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Wednesday
Jan212015

NHDP - New Hampshire Republicans More Out of Touch on the Minimum Wage than Mitt “47%” Romney 

Concord, N.H. – Even Mitt Romney, who infamously said, “I'm not concerned about the very poor,” and "my job is not to worry about [47% of the American people],” now claims that he supports raising the minimum wage.
 
Yet despite the overwhelming support from Granite Staters for raising the state’s minimum wage, New Hampshire Republican leaders continue to oppose efforts to strengthen wages for tens of thousands of hard-working people.
 
“It is beyond belief that New Hampshire Republican leaders could be more out of touch on the minimum wage than even Mitt ‘47%’ Romney,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “It is long past time for Republican leaders to listen to the voices of the people of New Hampshire and finally join with Governor Hassan and Democrats in the legislature to strengthen wages and move our economy forward.”
 
BACKGROUND
 
Granite Staters Overwhelmingly Support Raising the Minimum Wage
76% of Granite Staters support raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage – including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents. [WMUR Granite State Poll]
 
Senator Bradley Uses Debunked Claims About Minimum Wage; Data Shows 2014 Job Creation Grew Faster in States that Raised the Minimum Wage
Following Governor Hassan’s call to finally raise the minimum wage in her Inaugural Address, Senator Jeb Bradley cited debunked Republican talking points, calling the minimum wage “a job-killer.” However, the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) found that job creation in 2014 was faster in the 13 states that had increased their minimum wage on January 1, 2014 compared with those that had not. Another study from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment found “strong earnings effects and no employment effects of minimum wage increases.”

Saturday
Jan102015

NHDP - NH Republicans Double Down on Opposition to Strengthening Wages for Hard-Working Granite Staters 

Republicans Use Debunked Claims About Effect of Minimum Wage on Job Creation; Data Shows 2014 Job Creation Grew Faster in States that Raised the Minimum Wage 
Concord, NH – Following Governor Hassan’s impassioned call for legislators to come together to finally restore and increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage, Republican leaders doubled down on their opposition to strengthening wages for tens of thousands of hard-working Granite Staters.
 
A WMUR Granite State Poll found that 76% of Granite Staters support raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage – including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents.
 
“As Governor Hassan argued passionately in her Inaugural Address, it is long past time for members of both parties to come together to finally restore and increase our state’s minimum wage,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Instead of recycling debunked talking points, Republican leaders need to listen to the voices of the people of New Hampshire and finally join with Governor Hassan to strengthen wages and move our economy forward.”       
 
In her Inaugural Address, Governor Hassan stressed the importance of expanding opportunity and strengthening wages for New Hampshire families. But just moments after the Governor’s address concluded, Senator Jeb Bradley was already recycling the same old debunked Republican talking points, calling the minimum wage “a job-killer.”
 
The problem with such claims is that they’ve repeatedly been shown to be untrue. The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) found that job creation in 2014 was faster in the 13 states that had increased their minimum wage on January 1, 2014 compared with those that had not. Another study from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment found “strong earnings effects and no employment effects of minimum wage increases.”
 
Even more mind-boggling was the argument from Deputy Speaker Gene Chandler, who told NHPR that New Hampshire should not increase the minimum wage because doing so “also raises the wage levels of everyone else up the line because if the minimum wage is raised, then other people are going to expect to get more money.”
 
“It’s ludicrous and just another sign of how completely backwards today's New Hampshire Republican Party is that party leaders could argue that raising the minimum wage is a bad idea because it would help too many people,” added Buckley.

Saturday
Oct182014

ALG's Daily Grind - Security Issues jump to fore with Ebola crisis 

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Oct. 17, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Security Issues jump to fore with Ebola crisis
The federal government has a primary national security responsibility, and this 2014 election may just be the first in a decade that turns on this key issue that has waned from the collective consciousness since the end of the Cold War.

