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Wednesday
Aug202014

Adams For Executive Council (D4) -Bedford Business Leaders Rich Ashooh and Chuck Rolecek Endorse Jim Adams 

 Bedford, NH- Today, Bedford business leaders Rich Ashooh and Chuck Rolecek endorsed Jim Adams for Executive Council in District 4. Both Ashooh and Rolecek cited Jim Adam's years of executive experience and solutions based approach to problems as reasons for their endorsments.  

Rich Ashooh

"Jim Adams is the exact type of person we need representing District 4 in Concord. I've known Jim for many years now and not only does he have a wealth of executive experience in which he has balanced, managed and found efficiencies in billion dollar budgets, but he also has temperament and attentiveness to listen to constituent needs and work with them in order to find constructive solutions. There is no question that Jim Adams will be getting my vote on Sept. 9th, and I urge my friends, past supporters, colleagues and neighbors to do the same." 

Chuck Rolecek

"Having spent over 35 years owning, managing and operating small businesses, it is very refreshing to see a person like Jim Adams run for Executive Council. Not only does Jim bring a wealth of executive experience to the office, having managed and balanced billion dollar budgets, but he also understands the needs of our state's small businesses and how we can help them grow and prosper. Jim Adams is a man of unshakable character and the only candidate in this race who has shown to have the character and integrity necessary for the office. Jim will also be an advocate for our state's taxpayers working to make our government leaner and more efficient. Now more than ever we need a person like Jim Adams in Concord, and I know that on Sept. 9th he has earned my vote."

Wednesday
Aug202014

NH Sen Bradley to Hassan: Which business taxes would you like to increase?

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Governor continues to blame revenues while hiding spending

 

Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) today called on Governor Maggie Hassan to specify which business taxes she wants to increase. Hassan has been warning of a potential budget deficit since May, but has refused to update the Legislature on state spending. FY14 revenues came in above the conservative forecasts insisted on by Senate Republicans, yet Hassan continues to claim that recent business tax reforms “are having a negative impact on the state's budget.”

 

“If Governor Hassan thinks New Hampshire’s business taxes are too low, she should tell us which ones she wants to increase,” Bradley said. “Does she want to start taxing trusts again? That would raise about $5 million a year. Does she want to reduce the Research and Development Tax Credit? She might want to roll back the Net Operating Loss Carry Forward provisions signed by Governor Lynch. the Or maybe she wants to lower the threshold for the Business Enterprise Tax so that New Hampshire’s smallest businesses will pay more.”

 

“These important business tax reforms had broad, bipartisan support, and were factored into the revenue estimates that proved so accurate for FY14,” Bradley continued. “If Governor Hassan wants to roll back these tax reforms, she should tell us which taxes she wants to increase. In the meantime, I would repeat our request to update the public on how much state departments spent in FY14, which ended 50 days ago.”

 

Background

 

In 2011, the Legislature increased the filing threshold for the Business Enterprise Tax from $150,000 to $200,000, providing tax relief for New Hampshire’s smallest businesses.

 

In 2012, the Legislature voted 23-0 in the Senate and 312-18 in the House to override Governor Lynch’s veto of SB 326, exempting trusts from the Interest and Dividends Tax.

 

In 2012, the Legislature overwhelmingly approved HB 242, increasing the Net Operating Loss Carry Forward provision of the Business Profits Tax to $10,000,000.

 

In 2013, the Legislature passed SB 1, doubling the Research and Development Tax Credit and making it permanent. At the time, Hassan called it “a critical component of our innovation agenda.”

 

In June of 2013, Hassan praised the “bipartisan, fiscally responsible balanced budget agreement” that included all of the tax provisions she’s now criticizing.

Wednesday
Aug202014

FreeKeeneNews - Free Stater Alleged to be Silk Road Admin, “Inigo” 

Free Stater Alleged to be Silk Road Admin

birdie_and_drewFree State Project participant Andrew Michael Jones of Norfolk, Virginia was arrested in December of 2013 along with others accused of being the operators of the Silk Road underground marketplace. Andrew is alleged to be the longtime site administrator, "Inigo". Thus far, almost all of the news headlines about the Silk Road arrests have gone to Ross Ulbricht, who is accused of being the infamous site's creator and head admin, "Dread Pirate Roberts". Andrew is accused of similar allegations as Ross, "conspiracy to commit money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and hacking" and is facing spending the rest of his life in federal prison.

