Author Archive | Matt Murray

Right-Wing PAC Makes False Claims About Medicare Advantage To NH Seniors

Right-Wing PAC Makes False Claims About Medicare Advantage To NH Seniors

We are a mere 241 days from the 2014 elections, and the hard right super PAC’s are already spreading lies throughout New Hampshire. Recently the conservative super PAC YG Network sent an unsolicited mailer to the constituents of NH First Congressional district, currently represented by Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. The YG Network describes themselves on their website as: “A non-profit 501(c)(4) dedicated to supporting conservative center-right policies and the efforts of policymakers who fight for those policies. By seeking solutions that create jobs, encourage innovation, instill fiscal discipline, establish a patient-centered health care system and pursue energy security, we can foster … Continue reading

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Immigrants Generated $252 Million In The NH Economy

Immigrants Generated $252 Million In The NH Economy

There is no denying that immigrants built this great nation and are continuing to shape her every passing day.  Every day immigrants are coming to America to create a better life for themselves and their families.  These immigrants are chasing their own American Dream by starting their own small businesses. According to research from the Immigration Policy Center, between “2006 to 2010, there were 4,253 new immigrant business owners in New Hampshire.”  The IPC also found that in 2010 over 5.7% of all business owners in New Hampshire were foreign-born. If you listen to Fox News, the only immigrants in America are … Continue reading

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Great News: The New Hampshire Senate Passes Healthcare Expansion

“This is a momentous day in New Hampshire,” said Senate Minority Leader Sylvia Larsen after the New Hampshire Senate passed SB 413, the healthcare (Medicaid) expansion.  “Today’s bipartisan vote for a Medicaid Expansion compromise in New Hampshire is a tremendous step forward for our state.  Governor Hassan worked with leaders of both parties to reach a compromise that placed hard working Granite Staters ahead of partisan ideology,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. Today vote almost ensures the passage of this ‘healthcare expansion’ with a Democratic majority in the House, and Governor Hassan chomping at the bit to sign … Continue reading

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Senate Republicans Including Senator Ayotte Are Pitting Immigrants Against Veterans

Senate Republicans Including Senator Ayotte Are Pitting Immigrants Against Veterans

Veterans have always been political bread and butter.  It has become a game: who supports Veterans more?  This debate has ratcheted up a couple of notches after the budget negotiation reduced the Cost of Living increases for working age retired Veterans (under 62 years of age). The adjustment in the COLA for working age retired Veterans would save the government about $7 Billion dollars.  Of course the Veterans organizations were outraged over these cuts, and so was Senator Kelly Ayotte. Here is a little background on Senator Ayotte.  She currently sits on the Veteran Affairs Committee in the Senate, and … Continue reading

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Overpaid Government Workers: New Report Highlights The Real Overpaid Government Workers

If you ask any Conservative Republican what they think about the pay of government workers, I would bet dollars to donuts they would say the same thing.  Government workers are overpaid! The truth is that they are not entirely wrong.  They problem lies in who they believe are overpaid.  They believe it is teachers, sanitation workers, and caseworkers are lazy and overpaid.  The fact is that the real people who are scamming the taxpayers with bloated compensations are the government contractors. This week the Center for Media and Democracy released a scathing report highlighting the obscene compensations of government contractors … Continue reading

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Republicans and Democrats Push Senate Bill To Further The Destruction Of The USPS

Republicans and Democrats Push Senate Bill To Further The Destruction Of The USPS

Previously we reported on the fierce opposition to Senate Bill 1486 (postal reform) that was at the time, being introduced into the US Senate.  This week the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee voted 9-1 to approve S1486 with provisions that will destroy good jobs, and close post offices. “This disastrous bill would severely damage service to the people; weaken the USPS and make it ripe for privatization, and destroy good jobs throughout the country,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The APWU urges senators to vote against the bill if and when it is brought to the Senate floor … Continue reading

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Feb. 11th Is Your Chance To Help Raise The Minimum Wage In NH

Feb. 11th Is Your Chance To Help Raise The Minimum Wage In NH

The fight over raising the minimum wage is heating up.  During President Obama’s State of the Union address he announced that he would use an executive order to mandate that all government contractors pay a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour.  This falls in line with the $10.10 per hour proposal that the President and Democrats have been pushing for months. During the State of the Union called for more local legislation to push for a higher minimum wage since Congress in unable to pass the proposed increase. “Tonight, I ask more of America’s business leaders to follow John’s lead … Continue reading

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NH Congressional Reps Should Not Have Voted For The Farm Bill That Hurts NH’s Hungry Children

NH Congressional Reps Should Not Have Voted For The Farm Bill That Hurts NH's Hungry Children

As the curator of the NH Labor News social media accounts I get a very deep, inside look at how people think about the issues taken up by the NHLN.  Usually I get attacked from the right by anti-union, right-wing zealots who tell me that I just do not understand economics, etc.  I am well versed in my responses to them. This week I was very surprised when I was hearing outrage from the left, over the passage of the Farm Bill.  For those who do not know about this particular bill, it is full of subsidies for farmers and … Continue reading

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Are ‘School Vouchers’ Being Used To Teach Anti-Union Propaganda?

Are 'School Vouchers' Being Used To Teach Anti-Union Propaganda?

History has always been on of my favorite subjects – and as Edmond Burke said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” What if the history you were being taught differed from what really happened?  That is exactly what is happening inside the book “America Land I Love”. This book is written for eight graders but the inaccuracies in the book are astounding.  I will start with an easy one. Yes, the title of the chapter is the ‘Rise of Big Government’.  Did you also see what the subchapter title was?  That‘s right, it is called the … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Vouchers: The Choice Nobody Is Taking

New Hampshire Vouchers: The Choice Nobody Is Taking

Once a year, in effort somehow convince people that private charter schools are better than public schools, organizations like ‘Students First’ are pushing ‘National School Choice Week’.  This once a year event floods the media with stories about how school vouchers are working or that school vouchers are a better use of your tax dollars.  This is all complete hogwash. The simple truth is that people are not choosing to change schools and the school vouchers program is more about getting taxpayers to pay for private religious schools. After the red tide of Republican legislators took Concord (NH) by storm … Continue reading

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