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Wednesday
Jul282010

NRSC - As More Democrats Ditch Tainted Rangel Cash, Why Won't Paul Hodes? 

As Fellow Democrats Dump An Estimated $588,000 In Contributions From Charged Congressman, Hodes Continues To Line Coffers

WASHINGTONAfter the bipartisan House Ethics Committee announced last week that they had “substantial reason to believe” that U.S. Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY) violated a range of ethics rules and potentially broke the law, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) repeatedly called on U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) to return at least $17,000 in donations that he received from Rangel’s campaign committee and leadership PAC.

Hodes’ fellow New Hampshire Democrat, U.S. Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), has returned $14,000 of Rangel’s dirty money. And National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar reports today that a second House Democrat, U.S. Representative Walt Minnick (D-ID), called for Rangel’s resignation from Congress, “a move that’s likely to lead a number of his vulnerable House colleagues to follow suit.”

Yet despite these serious charges against Rangel and the fact that his fellow Democrats have returned an estimated $588,000 of his tainted campaign cash, Hodes refuses to return his contributions and continues to stand by his scandal-plagued colleague.

The NRSC once again calls on Hodes to return Rangel’s tainted contributions.

By refusing to return Charlie Rangel’s dirty money, Paul Hodes continues to demonstrate that he simply can’t be trusted to stand up for ethical standards and accountability in Washington. As his fellow Democrats dump more than half-a-million dollars of Rangel’s tainted cash, will Hodes finally call for Rangel’s resignation and return his campaign contributions, or will he continue to disappoint Granite State voters by condoning Rangel’s unethical behavior?” asked NRSC Press Secretary Amber Marchand.

Background Information:

 Paul Hodes Has Accepted At Least $17,000 From Rangel’s Campaign Committee And Leadership PAC:

  • Hodes Accepted $2,000 In September 2006, And Two Separate Times In March 2008 From Rangel For Congress. (Federal Election Commission Website, www.fec.gov, Accessed 2/25/10)

 

Wednesday
Jul282010

Prescott Park - The Who's TOMMY Comes to Prescott Park in August! 

THE WHO'S TOMMY COMES TO PRESCOTT PARK IN AUGUST!

 

PORTSMOUTH, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival, in collaboration with The Seacoast Repertory Theatre, will present The Who's TOMMY each Monday night in August on the FairPoint Communications MainStage.  Performances will be on August 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd, and will begin at 8:00pm.  Don't miss the return of the Rep in Prescott Park for the second straight summer!

 

The Who's rock opera, TOMMY, is Pete Townshend's tale of a young boy's journey from pain to triumph, and promises to be the most electrifying evening of rock and roll ever to play on the Prescott Park stage.  TOMMY, which was first performed by The Who in 1969, was originally conceived by Peter Townshend and Kit Lambert, with contributions to the development by John Entwistle, Keith Moon and Roger Daltrey. 

 

Tables are available for reservation, and delicious boxed lunches are available from The Common Man Restaurant, just around the corner from Prescott Park.  As always, attendees are more than welcome to bring blankets, chairs, and picnic dinners.  There are no tickets, and no fixed admission cost, just a suggested donation of $5-8 per person.

 

Since 1974, Prescott Park Arts Festival has successfully reached over 3.5 million people through more than 10,000 music, theater, dance and art productions offered at no fixed admission on the banks of the Piscataqua River.  The 36th season will feature the presentation of Peter Pan as the festival's signature musical production, as well as a variety of international artists as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series and various music festivals.

 

Located on 3.5 acres in beautiful downtown Portsmouth, Prescott Park Arts Festival is considered to be a gem of the Seacoast and introduces many residents to their first experience with a live performance.  For the entire season schedule or to become a Member or Sponsor, please visit our website at www.prescottpark.org or call 603-436-2848.

 

The Who's TOMMY is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.  421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019.  Phone: 212-541-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684.  www.MTIShows.com



Wednesday
Jul282010

Prescott Park - Americana Festival, featuring John Gorka, at Prescott Park July 31st 

4th Annual Americana Festival Lands In Prescott Park on July 31st!

 

PORTSMOUTH, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival will present the 4th Annual Americana Festival on Saturday, July 31st from 1-5pm.  Presented on the FairPoint Communications MainStage, the all star lineup for Saturday's show features John Gorka, Ellis Paul, The Makem & Spain Brothers, and Roy Davis & The Dregs, and this year's show promises to please the ears of all those attending. 

 

John Gorka, an honored icon of the folk tradition, brings to the stage his trademark energetic acoustic music, an expression of everyday life.  John's rich baritone voice and unique songcraft weave a magical spell that can only be described as "Gorka".

 

Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting.  A principle leader in the wave of singer/songwriters to emerge from the Boston folk scene, Paul played a key role in creating a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk pop sound that helped renew interest in the genre in the 1990s.  Ellis successfully bridged the gap between modern folk and the populist tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger more successfully than perhaps any of his songwriting peers.

