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Friday
Jan152010

CHQ - More Principled Conservative Leaders Emerge

Pence Staff Move Raises National Profile

Politico - "Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, a rising star among House Republicans, has hired two high-profile national campaign operatives, a move that raises his profile for a possible statewide or even nationwide run.

"Pence, the House's third-ranking Republican, hired Kellyanne Conway - a well-known Republican pollster who has worked for Newt Gingrich, Major League Baseball and the National Rifle Association - as a campaign strategist. Bill Neale, an Indianapolis-based attorney who formerly served as Dan Quayle's treasurer, will take on the role of Pence's treasure."

Daily Lickskillet: As a result, I was blacklisted in academia. 

Other Articles at News From The Front:

NRA Fires Off Mailing for Scott Brown
US News and World Report - " The National Rifle Association became the latest group to enter the Massachusetts senate race this week, spending a bit under $20,000 to mail four-color postcards to Bay State voters, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission. The mailing is, not surprisingly, on behalf of Republican Scott Brown. In the last few days the race to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy has become a magnet for political dollars from national groups who see the contest as being about the filibuster-breaking 60th Democratic senate vote and the fate of healthcare reform. Indeed, the NRA's $20,000 foray is fairly low-key compared to other sums that have been spent, mostly on television ads...Brown's allies include the Chamber of Commerce, with $443,000, the American Future Fund with $375,000 and Americans for Responsible Health Care with $204,000.

"Interestingly, the National Republican Senatorial Campaign still doesn't seem to have sunk any cash into the race."


Obama Style vs. Tea Party Substance
Rasmussen Reports (Michael Barone) - "The Obama enthusiasts who dominated so much of the 2008 campaign cycle were motivated by style. The tea party protesters who dominated so much of 2009 were motivated by substance. Obama enthusiasts seem to have been motivated by a yearning for a rapturous, nuanced leader. Send that terrible tyrant with his tortured sentences and moral certitude back to Texas and install The One in the White House, and all would be well.

"In contrast, the tea party protesters, many of them as fractious and loudmouthed as [New York Times Columnist David] Brooks thinks, are interested in substantive political issues. They decry the dangers of expanding the national debt, increasing government spending and putting government in command of the health care sector."


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Friday
Jan152010

NHDP - Jack Kimball Opens New Front in GOP Civil War

Candidate's kickoff event heaps praise on Tea Party movement and calls for takeover of Republican Party

 
Concord - Today, Jack Kimball opened a new front in the GOP civil war during his campaign kickoff event.  Assailing the Republican Party, Kimball railed against former GOP Governors of New Hampshire and then New Hampshire's Tea Party leader openly declared his plans to "take back the Republican Party."

"The GOP is engaged in a full scale civil war," said Derek Richer, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "From Kimball's plan to take over the Republican Party to Jennifer Horn's op-ed railing against 'squishy Republicans,' it's clear the GOP is going to spend most of 2010 fighting among themselves.
 
The GOP establishment appears to be terrified of a Kimball candidacy, probably because they know he might win the nomination.  In an interview with Fosters late last year, the current chair of the GOP did contortions to avoid mentioning Kimball as a potential candidate for Governor.
 
And while Jack Kimball was out warning the public about the "communist and socialist" takeover of America and purchasing large amounts of ammunition for the "serious things coming," the former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party was warning his faction of the party of the political perils of pandering to its most fringe elements. 
 
Kimball is only one of the new faces of the Republican Party pushing reckless proposals that are dangerous for the Granite State.  Some Republican legislators have even recently worked to delay providing electric assistance to 8,000 struggling families and to kick 1500 kids off their health insurance by making them ineligible for Health Kids Silver.
 
"The Tea Party movement is the Republican Party today," added Richer.  "But in these tough times, we need proven leaders who will work across the aisle to solve problems, not right wing extremists that the Republican Party is offering."

Friday
Jan152010

Freedom Foundation of Minnesota - Reports Lack of Transparency In Doling Out Billions in Stimulus Funding

Minneapolis, MN     The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota (FFM) today released the results of their eight-month investigation into a high-ranking Obama Administration official's close ties and apparent conflict of interest regarding the economic stimulus package and its energy efficiency provisions.

Last year Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA or the so-called Stimulus Bill).  The U.S. Department of Energy’s office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) received $16.8 billion of those ARRA funds to be used to promote green energy and conservation programs including the popular $1,500 tax credit for homeowners who install energy-efficient windows.  The Assistant Secretary of Energy, Cathy Zoi, is responsible for oversight in disbursing these stimulus funds.

