October/November, 2012




New Hampshire Liberty Alliance



October/November, 2012 Newsletter
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Overview

  • Endorsed candidates and the general election this Tuesday November 6th
  • Volunteers needed
  • Constitutional amendments
  • Second round support; THANK YOU DONORS!
  • Civic action and shire sharing
  • NHLA elections

General Elections this Tuesday, November 6th

The general elections are this Tuesday, November 6th. Please take a copy of the Official NHLA endorsed candidate list: NHLA endorsed canidates (PDF version). Our endorsements are the result of many hours combing through data and applying objective standards to many state house and senate races. A vote for one of our endorsed candidates is a Pro-liberty vote for the Granite State.

Thank you donors and a second round push

NHLA would like to thank its supporters for donations to our PAC. Earlier this month, the NHLA Board identified 30 key races for State Rep and Senate. Thanks to our generous donors, NHLA was able to send out 10 mailers supporting 22 of those key races and additional checks to the others. The NHLA is grateful for the donors that made this action possible.

Volunteers Needed

Many NHLA endorsed candidates are still reporting that they need volunteers. Consider holding a sign at the polls on election day. It is critical to put in that last little push. The pressure is on; let's make sure this ends well. This is our future. Contact a NHLA endorsed candidate with your offer of volunteer help today!

2012 Constitutional Amendment Questions

These questions will appear on the General Election 2012 ballot:
Constitutional Amendments Proposed by the 2012 General Court

1. Are you in favor of amending the second part of the constitution by inserting after article 5-b a new article to read as follows: [Art.] 5-c. [Income Tax Prohibited.] Notwithstanding any general or special provision of this constitution, the general court shall not have the power or authority to impose and levy any assessment, rate, or tax upon income earned by any natural person; however, nothing in this Article shall be construed to prohibit any tax in effect January 1, 2012, or adjustment to the rate of such a tax.? (Passed by the N.H. House 256 Yes 110 No; Passed by State Senate 19 Yes 4 No) CACR 13 Yes/No

The first question will make it clear that the New Hampshire Constitution forbids a tax on personal income. Protect the fruit of your labor and VOTE: YES ON QUESTION 1.

2. Are you in favor of amending article 73-a of the second part of the constitution to read as follows: [Art.] 73-a [Supreme Court, Administration.] The chief justice of the supreme court shall be the administrative head of all the courts. The chief justice shall, with the concurrence of a majority of the supreme court justices, make rules governing the administration of all courts in the state and the practice and procedure to be followed in all such courts. The rules so promulgated shall have the force and effect of law. The legislature shall have a concurrent power to regulate the same matters by statute. In the event of a conflict between a statute and a court rule, the statute, if not otherwise contrary to this constitution, shall prevail over the rule.? (Passed by the N.H. House 242 Yes 96 No; Passed by State Senate 19 Yes 5 No) CACR 26
Yes/No

The second question will bring back legislative oversight to the judicial branch. A vote of yes on this question will remove the force of law behind rules of the court, which could be arbitrary. This amendment would make the courts subject to the same laws that are applied to the rest of us. Bring back a limited judicial process and VOTE: YES ON QUESTION 2.

Question Proposed pursuant to Part II, Article 100 of the New Hampshire Constitution.
3. Shall there be a convention to amend or revise the constitution??
Yes/No

This question would call a constitutional convention if it receives a majority of the votes. As there is not a clear liberty angle for this proposed amendment, there is NO RECOMMENDATION ON QUESTION 3.

Civic Action and Shire Sharing.

NHLA supports private charity and a civil society. Our civic action fund has made a donation to Shire Sharing. Shire Sharing has the goal of raising $4,000 to feed 600 people this thanksgiving. After the elections consider donating or volunteering to help shire sharing with this goal. There will be a lot of bags to stuff before the Thanksgiving holiday. Be a part of feeding people. E-mail info@shiresharing.org if you can volunteer or visit http://www.shiresharing.org.

NHLA Board Elections

Have you ever thought about serving on the NHLA Board of Directors? It?s a great way to take a leadership role in promoting liberty in New Hampshire.

The Board has seven positions (Chairman, Civic Action Director, Political Action Director, Treasurer, Membership Director, Research Director, and Secretary) and each position is a two-year term. The Board meets once a month, at a central location, usually in Manchester, to plan, organize, and brainstorm ways of promoting the NHLA and pushing liberty forward through legislative activism and public outreach. These all-volunteer positions are very rewarding and do require some time commitment.

In November, the NHLA will be holding elections for Chairman and Research Director. The Chairman is responsible for setting the agenda for the meetings, presiding over the meetings, recruiting new Board members, and scheduling the annual meeting. The Research Director is responsible for bill review oversight and training, producing the weekly Gold Standard, producing documentation of NHLA positions on key legislative issues, and developing the Liberty Rating for Board approval. More details about the Board and the organization can be found here on our website.

Nominations for these positions will close midnight November 16. Elections will be open from November 18 until midnight November 28. Only paid members of NHLA may vote in Board elections. Consider upgrading your membership today.

Please submit names (or questions about the process) to chair@nhliberty.org.


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The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance is a non-partisan coalition working to increase individual freedom in New Hampshire. We do this by monitoring bills in the legislative sessions and encouraging private charity, a civil society, and citizen involvement.