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Retained Bills Coming to N.H. House in January

November 17, 2017

New Hampshire House committees have made their recommendations on bill that were retained for study earlier this year. Each of these bills will be voted on by the full House early in 2018. HB 287, Study Changes to Prostitution Laws in New Hampshire: The House committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety approved an amended […]

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Cornerstone to Host Forum on Gender Identity

November 17, 2017

Cornerstone will host a candid forum on gender identity on Thursday, November 30, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Executive Court, 1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, New Hampshire. As the New Hampshire legislature prepares to vote on several gender-identity related bills in 2018, Cornerstone welcomes three experts with valuable experience and insights. Stephanie Curry, attorney, Family […]

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Education Choice Bill Advances on Bipartisan Vote

November 15, 2017

New Hampshire families just got a vote of confidence, as the House Education Committee narrowly recommended “ought to pass as amended” on SB 193. This important school-choice measure will go to the full House in January. The bipartisan vote was 10-9. Cornerstone commends the legislators who put kids first with this vote.  Of special note […]

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Abortion Providers in Line for Family Planning Contracts

November 6, 2017

The Executive Council is expected to vote Wednesday, November 8, on a series of family planning contracts. Three of them are with known abortion providers: Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the Joan Lovering Health Center, and the Equality Center. ACTION ITEM: Call your Executive Councilor (contact information here), and tell him you do not want your […]

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Special Elections November 7 in Manchester and Sullivan County

November 3, 2017

On Tuesday, November 7, Manchester voters will elect a mayor, and two state representative seats will be filled. Incumbent Manchester mayor Ted Gatsas is being challenged by Joyce Craig, whom he narrowly defeated in 2015. Craig has been endorsed by EMILY’s List, a national PAC supporting pro-abortion Democratic women, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s […]

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Legislative Committee is Next Stop for Proposed Medicaid Rule Regarding Coverage for “Gender Reassignment”

October 17, 2017

The Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) will consider at its October 19 meeting a rule proposed by the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that would make “gender reassignment” a covered service for minors and adults under New Hampshire’s Medicaid program. The meeting on Thursday, October 19, is open to the […]

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DHHS Reschedules Hearing on Medicaid Rule Change to Allow Coverage for “Gender Reassignment”

August 23, 2017

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will hold a public hearing September 13 (originally scheduled for August 24) on a proposed rule change that would permit Medicaid to cover “gender reassignment” surgery. This would include surgery for children covered under the N.H. Healthy Families program. The hearing will be at 6:00 […]

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Victories and Challenges Mark 2017 Legislative Session in Concord

July 31, 2017

Cornerstone supporters were instrumental in building support for several important legislative measures that Governor Sununu has signed into law. Education policy was a particular bright spot in the 2017 legislative session. School districts now have greater flexibility in finding alternatives for students in grades not provided by the local district (SB 8). Pupil privacy and […]

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Tell State Board of Education at June 8 Meeting: Students Deserve Higher Standards

June 6, 2017

Parents and educators concerned about Common Core educational standards for New Hampshire students can bring their concerns to the State Board of Education (BOE) at its next meeting, June 8, 2017. Encourage board members and Commissioner Frank Edelblut to review academic standards, including Common Core’s English and Math standards and the Next Generation Science Standards […]

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On the Defeat of Casino Bill, SB 242 (2017)

May 4, 2017

The New Hampshire House has killed 2017’s version of a casino bill, voting “inexpedient to legislate” by an overwhelming 275-82 margin. Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone Action’s executive director, said following the vote, “The House has done the right thing by keeping New Hampshire free from casinos and slots parlors. This is a victory for New Hampshire […]

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Governor Sununu Signs Parental Rights Measure (HB 103, 2017)

April 17, 2017

Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone board member, released this statement today following Governor Chris Sununu’s signing of HB 103. Today, parents in New Hampshire applaud Governor Sununu’s signing of HB 103. The law will support parental rights by requiring school districts to notify parents when the sensitive topic of sex education will be covered.  Parents all over New Hampshire overwhelmingly […]

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House tables Bathroom Bill and Post-Viability Abortion Bill; Buffer Zone Repeal Falls Short

March 12, 2017

The New Hampshire House voted 187-179 on March 9 to table HB 478, preventing the “gender identity” or Bathroom Bill from advancing for now. The vote came after intensive phone and email campaigns on both sides of the measure. Even after the tabling vote, supporters of the bill mounted an immediate email campaign to urge […]

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House Republicans have resurrected the radical Bathroom Bill. We need your help to protect the privacy and safety of NH women and girls!

February 27, 2017

Last week, LGBT activists were out in full force to support the Republican-sponsored HB 478, a bill that would radically and fundamentally change New Hampshire discrimination law to include “gender identity.” Cornerstone was there to represent the concerned citizens of New Hampshire, crafting testimony that asked serious questions in good faith about the unintended consequences […]

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Bills Regarding “Conversion Therapy” and Gender Identity Coming to House Committee

February 19, 2017

The New Hampshire House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee will hold public hearings next Tuesday, February 21, on two bills with a common theme: SOGI (sexual orientation/gender identity). 10 a.m.: HB 587, Relative to Conversion Therapy Seeking to Change an Individual’s Sexual Orientation. HB 587 would prohibit persons licensed to provide counseling services […]

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Fetal Homicide Bills Considered Again

February 9, 2017

Fetal homicide legislation is once again up for debate in Concord, and Cornerstone has once again gone on record urging legislators to pass this important measure. Most recently, Cornerstone submitted testimony to the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee in support of HB 156, whose chief sponsor is Rep. Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack). Fetal homicide […]

