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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Back room politics and big pork

I have to say that I got what I expected. I had to leave early so I wouldn't blow my breakfast in front of the few public members that were there. The Coos County delegation is on its way to approving just under $26M. That would be $26,000,000. Twenty six million bucks to tack on to your property tax contribution to the county. That is of course if there are no surprises in underfunding from the state this year. First off, I know why we are having so many problems with progress in this state. The Coos county Righty leadership spent about a half hour figuring who's head needed to be pulled out of who's ass so that someone could get the procedures and decorum on the legal tip. Really, though, there are a few people to watch. Our own Representative Scott Merrick, D-Lancaster was about the only solon asking for fiscal responsibility and communication with respect to one of my former board member bosses in the money pit that is the Coos Economic Development Corp. Herb Richardson, R-Shaws, had his bread buttered by the director of the CEDC, Peter Riviere, last cycle so Herb was laying the produce on thick. Our guy Merrick was insisting on accountability and reporting where our tax $$$ will seep into. Keep an eye on this future Presidential Cabinet member. Big stuff from him I'm sure. Another one of the legitimate workers of the people is Bernie Buzzell, D-Berlin. This guy is hot on anything that has healthcare, elderly and underprivilege attatched to it. Huge plans to be unveiled soon for pilot and ground breaking programs for elderly care by Rep. Buzzell. My guess is he will be a very good pick for HHS Commish as soon as Lynch and crew can get their Y chromosome lined up to fire Benson obstructionist holdover John Stephen. Bernie has a future with the people for sure.

Another of our freshman team members is the new Sherriff in town, Gerald Marcou. This top cop had his bullets in one sock and is hoping to get a new car from the County to perform his chasing of desperados with. He said 90% of his time is in the cruiser and that's great. I guess the other 10% is in Tea Birds cafe. County Commish Paul Grenier, D- Berlin, offered to negotiate a vehicle at cost for the County taxpayers. County delegation Chair, Righty party hack Rep.John Tholl, R- Dalton, wrongly suggested possible improprieties in that car dealio since the Good Commish Grenier is employed by Curriers. The other Commishes assured the audience of the headsup, professional, ehtical manner in which Mr. Grenier offered his services. It is not only legal but also right for the taxpayers and we should thank Mr. Grenier and the other Commishes for the offer to save us some $$$. I would say here that Rep. Tholl should know a little something of questionable ethical behavior since he used to carry the Scooby Doo lunch box for former House Speaker Rep. Gene- I didn't know that was against the law- Chandler. These guys should all be lucky they are not doing time across the yard from where Martha spent a few months. Anyhooo, all in all a comical, sad and eye opening meeting of the delegation. The same players and same results. I hope that quasi Righty Edi Tucker took copious notes that she can read and see that our side is the group that gets proper headlines and defined fiscal restraint and responsibility correctly. Time to set the record straight and more as it happens. My goodness GET ... you know.

Bass in town.

District 2 Congressman Charlie Bass will be visiting Groveton library, 22March2005 at 5:00pm to sell the Social Security privitization ploy being put forth by Dubya. His counterpart Jeb Bradley was at first against the plan but recently began backpeddling to show his support after some party leaders got on Bradley's case. Bass has had his head up his... someplace, and has not said much. It is still unclear as to how either of our States Congressional representatives feel on the subject other than they are doing as they are told in pushing this plan for their boss. So much for the seperation and checks and balances in the 3 tier government democracy we have. More as it happens and I hope to see at least some of you folks there tuesday at the library on State street in down town Groveton. GET ACTIVE !!!

