Court: Coakley Landfill Group must follow Right to Know law

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.

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Mindi Messmer
Rep. Mindi Messmer: Senseless loss on the Seacoast

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.

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Kimberly Sychterz
State rep. concerned after name appears on white nationalist site

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.

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Kimberly Sychterz
Messmer doubts new theory on Coakley PFAS contamination

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.”

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Kimberly Sychterz
US SENATOR SHAHEEN PUTS THUMB ON SCALE IN NH CD-01 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RACE

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.

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Kimberly Sychterz
Mindi Messmer to join Medicare for All Caucus

On the same day that I get to Congress to represent NH CD-1, I will immediately sign up to join the newly formed House Medicare for All Caucus lead by Democratic Reps. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), Debbie Dingell (Mich.) and Keith Ellison. Medicare for All is a program that works now and needs to allow access so that to everyone. This is a central commitment of my campaign. There are already 122 House Representatives signed on as co-sponsors of Rep. Ellison's H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.

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Kimberly Sychterz
Action urged on NH’s highest-in-nation child cancer rate

By Jeff McMenemy jmcmenemy@seacoastonline.com Posted at 7:38 PM Updated at 7:38 PM PORTSMOUTH -- The state’s congressional delegation is calling for the Trump administration to find out what is making New Hampshire children sick in light of a recent report indicating the state has the highest pediatric cancer rate in the country.

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Kimberly Sychterz
NH Primary Source: Sen. Martha Hennessey endorses Rep. Mindi Messmer for Congress

HENNESSEY ENDORSES MESSMER. State Sen. Martha Hennessey has endorsed state Rep. Mindi Messmer for the 1st District U.S. House seat, calling the Rye lawmaker “a dynamic, exciting candidate.”

Although Hennessey, who lives in Hanover, is a resident of the state’s 2nd Congressional District, her endorsement provides Messmer with significant support from a high-ranking progressive female elected state official.

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Kimberly Sychterz
TOXIC DRINKING WATER BECOMES TOP CAMPAIGN ISSUE FOR MIDTERM CANDIDATES ACROSS THE U.S.

THERE ARE JUST over 5,000 people in Rye, New Hampshire. So when Mindi Messmer heard that four of them — all children — had developed an exceedingly rare cancer, she knew something was gravely wrong. Messmer, who had worked as an environmental consultant for 30 years, called Tom Sherman, who was her representative in the state legislature, to discuss what she feared was an environmental crisis.

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Kimberly Sychterz
Toxic foam: US makes hidden report public

A study that American officials fought to keep hidden has been made public, and it shows current levels set for firefighting foam chemicals found in water supplies may be way too high. US government officials had dubbed the draft report from the US Centers for Disease Control a 'public relations nightmare', but was forced to publish it yesterday. It says the chemicals, in a group known as P-FASS, could be a threat to human health at levels 7 to 10 times lower than the current guidelines used in the US, and in New Zealand. New Hampshire state lawmaker Mindi Messmer, an enviromental scientist who's now running for Congress on a clean-water platform, told RNZ reporter Phil Pennington the New Zealand levels are far too high.

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Kimberly Sychterz
Firefighter Cancer Quadfecta

During hearings for a bill in the New Hampshire legislature, Christine Jameson from Hampton, New Hampshire gave heartbreaking testimony. She recounted that her 33-year-old firefighter husband Kyle died from what doctors say is a work-related cancer, T-Cell prolymphocytic leukemia. He also left behind a 2.5-year-old child.

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Kimberly Sychterz
Official: PFCs now a top priority for EPA

GREENLAND — Perfluorinated chemicals are no longer just a matter of emerging concern, according to an official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“It is now a top priority issue for the U.S. EPA,” Region 1 Administrator Alexandra Dunn said during a news conference at Coakley Landfill, where residents are concerned about perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in surface and drinking water.

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Kimberly Sychterz
Messmer believes people and the environment are top issues

CONWAY — Democrat Mindi Messmer cares about people and the environment and believes the two are intertwined. The first-term state representative from Rye believes she’s the candidate who can best reach across the aisle in Washington, D.C., to make the country a better and safer place — it’s why she’s seeking the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District.

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Kimberly Sychterz
Scientist Turned Politician: Messmer Talks for LGBTQ, Environmental Issues in Bid for Congress

Rep. Mindi Messmer sat down with NH1.com on Monday to talk about why she’s running for Congress in the 1st District.

Messmer, a Democrat and scientist, wants to address worker’s rights and LGBTQ and environmental issues. She’s a known advocate for water protection, chronic disease and cancer prevention.

“Those issues actually extend to national issues,” she said. “Especially with regard to climate change and drinking water protection. Those are huge national and international issues now as we face climate change across the world.”

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Kimberly Sychterz