NH Legislature Re-Convenes
Heating Aid Attempt Fails; House Kicks Payday Lending Down the Road
The Senate attempted but ultimately failed to temporarily shift funds now dedicated to energy efficiency to the state's Electric Assistance Program. The move was expected to assist an estimated 8,000 low-income NH residents on a waiting list for help paying energy bills this winter.
In a dramatic vote over in the NH House, lawmakers last week overturned a committee recommendation to kill SB193 - a bill which would extend New Hampshire's 36% interest rate cap on payday and car title loans to cover all small loans. It didn't pass that day but it survived to see another day - January 20 - when another House vote will be taken. The bill is supported by a number of organizations as well as NH Banking Commissioner Peter Hildreth. More information about this bill and what it would do from Sarah Mattson or Jon Baird, NH Legal Assistance, 206-2214. Because of the tight vote, your calls in support of capping the interest rate on small loans to your House members over the next week are important. Click here to find contacts for your state representatives.
This Wednesday, the House will vote on other bills carried over from 2009 that may be of interest. HB 304, an assisted suicide bill, is recommended inexpedient to legislate. Against the backdrop of the spread of H1N1 and a tough economy, the Committee studying paid sick leave for workers has recommended the idea be referred for further study. A bill to ban all live dog racing in the state - with both NH dog tracks now closed - is recommended to pass. HB 642, which would establish a flat rate education income tax, while reducing statewide property, business and other taxes has been rejected by the House Ways & Means Committee, which is asking the House to agree and kill the proposal.
Legislation to expand gaming in NH, for and against new forms of taxation, for and against expanding healthcare for low and moderate-income children through Healthy Kids, same-sex marriage, abortion and other measures are proposed in what is shaping up to be a busy year for policy makers. We will report on matters of priority to Council members. If you work on policy matters for your denomination, please contact Policy Associate Laurel Redden with news of your work at 894-5931 or Laurel@nhchurches.org.
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NH Legislature Re-Convenes
Notice: Press Conference on Tuesday 1:00pm, January 5, 2010, at Legislative Office Building in Concord, NH
Today, January 4, citizens from every county in New Hampshire will deliver citizen’s petitions to their Town Hall to have an Article placed on the Warrant for their March 9th Town Meeting. This is in response to the law which took effect January 1st that redefined “marriage” to include homosexual relationships.
The question voters will be asked on March 9th is intended to determine the will of the New Hampshire voters concerning the marriage debate.
This grass roots effort has been preparing for months to launch the “Let NH Vote” campaign. Petitioners from 9 of New Hampshire’s 10 Counties will gather at the Legislative Office Building at 1:00pm on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 to announce the details of this initiative.
Manchester, NH - Two days before the gay 'marriage' law is set to go into effect, Cornerstone-Action's Executive Director, Kevin Smith, released the following statement:
"This law serves as a stark reminder of how Governor Lynch broke his trust with the people of New Hampshire by saying he was against gay 'marriage' but then signed the bill into law. One way or another though, the people will have their say on this matter either through a constitutional amendment or at the ballot box next November."
Mail: John O’Gorman, 30 Myrtle Avenue, Winthrop, MA 02152, USA for forwarding. PH/FAX: 617 846 2983
Please distribute this flyer freely by photocopy, fax and e-mail. Donations welcome. God bless you. 20/Nov/2009
95/158 (60%) CATHOLICS IN CONGRESS ARE PRO-ABORTION - JESUIT ALUMNAE WORSE! *
CATHOLICS, 22% OF THE POPULATION, HAVE 30% OF SEATS IN CONGRESS
70 (44%) HAVE 0% NRLC VOTING RECORDS: AK Sen Mark Begich. AZ Reps Raul Grijalva, Ed Pastor. CA Reps Xavier Becerra, Anna Eshoo, Jerry McNerney, George Miller, Grace Napolitano, Nancy Pelosi (Speaker), Lucille Roybal-Allard, Linda Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez, Jackie Speier, Mike Thompson, Diane Watson. CT Reps Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, John Larson; Sen Chris Dodd. DE Sen Ted Kaufman. IA Sen Tom Harkin. IL Reps Luis Gutierrez, Phil Hare, Mike Quigley; Sen Dick Durbin (Asst. Maj. Leader). IN Rep Peter Visclosky. MA Reps Mike Capuano - candidate U.S. Senate, Bill Delahunt, Ed Markey, Jim McGovern. MD Sen Barbara Mikulski. MN Rep Betty McCollum. MO Rep William Clay; Sen Claire McCaskill. NH Rep Carol Shea-Porter. NJ Reps Frank Pallone, Bill Pascrell, Albio Sires; Sen Bob Menendez. NM Rep Ben Lujan. NY Reps Mike Arcuri, Tim Bishop, Joe Crowley, John Hall, Brian Higgins, Maurice Hinchey, Dan Maffei, Carolyn McCarthy, Mike McMahon, Bill Owens, Charles Rangel, Jose Serrano, Paul Tonko, Nydia Velazquez; Sen Kirsten Gillibrand. OH Rep Mary Jo Kilroy. OR Rep Peter DeFazio. PA Reps Bob Brady, Patrick Murphy, Joe Sestak. RI Rep Patrick Kennedy; Sen Jack Reed. TX Reps Charles Gonzalez, Ruben Hinojosa. VA Reps Gerry Connolly, Jim Moran. VT Rep Peter Welch; Sen Pat Leahy. WA Sens Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray.
