Press Releases

 

Saturday
May302009

House Republican Alliance - Letter Sent to Speaker of the House Terie Norelli

Attached is a press release sent to Speaker of the House Terie Norelli today
from the House Republican Alliance.

HRA_LTR052909_SpeakerNorelli

Saturday
May302009

WFI - Workers Suffer As Union Bosses Mismanage Dues And Finances 

Washington, D.C. – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today issued the following statement in response to news reports that the AFL-CIO has concealed the precarious state of its finances with “creative accounting.”

 

“Today’s news that union bosses have been cooking the books, and misusing and mishandling the hard-earned dollars of their workers is deeply disturbing, yet in no way surprising. This should serve as notice to those elected officials supporting the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act, a bill that rewards union bosses with unfettered and unlimited access to our nation’s small businesses,” said Katie Packer, executive director of the Workforce Fairness Institute. “Why Congress would even consider providing Big Labor heads with access to more power and more money, while they prove to lack the integrity and honesty to manage the finances and retirements of their own members is beyond bewildering. We stand united and will not allow worker protections afforded in the secret ballot and right to vote on contracts to be traded away in an effort to provide political payback at the expense of America’s small business community.”

 

A bill to eliminate secret ballot election in the workplace is currently making its way through Congress. Something like this could never happen, right? Actually, it could. Under the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act,” workers, in violation of our Democratic principles, would be denied their American right to a private ballot in union organizing elections in the workplace. Workers would be forced to publicly state their vote -- for everyone to see. This is more appropriately called the FORCED CHOICE ACT and would fundamentally change the rights of employees in the workplace ... it would force unions on them; force contracts on them and force payment of dues on them.

The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace. To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.

 

To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Mary Beth Hutchins (ext. 105) at (703) 683-5004.

 

BACKGROUND:

 

“The AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. union organization, concealed deteriorating finances through ‘creative accounting,’ according to a union leader. Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said in a report that the labor federation obscured its financial difficulties heading into last year’s presidential election campaign, in which it backed Democrat Barack Obama. Net assets of the 11 million-member AFL-CIO declined to a negative $2.3 million as of June 30, 2008, from a $66 million surplus on July 1, 2000. ‘A new leadership — leaders chosen by our members, leaders help accountable by our members — is needed,’ wrote Buffenbarger, who is a member of the AFL-CIO’s finance committee and the president of one of the nation’s largest unions. Alison Omens, a spokeswoman for the AFL-CIO, declined to comment on the report.” (Holly Rosenkrantz, “Creative Accounting Masked AFL-CIO’s Finances, Official Says,” Bloomberg News, 5/29/09)

 

Saturday
May302009

NH Senate Shocker: We don't need no stinkin' rules! 

In a dramatic turn of events today, Senate President Sylvia Larsen (D-Concord) violated Senate Rule 28, replacing the only Republican on the Committee of Conference for HB 73, the Lynch Amendment, with a Democrat.

Senator Houde (D) replaced Senator Roberge (R) so that negotiations would cease and the required unanimous vote of the Committee of Conference (Senate Rule 19) would be achieved.

Read a detailed description, the committee report, and blog links at the Marriage Tracking Page:

http://nhelection.info/marriage.html

Saturday
May302009

CPR Action - Reacts to Comm. of Conference Report on HB73 

Says it is unfortunate Senator Roberge was removed from the Committee

 

Concord – Today, CPR-Action Executive Director, Kevin Smith,made the following statement regarding the conference committee reporton HB73, and the removal of Senator Roberge from the committee:

 

"It is quite obvious from today's committee of conferenceon HB73, that the Legislature is looking to ram this bill through the process at any cost. The changes made to the Senate version of HB73 offer more religious window dressing at best - there were virtually no changesmade to the language the House voted down. Additionally, Senator Roberge offered very 'real' amendments allowing for boththe "freedom of religious conscience" and a non-binding referendum on the issue. It is not only a shame that the rest of the committeewould not agreeto these reasonable changes, but it is even more unfortunate that Senator Roberge had to thenbe removed from the committee in order for them to get the results they wanted and continue the gay marriage charade."

Saturday
May302009

CHQ - Conservatives Will Lead Fight Against Sotomayor 

If Republicans Won't Fight, Conservatives Will
Viguerie Blog - President Barack Obama's pick to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court lacks the qualifications to serve on the land's highest court. However, even if Republicans don't put up a fight to block Judge Sonia Sotomayor, conservatives will. [read the blog here]

 

Daily Lickskillet: Read today's Lickskillet comic here to find out why terrorists are eyeing Lickskillet.

Articles in News From The Front:

GOP Insiders: Don't Fight Sotomayor

No Patty-Cake, Please

Cato Scholar Brings Administration to Heel

VIDEO: Governor Defends State Against Cap-and-Tax

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