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Town meeting and ethics

This stuff just cannot be made up. Let me just start by saying that our Granite State has one of the oldest forms of local goverment in the country in our town meeting. A place to go and socialize, air your concerns and the last bastion for the local budget cut by the people. Now I myself have gotten my lunch handed to me by my neighbors here in the form of them not wanting to elect me over some popular long time residents running against me. I was good with that albeit a bit let down but again, town meeting democracy at its finest. I did not, however, following the sad news of my losses, bash the old ladies that were performing their civic duties as ballot checkers and supervisors of the checklist. There was this one solon though, down in Windham that allegedly punched one of these old gals in the chest and knocked her senseless and to the floor. This gal happens to be the alleged perps neighbor and she can see his house through her back yard. State Representative Chris Doyle, R-Windham doyle@adelphia.net is said to have gotten the unfortunate news that he lost his bid for selectman re-election by a bigger margin than I lost mine and dude just allegedly went ballistic. ( I sent Mr. Doyle my good wishes on the day the original complaint was made public but he didn't get back to me) Now the elderly lady had heart surgery a few years back and is rather slight in stature and Mr. Doyle is a fairly good sized, young fellow so this Righty bully was indeed outmatched. Now I know these are only contentions by the older of the two fisticuff champs but with a room full of firemen, a town cop and several other witnesses I'm thinking Mr. Doyle and his alleged elderly bashing days may be numbered as an elected official in the State House. A few years back the ethics committee helped dismiss a fellow kiting checks around the State and using his position to try and get out of parking tickets, that was good. Good job for the ethics crew. Another pol was escorted out of the House for making cursory and threatening statements to the law enforcement community at large. Good work ethics cleaning House! Still another was asked to resign because she hadn't shown up to a session...ever. Now, I will be keeping track of how Representative Doyle fares in the court room and I will keep you stalwart protectors of the hard working, down trodden, elderly ballot clerks apprised of the progress in the case. We shall also see if the ethics committee will go back to the old days when it had a full set of baggetts and show Mr. Doyle the other side of the door. Maybe I should say when they had a backbone? I am not affiliated with any Harvard profs so forgive my possible lack of P.C. More as it happens. STAY ACTIVE!!!

WE WON!

House Bill 399 - The so-called "Informed Consent for Abortion Act" was defeated by a vote of 207-113 in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Congratulations! Thanks to you and hundreds of other members of New Hampshire's pro-choice majority, the New Hampshire House of Representatives defeated HB 399 - the so-called "Informed Consent for Abortion Act." By taking the time to contact your legislators and urge them to vote against House Bill 399, you have taken your place in this important victory for women's reproductive rights in New Hampshire.

This was an exciting win - our first of the legislative session. I was thrilled to hear from some of your representatives, congratulating us on the extent of our outreach. 1,000 emails were sent between Monday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 9 opposing HB 399.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK THE TIME TO EMAIL THEIR REPRESENTATIVES!!!

http://www.prochoicenewhampshire.org/

World banker.

By now most of you have probably heard that President W has named one of the original Vulcans, Paul Wolfowitz, to be President of the World Bank. Interesting is the fact that Mr. Wolfowitz started out to be a math major like his dad and is actually one of the most intelligent men in the country. He also was on board a bit more than 2 years ago when Colin Powell (who???) was seeking to lower the military "defense" budget to palitable levels for our times. These 2 very smart men were both making headway in their Righty party world way back when Ford took things over. Anyhooo, Wolfowitz decided to get into poli sci and whilst making his way up the chain of the ladder, he had crafted plans for defense of and invasion of, you guessed it, oil stealing evil doers in the Middle East. Iraq, Iran and a few other sand boxes were on Mr. Wolf's list way back in the 20th century. Talk about forsight, this guy had plans that were being maligned back then as extreme and off the wall, now they are policy. I think that if Mr. Wolf gets his appointment to become head teller of the world, we'd better hope that BONO does indeed get the nod to lead the UN. That would be very cool. No question on where the popular vote would go there from the world body. PEACE!

Minimum wage fight.

Talk about no raise since Franklin Pierce was in office. House minority team leader Teri Norelli is seeking to change that. Hearings were held yesterday on a modest increase in our States paltry minimum wage. The lowest in New England!!! An increase of $1.50 to be spread out in increments of 2 1/2 years will effectively assist the working poor, single parent workers, women and the aged seeking to pad their ever shrinking Social Security benefits. Now I have to tell you that some of our very own Democrats last year sided with then House Speaker Rep. Gene- I'm sorry you caught me- Chandler in breaking the tie to kill the increase 172-171. I know who these Reps are and will watch later when this bill gets to the floor. I also was present when one of the Righty Reps from District 2, produce manager who will remain nameless, that was talking to his Shaws store manager and I about this very bill last year told us that it was not in Shaws budget to give raises to bag boys and cashiers. Well how do you like them apples? Here are the 3 members of the Coos delegation that are on theomm labor, industrial and rehabilitative committee to the House. Herb Richardson, R-mailto:R-hon.hdr@yahoo.com Bruce Lary, R-mailto:R-bruce.lary@leg.state.nh.us and Ed Mears,D- ed.lucy@verizon.net Get on these pols and remind them that not too long ago Hubert Humphrey asked our gumment to protect these very folks that this bill will is designed help. It may not make millionaires out of anyone but the last time I went to Shaws, they were still the highest price grocery store around. RAISE UP!!!

