Press Releases

 

Monday
Aug042008

DHHS - Recognizes World Breastfeeding Week

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is recognizing World and New Hampshire Breastfeeding Week August 1 - 7, 2008. This year’s theme in conjunction with the Olympics focuses on Mother Support: Going for the Gold. The effort calls for greater support for mothers in achieving the gold standard of infant feeding which is breastfeeding exclusively for six months, and providing appropriate complementary foods and continued breastfeeding for up to two years.

 

“There are numerous health benefits to breastfeeding both for babies and moms,” said DHHS Director of Public Health Services (DPHS) Dr Jose T. Montero. “Breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition a mom can give her baby providing the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein needed for a baby’s growth and development. We want to encourage health professionals to work together in supporting breastfeeding mothers and infants. Support from the medical profession, the community, public health agencies, and employers, as well as within the family, has been shown to make an important difference for new mothers.”

 

Governor John Lynch has issued a proclamation for New Hampshire Breastfeeding Week encouraging all citizens to join in supporting breastfeeding as an important decision for healthy mothers and babies in our State. In celebration of the event, breastfeeding gift baskets are available for mothers enrolled in the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program.

 

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention published a New Hampshire Breastfeeding Report Card. According to that report, New Hampshire breastfeeding rates were higher than national rates in most categories. New Hampshire had a 48.7% 6-month breastfeeding rate, compared to 41.5% nationally. Additionally, New Hampshire had a 27.5% 12-month breastfeeding rate, compared to 20.9% nationally. Exclusive breastfeeding rates at 3-months and 6-months were 34.3% and 13.6% respectively, compared to US rates of 30.5% and 11.3%.

 

For more information on breastfeeding initiatives in New Hampshire, contact WIC at 603-271-3858, or the NH Breastfeeding Task Force at ww.nhbreastfeedingtaskforce.org, or the International Lactation Consultant Association at www.ilca.org.

Monday
Aug042008

DNC, DNCC Statement on Letter from Senator Obama Regarding the FL and MI Delegations

Washington, DC - The DNC and the DNCC released the following statement from the co-chairs of the convention's Credentials Committee, Hon. Alexis Herman, James Roosevelt Jr. and Eliseo Roques-Arroyo:

"Today we received a letter from Senator Obama requesting that the Convention's Credentials Committee grant each delegate from Florida and Michigan a full vote. We deeply appreciate and value Senator Obama's perspective on this important issue. This matter will be the top priority for the Credentials Committee when we meet on August 24th. As always our goal is to ensure a fair process and a unified Democratic Party so that we can win in November."

The text of today’s letter is pasted below:

August 3, 2008

Hon. Alexis Herman, Co-Chair

James Roosevelt, Jr., Co-Chair

Eliseo Roques-Arroyo, Co-Chair

 

Dear Credentials Committee Chairs:

 

In just a few weeks, our Party will convene in Denver for our National Convention.This will be an historic event that will showcase our vision for changing the direction of our country.

 

The delegates and alternates who gather on Monday, August 25 will reflect the talent, energy and rich diversity of our Democratic Party. The delegates will come from all 56 states and territories. As these delegates go about the important business of the Convention, I believe Party unity calls for the delegates from Florida and Michigan to be able to participate fully alongside the delegates from the other states and territories. Accordingly, I ask that the Credentials Committee, when it meets on August 24 to approve the delegates for the National Convention, pass a resolution that would entitle each delegate from Florida and Michigan to cast a full vote.

 

As a candidate for the nomination, I supported the DNC’s efforts to establish and enforce a schedule for primaries and caucuses that would broaden the opportunity for Democrats from all regions of the country and all backgrounds and walks of life to have a meaningful voice. An unprecedented number of voters participated in our Democratic nominating process. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Governor Dean for his principled leadership during this long and challenging process.

