Protecting New Hampshire's Families
We have a lot to celebrate this year. One hundred women were elected to Congress, and 179 women ran for state representative or state Senate in New Hampshire. We have the most diverse Congress in history. Here in New Hampshire, we had an unprecedented number of young people and women run for office, including the first ever two transgender people elected to the N.H. House of Representatives.
PORTSMOUTH -- When Congressman Chris Pappas, D-NH, met with four women working hard to address PFAS contamination in the Seacoast and across the country, he promised to what he could do help in their fight.
Concord — A group of Dartmouth researchers studying the effects of toxic metals is applauding a plan to reduce the allowable threshold for arsenic levels in New Hampshire’s drinking water.
The state Department of Environmental Services last week proposed halving its arsenic limit to five parts per billion. In a recent report, officials said the reduction is aimed at protecting the health of Granite Staters.
By MINDI MESSMER
For the Monitor
Saturday, January 05, 2019
It is so inspiring to see the 116th Congress, the most incredibly diverse in history, taking their seats. This congressional class is the youngest, the most racially, ethnically and gender diverse, ever.
This Congress has the most women ever, although it is still only about one-fifth women, so there is still some room to do some work there. Some have young families and are pushing Washington to be more attentive to their needs, which ultimately will result in more younger parents running for and winning seats.
PORTSMOUTH - New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services officials have rejected a petition request to treat PFAS compounds as a class of chemicals, rather than regulating them on a chemical-by-chemical basis.
PORTSMOUTH -- A Superior Court judge ruled the Coakley Landfill Group is a “public body” and must follow the state’s Right to Know law.
Superior Court Judge N. William Delker added in his 22-page decision released Tuesday that the CLG’s executive committee must hold public meetings from now on and follow all rules dictated by the state’s Right to Know law.
Our community has lost another young life to cancer. This is another loss to rhabdomyosarcoma identified in the Seacoast pediatric cancer cluster. The double cancer cluster in the Seacoast area consists of higher than expected rates of rhabdomyosarcoma and pleuropulmonary blastoma but also almost three times the expected rate for brain and central nervous system cancers in our children. This child is a member of our community. I have a son about the same age.
CONCORD, N.H. —
A New Hampshire state representative is asking the attorney general's office to investigate after her name, picture and personal information was posted to a white nationalist website.
Rep. Mindi Messmer, D-Rye, said her information was posted to the New Hampshire site, along with about 20 other legislators. Messmer, who is running for Congress in the 1st Congressional District, sponsored legislation earlier this year condemning hate crimes and racism.
GREENLAND -- State Rep. Mindi Messmer, D-Rye, is questioning the conclusion reached by a Coakley Landfill Group consultant that PFAS found in Berry’s Brook is coming from above the landfill cap and not the landfill itself.
Messmer based her comments Tuesday on the diverse content in the Superfund landfill’s waste, “the seasonal variation in contamination levels and the fact that deep bedrock groundwater beneath the landfill is highly contaminated with PFAS.”
I received a call at approximately 1:15 pm today, August 3, 2018, from Senator Shaheen stating that she would be endorsing another candidate in the Democratic primary. It is unfortunate that the establishment party thinks it’s necessary to get involved in the middle of a democratic primary process. It seems that the party has not learned anything from 2016 which resulted in Donald Trump’s election to the presidency. This signals that the party thinks their insider candidate is not capable of winning on his own merits. His legislative record shows he never initiated a bill in four years and cosponsored two which were not passed.
Activity is under full swing at the State House again. Your day-to-day life is directly impacted by what happens in Concord so it's good to keep apprised of what your state representatives and senators are doing on your behalf and support and communicate with them as much as you can.
Join me in declaring a Climate Emergency. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), levels of carbon dioxide, CO2, in the Earth’s atmosphere have reached the highest levels seen in 800,000 years. Levels of other global warming gases (methane and nitrous oxide) were the highest on record. In addition, 2017 was one of the hottest years on record since the 1800’s.
September 13 will be “Veto Day” when legislators have one final chance to override vetoes from the governor on bills previously passed by the legislature. These votes will close a critical chapter in my public service only two days after a new chapter hopefully begins with my selection on September 11 as your Democratic nominee for Congress.
I am so proud to have been a part of a legislative session in New Hampshire that has accomplished some major positive steps relating to gender identity and sexual orientation.
History will look back upon the tragedy of Parkland as the tipping point for real change. My heart goes out to everyone who felt the tragedy.
I thank Mom’s Demand Action for the honor of being recognized as the Gun Sense Candidate of Distinction
I joined more than 2,500 people to watch many courageous students who spoke out at the March for Our Lives Rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire yesterday. I am so proud of the students who were so powerful and exhibited courage and strength yesterday. They give us all hope for the future leadership of this country. Students - please know how to vote in November and overcome any obstacles that are put up to make it harder for you to do so. It is so very important.
This week an amazing thing happened in the New Hampshire State House. Representatives John Cloutier of Claremont and Latha Mangipudi of Nashua in support of my Anti-Hate Resolution, HCR13 about their experiences with hate in New Hampshire. The testimony was moving and I believe the passage of the Resolution is healing. The Resolution passed the House floor on a wide margin of 234 to 69.
The New Hampshire House has sent a statement to the world that we condemn hate crimes and any other form of conduct that constitutes racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination based on disability, age, marital or familial status, sexuality or gender discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus contrary to law. View bill: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_Status/billText.aspx?sy=2018&id=1168&txtFormat=pdf&v=current
Hope you had a great weekend! We were really busy in the North Country and on the Seacoast meeting and hearing from voters about what is important to them. If we didn't get to see you we hope to soon!
The effort had momentum. But it stalled late last month, when the committee recommended it be killed, 13-8. But it was committee Democrats, led by Rep. Mindi Messmer, D-Rye, that led the charge.
Senate Bill 247, “preventing childhood lead poisoning from paint and water and making an appropriation to a special fund,” is sponsored by Sens. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro; Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth; and David Watters, D-Dover, and Rep. Mindi Messmer of Rye.
On the Issues
Access to affordable and quality healthcare is a basic human right, and nobody should have to go bankrupt because of an illness or injury. For this reason, I fully support a single-payer healthcare system. Not only will universal healthcare save lives, but it will save money too.
Ripping children from their parents at the border is an outrage. The United States is a nation built on immigrants, not racism. With increasing numbers of refugees due to climate change and conflicts, we must re-implement the Family Case Management program for asylum-seekers, have a clear path to citizenship, and protect the decades-old Flores Settlement.
As an environmental scientist for over thirty years, I know how protecting our environment is integral to public health. Climate change and drinking water contamination are the two top threats to national security according to the Department of Defense. We must combat climate change by getting off of fossil fuels and protect our drinking water.
It is crucial that we invest in the future by providing our children with the education they need to succeed. For this reason, we must assure quality schooling from pre-Kindergarten through high school. Furthermore, we must stop saddling our children with unbearable student loan debt, and make public university tuition-free.
Currently, 1% of the population controls more wealth than the bottom 90% of the population, and the rest of us are struggling to get by. To solve economic inequality in our country, we need at least a $15 minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, and a tax code that works for the 99% of us – not just the corporations.
During my time in the New Hampshire State House of Representatives, I’ve seen countless out-of-state lobbyists flown in to fight against my legislation. The influence of money in politics is poisonous to our democracy, and for that reason, I am not accepting money from any PACs or special interest groups. Join this people-powered campaign to help us get money out of politics.
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