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Wednesday
Jul152015

Citizens For A Strong NH - IRS on notice 

 

Friend,

For nearly a year now, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has been entrenched in a battle to obtain the truth for every Granite Stater. 

 

Last year, we filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the IRS to gain information on the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS and to seek information on Senator Jeanne Shaheen's and former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's involvement. 

 

This month, we scored a major victory, but the battle has just begun.

 

The IRS was ordered by a federal judge to turn over 51 pages of documents it had withheld in previous FOIA requests.  The documents were ordered to be reviewed by a judge to determine if they should be released publicly and they have now been delivered to her chambers.

 

So, as you can see, we are making progress, however, we have a long, expensive road ahead of us.

 

And, that is why we need your help.

 

Your immediate donation today of $50, $100, $250, $500 or even $1,000 will help us continue fighting to ensure that Senator Shaheen and the IRS are held accountable!

 

We believe that every Granite Stater and American deserves the truth and that is why we are continuing our fight.

 

Sincerely,

 

Derek Dufresne

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire

 

P.S. Your generous contribution today of $50, $100, $250, $500 or even $1,000 will help us continue the fight to hold Senator Shaheen & the IRS accountable!

 

Wednesday
Jun172015

ALG - NTIA FOIA documents fail to show legal authority for Internet governance transfer 

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June 16, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement regarding the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's latest response to an Americans for Limited Government Freedom of Information Act request for "All records relating to legal and policy analysis developed by or provided to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that support its decision to 'transition key internet domain name functions,' including any analysis showing whether the NTIA has the legal authority to perform the transition":

 

"Americans for Limited Government asked the Commerce Department a simple question: What was the legal basis for relinquishing control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions to ICANN? Now, more than a year later, it is clear based on the documents we have received that there was no such legal analysis performed prior to the announcement. Nor has the Department claimed any privileged exemption for such analysis under the Freedom of Information Act. And so, it is clear it doesn't exist. What should have been a routine request has turned out to be a wild goose chase. The failure of NTIA to establish a firm legal basis for the IANA functions transfer underscores this administration's complete disregard for congressional prerogatives to dispose of property under the Constitution.

 

"This failure by the Obama administration affirms Congress' decision to defund the Internet transfer this fiscal year, and the House's further action this month to do the same beyond September 30."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/ntia-foia-documents-fail-to-show-legal-authority-for-internet-governance-transfer/

 

Attachments:

 

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request to National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), March 27, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/DOC-NTIA-FOIA-re-ICANN-03-27-14.pdf

 

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) interim response by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), June 30, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/DOC-NTIA_FOIA-Responsive-Docs-Set1.pdf

 

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) further response by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, June 15, 2015 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/DOC-NTIA_FOIA-Responsive-Docs-Set2.pdf

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Wednesday
Mar182015

Cornerstone on No Child Left Behind Waiver 

Cornerstone Action

Right to Know Request by Cornerstone Action
 
Cornerstone Action has filed a Right to Know Request after reviewing the current application for a waiver to No Child Left Behind.
 
After repeated attempts to gather information from the Board of Education on adopting the new national standards in science (Next Generation Science Standards or NGSS) Education Liaison, Ann Marie Banfield observed that the department of education is starting the process of reviewing the new standards in science.
 
The new No Child Left Behind waiver along with other documents found on the Department of Education's web site indicates New Hampshire Schools are already using the standards or will be using them soon.  In addition, documents indicate the Department of Education's commitment to Next Generation Science Standards prior to any public hearings by the Board of Education. This decision was made without any fiscal analysis as well as a complete lack of transparency.
 
After all of the controversy surrounding the adoption of the Math and English Common Core Standards in New Hampshire, the Department of Education should not rush this process, be fully transparent, conduct public hearings throughout New Hampshire, and offer a true unbiased process to determine if Next Generation Science Standards are the right sciences standards for New Hampshire students.
 
We submitted the following questions to Commissioner Barry today:
 
1) Did the New Hampshire Department of Education conduct public hearings in an effort to gather feedback from the public and teachers on the NGSS? If so, how many public hearings? 
 
2) Has the Department of Education compared the Next Generation Science Standards to State Science Standards that were considered the best in the country? If so, provide notes from those meetings so we can review them.
 
3) What is the estimated cost of implementing the NGSS in the New Hampshire schools?
 
4) Did you consult with Professors of Science at the college level in New Hampshire to analyze the Next Generation Science Standards and ask for their expert opinions? If so, can you provide notes and copies of those reviews? Please provide names, titles, and academic resumes of the higher education professors of science and engineering who reviewed the NGSS.
 
5) Please clarify the process for adoption of the NGSS.  According to Chairman Raffio, the NH Board of Education has just begun the process of either endorsing or adopting the NGSS. we are looking for detailed information on how this process to adopt or endorse the NGSS will go. 
 
6) Was there any kind of critical analysis done on the NGSS by the NH DoE? If so, can you provide notes and documentation on the materials used? 
 
7) Are the NGSS internationally benchmarked? If so, please provide a list of those countries.
Monday
Mar162015

The Boston Globe, Patriot Ledger, Boston Herald & GateHouse Media Push for Massachusetts Public Records Reform 

 

 

 

This week, The Boston Globe stands with the Patriot Ledger, the Boston Herald, and all of GateHouse Media Massachusetts in an unprecedented, coordinated condemnation of Secretary of State William Galvin’s rulings on the state’s public records law.
 
These newspapers will each publish editorials on open-records issues as part of a unique statewide collaboration amongst these news organizations. The Boston Globe’s editorial, now available online at BostonGlobe.com, will run in the print edition of the Sunday Boston Globe on March 15th.

 

Sunday
Mar152015

Boston Globe Editorial: With Mass. public records law in tatters, it’s time for reform 

 

 

 

 

This week, The Boston Globe stands with the Patriot Ledger, the Boston Herald, and all of GateHouse Media Massachusetts in an unprecedented, coordinated condemnation of Secretary of State William Galvin’s rulings on the state’s public records law.
 
These newspapers will each publish editorials on open-records issues as part of a unique statewide collaboration amongst these news organizations. The Boston Globe’s editorial, now available online at BostonGlobe.com, will run in the print edition of the Sunday Boston Globe on March 15th.