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Free State Project Media Advisory
Free State Project Pressroom ^ | 23 SPT 2003 | FSP Staff

Posted on 09/24/2003 10:22:42 AM PDT by archy

Free State Project Media Advisory

PRESS CONFERENCE MEDIA ADVISORY

CONTACT:

Elizabeth McKinstry, Media Relations
Free State Project, Inc.
Phone: (734) 904-5712
Email: emckinstry@freestateproject.org
Website: www.freestateproject.org

WHICH STATE WILL BE THE FREE STATE?

Drop by to find out:

October 1, 2003, 11:00 am.
1050 Restaurant
Skyline Hotel
10th Ave. at 50th Street
New York City

Group seeks migration of 20,000 liberty-oriented individuals to one small state.
Results of membership-wide "Which State?" vote to be announced at press conference.
Flag of winning state to be unfurled during the celebration.
The Free State Project (FSP) is a plan in which 20,000 or more liberty-oriented people will move to a single state of the U.S., where they may work within the political system to reduce the size and scope of government. The success of the FSP would likely entail reductions in burdensome taxation and regulation, reforms in state and local law, an end to federal mandates, and a restoration of constitutional federalism, demonstrating the benefits of liberty to the rest of the nation and the world.
The 5,000-plus FSP participants who have so far signed up, already one year ahead of schedule, share a desire to work toward this goal. Each has pledged to move to one small state within a five-year time frame if and when the total membership reaches 20,000. Once there, they hope to serve as humble and loyal reinforcements for the state's existing culture of liberty.

FSP participants have just completed a voting process to choose which state they will migrate to. They selected from ten candidates, all low population states and characterized by a strong culture of individual freedom.
The contenders: Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming. The results of the Condorcet vote will be announced at this press conference.

Panelists will include:

Dr. Jason Sorens, President and Founder
Ms. Elizabeth McKinstry, Vice President and Director of Media Relations
Mr. Matthew Cheselka, Secretary
Mr. Tim Condon, Director of Member Services

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TOPICS: Announcements; Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Delaware; US: Montana; US: New Hampshire; US: North Dakota; US: Rhode Island; US: South Dakota; US: Vermont; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: freestateproject; fsp; porcupines
In a week, Porcupines...
1 posted on 09/24/2003 10:22:42 AM PDT by archy
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To: AAABEST; A.J.Armitage; archy; bc2; Beck_isright; Jack Black; bootless; claidheamh mor; ...
Porcupine Ping! PorcuPing!

-archy-/-

2 posted on 09/24/2003 10:24:11 AM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: archy
Related story and FReeppost *here*.

-archy-/-

3 posted on 09/24/2003 10:25:30 AM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: leadpencil1
free state ping
4 posted on 09/24/2003 10:29:55 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough (American-American.)
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To: archy; Squantos; basil
I hope that Wyoming becomes the FSP pick, but I think that history is going to force Texas into the defacto FSP over time.

Warm salt water and Gulf seafood, that's for me!

5 posted on 09/24/2003 10:46:13 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: archy
If I weren't so busy these days trying to get a new business going I'd drop by for the big announcement. As much as I'd like to and as convenient as it is to do so I'll follow it on the internet instead as making money comes before fun right now - especially if I want to be able to move to the chosen state when the time comes.
6 posted on 09/24/2003 10:49:35 AM PDT by u-89
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To: u-89
If I weren't so busy these days trying to get a new business going I'd drop by for the big announcement.

No biggie. We'll ping you. Here in Memphis we've got a local waterhole with a bigscreen computer for catching the announcement, and you can expect SEVERAL interesting posts, I'd reckon.

-archy-/-

7 posted on 09/24/2003 11:39:41 AM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: Travis McGee
I hope that Wyoming becomes the FSP pick, but I think that history is going to force Texas into the defacto FSP over time.

Warm salt water and Gulf seafood, that's for me!

Should the USA go the way of the Soviet Union in 1991- and I can foresee a couple of ways that could happen- the reconstituted Republic of Texas would not at all be the worst place you could be. But expect unruly neighbors.

I've called Cleburne, south of Ft Worth, home before. I certainly wouldn't mind doing so again. But for the immediate future, I'm giving the FSP effort my best shot.

-archy-/-

8 posted on 09/24/2003 11:43:17 AM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: archy
New Hampshire or Wyoming, New Hampshire or Wyoming, New Hampshire or Wyoming...

at least that's what MY top 2 are...
9 posted on 09/24/2003 12:17:09 PM PDT by bc2 (http://www.thinkforyourself.us)
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To: archy
Texas' unruly neighbor would ensure a strict border control and a no-nonsense attitude toward MEChistas and Razistas.
10 posted on 09/24/2003 12:36:21 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: archy
I vote Delaware or NH. Still too cold, but hellawarmer than any of the other possibilities.

Course, I won't be living there, I didn't sign up. But I will be living overseas anyway, and I gotta maintain voting residence in the U.S. somewhere...any Porcupine who plans to move regardless want to rent me a room so I can at least lend my vote to FSP candidates? :)
11 posted on 09/24/2003 7:10:36 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile (The scariest nine words in the English Language: We're from the government. We're here to help you.)
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To: LibertarianInExile
I vote Delaware or NH. Still too cold, but hellawarmer than any of the other possibilities.

Course, I won't be living there, I didn't sign up. But I will be living overseas anyway, and I gotta maintain voting residence in the U.S. somewhere...any Porcupine who plans to move regardless want to rent me a room so I can at least lend my vote to FSP candidates? :)

You bet. We've got some military folks who want to list the FSP goal state as their official Home of Residence as well, so you're in some pretty good company.

