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ALG's Daily Grind - Republican columnist Michael Gerson lifts veil on Establishment GOP's Stockholm Syndrome 


July 16, 2014

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Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson lifts veil on Establishment GOP's Stockholm Syndrome
Gerson: "Tea Partiers and other limited government advocates 'seek to break with the past in a very different manner – repudiating 80 years of institutional development and reinventing American as a nation that rejects the substantive role for regulation or a social safety net.'"

Supreme Court to Obama Administration: You cannot rewrite laws to achieve your political agenda
Had the EPA gotten everything it wanted in UARG v. EPA, it could have regulated hundreds of thousands of new sources of CO2—in addition to the already-regulated major industrial sources of pollutants.

House must defund HUD racial housing quotas in $3.7 billion emergency illegal immigration supplemental
ALG's Mehrens: "Not one penny should be spent by HUD resettling millions of noncitizens in local communities under the guise of 'affordable' housing—the federal government has absolutely zero role in local zoning decisions." Sessions warns Congress Obama's new Immigration strategy 'threatens foundation of our constitutional republic'
"Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has warned all of his colleagues in Congress that President Barack Obama's new immigration strategy—his plans to legalize millions of illegal alien adults through executive power—could destroy America as we know it."


DNC - TODAY: DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Host Women-to-Women Grassroots Event in NH 

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Will Join Rep. Shea-Porter, Speaker Norelli, and City Councilor Stefany Shaheen for "Coffee and Calls" Event

Manchester, NH – The New Hampshire Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign, Granite State Forward, will be hosting a "coffee and calls" grassroots event on MONDAY, July 14th at 10 am EST with Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli, and Portsmouth City Councilor Stefany Shaheen. 
This house party and phone bank will feature women contacting other women to discuss what is at stake in this election, like reversing last week's Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision that would allow employers to come between women and their health care choices.  Whether it's ensuring equal pay for women, increasing the minimum wage, protecting access to preventative health care choices, or reducing the cost of higher education, this election will be critically important for New Hampshire women.

WHAT: Granite State Forward's House Party and Women-to-Women Phonebank 
WHERE: Portsmouth, NH
WHEN: MONDAY, July 14th at 10:00 am EST

WHO: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, Speaker Norelli, Councilor Shaheen, and other women volunteers, activists, and community leaders

To RSVP and Receive Further Event Details, Please Contact Bryan Lesswing at


Watchdog - Supreme Court takes a stand for limited government 


Supreme Court takes a stand for limited government — again and again
The Supreme Court is the most libertarian branch of the federal government. Yes, the Supreme Court. The same body that once ruled the federal government had the authority to regulate wheat grown for home consumption — under the odd rationale that wheat not being sold was subject to the constitutional provisions giving Congress the right to regulate interstate commerce — is now perhaps the only part of our three-part system of governance that still believes in limited government.”

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 Six bucks a gallon? Where gas prices might be without the U.S. energy boom

If you think the price of gas is high, imagine paying up to $6 a gallon. That’s what energy expert Dan Steffens thinks the price could be if not for the domestic oil boom. “With what’s going on the Middle East, I think it would five or six bucks (a gallon),” said Steffens, president of the Energy Prospectus Group out of Houston. “If it wasn’t for the shale revolution, you’d be in big trouble.

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Florida wins $7 million for wasting $47 million in food stamp funds

Florida once again is getting a hefty bonus — $7 million to be exact — from the feds for “saving” taxpayers money. This year, the state’s Department of Children and Families managed to misspend only $47,829,887 in food stamp benefits. That’s out of almost $6 billion the state received from the federal government.

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NHDP - NH and Mass. Dem Chairs: Brown and Romney Are Wrong for NH, Side With Wall Street, Big Oil 

Day After Hobby Lobby Decision, Two Enemies of Women's Health Choices From Massachusetts Join Forces in NH
Concord, NH--Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Tom McGee and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley yesterday compared the similar records of two failed Massachusetts politicians — Scott Brown and Mitt Romney— who are now trying to tell Granite Staters what they need.
"I served with Mitt Romney and Scott Brown, and I can tell you--they are more interested in promoting themselves and corporate special interests than fighting for middle class families," said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Thomas McGee, who joined Buckley on a conference call today. "When you get down to it, Scott Brown and Mitt Romney are really just both a couple of failed Massachusetts politicians who own summer homes in New Hampshire, and stand with Wall Street and Big Oil at the expense of working families."
"Scott Brown’s record is clear: he sides with Big Oil, Wall Street, and the corporate special interests who pay for his campaigns. Now, they’re trying to buy him New Hampshire’s Senate seat," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. "Now, Scott Brown is bringing in his Massachusetts buddy, Mitt Romney to vouch for him. Well, Scott, we have news for you: Mitt Romney has no credibility in New Hampshire either. We haven’t forgotten his '47%' comments. And we know that he has never been working for the middle class families that are the backbone of our state."
“Scott Brown and Mitt Romney share more than a summer address and friends on Wall Street, they both supported the Blunt amendment, which would allow restrictions even more extreme than those the Supreme Court allowed in yesterday's Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision. Women in the Granite State cannot trust Scott Brown to protect their interests," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain.


Former Congressman Notably Silent on SCOTUS Decision 
CONCORD, NH – As incumbents and challengers in NH races comment on the Supreme Court’s decision to allow for-profit employers to deny women access to contraceptive coverage, former and want-to-be future Congressman Frank Guinta is notably silent.
“New Hampshire women and their families have a right to know whose side Frank Guinta is on,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “As a Tea Party member of Congress, Guinta supported obstructing a woman’s access to birth control, and he said if a pregnancy endangers a woman’s life, she should die—no exceptions, even to save her life. Frank Guinta can’t hide from his extreme positions on women’s health, because his silence is deafening.”

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby that for-profit companies can deny female employees access to contraceptive health coverage. Three days later, Frank Guinta is still silent.
Contraception coverage was included as preventive care in the Affordable Care Act on the recommendation of the independent medical experts because it is essential to the health of women and families. After Monday’s ruling, Democrats across New Hampshire said they believe that women’s health care decisions should be made between her and her doctor – not her employer or a politician.

GUINTA IS ANTI-CHOICE AND SUPPORTS A BAN ON ABORTIONS WITH NO EXCEPTIONS: In response to two questions on abortion, Guinta said he is pro life, and, were a repeal to Roe v. Wade come up while he was serving in Congress, he would vote for a no-holds barred ban on abortion with “no exceptions." [Laconia Citizen, 8/11/10]

GUITA VOTED TO PUT POLITICIANS AND EMPLOYERS BETWEEN WOMEN AND THEIR HEALTH DECISIONS: Guinta cosponsored and voted for HR1179, to prevent coverage of contraception by allowing any health plan a “moral waiver” to decline coverage for any items or services. Employers could deny coverage for any medical condition or services they pleased, claiming a “moral” objection. (HR1179 was the House version of the Senate’s Blunt Amendment)
ANTI-CHOICE CONSERVATIVES LOVE FRANK GUINTA: Guinta received 100% score from the National Right to Life Committee on abortion issues, indicating a pro-life position.