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Saturday
Jun052010

CEI - Institute Calls for Civil Disobedience on National Donut Day 

As Government Meddling in Nutritional Issues Mounts, CEI Advises, “Eat Two Donuts Today—One for Yourself, and One for Your Freedom”

Washington, D.C., June 4, 2010—The Competitive Enterprise Institute today urged Americans to turn National Donut Day into a day of protest against growing government intrusion into nutritional issues.   CEI urged people to eat two donuts—“one for yourself, and one as an act of patriotic civil disobedience.”

Federal regulation of nutritional issues is accelerating.  Restaurant menu labeling mandates were included in the recently enacted health care legislation; the FDA is seeking “voluntary” cutbacks on salt in processed foods; and most recently the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity issued a major report proposing changes in everything from prenatal care programs to community planning.  All of these measures are based on questionable science and major misjudgments of government’s proper role.

CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman stated:  “When it comes to regulating the foods we eat and the places we dine, the federal government apparently knows no limits.  People may not think of National Donut Day as a political event but, given current trends, it really is a fine occasion on which to tell the feds to mind their own business.  And that’s why today we urge each person to eat not one but two donuts—one for themselves, and one as an act of patriotic civil disobedience.”

Links to supporting material:  http://www.fightnanny.org, Dining on Politics, The Nanny Zone

 

Saturday
Jun052010

CHQ - Don't Put the Cart Before the Elephant

Don't Put the Cart Before the Elephant!

NEWS FROM THE FRONT is your daily wrap-up of information affecting the conservative movement! For more information or media inquires, please contact editor@c-hq.com.


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Don't Put the Cart Before the Elephant!
American Spectator - Virginians Ford O'Connell and Steve Pearson write of the need for Republicans to earn their votes this November, and that the Party's candidates must prove themselves worthy and competent to do the job they'll be sent to Washington to do.  The authors see far too much complacency in the GOP and point out that the Republican Party brand remains very unpopular - and simply not being a Democrat is not going to be enough to prevail this time around.

Documents Show Kagan's Liberal Opinion on Social Issues
CBS News -- At a time when the Rheinquist court was moving to the right, Elena Kagan stood shoulder to shoulder with America's radical left, including abortion rights and gay marriage.

Will the GOP Gamble on Angle in Vegas?
Wall Street Journal - Stephen Moore writes of the nervous feeling at the National Republican Senatorial Committee these days, brought on largely because of Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle's rise in the polls in the Nevada GOP U.S. Senate race.  The elites at the national campaign committee apparently believe that an Angle primary victory will give Harry Reid new life in the race - once again demonstrating that they think they know more than Nevada's voters about who would make the best candidate.

Local Nebraska Tea Party Picking Up Steam
York News-Times - Tea Parties across America have sometimes appeared to come from nowhere, but here's a look at how two Nebraska women decided that they needed to do something and formed a Tea Party that now encompasses several counties in their state.  The Nebraska group demonstrates that it just takes a few motivated individuals to make a significant difference in local politics, and it's great to see that many conservatives are no longer sitting idly by as Washington ignores the will of the People.

The Club: Making GOP Establishment Vehicles Insecure Since 1999
The Atlantic (blog) - Political observer Marc Ambinder comments on the recent success of America's Tea Parties in toppling GOP-establishment backed candidates in various places, but argues that in truth, much of the credit should go to the conservative advocacy group Club for Growth instead.  Ambinder provides some history behind The Club, which has been making change-resistant Party leaders nervous for over a decade - long before the Tea Parties even emerged.

More Incumbents Face Judgment Day Tuesday in Multiple Primaries
FOX News - America's anti-incumbent mood will be put to the test next Tuesday as several vulnerable incumbents from both parties are facing a multitude of challengers.  The Republicans incumbents in question all share the same characteristic:  they're viewed as being too liberal and unprincipled to represent their constituents effectively.

Sarah Palin Endorses Bledsoe in Arkansas 3rd District Runoff
The City Wire - Arkansas' 3rd district Republican primary runoff features a classic battle between a principled conservative reformer and a business-as-usual RINO - and Gov. Sarah Palin has decided to weigh-in on the race, endorsing the conservative favorite, Cecile Bledsoe.  The runoff election is next Tuesday, June 8th.

Seniors Are Strongest Advocates for Change in 2010
Pew Research Center - Seniors traditionally are the most active voting group in America, and if that's the case in 2010, incumbents and Congressional compromisers might be in trouble.  A recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that older Americans are the group that's by far the most dissatisfied with the direction of the country - and they're also much more likely to support candidates who've never run for office before as well.



Saturday
Jun052010

NH Council of Churches - Public Policy Update June 4 2010 

Don't Imperil Human Services - Pass a Budget WITHOUT Slots & Casinos
 

Final lap. You can help stop slots & casinos!
 
The House and Senate go into special session this coming Wed June 9. We do not know what will happen, but we do know that slot casinos are the single major point of contention between House and Senate in fashioning a budget fix.
 
Our goal is to persuade both Senate and House members to drop slot casinos from their respective budget proposals.
 
