No high school or college teacher I’ve ever known would adopt such a scale as the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance. Score 47-52 percent in its rating system of New Hampshire Representatives (I posted all 400 scores here last week), and you get a C.
27-32 percent would earn you a D.
You only get an F is you fall below 19 percent.
Hey, they’re doing the rating, not me, and I suppose their goal is not to saddle too many Democrats with F grades.
While the letter grades are readily available (nhliberty.org), you’ll have to jump through hoops to find the numerical grades, but they are in fact there.
At 93, I was on the cusp, just eking out an A+.
I was marked down on three issues: the photo ID voting bill (a close call for me); the taking of land for Northern Pass (I was apparently anti-liberty by supporting it; another close call); and a curious vote about whether the Speaker should have been overridden for his decision to clear the gallery during that near riot situation when the budget passed in the spring. I stand by that vote. Hey, as I’ve said more than once, I’m a libertarian, not an anarchist. The Speaker would have endangered innocent people had he not taken strong action to quell what could have become a full-scale riot.
I’m satisfied with a 93 score, but using the Libertarian scoring system, I’ve come up with my own list of what they deem the “Five-Year Honor Roll”. They allow Reps with scores as low as C+ to make the list and since a numerical 55 would earn one a C+, I decided to toughen requirements.
The Liberty Alliance screen produces 26 on the Honor Roll. I’ve culled it down to a neat dozen. For the past five years, I’ve eliminated anyone who even once had any score below a B. Then I’ve given five points for A+, four for A, three for A-, two for B+, and one for a B.
With those criteria, Rep Paul Ingbretson and Russ Ober top the list with 20 points.
For what it’s worth, here’s my Libertarian Honor Roll with one caveat—Dan Itse should perhaps be ineligible since a few years, he was deciding which issues to use and how to score them, kind of like a baseball ump playing on one team.
Paul Ingbretson: A, A+, A+, A-, A-; 20 points.
Russ Ober: A, A+, A+, A, B+; 20 points.
John Reagan: A, A+, A+, A-, B+: 19 points.
Dan Itse: A, A+, A+, B+, A-; 19 points.
Al Baldasaro: A, A, A, A-, A-: 18 points.
Andrew Renzullo: B+, A, A+, A, A-; 18 points.
Connie Soucy: A, A, A+, A-, B+; 18 points.
Steve Vaillancourt: B+, B+, A+, A-, A+: 17 points.
Timothy Hogan: B, A+, A+, A-, B+; 16 points.
Jordan Ulery: A, B+, A, A-, B+; 15 points.
David Welch: B, A+, A-, A-, B+; 14 points.
Lawrence Kappler: B+, A, B+, A-, A-; 14 points.
Believe it or not, al 12 Representatives are all serving as…you’re way ahead of me here…Republicans.
Feel free to go on line and check my arithmetic.
My next effort will be to add the four scores we have already (Liberty, Business Alliance, House Republican Alliance, and attendance) and see who comes closest to hitting 400 (I trust I won't be the one or the exercise would seem overly self-serving). It's a lot of effort to do for 400 people (and I'm up to my eyeballs doing composite redistricting deviations for 400 State Rep seats--talk about a thankless task), so I'm running this survey only for the 35 Manchester Reps (to use on my TV show) and selected leaders of both parties. If anyone wants to do it for all 400, go for it. I'd be happy to post it here.