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Thursday
Oct022008

Obama/Biden Campaign - Launches New TV Ad On John McCain’s Big Spending Washington Ways

CHICAGO, IL - Today, the Obama-Biden campaign released a new 30 second TV ad, Spending Spree, which highlights John McCain’s big spending, including his tax plan bringing along three trillion in debt, his plan to privatize social security and his tax breaks for companies that export jobs.

The Ad-"Spending Spree"

"Spending Spree" will air in key states across the country beginning today.

Click HERE to watch "Spending Spree."

Thursday
Oct022008

Obama/Biden Campaign - NH Women Come Together To Present Declaration of Support For Sen Obama

Prominent New Hampshire Republican Legislator Will Announce Support For Obama

Manchester, New Hampshire-- This Thursday, Democratic, Independent and Republican New Hampshire women, led by elected officials and community leaders from across the state, will come together in Concord to present a declaration of shared values that outlines why they believe Senator Obama can bring about the change Granite Staters need.

At Thursday’s press conference, a prominent New Hampshire Republican legislator will be announcing her support for Senator Obama.

WHAT:

New Hampshire Women Present Declaration of Support for Senator Obama

WHO:
Senate President, Sylvia Larsen
House Speaker, Terie Norelli

Dr. Susan Lynch
Peggo Hodes
Jennifer Wierwille Norton
Terry Sturke
Laura Simoes
Janice Fleming

AnnMarie Morse

WHERE:

Legislative Office Building

33 N. State St. Concord, NH

WHEN:

12:00 P.M

Wednesday
Oct012008

Free State Project - Five years after choosing New Hampshire, the "Free State Project" is Going Strong

A growing membership and growing list of accomplishments highlight fifth anniversary of the vote for NH

America's boldest pro-liberty experiment, the Free State Project, is celebrating the fifth anniversary of selecting New Hampshire to be its home. The Free State Project (FSP) aims to recruit 20,000 pro-liberty activists to move to New Hampshire. Once there, participants agree to "exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of life, liberty, and property.

"A lot of people have moved," says Project founder Jason Sorens, "It's really exciting!" 8,700 people have signed up to move once the 20,000 goal is reached and roughly 600 have already moved and currently live across New Hampshire. In fact, more than 1,000 signed a second pledge to move to New Hampshire by the end of 2008.

It was October 1, 2003 when FSP leadership announced the result of a nationwide vote to determine which state would be the "Free State," the destination for the "liberty migration." Ten states competed for five thousand votes, and New Hampshire came in first. She won people's hearts and minds with her high quality of life, lack of sales and income tax, her accessible politics, and her "Live Free or Die" motto. Since then, liberty activists have flowed into the state and made their marks:

* Joel Winters won a seat in the state house in 2006 and many others won their primaries for the 2008 election.

* The NH Liberty Alliance was formed and successfully led the fight against REAL-ID, increased taxes, and government growth.

* NH Common Sense was formed and led a marijuana decriminalization bill through the NH state house.

* The NH Underground has revived civil disobedience against unjust and antiquated laws.

* Ian Bernard and Mark Edge have built a nationally syndicated talk show, Free Talk Live, based in Keene, which is now heard on 40 AM and FM radio stations.

* David Ridley has produced the must-watch RidleyReport, a YouTube news channel covering the people and stories of pro-liberty activism in NH. He's cranked out more than 600 news video reports since late '07.

* Dan and Carol McGuire produced the television program Your State House. Denis Goddard and Lydia Harmon produced the television program Capitol Access.

* Keith Murphy established Murphy's Taproom, a popular pub in Manchester.

* James Dodson established the Liberty Books store in Concord.

* The FSP created the NH Liberty Forum and Porcupine Freedom Festival, popular events in NH and the pro-liberty community around the country.

But more significant than any individual achievement, over the past five years the Free State Project has proven itself to be a sustainable, successful organization with a community that has become part of New Hampshire.

http://www.FreeStateProject.org

Wednesday
Oct012008

Sununu For US Senate - AD CHECK: Senator Sununu's Record of Economic Leadership

MANCHESTER- Today , the Shaheen Campaign released a TV ad that distorts John Sununu’s long record of leadership of calling for reform and oversight of our financial markets. For years, as pointed out by a wide variety of media outlets, John Sununu has helped lead the charge promoting regulatory reforms that could have prevented today’s crisis. Unfortunately, Jeanne Shaheen’s allies in Washington have fought every attempt to implement these strong and fair regulations.

