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Saturday
Mar132010

Chris Sununu Press Release: Stop the Salem Toll Booth 

Voters deserve better than a rubber stamp; Toll booth will kill retail economy and job growth

EXETER – Today, Chris Sununu, Republican candidate for New Hampshire’s District 3 Executive Council seat, issued the following statement:
 
“Interstate 93 is the economic artery to the state, and clogging it up with a toll booth in Salem will simply destroy the state’s retail economy and kill job growth.  Councilor Hollingworth and Governor Lynch have shown no leadership on this issue and are hiding behind unelected DOT bureaucrats who have taken control of the process.
 
“As an Executive Councilor, I will stand up for my constituents and carry their concerns directly to the Governor. I will stop any attempt to erect a toll both in Salem when I am on the Council.  
 
“Bev Hollingworth has acquiesced at every stage of this process.  District 3 voters deserve better than a rubber stamp for the Governor and his agency bureaucrats.  
 
“I commend John Stephen for taking a stand against this ill-conceived plan, and I appreciate his shining a light on the lack of leadership in the corner office.”

New Hampshire’s Executive Council District 3 consists of the following cities and towns: Atkinson, Barrington, Brentwood, Chester, Danville, Dover, Durham, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Greenland, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, Lee, Madbury, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, Newton, North Hampton, Nottingham, Plaistow, Portsmouth, Rye, Salem, Sandown, Seabrook, South Hampton, Stratham, and Windham.

 



Saturday
Mar132010

NH DHHS Announces the Second Set of Results of Connecticut River Testing

Response to Tritium Leak at Vermont Yankee

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today announces the results of the second round of samples taken of the water in the Connecticut River near the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon, Vermont. The results for these nine samples, which were processed by the DHHS Public Health Lab and collected by the DHHS Emergency Services Unit, again showed that tritium levels were below 500 pCi/L, which is the lower limit of detection for the lab testing equipment. This is the same result for the nine first-round samples, the results of which were announced last week.

“These test results continue to confirm that tritium is not posing a public health threat in the Connecticut River,” said New Hampshire’s Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “We will continue to monitor the situation, however, until the issue is resolved and we are sure there is no risk to the citizens of New Hampshire from the leak at Vermont Yankee.”

Both rounds of samples were collected from the Connecticut River above and below the Vermont Yankee Plant to test for tritium in response to the leak detected by Vermont Yankee officials back in January. Samples will be collected and tested on a weekly basis at least through the end of March. Five preliminary samples were also taken in February and all were below the 500 pCi/L level as well. Vermont Yankee officials continue to work to identify and fix the leak.

Tritium is one of the least dangerous radionuclides because it emits very weak radiation. It does not pose any hazard externally, but can pose an internal hazard if large quantities are ingested or inhaled. It is present naturally in low levels in the environment.

DHHS’ Division of Public Health Services routinely collects and analyzes hundreds of environmental samples each year around the 10-mile emergency planning zones of both VY and Seabrook Station nuclear power plants to monitor air, soil, ground and surface water, and plants. No radiation levels above what occurs naturally in the environment have been found.

For more information, please visit the Vermont Department of Health website at http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/rad/yankee/tritium.aspx.

Saturday
Mar132010

CEI Weekly: CEI Argues Against Climate Change Policies

CEI Weekly

March 12, 2010 

>>CEI Against Climate Change Policy

>>On Tuesday, the two articles on the front page of the Washington Times' Commentary section were written by CEI analysts William Yeatman and Chris Horner, both criticizing proposed funding of green jobs by the Obama administration.

>>Additionally, CEI's Chris Horner also appeared on Fox's America's Newsroom, to debate the US' role in the IMF's Climate Fund which would pay for climate programs.

>>Shaping the Debate

Real Competition Among Health Plans

John Berlau and Jonathan Moore's article in the Politico

Avoid Land Grabs while Downsizing Detroit

Marc Scribner's article in the Detroit News

FCC Summit Pushes Broadband for all, Spending Unused Stimulus

Wayne Crews and Ryan Radia's citation in the Washington Examiner

DOE E-Mails To Wind Energy Lobbyists Cast Cloud Over Green Jobs Proposals

Chris Horner's citation in the Investor's Business Daily

>>Best of the Blogs

 Climate Alarm Declining - Gallup

by Marlo Lewis

Gallup’s annual update of Americans’ attitudes on things environmental found that 48% of Americans believe the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated, up from 41% in 2009, and 31% in 1997, when Gallup first posed the question.

The Hidden Costs of Health Care Reform: “Obamacare Is A Budgetary Disaster”

by Hans Bader

The health care bills backed by President Obama will cost $2.3 trillion, not the $900 billion Obama claims, and will be a “budgetary disaster” that drives up the national debt, explains health care expert James C. Capretta.  The Obama administration managed to hide $1.4 trillion in costs generated by the health care reform bill though a series of budgetary “gimmicks” that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is required to treat as valid in scoring the bill’s enormous cost.

