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Friday
Jan232009

NoStimulus.com Petition

Petition Website: http://www.NoStimulus.com

 

AFP Press Release: http://americansforprosperity.org/012209-americans-prosperity-voices-opposition-so-called-stimulus-package-launches-online-petition

 

Will you join me in taking a stand in the first major policy battle of President Obama's Administration?

 

You've seen the coverage of the approximately $1 trillion debt scheme pushed by Speaker Pelosi and President Obama that's being called the "Stimulus Package."

 

Sadly, many politicians in Washington, DC really believe that driving our nation even deeper into debt and using our money for wasteful government spending boondoggles is the way to get us out of the current recession.

 

These political leaders don't realize that massive deficits, higher taxes, wasteful spending and heavy-handed regulation are primary reasons for the current recession.

 

You can fight back today by visiting www.NoStimulus.com and joining the growing army of taxpayers saying NO by signing Americans for Prosperity’s petition to stop this disastrous trillion-dollar debt scheme, known as the “Stimulus Package.”

 

It is critical that we send a loud and clear message to DC politicians that ordinary citizens simply cannot afford the crushing burden and devastating consequences of this initiative.

 

Please act now to make your voice heard -- and encourage your friends and family to do the same -- by signing AFP’s petition at www.NoStimulus.com.

Friday
Jan232009

NH Audubon Statewide Bird Survey

Where Are All The Birds?
N.H. Audubon Needs Your Help on Statewide Bird Survey!

Concord – NH Audubon has received quite a few calls from worried bird watchers whose birds seem to have disappeared from their feeders. But have they really gone or just moved next door? Help New Hampshire Audubon (NHA) determine what’s happening by taking part in the annual New Hampshire Backyard Winter Bird Survey on Saturday, February 14, and Sunday, February 15. Biologists need assistance from citizens all over the Granite State to get a clearer picture of what's really happening with our winter birds this year.

 

Anyone can participate in the Backyard Winter Bird Survey by counting the birds in their own backyard on the survey weekend and sending the results on a special reporting form to NHA. To receive a copy of the reporting form and complete instructions on how to participate, send a self-addressed, stamped, long envelope to:

New Hampshire Audubon, Winter Bird Survey

84 Silk Farm Road,

Concord, NH 03301-8200

Forms are also available at N.H. Audubon centers in Auburn, Concord, Laconia, and Manchester, or you can find them on the NHA web site, along with more information about the survey at www.nhaudubon.org under the Birding page.


Data from the Backyard Winter Bird Survey is used to track changes in the distribution and abundance of many species. Each year about 1,200 observers count the birds coming to their feeders. Last year they tallied 68 species, smashed the survey record for Pine Grosbeak, and counted a record number of Barred Owls – paralleling the news reports of many owls found emaciated (or dead) along roads and highways. Survey results also showed an irruption of Bohemian Waxwings and Common Redpolls. “These delightful denizens of the Canadian boreal forest invaded in numbers not seen since 1998,” according to Pam Hunt, Senior Biologist at NH Audubon.

 

There are no invasions of redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks, or Bohemian Waxwings this winter. “We don’t expect to see these species this year because they have a biannual pattern of irruption,” says Hunt, “but we are seeing signs of a Pine Siskin invasion.” And record numbers of Red-bellied Woodpeckers were tallied on Christmas Bird Counts. “We have documented an increase in the Red-bellied population and we are especially interested in all the reports this year,” says Hunt, who has mapped this species’ range expansion in NH.

 

For some people, their feeders are quiet and “their” birds seem to have disappeared. “The only way we can tell if bird numbers are down this winter is through this survey. Otherwise it’s just anecdotal – birds may have disappeared from one feeder, only to appear at another,” says Survey Coordinator and Biologist Rebecca Suomala. You can help by taking part in the survey and reporting the birds in your backyard – even if your birds have left!

 

Birds may move in response to weather and the availability of natural food supplies. “Feeders provide supplemental food, but birds depend on many food sources,” says Hunt. The information gathered on the survey weekend will provide NHA biologists with the information they need to keep track of wintering bird populations.

