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Apr102012

Jordan Ulery Responds - Granite State Progress Urges NH House Republicans To Sever Ties with ALEC 

Ms Rice-Hawkins;

Once again you prove to be the gift that keeps on giving.  ALEC is a registered trademark and the use of the name is a civil violation if one should choose to undertake the suit.

In addition, you seem to miss the point.  The ALEC inspired, if not model, legislation was mostly passed in the House with bipartisan support.  Sure, some of the bills were exceptionally partisan, but those had absolutely nothing to do with special interests groups or special privileges for special people.  Indeed those type of bills were, mostly defeated this term and in previous terms.  Neither Party takes too well to special privileges being given at the expense of the citizen.  Threats such as ‘we are compiling a list and checking it twice to be used to intimidate and force you to vote the way our elitist cabal wants you to vote’ do not work on a free Representative Body.  We get paid $100.00 per year.  You cannot threaten to take away our salary –we do not have one.  We are here not because of money, but because we deeply care for the people of New Hampshire.  You probably make more income that many of us combined.  In the same fashion we cannot be bought off by Big (anything).  Every dime received for campaign donations is made public.  No gift greater than $25.00 can be accepted.  Who is able to bribe or influence a Member of the NH General Court?  If we get elected, we serve to the best of our ability.  If we do not get elected we, in the words of one legislator, go fishing.  That is the joy and the thrill of being a Citizen Legislator in the best example of the term in the US.

 

Threaten all you wish.  Send people to my neighborhood as has been done in the past.  Sorry to disappoint but I have no desire whatsoever to join the Borg Collective and I will resist. 

 

So let us look at your so-called anti-legislation list.

Voter ID.  Voter ID is constitutional according to several challenges reviewed by SCOTUS.  Voter ID maximizes voter participation, enables people without valid ID needed to (cash a check, open a savings account, pay taxes, check out a library book, buy cigarettes, buy booze, rent an apartment and on and on) to engaged in those activities at no cost to themselves if unable to pay a fee.  Such Voter ID actions are supported by nearly every civil rights organization around the world, except in the US.  Outspoken advocates of voter ID are former Democratic Presidents.  The NAACP is against voter ID laws, but that organization is itself under investigation by several states (not federal-of course) voting authorities across the nation for voter fraud, including 10 counts in Mississippi alone.  ACORN has already been exposed for its voter fraud activities.  Look at what Mr. O’Keefe exposed by his apparently legal inquiry of if a dead person could vote in New Hampshire.  Even more recently USAG Eric Holder was shown to be able to be made a victim of voter fraud in his own home town. http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/09/doj-calls-okeefes-holder-ballot-video-manufactured-example-of-voter-fraud/  Yup, we do not need Voter ID because our ballot is safe, except that it is not!

Guns.  Have you bothered to read the NH Constitution?  Let me print it here because it is apparently obvious you are clueless in this area:  Part the First (Rights of Man) [Art.] 2. [Natural Rights.] All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights - among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing, and protecting, property; and, in a word, of seeking and obtaining happiness. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by this state on account of race, creed, color, sex or national origin.   June 2, 1784

Amended 1974 adding sentence to prohibit discrimination.

[Art.] 2-a. [The Bearing of Arms.] All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.

December 1, 1982

I strongly suggest that you become intimately familiar with the NH Constitution during your sojourn in the Granite State.  You were woefully unfamiliar with the Maine Constitution as evidenced by the articles and news clips emanating from the Pine Tree State regarding the Progressive failure there.  Please become familiar with the oldest Constitution in the Nation, the NH Constitution.  As a test of your knowledge of American History could you please tell us where the first armed insurrection of the American Revolution took place? 

 

Prisons.  Cost savings across the board works; if it means privatizing the operation, so be it, if it means maintaining state operation, so be it; the key is innovation and efficient government.  You may wish to look to one of the principals of the Democratic Party for a discussion of small efficient government, Andrew Jackson.  The NHDP’s own platform states: “We support efforts to encourage industry and small businesses to diversify and innovate.”  You remember Jackson do you not, he was the President that defied the Supreme Court and ordered the execution of tens of thousands of Native Americans.  Before emulating Jackson too much, you should be aware that Daniel Webster and Jackson did not often see eye-to-eye and Daniel Webster was New Hampshire.