 

As we prepare to come together in Denver, however, we must be – and will be– united in our determination to change the course of our nation. To that end, Democrats in Florida and Michigan must know that they are full partners and colleagues in our historic mission to reshape Washington and lead our country in a new direction.

 

With warmest personal regards,

Barack Obama


Monday
Aug042008

DNC - Best Debate This Sunday: John McCain Vs. His Surrogates

Washington, DC - Today, after a week of watching Senator McCain go back and forth on whether or not he would consider raising the Social Security payroll tax, McCain's campaign surrogates engaged in their own debate: with McCain. 

On Fox News Sunday, Lindsey Graham said raising the Social Security payroll tax was "a dumb idea," even though McCain himself said he was open to the idea last weekend.  Meanwhile, on CBS's Face the Nation, McCain economic advisor Carly Fiorina said McCain had been consistent on this issue for "many, many months."  In reality, McCain wasn't even consistent on this issue this week.  On Sunday, he said "nothing is off the table" only to have his campaign say two days later say raising the payroll tax is "absolutely out of the question." By Thursday, McCain himself was pledging not to raise the payroll tax.  It was the latest in a string of reversals on the issue dating back to last September.

"By far, the sharpest debate this Sunday was between John McCain and his own surrogates," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Damien LaVera.  "Since John McCain himself has been trying to have it both ways on the Social Security payroll tax, it's no surprise that his surrogates are confused about which position to defend.  No amount of double talk can change the fact that John McCain is promising more of the same failed policies that have left Americans struggling under the failed Bush-McCain economy."

SUNDAY'S BIGGEST DEBATE: MCCAIN'S SURROGATES...

Lindsey Graham: McCain's Suggested Payroll Tax Hike "A Dumb Idea."  "Senator McCain believes you cannot tax your way into Social Security solvency.  If you want to deal with Social Security, you've got to deal with all the moving parts. That is whether or not you allow young people to invest uh have an account in their own name? Do you adjust the age? Do you adjust, reschedule the benefits based on upper income people? John is not going to tax our way into solvency because it will ruin the American economy…But to raise taxes to save Social Security from bankruptcy won't happen. It's a dumb idea."  [Fox News Sunday, 8/03/08]

Carly Fiorina: McCain Has Been Saying Payroll Tax Hike Not Part of the Solution "For Many, Many Months." "He's making his position very clear which is payroll tax increases are not the solution. He has been consistent in that position for the last many, many months, even as his opponent has proposed increases in payroll taxes." [CBS Face The Nation, 8/3/08]

...VS. MCCAIN'S RECORD.

September 2007: McCain Refused to Sign No New Tax Pledge. "Last September, he was forced to defend his refusal to sign a no-new tax pledge offered by the conservative Americans for Tax Reform. 'I stand on my record,' he said during a televised debate in Durham, N.H. 'I don't have to sign pledges.'" [Associated Press, 2/17/2008]

December 2007: McCain Tells Wall Street Journal "I Will Not Agree To Any Tax Increase," No Exceptions. "Meeting with us last December, before the primaries, he declared that "I will not agree to any tax increase," repeating the phrase for emphasis. He did not say any tax increase with the exception of Social Security."  [Wall Street Journal editorial, 7/30/08: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121737539116495163.html?mod=googlenews_wsj]

February 17: McCain Pledges No Tax Increases Under Any Circumstances. "STEPHANOPOULOS: So on taxes, are you a "read my lips" candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?  MCCAIN: No new taxes. I do not -- in fact, I could see an argument, if our economy continues to deteriorate, for lower interest rates, lower tax rates, and certainly decreasing corporate tax rates, which are the second-highest in the world, giving people the ability to write off depreciation in a year, elimination of the AMT.  There's a lot of things that I would think we should to relieve that burden, including, obviously, as we all know, simplification of the tax code.  STEPHANOPOULOS: But under circumstances would you increase taxes? MCCAIN: No." [ABC This Week, 2/17/08: http://www.abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/Story?id=4304502&page=2]

