CAROL MCGUIRE NAMED LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR
New Hampshire Liberty Alliance awards Legislator of Year, releases 11th Annual Liberty Rating
MANCHESTER, N.H.—On July 13th, the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance named Epsom State Rep. Carol McGuire the Legislator of the Year for her pro-liberty voting record during 2014. Rep. McGuire, currently serving her third term, was the only Representative to earn an “A+” rating on the NHLA’s 2014 Liberty Rating report card, and has earned the distinction of being a two-time winner of the Legislator of the Year award, the first time being in 2010. Rep. McGuire received her award at the NHLA's Liberty Dinner, an annual fundraiser event held at the Dell-Lea Event Center in Chichester, NH. When accepting her award, Rep. McGuire said, “I'm honored to receive this award, since the Liberty Alliance is a strong and respected voice in Concord. Their volunteer advocates always present the liberty position simply and clearly, and the Gold Standard is respected for its principled positions on legislation.” At the Liberty Dinner, leading educational reform advocate Michelle Levell was awarded Activist of the Year for her work in education choice.
The annual Liberty Rating, a report card by which the NHLA scores Representatives and Senators, is based on roll call votes throughout the legislative session. NHLA volunteers review the House calendar each week and carefully select bills that demonstrate a pro-liberty or anti-liberty impact. These bills are then highlighted in the NHLA's signature document, the Gold Standard, a ‘cheat sheet’ that advises the House of the pro-liberty way to vote. Any roll call votes recommended by the Gold Standard are included in the Liberty Rating. With 94 roll calls in the House and 24 in the Senate during 2014, the 11th Annual Liberty Rating calculated more votes than ever before in assigning letter grades. “In 2012, the NHLA endorsed 149 candidates for the State House,” Eileen Landies, chairwoman of the NHLA, said at the dinner. “Seventy-four were elected. We are happy to see that most of them earned a 'B' grade or better on both the 2013 and 2014 [Liberty Rating] report card.” In the Senate, Senator Andy Sanborn won the top honor with a grade of “B”.
Rep. Carol McGuire, R-Epsom, Legislator of the Year
About the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance
The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance is a non-partisan coalition working to increase individual freedom in New Hampshire. The NHLA supports liberty by monitoring bills in the legislative sessions and encouraging private charity, a civil society and citizen involvement. 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.
If you'd like more information about the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, the Legislator of Year, the Activist of the Year or the Liberty Rating report card, or to schedule an interview, please call (603) 513-7180 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A PDF copy of the 2014 Liberty Rating report card is available on the NHLA Web site: http://www.nhliberty.org/. Report cards dating back to 2005 are also available there.