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Monday
Aug042014

ALG's Daily Grind - Thune bill restores union transparency that Obama degraded 

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August 4, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

John Thune bill would restore labor union transparency that Obama degraded
Thune's bill would restore full transparency requirements on items such as union executives' compensation packages, transparency that while expressly required by the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, was eliminated by the Obama administration.

Time running out to stop Internet giveaway
When Commerce's contract with the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers ends in September 2015, if FY 2015 funding for the Commerce Department is already in place, it may be too late to use the appropriations process to stop the administration's Internet giveaway.

Climate alarmists never quit
World doomed: Effort continues to convince everyone that it is humans, not the sun, oceans, and other natural phenomenon, and that requires abandoning fossil fuels in favor of "renewable" wind and solar energy.

Investors.com: IRS strikes deal with atheists to monitor churches
"A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit."

Friday
Jul182014

NHDP - Havenstein Refuses to Stand Up for Women’s Affordable Access to Health Coverage (Again)

Manchester, NH – Once again, failed CEO Walt Havenstein refused to stand up for women’s health as he remained silent on the Hobby Lobby "fix" legislation that was blocked by Senate Republicans, which would have ensured women receive health coverage for their full range of basic health needs regardless of their boss's personal religious beliefs. 
 
It’s no surprise Havenstein has stayed quiet. Whenever he's been pushed to show his true colors on critical issues, he's proved to Granite State women why he can't be trusted to protect their right to affordable health care. 
 
In recent weeks, Walt celebrated the Supreme Court’s far-right Hobby Lobby decision that allows bosses to come between a woman and her doctor, and voiced his opposition to buffer zone measures that protect women and workers accessing reproductive health clinics.
 
“Walt Havenstein has shown time and again that he can't be trusted to stand up for New Hampshire women and families,” said Julie McClain, Communications Director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.“Given his disturbing stances on the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision and buffer zone laws that protect women's safety and privacy, we're left to wonder where he stands on a number of other issues critical to women’s health that he refuses to answer.”
 
Below are just a few of the key questions Walt Havenstein has refused to answer on women's health:

Would he support the Bill O’Brien agenda to defund New Hampshire Planned Parenthood clinics?
 
He's already said he opposes New Hampshire's bipartisan plan to expand critical health coverage to tens of thousands of working women, including coverage for contraception. Would he also work to repeal our state's Medicaid expansion? 
 
He supports allowing employers to compensate women less than men by refusing to cover a woman's full range of basic health care needs while covering those of her male co-workers. Would he also work to repeal the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act that helps ensure women receive equal pay for an equal day's work? 
 
Would he support restrictions on women’s health clinics that were considered in the state legislature last spring?
 

And what other health coverage does he think men deserve but women don't? 
Friday
Jul182014

NHDP - Scott Brown in the News 

Friday
Jul112014

NHDP - Walt Havenstein Praised the Hobby Lobby Decision

Would He Favor Dismantling NH's Contraception Mandate Too? 

 
And Where Does He Stand on Proposed Legislation to Protect Women's Health Care?  
 
Concord, NH -  Last week, Walt Havenstein praised the Supreme Court's far-right Hobby Lobby decision and showed once again that he can’t be trusted to protect a woman’s right to affordable health care. Only days before, Walt announced his opposition to buffer zone laws that protect women and workers at reproductive health clinics.
 
Here in New Hampshire, we have had on the books a bipartisan law requiring all state-regulated health insurance plans to include contraceptive coverage since 1999. So would Walt Havenstein favor dismantling our state-level protections ensuring women receive coverage that meets their full range of health needs regardless of anyone else's religious beliefs? And what does Havenstein have to say about proposed legislation introduced yesterday, and co-sponsored by Senator Shaheen, that would protect women's health care from employer interference?
 
"Given Havenstein's history of disturbing statements on women's health issues and his support for the Hobby Lobby decision that allows bosses to deny women health insurance that covers their full health needs, including contraception, Granite Staters have a right to know what other positions Havenstein holds that undermine a woman's right to make her own health decisions," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "When it comes to our state's own contraception mandate and proposed legislation in Congress to restore comprehensive health coverage for all women, voters deserve to know if Havenstein will once again side with his far-right Republican backers."
 
BACKGROUND
 
Havenstein Champions Limiting Access to "Life-Saving" Aspect of Women's Health Care. "Contraceptive services are a fundamental and at times life-saving aspect of women’s health care. By ruling the way it did, the Supreme Court has opened the door for religion and politics to control access to those services. Despite their protestations to the contrary, that is exactly what Brown and Havenstein are championing." [Concord Monitor Editorial, 7/2/14]
 
Havenstein Praises Supreme Court's Decision on the Massachusetts Buffer Zone Law. "Havenstein praised the court’s decision and condemned the New Hampshire law Gov. Maggie Hassan signed that takes effect on July 10." [Nashua Telegraph, June 30, 2014]
 
Havenstein Confided To Republican Backers That He Is Pro-Life. The Union Leader reported on Havenstein’s stance on women’s issues saying, “‘It’s his first campaign mistake,’ said former Gov. Stephen Merrill, who was beside Havenstein last week at his campaign kickoff. Merrill said the candidate told him he is personally pro-life and as governor would support a ban on late-term abortions and a requirement for parental notification.” [Union Leader4/21/14]
 
Havenstein Was Unwilling To Comment On Anti-Choice Bills Before The Legislature. According to the Union Leader, Walt Havenstein’s campaign would not answer a series of questions pertaining to Havenstein’s stance on various bills being discussed in the legislature. [Union Leader4/21/14]
Wednesday
Jul022014

NHDP - Walt Havenstein Supports Far-Right Hobby Lobby Decision

Shows He Can't Be Trusted to Protect a Woman's Right to Affordable Health Care

Not Surprising Given That While He was CEO of SAIC, Men Made Up 82% of Executive Positions, 77% of SAIC Board
 

Concord, NH– Yesterday, Walt Havenstein came out in favor of the far-right Hobby Lobby decision and showed he can't be trusted to protect a woman's right to affordable health care. This comes just days after announcing his opposition to buffer zone measures that protect women seeking reproductive health services.
 
