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CEI Today: Tax cut for spirits? Ex-Im Bank, and a minimum wage hike 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
In the News Today



Raise a Glass to Lower Taxes
You might not know it, but about half the cost of your preferred alcoholic beverage is made up of taxes and fees. One man in Congress, Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) wants to change that. Today he introduced a bill that would introduced a bill that would cut the current federal excise tax rate on whiskey, rum, vodka, and gin.  > Read more 



Politics vs. Principle: Export-Import Bank Edition
Since Ex-Im reauthorization is likely to pass the Senate, the political focus moves to the House. Sen. Cantwell tried to get Speaker Boehner to promise to hold a House Ex-Im vote, but he refused. But nor will he get in the way of a vote if members of his own chamber decide to bring one up.  > Read more 



Big Labor Money Behind Los Angeles Minimum Wage Hike


How much influence did labor unions have in getting the minimum wage hike across the finish line in Los Angeles?
A great deal, according to the Department of Labor’s union financial records and the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission that tracks campaign contributions to elected officials. > Read more

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Washington, DC


The Constitutional Limits of the
Endangered Species Act

What limits does the Constitution place on federal regulations under the ESA? Should Congress resolve that issue instead of the courts? Would endangered species be better protected or worse off if PETPO prevails in court or S. 1142 is enacted?
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NH DOS - Madbury Fatal Fire Investigation 


John J. Barthelmes, Commissioner


Division of Fire Safety


J. William Degnan, State Fire Marshal


MADBURY – New Hampshire State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, Madbury Fire Chief Thomas Perley, and Madbury Police Chief Joseph McGann, announce a fatal fire investigation at Mast Road Sand and Gravel, located at 60 Pudding Hill Road in the town of Madbury, NH.


The Madbury Police and Fire Departments were dispatched at approximately 6:00am this morning to the above address for a reported vehicle fire. Upon arrival, responding units discovered a deceased male occupant inside the vehicle.  As a result of the preliminary investigation, the NH State Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified the victim as 64-year-old Louis Mroz of Madbury.  The cause and manner of death is pending the results of laboratory tests being conducted by the NH State Medical Examiner’s Office.


The investigation is still active and ongoing by investigators with the NH State Fire Marshal’s Office and members of the Madbury Police and Fire Departments.  Additional assistance at the scene was also provided by New Hampshire State Police – Troop A.


NH DOS - Somersworth Fatal Fire Investigation 


John J. Barthelmes, Commissioner

Division of Fire Safety


J. William Degnan, State Fire Marshal

New Hampshire State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, Somersworth Fire Chief Keith Hoyle, and Somersworth Police Chief Dean Crombie, announce a fatal fire investigation at 86 South Street in the town of Somersworth, NH.


The Somersworth Fire Department was dispatched yesterday evening at 5:44PM to the above address for a reported structure fire. The fire was reported by multiple callers.  Upon arrival, first responding units observed heavy fire at the front of the residence on all floors, including the attic. Upon entry to the second floor of the residence, the Somersworth Fire Department discovered a deceased male occupant on the floor, in the hallway adjacent to a bedroom.


An autopsy took place this morning at the NH State Medical Examiner’s Office in Concord, NH. As a result, the victim has been positively identified as Janis Millers, age 54, of Somersworth, NH. The cause of death is smoke inhalation and the manner of death was deemed accidental.


The fire is under investigation by members of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Somersworth Fire Department, the Somersworth Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Although the Origin & Cause investigation is ongoing, preliminary indications are that the fire originated in the area of a porch, located at the front of the home.


Marshal Degnan would like to remind all citizens of the dangers of unattended or improperly discarded smoking materials and the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home. Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States.  In the event of a fire, immediately exit your home and call 911. Keep exits clear of debris and have a home fire escape plan with at least two ways out. If you have any questions about fire safety in your home, please contact your local fire department or the NH State Fire Marshal’s Office.



Women's Defense League of NH - Pistol License POLL Results for NH 

NH Pistol License Poll Results

This is a follow up release after today's press conference and contains the actual poll results!

Recently, both the Senate and the House passed Senate Bill 116 which makes the pistol license optional in the state of New Hampshire for those legally able to possess and purchase firearms at both the state and federal level.
Most voters are unaware of the historical reasons a pistol license was put into place in New Hampshire and do realize that the state-sanctioned discrimination it created continues today.
833 registered New Hampshire voters were interviewed from May 18 to 22, 2015. The margin of sampling error is +/-3.4%. Included were 294 Democrats; 343 Republicans and 296 Undeclared. 100% of interviews for the poll were conducted over the phone. There was a total of 6 questions asked throughout each county in New Hampshire; following is a summary of the findings:

  • A super majority of registered voters agree that a person should be able to defend themselves with a firearm across the board.   
  • Vermont does not have a pistol licensing law and has never had one yet they continue to have a lower crime rate than New Hampshire. A majority of registered voters agree that Vermont’s lack of a pistol license law discourages crime with others believing it has no effect and a small percentage that believes it promotes crime.  
  • When registered voters were told why the current pistol license law was set up –  “to bar union member Irish and Italian immigrants and their families from possessing a concealed firearm” and that the law still allowed police to use their own judgement for suitability based on this law, over 71% opposed allowing this to continue.  
  • Registered voters also believe women in emergency situations shouldn’t have to wait 14 days to get their pistol license and they also don’t agree that the current pistol license law does anything to stop criminals from carrying concealed.  
  • Finally, a super majority of registered voters doesn’t believe that money from a few wealthy out-of-state people should be influencing gun control measures in New Hampshire.  
  • In conclusion, it appears that registered voters from across the state and across party lines all agree by an overwhelming majority that Granite Staters should not only have the right to defend themselves with a firearm but they shouldn’t be subject to the current pistol license law due to their overwhelming agreement that local police shouldn’t decide who is “suitable.”  
  • Below are the questions in their entirety listed in chronological order of how they were asked along with the results and breakdown of the demographics.

The poll results can be found here.


NHDP - NH Senate GOP Cuts Critical Economic Priorities to Give Big Businesses More Tax Giveaways 

Business Tax Giveaways Would Cost More Than Continuing Medicaid Expansion

Concord, N.H. – Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee voted today to give big businesses more tax giveaways while making small businesses and middle class families pay the price.
Senate Republicans’ big business tax giveaways would cost $15 million in the next biennium, which is more than the cost of continuing the state’s successful Medicaid expansion program for 40,000 Granite Staters.
Not to mention that Senate Republicans have also proposed cutting more than $3 million from the Governor’s proposal for substance misuse treatment and defunding the state’s landmark mental health settlement.
“Senate Republicans are putting their majority at risk as they vote for more big business tax giveaways while cutting critical economic priorities and threatening health coverage for 40,000 Granite Staters,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “From cutting funding for substance misuse treatment to refusing to continue New Hampshire’s successful Medicaid expansion program, Senate Republicans’ budget proposal would hurt the health and economic wellbeing of our communities and undermine the state’s ability to lay the foundation of a new generation of economic growth.”