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Sunday
Nov112012

Cornerstone: Despite Popular Spin, Family Values Had Positive Affect on Tuesday’s Election

Families First Pledge Signers Supported By Cornerstone Action PAC Did Better than Republicans As a Whole

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge signers did better than Republicans as a group in Tuesday’s election, proving that voters did not reject the ideas Cornerstone is advancing and instead reacted to the Democrats’ successful effort to mislead voters and the Republicans’ failure to define how they would pursue pro-family issues in office.

“Cornerstone was acting in near isolation in New Hampshire promoting the issues of life, liberty of conscience, parental rights and the importance of supporting the nuclear family as the foundational building block of society, and candidates were left to fend for themselves when trying to define how reasonable and necessary these issues are,” said Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone’s acting executive director. “The Democratic Party incorrectly described these reasonable ideas as extreme, and the Republican Party agreed with these terms by ignoring the attacks and letting the Democrats’ definitions stick. As a result, the people rejected the party that failed to define these issues in favor of the one that did, however incorrectly.

“At the same time, Cornerstone can legitimately say that informed voters who the organization was able to reach absolutely favored Families First Pledge signers, because they know the ideas in the pledge are not just reasonable, they’re essential to maintaining freedom and prosperity in their state,” McGinley added. “Our Families First General Election Voter Guide was successful, despite the impact of wave voters.”

Cornerstone elected 65 of the candidates who signed the Families First Pledge or who were featured in a Candidate Corner article, 45 percent of the total candidates in this category. Even more impressive, 61 of those 65 candidates were elected to the N.H. House and that’s 48 percent of the total candidates in this category. Only 44 percent of the N.H. House is now represented by Republican members, and 35 percent of them openly supported Cornerstone’s issues. Looking at pledge signers alone, Cornerstone elected 55 to the House, or 49 percent of those who signed the pledge. Compare that to Republicans’ 176 winners, or 48 percent of all the candidates who ran under the GOP banner. Meanwhile, the percentage of Republican losers was precisely the same as the percentage of Cornerstone pledge signers or supported candidates who lost, meaning that Cornerstone’s issues were not a factor in their loss.

“I want to be the first one to warn the Republican Party about what course of action they take next,” McGinley said. “Republicans failure on Tuesday was not due to conservative, pro-family values, it was due to the party’s failure to properly address these issues and explain them to voters through their top-ticket candidates. If Republicans continue to ignore social issues as they did this election, these social issues will continue to be defined incorrectly by the Democrats for political advantage, whether Republicans like it or not.

“Cornerstone will continue to advocate for pro-family candidates in both parties, and we will continue to advance policies that protect innocent life, preserve liberty of conscience, emphasize the importance of the traditional family, restore parental rights and enact free market economic principles that operate independent of a limited, smaller government,” McGinley continued. “We hope that the Republican and Democratic parties come to their senses and help us advance these very American ideals, but if they do not, we will continue to advance them despite the efforts of the parties to ignore or diminish them.” 

With election results in hand, Cornerstone will be working over the next several weeks with elected pledge signers and other supported winners to advance its Families First Legislative Agenda during the upcoming bill signing period. Clearly, Cornerstone does not expect to pass many of the policies in its agenda over the next two years, but we do intend to build a case for them so the people will truly understand where we’re coming from when the 2014 elections come around. Cornerstone will pursue every policy that has a chance of success and will count on its elected pledge signers and other supported winners to introduce these bills and advance their purpose.

“The time for Republicans to wake up is now,” McGinley said. “This is not a time to abandon principle but a time to stand by it and convince the people why it is the best way forward for our state. We think that effort will be successful come 2014.”

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About Cornerstone Action
Cornerstone-Action and Cornerstone Policy Research are non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving New Hampshire’s traditional values, limited government, and free markets through education, information and advocacy. Our vision is to create an environment in which strong families—the foundation of our society—can lead New Hampshire into a new era of prosperity and strength. For more information, please visit nhcornerstone.org.

