New Hampshire Liberty Alliance

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New Hampshire Liberty Alliance
Mission A non-partisan coalition working to increase individual freedom in New Hampshire
Focus Civil Liberties & Civil Rights
Chairman Paul Best
Political Director Keith Ammon
Location Manchester, NH, Manchester, New Hampshire
Address PO Box 4241, Manchester, NH 03108-4241
Website New Hampshire Liberty Alliance

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (NHLA) is a nonpartisan, libertarian coalition in New Hampshire. The organization encourages private charity, a civil society, and citizen involvement in government, and it does so by supporting libertarian candidates for state and local offices, and other libertarian causes and organizations.[1]

Project Vote Smart classifies the NHLA as a "civil liberties and civil rights" organization.[2]

Just before the November elections in 2006, the New Hampshire Union Leader editor wrote, "if New Hampshire is to remain the live free or die state, we have to continue voting for freedom and against government coercion." The editor wrote, "we are not with the Alliance on every single issue, but their scorecard is a good proxy for determining who is a friend or foe of personal freedoms" about the NHLA in the same editorial.[3]

The July 2011 edition of the FSP News, the newsletter of the Free State Project, listed the NHLA's Facebook page as the Facebook Page of Month.[4]

Departments[edit]

Political action[edit]

NHLA volunteers testify at the legislature on bills of interest to them.

Research[edit]

Each year, NHLA volunteers review the hundreds of bills submitted by state legislators to determine how each bill would affect individual rights and liberties. Bills are reviewed and rated for impact according to a standardized questionnaire. When the state legislature meets on a particular day, the bills under consideration are compiled on an "NHLA Gold Standard" (typically printed on goldenrod-colored paper). A Gold Standard summarizes the major points of a bill and recommends a vote. Then, NHLA volunteers pass these printed Gold Standards (typically 1-2 pages long) to legislators as the legislators arrive at the state capitol.

As the legislative session winds down, the NHLA publishes an annual “Liberty Rating” for New Hampshire’s state representatives and state senators, based on legislative roll-call votes of particular interest to the organization. Grades range from A+ (the highest) through F, including one even lower grade "CT". The lowest grade, "CT", indicates that a legislator is a "Constitutional Threat", typically earned for continual support or advocacy for new laws that directly conflict with the New Hampshire State Constitution or are extremely burdensome to New Hampshire citizens.

Membership[edit]

The NHLA offers free basic memberships as well as two-year full memberships for $20, and lifetime memberships for $100.

Liberty Dinner[edit]

The NHLA hosts an annual Liberty Dinner at which awards for Activist of the Year and Legislator of the Year are given. Additionally, the yearly Liberty Rating, a report card based on votes by legislators and the impact of the votes on New Hampshire, is unveiled at the Liberty Dinner. Past speakers at the Liberty Dinner include the following:

Legislator and Activist of the Year Award Winners[edit]

Legislator of the Year

   JR Hoell, 2016
   Dan Itse, 2015
   Carol McGuire, 2014
   Mark Warden, 2013
   Paul Brown, 2012
   Mark Warden, 2011
   Carol McGuire, 2010
   Edith “Dee” Hogan, 2009
   Jason Bedrick, 2008
   Richard Barry, 2007
   James Wheeler, 2006
   Cliff Newton, 2005
   Michael Harrington, 2004

Activist of the Year

   Seamus Casey, 2016
   Bill Alleman, 2015
   Michelle Levell, 2014
   Kirk McNeil, 2013
   Doris Hohensee, 2012
   Kevin Bloom, 2011
   Matt Simon, 2010
   Keith Carlsen, 2009
   Tom Hudson, 2008
   Tyler Stearns, 2007
   Joel Winters, 2006

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About Us | New Hampshire Liberty Alliance
  2. ^ Project Vote Smart - Issue and Issue Group Ratings
  3. ^ Editor (November 06, 2006), "EDITORIAL: Tobacco and firearms: Preserving liberty in NH," New Hampshire Union Leader.
  4. ^ FSP News - June 2011 - Liberty in Our Lifetime
  5. ^ "July 2015 Newsletter". nhliberty.org. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.nhliberty.org/node/444
  7. ^ http://www.nhliberty.org/node/401
  8. ^ NH INSIDER- Your Source for NH Politics - Press Releases - 2006 NH Liberty Dinner this Friday
  9. ^ Liberty Dinner 6/12 | New Hampshire Liberty Alliance
  10. ^ NH INSIDER- Your Source for NH Politics - Press Releases - Bill Gardner to Speak at NHLA Liberty Dinner
  11. ^ Jim Fennell (July 11, 2010), "Liberty Dinner Attracts Candidates," New Hampshire Union Leader.

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