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Tuesday
Oct212014

ALG files FOIL request to NY state AG on wage prosecution release 

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Oct. 20, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a suit against a franchise restaurant operator alleging under-payment of employee wages issuing a release announcing the prosecution on October 16, which included a statement from union organizing activist Kendall Fells of the organization Fast Food Forward.   Americans for Limited Government filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request with the state Attorney Generals' office on October 20, 2014, seeking communications between the Office and Fells who was quoted in the political campaign style release. Nathan Mehrens, president of Americans for Limited Government, announced the FOIL request stating:

 

 "The New York State Attorney General's inclusion of union organizing activist Kendall Fells of the organization Fast Food Forward in a press release announcing a lawsuit for alleged under-payment of employee wages raises the question of whether the action is advocacy or law enforcement.

 

"If Fells was part of the AG's investigative team and privy to legal actions before they became public, this taints the investigation with the stench of labor union organizing politics.

 

"To discover whether the relationship between Fells and the New York AG's office tarnishes the activities of that office, Americans for Limited Government has filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request asking for all records of communication between any officer or employee in the Office of the Attorney General and Kendall Fells regarding the Attorney General's suit specific to the prosecution encompassed by the New York state AG's press release, as well as their communications regarding any other subject.

 

"The people of New York have the right to assume that the law is being prosecuted evenly, and that undue political influences are not tarnishing its prosecution.

 

"Unfortunately, the press release issued by the state's Attorney General announcing a lawsuit and including an advocacy group's comment lead a reasonable person to believe that there was collusion which may not have been lawful or ethical.  It is our hope that the FOIL request will erase any questions in this matter."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-files-foil-request-to-ny-state-ag-on-wage-prosecution-release/

 

Attachments:

 

"A.G. Schneiderman Sues Papa John's Franchisee For Underpaying More Than 400 Delivery Workers; Seeking More Than $2 Million," Oct. 16, 2014 at http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-sues-papa-johns-franchisee-underpaying-more-400-delivery-workers

 

Freedom of Information Law Request to NYS Attorney General's Office, Americans for Limited Government, Oct. 20, 2014 at http://algfoiafiles.com/images/9/9e/NY_FOIL_Request_Atty_Gen_Kendall_Fells_10.20.14.pdf

 

Information page on FOIL request, Oct. 20, 2014 at http://algfoiafiles.com/index.php?title=Communications_with_Fast_Food_Forward 

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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.

Sunday
Oct052014

AUFC - Mon., Oct. 6 in Manchester & Nashua: U.S. Rep. Shea-Porter to Join the National 'Put the Middle Class First' Bus Tour 

The National ‘Put the Middle Class First’ Bus Tour Headed to the Granite State, To Be Joined by Congresswoman Shea-Porter 

18-State Tour to Underscore Clear Choice Voters Face in November:
Democrats’ Middle-Out Approach to Building an Economy That Works for Everyone vs. Scott Brown and Frank Guinta’s Top-Down Approach That Works Only for the Wealthy Few & Big Corporations

 

www.MiddleClassFirst.com
#MiddleClassFirst

Washington DC – Americans United for Change is hitting the road with the national “Put the Middle Class First” bus tour to help drive home the clear choice before voters on November 4 between having a Democratic Congress that works for them or a Tea Party Congress that works for corporate special interests like the Koch brothers. The tour kicks off in New Hampshire on October 6th, first in Manchester at 10 a.m. ET followed by Nashua at 1 pm ET.  With the backdrop of a 45’ long ‘fair shot advocate on wheels’ and with invaluable support from the NH Democratic Party and Alliance for Retired Americans, Americans United will be joined by U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in Manchester and State Senator Bette Lasky (D-NH District 13) in Nashua, as  well as local faith leaders, safety net advocates, and seniors who agree that a strong economy can only be built to last from the middle out, not the top down as Frank Guinta and Scott Brown (R-MA) insist. *SEE DETAILS BELOW.


