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Saturday
Jul262014

Franklin Center - Free speech won a major victory  

 

Dear Friend,

More than a year ago, a company founded by Terry McAuliffe – the Clintons’ former chief fundraiser and now the governor of Virginia – slapped the Franklin Center with an $85 million libel lawsuit.

I wanted you to be among the first to know – yesterday, a federal judge in Mississippi threw out the entire lawsuit.

Our investigation into GreenTech Automotive and into McAuliffe’s role with the company, which he used to launch his candidacy for governor, started when one of our reporters found that, while the company didn’t seem to be producing many cars, it was soliciting investments through a controversial federal program called EB-5. The EB-5 program offers any foreign national who invests $500,000 in a U.S. company a green card. The program has been rife with problems – and appeared to be one of GreenTech’s main funding sources.

The lawsuit filed against us – one of the largest libel suits in American history – was nothing less than an attempt to shut us down for telling the truth. But we decided to fight back, to defend ourselves, and most importantly, to keep digging. Altogether we produced more than 90 stories examining McAuliffe’s connections to GreenTech from every possible angle.

This is all too often how the progressive establishment operates. Rather than engaging their opponents in a battle of ideas, seeking to win on merit, they use the legal system and other bullying tactics to shut their opponents down. This time, however, we were able to to fight back on behalf of all of those whom the system has tried to silence.

We’re sure there will be many more battles like this to come. Even as I write, one of our reporters is fighting Gov. McAuliffe’s office for answers on the immigration crisis – going so far as to camp out on the floor, just outside his office, waiting to confront him and demand the information that taxpaying citizens are clamoring for and deserve. And GreenTech may even appeal the court’s order dismissing its baseless lawsuit. Will you considering supporting us in the hard, ongoing work of investigative journalism?

Thank you so much for your loyal support and readership. Because of you, the cause of free speech won a major victory against the powerful, moneyed progressive establishment. Please know that you have the gratitude of the entire Franklin Center staff.
Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President
Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity

Saturday
May312014

ALG's Daily Grind - Senate Democrats Declare War on First Amendment 

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May 30, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted. 

Senate Democrats Declare War on First Amendment
The once revered First Amendment to the United States Constitution has come under unprecedented attack by Democratic Party elected officials, and the Obama Administration itself over the course of the past five years. Now, 41 Senate Democrats have come completely out of the closet in proposing that the Constitution be changed to reflect their warped view.

Cartoon: Just one Reason

Vegas Police Push Tax Hike, Give Culinary Workers $195K Break
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police want to raise taxes on tourists and citizens, while providing Culinary Workers Union 226 services for free, costing nearly $200,000. 

Obama at West Point: The Psychology of Surrender
From the vantage point of the just-about-to-graduate cadets at West Point, it must be very cool to have the Commander-in-Chief be your commencement speaker. Perhaps the 'wow-factor' is diminished when the speech is one that underlines why America isn't important and how the biggest war of the last decade is about to be lost.

  

May 30, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Senate Democrats Declare War on First Amendment
The once revered First Amendment to the United States Constitution has come under unprecedented attack by Democratic Party elected officials, and the Obama Administration itself over the course of the past five years. Now, 41 Senate Democrats have come completely out of the closet in proposing that the Constitution be changed to reflect their warped view.

Cartoon: Just one Reason

Vegas Police Push Tax Hike, Give Culinary Workers $195K Break
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police want to raise taxes on tourists and citizens, while providing Culinary Workers Union 226 services for free, costing nearly $200,000.

Obama at West Point: The Psychology of Surrender
From the vantage point of the just-about-to-graduate cadets at West Point, it must be very cool to have the Commander-in-Chief be your commencement speaker. Perhaps the 'wow-factor' is diminished when the speech is one that underlines why America isn't important and how the biggest war of the last decade is about to be lost.

 

Saturday
Apr122014

NRSC - SNAP: Top Senate Democrat Campaign Group Caught in Pay Gap Hypocrisy 

Washington Examiner | By Paul Bedard

The Senate Democratic arm threatening to hang the GOP's refusal to OK equal pay legislation around the neck of every Republican in the midterm elections suffers from an even worse gender “pay gap” than the much-advertised 77 cents for women for every $1 a man makes.

According to an analysis of recent salary information from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the group pays women 70 cents for every $1 a male employee works.

Even with employing more women than men, many at top levels, the DSCC in its latest salary filings with the Federal Election Committee covering September-November 2013, paid males an average of $18,576 for the three months to $13,044 for women.

The analysis provided to Secrets by the Republicans appeared to include a sizable bonus to long-serving DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil. Eliminating that, the group still pays less to women, about 82-cents per $1 for men.

The DSCC retaliated with a pay breakdown of the National Republican Senatorial Committee that shows the group paying 77 cents for every $1 a male makes.

Democrats argued that their calculation should not include the highly-paid and experienced executive director of either group because it skews the numbers. Eliminate the salary of the top men at both groups, and the figures show that the DSCC pays women $1.13 and the NRSC 87 cents per $1 for men.

