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FreeKeeneNews - Pumpkin Fest Riot VIDEO: Keene Police Ignore Massive Bottle Fight 

Keene Police Ignore Massive Bottle Fight

Violence, Property Destruction, Littering as Police Do Nothing. I'd heard there were police with riot gear breaking up a party so I headed down to the college neighborhood yesterday around 6pm. Blake Street was packed with people when I arrived, but police were at about a block away in each direction. I asked one house if I could get up on their porch to get a better shot of the crowd and he was gracious enough to invite me up into his room to get a shot from the second story. In the few moments it took to get up there, the large crowd had split and bottles were being thrown. While I don't think the police should be arresting people for victimless crimes, this was actual criminality. People were getting hurt, property was destroyed and littered upon. Of course, because they have no obligation to protect you, Keene Police decided to stay safely down the street. Here's video from the middle of the bottle war.

More video coming soon to Free Keene.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman

FreeKeeneNews - Keene City Councilor Proposes Returning BEARCAT! 

Councilor Terry Clark Wants To Give Back the BEARCAT

Terry ClarkHis proposal hits the city council at their 7pm meeting tonight.  Terry Clark, the Keene city councilor who was the initial lone dissenter against the BEARCAT back in 2011 when it was originally proposed, has filed a proposal with the council to return the BEARCAT (see page 13)!
To The Honorable Mayor Kendall Lane and Council , Considering the lack of use of and practical need for, as well as the derogatory impact on our fine city's name, I write to ask that the City of Keene withdraw from the Homeland Security Grant dated January 20, 2011 and return the Specialized Mission CBRNE/WMD Rescue Vehicle, aka BearCat, to the appropriate government agency. Terry M. Clark City Councilor - Ward 3
The proposal will be heard for the first time at tonight's 7pm city council meeting where it will be assigned to a committee for a public hearing. You may recall the international headlines that Keene garnered in 2011-2012 when the council meetings were packed full of people of all political persuasions to oppose the insane militaristic tank, and despite the mass opposition, the council voted for it anyway. Now, in the aftermath of Ferguson, more of America has been given a taste of the militarized police, and they don't like it. Kudos to Terry Clark for making a stand - again. Hopefully he won't have to do it alone this time and other councilors will get a clue and do the right thing and send this metal monstrosity back to the depths whence it came.

Terry Clark can be reached at 603-661-8347.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman

FreeKeeneNews - Hassan Challenged in Primary by National Talk Show Host 

Free Keene founder calls her out on cannabis issue.
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Freeman Challenges Hassan in Democratic Primary

As of Thursday morning, nationally syndicated talk show host Ian Freeman has thrown his hat into the ring for governor of NH in a primary challenge to incumbent Maggie Hassan. In addition to being a registered democrat, Freeman is a co-chair of the New Hampshire Liberty Party. Freeman openly challenges Hassan on her inhumane continuation of the insane “War on Drugs”, especially the war on cannabis users. On Freeman’s campaign info page, he states,

If Maggie were a true democrat, she’d care about the little guy, but yet her state police continue to put the little guy behind bars for victimless crimes like cannabis possession. As governor, I’ll pardon all victimless criminals as one of my first acts.

Freeman also supports NH seceding from the United States as well as equal ballot access for all candidates. Regarding Freeman’s positions on other issues, please see the NH Liberty Party platform. Or, contact the candidate directly with any questions or media requests at 603-513-2449 or ian at


Shaheen For US Senate - ICYMI New TV Ad!

Friends - I just wanted to check in quickly today and make sure you saw our first TV ad. I know you've been following our campaign, and this is a big milestone for us. I'm so grateful to have friends and supporters like you standing with me.

Here's the ad, it's called "Open." But I won't say any more - take a look!

Jeanne's new ad

Thanks so much,




Family-Owned Company Being Burdened By Obamacare

LEBANON – Scott Brown today visited Keene Medical Products to tour the facility and learn more about issues affecting their company as part of the ongoing “Obamacare Isn’t Working” tour.  The family-owned company has been particularly strained by Obamacare’s 2.3 percent medical device tax that went into effect in 2013. 

“Keene Medical Products offers cutting-edge medical supplies to people in need, and this family-owned business is being unfairly burdened by the bad policies in Obamacare,” said Brown.  “Hardworking Granite Staters should not have their businesses placed in jeopardy due to Washington red tape. That’s why I support the repeal of this law to get government off their back so they can continue to grow and hire workers.”

Keene Medical Products is a family-owned and operated company with twelve locations in Northern New England and 142 employees.  They provide home health care products and services, ranging from home medical equipment to stairway lifts, to clients for medical purposes and to improve quality of life. 

"We appreciate Scott Brown coming by to visit our facility and learn more about our concerns related to Obamacare.  In more ways than one, it is making it difficult for our company to maximize our potential,” said Keith Filiault, Owner of Keene Medical Products.

During the “Obamacare Isn’t Working” tour Scott Brown has stopped at a variety of businesses across the state, including medical imaging and paper companies, where Obamacare has brought on a host of devastating tax hikes and higher health care insurance premium costs for employees, causing perpetual uncertainty and hampering the local economy.