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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
William Kostric believes the most important thing he has contributed to since moving to NH in 2008 is a community activist center known as The Quill.
According to William, while there are activist pockets throughout the country, none compare to the community present in New Hampshire - which is why he's still here, six and a half years after moving with the intention of checking out the Free State Project before leaving the country. William's advice to someone planning to move to NH is to make the move as soon as possible--why wait? In this episode, William also discusses an open carry event that took place in Portsmouth, NH, in 2009.
ItsLikeThisToo is a video series that focuses on early movers of the Free State Project. Based in New Hampshire, movers of the Free State Project are putting into practice a slew of tactics in an effort to advance liberty, and be part of a productive, harmonious, and, most importantly, voluntary community.
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."
For Andre Rosa all the world is a stage, and he intends to perform all over it! Andre, by his own words, ran away to New Hampshire from California in 2011. Andre says he doesn't really do activism in the traditional sense but he's a "liberty guy" and he lives his life and creates his art from this perspective. In this week's episode, Andre talks about his "Drag Queen and Covered Bridges" calendar with its trials and triumphs, his running for State Rep in New Hampshire, and his fun and creative campaign strategies.
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
Last year, early FSP mover and then NH state representative Tim O'Flaherty worked on a bill to decriminalize adultery in New Hampshire, which passed into law in 2014. Tim has since become the Research Director at the NH Liberty Alliance, a non-partisan coalition working to increase individual freedom in New Hampshire. The NHLA does this by monitoring bills in the legislative sessions, and by encouraging private charity, a civil society, and citizen involvement. What will you work on when you join the FSP and move to New Hampshire? Read The Economist's take on the adultery bill here. Photo credit: The Economist/Claudio Munoz
Over the weekend, the Keene Sentinel profiled several Free State Project new movers on the front page, above the fold. Read more about these pioneers for liberty here. Photo credit: Bill Gnade/Sentinel Staff
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.
Ali Havens is all about "liberty media." In her own words "liberty media is the best way to reach people." This rings true, seeing as Ali discovered the Free State Project through Free Talk Live. "I wanted to move somewhere, where all the libertarians would be." FTL didn't convince her to move though, she was already searching for "towns that have the most libertarians." Once she found out about the Free State Project and New Hampshire's natural "live and let live" spirit, she knew she was all in. Since moving, Ali has been involved in a number of media related projects, most recently being the narrator for the new documentary "101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire."