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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.
The June 2015 edition of the FSP newsletter is out, just in time for PorcFest! Read all about what has been happening in the Free State, including our brand new "Porc Buddy" mentoring program for new movers. You can still purchase tickets to PorcFest! Day passes, good for 24 hours, are $45 online or at the gate.
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!
Another reason New Hampshire is the best destination for liberty activists? The easy accessibility to presidential candidates. With its first-in-the-nation presidential primary status, this time of year, New Hampshire becomes a hotbed for the not-so hotheads who think they have what it takes to be POTUS.
This past Saturday, Rand Paul visited Free Stater owned Murphy’s Taproom in Manchester, speaking to a packed room at the monthly Merrimack Valley Porcupines meeting, now in its 11th year. Two days later, Porcupines held protest signs at a Chris Christie town hall meeting at The Village Trestle in Goffstown, while others headed inside to ask tough questions during the Q&A.
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.
Early mover, Amanda Bouldin, founder of the mutual aid, private charity Shire Sharing, and 1st term NH state representative (D), successfully introduced HB 271, which was signed into law yesterday. This bill ends the prohibition on the possession of Narcan, which may now be administered to counter the effects of opioid overdoses. Before the passage of this bill, Narcan (the trade name for Naloxone) could only legally be possessed by EMS and police. Now, anyone who acts with “good faith and reasonable care” may store or administer the life-saving drug to a person in overdose without facing criminal or civil liability for doing so. This passage of this bill will help save lives in the Granite State.
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
In no other state will you see thoughtful debates about what libertarianism is happening in the local newspaper. This type of open dialogue is vital for our New Hampshire friends and neighbors to understand how more freedom will, in fact, enhance their lives.
Early mover, father of two, and a former Democrat James Davis writes an excellent response to this article which appeared in The Concord Monitor earlier this week. (It's worth reading the comments to that article as well.)
Says James Davis: "Libertarians come in all different shapes and sizes, from all parts of the world, and from all different socioeconomic situations. And some libertarians are jerks, just like some people of all political movements are jerks.
The latest WMUR Granite State Poll indicates a majority of Granite State adults favor the legalization of marijuana in New Hampshire, but opinion is more strongly in favor of decriminalization.
From the WMUR article:
"The poll of 567 New Hampshire adults by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, conducted May 6-22, found that 54 percent favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use and 36 percent are opposed. If marijuana were legalized, the poll found, 64 percent of New Hampshire residents approve of selling it a license retail outlets and taxing it, while 29 percent disapprove of the idea."
Full poll results here.
On Monday, June 22, 2015, join Free Range Kids founder Lenore Skenazy at the Free State Project's 12th Annual Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, NH.
Read her recent interview with The Washington Post.
Asked how perceptions have changed about Free Range Kids over time, Skenazy says: "There’s a lot more discussion about childhood freedom. Where it went and how we can get it back. I think the thing that I brought to public attention is this government angle. The idea that helicopter parenting was becoming law of the land, rather than just a choice. And that’s changed. There’s constant attention to this now in public and it’s a more fevered pitch. I just think that everybody gets now what I’m saying. For two years in a row after I started this site, I was voted as the most controversial mommy blogger by Babble. I’m not that controversial anymore. I read a lot of articles and everyone sounds like me."
The Free State Project has a popular Facebook series where it compares taxes in New Hampshire to taxes in another state. The latest state to be compared to New Hampshire was Maryland. Here is the resulting image.
You are welcome to read the comments or add your own comment to the Facebook posting of the image.
NHPR covers a growing trend in New Hampshire: Nature-based schools and forest kindergartens.
Says Patty Ewen, a consultant for the Office of Early Childhood at the New Hampshire Department of Education: "What we're really talking about in the context of New Hampshire is environmental based-learning. And there's a reason a lot of us live in New Hampshire and love New Hampshire and protect it. And a lot of that has to do with the environmental beauty and resources that our state has. So when you think about where you live and why you live there, for New Hampshire, nature-based learning is sort of a hand and glove opportunity. I do think it fits in a state like ours where everything is decentralized decision making or what everyone likes to refer to as local control."
Randy Clemens, author of "The Sriracha Cookbook," "The Veggie-Lover's Sriracha Cookbook," and co-author of "The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance," has hit the ground running after his move to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project.
In addition to settling in and exploring his new home state, Randy has stepped up to the plate by volunteering to help with publicity for the 12th Annual Porcupine Freedom Festival, aka PorcFest. Read more at his blog. You might also enjoy his excellent essay about why he decided to join the FSP and move across the country for more freedom.
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