March 3: McCain Backs Away From No New Tax Pledge. "On taxes, Sen. McCain is walking a fine line between courting keep-taxes-low Republicans while insisting he is the candidate of fiscal discipline. Two weeks ago, ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked him on 'This Week' if he were a ''read my lips' candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?' referring to a pledge made by President George H.W. Bush, which he later broke. 'No new taxes,' Sen. McCain responded. 'But under circumstances would you increase taxes?' Mr. Stephanopoulos continued. 'No,' Sen. McCain answered. Asked in The Wall Street Journal interview to clarify, Sen. McCain softened that stance. 'I'm not making a 'read my lips' statement, in that I will not raise taxes,' he says. 'But I'm not saying I can envision a scenario where I would, OK?'" [Wall Street Journal, 3/3/08: http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB120451614688707083.html]

March 13: Asked if He Would Raise Taxes, McCain: "No." Asked if he would raise taxes, McCain said: "No. Look, here we are. Americans are hurting. You know that, I know that.  These are tough economic times.  Do we want to raise their taxes and have the government take more of their money… We can't raise people's taxes, particularly at this particular time." [Hannity and Colmes, 3/13/08]

July 27: McCain Refuses to Rule out Payroll Tax Hike: "Nothing's off the Table." "MCCAIN: No, I have said and will say, I will say that everything has to be on the table, if we're going to reach a bipartisan agreement. I've been in bipartisan negotiations before. I know how you reach a conclusion. We all have to sit down together with everything on the table.  STEPHANOPOULOS: So, that means payroll tax increases are on the table, as well? MCCAIN: There is nothing that's off the table. I have my positions, and I'll articulate them. But nothing's off the table. [ABC's This Week, July 27, 2008]

July 29: Spokesman Says there Is "No Imaginable Circumstance" Where McCain Would Raise the Payroll Tax.  "MEGYN KELLY: Alright, but you're waffling now, Tucker. You're off point, you're off point. We're talking about on a go forward basis if McCain gets in the White House is he going to raise the payroll tax? Might the Social Security tax go up? Is that on the table?  TUCKER BOUNDS: No, Megyn. There is no imaginable circumstance where John McCain would raise payroll taxes. It's absolutely out of the question." [Fox News, July 29, 2008]

July 31: "I Am Opposed To" Raising Social Security Tax. McCain said "you will always know where I stand," and that there "should be no doubt about my position…I am opposed to raising taxes, including social security taxes." [John McCain Town Hall, Racine, WI, 7/31/08]

Sunday
Aug032008

Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta's Public Schedule (August 3-9, 2008)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

7:00 p.m. – Regular meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Aldermanic Chambers, One City Hall Plaza, Manchester

Please contact Mark Laliberte at (603) 624-6500 or mlaliberte@manchesternh.gov for more information about any of these events.

Sunday
Aug032008

DNC: Week in Review -- "A Very Respectful Campaign"

John McCain wrapped up his week by telling reporters in Florida that he thinks he is running "a very respectful campaign" and that he doesn't think his campaign "is negative in the slightest."  In reality, independent organizations, Republican strategists and media observers alike have criticized him all week for taking the low road.  In fact, if you're looking for the right word to sum up McCain's week, try one of these: "desperate," "dishonorable," "outright lies," "off the mark," "nasty," "the gutter," "baloney," or "baseless."

McCain may be proud of his shameful campaign tactics, but the voters expect and deserve better.  Polls consistently show the American people are looking for real leadership that offers big ideas for confronting the big challenges facing our country.  Since voters already agree that McCain's policies are too close to President Bush's and he has failed to offer proposals that will create jobs, provide tax relief for middle class families or help Americans stay in their homes, McCain has apparently decided that embracing the same old politics is his only path to victory.  All of this from a candidate who promised to run a respectful campaign as recently as June.

The following is a brief summary of what McCain apparently thinks constitutes "a very respectful campaign."

