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NH House Republican Alliance elects new co-chairs 

The House Republican Alliance (HRA) announces the election of new Co-chairs for the 2015-16 session in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Rep. Carol McGuire-Epsom has returned as a co-chair.  Rep. Bill Ohm- Nashua and Rep. Leon Rideout-Lancaster have joined Rep. McGuire as the co-chairs.  Both are serving their second term in the house.

"The new co-chairs will provide the ongoing knowledge and also bring a fresh perspective to the group.  I am very confident the HRA will continue to be the policy voice for Republicans in the house this next term," stated Rep. Pam Tucker- Greenland, outgoing co-chair who did not seek a position again.

The House Republican Alliance (HRA) is the longest running caucus in the New Hampshire house.  The goal is simple: pass legislation that supports the U.S. and New Hampshire Constitutions and the Republican platform.  More information can be found at


NH DHHS - Division of Public Health Services Supports Residents Quitting Tobacco

New Year Brings Free Nicotine Replacement Patches

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is offering free nicotine

replacement therapy, in the form of the patch, to New Hampshire residents

who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco in the New Year.

For those whose New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, they are in good

company. It is a popular goal and many, many people succeed. Although 16.2%

of New Hampshire adults currently smoke, there are more former smokers

(31%) in New Hampshire. Planning ahead to quit tobacco use can help make

this healthy resolution a reality. Two good resources to help people quit

are and 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), where any

resident can get free advice, counseling, support, and while supplies last,

free patches.

“Making a quit plan for the New Year can be a step toward a successful

quit,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “And

quitting with both counseling and nicotine replacement therapy will

increase the odds of a successful quit. The Department currently offers

free tobacco treatment counseling and nicotine replacement patches to

residents who call 1-800-QUIT-NOW and are eligible.”

To be eligible for the free patches, residents must be at least 18 years

old, be ready to quit within 30 days, be willing to participate in free

telephone counseling, and be screened for safe use of the patch. There are

more former smokers in the United States—nearly 50 million—than current

smokers. Planning ahead can help make your healthy resolution a reality.

For inspiration, look to successful quitters. Beatrice, a busy mother of

two boys, shared her quit story in CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign

For more information about the DHHS Division of Public Health Services or

the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program visit


NH Tea Party Coalition Statement on 7th Birthday of the Tea Party

CONCORD, NH — The NH Tea Party Coalition recognizes December 16, 2014 as the 7th anniversary of the original tea party.

On December 16, 2007, groups of young libertarians gathered at harbors across the nation. There, they tossed boxes of "tea" into the water. Those boxes were emblazoned with the many issues they hoped would garner more attention by the public in the 2008 election.

Those issues were about much more than just taxation. They included Auditing and Ending the Federal Reserve and its collection agency the IRS, ending all foreign aid, especially  aid that funds unconstitutional foreign intervention, bringing the troops home to be preserved for our own border protection instead, and repealing the Patriot Act.

These youthful revolutionaries also held a rally at the famed Faneuil Hall in Boston with many NH state Representatives and NH activists in attendance.

Today, those issues remain as goals, with the addition of  concerns over the NDAA's indefinite detention provision, the NSA's spying, the loss of second amendment rights, lack of clean elections, militarization of the police. We remain committed to the promotion of all things Constitutional with an eye toward less government and more freedom.

Today, the NH Tea Party Coalition remains an independent and local force for good as it works on issues important to the New Hampshire grassroots. These include maintaining local control to towns in the face of encroaching regionalism, restoring local control to education, restoring clean elections, strengthening the right-to-know laws, preserving second amendment rights, and working toward less state regulation, taxes, and fees while recommending charity and volunteerism to help those less fortunate.

Those who wish to learn more about these issues or be connected to others who are working with us, or who wish to receive our newsletter can do so by submitting email and town only to: or by signing up using the link on the website at


CEI Today: People in need, gas tax hike, and EPA's haphazard regime 

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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
In the News Today



A Better Way To Help Our Fellow Man


As we enter the Christmas season, the question of our responsibility to our fellow man (and woman) arises. When we see people in need, how do we respond? How should traditional moral values apply in today’s impersonal, global economy?


For most of history and in many nations today, the path up from poverty has been hindered by an array of cultural and political barriers – licensing requirements, cultural prejudices that bar women and minorities from various occupations, discriminatory tax policies, and good old fashioned corruption. Reformers who fight to remove these barriers are truly charitable. > Read more

> Interview Fred L. Smith, Jr.



Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose Federal Gas Tax Increase

new poll from Benson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker found that 67 percent of Americans oppose increasing the federal gasoline tax by 15 cents, or an 80 percent increase from the current 18.4 cents per gallon tax. Proponents argue that the fuel tax has not been raised since 1993 and that inflation has eroded much of its buying power. This is true, but it also assumes the federal government has and will continue to be a positive force in surface transportation. It has not, is not, and will not be. > View more

> Interview Marc Scribner


The Absurd Reach of EPA’s/USACE’s Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule

Instead of clearly defining the limits of federal authority, the EPA's  proposal would establish a haphazard regime whereby a regulator would determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether a given body of water possessed a “significant nexus” to navigable waters and were therefore subject to federal jurisdiction. In practice, the test is so amorphous that every ditch, vernal pond, playa lake, mudflat, sandflat, and slough could easily fall under the EPA’s jurisdiction. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman

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Dec192014 Headlines - Dec. 17, 2014

The Boston Globe




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