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Wednesday
Jul302014

AFPNH - Breakfast is on us Thursday 

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In honor of the anniversary of the birth of one of the most famous free-market economists in American history, Dr. Milton Friedman, the Americans for Prosperity Foundation and the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice will be hosting a free breakfast this Thursday, July 31 at 7:30AM at Murphy's Diner in Manchester.  


But please RSVP ASAP because space is limited!

CLICK HERE to register now.

The event starts at 7:30AM and will end by 8:30AM so people can get to work.  It will take place at Murphy's Diner (operated by Rep. Keith Murphy), located at 494 Elm St. in Manchester (right next to the Tap Room).

Guest speakers will include leaders of the education choice movement, including Kate Baker from the Network for Education Opportunity, as well as parents of children who will talk about the impact of school choice in their lives.

But please RSVP ASAP because space is limited!


I hope to see you there!

Live Free or Die,

Greg Moore, 
State Director 
AFP Foundation New Hampshire
Tuesday
Jul292014

VIDEO: Why are thousands of people volunteering with AFP?

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Now more than ever, America needs men and women to step up and make a positive impact in their communities.

Here's why: People are getting crushed by dangerous policies being forced on them by out-of-touch politicians and bureaucrats who are more concerned with legacy-building and playing politics than what's best for the American people -- policies like ObamaCare, costly EPA regulations, and high taxes.

If you're interested in being a part of our efforts to stop these harmful policies, be a part of Americans for Prosperity's next National Day of Action on Saturday, August 2nd.
WHEN: Saturday, August 2nd

TIME: Phone-banking will begin at 10 AM in all time zones

 

 

 


WHERE: Across the country

 

 

 


 

 

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Let us know if you have any questions -- you can always email us at info@afphq.org.

Thanks,

Day of Action Team
Americans for Prosperity 

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

 
 
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Saturday
Jul262014

SEIA Condemns Decision to Impose New Tariffs on Solar Modules 

SEIA Condemns Decision to Impose New Tariffs on Solar Modules


July 25, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, DC - In a further escalation of the solar trade war with China, the U.S. Department of Commerce has imposed yet another layer of tariffs on solar modules from China, and – for the first time – on imports from Taiwan.  In a decision announced today, Commerce will immediately impose antidumping duties ranging from 26.33 to 58.87 percent for most Chinese suppliers and 27.59 to 44.18 percent for Taiwanese producers.  Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) was quick to condemn the decision.

“Enough is enough.  The Department of Commerce continues to rely on an overly broad scope definition for subject imports from China, adversely impacting both American consumers and the vast majority of the U.S. solar industry,” Resch said.  “We strongly urge the U.S. and Chinese governments to ‘freeze the playing field’ and focus all efforts on finding a negotiated solution.  This continued, unnecessary litigation has already done serious damage, with even more likely to result as the investigations proceed.

“If there’s a silver lining to today’s announcement, “Resch continued, “it’s the fact that the U.S. and Chinese governments, SolarWorld, and Chinese manufacturers now have a brief window of opportunity to move forward on settlement discussions.  SEIA got the ball rolling in this direction first by proposing a negotiated solution and then bringing the parties together.  Now it’s time to start bargaining in earnest.

“A win-win settlement of the broader U.S.-China-Taiwan solar trade conflict is still achievable – as well as one for polysilicon.  As the old saying goes, ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.’  Today, the parties are finally engaged and all sides seem committed to finding a negotiated solution.  I am encouraging my U.S. and Chinese industry colleagues to roll-up our sleeves, work together, and find a deal that’s good for everyone.”

SEIA will hold a webinar on July 29 at 1 p.m. EST to examine the impact of today’s Department of Commerce decisions on the U.S. solar industry. 

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About SEIA:

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the nationaltrade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

Friday
Jul252014

AUFC - Senator Kelly Ayotte Challenged to 'Live The Wage'

 

Would Ayotte Still Say No to Raising the Minimum Wage If She Tried Living on $77 for a Week?

 

Washington DC – On the fifth anniversary since the last federal minimum wage increase, Americans United for Change dared Senator Kelly Ayotte to take the ‘Live The Wage Challenge’.  The challenge: step into the shoes of a minimum wage worker, live on just $77 for a week, and then see if she still opposes giving 28 million workers an overdue raise. Earning just $7.25 an hour, the average full time minimum wage worker struggles to survive on only $77 a week after paying taxes and housing expenses. Earlier this year, Ayotte voted to squash even having a debate on legislation raising the minimum wage to $10.10.

SEE: ABC News: ‘Members of Congress Plan to Live on Minimum Wage for a Week’


Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change, the group behind the national ‘Give America a Raise Bus Tour’: “To Senator Ayotte who draws a six-figure government salary and says $7.25 an hour is a livable wage, I say walk the walk. Ayotte should try living the minimum wage if she’s going to keep voting against raising it for others, many of whom are struggling to support a family. Now five years after the last minimum wage increase, Ayotte may not have noticed that the prices of food, utilities, and basic necessities never stopped going up.  But minimum wage workers certainly have. A frozen minimum wage combined with inflation is why more and more Americans are falling into poverty even while working full time, and that’s wrong.”

 

History has shown time and again that raising the minimum wage is one of the best ways to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, unlike proposals Ayotte supports to minimize taxes for millionaires and corporations that ship jobs overseas,” added Woodhouse. “Putting more money in the pockets of minimum wage workers makes them stronger consumers, which leads to more hiring to meet a greater demand for goods and services.  Businesses like Costco and GAP have proven that investing in workers and paying a livable wage is a recipe for success.  Senator Ayotte has an opportunity to gain a little perspective on how difficult it is for minimum wage workers to stretch so few dollars and make choices between basic necessities. If she’s not willing to take the challenge, why not? What is she afraid of?”


Top 10 Reasons to Raise the Minimum Wage to $10.10:

 

  1. Nationally, raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 would boost the wages of 28 million workers by $35 billion, generate $22 billion in economic activity, and support the creation of 85,000 new jobs.
  2. In New Hampshire, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would increase wages for 113,000 workers by $143,575,000

 

  1. The 13 states that didn’t wait for Congress to act and raised their minimum wages on January 1 have since seen higher average job growth than neighboring states that kept theirs at the same rate.
  2. More than 600 economists and business leaders agree it’s time to raise the minimum wage.
  3. Nearly a quarter of all of minimum wage workers - including child care providers, janitors, and nursing assistants - are the primary bread winners in their family. 35 is the average age of workers who would benefit from raising the minimum wage to $10.10; 88 percent are older than 20, one third are over 40. 
  4. Full time minimum wage workers earn just $15,080 a year. According to MIT, the living wage in New Hampshire is $20,140 to be able to afford housing, medical care, transportation and food. If full-time Granite State workers made $10.10 an hour, they would earn $21,008 a year.
  5. Raising the minimum wage would reduce government spending on Food Stamps by $46 billion over the next decade. 
  6. Low Wages Cost Taxpayers A Quarter-Trillion Dollars Every Year.
  7. Six In Ten Small Business Owners Want A $10.10 Minimum Wage. Only 20% of Americans think they could live off Minimum Wage.

10.  Workers making the minimum wage have been facing a continual pay cut since July 2009 as inflation has eroded the purchasing power of the minimum wage. Cumulative loss is over $6 billion.