ACTION ALERT!

Senator Susan Collins is uncertain whether she supports the Smith-Bingaman amendment that would save Medicaid and protect needy families.

Senator Collins' vote is extremely important in passing the Smith-Bingaman amendment and preventing massive cuts to Medicaid. Please call Senator Collins and urge her to support the Smith-Bingaman amendment: 1-202-224-2523

The message to the Senator is simple:
" Please support the Smith-Bingaman amendment to strike cuts to Medicaid. "

- Planned Parenthood of Northern New England


The Senate will vote as early as this afternoon on two bipartisan amendments that would provide much needed assistance to postsecondary students and students preparing for college, and would prevent the elimination of the Vocational Education program.

The amendment by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) would restore three college prep programs aimed at low-income students (TRIO, LEAP and GEAR UP). The programs are targeted for elimination in President Bush's budget. In addition, the amendment would add money to the Pell Grant program to improve access to a college education for low-income students, and it would provide student loan forgiveness to new math, science, and special education teachers in high need schools.

The Tom Harkin (D-IA) amendment would restore $1.3 billion in funding for the Perkins Career and Technical Education program, which was eliminated in President Bush's budget. This program is responsible for providing technical skills and specialized coursework to students in high schools and in two-year colleges.

Call 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senators or e-mail your Senators to urge him/her to support the Harkin amendment and the Kennedy Higher Education/Job Training amendment. If you get a busy signal when you call, try again later! Your Senators need to know your budget priorities.

- National Education Association


Could the U.S. Senate really vote against a bill that would end insurance discrimination that favors Viagra over the Pill, funds teen-pregnancy prevention programs, and educates women about the morning-after pill?

This week, Senators Harry Reid and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who stand on opposite sides of the abortion debate, will offer an amendment to the Senate budget to set aside $100 million for programs that will help reduce the need for abortion by preventing unintended pregnancy.

Please click here to tell your senators to vote "yes" on the Reid-Clinton prevention amendment.
It's a reasonable package that both pro-choice AND pro-life senators should be able to support. But the vote is too close to call. Your senators need to hear from you TODAY.

- NARAL Pro-choice America


It is also important to note that the budget resolution to allow arctic drilling doesn’t have the force of law, although it is the first step in the budget process that can lead to legislation being enacted. The Arctic drilling provision makes an already controversial budget even more contentious. The budget process is long and complex, and the outcome is far from certain. Congress hasn’t passed a budget bill in recent years.

I am counting on your continued support. Please take action now to urge your representative to keep Arctic drilling out of the House budget resolution and to urge your representative and senators to cosponsor legislation designating the coastal plain of the refuge as federal wilderness.
Making that incredible area a wilderness is the only way to end the fight over oil development.

- Conservation Action Network


We have a chance to stop Arctic drilling by preventing the passage of the entire budget, of which Arctic drilling is a part.

Please urge your senators to vote against the budget because it includes Arctic drilling.

To take action, click on this link or paste it into your web browser:
http://savethearctic.com/arctic.asp?id=401&id4=ES

- New Hampshire Public Interest Research Group


Another Action to stop artic drilling. Please do them ALL!

Click here to write to your Senators and tell them how you feel about their vote.

Let them hear from you before the Senate votes again.

- League of Conservation Voters


An amendment to the budget that would protect the pristine Arctic Refuge, introduced by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), will be considered by the Senate today or tomorrow.We've won in the past by the votes of three votes in the Senate, but last year's election brought three new pro-drilling Republican senators to Washington. Victory is quite literally one vote away in the Senate, but we need hundreds of phone calls pouring into Senate offices immediately.

