Right-to-Work Committee Hearing – Concord (2/8/17)

Today I attended a hearing at the New Hampshire State House in support of right-to-work legislation.

Right-to-work laws prohibit workers from being forced to join a union or pay union dues (or agency fees) as a condition of employment. Without them, a union can force employees to join their ranks or pay an agency fee anyway, and an employer attempting to hire or keep a non-union employee who does not pay will be subject to fines and eventually shut down. Right-to-work prevents this coercion by allowing workers the free choice on whether or not to join a union. [Read more…]

Right-to-Work Phone Bank – Manchester (2/1/17)

I helped out at a right-to-work phone bank in Manchester today.

Right-to-work protects a worker’s freedom to decide whether or not to join a labor union or pay union dues. According to federal labor law, businesses may be coerced into being a union shop, and employees may be forced to join the union and pay dues or pay an agency fee. Passing right-to-work overrides this requirement and allows employers the choice on whether to hire union or non-union, and gives employees the choice of whether or not to join or pay a union.

Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire organizes phone banks to call the constituents of key legislators, encouraging them to call their representatives and tell them to vote for SB 11, a right-to-work bill going through the state legislature. SB 11 passed the Senate and will be up for a House committee hearing on February 8th, and a vote on the 16th.

I made 81 calls to constituents of key legislators on the upcoming right-to-work vote, totaling 240 calls for the campaign.

State House Hearings – Concord (2/1/17)

Today I headed to Concord to advocate for liberty in the New Hampshire State House.

There were quite a few hearings to attend, though the only one of interest for which I was prepared to testify was SB 12, Constitutional Carry. Since that hearing already had droves of pro-liberty folks testifying in favor (to the point where the committee chair asked attendees if they wanted to forego their testimony for the sake of saving time), however, I opted not to testify, but instead sign up in support (or opposition) of various key bills.

To streamline my efforts while in Concord, I took advantage of the excellent bill review by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, which does a fantastic job of tracking and reviewing legislation, and overall acts as a great advocate for liberty at the State House.

These are the bills for which I signed in support/opposition:

SB 12: Constitutional Carry, or the right to carry a firearm concealed without a permit. I signed in support.

HB 590-FN: Establishing a state bank. I signed in opposition.

HB 633-FN: Allowing health insurance policies to be sold without mandates. I signed in support.

HB 640: Relative to the penalties for possession of marijuana. I signed in support.

HB 644: Extending the interest and dividends tax to capital gains, increasing exemptions from the tax, and providing for retirement system contributions on behalf of employers other than the state. I signed in opposition.

HB 656: Relative to the legalization and regulation of marijuana. I signed in support.

Medicaid expansion accountability doorknocking – Manchester (8/7/16)

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I participated in a voter outreach operation to hold Representative Joseph LaChance accountable for his votes to expand government.

In 2016, the New Hampshire State House voted to expand Obamacare through a Medicaid expansion. This will provide taxpayer-funded healthcare free of charge to able-bodied working age adults with no preexisting medical conditions. This program will create a massive increase in the size and scope of government, and representatives who voted for it are therefore accountable for the resulting increase in taxation and regulation. [Read more…]

Medicaid expansion accountability phone bank – Dover (4/7/16)

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Today I assisted Americans for Prosperity in holding legislators accountable for voting for Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire.

Medicaid expansion will, among other things, extend government healthcare benefits to able-bodied working-age adults and add massive government spending. Americans for Prosperity is calling voters and knocking on doors letting them know that their state senator voted for this monstrosity, and encouraging them to contact their senator in protest. Enough pressure from angry voters can lead to unseating these legislators in the next election, and providing a warning to others.

This particular evening we were calling various state senators to hold them accountable for their Medicaid expansion vote. It was a fairly uneventful phone bank.

Tax increase protest phone bank – Dover (4/5/16)

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I joined fellow activists for a phone bank to resist a tax increase in Dover.

The city of Dover’s school board proposed a budget for the city that would exceed the tax cap by over $3 million. This would have the effect of raising property taxes for the city. Americans for Prosperity hosted a phone bank to call Dover’s residents, let them know about the tax increase, and encourage them to attend the city council meeting in protest. Several Rights Brigade activists participated.

