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Wednesday
May202015

NHGOP CONGRATULATES YVONNE DEAN-BAILEY ON SPECIAL ELECTION VICTORY 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Yvonne Dean-Bailey's victory in the Rockingham District 32 special election:
"I want to congratulate Yvonne Dean-Bailey on running an outstanding campaign that focused on the traditional New Hampshire principles of lower taxes and limited government. Voters chose Yvonne because she campaigned on a pledge to fight Governor Maggie Hassan's reckless fiscal policies that will put our state on a path toward an income tax. Her election is a victory for taxpayers and a stinging rebuke of Governor Hassan's misplaced priorities and her disastrous tax-and-spend agenda."

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Wednesday
May202015

FreeKeeneNews - Shire Free Church Lawyers Up, Re-Files Tax Exemption Application 

For those who have been following the saga of the Shire Free Church: Monadnock, here’s the latest, much of which was well-covered by the Keene Sentinel’s Martha Shanahan last week.  After bringing on liberty attorney Brandon Ross for our tax appeal case last year, the church board decided to dismiss the 2014 case in favor of re-filing in 2015.  We’ve since filed the 2015 tax exemption with our attorney’s oversight.

Given the state’s rejection of multiple liberty churches’ tax exemptions in 2014 (including the Peaceful Assembly Church – also represented by Ross), the board wanted to make sure we were putting our best foot forward, legally.

There has been a misconception that this is all about money; it’s about religious freedom. We don’t believe that the Shire Free Church, or any other church, should owe taxes. However we have nonetheless continued to give voluntary contributions to the City of Keene’s operations we support, like road maintenance and fire protection.

Shire Free Church: Monadnock is established to promote peace and other divine virtues, and to promote the study of religion in freedom and fellowship.  We believe there are many paths to God, one for each individual. We believe God is the source of all creation; and divinity is expressed through compassion, empathy, forgiveness, freedom, generosity, honesty, humility, kindness, mercy, patience, and peace.

This is not about keeping money.  If it were, we’d not be hiring an attorney.  In fact, Shire Free Church: Monadnock’s board decided to go ahead and pay the full amount demanded by the city for 2014 in order to forestall any violent acts by the city agents and start our 2015 appeal without any liens on the property.  The state religion is a dangerous, aggressive religion and we will use their system to protect your right to choose a religion of peace instead of believing in the violent, morally-corrupt state.

Stay tuned here to the Free Keene blog or the Shire Free Church page on facebook for the latest.


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Ian Freeman
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Tuesday
May192015

CEI Today: Dodd-Frank burdens, Chipotle's GMOs, Big Ethanol's ad campaign, and more 

Monday, May 18, 2015
In the News Today

 


DODD-FRANK BURDENS - JOHN BERLAU

 
Dodd-Frank’s Thousands of Commandments and Near-Zero Benefits
 
A study released last week found that Dodd-Frank, based on the economic effects of increasing the cost of lending, could result in the loss of  “$895 billion in reduced Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the 2016-2025 period, or $3,346 per working age person.” > Read more
 
 

CHIPOTLE'S GMOs - GREG CONKO

 

Health Care News: CHIPOLTE BACKING DOWN ON ITS GMO-FREE CLAIM

 

Chipotle announced it was going to eliminate GMO ingredients in its corn and cooking oils, but the big one that no one seems to talk about is the cheeses, says Greg Conko, executive director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Chipotle has not made any announcement about getting rid of cheese produced with Chymosin.  > Read more

 

ETHANOL'S AD CAMPAIGN - MARLO LEWIS

 

Ethanol Industry Ad Campaign: Fuels America or Fools America?

As the June 1 deadline approaches for EPA to propose Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates, biofuel lobbyists are cranking up their political and PR efforts to sway EPA’s decision. > Read more

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The State of
Freedom in the UK

 


A Cato Institute discussion on the outcome of the election and what it means for the state of freedom in the UK, featuring CEI's Iain Murray and other experts > cato.org
 

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Tuesday
May192015

ALG - Amending fast track 'futile' 

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May 18, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement commenting on Senate amendments being offered to the trade promotion authority legislation:

 

"Americans for Limited Government is gratified that so many Senators are concerned with the disastrous potential impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that they are attempting to negate these harms through amending the fast track enabling legislation.

 

"We believe that these efforts, while noble, are ultimately futile, as they will not prevent the enactment of a trade agreement or its implementing legislation containing offensive provisions under expedited fast track procedural rules.  Even language which explicitly strips fast track authority if certain provisions are not met is only as good as Congress' willingness to enforce them.  Given recent history and the support for fast track demonstrated by leadership in both Houses, stripping the authority once granted is extremely improbable.

 

"What's more, no legislation can handcuff future legislation from its repeal or amendment.  Supreme Court Justice David Souter elaborated in United States v. Winstar, 518 U.S. 839 (1996), '[W]e have recognized that a general law...may be repealed, amended or disregarded by the legislature that enacted it, and it is not binding upon any subsequent legislature...' quoting Manigault v. Springs, 199 U.S. 473 (1905).

 

"The trade agreement and its implementing legislation will be submitted to Congress under fast track rules 'notwithstanding any other provisions or prior laws.'

 

"This is why those in Congress who are so concerned about the impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that they would offer or vote for restricting amendments, can best show that concern by voting down granting President Obama what Senate Leader Mitch McConnell called, 'an enormous grant of power' and allowing any agreement, partnership or treaty that the President signs to be subject to full Congressional scrutiny."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/amending-fast-track-futile/

 

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Tuesday
May192015

NRSC - Maggie Hassan Is Against School Vouchers

NRSC

 

Maggie Hassan Is Against School Vouchers

WASHINGTON – With the school year coming to a close, the NRSC is starting a series reminding voters that elitist Governor Maggie Hassan opposes school vouchers which would enable students to attend the school that fits them best.  

“Every child should be able to attend the school that fits them best, but Maggie Hassan disagrees as she voted against school vouchers,” said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “Hassan’s elitist view that big government should dictate which school each child attends is fundamentally wrong.”  

BACKGROUND …

In May 2006, The New Hampshire State Senate Approved Legislation That Would Create A Scholarship Foundation To Provide School Vouchers For Low-Income Families. “Low-income families would be eligible for vouchers to send their children to better schools under a plan approved by the state Senate on Thursday. The bill calls for spending $250,000 to start a quasi-private foundation that would solicit donations for scholarships that low-income families could use for tuition at private schools or public schools outside their district. It also would streamline state funding for existing charter schools and provide $400,000 in startup money for new ones. Several Senate Democrats said as much as they supported those provisions, they could not vote for a bill that included vouchers.” (“Senate Approves School Vouchers,” The Associated Press, 5/5/06)

The Legislation Established A Quasi-Private Foundation To Collect Donations For Scholarships. “The bill calls for spending $250,000 to start a quasi-private foundation that would solicit donations for scholarships that low-income families could use for tuition at private schools or public schools outside their district. It also would streamline state funding for existing charter schools and provide $400,000 in startup money for new ones. Several Senate Democrats said as much as they supported those provisions, they could not vote for a bill that included vouchers.” (“Senate Approves School Vouchers,” The Associated Press, 5/5/06)

In May 2006, Hassan Voted Against Legislation That Would Appropriate $250,000 To Create A Public-Private Foundation To Provide Scholarships For New Hampshire Students For Private Or Public Schools. “An Act relative to distribution of state aid to charter schools and relative to funding for charter schools.” (H.B. 76, Roll Call Vote #124, Motion To Pass Adopted 15-8, 5/4/06, Hassan Voted Nay; Senate Journal 14, 5/4/06, pg. 579)