-- Call your Reps, Senator and the Governor
 
Ask them to vote NO on any budget including any slots or casinos.
 
-- Volunteer.  30 volunteers needed to leaflet and have conversation with legislators as they enter House and Senate to vote Wed. June 9 from 9:15-10:30 AM. 
Wear our new NoSlots T-shirt, stand outside Senate and House chambers, hand out the NoSlots information sheet.  Volunteers get to keep the shirt!  Call or email if you can do this (Jim Rubens, 603-359-3300, JimRubens@aol.com).
 
--Share this with as many others as possible.
 

Contact Info:
 
Governor's Office:  603-271-2121 or fax 603-271-7540
 
House        Find your House legislator here
 
Senate       Find your Senator here 
 
Pass a Responsible Budget
 

The Message to House - Senate - Governor


Thank you for the hard work you have done so far to achieve consensus on fixing the budget.
 
Closing the $295m budget gap to within striking distance has been invaluable to preserving the safety net for NH's most vulnerable citizens.
 
You have worked hard in a difficult process in a difficult year.  Please be creative, don't stop now, and finish the job without slots or casinos.
June 9 Special Budget Session: NO Slot Casinos


The ugliness of casino politics
 
Last Friday, May 28, 2010,the budget committee of conference came within $29 million of reaching bi-partisan agreement on closing a $295 million gap ... without slot casinos ... and without decimating human services. NH CARES, the coalition of human services advocates lauded the process: "Remarkably, [negotiators] reduced the gap to $29M while significantly strengthening DHHS services." 
 
But, Senate negotiators walked out at the 11th hour (forcing the June 9 special session), not because the last $29 million would have been impossible to find, but because it had become clear that gambling is not needed to balance the budget.
 
The conference committee process also opened a window into the ugliness of slot machine politics. If slot casinos are legalized, the bullying and uncivil behavior that shocked witnesses to the process will become standard procedure. The gambling industry will become the dominating state house special interest and will use these tactics to muscle the legislature almost every session to get lower tax rates, more machines, more casino locations, lower age limits, and whatever else Las Vegas wants from New Hampshire.
Proliferation cannot be stopped
 
The Governor's gaming study commission in its May 20 final report found that - without a constitutional amendment - it will be impossible to limit gambling casinos to a single location. There is no limited gambling. The choices are no slot casinos or eventual statewide saturation.
 
License revenues will not fix the current budget
 
"D'Allesandro acknowledged during discussion of his gambling proposal that it would "not be wise" to spend gambling license money immediately, since that money would have to be refunded if a licensee were unable to go ahead with building a casino" (reported by the Concord Monitor).
 
Why? The average elapsed time to revenues for the six most recent states to legalize is 25 months.
 
The promised 39% tax rate will drop
 
This rate and the resulting revenue projection must be considered high, as the rate will likely drop closer to the 25% in Connecticut and as proposed for Massachusetts. The national average casino tax rate is 22%
Negative net regional economic impact
 
The Governor's gaming study commission report projects $33-$60 million in annual costs among NH residents and $110-$228 million in social costs among MA residents resulting from legalization of one $500 million Salem casino. Bi-state costs therefore total $143-$288 million per year, making one Salem casino a net economic loser for the region. 
 
10,000 additional gambling addicts
 
The Commission report's midrange estimate for increased Problem and Pathological (P&P) gamblers from a single $500 million Salem casino: 10,000 NH residents. A second casino located on the seacoast or in the Lakes Region, although not precisely modeled, would bring this to the 13,000 range. These are new and additional gambling addicts, only ten percent of whom even attempt to access addiction treatment programs.
 
1,200 additional serious crimes
 
The Commission's report found that serious crimes in the regions surrounding casinos, including rape, aggravated assault, and various types of property crimes, would increase by 9 to 30%.  A single $500 million Salem casino would increase these serious crimes by over 1,200 per year in NH. This is why every NH Attorney General for the past three decades and the NH Association of Chiefs of Police oppose legalized slot casinos.
 
Revenue drain from existing NH businesses

 
Even pro-gambling business leaders are becoming aware of the fact that casinos would cannibalize the NH economy. "It's going to suck all the business out of Manchester," businessman Steve Talarico told the Union Leader in describing the impact of a Salem casino on the Manchester economy.
 
Negative impacts on communities surrounding casinos
 
The Governor's gaming commission found that: "Areas around some proposed gaming sites will face added fiscal pressures due to a range of community impacts, including housing, schools, and other infrastructure requirements, due to the possible influx of workers to staff the facilities. Such impacts will add to already severe pressures on state and local budgets, though additional revenues from gaming could help mitigate such pressures. While host communities to a gaming facility may see the greatest positive economic impact, communities surrounding the facility will receive less economic benefit while bearing additional law enforcement and other costs. Many localities and regions of the state currently lack sufficient planning capacity to anticipate and handle the potential costs of such development impacts. While the state requires affected communities to be notified about projects of regional impact, surrounding communities are not necessarily given a seat at the table to discuss impacts or a share of the revenues to help offset impacts." (Page 19)
 
Low casino wages increase pressure on social service budgets
 
You've heard casino industry promises of high wages. Fact: the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data disclose that gambling industry median wages including tips is $10.92 per hour.
 
