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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. 

Freekeenenews - Voters Sue Keene School District Over Warrant Article Changes

Voters Sue Keene School District

The voters claim the modifications made to the petitioned warrant articles at the 2014 deliberative session were illegal. 
Before the Deliberative Session, voter Conan Salada collected signatures on seven warrant articles to be placed on the official ballot before voters in the upcoming Keene School District election. During the Deliberative Session, all seven warrant articles were amended in a manner that eliminated the subject. These amendments were challenged as out of order, however the moderator overruled those motions, and the majority of voters in attendance agreed with the moderator. The Keene Sentinel described these changes as "Machiavellian legal maneuvering... to avoid letting voters decide the merits of the articles".

After the Deliberative Session, voter Darryl W. Perry, was directed to the 2011 Rockingham Superior Court decision in the case of Bailey v. Town of Exeter. In Bailey, the Court ruled, “the only way the phrase 'no warrant article shall be amended to eliminate the subject matter of the article' can logically be read is to conclude that any amendment that made the subject matter of the article a nullity was forbidden,” adding that “[m]erely because the majority of the voters were more clever in the way the amendment was worded to create the nullity does not mean their action was not a violation of the statute.”

Perry, Salada and two other voters (David Crawford and Eric LaRoche) have filed suit on Feb 19th against the School District due to the illegal actions at the Deliberative Session that have disenfranchised the voters of Keene, including petitioners. The filing can be read here.  The Cheshire superior court will hold an initial emergency hearing of the case on 2/28 at 11am due to the short timeframe remaining prior to the school board election.

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

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