Havenstein’s support of corporations making health care decisions for women aligns with his record of failing to empower women in the workplace. During his tenure as CEO of SAIC, men filled 82% of the executive positions and made up 77% of the SAIC Board.  
 
“Insurance coverage and affordable access to contraception is a critically important issue for the health and economic well-being of women and families. Women's health insurance should cover what women and their doctors determine is medically necessary. Walt Havenstein is now saying that corporate titans should get to make those decisions for women, and women will be forced to pay more for basic health care as a result,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain
 
“Given Havenstein’s record of failing to empower women while he was CEO of SAIC and his constant waffling on a woman's right to access health care during his campaign, it's clear that Havenstein can't be trusted to fight to prevent employers from coming between a woman and her doctor," McClain said
 
This is not the first time Havenstein has showed he can’t be trusted on women’s health issues. After initially refusing to say where he stood on women’s health issues, Havenstein told voters he was pro-choice, while privately confiding the opposite to his Republican supporters – saying he supports restrictions on a woman’s right to make her own health decisions. 
 
“But it’s not just that Havenstein can’t be trusted on the issue of a woman's right to make her own health decisions, he’s also made no secret of his anti-middle class agenda that would devastate the health and economic security of Granite State families and take our state backwards,” added McClain.
 
 
BACKGROUND
 
Men Who Served in Executive Positions during Havenstein’s Tenure at SAIC:
·       Mark W. Sopp, Executive Vice President and CFO [SEC Form 4, filed 10/13/09]
·       Douglas E. Scott, Executive Vice President and General Counsel [SEC Form 10-k, filed 4/1/10]
·       John R. Hartley, Senior Vice President and Controller, [SEC Form 4, filed 10/6/09]
·       Joseph P. Walkush, Executive Vice President, [SEC Form 4, filed 11/18/09]
·       Arnold L. Punaro, Executive Vice President, [SEC Form 4, filed 10/14/09]
·       Charles F. Koontz, Group President, [SEC Form 4, filed 11/18/09]
·       Joseph W. Craver III, Group President, [SEC Form 4, filed 11/18/09]
·       K. Stuart Shea, Group President, [SEC Form 4, filed 11/18/09]
·       Vincent A. Maffeo, Senior VP and General Counsel, [SEC Form 4, filed 6/21/10]
·       Brian F. Keenan, Executive VP, [SEC Form 3, filed 6/25/10]
·       James E. Cuff, Executive VP, [SEC Form 3, filed 6/25/10]
·       Anthony J. Moraco, Executive VP, [SEC Form 3, filed 8/11/10]
·       Steven P. Fisher, Treasurer and Senior VP, [SEC Form 10-k, filed 3/25/11]
·       Thomas G. Baybrook, Group President, [SEC Form 3, filed 3/14/12]
 
Women Who Served in Executive Positions during Havenstein’s Tenure at SAIC:
·       Deborah L. James, Executive VP, [SEC Form 3, filed 8/11/10]
·       Amy E. Alving, Chief Technology Officer and Senior VP, [SEC Form 10-K, filed 3/25/11]
·       Deborah Harrell Alderson, Group President, [SEC Form 4, filed 11/18/09]
 
Men Who Served on the SAIC Board during Havenstein’s Tenure:
·       Thomas F. Frist III, Director,  [SEC Form 4, filed 10/6/09]
·       Jere A. Drummond, Director, [SEC Form 4, filed 10/7/09]
·       John J. Hamre, Director, [SEC Form 4, filed 10/7/09]
·       Harry M. J. Kraemer Jr, Director, [SEC Form 4, filed 10/7/09]
·       Thomas Young, Director, [SEC Form 4, filed 10/7/09]
·       John P. Jumper, Director, [SEC Form 4, filed 11/18/09]
·       Kenneth Dahlberg, Chairman of the Board, [SEC Form 4, filed 11/18/09]
·       Edward Sanderson, Director, [SEC Form 4, filed 11/18/09]
·       Louis A. Simpson, Director, [SEC Form 4, filed 11/18/09]
·       Lawrence C. Nussdork, Director, [SEC Form 4, 9/21/10]
 
Women Who Served on the SAIC Board during Havenstein’s Tenure:
·       Anita K. Jones, Director, [SEC Form 4, filed 11/18/09]
·       Miriam E. John, Director, [SEC Form 4, filed 10/7/09]
·       France A. Cordova, Director, [SEC Form 4, filed 11/18/09]
 
 Walt Havenstein Anti-Choice Background:

Havenstein Confided To Republican Backers That He Is Pro-Life. The Union Leader reported on Havenstein’s stance on women’s issues saying, “‘It’s his first campaign mistake,’ said former Gov. Stephen Merrill, who was beside Havenstein last week at his campaign kickoff. Merrill said the candidate told him he is personally pro-life and as governor would support a ban on late-term abortions and a requirement for parental notification.” [Union Leader, 4/21/14]
 
Havenstein Was Unwilling To Comment On Anti-Choice Bills Before The Legislature. According to the Union Leader, Walt Havenstein’s campaign would not answer a series of questions pertaining to Havenstein’s stance on various bills being discussed in the legislature. [Union Leader, 4/21/14]