While the economy is picking up speed, many American families are still struggling to climb into the middle class and stay there. The reason: incomes have been stagnant or even shrinking for more than a decade at the same time the cost of food, child care, college, housing, retirement security, and basic necessities has soared. That’s why all eyes are on Washington to make critical investments in education and infrastructure that will create more jobs, opportunity, and an economy that works for everyone. But instead, Tea Party Republicans have stood in the way of every reasonable proposal made by President Obama and Democrats to move the country forward and instead have made sure this Congress has been the least productive and most beholden to the special interests in U.S. history.

Four years in a row, House Republicans passed a budget plan that voucherizes Medicare, slashes Medicaid, Pell grants and child care services, and shortchanges badly needed repairs to America’s crumbling bridges and roads. At the same time the Ryan budget, which Frank Guinta voted repeatedly for, protects Big Oil subsides and gives away $5 trillion in new tax breaks for millionaires and corporations that outsource U.S. jobs. Not to be outdone, Republican Governors like Scott Walker and Rick Scott signed into law their own Robin Hood in Reverse policies, from tax breaks geared towards the super-wealthy, to gutting public education, to refusing to accept available Medicaid resources to cover thousands of vulnerable citizens living one health emergency away from bankruptcy.  The Koch brothers, Big Insurance and Wall Street are clearly satisfied customers judging by the millions of dollars they continue to funnel into Republican campaigns like that of Guinta and Scott Brown.

In contrast, Democrats in Congress have a detailed set of proposals that put the middle class first, giving more Americans a fair shot at getting into the middle class and achieving the American Dream, including: Ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work; Making college affordable; Raising the Minimum Wage; Creating jobs by investing in infrastructure; and Protecting Social Security and Medicare from benefit cuts, vouchers that don’t keep pace with seniors’ health costs, or privatization schemes.

STOP #1 : THE ‘PUT THE MIDDLE CLASS FIRST’ BUS TOUR COMES TO MANCHESTER

 

WHO:             U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH-1st)
Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change

NHDP Chairman Raymond Buckley

Gail Kinney, Pastor, South Danbury (NH) United Church of Christ

Lucy Edwards, President of the New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans

WHERE:       Veterans Memorial Park, 889 Elm St, Manchester, NH

 

WHEN:          Monday, October 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET

 

STOP #2 : THE ‘PUT THE MIDDLE CLASS FIRST’ BUS TOUR COMES TO NASHUA

 

WHO:             State Senator Bette Lasky (D-NH District 13)
Alderman Diane Sheehan

Brad Woodhouse, Americans United for Change

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley

 

WHERE:       Parking lot outside Nashua Public Library, 2 Court Street, Nashua, NH

 

WHEN:          Monday, October 6, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. ET


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Americans United for Change, known formally as Americans United to Protect Social Security, is a 501c4 issue-advocacy organization established in 2005 to beat back President Bush’s effort to privatize Social Security and that has been working ever since to advance a progressive agenda in Congress including Wall Street reform, protecting Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security from benefit cuts, and requiring millionaires and big corporations pay their fair share in taxes.

 

 

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

Saturday
Sep272014

NHDP - Failed CEO Walt Havenstein Takes Cues from Governor Bobby Jindal's Disastrous, Anti-Middle Class Agenda in Louisiana

Jindal Among Least Popular Governors in Country for Slashing Education Funding, Working Against Medicaid Expansion and Opposing an Increase in the Minimum Wage

Manchester, NH – As failed CEO Walt Havenstein stumps with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal today, Havenstein is also taking cues from the Louisiana governor's disastrous, anti-middle class agenda that has left him “among the least popular governors in the U.S.”

Among Jindal's other devastating budget cuts that have hurt Louisiana's middle-class, he slashed $700 million in funding for higher education, and continues to deny access to affordable, quality health care for nearly 240,000 Louisianans by opposing Medicaid expansion. Similarly, Havenstein signed his name to the Koch Brothers pledge that calls for taking New Hampshire back to the Bill O'Brien era of devastating cuts to education, health care and public safety, and repealing health coverage from 50,000 Granite Staters.

