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Re: [FSP] New Hampshire liberty activists defeat proposed smoking ban

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  • Kevin Craig
    ... Kevin
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 7, 2006
      At 11:40 +0000 4/7/06, Sandy Citarella Pierre wrote:

      > In fact, one Senator read aloud
      >an email he received from Kevin Craig, an anti-ban activist. Craig, a
      >resident of Texas, is a participant in the Free State Project and
      >signer of the First 1000 pledge, and wrote to the Senator of his
      >future district to let him know why he intends to move to New
      >Hampshire with his wife and children. He urged the Senator to keep New
      >Hampshire as it is rather than turn it into a "mini-Massachusetts".

      <G>

      Kevin
    • Ryan Gray
      Very good work - thank you for sharing it with us :) Ryan ... -_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- A managed democracy is a wonderful thing,
      Message 2 of 4 , Apr 7, 2006
        Very good work - thank you for sharing it with us :)

        Ryan

        --- Sandy Pierre <scitarel@...> wrote:

        > Sorry about forgetting to attribute this article; I
        > wrote it myself
        > for the Free State Observer:
        > http://www.freestateobserver.com
        >
        > --Sandy
        >
        > --- In freestateproject@yahoogroups.com, "Sandy
        > Citarella Pierre"
        > <scitarel@...> wrote:
        > >
        > > New Hampshire Smoking Ban Goes Up in Smoke
        > >
        > > In a clear victory for liberty activists, HB1177,
        > the bill that would
        > > have banned smoking in all New Hampshire
        > restaurants and bars, was
        > > voted ITL (Inexpedient to Legislate) and killed by
        > the New Hampshire
        > > Senate in Concord on April 6. A small cadre of
        > approximately twenty
        > > freedom fighters, both outnumbered and outfinanced
        > by ban supporters
        > > who were organized on a national level by the
        > American Heart
        > > Association, successfully tipped the scales of the
        > outcome by
        > > emailing, writing, calling and personally speaking
        > with the members of
        > > the Senate, resulting in a razor-thin victory of
        > 12-11. Keith Murphy,
        > > membership director of the New Hampshire Liberty
        > Alliance, spearheaded
        > > the anti-ban effort and was all smiles after the
        > vote.
        > >
        > > A small group of half a dozen anti-ban activists
        > gathered in the State
        > > House cafeteria early Thursday morning to
        > strategize. The Senate vote
        > > was expected to be close, and a few Senators were
        > thought by both
        > > sides to still be on the fence. While the liberty
        > activists went from
        > > office to office, speaking to as many Senators as
        > they could, a much
        > > larger group of pro-ban activists loitered in the
        > hallway,
        > > congratulating one another on their expected
        > success. They then
        > > proceeded to take every seat in the historic but
        > small Senate Gallery,
        > > forcing the anti-ban activists to monitor the
        > proceedings by streaming
        > > audio while huddled around a laptop computer in
        > the basement. After 1
        > > 1/2 hours of impassioned Senate discussion, it
        > remained unclear how
        > > the vote would turn out. As the roll-call vote was
        > taken, Murphy
        > > quickly tallied the results and proudly proclaimed
        > victory for the
        > > liberty side.
        > >
        > > During the Senate debate, it was repeatedly
        > mentioned that the pro-ban
        > > supporters had bombarded the Senators with
        > "canned" email. One
        > > elderly Senator expressed displeasure with the
        > rude manner in which
        > > he, and even his wife, were treated by pro-ban
        > supporters who called
        > > him at home, and stated that in all his years as a
        > legislator, he has
        > > never been subjected to such a lobbying campaign.
        > The anti-ban
        > > activists received no such criticism. In fact,
        > one Senator read aloud
        > > an email he received from Kevin Craig, an anti-ban
        > activist. Craig, a
        > > resident of Texas, is a participant in the Free
        > State Project and
        > > signer of the First 1000 pledge, and wrote to the
        > Senator of his
        > > future district to let him know why he intends to
        > move to New
        > > Hampshire with his wife and children. He urged the
        > Senator to keep New
        > > Hampshire as it is rather than turn it into a
        > "mini-Massachusetts".
        > >
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