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Women's Defense League Of NH - New Women's 2nd Amendment Organization in NH 



July 21, 2014


The Women's Defense League of New Hampshire is pleased to announce their launch in the Granite State. The League provides women opportunities to learn practical self-defense skills and defends Second Amendment rights.

The League was created by the former leadership of the Second Amendment Sisters - NH Chapter. The founders of the Women's Defense League are Margot Keyes, Susan Olsen, Kate Muller, Melissa Creem, Michelle Levell, Kimberly Morin, Alicia Lekas, Tiffany Bowers, Debra Grumbach, Malissa Day, Melissa Sargent, Lisa Sleeper, Lucinda Boutin, Iris Altilio, Donna Schmidt, Sandra Williams, Robin Navarro, and Margot Ashcraft.

The Board of Directors includes Susan Olsen-Chairwoman, Margot Keyes-President, Michelle Levell-Vice President, Debra Grumbach-Treasurer, and Iris Altilio-Secretary.

President Margot Keyes, said, "We created the Women's Defense League of New Hampshire to better serve the women in our New Hampshire Second Amendment community. We are very excited to continue the same activities that we've supported in the past, and to grow and enhance services to our membership."

The League's website is They may also be found on Facebook at Womens Defense League of NH and Twitter @WDLNH.


CEI Today: Right-to-work, Ex-Im Bank, victory for women 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
In the News Today


The High Cost of Big Labor - a three part series

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws

The 24 states with right-to-work laws compare to the other states.The top 10 states most negatively affected by the lack of a right-to-work law are: Alaska, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Wisconsin, New York, and Michigan.

Understanding Public Pension Debt

State government pension debt burdens labor markets and worsens the business climate.


ABOLISH EX-IM BANK - RYAN YOUNG Ten Reasons to Abolish the Export-Import Bank

A new CEI study released today compiles ten reasons to abolish the Export-Import Bank. The bank subsidizes companies that export goods abroad, and foreign companies that buy those goods. Whatever the intentions behind the bank, the result is one of the federal government’s largest corporate welfare programs. > Read more

> Related: CEI Podcast: Time to Close the Export-Import Bank

> Interview Ryan Young



Huffington Post: Court Ruling Imminent in Challenge to Obamacare Exchange and Federal Overreach


Women just scored a significant victory in the U.S. Supreme Court. In Harris v. Quinn, decided just last month, the Supreme Court declared that childcare providers and personal care aids (PCAs attend to hygiene, housekeeping, and meal preparation for the elderly and infirm) are not required to unionize. Women primarily make up childcare providers and PCAs. > Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. >


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Garcia For Congress - ICYMI - Marilinda Garcia featured in Independent Women's Forum 

Hi all -- in case you missed it, Marilinda Garcia was featured yesterday in an article by the Independent Women's Forum. The piece highlighted her state legislative experience and desire to reduce government waste and regulations on the federal level.  According to the article:
In the New Hampshire House, Garcia quickly established a reputation as a champion of economic liberty and a foe of burdensome federal regulations.

A lot of times capital that could be better used gets re-routed when the federal government makes changes that are arbitrary or all of a sudden swoops in with a costly investigation on this or that and then comes up with fines, when all the entrepreneurs are trying to do is run their companies, provide a product that is great, and keep their employees working in a great work environment,” she said. “Who cares more than the owners about making their businesses run properly? I have developed a taste for the way government comes in from nowhere and thinks it knows more than the people who are actually involved in the businesses.

She loves to find ways to reduce red tape and increase personal responsibility. To force public officials to take responsibility, Garcia sponsored a bill to reduce the number of commissioners on the New Hampshire Liquor Commission from three to one. “We found that with three commissioners, there was a diffusion of responsibility and accountability,” she said. “When something went wrong, a commissioner could say ‘It was his fault. It was his fault.’ We decided that a three-member board was not a good structure.” Now there’s a novel idea: holding public officials responsible.
To read the article in its entirety, please click here.

NHDP - ICYMI - Seacoast Online: “DNC encourages women to step up to political forefront”

Manchester, NH - Yesterday, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz joined Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli, and Portsmouth City Councilor Stefany Shaheen for a “coffee and calls” grassroots phone bank event at the home of Speaker Norelli in Portsmouth.

