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Thursday
Oct232014

ALG's Daily Grind - Obama fails to enforce his own Labor regs 

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Oct. 23, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Obama fails to enforce his own Labor regs
Obama's non-enforcement policy fails to faithfully execute the laws and is a dangerous precedent for the Executive Branch to set.

Cartoon: "jack-O-lantern"

Tesla blocked by bipartisan cronies in Michigan
The "anti-Tesla" bill prevents auto makers like Tesla from setting up shops exclusively through regional stores and sell directly to the customer, forcing them to use traditional franchised dealerships that gasoline cars use.

Domitrovic: They were talking about the Laffer Curve in 1963
"In 1963, as President John F. Kennedy was shopping his tax cut (which Kemp-Roth would emulate), its supporters pointed to the wonderful results it would bring to the states and the localities."

Thursday
Oct232014

NH Senate Majority - Sen. Carson welcomes Comacst Customer Care Center to Hudson 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Hudson, NH – Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) today applauded the opening of Comcast’s 127,000 square foot Customer Care Center in Hudson’s Sagamore Industrial Park. The $13 million facility was built to accommodate an anticipated workforce of 600 employees.

 

“I am thrilled to welcome Comcast to Hudson. Once this facility is fully-staffed, Comcast will employ 2,400 people across New Hampshire,” Carson said. “This state-of-the-art facility continues Comcast’s history of introducing its latest products and innovations to New Hampshire first.”

 

The Hudson Customer Care Center will be the first to use the company’s new “Einstein” knowledge management system, designed to improve interactions with customers. It includes employee wellness features such as an onsite fitness center, ceilings designed to virtually eliminate white noise, and 17 wellness rooms for employees to take breaks. The building housing the new Customer Care Center was once solely occupied by printing firm Presstek, which will now share the building with Comcast.

 

“Comcast recognizes that Hudson offers both the ideal location and workforce for growing companies,” Carson concluded.

Thursday
Oct232014

NHGOP BLASTS SHAHEEN FOR STANDING WITH NATIONAL ENERGY TAX SUPPORTERS 

Concord - Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen will proudly accept the endorsement of the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters, two environmental extremist groups that proudly support the national energy tax championed by Senator Shaheen. New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement in response:


 

"The Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters support a new national energy tax that could kill as many as 10,000 New Hampshire jobs, increase the price of gas by 20 centers per gallon and raise the already skyrocketing utility costs for middle class families. In Washington, Senator Shaheen has marched in lock step with the radical environmental groups funding her campaign by voting to pave the way for a new national every tax on working families," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Senator Shaheen continues to prove that she is wrong on the issues and incapable of providing the type of independent leadership that Granite Staters expect from their elected officials."


 

BACKGROUND


 

The Sierra Club supports a national energy tax. "Regardless Of Where You Live, Push For A Carbon Tax... Fossil-fuel burning imposes severe health and environmental costs that aren't factored into the cost of producing electricity. A tax on all energy sources that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere would correct this failure by reflecting the real cost of CO2 emissions--and make cleaner energy more financially viable." (Marilyn Berlin Snell, "Can Coal Be Clean?" Sierra Magazine, January/February 2007)


 

The League of Conservation Voters supports a national energy tax and has funneled more than $225,000 into Jeanne Shaheen's campaign in 2014.


 

The League Of Conservation Voters Scored Voting No On The Blunt Amendment As A "Pro-Environment Vote" - The Amendment Would Prevent Congress From Enacting Legislation That Would Place A Tax Or Fee On Carbon.  "Pricing Carbon Pollution Senate Roll Call Vote 59 Issue: Climate Change Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) sponsored an amendment to S. Con. Res. 8, the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Resolution, which would prevent Congress from enacting legislation that would place a federal tax or fee on carbon emissions. This amendment would limit Congress's ability to address climate change, which poses a severe threat to our economy, health, and environment, and would rule out a promising source of revenue for the government. On March 22, the Senate rejected-by a vote of 53-46-a procedural motion that would allow a vote on the Blunt amendment (60 votes were needed for passage; Senate roll call vote 59). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE."  (League Of Conservation Voters National Environmental Scorecard, Accessed 7/7/14) 


 

In 2007, LCV Applauded Chris Dodd's Energy Plan, Which Called For A Carbon Tax. "Senator Dodd was also the first presidential candidate to call for a carbon tax. A cap on carbon pollution provides certainty that we will achieve the necessary reductions in emissions. In that context, a carbon tax is a welcome addition to the debate. The challenge before us is significant and America needs our next president to carefully explore all options that reduce global warming pollution." (League Of Conservation Voters, "League Of Conservation Voters Applauds Senator Chris Dodd's Energy Plan," Press Release, 4/20/07)

LCV Victory Fund Has Raised $225,935.22 for Senator Shaheen through it's "Give Green" Program. Senator Shaheen is featured on LCV Action Fund's GiveGreen website, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates. Total Raised: $225,935.22 (League of Conservation Voters Give Green Initiative, Accessed 10/22/14)

Thursday
Oct232014

NHDP - Failed CEO Walt Havenstein’s Baseless Attacks Against Governor Hassan’s Bipartisan Accomplishments Fall Flat at Nashua Chamber Forum 

Manchester, NH – Earlier today, failed CEO Walt Havenstein's baseless attacks against Governor Hassan's bipartisan accomplishments and leadership were swiftly refuted at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce forum. Havenstein stumbled when faced with the reality of Governor Hassan's bipartisan accomplishments.  

