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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.

Friday
Sep212012

CORNERSTONE TO HASSAN: LET’S HAVE THAT DISCUSSION ABOUT TAX HIKES RIGHT NOW 

New Hampshire’s Working Families Need Tax, Regulatory Relief to Help Them Surpass Economic Woes

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Cornerstone Action is calling on Maggie Hassan to start the “discussion” right now about what tax hikes she’s going to impose on New Hamsphire’s families to pay for her expensive spending plan.

“Voters can’t afford to wait for a new governor to get elected to find out whether they’ll be able to make ends meet while the government spends their money,” said Shannon McGinley, acting executive director of Cornerstone Action. “Maggie Hassan needs to stop playing coy with New Hampshire’s working families and explain exactly what taxes she’s going to raise, and for what purpose, so voters can decide if that’s what they want for their state.”

Yesterday, the “government-knows-best” Democratic gubernatorial candidate avoided a question about whether she would raise the gas tax, increase the number of toll roads or increase existing tolls to pay for the projects she believes need more funding. When asked about taxes at a gubernatorial forum, Hassan said she’d “welcome a discussion” about raising the gas tax or increasing tolls

“Let’s have that discussion about those tax hikes right now,” McGinley said. “New Hampshire’s working families already pay enough in energy costs because of programs like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that Maggie and her cronies put into place. Now Maggie wants to make it more expensive for working moms and dads to get to work and for businesses to transport goods and services around the state? 

“It doesn’t take an economist to know that raising transportation costs will undeniably kill jobs that put food on the table for New Hampshire families and will unquestionably harm companies that do business in New Hampshire,” McGinley said. “It doesn’t take an economist to know that the proper recipe for economic success is to reduce the size, scope and cost of government so that private industry and small businesses have enough time and money to invest in new projects and new workers.”

On Monday of this week, Cornerstone Action released its 2013-2014 Families First Legislative Agenda, which is based on the goals identified earlier this year by Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge for candidates. Republican Ovide Lamontagne, who’s facing Maggie Hassan in the Nov. 6 contest for governor, signed Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge, which means he has promised to “Enact free market economic policies that empower New Hampshire families to achieve their highest potential.” In practice, Cornerstone expects a Gov. Lamontagne would “pass a balanced state budget that cuts unnecessary spending and reduces taxes and fees,” because that is the type of policy that would stimulate job growth and economic development. It is that type of policy that would help New Hamsphire’s working families achieve their own prosperity. 

On the contrary, Maggie Hassan has not signed the Families First Pledge and has criticized Ovide Lamontagne for doing so.

“Based on Maggie Hassan’s rhetoric and what we know of her elusive plan, it seems to me that she should sign a government first pledge,” McGinley said. “Maggie should tell us which friends of hers she plans to shower with our money, and how many more New Hampshire families she expects to drive into government dependency once they lose their jobs as a result of her agenda.”

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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
Sep202012

NHDP - When Is A Pledge Not a Pledge? 

When Ovide is Trying to Hide from

His Extreme Agenda Against Middle-Class Families

 

Lamontagne Tries to Walk Away from Cornerstone's Agenda; What Would He Veto

 

CONCORD - Ovide Lamontagne is trying to walk away from his promise to support Cornerstone Research's alleged "Families First" agenda.

 

In a radio interview after today's debate, Lamontagne tried to say that he had not signed on to Cornerstone's Agenda, which includes a dozen proposals to limit abortion rights; repeal marriage equality; and to allow businesses to discriminate against certain customers.

 

That will be news to Cornerstone, which said in a press release announcing its agenda, Monday:

 

"We fully expect our pledge signers to introduce the bills identified in our agenda, and we intend to help those legislators advance these bills through the N.H. House and Senate and beyond the governor's desk into the state's law books."

 

In addition Cornerstone said in its release: "Cornerstone's Families First Pledge secured the promise of more than 85 candidates for state offices to 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. Cornerstone's Families First Legislative Agenda uses each pledge goal as the basis for a list of bill ideas that conceptually align with each theme."

 

Ovide Lamontagne is the first person in Cornerstone's list of pledge signers.

 

"Time and time again, Ovide Lamontagne has made clear that he supports an extreme, out-of-touch agenda that will hurt New Hampshire's middle class families," said Raymond Buckley, chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "In today's debate, he tried to wiggle away from his pledge to support the agenda of the radical Cornerstone Research Group. If Ovide is going to try to claim he didn't agree to their priorities, then Ovide Lamontagne should tell us specifically which of their bills he would veto.