 

Accountability.  ALEC stands for corporate accountability, but it abhors, as did Jefferson, the centralized planned crony capitalism or fascism that is taking place in America currently.  If a company does not behave in an accountable fashion is should be held to task, but business should not be so restricted as to prevent them from hiring people, paying living wages and allowing the risk-takers and innovators from earning a reward because of government interference.  One of the ALEC initiatives is the sunshine in hiring private attorneys by government.  Another is a restatement of the torts laws to create an atmosphere of predictability, set rules of operation if your will, so that businesses can better understand what is and is not good business behavior.

 

Reshape tax code to benefit rich?  All of the efforts in NH have been directed toward benefiting the resident, the tax payers.  If you wish to pay more taxes, more fees and have the government dictate what you eat, what you wear, where you go, what you watch, what is news and what is not, please continue on your tact.

 

There you have it.  You steal a name to make an invalid point.  You are here in New Hampshire from the far left coast to push your “progressive perspectives.”  And what are these perspectives?  The literature suggests strongly that the progressive perspective aligns itself with the calamitous political theories of Marx and Engels.  The Progressive Perspective seems to be that the rich are and the poor are and therefore the rich have to give to the poor, and if they do not the government will damn well take it and redistribute it.  The Progressive Perspective strips the individual of his or her humanity, his or her ambition, his or her soul and forces one into the all good collective society.  Sorry to disappoint but I still have no desire whatsoever to join the Borg Collective and I will resist.

Jordan Ulery

For your consideration:

642:1 Obstructing Government Administration. –
    I. A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if that person uses intimidation, actual or threatened force or violence, simulated legal process, or engages in any other unlawful conduct with a purpose to hinder or interfere with a public servant, as defined in RSA 640:2, II, performing or purporting to perform an official function or to retaliate for the performance or purported performance of such a function.

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From: Zandra Rice-Hawkins [mailto:zandra@granitestateprogress.org]
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2012 6:25 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: RE: Granite State Progress Urges NH House Republicans To Sever Ties with ALEC

Thank you to everyone who responded to the email from Granite State Progress about whether you will sever your ties with ALEC; your responses are most helpful as we compile the lists of legislators who are siding with corporate special interests.

If you have not yet had a chance to respond, please do so as soon as possible. For those who have expressed a renewed interest in joining ALEC, Granite State Progress has provided the attached membership form to assist you. We are happy to publicly submit it on your behalf.

--
Zandra Rice Hawkins
Executive Director
Granite State Progress
zandra@granitestateprogress.org>
Date: Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 2:51 PM
Subject: Corporate Sponsors Quit ALEC; Granite State Progress Urges New Hampshire House Republicans To Do the Same
To:

Corporate Sponsors Quit ALEC; Granite State Progress Urges New Hampshire House Republicans To Do the Same

 

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods leave conservative group over controversial stands

CONCORD, NH — To date, 3 major corporate sponsors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have indicated they will not renew their memberships to the controversial conservative organization. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Kraft Foods, Inc. made the announcements in recent days amid mounting criticism over ALEC's backing of "Stand Your Ground" gun laws, which have been implicated in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin – and which is the same model legislation used in crafting New Hampshire’s SB 88 that became law last year.

 

Granite State Progress is now urging several prominent New Hampshire Republicans to terminate their ALEC memberships as well. These known ALEC members include (but are not limited to): 

 

  • ·        ALEC State Co-Chair Rep. Gary Daniels, House Labor Chair (R-Milford)
  • ·        ALEC State Co-Chair Rep. Jordan Ulery (R-Hudson)
  • ·        Rep. Pam Tucker, House Deputy Speaker (R-Greenland)
  • ·        Rep. Carole McGuire, House Exec Departments and Admin Committee Chair (R-Epsom)
  • ·        Rep. John Reagan, House Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee Chair (R-Deerfield)
  • ·        Rep. Andrew Renzullo, House Resource Recreational and Development Chair (R-Hudson)
  • ·        Rep. Will Smith, Special Committee Public Employee Pensions Reform Chair (R-New Castle)
  • ·        Rep. Ken Weyler, House Finance Chair (R-Kingston)
  • ·        Rep. Jen Coffey, House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee Vice Chair (R-Andover)
  • ·        Rep. Warren Groen, House Environment & Agriculture Committee Vice Chair (R-Rochester)
  • ·        Rep.  Marilinda Garcia (R-Salem)
  • ·        Rep. Dan McGuire (R-Epsom)
  • ·        Rep. Mark Warden (R-Weare)
  • ·        Rep. Moe Villeneuve (R-Bedford)

 

Granite State Progress also encourages lone ALEC-affiliated House Democrat Kris Roberts (D-Keene) to sever his ties with the corporate-driven organization.