 

Reports of a lack of birds are just as valuable as reports of many birds. “If everyone reported only when they have a lot of birds, we wouldn’t be able to see the declines,” says Suomala. "Feeders may be quiet this winter, but we want to know that." The most important thing is to participate each year regardless of how many or how few birds you have. This provides a consistent long-term set of data that shows both the ups and downs.

 

Suomala emphasizes that anyone can participate, even if you only have a few minutes. Results from past years are on the NHA web site. All New Hampshire residents are encouraged to take part. For more information about the Backyard Winter Bird Survey, please call New Hampshire Audubon at 224-9909 or go to the NHA web site at www.nhaudubon.org and click on Birding.

 

About New Hampshire Audubon

New Hampshire Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with five nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. New Hampshire Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on New Hampshire Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.

Friday
Jan232009

Blackwell For RNC Chair - American Spectator on Ken Blackwell

Dear RNC Member,

I am pleased to announce that I have been endorsed by Mike Grebe.

Mike served as Wisconsin National Committeeman for 18 years and RNC General Counsel for 4 years. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Arrangements for the 1996 Republican National Convention, was Chairman of the Rules Committee for the 2000 Convention and has been a Delegate to 5 conventions. He is currently the President and CEO of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

He believes that my Conservative Resurgence Plan is the most detailed and comprehensive plan put forward by any of the candidates. Mike has seen the operations of the RNC for many years and knows what it takes to have a successful Chairman. I am honored to have his support.

Sincerely,

Ken Blackwell

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Would All Be Well With Blackwell?


American Spectator

By Quin Hillyer on 1.22.09

Nobody in the race for chairman of the Republican National Committee has attracted as many high-profile conservative movement supporters as has former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. And it's true that conservatives have a host of good reasons to be high on Blackwell. But while Blackwell clearly would re-energize the movement, he is not rightly seen as appealing only to conservatives. This is a man with a history of winning elections and a comprehensive plan for helping his party win plenty more of them, at all levels of government.

First, to be clear: The list of conservatives who have endorsed Blackwell's campaign is more than impressive. Former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese. American Conservative Union Chairman David Keene. Former presidential candidate and supply-side economic champion Steve Forbes. Focus on the Family Chairman James Dobson. Legendary conservative direct-mail guru Richard Viguerie. Former Reagan Budget Director James C. Miller. Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly. Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. American Spectator Publisher Al Regnery. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. Media Research Center President Brent Bozell. Virginia National Committeeman and conservative youth trainer extraordinaire Morton Blackwell (no relation to the candidate)....

And on and on the list goes.

Even longer than the list of prominent conservative backers is the list of impressive items on Blackwell's résumé. In elective office, he has been mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio State Treasurer, and two-term Ohio Secretary of State. In appointive office he has been U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, an undersecretary (under Jack Kemp) of HUD, and on official commissions for the Department of Labor, on retirement savings, and on tax reform. He has won awards for his work in government finance and in technology. And he has served on more boards and been given more honorary degrees than most people would do in several lifetimes.

Blackwell is quite good on TV. He's even better on a podium, and even better yet in a large roundtable discussion. He has every bit of "presence" you would expect from a college football linebacker who was invited to training camp by the Dallas Cowboys -- which is what he was, before getting a graduate degree and teaching for 17 years at his alma mater, Xavier University. He speaks forcefully, with a real directness. He speaks with the authority of a man who knows his facts and knows his mind.

He is superb fund-raiser, having garnered some $12 million in contributions in his race for governor of Ohio in 2006. Fund-raising ability is, of course, absolutely essential for a party chairman.

But it is, of course, his 37%-61% defeat in the 2006 governor's race which critics use to pierce his armor. If he is such a good politician, they say, how could he have lost so badly?

To be blunt, the premise of the question is poppycock. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Mike DeWine did only a little better, with his 44 percent of the vote a very weak showing for a re-election effort. The problem, of course, was that Republicans were wiped out statewide in Ohio, all over the ticket, in 2006. No Republican running that year could have won. The state's party had been wrecked by scandals and convictions, mainly involving the administration of Robert Taft: the feckless, centrist namesake of his grandfather, the great conservative U.S. Senator from 1939-1953. (The corruption never touched Blackwell personally, not even close.) And of course 2006 was an awful year nationally, with President George W. Bush's horribly unpopular presidency at the time dragging down Republicans all over the place.