Your senator could be a deciding factor.Please call the office of Sen. Gregg today at the number below.
Senator Judd Gregg DC Phone: 202-224-3324

When you call be sure the staffer who answers knows you're a constituent, and then urge your senator to:"Vote to support the Cantwell-Kerry amendment to keep Arctic drilling OUT of the budget resolution."
Please let us know you're making this important call, at:http://www.moveonpac.org/arctic?id=5209-5306048-No3uwNuv7G0pnTznIp27mQ

- moveon.org

Congressman Bass Selling Snake Oil for Bush

In the next two weeks, Congressman Bass will hold town hall meetings across central, southern, and western New Hampshire to discuss his support for George W. Bush's plan to privatize Social Security.

Check the list below for the meeting near you, then go and tell Bass that he needs to listen to his constituents -- not the White House -- when it comes to Social Security.

In Dover last week, 250 angry voters got Jeb Bradley to back off his support for the Bush plan - this is your chance to do the same with Congressman Bass.


*** CONCORD AREA ***Monday, March 21 at 5:00 pmEpsom Town Hall27 Black Hill Road

*** MILFORD ***Saturday, March 19 at 11:15 amMilford Banquet Hall, Town Office BldgOne Union Square, Milford

*** KEENE AREA ***Thursday, March 24 at 5:00 pmMarlborough Town Offices236 Main St.

*** HILLSBOROUGH ***Monday, March 21 at 7:00 pmHillsborough Police Station22 Dump Road

*** NASHUA AREA ***Saturday, March 19 at 9:30 amHudson Police Station Community Rm.One Constitution Drive

*** SOUTHERN TIER ***Saturday, March 19 at 8:00 amWindham Town Hall3 North Lowell
Road

Is he honoring our obvious intelligence by not coming up here or just ignoring us... again?

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Our long National nightmare...venting

I am told I read to much about politics. I think one cannot read enough about the subject. It is however mind boggling at times to try and take it all in and make sense of even a small portion of it all. A few years back, and I remember much about it, seeing the men land on the moon, seeing American troops firing M-16's over a wall in down town somewhere Vietnam, the Bruins getting spanked in the Stanley Cup finals by the Havs, my dad trying to quit 3 packs of Luckies a day,and Nixon, hopping aboard the Marine One Chopper saying he did nothing wrong. I actually liked the guy and still do. I learned we shouldn't speak ill of the dead and I may slip here. Nixon and his crew blatently took abuse of power and rearranged the U.S. Constitution and powers of the Executive to an all time high. Or now it seems low. That is until we get this arrogant bunch in the Hallowed House. The words to live by adage of the Righty has been it's easier to get forgiveness than get permission. These evil doers don't even think they need to ask forgiveness. President Ford had let the American people know "Our long National nightmare is over... we can begin to heal." Holy crap, where is Mr. Ford now??? Clinton got a beanie and all hell breaks loose. Reagan lies about weapons deals and CIA covert actions and backed Nixon 100% . Tip O'Neil received death threats for even suggesting the word impeachment and here this group of Vulcans with hubris and egos to match are taking this great Country of ours right down the oil hole of the ANWR. When I was watching that t.v. not so long ago I had no clue as to the depths of destruction and lies and one sided mis-information that could be spewed from those sworn to protect us from invasion and tyranny and the boogie man. John Adams said we shouldn't go in search of monsters and William Kristol retorts why not? Where is the wisdom in government and "free" media today and why are there not more of us regular folks getting so pissed off and asking about how our Country is now the most hated on the planet? I just can't think of words that describe things like the drilling, the bankruptcy bill, the Social Security debacle and the list comes to our own Granite State with insurance companies refusing coverage for people with the wrong party affilliation. Is this the friggin Union of Soviet Socialist Republicans and their oligarchy and aristocracy or is it our land of the free, home of the brave, democratic republic, United States of America with protections for all!! The old Founders did note that we should be aware of the drive to power and to abuse it and the enemy from within the majority. Lord Acton said something of power corrupting. Our long National nightmare has at least 41 more months to go before we can start trying to turn around. That's what I mean when I say GET ACTIVE!

No, I don't think I read too much politics. At least I read. Thanks for the opportunity to vent. Peace.

On a lighter note, Judd Gregg

Read about how Judd Gregs ridiculously inaccurate social security propaganda fooled washington post op-ed columnist George Will.

http://dailyhowler.com/dh031605.shtml

Amendment to STOP drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 168 to to S.Con.Res. 18 (Appropriations resolution FY2006, Budget )
Vote Result: Amendment Rejected
Statement of Purpose: To strike section 201(a)(4) relative to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Vote Counts: YEAs 49 NAYs 51

The following democrats betrayed the party and the enviroment:

Senators Inouye and Akaka from Hawaii
Senator Landrieu from Lousiana.

