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New Hampshire Union Leader & Sunday News
November 2, 2014

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In 2008, New Hamspshire voters sent Jeanne Shaheen to Washington to represent us. The question for Tuesday is whether she did. In our view, she failed to do the job she was elected to do. Instead of being a strong, independent voice for New Hampshire, Shaheen settled into a quiet, passive role as one of President Obama's most trustworthy allies in the Senate.
Asked last Thursday to name some issues where she disagreed with the President, she could name only one. He supports closing some military bases; she does not. That's it. She is 100 percent on board with the rest of the Obama/national Democratic Party agenda. Where is her agenda? Where is New Hampshire's agenda?


Shaheen says she puts New Hampshire first, but her record does not support the claim. It is not that she supported a President of her own party. It is that this President's agenda replaces New Hampshire solutions with Washington ones - by design. In Washington, Jeanne Shaheen has consistently supported Washington-dictated policies rather than ones that free Granite Staters to make their own choices.
By contrast, Scott Brown has a proven independent record, which is why Shaheen has spent so much time and energy trying to demonize him. In this campaign, he has made clear that he wants to take some of the power that Shaheen happily hands to the federal government and return it to New Hampshire.
He says that Granite Staters should be able to choose their own insurers, their own doctors, their own hospitals - rather than have those choices made for them by bureaucrats and lawmakers in Washington.
He says Granite Staters should be able to keep more of their hard-earned money rather than have it taxed and redistributed by politicians in Washington. We agree.


ALG urges Majority Leader McCarthy to rethink government funding strategy 


Oct. 27, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government president Nathan Mehrens reacted today to a news report that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy hopes to pass a long-term funding bill for the federal government during the lame duck session.


"While we appreciate Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's intent to avoid a funding fight in early 2015, allowing the Democratic-controlled Senate to dictate government funding terms even after they have likely been defeated is a mistake. 


"President Obama has made it clear that he will continue to push the boundaries of constitutional lawlessness through regulations and executive orders, and the power of the purse is one of the only powers Congress has to rein in a rogue Executive.  Throwing away this power to stop the most misguided of Obama's initiatives through the defunding process, cedes the only realistic tool this Congress has to check the President's excesses, and would negate the mandate of the people to halt the lawlessness of this Administration.


"Over the past four years, major advances toward fiscal sanity have been made through the government funding process and giving away the only legislative tool that the President respects is to declare defeat before the new Congress is even seated. 


"It is our hope that Majority Leader McCarthy will consider this trial balloon popped and instruct appropriators to work with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and other authorizing committees to identify the most egregious excesses and put a plan in place to defund those activities.  Americans for Limited Government has been active in identifying these abuses and dangerous policies, and will be continuing to inform Congress about them.


"Over the past four years, the only major advances toward fiscal sanity have been made through the government funding process and to throw away the only legislative tool that the President respects is to declare defeat before the new Congress is even seated." 


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Daily Signal - Government to Ordained Ministers: Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail 


Guinta For Congress (CD1) - Where's Carol's Compass? Ms. Shea-Porter goes to Washington, Never Returns.

State Senator Lou D’Allesandro Calls Out Shea-Porter for Hiding from Constituents

MANCHESTER – During an interview this morning with Jack Heath on WGIR, State Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) expressed his frustration with Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s neglect of her constituents in the largest city in the First District, Manchester.

Listen to the WGIR conversation here.

D'Allesandro: "Retail politics is the name of the game...If that disappears, Jack, I think the nature of democracy disappears - it's that one on one contact, face to face, talking to people, we'll be come an advertising nation...It's taken that part of politics and moved it to the side, and I'm very discouraged about that"

Heath: "You do events with Ann Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, do you wish they were out there more?"

D'Allesandro: "Yes. I wish Carol Shea-Porter were in Manchester more, I haven't seen her in Manchester. Manchester is the heart of the first congressional district. I want to see her more"

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

“Congresswoman Shea-Porter has literally and figuratively lost her compass. The Congresswoman has been feeling the heat from the constituents that she’s been hiding from, and now she’s feeling it from prominent members of her own party. The Congresswoman can’t find her way to Manchester and she can’t find it within herself to vote with her district – from her steadfast support for ObamaCare to increasing taxes and spending, she has been a rubber stamp for President Obama rather than the independent voice New Hampshire needs.”


CEI Today: Clean Air Act reform, EPA buries good news, and the need to defend business 

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2014
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Inside EPA: CEI Pushes Air Law Reform To Bolster State-EPA 'Cooperative Federalism'


Conservative think tank the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is suggesting Congress pursue Clean Air Act amendments to correct what it sees as an imbalance in the air law's "cooperative federalism" balance between EPA's regulatory powers and those given to states, saying lawmakers need to strengthen states' air law authority.  > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman


EPA BURIES GOOD NEWS - MARLO LEWIS Good News on Air Quality Not Featured on EPA’s Web Site


This week EPA updated its annual Air Quality Trends, and the news is fanastic. “National average air quality continues to improve as emissions decline through 2013,” EPA reports.

But that’s not what EPA features as “News” on its Web site.
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> Interview Marlo Lewis



Defending the Virtue of the Business World at Home and Abroad

A new CNBC/Burson-Marsteller poll on attitudes toward business in both developed and emerging economies reveals some troubling findings. While business leaders in the U.S. and other developed nations view themselves and their firms favorably, the public’s view is less positive.  More striking is the gap in public opinion with more positive views in developing nations—even supposedly socialist ones—than in the West. > Read more

> Interview an expert


CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The Federal Register topped the 60,000-page mark on Friday, and is on pace for the 6th-highest page count in its 79-year history. Along the way, new regulations cover everything from 5K races to how magnets work.


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