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Sunday
Aug312014

AFP - WATCH LIVE! Defending the American Dream Summit 

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If you couldn't make it to Dallas for this year's Defending the American Dream Summit, don't worry!

A livestream of the event will be available today and tomorrow from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm CDT. You can watch the livestream HERE.

Speakers today include: Governor Rick Perry, Dr. Ben Carson, AEI President Arthur Brooks, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, and Senator Rand Paul.

Speakers tomorrow include: Senator Ted Cruz, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, and Congressman Jeb Hensarling.

If you're watching, don't forget to tweet at @AFPhq using the #Dream14 hashtag!

Lindsay Matlock
Defending the Ameican Dream Summit
Americans for Prosperity

P.S. Watch the Defending the American Dream Summit live here starting at 1:30 pm CDT!

Sunday
Aug312014

APP News Update - 8/29/14 

 

 
McGroarty Quoted on Jindal's CCSS Lawsuit
Alfonso Aguilar Interviewed on KQAD about the wave of Border Kids
 
Common Core As An Election Issue Common Core has become a flashpoint election issue.  Voters are increasingly realizing that the Common Core is of poor quality and locks children into an inferior education."   - APP Education Director Emmett McGroarty
 Quoted in Christian Post - 7/29/14
 
Steve Lonegan: Americans Need to Fight for the Value of the Dollar

Historically, Americans have been willing to fight for the value of their money, so recent complacency over the destruction of the dollar is disturbing.

THE U.S. economy continues to struggle. Wages remain stagnant for working families. Inflation slowly diminishes the average family’s consumer strength, and unemployment now includes factors like masses of workers dropping out of the workforce. So what has changed in America the last 40 years that has dimmed the economic optimism that drove the greatest generation and baby boomers?

Read more.

 
Guest-Worker Programs Can Solve Border Crisis

By Alfonso Aguilar and Helen Krieble  in the National Journal

The significant increase in unaccompanied minors entering our country illegally has brought the discussion of border security back to the forefront. It is true that very little could have been done to prevent the current surge since, as at least one serious study has shown, what leads most of these children to leave their home countries in Central America is the warlike conditions they are facing there on a daily basis. Yet, there is something we could do to address one of our own policies that has for 20 years encouraged many of them to come. They come because of a desire to reunite with parents who left them back home to find a good-paying job in the United States.

Read more.

 
College Board Under Fire for History Framework

Jane Robbins went on Fox News with James Rosen to discuss the radical new changes with the AP U.S. History Framework.

 
Interview: How Republicans Can Win Again

APP Executive Director Terry Schilling went on the Jim Bohannon show to talk about the mistakes that were made in the 2012 election and what Republicans can do to make a comeback.

The far ranging interview covers abortion, Hispanics and an economic message geared toward working class American’s instead of business owners. 

Listen to the interview here.

 
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Saturday
Aug302014

Citizens For A Strong NH - Weekly E-Newsletter 

 

Ultimatum to Shaheen and Shea-Porter: Release your correspondences with the IRS, or we will be forced to sue the agency

 

Fox News reported this week that a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration that Lois Lerner's Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups.

 

Last week, we announced that on July 23rd, the IRS finally responded to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by our organization on June 24, 2014. The request was issued based on the IRS's supposed "lost" emails on their irrevocably damaged computers.

 

In the letter responding to us, the IRS wrote that they will not be able comply with our request in the '20 business-day period' as required by law.  They extended the response period for an additional '10 days,' as allowed by statute. However, the letter continues by stating the need for even more time and that they will not comply until after October 23, 2014.  The letter then goes on to inform us that we can file a suit after August 6, 2014 regarding their non-compliance.

 

The response we received from the IRS can be viewed HERE. 

 

A copy of the original request was delivered to the to the offices of Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter on June 24, 2014, due to the fact that both Shaheen and Shea-Porter publicly called on the IRS to target conservative groups during their tenure. We have not received a response from either of their offices. It is important to note that Congress has exempt itself from FOIA requests, so they legally do not have to respond to us - a luxury that average Americans do not have.

