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Monday
Feb092015

NHDP - ICYMI: Boston Globe: "GOP should focus on fixing immigration, not compromising security" 

Concord, N.H. -- As Kelly Ayotte continues to put New Hampshire communities at risk with her decision to hold funding for homeland security hostage in order to appease her Tea Party base, the Boston Globe joined the bipartisan chorus of those calling for Congress to pass a "clean" DHS funding bill. 

Key Point: "This game of political chicken has to end with the Republicans blinking. It’s one thing to disagree with the president’s executive actions, but it’s another thing altogether to hold crucial funding for a wide range of security programs hostage. [...] Congress should pass a 'clean' Homeland Security funding bill that funds the agency without the immigration language."

See below for click here for the full Boston Globe editorial:

Boston Globe: GOP should focus on fixing immigration, not compromising security

IN THE latest political show vote on Capitol Hill, Republicans are protesting President Obama’s executive orders on immigration, enacted in November, by trying to attach language undoing them to a bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security. The attempt is going nowhere: Earlier this week, Democrats in the Senate blocked the bill from reaching Obama’s desk. At the same time, the president has vowed to veto any legislation that reverses his immigration measures.

This game of political chicken has to end with the Republicans blinking. It’s one thing to disagree with the president’s executive actions, but it’s another thing altogether to hold crucial funding for a wide range of security programs hostage.

Republicans who believe Obama’s executive orders are an abuse of power should instesad look for remedy in the courts. If Obama overstepped, the surest way to reverse his orders would be through a judicial ruling. Meanwhile, Congress should pass a “clean” Homeland Security funding bill that funds the agency without the immigration language.

Obama enacted the executive orders only after the House refused to a vote on a Senate-passed bill that would have overhauled our current immigration system. In retaliation, the GOP decided to attack the president’s orders at the funding source: DHS. The Republican bill included so-called “poison pill” amendments that prevent the use of DHS funds or fees to enforce Obama’s executive actions, which will benefit about 4 million undocumented immigrants by shielding them from deportation while also allowing them to apply for work permits. The amendments also prevent the use of any funds to continue implementing a 2012 order that protected some undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

Along with some Republicans who voted against the bill in the House and the Senate, three former secretaries of Homeland Security have also urged the GOP to stop using the agency’s budget as a political weapon. Republicans Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, and Democrat Janet Napolitano, wrote to Republican leadership: “DHS’s responsibilities are much broader than its responsibility to oversee the federal immigration agencies and to protect our borders… Funding for the entire agency should not be put in jeopardy by the debate about immigration.” They called for a clean funding bill for the rest of the year, like the one Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski and New Hampshire and Senator Jeanne Shaheen filed last week.

Obama has said he would be happy to see Congress pass a law that would make his executive orders unnecessary. Republicans, instead of engaging in quixotic budget tactics, should get to work on a new immigration bill and stop compromising national security.

Click here for the full Boston Globe editorial.
 
 
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Thursday
Jun262014

NHGOP CALLS ON SHAHEEN TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT BENEFITING FROM STIMULUS 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today called on Senator Jeanne Shaheen to fully address unanswered questions about her shady financial interests. The Boston Globe today reported that Senator Shaheen and her husband refused to answer questions about their financial stake in a company that received federal stimulus funding. Shaheen voted for the wasteful $787 billion stimulus boondoggle and her husband Billy runs a prominent lobbying firm that operated a "stimulus opportunities team" to help clients get federal money.

 

"Today's report raises very serious ethical questions about Senator Shaheen's finances and a conflict of interest involving her husband's lobbying firm. Senator Shaheen has long championed the wasteful stimulus boondoggle, and it's troubling to learn that she financially benefited from a company that received stimulus funding," said NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn. "Billy and Jeanne Shaheen's refusal to answer basic questions about their involvement with this company raises even more concerns and shows that they may have something to hide. In order to uphold public confidence in her office, Shaheen needs to openly and transparently answer questions about this issue."

 

"The Shaheens declined multiple requests for interviews and would not answer most detailed questions about their investments and connection to the firm," reported The Globe.

 

Non-partisan ethics watchdogs have raised questions about the red flags raised by Shaheen's potential conflict of interest.

