State Rep. Cynthia Chase isn’t known for her honesty. After all, she claimed the stated goal of the Free State Project is to take over New Hampshire (when the exact opposite would be more accurate). The actual goal of the FSP is found on its website, “The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire.” However, Rep. Chase is in favor of reducing freedom to discourage decent people from moving to New Hampshire, like she did just a few years ago.
In the opinion of this Democrat, free staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today. There is, legally, nothing we can do to prevent them from moving here to take over the state, which is their openly stated goal. In this country you can move anywhere you choose and they have that same right. What we can do is to make the environment here so unwelcoming that some will choose not to come, and some may actually leave. One way is to pass measures that will restrict the “freedoms” that they think they will find here.
Representative Chase is at it again. She admitted that there is a secret project by Granite State Progress, which itself is funded by billionaire George Soros. She said the project is called OUR State Project and the members meet at the Granite State Progress office on the third Thursday of the month. She said the Project is non-partisan so presumably, as long as you care about the future of New Hampshire and are non-violent, all of you readers are welcome at the meetings at 4 Park Street, Suite 300 in Concord, NH. Read more about the OUR State Project and it’s goals below, in Rep. Chase’s own words.
Rep. Chase, I’m sorry that your friends find rational moral philosophy and freedom intimidating. While I cannot claim to speak for the Free State Project, I believe this fact should be obvious, the Free State Project doesn’t get involved with politics at all. While there are people that happen to be candidates and also free staters at the same time, there are also candidates that happen to be gingers, British, atheist, lesbian, progressive, constitutionalists, tall, obese, short, under 30 years old, of Greek decent, left-handed and so on. There aren’t free state candidates just like there aren’t British candidates or Atheist candidates.
While Rep. Chase and Susan Bruce are involved in a Project to take down peaceful people living in New Hampshire, Susan Bruce assumes that the only well read newspaper in New Hampshire, the Union Leader, is involved in a conspiracy to help increase freedom. For some reason, a quote about people living in glass houses comes to mind right now.
The New Hampshire unemployment rate has fallen every month in 2014. April is no different. The preliminary April unemployment rate is 4.4%, a drop from the March rate of 4.5%. The states that border New Hampshire also have below average unemployment rates. The rate is 3.3% in Vermont, 5.7% in Maine and 6% in Massachusetts.
New Hampshire Employment Security issued a press release with the news.
Seasonally adjusted estimates for April 2014 placed the number of employed residents at 714,640, an increase of 2,200 from the previous month and an increase of 10,770 from April 2013. The number of unemployed residents decreased by 1,160 over-the-month to 32,740. This was 6,290 fewer unemployed than in April 2013. From March 2014 to April 2014, the total labor force increased by 1,040 to 747,380. This was an increase of 4,480 from April 2013.
Updated local rates for New Hampshire will be unveiled on May 22nd. As of April 29th, here are the unemployment rates for the four largest metropolitan areas in New Hampshire.
PORTSMOUTH, NH-ME MetroNECTA
ROCHESTER-DOVER, NH-ME MetroNECTA
MANCHESTER, NH MetroNECTA
NASHUA, NH-MA NECTA DIVISION
Click here for more detailed local unemployment employment information.
While the size of the New Hampshire labor market increases month after month, the unemployment rate continues to fall. While the US unemployment rate remains stagnant at 6.7%, there is a clear trend developing in New Hampshire. Jobs, job and more jobs! New Hampshire continues to have the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in the East. The only Eastern state with a lower unemployment rate is Vermont at 3.4%. The unemployment rate is 5.9% in Maine and 6.3% in Massachusetts, the only other states that border New Hampshire.
For March, the New Hampshire unemployment rate fell from 4.7% to 4.5%. The rate also fell in states that border New Hampshire, such as Massachusetts. The US rate remained at 6.7% for yet another month.
Unemployment rate estimates in various New Hampshire communities.
In many communities across New Hampshire, local voting happens in March. 1 of the most common voting days in March is March 11. For example, elections will happen in Keene on March 11. After speaking with several sources in Keene, here are some possible suggestions relating to the Tuesday, March 11 election.
Candidates for Office:
School Board Member (one-year term) – Ian Freeman
School Board Member (three-year term) – Steven William Lindsey (ONLY VOTE FOR STEVEN, not any other candidates)
School District Clerk – write-in Conan Salada
School District Moderator – write-in Darryl W. Perry
Ballot Questions: Yes on 2, 3, 4 and 5. No on all other Questions.
