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.

Rights Brigade Flexes Activism Muscle

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Over the last week, the Rights Brigade pulled off a wide variety of activism operations across the state, in cooperation with three different organizations.

First, Rights Brigade activists participated in a get-out-the-vote push in Hampton, working in conjunction with the New Hampshire branch of Americans for Prosperity. In total, 5-9 (depending on if kids count) activists assisted AFP staff and volunteer a total of 5-7 times (in two of those instances two separate teams went out), for a total of 9-13 activist participation instances. Activists knocked on 573 doors and made 179 calls. AFP-NH as a whole, which included 5 full-time staff and 7 part-time staff (and plenty of other volunteers recruited by staff), knocked on 3,221 doors and made 11,215 calls. Meaning, the Rights Brigade did almost 20% of the overall door knocking effort, projecting AFP’s field director who handled all RB volunteers to second place in the entire nation for the week. [Read more…]

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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