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CEI Weekly: Horner Talks "Power Grab" on Fox News


CEI Weekly

April 23, 2010 

>>Chris Horner Talks "Power Grab" on Hannity Show on Fox News

CEI's Chris Horner appeared on Fox News to talk about the Obama administration's use of climate change as a means to increase government power of his new book, "Power Grab: How Obama’s Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America." Watch the interview here.

>>Shaping the Debate  

The FDA Should Get Real

Gregory Conko's op-ed in

The Hidden Tax That's More than $1 Trillion

Wayne Crews and Ryan Young's op-ed in

Military leads fight against climate change: Pew

Marlo Lewis' citation in Scientific American

President Barack Obama wields executive clout on green policy

Myron Ebell's citation in the Arizona Republic 

The Department of Defense Should Assess the Security Risks of Climate Change Policies

Marlo Lewis' On Point study at CEI

>>Best of the Blogs

Taxpayers Take Another Hit from Obama; Administration Panders Yet Again to Big Labor

by Hans Bader

Taxpayers will pay billions more due to an executive order signed by President Obama that effectively restricts federal construction contracts to the minority of construction firms whose workers are unionized.  That will encourage them to jack up their prices, by shielding them from having to compete with lower bids from non-union construction firms. As the Examiner notes, “President Obama signed Executive Order 13502 directing federal agencies taking bids for government construction projects to accept only those from contractors who agree in advance to a project labor agreement that requires a union work force.

Obama-Dodd financial bill would further enrich Goldman Sachs

By John Berlau (As Featured on the Drudge Report)

The SEC charged giant investment bank Goldman Sachs with more than $1 billion worth of securities fraud for its dealings in the subprime mortgage market. Ironically, at the same time the SEC is seeking justice for Goldman’s alleged victims, President Obama and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) are pushing a bill would reward the firm with potentially billions of dollars by instituting a so-called “resolution authority” that would, in practice, be a permanent bailout fund.

Earth Day Agriculture and Sustainable Intensification

by Greg Conko

What’s the most sustainable way to grow the food we eat? The answer environmentalists give is always “local and organic.”  But, increasingly, the answer from the scientists who’ve studied the question is the exact opposite.  A study from England’s Royal Society issued last October concluded that genuinely sustainable agriculture must embrace the use of science and technology for producing more food on less land.

>>LibertyWeek Podcast

Episode 89: Tax the Sin, Love the Sinner

Richard Morrison, Jeremy Lott, Marc Scribner and Lee Doren bring you Episode 89 of the LibertyWeek podcast. We chew over sin taxes, enviro attacks on Al Gore, free booze, Eric Massa’s $40,000 payoff and the recent Tax Day Tea Party protests in D.C.

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Ashooh Campaign Launches New Web Site

Stresses use of social media as a way to connect with voters

(Manchester) With interest and support for his campaign continuing to grow, First District Congressional candidate Rich Ashooh launched his new web site today.  The new site builds upon the version originally used by the Republican businessman who entered the race back in February.
Ashooh said, “Retail politics is still vitally important in any New Hampshire campaign, but technology continues to provide candidates like me with new ways to connect with voters.  Besides using our web page to share my ideas and let people know how they can become involved in the campaign, my goal is to also leverage the current social media tools to help get my message out.  It’s exciting to have the ability to upload my “Tax Day” video to YouTube, Tweet about an event or share photos within minutes.  These tools will have a tremendous impact on our organization and compliment the vigorous face-to-face campaigning I’m doing everyday throughout the district.

To learn more about Rich Ashooh and his ideas, visit:


Ayotte For Senate - Another Poll, Another Lead 

Campaign Update - April 23, 2010

Another Poll, Another Lead

The 13th public poll in a row has Kelly leading Democrat Paul Hodes. A left-leaning polling firm released results earlier this week that showed Kelly topping Hodes by a margin of 47 to 40. According to, Kelly is leading Hodes by an average of 9.2 points in polls conducted this year.

The Union Leader reported Thursday that, “In the GOP Senate primary, Ayotte leads Binnie by [a] surprisingly wide margin of 43 to 19 percent, with Jim Bender at 11 percent and Lamontagne trailing at 5 percent.”

The strong showing for Kelly led The Hill newspaper to write, “Former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte holds a wide lead in her state’s GOP Senate primary, according to a new poll.”

