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Friday
Aug012008

Congresswoman Shea-Porter - Shea-Porter Scores Legislative Victory for NH Students

Washington, DC— Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted in favor of legislation which will address the mounting cost of education and help remove barriers that prevent qualified students from attending college.  The legislation also includes a provision from Shea-Porter which allows school financial aid administrators to consider expenses incurred by families who are caring for an adult dependent when calculating a student’s financial aid package.  The Higher Education Opportunity Act passed the House 380-49.

“With the cost of education skyrocketing, it has become increasingly difficult for families to send their children to college,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “This important piece of legislation will help students across the country achieve their dreams through higher education.”

Additionally, the bill will:

    • Make textbook costs more manageable for students by, among other things, helping them plan for textbook expenses in advance of each semester;
    • Allow students to receive year-round Pell Grant scholarships;
    • Strengthen college readiness and support programs for minority and low-income students;
    • Increase college aid and support programs for veterans and military families;
    • Improve safety on college campuses and help schools recover and rebuild after a disaster;
    • Ensure equal college opportunities and fair learning environments for students with disabilities;
    • Strengthen our nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness by boosting science, technology, and foreign language educational opportunities.

Congresswoman Shea-Porter has a strong record of working to improve education. Participants from the University of New Hampshire recently thanked Shea-Porter for her support of Upward Bound, the Federal program that helps high school students succeed in higher education. Last year, Shea-Porter supported a $20 billion increase in college financial aid over the next five years, the largest increase in student aid since the G.I. Bill of 1944—including cutting student loan interest rates in half and increasing Pell Grants.

Friday
Aug012008

CEI Blogger Update: CEI Release 10,000 Commandments Report

CEI Blogger Update
 
July 31, 2008
 
CEI Author Releases Report on North Carolina's Unfair Auto Insurance
North Carolina’s Unfair Auto Insurance System, a report by CEI Senior Fellow Eli Lehrer, was released this week by The John Locke Foundation.
 
From the Abstract: "North Carolina’s government-controlled auto insurance system is unfair to good drivers because it overcharges them in order to subsidize some of the state’s more risky and dangerous drivers. Every auto insurance policy written in the state has a hidden tax – which averages 6 percent – that goes to the government-mandated, privately run insurance pool."
 
>>Check out the latest blogs posts, articles, and Op-Eds from the public policy experts at the Competitive Enterprise Institute:
 
Bush Signs Blank Check for Costly Mortgage Bailout 
by Hans Bader 
"Bush signed into law an enormously costly mortgage bailout today, turning a deaf ear to financial experts who warned about the bill’s dangers and risks, and choosing instead to spend untold billions of dollars (potentially up to $300 billion) to bail out government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."
 
The HSA Revolution That’s Already Here
by John Belau
"The new book America’s Health Care Crisis Solved has been praised as providing a detailed, free-market solution for healthcare’s future. This it does, but what’s almost as fascinating about the book is its description of what is going on in the present, with consumer-driven health savings accounts (HSAs)."
 
Egads. Physicists Debate Global Warming. Call Al Gore!
by Doug Bandow
"This can’t be.  There apparently are PHYSICISTS who don’t believe the world is about to end due to climate change.  They even disagree with the UN’s IPCC.  My god!  What further horrors await all true believers in the Goracle’s pronouncements??"
 
Doha Round stalled again — take 2
by Fran Smith
"Today, as Ryan Young noted in his post, negotiations collapsed in the ninth day of talks to resuscitate the World Trade Organization’s Doha Round. Irreconcilable differences between the U.S. and India and China on what are called in trade-speak 'special safeguard measures' are blamed for the bad ending to this session."
 
For more analysis and wit, visit OpenMarket.org and GlobalWarming.org/blog.
 