While Ross Ulbricht was not offered bail, Andrew was able to get out on $1,000,000 bail thanks to his parents, who did not have anything close to that amount of money, so they put up their house and retirement incomes to secure a bond. His bail conditions include 24/7 house arrest at his parents' houseand being strictly forbidden from using any internet capable device. His girlfriend, Birdie, (who is also a Free State Project participant) is the one who reached out to me and she and Andrew's family have set up a website to accept contributions to his legal fund, as they can use all the help they can get.  

Andrew's mother, Judy Jones, 68, told me this about him, "He's very bright, kind, generous and has always been an idealist. When he first told me about bitcoins, he helped me envision a world where the central banks are no longer in charge of money. If it were instead a peer-based monetary system, so much good can come from that. I have hope for a better world thanks to his generation (the Millennials)."

Unlike Ross' case, Andrew does not face the "kingpin" charge. Plus, he has not been libeled with allegations of murder for hire, as Ross has. Hopefully, that will help with this fundraising ability. He has retained the services of attorney Samuel M. Braverman and the bill will likely be very expensive.

As have many activists looking at moving to New Hampshire, Andrew and Birdie made the pilgrimage to Keene in December of 2012 and came to visit Social Sunday. I met both of them there and truly hope he can get through this difficult time with the minimum damage possible. If Andrew did not administer the Silk Road, then he's a man wrongfully accused, but if he did, he's a hero. The Silk Road was (and is) the most important development to happen to the black market in our lifetimes.  

It has reduced harm caused from unscrupulous dealers selling bunk product in the streets and has reduced violence by making both sides of each transaction anonymous, and separating them by distance. No one can get beaten or killed in a Silk Road transaction and the underground marketplace has a ratings system, ensuring the quality dealers are easy to identify. This open, yet anonymous competition for international business results in product quality and selection going up while prices come down from what one would pay on the streets. The Silk Road has literally saved lives, both of dealers as well as users who would have overdosed on bad street drugs, but instead were able to get good quality product from the Silk Road. If Andrew Jones was involved in the Silk Road enterprise, he should be given an award, rather than prison time. Of course, that would be in a just world that understands the insanity of drug prohibition, or any prohibition for that matter.

Stay tuned to Free Keene for the latest on this case.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com 

Wednesday
Aug202014

Lambert For Congress (CD2) - Facts are Facts 

 

Marilinda Garcia’s Pro-Amnesty Record

 

 

Background:

 

Below please find evidence of Marilinda Garcia’s pro-amnesty record which Gary Lambert mentioned in tonight’s debate.

 

Marilinda Garcia was still on Americans by Choice's website as of Aug 9, 2014 - less than 36 hours before Sen. Lambert started contrasting their positions on amnesty. Below is a screenshot of the google cache for Americans by Choice's website. Note the time stamp at the top. 

 

Is Marilinda Garcia truly opposed to amnesty or is she denying her true record because it is politically inconvenient? When did she resign her membership in this group? 

 

 


 

 

 

 

NHCSL RESOLUTIONS 2013

2013-11

REPRESENTATIVE MINNIE GONZALEZ (CT) 
REPRESENTATIVE CATHERINE MIRANDA (AZ) 
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, TRADE & IMMIGRATION TASK FORCE

COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

WHEREAS, We are a nation of immigrants, and we strongly believe in an immigration system that maintains a healthy and vibrant economy, while promoting human respect, dignity and the opportunity to share in the American Dream and invest in our common future.

WHEREAS, we are grateful and applaud members of Congress who have worked diligently to support responsible bipartisan legislation aimed at addressing immigration reform and promoting a comprehensive approach to fix a broken system that no longer works for our economy and security.

WHEREAS, the United States of America is a country of immigrants, and one of its greatest competitive advantages is that the best, brightest and hardest workers from all over the world aspire to work here. Immigrants in our country are bound together by national values of economic opportunity as reward for hard work, known far and wide as the American Dream.

