Labor-state dissidents get up in Dems face

Police may allow exception to free speech ban
Plans to protest Sunday at the homes of New Hampshire's three Democratic members of Congress caught the attention of the Capitol Police in Washington but local police say they're not expecting any trouble.

The N.H. Tea Party Coalition, which consists of about 30 activist groups, is planning "simultaneous protests" at the Madbury home of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the Rochester home of Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, and the Concord home of Rep. Paul Hodes, all in an effort to "send a direct message," according to an e-mail signed by a Milford organizer.

"We are hoping to send a direct message to our Congressional members who have been voting along the Democrat party-line of big-spending, increased Federal control and frittering away American Liberties, before they go back to Washington and do more damage," Tom Flaherty, a member of the Manchester/Nashua 912 group, wrote in an e-mail Friday drumming up support. "This is our last chance to make it personal. They are clearly not listening to our letter, e-mails, and phone calls."

Spokespeople for Shaheen, Shea-Porter and Hodes declined to comment on the protests.

Rochester police Capt. Scott Dumas said he was made aware of the protest, set for Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., after hearing Monday from the Capitol Police, which is charged with protecting members of Congress.
(from fosters.com)

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