the state anyway, without their valuable input or guidance. In the end, opponents will be seen as mere obstructionists who blocked health-care access to our most vulnerable citizens: seniors, children, people with pre-existing illnesses and the poor.

Does anyone really think our current health-care and health insurance systems are efficient and affordable? If so, they must not be paying for their own health insurance or ever fought for coverage of a serious illness.”


Garry Rayno’s State House Dome: Medicaid expansion fight on horizon | New Hampshire NEWS0604: “OFF THE COMMITTEE: In a related matter, O’Brien has removed the lone Democrat on the six-member Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee, Rep. Kathleen Taylor, D-Franconia. The reason given: She voted with three senators to accept a $330,000 federal grant to help set up a state–based health insurance exchange called for in the Affordable Care Act.”

(also check out the NH Senate Primaries in the State House Dome)


Smith makes media push – NashuaTelegraph.com: “The $41,000 buy for a 30-second commercial will air on Fox News and other cable outlets for the next two weeks.

Last week, Lamontagne told members of his campaign finance committee that the campaign hit its goal of raising more than $1 million by July 1.

VOTER ID
“Lynch had to let the second bill become law without signature adding a statement that maintained the measure still had flaws and could disenfranchise voters.
It will be interesting to see whether the U.S. Justice Department pushes that envelope and tries to block New Hampshire’s version.

I-93 widening gets boost
It didn’t get that much media attention last week, but the passage of a federal highway bill is big news for New Hampshire and for the widening of Interstate 93.”


For Democrats, O’Brien is the issue | Concord Monitor: “In case you weren’t sure: No, Bill O’Brien isn’t running for governor. But that hasn’t stopped Democrats from inserting his name into the race whenever possible this year, trying to tie the Republican gubernatorial candidates to the controversial House speaker.

“Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith have promised their full support to Bill O’Brien,” declared House Democratic Leader Terie Norelli at a press conference last week.

“Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and the Bill O’Brien Legislature have supported drastic cuts to our hospitals and to other institutions that Granite Staters count on,” Democratic candidate Maggie Hassan said in an April press release on the “Lamontagne-Smith-O’Brien Proposal to Take Over Medicare.””

“”It’s time for Mitt Romney to come clean about Romney economics – including his offshore bank accounts, his failed record that exploded the deficit in Massachusetts and sunk Massachusetts to 47th out of 50 in the nation for job creation, and his secretive plan to slash Social Security,” said Holly Shulman, the Obama campaign’s communications director in New Hampshire.”


N.H. Roll Call | SeacoastOnline.com: “Final legislative action for this year included votes on vetoes made by Gov. John Lynch. Under the state Constitution, a two-thirds vote of House and Senate members in attendance is required to pass legislation over objections of the governor. For a complete summary, go to seacoastonline.com.”

SB289 Voter ID:
“Yes: Patrick Abrami, R-Stratham; Joshua Davenport, R-Newmarket; Brian Murphy, R-Rye; Chris Nevins, R-Hampton; Amy Perkins, R-Seabrook; Lawrence Perkins, R-Seabrook; Marshall Quandt, R-Exeter; Matt Quandt, R-Exeter; Glenn Ritter, R-Kensington; Kenneth Sheffert, R-Hampton; William Smith, R-New Castle; Pamela Tucker, R-Greenland; James Waddell, R-Hampton; Joanne Ward, R-Stratham

No: Jacqueline Cali-Pitts, D-Portsmouth; Rich DiPentima, D-Portsmouth; Patricia Lovejoy, D-Stratham; Marcia Moody, D-Newmarket; Terie Norelli, D-Portsmouth; Laura Pantelakos, D-Portsmouth; Robin Read, D-Portsmouth; Donna Schlachman, D-Exeter; Christopher Serlin, D-Portsmouth

Did not vote: Timothy Copeland, R-Stratham; Michelle Peckham, R-North Hampton; Frederick Rice, R-Hampton; Kevin Sullivan, R-Hampton, excused; Kevin Janvrin, R-Seabrook; Adam Schroadter, R-Newmarket, not excused”

SB 372 Education Tax Credit:
“Yes: Abrami, Davenport, Murphy, Nevins, Amy Perkins, Lawrence Perkins, Marshall Quandt, Matt Quandt, Ritter, Schroadter, Sheffert, Smith, Tucker, Ward

No: Cali-Pitts, DiPentima, Lovejoy, Moody, Norelli, Pantelakos, Read, Schlachman, Serlin, Waddell

Did not vote: Copeland, Peckham, Rice, Sullivan, excused; Janvrin, not excused

An almost identical bill, HB 1607, cosponsored by Rep. William Smith, R-New Castle, and Rep. Tucker, also had passed the House and Senate and was vetoed by Gov. Lynch. That veto was overridden in the House 226 to 112, but the Senate voted 23 to 0 in favor of the veto, thus killing that bill, preferring final passage of the Senate version.”


