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Thursday
Sep182014

CEI Today: EPA Progressives, a carbon tax in the US?, Scottish secession, railroad re-regulation, and more 

In the News Today

EPA ADMITS "PROGRESSIVE" AGENDA - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

 

The Daily Caller & Fox News: Internal emails: EPA rules part of 'progressive' agenda

Emails between top Environmental Protection Agency officials reveal they saw their fight against global warming as putting them at “forefront of progressive national policy.”

These emails, which were part of a batch obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, show what top EPA officials were thinking as the agency prepared to release its greenhouse gas endangerment finding, which would give the agency the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from tailpipes and, eventually, from power plants.

“This is not about climate,” CEI senior fellow Chris Horner told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “This is the progressive agenda.” 
> Read the Daily Caller report


>View Chris Horner on Fox News Special Report

> Interview Chris Horner


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS

Report: British Columbia Carbon Tax, a Bad Fit for the U.S.


Rebutting claims that the United States should adopt a carbon tax, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released a new report on Tuesday explaining how the go-to example of carbon tax success – British Columbia – falls short of its hype. > View Why British Columbia’s Carbon Tax Is not Applicable to America.


> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

RAILROAD RE-REGULATION - MARC SCRIBNER

Rail Investment
Threatened by Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Reauthorization Bill

A bill that would threaten much needed investment in railroad infrastructure and reverse three decades of progress on railroad regulation is scheduled for markup today in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

SCOTTISH SECESSION - IAIN MURRAY

The Freeman: Freedom and Whisky Go Together

 

On Thursday, Scottish voters will decide whether to dissolve the 300-year-old union with England and Wales or remain in it. The result is now too close to call. As the world watches, it seems Scottish secession could be a step toward global liberalization and decentralization. But will an independent Scotland be a freer Scotland? > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

 

More in the news...

EPA to Regulate CO2 Emissions from Aircraft

Secretary of State John Kerry Explains the Greenhouse Effect

Regulator: True Ridesharing Illegal in California
 

New Mexico Workers and Industry Would Benefit from Right to Work - See more at: http://workplacechoice.org/#sthash.04F3Iq2B.dpuf
 

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Wednesday
Sep032014

Public Citizen - Activists Hold Portsmouth “Democracy is For All” Rally 

Activists from National Organizations Will Urge Sen. Ayotte to Back Constitutional Amendment Curbing Money in Politics – Vote Is Sept. 8

 

Portsmouth, NH — Activists representing nationwide organizations, including Public Citizen, MoveOn.org Political Action, People For the American Way, CREDO Action and Common Cause, will deliver 10,500 petitions from New Hampshire’s residents to U.S. Sen. Ayotte (R - NH) office on Sept. 3 asking her to back a constitutional amendment to curb the flood of money in politics.


Fifty U.S. senators support the Democracy For All constitutional amendment (S.J. Res 19), which would establish that Congress and the states have the power to regulate and limit election spending. However, Ayotte has yet to add her name to the list, and is the only New Hampshire congressional delegate to not already pledge support for such an amendment, although just this year 54 New Hampshire towns, mostly in Republican areas, have officially declared their support and asked her to do the same. Activists will urge the senator to become the 51st supporter and to support the amendment on September 8 when the Senate considers it.


The amendment is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) and McCutcheon v. FEC. In Citizens United, the court gave corporations the green light to spend unlimited sums to influence elections. As a result, spending by outside groups – those not affiliated with campaigns – skyrocketed. In McCutcheon, the court struck down the aggregate campaign spending limits, allowing the super-wealthy to contribute millions of dollars directly to candidates, political parties and joint fundraising committees.

Dozens of organizations nationwide have collected approximately 3 million signatures calling for Citizens United to be overturned. Sixteen states, including all other New England states, as well as approximately 550 cities and towns, and more than 160 former and current members of Congress have indicated support for the amendment. It’s time Ayotte gets on board. 

 


WHEN:          11:00 am, Wednesday, Sept. 3

 

WHERE:       Kelly Ayotte’s Portsmouth office, 14 Manchester Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801

 

VISUALS:     Leftist Marching Band, Signs, Boxes containing the petitions

Friday
Jun202014

NHGOP PRESENTS: LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND LIBERAL 

NHGOP PRESENTS: LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND LIBERAL

Maggie Hassan - Rich and Liberal.jpg
Pictured: Istanbul's Solar Beach

Concord - Meet Maggie Hassan, the Governor of New Hampshire who wines and dines on the taxpayers dime!  We'll chronicle her lavish and exotic trip to the nation of Turkey, where she'll hobnob with lobbyists and relax on the Sea of Marmara.   

 

How can Hassan afford such a fabulous lifestyle?  New Hampshire taxpayers are footing the bill, of course.  Undeterred by the travel freeze she put into place after failing to manage the state budget properly, Hassan departs for Turkey this Friday, and we'll be here to bring you all the details.

