Press Releases

 

Saturday
Sep252010

Senate Republican Statement on Vote to Block Lynch's Raid of Doctors' Insurance Funds

Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) released the following statement regarding today's decision by a legislative panel to block Governor Lynch's attempt to steal millions of dollars from a private insurance fund for health care providers:

"I am very pleased that legislators chose to uphold the ruling of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and protect this private property.  Governor Lynch's attempted unconstitutional raid shows the levels to which he will go to fund his four-year spending spree.  I call on Governor Lynch to withdraw his unlawful request."

Background: Today, the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) voted to reject a request from Governor Lynch to take over the private Joint Underwriting Authority (JUA) funds.  The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled earlier this year the JUA funds were private funds and out of the reach of state government.  Governor Lynch can either amend his request and resubmit it to JLCAR or withdraw it.

Saturday
Sep252010

NH SENATOR JEB BRADLEY RECIEVES HIGHEST RATINGS BY BUSINESS GROUPS

NH Business & Industry Association and National Federation of Independent Businesses

give Bradley 100% Rating

Concord, NH-Recently released voter score cards show that State Senator Jeb Bradley earned a consistent 100% pro-business rating in the 2009 and 2010 Legislative Sessions. The scorecards were compiled by the Business and Industry Association (BIA) -- New Hampshire’s Statewide Chamber of Commerce, as well as the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) which represents small businesses in New Hampshire.

Bradley was one of only four State Senators to receive a 100% rating on all three scorecards. Key issues in the 2009 and 2010 BIA survey included raising business taxes (Bradley opposed),  undermining medical screening panels that reduce frivolous lawsuits (Bradley opposed), allowing targeted education aid (Bradley supported), preserving free speech for not-for-profit organizations and businesses (Bradley supported), and eliminating the LLC Tax (Bradley supported).

The NFIB scorecard included votes on the 2009-2010 Budget which increased spending by 10.5% (Bradley opposed), numerous tax hikes including the LLC Tax, Camping Tax, and hikes to the Rooms and Meals Tax (Bradley opposed), a job creation tax credit (Bradley supported), and requiring the Department of Labor to issue warnings before fining businesses (Bradley supported).

The scorecards can be found on-line at: www.nhbia.org and www.nfib.com/nh.

“Jobs, getting people back to work, and growing the economy have always been my top priority and my voting record reflects those priorities. Over 40,000 people are unemployed and NH’s top priority must be improving the business climate. The job-killing LLC Income Tax on small business owners and a 12% hike in the taxes on hospitality and tourism have threatened the ability to get people back to work. The recent tax hikes paid for a spending spree and huge budget increases, but they won’t create jobs," said Bradley.

The previous two budgets raised 97 separate taxes or fees and spending increased by nearly 23% according to the non-partisan Legislative Budget Assistant. The current budget also relied on unprecedented borrowing, federal stimulus funds, and sale of state assets.   New Hampshire now confronts a historic budget deficit that could approach $800 million in the 2011 budget.

Bradley introduced numerous pieces of legislation designed to improve the business climate, lower taxes, cut spending, and lower health care costs. That legislation includes:

Senate Bill (SB) 473: Repeal the LLC Income Tax.

SB 476: Prevent the Department of Revenue from applying the Business Profits Tax to a business owner’s salary.

SB-474: Repeal the 9% Camping Tax and lower the Rooms and Meals Tax from 9% to 8%.

SB 454: Require that every department head present a budget alternative that would curtail spending by 5%.

SB 343: Implement managed care for Medicaid recipients which will reduce expenditures while maintaining quality.

SB 452: Allow individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance across state lines.

SB 468: Reduce frivolous lawsuits to lower health care costs.

SB 417: Prohibits the expansion of the Medicaid program if Congress passes a national health insurance plan unless the expansion is approved by the Legislature or is paid for by the federal government.

“I look forward to continuing to protect taxpayers while growing our economy again,” Bradley concluded.



Saturday
Sep252010

CEI - Cooler Heads Digest 24 September 2010 

Announcements

You are invited to an advanced film screening of “Cool It” with Bjorn Lomborg, October 5th from 4 to 7pm at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002. Lomborg will be attending this special screening with reception following. This new 90-minute documentary, hitting theaters in November, is based upon his book, Cool It. Seating is limited. Reserve your place by clicking here. Peter Foster reviewed the new film in Toronto’s Financial Post, “One Cool Movie.”