WHEREAS, immigrants who seek the American Dream will remain an essential part of whom we are as a country. It is morally and fiscally irresponsible to not design an immigration system that takes advantage of this fact.


“WHEREAS, Legalizing the undocumented population lets us know who is living within our nation’s borders and allows our public safety representatives and first responders to focus time and resources on criminal elements intent on threatening our nation, citizens, freedoms, and way of life.

WHEREAS, the United States of America has been made fruitful by its welcoming of immigrants yet, we ask that CIR remains committed to addressing and enhancing our national security and that it remain imperative to secure from any criminal threats our air, land and sea ports as well as the northern and southern borders between the ports of entry. Increasing security at our ports also will result in more resources better able to process the billions in trade that crosses the U.S. border each day, strengthening our economy. 

WHEREAS, Immigrants contribute to our nations entrepreneurial tradition. According to an October 2012 Kauffman Foundation study, U.S. businesses founded by immigrants employed approximately 560,000 workers and generated $63 billion in sales during 2012.

WHEREAS, Currently immigrants and their businesses contribute $162 billion in tax revenue to the United States federal, state and local governments. Encouraging more immigrants out of the shadows into citizenship, and applying our laws will expand the nation’s tax base and keep more families together and safe. Immigration reform will also reduce our federal deficit by more than $2.5 trillion over the next ten years and increase GDP per capita by over $1,500 according to former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin.

WHEREAS, meaningful CIR will help bring approximately 11 million immigrants living in the country today out of the shadows, while providing our economy with a diverse array of educated professionals, skilled workers and dedicated entrepreneurs which have made America stronger economically and globally competitive.

WHEREAS, we implore our elected representatives to collaborate until they pass a meaningful solution before the end of the year that includes a path to citizenship and a truthful framework that recognizes the reality of many industries throughout our nation in desperate need of workers of all different levels of skill.

WHEREAS, the availability of information, resources, services and educational tools is essential to make possible the desire of undocumented immigrants and their families to become law-abiding, productive members of our respective communities earning their way to citizenship.

WHEREAS, one of the policy priorities of NHCSL is to focus on immigration reform and assist its members and their constituencies be better informed about the emerging immigration reform process, issues and to ensure that all immigrants are informed, educated and treated fairly and with dignity. 

WHEREAS, with smart reforms, CIR can help to address many economic sectors’ need for labor, and we can reinforce and protect our long-term future and create a productive work force, while also cultivating a fair system that allows immigrant workers to become productive, tax-paying members of our society.

BE IT RESOLVED, that CIR must create a system that promotes a win-win scenario that is fair, equitable and reasonable for business and employees alike. The system must be reliable and avoid unnecessary punitive measures for business and employees who are demonstrating a real desire to comply and respect rules and eligibility. Employers should be required to use the E-verify system, and for those who use in good faith should be free from penalty. Employers who do not hire workers who are authorized for employment should face increased sanctions.

BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED, We ask Congress to pass CIR in an effort to build a 21st century economy by addressing market needs that will help to sustain various service industries and labor forces, as well as help to provide sufficient high skilled worked to support our tech industries.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators will work in conjunction with Congress to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation; and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators will continue to be an informational resource to its members and immigrants of this country concerning legislation applicable to Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the citizenship process.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, Comprehensive Immigration Reform is long overdue and we ask that the federal government and our leadership commit to the passage of meaningful reform before the end of 2013.

THIS RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED ON JULY 13, 2013, AT THE NHCSL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD IN MASHANTUCKET, CONNECTICUT AND RATIFIED ON NOVEMBER 16, 2013 AT THE NHCSL ANNUAL MEETING HELD IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA.

SPONSORED BY: Representative Minnie Gonzalez (CT) & Representative Catherine Miranda (AZ) CO-SPONSORED BY: Senator Juan M. Pichardo (RI), Senator Richard C. Martinez (NM), Senator Iris Y. Martinez (IL), Senator Carmelo J. Rios Santiago (PR), Senator Eduardo Bhatia Gautier (PR), Senator Anna Tovar (AZ), Senator Jose R. Nadal Power (PR), Senator Jorge I. Suarez Caceres (PR), Speaker Jaime R. Perelló Borrás (PR), Representative Joseph E. Miró (DE), Representative Marilinda Garcia (NH), Representative Ezequiel Santiago (CT).