Republican Strategists Blast McCain's Childish and Angry Campaign
You Know You're in Trouble When Karl Rove Says You Went Too Far.

John Weaver, Former McCain Adviser, Called McCain's Ad "Childish"; Said He Was Making A "Mockery" Of The Campaign. "But John Weaver, a former McCain adviser who resigned from the campaign last year, said yesterday that the ad was 'childish,' that such attacks diminish McCain, and that his campaign is a 'mockery.' 'For McCain to win in such troubled times, he needs to begin telling the American people how he intends to lead us. That McCain exists. He can inspire the country to greatness,' Weaver told the Atlantic magazine, in a comment quickly noted by the Obama campaign." [Boston Globe, 7/31/2008]

GOP Operative David Winston Criticized McCain's "Negative Personal Attacks." "David Winston, a GOP operative in Washington, argues that McCain has erred by issuing negative personal attacks. McCain should put Obama on the defensive by highlighting their policy differences on taxes, energy and national security, he said. "He's not emphasizing the contrasts that can actually help him win," Winston said." [Los Angeles Times, 7/31/2008]

Ed Rollins Said McCain Appears "Grumpy" And "Angry." "Ed Rollins, a longtime Republican strategist, said McCain sometimes appears frustrated and angry when he talks about Obama, especially when complaining that the press does not treat him fairly. 'John needs to be the deliberate, experienced veteran and not the grumpy old man,' Rollins said. 'If he's the grumpy old man, angry that the media is not in love with him anymore because they're in love with Barack Obama, that's not going to play well with the public.'" [Chicago Tribune, 7/30/2008]

Rove: McCain Made "A Mistake."  On an appearance on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes," GOP strategist Karl Rove commented on McCain's ads and said, "Yes. Look, I got to tell you, McCain made, I think, a mistake in his television ad in saying that Obama didn't go because he couldn't take cameras. You know, that's arguable."  ["Hannity & Colmes," Fox News Channel, 7/30/08]

Low Road Express Off The Rails in Regional Press
A Bad Sign for the Self-Profession "Best Earned Media Candidate in the World"
 

Toledo Blade: McCain Claims "Dishonorable," Desperate," Vicious Nonsense." "Why, then, is the Arizona senator stumbling headlong with a largely dishonorable presidential campaign, camoufl aging his own shortcomings by fecklessly impugning his opponent's integrity and spouting what amount to outright lies? As evidence, we reference the McCain TV commercial blaming Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, for the high cost of gasoline; Mr. McCain's mendacious comment that Mr. Obama went to the gym in Germany rather than visit wounded American troops, and the even more desperate claim that his opponent would lose a war in order to win the presidency. Such vicious nonsense -- nothing more than the political equivalent of drive-by shootings -- gives the distinct impression that Mr. McCain is willing to destroy his own reputation for honor in order to save it, and win the November election himself." [Toledo Blade, 8/1/08]

Seattle Post Intelligencer: 'Straight Talk Express' Takes The Low Road. "Of late, sadly, McCain is saying goodbye to all that. The once bullish optimist is starting to come across as a churlish naysayer. McCain's presidential campaign is evolving into nonstop attacks on Sen. Barack Obama, salted with distortion and innuendo. After years as a media darling, the candidate has taken to complaining about his opponent's press coverage. What's happened? An infusion of political talent from the Bush operation: Karl Rove-trained operatives have hijacked the 'Straight Talk Express' and are driving it into the mud." [Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 8/1/08]

St. Petersburg Times: "The Straight Talk Express has taken a nasty turn into the gutter."  "The Straight Talk Express has taken a nasty turn into the gutter. Sen. John McCain has resorted to lies and distortions in what sounds like an increasingly desperate attempt to slow down Sen. Barack Obama by raising questions about his patriotism. Instead of taking the Democrat down a few notches, these baseless attacks are raising more questions about the Republican's campaign and his ability to control his temper. The most offensive line comes from McCain himself. The Arizona senator has repeated that Obama 'would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.' That is one of the more outrageous statements by a major political party candidate seeking the presidency." [St. Petersburg Times, 7/31/08]