In liberty,
 
Cord Blomquist
Online Editor
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Thursday
Jul312008

NH GOP - Chairman Comments on Sierra Club's New TV Ad

CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen issued the following statement today on the Sierra Club’s new TV ad:

 

“Sadly, the Sierra Club has become a radical left-wing organization well out of the mainstream. One of the reasons that John McCain is so popular in New Hampshire is because he has common sense energy policies that will protect the environment while lowering our energy costs through increased domestic production. While the Sierra Club seems to now spend all of its own energy on propagating lies, the people of the Granite State know the truth when it comes to John McCain and his energy plan.”

 

BACKGROUND

 

Highlights of John McCain's Energy Plan

 

Providing Immediate Relief For American Families:

 

John McCain Will Help Americans Hurting From Higher Gasoline Costs. We need relief right now from high gas prices. John McCain will act immediately to reduce the pain of high gas prices.

 

John McCain Believes We Should Institute A Gas Tax Holiday. Hard-working American families are suffering from higher gasoline prices. John McCain has called on Congress to suspend the18.4 cent federal gas tax and 24.4 cent diesel tax.

 

John McCain Believes We Should Send A Strong Signal To World Markets. Enhanced domestic production and developments of alternatives to oil will send a signal to markets that the United States is taking control of its energy future -- and will translate into lower prices for American consumers.

 

Addressing Speculative Pricing Of Oil:

 

John McCain Believes We Must Understand The Role Speculation Is Playing In Our Soaring Energy Prices. Congress already has investigations underway to examine this kind of wagering in our energy markets, unrelated to any kind of productive commerce, because it can distort the market, drive prices beyond rational limits, and put the investments and pensions of millions of Americans at risk. John McCain believes that where we find abuses, they need to be swiftly punished. To make sure it never happens again, we must reform the laws and regulations governing the oil futures market, so that they are just as clear and effective as the rules applied to stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments.

 

Expanding Domestic Oil And Natural Gas Exploration And Production:

John McCain Will Commit Our Country To Expanding Domestic Oil Exploration. The current federal moratorium on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf stands in the way of energy exploration and production. John McCain believes it is time for the federal government to lift these restrictions and to put our own reserves to use. There is no easier or more direct way to prove to the world that we will no longer be subject to the whims of others than to expand our production capabilities. We have trillions of dollars worth of oil and gas reserves in the U.S. at a time when we are exporting hundreds of billions of dollars a year overseas to buy energy. This is the largest transfer of wealth in the history of mankind. We should keep more of our dollars here in the U.S., lessen our foreign dependency, increase our domestic supplies, and reduce our trade deficit 41% of which is due to oil imports. John McCain proposes to cooperate with the state s and the Department of Defense in the decisions to develop these resources.

 

John McCain Believes In Promoting And Expanding The Use Of Our Domestic Supplies Of Natural Gas. When people are hurting, and struggling to afford gasoline, food and other necessities, common sense requires that we draw upon America's own vast reserves of oil and natural gas. Within our country, we have tremendous reserves of natural gas. The Outer Continental Shelf alone contains77 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas. It is time that we capitalize on these significant resources and build the infrastructure needed to transport this important component of electricity generation and transportation fuel around the country.

 

Taking Action Now To Break Our Dependency On Foreign Oil By Reforming Our Transportation Sector:

 

John McCain Has Outlined A Clean Car Challenge That Will Increase Access To Zero Emission Cars. John McCain will issue a Clean Car Challenge to the automakers of America, in the form of a single and substantial tax credit for the consumer based on the reduction of carbon emissions. He will commit a $5,000 tax credit for each and every customer who buys a zero carbon emission car, encouraging automakers to be first on the market with these cars in order to capitalize on the consumer incentives. For other vehicles, a graduated tax credit will apply so that the lower the carbon emissions, the higher the tax credit.

 

John McCain Has Proposed A $300 Million Prize To Improve Battery Technology For Full Commercial Development Of Plug-In Hybrid And Fully Electric Automobiles. A $300 million prize should be awarded for the development of a battery package that has the size, capacity, cost and power to leapfrog the commercially available plug-in hybrids or electric cars. That battery should deliver a power source at 30 percent of the current costs. At $300 million, the prize is one dollar for every man, woman and child in this country-- and a small price to pay for breaking our dependence on oil.

