“Gilmour the clear choice in NH Senate District 12”

Nashua Telegraph Editorial

 
“It’s not difficult to understand why Nashua’s Kevin Avard failed to win re-election to the New Hampshire’s House of Representatives two years ago after being swept into office during the 2010 Republican landslide that propelled House Speaker Bill O’Brien into power – and eventual infamy.

Under O’Brien’s tutelage, Avard marked his political territory by voting to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law and supporting legislation to allow individuals and businesses to deny services to gay couples.

Avard kept perfect time with the GOP leadership’s effort to disembowel New Hampshire’s judiciary by voting for state judges to be commissioned for renewable seven-year terms and to exempt legislative acts from judicial review.

And when O’Brien attempted to grease the wheels to allow Cancer Treatment Centers of America to set up shop in New Hampshire, Avard backed legislation that would have exempted destination specialty hospitals from the state’s certificate of need process while allowing them to be excused from paying the Medicaid enhancement tax.

Avard believes that stellar record deserves a promotion, and so he’s seeking the New Hampshire Senate District 12 seat held by Democratic incumbent Peggy Gilmour. In contrast, Gilmour has a legislative record worthy of praise.

Gilmour co-sponsored legislation to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation that cleared the Senate. She co-sponsored a new law that requires insurers to allow people to purchase 90-day supplies of prescription drugs at the pharmacy of their choice. She co- sponsored improvements to the state’s pay equity law. She co-sponsored a new law establishing a senior citizens bill of rights. We could go on.

There’s a pattern here. On one hand is a former legislator with a record of limiting human rights, undermining the constitutional principle of separation of powers, and enabling political cronyism. On the other hand is a sitting legislator with a record of supporting human rights for all, improving the lives of health care patients and seniors, and reaching across the political aisle to forge bipartisan solutions.

Peggy Gilmour is the slam-dunk choice for New Hampshire Senate District 12.”

 

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State Sen. Peggy Gilmour Announces “Republicans for Gilmour”

State Sen. Peggy Gilmour announced today that over 50 Republicans from Greater Nashua and across Senate District 12 have endorsed her campaign for reelection. The list includes current and former elected officials, as well as business and community leaders with strong ties to the district.

 

“I am honored to have the backing of so many Republican community leaders across the district supporting my work in the State Senate” said Sen. Peggy Gilmour. “As an elected official, I have and will continue to serve with an open mind and an open ear. We will only move New Hampshire forward by working together and focusing on practical, common sense solutions – regardless of partisan politics. I am proud that this list of supporters demonstrates the faith my constituents have in me to do just that.”

 

“Sen. Gilmour demonstrates leadership in every role she takes, is an active member of our community, and always puts the needs of her constituents first. While I may not see eye to eye with Peggy on 100% of issues, I know she’s there for what matters – and she never hesitates to give a frank answer. As a lifelong Republican, I wholeheartedly endorse Sen. Gilmour to continue working for New Hampshire’s best interests in Concord.” – Ed Lecius

 

“I have always admired Sen. Gilmour’s honesty and work ethic. She has been great for our community in so many ways, and I’ve always found Peggy to be fair and completely above board – exactly the kind of person that I want making policy decisions.” – Paul Hebert

 

Republicans for Gilmour include:

Alderman Brian McCarthy, Nashua
Alderman Rick Dowd, Nashua
Arthur O’Leary, Hollis
Bud and Phyllis King, Hollis
Carol Farmer, Nashua
Carol Kelly, Nashua
David Emus, Hollis
David Heath, Nashua
Deborah Novotny, Nashua
Dr. Ed Klopfer, Hollis
Dr. Robert Moheban, Nashua
Ed Lecius, Merrimack
Elizabeth Bucknam, Hollis
Ellen Curelop, Nashua
Fran Coulter, Hollis
Francisco and Peggy Siega, Hollis
H. Taylor Caswell III, Hollis
Former Republican State Rep. Dick Drisko, Hollis
Former Republican State Senator Jim Squires, Hollis
Harold & Nancy Carta, Greenville
Hon. Susan Emerson, Rindge
Jim Tollner, Nashua
Joe Litwin, Hollis
Kevin Halloran, Nashua
Chris Stawasz, Hollis
Linda Lovering, Hollis
Mary Ann Crowell, Brookline
Maureen Curdo, Hollis
Neil Rogers, Nashua
Paul Edmunds, Hollis
Paul Hebert, Nashua
Peggy Proko-Weisman, Hollis
Peter Proko, Hollis
Richard and Vivian Wilbourg, Mason
Richard Lannan, Nashua business leader
Sally Sadler, Hollis
Sally Streeter, Nashua
Sandy Johnson, Hollis
Stephanie Streeter, Brookline
Sue Birch, Hollis
Sue Holmes, Hollis
Sylvia Eggleston, Hollis
Thomas Digiacinto, U.S. Army Veteran, Hollis
Tom Morin, Hollis
Tom Norton, Hollis
Vincent Kelly, Nashua

