11 Feb '13, 6pm

TEA Party: Tobacco Everywhere Always

The NH branch of Americans for Prosperity was heavily involved in the 2010 election, recruiting and coaching candidates. There was general unease at that point with the medical care act and with the continuing recession, even though NH was not affected much. The promise of jobs from the Tea Partyers/Libertarians resonated, and the true leanings of the candidates were disguised. The legislature went overwhelmingly "Republican" and many dreams of the KooKs were enacted. The voters were appalled by the Legislature's antics and unexpectedly rejected interim Republican candidates who were thought to have sure shots. One of the ugly and counterproductive actions was to lower the cigarette tax, already the lowest of nearby states. The 'reason' given was that lowering the taxes were raise the revenue because smokers would flock to NH to buy cheaper ciggies. (Of course they didn't ...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/02/11/tea-party-tobacco-ev...

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