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Testerman For US Senate - It is Outrageous 

CONCORD, NH-  "The consistent complaint from public school educators is that, "today's parents don't care, they aren't involved" commented Candidate for U.S. Senate, Karen Testerman.   "Yet, when a parent voiced his concern over the pornographic novel that his daughter was required to read, as William Baer did at a recent school board meeting, he was removed from the meeting, handcuffed and arrested."


"New Hampshire places a greater emphasis than do many other States on preserving family relationships," wrote the New Hampshire Supreme Court in William A., 142 N.H. 598, 600 (1998)


"Is this how we respond to parents who become involved by objecting to sexual and pornographic reading material presented to their 14 year old daughter?  The parent is called out of the meeting, handcuffed and arrested?" questioned Testerman.


"Once again, parents' rights are trampled.  In 2005, David Parker, a Massachusetts father was similarly handcuffed and arrested for objecting to the homosexual material presented to his 6 year old.


"Is this how we bully the parents who get involved?" 


SGP - January 29 Education Alert 



Be Visible - be Vocal!  Be a Smart Girl!


CACR 3 - Parental Rights Amendment

Public Hearing - Tuesday, January 29

1:15 PM Legislative Office Bldg. (LOB) Rm. 206


SB 53 Repeal Parental Opt-Out of Objectionable Materials
Public Hearing - Tuesday, January 29
10:30 AM Legislative Office Bldg. Rm 103

HB 323 Right to Work Act
Public Hearing - Wednesday, January 30
9:30 AM Legislative Office Bldg. Rm 305-7

Defend the 2nd Amendment - Thursday, January 31
12 Noon - 2 PM State House Courtyard


February 13

Self Defense  

Michelle Clarke - RAD 


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Susan Olsen & Karen Testerman



9 AM Memorial Service - Concord Landfill
Old Turnpike Road

11:15 AM - Rally in State House Courtyard
11:45 AM - March for Life from State House to
St. John's Parish Hall
Finding Educational Opportunities

Thursday, January 24 - 7-8:30 PM
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607 Calef Highway

Monday, January 28 - 4-8 PM
Hampton Inn
195 Laconia Road

Saturday, February 2 - 10 AM - 3 PM
Liberty Harbor Academy
 1230 Elm Street


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State’s Leading Family Organization Bases Bill Priorities on Goals Identified in Families First Pledge


MANCHESTER, N.H.—In an effort to successfully advance unfinished business and build on the successes of the past Legislative session, Cornerstone Action today is releasing its 2013-2014 Families First Legislative Agenda (PDF), which is based on the goals identified earlier this year by Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge for candidates.

“Today, as the filing period for incumbent candidates opens, we are identifying the types of bills we’d like to see lawmakers introduce as part of our 2013-2014 Families First Legislative Agenda, and these bill ideas are directly based on the goals identified in our Families First Pledge,” said Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone’s acting executive director. “We fully expect our pledge signers to introduce the bills identified in our agenda, and we intend to help those legislators advance these bills through the N.H. House and Senate and beyond the governor’s desk into the state’s law books.”

Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge secured the promise of more than 85 candidates for state offices to advance citizens’ rights of conscience and religion, protect innocent human life, defend the natural family and traditional marriage, restore the natural rights of parents to raise, educate and care for their own children, and enact free market economic policies to ensure prosperity in New Hampshire. Cornerstone’s 2013-2014 Families First Legislative Agenda uses each pledge goal as the basis for a list of bill ideas that conceptually align with each theme.

Today begins an eight-day bill filing period for incumbent legislators who were nominated by their party to run for a seat in the New Hampshire House and Senate. The filing period runs from Sept. 17 to Sept. 26, and then closes until after the general election on Nov. 6. Then, both incumbent and non-incumbent candidates will have another window between Nov. 13 and Dec. 7 to file additional bills. By the end of the second filing period, the bills that have not yet been filed from Cornerstone’s Legislative Agenda will be reserved for filing in the second year of the biennial legislative session.

“With the release of our Families First Pledge, Cornerstone articulated a high-level set of principles that candidates could align with prior to their election to office,” McGinley said. “Now that we’re getting closer to the time that these candidates take their seats in the Legislature, Cornerstone wants to make it clear what signing the pledge actually means in practice.”

The three bill ideas under the right of conscience goal would codify the N.H. Constitution’s Article 4 “right of conscience” so citizens could live their lives, conduct their business and spend their money only in a way that aligns with their own moral conscience.

“It is intrinsically evil to force someone to pay for something he or she morally objects to, such as an abortion,” McGinley said. “And no one should ever have to provide a service to someone involved in a practice that he or she finds offensive.”

Cornerstone is advancing eight bill ideas under its goal of protecting innocent human life, some of which have already had their first exposure in the Legislature and others that the organization is advancing for the first time in New Hampshire.

“Some of these ideas are simply common sense, such as the Women’s Right to Know Act, which requires abortion doctors to tell a woman about the child who’s life she’s about to end and the associated risks of the procedure she’s about to undergo,” McGinley said. “Other ideas in this category recognize in state law as much as legally possible that life begins when a baby is conceived.”

