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Guns&Ammo recently did its annual rating of "Best States for Gun Owners 2015." Last year, New Hampshire came in 25th place. An early mover contacted the magazine about that rating, detailing how they got New Hampshire's wrong. This year, New Hampshire moved up 15 spots, and now rates in the Top 10! Says the early mover: "I still think we should be in the Top 3, but this is still good for attracting movers from nearby northeast states." Live in New England? Love guns? Love liberty? Join the Free State Project, where your gun rights matter!
From the article:
Free State Project president, Carla Gericke debates James Guzman at Panam Post, answering the question: "Should Liberty Lovers Leave the United States?"
Says Gericke: "The solution is not to scatter liberty lovers to the four winds, but, as innovators, to find ways to build a better future together." Read more at PanAm Post.
Photo: Top of the "Live Free or Die" monument in Bicentennial Park in Nashua, NH - photo by James Walsh (source: http://goo.gl/jjy8zi)
The Concord Monitor recently posted a list of things to do to discover the "real" New Hampshire. Read it here.
One notable, which is true, and which is another reason New Hampshire is a great pro-liberty destination: "16. See in person every major candidate running for president. As soon as one election is over they’ll start showing up campaigning for the next one, even if it’s four years off. A great to place to find them is Lindy’s Diner in Keene, and be sure to try an order of onion rings when you’re there."
FSP Board Meeting
Time/Date: Sunday, July 19 @ 3:00pm EST
Location: 22 Bridge St. Concord, NH (2nd Floor, Ste. 3)
Attending: Matt, Aaron, Carla, Jody, Seamas, Rich (phone), Jason (phone)
Meeting called to order at 3:24pm.
From WMUR: "In the latest WMUR Granite State Poll, released Thursday, 60 percent of Granite Staters support legalization of marijuana for recreational use, and 45 percent strongly support it. Also, 72 percent of those polled favor decriminalization of marijuana, including 54 percent who feel strongly about it.
Support for both legalization and decriminalization has increased sharply since a WMUR Granite State Poll in May. At that point, 54 percent favored legalization and 63 percent favored decriminalization." Read the full article.
Medical marijuana is legal, and dispensaries are slated to start opening in 6-9 months, according to this WMUR report.
Photo credit: WMUR
Maxim Magazine covers the Porcupine Freedom Festival: "PorcFest is an eight-day party for 1,500 people who don’t want the government in their faces. It's a recruiting tool for the Free State Project, an effort to get thousands of libertarians to move to New Hampshire. It's also a kind of model of a radically free society... This was not just a festival but an experiment in a different way of life." Read the full article HERE.
In the Maxim article, reporter Livia Gershon covers the annual newbie shoot (and shoots a gun herself), various talks and vendors, Free Grafton, the Porcupine Realtor, Cop Block, Muslims 4 Liberty, and Buzz's Big Gay Dance Party. Gershon has covered the Free State Project in the past for Aeon Magazine and Vice.
FSP Board Meeting
Time/Date: Sunday, May 10 @ 5:00pm EST
Location: 53 Riddle Dr., Bedford, NH
Attending: Matt, Aaron, Carla, Jody; by phone: Seamas, Rich, Jason
Meeting called to order at 5:15
Moved PF report to the end of the agenda so Kristin could attend and give the report.
1. Carla status as employee
2. President’s Report (fundraising plan, Liberty Forum, PorcFest, Upcoming events, Friends of the FSP Outreach/Ambassador program, PR Plans/Marketing, newsletter and web site, Free Stater Magazine, social media)
3. Treasurer’s Report
4. Fundraising/Donor Packet
5. New Business (Future of LF, Inactive participants) 6. PorcFest report
Playboy attended Freedom Fest in Vegas this past weekend, where the FSP garnered 24 signers, and numerous friends of the Free State Project.
Says the reporter: "I’ve printed Balko’s list of libertarian headlines, and I’m carrying it with me through the convention floor. You’re all loons, I tell every libertarian I talk to, and here’s the proof. One-hundred-and-forty articles from Salon and Alternet cannot be wrong.
I stop by the table for The Free State Project, where I meet Carla Gericke. The Free State Project is a migration movement that is trying to attract 20,000 libertarians to the state of New Hampshire, and Gericke is its president. When I read her some of the headlines, she laughs.
'We have a left-right paradigm in this country that functions in order to have just those divisions, and libertarians are fiscally conservative and socially liberal, and that makes people’s heads explode,' she says."
Later in the article:
The greater Manchester area was recently rated #8 of the "10 Best Growth Cities for Tech Jobs" by The Street. What are you waiting for? Jobs abound! Join the FSP Job Alert group on Facebook for more job leads and advice from early movers.
Here are the details from the article:
Total population: 403,895; Number of open information technology jobs: 2,700; Types of companies that operate there: Hewlett Packard, Dell, Dyn, Autodesk.
Top 5 Tech Jobs: Ui Software Engineer; Systems Architect; Java Developer; Senior IT Project Manager; and Sharepoint Administrator.
