GOTV door knocking – Hampton (3/5/16)

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Myself and Joël Valenzuela 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.

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We separated into two different teams. Joël teamed up with AFP field director Sarah Scott, and her field associate Bruno Parga came with me and my three kids. We canvassed Hampton getting voters out to vote and distributing literature encouraging the same. Very few people were home, as many homes in Hampton are summer rentals. Still, we managed to reach 279 homes over the course of the afternoon.

We will be hitting the last of the doors tomorrow, so if you’re available Sunday, please come join. And if you like what we’re doing, leave a Bitcoin tip!

Hampton special election GOTV – Dover (3/3/16)

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I participated in an Americans for Prosperity GOTV phone bank in Dover for a special election for state representative in Hampton.

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 call registered voters who have shown to be pro-liberty in the past and encourage them to vote.

The phone banking crowd this time around was fairly sparse, mostly due to the office in Dover being relatively new. We made calls for about two hours, since after calling through the entire list twice we ran out of work to do. It’s a good problem to have.

Myself included, three total volunteers were present. Vince Perfetto was present at my urging.

Hampton special election GOTV – Manchester (3/1/16)

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I participated in an Americans for Prosperity GOTV phone bank in Manchester for a special election for state representative in Hampton.

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 call registered voters who have shown to be pro-liberty in the past and encourage them to vote.

The phone banking room was packed, and we made calls for three hours. This included calling through the entire list twice.

Over a dozen total volunteers were present. Sylvain Yaakov was present at my urging.

NHLA Gold Standard distribution (9/16/15)

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I once again assisted in distributing the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance’s Gold Standard, the NHLA’s legislative recommendations for the session, at the New Hampshire State House in Concord.

It was veto day, where the legislature made futile attempts to override vetos by Gov. Hassan on key pieces of legislation, especially SB116, the bill removing the permit requirement to carry a firearm concealed.

I was joined by fellow NHLA activists Tim O’Flaherty and Will Anderson. The distribution was carried out without incident, unless you count the NH Voices of Faith (a.k.a. the Church of the State) making their usual showing holding signs and praying for an expanded budget.

NHLA Gold Standard distribution (6/3/15)

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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, along with tireless fellow volunteer Will Anderson.

Lobbyists were present in force attempting to influence the vote on SB133, a workers compensation-related bill. The New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association in particular was there in force to support the measure.

NHLA Gold Standard distribution (5/6/15)

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I assisted Will Anderson, Doris Hohensee and Tim O’Flaherty in the distribution of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance Gold Standard to the New Hampshire State House. We focused on distributing to the reps hall instead of branching off to cover the Democratic caucus.

It was a light traffic day, with a whole stack of Gold Standards left over after distribution. The American Lung Association was out lobbying in force for SB125-FN, which would create licensing requirements for mold removal services. The ALA lobbyist stated that she had been lobbying unsuccessfully to pass this bill for the last five years, and that she would cry if it didn’t pass.

NHLA Gold Standard distribution (4/29/15)

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Today I assisted the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance in distributing the Gold Standard, their legislative recommendations for the New Hampshire state legislature. I started with the House Democratic Caucus (the tough crowd), then moved on to the house at large.

Also distributing the Gold Standard were Doris Hohensee, Will Anderson, and NHLA Research Director Tim O’Flaherty.

The State House was packed with activists and lobbyists, due to the upcoming vote on SB116, a bill removing the permit restrictions for carrying a firearm concealed.

NHLA Gold Standard activism (4/15/15)

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I assisted the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance in the distribution of the Gold Standard weekly legislative recommendations to the New Hampshire state legislature, both in front of the Democratic caucus and the house chamber.

As usual, the Democrat side proved to be the tougher crowd, and while most were polite and receptive, I did get Rep. Tim Smith’s usual “say no to anarchists” catchphrase.

Also as usual, Will Anderson was there once again to provide his tireless assistance.

State House hearings on marijuana and hemp (4/7/15)

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I attended hearings before the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee on several bills regarding marijuana and hemp, and signed in support of those bills.

The bills in question were:

HB494, regarding the legalization of industrial hemp

HB270, regarding legal immunity for drug-related emergency calls

HB618, regarding decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana

The hearings were very well-attended, with no shortage of testimony from the pro-liberty crowd. As usual, there was also no shortage of government officials defending the status quo.

NHLA Gold Standard activism (3/25/15)

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I once again assisted the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance in the distribution of the Gold Standard, their weekly legislative recommendations, to the New Hampshire state legislature at the State House in Concord. The distribution was carried out without incident.