Just another reason public employees need a voice in the workplace….
Scranton’s Public Workers’ Pay Cut to Minimum Wage | New Hampshire Public Radio: “The city of Scranton, Pa., sent out paychecks to its employees Friday, like it does every two weeks. But this time the checks were much smaller than usual. Mayor Chris Doherty has reduced everyone’s pay — including his own — to the state’s minimum wage: $7.25 an hour.

Doherty says his city has run out of money.

Scranton has had financial troubles for a couple of decades — the town has been losing population since the end of World War II. But the budget problems became more serious in recent months as the mayor and the city council fought over how to balance the budget.”

NH Labor News 7/7/12: Voter ID To Pass with Signature, Is Minimum Wage Fair, Wal-Mart (the Evil Empire) and more


Gov. Lynch allows voter ID law to pass without his signature – NashuaTelegraph.com: “In a statement, Lynch said that under this new law, there are still flaws with the voter ID process.
Student ID cards will not be accepted at the polls for all elections after September 2013.
“While this bill fixes one problem with SB 289, the underlying problems with the photo ID requirements commencing in September 2013 remain,” Lynch wrote in his statement. “It is my hope that the next legislature will make it a priority to restore appropriate photo ID criteria to the law.””

More On VOTER ID Laws in PA;
Up to 750,000 could lose chance to vote without ID in Pennsylvania – Nation – The Boston Globe: “More than 750,000 Pennsylvanians may be denied a chance to vote in November unless they can come up with an acceptable form of identification, a tally released by the state suggests.

In a move lawmakers said would deter fraud at the polls, the Republican-led Legislature passed a law in March requiring voters to have a photo ID to obtain a ballot. A comparison of registration lists and state Transportation Department records showed 758,939 people don’t have either a driver’s license or an alternative state ID, the secretary of the commonwealth said.”


Is a Minimum Wage a Fair Wage?: “Sadly for the people of New Hampshire, the minimum hourly rate of pay is the lowest in all of New England. The per hour rate in New Hampshire is $7.25, which is the National minimum wage.

Want to earn more per hour? Just look to Vermont, where the rate is $8.46 or Connecticut where it is $8.25. Massachusetts’ minimum wage is $8.00, while in Maine it is only $7.50 – just twenty-five cents higher than New Hampshire’s rate.”


Is Wal-Mart Destroying America? 20 Facts About Wal-Mart That Will Absolutely Shock You | Yolohub: “#9 Wal-Mart is the largest employer in 25 different U.S. states.

#10 According to the Economic Policy Institute, trade between Wal-Mart and China resulted in the loss of 133,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States between 2001 and 2006.

#11 The CEO of Wal-Mart makes more in a single hour than a full-time Wal-Mart associate makes in an entire year.

#12 Tens of thousands of Wal-Mart employees and their children are enrolled in Medicaid and are dependent on the government for healthcare.”


Your Turn: Are Labor Unions Still Relevant? | Take Action, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com: ““The percentage of union members in the American workforce has declined in the last 60 years from 35 to 12 percent, and labor has faced a pounding series of setbacks of which the Supreme Court’s Knox decision is just the latest. And yet, with corporations continuing to put the squeeze on employees, with joblessness and inequality rampant, now would seem  the perfect time for people to turn back to unions to fight for them against the monied interests. Why haven’t they?”

What Will Ovide Be Like If Elected Governor?

by Fibonacci Blue

The Tea Party Express is rolling into Concord once again.  This time the push is Voter ID

Today the NH House voted to override the Governor’s Veto on SB 289 and 318. His call to the Republican House members to override Lynch’s Veto was just a glimpse of what is to come.
It has already been said by many people that SB 289 and 318 were both bad bills.  The town clerks do not want it, and the State does not need it. This push to override the Governor was the Tea Party showing that even against a Democrat Governor they can still get their garbage through.

What is most telling about this veto override is the relationship between Speaker O’Brien and Ovide.  Their agendas seem to be so close it is like they were written by the same person.  This is not the “moderate” candidate that New Hampshire wants in their Governor.  This is just another example of the Lamontagne/O’Brien extremism.  If we want to preserve New Hampshire we must not allow Ovide to become Governor.

This year we successfully fought back dozens of bad bills that all started in the NH House.   Over the last year and a half, the Governor vetoed many of these bill to protect New Hampshire from this extreme agenda.  With Ovide at the helm, and O’Brien pushing the bills, I can only imagine what will happen.

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