“This morning's painful exchange reinforces how desperate failed CEO Walt Havenstein has become with his false attacks on Governor Hassan's bipartisan leadership," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. "The Governor's record of bipartisan accomplishments speaks for itself: she passed the most bipartisan budget in over a decade with no sales or income tax, worked with both parties and the business community to pass a bipartisan transportation bill to fix New Hampshire's roads and bridges, including finishing the completion of I-93, and reached a bipartisan compromise to expand health care to 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters." 

"Havenstein, on the other hand, is a failed CEO who drove defense contractor SAIC into a ditch. Now, Havenstein is pushing a Koch Brothers 'plan' that would do to New Hamsphire what he did to SAIC. No matter how many false and misleading attacks Havenstein launches, he won't be able to hide his disastrous record as CEO of SAIC and his Koch Brothers agenda that would hurt New Hampshire's families, businesses and economy," added Lesswing.

See here for footage of the exchange at this morning's candidate forum

See below for a transcription of the exchange:
 
Moderator: But I'm going to push on that a little bit more. She had Medicaid Expansion...

Havenstein: Medicaid Expansion...
 
Moderator: ... which was bipartisan in it's passage from the... it was absolutely bipartisan when it came out.

Havenstein: You have... everything has to be bipartisan if it gets signed. Right? At some point. But be very careful...

Moderator: But what you're saying is that toxic partisanship means that she doesn't work at all with Republicans. That's how I define 'toxic partisanship'. It's that she will not work with Republicans. She passed Medicaid Expansion. She got the gas tax increase, which was actually led by a Republican State Senator.  When you look at these state Supreme Court decisions against the hospital, or in favor of the hospitals...

Havenstein: You mean the MET? 

Moderator: Yep, on the MET. She was able to bring all but one hospital in the state together, and many of the CEOs of those hospitals are ardent Republicans themselves. I think there are some good examples where she can credibly say, 'I have been bipartisan in my leadership'."

Havenstein: Okay... 

Moderator: Alright [laughs]. 

Havenstein: We'll just have to agree to disagree.

Thursday
Oct232014

Guinta For Congress (CD1) - The Taxman Cometh: Shea-Porter and the IRS  

Shea-Porter’s Dealings with the IRS Called into Question

MANCHESTER - On Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s required financial submission form, it lists the simultaneous receipt of a pension and a salary from the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS.   Additionally, she has received $10,000 from the IRS Union PAC over the last three cycles.

Given her record of protecting the IRS at the expense of her constituents, her financial dealings with them appear to be a significant conflict of interest. 

Jay Ruais, Campaign Manager for Frank Guinta for Congress, released the following statement:

“As New Hampshire families and small businesses struggle with and through the labyrinth that is the IRS, why was Congresswoman Shea-Porter so quick to defend the bureaucracy at last night's debate with Frank Guinta? Congresswoman Shea-Porter benefits from a pension and a salary from the IRS while she votes to protect the agency, in addition to collecting thousands of dollars from the IRS union.  Middle class Granite Staters are working hard to pay their bills while she puts politics ahead of people.  She began her career claiming to be “for the rest of us”, now she’s just like the rest of them.

Does Carol Shea-Porter think it is acceptable to benefit from a pension and a salary of taxpayer dollars at the same time from the IRS, while voting to protect their interests in Washington?”

As a Member of Congress, Shea-Porter has taken several significant votes to protect the IRS. 

  • On May 7, 2014: Roll No. 203 on H Res 574: House of Representatives voted to find Lois G. Lerner, former Director, Exempt Organizations at the IRS in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Shea-Porter voted NO.
  • July 16, 2014: Roll No. 420.  H.Amdt. 1090 to H.R. 5016, DeSantis. An amendment to prohibit the use of funds to the IRS may be obligated or expended on conferences.  Amendment passed 264-157 with 42 Democrats and 222 Republicans voting yes.  Shea-Porter voted NO.
  • July 16, 2014: Roll No. 427.  H.R. 5016 passed with bipartisan support, the legislation cut $1 billion from the Internal Revenue Service, Shea-Porter voted NO.
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