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Tuesday, November 24 in the NH House 


tuesday, november 24 in the nh house

BALLOT LAW COMMISSION (RSA 665:1), Rooms 305-307, LOB

9:00 a.m.         Regular meeting.


1:00 p.m.        Subcommittee meeting on screening.


9:00 a.m.         Full task force organizational meeting.

9:15 a.m.         Informational presentations.


10:00 a.m.       Regular meeting.


10:00 a.m.       Regular meeting.


Please note the change in the link to view the video stream of today’s Joint Task Force meeting

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FreeKeeneNews - Robin Hooders Victorious in Court AGAIN - City Denied Injunction 

Court DENIES City of Keene’s Injunction Request Against Robin Hooders

Robin Hood of KeeneIt has been a long road, but thanks to free speech attorney Jon Meyer and judge John C Kissinger of the Cheshire superior court, Keene's Robin Hooders are again victorious! Nearly two years ago, the same court dismissed the two cases brought against the charitable meter-feeders, alleging we were "threatening, intimidating, and harassing" their parking enforcement officers and demanding a 50ft floating, constitution-free buffer zone to protect them.

The city appealed to the NH supreme court which ultimately upheld the superior court's dismissal except for one part. They affirmed the lower court's ruling to dismiss based on free speech grounds, but said the superior court needed to look at the request for the "buffer zone" injunction separately from the allegations of "tortious interference", "civil conspiracy", "negligence", and the demand for financial compensation, all of which the city failed to prove to the court's satisfaction.

Thankfully, the superior court agreed with attorney Meyer's arguments and denied the city's request for any injunction against us whatsoever! This effectively kills their case, unless they decide to continue spending ridiculous amounts of taxpayer money to appeal this latest failure to the NH supreme court.

James Cleaveland, Attorney Jon Meyer, Ian FreemanThe city, which had originally wanted a 50 foot floating buffer zone around each enforcer that would prevent all speech and recording by the Robin Hooders, had whittled that down over the 2.5 years this has been in court to a 5-10ft zone that would only be temporary and only if the parking enforcer requested said distance from the Robin Hooder. Mind you, we generally do not wish to be so close to them - it's best to fill meters at a greater distance, so as to have enough time to fill the meter and leave the Robin Hood calling card on the windshield, BEFORE the parking enforcer catches up to us and gets ahead. That would mean she could successfully write a ticket if she gets ahead, so having distance is my goal, but the enforcer is constantly trying to close that gap, so sometimes we do get within ten feet. That would mean that such an injunction (besides being unconstitutional) would also prevent us from Robin Hooding, as anytime the enforcer managed to close the gap, we'd be subject to arrest for "contempt of court".

In a fifteen-page order issued on 11/20, Kissinger writes of the city's request for injunction:

The Court cannot conceive of any more narrow or alternative relief that would provide any meaningful protection to the PEOs without running afoul of the Respondents' First Amendment rights...the government interests here are not sufficient to warrant an infringement on the Respondents' First Amendment rights. Any injunction requiring a buffer zone of any meaningful distance would require a significant change in the method used by the Respondents to disseminate their protected speech.

So, despite the city's interests in their parking enforcement continuing unabated, their significantly-reduced proposal for injunction is still beyond what is constitutionally permissible, and further, the court could not think of any lesser restrictions that would pass constitutional muster.

Kissinger, in his conclusion, does remind the city that if Robin Hooders' conduct is rising to the level of violating criminal statutes, that they can bring such charges. Of course, the reason they never have brought criminal harassment or assault charges is because Robin Hooders are peaceful. There is zero evidence of "harassment, threatening, or intimidating" - the claims the city has long libeled us with throughout this lawsuit.

Sheriff of NottinghamIn a classic case of projection, the people in this who are actually harassing, threatening, and intimidating others are the parking enforcers. They harass, threaten, and intimidate the good motorists of Keene six days a week by giving them threatening tickets for just trying to do some business downtown. Those tickets threaten, intimidate, and harass their victims into paying their fines so as to avoid the threat of having their car stolen. Talk about intimidation! This is why Robin Hood of Keene exists - we are here to save people from having to deal with the city's threats. That's always been the primary motivation, at least for me. I certainly don't speak for everyone.

If the parking enforcers don't like being called out for their threatening, intimidating, and harassing behavior, they should get jobs in the productive economy. Until the city council ends the parking department and turns over the spaces to downtown businesses to decide how to administer, per market forces, Robin Hooding will continue to rescue peaceful motorists from the threats of the city government. The city has 30 days to appeal this latest failure. Stay tuned here to Free Keene for the latest.



