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Saturday
Jul262014

Citizens For A Strong NH - Weekly E-Newsletter 

 

Video: On Gas Prices: One Shaheen Commercial; Two Broken Promises

 

Six years ago this week, on July 23, 2008, Jeanne Shaheen released a "plan" tolower gas prices.  This "plan" was referenced in an August 4, 2008 Union Leader editorial. She also promised to not take any financial contributions from "Big Oil." This was all in tandem with incessant finger pointing at former U.S. Senator John Sununu, where she blamed the former senator for what Granite Staters were paying at the pump, which was around $4.00 a gallon. 

 

Considering the anniversary of Jeanne Shaheen's "plan," we focused this week on her failure to keep both of the aforementioned promises. With gas prices approaching $4.00 a gallon in some parts of our state and Senator Shaheen's decision to attend a fundraiser at the home of David Leiter (an Exxon Mobile lobbyist), she has two broken pledges to address with New Hampshire residents.

 

Our web video can be viewed HERE

 

Granite Staters expect more from their senior senator. While they are suffering at the gas pump, Senator Shaheen is advocating for an increase in the federal Gas Tax and opposing legislation such as the popular Keystone Pipeline. That certainly isn't a solution New Hampshire supports. Jeanne Shaheen was quite vocal about this issue in 2008, but has done nothing to address it six years later. That's a shame and her constituents deserve better.

 
 
Opinion: Rep. Annie Kuster is Killing New Hampshire's Town Hall Tradition
On Monday, our spokesman, Derek Dufresne, had an opinion piece published in the NHJournal.com titled, Rep. Kuster is Killing NH's Town Hall Tradition.

The premise of the op'ed was around the fact that Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) hasn't held a single Town Hall meeting during her first term in Congress. If she can get away without having to hold one public forum, what is going to stop other elected officials from not hosting them, too?

You can read the full opinion piece by clicking HERE. After reading it, be sure to give Congresswoman Kuster a call at 603-226-1002 and tell her to stop hiding, and finally hold her first Town Hall meeting.
 
 
Grassroots: Sticky Notes and Phone Banks!
 

Here at Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, we are always working hard to advance the belief that a smaller, more effective government, results in a stronger New Hampshire. The best way to accomplish that goal? Through grassroots activism.

That's why we had another successful phone bank in our Manchester office on Thursday evening where we contacted Granite Staters and discussed some of the most important issues facing our state. We also got in our new order of sticky notes to help remind New Hampshire residents who they can blame for higher gas prices, which you can read about on our Facebook page.

To learn more about our phone banks, sticky notes, or other other opportunities to help with our grassroots activism, please email Matt@StrongNH.com

 
 
Editorial Cartoon of the Week    
 
Saturday
Jul262014

Cooler Heads Digest 25 July 2014 

25 July 2014

Announcements

On Monday, July 28, from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM, the Heritage Foundation will host a panel on "Federal Overreach at the Environmental Protection Agency," moderated by Nicolas Loris, and featuring Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.), CEI’s William Yeatman, and David Kreutzer from Heritage. RSVP here.

In the News

Obama on Climate Change: We Must Make Sure the Planet Works
Charlie Spiering, Big Government, 25 July 2014

Fracking, InsideClimate, and Public Integrity
Steve Everley, Energy in Depth, 24 July 2014

California Environmentalism Conflicting with Pocketbook Concerns
Molly Peterson, KPCC, 24 July 2014

Mark Levin Sues EPA for Destroying Emails
C. J. Ciaramella, Washington Free Beacon, 24 July 2014

Surprise: Greens’ Preferred Sue and Settle Court Is in California Bay Area
William Yeatman, GlobalWarming.org, 23 July 2014

The Struggle to Mainstream Electric Vehicles
Allen Brooks, Master Resource, 23 July 2014

Federal Lands Deserve an Energy Boom Too
Robert Bradley, Jr., Forbes, 21 July 2014

Sue and Settle: Another Way for Greens to Halt Progress
Stephen Moore, Investor’s Business Daily, 21 July 2014

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Is “Obsessive and Dangerous”
Laura Helmuth, Slate, 20 July 2014

News You Can Use

Poll: Americans Give Low Priority to Climate Change

Just 4 percent of respondents in a new Politico poll of likely voters in competitive Senate states and House districts identified the environment as the national issue that concerns them the most. The highest ranking concerns were the economy and jobs, which were chosen by 21 percent and 10 percent of respondents, respectively.

Inside the Beltway

Senate EPW Republicans Audition Arguments against EPA’s Clean Power Plan

On Wednesday morning, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testified on the agency’s climate regulations for existing power plants before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, during which the minority party auditioned a number of arguments in opposition to the rule.

The regulation is known as the Clean Power Plan. It was proposed on June 2 and would, if finalized in its current form, effectively overhaul the electric industry in accordance with EPA’s climate goals.

Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) argued that the rule represented an unprecedented executive power grab, which is true. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) argued that the Clean Power Plan would shut down coal-fired power plants, which is also true. And Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) presented evidence that the rule wouldn’t actually impact global temperatures and is, therefore, all pain and no gain.

