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ALG's Daily Grind - Can Obama give away the Internet without Congress? 


April 1, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Can Obama give away the Internet without Congress?
Wall Street Journal's L. Gordon Crovitz: "The Property Clause of the Constitution says Congress must pass legislation to effect a transfer of government property. Arguably the president could no more transfer the valuable control over the naming and domains of the Internet than he could give Alaska back to Russia."

Cartoon: Sham Wow

Clouds on the solar horizon
Solar panel buyers beware.

Ace of Spades: Less than one-quarter of Obamacare enrollees were previously uninsured; Three quarters were people thrown off their existing insurance
Rand Corporation study: "[O]f the people who have paid their first month's premium on the Obamacare exchanges, and are thereby enrolled in coverage, 76 percent were previously insured, and 24 percent were previously uninsured."

Mar052014 - A huge win for property right 

SolarCity skyrocketing stock dependent on government tax giveaways
These are boom times for SolarCity, the solar energy company backed by libertarian-leaning entrepreneur Elon Musk.

The company’s stock, initially offered at $8 a share in December 2012, is trading around $82 a share early Monday. And in a shareholder’s meeting last week, company officials said they’re bullish on the company’s future.
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Farmers win land-use fight; ‘food freedom’ next
Martha Boneta, a big-spirited small farmer, calls newly enacted land-use legislation a “landmark event” that will boost agricultural entrepreneurs in Virginia.
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University of Texas clout scandal grows as new e-mails surface
State Sen. Judith Zaffirini has made headlines twice in recent months for using her clout with University of Texas officials on behalf of well-connected applicants. Those stories reported e-mails that Zaffirini sent Dec. 3, 2010 and March 1, 2013.
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SEIA - A Shout Out for You 


The numbers are in: on January 24, more than 3 million people played a part in National "Shout Out For Solar" Day.

The following week, even President Obama gave a personal “shout out” for solar during his State of the Union speech, which was seen by nearly 35 million Americans.

By all accounts the first annual "Shout Out For Solar" Day was a huge success. We are thrilled that so many of you joined us, adding your collective voices (and Facebook feeds and Twitter handles!) to the celebration of solar’s record-shattering 2013 and to look forward to a sunny 2014.

We’ve been saying it all along: America Supports Solar. In fact, nine out of ten Americans think we should be getting more of our energy from the sun. With that in mind, we launched a new website:, to help all of you – our solar supporters and advocates – better understand the important role solar energy plays in our economy and our environment.

Please take a moment to check out the new site and share it with your friends.

And thank you again for your support!

Ken Johnson,
Vice President
Solar Energy Industries Association


Citizens Report: Shea-Porter the 'Great Pretender,' thank you Chris Sununu, and more...

Rep. Shea-Porter continues to hide from her constituency: Her "town hall meeting" was a farce

Last Saturday morning, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter was scheduled to host what she called a "town hall meeting" in Dover at Maple Suites Senior Living Community. Sadly though,the event was anything but a public forum. Instead, it wasa scripted, tightly-controlled event where she made sure to avoid those who might disagree with her. 


In response, Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement on Saturday afternoon:

"While we were hopeful this morning that Rep. Carol Shea-Porter would finally be hosting her first town hall meeting, today's event was no public forum. In order to attend the event, individuals were told they needed to pre-register themselves and the questions they planned on asking. At the meeting itself, video cameras were not allowed inside. This is disheartening both for transparency purposes and for anyone who couldn't attend the event especially considering the dangerous driving conditions caused by today's bad weather. Furthermore, those protesting outside were forced to leave the premises because it was against the 'corporate policies' of the venue her meeting was held at.

"Granite Staters deserve a representative who cares about the opinions of all her constituents and allows for real town hall meetings where all views can be expressed. Once again, we still wait to hear form Rep. Carol Shea-Porter on when she will actually hold her first real town hall meeting. Granite Staters deserve better."


The follow-up from our experience at Rep. Shea-Porter's town hall meeting was covered by the New Hampshire Journal, which you can read by clicking HERE, and by blogger Kimberly Morin, which you can read by clicking HERE. 

The Great Pretender

While video cameras were banned from Rep. Carol Shea-Porter's town hall, we were able to document that this was certainly not a real forum, but rather a 'pretend' meeting. We used this footage to create a web video titled, The Great Pretender.