With their support, the amendment would have passed. Do you think the people of the VERY BLUE state of Hawaii wanted drilling in the ANWR. Well it was a buy off people. Inouye and Akaka sold ANWR for support for their own ammendent. [Read more about that here]

These democrats should not get away with their votes. They should be made to account for this. But I wonder if ANY mainstream news reporting of this vote will even mention their names?

I understand from what I have read on other blogs that there will still be opportunities to prevent drilling and that the organizations that were trying to get this admendment passed will keep fighting to prevent the drilling from happening.

Here is a link to the entire senate voting record http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00052

Of coarse I am sure you can already guess how our good for nothing republicans voted:

Gregg (R-NH), Nay
Sununu (R-NH), Nay

Here's some republicans to acknowledge, they tried to do the right thing:

Both of the republicans from the great state of Maine vote Yea! [Snowe and Collins].
Coleman (R-MN), Yea
DeWine (R-OH), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Yea
Smith (R-OR), Yea

160 years without a raise.

Well here is what we got. Senator Robert Boyce, R-Alton, has bravely penned legislation in some very Righty tenuous areas. Notably, potential tax increases and tax metrics. First and last week, the Good Senator introduced his CACR-13, (Constitutional Amendment) that would effectively eliminate constitutionally the thought of our legislators to ever tax our New Hampshire State income. I'm good with that since there are inherently too many loop holes for the top 2% to cower into and get away with tax fraud and avoiding paying their fair share. Actually, the New Hampshire legilature had , through the AG's office many years ago, (1970-1973) an income tax proffered against our Vermont and Maine neighbors. How cold and not friendly is that!!!Secondly, and probably more importantly and telling, especially to young future political solons like myself, is the CACR-11. The move to increase the pay to our hard working citizen legislators are allowed for per diem. Nice I think. The last time there was a raise at the State House was, well, when the ink to the State Charter was still drying. Looong time! This proposed Constitutional Amendment "could" allow for a different type of funding revenue source for the legislative body and will finally allow so many of those Righty cowards, well lets say lesser than brave souls, to admit our continued bending over of the property owner is wrong and will soon come to its rightful demise. Maybe not completely change the property tax but will indeed allow for hot debate of the issue. Next, the raise will probably make some of the prehistoric Righty goats to fight for a reduction in the House size. They, the goats, will not allow for this since they will be worried for their jobs, now with a fat paycheck gotten legally not by Chandler-esque means. Hot all around. Actually, Rep. Gene said he "regrets the impression his actions left on the House". He really menas, I'm sorry you caught me. See you in the mid-terms!
I really think it is time to give a decent wage to the legislator so it could open up the possibilities of some normal folks to be able to afford to do real, good work for we the people. A small sales tax to fund this move should in the long run pay huge dividends to us regular folk. If nothing else, it will be interesting to see the less than brave Righty aristocrats either fight it out and be leaders or continue to cower and pad their party with re-districting us right our of the process. Get active and let Senator Boyce and our own Senator Gallus know we will support real pay for our legislators.

ACTION ALERT!

On Sunday, the New York Times reported that at least 20 federal agencies have made and distributed pre-packaged, ready-to-serve television news segments to promote President Bush's policies and initiatives.

The Bush administration is using hundreds of millions of your tax dollars to manipulate public opinion. Here's how to stop them:

Sign our petition and help us get 250,000 people to join our call to Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and local television stations. Tell Congress and the FCC to toughen and enforce laws against "covert propaganda" and demand that broadcasters come clean with viewers about using government-produced news.

- Free Press [ Freepress.org]

These government-produced segments have frequently aired on broadcast TV stations across the country without proper disclosure. Not only is this unacceptable, it is also illegal.

