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New Hampshire is known as a libertarian hot spot, and the Bitcoin community here is strong. Read about the rich connections between Bitcoin and the Free State Project here. Now, Republican Representative Eric Schleien has introduced a bill, with bipartisan support, that would mandate the state treasurer to “develop an implementation plan for the state to accept bitcoin as payment for taxes and fees [by 2017]." Read more about the proposed bill at PanAm Post. Full text of bill. Photo credit: Bitcoin Magazine
NH leads the charge again. This time, a new bill that will require state police officers to wear and use cameras during interactions with the public. Says the bill's prime sponsor, Rep. Kyle Tasker: "As much as I like police accountability, this is more about re-establishing that trust. Instead of having a ‘he said, she said’ situation, you have a neutral, very objective witness to what goes on." Read more at the Concord Monitor.
On top of the FSP's Liberty Forum and the Porcupine Freedom Festival, early movers have been organizing their own liberty-oriented events to highlight different regions and approaches to more "Liberty in Our Lifetime." Watch the clip for highlights from the 1st Annual FreeCoast Festival, held in Fall 2014 in Portsmouth and NewMarket, which focused on radical entrepreneurship.
The Porcupine is the FSP's mascot--and liberty lovers within the state of New Hampshire call themselves "Porcs"--because these peaceful creatures just want to be left alone, and, on the flip side, you don't want to mess with them. National Geographic shares some fun fast facts about these fascinating creatures. Read more. Photo credit: HARRISE HARRIS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
When life hands you snow... make snowballs! The east coast was recently hit by what was hyped as the Snowpocalypse of 2015. In typcial "have snow, will have fun" fashion, residents of Portsmouth, NH, made the most of the blizzard. The giant snowball fight was promoted through social media, and around 1PM, the melee broke out in the town square. After the fun, participants went to a bar to warm up and share their experiences. Read more at Mail Online. Photo credit: Youtube.
In NH, folks don't just complain about police militarization, they do something about it. Over the past few years, in several towns across the state, concerned NH residents have fought the acquisition of BEARCATS, garnering national and international media attention in the process. Now, once again, NH leads the charge with a bipartisan bill aimed at stopping local police from receiving military grade weapons. Want to be part of the solution? Join the FSP!
In New Hampshire, job prospects look good. In 2014, the unemployment rate dropped to 4%, well below the national average, and more jobs were created in the private sector than in the public sector. Read more at The Union Leader. Interested in moving to NH as part of the Free State Project, but need a job first? Join the FSP Job Alert group on Facebook for tips, job postings, and more. Photo credit: habitatcd.org
From Politico: "With this in mind, Politico Magazine rounded up 14 different state rankings from reputable sources like the Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the FBI, and on important factors such as high school graduation rates, per capita income, life expectancy and crime rate. Then we averaged out each state’s 14 rankings to come up with a master list—atop which sits none other than New Hampshire" (in 2015, sharing this with Minnesota). Read more... Photo credit: Blue Volt CEU
Portsmouth, NH, one of the more left-leaning towns, makes a surprise move, once again proving New Hampshire is in a class of its own when it comes to increasing liberty. The short version: Cabbies complain that Uber is unfair because it doesn't have to follow the same rules they do. So the Portsmouth Taxi Commission votes to eliminate all regulations and disband itself. Check mate, special interests! Where else would this happen? Join the Free State Project, come to Liberty Forum, then move. It's your best chance at "Liberty in Our Lifetime."
Read about the saga at Seacoast Online. Photo credit: AP, taken during Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken.
Ommm! What do Liberty Forum, dogs, and personal wellbeing have in common? New Hampshire, of course! Not only is NH rated #1 for being the most “emotionally recharged” state, dog lovers can bring their four legged friends to the Radisson at Liberty Forum where you can hear some amazing speakers and meet the Porcupine community. Check out the Liberty Forum schedule here. Buy your tickets today. Move to the state that proves liberty strikes a balance!
Read the article that rated "NH #1 in Wellbeing."
