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CEI Today: Worst state attorneys general, Obama's labor regulators, unknown federal agencies, and more 

Thursday, August 27, 2015
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CEI Reveals The Nation’s Worst State Attorneys General 2015

From noteworthy ethical and legal breaches, including violating the Constitution, fabricating legal norms, usurping legislative powers, hiring campaign contributors as outside counsel on a contingency-fee basis, to suing businesses over conduct occurring outside their own states, six state Attorneys General (AG) earned a place on the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s list of The Nation’s Worst State Attorneys General 2015. > Read more

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Report: Obama Labor Regulators Set for Big Changes to Help Unions, Hurt Businesses and Jobs

A new report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute outlines how the Obama administration is working to make major, unilateral changes to labor policies to reward its labor union allies.
“From regulations upending franchise and contract businesses, to rushing through labor union representation votes, to imposing new overtime rules, President Obama is using regulatory agencies to make major policy changes he can’t get through Congress,”  said Trey Kovacs, CEI policy analyst and author of the report.  > Read more


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Nobody Knows How Many Federal Agencies Exist

As bureaucracy sprawls, nobody can say with complete authority exactly how many federal agencies exist. > Read more 

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NHDP - ICYMI: Rubio Targets Climate Change, Planned Parenthood in N.H.  

CONCORD, N.H. - Following Sen. Marco Rubio’s trip to New Hampshire, the NHDP released the following statement:

“Marco Rubio’s trip to New Hampshire just made it clear that his policies on women’s health and climate change are simply blasts from the past, which won’t do him any favors with Granite Staters.” said Lizzy Price, New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director.

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Rubio targets climate change, Planned Parenthood in N.H.

Boston Globe // Jim O’Sullivan


US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, struggling to break through in the Republican presidential primary, delivered a conservative pitch to activists here Wednesday, rejecting climate-change legislation and gun control as ineffectual.

Rubio also criticized Planned Parenthood as the purveyor of “atrocious practices,” and said that Democrats would be to blame if a government shutdown occurs as a result of disagreements between the parties about funding the agency.

During the last of a five-stop, one-day visit to the state with the nation’s first primary, Rubio also outlined his reasons for wanting to rein in the cost of entitlement programs, calling it reasonable to expect that Americans around his age of 44 should expect different benefits than their parents receive.

But the sharpest exchanges of his town hall meeting-style event at the Tupelo Music Hall centered on the topics of climate change and federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

“The climate’s been changing forever, and it will continue to change,” Rubio said in response to a question about changes in weather, winning applause.

“There are scientists that believe that men have a direct impact on it,” he added, saying that he would not support policy changes that would add to Americans’ energy costs...

He also lined up with his party as it has become increasingly critical of Planned Parenthood, a favorite target of social conservatives. Supporters of the organization say it provides crucial women’s health access outside of its abortion services.

“They’re involved in atrocious practices that have been revealed over the last few weeks,” Rubio said of Planned Parenthood, referring to covert recordings that purport to show the women’s health group trafficking in the for-profit sale of human fetal tissue.

“Take the money that we use and give it to federally qualified local health providers,” Rubio said in response to a woman’s question, saying those groups should be ones “that provide women with the kind of care that they need but without these atrocious practices.”

Asked whether he would be willing to help force a government shutdown over the use of federal funds for Planned Parenthood, Rubio replied, “That’s a question for the Democrats to answer.”...

Rubio received a generally warm response from the crowd, but one longtime New Hampshire politico said he would like to see Rubio get some more seasoning “under his belt.”

“He gives a good speech, but I want meat and potato,” said Republican state Representative Al Baldasaro, a retired US Marine who said he was dissatisfied with Rubio’s answer to his question about problems at the Veterans Administration.

“How are you going to fix it? We all know what the problems are,” Baldasaro said...

Recent national polls have found Rubio anchored in the single digits, roughly where he remains in surveys of New Hampshire voters...


PPP - NH voters on the Governor's race; Obamacare; Background Checks; Tom Brady, and More 

PPP's newest New Hampshire poll finds that Maggie Hassan will be clearly favored if she runs for another term as Governor- but if she moves on to a Senate bid Republicans may start out with a slight advantage in the race to replace her.

Hassan, who is generally popular with a 48/42 approval rating, would lead Chris Sununu 48/41 and Jeb Bradley 48/39 in hypothetical contests. Those margins are pretty much in line with what she won by last year. If Hassan doesn't seek reelection most of the Democrats named as potential replacements for her would start out with a name recognition deficit against their likely Republican opponents. While Sununu (71% name recognition) and Bradley (56% name recognition) are both known to a majority of voters in the state, the Democratic trio of Terie Norelli (27% name recognition), Chris Pappas (25% name recognition), and Colin Van Ostern (21% name recognition) are all largely unknown.

That disparity in name id likely explains why Sununu and Bradley lead Norelli, Pappas, and Van Ostern by 4-7 points in hypothetical contests. Sununu is up 38/34 on Pappas, 39/34 on Norelli, and 39/32 on Van Ostern. Bradley is up 38/33 on Pappas, 39/33 on Norelli, and 38/31 on Van Ostern. With large swaths of voters undecided in every possible match up the race is pretty undefined at this point.