Tuesday
Oct302012

Cornerstone Ad Spot ‘Fringe’ Highlights Maggie Hassan’s Obsession with Social Issues

New Ad Shows Hassan’s Errant Focus, Urges Support for Ovide Lamontagne As Governor to Boost Economy, Jobs

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Cornerstone Action PAC launched a statewide radio ad that is airing now through Election Day to highlight Maggie Hassan’s focus on an extreme social agenda rather than the issues that matter to voters.

The ad, called “Fringe” (listen to the ad on YouTube), highlights a number of extreme positions taken by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan while she was president of the N.H. Senate. It continues by reminding voters about Maggie Hassan’s apparent obsession with social issues during her campaign for governor. On the other hand, the ad reminds voters how Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne has been focused on his plan to stimulate the economy and restore job growth and development in New Hampshire. 

“Since announcing her candidacy for governor, Maggie Hassan has been obsessed with social issues and she has talked about very little else,” said Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone’s acting executive director. “This should come as no surprise to voters who followed Maggie’s career in the State Senate. During that time, Maggie aligned herself on the fringe side of many social issues by repealing the state’s common sense parental notification law, passing a law to permit gay ‘marriage’ and advancing the infamous transgender ‘bathroom bill’.

“Voters who are concerned about jobs and the economy should remember Maggie’s failure to deliver when she was given the chance, McGinley added. “Maggie’s extreme social agenda was more important to her then, and it still appears to be more important to her now.

“On the other hand, Ovide Lamontagne has remained focused on jobs and the economy during his campaign,” McGinley continued. “Ovide has outlined a very specific plan that would deliver on these critically important issues, despite Maggie’s attempts to distract him.”

Here is the script for the new ad, “Fringe” (Please also listen to the ad on YouTube):

Woman: Hon, have you heard all of those Maggie Hassan attack ads against Ovide Lamontagne?

Man: Sure have—she seems pretty obsessed with bringing up fringe social issues over and over.

W: Yeah, right. Though I’m not so surprised Maggie Hassan is obsessed with fringe social issues, since it’s all she seemed to work on when she was in the State Senate.

M: Really?

W: You bet. When Maggie was a state senator, she and her counterparts spent months on fringe issues like gay marriage—and remember that transgender bathroom bill?!

M: Oh yeah—that was a doozy.

W: Right it was—but it didn’t even stop there. Maggie’s obsession with the fringe social issues even lead her to repeal the state’s common sense parental notification law.

M: It all seems so extreme. I don’t want my next governor to be so obsessed with these fringe social issues.

W: Neither do I, which is why I’m supporting Ovide Lamontagne. Unlike Maggie, Ovide’s got his priorities straight and has a plan to bring good jobs to New Hampshire.

M: Sounds like the right idea. I want a Governor who’s focused on job creation, not obsessed with fringe social issues like Maggie Hassan.

Paid for by Cornerstone Action PAC. Not authorized by any candidate. Vicki Lavery, Treasurer. P.O. Box 4351, Manchester, N.H. 03108.

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About Cornerstone Action and Cornerstone Action PAC
Cornerstone-Action and Cornerstone Policy Research are non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving New Hampshire’s traditional values, limited government, and free markets through education, information and advocacy. Our vision is to create an environment in which strong families—the foundation of our society—can lead New Hampshire into a new era of prosperity and strength. Cornerstone Action PAC is Cornerstone’s political action committee, which supports candidates who uphold traditional American values. For more information, please visit nhcornerstone.org.

Tuesday
Oct302012

Thousands of Voters Likely to Employ Cornerstone ’s General Election Voter Guide When They Vote

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Voter Guide Lists Incumbent Scores, Families First Pledge Signers To Help Voters Find Pro-Family Candidates In Each District

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Thousands of copies of Cornerstone’s Families First General Election Voter Guide are presently arming New Hampshire voters with the information they’ll need to support conservative candidates who will be dedicated to protecting traditional values and the natural rights of families once they are elected into office.

Cornerstone mailed and e-mailed information about its Families First General Election Voter Guide to thousands of Cornerstone supporters in New Hampshire all throughout last week, and the guide is now available to everyone on Cornerstone’s Web site as a digital file or as a printed document upon request. 

“With so many candidates running for office in new voting districts this election cycle, voters have welcomed Cornerstone’s general election voter guide as refreshingly helpful as they consider how to cast their votes on Election Day,” said Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone’s acting executive director. “It can sometimes be very difficult to track down all the conservatives who will always put traditional family values first upon their election, and our guide attempts to make that task easier for voters.”