Public opinion is split on casino gambling
 
You've heard about the gambling industry's polls. The independent ARG (March 31) poll asked:
 
"Do you favor or oppose a bill that would allow slot machines and table games at six casinos in New Hampshire?"
 
 
   * By 40 to 43 percent (oppose-support), voters are split almost down the middle on slot casino legalization, even after 3 solid years of Millennium's "free money from the sky" advertising and PR campaign.
 
    * By 48 to 40 percent, women oppose slot casinos. 
    
 
    * By 63 to 19 percent, Republican voters oppose slot casinos.
Saturday
Jun052010

NHDP - Time for Stephen to Put Up or Shut Up? 

Stephen should say where he would cut - or does he have another secret plan?


Concord - "It's time for John Stephen to tell voters his plans, not just offer attacks," said Ray Buckley, chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

"John Stephen is launching false attacks against Governor John Lynch.  It's time for John Stephen to put up or shut up - and tell the voters of New Hampshire where he would cut spending," said Buckley.

"As a career bureaucrat, John Stephen has a long record of fiscal mismanagement.  As Health and Human Services Commissioner, he asked for a half-billion dollar increase in his budget and his actions have led to federal audits and lawsuits that could cost New Hampshire taxpayers tens of millions of dollars," continued Buckley.

"John Lynch has provided the steady leadership New Hampshire needs in tough times.  He has cut state spending, made state government more efficient, and kept taxes low, all the while protecting essential services," said Buckley. 

While Governor Lynch has put ideas on the table, John Stephen has just attacked.

"Although, Stephen has supported increased spending for his own political needs, he tried to cut essential services to New Hampshire's seniors, pregnant women and children.  Is that he wants to do now?" asked Buckley.

As Commissioner of Health and Human Services, John Stephen secretly submitted a plan to the federal government to drastically cut health care to seniors, pregnant women, and children.

"Does John Stephen have another secret plan to force seniors to drive 100 miles for basic medical care?  Does he have another secret plan to force seniors out of nursing homes?  Does he still want to cut health care for pregnant women and children?  If John Stephen is going to attack, he should tell the people of New Hampshire what he would cut," added Buckley.

 

Saturday
Jun052010

DNC - WaPo: Democrats launch effort to get 2008 first-time voters back to polls for midterms 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/04/AR2010060402353.html

The Democratic National Committee is kicking off its 2010 midterm elections strategy this weekend with thousands of volunteers fanning out across the nation to knock on doors of people who voted for the first time in the 2008 presidential election and urge them to return to the polls.

Democrats are trying to jump-start the grass-roots network that Barack Obama built as a presidential candidate -- now called Organizing for America and housed at the DNC -- by staging more than 1,100 canvassing and phone banking events in communities nationwide on Saturday. Party officials said more than 16,000 volunteers have signed up to participate.

A key component of the national party's $50 million "Vote 2010" strategy to protect Democratic congressional majorities is persuading an estimated 15 million first-time voters -- many of whom registered as independents and supported Obama -- to turn out this November. Party officials believe these voters could help lift Democrats in a political environment that polls suggest favors Republicans.

"Millions of 2008 first-time voters have a special connection to President Obama and feel invested in his presidency, and through our Vote 2010 work we will connect these voters with their local candidates," Organizing for America director Mitch Stewart said. "That effort begins in earnest this Saturday."

When he announced the strategy in April, DNC Chairman Timothy M. Kaine acknowledged the difficulty of transferring the supporters that Obama cultivated over a historic two-year presidential bid to an assortment of other Democrats. But Kaine said he believes that persuading just a modest percentage of those voters to come to the polls again can help push Democrats over the top in close races.

In a sign of how difficult it may be to engage people who typically have not cast ballots in midterm elections, the DNC is revving up its field operations unusually early, five months out and with many states still in the throes of primary campaigns.

"Often campaigns and political committees and candidates begin to build their field resources in the fall, and you find that they try to scramble to put it together," DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse said. "We're not scrambling. . . . It's there. People are trained, people are engaged, they know the issues, and it's allowed us to do it in an unprecedented level."

Since Obama won the presidency, the White House and the DNC have strived to keep his 13 million-member grass-roots network engaged. Organizing for America staff members and volunteers helped build political support for Obama's policy agenda, including economic stimulus, financial regulatory reform and the health-care overhaul. They even rallied around his two Supreme Court nominees, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

"We're not beginning to build this infrastructure now, but we have the infrastructure and we're putting it to work," Woodhouse said.

Few major candidates are expected to participate in Saturday's events, although Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania, announced he would join canvassers in Phoenixville.

In addition to motivating new voters from 2008, the Vote 2010 strategy includes turning out traditional Democratic voters. And, as in past cycles, the DNC also plans to make cash contributions to the party's congressional and senatorial campaign committees, state parties and individual campaigns.