Prominent NH Conspiracy Theorist Dies of COVID

GOP activist Ed Naile frequently spread disinformation in New Hampshire, and on COVID-19 specifically opposed masks, “fake vaccines” and accused hospitals of deliberately killing people with ventilators

CONCORD, NH – Ed Naile, a prominent New Hampshire conspiracy theorist who spread disinformation about election integrity and COVID-19, has died of COVID after a month long stay at Concord Hospital according to a conservative blog he wrote for.

“COVID-19 has taken the lives of too many Americans, which is why it is critically important that we all come together to promote strong public health measures to slow the spread of COVID and save lives,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress. “Disinformation is deadly, and we urge those who care about the health and safety of our families and our nation to get vaccinated, mask up, and follow public health guidance. It is particularly important to do that right now as our hospitals are stretched to capacity caring for critically-ill COVID patients, some of whom will still unfortunately pass away and leave behind grieving loved ones.”

Over the course of the pandemic, Naile routinely spread disinformation about COVID-19, referring to “fake vaccines” and going so far as to accuse hospitals of deliberately killing people with ventilators. According to reports, it appears Naile spent nearly a month at Concord Hospital relying on the compassionate care of doctors and nurses before succumbing to COVID-19 related complications.

Best known for promoting debunked voter fraud stories and his role as chairman of the conservative Coalition of NH Taxpayers, Naile was also a supporter of the attempted insurrection in Washington, DC, praising the action as “mandatory citizen activism” and the “new normal” and writing that “Americans should storm DC once a month” until the 2022 elections. That has not stopped Republican candidates for federal office in New Hampshire from lauding Naile, nor has his untimely death spurred them to encourage fellow Granite Staters to follow public health guidance to protect themselves and their community from COVID.

A note from our organization: It is always hard to know how to handle situations like this one. The loss of any of our community members is sad, and Mr. Naile leaves behind grieving loved ones. What we do know is that disinformation is deadly, and that in these moments of tragedy, there is an opportunity — and a duty — to deliver the hard facts and news.

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Granite State Progress Stands in Coalition With Partners Rallying for Abortion Justice on December 1st

CONCORD, NH – Today, as the Supreme Court begins oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case poised to overturn the precedent set in Roe v. Wade, Granite State Progress joins our partner organizations in rallying for the New Hampshire Access to Abortion-Care Act, a landmark piece of legislation that will cement in law reproductive rights for all Granite Staters. Statement from Granite State Progress Executive Director Zandra Rice Hawkins:

“With an anti-choice Republican governor like Chris Sununu and anti-choice Republican majorities in both legislative chambers and the Executive Council, everything is on the line for the health and justice of pregnant Granite Staters. For too long, we have relied on the precedent set by Roe v. Wade and not had unique state-level protections for abortion access, despite Granite Staters overwhelmingly supporting abortion legality and bodily autonomy. It is past time for Granite State women and all who may become pregnant to have the full suite of legal protections for their right to choose. On a day filled with fear for abortion advocates nationwide, we are hopeful that this will be a turning point for New Hampshire, and that we will soon see a day where abortion access is a legal right for Granite Staters and not simply a judicial precedent.”

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House Democrats Pass Historic Bill To Increase Health Care Access and Affordability, Lower Drug Prices, and Tax the Rich and Corporations More Fairly

Image of congressman Chris Pappas in Washington DC; Text: Thank you, Rep. Pappas for putting patients over pharma profit and fighting to Build Back Better

CONCORD, NH – In response to today’s passage of the Build Back Better Act by House Democrats in Congress today, Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director of Granite State Progress, released the following statement:

“Congressman Chris Pappas and Congresswoman Annie Kuster deserve our thanks and recognition for the tremendous effort it took to reach a compromise on this historic bill. This bill is not perfect, and doesn’t include every policy that Granite Staters support, but the Build Back Better package is a huge step forward on lowering drug prices, taxing the rich and corporations, and making healthcare and education more affordable. We are especially grateful to Rep. Pappas for his staunch support of prescription drug reform and his continued efforts to help Granite Staters afford their medicine.

These and other policies in Build Back Better aren’t just popular with Granite Staters, they will literally improve lives, reshape the economy, and finally enable more people to have a fair shot at economic and health security and financial prosperity. These policies aim to take our country in a better direction by stopping unfair tax breaks for the rich and corporations, making drug corporations negotiate prices for the first time, and ensuring that everyone has access to the basics, from affordable premiums and medicines to childcare, eldercare and paid family medical leave.

Now it’s up to the Senate to pass the Build Back Better bill so that President Biden can sign it into law and Democrats can deliver on their promises for millions of people in America. We are counting on our very own Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen to continue to deliver for Granite Staters with the passage of this bill.”

For more details: Fact sheet on how Build Back Better benefits Granite Staters

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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. Visit https://granitestateprogress.org/ to learn more.

Anti-Choice, Pro-Extremism Complicit Chris Sununu Announces Re-Election Bid

CONCORD, NH – Today, Chris Sununu announced his re-election campaign for Governor of New Hampshire. Statement from Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director of Granite State Progress on Sununu’s record:

“Chris Sununu has made it clear to voters over his tenure as governor that he is anti-choice, anti-abortion, anti-healthcare, anti-public education, anti-public health, pro-COVID, pro-extremism, pro-white nationalism, and pro getting into bed with the most radical factions of his party. He has failed to lead our state toward a stronger, healthier, and more inclusive New Hampshire. From failing to take meaningful action against antisemitic elected officials in his own party to outright campaigning with secessionist militia leaders and anti-abortion extremist politicians, Chris Sununu’s administration has enabled hatred and disinformation in New Hampshire to flourish. It is clear Granite Staters reject Sununu’s divisive and cowardly agenda and we will continue to work hard to make sure constituents know about Complicit Chris Sununu’s dangerous record.”

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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. Visit https://granitestateprogress.org/ to learn more. 

New Build Back Better Plan Makes Historic Investments in Americans

Much Work Remains for Congress: Plan Leaves Out Crucial Drug Cost Reform and Paid Family Leave

CONCORD, NH – Today, Congress reached an agreement on the framework of President Biden’s Build Back Better package. In response to this new deal, Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director of Granite State Progress, released the following statement:

“There is a lot to celebrate with the Build Back Better package. With this plan, we will expand access to affordable healthcare for millions of Americans by closing the Medicaid coverage gap, extending the premium tax credits for Affordable Care Act health insurance plans, and expanding Medicare coverage to include hearing. In addition to this progress in covering more Americans, this plan also takes meaningful steps to make our tax system fairer by closing tax loopholes and ending special breaks for the nation’s wealthiest families and most profitable corporations, raising $1.9 trillion in revenue in the process. The plan’s tax reforms more than recover from the rich and corporations what they were gifted by the Trump-GOP tax giveaway four years ago. By shutting down accounting maneuvers and other tax-dodging schemes of wealthy households and big corporations, the Biden reforms begin to unify into a single tax code what’s become a dual system of mandatory taxes for working people and voluntary payments by the rich. These long overdue changes to our tax code will fund tremendous investments while not adding a penny to our national debt.”

“However, we are very disappointed to see that crucial reforms such as empowering Medicare to negotiate drug costs and extend those cost savings to Granite Staters, and paid family and medical leave which would have helped so many working families, did not end up in this framework. We can’t build back better without limiting drug corporations’ monopoly power to set and keep prices high. We also can’t build back better if we leave families behind. Congress needs to stop protecting the Pharma profits and Big Business and amend this proposal to include lowering drug prices and mandatory paid family and medical leave.”

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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. Visit https://granitestateprogress.org/ to learn more.