Tuesday, February 28, 2012
FYI-Jane Wingate Photo Raffle

Starting now, in the window of Stu Pease's store next to his flower shop in downtown Farmington, and going on in the weeks ahead, I'll be raffling off a series of my photos - some mounted, some matted, and some, possibly, matted and framed.

Each raffle will run approximately ten days.  The first one does not officially open till march 1, when there should be an announcement of the raffles in Stephanie Piro's "Farmington Notes" column in the Rochester Times.  However, the first photo is already up in the window, and tickets are on sale.  the winning ticket will be drawn on March 10th. Tickets are 25 cents each,or five tickets for a buck. Get them from Stu.

This first photo is Maple Blossoms on Water.  In it, you can see trees reflected in the menisci surrounding the blossoms and, under the surface of the water, fallen leaves from the previous autumn. The photo has a high-gloss surface; it is mounted on a thin, heavy board.  It may be propped up, or framed for better preservation.  The photo,  borderless, is 16 x 24."

ALL proceeds will be given to the Farmington Food Bank.  It would be much appreciated if you would pass the word about these raffles.  Food banks are in dire need.  

Thank you,


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Saturday, February 25, 2012
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Jackie Cilley for NH

Statement by Jackie Cilley
For Immediate Release

It’s Time To Take To The Streets Again

Does anyone recall any of the 2010 candidates running on a platform of eliminating insurance coverage for contraception?  You didn’t?  Well, you’re not alone.  There was not one word about doing something so draconian, but that’s what they are slipping through now.

In a continuation of attacks on the women of New Hampshire, including the removal of adequate protections against domestic violence, the NH House passed HR 29 to require Congress to allow employers to deny healthcare coverage for contraception.  In another amendment attached to a non-germane bill, the House is attempting to unravel 13 years of bipartisan support for healthcare coverage for contraception.

The Free State/Tea Partiers in our legislature are effectively telling New Hampshire women they don’t have the right to determine when to start their family or to control their own reproductive healthcare.

As utterly regressive as these actions were, a statement by Rep. Lynne
Blankenbeker, r, Concord, was simply jaw-dropping.  During a committee hearing, Rep. Blankenbeker said the women of our state could avoid an unwanted or untimely pregnancy “with simple over-the-counter remedies such as abstinence or condoms.”  The first is likely to lead to significant levels of domestic disharmony and the latter has a high failure rate.

Our grandmothers marched in the streets and suffered untold humiliations to win us the right to have a say in governing ourselves. Ladies (and pro-equality gentlemen), it looks like it is time to take to the streets again!


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
NH House Approves HB 1666 Creating Legislative Veto On Collective Bargaining Agreements

On Wednesday, the House approved an amended version of HB 1666. The amendment, authored by Rep. Neal Kurk, requires both the House and the Senate to agree to all the terms of each public employee union contract.

Under current law, union contracts must be funded by the Legislature before the agreements take effect. Rep. Kurk's proposal goes light-years beyond that. As approved by the House, HB 1666 would allow either branch of the Legislature to veto any collective bargaining agreement with state employees -- for any reason whatsoever.

Think about that.

Does New Hampshire really want Legislators to micromanage the process of negotiating contracts with its public employees?

Contract negotiations, even with only a dozen or so players at the table, can take months or years. They are incredibly complicated and formed by innumerable tradeoffs, like higher pay in exchange for higher health care co-payments. There's no way 424 lawmakers micromanaging every line in a union contract are going to find common ground on even one contract, let alone eight, all of which expire at different times. Negotiations will become even more time-consuming, expensive and interminable. The Legislature will have to meet in special session often or force everyone to cope with prolonged uncertainty. The result will be chaos.

The House approved the bill even though there had never been a public hearing on the amended version. Why not allow the public a chance to weigh in? Because, according to House Finance Committee Chair Rep. Ken Weyler, "It will just fill the room with people who want to make a fuss."

Read the CBS News coverage here.

Please take the time to contact your Senator and explain why
the Senate should not pass this bill.

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NH Senate Amends CACR 6

On Wednesday, the Senate voted to amend the New Hampshire Constitution to create an artificial "spending cap" that would require a supermajority of Legislators to approve any increase to state spending which is over the rate of inflation.

The Senate's version of CACR 6 sets up a conflict with the House, which earlier had approved a version of CACR 6 that would require a supermajority of Legislators to approve any increase to taxes and fees.

The House version was authored by House Speaker William O'Brien.

The Senate version was authored by Senate President Peter Bragdon.

Both versions attempt to set the current state budget in stone. Requiring a supermajority of Legislators to approve any future increases -- either of revenue or spending -- would lock the state into recessionary tax and spending levels. It could also cause the bond rating agencies to drop New Hampshire's bond rating (as they have with some other states, due to supermajority requirements).

CACR 6 “would ensure the state continues to feel the effect of this recession and all future downturns long after they pass,” said Jeff McLynch, executive director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. “It would prevent the state from making investments in education, infrastructure and other public services that are critical to making New Hampshire an attractive place for businesses to locate and expand and for people to live, work and visit.” Read the full NHFPI press release here.
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Restore EETT Funding

ACT NOW to Restore EETT Funding in FY 2013!

Schools have never needed funding support from the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program more than now.  EETT, the sole source of federal funding for education technology in our nation’s schools, has received no funding from Congress since 2010 and was once again left out of the President’s FY 2013 Budget. The unmet needs of our schools for hardware, software, technology professional development and IT support will only continue to grow. This is precisely the moment that Congress needs to help ensure that our schools are prepared for online assessments in 2014 and that our students are equipped with 21st century skills.  We need your help to wake them up to these realities!

Please send a letter to your Congressional leaders now to let them know about the vital services EETT provides to our teachers and our children. Ask them to fund the EETT program at least at the $100 million level in FY 2013 so that our students, teachers and administrators have the tools they need to learn, engage in professional development and implement the online assessments in 2014.

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NH Department Of Education Is Saved!

The state's educators, the personnel at the NH Department of Education, and the state's parents and students can now breathe a sigh of relief! Early yesterday, the Education Committee voted on HB 1713, that would abolish the Department of Education. The outcome of the vote was a 16-1 decision to rule the bill inexpedient to legislate. We thank the members of the committee for their good judgement and standing by their commitment to serve the people of our state!
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Sunday, February 19, 2012
Disscussion And Voting On HB 1677 And Other Anti-Worker Bills

Over 400 of you turned out on January 19th to voice your opposition against HB 1677, the new "right-to-work for less" bill. Now we have a second opportunity to show Speaker O'Brien that we won't let this attack on our rights go unanswered.

The House Labor Committee will be discussing and voting on HB 1677 and other anti-worker bills on Tuesday, February 21st, from 10 a.m. until the late afternoon. members of the AFL-CIO and other interested parties are meeting at America Votes at 9 a.m. for coffee and donuts before heading over to the hearing.

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The Farmington Democrats believe that equality of opportunity can be achieved through community involvement, political action, and a shared vision of social justice.