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From Time Magazine's 50 Best Places to Live 2015: "Location, affordability, and fresh air are a winning equation for residents of Bedford. Commuters to Boston can drive there in about an hour, depending on traffic—just slightly longer than it takes from popular Boston ‘burbs like Acton, #11 on MONEY’s Best Places to Live list. On this side of the state line, though, residents avoid state income and sales taxes and get a lot more elbow room for their housing dollar.
Locals can also find ample employment opportunities in next-door Manchester, whose largest employers include two large hospitals, offices for three major banks, fast-growing Southern New Hampshire University, and high-tech employers including Autodesk, Texas Instruments, and Verizon." Read more...
Looking for a job in New Hampshire? Join the FSP Job Alert group to network with early movers and other job seekers.
Photo credit: Time, Madonna Lovett Repeta
Jobs, jobs, jobs! Need one or two? New Hampshire has them!
That’s right, our state of New Hampshire has the third lowest not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the nation. New Hampshire has the lowest rate in the East. Also, the lowest rate in the Northeast. We have the lowest rate in New England. Looking for a job? Go to New Hampshire young man.
BTW, the only other state in the Eastern United States with a very low unemployment rate is border state Vermont.
At 3.0%, Sullivan County has the lowest unemployment rate of any county in New Hampshire. The rate in Grafton County is 3.1%. Merrimack County and Belknap County follow at 3.2%. The rate is 3.3% in Strafford County.
New Hampshire is no stranger to strange political stories, a fact Mother Jones noted about a 2012 race in which two FSP early movers were involved. This time, the issue was whether ballot selfies--a photo you share on social media showing who you voted for--was constitutionally protected speech.
Backstory: A law went into effect on September 1, 2014 making ballot selfies illegal in New Hampshire. A handful of activists and state legislators took ballot selfies during the November election. Attorney and early mover Brandon Ross posted his on Facebook with the tagline: "Come at me, bro."
Big Bro did come at him, and several others, sort of. The Ballot-Selfie Brigade was placed under investigation by the NH Attorney General, but no one was formally prosecuted or charged under the law, which calls for a fine of up to $1,000 per violation.
FSP early mover Kristine Boncer not only exerts the fullest practical effort by volunteering for FSP events like PorcFest where she ran registration in 2015, and Liberty Forum where she managed the Courtesy Room this year, or by editing the FSP newsletter, Kristine is also a small business owner and artisan.
The Union Leader recently caught up with Kristine at the 82nd annual League of NH Craftsmen's Fair:
"Kristine Boncer was very still as she slowly and methodically fed her grass-green wool into the spinning wheel. Except for her feet. Those moved in time with the wheel, slowly and surely, with a rolling up and down motion of a cat kneading its blanket before curling up for a nap.
'It is very relaxing,' Boncer said, looking up, but never losing stride. 'I love the tradition of it. It's something my grandmother used to do to clothe her babies.'
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)
Last night a group of Free Staters attended the Hampton Democrats monthly meeting where Zandra Rice Hawkins from Granite State Progress (GSP) gave a presentation on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Free State Project (FSP). As in the past, Rice Hawkins failed to reach out to the FSP to make sure she has the facts.
From the invite email: “Zandra Rice Hawkins will provide an update on the Free State Project and ALEC. If you are not familiar with either of these 'initiatives' you should plan to attend – you will surprised and concerned at the amount of influence these two groups are playing – and hope to play – in New Hampshire. Each of these promises to be VERY educational — pleas (sic) plan to join us.”
Joel Valenzuela, blogger and activist at the Rights Brigade, a new liberty outreach venture, wrote about the evening HERE.
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
The Free State Project, a mass migration movement to concentrate 20,000 liberty activists in New Hampshire is advancing to the finish line with more than 17,000 participants now signed up. Thousands of activists have and are moving ahead of schedule.
July 24, 2015 (Manchester, NH) – Today, the Free State Project announced that more than 17,000 participants have pledged to move to New Hampshire for more liberty. This mass migration movement aims to concentrate 20,000 liberty activists in the Live Free or Die state.
“Reaching 85% of our goal is a major milestone,” said FSP president, Carla Gericke. “As more people become aware of the problems facing this nation, from things like police militarization and misconduct, to the growing national debt and unfunded liabilities, to the perpetual wars, folks are seeking alternatives and safe havens. The Free State Project offers a working solution for like-minded, well-informed people who are passionate about stopping the erosion of our liberties.”
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 founder Jason Sorens, author of "Secessionism," recently spoke to OZY. In "The United States of Secession," Sorens is quoted as saying: "... our current government is 'too big and too distant' for everyday people to influence it, and seceding could restore a balance of power."
PLEASE NOTE: This opinion is based on Sorens' academic research, and is provided for informational purposes only. Secession is not a strategy of the FSP, a 501c3 educational organization. That said, early movers pursue different approaches to Liberty in Our Lifetime, and you will find secessionists amongst FSP participants. Want to learn more? Check out the Facebook group for the Foundation for NH Independence, started by early movers.
What are you waiting for? Come be part of something historic and meaningful: Join the Free State Project today!
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
Several FSP early movers were featured in Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie. Watch the feature length documentary HERE.
“I’m fascinated with the Free State Project.” —Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie
“Like anything, it takes all kinds, and the Free State Project definitely has all kinds." —Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie
“I would love to be able to keep all my money; I would like to be free to ingest anything I want.” —Free State Project president Carla Gericke in Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie
“If we claim to be a country where we have freedom but you don't have the freedom to do what you want… you don’t have freedom.” —Free State Project president Carla Gericke in Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie
Want to watch only the parts with Free Staters? Catch Silver Dave starting at 36:47; Catch FSP president Carla Gericke and Artsy Fartsy at The Quill starting at 40:57; Catch Free Keene, FTL, and the Robin Hooders starting at 46:01.
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.