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State Rep. Chase Was Right to Expose Intent of Free State Project

Members failed in an attempt to “censure and impeach” Chase over remarks she made about the extreme political org.

Members of the Free State Project have failed in an attempt to “censure and impeach” state Rep. Cynthia Chase, D-Keene, over remarks she made about the extreme political organization. Rep. George Lambert, R-Litchfield – who once inquired about how to become a “Board Member” of the Free State Project – made the failing motion. Speaker Terie Norelli ruled the motion out of order and the House at-large agreed by a roll-call vote of 276-77.

Statement from Granite State Progress Executive Director Zandra Rice Hawkins:

“Representative Chase has every right to shine a bright light on the extreme and misleading tactics of the Free State Project. The ultra-extreme Free State Project’s stated purpose is to move to New Hampshire, run for political office and take over state government.1 Free Staters believe they should have the ‘freedom’ for women to walk by middle school students topless or to resist arrest if they disagree with the charge. The Keene area, which Rep. Chase representatives, has had a particularly long and difficult history with Free Staters moving there to disrupt the New Hampshire way of life. Let’s be clear: these individuals don’t move to New Hampshire because they like our state, they move here because the Free State Project voted on which state to move to and take over, and New Hampshire was the unhappy recipient of that vote.”

The impeachment petition gathered only 120 signatures and featured signatures from as far afield as Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Phoenix, AZ., and Morehead City, NC.

1 "Once we’ve taken over the state government, we can slash state and local budgets, which make up a sizeable proportion of the tax and regulatory burden we face every day. Furthermore, we can eliminate substantial federal interference by refusing to take highway funds and the strings attached to them. Once we’ve accomplished these things, we can bargain with the national government over reducing the role of the national government in our state. We can use the threat of secession as leverage to do this." Announcement:
The Free State Project By Founder Jason Sorens

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Steve Cobb February 02, 2013 at 04:24 AM
All this mischaracterization...some people here desperately need to read Jonathan Haidt's "The Righteous Mind", or at least watch his TED talk. There is little in the libertarian agenda that is not found in the platforms of one of the two major parties, or that has not been common in the USA's past (e.g. a return to a commodity-backed currency). None of it is "extreme". Most libertarians would be completely content with the US simply returning to a pre-FDR interpretation of the US Constitution.
Dan February 02, 2013 at 04:52 AM
FLASH: Get real will ya? When the GOP takes a big loss, they cannot come up with anything constructive, so they go beating the impeachment drum.
Seamus Carty February 02, 2013 at 05:14 AM
"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. Another is to shine the bright light of publicity on who they are and why they are coming." Restricting the freedoms of citizens? Really?
ObserverNH April 30, 2013 at 06:32 PM
@Atlant Schmidt IT WAS A PRESS RELEASE DUH!!!! LOL The press release is contained in the articles which of course you failed to read.
ObserverNH April 30, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Hawkins is discredited for that bogus press release. No one listens to this Soros funded joke of an organization.. Why would Patch even let them post here?

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