• Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 11:56 AM
    Even if Gov. Sununu isn't reelected, we get to keep Frank Edelblut, probably the most pro-liberty Commissioner of Education in the nation, for another 2 and 1/2 years so there will be 2 gubernatorial elections before another Commissioner of Education may be appointed ;) When Edelblut was a state rep., the libertarian New Hampshire Liberty Alliance gave him a 91% score. That's a higher score than the official Libertarian Party legislators receive in NH. When he ran for governor, he was the first candidate even endorsed by the NHLA for governor. Commissioner Edelblut recently spoke at the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers Annual Picnic and was the keynote speaker at the NHLA's annual Liberty Dinner. Yes, though, I hope and expect Sununu to be reelected :)
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    07-23-2017, 09:56 AM
    Right, any of those tests are options for this requirement: - Parents have to do something in the form on an assessment every year. This could include having a private school teacher look at the portfolio, a standardized achievement test, or any other method acceptable to both the parents and participating agency (a private school the parents work with for paperwork purposes). $50 a year in compliance costs isn't bad considering a NH parent can get $500 a year to cover the homeschool costs, including this cost. Of course, having a teacher review a portfolio is another option and may be done at no cost. Even if a parent chooses to not get the free homeschooling scholarship, no one would argue that $50 and 90 minutes a year in regulation to homschool a child is a difficult undertaking for a homeschooled parent. The truth is, I've never heard of a homeschooled family anywhere that didn't already keep some type of portfolio. So it would be nice to get rid of that, and if you move to NH as part of the Free State Project, and work towards that goal, I'll help you. Let's me know :) We can do this together ;)
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 09:52 AM
    - There is a one-time notification to the school district or a private school in which the child lives. - Parents have to keep a portfolio on what a child did each year, for two year running. The government doesn't look at the portfolio. - Parents have to do something in the form on an assessment every year. This could include having a private school teacher look at the portfolio, a standardized achievement test, or any other method acceptable to both the parents and participating agency (a private school the parents work with for paperwork purposes). So, if you are asking does NH require both a one time notification and a professional to look at a portfolio for a few minutes (or whatever else the parent and an organization the parent partners with for paperwork purposes decide to do), than yes. 1 to 2 hours per year of state compliance is required in NH if a parent decides to follow the laws of the state. Of course, NH has been on the news for the large unschooling community here. You may have seen it on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, CNN, Nightline, Wife Swap, or Fox News. Millions of people around the nation are aware of the NH unschooling that has seen zero people arrested for ignoring federal and state law as far as I'm aware. People complain that we are too free, that our unschooling is going too far, yet we persist. We maintain the freedoms that we've won, we continue to increase education related freedoms, and we ignore bad laws.
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 09:20 AM
    I bumped this to remind William Tell that even posters on RPFs were somewhat complaining about how free New Hampshire is with education freedom. I've known multiple families that have or do unschool in NH and have never heard of any of them being prosecuted for violating state or federal law. I am not worried about the lawless nature of education in the NH unschooling community. Most of these children will end up doing much better than their government school peers. Despite over 10,000,000+ people learning on TV that unschooling movement leader Dayna Martin followed no education laws, she managed to unschool her kids in New Hampshire without major concern. She leads a 17,550 members my Radical Unschooling group and has actually graduated kids. http://daynamartin.com/
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 09:08 AM
    While homeschool is just one part of education freedom, you bring up a good point that NSLDA should update their map. Some in the NH homeschooling community don't like that organization because it is a bit statist, like how the NRA is on guns and the ACLU is on civil liberties. Because of that, I'm not really concerned to try to correct NSLDA. The map also doesn't mention that there is a business tax credit scholarship program that covers homeschooling expenses in NH. The program used to only be open to a limited number of homeschoolers, but the percentage of homeschoolers that qualify was greatly expanded, so long as the private scholarship program is able to raise the needed funds. When the program started, NH was the only state where homeschooling expenses were covered with what would otherwise be tax dollars via a program. NH had no problem expanding the great scholarship program, so maybe that also means other states are copying our freedom in this area? I can only hope so, because it is for the children.
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 07:37 AM
    AFP put up a page about the Score Card with an explanation and link to it. https://americansforprosperity.org/new-hampshire-legislative-score-card-2017/ https://americansforprosperity.org/new-hampshire-legislative-score-card-2017/
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 07:18 AM
    While NH moved from average to above average over the last few years when it came to education freedom, NH legislators realize that was difficult to accomplish those achievements because before Governor Sununu, the last 12 years were under Democratic governors. Given 4 years, Gov. Sununu will be able to replace everyone on the Board of Education, but those appointments only last for 4 years. So legislators wrote SB 44 to make it clean that the executive branch would understand the limits to the role it plays in education, just in case another Democrat becomes the governor of NH at some point in the future. To those ends, SB 44 - prohibits the department of education and the state board of education from requiring the implementation of the common core standards in any school or school district in this state and - prohibits the state board of education from amending any existing academic standards or approving any new academic standards without prior review and recommendation of the legislative oversight committee States elect governors independent of the legislature as notoriously Democratic leaning states and notoriously Republican leaning states frequently elected governors from the other major party. You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting the children ;) Below is from a previous article about this bills after they passed the NH Senate.