Question 1 – No
Question 2 – Yes
Question 3 – Yes
Question 4 – Yes
Question 5 – Yes
Question 6 – No
Question 7 – No
Question 8 – No
Question 9 – No
Question 10 – No
Question 11 – No
Question 12 – No
Question 13 – No
Wards 1, 2 & 3 vote at the Keene Recreation Center, 312 Washington Street
Wards 4 & 5 vote at the First Baptist Church, 105 Maple Avenue
Polls are likely open from 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM
If you aren’t sure where you vote, just show up at either location and ask an official or search here http://www.ci.keene.nh.us/government/city-clerk/elections-and-voting
At 5.1%, New Hampshire continues to have the 2nd lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the East. At 4.8%, the unadjusted rate for New Hampshire is also the 2nd lowest rate East of the Mississippi River. At only 4.2%, the state that shares the Connecticut River with New Hampshire continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the East. The rate fell in the rest of the near-by labor market. It fell to 6.2% in Maine and 7% in Massachusetts.
December 2013 unemployment rate for the most populated cities and towns in New Hampshire:
Easton, with a population of 254 people, has the lowest unemployment rate at 2.2%. Grafton County has the lowest unemployment rate of any county in New Hampshire at roughly 4.0%. At roughly 4.1%, Sullivan County has the 2nd lowest rate. The 45,000+ people Lebanon Area labor market has the lowest unemployment rate of any area labor market in the state at roughly 3.3%. The Nashua Area labor market, by far the largest labor market in New Hampshire, has the same rate as the state. Here’s a visual map of the 2013 New Hampshire unemployment rate averaged out for the whole year into a town by town breakdown.
Looking for a job in New Hampshire? Here is a great place to start your job search.
With it’s second expansion in two year, elite firearms manufacturer Sig Sauer proves that New Hampshire is good for gun makers. Sig Sauer recently moved from a modest manufacturing facility in Exeter, NH to a much larger facility in Newington, NH. The company is currently renovating a factory in Dover, NH where it will expand production even further.
The moving and expanding of firearms manufactures has been a big topic of national discussion for the last couple years. Just last week, a high capacity magazine manufacturer, Magpul, announced it is leaving Colorado due to the CO legislature’s strong opposition to self-defense. Ruger, another firearms manufacturer in New Hampshire, has run production at near full capacity for a couple years. Additionally, Ruger is considering opening a second shooting range in Newport, NH. Other, smaller firearms manufacturers have recently relocated to the Keene and Manchester, NH areas.
The US history of Sig Sauer:
- 1985 – Sig Sauer opened in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia
- 1987 – Relocated to Herndon, Virginia
- 1992 – Relocated to Exeter, New Hampshire
- 2001 – Expanded with a training academy in Epping, New Hampshire
- 2013 – Relocated HQ from Exeter to a larger facility in Newington, New Hampshire
- 2014 – Expanding with an additional factory in Dover, New Hampshire
February 8, 2013 Firearm Homicide rate per state, fewer restrictions = lower rate
January 22, 2013 Machine guns by state, New Hampshire wins
A new year with a new voting system brought votes on some of the most controversial House bills of 2013. Vetoes, gambling reform, government education reform, police spying and even marijuana legalization were all potential topics of debate and voting. Some of the bills passed, some failed and others likely won’t be covered until next Wednesday.
Good news for both marijuana legalization supporters and people opposed to allowing police to use automatic license plate readers in NH (something that’s already common practice in every other state). HB 492 wasn’t voted on today, so supporters have another week to call and email New Hampshire State Representatives in support of marijuana legalization. HB 675 wasn’t heard because a major opponent of ALPR was out of the state. The sponsor of the bill wanted to let the opponent argue against the bill.
As to the good bills that did pass the House today, they were mostly baby step bills that are controversial in the liberty community with the possible exception of raising the age of majority from 17 to 18 years old in criminal cases. This cost saving move was ironically supported 324 to 17 in the House. HB 459 legalizing the playing of poker at home passed. There was debate within the liberty community if the bill was needed because people argued poker is a game of skill, not a game of chance. In NH, games of skill are already legal in the home, despite some people getting into legal trouble because of the practice. In the end, politicos decided to go the political route to reform the law but also encouraged people that wanted to go the judicial route to do their thing. HB 498, a bill designed to reduce the regulations on reenactment and veterans organization when it comes to using weapons inside the compact/urban section of a town passed with only 54 people voting against it. Liberty folks were on both sides of the isle. Some supported the bill because it reduced regulations and government costs, others opposed it because they thought it gave special rights to certain people. There were 2 bills designed to encourage more students in charter schools and less students in traditional government schools. 1 of the bills failed but HB 435, which oddly enough was co-sponsored by a Democratic Representative from Keene, passed. HB 435 passed even though the Committee recommended against passing the bill. That’s a good sign because in order to either pass HB 492 into the Senate or stop HB 675 from reaching the Senate, committee recommendations will have to be overturned.
Please contact the NH House in favor of HB 492 and in opposition to HB 675. Possible taking points on the bills:
HB 492 – 60% of people in NH support legalizing marijuana, It would say local governments millions of dollars a year, The money could fix every bridge in NH and widen I-93
HB 675 – the Boston police just discontinued the use of automatic license plate readers because they don’t work, A bill banning ALPR was passed and supported by almost everyone in the NH Legislature in 2007