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Tuesday
Jun032008

Bradley For Congress - Jeb Bradley To File Candidacy For US Congress!

Noon, Wednesday, June 4,2008

NH State House Steps

 

(Rain Location, LOB)

Jeb will make brief remarks to crowd before heading to Secretary of State’s Office to file.  Jeb will be available to the press immediately following the filing, outside of the Secretary of State’s Office.

Join Us for Java with Jeb on the State House lawn following the filing. Jeb will serve up coffee and coffee ice cream!

(Rain location, Reagan Network, North Main Street, Concord)

Tuesday
Jun032008

DNC - McCain Myth Buster: John McCain and Louisiana's Farmers

Washington, DC-- While in Louisiana today John McCain will no doubt say he would fight for the people of Louisiana as president, but a look at his votes shows Senator McCain has consistently tried to gut a vital part of the state's economy: the sugar industry. McCain has made ending sugar subsidies a central promise of his presidential campaign and in the Senate has introduced amendments to end the government's sugar program. [Washington Times, 4/17/07; The Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), 7/21/00; Palm Beach Post, 7/21/00; Times Picayune, 8/5/99]

Senator McCain's talk on sugar is a sign that McCain just doesn't understand the economic situation in the state. After seven years of a president who has ignored the Gulf Coast, Louisianans don't want four more years of inaction with John McCain.

McCain Ripped Into Sugar Subsidies During His First Economic Speech Of The 2008 Campaign. During McCain's "first major economic speech since announcing his run for the presidency," "McCain ticked off the most egregious violations of pork-barrel spending as he ripped the Democrats' attempt to lard the emergency war-spending bill still deadlocked in Congress. 'They took the lid off the pork barrel and said to wavering members 'help yourself, there's plenty more where that came from.' They gave $7 million to research water quality on pig farms in Missouri, $24 million to sugar-beet farmers, $74 million for peanut storage, $95 million to dairy producers and nearly $400 million for highway projects, two years after we passed a $244 billion highway bill,' he said." [Washington Times, 4/17/07]

McCain Wanted To End Sugar Subsidies. Asked, "The federal government spent a record $ 22.7 billion last year in direct payments to farmers. Is Washington spending too much money on farm subsidies?," McCain responded, "'Yes. The 1996 Farm Act was intended to decouple farmers from bureaucratic crop controls and implement groundbreaking, cost-effective reform. Instead, the bill catered to special interests and did little to reform the system. . . I believe we need fiscally responsible reform of our farm policies to provide assistance to farmers who truly need it and promote efficient, free-market policies. We must end inequitable special-interest subsidies, such as sugar, peanut and ethanol industries, that cost American taxpayers billions of dollars every year, and help farmers manage risk as cost-effectively as possible." [Dayton Daily News (Ohio), 3/7/00]

McCain Attempted To "Kill All Funding" For The Federal Sugar Support Program. The Advocate reported, "Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, asked the Senate to kill all funding for the [federal sugar support] program. The Senate tabled McCain's amendment, by a vote of 62-35, which in effect kills it. McCain said the government program is a subsidy for rich corporate farmers and drives up the price of sugar for U.S. consumers." The Palm Beach reported that McCain's amendment "would have ended federal subsidies for sugar farmers in Florida and 15 other states" and that Florida sugar growers argued "that preserving the program is essential to keeping sugar farmers from failing." [The Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), 7/21/00; Palm Beach Post, 7/21/00]

McCain Assaulted Sugar, Attempting To "Uproot" Government Support For Sugar Farmers. "Senators from sugar-producing states, including Louisiana, on Wednesday beat back another in a series of efforts to uproot the government system of price supports for sugar farmers. The assault this time came in the form of an amendment to the Agricultural Appropriations bill by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who called for a one-year suspension of the federal government's sugar program. His amendment was defeated 66-33, a margin only slightly more lopsided than a similar vote in the Senate two years ago….The program offers annual, low-interest loans to sugar farmers and sets strict import quotas. McCain and other opponents claim the program amounts to a generous subsidy for a small group of politically connected 'sugar barons' in South Florida and artificially keeps prices high." [Times Picayune, 8/5/99]

After casting himself as a "Maverick" in 2000, the new John McCain is walking in lockstep with President Bush, pandering to the right wing of the Republican Party, and embracing the ideology he once denounced. On the campaign trail McCain has callously abandoned many of his previously held positions, even contradicted himself, in a blatant attempt to remake himself into a candidate Republicans can accept in 2008. So just who is the real John McCain? The Democratic National Committee will present a daily fact aimed at exposing the man behind the myth.

