NH Libertarians Officially Recognized as Party For First time in 20 Years + “Free Staters” Win 15+ State Rep Races

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Libertarians Had Major Successes in NH 2016 Elections

The national election is just a sideshow. Nothing of substance in DC will change in the next four years and I predict Trump will ultimately disappoint those who think he’s somehow an “outsider” or “anti-establishment”. Meanwhile, the left is MAD and secession will grow into a serious idea for many of them as they begin to see the value in breaking away from the United States. Indeed, Californians already held a #CalExit rally on the Sacramento statehouse grounds today!

Many watching the libertarian migrations to New Hampshire are probably wondering how the libertarians did here in the Shire, specifically both the Libertarian Party candidates and those libertarians running as Republicans and Democrats for state house and senate.

First, Libertarian candidate for NH governor Max Abramson got a higher vote percentage than every other Libertarian Party candidate for governor across the United States in 2016’s election. He did better than Gary Johnson did in NH, in fact. Beyond the feather in his cap, the 4.3% of the vote he received is significant because it qualifies the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire for equal ballot access with the Republicans and Democrats for the first time in 20 years! That means Libertarian candidates no longer have to worry about petitioning to gain ballot access – a costly and time-consuming process. Now we can pay the same affordable filing fees ($2 for state rep) that the Rs and Ds pay.

Why has it been twenty years since we’ve had this status? In 1990, the LP gained official party recognition for the first time. They held it until 1997 when the state legislature (specifically a group of Republicans) decided to raise the vote threshold from 3% to 4%, disqualifying the LP from official party status. Their candidates for governor since that time were unable to reach the new, raised bar.

Darryl W Perry in RT's 2016 Libertarian Presidential Debate

Darryl W Perry, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of NH

Until now. Riding on a national wave of frustration with the big parties, Libertarian candidate for governor Max Abramson managed to score 4.3%, (30,959 votes). This despite being excluded from the debates and also after making headlines for being a peaceful felon for defending his property with a gun.

The news couldn’t come at a better time for the LP of NH, which for many years has been languishing under a do-nothing chairman. That chair was replaced at a special convention called just weeks beforehand, where Free Keene blogger Darryl W Perry was unanimously elected chairman by those attending the convention. In addition, principled former Arkansas LP chair Rodger Paxton was elected vice-chair along with former independent candidate for governor Jilletta Jarvis taking the secretary position – much-needed new blood was transfused into the NH Libertarian Party, just in time for this epic win by Abramson. The gates are now open for libertarians to storm the ballots in 2018 with candidates statewide.

The second big win last night was the election of libertarians running as Republicans and Democrats statewide, despite active and expensive campaigns by haters to out them as “Free Staters”. As they did in 2014, the big-government lobbying group “Granite State Progress” published a well-researched list of the state rep and senate candidates they believed to be “Free Staters”, aka libertarians running as Rs and Ds. Of their list of 39 such candidates in 2014, 15 were elected. This time, in 2016 they identified 32 candidates as “Free Staters”. Of those 32, there were 15 winners!

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That alone would be good news – that we won an even higher percentage of the identified-as-free-staters races than 2014, with many incumbents holding on to their seats, including multi-term state rep Carol McGuire who dominated her re-election with 62% of the vote. Keith Ammon, an incumbent who was targeted by an expensive full-color direct mail hitpiece flyer that was sent to homes in his district, won. Multiple others took first place in their races, as Keith did. However, the good news doesn’t end with just those fifteen. According to posts on Facebook, there are at least several other “Free Stater” candidates who won that Granite State Progress was unable to identify.

Not only that, but the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance’s endorsed candidates did very well, with 66 of their 101 endorsements for NH state house winning their races last night and four of their seven NH senate endorsees winning theirs. (My source for comparing names with wins/losses is the AP’s election results.)

Once again, New Hampshire has proven that it’s the premiere destination for libertarians who are willing to move to work for more liberty. Libertarians in other states are not having close to the level of success we have and continue to build on year-after-year. As thousands more liberty activists are expected to arrive over the next several years thanks to the Free State Project and Shire Society, you really need to ask yourself when are you planning to move?

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27 Comments

  1. I think the “disappointment ” are you guys.

  2. Free staters have been elected in the past and they have done nothing. This special election for Darryl Perry must have taken place at a Pizza Hut. There was no news in the media about it. Those elected will turn their backs on you’re radical ideas and you will be bashing them in no time.

  3. Jumping Jacks So Jacks, I’ve noticed that you’ve become increasingly preoccupied with the task of accusing some of your detractors of collecting SSDI benefits. You even became quite outraged when I jokingly accused you of the same. That was really funny by the way. I trust that you’re not trying to confess something to me, now are you Jacks?

  4. Milwaukee I like how you give voice to your disappointment by trolling these guys oin their own blog. You have such a stout heart, Milwaukee dear.