While these numbers are encouraging, Kelly is campaigning harder than ever across the state, meeting with as many voters as she can (and frequently being the last to leave many GOP meet and greets). She knows the only poll that matters is the one on Election Day – which is why she’s working day and night to win this race.

Lawn Signs, Anyone?

That’s right: Ayotte for Senate lawn signs have been ordered and we’re anxiously awaiting them at our Manchester Headquarters. Pardon the pun, but this is the latest “sign” yet that the election is just around the corner!

If you would like to request a lawn sign, send an e-mail message to

Help Kelly: Become a Town Chair

Kelly signed up more than 150 new supporters this week at three house parties in Greenland, Claremont, and Nashua.  Now she needs your help to continue building a strong grassroots campaign.

Town Chairs are our eyes and ears around the state. They help us recruit volunteers, host house parties, and find sign locations.

If you’d like to join Kelly’s growing team or get more info, please send an e-mail message to

Join the Team!

Kelly's grassroots network is growing larger every day. Help us keep the momentum going by signing up as a volunteer.
Click here to join the team

Follow the Campaign on Facebook

Kelly's Facebook Group is growing rapidly, and your participation will help spread the word to voters all over New Hampshire. Sign up as a fan and stay up to date on campaign news, articles, photos, and more. Click here to join.


NH DHHS Warns Residents of Increase in Lyme Disease

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is reminding people to take precautions against tick-borne diseases this season, especially Lyme disease, which has become much more prevalent in the State. DHHS has posted a prevention video on its website,, to help residents avoid tick bites and learn how to check for ticks after spending time outdoors.

“We have definitely seen an increase in cases of Lyme disease in the past few years,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “We had reported in 2008 that half of the black-legged (or deer) ticks sampled in Rockingham, Strafford, and Hillsborough counties tested positive for Lyme disease, and the risk is still great this year, especially with the early spring. It is not too early to take precautions as tick bites have already been reported. New Hampshire has much to offer, and we want to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors, but to do it safely.”

There were 1200 cases of Lyme disease reported to DPHS in 2009, 1598 cases in 2008, and 900 in 2007. While the number of cases has shown an upward trend in recent years it is not known whether this is because of an increased number of ticks carrying the disease, a heightened awareness of the disease among patients and clinicians, or both. Early symptoms of Lyme disease often, but not always, include a large circular rash at the site of the tick bite, accompanied by chills, fever, headache, fatigue, stiff neck, swollen glands, and joint pain.

Black-legged ticks can also carry and transmit two other diseases in New Hampshire: babesiosis and anaplasmosis. These three illnesses are all preventable by avoiding being bitten by ticks. To prevent tick bites:

  • Avoid tick-infested areas such as overgrown grass and brush and leaf litter
  • Use insect repellent that works on ticks
  • Wear long pants and sleeves when possible, and tuck pants into socks
  • Do a thorough tick check after being outdoors
  • Reduce ticks around your home by keeping grass short and removing leaf litter
  • Monitor yourself if you are bitten by a tick and tell your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms, even if you did not notice a tick bite

For more information, visit the DHHS website at  go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at  or call the DHHS Division of Communicable Disease Control and Surveillance at 603-271-4496.



Petition calls on AG to join the 20 other states that have already filed suit against Obamacare

Concord, NH - Today, Cornerstone-Action called on Governor Lynch and the Attorney General, Michael Delaney, to join the 22 other states that have filed suit against the unconstitutional provisions the Obamacare plan, by delivering 545 petitions stating such to the Attorney General's Office.  Most of the petitions were collected in one day at both the Concord and Manchester Tea Party Rallies just over a week ago.

Delivering the petitions to the Attorney General's Office was the Director of Cornerstone-Action, Kevin Smith:

"Today, we are calling on Governor Lynch to instruct his Attorney General, Michael Delaney, to demonstrate leadership and independence by joining the twenty-two other states that have already filed suit against the unconstitutional provisions of the Obamacare plan.  Governor Lynch stated he had concerns about any new costs to the state as a result of the plan, and so we now are calling on him to step to the plate and oppose the unfunded mandates.  We are hopeful that the Attorney General and his staff will carefully consider all of the provisions of the health care plan, and come to the conclusion that joining the lawsuit is what's best for the state and its citizens."

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