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Saturday
Nov012014

NRTW - Put the heat on Maggie Hassan  

As you know, today in New Hampshire, tens of thousands of workers are forced to pay tribute to a union boss or be fired.

And that’s just plain wrong.

But with freedom, jobs and economic prosperity potentially all at stake this election year in New Hampshire, it’s vital your next Governor oppose forced unionism.

That’s why our friends at New England Citizens for Right to Work sent your candidates for Governor and state legislature a survey on the forced-unionism issue, asking them to support a state Right to Work law and pledge 100% opposition to forced unionism.

The issue is simple: No worker should ever be forced to pay tribute to a union boss just to get or keep a job.

Now, I have both good and bad news to report in the race for Governor.

The good news is, one of your candidates -- Republican Walt Havenstein -- has returned his Candidate Survey pledging 100% opposition to forced unionism.

Walt Havenstein has staked out his position in favor of a state Right to Work law –- and complete opposition to forced unionism.

But there’s bad news too.

You see, the other gubernatorial candidate -- Democrat incumbent Maggie Hassan -- has, thus far, refused to return her Candidate Survey.

Sadly, Democrat incumbent Maggie Hassan’s pro-forced- unionism position is no secret.

In fact, while serving in the State Senate, Maggie Hassan voted to KILL a limited Right to Work bill for state employees.

And unless something happens, I’m afraid she’ll continue to put the interests of the union bosses above those of the working men and women of the Granite State.

It’s absolutely vital you put the heat on Maggie Hassan today and insist she come around on the forced-unionism issue.

You see, a state Right to Work law would end Big Labor’s power to compel workers in New Hampshire to pay for the “privilege” of getting jobs and taking care of their families.

That’s a HUGE reason all of your candidates should support the passage of Right to Work.

Here’s another: A state Right to Work law would also give a huge boost to the New Hampshire economy.

The fact is, the economic story could not be clearer:

*** Private sector employment jumped 15.3% over the last decade in Right to Work states -- nearly THREE TIMES the rate in New Hampshire;

*** Real private sector employee pay and benefits grew 16% in Right to Work states from 2003 to 2013 -- compared to just 6.4% in New Hampshire;

*** From 2003 to 2013, real manufacturing GDP increased by 26.2% in Right to Work states -- nearly double the rate of forced-unionism New Hampshire.

It’s not hard to see why Right to Work states have such a huge advantage over forced-unionism states.

PHH Fantus, the nation’s longtime leading business relocation firm, reported that half of all businesses automatically eliminate non-Right to Work states like New Hampshire when considering relocation or expansion.

And those jobs going to Right to Work states are good, high-paying jobs.

George Mason University’s Nobel Prize-winning economics department found that families in Right to Work states average $2,800 more in purchasing power than families in non-Right to Work states.

A more recent study conducted by Dr. Barry Poulson -- a past president of the North American Economics and Finance Association and economics professor at the University of Colorado -- showed even more striking results.

Dr. Poulson found that families in Right to Work states have nearly $4,300 more purchasing power than families in non-Right to Work states.

Until politicians in Concord are willing to stand up to the union bosses, New Hampshirites will not be able to enjoy those benefits that come with a Right to Work law.

That’s why it’s vital you put the heat on Democrat incumbent Maggie Hassan and insist she come out in opposition to forced unionism AT ONCE.

You see, right now is the time that politicians are listening most closely to the folks back home -- while they are candidates, rather than safely in office.

But with the November 4 General Election rapidly approaching, there isn’t much time.

Here’s how you can help
:

1) Put the heat on Democrat incumbent Maggie Hassan. Demand she stop kowtowing to the union bosses and instead answer her Right to Work Candidate Survey in complete opposition to forced unionism;

2) Contact Republican candidate Walt Havenstein and thank him for taking a stand against forced unionism and pledging to support a New Hampshire Right to Work law;

3) Chip in with a contribution (if you can) to help National Right to Work and New England Citizens for Right to Work reach as many Right to Work supporters as possible in New Hampshire.

With so much on the line this year, we’re really stretching our budgets to help keep Right to Work supporters informed about which of their candidates stand with them and which stand with the union boss elite.

So, if you can help financially, I’d really appreciate it.

Whatever you can do -- $250, $100, $75, $50 or $25 -- will help.

But most importantly, please do all you can to hold your politicians accountable. Insist that ALL of your candidates take a public stand in opposition to forced unionism.

Demand Maggie Hassan do an about-face on compulsory unionism and return her Candidate Survey in 100% opposition to the union bosses’ radical, forced-dues agenda at once.

Saturday
Oct112014

ALG's Daily Grind - How Democrats lost the economy 

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Oct. 10, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

How Democrats lost the economy
The 2008 collapse swept Democrats into power, yet now, in poll after poll, Republicans are more trusted on the economy than Democrats. How could this happen? 

No place for workplace intimidation
Intimidation is an ugly word. Yet that is exactly what the United Auto Workers union is doing in General Motors plants in right to work states Kansas and Tennessee. 

The Hill: Dems call for Obama to ban flights from Ebola countries
Lawmakers: "[The WHO] has no duty to protect the lives and well-being of Americans, as you do. Furthermore, it has utterly failed to stem the epidemic through its own action. The responsibility for this decision is yours, not theirs."

  

Oct. 10, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

How Democrats lost the economy
The 2008 collapse swept Democrats into power, yet now, in poll after poll, Republicans are more trusted on the economy than Democrats. How could this happen?