By virtue of his office but through no fault of his own, Blackwell had been hurt more than most by Bush's unpopularity because Ohio voters associated him in their minds with Bush's fairly narrow victory in Ohio in 2004 -- the state without which Bush would not have been re-elected. Because the Ohio vote was fairly close and because Blackwell was the state's chief elections officer, the nut-roots who absurdly claimed the Ohio ballot was rigged placed all the blame at Blackwell's feet. With Bush especially unpopular among black voters -- voters who in previous elections had provided Blackwell three or four times the percentages that Republicans normally receive from blacks -- Blackwell temporarily lost his longtime support in that key voting group.

One election loss in a terrible atmosphere cannot outweigh nearly three decades of winning electoral politics.

BUT THAT'S ALL in the past. What's impressive about Blackwell this year is how quickly he produced an absolutely superb "Conservative Resurgence Plan" to remake the RNC. Read it for yourself. At first it comes across as just a gathering of important-but-predictable promises: Raise more money, use technology better, yada yada yada. But after a while you realize it's a whole lot more. Blackwell provides not just platitudes but details. And they all make sense.

He lays out a plan to meld good, old-fashioned precinct politics -- including neighbor-to-neighbor, door-to-door (not just by phone) work, the way we all once did it when the organization charts were kept on paper hanging from easels -- with every last bit of modern technology, which Blackwell's plan cites by name and with obvious familiarity.

He focuses on the importance of governorships and state legislatures for the crucial redistricting battles coming after the 2010 census -- an issue he knows well because he served three years as chairman of the official national Census Monitoring Board.

He pledges a revenue-sharing system, along with all sorts of other help, for state Republican parties. And he spends a great deal of space explaining why it is so important to appeal to young voters and to re-build the ties between the RNC and the national College Republicans -- historically the proving grounds for so many party leaders. Indeed, the four top current national officials of the CRs have all endorsed Blackwell, as have the CR chairmen in 13 states.

Blackwell also plans greater consultation (within federal law) with outside conservative groups. And, finally but of utmost importance (this is a pet issue of mine!), Blackwell quite rightly insists that the RNC should make greater efforts at candidate recruitment.

"We must no longer relinquish control of federal candidate identification solely to the NRSC and NRCC," he writes. The problem with the senatorial committee and the congressional committee are that both are mostly incumbent protection bodies rather than candidate development bodies -- with the added weakness that they often do a bad job of actually protecting Republican incumbents! And no wonder: Every two years, a new senator or representative takes the helm of the two committees, and tries to oversee them while also handling full congressional duties and worrying about their own re-elections as well.

The Republican National Committee chairman darn well ought not leave candidate recruitment to such weak reeds.

"The most important factor in evaluating a potential Republican candidate is whether he/she has integrity and agrees with our philosophy of limited government, traditional values and a strong defense," Blackwell's plan continues. "If someone doesn't agree with the Republican philosophy of government, it hardly matters whether or not they make a good candidate on other levels. Once we are assured that they agree with our party philosophically, we should evaluate important factors such as their ability to appeal to voters for the office for which they are running, their ability to raise the resources necessary to be competitive, their ability to represent our party admirably on the national stage, and importantly, whether they are free from the corruption that plagued our party in recent years."
Hear, hear.

Several other strong candidates also are running for RNC Chairman. But it's easy to see why Blackwell has become one of the front-runners -- and the clear favorite among movement conservatives who form the backbone, nerves and sinews of today's Republican Party.

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FROM ROGER VILLERE - CO-CHAIRMAN, BLACKWELL FOR RNC CHAIRMAN


Dear Fellow RNC Members,

I am pleased to inform you that David Stanley of Iowa, Chairman of the National Taxpayers Union, and Dr. Richard Vedder, Professor of Economics at Ohio University, are supporting Ken Blackwell's candidacy for Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

David and Richard are two leading fiscal conservative thinkers with whom Ken will be consulting if he is fortunate enough to receive your support.