Jeffery Tucker writes a wonderful piece about PorcFest. Some choice quotes:
"Well, all these years later, the skeptics of the Free State Project — I was among them — are the ones who have turned out to be completely wrong. New Hampshire has indeed become a wonderful place for the ingathering of liberty-minded people, and they are making a difference politically. But beyond politics, what strikes me most is how the Free State Project has created a vibrant intellectual and social culture for thousands of people. And that culture is spreading outside New Hampshire to the region, the country, and the world."
"The strategy of creating an effective political pressure group has ended up forging a new path for realizing liberty in our lives. My own theory is that it has worked so well because it actually asks something from people and gives people something practical to do. When people actually pick up and move in order to experience a marginal increase in personal liberty, an ideal becomes a living part of their lives, and intensifies personal commitment more."
Sneak peek! Check out the trailer of Morgan Spurlock's upcoming documentary "Freedom! The Movie," premiering on CMT on July 11th at 9PM EST.
In this feature-length film, comedian Billy Wayne Davis is searching for freedom in America, and his path leads him to the Free State Project and New Hampshire.
Several FSP early movers and activists make an appearance in the trailer. While in town for the shoot, Billy Wayne also did a great stand-up routine at "Artsy Fartsy," a quarterly gathering in Manchester of Porcupines interested in the arts. Stay tuned for the full movie coming 7/11!
PorcFest XII has come and gone. What an amazing week celebrating community, camaraderie, and capitalism in the White Mountains. This year saw an impressive line-up of speakers, events, parties, and a vibrant marketplace in Agora Valley. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped to make PorcFest XII the best yet!
Here's a list of media coverage of the 12th annual Porcupine Freedom Festival, which will be updated as more articles and interviews become available.
Ben Swann's Truth in Media weighs in with coverage of PorcFest XII
Buy your full week PorcFest ticket for $100, or $45 day pass (good for 24 hours) HERE or at the gate.
From The Union Leader: "Crosby Peck, who is the owner of Roger’s Campground and Motel, likes his Free State guests precisely because they do shake things up and because they’re an enjoyable bunch to host.
Peck has seen PorcFest grow from 500 visitors to its present size and on Wednesday he reported that for this year’s festival his facility — which boasts a 52-unit hotel, 305 RV sites, 125 tent sites and 48 safari sites — was 'pretty well booked.'
'The whole area' in and around Lancaster 'for the most part, welcomes them (Free Staters) for what they do for the local economy,' said Peck, adding that of the 1,500 visitors who come to PorcFest, many will go into town to buy groceries, gas and various sundries.
Jeb Bush was in NH yesterday, and some activists went to tell him what they thought. Says The National Review: "But the governor’s warm reception inside the Adams Memorial Opera House was marred by about 20 libertarian-leaning protesters waiting just outside. Waving signs that read 'No Communist Core,' 'Bailout Bush,' and 'No Banker Left Behind,' the group epitomized the Free State’s iconoclastic political positions. If voters of a similar mind exert as much influence this time around as they have in past elections, the New Hampshire primary may prove a difficult hill for Bush to climb..."
Portsmouth High's class of 2015 went full flash mob mode during their graduation ceremony yesterday. Here's to hoping they do indeed "Shake It Off"--school, that is--and become critical and independent thinkers. Wishing them luck in their future endeavors!
Due to the hard work of two FSP early movers, Democrat NH state representatives Amanda Bouldin and Elizabeth Edwards, HB 270, a bill granting immunity from criminal prosecution to a person who reports a drug related emergency has passed the NH senate, and will be signed into law by the governor.
Says Elizabeth Edwards about the implications of the bill:
“Somebody who calls 911 due to witnessing an overdose can't be arrested for or charged with drug possession, and neither can the overdose victim.
This sort of ‘good Samaritan’ legislation, along with increased availability of Narcan, have reversed the trend of increasing opioid overdose deaths in states that have passed both. The governor signed our Narcan bill on Tuesday. This was the second and more controversial piece.”
What does the late, great comedian George Carlin and New Hampshire have in common? In its June 2015 issue, New Hampshire Magazine spills the beans! Impressed by the revolutionary spirit of the Boston Tea Party? Well, New Hampshiremen had that event beat during the Pine Tree Rebellion. New frontiers, space travel, Segways, tourism, Tupperware, literary scandals--New Hampshire is steeped in fascinating history--read all about it here.
Photo: Bretton Woods, NH. Credit: NH Magazine.
This is a quintessential New England town, replete with town square and gushing river. You can enjoy picnics in the park in summer, and ski minutes away in the winter. Nosh on some delicious food at Salt Hill Pub or Three Tomatoes. Catch live music in the park or at the Opera House (where I saw Johnny Clegg play a few years ago). With ivy league Dartmouth College just minutes away, as well as a world class hospital, a fantastic school district, and several high tech companies like Tom Tom, Hydrotherm, and Timken Aerospace in the area, Lebanon might just be the right fit for you and your family.
Quick facts: Population: 13,367; Median Household Income: $52,231; Median Home Price: $235,400.
Photo credit: AdamJackson1984