CONCORD - On the eve of the bipartisan health care summit in Washington, the NHDP will hold a press conference call at 11 AM on Wednesday, February 24, with several New Hampshire women to discuss the importance of health care reform and address the plans being advocated by New Hampshire's Republican candidates for senate in 2010. WHAT: Press conference call with New Hampshire women WHEN: 11 AM - Wednesday, February 24, 2010
CONCORD - On the eve of the bipartisan health care summit in Washington, the NHDP will hold a press conference call at 11 AM on Wednesday, February 24, with several New Hampshire women to discuss the importance of health care reform and address the plans being advocated by New Hampshire's Republican candidates for senate in 2010.
WHAT: Press conference call with New Hampshire women
WHEN: 11 AM - Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Guinta Promises to Implement Same Failed Education Policies in Congress that Left Manchester Schools in Disrepair
Concord - Foster's Daily Democrat reported yesterday that former Mayor Frank Guinta would slash funding for education if elected to Congress. He promised that education would be "on the chopping block" if the voters of the first Congressional District send him to Washington (Fosters, 02/22/2010).
Under Frank Guinta's watch the Manchester's schools got worse, not better - the city went from having a handful of schools 'In Need of Improvement' to the entire district of 21 schools in need of repair (New Hampshire Department of Education SINI Final AYP Status, 11/08/06). When Frank Guinta first ran for mayor in 2005, he campaigned on improving Manchester's schools (Union Leader, 1/3/2006). But in September of 2006, Manchester's Central high school principal even had to put out a plea to parents for school supplies after budget cuts left them short materials (Union Leader, 9/25/06).
"Frank Guinta failed Manchester's students as mayor," said Derek Richer, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Now he is asking for a promotion to Congress to implement these same failed education policies on a national level."
In 2007, Guinta tried to excuse his poor performance by pathetically claiming he "hadn't had enough time" to do anything about the problem (youtube.com). But just last spring Guinta proposed yet another budget that was devastating for Manchester students. His proposal would have cut an estimated 223 positions from the Manchester School District, leaving schools woefully understaffed (Union Leader, 4/14/09).
"Frank Guinta's plan to put education on the chopping block comes as no surprise given his record of slashing education funding and laying-off teachers as mayor of Manchester," continued Richer. "But now that Guinta has laid down the gauntlet, his opponents in the primary, Rich Ashooh and Bob Bestani, should tell the voters if they support these draconian cuts to education or if they stand with the people of the Granite State."
Kelly Ayotte Has Consistently Opposed Health Care Reform - Will She Fight President's Proposal to Block Excessive Rate Increases by Insurance Companies?
CONCORD - Yesterday, President Obama revealed his comprehensive health care plan, which includes a proposal to give the federal government the ability to block excessive rate increases by insurance companies [New York Times, 2/21/10]. The president's proposal comes after a major insurance giant on the West Coast announced earlier this month that it would be hiking premiums as much as 39 percent [LA Times, 2/14/10].
Republican Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte has opposed health care reform at every step, pushing a misguided GOP plan that would eliminate essential consumer protections and give insurance companies the power to cherry-pick who they cover. Last month she continued courting the insurance industry and right-wing special interest groups and signed the Repeal It! healthcare pledge, promising to repeal health care reform, if elected [Ayotte Release, 1/15/10]. Given her record of opposing reform, will Ayotte fight the president's proposal to keep insurance companies accountable and protect New Hampshire consumers from arbitrary rate increases?
"While New Hampshire's middle class has fought back-breaking premiums and rising health care costs, big insurance companies have enjoyed record profits," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Kelly Ayotte has been their voice in New Hampshire, pushing an agenda that would give them complete control over the health care of our families. Will she once again pick insurance companies over New Hampshire's middle class and fight against the president's proposal to protect Granite State consumers from massive rate increases?"
Service in the U.S. military will soon come down to this: You hate and cannot serve with gays and lesbians, move to Iran or Uganda where bigotry reigns supreme.
Just off the phone with Army veteran Jarrod Chlapowski who is speaking out. Chlapowski served in the Army from 2000-2005. Chlapowski has an excellent service record in intelligence [Korean linguistics, cryptologic voice interceptor at the Defense Language Institute and Goodfellow Air Force Base, finishing second in his class, and so on] and wants to reenlist. Under the current policy of Don't Ask Don't Tell, Chlapowski cannot reenlist. What kind of stuff is this?
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