 

Ms. Zoi is married to Robin Roy, a top executive at Serious Materials, a privately held manufacturer of “sustainable green building materials” located in California. On the Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure submitted by Ms. Zoi to the White House Ethics office as part of her confirmation, Ms. Zoi disclosed ownership with her spouse of 120,000 vested and unvested stock options in Serious Materials, a company her office regulates and that she may profit from.

According to several news reports and the trade magazine Window & Door, Serious Materials was "[A] company, and a man, virtually unknown in the window and door industry just a short time ago.”  Yet this small California manufacturer suddenly burst on the scene in Washington as what Vice President Joe Biden called the “poster child” for green jobs and economic recovery.  For the past several months, the White House has repeatedly praised and promoted Serious Materials.  To see the events and what the administration has said about Serious Materials, visit: www.FreedomFoundationofMinnesota.com  and view the FFM video entitled, “The Obama Administration’s Serious Conflict of Interest”.

What has all of this praise from the White House meant to Serious Materials?  “The new administration is a huge boon to what we are doing,” Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Materials said in a June interview.  “The White House issued a press release specifically thanking Serious Materials a few weeks ago.  We had a 22 minute press conference with the president.  In a national address, he opened with Serious Materials.  I don’t think we can ask for better coverage.  We are very close to the White House and Department of Energy.  We have 30 patents pending in window technology and the DOE (Department of Energy) loves what we are doing.”  And, it’s Assistant Secretary Zoi’s office that has disbursed billions of dollars taxpayer dollars for the very windows that Serious Materials manufacturers and her husband works for.

“On the surface, this appears to be another case of government using tax dollars to pick winners and losers,” said Annette Meeks, CEO of the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota.  “Yet upon closer examination, it appears to be a bit more than that.  Our research suggests that one window manufacturer that has very close ties to this Administration has received lavish attention and special tax breaks.  President Obama promised the “most transparent Administration in the history of this country.  Now is the time for his administration to live up to that promise and prove to taxpayers that stimulus funds haven’t been used to reward their political friends."

Friday
Jan152010

NHDP - Club for Growth Releases Pledge to Repeal Health Care for Middle Class Families – Will Ayotte Sign On? 

Establishment Candidate Kelly Ayotte has Already Chased Club for Growth Approval - Will She Sign Their Pledge to Repeal Coverage for 157,000 NH  Residents and Tax Credits for 16,800 NH Small Businesses?

 
CONCORD - The far-right, extremist group Club for Growth launched an effort today to secure pledges from Republican candidates across the country to fight to repeal the landmark health care legislation currently being finalized in the US House and Senate [Repealit.org, 1/14/09]. Kelly Ayotte, Ovide Lamontagnge and Bill Binnie have all been outspoken opponents of the historic legislation, fighting against a bill which will bring down health care costs for families across the Granite State. [Concord Monitor, 1/8/10] - which ones will take the pledge?
 

Kelly Ayotte, for one, has already been down in Washington to court the extremist group's support as she races to the far-right wing of her party. After the meeting, Club for Growth Executive Director David Keating called her "a very impressive candidate" [Union Leader, 11/12/09].  Ayotte has also been chasing the endorsement of of uber-conservative Sen. Jim Demint, who is one of two candidates thus far to sign the Club's pledge. [Politico, 11/23/09]
 
"As part of her extreme-right makeover, Kelly Ayotte has been fighting against health care reform for New Hampshire's middle class families as she courts the endorsement of the Club for Growth," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Will she and the other Republican candidates practice what they preach and sign on? Will they commit to spending their hypothetical senate careers taking away essential New Hampshire consumer protections like mammograms and ob/gyn care, coverage for 157,000 New Hampshire residents, and tax credits for 16,800 small businesses?"
 
The Club's pledge, released today, asks candidates to sign the following: "I hereby pledge to the people of my state/district to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government" [Repealit.org, 1/14/10].

Friday
Jan152010

NHDP - When Will Rep. Boutin Disavow False Attacks on Rep. Goley? 

Republican Party issues false statement about Rep. Goley's record, Republican nominee's silence on the issue is deafening

 
Concord -  As of Wednesday, Rep. David Boutin, Republican candidate for state senate in District 16, has not disavowed the Republican Party's false statements about Rep. Jeff Goley's legislative record.
 
The Republican Party intentionally ignored Rep. Goley's decade long voting record opposing an income tax and issued a statement using information from a website that has since been proven incorrect.   Upon re-reviewing the 2002 survey submitted by Rep. Goley, the organization, Project VoteSmart, has corrected their website to reflect Goley's longstanding opposition to an income tax.
 
"David Boutin's silence on this issue is deafening," said Derek Richer, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "He should immediately disavow the false attacks on Rep. Goley's record.  The people of District 16 deserve an honest debate about the issues, and not the spreading of false information to score cheap political points," Richer added.