25 (16%) HAVE 10% TO 33% RECORDS: AZ Reps Ann Kirkpatrick 25%, Harry Mitchell 10%. CA Reps Joe Baca 10%, Dennis Cardoza 10%, Jim Costa 10%. CO Rep John Salazar 10%. DE Rep Michael Castle (R) 10%. MA Reps Stephen Lynch 10%, Richard Neal 10%; Sen John Kerry 10%. ME Rep Michael Michaud (10)%; Sen Susan Collins (R) 10%. MI Rep John Dingell 10%. OH Reps Dennis Kucinich 10%, Tim Ryan (13%). PA Reps Chris Carney 30%, Mike Doyle 20%, Paul Kanjorski 30%, John Murtha 30%. RI Rep Jim Langevin 10%. TX Reps Henry Cuellar 20%, Silvestre Reyes 10%, Ciro Rodriguez 10%. VA RepTom Perriello 25%. WI Rep David Obey 10%. Republicans (R), others Democrats. All 19 New England Catholics in Congress are Pro-Abortion!
12 (8%) HAVE 34% TO 67% MIXED RECORDS: AK Sen Lisa Murkowski (R) 50%. LA Sen Mary Landrieu 50%. MI Reps Dale Kildee 40%, Bart Stupak 60%. MN Rep James Oberstar 60%. NJ Rep Leonard Lance (R) 50%. OH Reps John Boccieri 50%, Steve Driehaus 50%, Marcy Kaptur 40%. PA Reps Jason Altmire 40%, Tim Holden 38%; Sen Bob Casey Jr. 60% - who endorsed Obama!
14 (9%) HAVE 68% TO 90% RECORDS: CA Rep Brian Bilbray (R) 70%. FL Rep Ginny Brown-Waite (R) 70%, Connie Mack (R) 80%. GA Rep Jim Marshall 89%. IL Reps Jerry Costello 90%, Dan Lipinski 70%. IN Reps Joe Donnelly 80%, Brad Ellsworth 90%. LA Rep Charlie Melancon 70%. MS Rep Gene Taylor 90%. NC Rep Walter Jones (R) 90%. NJ Reps Frank LoBiondo (R) 90%, Chris Smith (R) 90%. OH Rep Charlie Wilson 70%.
35 (22%) HAVE 100% RECORDS: CA Reps Dan Lungren (R), Devin Nunes (R), George Radanovich (R), Ed Royce (R), FL Reps Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R), Mario Diaz-Balart (R), Tom Rooney (R). GA Rep Phil Gingrey (R). IA Rep Steve King (R). ID Sen Jim Risch (R). KS Sen Sam Brownback (R) - who endorsed Pro-Abortion Kathleen Sebelius for Sec. of Health & Human Services! KY Sen Jim Bunning (R). LA Reps Anh “Joseph” Cao (R), Steve Scalise (R); Sen David Vitter (R). MI Reps Dave Camp (R), Thaddeus McCotter (R). MO Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R). NC Reps Virginia Foxx (R), Patrick McHenry (R). NE Rep Jeff Fortenberry (R); Sen Mike Johanns (R). NY Rep Peter King (R). OH Reps Steve Austria (R), John Boehner (R) (House Minority Leader), Bob Latta (R), Jean Schmidt (R), Patrick Tiberi (R); Sen George Voinovich (R). OK Rep John Sullivan (R). PA Reps Kathy Dahlkemper, Tim Murphy (R). TX Reps Kevin Brady (R), Michael McCaul (R). WI Rep Paul Ryan (R). 2 NEW: George LeMieux (R) replaced FL Sen Mel Martinez (R) (100% NRLC) on 10/Sep/09. Paul Kirk replaced MA Sen Ted Kennedy on 25/Sep/09.
