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Free Keene Blogger Helps Keene Police Bust Armed Robber 

When the police are doing the right thing and pursuing real criminals who have victims, Free Keeniacs like our blogger JJ (and the editor of the Free Keene Press), are happy to help. Here's his story about how his efforts were instrumental in catching the dangerous crook who robbed the Apothecary at knifepoint:

Afternoon Justice
By James B Schlessinger Jr

I was about to sit down and eat my freshly prepared meal when I heard a lady outside yell, “he has a knife.” I turned to the door and a moment later a woman was standing at the entrance announcing, “don’t come outside there is a guy with a knife.”

I exited the Subway and noticed crowd gathered somewhat semi-circle around the entrance of the next door shop, The Apothecary. I started to walk toward the door and a man in a mask burst out of the door. He was carrying a large kitchen knife and what looked like a tan wastebasket or bag. He ran straight to the alleyway next to the shop, I followed him down the length of the alley and into a parking lot. He had dropped his mask mid-way through the alley and his face was clearly visible bearing a distinct grey facial hair pattern. I saw him heading for a waiting vehicle and watched him climb in the front passenger seat of the SUV which contained a driver and perhaps one more in the back. I memorized the license plate and headed back to the shop.

At the shop I talked with the shop keeper and the witnesses inside and found that everyone was essentially unharmed and that the only damage was of property. Specifically the man was after Oxycontin. The shop keeper informed me that the police were on the way and that she had passed on the license plate number. I decided to go back to Subway and eat some of my sandwich.

Roughly five minutes later I returned to the store to check on the status of the police response. The shop keeper stated that the police had already captured the guy and were coming to the store. A few minutes later I went outside and a Keene Police Sergeant James Cemorelis arrived and started taking down names and phone numbers of the witnesses. I provided my information and was asked if I could identify the man if he was brought to the scene. A short while later a squad car pulled up containing the suspect who I positively identified as the robber.

I was carrying a firearm and at no time did I feel it was necessary to draw it. I don’t think anything I did was especially brave. I just ran after him and got the license plate number and the Keene police did the rest of the work. I do think that things went well, in that no one that I know of got hurt during the robbery or the arrest.

I want to thank the Keene Police Department for pursuing and capturing this violent criminal. This man’s victims undoubtedly extend the same gratitude.


Daily Grind: Financial Protection Agency Misses the Mark 

Consumer Financial Protection Agency Misses the Mark
The House is attempting to create yet more labyrinthine regulations, treating the symptoms of very loose money by punishing the private sector for the policies that the government is completely responsible for creating.

When you Shake Hands with the Devil, Healthcare Style
When they cut their deal with the Administration the insurance companies rolled the dice and came up snake eyes.

ALG Research Appointment Watch
In this week's edition of Appointment Watch, ALG Research takes a look at the Associate Administrator for Policy at the EPA and Administrator at the Small Business Administration.

Too Hot Not To Note: Congressman Steve King (R-IA) on Kevin Jennings
The latest Washington News Observer video highlights what many find wrong with the Safe School Czar.



NH GOP - Join us on November 13 

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House Republican Leader

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NRCC - Politico: Has Shea-Porter 'gone native'? 

Has Rep. Shea-Porter 'gone native'?

By: Alex Isenstadt

October 20, 2009 05:00 AM EST

Has Washington changed Carol Shea-Porter?

It’s a question that’s being asked in New Hampshire as the Democratic congresswoman gears up for reelection amid criticism that she’s become an insular member of the political establishment she once confronted as a grass-roots activist.

While Republicans have seized on the issue as part of their effort to deny her a third term, the state media has also focused on the theme after Shea-Porter avoided scheduling open town halls during Congress’s August recess. While she eventually held the events, it wasn’t until after she took considerable heat — and after her likely 2010 Republican opponent, Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta, announced he would be holding his own public health care event.

 “The irony is, of course, that Shea-Porter used to be a ‘tea-bagger’ on the left,” wrote Nashua Telegraph columnist Kevin Landrigan in late August, borrowing a phrase Shea-Porter had used to describe conservative town hall opponents. “We remember when, Carol, do you?”

The charge that a member of Congress has “gone native” or been changed by Washington is a campaign staple, but in Shea-Porter’s case, it’s an especially troublesome matter because it cuts to the heart of her political identity.

In the years leading up to her stunning 2006 House upset victory, Shea-Porter won notoriety not as a politician but as a state organizer for an anti-George W. Bush group called Turn Your Back on Bush and for her dogged pursuit of then-Rep. Jeb Bradley (R-N.H.) at public events across the state.

She embarked on a long-shot bid for Bradley’s seat, waged a mom-and-pop-style campaign in the 2006 Democratic primary and managed to knock off then-state House Minority Leader Jim Craig, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s preferred candidate. Then, in the general election, she took down Bradley in one of the election cycle’s most unexpected outcomes.