Lagerfeld, Chanel - Jumping the Shark with Global Warming Fashion?

by Christine Hall

Did Karl Lagerfeld jump the shark with his fall-winter 2010-11 ready-to-wear collection for Chanel? The collection was described by the AP as global warming in theme, and subsequently scorned on Newsbusters.  The show featured icebergs reportedly flown in from Sweden (whoa! with the carbon footprint!) and some extreme costume elements - like an antler-and-ear headdress - that would only appeal as street-wear to a Lady Gaga or Bjork.  Ridiculous and unwearable?  Certainly. 

>>LibertyWeek Podcast

Episode 83: What Would Reagan Do?

Richard Morrison, Jeremy Lott and Marc Scribner collaborate to bring you episode 82. We cover the ever-growing deficit, the Reagan legacy, Cablevision v. ABC, the RNC’s fundraising strategy and David Paterson on scandal watch.

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Saturday
Mar132010

AFP - Send Cong. Shea-Porter a Message at a Health Care Rally, March 16 

President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have made it clear they plan on using the nuclear method of “reconciliation” to ram health care through Congress in the next few weeks, regardless of how strongly the American people are against it.

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has stated that SHE will most likely support the bill.

We must let HER know that this vote is directly against the wishes of her constituents!

Join your fellow activists Tuesday at 6:00 PM as we have a "Hands Off My Health Care" rally to tell Congresswoman Shea-Porter to vote NO.

What: Rally Against the Congressional Healthcare Takeover
Where: Elks Club
41 Columbus Avenue
Rochester, NH
Date: Tuesday, March 16th
Time: 6:00 PM

Click here to register.

Speakers will discuss the impact this Congressional takeover of health care will have on both New Hampshire and the country. Bring signs calling on Carol Shea-Porter to vote against this Government takeover of health care!

The first 50 people to attend the event will receive a FREE “Hands off my Healthcare T-SHIRT!!!”

Light refreshments will be served.

 

Saturday
Mar132010

Heritage: Health Care Update & Tea Party Resource

After nearly a year, the health care reform debate marches on in Washington. Here’s what we know today:

  • According to the most recent polling, this bill has never been more unpopular with the American people.
  • After setting a March 18th deadline for the House to pass a bill last week, this morning the President announced he will delay his trip to Asia by three days in order to give Congressional leaders more time to pass the legislation.
  • The Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives is trying to secure enough votes to pass the Senate health care bill that passed in December with a promise that many issues of concern to Representatives will be “fixed” by a second piece of legislation called reconciliation. (They are using reconciliation because it does not need to get 60 votes to pass the Senate.) This is the same Senate bill that contains the Cornhusker Kickback, Louisiana Purchase, Florida Medicare carve out, and federal funding of abortions, among many other problematic provisions.
  • All 41 Senate Republicans have vowed not to vote for any non-budget items in reconciliation which do need 60 votes to pass. These non-budget items are critical to “fixing” the Senate bill.

Here are links to key resources from Heritage on the status of the health care debate:

What the House Would Have to Swallow in the Senate Bill

Morning Bell: Obamacare at Any Cost

The Constitution: Another Victim of Obamacare 

Health Reform That Breaks the Bank

Obamacare’s Procedural Fraud on the American People

A Piecrust Promise from Pelosi and Reid?

The President’s Health Plan Won’t Cut the Budget Deficit

The President’s Bipartisan Outreach: Doesn’t Meet the Laugh Test

Are you planning an April 15th Tea Party and need an invitation or promotional flyer?

Heritage has produced three versions of a document you can use for your event entitled “Taxes Are No Laughing Matter.”  

Beginning next week, they will be available for download from our new Heritage website (the link will be live soon at http://heritage.org/Initiatives/Entitlements). However, I wanted to get them to you as soon as possible, so I am including temporary links for you to download them from. The first one is a handout to take with you to the tea party:

Click here for the full text version

The other two have white space (one on the front and the other on the back) for your local tea party to use as invitations or promotional flyers. You can just add in your local information, print, fold in half, and they will be ready to use: 

Click here for white space on the Front

Click here for white space on the Back

If you have any trouble downloading, just reply to this e-mail and I will send you one or all of the pdf’s directly.

As health care dominates the national debate, I wanted to bring three other items to your attention.

 

  1. Heritage analyst Brian Riedl outlines the outlines the budget gimmicks employed by the President in his budget that will take our national debt to $74,000 per household over the next decade.
  2. Senators Chris Dodd and Bob Corker are close to an agreement that would make TARP (the Wall Street bailout) permanent and give the Fed expansive new authority.  
  3. The Heritage foreign policy team proposed Ten Practical Steps to Liberty in Iran.

 

Thanks for what you’re doing for freedom in your community. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance to you.

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