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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? 
Wednesday
Feb122014

NHDP - At Debate Kenney Reveals Scheme to Defund Health Services for NH Women

Meredith - Executive Council candidate Joe Kenney revealed his scheme to defund basic health and family planning services for more than 15,000 Granite State women at tonight's debate in Meredith.  Kenney had been hiding his out of touch plan from voters and reporters for weeks, even prompting one to note, "Maybe Kenney was busy. But, hey, Burton always returned calls and took tough questions."

"The stakes in this election are clear: if Joe Kenney wins, New Hampshire women lose," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein.  "Kenney made clear tonight that New Hampshire women simply can't trust him.  He would vote to defund Planned Parenthood and disrupt critical health services, like mammograms, cancer screenings, and birth control for thousands of New Hampshire women all in the name of his out of touch Tea Party ideology." 

Two years ago, Republicans on the Executive Council faced a massive backlash after voting to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, and deny more than 15,000 New Hampshire women critical health care services, including birth control, cancer screenings, and maternal care. As Executive Councilor, Kenney could vote to block a contract from being approved - even if Planned Parenthood is the winning bidder.

"Funding basic health services for thousands of Granite State women should never be a partisan issue, but sadly Joe Kenney disagrees.  On the Council he would be a vote for the radical right instead of an advocate for the women of northern New Hampshire," added Kirstein.

Saturday
Feb012014

NHDP - Kenney Continues Dodging Questions About Basic Women's Health Services 

In Case You Missed It -- Valley News: "John Gregg Looking for Votes"


Key Point: "Kenney, on the other hand, ducked a call from the Concord Monitor on Tuesday — a spokeswoman instead highlighted his “14-year pro-life record” in the Legislature, though the Planned Parenthood contract doesn’t pay for abortions. And on Wednesday, the former state senator returned an email from the Valley News seeking an interview with the query: “John, What do you need? Joe,” but never returned a follow-up email.

"Maybe Kenney was busy. But, hey, Burton always returned calls and took tough questions."


Valley News: "John Gregg: Looking For Votes"
http://www.vnews.com/news/10442062-95/looking-for-votes
(Published in print: Thursday, January 30, 2014)


There’s now less than six weeks to go before New Hampshire’s March 11 Town Meeting Day and the special election to fill the vacant District 1 Executive Council seat of the late Ray Burton.

In campaign spending reports filed Wednesday, Hanover Democrat Mike Cryans, who was unopposed in last week’s primary, reported almost $60,000 in his campaign war chest, including $1,000 contributions from Friends of Maggie Hassan and the New Hampshire Educators Political Action Committee.

Wakefield Republican Joe Kenney, who handily won a three-way primary, reported almost $34,000 cash on hand, having spent almost $22,000 in the primary and loaned himself $10,000. Among his donors was former gubernatorial candidate John Stephen, who pitched in $250.

The district has about 264,000 residents, and includes Grafton and Coos counties, Claremont, Croydon, Plainfield, New London, Cornish, Grantham, Newport, Springfield, Sunapee and several cities and towns in the Lakes Region, including Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough and Wolfeboro.

Cryans is a Littleton native and Grafton County commissioner, but his home county’s population of 89,000 is only about one-third of the district. More to the point, the operative words as to who wins may be “Town Meeting voter.”

Even against the hugely popular Burton, Democratic opponents in recent elections would rack up big margins in Lebanon and Hanover and run competitively in Plymouth. But many of those loyal Democratic voters — especially college students — are unlikely to be turning out on Town Meeting Day. Still, Cryans said the race is winnable.

“I don’t see it as an impossible task,” Cryans said. “I view itas the challenge for the Cryans campaign to do the best job I can to encourage people to get out and vote.”

Plus he noted, it’s been a challenge this winter. “Who would have ever thought you would be campaigning when it’s 25 below zero?” he said.

