Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff (D. GA) in support of U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan’s (D. NH) re-election campaign:
That was the margin in Democrat Maggie Hassan's U.S. Senate election in New Hampshire in 2016.
Well now Maggie is up for re-election in 2022, and you better believe Mitch McConnell can count to 1,017.
Right now, Democrats have a majority in the U.S. Senate, but with the chamber split 50-50, there is literally no margin for error. We have to defend every seat as if lives depend on it.
Because they do.
If we lose just one seat, McConnell will retake that gavel and grind the Senate to a complete halt until the next presidential election.
Senator Hassan has been a leader in the fight to address the climate crisis, make college more affordable, protect a woman's right to make her own health care decisions, tackle the opioid crisis, and build an economy that works for everyone.
But McConnell will stop climate action in its tracks. He'll stop student loan debt relief. He'll block judges who will uphold the privacy of women's health care. And he'll protect a corrupt tax and monetary system that funnels wealth to the top.
Winning a Senate election means investing early. It means investing in organizing and community mobilization over many months. It means having resources and infrastructure to combat the inevitable GOP onslaught of misinformation and attacks.
Because they're coming. And we have to be ready.
Sen. Maggie Hassan said Tuesday she has been named to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which oversees the Department of Veterans Affairs and specializes in legislation related to veterans.
Hassan said she was honored by the assignment, noting that she is the daughter of a World War II veteran, Robert Wood, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge as an infantryman.
Hassan’s office said that in addition to joining the Veterans Affairs Committee, she will continue to serve on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP); and Finance committees, and the Joint Economic Committee.
Between a tough 2022 map and retirements by incumbents in Pennsylvania and Ohio, Republicans haven't caught many breaks when it comes to taking back the U.S. Senate next year. But last week's University of New Hampshire poll gave the GOP a glimmer of good news from the Granite State.First-term Sen. Maggie Hassan's poll numbers are problematic, to say the least. In a state that likes its incumbents and knows the former two-term governor well, Hassan's favorable/unfavorable rating is a tepid 41/36 percent, or +5.To put that in perspective, the same UNH Granite State Survey gives fellow Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen a +13 (49/36 percent) favorable rating, while GOP Gov. Chris Sununu has a whopping +41 (56-15) margin. Among independents, Hassan is underwater by -20 points (25/45) compared to Sununu's +55 (67/12).And while it's not quite an apples-to-apples comparison, it's worth noting that Sununu's job approval among Democrats (52 percent) is higher than Hassan's favorable number among all Granite Staters.Not surprisingly, Republicans in D.C. are desperate for Sununu to challenge Hassan next year, while the governor insists no decision will be made until “well into 2021.”
Getting answers from Gov. Chris Sununu about vaccine doses given out of order to avoid spoilage — beyond what is contained in his press releases — has been hard.Sununu’s spokesman Ben Vihstadt will only answer questions via email, and it appears without Sununu’s or a top aide’s permission, no question of import gets answered or if it is, the responses are vague and incomplete.When asked for details about the vaccines that were briefly mentioned on WMUR Sunday night as being given to other people to avoid waste, on Monday, Vihstadt at 9:17 a.m. offered no other information besides this quote attributed to Sununu: “The first week of Phase 1B vaccine distribution saw over 1,000 cancellations, no-shows and postponements. Great job by our team ensuring that no vaccine would go to waste by quickly accelerating the vaccination schedule for many of our Phase 1B citizens across N.H. this weekend.”
Several questions were ignored.