  5. Drac Vermell Jumping Jacks Peaches, again you twist words and make assumptions that were never there. I realize the only job you have is freekeene troll but I wonder if you could do better.  Maybe not

  6. Jumping Jacks Drac Vermell Are you recycling some of your Jacksisms of old, Jacks? My goodness, you must really be vexed with me! I haven’t seen you use the phrase “twist words” in quite a long while. It’s almost become my white whale of sorts. Well… that and these delightful little SSDI conspiracy theories you’ve been fixated upon as of late. You don’t have something to confess to me, now do you Jacks? I think you do.

  7. Oin? On in now or a foot? What are you trying to express here Mr. Vermell?

  8. Milwaukee Why I meant “on” of course, Milwaukee dear. I’m very disappointed that you weren’t clever enough to figure that out without my help. I’m sure you encounter a large number of similar typographical errors when socializing with your dear friends on Facebook, now don’t you dear?
    By the way Milwaukee, did you know that you forgot to pluralize “disappointment” in your previous message? Apparently in your rush to be deliberately unpleasant, you recklessly hit the spacebar instead of the “s” key. I let it go earlier because the remaining syntax made it very easy for me to figure out what you meant. But I’m sure you’ll get better at this sort of thing yourself with a little practice, Milwaukee. I believe in you.

  9. Drac Vermell Jumping Jacks Peaches, I know you are on SSDI. You can continue to deny the facts but I know. Do you get benefits for being a freekeene troll?

  10. Well they are a disappointing bunch, wouldn’t you agree? The odds are never stacked in their favor. I wonder why?

  11. Jumping Jacks Drac Vermell Hmm, I’m not really moved by any of this Jacks. You can understand why, right? It’s been impossible for me to forget that absolutely disastrous argument you had with Amanda Bouldin last year. Remember when you gave away the fact that you didn’t know the difference between benzodiazepines and opiates? As an expert in drug addiction, that must have been very humiliating for you.
    But you know things could start swinging back in your favor again were you to confess. What do you think, Jacks? They say it’s good for the soul.

  12. Milwaukee Because that’s how the prevailing attitudes of those in greater numbers dictate things, dear. But that certainly doesn’t mean the underrepresented are wrong in committing themselves to opposing popular ideas, now does it? I certainly hope that you’re not one of these foolish types who clings to the belief that the democratic process is unerring, Milwaukee. Majorities are often wrong you know.

  13. Majorities are often wrong, that is correct. You can quit it with the “dear” pleasantries, thanks.

  14. Milwaukee I’m sorry beloved, but for the time being I’ll be continuing to address you in whatever way I see fit. As I’ve explained to you before there is a way to persuade me otherwise. Regularly giving in to your urges to bait others is not one of them.

  15. Wow! You really do not have a life, do you? Do you get payed by Free Keene to act so cynical to anyone bringing up the major flaws of this group? What happened to you in your life to make you behave in such a way?

  16. Jumping Jacks Drac Vermell you copying Drac and saying “peaches” sounds really dumb,REALLY DUMB…i guess he bugs you so you are copying him but…whatever

  17. DavidCrawford4 Jumping Jacks Drac Vermell Your name DavidCrawford4 sounds really dumb. I find it hard to believe you came up with it by yourself.

  18. DavidCrawford4 Whereas you are a fucking genius, with the way you write and speak, aren’t you, Creepy Crawford?

  19. Jumping Jacks DavidCrawford4  The 4 is for his IQ. Dude’s illiterate.

  20. Milwaukee My goodness, Milwaukee darling, are you still bellyaching about this? Isn’t this exactly the sort of petty back and forth that you wanted? Goodness gracious, it certainly doesn’t take much to break your spirit, now does it?
    Look snowflake, I really shouldn’t have to be the one to explain to you that it’s always been within your power to change the dynamics here. If you lack the courage to make that effort yourself, then the only advice I have left to give you is to go back to watching. After all, if you can’t stand the heat then you really shouldn’t be sitting so close to the fire, now should you?
    Oh, and Milwaukee? You spelled “payed” incorrectly. Despite that, your remark was absolutely hilarious! As if there could ever be money to be made corresponding with the likes of you and Jacks!

  21. Nevermind. “Snowflake”? Oh your pissed, but nevermind.

  22. Milwaukee Milwaukee dear, your lack of patience is leading you to false conclusions here. You might want to take a few deep breaths and reread my last reply to you. I think you’re taking more from it than the context implies.
    Oh, and dear? You misspelled “your” once again. I’ve noticed that you do that a lot.

  23. Your welcome.

  24. Milwaukee And you’re very welcome as well, Milwaukee. The first step in modifying bad behavior beings with being polite. I’m so proud of you dear. I certainly hope that this will continue. I’d hate to see you give it up at the first sign of opposition.

  25. Your welcome.

  26. Milwaukee Now Milwaukee dear, if you have a secret you wish to confess to me, you should just let it out. I’m always here for you, darling. You don’t ever need to be afraid.

  27. Too bad for the people of New Hampshire, targeted by a bunch of liberty fetishists for the rebranding of their culture as a ‘Libertarian’ society. NH should prepare for much unhappiness as they transition from a down-to-earth practical-solution type of place to an ideologically intolerant, commodity-minded, cultural wasteland. We’ll be reading “What’s the Matter With New Hampshire” soon enough.

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