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Old 06-30-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Yeah, I wouldn't worry about it. "Live and let live" is the NH way and most people are polite enough not to bring up politics in conversation. And it's not the same as moving to rural Texas or something. Besides, Portsmouth, Durham, Lee, and Madbury are all a bit on the left of things anyway. NH is anything but monolithic in terms of its citizens' politics.

I don't think you'll find a tremendous difference between that part of NH and neighboring areas of Maine.
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:53 PM
 
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Brave Stranger and Verseau - thanks so much. I really appreciate the words of encouragement. It seems like just a beautiful area. I think part of my nervousness has to do with the fact that we haven't actually gone up to look around and explore, yet - so most of my perception is based on online sources - not generally a realistic depiction, I'm sure! ;-)
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Old 07-04-2010, 08:30 AM
 
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I'm new to the forum, but feel as if I have to post. My husband had a new job in Portsmouth, so we'll be moving from Massachusetts to the seacoast area. I'm a little scared, b/c it seems as if anyone who leans to the left might be ostracized. I'm definitely on the liberal side, and really hope that my views won't cause us to have any problems, in terms of finding new friendships, etc. From what I've read on these forums, it seems as if many people are saying that if I have different views from the majority, I might as well go somewhere else. Should we try southern Maine, instead? Our target towns are Durham, Madbury, Lee, Portsmouth, South Berwick, and Kennebunk.

I'm just a little nervous that I won't fit in. We have two children, so I'd hate to have them take the brunt of things, just because I happen to have different views than the norm. Thank you!
You will be shunned if you advocate turning NH into a welfare/nanny state like Maine, MA or Vermont. The political majority in NH is strongly libertarian, not liberal. The reason why the state has such a high quality of life is solely because the political majority refuses to go along with turning NH into a welfare/nanny state with a giant state government and mega-high taxes.

Please do not come to our state if that's what you want. Maine, MA or Vermont would suit you so much better, and you would save yourself the trouble of trying to fit in socially into a place where you are not wanted. Massachusetts, in particular, has an overwhelmingly liberal political majority that can't pass enough laws limiting individual liberty. The state government there is gigantic and is filled with corrupt politicians that put their relatives on the state payroll. The politicians are the slaves of the union thugs and welfare parasites that have taken over the state. So it would be a great place for you to be if you lean to the left politically and want more "...services..." than what we have in NH.

Note that if you are willing to adapt to NH and change your voting habits, then perhaps you can fit in here. But if you push the usual socialist, nanny/welfare crap then you will be shunned and ignored. Sorry to have to say it, but it's true and you should know about it in advance.
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:54 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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NH definitely has a dominant libertarian ideology with a strong emphasis on limited government. But just because someone describes themself as "liberal" or takes point with unregulated free markets does not make them a socialist or an advocate of a welfare state. Geez. NH has plenty of Republicans AND Democrats.

To the OP - move where you feel the most comfortable with the local values. You'll certainly have to experience a place beforehand before you make this judgment. But don't worry about what people on the Internet want their neighbors to be like.
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:52 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I am thinking of southern Maine. Just wondering what you finally decided on?
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:33 AM
 
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Thank you, Verseau. You are the voice of reason. :-)

jpeebs - We're still looking around. Our move won't take place until next year, so we've got time. I really like Portsmouth, and also the Oyster River communities (Durham, Lee, Madbury). We've got to take a few trips up and look around. It's difficult to make any kind of decision, based on online facts and threads on the subject! Where in So. Maine are you looking? We're sort of considering South Berwick, York, and Kennebunk...but I do like the NH seacoast.
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:32 AM
 
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Thank you, Verseau. You are the voice of reason. :-)

jpeebs - We're still looking around. Our move won't take place until next year, so we've got time. I really like Portsmouth, and also the Oyster River communities (Durham, Lee, Madbury). We've got to take a few trips up and look around. It's difficult to make any kind of decision, based on online facts and threads on the subject! Where in So. Maine are you looking? We're sort of considering South Berwick, York, and Kennebunk...but I do like the NH seacoast.
First, take off the beret, leave the prius at home and stay the %$$ out of NH. Please, please move to Mass or Maine. Too many liberal loon obama zombies have moved to this state already. Enough is enough. If you had to even ask the question if it's 'liberal enough' for you, that proves you dont belong here. Stay away. We will all be happier.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Southern NH
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First, take off the beret, leave the prius at home and stay the %$$ out of NH. Please, please move to Mass or Maine. Too many liberal loon obama zombies have moved to this state already. Enough is enough. If you had to even ask the question if it's 'liberal enough' for you, that proves you dont belong here. Stay away. We will all be happier.
While I wouldn't state it in this way, he is right. NH and ME/MA are as different as night and day when it comes to politics. You'll be very frustrated if you are an active liberal in NH. Check the elections in NH in November. Shea-Porter and Hodes may not make it back to the House. Lynch will probably be re-elected governor but by a lesser margin. Ayotte will probably retain Gregg's seat. Watch for changes in the state house and state senate.
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:48 AM
 
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First, take off the beret, leave the prius at home and stay the %$$ out of NH. Please, please move to Mass or Maine. Too many liberal loon obama zombies have moved to this state already. Enough is enough. If you had to even ask the question if it's 'liberal enough' for you, that proves you dont belong here. Stay away. We will all be happier.
I'm faced with a decision similar to fiona5's. And, oh my, it would appear that I'm more left than right in my political views. Bob, I hope to get lucky and find a place in your neck of the woods... you'll know when you drive past the Obama effigies in the front yard, along with the Prius. Land of the Free. Live Free or Die. As long as you're a Republican wingnut, right?
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Old 07-09-2010, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Barrington, NH!
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First, take off the beret, leave the prius at home and stay the %$$ out of NH. Please, please move to Mass or Maine. Too many liberal loon obama zombies have moved to this state already. Enough is enough. If you had to even ask the question if it's 'liberal enough' for you, that proves you dont belong here. Stay away. We will all be happier.
I drive a Prius, and don't consider myself a liberal. I drive it so I don't have to give my gas money to terrorists and Hugo Chavez, when gas eventually goes up to $4-5/gallon again (it will).

I definitely don't wear a beret, although I know many AF Security Forces Airmen who wear a blue one every day at work. I don't berate them.

Give it a break, dude. People are free to move wherever they can secure employment and housing. There should be no political test to move to NH. I'm sorry you don't like certain political leanings, but open hostility towards outsiders should not be the NH way. Complaining about liberals invading your state won't do much good. Vote, involve yourself in government and interest groups, and do what you can. There's enough room for us all to tolerate each other. No state will be filled with all people of one political persuasion.

Your response is embarrasing....
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