Take action today to help us Start Change: Send a message to the FCC and ask them to STOP FAKE NEWS

- StartChange.org

Today Harry Reid and the Democratic Senators asked us, the American people, to help them preserve the right of our elected representatives to speak their mind on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

We have to act. Sign this petition, which we will deliver to every U.S. Senator, asking them to protect the right to free speech in the Senate. If they don't, it is not only their voice that will be silenced -- it will be ours:

http://www.democrats.org/freespeech

- Governor Howard Dean

The House of Representatives votes [TODAY] on whether to spend another $82 billion on the occupation. Vice Admiral Jack Shanahan (USN, ret.), who fought in three wars and commanded the North Atlantic Fleet, reminds us that the Vietnam War finally ended only when Congress refused to continue funding it. Tens of thousands of TrueMajority members have urged Congress to demand a clear Iraq exit strategy before handing over more money for the occupation. If you haven’t sent your message yet, the time is now.
Cclick here to send your free message:
http://truemajority.kintera.org/Iraqexit

- True Majority

Save Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

We have only 24 to 48 hours to try and save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The Republicans are trying to sneak legislation through the Senate approving oil drilling and they are incredibly close to winning. We have to stop them.

I am joining with Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) in offering a critical amendment to stop this sneak attack on our environment. We will fight on the floor of the Senate, but we need you by our side.

There are seven key Republican Senators whose votes will decide the future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Senators Gregg and Sununu are two of them. Before they vote, we need to make sure they know that their constituents are watching, and that they will not be able to support drilling without anybody noticing.

Sign our Cantwell-Kerry Citizens' Roll Call now.
http://www.johnkerry.com/RollCall

- John Kerry

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Coos budget hearing re-scheduled

The full Coos County delegation will be meeting this saturday, 19Mar2005, 1000AM for the upcoming fiscal year budget hearing at the Cabot motor lodge in Lancaster. These are normally pretty dry affairs but there is a purported $1.7M-$3.2M county surplus (depending on who you ask) that will be discussed and with more public input to properly educate our Commissioners and Representatives, the better. We can have input with where we think this surplus should go and other issues like the Coos Economic Development Corporations continued fruitful attempts to wrap its mouth around the left rear teat of the forever nourishing tax payer funding cow. Mmm-mmm-mooo. I really am quite certain there is not an experienced member of the whole delegation that would know how to cut the pork if the hog bit them on the leg and gave them animated instructions. The CEDC gets $50K, meals on wheels for the elderly gets $14K. AARP is really taking a hit from these Righties since they are not playing ball, or shuffle board, with the Social Security scam. Where there's money, there's politics. I hope to see you there getting involved!

Speaking of the former Speaker...

It was announced late yesterday that former Speaker of the House, still Representative Gene Chandler, R-Bartlett, will plead guilty to several charges of improprieties and will avoid jail time but will do a couple hundred hours of community service. I'm thinking he will corral a few of those party boys of his and have them sign his card to allow his time as current Chair of the Public Works and Highways committee to be deducted from his sentence. Tougher ethics rules with bigger teeth in the State House are no doubt needed. Well Rep. Gene doesn't think so. More to follow. Get active.

ACTION ALERT!

Click here now to keep the Arctic Refuge free from drilling -- Tell your Senators to vote for the Cantwell Amendment.
- League of Conservation Voters

Just as new scandals concerning alleged ethical violations by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) and other Members have erupted in recent days, the House Ethics Committee has become virtually powerless. The reason? Rules passed at the beginning of 2005 make it virtually impossible for the Committee to launch any investigation of unethical conduct.

Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV), the senior Democrat on the Ethics Committee, is leading the charge to reject the new rules and is calling on his House colleagues, Democrats and Republicans, to join him in cosponsoring a resolution that would roll back the most onerous rule changes.
- Common Cause.org

Starting [March 14th], the House and Senate will begin debate on budget resolutions that could cut up to $20 billion in the Medicaid program and force changes in the program which could end vital health care services to women and families.

Our only hope at stopping these brutal cuts is an amendment to be offered by Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) which would eliminate the Senate Medicaid cuts. The Smith-Bingaman amendment must pass when voted on later this week.