"Looking for a healthier lifestyle? You might want to move to Hawaii. More educated people? You should probably try Montana, Vermont, or Minnesota. Better job prospects? North Dakota. And if you want the best quality of living, pound for pound, the best place to live is New Hampshire." Read more at The Washington Post. Photo credit: Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photo
Interesting Bloomberg article about Rand Paul's recent trip to NH. The FSP is covered:"For most of the past decade, the state has attracted new libertarian-minded immigrants from other states, and elected new libertarian-minded legislators. They’re often the same people. The Free State Project, an effort to attract a critical mass of libertarians to one state and steer its life and politics, was organizing in New Hampshire long before Ron Paul ran for president. When Paul ran in 2008 and 2012, he grew a passionate base of volunteers.
'They were pretty symbiotic,' says Jason Sorens, the young Yale academic (now a professor at Dartmouth, fittingly) who dreamed up the Free State concept in 2001. 'The Free Staters went from 500 to 1200 in the space of a couple of years, and there was a big boost to us from the Ron Paul movement.'
How big a boost?" Read more at Bloomberg. Photo credit: Griffin Hammond for Bloomberg Politics
Free Talk Live's host and founder of Free Keene, Ian Freeman chats to Tom Woods about the Free State Project, and the exciting liberty efforts going on in New Hampshire. Says Tom: "They're unconventional, but that's why they're working."
A recent Gallup Poll asked residents from all 50 states if they would move from their current state if they could. See how New Hampshire rates. Not only do New Hampshire residents not want to leave their state, thousands more are flocking to the Live Free or Die state as part of the Free State Project to enjoy the NH Advantage.
The New Hampshire House voted 228-149 on Wednesday to allow the carrying of concealed guns in the House chamber. This is a return to the policy of the last Republican-led House from 2011-2012. Democrats repealed the policy in 2013. Read more at WMUR. Photo credit: WMUR
Have you heard about the latest hipster fashion trend, "The Lumbersexual"? New Hampshire's largest newspaper, the Union Leader, takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the difference between a "lumbersexual" and a real New Hampshire man. Writes Jack Savage of NH Forest Journal: "Here in New Hampshire, where we all but invented the woodsy, can-do look of a handy, hale and hearty fella, the emergence of the lumbersexual man presents a problem. How do we tell them apart?" Read his "12 tips on how distinguish a real New Hampshire man from the carefully crafted catalog version" here.
In a Huffington Post article "Four Times Federal Judges Kept the Government Honest in 2014," Evan Bernick of the Institute for Justice covers FSP president, Carla Gericke's 1st Circuit Court of Appeals win against the Town of Weare, NH. "These decisions show how judicial engagement can ensure that the government stays within constitutional bounds. If judges can engage in tough cases requiring fact-sensitive analysis, they can do it in all cases -- and they must, if the courts are to perform their constitutional function and keep the political branches in check. Our rights will remain insecure so long as judicial truth-seeking remains the exception, rather than the rule." Photo credit: Huffington Post, moodboard via Getty Images.
Father and liberty lover William Baer was vindicated this week after being arrested and charged with 3 incidents of "disorderly conduct" during a school board hearing earlier this year when he protested the content of a novel distributed by Gilford High School to his 9th grade daughter.
Says The Union Leader: "The dismissal of three disorderly conduct charges against William Baer, a parent who was arrested after unruly conduct at a school board meeting in May, is being seen by some as an important moment in the history of law enforcement and American free speech."
Baer writes of his ordeal and his decision to fight back:
"Since my arrest this past May, my life and the lives of my family have been in disarray. After 7-1/2 months of being pursued by the State of New Hampshire, through the Gilford Police Department and School Board, I am obviously pleased that all charges have been dismissed. Belknap County Judge James Carroll showed me there still is some justice in our system.
Free State Project President, Carla Gericke, testifies at the Concord BEARCAT hearing held in fall 2012. Carla testified because of the fraudulent, misleading, and spurious statements made about Free Staters in a federal grant application. If you missed what happened, you can read more about it here, here, here, with quotes and media coverage about the issue here.