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Conservative Women Leaders Will Speak Out Today to Expose Irony of Liberal Rhetoric

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Cornerstone Action Chairman Shannon McGinley will help set the record straight and explain the irony of the Liberally-spun “War on Women” tomorrow on the State House steps as part of a Values Bus tour press conference event that will also feature leaders from The Heritage Foundation and Family Research Council.

“The Obama Administration and I have a fundamental disagreement on what it means to be at war with women,” said Shannon McGinley, chairman of Cornerstone Action. “Government should be doing everything it can to encourage family unity, which creates a financially stable environment in which women can thrive. On the contrary, the policies of President Obama and his party have forced many unmarried or divorced women into government dependency, which perpetuates poverty for single women and their children.”

Tomorrow’s event, “Conservative Women Leaders Speak Out,” will feature seven women from some of the state and nation’s most principled conservative organizations from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the State House steps in Concord. The Heritage Foundation and Family Research Council are facilitating the event as part of their nationwide Values Bus tour that will reach every corner of the United States from now until the Nov. 6 elections. A tour schedule is available at

The Heritage Foundation is using its Values Bus tour to educate voters about “Saving the American Dream,” its platform for reforming health care and restoring fiscal responsibility at our nation’s capital. Family Research Council is registering people to vote and teaching others how to ensure the most conservative voters make it to the polls this November.

Cornerstone Action will use the opportunity to explain how President Obama’s health care reform law has left women with fewer choices and, in some cases, actually forces women to make choices they morally object to. Specifically, the law requires health insurance policies to include coverage for birth control. While some religious institutions are exempt under the law, those institutions, including some of New Hampshire’s best hospitals and universities that serve women of other faiths, will be compelled to offer such coverage to their employees.

“Religiously-affiliated health care facilities make up the largest health care network in the nation,” McGinley said. “If our religious hospitals are fined and their owners prosecuted for simply following their religious beliefs and not offering birth control coverage to their employees, they may have to cut back their services or even close down to stay true to their faith. The first people to suffer from this will be women and children in poverty, who rely on charitable care. This attack on religious freedom is also a war on women. We know it, and we’re fighting back.”

Additionally, Cornerstone Action will expose how President Obama’s new health care reform law refers to the biological impairment of women’s natural fertility as “preventative care.”

“Fertility is not a disease that needs to be fixed, and as a woman, I know it is bad science and bad medicine to suggest otherwise,” McGinley said. “This administration wants me to depend on the federal government to control my fertility and define my religion. I have a better idea: I want to depend on the federal government to abide by the Constitution.

“Ultimately, support for abortion on demand is the true ‘War on Women’,” McGinley added. “A woman who has an abortion does so because she feels she has no other choice, but there are several choices available that can help preserve a woman’s dignity and preserve the life of her child.”


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


NH Grassroots Leaders Call on Republican Senate Leadership to Support Health Care Compact 

Need for Local Control of Health Care Decisions Cited in Support for HB 1560


Concord, NH - Today the leaders of several New Hampshire grassroots organizations are calling on the New Hampshire Senate Majority Leadership to support HB 1560, the Health Care Compact. 

“HB 1560 is about health care governance and does not propose any cuts to benefits for Medicare or Medicaid recipients,” said Matthew Murphy, NH Director of the Health Care Compact Alliance.  “We are proud so many grassroots organizations are supporting this bill and hope the New Hampshire Senate will pass it promptly.” 

Expressing their support of HB 1560 are Corey R. Lewandowski, State Director of Americans for Prosperity-NH; Wendy Warcholik, Executive Director of Cornerstone Action; Carolyn McKinney, Director of the Republican Liberty Caucus-NH; and Jennifer Horn, President of We The People.

“HB 1560 is about who makes health care decisions,” said Corey Lewandowski.  “This bill will give our citizens a greater voice in their health care by returning authority to the state government where it will be more accountable and closer to the people impacted.”

HB 1560 would establish an interstate Health Care Compact which asserts that each member state would have the authority to enact state laws that supersede any and all federal laws regarding health care within its state.  The bill passed the House with a veto proof majority in March and is currently in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

“The Health Care Compact presents New Hampshire with an opportunity to reverse a decade long trend toward greater federal control over health care decisions, resulting in increased costs to New Hampshire and decreased local control,” stated Carolyn McKinney.

 “This bill represents a stark choice for New Hampshire,” said Jennifer Horn.  “We can continue down the road of increased federal mandates and greater control of our health care decisions by unelected bureaucrats in Washington, or we can give New Hampshire citizens a greater voice in their health care by restoring local control.”

Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah, have already passed Health Care Compact legislation.

“It is time to bring an end to the ‘One Size Fits All’ health care approach in Washington and place the decision making power back with the people of New Hampshire and their elected officials,” added Wendy Warcholik.


Cornerstone Applauds the Senate's Abhorrence of the Gruesome Practice of Partial-Birth Abortion and Embrace of Transparency

The passage of a ban on partial-birth abortion opens a new chapter in advancing the life issues in New Hampshire. Despite Senator Kelly's claim that the abortion-related debate was "resolved a long time ago", thousands of New Hampshire residents know better. HB 1679 keeps intact a woman's right to choose whether to continue or abort a pregnancy. It simply says that New Hampshire refuses to put out the welcome mat for practitioners of a gruesome procedure akin to infanticide. We hope Governor Lynch will let this bill become law.