 

The Makem & Spain Brothers come to the stage with remarkable vocal power and presence, offering a unique performance, while capturing the essence of their Irish folk music genre.  A combination of five male vocals, various instruments and lush, three part harmonies blend together to create what some have called a wall of sound.  And if their own considerable talent wasn't enough, The Makem Brothers are also carrying on a lineage of one of Irish music's dynasties, begun by their grandmother, Sarah Makem, and her vast store of traditional Irish songs.  Their father, Tommy Makem, helped to bring Irish music into the international spotlight, and is now considered an icon.

 

Through his twenties, Roy Davis shared the stage with internationally acclaimed acts like Josh Ritter and Say Zuzu.  Currently bringing an alt-country blend of music with a soul twist to the stage, Roy David & The Dregs offer up enough memorable lyrics, vintage guitar sounds and well-placed harmonies to make any indie rock elitist's mouth water.  The debut album has received nods of approval from the music community and sales from across the globe.

 

Since 1974, Prescott Park Arts Festival has successfully reached over 3.5 million people through more than 10,000 music, theater, dance and art productions offered at no fixed admission on the banks of the Piscataqua River.  The 36th season will feature the presentation of Peter Pan as the festival's signature musical production, as well as a variety of international artists as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series and various music festivals.

 

Located on 3.5 acres in beautiful downtown Portsmouth, Prescott Park Arts Festival is considered to be a gem of the Seacoast and introduces many residents to their first experience with a live performance.  For the entire season schedule or to become a Member or Sponsor, please visit our website at www.prescottpark.org or call 603-436-2848.

Wednesday
Jul282010

ALG Praises Senate Republicans For Blocking "Obama's Political Speech Gag Order"

"If these sorts of requirements were in place during the ratification of the Constitution, there wouldn't have been Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, which were published under pseudonyms."ALG President Bill Wilson

July 27th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today praised Senate Republicans for blocking the DISCLOSE Act that Wilson said "is nothing more than Barack Obama's political speech gag order to silence dissent in an election year."

"The so-called DISCLOSE Act imposes arduous regulations on corporations and non-profits and is explicitly designed to intimidate dissent, all in violation of the First Amendment.  Senate Republicans deserve the praise of all freedom-loving Americans who believe that free, unrestricted political speech is a basic and fundamental right under the Constitution," said Wilson. 

"This is intended to intimidate certain groups and individuals from saying anything at all and into giving up their First Amendment rights.  It's a cynical gag order," Wilson said.

The final vote in the Senate was 57 to 41.

The Act's disclosure requirements includes any expenditures in excess of $10,000 of express advocacy for or against a candidate up to 20 days before an election and in excess of $1,000 within 20 days before an election, which must be reported to the FEC within 24 hours.  The disclosure requirements extend to 120 days prior to the first presidential primary or caucus, and 90 days before the first Congressional primary or caucus, and extend through general election day. 

Anyone who invests or donates in excess of the specified minimums to a company or organization that engages in express advocacy of a candidate, except for media organizations and other exempt entities, would have their names submitted to the FEC. 

"These disclosure requirements have a chilling effect on speech, which is why they previously have been found to be unconstitutional," Wilson said.  "If these sorts of requirements were in place during the ratification of the Constitution, there wouldn't have been Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, which were published under pseudonyms."

"There is no question that individuals' speech is stifled by excessive disclosure requirements on independent expenditures," Wilson said, pointing to Supreme Court precedent protecting anonymous donations made to groups that solely make independent expenditures in NAACP v. Alabama (1958).  Then Justice John Marshall Harlan's majority opinion stated, applying the First Amendment via the Fourteenth to Alabama, "We hold that the immunity from state scrutiny of membership lists which the Association claims on behalf of its members is here so related to the right of the members to pursue their lawful private interests privately and to associate freely with others in so doing as to come within the protection of the Fourteenth Amendment."

"The sole intent of authors of this legislation is to shame and intimidate certain corporations, groups, and individuals from saying anything about elections, and there is no question that it was unconstitutional," Wilson concluded.

Attachments:

"ALG Urges Senate to Reject First Amendment Restrictions; Highlights NRA, Media Carve-Outs," July 26th, 2010.

"Disclosure is Overrated", by ALG News Senior Editor Robert Romano, June 21st, 2010.



Wednesday
Jul282010

CEI - 1960s Environmentalism and Today

 

The 1960s was an era of political turmoil and upheaval in America.  Among other prominent political movements, the decade sparked the uprising of the modern environmentalist movement.  

Today, longtime conservationist and environmental policy expert Robert J. Smith, Director of CEI's Center for Private Conservation, explains in a short video how the modern environmentalist movement began in America. A celebrated author and environmental historian, Smith shows how the anti-war movement during the 1960s evolved into an anti-capitalism movement that pushed for public - i.e. government - stewardship of the environment.
 
I hope you will take a moment to view the video and gain greater perspective from a man who has spent a career immersed in the movement, seeking a reasonable, effective approach to conservation and environmental protection.