 

"'It absolutely is a concern,' Charlton Copeland, former chair of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust and a professor at the University of Miami told the Boston Globe. 'It raises questions because so much of the work of this kind of policymaking takes place outside of the specter of the public eye.'"

 

Shaheen has also advocated for transparency in government, making her refusal to answer basic questions about this company even more troubling.

 

"Transparency is a foundational principle of our democracy," said Shaheen in a May, 2013 press release." Secrecy in our government should be limited, and used only when absolutely necessary to protect our national interest."

Monday
Jun022014

NHDP - Boston Globe Today Reveals Troubling Facts: Scott Brown Cashes in with Shady FL Company

Experts Warn “Very, Very Risky” for Investors Brown Gets $1.3 Million in Stock
 
No Wonder Brown Failed To File Financial Disclosure Form
 
Concord, NH—The Boston Globe today reveals how Scott Brown cashed in with a shady Florida firm with no office, no revenue, no products, but looking to lure investors into what financial experts called a “very, very, risky” venture. Brown received $1.3 million in stock. 

"Scott Brown was cashing in when he said he was taking time off. And he cashed in with shady characters running a questionable company," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “No wonder Brown didn’t file his financial disclosure form.  He didn’t want New Hampshire to know."
 
According to the Boston Globe:
 
·     Scott Brown received stock worth $1.3 million from  Global Digital Solutions, Inc. (GDSI),  which announced with great fanfare that the former Massachusetts Senator would be joining its advisory board.

·     GDSI was founded as a beauty supply company in New Jersey, then the firm reinvented itself as a wireless data firm in California, then as a firearms maker and gun technology innovator in South Florida.
 
·      Despite current claims it is a firearms company, GDSI has “no revenue, no patents, no trademarks, no manufacturing facilities, and no experience developing weapons.” The firm has “scant assets and a shifting business model" and reported having four employees, $271,776 in cash and $19.7 million in losses as of March 31 of 2014.

·      The Boston Globe interviewed several accountants that confirmed that GDSI’s filings raised a number of serious red flags for investors. Howard M. Schilit, author of the book “Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports” confirmed that GDSI “is a very, very risky company for anybody to invest.” A lead lawyer at the SEC confirmed that the company’s actions raise issue that would concern regulators.

·      Brown has failed to file a financial disclosure form that would reveal how much money Brown made as a Fox News commentator, as part of a big Boston lobbying and law firm, as a paid speaker, and as a member of other corporate boards. 
Friday
Nov222013

Boston.com Presents a Historically Accurate Reenactment of the JFK Assassination 

Boston.com

In remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, Boston.com develops interactive timeline 

WHAT: To remember this tragic day and provide historical context to those who did not live through it, Boston.com will present a unique experience - a historically accurate live blog featuring a timeline of November 22, 1963 - as the site would have reported the assassination using today's technology.

 

This timeline, covering the events from Houston and Dallas to Boston and Hyannisport, utilizes all available research to provide an accurate account of the day's events on a local and national scale. Many of the events that happened in Massachusetts and abroad are based on Boston Globe newspaper accounts, along with other sources, including the JFK Library in Boston and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. The site will also weave in stories and vivid memories of November 22, 1963 from readers.

 

WHO: A team of Boston.com digital producers and editors who have spent weeks gathering photos, videos, and multimedia from a number of sources - including the JFK Library in Boston - to offer their readers an insightful look into the assassination.

 

WHEN: Friday, November 22 at 9:30 a.m.

 

WHERE: **Live on Boston.com**

 

About Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC

Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC., provides news and information, entertainment, opinion, and analysis through its multimedia properties. BGMP includes The Boston Globe, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com, Telegram.com, and Globe Direct.

Friday
Oct042013

BostonGlobe.com Political Headlines - October 4, 2013

  • A hint of assent on debt ceiling: The first cracks seemed to appear in House Republican resolve to use the federal debt limit as a bargaining chip over President Obama's health care law and other GOP priorities.  Noah Bierman reports. 

     

  • A nicely packaged gift from Menino: Mayor Menino's transition blog will leave his successor with what should be the best practical guide to municipal government.  Lawrence Harmon details the blog. 

     

NIH website to open, enabling patients to again enter trials: The website, which facilitates patients seeking experimental treatments in clinical trials, was shuttered because of the government shutdown. Deborah Kotz reports.