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Jim Rubens - An Article V Convention To Shrink Government & End Political Corruption

Every two years, we hear that the coming election is a historic watershed. Then on November 5, faced with the choice between making the hard choices needed to tackle our nation’s big challenges and positioning themselves for the next election, most Washington politicians instantly fixate on the next election.

Meanwhile, our national debt and unfunded future promises have mounted to a crushing $100 trillion. Our economy is fueled almost entirely on printed money and is producing too few living-wage jobs. Federal power is so dangerously concentrated that Washington now monitors much of our personal communication and controls the curriculum in our local schools.

Regardless of Republican or Democrat control, we are stuck with the Ex-Im Bank (half of whose taxpayer subsidized loan guarantees go to just one company, Boeing), corn ethanol mandates, the Raisin Control Board and sugar import restrictions (all drive up food cost to benefit a handful of agribiz campaign contributors), and the M1 Abrams tank upgrade program (lives on despite fervent opposition by the sequester-constrained Pentagon because program suppliers are spread across 173 Congressional districts). Congress rams through hyper-complex, purposefully unintelligible 2,000 page bills, unread by members and written by special interest lobbyists seeking economic and regulatory privileges at the expense of ordinary citizens.

Little has changed over the past thirty years, other than that the underlying problems have grown worse. Only by amending our constitution can we force Washington to exercise fiscal discipline, address systemic political money corruption, and relinquish power back to the states and the people.

There are two means provided in Article V to amend the constitution. All 27 amendments to date have been proposed by Congress and ratified by the necessary three-quarters of the states. But our constitution’s framers had the immense foresight to anticipate a Congress so corrupted by political careerism as to be incapable of self-reform and therefore provided a second and as yet unused amendment route. If the legislatures of two-thirds of the states (now 34) pass resolutions applying for a convention to debate and shape proposed amendments, Congress is compelled to call an amending convention. If a convention agrees on the language of one or more proposed amendments, legislatures or conventions of three-quarters of the states (now 38) must agree to ratify.

Twenty-four states, including New Hampshire, have already applied to Congress to call a convention to shape an amendment to require a balanced federal budget, other than in times of emergency. Supermajorities of the American people also want term limits for members of Congress, a smaller federal government, and a means to reign in systemic political corruption. Several national organizations on the right and left are asking state legislatures to apply for a convention to address one or more of these subjects.

Because it has never been used, there is great controversy and uncertainty about the state-initiated amending process. Some fear a “runaway” convention proffering amendments to gut our Bill of Rights or adopt full-on socialism. This cannot happen because convention delegates will span the full spectrum of views held by the American people and will struggle mightily to reach agreement on amendment language likely have the broad supermajority public support needed to gain ratification by 38 states. Delegates will be acutely aware that it takes only thirteen states to kill too extreme amendments. Just as New Hampshire, Wyoming, Alaska, and at least ten other states will reject restrictions on our Second Amendment rights, so will New York, California, New Hampshire and at least ten other states reject a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Join me in support of balanced budget amendment convention applications in other states and for application resolutions by the New Hampshire legislature on other pressing subjects. Help me persuade the Republican National Committee to drop its opposition to an Article V convention. Let’s work together, right and left as we must, to gain use of the most powerful tool we have to address our nation’s toughest challenges.

Cheers & Merry Christmas,

Jim Rubens

Businessman and Republican activist from Hanover.


NH House - Leadership positions

Jasper Selects strong Republican team to drive New Hampshire's Agenda


Concord--- NH House Speaker Shawn Jasper (r-Hudson) today announced  his leadership team that will preside over the House standing committees over the next biennium.  The newly elected leader of the New Hampshire House of Representatives called upon a number of veteran republican legislators, as well as several lawmakers who will be serving in a leadership role for the first time.”


“I have made it clear from the beginning that I would be all inclusive in putting together our leadership team,” said Jasper.  “I am proud to be working with a team of leaders,  representing a diverse and talented cross section of our party,  that will help us develop and drive an agenda addressing critical issues of concern to the people and future of our state,” he added. “During our upcoming caucus on December 17 we will begin to develop our agenda from the ground up through an exchange of ideas from within our caucus.  We have been given the opportunity to lead and I look forward to getting to work on the issues that really matter to the people we all were sent to Concord to represent. "


The  Finance Committee, key to the formation of the next biennial state budget,  will be chaired by Neal Kurk (r-Weare) a veteran of the committee and former chair who is entering his 15th term as a member of the House.  Each of the three committee divisions will chaired by members with a strong background in finance .  Lynne Ober (r-Hudson), entering her sixth term in the House, will serve as vice chair for the Finance Committee and will also preside as chairman of Division 1.   David Danielson (r-Bedford) will serve as the vice-chair for Division 1.  The Division II chair will be Karen Umberger (r-Kearsarge).  She will be assisted by Vice Chair Laurie Sanborn (r-Bedford).  Heading up Division III of Finance will be Richard Barry (r-Merrimack).  Serving as his Vice Chair will be Betsy McKinney (r-Londonderry), a veteran lawmaker beginning her 16th term.


The Ways and Means Committee, which considers and reports on all bills and resolutions relating to raising money, will be chaired once again by Norman Major (r-Kingston), entering his 10th term in the House, and also a former chair of the committee. Patrick  Abrami (r-Stratham) will serve as the vice chair.