Daily Signal - Obama's Unilateral Immigration Amnesty Plan Gets to the Supreme Court 

The Daily Signal

Nov. 24, 2015

Good morning from the nation's capital, where President Obama wants the Supreme Court to OK his executive amnesty for illegal immigrants, despite what protesting governors say. A Heritage Foundation legal expert explains what's in the appeal. Also on tap: A Princeton graduate tells Kelsey Harkness what's wrong with the administration's quick concessions to black student radicals. Learn why liberal Massachusetts gave up on Common Core education standards. And how business-friendly is your state? Check out these rankings.


Obama's Unilateral Immigration Amnesty Plan Gets to the Supreme Court

There is one thing the government gets right: This is an important case that is vital to the future of this country, although certainly not in the way the Obama administration claims.

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Princeton Grad Disappointed Administrators Gave in to Student 'Bullying Tactics'

Protesters claim that Woodrow Wilson, the former U.S. president whose name adorns the School of Public and International Affairs, continues "the legacy of white supremacy and anti-blackness on campus."

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Why Massachusetts Gave Up on Common Core

It comes as no surprise that a "top-down, one-size-fits-all" approach to education is not working for the people of Massachusetts.

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How Friendly Is Your State to Businesses? See the Rankings

The Tax Foundation released its State Business Tax Climate Index for 2016. This annual report ranks all 50 states (plus D.C.) on how hospitable their tax systems are to businesses.

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Why Police in Many States Can Seize Your Property Without Proving You're Guilty of a Crime

Civil asset forfeiture is a growing problem throughout the nation, driven by a profit incentive that encourages property seizures by law enforcement authorities even under dubious circumstances.

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How One Religious Organization Is Helping Syrian Refugees as They Arrive in Europe

As the United States debates how to properly vet 10,000 Syrian refugees expected to resettle here, employees with Samaritan's Purse are stationed on the frontlines in Greece, working to be a "face of compassion" for refugees fleeing war and terror.

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CEI Today: Abuse of tax dollars, new regulation report, TSA body scanners, and more 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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IRS Complaint Filed Against GMU Professor Shukla’s Nonprofit For Abuse Of Funds

Today the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and Cause of Action (CoA) filed a joint complaint asking the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Institute of Global Environment and Society, Inc. (IGES), an organization that has received over $60 million in federal grants. > Read more

> Interview an expert



Big Sexy Holiday Fun With The Fall 2015 Unified Agenda Of Federal Regulations

While the overall Agenda count is down (except in the long-term category), that seems to obscure an increase in the volume of more costly rules over the past several years. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews



Government Submits TSA Body Scanner Final Rule Schedule to Court

We are pleased the TSA is now providing the public insight into its body scanner rulemaking process, although it took years of work to get this far. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner



House Commerce Committee Approves "Pizza" Bill to Ease Onerous Calorie Labeling Rule

Starting on December 1, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed to require all chain food restaurants with 20 or more locations will have to list calorie information for “standard menu items” on all signs and printed menus. > Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton





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FreeKeeneNews - Shire Sharing Feeds Over 600 Families Across New Hampshire for Thanksgiving!

Shire Sharing Feeds Over 600 Families Across New Hampshire for Thanksgiving!

Shire Sharing 2015 KeeniacsToday, more than 600 households statewide (39 in the Keene area) were delivered full Thanksgiving meals including turkey, stuffing, gravy, eggs, cornbread mix, vegetables, pumpkin pie ingredients, and some cooking supplies as part of the "Shire Sharing" charity now in its fifth year. Shire Sharing is based in Manchester and headed by state representative Amanda Bouldin, a Free State Project early mover.

Amanda has managed to continually grow the yearly charity event, which she began in memory of her father who did something similar in Dallas when she was growing up. In an interview for Free Keene today, Amanda reported that fundraising for 2015 reached record levels, allowing more than 600 families to be fed. She was hoping to raise enough for 500 families. (Last year, Shire Sharing fed 350 families - a huge increase in just one year!) This year, at least $17,000 was raised by direct contributions and fundraiser events.

State Representative Amanda BouldinThough the first year of Shire Sharing was supposed to be a one-time event, Amanda says, "when the second year rolled around, everyone encouraged me to repeat the project. so we just keep going". Despite the obviously high stress level involved in organizing such a massive operation, she's committed to continue: "I know SS is very important to a lot of people -- not just the recipients but the volunteers, too. I can't quit!"

Yesterday, over 100 volunteers met at a warehouse in Manchester to help sort and bag the meals for delivery today, as Free Keene blogger Shire Dude reported here.

Last night, newer Keene-area mover Maria Korfiatis headed to Manchester to grab dozens of the bags for delivery, then this morning volunteers from this area gathered at the Church of the Invisible Hand's "Society for Love and Peace" (SLAP) at 75 Leverett Street to head out on routes taking meals to Keene, Winchester, Ashuelot, Westmoreland, Swanzey, and Chesterfield. It was Keene's second year as part of the ever-growing Shire Sharing operation, and like last year, recipients were grateful for the special delivery!