In the News

Bob Barr: [un]Principled Supporter of Ethanol
Brian McGraw, OpenMarket.org, 24 September 2010

America’s Last Bulb Plant Closes
Henry Payne, Planet Gore, 24 September 2010

Is Clean Energy a Good Investment?
Myron Ebell, Politico Energy Arena, 24 September 2010

Why They Go Green
Robert Bradley, MasterResource.org, 23 September 2010

The Real Gulf Disaster
Wall Street Journal
editorial, 23 September 2010

Courts Should Overturn EPA Climate Rules
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 22 September 2010

Friedman Today
Jonah Goldberg, The Corner, 22 September 2010

Soros To Push Climate Policy
Chris Horner, American Spectator, 21 September 2010

Climate Change Enlightenment Is Dead
George Monbiot, Guardian, 20 September 2010

British Energy Policy Is in Crisis
Christopher Booker, Sunday Telegraph, 18 September 2010

News You Can Use
Ice Loss Less Than Thought

According to the latest Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change newsletter, "Estimates of current rates of ice loss for Greenland and Antarctica have been reduced by a factor of two, suggesting that almost none of the sea level rise over the past decade is due to glacial ice loss." Click here to subscribe.  

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell
 

Senate Considering a Renewable Push during Lame Duck Session

Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Sam Brownback (R-Ks.) announced this week that they would try to bring a stand-alone renewable electricity standard (RES) bill to the Senate floor during a lame duck session after the November 2nd elections.  Their new 43-page bill would require that electric utilities provide at least 15% of their power from renewable sources by 2021, although up to 4% could come from improvements in energy efficiency.  The new federal standard would be in addition to the many state renewable requirements that have already been enacted.   

The bill, S. 3813, now has 20 Democratic and 4 Republican sponsors.  The Republicans besides Brownback are: Collins (Me.), Ensign (Nev.), and Grassley (Ia.).  The Democrats besides Bingaman are: Dorgan (ND), Harkin (Ia.), Bennet (Colo.), Murray (Wash.), Begich (Alaska), Feinstein (Calif.), Reid (Nev.), Tom Udall (NM), Mark Udall (Colo.), Cantwell (Wash.), Franken (Minn.), Kerry (Mass.), Durbin (Ill.), Stabenow (Mich.), Kaufman (Del.), Johnson (SD), Shaheen (NH), Burris (Ill.), and Cardin (Md.).

Two headlines in Greenwire publications sum up the dilemma.  On Thursday, the headline was “Renewable Electricity Standard Bill Stands Alone or Dies, Senate Sponsors Vow.”  On Friday, however, the headline was “Lawmakers See RES Bill as Christmas Tree for Pet Projects.” The fact is that in lame duck sessions, Members become even more focused than they usually are on getting whatever they can for themselves.  This means that trying to keep the bill free of lots of other provisions will be close to impossible.  On the other hand, its slim chances for passage will become virtually nil if other provisions are added by amendment. 

One of the possible amendments is Senator Jay Rockefeller’s (D-WV) bill to delay for two years EPA’s implementation of Clean Air Act regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.  Rockefeller said he was thinking about it.  Senator Christopher Bond (R-Mo.) said it was a definite possibility that he would offer it if Rockefeller did not. 

Around the World

Pressure Mounts on Pachauri To Resign

Pressure is growing on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chairman Rajendra Pachauri to resign in the wake of a critical audit released last month by the InterAcademy Council. Although the IAC report didn’t outright call for Pachauri’s resignation, the lead investigator, Harold Shapiro, said that the IPCC has to “re-earn” trust for the chair, which has been taken to mean that Pachauri’s ouster is a necessary reform. This week, former United Kingdom Environmental Minister Tim Yeo told the BBC that Pachauri is “doing more harm than good,” and Mike Hulme, a former IPCC lead author, said that a new chairman would bring “respect” to the panel. Pachauri’s reputation has become so damaged that the UK director of Greenpeace John Sauven told The Times, “the IPCC needs to regain credibility. Is that going to happen with Pachauri? I don't think so.”

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.globalwarming.org.



