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NH Rebellion - On July 4th, Hundreds to Celebrate the Declaration of Independence 

Public Reading of Declaration of Independence Concludes 36-mile “Walk for Independence” to Portsmouth, NH


PORTSMOUTH, NH -- After the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, prints were made, couriers dispatched, and the Declaration read in towns throughout the colonies, including Portsmouth.  This Saturday, July 4th, hundreds of citizen rebels again gather to hear the entire Declaration in Prescott Park as part of a new rebellion against big money politics.  


Hosted by the NH Rebellion, the reading of the Declaration of Independence will be done by former Democratic State Senator Burt Cohen and former Republican State Representative and Assistant US Secretary of State Betty Tamposi.  The cross-partisan reading and "Rally for Independence" come at the end of NH Rebellion’s July 4th “Walk for Independence” from Rochester and Hampton to Portsmouth.  The walks follow in the footsteps of legendary NH reformer Doris "Granny D" Haddock, who walked across the United States at the age of 90 to protest big money in politics.


"Just like in the American Revolution, the citizens are angry. Angry that their vote doesn't carry as much weight as a big corporation, which doesn't even have a vote,"  said Dan Weeks, a leader of the NH Rebellion.  "We're out to change that, and demand that candidates for office take action against this corruption when they get to office," he said.


The event begins at 4:30 as free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is served to walkers and anyone who attends the rally, followed by the reading of the Declaration at 5 p.m. and speakers from the NH Rebellion.   Citizens are still welcome to register for the free walk at as well as attend the rally.


Lawrence Lessig, founder of the NH Rebellion, will be speaking at the rally.   Lessig is a Harvard Law School Professor and internationally known expert on intellectual property, but has turned his time to organizing against the influence of big money in politics.   His TED Talk "We the People" has had over 1.2 million views on YouTube and Lessig has spoken around the United States and with every major news outlet.  This will be the eighth large-scale walk of the NH Rebellion since 2014. NH Rebellion is part of Open Democracy, the NH nonpartisan organization dedicated to transparent and accountable governance.



4:30 PM – Walkers gather at Prescott Park (free Ben & Jerry's served)

5:00 PM – Rally for Independence featuring Declaration of Independence reading by Burt Cohen and Betty Tamposi, speech by Lawrence Lessig, theatrics
5:30 PM – Rally ends and walkers depart (free rides back to parking)



Rochester to Portsmouth Walk

6:30 AM – Breakfast and meeting at Rochester Commons (breakfast provided by Panera Dover)

7:00 AM – Kickoff at Rochester Commons with guest speakers

11:00 AM – Lunch at Dover Friends Meeting House

2:00 PM – Waypoint, Old General Sullivan Pedestrian Bridge

Hampton to Portsmouth Walk

10:00 AM – Kickoff at 229 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach (courtesy Panera)

12:50 PM – Waypoint at Rye Harbor State Park

1:25 PM – Waypoint at Wallis Sands Beach

2:25 PM – Waypoint at Moose Lodge, Portsmouth NH


For information on the NH Rebellion and its activities, see their website at


ALG urges Congress to defund Antiquities Act 


June 29, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to defund implementation of the Antiquities Act:


"President Obama has bragged about his use of his pen and phone to impose changes that he wants whether Congress agrees or not.  This threat combined with the President's climate obsession makes it particularly important that Congress take action by defunding any future use of the Antiquities Act for Fiscal Year 2016 to prevent the unilateral taking of land for the purpose of removing it from legitimate resource development usage.


"It is incumbent upon Congress to prevent this President from continuing to take millions of acres of land off the public rolls in order to block energy development. 


"Our nation is enjoying an energy renaissance due to efforts of entrepreneurs leasing private and state government lands, while energy development on federal lands has been in a decline due to Obama's extremist agenda.   Defunding the President's capacity to extend and expand his anti-energy independence penchant in the House Interior Appropriation bill is a common sense approach to use the power of the purse to protect America's energy future."


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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



AFP - Export-Import Bank Expires Todays the Day!

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Cornerstone - SCOTUS Ruling on Same Sex Marriage

Cornerstone Action

The first question presented to the Supreme Court was whether or not the constitution requires a state to license same-sex marriage.  The Constitution in no way requires states and their citizens to license same sex marriage, yet the Supreme Court has ruled otherwise. By doing so, it has redefined an institution that has proven through the centuries to benefit humanity.

Redefining marriage has severe social and cultural repercussions that we can expect to see in the wake of this decision.  Particular concerns arise as we consider how marriage affects children and parental rights.  We know that children and families are stronger when a married, committed mother and father are present.  Don’t our children at least deserve this?  We’ve already seen the results of the disintegration of marriage.  Redefining marriage to include same-sex partners will only lead us to further cultural instability.     

The second part of this decision has also undermined the Tenth Amendment.  Voters in 31 States have already voted to keep the definition of marriage as one man and one woman. By disregarding this, the Supreme Court has overstepped its bounds.  The Supreme Court should not be able to overrule the United States citizens with a one case ruling.  According to the ruling, States would need to recognize same sex marriages performed lawfully out-of-state regardless of the opinion of that State’s citizens.  

While we are disappointed in the ruling, this is not the end of the debate.  In fact, this is the beginning of larger discussion on marriage, family and the importance that both these issues have in our country’s well being.

Executive Director Bryan McCormack commented, “We are severely disappointed in the Supreme Court’s lack of respect for the millions of citizens across the United States who believe in traditional marriage. This was not the Supreme Court’s decision to make, however, we still remain hopeful. We remain hopeful in the health and goodness that marriage between a man and a woman brings to our state and our nation.”

Cornerstone Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research, a nonprofit non-partisan New Hampshire public policy organization working to promote strong New Hampshire families.  


Citizens For A Strong NH - Hassan's politically motivated veto 


Governor Hassan Vetoes Budget

(June 25, 2015) - Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement in response to Governor Maggie Hassan's budget veto:


"The budget passed by New Hampshire's House and Senate was a fair proposal that funded our state's priorities while keeping taxes and spending low. Regrettably, in the mold of many Washington politicians, she has proven once again that she refuses to embrace new ideas on how to grow our economy.

"Granite Staters deserve a hardworking governor who puts their families and small businesses first. Instead, they have a partisan Washington puppet who would rather veto a budget that moves New Hampshire forward in order to energize her liberal base as she looks towards the next step in her own political career."