DEMOCRATS: 93 (82%) PRO-ABORTION CATHOLICS AND 9 (8%) PRO-LIFE: 10 TO 1 (10 MIXED, 1 NEW, TOTAL 113)
REPUBLICANS: 2 (4%) PRO-ABORTION CATHOLICS AND 40 (89%) PRO-LIFE: 1 TO 20 (2 MIXED, 1 NEW, TOTAL 45)
* SUMMARY: 95 (60%) PRO-ABORTION CATHOLICS OUTNUMBER THE 49 (31%) PRO-LIFE 2 TO 1.
* JESUIT CATHOLIC ALUMNAE (ITALICISED): 20 (63%) PRO-ABORTION OUTNUMBER THE 10 (31%) PRO-LIFE 2 TO 1.
SOURCES: AMERICAN LIFE LEAGUE - ALL.ORG, NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE - NRLC.ORG, JESUITS - ACJUNET.EDU
OTHER PRO-ABORTION, PRO-GAY CATHOLIC POLS
OBAMA’S PRO-ABORTION TEAM: VP Joe Biden, Sec. of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sibelius (was KS Gov), Sec. of the Interior Ken Salazar (was CO Sen), Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis (was CA Rep), Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (IA).
CA Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), pro-abortion, pro gay marriage; San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom champions gay marriage. CO Gov. Bill Ritter is pro-abortion. MA Lt. Gov. Tim Murray is for gay marriage; State Sen. Pres. Therese Murray, Sens Brian Joyce, Steven Tolman (AOH), have top Planned Parenthood ratings, and voted to defeat the measure to put traditional marriage on the ’08 ballot; AG Martha Coakley is Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay candidate for U.S. Senate. NM Gov. Bill Richardson, pro-abortion. UT Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon, pro-abortion, pro-gay. VA Gov. Tim Kaine, Democratic Nat. Committee Chairman, pro-abortion.
JOHN F. KENNEDY, A CELEBRATED KNIGHT OF COLUMBUS; SENATOR EDWARD KENNEDY
JFK, pro-contraceptives, said in his 1960 Houston Speech, that he would not take directions from the Catholic Church, that he was opposed to public funding of church schools, and opposed to establishing diplomatic relations with the Vatican (JFKLibrary.org).
Sen Edward Kennedy, pro-abortion, pro-gay, had an NRLC voting record of 14% in 2007-2008. His record is 4% from 1997 to 2008.
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Concord – Today, Mo Baxley, President of the Freedom to Marry Coalition, delivered a letter to the chairman of the Republican Party, John H. Sununu, inviting him to meet with members of the LGBT community to discuss the offensive remarks made prominent Republican activist and radio host, Doug Lambert, on his radio show this past Saturday.
Below is the letter in full:
Dear Chairman John H. Sununu,
I want to invite you to a meeting with members of the LGBT community to discuss the offensive remarks made by prominent Republican activist and conservative radio host, Doug Lambert, on his show last Saturday.
I’m sure you are familiar with the hateful things he has said, so I won’t repeat them here. I commend your Republican colleagues for their forceful and immediate condemnation of Mr. Lambert’s remarks. That said, as a former governor and chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, it’s important that you take a leadership role and stand up against this type of rhetoric.
As you know, New Hampshire’s LGBT community includes parents, spouses, and individuals of all political persuasions. Without a swift denunciation of the hurtful language used by Mr. Lambert, I fear your silence on this issue would embolden others who may feel the same way to act in a similar manner.
Please let me know when you are available to discuss these issues at your earliest convenience.
I look forward to hearing from you.
New Hampshire Freedom to Marry