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Wednesday
Jun182014

NHGOP LAUNCHES DC FOR SHAHEEN COALITION 

Concord - In honor of tonight's K Street fundraiser for Senator Shaheen, "DC for Shaheen," the NHGOP today launches the DC for Shaheen Coalition, a strong coalition supporting Senator Shaheen in her re-election effort.

 

Coalition members include:

  • President Barack Obama
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • Tom Steyer and National Energy Tax Enthusiasts

And more!

 

Are you a liberal beltway insider?  A radical extremist that supports a national energy tax that would kill thousands of New Hampshire jobs and hurt the working class?  Do you believe that New Hampshire residents with cancelled health insurance or premiums they simply can't afford are just "misinformed" about ObamaCare?  Do you believe President Obama is right 99 percent of the time?  Join the DC for Shaheen Coalition today!

 

"Senator Shaheen promised to be a 'strong, independent voice' for the Granite State when she was elected to the U.S. Senate.  Instead, she is Barack Obama's most loyal supporter," said New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn.  "She should be doing her job and representing the people of the New Hampshire, not the liberal Washington special interests that are bankrolling her campaign.  She's now more comfortable in Georgetown than in the Granite State.  It's time to replace her with a Republican who will stand up for the best interests of our state this fall."

 

BACKGROUND

 

Tonight, Shaheen campaign hosts a "DC for Shaheen" fundraiser at a K Street lobbying firm Arent Fox

 

Tuesday, June 17: "DC for Shaheen" fundraiser, Arent Fox LLP, 1717 K Street NW, Washington, DC, Invite accessed 6/17/2014, https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/event061814youngprofessionals

Saturday
Sep142013

CEI Today: New EPA regs for power plants, DC mayor vetoes Walmart wage bill, and companies cave to Greens

Friday, September 13, 2013
In the News Today

NEW EPA REGS FOR POWER PLANTS - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: EPA Carbon ‘Pollution’ Rule to Require Carbon Capture and Storage for New Coal Power Plants

Next week the EPA is expected to issue its revised greenhouse gas (GHG) performance standards for new coal- and gas-fired power plants, also known as the Carbon ‘Pollution’ Rule. In addition, in 2014 the EPA is expected to adopt “guidelines” for controlling GHG emissions from existing power plants.


This morning in my in-box, I received an unattributed analysis of the revised Carbon ‘Pollution’ Rule. The analysis is in my opinion completely sound and leaves no doubt the EPA is still aggressively waging regulatory warfare on coal electric generation and, thus, on affordable energy. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

JOBS FOR DC - RYAN YOUNG, IVAN OSORIO

D.C. Mayor Rightly Vetoes Union-Backed Wage Bill

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed a union-backed bill that would have levied an especially high minimum wage on Wal-Mart—and Wal-Mart alone. Although the legislation’s wording seems to apply to all large retailers, it defined them so only Wal-Mart would have been affected by the law.  The City Council does not appear to have the votes to override the veto, but labor unions supporting the bill are likely to make a major push for its override.  CEI analysts Ryan Young and Ivan Osorio praised the mayor’s bold move. > Read more


> Interview an expert

 

CHEMICAL RISK - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

Openmarket.org: Green Market Pressure Takes Toll on Consumer Choice

When environmentalists don’t have the political power to regulate away consumer choice, they sometimes can get industry to do the job for them. Most recently, Proctor and Gamble (P&G) has decided to phase out the chemical triclosan, which has been used in a wide range of soap products to reduce risks from bacteria. P&G’s announcement follows other dumb triclosan phase outs that Colgate Palmolive (2011) and Johnson and Johnson (2012) have already begun.

It may be true that tricolsan isn’t perfect for every product in every application, but the irrational fears generated by the hype lead industry to go overboard and fail to defend their products. They don’t understand that you can’t appease environmentalists, who take an “all-or-nothing” approach, with heavy emphasis on the nothing. 
> Read more


> Interview Angela Logomasini

CEI AT CPAC! SEPT. 28

 

    

 

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


CEI President Lawson Bader

No bipartisanship, please


We’ve heard it a million times: What Washington needs is more bipartisanship, more cooperation among the parties … like the old days. To which I say: Bah, humbug.

SUNDAY, 7:30AM ET

WUSA 9, Washington, DC


CEI's Myron Ebell discusses Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Ron Binz.

Tune into Platts Energy Week with Bill Loveless on WUSA 9.

 




Friday
Sep132013

CEI - D.C. Mayor Rightly Vetoes Union-Backed Wage Bill 

New Wal-Mart Stores in Nation’s Capital Will Benefit Consumers and Workers

 

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 12, 2013 – Today, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed a union-backed bill that would have levied an especially high minimum wage on Wal-Mart—and Wal-Mart alone. Although the legislation’s wording seems to apply to all large retailers, it defined them so only Wal-Mart would have been affected by the law.

The retail giant originally planned to open as many as six stores in the city, but said it would scale back its plans and open only three stores if the measure became law. The law would have required it to pay at least $12.50 per hour in wages and benefits, substantially more than the city’s existing $8.25 minimum wage. The City Council does not appear to have the votes to override the veto, but labor unions supporting the bill are likely to make a major push for its override.