Democrats this week were making hay of the fact that the Executive Council on Wednesday voted 4-0 to award $737,588 to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to provide family planning and other women’s health services at several health centers, including Claremont and West Lebanon. That reversed a 2011 vote where three Republicans then on the Executive Council opposed such a measure.

Cryans this week said he would have voted for the Planned Parenthood contract, because it provides funding for mammograms and other screenings.

“Anything that can improve women’s health care, I think is essential,” he said.

Kenney, on the other hand, ducked a call from the Concord Monitor on Tuesday — a spokeswoman instead highlighted his “14-year pro-life record” in the Legislature, though the Planned Parenthood contract doesn’t pay for abortions.

And on Wednesday, the former state senator returned an email from the Valley News seeking an interview with the query: “John, What do you need? Joe,” but never returned a follow-up email.

Maybe Kenney was busy. But, hey, Burton always returned calls and took tough questions.

Thursday
Jan302014

NHDP - What is Joe Kenney Afraid of? 

Democrats Call On Kenney To Come Clean About His Plans to Defund Planned Parenthood, Cutting Access to Cancer Screenings, Women's Health Care
Concord –  Executive Council candidate Joe Kenney is trying to his hide opposition to responsible family planning funding because he knows how out of touch his radical ideology is with the people of New Hampshire. Kenney refused to give the Concord Monitor a simple yes or no answer when asked how he would vote on an important family planning contract, including funding for Planned Parenthood.

Two years ago, Republicans faced a massive backlash after voting to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, and deny more than 15,000 New Hampshire women critical health care services, including birth control, cancer screenings and maternal care. As Executive Councilor, Kenney could vote to block a contract from being approved - even if Planned Parenthood is the winning bidder.

“The people of New Hampshire deserve to know how Kenney would vote on this important contract, it is time for him come clean about his plan to defund Planned Parenthood and disrupt critical health services for thousands of New Hampshire women,” said State Representative Sharon Nordgren of Hanover.

In the state Senate, Kenney was a reliable vote for the radical right and against against health services for New Hampshire women.  He even voted to defund Planned Parenthood, which would cut off access to critical health services for thousands of Granite Staters. [SB 77, 2/8/2007]

“Why he is afraid to be honest with the voters?” continued Nordgren.  “Is it because he knows his radical opposition to basic health services for Granite State women is wildly out of touch with New Hampshire?”

Kenney’s campaign pointed to the supposed use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions as his shaky reasoning.  However  taxpayer dollars are already barred from being used to provide abortions, and have been for years. In fact, Planned Parenthood has to follow the same methods to segregate their funds as faith-based organizations receiving state and federal funds have to.

Kenney pledged to the right wing Right to Life organization that he would do “whatever I can within the power of my office” to stop a woman’s right to choose, preventing her making her own decisions about her body.

“Joe Kenney and his Tea Party ideology are wrong for women, wrong for working families and wrong for northern New Hampshire,” added Nordgren.

Tuesday
Jan282014

Cryans For Executive Council #1 - Planned Parenthood Under Attack 

Dear Friend,

Here we go again: the Republican Party has nominated an ideologue who opposes women’s access to health care as their standard bearer in the Executive Council special election. They picked radical former State Senator Joe Kenney - who has voted to defund Planned Parenthood.


We have seen this movie before, and we know how it ends. 

When anti-choice Republicans held sway on the Executive Council in 2011, they voted to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood. 15,000 NH residents were denied access to critical health services like mammograms, cancer screenings, and birth control because the Council put ideology ahead of common sense.
Please join me in standing up for women's health by making a contribution to Mike Cryans right now.  

While you and I think the Executive Council should be advocating for a  stronger economy, Joe Kenney and Republicans see it as another avenue to put the government between women and their doctors. 

Don't let the Tea Party do it again.  Donate $25 right now and help defeat Joe Kenney and his radical opposition to access to women’s health care.

New Hampshire can't afford Joe Kenney's extreme Tea Party ideology on the Executive Council.
 
With your help we won’t.

Thank you,
Kathy Sullivan