I was joined by Nelson Lourenço, Nicholas Boyle, and Vince Perfetto. Together, we comprised 4 of the 9 volunteers present, who were joined by two AFP staff members. Together, we called thousands of Dover residents to motivate them to stand against the tax cap. Less than half were aware of such an increase, and the vast majority were upset at the news. Several thanked us for keeping an eye out for them on issues that affect their town.

NHLA Gold Standard Activism – Concord (3/9/16)

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Today I assisted the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance in distributing the Gold Standard, their weekly legislative recommendations, to the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

The Gold Standard for this week was quite comprehensive, a massive 19 pages long. The star of the show was HB1696, which would extend and expand Medicaid, a massive entitlement program. Reps are warned that voted for this bill would heavily weigh in the NHLA’s legislative scorecard.

The hall was absolutely packed with lobbyists and activists, mostly those supporting the Medicaid expansion bill. This included the religious pro-government group I affectionately refer to as the Church of the States singing songs about healthcare being a universal right and praying for more taxation.

I joined NHLA volunteers Lisa McGunnigle and Will Anderson in distributing the massive Gold Standard. Between the three of us, we covered both entrances very well. Towards the end of the selection, I also distributed some remaining Gold Standard copies to University of New Hampshire students who were present on a tour. Hopefully it will serve to counterbalance some of the crazy things they’re sure to be learning in school.

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Rights Brigade Helps AFP-NH in Hampton Special Election

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Over the last week, the Rights Brigade joined the New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) in conducting a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) operation for a special election in Hampton for state representative.

One of the candidates for state representative signed AFP’s pledge to, among other things, vote against tax and spending increases, and adhere to the Constitution of both the United States and New Hampshire. Because of this, AFP agreed to conduct a GOTV operation in his district to mobilize pro-liberty voters. AFP is a nonpartisan nonprofit, so voters are only encouraged generally to vote.

Rights Brigade activists participated in AFP-organized phone banks, one in Manchester on Tuesday and one in Dover on Thursday, calling Hampton voters to encourage them to vote. Then, activists went door-to-door on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday to talk with voters in person and leave literature on doors.

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In total, Rights Brigade activists conducted 5-7 operations (Saturday and Sunday each had two teams going simultaneously). 5 activists participated (9 if you count accompanying children) for a total of 9-13 activist participation instances. In total, 573 doors were reached and 179 calls were made as part of this collaboration. As a whole, AFP New Hampshire and its volunteers reached 3221 doors and made 11,215 calls. That means that the Rights Brigade’s all-volunteer force of 5 activists made up about 18% of AFP-NH’s door output. Not bad when you consider they had 5 full-time and 7 part-time staff participating, all of whom were also tasked with recruiting volunteers to help.

Most political organizations need to do some major fundraising in order to acquire and pay enough professional talent to pull off an operation of this scale. The Rights Brigade made a strong showing in the New Hampshire political scene this last week despite being a volunteer-only activism organization with basically no budget.

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GOTV door knocking – Hampton (3/7/16)

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I participated in an Americans for Prosperity GOTV door knocking campaign in Hampton for a special election for state representative.

Special elections occur when a seat is vacated in between elections. They are typically very low turnout, and are therefore relatively easy to impact. Activists knock on doors of registered voters who have shown to be pro-liberty in the past and encourage them to go out and vote. This allows us to influence an election in the direction of liberty without throwing support behind a specific candidate or party, which may let us down and compromise their principles in time.

I assisted AFP field director Sarah Scott in hitting the last remaining doors before the special election tomorrow. Plenty of people were home, so we ended up talking with a lot of potential voters. Most were intent on voting.

155 doors were reached.

GOTV door knocking – Hampton (3/6/16)

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I participated in an Americans for Prosperity GOTV door knocking campaign in Hampton for a special election for state representative.

Special elections occur when a seat is vacated in between elections. They are typically very low turnout, and are therefore relatively easy to impact. Activists knock on doors of registered voters who have shown to be pro-liberty in the past and encourage them to go out and vote. This allows us to influence an election in the direction of liberty without throwing support behind a specific candidate or party, which may let us down and compromise their principles in time.

I was joined by Kate Noble and AFP field director Sarah Scott. The neighborhoods were considerably better than those we reached the day before, so we had more opportunities to converse with voters. Yard signs littered the neighborhood, not just for candidates but also for spending and tax increases that will be voted on this coming Tuesday. We reached 117 doors over the course of the afternoon.