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Thursday
Oct012009

DSCC - John H Sununu: NH "Doesn't Look Kindly At External Meddling" 

Ayotte is perceived in some circles as the early favorite considering the support she's received from prominent Republicans in Washington, where she's attended fundraisers. But Sununu reiterated he put the word out "that New Hampshire doesn't look kindly at external meddling."

 

Sununu: The GOP will benefit from angry voters

Fosters Daily Democrat

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090930/GJNEWS_01/709309928/-1/FOSNEWS


EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is the result of an interview at Foster's Daily Democrat Tuesday afternoon. The newspaper occasionally conducts such interviews with major political figures in the state.

DOVER — New Hampshire GOP Chairman John H. Sununu feels Republicans are angry, peeved that Democrats have gotten away with poor budgeting while special-interest money has lured lawmakers to move the state away from its core values. And that's fine by him — the anger part, that is.

"There is an energy and a little bit of an anger and an interest among the party and people who have never even been part of the party because they see what is happening in Concord," he said.

He's not concerned the anger will derail party efforts to showcase its differences from Democrats in the 2010 election. "You know, I think one of the last things Louis XIV kept telling his people was that the anger of the people will turn the people toward us," he said.

The former governor sat down with Foster's Daily Democrat editors Tuesday, confident Republicans have learned from past mistakes and will be in a strong position to reclaim power.

Sununu wouldn't go so far as to anoint any of the candidates actively exploring a run — or those said to be mulling one — as the party savior, and he defended those who have run for office before against impressions they'll have trouble gaining traction.
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"They're not reruns. I won't accept that premise," he told editors. Ultimately "it's the primary that's got to decide — not me."

Declared and prospective candidates for U.S. House and Senate have been making the rounds, and "three or four really good candidates" are considering running for governor.

Among them are Bruce Keogh, who ran for the office in 2002, former N.H. Health Commissioner John Stephen, Ed Dupont, chairman of the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees, and Portsmouth businessman and former congressional candidate Sean Mahoney, who's announced he's exploring a Senate run.

Sununu said he didn't mention Dover's Jack Kimball because the businessman has announced he is running.

If he and others all run for Senate, Mahoney would square off against Manchester attorney Ovide Lamontagne, the party's 2002 gubernatorial candidate, Rye businessman Bill Binnie, Hollis businessman Jim Bender and former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, who's set up an exploratory campaign but, Sununu said, will definitely launch a full-scale bid.

"I'm positive," he said. "I've talked to her and frankly the nice thing about that field is they like each other, and so they've talked to each other and there's a good commitment ... that it's going to be a positive primary, that they're going to run against the Democrats."

In other words, it won't be a repeat of the bitter 2008 feud between Stephen and state Sen. Jeb Bradley, the former congressman who squared off against the ex-commissioner a second time in hopes of reclaiming his House seat.

"Infighting in a party is a luxury that belongs only to the supermajority," Sununu said, "and as soon as we become the supermajority I promise we'll have a violent food fight. But until then we're running as a unified party and so far people are buying into it and committing to it."

Ayotte is perceived in some circles as the early favorite considering the support she's received from prominent Republicans in Washington, where she's attended fundraisers. But Sununu reiterated he put the word out "that New Hampshire doesn't look kindly at external meddling."

Sununu said the party can reverse recent Democrat-favoring election cycles "with a smart, well organized" party "with good candidates and enthusiasm among its supporters" — even if, as he conceded, "we can't match" the opposition's fundraising prowess.

"We cannot surpass it, because they have made a commitment at the national level, by the (Democratic National Committee), and by the congressional and Senate committees on the Democratic side, to pump money in here and we've just been unable to get a matched enthusiasm for that from our national committees," he said.

As a result, thousands of dollars have been pumped into state House seats that traditionally require a few hundred dollars for campaigns while some Senate campaigns have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, he said.

"We were targeted in the last at least two elections by radical left money with radical left agenda," Sununu said. "It was not an accident that Republicans lost heavily in those two cycles."

