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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Not Superb Owls

So as not to violate the trademark, Stephen Colbert had a series of programs this week about the Superb Owls. The Capitol team did not, of course, come up. Perhaps they should change their name to improve their luck.

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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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Doom and Gloom Dems

What is it about using threats to gin up support in the electorate? Is this tactic catching? Is that why some prediction of doom by Democrats lands in my mail box on a daily basis? At first I blamed campaign consultants and propagandists who, after all, derive more income working for losing campaigns than winning […]

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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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1-28-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update

1-28-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update

From Laura Hainey, President AFT-NH UPCOMING VOTE IN THE SENATE: On Thursday the Senate Finance Committee held its hearing on SB 217 the “right to work for less bill”. They voted 4 to 2 to pass the bill, but if it had been referred instead to the Senate Executive Departments And Administration Committee, we might have seen it defeated by a 3-2 margin.  The next step is for the full Senate to vote on January 30th when they are in full session. As in the many years past AFT-NH is opposed to this bill and asks that it be defeated. … Continue reading

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Every Vote Counts

The Virginia Senate is now evenly split between Republicans and Democrats because, in a special election, eleven more people voted for the Democrat. As Rachel Maddow says, remember that the next time you wonder whether it is worth going to the polls.

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How Immigration Reform Will Help All Workers

How Immigration Reform Will Help All Workers

Our ultimate goal should be to help Americans find good paying jobs. Abusing the guest worker program is hurting the millions of Americans who are currently looking for employment. Every year thousands of people legally enter the United States on temporary work visas.  They use the guest worker program as a way to get their foot in the door, and begin chasing their own version of the American Dream. Many people, like Senator Orin Hatch, want to see the guest worker program expanded to fill a hole in the US labor market and “meet the demands for workers in the … Continue reading

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Our Daughters Deserve Better Than 77% Of A Man’s Pay

Our Daughters Deserve Better Than 77% Of A Man's Pay

As a father of two amazing girls there is one thing I hope they will never have to deal with, and we can make that happen today. There is no denying that in spite of our best efforts, women continue to be discriminated against in the workplace.  The proof is in the paycheck.  Women on average are paid .77 cents for every dollar a similarly qualified man makes.  This is outrageous and should be stopped immediately. Legislators in the past have tried to correct this atrocity by passing the Equal Pay Act of 1963.  The Equal Pay Act was a … Continue reading

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