Click HERE to watch the web video. Please share it with your friends and family via email and social media.

Are they missing? Demand that Senator Shaheen, Rep. Shea-Porter, and Rep. Kuster hold town hall meetings

We at Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire are committed to standing up for Granite State values, which is why we, like you, are not willing to accept the fact that Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Rep. Annie Kuster are hiding from their constituents because of Obamacare.

You can help demand a town hall meeting by sharing THIS image on your Facebook wall or Tweeting it to your followers.

In addition, we encourage you to call their New Hampshire offices as well:

Senator Jeanne Shaheen: 603-647-7500

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter: 603-641-9536

Rep. Annie Kuster: 603-226-1002

A lone voice on the Executive Council is willing to ask the tough questions

On Friday, the Union Leader published an editorial describing a $1.2 million renewable energy grant for a solar project in Peterborough under consideration by the Executive Council. 
While we currently have four sitting Executive Councilors, only one, Chris Sununu, was willing to ask tough questions despite criticism he received from Governor Hassan. Per her comments during the meeting, she instead believes that it is the Executive Council's job to "support" those asking for state money instead of looking out for the taxpayer. As the Union Leader asserts, the Governor couldn't be more wrong.
Click HERE to read the Union Leader's full editorial.

Thank you Councilor Sununu for fighting for taxpayers. Shame on Governor Hassan and her liberal allies on the Executive Council who instead believe it is their job to "rubber-stamp these renewable energy contracts that the people are funding involuntarily."


Laugh of the week    
Here's some humor for your Friday afternoon. Have a great weekend, Granite Staters! 



SEIA - New Report Shows Importance of Solar Heating and Cooling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a way to help bolster the U.S. economy, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released a comprehensive new report outlining ways to create 50,250 new American jobs and save more than $61 billion in future energy costs by expanding the use of innovative and cost-effective solar heating and cooling (SHC) systems across the nation.

Prepared by BEAM Engineering, a Boston-based consulting firm which focuses on energy system design and implementation, this new, first-of-its-kind report provides a roadmap for dramatically increasing SHC capacity in the U.S. from 9 gigawatts (GW) thermal to 300 GW thermal by 2050 through the installation of 100 million new SHC solar panels nationwide.  Thermal energy is typically measured in terms of British Thermal Units (BTUs) but can also be converted to watts.

Today, approximately 44 percent of American energy consumption is attributable to heating and cooling.  According to projections by BEAM Engineering, ramping up the installation of SHC systems across America would allow the U.S. to generate nearly 8 percent of its total heating and cooling needs through clean, affordable solar energy.  SHC is the most efficient renewable technology for generating thermal heat and costs are as low as 6 cents per kilowatt (kWh) hour.

“Part of our challenge is to do a better job of educating policymakers – at both the state and federal level – about the enormous benefits SHC provides to American consumers and businesses, as well as to the U.S. economy,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch.  “If we’re successful, the payoff will be enormous in terms of future job creation and energy savings.”

Another big advantage of SHC, according to the report, is the positive impact it has on the environment.

“With ambitious targets and a smart, easy-to-understand strategy now in place, SHC can help to displace an estimated 226 million tons of carbon emissions annually.  That’s the equivalent of taking 47 million passenger cars off the road,” said Ole Pilgaard, who chaired the task force which helped develop the new SHC roadmap.  “Without question, this plan will benefit both our economy and our environment.”

In addition to creating tens of thousands of new jobs and dramatically reducing electricity costs, BEAM Engineering says the SHC roadmap provides a wealth of other advantages, including:

  • Saving $19.1 billion to homeowners, businesses, schools and government by deferring the need for electric and natural gas infrastructure expansion and repairs
  • Raising $2.1 billion annually in increased federal tax revenue through job creation and economic growth
  • Increasing America’s annual manufacturing GDP by $1.4 billion

“This is a common sense plan that’s good for America,” said Mike Healy, who serves as chairman of the U.S. SHC Alliance at SEIA.  “Smart, sustained investments in solar heating and cooling will also help to strengthen energy security in the U.S. by localizing resources and reducing our dependence on often-times unstable foreign energy supplies.  It’s a win-win all the way around.”


About SEIA:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade 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 make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at