But, he said, times are again changing: Republicans no longer have to worry about the "Texas style" of a president of their own party hurting their prospects at home; and, even though it may not happen by the next election, Democratic-leaning uninsured young people who haven't had to worry about fiscal matters will "wake up one day" and realize health care reform means they'll have to pay $3,800 into the system, which will only worsen the deficit and leave them having to pay up to $350,000 more in personal income taxes over their lives.

Above all, GOP candidates will hammer their opposition over reckless spending, Sununu said. Democrats "got smart" when they started pledging opposition to a sales or income tax.

"We have to make it clear that there's more to the pledge than just no sales tax or an income tax," he said. "There's implicit in it that you don't look for every tax under the table. Instead ... you have some discipline on the spending side. There's no budget that can't be held flat — there's no budget that can't be cut."

Thursday
Oct012009

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

Editorial

AMERICAN PUBLIC OPINION
A Nation of Rubes

by Gordon Duff, Staff Writer

Who leads America?  Not hard to figure that one out, not hard for guys at least, girls too, I guess.  Our leaders are the kids who we never would have played with, the "mama's boys" or, more likely, the "snitches" who ratted out the other kids to the assistant principal. 

If you aren't rich, like a Bush or Kennedy, you have to kiss alot of behind, year after year, sucking up to moronic bigots, fools and half educated goons who control most of the power and wealth in America.

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Wednesday
Sep302009

NH LIBERTY ALLIANCE DONATES $500 TO ACADEMY FOR GIFTED CHILDREN 

Private school aligns with NHLA goals to support free market approaches and competition in education

MANCHESTER, N.H.―The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance donated $500 from its Civic Action Fund to Scholars' Academy, an independent day school for academically gifted students ages 5 to 12 in the Greater Manchester area.

In making its donation, the Liberty Alliance board of directors noted how Scholars' Academy provides parents with a choice for educating their gifted children outside the public school system. The academy is privately funded and does not accept taxpayer dollars or any other money obtained through government coercion.

“The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance's donation to Scholars' Academy aligns with our mission of supporting voluntary transactions instead of government compulsion,” said Mark Warden, vice chairman of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance. “Scholars' Academy supports a free market approach and competition in education, which we believe increases the quality of outcomes while reducing costs in the provision of educational services.”

Scholars' Academy supports an emergent, hands-on, authentic and responsive curriculum that includes thematic interdisciplinary units, real-world experiences, project-based study and traditional direct instruction to create true individualized learning opportunities that engage each student and exceed national and state standards. Such innovation derived from a free market approach complements the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance's mission to protect individual freedom of choice and personal responsibility, particularly with regard to voluntary economic decisions.

The academy, which is located at 1701 Hooksett Road in Hooksett, charges $7,500 in annual tuition for each student. Full and partial scholarships are available. In comparison, the taxpayer funded cost per pupil is $10,015 in the Manchester School District and $9,121 in the Hooksett School District, according to the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies.

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance tapped its Civic Action Fund for its donation to Scholars' Academy. The fund, which currently exceeds $1,500, was generated by Liberty Alliance members who volunteered their time at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The speedway allows volunteers to work full days at the track for a charity of their choice.

The alliance's Civic Action Fund was incorporated to assist community projects that are privately funded. The Liberty Alliance is always seeking information about organizations such as Scholars' Academy that can benefit from volunteer contributions. Suggestions may be sent to board@nhliberty.org.

 

About the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance is a non-partisan coalition working to increase individual freedom in New Hampshire by monitoring bills under consideration in the state legislature and analyzing them according to their impact on liberty. The NHLA is responsible for the weekly Gold Standard pro-liberty guide for state lawmakers and the annual Liberty Rating report card, a voter tool that provides grades for state representatives and senators based on their pro-liberty and anti-liberty votes. The NHLA also encourages private charity, a civil society and citizen involvement. The board is always looking for the next situation where some voluntary, non-governmental funds could help New Hampshire residents. E-mail suggestions to board@nhliberty.org.