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House Affirms Education Tax Credit

February 9, 2017

Students who stand to benefit from educational choice scholarships scored a double win on February 2, as the New Hampshire House gave thumbs-down to two attempts to repeal the state’s education tax credit law. Since 2012, tax credits have been available to New Hampshire businesses that donate to a scholarship organization to allow low- and […]

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Legislators Have Another Chance to Repeal Buffer Zone Law

February 2, 2017

The New Hampshire legislature has its third opportunity to repeal New Hampshire’s anti-First-Amendment “buffer zone” law. Cornerstone supports the repeal effort, offered this year as HB 589, which has eight co-sponsors led by Rep. Kurt Wuelper (R-Strafford). Cornerstone has recognized from the first introduction of the buffer zone law in 2014 that it seeks to […]

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Cornerstone Testifies in Favor of Bill to Prevent Post-Viability Abortions

February 2, 2017

Cornerstone supports HB 578, introduced by Rep. Keith Murphy (R-Bedford), to prevent abortions of viable preborn children. The bill addresses women’s safety, the autonomy of physicians, and the right of children who survive abortion to be cared for. “To tolerate the killing of such human beings, not as the unintended outcome of efforts to protect […]

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Cornerstone Applauds Nomination of Frank Edelblut to be Commissioner of Education

January 18, 2017

Cornerstone welcomes Governor Chris Sununu’s decision to nominate former state representative Frank Edelblut to be New Hampshire’s next Commissioner of Education. Cornerstone board member Shannon McGinley said,  “As a parent, public servant, and entrepreneur, Mr. Edelblut understands the importance of education for all of New Hampshire’s children. He also understands the need to allow parents […]

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#ProtestPP 2016 on October 15

October 5, 2016

A prayer march led by members of New Hampshire Right to Life and 40 Days for Life-Manchester will take place in Manchester on Saturday, October 15. A “Jericho March” will proceed seven times around the block on which Planned Parenthood office is located, at 24 Pennacook Street. The event is part of a nationwide #ProtestPP […]

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Rico McCahon: New Executive Director

May 24, 2016

Manchester, NH, Wednesday, May 24, 2016 – The flagship family-advocacy organization for New Hampshire, Cornerstone, will have a new face as of June 1.  Rico McCahon, cofounder of Liberty Harbor Academy, will take the helm.  After nearly two years as Executive Director, Bryan McCormack has accepted a position in the private sector that enables him […]

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Defund Planned Parenthood Rally

July 21, 2015

Dear Pro Life Supporters: Following the release of the undercover video that went viral this past week, and a second undercover video released today, showing horrific revelations regarding Planned Parenthood and the sale of aborted baby body parts and organs, a desire within many has been stirred to do something. Already, several states have called for investigations, […]

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SCOTUS Ruling On Same Sex Marriage

June 26, 2015

Issue: 1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? The first question presented to the Supreme Court was whether or not the constitution requires a state to license same-sex marriage.  The Constitution in no way requires states and their citizens to license same sex […]

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Governor Hassan Opposes Parental Choice

June 12, 2015

Parents have the right to direct the education of their children.  The US Supreme Court has upheld this right on numerous occasions when under assault. This right includes the ability of parents to REFUSE to allow their own child to participate in testing which they feel is inappropriate. Governor Hassan’s VETO House Bill 603, acknowledging […]

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Announcement: 15th Anniversary Cornerstone Dinner Speaker!

April 22, 2015

Senator Rick Santorum to Keynote Cornerstone’s May 12th Dinner! As we have mentioned, our dinner is coming up on May 12th. What has not been announced is who will be speaking at the return of Cornerstone’s annual dinner! Well, the wait is over! We are pleased to announce that Senator Rick Santorum (PA) will be our keynote […]

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Cornerstone Files Right-to-Know Request to NH DOE

March 20, 2015

On behalf of Cornerstone Policy Research, Education Liaison Ann Marie Banfield recently sent a request to the New Hampshire Department of Education under the state’s right-to-know law, seeking information about New Hampshire participation in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Cornerstone has been contacted by many parents with concerns about the educational standards to be […]

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Sarah Koski hired as political director

February 9, 2015

Sarah Koski has joined Cornerstone Policy Research and Cornerstone Action as Political Director, in charge of legislative advocacy. She previously served as field director for the Unlocking Potential Project. “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to serve New Hampshire families through Cornerstone’s family first platform and legislative priorities,” she says. “I look forward to encouraging […]

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Cornerstone supporting five 2015 NH pro-life bills at hearings this week

February 8, 2015

Representatives of Cornerstone Action will be in Concord in the coming days to support five much-needed measures relating to the life issues. We encourage the House to pass each of these bills. Repeal of the “buffer zone” law (HB 403). This blatantly unconstitutional law is already tied up in federal court. The law makes all […]

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Cornerstone Announces 2015 Legislative Priorities

January 13, 2015

For the 2015 legislative session, Cornerstone Action will work with concerned citizens and policymakers to advance four legislative priorities. More information about these policy goals is at this link. 1) Protect religious liberty for all people of faith in New Hampshire. This includes working for repeal of the ill-advised “buffer zone” law, which if enforced would […]

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Cornerstone notes Massachusetts buffer zone settlement

December 24, 2014

A settlement in federal court this month has proven that the Massachusetts “buffer zone” law was not only unconstitutional but is also bad news for taxpayers. The state of Massachusetts has agreed to pay $1.2 million to attorneys for the plaintiffs in theMcCullen v. Coakley case. We trust that New Hampshire legislators will take the […]

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