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Nashua Activist Endorses Peggy Gilmour

Dear Voters,

I’ve known Peggy Gilmour for 7 years, and in that time I’ve been impressed time and time again by her commitment to the well-being of New Hampshire and to her constituents when she was our Senator.

Peggy is incredibly passionate about public health, and is committed to giving our experts and law enforcement officials the tools they need to end our current opioid crisis. She has been on the front lines of the opioid crisis here in New Hampshire by being appointed to the steering committee for the drug court. Peggy pushed for and played a large role in helping pass Medicaid Expansion legislation. Giving health care coverage to thousands of Granite Stater’s who otherwise had no access.Her work on legislation for domestic violence and human trafficking shows her commitment to voiceless.

We need Peggy’s voice, knowledge and tireless commitment to serve her constituents back in the New Hampshire State House. I hope you will join me in November and vote for Peggy Gilmour for Senate.

Sincerely,

Deidre Reynolds

Money in Politics

Thanks to the League of Women Voters for hosting a discussion on Money in Politics in Nashua this week.  Moderated by the Executive Director of NH Rebellion & Open Democracy Olivia Zink, it was eye opening to hear some of the numbers linked to political contributions and where they originate.

 

The influence of special interest money in politics is a problem that plagues our political system. 60% of the amount of money donated in elections come from only one hundred and thirty families in the US.

Democrats and Republicans alike agree that financial influence is a factor in our Washington paralysis and divisiveness. We need to come together and agree on common sense changes to shine light on the issue and end gridlock.

 

Solutions to this monumental problem have been discussed in the legislature for years.  It has been nearly seventeen years since Doris “Granny D” Haddock began her walk across the country at age 84 to highlight the scourge of big money in our political system. Since then, the Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, allowing unlimited undisclosed money by corporations and unions, has worsened the problem exponentially.

Some states have implemented improvements, including our neighbor Maine.  I call on our NH officials at the state and national levels to work together to address the issue of dark money, and return the influence to the people.

You can find much more information, and Fact Sheets with information on NH and national special interest contributions at the web page of Open Democracy, http://www.opendemocracynh.org  and at the sites below.

http://www.maine.gov/ethics/mcea/index.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/campaign-finance-reform_us_563a14fee4b0b24aee482a20

“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.”

 

Read the full editorial

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!