No place for workplace intimidation
Intimidation is an ugly word. Yet that is exactly what the United Auto Workers union is doing in General Motors plants in right to work states Kansas and Tennessee.

The Hill: Dems call for Obama to ban flights from Ebola countries
Lawmakers: "[The WHO] has no duty to protect the lives and well-being of Americans, as you do. Furthermore, it has utterly failed to stem the epidemic through its own action. The responsibility for this decision is yours, not theirs."

 

Friday
Sep052014

NHDP - Monitor: Nine labor unions endorse Shaheen 

Concord Monitor: Nine labor unions endorse Shaheen

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE
Monitor staff
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Click here for the full story or read an excerpt below. 

A coalition of the state’s largest labor unions, including the National Education Association and State Employees Association, put their backing behind incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen while knocking her top opponent, Scott Brown.

“This election, we’re going door to door because there’s a real contrast in this race between someone running for New Hampshire working families and someone who’s in this race to line his own pockets,” said Mark Mackenzie, President of the NH AFL-CIO said in a press release from the Shaheen campaign.

In the release, Shaheen’s campaign hit Brown for recent comments that he doesn’t believe its a senator’s role to create jobs and for his role as an advisor to a company that outsourced jobs. The Teamsters as well as unions for the state’s iron workers, electrical workers, food and commercial works, laborers and postal workers also endorsed Shaheen, according to the release.

“As governor and senator, Jeanne Shaheen’s worked to create good paying jobs by investing in infrastructure and education right here in New Hampshire,” said Joe Bonfiglio, President of the Massachusetts & Northern New England Laborers’ District Council. “Scott Brown on the other hand seems to care more about the economies of China and Mexico. He’s made a quarter million dollars on the board of a company that shipped jobs overseas to increase profits.”

Those comments refer to Brown’s role as an advisor to a paper company called Kadant Inc., which the Nashua Telegraph reported outsourced jobs to China and Mexico. Brown made $270,000 for his role as an advisor and still sits on the board. 

Wednesday
Aug062014

Hemingway For Governor - ANDREW HEMINGWAY WINS STRAW POLL/COMMENTS ON HAVENSTEIN'S TAX PROPOSAL: "BORING AND INEFFECTIVE"

Andrew Wins NAFRW’s Straw Poll 62% to 38%!!

 

Manchester, NH –Fresh off the heels of a big win at Nashua Area Federated Republican Women’s Straw Poll last night, where Andrew garnered 62% of the vote over Walt Havenstein’s 38%, Havenstein released his so-called “jobs plan” today. Candidate for New Hampshire Governor, Andrew Hemingway, released the following statement on the 11 page proposal:

“Those 11 pages could’ve been condensed in to one line that reads, ‘I propose doing what everyone else has proposed doing for two decades and watch history repeat itself.’ Reduce the BPT. Market the state. Pass Right to Work.  I actually agree with some of these things, but the idea that this is going to create 25 thousand jobs or improve New Hampshire’s budget or economy to any level we need to, is a ridiculous assertion.  This jobs plan is boring and ineffective and the people of the Granite State deserve at least a little bit of effort when it comes to how they’re going to put food on their tables, beyond stale campaign promises and rhetoric

“I have released a real tax proposal that changes the entire current system of taxation in the state and I’ve done that because if we are to actually grow, expand and maybe get 25,000 jobs in here, that’s what we need to do.  A moderate reduction in one business tax, which only benefits large companies, will not create any economic growth.  The rest of this so-called plan is platitudes.” – Andrew Hemingway

Tuesday
Jul292014

NHDP - Havenstein & Hemingway to Pledge Allegiance to the Koch Brothers 

Failed CEO Walt Havenstein and conservative activist Andrew Hemingway embrace Koch Brothers platform by signing Americans for Prosperity pledge
 

Manchester, NH – Failed CEO Walt Havenstein and conservative activist Andrew Hemingway are not only taking pages from the Koch Brothers playbook, they are fully embracing their ultra-conservative agenda, according to a report by the Concord Monitor earlier today. Both gubernatorial candidates are planning to sign a "pledge" from Koch Brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire that would hurt middle-class families and take the Granite State in the wrong direction.

The ultra-conservative group, founded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, is known for partnering with candidates like disgraced Speaker Bill O’Brien, who received a “Conservative of the Year” award from the Americans for Prosperity Foundation earlier this year.

“We know now that failed CEO Walt Havenstein and conservative activist Andrew Hemingway are not just taking policy positions from the Bill O’Brien/Koch Brothers playbook, they are fully pledging allegiance to the Tea Party platform,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party
Deputy Communications Director, Bryan Lesswing. “Havenstein and Hemingway may think that touting their loyalty to the Koch Brothers will earn them support, but Granite Staters know better than to accept their Bill O’Brien/anti-middle class agenda that would take our state in the wrong direction.”
 
This year, Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire is calling on candidates to commit to advancing painful and irresponsible budget cuts in Concord reminiscent of the Bill O’Brien era, passing so-called "Right-to-Work" legislation that would hurt working Granite State families, and opposing any and all forms of the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid expansion, which is helping 50,000 Granite State families get affordable, quality health coverage.
 
"By pledging their allegiance to the Koch Brothers, Havenstein and Hemingway are pledging to move our state backwards by returning to the devastating Bill O’Brien cuts that slashed higher education in half, taking health insurance away from up to 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters and repealing a bipartisan transportation plan that will rebuild our roads and bridges and finish the completion of I-93," continued Lesswing.