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Friday
May222009

CHQ - Liberal (Hypocritical) Nonprofits Ignore Censorship By Democrats 

Liberal Nonprofits' Selective Appreciation of the First Amendment
CHQ Blog - Mark Fitzgibbons' letter to the editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy explains the hypocrisy of some liberal nonprofits and their approach to the First Amendment. Because of Democrats, courts now have solid precedent to uphold restrictions on lobbying by taxpayer-subsidized nonprofits. [read the blog here]

 

Daily Lickskillet: Read today's Lickskillet comic here to find out what is in Pippin Chanticleer's secret video diary.

Articles in News From The Front:

  • Crist Senate Battle Key to GOP's Future
  • GOP: Resurgence Or R.I.P.?
  • GOP Shelves Resolution Labeling Dems 'Socialists'
  • Rush Resigns
  • Reading List for Conservatives

 

Friday
May222009

NH DOC - Inmate Veterans Hold Memorial Day Ceremony

Concord, NH - Inmates who are military veterans gathered in the chapel of the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord on May 21, 2009 for an hour long Memorial Day ceremony. The event, sponsored by Chapter 161 of Vietnam Veterans of America, drew about fifty participants.

 

The event featured remarks from James Brendon Hart, a representative from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

 

The ceremony was highlighted by offenders reading the names of New Hampshire soldiers still missing in action from the Korean Conflict and in Southeast Asia. Inmates also read the names of the New Hampshire servicemen who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The men’s choir performed “God, Give Us Good Men.” The ceremony ended with an inmate performing “Taps.”

 

Other guests met with the offenders including State Representative Chris Nevins (R-Hampton), Michael Horne, Director of the New Hampshire Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen, Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn, and Warden Richard M. Gerry.

 

Friday
May222009

SEIA - HOUSE CLIMATE CHANGE BILL A STEP FORWARD FOR SOLAR ENERGY, US ECONOMY 

WASHINGTON, DC – Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement this evening after the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed The American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) by a vote of33 to 25:

 

“The House took a major step forward today in cutting pollution while putting our economy back on track, thanks to the leadership and persistence of Chairman Waxman, Ranking Member Barton, Sub-Committee Chairman Markey and Ranking Member Upton. This bill will invest in clean energy for the future, while creating jobs and fueling investment in the solar industry. Several solar energy companies have announced major manufacturing and project initiatives in the past week and this bill will help more companies revive America’s manufacturing sector with green jobs.

 

“Specifically, this bill stimulates deployment of solar energy by allocating carbon allowances for renewable energy and energy efficiency, applying triple renewable energy credits (REC’s) for distributed generation (like solar), including solar water heating systems as an energy efficiency measure, creating a Clean Energy Bank, and establishing net metering and interconnection standards for federal facilities that install solar.

 

“We look forward to working with Chairman Waxman and Ranking Member Barton on swift House passage of this historic energy and climate bill.”

Friday
May222009

NH GOP - NASHUA TELEGRAPH: LYNCH WILL REGRET GAY MARRIAGE FLIP-FLOP 

“We believe the governor had it right the first time. A gay marriage law is unnecessary in a state that recognizes the civil union of same-sex couples.... The governor would have been better advised to stand his ground – to veto the gay marriage bill as it was initially proposed.”

 

Nashua Telegraph Editorial, 5/21

 

 

 

Governor Will Regret Gay Marriage Flip-Flop

Nashua Telegraph

EDITORIAL

May 21, 2009

 

The New Hampshire Legislature added to the confusion surrounding gay marriage legislation on Wednesday by failing to approve changes demanded by the governor.

By a vote of 188-186, the House refused to add the protections for religious institutions demanded by Gov. John Lynch as a condition of his signature.

It wasn't immediately clear whether lawmakers who previously voted for the bill changed their minds about gay marriage, did not want to make the changes demanded by the governor, or did not like the compromise that emerged from the Senate.

Whatever the case, Lynch now finds himself in a lose-lose situation with gay marriage opponents.

If the bill is ultimately modified to his satisfaction, and he signs as promised, they will most certainly feel betrayed.

If he vetoes the bill, he will alienate much of his Democratic base and still incur the wrath of conservative voters who will never forget that he stood ready to sign it.

In fairness to the governor, he never said he would veto a gay marriage bill should one cross his desk. However, he left little room for doubt about his position: Marriage is the union of a man and a woman, and the civil union legislation on the books in New Hampshire is adequate to provide equal protection under the law to same-sex couples.

We believe the governor had it right the first time. A gay marriage law is unnecessary in a state that recognizes the civil union of same-sex couples. The energy of gay rights advocates and their supporters in the state Legislature should be directed toward ensuring that same-sex couples in civil unions truly do enjoy the same rights and protections as marriage.

 

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The governor would have been better advised to stand his ground – to veto the gay marriage bill as it was initially proposed, while pledging to work harder than ever to ensure that the legal actions of the New Hampshire Legislature are respected in the other 49 states and by the federal government as the Constitution intended.

Instead, he has provided powerful political ammunition to those who oppose any legal recognition for same-sex couples, whether through marriage or civil union.

 

 

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Thursday
May212009

NH Commonsense - Legislative Team Forms to Negotiate Medical Marijuana Compromise 

Advocates Are Hopeful Legislators Will Strike an Effective Compromise

 

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — The Senate today added three members to a "committee of conference" that will work to negotiate a compromise with Gov. John Lynch on HB 648, the medical marijuana bill. Sens. Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth), Peggy Gilmour (D-Hollis) and John Gallus (R-Berlin) will join Reps. Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua), Evalyn Merrick (D-Lancaster), Robert Bridgham (D-Carroll) and David Welch (R-Kingston), who were named to the committee last week.

 

Advocates expressed hope that the team of legislators will craft a compromise that will address Gov. Lynch's concerns without jeopardizing seriously ill patients. Many of the committee members were very involved in writing and rewriting HB 648, and all voted in favor of the bill.

 

The bill has now passed both chambers of the legislature, but in different forms. A vote in the House earlier this month to concur with the Senate's amendment was expected to be a simple formality, but the situation became more complex when Lynch presented lawmakers with a list of eight concerns the day before the vote. Facing a likely veto, supportive representatives felt they had no choice but to reject the Senate version and opt instead for this unique form of negotiation.

 

The governor's top concern appears to be whether or not patients should be allowed to cultivate medical marijuana in their homes. Matt Simon, executive director of the NH Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy, said that each of the 13 medical marijuana states allow "grow your own" and that allowing patients to produce their own supply is vital to ensuring safe access. It eases the financial burden on patients with little income who could not afford to purchase marijuana from a non-profit, whose prices must cover alarm systems, rent and staff time. And states with "grow your own" provisions have reported very few instances of abuse of the system or diversion of marijuana to the illicit market. Provisions such as requiring cultivation to occur in an enclosed, locked facility can effectively balance concerns about diversion with patients' need for access.

 

"Qualifying patients in 13 states are permitted to cultivate their own marijuana at minimal cost to themselves and no cost to the state," Simon said.

 

Simon stressed that some type of distribution centers, if enacted, would be a great option for some patients, but that it would not be practical for such centers to serve all qualifying patients in the state. "For low-income patients with debilitating conditions like MS, who are struggling to maintain their quality of life over long periods of time, personal cultivation is likely to be the most sensible option available."