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Saturday
Jan232010

NHDP - Statement from NHDP Executive Director Mike Brunelle in Response to Republican Statements on the Budget

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Executive Director Mike Brunelle issued the following statement in response to statements made by New Hampshire Republicans about the balanced budget passed by Governor Lynch.
 
"In the worst recession since the Great Depression, Governor Lynch and legislative Democrats made the tough choices necessary to pass a responsible and balanced budget.  This included making significant cuts.  It also included taking steps, such as using the Rainy Day Fund, the same thing that  Republican governors -- including Craig Benson -- have taken in the past.
 
"In fact, the only time the budget has ended in deficit was under the failed leadership of John H. Sununu.  During Sununu's tenure as governor, spending increased by an average of 22.25% per biennium, taxes were increased, and the 1983 and 1984 budgets were left in deficit.  

Saturday
Jan232010

ALG Applauds Rep. Towns for Investigating White House Budget Office's Threats to OPM Inspector General

"Nobody should be threatened by the White House for

doing their jobs as stipulated by law."ALG President Bill Wilson

January 22nd, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today applauded Congressman Ed Towns for ordering an investigation into the White House Office of Management and Budget for allegedly threatening an Inspector General from Congress' Office of Personnel Management, Patrick MacFarland.

"Congressman Towns should be praised for investigating his own party's Administration, who in this case threatened an inspector general because he wanted to warn Congress that his budget was too low as proposed for his office to complete its mission," said Wilson.

Towns is the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who in a statement said, "If such statements were made they were entirely improper and pose a direct threat to the independence and integrity of the Inspectors General, and an affront to clear Congressional intent as expressed in statute.

Wilson agreed, saying, "Especially with the inspectors general whose purpose it is to monitor wasteful spending, OMB's threats to any inspector ought to be investigated."

Wilson continued, "Under law, any inspectors general who believe that they are being cut either maliciously or in error has a duty to inform Congress, and neither OMB nor any other arm of the Obama Administration should be targeting those inspectors as a result."

"Nobody should be threatened by the White House for doing their jobs as stipulated by law," Wilson added.

According to the NY Daily News, MacFarland "alleged that his office got a 'not so veiled threat from OMB' that it 'will make life miserable' if he informs legislators of his complaint."

In his letter, McFarland wrote, "I am alerting to you about a very serious matter that represents an attempt to thwart an authority provided to us by the Inspector General Reform Act of 2008 and that creates a risk of compromising our operational independence."

Wilson called on the Obama White House to cooperate with Towns' investigation, and to reprimand the budget official responsible for making the threats. 

"At this juncture, it would be very appropriate for the Obama Administration to follow protocol and if necessary fire the official who abused his position to keep an inspector general quiet about a policy issue," Wilson said, concluding, "and to immediately inform Congress of whatever action it is taking to make sure this doesn't happen again."

 

Saturday
Jan232010

StateMoney.org - Supreme Court Ruling: Citizens United v. FEC

The Impacts of Citizens United v. FEC


Helena, Mont.–Yesterday's "Citizens United v FEC" ruling by the United States Supreme Court opened the gates for corporations and unions to use money from their general treasuries to advocate independently for or against federal candidates.

Voters will be familiar with the results of such independent expenditures—think of the television ads strongly attacking or promoting candidates. Independent campaigns—those not coordinated with candidates' campaigns—can influence elections.

The ruling has no effect on campaign limits already in place at the state and federal levels but may effectively overturn laws in 24 states that prohibit corporations from funding the advocation for or against state candidates. 

According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, a quick look at elections in 2007 and 2008 shows that in the 22 states that prohibit corporations from giving to candidates, individuals contributed about half of the money raised by candidates and non-individuals provided less than one-fourth. In the 28 states that allow corporate giving, however, the reverse is true.

The nonprofit, nonpartisan National Institute on Money in State Politics collects and analyzes campaign contribution information on state-level candidates, political party committees, and ballot committees. Its free, searchable database of contributions, as well as the full text of the report <http://www.followthemoney.org/press/ReportView.phtml?r=414&em=78>  is available online at FollowTheMoney.org.

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Mike Wessler, Communications Specialist
National Institute on Money in State Politics
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Helena, MT 59601


Saturday
Jan232010

CHQ - Mass Victory Belongs to Grassroots, Not GOP Leaders 

Here's my tweet for today:

@Richard Viguerie  Grass roots cons - MA victory is result of your work in 2009. While GOP leaders mostly silent-you met, spoke out, donated, emailed, blogged.

March for Life today: Give a voice to those who have none

Catholic Online - "On January 22, 2010 millions will march on our Nation's Capital and in Cities around the Nation. We mourn the United States Supreme Court decision of January 22, 1973, Roe v Wade. The countless millions of children killed in the first home of the whole human race cry out for justice." 

 

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Daily Lickskillet: I couldn't change the outcome of the 2008 election . . . 
Other Articles at News From The Front:

California Democrats Tremble at Massachusetts Senate Results
Los Angeles Times - "Strategists say confidence has faded that Sen. Boxer, running for reelection, and Atty. Gen. Brown, perhaps running for governor, would coast to wins. Analysts say GOP could pick up legislative seats."
 
Brown's Victory is the Declaration of Independents
Pajamas Media - "In the aftermath of Scott Brown's stunning upset election victory in Massachusetts, pundits will be debating the meaning and political implications for weeks to come. However, one fact is incontrovertibly clear. The race hinged on the independent voters."
 
After Massachusetts, All Eyes Turn to Connecticut's Bipartisan Dysfunction
BeyondChron.org - "Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts means that the next stop on the Obama backlash tour could be neighboring Connecticut, where another long-time Democratic Senate seat is up for grabs."
 
Conservatives: Beware of McCain regression syndrome
Michelle Malkin - "In the afterglow of the Massachusetts Miracle, there are flickers of peril for the right. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but like Paul Revere's midnight message, consider this warning "a cry of defiance, and not of fear."
 
2010-the year we take Michigan back!
GrassrootsMichigan.com - "So how do we, as Constitutional Conservatives take over a party? You want to change the direction? Then find other people who think like you and get organized within the party."
 
Public Agrees With Court: Campaign Money Is "Free Speech"
Gallup - "Americans' broad views about corporate spending in elections generally accord with the Supreme Court's decision Thursday that abolished some decades-old restrictions on corporate political activity."

Find these articles and more at News From The Front
Saturday
Jan232010

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

An End of a Storied Era

Jan. 21, 2010 is the Official Date for the End of Democracy in America!

by Johnny Punish , Staff Writer

End of Democracy in the USANow Your Can Tell Your Kids When Democracy Officially Ended
Thunderous Applause Heard in the Corridors of Power


I don't know if you guys are aware but yesterday's Burrito Supreme Court Decision officially put a stamp on the end of democracy in the USA.

The Supreme Court has given big business, unions and nonprofits more power to spend freely in federal elections, a major turnaround that threatens a century of government efforts to regulate the power of corporations to bankroll American politics.

A 5-4 conservative majority crafted a narrow overhaul of federal campaign spending Thursday that could have an immediate effect on this year's congressional midterm elections. The justices eased long-standing restrictions on "independent spending" by corporations and unions in political campaigns.

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