CEI regulatory expert Ryan Young praised the mayor’s bold move.

“Mayor Gray stood up for District residents, consumers, and job seekers who will benefit from an influx of low-cost retailers,” Young said. “The city council and a predictable cadre of activists unfairly targeted a specific business for political gain—and economic loss. Mayor Gray’s decision will allow hundreds of new jobs to be created in the District. Just as important, D.C.’s consumers will benefit from another retail and grocery competitor joining the market.”

CEI labor policy analyst Ivan Osorio also praised Gray’s decision.

“It’s nice to see common sense prevail on an issue that never should have been politically contentious in the first place. Wal-Mart was targeted merely for its nonunion status. Unfortunately, it is now common for unions to spend more time demonizing employers than attracting members. Is it any wonder they are dwindling in the private sector?”

 


CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Wednesday
Oct242012

AmericanFederationFor Children - U.S. Department of Education Interference Hurts D.C. Voucher Program Enrollment

Despite bigger appropriation and strong demand, fewer children enrolled for 2012-2013 school year

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 23, 2012)—The highly successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) enrolled 1,584 children from low-income families for the 2012-2013 school year—fewer students than last year—in a reduction that comes despite a near $5 million increase in funding over the previous school year.

The D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (Trust), which administers the program, received nearly 1,500 new applications for the 2012-2013 school year, despite being told not to accept applications after March 31 of this year. In addition, the Trust was not given permission to hold scholarship lotteries for new applicants until July of this year.

The lower enrollment numbers are the result of a year-long effort by the U.S. Department of Education to limit participation in the OSP. In March, President Obama’s FY 2013 budget proposal zeroed out funding for the program, contradicting the law he signed last year. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-CT) then sent a letter to the president pressing him and the administration to reverse course and expedite full implementation of the program.

After several weeks of negotiations, Speaker Boehner and Senator Lieberman announced in June that an agreement had been reached with the Department that would fully implement the program. The Department’s overall implementation guidance to the Trust, however, resulted in just 319 children being offered new scholarships and prevented hundreds of additional children from enrolling, including eligible private school children from low-income families who were specifically excluded.

“It is simply tragic that fewer children are participating in the OSP this year given the availability of funds and the incredibly strong demand from low-income District families,” said Kevin P. Chavous, senior advisor to the American Federation for Children and a former D.C. Councilmember. “This program provides children who are most in need with access to a quality education, and it’s appalling that the U.S. Department of Education continues to stand in the way of that vital choice.”

A bipartisan agreement in 2011 reauthorized the D.C. OSP at $20 million annually for five years. Under the FY 2011 budget agreement, the OSP received $15.5 million in funding for the 2011-2012 school year. The appropriation for FY 2012 was $20 million, which covered the 2012-2013 school year. For FY 2013, Congress is currently operating under a continuing resolution through March 31, 2013, which includes authority for the OSP to spend at an annual rate of $20 million.

Following reauthorization of the OSP last year, the demand was so strong that enrollment went from just over 1,000 children to more than 1,600— a 60 percent increase for the 2010-2011 school year. Demand was equally strong heading into this school year.

“Nearly 1,500 low-income families submitted applications to enroll their children in the OSP, but DOE’s guidance meant only 319 were offered scholarships,” Chavous said. “That’s not in the spirit of giving every child hope, that’s not fighting for equal access regardless of family income, and that’s not following the law.”

Because of the limited number of new students participating, a credible federal evaluation of the program cannot be initiated this year. The previous evaluation of the program found that OSP students graduate at a rate of 91 percent—more than 20 percentage points higher than those interested in the program, but who did not receive a scholarship. A subsequent study by the D.C. Trust found that 94 percent of participating students graduated in 2010 and 2011, and 89 percent of those graduates enrolled in a two- or four-year college. The program also enjoys very high parental satisfaction, with 92 percent of parents reporting being very or somewhat happy with their child’s academic progress in the program.

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program is the only federally-funded private school voucher program. Since its inception in 2004, more than 11,000 families have applied for the program, and nearly 6,000 have received scholarships.

Read this release online here.

www.FederationforChildren.org

Thursday
Mar292012

ALG's Daily Grind: The 'new' normal, part 2 

March 28, 2012

The 'new' normal, part 2

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argues that austerity measures will have a depressing effect on economic output. He's right. That is, if all you're doing is cutting.

Video: Is The Individual Mandate Constitutional? ObamaCareWatcher.org Explains This Debate

The Supreme Court is trying to decide the constitutionality of ObamaCare. ObamaCarewatcher.org's John Vinci explains what this debate is all about.

Predictions of Obamacare's Demise by Liberal Media Premature

It is generally agreed that in order to win this case, the respondents (opponents of the law) will have to win over the four conservatives on the bench, Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito, as well as, the court's perennial swing vote, Justice Kennedy. 

Freshman Mulvaney's attempt to bring fiscal sanity to D.C.

The Republican Study Committee alternative budget would balance the budget this decade.