 “She had gained a following of local activists. They believed in her, and she had momentum from the local level that I didn’t have,” Craig said. “It took on a life of its own — and that was to her benefit, I think.”

Last year, she defeated Bradley in a rematch, but not before bowing to political exigencies — Shea-Porter reneged on an earlier promise that she would not accept help from the DCCC. By the time the dust cleared, the committee had spent a whopping $2.4 million on ads and direct mail slamming Bradley.

The blowback from that small concession paled next to the furor created by Shea-Porter’s reluctant approach to town halls.

Republicans, including former state GOP Chairman Wayne Semprini, accused her of being a hypocrite for avoiding the events and criticizing conservative town hall disrupters when, as a protester, Shea-Porter herself had been removed from a March 2005 event featuring President Bush.

The congresswoman denied in an interview with the Portsmouth Herald that she had been told to leave, a response that had many in New Hampshire political circles scratching their heads, since the incident is a well-known part of Shea-Porter lore.

In an interview with POLITICO, Shea-Porter said that she had merely meant to distinguish between her relatively peaceful form of protest in her pre-Congress years and the more disruptive actions taken by the conservative town hall rabble-rousers during the August recess.

 “I never opened my mouth,” she said of the 2005 Bush event, where she and another activist removed their sweatshirts, turned their backs to the president and revealed T-shirts that read, “Turn your back on Bush.”

 “There’s a very, very big difference between standing there politely and quietly with a shirt on and going around and being disruptive and yelling,” Shea-Porter said.

Bradley, Shea-Porter’s predecessor, claims she has contracted a form of Potomac fever.

 “I think she’s gone to Washington and forgotten that she’s New Hampshire’s representative in Washington,” Bradley told POLITICO, noting that Shea-Porter had frequently been confrontational and challenging at his public events. “I think she’s become Washington, and the power has gotten to her.”

 “What I have a problem with, and what a lot of people have a problem with, is that there’s a double standard,” said Bradley. “There is no bigger hypocrite in Congress than Carol Shea-Porter.”

Shea-Porter allies are quick to argue that the lawmaker’s grass-roots support is as strong as ever and that she’s the same fighter for the causes she believes in. They point to a University of New Hampshire survey released last month that shows her favorability rating among registered Democrats at 70 percent and among those who identify themselves as liberal at 78 percent.

 “If you ask anyone around here, they will tell you that I’m outspoken and that I stand up for the middle class,” said Shea-Porter.

 “I think she does have grass-roots appeal. The difference is that she’s in Congress now. She has a different vehicle to achieve those goals,” said Kathy Sullivan, a former New Hampshire Democratic Party chairwoman.

 “When you’re not an officeholder and you’re very active in politics, you’re very critical of those who hold office,” said Sullivan. “Now that she’s holding office, she can focus on the issues that matter to her and be a positive force.”

Still, as she heads toward what is widely expected to be a tough reelection bid, Shea-Porter must find a way to prove to voters that she remains the same passionate advocate, only with a different title.



NRCC - Shea-Porter's Failed Stimulus Sends Deficit to New All-Time High 

Federal Deficit Reaches $1.42 Trillion Thanks to Shea-Porter's Washington Spending Spree

Washington- Carol Shea-Porter's vote for her party’s trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ has failed to yield promised results as the nation’s economy continues to tumble, but it does appear that her Washington spending spree has finally helped produced something: the largest deficit in the country’s history. While Americans are still waiting to see any real recovery coming from Shea-Porter's reckless policies, they can pass the time by watching the hole in the federal budget grow larger and larger:

 “The federal budget deficit has surged to an all-time high of $1.42 trillion as the recession caused tax revenues to plunge while the government was spending massive amounts to stabilize the financial system and jump-start the economy.”

 “Government spending last year jumped to $3.52 trillion, up 18.2 percent over 2008, the biggest percentage increase since a 23.4 percent jump in 1975, another year in which the country was struggling with a painful recession. The $700 billion financial bailout fund and increased spending and tax relief from the $787 billion economic stimulus program that Obama pushed through Congress in February drove the 2009 increase.”

 “Failure to curb runaway deficits could trigger a financial train wreck that would push interest rates and inflation higher, and send the dollar crashing if foreigners suddenly started dumping their holdings of Treasury securities.” (Martin Crutsinger, “Federal Deficit Hits All-Time High at $1.42 Trillion,” Associated Press, 10/17/09)

 “At this point it’s clear that Carol Shea-Porter is buying into her party’s spending addiction at the expense of economic recovery and financial solvency for future generations,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “If Shea-Porter can’t figure out how to stop spending the country into further debt in the name of failed ‘recovery’ policies, New Hampshire voters will find someone who can.”

As the deficit continues to climb to new highs, the country has reached a turning point. It’s time for Carol Shea-Porter to either start cleaning up after her failed policies or cleaning out her desk in Washington.