This Week in Concord – Cannabis Legalization, NH Independence

The author is a New Hampshire state representative committed to advancing the cause of liberty

This week there are a number of bills scheduled for their public hearings that affect many Granite Staters. All of the hearings on these bills are open to the public but the hearings on these bills this week will be the only chance for members of the public to give testimony until the bills crossover to the Senate. I strongly recommend attending any of these committee hearings if you are able. [Read more…]

This Week in Concord – New Hampshire Legislative Review

The author is a New Hampshire state representative committed to advancing the cause of liberty

This week there are a number of bills scheduled for their public hearings that affect many Granite Staters. All of the hearings on these bills are open to the public but the hearings on these bills this week will be the only chance for members of the public to give testimony until the bills crossover to the Senate. I strongly recommend attending any of these committee hearings if you are able. [Read more…]

More Murdered in Chicago in 2016 Than Live in 33 Smallest NH Towns

More people have been murdered in Chicago in 2016 than live in the New Hampshire’s smallest 33 towns.

According to Chicago PD, 762 murders occurred in the city last year, from among 4,331 victims of shootings. This number more than doubles the reported murder total of New York City, a city several times the population size. According to Chicago PD’s superintendent Eddie Johnson, while no one cause can be cited for the high number of deaths, increased gang activity and boldness shares a large portion of the blame. [Read more…]

2016 New Hampshire Election Results Defy “Blue State” Myth

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There’s a persistent myth that New Hampshire is a blue state, politically speaking. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary in a landslide, Hillary Clinton barely squeaked out a win over Donald Trump, and both of 2016’s US Congressional elections went to Democrats. Beyond that, there’s the general impression that New England is one of the American bastions of leftism, and that ends up lumping the Granite State into the mix.

The reality, however, is far different. New Hampshire is a unique political animal, falling in neither the right-wing nor the left-wing category. While the national-level political landscape is completely blue, the local spread is a sea of red this time around. In terms of elected officials who actually impact the Live Free or Die state itself, we’re looking at a highly Republican government.

The following results were compiled by a local political activist for New Hampshire Freedom, and are reprinted here with the author’s permission. [Read more…]

Legislators Take Heat from Americans for Prosperity for Anti-Liberty Votes

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This year, state-based grassroots issue advocacy organization Americans for Prosperity (AFP) flexed its muscle, both in New Hampshire and nationwide, causing a significant political shakeup among legislators who voted for more government spending and regulations.

According to Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire (AFP-NH) Grassroots Director Ross Connolly, the organization employed a dedicated army of grassroots activists to influence issues of economic freedom:

“Our efforts to hold politicians accountable for supporting Obamacare Medicaid expansion or being against pro-job growth initiatives such as Right to Work all centered around a large, local and dedicated volunteer base doing the hard work of talking directly to citizens about these issues. The end result of thousands of doors knocked and tens of thousands of phone calls, was these issues becoming a top concern for citizens across the state, and also legislators who realized how important these issues were to their constituents.”

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Anti-Trump Protesters Converge At Manchester City Hall

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This article originally appeared in the Manchvegas Press and is reprinted here in full with permission from the author

An estimated 300 people converged in front of City Hall in Manchester this Saturday to protest President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in last week’s presidential election. The gathering mirrors similar public demonstrations in cities across the U.S. that have taken place over the last several days.

The Manchester rally was launched by area resident Mary-Clare Auger, who had voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Like many Clinton supporters, she was upset that President-elect Trump had been allocated more electoral votes than Clinton despite the former Secretary of State having received more popular votes. “I just wanted people to know that they weren’t alone in their dissatisfaction with how the election ended,” said Auger. [Read more…]