“Not only is failed CEO Walt Havenstein touting support from one of the most unpopular governors in the country, but Bobby Jindal's home state of Louisiana is still reeling from his disastrous economic agenda of devastating budget cuts and backwards policies,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “Just like Jindal cut $700 million in funding from higher education, Havenstein signed the Koch Brothers pledge that calls for taking New Hampshire back to the Bill O’Brien era when higher education spending was slashed in half and devastating cuts were made to health care and public safety. And while Jindal has blocked efforts to expand Medicaid and increase the minimum wage, Havenstein wants to take away health care from 50,000 Granite Staters and deny hard-working New Hampshire families a needed raise, despite pocketing nearly $20 million for himself as he ran SAIC into the ground and the company shed 5,000 jobs.”

Jindal's deep unpopularity within his home state also stems from his refusal to increase Louisiana's minimum wage, an issue that a majority of Louisianans now favor. Likewise, Havenstein has proven that he is out of touch with middle-class families by continuing to oppose a needed pay raise for 76,000 hard-working Granite Staters, despite taking nearly $20 million as he ran SAIC into the ground, the company lost millions of dollars, shed 5,000 jobs and it's stock value plummeted 32%.

“If the deep unpopularity towards Bobby Jindal's anti-middle class agenda in Louisiana tells us anything about failed CEO Walt Havenstein's similar so-called “plan” for New Hampshire, it's that Havenstein isn't looking out for hard-working Granite Staters and would drive our state into the ground just like he did to SAIC,” continued Buckley.

Background

Jindal among least popular governors in U.S.
“A new poll released Tuesday suggests Gov. Bobby Jindal is among the least popular governors in the U.S. […] Fifty-three percent said they disapprove of Jindal's job performance.” [The Advocate, 3/4/14]

242,150 Louisiana Residents Would Have Gained Health Care Coverage Had Louisiana Expanded Medicaid 
“Refusing to accept the money was a terrible decision. The extra federal money would allow tens of thousands of uninsured families to get health coverage. These are people who earn too much money for Medicaid under the old formula but can't afford to buy a private policy and aren't covered at their jobs. The Kaiser Family Foundation says there are 242,150 Louisiana residents in those circumstances.” [Editorial, Times-Picayune, 9/7/14]

Bobby Jindal Opposed Efforts To Raise The Minimum Wage In Louisiana and Nationally
“Jindal said he would not be in favor raising the minimum wage nationally or in Louisiana at this time because the country's economy isn't strong enough. Both the U.S. Congress and the Louisiana State Legislature are considering increases to the lowest possible wage this spring.” [The Times-Picayune, 2/26/14]

Bobby Jindal Slashed $700 Million From Higher Education Since 2008
“The economic miracle suggested by the employment figures, meanwhile, has not exactly put state government in clover, partly, no doubt, because of the tax cuts Jindal is so proud of. He just ordered a spending freeze across all departments, and has been obliged to tap state Treasurer John Kennedy for a $40 million loan to keep the colleges open. Next year's budget, as usual, is held together with chewing gum and baling wire. Higher education has been cut by $700 million since 2008, with tuition increases picking up some of the slack, while health care for the poor slips ever further down Jindal's agenda.” [The Advocate, 5/1/14]

Tuesday
Sep092014

ALG's Daily Grind - The best social program remains a job 

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Sept. 8, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

The best social program remains a job
The recession and the loss of millions of jobs drove 20 million new individuals onto the welfare rolls. The way out is to create new, full-time jobs. The minimum wage is a sideshow.

September's closing argument for election 2014
With a limited calendar, the Democratic Party controlled Senate and the Republican Party controlled House will each be trying to put their best foot forward to justify being returned to office.

Mr. President, what about a campaign-style push to talk up America for a change?
One role of the presidency is to be a cheerleader for the U.S. Imagine if President Obama had done this—instead of an apology tour.

Ferecchio: Budget cuts may have spared key IRS emails
"A top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said he has learned that key lost emails sent by Lerner, a former IRS administrator accused of targeting conservatives, may be preserved somewhere within 760 exchange servers that were supposed to be destroyed two years ago."