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Friday
Feb262010

Hillsborough County Lincoln-Reagan Gala Promotions

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Friday
Feb262010

ALG Calls on Senate Judiciary Committee to Delay Obama DOJ Nominee Johnsen until FOIA Request Fulfilled

"Because the Justice Dept has refused to comply with the [Freedom of Information] law and the real possibility exists that Ms. Johnson has violated the law in acting prior to confirmation, I call upon you to delay or defeat this nomination."—ALG President Bill Wilson.

February 25th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today in a letter urged members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to delay the confirmation of a controversial nomination to the Justice Department by Barack Obama until it can be confirmed whether the nominee circumvented the constitutional process of "advice and consent."

The committee is set to begin mark-up on the nominee today at 10AM.

ALG filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Justice Department's (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) attempting to confirm allegations that Dawn Johnsen, Barack Obama's nominee for Assistant Attorney General to the Office of Legal Counsel, has been performing duties pursuant to that office without being confirmed by the Senate, including making hiring decisions.

"Because the Justice Dept has refused to comply with the [Freedom of Information] law and the real possibility exists that Ms. Johnson has violated the law in acting prior to confirmation, I call upon you to delay or defeat this nomination," Wilson wrote.

According to National Review Online, Johnsen may have been "involving herself in OLC's decisions on hiring junior lawyers.  If those reports are accurate, Johnsen's actions would seem a serious violation of the Senate's understanding of pre-confirmation etiquette—an etiquette that is especially punctilious for nominees who have generated controversy—and would give senators additional reason to oppose her nomination."

The ALG FOIA request, filed on October 26th, 2009, has gone unheeded in spite of a 20-day statutory requirement. 

"That was over 120 days ago, and flies in the face of the Freedom of Information Act," Wilson wrote in his letter.

According to the law, "Each agency, upon any request for records… shall… determine within 20 days (excepting Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays) after the receipt of any such request whether to comply with such request and shall immediately notify the person making such request of such determination and the reasons therefor, and of the right of such person to appeal to the head of the agency any adverse determination."

According to a letter to the Justice Department from ALG Counsel Nathan Mehrens, the organization has made repeated attempts to contact the Freedom of Information office within the Office of Legal Counsel, and received no response until the morning of Feb. 12th

"After numerous failed attempts to obtain a response, i.e., unreturned voicemails, etc., from your office regarding the FOIA request referenced above I finally was able to get you on the phone on Friday, February 12, 2009. As you will recall in that call you stated that the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) has not even started to work on the FOIA request. You also declined to provide an estimated date of completion for the FOIA request," wrote Mehrens.

Wilson said in a statement the committee was "duty-bound" not to act until the Justice Department completed the FOIA request, and in his letter wrote, "The information we have requested is critical to your committee's decision on whether or not to confirm Ms. Johnsen."

 

Attachments:

 

Freedom of Information Act Request, October 26th, 2009.

 

Letter to Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel, February 24th, 2010.

 

Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee, February 25th, 2010.

 

ALG Backgrounder on Dawn Johnson, December 10th, 2009.

 

Friday
Feb262010

NetRight Daily: Senate Judiciary Committee Should Delay DOJ Nominee Dawn Johnsen  

From NetRightNation.com:

Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today in a letter urged members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to delay the confirmation of a controversial nomination to the Justice Department by Barack Obama until it can be confirmed whether the nominee violated the law.

The committee is set to begin mark-up on the nominee today at 10AM.

ALG filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Justice Department's (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) attempting to confirm allegations that Dawn Johnsen, Barack Obama's nominee for Assistant Attorney General to the Office of Legal Counsel, has been performing duties pursuant to that office without being confirmed by the Senate, including making hiring decisions.

"Because the Justice Dept has refused to comply with the [Freedom of Information] law and the real possibility exists that Ms. Johnson has violated the law in acting prior to confirmation, I call upon you to delay or defeat this nomination," Wilson wrote.

According to National Review Online, Johnsen may have been "involving herself in OLC's decisions on hiring junior lawyers. If those reports are accurate, Johnsen's actions would seem a serious violation of the Senate's understanding of pre-confirmation etiquette—an etiquette that is especially punctilious for nominees who have generated controversy—and would give senators additional reason to oppose her nomination."

The ALG FOIA request, filed on October 26th, 2009, has gone unheeded in spite of a 20-day statutory requirement.

"That was over 120 days ago, and flies in the face of the Freedom of Information Act," Wilson wrote in his letter.

According to the law, "Each agency, upon any request for records… shall… determine within 20 days (excepting Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays) after the receipt of any such request whether to comply with such request and shall immediately notify the person making such request of such determination and the reasons therefor, and of the right of such person to appeal to the head of the agency any adverse determination."

According to a letter to the Justice Department from ALG Counsel Nathan Mehrens, the organization has made repeated attempts to contact the Freedom of Information office within the Office of Legal Counsel, and received no response until the morning of Feb. 12th.

"After numerous failed attempts to obtain a response, i.e., unreturned voicemails, etc., from your office regarding the FOIA request referenced above I finally was able to get you on the phone on Friday, February 12, 2009. As you will recall in that call you stated that the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) has not even started to work on the FOIA request. You also declined to provide an estimated date of completion for the FOIA request," wrote Mehrens.

Wilson said in a statement the committee was "duty-bound" not to act until the Justice Department completed the FOIA request, and in his letter wrote, "The information we have requested is critical to your committee's decision on whether or not to confirm Ms. Johnsen."

Attachments:

Freedom of Information Act Request, October 26th, 2009.

Letter to Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel, February 24th, 2010.

Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee, February 25th, 2010.