Tell your Senators to support the Smith-Bingaman amendment by calling 1-800-828-0498 The message to Senators is simple: " Please support the Smith-Bingaman amendment to strike cuts to Medicaid. "
- Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

PSNH lacking technology

PSNH has recently made their move to once again make legislation through litigation. Coughing and spewing tons of mercury, CO2 and other toxins into the air protected under lax federal EPA guidlines is not enough for this pollution giant. Merideth Senator Carl Johnson, Benson buddy and former House Speaker Chandlers party boy, has taken up the call to purportedly tighten up those lax EPA guidlines by expanding requirements (and allowances) to our own Clean Air Act of 1992. Senator Johnson is trying to push for more specific numbers for specific toxins for loopholes to allow PSNH to emit into our atmoshere and continually pollute our "prisetene" fishing areas. The written legislation does not, I'm sure, contain the always hidden term "loopholes". I'm surprised more anglers are not suffering from melanomas and lymphoma. Anyhooo, PSNH has declared through a spokesman that "...there is no technology in existance today that will allow us to emit cleaner emissions of certain toxins into the atmoshere. We will continue to operate under the EPA rules".
YUMMY!!! I wonder when they were allowed to de-regulate a few years back if they told our then legislators that there was not sufficient technology to lower utility ratesif allowed de-regulation? Woukld they have been allowed to charge whatever they wanted through the patsy PUC (Public Utility Commission)? We are now number 2 in the country for highest electrical rates. Oh yeah, good thing NASA followed through with their non-existing technology so they could get Neil Armstrong and his pals back from space.
As far as the proposed Johnson legislation, the metrics have not been revealed to us the voters and breathers of our State air. A comment from our very own Representative Scott Merrick has allowed some insight into ongoing hearings for this and other environmental cases such as the construction waste incinerator down state. Representative Merrick sits on the Agriculature and Environmental Committee in the House. More from him as things develop. Get active.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Recent Congressional Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 - Vote Passed (74-25, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate approved this bill that would make it harder for people who declare bankruptcy to get out of paying their debts.

Sen. Judd Gregg voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. John Sununu voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Recent House Votes
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users - Vote Passed (417-9, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed this $284 billion bill that would fund transportation projects over the next six years.

Rep. Charles Bass voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Upcoming Votes

2006 Fiscal Year Budget Resolution
- S.Con.Res.18

The Senate and House are set to begin debating 2006 fiscal year budget resolutions this week. Both resolutions are expected to cost around $2.6 trillion. The budget resolution serves as an outline of spending priorities in the appropriations process.

Emergency Supplemental Wartime Appropriations Act - H.R.1268

The House is scheduled to take up this $81.3 billion supplemental spending bill providing funds for tsunami relief and military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Congressional contact.

Here's a beauty. I just got an auto response from Senator Lieberman's office. I sent him my discouraged sentiments and concerns about his sellout to the people and his party faithful in the sham credit card company sponsored bankruptcy bill. He was quite clearly bought by these conglomerate titans. Anyhooo, his auto response was not unlike the recent responses I received concerning the budget from Congressman Bass and Senator Sununu. Senator Gregg had his head somewhere else and didn't get back to me yet. My point is that looking at these three machine written and recited responses, they are almost indentical except the date, subject line and the office lackey that sent them. All blather, no results.

I am now wondering when, between Mr. Lieberman's book "In Praise of Public Life" and the next time he got elected, did he decide to sellout to big business. Although in the book he is trying to make it painfully clear that he was distancing himself away from then President Clinton. I am this instant quite clear on the fact that he has so much distance between stalwart Democrats and the people he is supposed to represent that he has indeed come full circle to be a Big Business Righty. That's it!!! Power to the campaign contribution. Get active.

LCHIP

One of the problems with the Benson slash and burn, failed gubernatorial administrations policies is that funding for agencies like LCHIP are now fighting to stay alive. Having been cut by more than 87% last term has left this popular program for historical conservation and many other responsible development projects quite out in the cold. The MSM is loaded with stories hoping to get the attention of Senator John Gallus and his other Republican pals to restore funding to this agency. I hope they can read and listen to their constituents and will take time away from their efforts to continually better their party position in the polls with reference to ballot configuration and the like. Call, write and e-mail the County delegation including Representative Fred King, the finance chair, and Senator Gallus as the next Coos bugdet hearing is set for 19Mar. Plenty of pork but not much for truly sound, productive agencies like the LCHIP. Get involved!

Sunday, March 13, 2005

[Just 4 Fun] Blog of Note

This is an interesting blog for all you lovers of progressive politics AND the juice of the barley.

http://drinkingliberally.org/

Anyone interested in starting one here?

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