Other notes from New Hampshire:

-60% of voters in the state support a policy that sets a goal of producing 50% of America's energy needs from renewable sources by 2030, compared to only 25% of voters who oppose that concept. Among the critical independent voters who tend to decide elections in New Hampshire support for that is even more emphatic, with 62% of them in favor of it to only 18% who are opposed.

-Granite State voters think funding for public schools needs to be increased, and that one of the outcomes of that increased funding should be higher teacher salaries. 57% of voters think education funding should be increased compared to only 16% who think it should be decreased and 22% who think it's fine where it is. 47% think teachers are paid too little, to just 15% who think they're paid too much. With independents 59% think there needs to be more money given to public schools and 50% believe teachers are under paid.

-In a sign of how much the political landscape around Obamacare has changed in the last year, 44% of New Hampshire voters say they support the Affordable Care Act to 43% who are opposed. Those numbers are tight but it used to be that the ACA was very unpopular in any swing state where we polled it. It's now at worst a neutral issue for Democrats politically, and it's moving in the direction of actually being a help for them. One big reason things are different now- Democrats (79%) are more unified in their support of it than Republicans (74%) are in their opposition.

-Background checks on all gun purchases have broad bipartisan support from New Hampshire voters- 85% support them to only 9% who are opposed. They meet with favor from 96% of Democrats, 82% of independents, and 79% of Republicans.

-71% of New Hampshire voters support increasing the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour, to just 12% who want to keep it where it is and another 12% who think the federal minimum wage should be eliminated altogether. 92% of Democrats, 72% of independents, and 52% of Republicans want an increase to at least $10.

-New Hampshire voters really don't like Scott Brown. Only 29% have a favorable opinion of him to 50% with a negative one. Right before the election last fall he had a 77/16 favorability rating with Republicans, but now it's only 48/27. That suggests a lot of GOP voters were just saying they liked him because they had to. Brown is also at 26/48 with independents. Meanwhile Jeanne Shaheen is popular, with 50% of voters approving of the job she's doing to 39% who disapprove.

-One thing that unites Granite State voters across political lines is the defense of Tom Brady. 68% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of him to only 16% with a negative one. And 66% think the NFL has treated him in an unfair manner compared to only 20% who believe he's been treated fairly. Those numbers are all in line with 66% of New Hampshire voters identifying themselves as Patriots fans to 5% for the Packers and Giants, and 3% for the Cowboys.

-New Hampshire voters are slightly even more united in their support of the Red Sox- 69% pull for them to 7% for the Yankees, 4% for the Braves, and 3% for the Mets.

This analysis is also available on our website:


I’m not attaching the full results because the file is so large, but you can see those here:


NHDP - After 100 Days, Ineffective Party Boss Kelly Ayotte Still Can’t Get “Damned Liar” Frank Guinta To Resign 


Concord, N.H. – One hundred days after Kelly Ayotte called on “damned liar” Frank Guinta to resign, the Guinta problem Ayotte created by propping him up throughout his years of lies isn’t going anywhere.
Last month, a Union Leader editorial highlighted the “embarrassment [Guinta’s] continued presence in office creates for the GOP” – and no one feels that embarrassment more than ineffective party boss Kelly Ayotte.
“Every day that ‘damned liar’ Frank Guinta remains in office is a glaring reminder of Kelly Ayotte’s incompetent leadership of the New Hampshire Republican Party,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Kelly Ayotte propped up Frank Guinta throughout his years of lies, and now she’s learning that there’s no undoing the damage she’s done as Guinta refuses for the 100th straight day to heed her call to resign.”




General Manager Of American Medical Response In New Hampshire Cites Work By Ayotte, Gatsas
Union Leader: Christopher Stawasz: "Amid This Crisis, Hope Is Growing" "However, amid this crisis, hope is growing. All around us, energized and determined public officials, emergency responders, health providers, and educators are coming together in an all-hands-on-deck approach to ending this crisis, mobilizing action at the local, state and federal levels." (Christopher Stawasz, Op-Ed: "All hands on deck to combat heroin epidemic," Union Leader, 8/26/15)
Union Leader: Christopher Stawasz: "Encouraged By Sen. Kelly Ayotte's Legislation" "So far in 2015, AMR paramedics have administered almost 1,000 mgs of naloxone to overdose victims in Manchester. We have trained fire departments in both Nashua and Manchester and were further encouraged by Sen. Kelly Ayotte's legislation earlier this year to protect those who administer naloxone from prosecution." (Christopher Stawasz, Op-Ed: "All hands on deck to combat heroin epidemic," Union Leader, 8/26/15)
Union Leader: Christopher Stawasz: "We Are Also Working Working With Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas" "We are also working with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas on his recently released "60-Day Heroin Action Plan," where we'll be continuing our aggressive use of naloxone, and working together to develop solutions around education, prevention and treatment that can help lessen the scourge of opioid addiction in New Hampshire." (Christopher Stawasz, Op-Ed: "All hands on deck to combat heroin epidemic," Union Leader, 8/26/15)