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Localism Blossoms at Free State Project’s Liberty Forum 

The Free State Project’s 8th annual Liberty Forum features local small businesses, entrepreneurs, think tanks, non-profits, independent media, and more    


March 2, 2015 – Manchester, NH – In addition to a stellar line-up of renowned speakers, including Sheriff Mack, Jeffrey Tucker, Lyn Ulbricht, and Scott Horton, the Free State Project’s 8th annual Liberty Forum showcases local small businesses, farms, entrepreneurs, think tanks, non-profits, Bitcoin enthusiasts, activists, politicians, New Hampshire’s independent media, and more. This four-day conference will be held March 5-8, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester.


On Friday, Rick Broussard, editor of New Hampshire Magazine, will share some of the essential, enlightening and enjoyable things to do and see in New Hampshire. Jody Underwood, FSP board member and co-owner of Bardo Farm in Croydon, where she serves as chair of the school board, will talk about “Rethinking Public Education.” Lee Webster will speak about “Dying Free,” discussing the wide range of choices available to NH citizens, including family- and community-led home funerals and burials, and how to make after-death care affordable, environmentally responsible, and meaningful. Kate Baker, Executive Director of the Network for Educational Opportunity, an education resource and networking organization and the first organization to implement the NH Education Tax Credit Scholarships, discusses “Moving to the Free State with Children: A Discussion of Education Options in NH.” Union Leader columnist Charlie Arlinghaus, who serves as president of New Hampshire’s premier free market think tank, The Josiah Bartlett Center, will speak about “New Hampshire’s Complicated Relationship with Liberty Through the Years.” Executive entrepreneur and ziftrCOIN CEO Bob Wilkins will address “Cryptocurrency Continues to Gain Traction, But What Will It Take to Bring It Into the Mainstream?” Following an Entrepreneur Roundtable discussion, a reception will take place at 6 p.m. celebrating entrepreneurs of the Granite State. This will be followed by dinner and Friday night’s keynote speaker, Emmy award-winning journalist, Ben Swann. The mayor of Manchester, Ted Gatsas, will also be in attendance.  


On Saturday, Matt Simon, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, will discuss “The Future of Legalization Efforts in New Hampshire.” Members of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance will share more information about this non-profit organization, explain how to get involved, and how to support pro-liberty charitable causes in New Hampshire. Meir G. Kohn, professor of economics at Dartmouth College, will share his personal journey of “How I Became a Libertarian.” Former gubernatorial candidate, millennial Andrew Hemingway, will talk about “Technology Disrupting Government.” FSP founder and lecturer at Dartmouth College, Jason Sorens, will delve into what the future holds in a talk entitled “NH in 2035.” A panel discussion will highlight FSP participants’ community centers located across the state. At 6 p.m., a reception for New Hampshire legislators and executive councilors will provide an opportunity to meet liberty-friendly legislators and other elected officials who are fighting to preserve New Hampshire’s tradition of freedom. This reception is followed by dinner and keynote speaker, Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.


During Liberty Forum, local independent media will be broadcasting, including the nationally syndicated radio show Free Talk Live, Granite Grok, IPM Nation, and several local podcast such as Flaming Freedom, The Rebel Love Show, and Off the Air Live. The “Activist and Entrepreneur Exhibits” features 34 local businesses, non-profit organizations, gun manufacturers, and more. An art workshop, and a flash mob are also planned. A screening of the independently-made documentary “101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire” will take place on Friday, March 6, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.  


A full list of speakers and the schedule can be viewed at the Liberty Forum’s website, where tickets are on sale. Basic Tickets are $150 for Friday and Saturday’s programming. One Day Passes are available for $80. Basic Ticket and One Day Pass holders may attended the Friday and Saturday keynote speakers; doors open after the scheduled dinners.  



NH Rep. Jackie Cilley to address Epping Democratic Committee 3/3 - 7:00PM 

Barrington rep to discuss her minimum wage proposal 

(Barrington, NH) State Representative Jackie Cilley (D-Barrington) will be the featured speaker at the Epping Democratic Committee on Tuesday, March 3rd. Cilley, a former senator and gubernatorial candidate, will discuss her far-reaching proposal to increase New Hampshire's minimum wage. This meeting is open to the public and all Epsom Democrats are urged to attend. 

WHO: Rep. Jackie Cilley (D-Barrington) 
WHAT: Monthly meeting of the Epsom Democratic Committee
WHEN: March 3rd, 7:00pm
WHERE: Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library 
151 Main St, Epping, NH 03042

Directions from Rt. 101 (3 min) 
Take exit 7 for NH-125 toward Epping/Kingston   0.4 mi
Drive to Main St   0.6 mile  3 min 
Turn left onto Main St Destination will be on the right

About Jackie Cilley: Born in Berlin, New Hampshire, Jackie Cilley was raised with four siblings in a third-floor walk-up tenement before graduating from Berlin High School. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from UNH and has served as an adjunct professor at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics since matriculating from there in 1985. In 2004 she ran for a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and won, serving one term in the House before being elected twice to the  New Hampshire Senate, representing the 6th District from 2006 - 2010. In 2012, she ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination for Governor, losing to Gov. Hassan. She was re-elected to the New Hampshire House in 2014 where she serves on the Committee on Executive Departments and Administration. Rep.Cilley was recently named by veteran NH political reporter John DiStaso as one of the 'Most wanted' NH Democrats for the 2016 presidential campaign and has been picked to regular contributor to their Politico Caucus coverage of the New Hampshire primary. 