Saturday
Sep252010

Jack for Gov - Thank You! 

My Thanks To You All
 
Dear Supporters,
 
First of all, I want to thank all of you so very very much for all you have done for me.  As I have often said, this has been a very humbling and gratifying experience. 
I'm sure you are wondering what the next step will be.  Well, you can rest assured that our campaign was just the beginning of the effort to take back our party and our country.  I do not plan to go silently into the night, I choose to stay and fight.  We are currently putting together some very aggressive plans and I want each and every one of you to jump onboard.  We will be creating a PAC next week.  Its name will be The Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC.  Our core group will be meeting next week and we will then put out an e-mail blast to all of you with the outline of our plans.  The one thing you should know is that you can stay excited because the fight will be continuing.
One key item that I would like to convey is the following:  I gave my word, to all the Gubernatorial Candidates, that I would help the person who won the primary.  That person was John Stephen.  He won fairly and squarely and I have been asked to assist him during these final few weeks.  I will keep my word and do whatever I can to help him out.  In that light, I would also ask you to support John, as well.  We cannot afford to have John Lynch in office for two more years.
Finally, you should all know that I finished with 31,400 votes (around 26%).  That vote count was higher than all other candidates except John Stephen, Kelly Ayotte and Ovide.  To me, that's an incredible accomplishment and I owe it all to you, my volunteers and supporters.  I intend to use this result as the foundation for what is to come.  So, take a few weeks off and then get ready to rumble.

Signs Please also take the time to take out any and all of the campaign yard signs from public property.  If you see any of our signs still in the ground remove them and hang onto them.  The state could fine our campaign if the yard signs are not taken off public property after the primary.  If you have a four by eight sign and need that removed, please contact Tom Lukacz at tom@jackforgov.com.  We have been asked by other campaigns if they can place their signs upon ours, however, we want to check with you first before we do that.  Let us know.

"I'll be back".
 
Jack Kimball
445 Route One Bypass, Ste. 2
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
(603)828-8026 HQ Cell Phone



Saturday
Sep252010

NRCC - Small Businesses Face Uncertainty As Shea-Porter Refuses to Stop Obama Tax Hike

With Election Day in Sight, Vulnerable Democrats Refuse to Listen to American People on Devastating Tax Increases

Washington- One week is left until Congress is scheduled to adjourn and the White House and Democrat leaders have acknowledged that a Congressional vote on the Obama tax hike may be dead. House Democrats like Carol Shea-Porter have neglected to listen to the American people who are pleading for their support to spare working families and small businesses from devastating tax increases. The country is still suffering under the consequences of the Democrats’ failed economic agenda from the past two years – but now vulnerable Democrats like Shea-Porter who refuse to make working families and small businesses their priority can add the Obama tax hike to the lengthy record of job-killing policies they will be forced to defend before Election Day.

“Carol Shea-Porter's refusal to stop the Obama tax hikes on working families and small businesses is a clear sign that she is out of touch with the priorities of Americans who are struggling in this economy,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “With the country still reeling from the Democrats’ trillion-dollar stimulus that failed to create jobs and reckless spending spree that led the nation into debt, Carol Shea-Porter's support for the Obama tax hike will just add to the long list of failed policies that she will be forced to defend between now and Election Day.”  

Democrat leaders themselves have said that they will most likely punt on the Obama tax hike before the midterm elections:

“Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Thursday he saw no reason for the House to hold a vote on extending Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class before the midterm elections…”

‘…We don’t need to have a vote to let the American people know where we stand.’” (Kathleen Hunter, “Hoyer: Tax-Cut Vote Could Wait Until After Elections, Roll Call, 09/23/10)

The White House has also acknowledged that a Congressional vote on the Obama tax hike is dead:

“The White House is now acknowledging that the Congressional vote on the middle class tax cuts is unlikely to happen before the elections, effectively moving on to the next phase of this debate, now that Congressional Dems had already pretty much decided the vote was dead.” (Greg Sargent, “White House acknowledges vote on middle class tax cuts may be dead -- squarely blames GOP,” Washington Post, 09/23/10)

Despite the decision of Democrat leaders to skirt a vote on the Obama tax hike, vulnerable Democrats’ refusal to address this issue will haunt them until Election Day.