Our next RNC Chairman must have a working knowledge of the major issues and must surround himself with fiscal conservatives who can help him to develop alternatives to President Obama's policies. As a personal friend of Ken's, let me assure you that Ken is qualified on an intellectual basis, grasping national issues like few others. And I can assure you that he will have an advisory team that is second to none. After all, we must not simply criticize liberal policies. We must also propose positive alternatives.

Ken Blackwell is an author, visionary, experienced national television spokesman, consistent winner and reliable conservative who will surround himself with intellectuals who can provide the American people will conservative solutions that really work.

There are many characteristics important for our next chairman. Ken Blackwell offers us the entire package. And he can lead an outreach effort to expand our base that is unprecedented in the history of the Republican Party-without compromising our principles. That's a pretty good offer. I hope you will consider these comments as we prepare to meet in Washington to elect our next leader. A lot is riding on our decision.

Sincerely,


Roger F. Villere, Jr.
Co-Chairman
Blackwell for RNC Chairman

 

Friday
Jan232009

Shea-Porter Urges Secretary Clinton to Keep Dover Call Center Open

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to conduct a review as to why the National Passport Information Center in Dover lost its contract with the State Department. In a letter to the Secretary, Congresswoman Shea-Porter noted that more than 300 employees will lose their jobs in late February because of this contract change.

 

“Dover Call Center employees have worked faithfully and diligently for more than twelve years and it is outrageous that they are now losing their jobs,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “I am using every tool at my disposal to help reverse this decision.”

 

The full text of the letter is below:

 

The Honorable Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State

2201 C Street N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20520

 

Dear Madam Secretary:

 

Congratulations on your confirmation, and thank you for your continued leadership and service to our country.

 

I am writing because I am very concerned about a change in a Department of State contract that will adversely affect constituents in my district. AT&T Government Solutions has held a service contract agreement for a Call Center at the National Passport Information Center in Dover, NH for the past twelve years. The Center employs 300 employees. However, on Dec. 1, 2008 Peckham Industries was selected to take over this contract because of its AbilityOne status. They plan to move the Call Center and the 300 employees will lose their jobs on February 27, 2009 unless you take immediate action.

 

I have two major issues about this change. The first one concerns the subcontractor selection process. Please review the process that was used to choose Peckham’s subcontractor. Why did the chosen subcontractor win the contract, and what made it a better choice than the other two? The second issue concerns fulfilling the intention of the AbilityOne program. I understand and support the AbilityOne program. However, after a number of contacts with the State Department officials who were involved with this decision, I realized that the subcontractor of Peckham Industries is not required to hire the disabled and will not be monitored by either Peckham Industries or the federal government. Therefore, the very reason for taking a contract away from well trained workers is thwarted, and the State Department is throwing 300 people out of work in the process. Indeed, the local newspaper is blaming the federal government for an irrational move.

 

I respectfully request that you conduct a review of both the process that was undertaken in selecting the subcontractor and the second problem I cited.

 

Thank you for your attention to this most important issue. I look forward to your response.

 

Sincerely,

 

Carol Shea-Porter

Member of Congress

 

Friday
Jan232009

Congresswoman Shea-Porter Wins Third Committee

Washington, DC --- Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter announced that she won a seat on the Natural Resources Committee. Since Shea-Porter is already a member of both the Armed Services Committee and the Education and Labor Committee, shereceived a waiver from her House Colleagues to allow her to serve on a third committee.

 

“I am so honored to sit on the Natural Resources Committee, which plays an essential role in protecting and preserving our oceans, forests, and national parks,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “I am going to help defend and preserve both New Hampshire and America’s environment and its resources.”

 

The Natural Resources Committee is responsible for ensuring the responsible use and development of our nation’s fisheries, national parks, oceans, and mineral resources. In addition to protecting our nation’s natural resources, the Committee will also focus on combating climate change, enhancing energy development, and protecting endangered species during the 111th Congress.