 

"Will he veto any of the bills limiting abortion rights? Not likely, given that Ovide Lamontagne has supported an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning all abortions, even for the victims of rape and incest," Buckley said.

Tuesday
Sep182012

CORNERSTONE’S 2013-2014 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA WILL PUT FAMILIES FIRST IN N.H. 

State’s Leading Family Organization Bases Bill Priorities on Goals Identified in Families First Pledge

 

MANCHESTER, N.H.—In an effort to successfully advance unfinished business and build on the successes of the past Legislative session, Cornerstone Action today is releasing its 2013-2014 Families First Legislative Agenda (PDF), which is based on the goals identified earlier this year by Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge for candidates.

“Today, as the filing period for incumbent candidates opens, we are identifying the types of bills we’d like to see lawmakers introduce as part of our 2013-2014 Families First Legislative Agenda, and these bill ideas are directly based on the goals identified in our Families First Pledge,” said Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone’s acting executive director. “We fully expect our pledge signers to introduce the bills identified in our agenda, and we intend to help those legislators advance these bills through the N.H. House and Senate and beyond the governor’s desk into the state’s law books.”

Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge secured the promise of more than 85 candidates for state offices to 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. Cornerstone’s 2013-2014 Families First Legislative Agenda uses each pledge goal as the basis for a list of bill ideas that conceptually align with each theme.

Today begins an eight-day bill filing period for incumbent legislators who were nominated by their party to run for a seat in the New Hampshire House and Senate. The filing period runs from Sept. 17 to Sept. 26, and then closes until after the general election on Nov. 6. Then, both incumbent and non-incumbent candidates will have another window between Nov. 13 and Dec. 7 to file additional bills. By the end of the second filing period, the bills that have not yet been filed from Cornerstone’s Legislative Agenda will be reserved for filing in the second year of the biennial legislative session.

“With the release of our Families First Pledge, Cornerstone articulated a high-level set of principles that candidates could align with prior to their election to office,” McGinley said. “Now that we’re getting closer to the time that these candidates take their seats in the Legislature, Cornerstone wants to make it clear what signing the pledge actually means in practice.”

The three bill ideas under the right of conscience goal would codify the N.H. Constitution’s Article 4 “right of conscience” so citizens could live their lives, conduct their business and spend their money only in a way that aligns with their own moral conscience.

“It is intrinsically evil to force someone to pay for something he or she morally objects to, such as an abortion,” McGinley said. “And no one should ever have to provide a service to someone involved in a practice that he or she finds offensive.”

Cornerstone is advancing eight bill ideas under its goal of protecting innocent human life, some of which have already had their first exposure in the Legislature and others that the organization is advancing for the first time in New Hampshire.

“Some of these ideas are simply common sense, such as the Women’s Right to Know Act, which requires abortion doctors to tell a woman about the child who’s life she’s about to end and the associated risks of the procedure she’s about to undergo,” McGinley said. “Other ideas in this category recognize in state law as much as legally possible that life begins when a baby is conceived.”

While at least one bill idea under the category concerning the natural family and traditional marriage would make another attempt at restoring the traditional definition of marriage in state law, the three other points focus on keeping families together and promoting natural family unity as the fundamental building block of society, McGinley said.

Likewise, the next category concerning parental rights recognizes that natural parents almost always know best how to raise, educate and care for their own children. 

"Parents should be given the benefit of the doubt unless they do something obvious to forfeit their natural rights," McGinley said.

Lastly, Cornerstone has identified six important free-market efforts that will ensure that families have the greatest opportunity to pursue their personal goals and achieve whatever they work for. 

"Inherent in these ideas is a balanced budget that reduces government spending on unnecessary bureaucracy and enables tax and fee reductions," McKinley said. "These bills will also ensure that government is lean, affordable and transparent to families all across New Hampshire."

 

Cornerstone Action’s 2013-2014 Families First Legislative Agenda

Preserve the right of conscience for all citizens, including their freedom to practice the tenets of their faith.

  • Pass the “Health Insurance Freedom of Conscience Act,” which creates a conscientious exemption to any mandate incorporated into a private health insurance policy for purchasers of a health insurance policy.
  • Create a religious exemption to contraceptive coverage as part of any private health insurance policy.
  • Protect the right of businesses to deny service to potential customers when it would violate the owner’s religious beliefs to serve them.