Sherm Packard (r-Londonderry) a former Republican leader and committee chair,  entering his 13th term,  will serve as Speaker Pro Tempore.  Richard Hinch (r-Merrimack) was named the Majority Whip and Kathleen Hoelzel (r-Raymond) will serve as his deputy. Previously announced to leadership positions were Gene Chandler (r-Bartlett) as Deputy Speaker and Jack Flanagan (r-Brookline) as Majority Leader.


Additional leadership positions, including the deputy majority leader will be announced in the next few days.


Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of the remaining committees include:


Children and Family Law:

Carolyn Gargasz (r-Hollis), Chair

Debra I. DeSimone (r-Atkinson) Vice Chair

Commerce and Consumer Affairs

John B. Hunt (r-Rindge) Chair

Laura Jones (r-Rochester) Vice Chair

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

John E. Tholl, Jr. (r-Whitefield) Chair

David A. Welch  (r-Kingston)  Vice Chair


Rick Ladd (r-Haverhill) Chair

John Balcom (r-Merrimack) Vice Chair

Election Law

Kathleen M. Hoelzel (r-Raymond) Chair

James P. Gray (r-Rochester) Vice Chair

Environment & Agriculture

Robert Haefner (r-Hudson) Chair

John T. O’Connor (r-Derry) Vice Chair

Executive Departments & Administration

Andrew Christie (r-Hampton Falls) Chair

John Sytek (r-Salem) Vice Chair

Fish and Game and Marine Resources

David Kidder (r-New London) Chair

Jim Webb (r-Derry) Vice Chair

Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs

Frank R. Kotowski (r-Hooksett) Chair

Donald LeBrun (r-Nashua) Vice Chair


Robert Rowe (r-Amherst) Chair

Joe Hagan (r-Chester) Vice Chair

Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services

William Infantine (r-Manchester) Chair

Tammy Simmons (r-Manchester) Vice Chair

Legislative Administration

Richard Hinch (r-Merrimack) Chair

Jack Flanagan (r-Brookline) Vice Chair

Municipal and County Government

James Belanger (r-Hollis) Chair

Frank Sterling (r-Jaffrey) Vice Chair

Public Works and Highways

Gene G. Chandler (r-Bartlett) Chair

Mark McConkey (r-Freedom) Vice Chair

Resources, Recreation and Development

Chris Christensen (r-Merrimack) Chair

Beverly A. Ferrante (r-Derry) Vice Chair


Shawn Jasper (r-Hudson) Chair

Gene G. Chandler (r-Bartlett) Vice Chair

Science, Technology and Energy

Robert Introne (r-Londonderry) Chair

Herb Richardson (r-Lancaster) Vice Chair

State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs

Russell T. Ober (r-Hudson) Chair

Phillip Straight (r-Merrimack) Vice Chair


Steven D. Smith (r-Charleston) Chair

Thomas Walsh (r-Manchester) Vice Chair



FreeKeeneNews - Schmidt Family Breaks Silence on Stalking Allegations 

Husband of Alleged Child Stalker Speaks

Matthew Schmidt admits to causing regular neighborhood disturbances, claims the 10yo boy that his wife allegedly stalked is a bully. Irregularly for weeks, Matthew Schmidt has driven by the intersection of Leverett and River streets in his Amari Plumbing work truck and personal vehicles, laying on his horn and screaming “Get a job!” at the top of his lungs. Rich Paul, who lives in one of the homes at the intersection, decided to go down and confront Schmidt yesterday after he again drove by honking angrily.

To be clear, Schmidt has been engaging in this un-neighborly behavior long before his wife Jennifer Schmidt was recently issued a temporary stalking order for allegedly threatening to kill a 10-year-old boy with a knife. WMUR covered that story after it broke here on Free Keene, but WMUR did not mention any names in the case. WMUR also said that Jennifer Schmidt would not talk to the media until they speak to their attorney. In the video of Rich’s confrontation taken by activist David Crawford, Matthew broke the family’s silence in the case, alleging the boy in question was a bully, presumably towards their daughter.

When informed multiple times that his honking had disturbed children from their slumber, Schmidt was unapologetic. In fact, he further promises to, “make their lives a living nightmare.”

Despite seeming to have some grievance against what he calls the “shithole” on the corner, the Shire Free Church-owned LRN.FM studio and Keene Activist Center, Schmidt seems to think that all the neighbors who aren’t liberty activists really appreciate his loud honking and screaming. At one point he even claims, “Everybody loves what I’m doing. They love it.”

Video of his statements is here.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Dec122014 Headlines - Dec. 12, 2014 

The Boston Globe





Here are highlights from today's Globe:

  • Amid rancor, House approves spending bill: The vote on the legislation, which now heads to the Senate, came ahead of a midnight deadline for a government shutdown. Noah Bierman and Jessica Meyers report from Washington.

Dec122014 Political Headlines - Dec. 12, 2014 

The Boston Globe




Here are highlights from today's Globe:

  • Amid rancor, House approves spending bill: The vote on the legislation, which now heads to the Senate, came ahead of a midnight deadline for a government shutdown. Noah Bierman and Jessica Meyers report from Washington.