Maggie Hassan has blood on her hands. You might not see it at first, but it’s there. Look closely, you’ll see it.
On July 23, 2013, New Hampshire became the 19th state to legalize medicinal usage of cannabis. The original version of the therapeutic cannabis bill would have allowed qualifying patients to grow their own medicine if certain criteria were met. However, Maggie threatened to veto the legislation if this provision wasn’t removed, despite the fact that she voted FOR a similar provision in 2009. This is a freedom enjoyed by therapeutic cannabis patients in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and a dozen other states. Now, over one year later, qualifying patients are still not able to legally obtain the medicine they need. The process is so arduous that it may be another 18 months before therapeutic cannabis patients in the Granite State will be able to legally obtain their medicine from one of four alternative treatment centers. (more…)
On September 4, the Keene, NH City Council heard a communication from Councilor Terry Clark. Clark, who had been vocally opposed to Keene’s acceptance of the Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter-Attack Truck, wrote a correspondence to the mayor and council asking “the City of Keene (to) withdraw from the Homeland Security Grant” and return the “BearCat, to the appropriate government agency.”
During the council meeting, Mayor Kendall Lane suggested that the council take the correspondence as informational. The vote to override this motion was only supported by Councilors Chadbourne, Clark and Hague.
Tomorrow is voting day! The polls are open 8a-7p. If you live in Keene and don’t know where to vote, check the info here. Tuesday September 9th is primary day and there are some very important races happening in Keene, If you are an “undeclared” voter, you can pull the party’s ballot of your choice and then “undeclare” again on the way out of the polls. Here are the liberty-oriented candidates for which you can vote this year in Keene as well as some lesser-of-the-evils candidates:
Ward 1: State Rep Cheshire District 4 – James Cleaveland
All Wards: State Rep Cheshire District 16 – Conan Salada
County Commission: Terry Clark
Register of Probate: (write-in) Darryl W. Perry
Governor: Ian Freeman
Ward 1: State Rep Cheshire District 4 – David Crawford
All Wards: State Rep Cheshire District 16 – Varrin Swearingen
The Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter-Attack Truck has come up again as a topic of discussion in Keene. The City Council recently voted to table a proposal by Terry Clark to return the BEARCAT. The following letter has been published by the Keene Sentinel as a letter to the editor, and has also been submitted to the City Council as an official correspondence, and should be on the agenda for the next Council meeting (Sept 18).
In the wake of the protests in Ferguson, Mo., the federal government has begun reconsidering the programs that give away military equipment to local law-enforcement. Sen. Claire McCaskill said police responses like that in Ferguson have “become the problem instead of the solution.” (more…)
In the wake of the situation in Ferguson [language warning] and the attention it has drawn to the militarization of police across the county, Reason has put out a parody video regarding the “give-away” of “free” equipment to police departments across the county. In the video, Keene’s bearcat is used an example that no place is too small for militarization of the police, a trait that Ferguson shares with Keene since it also received a bearcat vehicle and is similar in population to Keene, ~21,000 people in Ferguson to Keene’s ~23,000 people.
People seem to have various opinions about the viral fundraiser called the “Ice Bucket Challenge”. One thing that can’t be denied is its success. Chris Cantwell dumps an interesting twist on new-mover-to-Keene Josie Wales in this video shot in Keene: