Free State Supporter Shot Over Flag, Dems Exploit for Political Gain

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A friend of the Free State Project was shot in Manchester over a dispute regarding the Project’s flag, and NH Democratic Party leadership capitalized on the incident for political gain.

Jarrod Ean-Dixon, longtime New Hampshire resident and a supporter of the Free State Project, was shot in an altercation over the Free State Project’s flag. The flag (pictured left), which is a play off of the Gadsden Flag, features a porcupine instead of a snake, along with the famous motto: “Don’t tread on me.” The porcupine is the symbol of the Free State Project due to its docile and defensive nature paired with its willingness to defend against aggressors when cornered. Ean-Dixon was at a social gathering where the flag was prominently displayed, and two guests engaged in a dispute with him, considering the altered porcupine version of the flag to be disrespectful. An altercation ensued and Ean-Dixon was shot multiple times.

At time of writing, Ean-Dixon remains in critical condition but is expected to survive. The two assailants are in police custody. [Read more…]

Democratic Party Gears Up to Crush School Choice

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The Democratic Party has adopted language critical of school choice.

During a session of the Democratic Platform Committee on July 7th, an amendment passed with near unanimous approval adding language to the party’s platform critical of charter schools. The party will only support charter schools managed by government school boards (instead of trustees), and insists on a list of “community reflection” criteria, including racial makeup and proportions of non-English speakers and children with disabilities. These are to be reflective of public school makeup.

Above all, the platform amendment emphasized that charter schools should in no way threaten the dominance of traditional public schools:

“We believe that high quality public charter schools should provide options for parents, but should not replace or destabilize traditional public schools.” (emphasis added)

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