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New Hampshire Gay Marriage Bill: Taxing Issue?

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Gay Marriage Could Bolster State’s Population

 

The New Hampshire legislature approved a gay marriage bill and sent it to Governor Lynch for his signature last week. The governor has just days before he must legally make a decision. He may sign the bill into law, veto it and risk and override, or ignore it and it will become law.

A little-known fact about New Hampshire, whose state motto is, “Live Free Or Die”: there is essentially no state income or sales tax. There is an 8% Meals and Rentals Tax, paid for meals and lodging in restaurants and hotels. There is also a property tax and a dividends and interest tax.

The governor is on record as being personally opposed to gay marriage, although he has said is is open to it and is reportedly making his way about the state taking to voters about the bill. The governor enjoys one of the highest approval ratings of all governors, last being 70%, which is very high. 15% disapprove, and 15% are neutral. He is up for reelection in 2010, and Andrew Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, said,

“He’s not in a position where it matters to him electorally.” […] “He’s got his own independent political machine that’s outside the Democratic party. If he signs it, the Republicans will gripe, but they have never been able to field a credible candidate against him. If he vetoes it, the Democrats are still going to vote for him (in 2010).”

One factor that may swing the governor’s decision is the tax issue. Were New Hampshire to offer marriage equality, and given its current tax structure, it would stem any movement of gays out of the state to nearby states that support gay marriage (currently Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and shortly, Maine) and would, in fact, encourage gay couples to move into the state for the very same reason. Were it to be the only state in the area to continue the ban on gay marriage, it could find its economy troubled.

Groups from both sides of the argument have become extremely active the past week, but the governor is said to not be looking at the number of calls and emails his office has received.

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3 Dead in Current Active Shooting in Austin – Outrage as Texas Lawmakers Move to Make Unlicensed Open Carry Legal

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Three people are dead in a shooting in Austin, Texas, with the gunman is at large, per multiple reports and the Austin-Travis County EMS:

“Police and medics are staging at a parking lot in the area where a Starbucks and Trader Joe’s are located, but the actual scene of the shooting is further down Great Hills Trail, according to officials,” KVUE reports.

KVUE senior reporter Tony Plohetski is on-scene:

There have been at least 150 mass shooting this year.

As reports flood social media many expressed outrage at Texas GOP lawmakers who this past week voted to eliminate requirements for gun licenses, which would allow open or concealed carry of handguns without a license.

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Maria Bartiromo and Stephen Miller Panic Over Voting Rights Putting Democrats in Charge ‘Forever’

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Fox News host Maria Bartiromo and former Trump administration official Stephen Miller worried over the weekend that Democrats will be in charge “forever” if voting rights are expanded or protected.

During an interview on Bartiromo’s Sunday morning program, the Fox News host accused social media platforms of inflicting “cancel culture” on conservative voices.

Miller argued that Republicans should pass laws protecting Chrisitians on social media as soon as the party regains control of government.

“Yeah, will Republicans have the chance?” Bartiromo agreed. “That’s the whole point of H.R. 1, Nancy Pelosi wanting to put this bill through so that Democrats are in charge forever or certainly decades. Your thoughts on election integrity and that Democrat [sic] H.R. 1 bill.”

“It’s a real sign of the threat to the health of our democracy,” Miller opined. “When democracy faces risk, when democracy is imperiled, what you see happening instead is the party in power tries to change the rules of the game structurally to stay in power.”

Miller argued that the voting rights bill is “a very dangerous path to go down.”

“H.R. 1 is saying, now that we’re in power, let’s fundamentally change the rules of how elections are conducted to stay in power,” he continued.

“Unbelievable,” Bartiromo gasped.

“That’s a very scary thing,” Miller said. “And so if you care about democracy, you should all say with one voice, no, it is the right of every state in this union to set their own election rules as desired by their own citizens to protect the security and integrity of their own elections. That’s fundamental!”

“It’s all quite extraordinary,” Bartiromo lamented.

Watch the video below from Fox News.

 

 

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‘Violent, Vain, Boasting Oafs’: GOP’s New ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Caucus Brutally Dismantled by Historians as ‘American Fascists’

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On Saturday, Newsweek profiled a number of historians outraged at the effort by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to create an “America First” congressional caucus that would defend “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”

Grand View University associate professor of medieval history Thomas Lacaque did not mince words: “These American fascists have no relation to Anglos or Saxons, the terminology is clearly chosen on far right lines. They do remind me of Beowulf, though —violent, vain, boasting oafs who think killing is governance and will die doing dumb shit leaving the nation in ruins.”

“There is no such thing as ‘Anglo-Saxon’ political traditions’ unless Margorie [sic] Taylor Greene is talking about Old English charters and she isn’t,” wrote University of Toronto medieval scholar Mary Rambaran-Olm. “If she wants to return to those, she’ll have to stop advocating for gun use. ‘Anglo-Saxon’ is being weaponized by the far-right.” She added that the very term “Anglo-Saxon” is a “racist dog-whistle, inaccurate and generally sucks balls.”

The new caucus, which Greene co-founded with Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and has attracted membership interest from Reps. Barry Moore (R-AL) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX), has even drawn criticism from other Republicans.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) responded to the news by saying, “The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans — not nativist dog whistles.” And Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a frequent critic of Trump loyalists, has called for any Republican who joins the caucus to be stripped of committee assignments and expelled from the Republican conference.

 

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