The guide includes key positions on issues important to families for each of the Republican and Democratic candidates for president, congressman and governor as well as an account of whether state representative, state senator and executive councilor candidates have signed Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge, regardless of party. Additionally, the guide lists Cornerstone 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard voting percentages for all incumbent legislative candidates to show how closely they aligned with Cornerstone’s agenda in the last term. It also features a section that helps voters identify their voting districts.

“We’re confident that voters will identify the top-scoring incumbents and Families First Pledge signers in their districts and enthusiastically head to the polls to make sure the next Legislature and the governor can work together to advance the successes of the past two years,” McGinley said. “We’ve added information about national candidates’ positions to help voters ensure our next congressional delegation and president also keep the interests of New Hampshire families in mind.”

Pledge signers indicated on the voter guide have promised to support bills or initiatives that advance citizens’ rights of conscience and religion, protect innocent human life, defend the natural family and traditional marriage, restore the natural rights of parents to raise, educate and care for their own children, and enact free market economic policies to ensure prosperity in New Hampshire. Since releasing its Families First Pledge in July, more than 125 candidates for offices at all levels have signed the pledge. Cornerstone intends to work with the pledge signers who win their elections during the next two years and expects these officials to support the initiatives listed in Cornerstone’s Families First Legislative Agenda, which is based on the pledge.

Cornerstone’s Families First General Election Voter Guide is a follow-up guide to its 2012 Primary Voter Guide, but it is far more comprehensive in that it includes federal candidates as well as candidates from both major political parties as well as undeclared candidates. The primary guide listed only Republicans running for state offices, because only Republican candidates had signed Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge at the time. As of today, there still hasn’t been a Democratic candidate willing to sign Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge; however, at least one undeclared candidate has signed the pledge. Because Cornerstone is a nonpartisan organization, the General Election Voter Guide lists candidates regardless of political party and provides the information voters will need to determine whether each candidate supports Cornerstone’s policy goals or not.

“It is extraordinarily disappointing that not one Democrat was courageous enough to sign our pledge and stand against the radically liberal social agenda that dominates the Democratic Party,” McGinley said. “We hope pro-family Democrats will increasingly become appalled by the message of some of their more liberal colleagues and work to drive their party closer to the more moderate center in the future, which traditionally supports family values.

“Similarly, it is disappointing that so many Republicans ignored our Families First Pledge,” McGinley added. “We hope that the same radicals who are leading the Democrats do not take hold in the Republican Party. Everyone should know that traditional families are the very foundation of society, and without strong supports to protect family values, society will fall apart.”

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About Cornerstone Action
Cornerstone-Action and Cornerstone Policy Research are non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving New Hampshire’s traditional values, limited government, and free markets through education, information and advocacy. Our vision is to create an environment in which strong families—the foundation of our society—can lead New Hampshire into a new era of prosperity and strength. For more information, please visit nhcornerstone.org.

 

Tuesday
Oct162012

CORNERSTONE SPONSORS CONCORD RELIGIOUS LIBERTY RALLY AS PART OF NATIONWIDE EVENT 

This Saturday in Concord: Third Coast-to-Coast Religious Freedom Rally Against the Obamacare HHS Mandate

CONCORD, N.H.—Just 17 days before Election Day, concerned New Hampshire citizens led by Cornerstone Action will voice public opposition to the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services Mandate on the State House lawn as part of a Cornerstone-sponsored religious liberty rally on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The federal HHS Mandate, championed by President Obama, forces all employers—including religious schools and hospitals—to provide free contraceptives, surgical sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans, regardless of their religious or moral convictions. 

The Cornerstone-sponsored Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally in Concord will begin at noon on Saturday, Oct. 20, on the N.H. State House lawn. New Hampshire advocates of religious liberty will join more than 100 other cities and towns from Maine to Hawaii that are participating in this national event. A complete list of rally sites and other details are available at standupforreligiousfreedom.com/locations/

“Thanks to the president and his Obamacare law, the government is now forcing business owners to violate their deepest held beliefs just to make a living,” said Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone’s acting executive director. “This isn’t about access to contraception or abortion pills; two medical treatments that are available to people who want to pay for them. This is about government inventing a right to force religious people to pay for that contraception or those abortion pills even if they morally or religiously object. 

