CHICHESTER – The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance will host its eleventh annual Liberty Dinner on Sunday, July 13th at the Dell Lea Function Hall in Chichester, NH.
The keynote speaker at the dinner will be Lee McGrath, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice Minnesota Chapter. He serves as IJ’s Legislative Counsel, and litigates cutting-edge constitutional cases protecting economic liberty, school choice, private property, freedom of speech and other individual liberties in both federal and state courts in Minnesota and nationally.
The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (NHLA) is an all-volunteer, nonpartisan coalition working to increase individual freedom in New Hampshire. The organization encourages private charity, a civil society, and citizen involvement in government. It does so by supporting pro-liberty candidates for state and local offices. It also networks with other pro-liberty causes and organizations.
Project Vote Smart classifies the NHLA as a “civil liberties and civil rights” organization.
The NHLA reviews liberty-sensitive bills in each legislative session. Bills are evaluated based on their effects on civil liberties, personal responsibility, property rights, accountability, constitutionality, affordability, regulation, fiscal impact, and taxation. From this evaluation process it publishes a weekly handout called The Gold Standard. This voter guide is distributed to members of the state House of Representatives prior to their vote in order to give them an understanding about whether a given bill is pro- or anti-liberty.
The Gold Standards form the foundation for the NHLA’s annual Liberty Rating, a report card by which it scores New Hampshire state Representatives and Senators. Bills are carefully selected that clearly demonstrate the level of respect the elected representatives have shown for individual rights and liberties. The Liberty Rating is based on pro-liberty and anti-liberty votes and their impact on the citizens of New Hampshire. Pro-liberty votes protect individual freedom of choice and personal responsibility, recognize the superiority of freedom over coercion, respect the citizen’s right of self-ownership, promote good government, and recognize the value of voluntary economic decisions. Anti-liberty votes replace self-governance with interventionist ownership, assume agencies backed by force are superior to voluntary choices backed by personal accountability, and assume a better economy can be designed by a central authority that compels communities to pay for policies people do not willingly support.
The Legislator of the Year is the state representative who earns the highest grade on the Liberty Rating. The individual is awarded a trophy to honor him for his dedication to the principles of small government.
In 2006, The New Hampshire Union Leader, the largest newspaper in the state, editorialized “if New Hampshire is to remain the live free or die state, we have to continue voting for freedom and against government coercion… we are not with the Alliance on every single issue, but their scorecard is a good proxy for determining who is a friend or foe of personal freedoms”.
A cocktail reception will be held immediately before the dinner.