Granite State Progress Statement on SCOTUS Decision on Janus

CONCORD, NH – Granite State Progress issues the following statement on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME):

“The Janus decision harms every hard-working Granite Stater striving for the America Dream. Corporate special interests want to tilt the scale ever more in their favor by undermining the ability for workers to collectively organize for better wages and benefits, equality in the workplace, or for critical public services. In New Hampshire, the NH AFL-CIO advocates for a higher minimum wage for working people and quality, affordable health care coverage for every family. Educators from NEA and AFT stand up for a quality, public education so that every child has the opportunity to succeed. IBEW provides apprenticeship programs that move workers to steady jobs with good pay and benefits. Just yesterday, Governor Sununu signed a bill members of the State Employees Association, SEIU Local 1984 initiated to improve New Hampshire’s ability to help our vulnerable children in need of protective services. Time and again, union members step forward to use their collective voice to strengthen working families and protect critical public services, and that is exactly why special interests are so determined to destroy them.”

“Today’s shameful Supreme Court decision undermines decades of precedence and further rigs our economy in favor of corporate special interests. But this ruling will not deter the fight for working people to have a fair shake in our country. Granite State Progress is proud to stand with our union sisters and brothers as we work to ensure economic security for every family.”

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Granite State Progress Releases State Senate and House Reports Cards on Gun Violence Prevention Votes

How did your State Senators and Representatives vote on firearms related legislation?

CONCORD, NH – Granite State Progress is releasing State Senate and House Report Cards on gun violence prevention votes from the 2017-2018 session. Constituents can learn how their elected officials voted on important firearms related legislation.

“We need to rally, and we need to hold our elected officials accountable,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress. “Governor Sununu and Senate Republicans have spent their time in Concord parroting gun lobby talking points instead of standing up for the safety of students and families. Meanwhile, other elected officials are working hard to advance common sense gun violence prevention measures. Constituents are encouraged to use the GSP Report Cards to learn how State Senators and Representatives voted.”

GSP Report Card: How Did Your State Senator and Reps Vote on Gun Violence Prevention?

House bills selected include votes on closing background check loopholes; prohibiting firearms at polling locations like schools and churches; banning bump stocks and raising the age of firearms purchase to 21 years old; forcing colleges to allow guns on campus; and repealing concealed carry license requirements which allows dangerous people to legally carry hidden, loaded weapons. Senate bills selected include votes on repealing concealed carry license requirements which allows dangerous people to legally carry hidden, loaded weapons; banning bump stocks; and clarifying that local school districts can establish gun free schools. The report cards also remind constituents that the very first bill Governor Chris Sununu ever signed into law allows dangerous individuals to legally carry hidden, loaded weapons.

The report cards are organized by county and formatted to 1 to 4 pages in length, depending on the size of the county, so that constituents can easily download and distribute them in their communities or at events with legislators. The report cards were distributed at several of the March for Our Lives events over the weekend.

“Just days before thousands of students and community members took to the streets in New Hampshire, Governor Sununu stood idly by while Senate Republicans blocked legislation on gun free schools despite hundreds of calls from students, parents, educators, and school administrators. It is clear that some politicians are more interested in representing the reckless gun lobby than they are in representing their constituents,” Rice Hawkins said. “We hope Granite Staters use our report cards to thank elected officials or hold accountable shameful politicians.”

The GSP Report Card on Gun Violence Prevention is the first in a series of issue-specific report cards Granite State Progress will issue over the coming months.

House Citations: HB 201, Roll Call #35, 2/16/17; HB 350, Roll Call #24, 2/15/17; Rules, Roll Call #72, 3/6/18; SB 12, Roll Call #21, 2/9/17; HB 1542, Roll Call #63 2/22/2018

Senate Citations: SB 12, Roll Call #21, 2/9/17; SB 492, Roll Call #36, 2/1/18; SB 357, Roll Call #131, 3/21/18

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Granite State Progress is a progressive advocacy organization that addresses issues of immediate state and local concern. Granite State Progress works as a communications hub for the progressive community to provide a strong, credible voice in advancing progressive solutions to critical community problems. Since 2009, Granite State Progress has tracked and weighed in on firearms policy at the state and federal level, and convenes the New Hampshire Gun Violence Prevention Coalition.

GSP Video – Notter’s Notions: Anti-Choice State Representative Makes Outrageous Claim in Committee Hearing (Again)

Leading anti-choice politician Jeanine Notter is at it again, this time claiming that she saw kidney bean size fetus “running up the uterine wall, playing” in sonogram; will Governor Sununu and other politicians side with Notter’s Notions or women’s health?

CONCORD, NH – Granite State Progress is releasing a video of State Representative Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack) making outrageous claims in committee again, this time seeking to restrict abortion after 8 weeks by claiming she saw a tiny fetus running up a uterine wall in a sonogram. Notter was featured in a previous Granite State Progress video claiming that birth control causes prostate cancer.