While at least one bill idea under the category concerning the natural family and traditional marriage would make another attempt at restoring the traditional definition of marriage in state law, the three other points focus on keeping families together and promoting natural family unity as the fundamental building block of society, McGinley said.

Likewise, the next category concerning parental rights recognizes that natural parents almost always know best how to raise, educate and care for their own children. 

"Parents should be given the benefit of the doubt unless they do something obvious to forfeit their natural rights," McGinley said.

Lastly, Cornerstone has identified six important free-market efforts that will ensure that families have the greatest opportunity to pursue their personal goals and achieve whatever they work for. 

"Inherent in these ideas is a balanced budget that reduces government spending on unnecessary bureaucracy and enables tax and fee reductions," McKinley said. "These bills will also ensure that government is lean, affordable and transparent to families all across New Hampshire."


Cornerstone Action’s 2013-2014 Families First Legislative Agenda

Preserve the right of conscience for all citizens, including their freedom to practice the tenets of their faith.

  • Pass the “Health Insurance Freedom of Conscience Act,” which creates a conscientious exemption to any mandate incorporated into a private health insurance policy for purchasers of a health insurance policy.
  • Create a religious exemption to contraceptive coverage as part of any private health insurance policy.
  • Protect the right of businesses to deny service to potential customers when it would violate the owner’s religious beliefs to serve them.

Protect innocent human life from conception to natural death.

  • Require abortion clinics and hospitals to report abortion statistics, adding New Hampshire to the list of 46 other states that currently require such reporting.
  • Pass the “Fetal Homicide Act,” which defines “fetal homicide” as criminal assaults on a pregnant woman that result in miscarriage, stillbirth or “damage to a pregnancy” as an enhanced offense for sentencing purposes.
  • Pass the Women’s Right to Know Act, which requires physicians to provide a woman considering the procedure with medically accurate information about her child and the abortion method that would be used as well as the long-term risks of having an abortion and alternatives to having an abortion.
  • Pass the “Rights of Motherhood Act,” which bans coerced abortions.
  • Pass the “Abortion Drug Safety Act,” and add N.H. to the list of 40 other states that require a prescription for drugs such as RU-486.
  • Pass “The Heartbeat Act,” which protects unborn children who have a detectable heartbeat.
  • Continue to prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions.
  • Ensure that surgical abortions are performed by a licensed physician (as they are in 43 other states) and that abortion clinics are regulated under the same standards as other ambulatory centers or health clinics.

Defend the natural family and traditional marriage, the foundational building blocks of society.

  • Pass a law that repeals gay “marriage” and either restores civil unions for homosexuals or restores the pre-civil union law in New Hampshire.
  • Improve parental oversight and control over public school classroom content.
  • Encourage policies that favor keeping families together when welfare dollars are at stake.
  • Eliminate no-fault divorce for parents of children.

Restore the natural right of parents to determine the best way to educate, raise and care for their children.

  • Pass a constitutional amendment that protects the natural rights of parents to control the health, education and welfare of their children.
  • Pass a constitutional amendment that removes “magistrates’” (judges’) involvement in educational funding and protects local control of education.
  • Create legal safeguards to ensure that both parents’ rights are protected in the case of divorce.
  • Require legal safeguards to ensure that parents’ due process rights are protected in cases involving their children and the Division of Children, Youth and Families.
  • Pass a bill that rejects the national Common Core Standards.

Enact free market economic policies that empower New Hampshire families to achieve their highest potential.

  • Pass a balanced state budget that cuts unnecessary spending and reduces taxes and fees.
  • Pass Right to Work legislation that makes it optional for all employees, public sector and private sector, to join a labor union and pay agency fees.
  • Repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to lower families’ energy costs.
  • Pass a bill that phases-in a 401(k)-style pension plan to ensure a government that families can afford.
  • Pass bills to prevent welfare fraud and abuse of EBT cards, reduce the number of welfare recipients and require recipients of taxpayer dollars to look for work.
  • Pass comprehensive health insurance deregulation to reduce the cost of private health insurance.


About Cornerstone Action
Cornerstone-Action and Cornerstone Policy Research are non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving New Hampshire’s traditional values, limited government, and free markets through education, information and advocacy. Our vision is to create an environment in which strong families—the foundation of our society—can lead New Hampshire into a new era of prosperity and strength. For more information, please visit



As Momentum Builds, Leading Family Organization Identifies Policy Priorities for Next Session

MANCHESTER, N.H.—With the release today of its new Families First Pledge for State House candidates, Cornerstone Action begins its campaign to endorse, elect and educate the next group of conservative leaders for the New Hampshire Legislature who will build from the current Legislature’s momentum and help restore New Hampshire’s founding principles and prosperity.

“Cornerstone has a long history of successfully advocating for traditional values and protecting the natural rights of families all across New Hampshire,” said Shannon McGinley, chairman of Cornerstone Action and Cornerstone Policy Research. “With the release of our Families First Pledge, Cornerstone is setting a clear direction for legislators in the coming term and positioning itself as the organization best suited to advance the interests of New Hampshire families and children.”