You might want to wait until after the result is announced next Wednesday [01 OC] though. Even a *virtual residence* in one of the colder potential FSP climes might be too chilly for you.

Hey, Alaska still is in the running- and really does have some serious points in its favour.

-archy-/-

12 posted on 09/24/2003 7:52:12 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: bc2
New Hampshire or Wyoming, New Hampshire or Wyoming, New Hampshire or Wyoming...

at least that's what MY top 2 are...

We share the same sentiment, though in a different order. But Montana is a VERY close third.

-archy-/-

13 posted on 09/24/2003 7:54:25 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: archy
New Hampshire, Wyoming, and Montana are the top runners (based on sentiment on FR and other web forums), however, I hope Alaska doesn't get dismissed too soon. It's a beautiful state and there is already a strong libertarian bent to the state.
14 posted on 09/25/2003 2:03:43 PM PDT by Sparta (Why is the Serbian general wearing the cap of war criminal Wesley Clark?)
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To: archy
Why not Maryland? It's already called "The Free State", and y'all will save major money not having to re-do the license plates...
15 posted on 09/25/2003 3:30:04 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Serving You... on Operation Noble Eagle!)
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To: Old Sarge
Why not Maryland? It's already called "The Free State", and y'all will save major money not having to re-do the license plates...

License plates? Kind of an old concept, isn't it, dating back to the days of making sure ownership taxes on cars were paid.

Why not a cellphone number or internet addy in the same space instead?

How's my driving? Call http://freerepublic.com/archy

Okay, granted, it's a bit large for my motorcycle ID. But my ham radio callsign fits pretty good....

16 posted on 09/25/2003 4:38:29 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: Sparta
New Hampshire, Wyoming, and Montana are the top runners (based on sentiment on FR and other web forums), however, I hope Alaska doesn't get dismissed too soon. It's a beautiful state and there is already a strong libertarian bent to the state.

In a lot of ways, I hope Alaska develops its own localized *Free State* strategy, much like the Texans have been working on. I doubt they'll ever get a massive influx of Porcupines, but they could pick up at least some of the overflow from the first state's effort.

There's at least some good chance for such efforts in Alaska, as witness the recent handgun carry reform bill enacted and signed there. If you can get additional examples for the rest of us of how to get such things done in place, you may not have as crying a need as some of those locations in the lower 48 where things are much worse.

But oh boy, do I miss Alaska.

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17 posted on 09/25/2003 5:40:36 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: Sparta
however, I hope Alaska doesn't get dismissed too soon. It's a beautiful state and there is already a strong libertarian bent to the state.

If you've got friends or family there, you might want to check this out.

-archy-/-

18 posted on 09/25/2003 6:01:42 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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New Hampshire here we come!

The voting finished and the "Live Free or Die" state was chosen. So far there have been quite a articles and radio coverage. Even some TV news coverage.

The NY Times is going to do an article as well.

Here's an on-line archive of a radio broadcast:
http://play.rbn.com/?url=tfnn/tfnn/demand/veritas101603.rm&proto=rtsp

Quite a lot of other links are on the FSP messageboard http://forum.freestateproject.org
19 posted on 10/16/2003 8:12:47 PM PDT by StevenA
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To: StevenA
How many people have moved, so far?
20 posted on 10/16/2003 8:15:56 PM PDT by Consort
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To: Consort
Well, noone is actually commited to move until within 5 years after we hit the 20,000 mark so there won't be large numbers heading there yet. If we hit 20,000 in 2005 then hopefully by 2010 we should have plenty of influence. I'd guess we have about 100-200 people supporting us in N.H. so far, but it's only been a couple weeks since N.H. was selected and many of those people were already there. An on-line poll says about half the people (that would be about 2,500 of the current 5,000) intend to move within a couple years.

The governor won in the Republican primary by 4,638 votes so 20,000 motivated citizens should be able to have a large impact.

The NY Times is going to do an article, and a reporter from somewhere else was asking on the site for volunteers to do a documentary on the move and the reception in N.H. We'll see what happens.

Here's an on-line archive of a radio broadcast:
http://play.rbn.com/?url=tfnn/tfnn/demand/veritas101603.rm&proto=rtsp

Quite a lot of other links are on the FSP messageboard (we should have at least a couple archived TV broadcast links up too)
http://forum.freestateproject.org

There have been some group excursions there (There was a Welcome to the Granite State event held and about 20-30 Freestaters met Governor Benson. He even signed up as a friend to the project ... poor Kathy Sullivan, one of the head Democratics almost exploded when she heard about it LOL - she called us "anarchists' ugghhh but most the media reception has been neutral and even positive), the Libertarian Party in NH has been very supportive and the Republicans have been accomodating. There are already 2 FSP representatives in the government there.

I've been itching to move out of CA for a long time now and this seems like the perfect plan.

Check this info out about NH: http://www.lpnh.org/101-Reasons-Vote-NH.pdf
(It was made by the Libertarian Party in NH to get us to pick NH LOL :)
21 posted on 10/16/2003 11:52:47 PM PDT by StevenA
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There are officially 219 Free Staters in N.H. now. (End of Oct., 2003)

There's a political action committee that has just been created called the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance. It's non-partisan. FSP membership grew by over 700 in October and is over 5,000 (again, it dropped to around 4,300 after N.H. was selected and people opted out). There were articles in The New York Times, NewsMax and The Washington Post about the FSP recently, so the word is beginning to spread.
22 posted on 11/02/2003 3:21:00 AM PST by StevenA
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