Monday, March 2 in the NH House 

Monday, March 2 in the NH House of Representatives



10:00 a.m. Executive session on HB 198, relative to retention requirements for certain motor vehicle records, HB 207, defining probable cause or reasonable ground for the purpose of arrest without a warrant, HB 214-FN, relative to circumstances under which a police officer’s certification may be revoked, HB 262, relative to criteria for classification as a tier III sex offender, HB 367-FN, redefining simple assault, HB 442, changing references to “law enforcement officer” to “peace officer” in the Revised Statutes Annotated, HB 472, relative to the parole board and parole board procedures, HB 557-FN, relative to penalties for driving while intoxicated, third and fourth offenses, HB 568-FN, requiring a supervisory law enforcement officer to arrest a law enforcement officer when the supervisor knows that the law enforcement officer has committed a criminal offense, HB 597-FN, relative to penalties for indecent exposure and lewdness, HB 598, relative to the definition of deadly force, HB 612-FN, establishing a penalty for falsifying information to obtain a protective order, HB 648-FN, requiring detention under arraignment for persons arrested for violation of protective orders and increasing the fee for bail commissioners, HB 650-FN, requiring background checks for commercial firearms sales, HB 653-FN, prohibiting the use of sex offender registry information for the purpose of harassing, intimidating, or threatening a registered sexual offender or offender against children, or any family member, employer or landlord of such person, and HB 669-FN-L, requiring law enforcement agencies to report on the receipt of certain equipment and grants from the federal government and on the deployment of tactical teams.



10:00 a.m. Executive session on HB 200, defining “farm stand.”, HB 421, authorizing the university of New Hampshire to grow industrial hemp for research purposes, HB 579-FN, establishing a maple products coordinator in the department of agriculture, markets, and food using federal funds, HB 609-FN, relative to hydraulic fracturing, HB 624-FN-L, relative to animal care costs in animal cruelty cases, and HB 660-FN, relative to small farms and farm stands.



12:30 p.m. Executive session on CACR 10, Relating to term of office. Providing that beginning with the 2018 general election, there shall be a 4-year term of office for governor, HB 113, designating the mastodon as the official state fossil, HB 141, relative to rulemaking authority concerning work schedules in pharmacies, HB 279, establishing a commission to study the economic impact of the arts and culture in New Hampshire, HB 294, establishing a commission to develop a strategic plan for New Hampshire, HB 325, relative to the release of the names of winners of multi-state lotteries, HB 326, relative to the membership of the board of registration of medical technicians, HB 377, establishing a commission to study the establishment of a state geographic information system office and the position of state geographic information officer, HB 396-FN, relative to part-time employment by retirees in the New Hampshire retirement system, HB 410, relative to the uniform anatomical gift act, HB 413-FN-A, establishing the governing board of polysomnographic technologists within the allied health professionals, HB 427, relative to the definition of the New Hampshire fire code, HB 454, relative to the commandant of the veterans’ home, HB 455-FN, relative to the board of managers of the New Hampshire veterans’ home, HB 456, relative to appointment of a veterans’ ombudsman by the governor, HB 459, establishing a committee to study medical services provided to residents of the New Hampshire veterans’ home, HB 473, relative to the smoking policy at the New Hampshire veterans’ home, HB 475, prohibiting the state from engaging in acts of civil forfeiture, HB 484, relative to the board of nursing and exemptions from licensure by the board, HB 488, relative to an abusive work environment and the health and safety of public employees, HB 510, establishing a commission to study the regulation of pawnbrokers, secondhand dealers, and junk or scrap metal dealers, HB 533, relative to arc-fault circuit-breaker protection in residential construction, HB 632-FN, relative to fiscal impact statements submitted by agencies adopting a rule under RSA 541-A, and HB 661-FN, relative to record keeping for sold or transferred animals.



Operating Budget presentations as follows:

9:30 a.m. Judicial Branch.

11:00 a.m. Department of State.

11:30 a.m. Community Development Finance Authority.

1:00 p.m. Department of Corrections.

2:30 p.m. Banking Department.

3:15 p.m. Work session on HB 671-FN-A, (NT) relative to mental health first aid training and making an appropriation therefor.

3:30 p.m. Work session on HB 216-FN, relative to recovery of certain investigatory costs by regulatory boards and commissions.

3:45 p.m. Work session on HB 674-FN, relative to the salaries of certain unclassified positions.



10:00 a.m. Informational meeting with the Department of Transportation.

1:00 p.m. Informational meeting with the Department of Education.

3:00 p.m. Work session on HB 651-FN-L, transferring the portion of special education costs directly related to health issues to the department of health and human services.

