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Wednesday
Jul022008

TIA - Obama's Faith-Based Plan an Improvement, but...

Further Safeguards are Needed to Protect Constitutional Boundaries

Washington, DC – Today the Interfaith Alliance praised Senator Barack Obama for his plan to scrap the Bush Administration’s faith-based initiative, but urged the presumptive Democratic candidate for the presidency to include stronger constitutional safeguards in his new faith-based plan.

“I agree with Senator Obama that the Bush Administration’s faith-based initiative has been a colossal failure. I hope President Bush’s executive orders related to the faith-based initiative are repealed on the next president’s first day in office,” said Rev. Gaddy.

Unlike President Bush’s faith-based program, Senator Obama’s plan would require that religious charities obey Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in hiring charity staff. However, Senator Obama’s plan would still allow direct government funding of religious institutions, while the Interfaith Alliance would prefer religious institutions establish separate 501(c)(3) organizations to handle government grants. Our proposal keeps the government out of the business of investigating the internal affairs of houses of worship..

“To uphold the Constitution’s boundaries between religion and government, faith-based charities must obey much stronger safeguards. Senator Obama’s plan is a step in the right direction, though I would like him to go further,” said Rev. Gaddy.

In 2006 former White House Faith-Based Office staffer David Kuo wrote a tell-all book, which documented how the Bush Administration would funnel money to fly-by-night charities on the Religious Right, while more established, secular charities were left out. That policy, Kuo admits, was designed to win votes for President Bush and other Republican candidates.

“It is time to close the Pandora’s Box opened by the Clinton Administration and exploited by the Bush Administration. No future president should turn religious groups into political pawns in order to advance their own partisan ambitions,” said Rev. Gaddy.

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The Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, The Interfaith Alliance has 185,000 members across the country from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org

Wednesday
Jul022008

Office of US Rep Shea-Porter - Shea-Porter Announces UNH Grant

Funding to Assist Low-Income, First Generation College Students

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that University of New Hampshire Graduate School of Academic Affairs has been awarded a $279,000 federal grant under the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

The McNair Program grant is provided through the Department of Education.  It provides universities with funding to assist low-income, first-generation college students and students from underrepresented groups in order to prepare them for doctoral study.

I am very pleased to announce this grant award,” stated Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  “It will be invaluable to UNH and the students of New Hampshire.”

The University of New Hampshire will be able to use the funds for a variety of programs and services for students, including opportunities for research, summer internships, seminars, tutoring, academic counseling, graduate school admissions and financial assistance, mentoring programs, and cultural events.

Wednesday
Jul022008

Bradley For Congress - Bradley's 4th of July Schedule

7:30-9:00am

WolfeboroRepublican Committee Pre-Breakfast!

Jeb Bradley will join John Sununu speaking at this event.

Wolfeboro Inn

Wolfeboro, NH

 

10:00am

Wolfeboro 4th of July Parade!

Parade begins at Larry Road

 

Wednesday
Jul022008

NH GOP - Calls on Shaheen, NH Dems to Condemn Clark's Comments

Concord, NH –New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen issued the following statement regarding Gen. Wesley Clark's attacks on John McCain's military service record on CBS' "Face the Nation”:

“Most Granite Staters are appalled by Wesley Clark’s senseless attacks on Senator John McCain’s distinguished history of service to our nation – but apparently not Jeanne Shaheen, Carol Shea-Porter, Paul Hodes, or John Lynch, who have stood in silence without condemning Clark’s comments.

“Senator Obama’s rhetoric about ‘a new kind of politics’ is hollow when he and the New Hampshire Democratic establishment give their silent consent to Clark’s outrageous comments. Meanwhile, Clark’s comments are received with applause, not condemnation, on the blog of the New Hampshire Democratic party, bluehampshire.com.

“Silence is consent. Jeanne Shaheen and New Hampshire Democrats’ failure to condemn Wesley Clark’s comments suggests she and they agree with Clark. I call upon these New Hampshire Democratic leaders to condemn Clark’s comments.”

BACKGROUND:

On Sunday, Gen. Wesley Clark Attacked McCain's Military Service:

Gen. Clark: "But he hasn't held executive responsibility. That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded? It wasn't a wartime squadron. He hasn't been there and ordered the bombs to fall. He hasn't seen what it's like when diplomats come in and say, 'I don't know whether we're going to be able to get this point through or not, do you want to take the risk, what about your reputation, how do we handle this publicly?' He hasn't made those points Bob." (CBS' "Face The Nation," 6/29/08)

CBS' Bob Schieffer: "Well, General, could I just interrupt you. I have to say, Barack Obama has not had any of those experiences either nor has he ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down." Gen.Clark: "Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shotdown is a qualification to be President." (CBS' "Face TheNation," 6/29/08)

Gen. Clark's Attack On McCain Contradicts Obama's Promise For A New Kind Of Politics:

"Senator Barack Obama Often Offers A Crisp Sales Pitch To Voters, Imploring Them To Be Part Of Something New, Different And Hopeful. 'If You Want A New Kind Of Politics,' He Says, 'It's Time To Turn The Page.'" (Jeff Zeleny, "A New Kind Of Politics Closely Resembles The Old," The New YorkTimes, 6/16/07)

Obama: "We've got to get beyond the small politics ... the slash and burn politics that have become the custom in Washington." ("Obama Denounces 'Slash And Burn' Politics," The Associated Press,2/19/07)

Wednesday
Jul022008

City of Manchester Loan Fund Announces New Members

Manchester -The City of Manchester’s Revolving Loan Fund announces the addition of three new members to the Loan Review Committee : Ovide Lamontagne , an Attorney with D e vine Millimet ; Stephen Patterson , an attorney with Wiggin and Nourie, P.A. ; and Michael Simoneau , Vice President of Commercial Lending at Hampshire First Bank. “The City of Manchester Economic Development Office is pleased to have the wide range of talent and expertise these three new members bring to the Committee” s aid Glen Ohlund, Development Coordinator at the City of Manchester Economic Development Office and manager of the Revolving Loan Fund.

The revolving loan fund was established by the City of Manchester in 1996, using allocations of Community Development Block Grant funds and repayments from existing loans and two loans made by the former Greater Manchester Development Corporation. A total of 13 firms have been assisted by the revolving loan fund. The 13 firms have borrowed a total of $921,000 and created 161 new jobs in Manchester since the program’s inception.

The City of Manchester revolving loan fund makes loans for working capital and fixed asset acquisition to existing or relocating Manchester businesses that will create new jobs. These funds are not a substitute for traditional financing sources. The revolving loan fund is one of several business financing programs offered by the City of Manchester. The Economic Development Office provides information and referrals for other business development incentives offered by the City, State of New Hampshire, and a variety of Federal agencies. For more information, contact the Manchester Economic Development Office at 624-6505.