 

Recent Granite State Progress reports exposed that ALEC-affiliated and other corporate-influenced legislators have pushed several  pieces of ALEC model legislation in the New Hampshire State House this year, including:

 

HB 1607 and SB 372 Private School Voucher

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/m_billtext.aspx?billnumber=HB1607.html

http://alecexposed.org/w/images/e/ee/2D0-Resolution_Supporting_Private_Scholarship_Tax_Credits_Exposed.pdf

 

HB 1560 Health Care Compact

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HB1560.html

http://healthcarecompact.org/sites/default/files/The_Health_Care_Compact_FINAL2.pdf

 

CACR 6 Super Majority Act

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/CACR0006.html

http://www.alecexposed.org/w/images/5/5c/8G1-Super-Majority_Act_Exposed.pdf

 

SB 289 and SB 318 Photo ID to Vote

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/SB0289.html

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/SB0318.html

http://alecexposed.org/w/images/d/d9/7G16-VOTER_ID_ACT_Exposed.pdf

 

HCR 2 Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HCR0002.html

http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s.pdf

http://alecexposed.org/w/images/2/2d/7K5-No_Sanctuary_Cities_for_Illegal_Immigrants_Act_Exposed.pdf

 

HCR 40 Regarding National Debt

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HCR0040.html

http://www.scribd.com/doc/59334589/ALEC-Balanced-Budget-Amendment-Resolution

 

And, as referenced above, last year’s ALEC model legislation bill SB 88, widely known as “stand your ground” or “kill at will” bills. Laws like these have been widely criticized for promoting the sort of "vigilante justice" mindset that contributed to Martin's death.

 

“Given what we now know about ALEC and its detrimental effect on New Hampshire's public policy, there's no excuse for New Hampshire legislators to continue their involvement in the organization,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Director of Granite State Progress. “The fact that Coke, Pepsi and Kraft have left ALEC speaks volumes to how toxic the group has become. It's time for New Hampshire's ALEC members to follow suit.”

 

For more information:

 

GSP Release: Exposed: Outside Special Interest Group Wrote NH's Right to Work for Less Legislation

 

GSP Release: Granite State Progress Calls on Speaker O’Brien to Publicly Release List of NH Legislators Attending Corporate-Sponsored ALEC Conference

 

GSP Release: New Hampshire State House Introduces a Shocking 7 ALEC Corporate-Written Pieces of Legislation in One Week Alone

 

GSP Release: New Hampshire State House Introduces Another 3 ALEC Corporate-Written Pieces of Legislation This Week

 

ALEC Exposed: Corporate Special Interests & Corporate Model Legislation in New Hampshire

 

Saturday
Apr072012

Jordan Ulery - Responds to Granite State Progress Demagoguery!

Dear Ms. Hawkins:

Apparently you did not bother to do your research very well.  Perhaps additional out-of-state funding is needed to strengthen you staff (whoops, sorry to mention that embarrassing ‘lack of’ feature).  You state that you “exposed” ALEC based legislation in New Hampshire.  You may be surprised to learn that when ALEC inspired legislation was presented to Committee it was proudly identified as based, either totally or in part, on ALEC Model legislation.  I know I did, repeatedly.  Some investigative work that, listening to public testimony.  Please, if you want to do investigative reporting, investigate, do home work and present facts, do not regurgitate dictated party talking points.  Now, if you admit that your organization is an Astroturf  opinionated, narrow-minded, dogmatic, liberal, progressive, socialist, communist advocacy group, fine.  Please do not insult others by pretending to be anything but such a prejudiced organization.

Florida legislators introduced the personal defense legislation to ALEC, not vice versa.  That is an easily verifiable fact – if you are interested in facts.  I am sure they taught you better at Gonzaga than to cast accusations without facts to substantiate them.  With regard to the Florida law, may I point out that the head of the NAACP made the point that the personal defense legislation in Florida had nothing to do with Mr. Martin’s death:  http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2012/03/robert-farago/naacp-stand-your-ground-law-not-to-blame-in-trayvon-martin-shooting/ & http://content.bitsontherun.com/previews/zzrWTwGH-dh3Zgtip.

As an aside, the publicly released information now suggests that Mr. Zimmerman may be a victim as is Mr. Martin in the incident.  No Grand Jury has made an indictment and no trial has been held.  Perhaps we should allow our system of justice to do its work, rather than allow vigilante justice to prevail.  It is pathetic grandstanding for any person, advocacy group, political party; any politician to use this tragic incident for supposed political gain.  Shame, shame, shame on you Ms. Hawkins for such an action.  To quote the famous phrase: “Have you no sense of decency?”  At the same time the death of Mr. Martin is making headlines, scores of other youths are being killed directly as a result of a government that treats minorities as wards and children rather than as adults capable of making their own decisions, living their own lives.  Where is the American press to report on these killings?  Where are special interest groups like yours? 