Tuesday
Jun032008

PolitickerNH - Senate Majority Leader Foster not running for re-election

In a shocker, the state Majority Leader Joe Foster (D-Nashua) announced moments ago he is not running for re-election. This leaves both Nashua senate seats open.
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Brian Lawson
Tuesday
Jun032008

NE News Forum - June 28 for "Sharing the News" at UMass-Lowell

To New England News Forum supporters:

Please mark your calendar and register to join us on Sat., June 28, 2008 at the Lowell campus of the University of Massachusetts for "Sharing the News: Fresh Approaches to Reaching Students and Training Citizens." The posting notice/news release below is suitable for sharing and posting.

CURRICULUM, TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES FOR EMPOWERING NEWS
CONSUMERS AND CREATORS ARE TOPIC FOR JUNE 28 WORKSHOP
-- Educators, journalistics, public, bloggers likely participants --

LOWELL, Mass. -- New England high-school and college journalism eduators, state education administrators, citizens journalists and bloggers will gather June 28 at the University of Massachusetts Lowell to hear four experts discuss how to support the new generation of news consumers and creators.

"The Internet is spawning a whole new class of news junkies," says Bill Densmore, director of the New England News Forum, which is staging "Sharing the News: Fresh Approaches to Reaching Students and Training Citizens" at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. "Our four experts will describe how to help those serious citizens understand what they're reading, hearing and viewing -- and how to contribute to the news themselves."

The unique, one-day workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to the public with a small registration fee requested.

Densmore said the session has three purposes:

 

  • Find out what Stony Brook University and major funders are planning in news literacy, and get New England editors, reporters, educators and citizens fired up about helping in our region.
  • Provide teachers, professors, bloggers and engaged citizens a workshop on emerging citizen-journalism practice and multimedia/interactive tools.
  • Conduct a roundtable discussion about the role of the New England News Forum in advancing news literacy.

 

Among featured presenters:

 

  • Howard Schneider, former editor of the Newsday, the Long Island daiy paper, and founding dean of the Stony Brook University journalism school. Stony Brook has received grants from the MacArthur, Ford and Knight foundations to develop a national news-literacy curriculum. Schneider will discuss how the New England News Forum and media -- new and old -- can be part of the development process.
  • Douglas McGill, of Rochester, Minn., awarding winning former foreign correspondent for the New York Times and business-writer for Bloomberg News, will conduct a half-day version of his Largemouth Citizen Journalism Workshop. He teaches average citizens online news skills.
  • Kara Andrada, education director of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, in Oakland, Calif., will provide a fast-paced demonstration of the latest tools for news-sharing on the web -- including social-networking and wireless approaches.
  • Wayne Sutton is a community content manager for MyNC.com, a hyper-local news Web site produced by WNCN, Channel 17 (NBC) in Raleigh, N.C. Sutton monitors user-generated content for the site. He also interviews local, online community leaders who are producing content on the web via blogs, podcasts or videos.

 

A one-hour roundtable discussion about the role of the New England News Forum as a catalyst for cooperation among the region's, editors, media educators and citizen journalists will wrap up the day. An optional box lunch is offered.

"Sharing the News" is sponsored by the New England News Forum, the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Boston-based law firm of Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye, LLP. Pre-registration is requested and stipends are available for those who cannot afford the workshop fee.

To register, go to http://www.newenglandnews.org/?q=sharing
or https://www.123signup.com/event?id=tbsgb

For more information, or to suggest additions to the day's program, contact the New England News Forum at mail@newenglandnews.org

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Bill Densmore, Executive Director
The New England News Forum
108 Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst MA 01003

Tuesday
Jun032008

Shea-Porter for Congress - NH Seniors' Organization Praises Shea-Porter's Voting Record

New Hampshire Seniors’ Organization Praises Shea-Porter’s Voting Record

100% Rating on Seniors’ Issues

Washington , DC – The New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans, a retiree advocacy organization, announced recently that it has awarded Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter a 100% rating for her voting record on seniors’ issues.

The Alliance rates House and Senate members on 10 key votes affecting seniors, including legislation aimed at reducing Medicare prescription drug prices, improving service at the Social Security Administration, preventing oil price gouging, and stopping predatory lending.

“We must not leave seniors vulnerable. It’s my responsibility to work for them and to represent them. I’m honored to receive this recognition,” said Shea-Porter.

During her first month in Congress, Shea-Porter was an original cosponsor of the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007 (H.R. 4), which requires the federal government to negotiate lower prices for Medicare prescription drugs. The previous Congress, working with the Bush administration, had passed a law preventing the government from negotiating better prices. The new legislation passed the House on January 12, 2007, and is currently pending action in the Senate.

“The government needs to speak up for senior citizens who are the largest consumers of prescription drugs and this bill requires the federal government to do exactly that,” said Shea-Porter.

Press release – Alliance for Retired Americans

New Hampshire delegation voting record – Alliance for Retired Americans