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True Believers

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In 2001, the Bouncing Souls, a punk band from New Jersey you may or may not have heard of, put out their 5th studio album How I Spent My Summer Vacation.  One of the hit tracks on the album in is number called “True Believers.”  The song is a romance ballad about enduring comradery, built around shared belief, as we inevitably age and old friendships fade.  The chorus, belted out over that familiar punk-rock chord triad,

We live our life in our own way,
Never really listened to what they say,
The kind of faith that doesn’t fade away
We are the true believers
We are the true believers
True believers

couldn’t fail to convince anyone of the benefits of being a True Believer. Continue reading

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If You’re Good at Something . . .

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Around 1 pm in Representative’s Hall former NH House Speaker Bill O’Brien introduced this year’s iteration of the “Franklin Partin right-to-work act.” As he began he declared that many opponents of the bill were paid to attend and testify at the hearing. “I’m not paid to be here!” he stormed, and “no one is paying” right-to-work advocates to attend.

Seated not three feet from O’Brien, waiting to give testimony in support of the bill, was Greg Moore, State Director of Americans For Prosperity in New Hampshire. AFP pays state leadership over $100k a year to campaign specifically for legislation like right-to-work. It’s fair to say that Moore, at least, was definitely paid to be there.

And that’s pretty much what you should know about the 2015 O’Brien right-to-work act.

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NH Bill Renders Bitcoin Unto Caesar

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Logo via Andrew Green -- http://carbonism.deviantart.com/HB552 was introduced to the NH House Ways and Means Committee on February 12 by Rep. Eric Schleien (R), co-sponsored by six other representatives as well as Senator Kevin Avard (R).  If passed, the bill would task the state treasurer to “develop an implementation plan” for the state government to accept “payment for taxes and fees” via bitcoin (BTC). And nowhere in its sparse ten lines does the bill explain why anyone would want the state to do that. Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s response to “Citizens United” and Proposals to Amend the U.S. Constitution

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On January 29th, activists and protesters crammed into a stuffy Room 104 in the New Hampshire legislative office building.  Wearing signs that read “Democracy is not for sale,” the group showed up in support of HB371, “first step toward a 28th amendment,” according to one supporter’s testimony.  HB371 is one of more than a handful of bills being brought before New Hampshire legislative committees this session proposing changes to the U.S. Constitution by way of the Article V amendment process. Continue reading

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