You mention 2011 SB88 as ALEC Model Legislation.  Perhaps you should read the bill and compare it to the model legislation, something any beginner in the reporting profession would do.   There are substantial differences, and to blatantly say the two are the same is just outrageous and frankly unintelligent.

ALEC Model Legislation is produced by elected State Legislators from across the county, not by some elite cabal.  It is a model for other states to consider, accept or reject.  The proposals are debated, discussed and dissected in ALEC Task Force meetings in much the same way NH legislation is developed.  If you had done even freshman level reporting, if you had an inkling of the legislative process you would have known that fact.

Your suggestion that Coke and Pepsi and Kraft did not renew their corporate sponsorship is a result of the Martin incident is false.  What you insinuate is simply not correct as the statements from each entity affirm, but what are facts when a “story” makes so much better play.  It is true that the left-leaning US press published near identical statements issued by the progressive entities about the use of the threat of economic violence, but read what the companies had to say: http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/4-coke-withdraws-group-backs-230010337.html [funny, had to go to foreign press to get information on a US story – gee I wonder why?]

“The Coca-Cola Company has elected to discontinue its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Our involvement with ALEC was focused on efforts to oppose discriminatory food and beverage taxes, not on issues that have no direct bearing on our business. We have a long-standing policy of only taking positions on issues that impact our Company and industry.”

 

"We review all organizations in which we have membership each year to assure they serve a critical purpose for PepsiCo and its priorities," Paul Boykas, vice president of public policy and government affairs said in the letter.

Late on Thursday, Kraft Foods Inc said in an emailed statement: "We belong to many external groups, including ALEC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes growth and fiscal responsibility.

"ALEC covers numerous issues but our involvement has been strictly limited to discussions about economic growth and development, transportation and tax policy. We did not participate in meetings or conversations related to other issues.

"Our membership in ALEC expires this spring and for a number of reasons, including limited resources, we have made the decision not to renew."

You listed only the Republican Party Members of ALEC, where are the dozen or so Democratic Party Members?  Did you forget somehow that ALEC is non-partisan?  Does that failure suggest that your “reporting” is biased?

As for the majority of the other pieces of legislation you cite: they are good for the people of New Hampshire, they are good for the people of the United States.  They are bad for those who wish to take away freedom, individual rights and liberty.  They were discussed in Committee and voted upon by the entire House.  Several had bipartisan support.

Thank you for illustrating the good work ALEC has done in educating New Hampshire legislators and for promoting the organization to all who receive your outrageous thoroughly misinformed malicious musings.

Jordan Ulery

I speak for myself, but I am proud to say that I am also Co-Chair ALEC-NH

 

Please visit :

http://www.alec.org/  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Legislative_Exchange_Council   http://www.alec.org/about-alec/

http://www.alec.org/2012/04/alec-calls-for-privacy-solutions-to-protect-consumer-choice/

http://www.alec.org/2012/03/common-cause-continues-to-propose-absurd-conspiracy-theories/

http://www.alec.org/2012/03/alec-response-krugman%E2%80%99s-erroneous-claims/

http://www.alec.org/2012/03/alec-statement-on-stand-your-ground-legislation-32612/

http://www.alec.org/2012/02/alec-response-to-common-cause-report-22312/

http://www.alec.org/2012/02/1539/

http://www.alec.org/2012/02/alec-amicus-brief-obamacare%E2%80%99s-individual-mandate-fails-to-account-for-state-interests-and-displaces-state-policy-choices/ (yes, I am a co-signer of this brief)

 

 

 

From: Zandra Rice-Hawkins [mailto:zandra@granitestateprogress.org]
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2012 2:51 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Corporate Sponsors Quit ALEC; Granite State Progress Urges New Hampshire House Republicans To Do the Same

 

Please see below for this important call to action, and let us know if you are severing your ties with ALEC so we can be sure to share it with reporters. Thank-you.