Five Ohio Papers: 'Celebrity status' Attack Ad Misrepresents Positions. "The McCain ad's claim that Obama says 'he'll raise taxes on electricity' is based on an interview Obama gave to a San Antonio newspaper in February in which he said 'what we ought to tax is a dirty energy like coal, and, to a lesser extent, natural gas.'  According to the Obama campaign, what Obama was referring to in the interview was his proposal for a cap-and-trade mechanism that would set a limit on greenhouse gas emissions, allowing entities to buy and sell rights to emit. If that is the case, McCain is criticizing Obama for a proposal that he, too, supports." [Cincinnati Enquirer, 7/31/08]

The National Press
Looks Like He Lost McCain His "Base"

Washington Post: "McCain's Ad Formula Employs Lowest Common Denominator." "Even some McCain allies have winced at the Paris/Britney spot. Republican strategist Dan Schnur, a former McCain adviser, said that 'most voters won't see the parallels between a presidential candidate and two party girls. So a legitimate point about inexperience gets lost in the appearance of name-calling.'" [Washington Post, 8/18/08]

New York Times: "Low-Road Express." "Well, that certainly didn't take long. On July 3, news reports said Senator John McCain, worried that he might lose the election before it truly started, opened his doors to disciples of Karl Rove from the 2004 campaign and the Bush White House. Less than a month later, the results are on full display. The candidate who started out talking about high-minded, civil debate has wholeheartedly adopted Mr. Rove's low-minded and uncivil playbook". [NY Times, July 30, 2008]

U.S. News and World Report: John McCain's Negative Attacks Against Barack Obama Hit a Low Mark. "In every presidential campaign, candidates of both parties will say something over the line. Sen. John McCain has already hit a low mark." [U.S. News and World Report, July 29, 2008]

USA Today: McCain Attack Ad "Baloney," "Cheapens Campaign. More To Come?" "Even by the elastic standards of political ads, this is more than a stretch. It's baloney. It's also a marker on the path toward the kind of simplistic, counterproductive demonizing that many expect will poison the fall campaign." [USA Today, 7/29/08]

Independent fact checkers
New McCain Motto: Don't Let the Facts Get in the Way

FactCheck.org: McCain Energy, Celebrities ad "False." "McCain's new ad claims that Obama 'says he'll raise taxes on electricity.' That's false. Obama says no such thing. McCain relies on a single quote from Obama who once - and only once so far as we can find - suggested taxing 'dirty energy,' including coal and natural gas. That was in response to a reporter's suggestion that a tax on wind power could fund education. Obama isn't proposing any new tax on electricity or 'dirty energy' as part of his platform, and he never has. It's true that a coal/gas tax would raise electric rates, but so would a cap-and-trade program to restrict carbon emissions. Cap-and-trade is an idea that both McCain and Obama support, in different forms. Neither candidate characterizes cap-and-trade as a 'tax.'" [FactCheck.org, 7/30/08: http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/obamas_celebrity_cred.html]

FactCHeck.org: Troops Ad Based on "False" Insinuation. "McCain's facts are literally true, but his insinuation - that the visit was canceled because of the press ban or the desire for gym time - is false. In fact, Obama visited wounded troops earlier - without cameras or press - both in the U.S. and Iraq."  [Fact Check.org, 7/28/08: http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/snubbing_wounded_troops.html]

Washington Post: What Obama Electricity Tax? "Long answer: both McCain and Obama would make electricity derived from fossil fuels more expensive, since they're both committed to setting mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions through a cap and trade system. In fact, they would raise energy costs by the same amount over the next 12 years, since they have identical short-term emissions goals." [Washington Post, The Trail blog, 7/30/08: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/07/30/beyond_paris_hilton_questions.html]