 

John McCain Supports Flex-Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) And Believes They Should Play A Greater Role In Our Transportation Sector. In just three years, Brazil went from new cars sales that were about 5 percent FFVs to over 70 percent of new vehicles that were FFVs. American automakers have committed to make 50 percent of their cars FFVs by 2012. John McCain calls on automakers to make a more rapid and complete switch to FFVs.

 

John McCain Believes Alcohol-Based Fuels Hold Great Promise As Both An Alternative To Gasoline And As A Means of Expanding Consumers' Choices. Some choices such as ethanol are on the market right now. The second generation of alcohol-based fuels like cellulosic ethanol, which won't compete with food crops, are showing great potential.

 

Investing In Clean, Alternative Sources Of Energy:

 

John McCain Believes That The U.S. Must Become A Leader In A New International Green Economy. Green jobs and green technology will be vital to our economic future. There is no reason that the U.S. should not be a leader in developing and deploying these new technologies.

 

John McCain Will Commit $2 Billion Annually To Advancing Clean Coal Technologies. Coal produces the majority of our electricity today. Some believe that marketing viable clean coal technologies could be over 15 years away. John McCain believes that this is too long to wait, and we need to commit significant federal resources to the science, research and development that advance this critical technology. Once commercialized, the U.S. can then export these technologies to countries like China that are committed to using their coal - creating new American jobs and allowing the U.S.to play a greater role in the international green economy.

 

John McCain Will Put His Administration On Track To Construct 45New Nuclear Power Plants By 2030 With The Ultimate Goal Of Eventually Constructing 100 New Plants. Nuclear power is a proven, zero-emission source of energy, and it is time we recommit to advancing our use of nuclear power. Currently, nuclear power produces 20% of our power, but the U.S. has not started construction on a new nuclear power plant in over 30 years. It is also critical that the U.S. be able to build the components for these plants and reactors within our country so that we are not dependent on foreign suppliers with long wait times to move forward with our nuclear plans.

 

John McCain Will Encourage The Market For Alternative, Low Carbon Fuels Such As Wind, Hydro And Solar Power. According to the Department of Energy, wind could provide as much as one-fifth of electricity by 2030. The U.S. solar energy industry continued its double-digit annual growth rate in 2008. To develop these and other sources of renewable energy will require that we rationalize the current patchwork of temporary tax credits that provide commercial feasibility. John McCain believes in an even-handed system of tax credits that will remain in place until the market transforms sufficiently to the point where renewable energy no longer merits the taxpayers' dollars.

 

Protecting Our Environment And Addressing Climate Change: A Sound Energy Strategy Must Include A Solid Environmental Foundation:

 

John McCain Proposes A Cap-And-Trade System That Would Set Limits On Greenhouse Gas Emissions While Encouraging The Development Of Low-Cost Compliance Options. A climate cap-and-trade mechanism would set a limit on greenhouse gas emissions and allow entities to buy and sell rights to emit, similar to the successful acid rain trading program of the early 1990s. The key feature of this mechanism is that it allows the market to decide and encourage the lowest-cost compliance options.

 

Promoting Energy Efficiency:

 

John McCain Will Make Greening The Federal Government A Priority Of His Administration. The federal government is the largest electricity consumer on earth and occupies 3.3 billion square feet of space worldwide. It provides an enormous opportunity to lead by example. By applying a higher efficiency standard to new buildings leased or purchased or retrofitting existing buildings, we can save taxpayers substantial money in energy costs, and move the construction market in the direction of green technology.

 

John McCain Will Move The United States Toward Electricity Grid And Metering Improvements To Save Energy. John McCain will work to reduce red tape to allow a serious investment to upgrade our national grid to meet the demands of the21st century which will include a capacity to charge the electric cars that will one day fill the roads and highways of America. And to save both money and electrical power for our people and businesses, we will also need to deploy SmartMeter technologies. These new meters give customers a more precise picture of their overall energy consumption, and over time will encourage a more cost-efficient use of power.

