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Live Free or Die Alliance
Political Groupies

12/17/15
By Ryan Lessard news@hippopress.com



Who they are: The Live Free or Die Alliance was founded in 2008 by a group of citizens from all over the state, representing all types of political persuasions. There was concern among the founders that laws were being passed that would affect future generations while citizens paid little attention to the legislative process.

What they want: The group wants to harness technology to encourage bipartisanship and civic engagement based on the philosophy that good information leads to good decision-making.
Current goal: Educate voters on all the presidential candidates, their records and policy positions through a mobile app called the NH Voter Guide 2016, which will be released soon. 
VIPs: Board Chair Anna Grace Holloway, co-founder Paul Holloway, co-founder and board member Paul Montrone and co-founder Gary Hirshberg, the former CEO of Stonyfield. Other board members include Andy Crews, Mark Thurston, Rick Samson, Katharine Eneguess and Lew Feldstein. Tiffany Eddy is the group’s spokesperson.
Find them at: P.O. Box 264, Freedom, email is info@livefreeordiealliance.com, website is lfda.org and phone number is 929-2665.
Campaign impact: Tiffany Eddy, the LFDA spokesperson, says the group’s efforts in the 2016 election cycle will be modeled after the success of its efforts in 2014. During the midterm elections, LFDA released its first app, the NH Voter Guide 2014, which included information on everyone running for the New Hampshire House and Senate.
“LFDA provides objective information on over 70 New Hampshire issues and on all elected officials,” Eddy said.
The idea behind the app and its recently revamped website, besides introducing candidates, is to condense a depth of information on political issues for voters interested in brushing up.
“New Hampshire has a proud tradition of civic participation, but people get busy and they have lives,” Eddy said. “So, what LFDA has done is try to bring some of those discussions and that proud tradition using technology, so people can continue the discussion online through our website, through Facebook discussions, following us on Twitter and keeping the engagement alive.”
Eddy says LFDA resources offer residents an opportunity to learn what they need to know in order to be informed voters without spending a lot of time engaging with traditional media. 
Right now, the group is tracking presidential candidates to provide voters with breakdowns and comparisons.
The LFDA website also offers an opportunity for readers to present their own views in discussion boards. 
Eddy says the comments are compiled for each issue and sent to local lawmakers to inform them of what voters are saying. 





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