 

 

BOARD MEMBER OF CENTRIST IMMIGRATION GROUP 

 

Garcia Is A Board Member Of A Centrist Immigration Reform Group – “Americans By Choice”

 

In February 2013, Former NHGOP Chair Fergus Cullen Announced A New Immigration Reform Group And Criticized “Most Public Voices On Immigration On The Right.” ““The former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party is spearheading a new group backing immigration reform. Dover resident Fergus Cullen recently announced the formation of Americans By Choice, an advocacy group pushing for new policies that include a guest worker program and a path for some illegal aliens to remain in the country legally. … ‘For too long, the most public voices on immigration on the right were those that were very strident and, typically ... anti-immigrant,’ he said. ‘The message they were sending was “We don’t really like you. We would really prefer that you to go back to where you came from.”’(“Ex-GOP Leader Pushing Reform Of Immigration Laws,” Foster’s Daily Democrat, 2/17/13)

 

 

Garcia Serves As One Of Five Board Members For The Group, Alongside A Former State Democratic Chairman. “Cullen, the son of Irish immigrants, has joined with five New Hampshire-based immigration reform advocates who comprise the group’s board. Democratic immigration attorneys George Bruno, a former state Democratic chairman, and Ronald Abramson, a native of Chile, join three Republicans on the board: state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem; Turbocam International founder and Chairman Marian Noronha, a native of India; and Lithuanian-born businesswoman and former teacher Kristina Lenzi.” (“GOP’s Cullen Takes On Immigration,” New Hampshire Union Leader, 1/15/13)

Americans By Choice Backs Legal Status For Undocumented Immigrants And Endorsed The Senate’s “Gang Of Eight” Plan In 2013:

 

The Group Has Three Main Aims: Overhaul The Visa Program, Implement A New Guest-Worker Program, And Create A “Legal Status” For Those Here Illegally. “The group is backing reform in three major areas. The first is an overhaul of the country’s Visa program. … The group is also calling for a new guest worker program, which would primarily accommodate low-skill workers employed in fields like agriculture and the hospitality industry. The group’s third policy proposal is a ‘pragmatic and reasonable approach’ to resolving the residency status of the millions of illegal aliens in the country. Many on the left have called for Congress to offer illegal aliens new pathways to citizenship. Americans By Choice hasn’t adopted that position. Instead, the group is pushing for measures that would allow immigrants to gain legal status without being granted full citizenship. Citizenship rights, such as voting, are ‘not high priorities’ for many illegal aliens who are already in the United States, Cullen said.” (“Ex-GOP Leader Pushing Reform Of Immigration Laws,” Foster’s Daily Democrat, 2/17/13)

 

  

In January 2013, Americans By Choice Wholeheartedly Endorsed The “Gang Of Eight” Plan, Saying “Citizenship And Legal Status … Can Be Treated As Separate Issues.” “We applaud the basic outline released by the Gang of Eight today. Citizenship and legal status for the undocumented can be treated as separate issues, and doing so is an important step toward breaking the logjam and getting real immigration reform passed. We especially salute the four Republican Senators – John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, and Jeff Flake – for showing political courage by taking on this issue. May their leadership serve as an example to other Republicans as members of good will in both parties work toward an immigration reform plan that modernizes and expands our visa system, creates legal channels for future immigrants, and recognizes the reality that millions of undocumented people live among us.” (Americans By Choice,Press Release, 1/28/13)

Wednesday
Aug202014

Brown For US Senate - BROWN STATEMENT ON EXECUTION OF NH PHOTOJOURNALIST JAMES FOLEY 

MANCHESTER - Scott Brown issued the following statement on the brutal execution of New Hampshire photojournalist James Foley:

"If anyone needed further evidence of the utter inhumanity of Islamic terrorism, this is it. ISIS is pure evil, and they must be stopped."