 

Thursday
Jul312008

Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta on Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson's Decision

MANCHESTER (July 31, 2008) – “Today, like many of our citizens, I read in the New Hampshire Union Leader about how Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson passed a rather stiff (and welcome) sentence on the female ringleader of a recent home burglary. Judge Abramson rightfully recognized that only lengthy incarcerations are a true deterrent against crime. The judge ignored pleas for leniency and suggestions of probation, and enacted swift and proven justice on Ms. Klanesha Landry, a most unwelcome resident of our city.”

“Much is however being made about the judges characterization of Manchester as ‘dangerous and disgusting.’ Such a statement is woefully inaccurate and fails to recognize that Manchester is a city that has turned the corner and is on the road to recovery and renaissance. I urge anyone who thinks these negative things about Manchester to visit our historic neighborhoods and see the public and private investments that are reshaping the areas once home to crime and decay. Come to our Downtown, which offers family friendly entertainment, a vibrant nightlife and first-class restaurants, all of which employ thousands of people who make Manchester their home. Finally, meet the people of Manchester themselves, not the ilk of this world like the aforementioned Ms. Landry, and you will meet people who love Manchester and expect a bright future for their city.”

“I am certain that Judge Abramson misspoke when she characterized Manchester in such a negative light. I am certain she is aware of the great strides we have made as a city, and that she too is hopeful for our future. Removing criminals from our streets helps assure that future and I am thankful that the judge has aided us in this endeavor.”

Thursday
Jul312008

DNC - Releases New Web Ad: "Desperate Times"

Washington, DC - With Republicans, independents and Democrats alike questioning the increasingly nasty and desperate tone of John McCain's campaign, the Democratic National Committee today released a web ad called "Desperate Times."  The ad highlights the fact that, despite promising to "wage a respectful campaign," McCain has resorted to questioning Senator Obama's patriotism and launching false and misleading attacks that have been widely debunked.  His campaign has stooped so low that one of McCain's former advisors called his most recent ad "childish" and said the campaign's strategy "diminishes John McCain." [The Atlantic, 7/30/08]

"Like so many other promises cast aside in his pursuit of the White House, John McCain's promise to run a respectful campaign didn't even make to his convention," said DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney.  "We all respect John McCain's service to our country, but he has clearly become an honorable man running a deeply dishonorable campaign. The American people deserve better, and John McCain knows it."

To view the DNC's new web ad, "Desperate Times," click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cfyKFgfTvI

DNC Web Video
"Desperate Times"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cfyKFgfTvI

TEXT:  McCain Promised a New Kind of Campaign…

MCCAIN: "We need to have change in America. We need to do things differently. I want to prove to you that I will wage a respectful campaign.  [McCain Town Hall, Thomasville, AL, 4/21/08]

TEXT: …But Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures.

HAGEL: "Yeah, I think John is treading on some very thin ground here when he impugns motives and when we start to get into 'you're less patriotic than me, I'm more patriotic.'" [CBS Face the Nation, 7/27/08]

QUESTION: "Joe Klein, writing in Time Magazine, says 'This is the ninth presidential campaign I've covered. I can't remember a more scurrilous statement by a major party candidate. It smacks of desperation.' Those are pretty strong words from Joe Klein, whom you obviously know." [CNN Late Edition, 7/27/08]

QUESTION: "You admit, that's a pretty stunning charge." [MSNBC, Morning Joe, 7/30/08]

HEADLINES ACROSS THE SCREEN:
Washington Post, 7/30/08
McCain Charge Against Obama Lacks Evidence

USA Today, 7/29/08
McCain attack ad cheapens campaign. More to come?

New York Times, 7/30/08
McCain Goes Negative, Worrying Some in GOP

New York Times, 7/30/08
Low Road Express

TEXT: John McCain's Idea of a New Kind of Campaign?