3:30 p.m. Subcommittee work session on HB 562-FN-L, repealing the limitation on the total education grant distributed to a municipality in a fiscal year and reducing the stabilization grants to certain municipalities.

4:30 p.m. Subcommittee work session on HB 215-FN, relative to school building aid grant payments.



9:30 a.m. Continued public hearing on HB 681-FN-A, increasing the marriage license fees.

10:00 a.m. HB 571-FN-A, relative to taxation of trusts under the interest and dividends tax.

11:00 a.m. HB 588-FN-A-L, extending the Coos county job creation tax credit to Carroll county.

11:30 a.m. Public hearing on a non-germane amendment to HB 547, reestablishing the exemption from property taxation for telecommunications poles and conduits. The amendment places a definitive valuation on telephone poles. Copies of the amendment are available in the Sergeant At Arms office, State House Room 318.

Executive session on pending legislation may follow


Office of the Speaker

State House, Room 312

107 Main St.

Concord, NH, 03301


JobsGrowth - ICYMI: In Speech to Club for Growth, Ted Cruz Defines What it Means to be a Courageous Conservative 

WASHINGTON, DC -- Last night, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, received an enthusiastic welcome from more than 200 members of the pro-free market Club for Growth. The Senator, who has a 100 percent rating by the Club, reminded his audience that winning on issues takes leadership and leadership takes courage.

Cruz went on to say that only a courageous conservatism willing to stand with the American people and against the powerful in Washington will be able to win in 2016. That is how we can reignite the "Miracle of America."

He reiterated his commitment to various issues important to conservatives, from repealing Obamacare and abolishing the IRS, to stopping corporate welfare and championing Internet freedom.

The Washington Post reported:

[Cruz argued] a Republican candidate could win only if he or she motivates more conservative activists, especially evangelical Christians, to vote.

Cruz, who was accompanied… by his wife and two daughters, basked in a warm reception from members of the Club for Growth, which provided substantial resources to help his underdog primary campaign for Senate in 2012.

As reported by National Review, Cruz's core message that clearly connected with The Club for Growth is the same message that is electrifying grassroots conservatives:

Ted Cruz is a grassroots favorite with a reputation for electrifying conservative crowds with rallying cries against the Republican establishment. His pitch to the party’s top-dollar donors isn’t much different. On stage Friday evening before some of the Republican party’s biggest benefactors, Cruz called for gutting Obamacare and the IRS — standard elements of his stump speech that generated the most applause from a crowd of donors, too.

Additionally, Politico wrote:

“We should abolish the IRS,” he declared during his speech to cheers… “We need to repeal every word of Obamacare,” he said a few minutes later… The Export-Import Bank “should be abolished,” he went on.

Sen. Cruz told the crowd that he would phase out ethanol subsidies under the Renewable Fuel Standard, and reiterated his support for measures to eliminate sugar subsidies. Politico reported:

[W]e’re in Florida right now,” he went on. “We don’t need subsidies for sugar in Florida!” … “Amen,” said David McIntosh, the president of the Club for Growth.

As unelected bureaucrats at the Federal Communications Commission continue efforts to bypass Congress and take control of Internet regulation, Sen. Cruz made clear to the audience that anywhere government encroaches on freedom, he is fighting back. According to Politico:

Cruz also attacked the Federal Communications Commission for its new net neutrality rules. He said that the Obama administration is turning the Internet into “a regulated public utility.” … “Does anyone here associate with public utilities words like innovation, creativity and growth?”

Sen. Cruz concluded with a hopeful, but resolute message to the audience about 2016 if they would stay the course. The Wall Street Journal reports:

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz offered conservative activists here Friday night a strategy to turn out conservative voters and get new people to support the eventual GOP presidential nominee in 2016: “draw a line in the sand.”


US Rep Guinta joins bipartisan group to combat growing heroin and opiate epidemic 


WASHINGTON. D.C. – This week, Congressman Guinta joined a bipartisan group of legislators to introduce H.R. 953 – the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act – to provide a robust response to the twin epidemics of opioid and heroin addiction that includes prevention, law enforcement strategies and the expansion of evidence-based treatment.


“Last week, I had the opportunity to hear from local law enforcement agents and first responders to discuss ways in which I can help combat our state’s growing heroin and opiate epidemic.  The use of these deadly drugs are affecting our communities, our schools, our neighborhoods, our medical facilities and more – and, I want to do everything in my power to provide our local officials with the tools and resources necessary to combat this issue and help Granite Staters overcome their deadly addictions.


The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is a common-sense and bipartisan bill that will result in a more comprehensive approach towards addressing, educating and preventing heroin and opiate addiction in our state.  I look forward to its swift passage in the House of Representatives so we can begin preventing overdoses and addiction while simultaneously making our communities a safer place to live.”


H.R. 953 is a bipartisan bill sponsored by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Tim Ryan (D-OH). 


The bill is endorsed by National Council, NASADAD, Legal Action Center, CSG, NGA, Major County Sheriffs, NIDA, ONDCP, Faces and Voices of Recovery, CADCA, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, and the Hilton Foundation.


To read the bill, please click here.


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