 

This week's news reports yield more proof that Lois Lerner deliberately worked to hide her targeting of conservative groups by destroying her Blackberry.  Coupled with blatant stalling from the IRS to release correspondences with Senator Shaheen's offices and Congresswoman Shea-Porter's offices, we are calling on Shaheen and Shea-Porter, one last time, to be open and honest with their constituents and release all correspondences between their offices and the IRS.  If they fail to do so, we will be forced to begin the process of taking legal action against the IRS on September 10, 2014.

 
 
Zero: That's how many Town Hall meetings Shaheen, Hassan, Shea-Porter, and Kuster held over the August recess
For over a year, we at Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire have been calling on Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster to hold an open Town Hall meeting with their constituents. We were hopeful that with increased pressure from countless Granite Staters like you, as well as significant criticism from almost every major newspaper in New Hampshire, that they would finally stop hiding and actually meet with their constituents to hear their concerns. Sadly though, it is clear that the four aforementioned elected officials have no desire to hear from anyone other than their liberal supporters, party bosses, and Washington special interest groups.

We still encourage you to call their offices and express your disappointment with them, however, you can amplify your voice even further by simply talking with your friends and family about Shaheen, Hassan, Shea-Porter, and Kuster hiding from New Hampshire. Post about their lack of openness on social media, write a letter to the editor of your newspaper, or take action by volunteering with our organization.

While we are extremely critical of Shaheen's, Hassan's, Shea-Porter's, and Kuster's lack of transparency, is important to note that New Hampshire does have one elected official who held a Town Hall meeting in August. Senator Kelly Ayotte held a public meeting in Littleton on Thursday. This was actually her tenth Town Hall meeting this year.

Take a moment to call Senator Ayotte's office at 603-622-7979 and thank her for taking the time to listen to her constituents' views.
 
 
Your Voice: Letters to the Editor
 

Are you interested in volunteering to spread the message of lower taxes, less spending, and a smaller government, but you don't have time to help with our phone banking and door knocking programs? If so, writing a letter to the editor of your local newspapers can be a very effective and easy way to help.

If you are a frequent letter to the editor writer, please take this as a reminder to sit down and write another. If not, our field staff can help you with content and information about the easiest ways to get your letter printed. For more information, please email John@StrongNH.com.

 
 
Editorial Cartoon of the Week    
 
Thursday
Aug282014

ALG's Daily Grind - America a rising manufacturing star? 

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August 28, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

America a rising manufacturing star?
Abundant natural gas makes the U.S. competitive again, study says.

Cartoon: "Believe in Climate Change"

Workers suffer when militarized police and Big Green get together
Why does the Forest Service need to be armed to the teeth?

Geraghty: Expanding Medicaid hurts GOP governors in presidential bid
Poll: "expanding Medicaid is phenomenally unpopular among Republican voters who intend to participate in the primaries or caucuses in [early vote] states [like New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina], and that any aspiring president who did implement that change would face an uphill battle."

Wednesday
Aug272014

Josiah Bartlett Center - There are Fewer Reporters because Nobody Cares 

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center


Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

 
 

Though we all pretend to care about state and local affairs, few of us actually can be bothered to pay attention. A tiny sliver of the population votes, participates, or even seems to care. Despite that epidemic of apathy, people can always be counted on to be annoyed by changes they themselves helped cause. Changes to journalism are one example of this trend.

There has been a great deal of angst lately as the Nashua Telegraph closed their State House bureau and released veteran reporter Kevin Landrigan. Following the retirement of longtime Associated Press reporter Norma Love, observers worried that no one in an increasingly lonely press room had any historical knowledge and that the public would be poorer because of it. The concern is real but exaggerated and sometimes expressed by people who helped cause it.

In a small press corps, losing two reporters who have witnessed so much definitely lessens the knowledge base but they weren’t the only veterans around. The Union Leader has a strong presence at the State House with Gary Rayno, a veteran of three decades and multiple newspapers, whose knowledge of the inner workings of the State House is equal to that of any current or former reporters....Click here to keep reading