Transcript Minute 0:48 as Rep. Notter holds fingers inch apart: “I saw a video of a tiny, tiny, little baby, tiny little baby, running up the uterine wall, playing.”

Statement from Granite State Progress Executive Director Zandra Rice Hawkins: “The anti-choice lobby in New Hampshire has introduced numerous bills that seek to block access to contraception and abortion and shame and demean women who seek them. Much like Notter’s statements, this legislation is not based in medical science but will restrict women’s access to health care. Governor Sununu and state lawmakers have a responsibility to publicly denounce this legislation and make it clear they will not support attacks on women’s reproductive rights. Governor Sununu either stands with extreme politicians like Jeanine Notter, or he stands with Granite State women.”

Background

The Trump Administration and Congress, along with State Representative Jeanine Notter and others, are targeting access to quality, affordable health care, especially women’s health. The Trump Administration recently established a new ‘conscience and religious freedom’ division at HHS that ABC News reported “will likely pave the way for health care workers to refuse specific types of care, like birth control or abortion, based on their religious or conscience objections.”

NH’s HB 1787 would also allow health care providers from a physician to a nurse or even pharmacy employee to reject providing women contraception or abortion care. The bill will have a full House vote next week along with HB 1707, mandatory 24-hour waiting period on women seeking abortion services; HB 1721 which would label women seeking an abortion as ‘vulnerable’ and restrict her access; and HB 1680 which would prohibit abortions after viability – the decision of which would be made solely by the treating physician and without any basis in medical standards.

Rep. Notter is a sponsor of all four bills. Notter’s remarks on video were in support of an amendment she was seeking on another bill to establish viability at 8 weeks – a time at which a fetus is still the size of a kidney bean. Also, it’s unclear how she had five pregnancies without learning anything about development. More information and a petition to Governor Sununu and state legislators is available at www.GraniteStateProgressEducation.org.

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While Governor Sununu Spews Gun Lobby Talking Points, Next Door a Republican Governor Takes Real Action to Reduce Gun Violence

Vermont Governor Phil Scott announces support for a package of gun reform laws; says Governor, legislature have ‘tremendous responsibility’ to act

Concord, NH – Yesterday in New Hampshire, Governor Chris Sununu joined NHPR The Exchange where he doubled down on opposition to common sense gun reforms, including keeping firearms off our college campuses and out of our elementary and high schools, and preventing assault weapons and bump stocks from proliferating our streets.

Next door in Vermont at the same time, Governor Phil Scott, also a Republican, held a press conference announcing a package of gun reform laws, saying the Governor and legislature have a ‘tremendous responsibility’ to act.

Statement from Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress: “The very first bill Governor Sununu ever signed into law allows dangerous individuals to bring guns into our elementary schools, and time and again he has opposed allowing schools to enforce gun free zones. He has show great disregard for facts when it comes to gun violence prevention, instead spewing gun lobby talking points. It is time for all politicians, from Governor Sununu to our state senators and representatives, to safeguard our children from gun violence. This includes closing the background checks loophole and creating safe spaces for our children to learn and grow. States absolutely have a responsibility to act, and Governor Sununu needs to stop shirking his responsibilities.”

Statement from New Hampshire resident Clai Lasher-Sommers, Executive Director of GunSenseVT and a survivor of gun violence: “Governor Scott has shown leadership and great care in agreeing to sign gun safety bills in the state of Vermont.  He is a gun owner and hunter who has declared that Vermont children should be safe at school, and he does not believe that teachers should be armed.  The Vermont state senate leadership, especially Senator Dick Sears, have stayed true to the idea that we need to be safe from gun violence.”

More Background:

NBC 5: Governor proposes sweeping changes to Vermont gun laws
In remarkable policy shift, Republican Gov. Phil Scott announces support for a suite of gun reform laws and said the legislature has a ‘tremendous responsibility’ to act, despite strong opposition from second amendment groups.
http://www.mynbc5.com/article/governor-proposes-sweeping-changes-to-vermont-gun-laws/18661111

NHPR The Exchange: Governor Sununu (minutes 1:20 to 18:30)
Governor Sununu shirks responsibility for preventing gun violence and opposes popular common sense reforms. Sununu doubles down on allowing campus carry, which was rejected later in the day by the New Hampshire House (minute 17:30), and on keeping firearms out of our elementary and high schools. Sununu also scapegoats the mental health community but opposes strengthening prevention and supports.
http://nhpr.org/post/governor-sununu-takes-stock-his-first-year-office-and-takes-your-questions

Concord Monitor: Sununu says feds should be the ones setting gun policy
http://www.concordmonitor.com/Sununu-says-NH-has-good-gun-laws-15747439

State of the State: Governor Sununu’s Track Record on Guns in Schools
http://granitestateprogress.org/2018/02/15/state-of-the-state-governor-sununus-track-record-on-guns-in-schools/

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Granite State Progress is a progressive advocacy organization that addresses issues of immediate state and local concern. Granite State Progress works as a communications hub for the progressive community to provide a strong, credible voice in advancing progressive solutions to critical community problems.