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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
Friday
Jan102014

NHDP - ICYMI: Site targets GOP senators that fail to back Medicaid expansion

Key Point: "On the eve of Wednesday’s opening for the 2014 legislative session, the website lampooned all 13 GOP senators as having “sided with Tea Party Republicans” costing the state up to $500,000 for every day they fail to vote to expand Medicaid.  Every GOP senator’s photograph has a red stamp that reads “Fiscally Irresponsible” over it."

Nashua Telegraph: Site targets GOP senators that fail to back Medicaid expansion
[http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1025602-476/site-targets-gop-senators-that-fail-to.html]
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
By KEVIN LANDRIGAN

CONCORD – New Hampshire Democratic leaders unveiled a new aggressive website targeting Republican senators as long as they resist delivering federally financed health insurance for more than 50,000 residents.

On the eve of Wednesday’s opening for the 2014 legislative session, the website lampooned all 13 GOP senators as having “sided with Tea Party Republicans” costing the state up to $500,000 for every day they fail to vote to expand Medicaid.

Every GOP senator’s photograph has a red stamp that reads “Fiscally Irresponsible” over it.

The Telegraph got a sneak preview of the site before it was linked to the party’s own main Web address Wednesday.

“Every second that passes, New Hampshire forfeits more money that could have been invested in the Granite State economy and helped thousands of working families find health care,” the Democratic Party website states.

The site updates the “cost” in lost federal aid every second.

“This new organizing tool will allow concerned taxpayers across the state to communicate exactly how much Republican state senators siding with the tea party over the people of New Hampshire is costing constituents second by second, in real time,” said Harrell Kirstein, the Democratic party’s communications director.

The federal aid amounts are broken down by state senate district based on the population data Planned Parenthood of Northern New England put together, party officials said.

“This isn’t some theoretical number that keeps getting an update minute after minute. It’s lost money for New Hampshire due to the extreme right-wing of the Republican Party,” Kirstein said during a telephone interview.

The site is at NHDP.org/MedicaidExpansion.

Gregory Moore is state director of Americans for Prosperity, a fiscally conservative group that has opposed Medicaid expansion.

“The notion that not spending $500,000 in federal taxpayer money per day is fiscally irresponsible shows just how disconnected from reality some people in government have become. This is a Washington affliction that seems to think that if you buy your lunch with money from your left pocket, and not your right, then it is somehow free,” Moore said. “Sadly for these misguided souls, the people of New Hampshire know that wasting a half a million dollars a day on a program that doesn’t improve health outcomes and makes everyone wait longer to get care in the emergency room is what is truly ‘fiscally irresponsible.’ ”

The site also makes it easy for local town and county democratic committees to embed a ticker onto their own websites.

On Tuesday night, Democratic state party officials sent an alert to its local activist base, comparing New Hampshire Republicans to conservative Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his rally last November for a federal government shutdown unless the Affordable Care Act was repealed.

“Senate Republicans are following Ted Cruz’s lead. If they can’t get their way then they won’t pass anything – no matter the pain they will inflict on New Hampshire families,” the Democratic e-mail said, encouraging supporters to share the new website on social media sites.

AFP’s Moore said Democratic Party operatives deliberately overstate the impact of putting 58,000 more residents on Medicaid.

“What the New Hampshire Democratic Party isn’t telling the public the fact that 20,600 of these people already have high-quality private insurance and another 11,600 just received access to heavily subsidized health insurance through the exchange,” Moore said. “The notion that Medicaid expansion would reduce the uninsured by 58,000 is just flatly inaccurate.”

New Hampshire is one of only eight states yet to weigh in on whether it would expand Medicaid, which is already the single, biggest spending item in the two-year state budget.

Currently, Medicaid covers about 130,000 people and since Dec. 1 most were enrolled in an HMO-style managed care program designed to save costs and promote wellness.

Rep. Cindy Rosenwald, D-Nashua, said she and co-author Rep. Thomas Sherman, D-Rye, have proposed a significant change to allow the poorest of the target population to be on managed Medicaid but not have to buy commercial insurance on the exchange.

Those making 100 percent ($11,500 per year) to 138 percent of federal poverty line could try to buy private coverage on the exchange or marketplace under the Affordable Care Act under the Rosenwald-Sherman plan.

Federal Medicaid benefits for that person could be used to reduce the costs of premiums bought on the exchange.

The exchange option would not begin until Jan. 1, 2017, at the earliest under the House plan.

Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, said the upper chamber won’t vote for any Medicaid expansion that fails to make all those in the target population have to purchase private insurance on the exchange.

The transition also should happen next January and not have to wait two or more years to occur, Morse said.