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FreeKeeneNews - Manchester Activists Burn US Flags for Flag Day 

Manchester liberty activists celebrated Flag Day yesterday by releasing a video showing them setting more than one United States flag ablaze.  Anticipating the inevitable backlash of anger, media personality Shire Dude (aka Andrew Vermiglio) made this statement via his blog post at Free Keene:

To The Offended Viewer:
Some of the folks in Manchester, New Hampshire have been burning tiny flags on holidays, but what does it mean?

Just like any icon, the flag symbolizes different things as it is interpreted by different people.  You may look at the flag and see a symbol of hope and freedom.  I do not share this view.  In my eyes, the flag is the banner of an oppressive, monolithic federal government.

This freedom to burn flags was not given to me; we are all born free. Isn’t that fantastic?

Shire Dude is available for interview.  Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview him,

Ian Freeman



MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – On Saturday, former Alderman and mayoral candidate Patrick Arnold addressed the Manchester Democratic Committee during its annual meeting and election at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Drawing upon the Democratic tradition of a healthy discourse of ideas, Alderman Arnold called for several debates among the Democratic candidates for mayor this year. “Let’s discuss the challenges we face as a city. Let’s debate what works and what doesn’t,” Arnold said. Following his remarks, Arnold urged party officials to take an active role in organizing such debates.

Describing “obstacles to progress” as the legacy of the current administration, Arnold criticized a complacency with the status quo. “This year’s race for mayor will be about which candidate is likeliest to move us beyond business as usual,” Arnold said. “It’s easy to just talk about failed policies. It’s hard to do the work necessary to change them,” Arnold continued, referencing his own record of challenging Mayor Ted Gatsas’ failed policies in 2013. Arnold reminded the crowd that persuading 472 people is what separated Manchester from new leadership in the 2013 election.

Arnold also noted that a growing number of Manchester residents feel disengaged from local elected leaders. “We need a mayor who goes to every ward in the city and listens to those whose voices are not being heard…. who feel as though they don’t matter. In Manchester, every voice matters,” Arnold continued. Arnold has previously disclosed to party officials that his campaign will be hosting house parties and listening tours in every ward of the city.


Patrick Arnold is a candidate for mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire. Arnold served as a Manchester Alderman from 2009 until 2014. In 2013, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor against Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Republican incumbent. In March 2014, the Manchester Board of Aldermen unanimously confirmed Arnold’s appointment to the city’s Conduct Committee. An attorney by trade, Arnold earned his law degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Abigail.


FreeKeeneNews - Manchester Activists To Protest DUI Checkpoint Tonight 

Manchester Activists to Protest DUI Checkpoint Tonight

Dozens of activists will converge in downtown Manchester starting at 10:00 p.m. tonight to divert traffic away from a sobriety checkpoint planned by Manchester Police Department. Activists are protesting the stopping of drivers without reasonable suspicion of having committed a crime. They are also protesting the federal government's involvement in local policing through federal grants used to fund the checkpoint.

Joël Valenzuela
(602) 510-9966

Manchester - Alderman Arnold calls on Mayor Gatsas to accept Secretary Foxx's challenge 



MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today mayoral candidate and former Alderman Patrick Arnold called on Mayor Ted Gatsas and city leaders to accept the challenge of U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to improve safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians.


“Manchester can and should be leading New Hampshire in being the best place to live and raise a family,” says Arnold. “We must move beyond business as usual and pursue innovative plans and solutions to our city’s challenges. Walking and biking contribute to the health, transportation and quality of life of all members of our city. Especially amid the long-awaited arrival of spring weather, an appropriate infrastructure should be accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities, and in every neighborhood of our city,” Arnold continued. “As mayor, I would accept Secretary Foxx’s challenge. I urge Mayor Gatsas and other candidates for public office to pledge the same.”


For more information about Secretary Foxx’s challenge and cities that have accepted the challenge, visit


NHDP - ICYMI: Union Leader: House Republican “Budget cuts target Manchester school district” 

Key Point: “The budget plan approved by the House Finance Committee this week could result in a nearly $4 million reduction in state aid for the city school district… The proposal is part of a slew of cuts, totaling $340 million, that the Republican-controlled House committee voted to make this week to the budget proposed Gov. Maggie Hassan.”

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The budget plan approved by the House Finance Committee this week could result in a nearly $4 million reduction in state aid for the city school district. 

The cuts, which would go into effect in the second year of the biennial budget, beginning July 1, 2016, are based on declining enrollment in Manchester relative to other communities and a $46 million statewide cut in stabilization grants.

The proposal is part of a slew of cuts, totaling $340 million, that the Republican-controlled House committee voted to make this week to the budget proposed Gov. Maggie Hassan. The budget plan is slated to be voted on by the House of Representatives next week.

The proposed reduction in state aid comes the same week that Manchester school officials presented a grim budget picture for the coming fiscal year.

… Mayor Ted Gatsas, a Republican and former state senator, said he was concerned about the possibility of cuts to education aid, but he noted that it was early in the process. 

… Last week, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to send a letter to the Finance Committee decrying proposed cuts to substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. 

Democratic State Rep. Bob Walsh, the only member of the Manchester delegation on the Finance Committee, said the cuts would fall heavily on the city.

“I’ve voted for the people but I’m one vote out of 26,” he said. “We have medical services and mental health services, and they’re being cut ferociously. Some towns don’t have these facilities, so we’re bearing the brunt.”

Gov. Hassan, a Democrat, has urged her supporters to speak out against the proposed cuts.