Protect innocent human life from conception to natural death.

  • Require abortion clinics and hospitals to report abortion statistics, adding New Hampshire to the list of 46 other states that currently require such reporting.
  • Pass the “Fetal Homicide Act,” which defines “fetal homicide” as criminal assaults on a pregnant woman that result in miscarriage, stillbirth or “damage to a pregnancy” as an enhanced offense for sentencing purposes.
  • Pass the Women’s Right to Know Act, which requires physicians to provide a woman considering the procedure with medically accurate information about her child and the abortion method that would be used as well as the long-term risks of having an abortion and alternatives to having an abortion.
  • Pass the “Rights of Motherhood Act,” which bans coerced abortions.
  • Pass the “Abortion Drug Safety Act,” and add N.H. to the list of 40 other states that require a prescription for drugs such as RU-486.
  • Pass “The Heartbeat Act,” which protects unborn children who have a detectable heartbeat.
  • Continue to prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions.
  • Ensure that surgical abortions are performed by a licensed physician (as they are in 43 other states) and that abortion clinics are regulated under the same standards as other ambulatory centers or health clinics.

Defend the natural family and traditional marriage, the foundational building blocks of society.

  • Pass a law that repeals gay “marriage” and either restores civil unions for homosexuals or restores the pre-civil union law in New Hampshire.
  • Improve parental oversight and control over public school classroom content.
  • Encourage policies that favor keeping families together when welfare dollars are at stake.
  • Eliminate no-fault divorce for parents of children.

Restore the natural right of parents to determine the best way to educate, raise and care for their children.

  • Pass a constitutional amendment that protects the natural rights of parents to control the health, education and welfare of their children.
  • Pass a constitutional amendment that removes “magistrates’” (judges’) involvement in educational funding and protects local control of education.
  • Create legal safeguards to ensure that both parents’ rights are protected in the case of divorce.
  • Require legal safeguards to ensure that parents’ due process rights are protected in cases involving their children and the Division of Children, Youth and Families.
  • Pass a bill that rejects the national Common Core Standards.

Enact free market economic policies that empower New Hampshire families to achieve their highest potential.

  • Pass a balanced state budget that cuts unnecessary spending and reduces taxes and fees.
  • Pass Right to Work legislation that makes it optional for all employees, public sector and private sector, to join a labor union and pay agency fees.
  • Repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to lower families’ energy costs.
  • Pass a bill that phases-in a 401(k)-style pension plan to ensure a government that families can afford.
  • Pass bills to prevent welfare fraud and abuse of EBT cards, reduce the number of welfare recipients and require recipients of taxpayer dollars to look for work.
  • Pass comprehensive health insurance deregulation to reduce the cost of private health insurance.

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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
Sep182012

NHDP - Sign or Veto? Ovide Signed Cornerstone's Pledge, Where Does He Stand on Its Extreme, Out-of-Touch Agenda?

CONCORD -  Ovide Lamontagne has signed Cornerstone's pledge. Will he sign the bills in its extreme agenda, which includes repealing marriage equality; forcing doctors to lie to women seeking abortions; and allowing businesses to discriminate against certain customers?

 

The 26-item Cornerstone Agenda includes 10 proposed pieces of legislation aimed at restricting women's access to abortion and birth control; one repealing marriage equality in New Hampshire; and one allowing businesses to discriminate against customers based on the religious beliefs of the business owners. The agenda also calls for the end of no-fault divorce for couples with children; rejecting a bipartisan multi-state effort to toughen school standards; and voiding certain portions of a contracts negotiated between employers and employees.

 

"Ovide Lamontagne has signed a pledge endorsing Cornerstone's agenda. The people of New Hampshire deserve to know what that means. Ovide Lamontagne should tell us now whether as Governor he would sign the bills in Cornestone's extreme and outdated social agenda," said Raymond Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

 

"Cornerstone wants to pass a law that would allow a business owner to discriminate against any potential customer if the owner says it would violate his or her religious beliefs to serve them. This law would let a restaurant owner refuse to serve an African American or a gay American for religious reasons. Would Ovide sign that? " Buckley asked. "Would Ovide sign a law making it more expensive, time consuming and traumatic for couples to divorce? Would Ovide sign laws limiting access to abortion and birth control?"