“This is about government declaring by fiat that the fake right it now recognizes supersedes the fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Rights of Conscience clause in the N.H. Constitution,” McGinley added.

The October 20 Stand Up Rally builds on the tremendous momentum created by two rallies held earlier this year in March and June, when more than 125,000 citizens of all faiths attending local rallies at 300 sites coast to coast. With the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling leaving this issue in voters’ hands and Election Day only weeks away, the nationwide October 20 Stand Up Rally is expected to draw larger crowds.

The Cornerstone-sponsored Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally in Concord will include community and religious leaders of several faiths, and all are welcome to attend. Here’s the specific details of Saturday’s event:

What: Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally.

When: Saturday, October 20, noon to 1 p.m.

Site: New Hampshire State House Lawn

Address:  25 Capitol Street, Concord, NH 03301 

Who: Hundreds of local citizens opposed to Obama’s HHS Mandate.

The date for the Stand Up Rally was chosen to keep this crucial issue in the public eye as voters decide which candidates best represent their values. Cornerstone urges voters to consider voting only for those candidates who have signed Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge, which includes as one of five tenets: “I pledge to vote to preserve the right of conscience for all citizens, including their freedom to practice the tenets of their faith.”

“Jobs and the economy are certainly the focus of most candidates for office this election, but something far more important is at stake,” McGinley said. “We must stop the federal government from forcing employers to choose between violating their deeply held religious convictions or going out of business. If we don’t do this, the founding American principle of religious freedom will no longer exist in America.”

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About Cornerstone Action
Cornerstone-Action and Cornerstone Policy Research are non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving New Hampshire’s traditional values, limited government, and free markets through education, information and advocacy. Our vision is to create an environment in which strong families—the foundation of our society—can lead New Hampshire into a new era of prosperity and strength. For more information, please visit nhcornerstone.org.

Thursday
Oct112012

Cornerstone: Cast an absentee ballot

Cast an absentee ballot if you can’t vote in person

 

If you do nothing else today, please check your schedule to make sure you can vote on Nov. 6 for Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge signer candidates. If you discover you can’t make it to the polls, please plan ahead so you can cast an absentee ballot for state candidates who will support New Hampshire families.

Apply for an absentee ballot right now!

New Hampshire law (RSA 657:4) allows currently registered voters who cannot be at the polls on Election Day to use an absentee ballot. You may be able to vote absentee for the following reasons:

  • A planned absence from your community on Election Day,
  • The observance of a religious obligation that prevents you from traveling to the polls,
  • A disability that prevents you from going to the polls, or
  • Employment requiring you to be at work or travel to or from work during polling hours.

If you qualify to vote absentee, you must fill out the absentee ballot request form and return it to your town or city clerk’s office to receive a ballot. You may do this by downloading an absentee ballot request form, which you then must mail, fax or hand deliver to your local town or city clerk’s office. You may also pick up and file an absentee ballot request form at your local clerk’s office. Some campaign offices also have the applications, but the completed forms must be delivered to your local clerk’s office.

New Hampshire law does not have a specific deadline for filling out an absentee ballot request form; however, you must fill out the form with enough time to receive your absentee ballot and then return it to your local clerk's office before 5 p.m. on Election Day. If you are doing everything by mail, give yourself at least a week prior to Nov. 6 to receive and return your ballot. The ballots themselves will be sent prior to Election Day directly to the address you fill out on the form. If you are going to drop off your request form in person, you may do this up until the day before the election. According to the Secretary of State's office, the clerk would then hand you a ballot at that time for you to fill out and immediately return. All ballots, including absentee ballots, must be cast on Election Day.

If you need more information about how to receive and use an absentee ballot, please consult state law, contact your local clerk’s office, consult the Secretary of State’s Web page or just download a form. There is no excuse to stay home from the polls on Election Day, particularly when so much is at stake for New Hampshire families. Please vote on Election Day or apply for an absentee ballot right now so your vote is counted.