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Heritage - They Lost Their Bakery, Now Face Bankruptcy: Government's 'Discrimination' Fine Brings Baker to Tears

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September 30, 2014

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They Lost Their Bakery, Now Face Bankruptcy

Government's "discrimination" fine over lesbians' wedding cake brings Oregon baker to tears.

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Stop Letting Police Seize Property From Innocent People

Daily Policy Focus: Did you know there are hundreds of crimes where your property is subject to seizure?

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China’s Communists See Red When Hong Kong Demands Democracy

China's overreaction to legitimate demands for democracy in Hong Kong leaves no doubt how the Communist Party sees its future.

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Heritage - Sharyl Attkisson Reports on the Controversies Eric Holder Leaves Behind

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September 26, 2014

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Sharyl Attkisson: Eric Holder's 9 Most Notable Controversies

The unexpected resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder follows a series of court rulings against his Department of Justice and numerous controversies, ranging from Operation Fast and Furious to the IRS's targeting of tea party groups.

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Farmers to Lesbian Couple: 'We're Not Hateful People'

Cynthia and Robert Gifford were found guilty of discrimination and fined $13,000 for not hosting a same-sex wedding on their family farm.

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Lame Duck: A Slush Fund for Special Interests and Cronyism

Post-election sessions have a long history of being used to reward politically connected entities.

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Rights Equal Rights - New Mormon Secret Documents Released - Public's Help Sought 

Rights Equal Rights Web Site Launched

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Frontiers Magazine today released a brand new batch of secret documents from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) detailing just how the Mormon Church planned to pass gay marriage bans across the United States.

The newly uncovered documents are from the late 1990's and show exactly how top Mormon Church leaders wrote and then implemented their strategy to qualify and pass California's Proposition 22 in 2000. Prop 22 banned gay marriage in the nation's largest state and was one of the first bans to face voters. Karen Ocamb, News Editor at Frontiers, who broke the story today, reports that the California initiative served as the church's template to pass identical bans in 30 more states.

"When I read these documents I couldn't believe my eyes," said Fred Karger who turned over the up 'til now secret documents. "It's amazing that the Mormon Church using all its tax deductible dollars operates like a major political machine."
Should the Mormon Church be Taxed?

This latest revelation has prompted our organization Rights Equal Rights to consider filing a formal complaint with the Internal Revenue Service regarding the Mormon Church's tax status. Karger first announced this possibility on the television show Gay USA in August.

"Since we uncovered the Mormon Church's vast role in qualifying and passing California's Proposition 8 six years ago, many people have asked us to look into the Mormon Church and all its political activities and business holdings.  Since the Mormon Church has an estimated $1 trillion in business investments around the world, and is so heavily involved in politics, we are beginning that process.
Help Us Determine if We Should File a Complaint With the IRS

The IRS has very strict rules on exactly how much time and money a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization like the Mormon Church may spend on political activity," said Karger. "So today we've set up a web site, established a tip line and a special email address to get help from anyone who might be able to shed light on just how the Mormon Church operates in politics and business."

Check out our web site:
Email us with any tips:
Give us a call on our tip line:  385-236-3131

If these tips combined with our own extensive research reveal that the Mormon Church may have crossed the IRS threshold for a tax exempt organization, we will likely file a form #13909 with the IRS and ask them to investigate.

The Mormon Church continues its nearly 20 battle against loving same-sex couples in this country who just want to get married. Earlier this month the Mormon Church filed an amicus brief asking the United States Supreme Court to overturn Utah's recently enacted gay marriage law.
Mormon Leaders to Their Gay Members - "It's a Sin"

The Utah based Mormon Church does not allow any LGBT members unless they are celibate for life. It also continues to punish, bully and ostracize anyone in the church who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

According to a study by San Francisco State University, the state of Utah has 8 times the attempted teen suicide rate of any other state, yes 8 times as many young people try to kill themselves in Utah because they are taught by the Mormon Church that they are evil.

"So until the Mormon Church embraces its LGBT members and stops funding and working to pass laws to take our rights away, we will continue to lift the veil on all they do," concluded Karger.

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NHDP - Ultra-Conservative Marilinda Garcia Sought Private Guidance from Indicted Texas Governor and Tea Party Extremist Rick Perry