But that waters down their pro-woman argument, said the GOP. "That's the weakest, most embarrassing and hypocritical excuse that a Democrat has made this week, and that is saying something. If the men at the DSCC don't believe that male bosses should count against the pay gap, it destroys their entire argument, doesn't it?" said NRSC press secretary Brook Hougesen.

While nailing down exact employment figures for the DSCC or NRSC is complicated, they indicate that paying women the same as men isn’t as easy as just diving payroll equally among the sexes.

It also highlights a potential problem for the DSCC which has launched a “GOP Pay Gap” campaign to hold Republican candidates accountable for their opposition to legislation on the issue. They have mounted an outrage campaign via social networks and President Obama this week attacked Republicans for voting down a pay gap proposal in the Senate.

The GOP calls the issue a political gotcha that builds on a claim that women earn 77 cents for the $1 a man makes.

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Wednesday
Apr022014

Joe Plaia statement announcing his entry into Rockingham County Attorney’s Race

Plaia vows changes, says voters won’t be fooled again

(BRENTWOOD, NH - 4/1/14) Thanks for coming everyone. I especially want to thank my mom for being here – thanks mom. I’m here today to announce that I will be a candidate this year for Rockingham County Attorney. In doing so I have three key goals: 1. Keeping Rockingham County Safe; 2. Saving county money and reducing crime by rehabilitating offenders; 3. Bring professionalism, respect and dignity back to the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office.

My entire career has been dedicated to keeping people in my charge safe. As a Marine Military Police Officer, I trained and worked with local law enforcement, the US Border Patrol and Drug Enforcement Administration, and the FBI at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma where the borders of California, Arizona, and Mexico meet. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, I focused on criminal law and graduated from what is now the UNH School of Law.

Since then, I have worked on every side of the criminal justice system from acting as a public defender,  to serving as a prosecutor for the New Hampshire State Police in Rockingham and Strafford Counties,  to my current post adjudicating cases as chief hearings officer for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. At every turn in my career, from patrolling a post in marine uniform, to determining if bar owners are doing what they should to keep their patrons and the public safe, I have focused on keeping people safe. And when I’m your Rockingham County Attorney, that will remain my number one priority from the moment I wake up every morning until I fall asleep that night.

In 2012, I decided to run for this office because I’d seen the way that other prosecutor’s offices around the state and country were initiating innovative programs to reduce crime by cutting recidivism. I’d watched how other jurisdictions were saving money and time by using alternative sentencing programs. In 2012 alone Merrimack County had approximately 75 people in their diversion program while Rockingham County Attorney’s office used it exactly once. I knew  how counties were aggressively pursuing federal funds to help fairly manage cases against veterans and the mentally ill who are charged with crimes.  And I’d seen how Stafford County uses Early Case Resolution to resolve nearly 40% of their cases at the district court level before they are sent through the costly process of empanelling a grand jury and then sending it on to the Superior Court, saving money and time. It was on these issues of criminal justice policy that I had planned on running my campaign and, as I got started, I was eager to make the case for these reforms at parades and old home days, picnics and candidate forums, and at door steps and in the media.

But when I began running, something interesting happened. People would come up to me and say things like “thank you for running against Reams, he needs to go.” Then I started getting phone calls from colleagues who’d worked for the Rockingham County Attorney. The more I heard, the worse it became.  We’ve all now learned more about that situation than I think anyone ever wanted to. And this year, Rockingham County voters won’t get fooled again.

When I ran for Rockingham County Attorney in 2012, I knew that Jim Reams and his senior staff were wasting county money on junkets to sunny locales – now, thanks to the Attorney General and US attorney’s office, we know he was.

When I ran against Jim Reams in 2012, I heard from people I trust – women I’d gone to law school and practiced with - that he and his senior staff had created a toxic atmosphere for women – now, thanks to the complaint to remove Reams, we know they were. 

The citizens of Rockingham County deserve better. They deserve a prosecutor who thinks about their safety, not about his vacations. They deserve an office where everyone is treated with respect and fairness, not an office run by “Creepy Uncle Jim" (see NOTE below) or the Reams Team. They deserve a county attorney who is actually trying to reduce crime, not look tough on TV. This year, the voters won’t get fooled again by Jim Reams and Reams Team. If you elect me Rockingham County attorney this November, you have my word as a marine that I will give this county the county attorney’s office you deserve.

Thanks and I’ll be happy to take a couple of questions.

 

NOTE: Jim Reams staff, according to the AG's complaint for removal, referred to Reams as "Creepy Uncle Jim."

Friday
Mar142014

ALG's Daily Grind - No warmer now than it was in 2003 

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March 14, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

No warmer now than it was in 2003
The growth rates of carbon emissions have accelerated the past 50 years, so why haven't temperatures?

Does a $100 trillion total debt matter?
Funny money always buys fewer possessions. However, global indebtedness diminishes human freedom on a far more vast scale.

Another Government Coverup To Protect GM?
"Are auto recalls nothing more than political tools now? The Obama administration's failure to act on reports of GM accelerator defects as the bodies piled up suggests that safety took a back seat to politics."