New Hampshire moved one step closer to collecting abortion statistics through today's Senate passage of HB 1680. We note that this was a voice vote; no senator was willing to go on record against it. This is a common-sense bill and it is long overdue. Governor Lynch should have no trouble with this one.


Cornerstone Applauds the Defeat of Expanded Gambling in New Hampshire

HB 593 Fails with 226 Against to 118 in Favor.


Today the House of Representatives voted on HB 593 which, in its original form, would have permitted two casinos in New Hampshire.  Thankfully, New Hampshire's family-friendly and business-friendly brand was preserved with the defeat of HB 593 (226 against to 118 in favor).


Cornerstone stood with New Hampshire's families in declaring that the economic costs associated with gambling were simply too high.  The costs such as crime, additional law enforcement costs, gambling addiction treatment costs and lost worker productivity are staggering and often exceed a state or community’s total revenues from gambling.  The social costs of gambling are just as staggering with increases in divorce, suicide, bankruptcy, child abuse and domestic violence.


Cornerstone also stood with New Hampshire's small business community in declaring that existing businesses would be hurt because gambling would siphon away discretionary dollars that would have been spent at local, mom-and-pop shops.  Local restaurants and hotels have earned their business in our state by refining their offerings to customers and adapting to their communities over time.  Expanded gambling, on the other hand, would have granted state-sanctioned, monopolies to out-of-state businesses at the expense existing, local businesses. 


Voters will surely thank their legislators in November who voted in favor of New Hampshire's family-friendly and business-friendly environment by opposing expanded gambling.






Cornerstone Statement on the Economic and Tax Distortions Associated With HB 593

Proponents of the current gambling bill (HB 593) seek to broaden support by using some of the new gambling revenue to offset existing business taxes such as the Business Enterprise Tax and Business Profits Tax.


However, this is bad tax policy because gambling revenue is more volatile than the taxes it would lower.  For instance, gambling spending is completely discretionary which means consumers will cut this type of spending first when the economy falters.  Also, gambling will be geographically limited to a few areas of the state making it susceptible, for example, to rising gas prices which discourage travel.


The Tax Foundation has reached similar conclusions:


. .  .state-run slot machines, whether overseen by the lottery agency or another agency, would present all the problems of state-run lotteries, including volatility as a revenue source.  The state lottery is a poorly designed implicit tax, paid disproportionately by the poor, and slot machines would simply exacerbate the tax policy problems created by the lottery. [emphasis added]


The goal of any good tax reform plan is to broaden the tax base (on consumption) while lowering the tax rate.  The gambling tax would do the opposite by having a very narrow tax base (just 4 casinos) and very high tax rates (40 percent) . . . call it the “anti-tax reform plan.”


Additionally, New Hampshire policymakers should take note of the poor state of casinos in neighboring states before jumping into an overly-saturated gambling market that would bring more problems than benefits.


For example, Maine recently expanded gambling, but now the Portland Press Herald is questioning that decision.  Here is a poignant clip from the story: 

As a story in the New York Times Magazine last week noted, the pool of potential gamblers is both finite and collectively nearing, if not exceeding, retirement age. Saying that "anyone who has ever wanted to try a casino has tried a casino," one industry analyst from Los Angeles told the Times that market saturation has already been reached in areas where casinos are competing.

"There are no new customers out there," Michael Mezcka said.

His comments were part of a longer analysis detailing why the largest casino in the Western Hemisphere, Foxwoods in Ledyard, Conn., is $2.3 billion in debt and facing significant pressure
from "multiple levels of creditors" to get back on a sound fiscal footing . . .


Still, as the examples of Foxwoods and the Atlantic City casinos show, these operations can no longer be considered printing presses for money no matter where they are put.


How long will it be before New Hampshire is subsidizing these casinos because the state government has become addicted to the gambling revenue?  If Foxwoods is struggling—with all of its advantages such as size, agglomeration with Mohegan Sun, and closer geographic proximity to urban areas—how long will New Hampshire’s casinos last without state aid?


At the same time, the economic costs associated with gambling — such as crime, additional law enforcement costs, gambling addiction treatment costs, lost worker productivity — are staggering, often far exceeding a state or community’s total revenues from gambling.  The social costs are just as staggering with authorities in gambling districts reporting dramatic increases in divorce, suicide, bankruptcy, child abuse and domestic violence related to gambling.


Finally, gambling hurts existing businesses by siphoning away discretionary dollars that would have been spent at local, mom-and-pop shops and will destroy New Hampshire’s “family-friendly” brand.  Our New Hampshire restaurants and hotels have earned their business in our state by refining their offerings to customers and adapting to their communities over time.  If HB 593 passes, legislators will have revealed their preference for granting monopolies to out-of-state businesses at the expense of their responsibility to ensure a favorable business climate for existing New Hampshire businesses. 


Policymakers who desire to support the principles of limited government will vote no on this bill which values monopolies over existing businesses, distorts the tax system and ushers in a host of social costs that will inevitably burden Health and Human Services and town welfare departments.  Voters are unlikely be kind to legislators in November who vote in favor of allowing casinos to blemish the family-friendly environment of the Granite State.