About Scholars' Academy

The Scholars' Academy is a private, independent day school dedicated to providing a comprehensive educational program that serves the needs of academically gifted students ages 5 to 12. We recognize that gifted students have unique interests, needs and talents. Our mission is to provide an optimal environment for the development of our gifted students' intellectual, artistic, social and emotional abilities and to honor their diversity through a research-based, individualized curriculum that inspires curiosity, personal growth and academic achievement.

 

Wednesday
Sep302009

CORNERSTONE COMMENTS ON TAX SUMMIT DETAILS 

Questions why there is still no emphasis being placed on state spending

Concord, NH - Today, Cornerstone's Executive Director, Kevin Smith, released the following statement following a press release issued by the NH House Ways and Means Committee, outlining the agenda for the upcoming "tax summit" being held on October 21st and 22nd:

"While we are pleased to see a variety of voices that will have their say at this summit, there is still no mention of the issue that the voters care most about today which is state spending," Smith said.  "How this legislature can hold a summit on the State's tax structure, but make no mention of how those tax-dollars are being spent continues to be mind-boggling and disappointing."  

 

CPR-Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research.

Cornerstone Policy Research is a non-partisan, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the preservation of strong families, limited government and free markets.

 

Wednesday
Sep302009

CEI - Obama Treasury Dept Hiding Info on Global Warming ‘Cap-a nd-Tax’ Costs 

Obama Treasury Dept Still Hiding Info on Global Warming ‘Cap-and-Tax’ Costs

 

Admissions of Job Losses & Hundreds of Billions in Cost Insufficient; CEI to Sue

 

Washington, D.C., September 29, 2009— The Competitive Enterprise Institute today notified the Treasury Department of CEI’s intent to sue for the administration’s inadequate disclosure of documents addressing its expectations of and intentions for a global warming “cap-and-trade” plan. CEI’s notice of intent to sue was contained in an appeal filed today with the agency.  

The cost estimates running as high as $300 billion per year contained in the few documents released by Treasury two weeks ago set off a political firestorm. Such cost estimates were far above the government’s public estimates and previously hidden from the public. The higher figures and other expected impacts were revealed only after a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents request by CEI Senior Fellow Christopher Horner.  

The agency responded to CEI’s requests, after months of delay, by producing a mere five documents. Initially, even those documents were released with politically embarrassing portions blacked out. Days later, the same documents were re-released without the blacked out portions, but still not in their entirety.  

 “Your response fails any reasonable test for compliance with FOIA and constitutes an effective denial of our request,” stated Horner, in the notice of appeal filed today.  

Documents released by Treasury on September 18 revealed:

Internal agency estimates of a crushing blow to manufacturing jobs and that a global warming cap-and-trade plan could hit $300 billion annually, while raising billions in revenue to fund various programs.

Treasury estimates that “domestic policies to address climate change and the related issues of energy security and affordability will involve significant costs and potential revenues, possibly up to several percentage points of annual GDP (i.e. equal in size to the corporate income tax).”; and that

Treasury believes that carbon regulation “may result in loss of domestic and international market shares for U.S. companies, and relocation of U.S. firms abroad, representing both a political problem and an environmental problem” singling out how “energy-intensive sectors, such as the steel, aluminum, paper, chemicals, and cement industries, where imports are ready substitutes and lower carbon technologies are not widely available, are clearly vulnerable.”

Heeding President Obama’s call for such a scheme, a cap-and-trade plan already passed the House as part of the Waxman-Markey bill.  Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass) plan to introduce their version this week. Both approaches require Americans to purchase energy use “allowances” and amount to a large tax on energy and the cost of all goods, given the energy required to produce and bring them to market. As a candidate, Obama expressed his intention to use cap-and-trade to cause Americans’ energy costs to “necessarily skyrocket.” 

Treasury’s response to date and CEI’s Appeal and Notice of Intent to Sue reveal how the administration is still not being straight with Congress and the American people about this.  

> Read more about CEI’s Appeal and Notice of Intent to Sue  

> Read more about CEI’s FOIA request

>Read more by Christopher Horner, author of Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed