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Tuesday
Mar032015

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.  

 

Wednesday
Feb252015

GOV. GARY JOHNSON TO SPEAK AT CPAC 

February 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT -- Former New Mexico Governor and 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson will be speaking both Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26-27, at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC.

 

Thursday, at 4:15 p.m. on the main stage, Gov. Johnson will participate in a debate on marijuana legalization, moderated by Townhall’s Mary Katherine Hamm. At 3:10 p.m. Friday, he will be a panelist for a session entitled, “Lowering the Boom: When to Stand Up to Rogue Nations”.

 

Gov. Johnson currently serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative, a national advocacy organization dedicated to free markets and individual liberties. Our America will have a booth at the conference.

 

 

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Thursday
Jan222015

Our American Initiative - GOV. GARY JOHNSON’S REACTION TO THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

January 21, 2015, Santa Fe, NM --  Former New Mexico Governor and Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative Gary Johnson released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

 

“The President’s speech can be summed up pretty simply: He told us that the state of the union is good and that he wants to double-down on the big government, big debt policies that he says are working. That is just wrong in too many ways to list.

 

“Redistributing wealth and designating winners and losers have for too long been the hallmarks of American politics -- regardless of which party is in power. Now, President Obama wants to take them to new heights.

 

“The U.S. has one of the most punitive, anti-growth tax codes in the industrialized world, and the President wants to make it more punitive. We have a tax code that is absurdly complex, and he wants to make it more complex. Instead of raising capital gains taxes and passing out tax credits like candy, real progress would be to eliminate all income taxes and adopt a system that rewards production, savings and investment.

 

“Government subsidies and market distortions have produced college costs and student loan burdens that threaten a generation of graduates. Now we have a proposal to make community college somehow magically ‘free’, as though no one is going to have to pay for it. Nowhere do we see a plan to allow innovation, the free market and competition to truly make education affordable.

 

“These are just a couple of examples of the misguided theme that piling more government interference on the marketplace is the answer to every challenge. We’ve tried that for a few decades now, and despite the President’s claims to the contrary, the result is not good.”

 

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Wednesday
Jan142015

OUR AMERICA INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES STATE “LOBBY DAYS” 

 

 

 

 

 

Activists Across the Country Will Advocate Liberty Priorities in State Capitals

 

January 13, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT -- With legislatures in dozens of states gearing up for their 2015 sessions, the Our America Initiative has announced that members of the organization across the country will conduct “lobby days” in their respective states to make legislators aware of the concerns and priorities of liberty advocates.

 

The Our America Initiative, led by Honorary Chairman Gov. Gary Johnson, is a national advocacy group that focuses on protecting civil liberties, reducing the size and cost of government and promoting economic freedom.

 

Announcing the state-level efforts, Our America senior advisor Ron Nielson said, “The fight for greater individual freedom and less government is not just a federal one. Across the nation, state and local governments are taking actions and making decisions every day that impact liberty. As these decisions are made, it is essential that policy-makers hear from those who believe in reducing the role of government in our everyday lives.

 

“As state legislatures begin their work for 2015, supporters of the Our America Initiative are organizing to provide that voice for liberty.”

 

Our America’s legislative priorities in each state will be targeted toward efforts to reduce taxes, eliminate unnecessary regulation, and reverse trends toward over-criminalization and militarization of law enforcement. Protection and restoration of civil liberties, greater choices in education and health care, and increased transparency in government are likewise on the agenda in state capitals across the country.

 

Advocacy efforts are already under way in numerous states, ranging from tax reform in Georgia to opposing Common Core in numerous states to judicial reform in Louisiana. Other issues include opposing the use of federal drug task force grants to militarize local law enforcement and resisting the over-regulation of Uber and other entrepreneurial transportation networks.

 

More information regarding specific states and issues can be found at Our America in the States, and at Lobby Days.

 

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The OUR America Initiative is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy committee and may receive unlimited donations from both individual and corporate donors. Contributions and gifts to Our America Initiative are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes.  
Saturday
Dec202014

OurAmericanInitiative - Gov Gary Johnson On Easing Relations with Cuba 

 

Governor Gary Johnson On Easing Relations With Cuba: “The Free Market is a More Powerful Force for Good Than Is a Government-Imposed Embargo.”


 

December 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT -- Governor Gary Johnson, Honorary Chairman of the Our America Initiative, released the following statement regarding easing sanctions on Cuba:

 

“While reasonable people can disagree about the negotiations that were involved, easing restrictions and opening the door to broader economic and cultural relations with Cuba is the right thing to do -- and long overdue.

 

Free markets, open communications and opportunities for the Cuban people to see the benefits of a less antagonistic relationship with the U.S. will accomplish that which five decades of barriers clearly has not accomplished.

 

Make no mistake, the Castro regime has done nothing to deserve reward. But the Cuban people have done nothing to deserve being locked out of the opportunities that a better relationship with the U.S. will bring.

 

The free market is a more powerful, and certainly more positive, force for good than is a government-imposed embargo. Congress should act to remove the barriers the President cannot remove administratively, and end the failed policy of trying to reform another nation by isolating it.”