Both Garcia and Perry Share Similar Records Fighting Against Equal Rights for Women and LGBT Citizens
Manchester, NH – In a recent WMUR report, Bill O’Brien protégé and Koch Brothers-backed Marilinda Garcia sought private guidance from indicted Texas governor and Tea Party extremist Rick Perry while he made his trip through New Hampshire last week.
According to WMUR, "Garcia met privately one-on-one with Texas Gov. Rick Perry to discuss border security among other topics.” The private meeting is fitting, given that the two share similar beliefs in considering women's rights and LGBT equality as second-class issues.
“It's no surprise that Bill O'Brien protégé and Koch Brothers-backed candidate Marilinda Garcia sought private guidance from indicted governor and Tea Party extremist Rick Perry, as both have troubling records of insulting and demeaning women and LGBT Americans, depriving them of equal rights,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "As a state representative, Marilinda Garcia voted against economic progress for New Hampshire women and families at every turn and called marriage an institution that makes no sense for same-sex couples. As Governor of Texas, Perry called equal pay for equal work 'nonsense' and infamously compared LGBT people to alcoholics."
Ahead of the general election, Garcia has been trying to cover her tracks by hiding her past ultra-conservative record on women's health and economic issues while playing up her frontrunner status in the GOP primary.
“As Garcia scrambles to hide her far-right record from voters ahead of the general election, news of her private mentorship from the likes of Rick Perry, who received a paltry 0.7% of the vote in the 2012 New Hampshire Primary, reinforces why her Tea Party views do not represent New Hampshire values,” continued McClain.
See below for a comparison of ultra-conservative records between Garcia and Perry
Garcia's Record on LGBT Equality and Women's Economic Issues
Garcia calls marriage an institution that makes no sense for same-sex couples
“Rep. Marilinda Garcia, a Salem Republican, said gay marriage should not be allowed because only heterosexual couples can unite biologically.' Marriage has to do with generativity, not love or commitment, she said. 'A same-sex couple cannot thus unite, therefore the state has no interest in regulating their relationship,' Garcia said. 'The symbolic message of inclusion for same-sex couples in an institution that makes no sense for them would be coupled with another message: That marriage is about the desires of adults rather than the interests of children. [Concord Monitor, 3/22/12]
As state representative, Garcia championed repealing marriage equality in NH: “Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem, spoke for the bill saying the only purpose of same-sex marriage was to provide symbolism and a “psychic benefit” for those couples.” [Concord Patch, 3/24/12]
Garcia opposes Equal Pay: At a campaign debate, Garcia said: “I’m sure there are a lot of factors why–if it is true that women do earn less than men, that could be the case–but in general I don’t support things that basically, allow for a more litigious society than we already have and I think this puts the employer at a disadvantage.” [NH-02 Primary Debate, 2/06/14]
Garcia opposes Paycheck Fairness: “On the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it easier for women to litigate allegations of gender discrimination in the workplace, Garcia said imposing ‘what can somewhat be arbitrary standards of fairness … puts the employer at a disadvantage’ when it comes to hiring.” [The Hill, 6/09/14]
Perry's Record on LGBT Equality and Women's Economic Issues
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) compared homosexuality to alcoholism Wednesday, arguing that both can be overcome.” [Washington Post, 6/12/12]
"Rick Perry: Equal Pay "nonsense" in Texas"
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday called the debate over equal pay for women that is lighting up the Texas governor’s race “nonsense,” saying the Democrats should focus on “substantive issues.” [Politico, 3/25/14]

NHDP - NEW VIDEO: Moments After Embracing Tea Party Extremist Rick Perry, Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Disparages Granite State Businesses at Dover GOP Event 

Manchester, NH – Today, the New Hampshire Democratic Party released footage of failed CEO Walt Havenstein disparaging New Hampshire businesses at a Dover GOP event, just moments after embracing Tea Party extremist Governor Rick Perry.

Walt’s disparaging remarks about New Hampshire businesses came while criticizing Governor Hassan's Trade Mission to Turkey, saying, "You don't need to go halfway around the world to do that. Especially if you don't have anything to sell." 

“It’s troubling to see a candidate running to lead our state denigrate the ability of our businesses to export to emerging markets,” said Dawn Wivell, founder and former director of the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center. “Such remarks not only insult New Hampshire’s business community, they reflect a lack of understanding of how we can keep moving our economy forward."

Walt's comments belittle the state’s growing aerospace and defense sectors, and the many goods and services New Hampshire companies have to offer to the region, the country and the world. 
“Walt is relying on cheap attack lines and trashing New Hampshire's economy to avoid talking about his own record driving SAIC into the ground, as his failed strategy cost the company thousands of jobs, and millions of dollars,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “The fact that Walt is willing to disparage New Hampshire businesses in a lame attempt to score political points underscores that he would be the wrong choice for Granite State businesses and would take New Hampshire's economy in the wrong direction.”
During the same event, Walt also suggested "We need someone to be like Rick Perry" in order to promote the state. But by seeking to emulate ultra-conservative Rick Perry, who has said it's "nonsense" to focus on equal pay for women and has a record of actively fighting against LGBT civil rights, Walt once again proved how out-of-touch he is with New Hampshire voters. 
Havenstein may not remember that Rick Perry received a whopping 0.7% of the vote in the 2012 New Hampshire Primary, considering he was still working for SAIC and living in Maryland at the time.

“Only someone from Maryland could think comparing himself to Rick Perry, with his history of fighting against equal rights for women and LGBT citizens, would appeal to New Hampshire voters,” continued New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing.
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