 

What fabulous sights will she see on her trip?  The Blue Mosque?  Topkapi Palace?  Hagia Sophia? Stay tuned for more Lifestyles of the Rich and Liberal!


"While the premise of this campaign is lighthearted, the issue at hand is anything but - Governor Hassan is ignoring the emergency policies she put in place because of her failure to manage the state budget by vacationing with lobbyists and fundraisers," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn.  "She is a do as I say and not as I do Governor, and our state deserves better than her hypocrisy. We look forward to replacing her with a responsible Republican who actually can manage our state's finances this fall."

BACKGROUND


As a candidate, Maggie Hassan promised to be a fiscally responsible governor committed to balanced budgets


"The former three-term senator from Exeter also pledged to be a fiscally responsible governor who would veto any sales or income tax and commit herself to a balanced budget." (Kathryn Marchocki, "Hassan promises state won't 'turn our back' on its people," New Hampshire Union Leader, 10/26/11)


As Governor, Hassan has failed miserably to manage the New Hampshire budget and has ignored the spending precedent set by Governor John Lynch


"A hiring freeze put in place five years ago by Governor John Lynch is doing little to prevent state agencies from filling their vacant positions, as the Governor's Office has issued 436 waivers so far this Fiscal Year. Governor Maggie Hassan has not denied a single request to waive the hiring freeze in her first six months in office." (New Hampshire Watchdog, 6/13/2013)


Because of her reckless management of state finances, Hassan was forced to issue an Executive Order directing a freeze in generally funded hiring, equipment, purchasing and out-of-state travel


"The state will freeze hiring, equipment purchases and out-of-state travel paid for with general funds after the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee approved Gov. Maggie Hassan's executive order" (Gary Rayno, "State spending freeze locked in," New Hampshire Union Leader, 05/22/2014)


Unfortunately for New Hampshire residents, Governor Hassan believes that the spending freeze applies to everyone but herself, and demonstrates tremendous hypocrisy in preparing to take a taxpayer-funded vacation to turkey lobbyists


"Gov. Maggie Hassan is going forward with her long-planned trade mission to Turkey despite the state revenue dip that prompted her to freeze out-of-state travel. She makes an exception for her trip, saying it is worth the money even now. That position is undermined by the very figures her administration uses to promote the trip....There simply is no urgent need for the state to spend scarce tax dollars on a trade mission with the state's budget in such bad shape." (Editorial, "Hassan's trip: Quit it cold turkey," New Hampshire Union Leader, 06/02/2014)

 

"The delegation of business representatives headed for Turkey includes...former state representative and lobbyist Jim Demers, president and CEO at Demers and Blaisdell" (Dave Solomon, "GOP, conservative group take aim at Hassan over trip," New Hampshire Union Leader,06/03/2014)

Saturday
May032014

Watchdog.org - Secret leftist billionaires club 

 

 

 

Taking a look inside the secret leftist billionaires club
This weekend, a shadowy leftist group named Democracy Alliance will meet in Chicago to figure out a way to thwart conservative rivals.

Wedding crasher: County curbs private business
Call off the wedding. Spotsylvania County has imposed “special use permit” restrictions on a couple that’s been hosting marriages for years — effectively nullifying future nuptials at a once-thriving business.

Labor nonprofit avoids IRS scrutiny while failing to disclose years of lobbying activity
The Restaurant Opportunities Center United decried lobbying at Washington D.C. protest on Monday, while only recently amending its IRS statements to disclose their own lobbying activities.

Pro-gun group leads revolt, OK House overrides governor’s veto
The state House of Representatives on Wednesday voted, 87-3, to enact a pro-gun measure — one of the 15 House bills Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed Tuesday.

DOJ probe into WI School Choice ‘another massive power grab’ by feds
More than a year after the U.S. Department of Justice began shoving its nose into Wisconsin’s School Choice program, the federal agency’s “ongoing investigation” continues without any apparent end.

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Sunday
Mar092014

DNC - Wanna keep track of which Republicans hit the 2016 early states?

Today, the Iowa and New Hampshire Democratic Parties launched a joint project to keep tabs on which GOP 2016ers come to their states. Their “2016 Early State GOP Bingo” card will let you notch squares for each time the Republican hopefuls tout their out-of-touch agenda or make an offensive remark about a chunk of the population ahead of the 2016 primaries and caucuses.

The two Democratic Parties are teaming up to highlight that more than 15 months after the 2012 elections, Republican candidates are still blocking progress. They’re defending their government shutdown, restricting women’s health care choices and pushing tax cuts for the wealthiest – the same out of touch rhetoric and policies voters already rejected.

You can track the bingo progress at iowademocrats.org/BINGO and at nhdp.org/bingo.