Senator Delivered Constituent Service

As we all know, the cost of higher education takes a toll on many Granite State families. Recently, my daughter decided to transfer from a private college, due to high tuition costs, to one of New Hampshire’s state colleges. As a college junior going into the elementary education profession, my daughter was taught that when you work hard, don’t take shortcuts and are responsible, hard work will pay off. I was amazed to find out that less than a quarter of her college credits would transfer – classes that she had gotten good marks in, most of which were general education courses.

After panicking (to put it mildly) and thinking of the weight that further financial burdens would have on her, I decided to call our state senator, Peggy Gilmour, to see if she had any advice to offer. After talking with her about the situation, she responded that she could not make any promises, but she would do all she could.

We found that to be true. Sen. Gilmour called the college president and explained the situation. Within a week we were finally able to have our many questions answered and the situation was resolved. The senator’s thoughtful insight to know who to call helped solve this problem. Her immediate action to help a college student facing a scary situation and her clear devotion to constituent service all demonstrate the reasons why our family is grateful to be able to call Peggy Gilmour our state senator.

Deidre Reynolds
Nashua

 

Original article can be found here

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Senator Bette Lasky and I were pleased to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge from Chris Williams, president of the Nashua Chamber of Commerce…we are always up for a challenge! With the help of Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, we were able to raise over $300 in a bidding war – and all proceeds went to the ALS Foundation. Please consider donating today to this important cause, at alsa.org. Enjoy our video!

 

 

Legislative Wrap Up

The 2014 Legislative session ended early June.  It was a busy, but productive year with some good bipartisan cooperation to get some important work done for the citizens of New Hampshire.

Some of the highlights this biennium were:

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Session’s nearly over…

The final votes are coming to an end, but we still have much work ahead.

As the 2014 legislative session wraps up, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your input, and to keep you apprised of what I have been doing on behalf of Nashua, Hollis, Brookline, Mason, New Ipswich, Greenville, and Rindge – in Concord.

As your state Senator, my focus over the past biennium has been on jobs and the economy. I am so proud that my colleagues and I were able to work together, across party-lines, to accomplish a lot of good for our state and our people, and that will ensure we keep New Hampshire moving in a positive direction.

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Crossover News

March is “Crossover” month, the time when all Senate bills that have been voted “ought to pass” crossover to the House, and vice versa. The House generates many more bills than the Senate (with 400 members vs 24!) so the next few months will indeed be very busy in the Senate.

One thing I was particularly proud of was last week’s Senate vote on SB 413, The NH Health Protection Program. This bill will use federal funds to assist 50,000 low income NH residents get access to private health insurance in a New Hampshire-specific way – and will be terminated if the federal government falls short of its obligations; a plan that 2/3 of Granite Staters support, according to a recent poll. I am a sponsor of the bill, which passed on an 18-5 vote (11 democrats and 7 republicans supported this truly bipartisan measure), and the unanimous support of hospitals, doctors and all those who provide health care. The Business and Industry Association, New Hampshire’s statewide Chamber of Commerce, has supported the bill as they understand the strain and the cost shifting people without insurance put on our businesses. SB 413 has the support of Governor Hassan, and is currently being heard in House Finance committee.

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Senate Dental Bill is Something to Smile About

“..I have sponsored legislation that would authorize a new type of dental provider, called a Dental Hygiene Practitioner. I believe it will help close one of the gaps in our oral health care delivery system that bars its doors to many of our most vulnerable: children, seniors, and others with physical or financial barriers to routine dental care..”

Read the rest of Peggy’s OpEd in the Nashua Telegraph here

Viewpoint: We should invest in start-ups | Ledger Transcript

Below is an Op-Ed written by Sen. Gilmour, published in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.

New Hampshire’s economy continues recover at a steady pace, which is why we must continue to be focused on job creation and economic growth through creating economic opportunity by supporting business growth and innovation.

Which is why I have cosponsored SB255, this creates an incentive to invest in New Hampshire start-ups and high-growth potential small businesses by applying a tax credit against the Interest and Dividend tax for qualifying investments. Many other states have or are considering similar incentives to stay competitive in attracting entrepreneurs and fostering the growth of small businesses with job creation and economic development potential.

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