These polemics are all spot-on. However, the finest argument was put forth by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.), who argued that the rule was an outrageous example of regulatory capture. Here’s what he said:

On July 6th of this year, the New York Times wrote a piece about the outsized role that the NRDC had in developing the EPA’s new regulations to curb power plant emissions…The article says it was a remarkable victory for the NRDC. Now, for those outside the beltway, NRDC is a $120 million a year lobbying machine, backed by Hollywood elites. It is absolutely shameful to me that the EPA, under the direction of this administrator, would allow a team of lawyers and lobbyists to draft their regulations…

EPA has decided to push a rule that was drafted behind closed doors by powerful, wealthy Washington lawyers and lobbyists at the NRDC. Let’s be clear, NRDC is a wealthy, elite, powerful lobbying machine with more influence over decision making in Washington than any ordinary U.S. citizen. They have millions which gives them access. The EPA turns a deaf ear on those that don’t.

Bravo, Mr. Barrasso!

The Wyoming Senator concluded his opening statement by throwing down a gauntlet. He challenged EPA and NRDC to comply with the Committee’s information requests, in order to ascertain the extent to which EPA has been captured by green special interests.

Across the States

Activist Judge in West Virginia Issues Another Anti-Coal Decision

West Virginia District Judge Robert Chambers issued another suspiciously anti-coal ruling this week when he granted partial summary judgment to the plaintiffs, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Sierra Club, and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and found Alpha Coal liable for selenium pollution that violates the Clean Water Act and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.

The ruling is flawed on a number of counts. For starters, selenium discharge wasn’t included in the permits pursuant to these two statutes, so it’s unclear how Alpha could be responsible for controlling it. This isn’t a cause for alarm: The plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that the discharges of selenium actually caused any deleterious impacts.

More to the point, this is merely the latest activist decision from Judge Chambers, who is evidently anti-coal (see “Across the States”  from the June 6 Cooler Heads Digest). In fact, Judge Chambers used to be a member of one of the plaintiff organizations (the W.V. Highlands Conservancy).

Around the World

Green Is the New Red

At a preparatory conference to the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change this week in Venezuela, more than 130 environmental organizations signed the Margarita Declaration, which calls for the end of capitalism in order to fight global warming.

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.GlobalWarming.org.

Friday
Jul252014

ALG's Daily Grind - Will John Roberts rule to cripple Obamacare?

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July 24, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted. 

How might Chief Justice John Roberts rule on Halbig?
There may be little reason to have any faith the Supreme Court will not use the same legal gymnastics the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals utilized to say an exchange in fact established by the federal government was, for the purposes of the law, "established by [a] state." 

Cartoon: Nobody Said No

Making Earth a 'High-Energy Planet'
Electricity for Africa may become a reality.

Merline: Obama recovery turns 5, but are you better off?
Obama: "By almost every economic measure, we're doing a whole lot better now than we were when I came into office." But is that actually true?

  

July 24, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

How might Chief Justice John Roberts rule on Halbig?
There may be little reason to have any faith the Supreme Court will not use the same legal gymnastics the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals utilized to say an exchange in fact established by the federal government was, for the purposes of the law, "established by [a] state."

Cartoon: Nobody Said No

Making Earth a 'High-Energy Planet'
Electricity for Africa may become a reality.

Merline: Obama recovery turns 5, but are you better off?
Obama: "By almost every economic measure, we're doing a whole lot better now than we were when I came into office." But is that actually true?

 

Friday
Jul252014

ALG's Daily Grind - Federal court strikes Obamacare exchange subsidies 

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July 23, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Obamacare exchange subsidies fall in explosive Halbig ruling
Did states intend to deny Obamacare exchanges subsidies when they opted out of creating state exchanges?

The EPA takes aim at Tesla, electric cars
The electric car requires electricity. For electricity to be a more efficient way to power said electric car over, say, petrol fuels, it needs to be available in inexpensive abundance. That's the non-starter for the EPA and the environmental extremist allies of the Obama administration.

Politico: Obamacare's next threat a September surprise
Most state health insurance rates for 2015 are scheduled to be approved by early fall, and most are likely to rise, timing that couldn't be worse for Democrats already on defense in the midterms.

Friday
Jul252014

AFP - Make Harry Reid mad!

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I'll wilfully admit:

We've already done quite a bit this year to upset Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

He's pretty unhappy that we've been sharing stories on the airwaves of real Americans who have been hurt by ObamaCare -- like the story of Julie Boonstra, a mother suffering from leukemia whose health care plan was cancelled because of ObamaCare.

And he's REALLY unhappy that we're actually on the ground in thousands of communities across the country fighting back against Big Government and educating people on how the left's policies are putting the American dream at risk for future generations.

But I don't think there's anything that would make Senator Harry Reid angrier than knowing that THOUSANDS of Americans for Prosperity grassroots activists are spending their Labor Day weekend learning how to defeat his Big Government agenda.

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And guess what? You can be a part of this:

Make Harry Reid mad -- join us at the 2014 Defending the American Dream Summit at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas on Friday, August 29th and Saturday, August 30th.

You'll hear from elected officials, business leaders, and fellow grassroots activists who are leading the charge against Big Government.

Get your tickets right away for Summit 2014 before they sell out!

Use promo code JULY2014AFP to get your General Admission Ticket (includes a two-day conference pass PLUS lunch on Friday and Saturday) for just $75 -- this month only!


Can't wait to see you there,

Tim Phillips
President
Americans for Prosperity

P.S. Senator Harry Reid HATES that Americans for Prosperity and our grassroots activists are fighting back against his Big Government policies. Join us at the 2014 Defending the American Dream Summit to learn how you can lead the charge against Big Government in your own community.

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