Organized by the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign, Granite State Forward, the phone bank consisted of women contacting other women voters to discuss what is at stake in the upcoming election, like reversing last week's Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision that would allow employers to come between women and their health care choices, pushing for equal pay for women, increasing the minimum wage, protecting access to preventative health care choices, or reducing the costs of higher education.
Monday’s phone bank is part of a statewide effort by Granite State Forward to mobilize voters months ahead of the November election. Last weekend, volunteers, activists and community leaders across the state went door-to-door to spread the word and build support for the re-election of Senator Shaheen, Governor Hassan, Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter, and the rest of the Democratic ticket.
See here or below for the full story on Monday’s phone bank:
PORTSMOUTH — U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, visited the city Monday to put a focus on women's issues in a kickoff event held at the home of New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli.
About 40 people gathered for a Granite State Forward house party and to kick off Women-to-Women, a grassroots campaign that utilizes a phone bank whereby women will call other women to discuss what is at stake in this fall's election.
Also speaking at Norelli's house were Portsmouth City Councilor Stefany Shaheen and U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H.
They summed up what is at issue for women in the upcoming election, such as reversing last week's Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision that would, they said, allow employers to come between women and their health care choices.
Norelli said Granite State Forward is "an awesome machine with no gas."
"You guys are the gas," she told the crowd gathered in her living room.
The speakers also talked about ensuring equal pay for women, increasing the minimum wage, protecting access to preventive health care choices, and reducing the cost of higher education. They said the fall elections will be critically important for New Hampshire women.
"It's so encouraging and so inspiring to see so many people in this room today," Shaheen said.
She said 84 percent of eligible voters turned out in 2008, and in 2010, just 49 percent turned out.
"What we know is that when women vote and women win, families win, and we need to make sure this happens," Shaheen said.
She added that her mother, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., has been on the front line about issues that women care about since her early days in the state Senate and as governor.
"In 1999, my mom signed legislation that would allow coverage of contraception," she said. "In 2000, she signed legislation that would prevent pay discrimination."
Shea-Porter said that women "have to practice self defense."
"My opponent, Frank Guinta, actually said there should be no abortion, not even to save the life of a woman," she said. "So, he's further right than the right to life."
Shea-Porter also said that it's not just 16- and 17-year-olds earning low wages.
"It's working women who are responsible for their families," she said.
Wasserman Schultz said the Republicans have been in the midst of a civil war and that the tea party "clearly has won."
"There is no more establishment, and what is left is pulled so far to the right," she said.
She repeated the message of her preceding speakers.
"We have watched the movie that played out in 2010," Wasserman Schultz said. "As the Speaker said, and Stefany said, we've seen what happens when people don't vote. The result is that movie has a nightmare ending."
She added that she and her fellow congresswomen "work in the do-nothingness of a do-nothing Congress."
"But there is something they want to do," she said. "They want to make sure bosses can get all up in your business and make decisions for you on what kinds of health care you can have."
She said a balanced approach is greatly needed.
"I understand we cannot make decisions on an 'it's my way or the highway basis,'" Wasserman Schultz said. "We need to reach across the aisles and look through the lens of the people who are thinking differently than we are so that we can find common ground."
She said people she has talked with across the country just want to make sure they have a job, a roof over their head, and that they can ensure that the children they are raising, the next generation, have the certainty and the ability to maybe be a little better off than their parents were.
"Voters from the 2010 election have buyer's remorse," she said. "We're going to make sure that doesn't happen again this year."
After the talks, those in attendance were given lists of women to call to discuss the issues at stake in the fall election.
"I think it's great to have a phone bank with people calling who are local and maybe even someone you know," said Fran Berman of Exeter, who received a call list.
Many present pulled out their cell phones at Norelli's home and began calling from the porch and lawn in front of her house.
The New Hampshire Republican State Committee reached out to the Portsmouth Herald on Monday morning in response to an earlier version of this story on
It issued this statement from New Hampshire GOP chairwoman Jennifer Horn:
"The policies championed by Sen. Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter aren't working for New Hampshire women," it read. "They continue to burden New Hampshire families with Obamacare's onerous health care restrictions, more job killing regulations and a new national energy tax that will hurt the middle class. The only way to propel women in our state forward is to elect responsible Republicans who will create an economy of opportunity for men and women alike in New Hampshire."


NHDP - DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Hosts Women-to-Women Grassroots Event, New Hampshire Dems Coordinated Campaign Kicks Off Canvassing Push 

Latest Grassroots Push Part of Larger Mobilizing Effort to Elect NH Democrats This Cycle

Manchester, NH – Months ahead of November, the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign, Granite State Forward, is ramping up its grassroots efforts to reach out and connect with voters to talk about the importance of this year’s elections.
In Portsmouth yesterday, Granite State Forward hosted a "coffee and calls" grassroots phone bank event 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 at the home of Speaker Norelli.
The phone bank consisted of women contacting other women voters to discuss what is at stake in the upcoming election, like reversing the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision that would allow employers to come between women and their health care choices, pushing for equal pay for women, increasing the minimum wage, protecting access to preventive health care choices, and reducing the costs of higher education.

“The reality is that Democratic candidates are on the right side of the issues that matter most to women,” said Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “When women hear from leaders like Senator Shaheen, Governor Hassan, and Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter, women know that we are fighting for their values and beliefs.”

“When you cast a vote, it's like practicing self-defense--you are stopping attacks against your rights and freedoms. Given the Hobby Lobby decision and other consistent attacks on women's health issues, it's even more imperative that men and women practice self-defense by voting this upcoming November,” urged Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1). “Remember that women's issues are economic and family issues, and they have a tremendous impact on families.”
“Granite State women are fiercely independent,” said NH House Speaker Terie Norelli. “We won’t stand for politicians telling us that we should check our medical decisions with our boss. And we will not stand for candidates who have these types of out-of-touch views of women's health.”
“In your conversations today, remember what's at stake this election,” Portsmouth City Councilor Stefany Shaheen told volunteers at the event. New Hampshire needs women candidates who will fight to protect access to preventative care for women, ensure equal pay, and reduce the costs of child care.”
Coinciding with yesterday’s event, Granite State Forward kicked off its statewide canvassing push to rally support for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. Local volunteers, activists and community leaders went door-to-door to garner support for the re-election of Senator Shaheen, Governor Hassan, Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter, and the rest of the Democratic ticket.
“Our kick-offs mark the beginning of our push to make the case to voters across the Granite State about why the Democratic Party is the clear choice this cycle for stopping Bill O’Brien and Tea Party Republicans from moving the Granite State forward,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “Our volunteers and field organizers will be working day in and day out making calls and knocking on doors across the state, from Portsmouth to Pittsburg and Hanover to Hollis, to spread the word and turn out the vote for our Democratic candidates this November.”