Michael Medved on Social Conservative & Libertarian Synthesis

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There were two lively panels at CPAC yesterday, meaning two panels that actually featured people with opposing views who aired their differences (in a civil manner, I might add). One involved the tension between national security and privacy. The other, much more relevant to the life issues, was about whether social conservatives and libertarians can […]

New Hampshire legislators expected to reject abortion stats & licensing bills

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The New Hampshire House will vote later this week on a committee recommendation to kill a bill calling for licensing of abortion facilities in the state. A bill to require the state to collect abortion statistics will likely be sent to study. The proposed Women’s Health Protection Act (HB 1501) has ten co-sponsors and was […]

Republican Hemingway declares candidacy for NH governor

Andrew Hemingway has become the first New Hampshire Republican to announce a 2014 run against Democratic incumbent governor Maggie Hassan. The conservative activist and self-described “political technology entrepreneur” from Bristol made his declaration to a crowd of about 100 people in Manchester on Thursday evening. Calling Hassan “a status quo” governor, Hemingway outlined his platform […]

New Hampshire considers bill to track abortions

New Hampshire is one of three states that do not report any abortion statistics to the federal Centers for Disease Control. A hearing in a New Hampshire House committee hearing this week may be the first step in changing that. House Bill 1502 has eight co-sponsors, led by Rep. Kathleen Souza (R-Manchester.) “We need the […]

Former U.S. Senator Bob Smith coming back to challenge Shaheen in New Hampshire

Bob Smith represented New Hampshire in Washington for eighteen years, winning three terms in the House and two in the Senate. He was famous for his conservative views, his pro-life beliefs, and his clashes with Republican leadership. He met defeat in the 2002 GOP primary at the hands of John E. Sununu, who went on […]

Confronting the Massachusetts Assisted-Suicide Bill

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Undeterred by the defeat of a 2012 ballot initiative promoting physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in Massachusetts, legislators there are working to enact PAS via legislation. I went to Boston Tuesday to listen to the hearing on the bill, H.1998. I stayed only two hours, but that was long enough for me to see that the people […]

Helping Obama Spread the Word About His “Health Care” Plan

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Just so we’re clear: “We’re not going back,” Mr. Obama said. “We’re not repealing it as long as I’m president. I want everybody to be clear about that. We will make it work for all Americans.” “It,” of course, is the President’s health care plan. I will refer to it here as Obamacare, despite the […]

Hello, Advent. I’ve Missed You.

Advent has come around again, and I’m rejoicing. I was a kid when A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted on TV way back when.  In the show, Charlie Brown bemoans what he knows is an over-commercialized season. I still love that show after all these years, even though I know that the kid obviously never had to work retail […]

Congress introduces bills to nullify all state restrictions on abortion

A deceptively-titled “Women’s Health Protection Act” has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and House, in an effort to nullify all state regulations on abortion. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and in the House by Judy Chu (D-CA). The Senate bill, S.1696, currently has 32 co-sponsors. The House Bill, H.R. […]

40 Days for Life Leader Visits NH for Midpoint Rallies

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Steve Karlen got off a plane in New Hampshire Tuesday afternoon and was on Pennacook Street in Manchester by 1:30. He was due to be in Greenland, an hour away toward the Seacoast, at 4. Later, he was expected in Haverhill, Massachusetts. His trip will take him to southern New England and finally to Schenectady, […]

Shutting down government to protect the Mandate: a message from my Member of Congress

(This post originally appeared in Leaven for the Loaf, 10/1/13.) On the How They’re Doing in D.C. scoreboard, I hereby give a point to Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter for answering her mail promptly. I then deduct ten for the content of her message. As a resident of New Hampshire’s First Congressional district, I emailed Shea-Porter as […]

Reality check: what does an “attack” on an abortion provider look like?

An earlier version of this article appeared in the author’s blog Leaven for the Loaf. An August 26 Huffington Post feature bemoaned the “heavy wave of legislative attacks” on abortion providers since 2010. “Incredibly dramatic,” said the Guttmacher Institute. “This has turned into a nightmare,” said a spokeswoman for NARAL’s Arizona affiliate. No dispute here that legislation at […]

NH Sunday News report: State Official says there’s “no such thing” as an abortion clinic in NH

New Hampshire’s statutory definition of “physician’s office” has apparently been a factor in shielding abortion facilities from oversight, according to a recent report in the state’s largest-circulation newspaper. In a front page story on May19 credited to a team of reporters, the New Hampshire Sunday News ran an article under the headline “Officials say NH […]

New Hampshire House Tables Pro-Roe Resolution

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The New Hampshire House today tabled HR 6, a resolution in favor of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, on a vote of 239-111 . HR 6 had come to the floor without recommendation after an 8-8 deadlock in the Judiciary Committee. Tabling does not kill the resolution but removes it from immediate consideration. […]

Do Not Even Think About Trying to Resuscitate: a Commentary

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How far are we from “Do Not Resuscitate” becoming everyone’s default medical order? News from California raises that question, among others. According to KCAL/CBS Los Angeles, an 87-year-old woman from Bakersfield, California died at a hospital last week after being transported from her assisted-living facility, where a nurse declined to perform CPR on her. A […]

NH House: Life Issues and Educational Choice Await Action

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A New Hampshire bill to repeal a new education tax credit for businesses donating to a school-choice scholarship fund for K-12 students will get a committee vote on February 12. Two days later, a resolution celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade will get a hearing, as will an informed consent bill. Passed by an […]