Senator Sununu Has Proposed Legislation To Provide Oversight and Accountability To The Financial Markets:

· As early as July 25, 2000, John Sununu chaired a House Budget Committee hearing on the systemic risk posed by the massive mortgage portfolios held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

· On July 31, 2003, as a new member of the Senate Banking Committee, Sununu co-wrote and introduced legislation (S. 1508) to strengthen the regulation and oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Sununu foresaw the threat of systemic risk to the financial markets by the mortgage giants. Sununu called attention to the need to improve Fannie’s and Freddie’s safety and soundness in order to reduce the exposure to the American taxpayer and prevent a future bail out.

· Sununu continued to fight for reform by reintroducing even stronger legislation in 2005 (S. 190) and again in 2007 (S. 1100). As a member of the Banking Committee, he has participated in well-over a dozen hearings on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and has authored and introduced numerous committee and floor amendments to legislation under consideration by the Senate, including an amendment to require Fannie and Freddie to register their securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and an amendment to the Lobbying Reform Bill that would have increased scrutiny of Fannie’s and Freddie’s lobbying activities on Capitol Hill.

· On July 28, 2005, the Senate Banking Committee, on a Party line vote of 11-9, approved S. 190, legislation Sununu co-wrote and introduced earlier that year to create an independent regulator and strengthen the oversight of Fannie and Freddie. Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, opposed the bill because they wanted to relax provisions that would have allowed the new regulator to enforce stronger capital standards, review and approve new lines of business, and limit the size of Fannie’s and Freddie’s giant portfolios that exposed the entire financial system to greater risk. Conversely, Schumer and the Democrats insisted on expanding the size and mission of both Fannie and Freddie.

Schumer said at the time: “The portfolio limits are a very large sticking point for me.'' He added: “I have real doubts we can find bipartisan compromise.”

· On April 5, 2006, Sununu wrote and introduced the bipartisan National Insurance Act (S. 2509). This first of its kind legislation would create a federal role for the oversight and regulation of insurance markets and firms. The National Insurance Act would have given a specific role to the federal government to regulate national insurance companies, such as AIG, which operate across all 50 states and globally.

· Sununu first raised the issue of federal regulation for national insurers in 2003 during a Commerce Committee hearing on insurance. Since that time, he has been the leading advocate in Congress on the need to reform the regulatory structure for insurance. A federal regulator would have the ability to review and monitor the overall health of the insurance industry, which is national and global in its scope, and as we see today, has a significant impact on financial markets and the U.S. economy.

· Sununu reintroduced the National Insurance Act in 2007, but the Democrat led Banking Committee has yet to consider it.

· On September 22, 2006, the Credit Rating Agency Reform Act (S. 3850) passed the Senate. Sununu supported this legislation that earlier passed the Senate Banking Committee by a unanimous vote on September 6, 2006. This legislation was passed to improve ratings quality for the protection of investors and in the public interest by fostering accountability, transparency, and competition in the credit rating industry.

· On March 31, 2008, the Treasury Department released its Blueprint for a Modernized Regulatory Structure. Sununu supported this effort and issued the following quote:

“Effective and efficient regulation ensures safety, soundness, and confidence in financial service firms and our capital markets. Despite some modernization efforts during the past decade, America’s financial service regulations remain fragmented, and in many cases operate under structures designed in the 1930’s.”

“The Federal Reserve should be given greater powers to address systemic risk within our largest financial institutions. The sheer number of regulatory organizations should be reduced and areas of duplication and confusion need to be eliminated.”

“During the past five years, I have helped to write and introduce legislation modernizing and strengthening regulation of government sponsored housing enterprises, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and legislation establishing a modern optional federal charter for insurance. I’m pleased to see both of these concepts are highlighted in Secretary Paulson’s working paper.”

Wednesday
Oct012008

Phinizy For NH Senate - State (NH SD-8) - Phinizy Going on Listening Tour' of Downtown Claremont Businesses

Phinizy taking ‘listening tour’

of Claremont downtown businesses

WHEN: Wednesday October 1 st 11:00 a.m.

WHO: Representative Jay Phinizy, Democratic candidate for State Senate District 8

WHAT: Join Jay as he meets and talks with local business owners to learn what issues they consider important and how he can help when he is elected State Senator.

WHERE: Meet at Democratic Headquarters on Pleasant Street Claremont