Federal Court upholds restriction on petitioning

Originally published by the Ballot Access Fairness Coalition

In 2014 the New Hampshire General Court passed a new restriction on minor party access to the general election ballot by prohibiting a political organization from collecting petitions before the election year. The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire filed a lawsuit challenging this new law. A similar law in Rhode Island was struck down in 2009 because the sole claim by the Rhode Island government was “reducing the number of ‘false positives’.” In New Hampshire, that was the initial reason given for passage of the new law, however William Gardner changed the reasoning the rationale to prevent ballot clutter and to ensure that political parties have a current modicum of support. (more…)

NY Cracking Down on Bitcoin Businesses – NH Welcomes You!

Bitcoin NH License Plate

Bitcoiners Love NH

Especially if you love liberty, you’ve got to get out of New York now, while you still can. The so-called “bitlicense” has taken effect in New York and it’s instantly stopping small businesses from being created or driving them out of the state entirely.

To be clear, according to the NY state gang’s own website, businesses who accept bitcoin for payment for product and service do not need to get a bitlicense, but if customers can’t get bitcoin because NY has made it insanely difficult to buy and sell bitcoin, what good is it to accept them?

New York is doing their best to strangle the nascent bitcoin marketplace before it gets out of the cradle. Now only the most obedient and wealthy companies will be able to buy and sell bitcoin in New York. It’s protectionism all the way, and it’s likely not going to get any better for the little guy.

In contrast, New Hampshire has somme of the biggest bitcoiners in the world that are participants in the Free State Project and have moved or will be moving here once the project reaches its goal of 20,000. The FSP even put up a special page on their website touting some of the reasons why New Hampshire is a destination for the bitcoin and liberty-loving community.

Lamassu BVM

The Keene Bitcoin Vending Machine

Since the publication of that list, New Hampshire has become the only place in all of Northern New England (VT, NH, ME) that has a publicly accessible Bitcoin Vending Machine (sadly, BVMs are closing down in New York). It’s at 101 Deals Thrift Store and besides Boston, the Keene BVM is the only option in the region. The Keene Bitcoin Vending Machine is a community service operated by the Shire Free Church. Where will the next BVM pop-up?

No one should really be surprised about the bitcoin crackdown in New York. They call it the Empire State for a reason. The Mercatus Center annual study on the freedom of the fifty states continues to rank New York at #50, below the awful California at #49.

If you love bitcoin and liberty, you should move to New Hampshire. Here’s how to join the Free State Project.

AKPF #1: Cultwell

cantshootgunswellusaComing back after a break from internet broadcasts, the producers are happy to announce a new episode of AKPF #1 for cable and webcast, featuring content filmed very recently in the Keene area. IP strikes have delayed the release of some episodes and prevented others from being broadcast on youtube and other free video hosting services. Featuring almost entirely original content, this episode should hopefully remain outside of the grasp of information censors. Enjoy this week’s episode of AKPF #1, Cultwell, featuring an interview with Cantwellism researcher Ethan Glover by Garret Ean.

Concord Monitor Publishes Editorial by FSP Early Mover, Answering Common Objections to Liberty

James Davis

James Davis

James Davis, a Free State Project early mover to Dover, was recently published in the Concord Monitor. His article is a lengthy response to an anti-liberty piece that recently appeared there.

In his epic response, James lays out the ideas of liberty and voluntarism and addresses common objections about health care, vice, property rights, and more. It’s an excellent piece and would be a good one to share with people who still believe in “the state”. Here it is:

A recent column posited that Libertarian Party ideals, while they look good on paper, erode freedom (Monitor Forum, May 28). As someone who supported Barack Obama in his first run for the presidency, and even attended his inauguration, I can understand these concerns. But as someone who has since come to self-identify as a libertarian, I think the author (and the Monitor’s readers) could use some clarification as to what the principles of liberty actually are.

 

The article started with and seemed to revolve around one question: “What exactly do libertarians mean by harm?” This is certainly the heart of the discussion. (more…)

Monadnock Regional School Principal Lies to Parents About Student Privacy

Monadnock Regional Middle and High School

Monadnock Regional Middle and High School

Last week, the principal of Monadnock Regional Middle/High School sent a letter to certain parents promoting Free Keene, and for that I thank them.  However, the letter also told a big lie.  The letter’s purpose was to stir up concern among parents that some people from Free Keene have been recording on campus, (here’s the video) and further claims falsely:

This is a violation of your child’s privacy and because it happened on school property, we want to make sure you are aware of this video.

This is a lie.  It was not Derrick’s intention to record the students, and the principal’s letter does admit the students were filmed inadvertently.  That said, even if it had been his intention to record the students, it would not have been a violation of their privacy, given they were all outdoors, on ostensibly public property.  Beyond that, the school district has already informed parents their kids will be recorded, not just for their school security system, but for newspaper, radio, TV and web!  Here’s the proof.  According to the “student registration” form for the Monadnock Regional School District, which covers Monadnock Regional Middle/High School, parents agree to the following statement, in a lengthy four-page form (check the bottom of page 3 for this):

I agree to allow the student to be recorded or photographed for public use by newspaper, radio, TV and web

So, this is nothing more than a dishonest, fearmongering hit piece that is designed to make the school look like they are somehow protecting the students from us horrible bloggers by claiming they are consulting with law enforcement and have formulated plans to remove us from the premises next time.  All the while, they are recording the students on their own security system on a daily basis, and have had all parents sign a waiver allowing any media to use their images!

Thanks to the parents who took the time to send in the letter and a registration form.

UPDATED 5:03pm – Actually linked the scan of the letter this time.

Black Sheep Rising – Ep81 – Danger Zone

Robin Hood gets thrifty, for the people • Sign ordinance 101. Like getting punched in the d**k • Derrick J “unsuitable” to conceal carry • James goes on trial for recording the police • Messages from the folks • Rapsher, Shaunna, and James join • Show notes at: BlackSheepRising.org

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