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Count On a Nosy Government:  Since 1790, every 10 years the federal government has come around to count every American in an effort to determine proportional representation. This is dictated by Article I, Section 2 of our Constitution and it's one of the rare instances the Constitution has been rigidly followed throughout our 230-plus year history.

Friday
Feb262010

Lamontagne for US Senate - Starting Over and Getting It Right on Health Care 

Dear Friends -

Earlier this week, President Obama announced his new health care "reform" proposal, a virtual copy of the same trillion dollar comprehensive, big government takeover that was proposed last year. And now today, President Obama, with his liberal allies Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid at his side, is hosting a health care photo-op to once again make the case for a government run health care system.

Democrats like Paul Hodes believe that bureaucrats in Washington should be in charge of your family's health care. You'll hear them talk of 'single-payor' and 'public-option' programs, as well as 'individual mandates'. But regardless of how they try to sell it, the fact remains that the Obama/Hodes plan would effectively nationalize the American health care system, ultimately resulting in higher costs for families and small businesses, longer lines at the doctor's office and rationed care. Its no wonder that, as Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts recently showed, an overwhelming majority of the American public oppose nationalized health care. Despite this, President Obama and Congressional Democrats, supported by Paul Hodes, are prepared to ram this takeover through.

It's time to start over and get it right on health care.

Its clear that the current legislation can't be fixed. The process in arriving at this bill has been marked by corruption and scandal, punctuated with backroom maneuvering that resulted in the "Louisiana Purchase" and "Cornhusker Kickback" - sweetheart deals to ensure the support of individual senators. This is wrong, and typifies the 'anything goes' culture in a broken Washington, DC. Enough is enough.

As Senator for New Hampshire, I will fight the special interests at every turn, and oppose any government takeover of health care. At the same time, I will work to enact real, market based health care reforms that will lower costs, enhance competition in the private sector and increase access.

With so much at stake, there is no time to lose. Please visit my website today at www.ovide2010.com to sign up and contribute, and lend your voice to our fight to take back the Senate and reform Washington.

Very truly yours,

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Friday
Feb262010

Ayotte For US Senate - In Case You Missed It This Week...2/25/2010 

Paul Hodes Refuses to Let Go of Public Option

Continues Push For Government Takeover Of Health Care

Paul Hodes couldn’t be more out of touch with New Hampshire. As President Obama unveils a $1 trillion health care plan, Hodes has doubled-down on the deeply unpopular public option. He’s even joined the fringe of his party in trying to ram government-run health care through Congress.

“Maybe if Paul Hodes read the health care bill or had held open town hall meetings with New Hampshire voters, he’d understand that Granite State families don’t support his plan for a $1 trillion government takeover of health care that cuts Medicare, raises taxes, makes coverage more expensive, and spends our nation further into debt.

“We need common sense health care reform that results in improved care with lower costs. That’s why Kelly Ayotte supports meaningful lawsuit abuse reform, which estimates show would reduce costs by $54 billion, as well as wellness programs and increasing competition through measures such as allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines.”

Read more here.

Ayotte On The Issues  

In case you missed it, view Kelly’s new Issue pages on her website, and let us know your thoughts.

Budget and Spending

Kelly Ayotte will fight hard for New Hampshire taxpayers to stop the professional politicians from bankrupting our country. This year’s budget deficit is a staggering $1.4 trillion and our national debt is over $12 trillion. Congress cannot continue to spend money that we do not have, and burden our children with a debt they cannot afford. We need to return to a fiscally responsible, common sense approach to spending that allows our country to prosper and create jobs.

Read more here.

Crime And Safety

As Attorney General, Kelly Ayotte served New Hampshire as a tough on crime prosecutor fighting to keep families safe. Under Kelly’s watch as the chief law enforcement officer, New Hampshire was ranked the safest state in the Nation for the past two years.

Read more here.

Energy And The Environment

Our country needs a comprehensive energy policy that reduces U.S. dependence on foreign sources of energy. We can accomplish this through increased conservation efforts and by expanding our domestic energy sources.

Read more here.

Health Care

With health care costs growing at unsustainable rates, it is becoming increasingly difficult for small businesses to provide coverage for employees and more expensive for New Hampshire families to obtain affordable coverage. Congress needs to enact meaningful health care reforms that lower costs and improve quality.

Read more here.

Jobs

Kelly Ayotte is committed to strengthening New Hampshire’s economy and nurturing new opportunities for business owners. She understands the critical role that entrepreneurs and small business owners play in ensuring that New Hampshire has a vibrant economy.

Read more here.

National Security

President Obama recently stated that we are at war with Al Qaeda, and I agree with him. Unfortunately, we part ways after that, as his policies do not match his rhetoric.

Read more here.

Responsible Government

As Attorney General, Kelly Ayotte earned a reputation for keeping our public servants honest. When our elected officials violated the public trust, Kelly prosecuted them regardless of political party. Unfortunately, in Washington, backroom deals have become the norm and legislators trading favors for votes has become common place.

Read more here.

Second Amendment

Kelly Ayotte has a strong record of protecting New Hampshire citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms. Kelly is a strong and passionate supporter of our citizens’ individual right to keep and bear arms.

Read more here.

Upcoming Ayotte Events and Travel

On Friday, Kelly will attend the NH GOP Reception with Representative Paul Ryan in Hampton Falls.

On Sunday, Kelly will be in Epsom for the Suncook Valley GOP Committee Candidate Forum.

Next week, Kelly will be on the Seacoast for the Portsmouth Rotary’s Candidates Luncheon on Thursday and will attend the Strafford County Lincoln-Regan Reception on Friday.

 

Help Kelly take her message of fiscal discipline and real reform to Washington!