All candidates running for a seat in the New Hampshire House or Senate will have an opportunity to sign Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge. By doing so, they will be making a promise to their constituents that upon election, they will:

• Vote to preserve the right of conscience for all citizens, including their freedom to practice the tenets of their faith,
• Vote to protect human life from conception to natural death,
• Vote to defend the natural family and traditional marriage, the foundational building blocks of society,
• Vote to restore the natural right of parents to determine the best way to educate, raise and care for their children, and
• Vote to enact free market economic policies that empower New Hampshire families to achieve their highest potential.

“The Obama administration is telling people they must pay for medicine they morally object to; liberals are promoting abortion as birth control and teaching our children that two men can have the same relationship as their mom and dad; state bureaucrats are attempting to stop parents from teaching their children according to their own moral upbringing; and statists are working to direct private business operations and create barriers for entry to the marketplace,” McGinley said. “Conservatives have no choice but to speak out and explain why these ideas are killing our prosperity and freedom, and to point back to the ideals that lead to the success of our families, which in turn leads to the success of our communities, our state and our nation.

“Cornerstone is committed to preserving the rights of moms and dads to chart their own course and make their own decisions, both for the good of their households and their children,” McGinley added. “We are dedicated to encouraging the unity of traditional families, which are best suited to raise and educate children according to their own best judgment. We will discourage divorce, but protect both parents’ rights in the case of divorce, because research shows children need both a mom and a dad. We will fight to prevent the state from using other people’s money to intrude into the business of family life or enable a culture of death. We’ll work to protect the lives of the most innocent, pre-born children or the lives of the elderly and disabled who will still have more to give to the world until their natural death.”

Before the primary, State House candidates will have an opportunity to sign the Families First Pledge and indicate their support for proven, common sense principles so voters will have no doubt where their elected officials stand on the issues that matter most. Cornerstone will support candidates who sign the pledge and work with them once they are in office to advance the policies culminating from it. Besides the recognition from Cornerstone they will receive, candidates who stay true to their word once serving in elected office will have the added benefit of making New Hampshire the best place to live in the Northeast.

Cornerstone has a long history of successful legislative action under the former leadership of Gubernatorial Candidate Kevin Smith, founder Karen Testerman and others. The organization has helped support New Hampshire bills to defund abortion factories such as Planned Parenthood, require parental notification when children want to have an abortion, stop physician-assisted suicides that would have enabled elder abuse, prevent expanded gambling, advance the right to work without interference from a union and other business deregulation, oppose Obamacare and its deterioration of individuals’ health choices, prevent a liberal bill that would have allowed men to use women’s bathrooms, and eliminate no-fault divorce.

“With a membership of more than 5,000 people today, Cornerstone stands as a conservative force that will help keep the state moving in the right direction by protecting families and traditional values all across New Hampshire,” McGinley said.


About Cornerstone Action
Cornerstone-Action and Cornerstone Policy Research are non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving New Hampshire’s traditional values, limited government, and free markets through education, information and advocacy. Our vision is to create an environment in which strong families—the foundation of our society—can lead New Hampshire into a new era of prosperity and strength. For more information, please visit



NHDP - ICYMI: House Committee trying to subpoena confidential custody records

Subpoena power


The House Redress of Grievances Committee decided to try out its new subpoena power last week.


On Thursday, the committee, which was resurrected by O'Brien for the 2011-12 legislative session to hear complaints from citizens, voted to subpoena "sealed records" in the case of David Johnson, who has long fought for custody of his daughter.


The committee has largely heard complaints from parents over child safety or child support, and the House voted earlier this session to give the committee subpoena power to compel state workers or others involved in the cases to testify before the committee or produce records.


The vote to subpoena the records was 9-3, along party lines, said Rep. Tim Horrigan, a Durham Democrat who voted against the subpoena. Horrigan said his understanding is the subpoena is intended to uncover "exculpatory evidence that basically proves that (Johnson's) a fit father" from the guardian ad litem assigned to the case.


Republican Rep. Robert Willette, vice chairman of the committee, said the subpoena must still be approved by the House Rules Committee, which is chaired by O'Brien, and then the speaker's office will handle serving the subpoena.


In April, Attorney General Michael Delaney, whose agency has been monitoring the committee's activity, sent a letter to O'Brien accusing the panel of showing a bias against state workers that could threaten the safety of at-risk children. Delaney also raised additional concerns about the subpoenas compelling people to testify or produce records before the committee.


"Child protection matters are subject to strict confidentiality requirements," Delaney wrote. "State officials will be placed in the unenviable position of having to decide whether to honor a legislative subpoena or adhere to the laws of confidentiality."


Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards said Friday that the decision on whether to produce records sought by legislative subpoenas could likely end up in the attorney general's office, which represents the courts and state workers in legal matters.


"Just because somebody has the right to subpoena records, it doesn't mean that right is absolute," Edwards said. "We will be responding appropriately with respect to those confidentiality concerns."


From the Concord Monitor (6/17/12)