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New Hampshire's Singular Spirit

New Hampshire is different. While the geography of the state is fantastic - soaring mountains, countless rivers and lakes, expansive forests, and a picturesque coastline, the natural features aren’t the source of its uniqueness. The character of the people is what sets New Hampshire apart.

New Hampshirites are known for their fierce independence, encapsulated in the oft-quoted state motto: “Live Free or Die.” The motto isn’t a floating abstraction either. Article 10 of the state constitution’s Bill of Rights, described as the “Right of Revolution,” adds some legal teeth to it by declaring:

Welcome to the New Website

Welcome to the Free State Project’s new website! It has been a long time coming, and I hope you are impressed by what our small team accomplished. The mission of the FSP is to attract 20,000 participants to move to New Hampshire to pursue more Liberty in Our Lifetime. The website is geared towards showcasing all the advantages New Hampshire has to offer: its culture of rugged individualism and personal responsibility, low taxes, a safe environment, natural beauty and clean air, diverse seasons and geography, good neighbors--face it, there is a reason New Hampshire is consistently rated the “most livable” state.

Ultimately, signing up for the FSP and moving to New Hampshire means you are joining a community. A voluntary community of like-minded people, one you choose to associate with in a place that may well be the world’s “best kept secret.” They say you can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends. With the FSP, you can do even more than that, you can choose to make a principled commitment to freedom and liberty, with your family, and with your new friends.

25 October 2003 Board Meeting Minutes

4 October 2003

In Attendance:

  • Jason Sorens
  • Mary Lou Seymour
  • Amanda Maxwell
  • Tim Condon
  • Matt Cheselka

  1. Jason called the meeting to order

  2. Old Business

    There was no old business to discuss

  3. New Business

    1. Amendment to Bylaws regarding emergency board meetings

      • Mary Lou moved that the bylaws be amended to allow the BOD to hold mtgs on emergency basis without one-week notice if all 5 agree
      • Amanda 2nd
      • After discussion, vote was 5 in favor, 0 against. Motion passes.
    2. Election of Treasurer

      • Jason moved that Amanda Phillips be selected treasurer of the FSP
      • Matt 2nd
      • After discussion, a motion to table this motion until a set of instructions to the treasurer can be adopted
      • Mary Lou 2nd
      • Vote was 5 in favor, 0 against. Motion to table passes.
    3. Treasurer Instructions

11 October 2003 Board Meeting Minutes

11 October 2003

In Attendance:

  • Jason Sorens (joined the meeting late)
  • Mary Lou Seymour
  • Amanda Maxwell
  • Tim Condon
  • Matt Cheselka

  1. In the absence of the Chairman, Tim Condon was chosen to preside over the meeting by a majority of the directors present. Tim called the meeting to order.

  2. Old Business

    There was no old business to discuss

  3. New Business

    1. Election of Interim President

      • Mary Lou moved that Kelton Baker be selected as interim president, with his term beginning 15 October 2003
      • Amanda 2nd
      • After discussion, vote was 4 in favor, 0 against, 1 absent. Motion passes.
    2. Election of Interim Vice President

      • Mary Lou moved that Doug Hillman be selected as interim vice president, with his term beginning 15 October 2003
      • Matt 2nd
      • After discussion, vote was 4 in favor, 0 against, 1 absent. Motion passes.
  4. Adjournment

27 September 2003 Board Meeting Minutes

27 September 2003

In Attendance:

  • Jason Sorens
  • Mary Lou Seymour
  • Amanda Maxwell
  • Tim Condon
  • Matt Cheselka

  1. Jason called the meeting to order

  2. Old Business

    There was no old business to discuss

  3. New Business

    1. Ballot Return Deadline

      • Jason moved that the deadline for returning ballots be moved from 22 September 2003 to 25 September 2003
      • Mary Lou 2nd
      • After discussion, vote was 5 in favor, 0 against. Motion passes.
    2. Press Conference Discussion

      A discussion amongst the board took place regarding details of the press conference in New York City. Location, logistics, etc., were all discussed.

    3. Adjournment

      • Jason moved that the meeting be adjourned
      • Matt 2nd
      • No Discussion
      • Vote was 5 in favor, 0 against. Motion Passes
      • Meeting closed

13 September 2003 Board Meeting Minutes

13 September 2003

In Attendance:

  • Jason Sorens
  • Mary Lou Seymour
  • Amanda Maxwell
  • Tim Condon
  • Matt Cheselka

  1. Jason called the meeting to order at 12pm eastern time

  2. Old Business

    There was no old business to discuss

  3. New Business

    1. Election of a new Secretary

      • Jason moved that the Board elect Matt Cheselka as secretary
      • Mary Lou 2nd
      • After discussion, vote was 4 in favor, 0 against, with 1 abstention. Motion passes.
    2. Insertion of clause III (B) into Bylaws, which reads:

NH Governer Craig Benson Welcomes the FSP

New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson is a rare breed of politician… he's the kind who keeps his promises even after the campaign is over. I met him the day after he vetoed an $8.8 billion budget, stamping the budget with a custom-made 2-by-4 red VETO stamp that his staff had purchased for him. The budget would have resulted in a $200 million deficit, which would eventually have to be paid down with tax increases. With his budget veto, he kept his campaign promise to keep taxes low and rein in state expenditures.

The entire state is buzzing with the news of his veto. Many in the media are comparing him with Mel Thomson, who similarly butted heads with the legislature by vetoing over-spent budgets. Thomson ran for governor on the platform, "ax the tax." Though lawmakers may have been frustrated with Thomson, he was a favorite with New Hampshire taxpayers who re-elected him twice. It appears that Governor Benson also admires Thomson; a prominent portrait of Mel Thomson with the quote "Low taxes are the result of low spending" greets all visitors to the Governor's office. Granite (and Free) Staters can expect him to continue to follow Thomson's fiscally responsible lead.

Report from the Grand Western Conference of the FSP

This was originally published by Gary Marbut in the Sierra Times, which is no longer available.

Over this past weekend I attended the Grand Western Conference of the Free State Project here in Missoula.

The Free State Project (FSP) was initiated by Dr. Jason Sorens, a political scientist from Yale. FSP is now a nationwide organization. The object is to determine which of the U.S. states offers its citizens the greatest climate of individual liberty. A complex matrix of factors is used to evaluate the quality of personal freedom, including economic factors, population and cultural factors, and, of course, the freedom of people to keep and bear arms.

Once the FSP has accumulated 5,000 members who have pledged to move to the chosen state, the project will allow its members to vote among the best states, especially to vote directed by the state-by-state freedom analysis done by the FSP. See their Website at:

http://freestateproject.org

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