--
Zandra Rice Hawkins
Executive Director
Granite State Progress
Office: (603) 225.2471
zandra@granitestateprogress.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, April 06, 2012

 

 

Corporate Sponsors Quit ALEC; Granite State Progress Urges New Hampshire House Republicans To Do the Same

 

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods leave conservative group over controversial stands

 

 

CONCORD, NH — To date, 3 major corporate sponsors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have indicated they will not renew their memberships to the controversial conservative organization. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Kraft Foods, Inc. made the announcements in recent days amid mounting criticism over ALEC's backing of "Stand Your Ground" gun laws, which have been implicated in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin – and which is the same model legislation used in crafting New Hampshire’s SB 88 that became law last year.

 

Granite State Progress is now urging several prominent New Hampshire Republicans to terminate their ALEC memberships as well. These known ALEC members include (but are not limited to): 

·        ALEC State Co-Chair Rep. Gary Daniels, House Labor Chair (R-Milford)

        ALEC State Co-Chair Rep. Jordan Ulery (R-Hudson)

        Rep. Pam Tucker, House Deputy Speaker (R-Greenland)

        Rep. Carole McGuire, House Exec Departments and Admin Committee Chair (R-Epsom)

        Rep. John Reagan, House Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee Chair (R-Deerfield)

        Rep. Andrew Renzullo, House Resource Recreational and Development Chair (R-Hudson)

        Rep. Will Smith, Special Committee Public Employee Pensions Reform Chair (R-New Castle)

        Rep. Ken Weyler, House Finance Chair (R-Kingston)

        Rep. Jen Coffey, House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee Vice Chair (R-Andover)

        Rep. Warren Groen, House Environment & Agriculture Committee Vice Chair (R-Rochester)

        Rep.  Marilinda Garcia (R-Salem)

        Rep. Dan McGuire (R-Epsom)

        Rep. Mark Warden (R-Weare)

        Rep. Moe Villeneuve (R-Bedford)

Granite State Progress also encourages lone ALEC-affiliated House Democrat Kris Roberts (D-Keene) to sever his ties with the corporate-driven organization.

 

Recent Granite State Progress reports exposed that ALEC-affiliated and other corporate-influenced legislators have pushed several  pieces of ALEC model legislation in the New Hampshire State House this year, including:

 

HB 1607 and SB 372 Private School Voucher

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/m_billtext.aspx?billnumber=HB1607.html

http://alecexposed.org/w/images/e/ee/2D0-Resolution_Supporting_Private_Scholarship_Tax_Credits_Exposed.pdf

 

HB 1560 Health Care Compact

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HB1560.html

http://healthcarecompact.org/sites/default/files/The_Health_Care_Compact_FINAL2.pdf

 

CACR 6 Super Majority Act

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/CACR0006.html

http://www.alecexposed.org/w/images/5/5c/8G1-Super-Majority_Act_Exposed.pdf

 

SB 289 and SB 318 Photo ID to Vote

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/SB0289.html

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/SB0318.html

http://alecexposed.org/w/images/d/d9/7G16-VOTER_ID_ACT_Exposed.pdf

 

HCR 2 Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HCR0002.html

http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s.pdf

http://alecexposed.org/w/images/2/2d/7K5-No_Sanctuary_Cities_for_Illegal_Immigrants_Act_Exposed.pdf

 

HCR 40 Regarding National Debt

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HCR0040.html

http://www.scribd.com/doc/59334589/ALEC-Balanced-Budget-Amendment-Resolution

Monday
Feb082010

NH Speaker Censors Representatives

Representative Steven Vaillancourt (R-Manchester) presented a “blurb” to be published regarding HB1522 a bill regarding tax caps.  A blurb is a recap of positions and debate in committee.  Apparently, in committee the majority party stated that people were “too emotional” to know how to vote.  Representative Vaillancourt used those words in his minority blurb.

The blurb was censored.  The calendar of the House is incomplete.  Your elected Representatives were barred by the Speaker from reading in the official record a recitation of what took place in committee.  Your representation was denied.

It is not up to an elite to determine what should be public record.  The Speaker has a difficult job “herding cats.”  Nonetheless, she must not be allowed to silence any one of us.   This is not the first time blurbs have been censored by this Speaker.  Frankly, this pattern of behavior brings discredit to the office, in my opinion.

 Many have written poorly worded “blurbs” in the past and many will in the future.  There was nothing personally offensive; neither racial or sexual comments, nor even poor grammar appeared in the blurb.  There was nothing written in violation of the rules by the Representative from Manchester.

To the Speaker: Let us make up our own minds, don’t censor us or attempt to dictate to us what we can or can not say or do.

Jordan G. Ulery

Member 161st   New Hampshire General Court - House

Republican - Hillsborough 27

"Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion." Edmund Burke. Bristol 1774

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should  be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt.  People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."  -   Cicero  -  55  BC