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-22-2017, 12:21 PM
    A Tripartisan Breakdown of the Americans For Prosperity New Hampshire 2017 Legislative Score Card NH House: 12 bills dealing with subjects such as reducing the cost of health insurance and improving the quality of education Tripartisan breakdown 100% Scores Republicans – 49 (Not voting wasn’t counted against the legislators so even though Speaker Jasper only voted once, he had a 100% score as he voted to increase worker freedom) Libertarians – 2 Democrat – 0
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-21-2017, 03:25 PM
    Some quick thoughts on the just released AFP-NH 2017 Scorecard NH House: 12 bills dealing with subjects such as reducing the cost of health insurance and improving the quality of education Tripartisan breakdown 100% Scores Republicans – 49 (Not voting wasn’t counted against the legislators so even though Speaker Jasper only voted once, he had a 100% score as he voted to increase worker freedom) Libertarians – 2 Democrat – 0
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-21-2017, 12:47 PM
    Here is a follow up article with a lot more details. It is all positive toward Gov. Sununu and his plan to cut government regulation. It is long so only half of the article is posted here. Sununu signs executive order in Winchester, scrapping or phasing out regulations By Steve Whitmore Sentinel Staff http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/sununu-signs-executive-order-in-winchester-scrapping-or-phasing-out/article_10bca088-ca12-53a2-9b68-c1dccde7fe57.html
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    07-20-2017, 09:52 PM
    Additional details about the new store. Website http://freestatebitcoin.com/
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-20-2017, 09:46 PM
    Sununu to Cut 1,600 Regulations Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is heading to a hair salon do to some cutting, but not hair. July 20, 2017, at 5:13 p.m. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-hampshire/articles/2017-07-20/sununu-to-cut-1-600-regulations
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-20-2017, 08:53 PM
    Totally agree. As a region it is certainly not. Neither region does well when considered as a whole. I never meant to suggest that. Sorry for any confusion :)
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-20-2017, 08:52 PM
    Governor Sununu signed SB 43. The bill provides that no student shall be required to volunteer or submit to a non-academic survey or questionnaire without written consent of a parent or legal guardian. Opt-in vs. out-out is a good deal in respecting the right of a parent to control a child's education. There is an exception for adults still in school and emancipated minors. The bill http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx?id=211&txtFormat=html&sy=2017 Anti-education advocates and Democrats don't like the bill because they thing that the state owns children. The previous governor vetoed a similar bill. Now we have a good person in the corner office :)
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-20-2017, 08:32 PM
    Yes, NH is freeish compared to other more sheepish states ;) PA and likely even MA are freer than several Southern states, certainly freer than WV and KY. But maybe freer than MS, depending on who you ask ;) Anyway, I wasn't saying that all of the Northeastern states are free at all, a lot of them totally suck, suck, suck. It is just that the freest states aren't in the Southeast, well, maybe TN and FL but again that depends who you ask ;) Many of the Southern states were controlled by Democrats until recently, so they still have year and years of work to clean up after decades and decades of Democratic control. Here is what most people use (or should use) to compare freedom between the states. https://www.freedominthe50states.org/ Sorry for your loss of Atlanta. It does have some really cool new crosswalks though ;) :)
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-20-2017, 08:24 PM
    That is cool. Is that near Fort Stewart in GA?
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-20-2017, 03:46 AM
    None of the freest states are in the South. They are in the Northeast, West, or Midwest. It has been that way for a long time.
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    07-20-2017, 03:43 AM
    Governor Signs New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Into Law HB 640 will take effect in 60 days, making New Hampshire the 22nd state in the nation to eliminate the possibility of jail time for simple marijuana possession. July 19, 2017 http://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/governor-signs-new-hampshire-marijuana-decriminalization-bill/
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-20-2017, 03:36 AM
    The Governor recently signed this into law. New Hampshire governor signs marijuana decriminalization bill By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/19/new-hampshire-governor-signs-marijuana-decriminali/
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-20-2017, 03:31 AM
    Real but also unoffical. http://www.wmur.com/article/prankster-defaces-route-101-road-sign-with-exotic-dancer-decal/5214740
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 01:04 PM
    New Hampshire is the #1 state when it comes to DASH vending machines. Manchester Bitcoin Vending Machine Adds DASH, Making NH #1 For DASH Vending by Ian Jul 19, 2017 http://freekeene.com/2017/07/19/manchester-bitcoin-vending-machine-adds-dash-making-nh-1-for-dash-vending/ (for more of the article, click on the link)
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 11:37 AM
    New Hampshire Maintains Legislative Momentum For Online Lottery Sales Steve Ruddock July 17, 2017 08:54 PDT SteveRuddock https://www.onlinepokerreport.com/26073/new-hampshire-online-lottery/
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 11:16 AM
    Free State Bitcoin Shoppe opened yesterday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It bills itself as "America's first crypto-only retail shop! Right in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, we have the best bitcoin shirts, unique political art, and seditious propaganda." You can like the page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FreeStateBitcoin/ or contact it online at FreeStateBitcoin or visit it in person at 56 State St Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 10:58 AM
    No but Exhibit D
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  • Keith and stuff's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 10:52 AM
    He used to run with Ron Paul in the House. He changed just before running for Senate. I thought it was an act to get elected, but I was wrong. His Senate voting record isn't bad, but it isn't good. He used to vote much better.
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    07-19-2017, 10:43 AM
    Exhibit B - This one is on the Maine border so when you enter NH you see FREEDOM!
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    07-19-2017, 10:29 AM
    Governor Sununu signed a bill that allows small businesses to create 100s of very lightly regulated Keno rooms. The NH gambling age of 18 years old remains in place. The Governor also signed another bill, HB 164, a bill that allows home poker games.
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    07-19-2017, 10:13 AM
    When Governor Chris Sununu ran in the Republican primary, he promised to sign cannabis decriminalization into law if it reached his desk. Not only did he sign it, he lobbied the NH Senate Republicans to push his agenda, and sure enough, a majority of Republicans in the Senate agreed. Not only did he sign HB 640 into law, he signed all 3 medical cannabis bills into law. Now 100,000s of additional people qualify for medical cannabis in NH. Thank you Governor Sununu. Here is what the New England head of the MPP had to say about the news.
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