CDC last month on Ebola: 'outbreak is just a plane trip away'
Days before Thomas Duncan was identified as U.S. patient zero in Dallas, CDC director Tom Frieden warned on White House blog: "infectious diseases do not recognize borders, and a disease outbreak is just a plane trip away."

Schiff: Governments need inflation, economies don't
"While politicians, CEOs and economists talk about demand stimulus and the avoidance of a deflationary trap, Evans-Pritchard reminds us that inflation is all, and always, about debt management."

Wednesday
Oct012014

NHDP - ICYMI: “LISTEN: Cruz-Backed GOPer [Marilinda Garcia] Dismisses 'Meaningless' Minimum Wage Hike” 

Tea Party Extremist Marilinda Garcia Doubles Down on Denying 110,000 Hard-Working Granite Staters a Much-Needed Raise

Key point: "New Hampshire Republican Congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia dismissed raising the minimum wage as a 'wedge issue' by President Barack Obama's administration that actually wouldn't help people and instead is just a 'petty, short-sighted type of little issue.'

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"She also calls a hike 'trite.'

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"A November Gallup poll found that about three quarters of Americans support an increase in the minimum wage."

See here or below for the full Talking Points Memo story:

LISTEN: Cruz-Backed GOPer Dismisses 'Meaningless' Minimum Wage Hike

New Hampshire Republican Congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia dismissed raising the minimum wage as a "wedge issue" by President Barack Obama's administration that actually wouldn't help people and instead is just a "petty, short-sighted type of little issue."

Garcia, considered a rising star among conservative Republicans, made the comments Monday evening during an interview with Chris Ryan on his Pints and Politics show on WKXL in Concord, New Hampshire. The comments were flagged by the opposition-research shop American Bridge.

"I voted against increasing the state minimum wage when I was in the legislature," Garcia said. "It seems to be sort of a petty — not punitive is the wrong word — but kind of just a petty, short-sighted type of little issue that the President's administration decided to champion for a time to then use as a wedge issue."

Garcia goes on to say that a minimum wage increase would be slight for the recipients but would be "catastrophic" for the job market. She also calls a hike "trite."

"Every employer I've talked to says —about deals with the minimum wage says 'look I will literally be laying people off.' Now I ask you, is giving someone a dollar, $1.15 increase helpful or better for them than actually not losing that job to begin with?" Garcia continued. "So what you're doing is you're forcing people to choose between laying people off completely and losing their job or having a somewhat trite and meaningless wage —excuse me raise, and your wage that doesn't do in fact do anything to make your life more affordable, allow for the cost of living, help you heat your home, fill your car, and all these other —afford your healthcare— and all these things we're dealing with. So yeah, I'm opposed to raising it."

A November Gallup poll found that about three quarters of Americans support an increase in the minimum wage. New Hampshire's minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour, according to the Department of Labor. Obama and Democrats have strongly expressed support for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Garcia, who has been endorsed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and prominent tea party groups, is the Republican nominee for Congress seeking to replace Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH).

She previously made headlines for refusing to say whether she got her health care through the Obamacare exchange.

Listen to Garcia's comments below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUdG2wAardg

Tuesday
Aug192014

ALG's Daily Grind - Rick Perry and the left's politics of destruction 

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August 18, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted. 

Rick Perry and the left's politics of destruction
The left is so desperate to obtain and maintain power that they will do anything, say anything and destroy anyone who gets in their way.  These abuses of the public trust tear at an already heavily frayed fabric of society, where the public assumes that the law itself will not be abused. 

E-cigarettes a tobacco product?
FDA says so, even though they don't contain any tobacco. Huh?  

EPA goes from Environmental Protection Agency to Extremist Political Agenda
The countries with the best human health and the most material wealth are those with the highest energy consumption. America needs energy that is abundant, available, and affordable.

Fiscal Times: Farmers and consumers seeing spike in food prices
"The U.S. Department of Agriculture has forecast that prices across the board will rise from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent over 2013 levels – with some products like meat, poultry and eggs far more costly."